The Friday 5 — Feb. 1-3

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Jennifer Sigouin | C&G Newspapers | Published January 31, 2019

1. Super Bowl LIII
Sunday, Feb. 3

Are you ready for some football? The New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams in the 2019 Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The game — and all of its buzzworthy commercials — will air on CBS and will be streamed live at and on the CBS Sports app. Gladys Knight will kick off the event with a performance of the national anthem, and the halftime show will feature headliner Maroon 5, accompanied by rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott.

For more information, visit

2. Downtown Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show
Feb. 1-3 • Downtown Mount Clemens

Dozens of professionally carved ice sculptures will line the sidewalks along Macomb Place and Cherry Street Mall during the Downtown Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show Feb 1-3. 

The highlight of the event will be live ice carving demonstrations on the Fountain Stage, located on Macomb Place between Walnut and Pine streets. The demonstrations will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can warm up at the indoor Kids Wonderland Warming Center at 70 Macomb Place.The warming center will include a life-size Candyland game, crafts, hot chocolate and more. Warming center hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (586) 469-4168 or visit

3. Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl
Thursday, Jan. 31 • Downtown Mount Clemens

Downtown Mount Clemens will kick off its weekend-long ice-carving show by bringing a little heat to the city’s bars and restaurants.

The 13th annual Downtown Mount Clemens Fire & Ice Chili Cook-off Pub Crawl will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan 31, at several downtown hot spots, including Abbibo, Bath City Bistro, Buffalo Wild Wings, Gumbo’s, Madison’s Pub, Orleans Sports Café, O’Halloran’s Public House, The Rec Bowl and Your Mothers Food & Spirits.

Three Blind Mice Irish Pub will try to defend its 2018 title of Best Downtown Mount Clemens Chili. Tickets cost $15 each, or $25 for two, and proceeds will benefit the Anton Art Center. Participants will receive a chili sample at each location, along with souvenir chili pepper beads and a score card. Tickets are available at all participating establishments.

For more information, call (586) 469-4168 or visit

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4. ‘Origins: Content and Form’ art exhibition
Now through Feb. 21 • Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield

Art inspired by Chinese culture and ancient Chinese philosophies will be on display during the "Origins: Content and Form" exhibition at the Janice Charach Gallery, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.  The exhibition includes work by artists Luzhen Qiu, Chongzhang Zhou and Shulin Sun.

This weekend’s gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (248) 432-5579 or visit

Related story: ‘Origins’ of the East come to the Charach Gallery

5. ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’
Feb. 1-3 • St. Dunstan’s Theatre, Bloomfield Hills

St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook will stage performances of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at 8 p.m. Feb. 1-2, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at its theater, located at 400 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills.

The theater’s website describes "Arsenic and Old Lace" as a dark screwball comedy that’s “an uproarious farce on plays involving murder.”  Tickets cost $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. For more information, call (844) 386-7826 or visit

Staff Writer Sherri Kolade contributed to this report