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The Friday 5 — Feb. 22-24

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published February 20, 2019

1. Great Lakes Comic Convention
Feb. 22-23 • Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center, Warren

For metro Detroit comic book collectors, cosplayers and pop culture enthusiasts, there’s only one place to be this weekend, and that’s the Great Lakes Comic Convention, which runs Feb. 23-24 at the Sports & Expo Center on the South Campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren.

The annual comic, toy and collectible event will feature more than 100 comic book and toy vendors, along with celebrity guest appearances, comic book artists, a costume contest, a classic video game arcade, panel discussions and more. This year’s event will also celebrate 50 years of  “Sesame Street,” with appearances by cast members Bob McGrath, who played Bob; Roscoe Orman, who played Gordon; Emilio Delgado, who played Luis; Alan Muraoka, who played Alan; and Caroll Spinney, the voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Professional photo ops with all the “Sesame Street” guests will be available for $60.

Convention hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Admission costs $10 per day in advance online, or $15 at the door. Two-day passes can be purchased for $20 in advance online or for $25 at the door. Admission is free for children ages 10 and younger. For tickets or more information, visit

2. ‘Arctic’ film premiere 
Feb. 22-23 • The Maple Theater, Bloomfield Township

Los Angeles producer Timothy Zajaros Jr., originally from Farmington, will be on hand at The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township this weekend for the premiere of “Arctic,” an intriguing, heart-pounding survivalist film starring Mads Mikkelsen.

Zajaros is one of the film’s producers, and he’ll host Q&A sessions about the film following The Maple Theater’s 7:15 p.m. showings on Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23. The film will also be showing at several other locations around metro Detroit.

For more information, visit

Related story: Local producer to premiere ‘Arctic’ at The Maple

3. ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’ exhibit
Ongoing • Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “A Woman’s Work is Never Done,” is now open at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, located at the old Northwood Fire Station, 1411 W. Webster Road, west of Crooks Road.

Visitors will learn how the workweek changed for women from the 1860s to the 1960s, including a focus on changing fashions. The exhibit is largely organized under umbrellas represented by the day of the week — Monday washing, Tuesday ironing, Wednesday mending, Thursday marketing, Friday baking, Saturday cleaning and Sunday as a time for church and leisure.

The museum’s weekend hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. For more information, call (248) 439-1501 or visit

Related story: Royal Oak Historical Society’s newest exhibit to focus on women at work

4. ‘Ruben and Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love’ exhibit
Ongoing • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Artwork created by husband and wife artists Ruben and Isabel Toledo — and inspired by the Detroit Institute of Arts’ permanent collection — will be on view through July 7 in the DIA’s special exhibit, “Ruben and Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love.”

The exhibit includes a large installation created in response to the DIA’s cartoon drawings by Diego Rivera, which were made as he prepared for his “Detroit Industry” murals. Visitors will be able to view Rivera’s cartoons — which are rarely displayed because of their fragility — alongside new work by the Toledos.

Admission to “Labor of Love” is included with regular DIA admission, which means it’s free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in midtown. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit

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5. International Polar Bear Day at the Detroit Zoo
Saturday, Feb. 23 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo is inviting zoo visitors to celebrate International Polar Bear Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

The event  — which aims to raise awareness of polar bear conservation concerns — will include special zookeeper talks and activities at the zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life habitat. Education stations will provide guests with hands-on learning opportunities, and the zoo’s polar bears will receive special treats in their habitat at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The zoo will also hold International Polar Bear Day activities again on Wednesday, Feb. 27, which is the internationally recognized celebration date.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue. For more information, visit

Staff Writers Sherri Kolade, Sarah Wojcik and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.