The Friday 5 — March 1-3

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published February 27, 2019

1. Autorama
March 1-3 • Cobo Center, Detroit

Auto enthusiasts from across the region will be rolling into Detroit’s Cobo Center March 1-3 for this year’s Autorama, billed as “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.”

Now in its 67th year, the show — properly known as Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts — will feature around 800 hot rods and custom cars, including many from metro Detroit. There will also be a pinch of celebrity star power, including NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and the Hanson Brothers from the movie “Slap Shot,” as well as iconic cars like the Batmobile from the film “Batman Returns.”

Admission to Autorama at the gate costs $21 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 12, and is free for children younger than 5. Discount tickets are available at O’Reilly Auto Parts for $19 for general admission and $7 for children 6 to 12. Cobo Center is located at 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. For further information on the event, visit

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2. Taste of Troy
Sunday, March 3 • San Marino Club, Troy

“Around the World in Tasty Troy” is the theme of this year’s Taste of Troy event, which invites hungry attendees to sample cuisine from some of the city’s top restaurants.

Taste of Troy will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road. In addition to enjoying the food, attendees can bid on items in both a live auction and a silent auction. Restaurants will also compete for a number of awards, including the Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice awards.

Tickets cost $45 per person in advance and $55 per person at the door. For advance tickets, call (248) 689-1687, visit or stop by the Boys & Girls Club.

Related story: Get the dish at Taste of Troy

3. After Dark at the Michigan Science Center
Friday, March 1 • Michigan Science Center, Detroit

The Michigan Science Center — 5020 John R St. in Detroit —  is a popular destination for local kids, but it offers plenty of fun for adults too.

The Michigan Science Center’s quarterly After Dark event returns from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, giving adults ages 21 and older a chance to explore hands-on exhibits while enjoying food, drinks and live entertainment. This Friday’s event will feature a Mardi Gras theme, complete with fire dancers, stilt walkers, hula-hoop artists, a signature cocktail, gumbo and more.

Tickets cost $10 for members or are $15 for nonmembers, and they include include one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available. For tickets or more information, visit

4. Walk for Warmth
Saturday, March 2 • Macomb Mall, Roseville

A walk through the mall can go a long way toward helping local residents in need during Macomb Community Action’s Walk for Warmth on Saturday, March 2, at Macomb Mall. 32233 Gratiot Ave. in Roseville.

The indoor 5K mall walk aims to raise money to help fund programs specifically designed to help people stay warm during the winter. Check-in for the walk will begin at 8 a.m. inside the mall at the Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance. The walk will begin at 9 a.m.

To register for the event or to make a donation, visit The registration fee is $25 per participant. For more information, call (586) 469-6232.

Related story: Macomb Community Action prepares for 29th annual Walk for Warmth

5. Stagecrafters presents ‘Sondheim on Sondheim'
March 1-10 • The Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak

The musical revue “Sondheim on Sondheim” is coming to the Stagecrafters 2nd Stage, Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 10, at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak.

The show pays tribute to famed songwriter Stephen Sondheim through his own music, which includes popular titles from such Broadway hits as “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” “Sweeney Todd”  and “Into the Woods.” The production will include a combination of archival video footage and live musical performances to celebrate Sondheim — who will turn 89 this year — and his illustrious career.

This weekend’s showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20, and they can be purchased online at or by calling the ticket office at (248) 541-6430.

C & G Staff Writers Andy Kozlowski, Terry Oparka and Brendan Losinski contributed to this report.