The Friday 5 — May 17-19

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published May 15, 2019

1. Motor City Comic Con
May 17-19 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Motor City Comic Con will celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend as it returns to the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

The show will run from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The convention will feature over 250 comic book creators, writers and artists, and more than 50 actors from popular TV shows and movies. Plenty of vendors will also be on hand with merchandise for sale, including comics, collectible toys, anime, movies, pop culture crafts and gaming merchandise.

Tickets for adults cost $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday, and $80 for a weekend pass. Tickets for children cost $10 for a day pass or $20 for a weekend pass, and the event is free for kids 12 and younger on Sunday.

For more information, visit

2. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo
May 17-18 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoological Society and the Michigan Humane Society will team up with more than 40 local animal welfare organizations for the spring 2019 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

Hundreds of dogs and cats of all ages will be available for immediate adoption to loving homes at one of the country’s largest off-site animal adoption events. Adopters must present a valid driver’s license or state ID card, and organizers ask that visitors leave their pets at home. Adoption fees and policies are set by each organization, and all animals will have received a medical checkup and age-appropriate vaccinations.

For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

3. Royal Oak Ice Show
May 18-19 • John Lindell Ice Arena, Royal Oak

More than 80 local skaters of all ages will glide into the spotlight during the 39th annual Royal Oak Ice Show, “City Skate,” May 18-19 at the John Lindell Ice Arena 1403 Lexington Blvd.

The show’s theme is a nod to Royal Oak’s parks, zoo and lively cultural scene. Numbers such as “Talk to the Animals” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” reference the Detroit Zoo, while other routines will reflect the city’s theaters, shops and nightlife.

Shows will take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12. Younger children may attend for free.

There will be bleacher seating, as well as on-ice seating, to accommodate large crowds.

For more information about the show, call (248) 246-3950 or visit

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4. Cinetopia Film Festival
Now through May 19 • Metro Detroit

The annual Cinetopia Film Festival — a curated film festival in Ann Arbor and metro Detroit — runs through May 19, with several screenings scheduled this weekend at Emagine Royal Oak, 200 N. Main St. in Royal Oak, and at Cinema Detroit, 4126 Third Ave. in Detroit.

Cinetopia includes more than 50 of the best dramas, comedies and documentaries shown at film festivals all over the world. Some of this weekend’s feature films include “Making Montgomery Clift,” “Mapplethorpe,” “Well Groomed,” “Crossing Beyond,” and “Amateurs.”

For a complete schedule, ticket prices and other information, visit

5. ‘Head Over Heels’
Now through June 10 • The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale

The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale, will present its production of "Head Over Heels," the Broadway musical about all-girl '80s rock band The Go-Go's, May 10 through June 10.

This weekend’s performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and tickets cost $25. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call (248) 545-5545.

Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik contributed to this report.