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The Friday 5 — Nov. 1-3

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published October 31, 2019

1. Day of the Dead celebration
Nov. 1-2 • Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Township

Macomb Community College is offering several ways to celebrate Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, this weekend at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on the college’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. 

• The movie “Coco” will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1. The 2017 computer-animated fantasy film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, focuses on a Dia de los Muertos festival and highlights the story of one young boy’s personal experience.

• A presentation on Cesar Chavez will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 1. Detroit community activist Elena Herrada will discuss the life of the Latino labor leader and civil rights activist.

• An altar-making workshop, led by Peggy DiMercurio of the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2. Participants will learn the tradition of creating an ofrenda.

• El Ballet Forklórico Estudianti, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Mexican culture through dance, music and education, will present its mariachi band performing traditional Mexican music at 2 p.m. Nov. 2.

All MCC events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested for the presentations and workshops. No registration is required for the exhibit. To register or for more information, call (586) 445-7348 or visit

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2. Paper art exhibits
Now through Dec. 5 • Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield

Two new exhibits, titled “PaperWorks” and “Climb,” are now open at the Janice Charach Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.

Eight artists are featured, with works ranging from collages and hanging installations to the giant heads from the Parade Company, as seen in Detroit’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade. “PaperWorks,” curated by abstract artist Meighen Jackson, includes the Big Heads constructed from papier-mache. Jackson’s own work, involving paper collages and ink, will be upstairs in the solo exhibition “Climb.”

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, and the exhibits will remain on display through Dec. 5. For more information, call (248) 432-5579 or visit

Related story: Art exhibit to showcase versatility of paper

3. Artisan Market
Saturday, Nov. 2  • Harper Woods Public Library, Harper Woods

Local artists from Harper Woods and the Grosse Pointes will have a wide array of handmade items for sale during the Artisan Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Harper Woods Public Library, at 19601 Harper Ave.

Now in its sixth year, the market will feature approximately 20 artists selling goods such as clothing, jewelry, pastries and more.  For more information, visit

Related story: Artisan Market returns to Harper Woods Library

4. ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ 
Nov. 1-4 • The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale

The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale, will present the final performances of its production of "Tiny Beautiful Things" Nov. 1-4. 

"Tiny Beautiful Things" centers around an anonymous online columnist who provides advice to readers seeking help with life’s obstacles. The play is based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and was adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos. 

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, and at 5 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. For more information, visit or call (248) 545-5545.

5. All Things Detroit 
Sunday, Nov. 3 • Eastern Market, Detroit

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and small-business owners from across Michigan will show off their wares during All Things Detroit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in Sheds 3, 4 and 5 at Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St. in Detroit. 

The unique shopping experience will offer one-of-a-kind homegrown products and services, along with live entertainment and a food truck rally. General admission costs $5 and is free for kids ages 6 and younger. “Beat the Crowd” tickets cost $15 and include early admission at 9:30 a.m., food and beverage vouchers, and a tote bag. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Staff Writers Maria Allard, Andy Kozlowski and Brendan Losinski contributed to this report.