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The Friday 5 — March 8-10

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published March 6, 2019

1. ‘The 1970s’ exhibit
Ongoing • Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Township

The Lorenzo Cultural Center’s “The 1970s: Heavy, Hip and Happenin’” exhibit and program series has begun, giving visitors a glimpse of the politics, culture, music, fashion and economics that shaped the 1970s.

The exhibit portion of the program features a number of displayed artifacts that commemorate the era, along with a timeline that points to poignant moments of the decade.

Special programs this weekend are “The History and Resurrection of the Equal Rights Amendment” at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, and “President Richard Nixon” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located at 44575 Garfield Road, on the Center Campus of Macomb Community College, in Clinton Township. Visiting the exhibits and attending the presentations are free; registration is required for the presentations by calling (586) 445-7348. For more information, visit

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2. Greater Farmington Film Festival
March 7-9 • Farmington Civic Theater, Farmington

Local cinephiles can get their film fix this weekend at the Greater Farmington Film Festival, which features a six-film lineup to be shown at the Farmington Civic Theater March 7-9.

Offerings include recently released films that delve into relevant, present-day issues, with the hopes of inspiring action: good films for a better world. Films on the lineup are “The World Before Your Feet,” “The Rescue List,” “Intelligent Lives,” “Emanuel,” “Midnight Traveler,” and “The Devil We Know.”  For kids, the “Best of the NY International Children’s Film Festival” will be presented for free at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9.

The Farmington Civic Theater is located at 33332 Grand River Ave. in Farmington. Tickets cost $6 each or $30 for a festival pass. For a schedule and film descriptions, and to purchase tickets, visit

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3. Maple Syrup Days
Saturday, March 9 • Stage Nature Center, Troy

The first three weekends of March bring Maple Syrup Days to the Stage Nature Center in Troy — and this Saturday, volunteers will present 90-minute tours, beginning every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each tour will explain the history, art and science behind maple syrup production. Topics will cover all aspects of maple syrup production, starting with the weather and how it affects the production of sap, the history behind maple sugaring in the Troy area, and theories on who started maple sugaring. Visitors will also see how sap is collected and boiled down into maple syrup inside the sugar shed, where a wood-stoked sap evaporator boils the sap into syrup.

The program costs $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12. Children younger than 4 attend for free. The cost for members of the Troy Nature Society and the Troy Historical Society is $6.

Walks-ins are welcome on a space-available basis. Register online at or call (248) 688-9703. The Stage Nature Center is located at 6685 Coolidge Highway.

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4. ‘Mary Ann Aitken: Indomitable Spirit’ art exhibit
Ongoing • Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham

The work of Mary Ann Aitken — an artist with roots in the Cass Corridor of Detroit — will be featured in her posthumous solo exhibition, which runs through April 18 at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook Road in Birmingham.

“Mary Ann Aitken: Indomitable Spirit” opens this Friday, featuring her signature impasto-style paintings and drawings. Aitken was a major figure in the Cass Corridor art scene in the 1980s, and she shared her talent through art therapy in the decades that followed. She exhibited her work around the state, as well as in New York and Berlin. She died in Brooklyn in 2012.

“Indomitable Spirit” is free and open to the public. This BBAC is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. It’s closed on Sundays. For more information, visit

Related story: Late Detroit artist featured at BBAC

5. Balduck Mountain Ramblers benefit concert
Friday, March 8 • Players Playhouse, Detroit

The Balduck Mountain Ramblers will play a special concert from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at historic Players Playhouse, located at 3321 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit.

The band is known for playing a mix of bluegrass, folk, cowboy songs, country gospel, Irish music and even a bit of Motown. Funds raised will go toward maintaining the theater, which is home to three amateur theater groups: The Players, The Fine Arts Society of Detroit and The Theater Arts Club of Detroit. Refreshments, a light supper and a tour of the building are part of the evening, along with a two-hour concert by the band.     

Tickets cost $35 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Players Playhouse office at (313) 259-3385. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on a cash-only basis. For more information, visit

Related story: Band nurtures Detroit roots with fundraiser for historic theater

Staff Writers Maria Allard, Sherri Kolade, Terry Oparka, Tiffany Esshaki and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.