The Friday 5 — March 29-31

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published March 26, 2019

1. ‘Senbazuru: A Journey of Unfolding’
Now through April 8 • Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, Grosse Pointe Farms

Artist Tamm Whitty, of Grosse Pointe Park, has taken origami to new heights in “Senbazuru: A Journey of Unfolding,” an art exhibition on display through April 8 at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms.

What started as a personal challenge — to create 1,000 paper cranes in a year — turned out to be so much more for Whitty. As part of the exhibition, she ended up creating an estimated 2,000-3,000 origami cranes of various sizes, along with roughly 600 spherical origami works known as the Japanese brocade design.

The exhibition is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays or by appointment. To make an appointment to see the exhibition, contact Whitty at (313) 319-8363.

Related story: Origami helps artist find her wings

2. ‘Annie Jr.’
March 28-31 • The Costick Activities Center, Farmington Hills

The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre will present “Annie Jr.” March 28-31 at the Costick Activities Center, located at 28600 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.  

The production features over 125 youths from Farmington Hills and surrounding communities. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Little Orphan Annie charms everyone, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

“Annie Jr.” is suitable for people of all ages and will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29; at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30; and at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Tickets cost $10. Purchase tickets at, at the Costick Center or by calling (248) 473-1848.  

3. Cat Cabaret
Sunday, March 31 • The Magic Bag, Ferndale

The Ferndale Cat Shelter and Catfé Lounge will host its third annual Cat Cabaret from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

The event will feature a variety show with music, magic, juggling, comedy, burlesque and a silent auction. All proceeds will support the Ferndale Cat Shelter and Catfé Lounge's programs.

To purchase tickets, visit and search for "cat cabaret." For more information, contact Jeff Ten Broeck at (734) 560-8087 or at

4. Mudpuppypalooza
Sunday, March 31 • Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

The river-dwelling mudpuppy will make a splash during Mudpuppypalooza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Belle Isle Nature Center, 176 Lakeside Drive on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The mudpuppy — also called a  “slime dog” or “snot otter” — is an aquatic salamander native to the Detroit River. Mudpuppypalooza will celebrate the creature with fun and educational activities, including mask-making, games, mudpuppy cookie decorating and a scavenger hunt.  

Zookeepers who care for the mudpuppies at the Belle Isle Nature Center will also talk about the species and mudpuppy conservation efforts.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

5. Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’
Sunday, March 31 • The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township

The musical comedy “Spamalot” — based on the classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” — will gallop its way to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts stage this Sunday, March 31.

The musical is a comedic retelling of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their search for the Holy Grail, complete with flying cows, killer rabbits and spirited musical numbers. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and ticket prices start at $55.

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Staff Writers K. Michelle Moran and Emily Jones contributed to this report.