The Friday 5 — Sept. 27-29

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published September 25, 2019

1. Get Out and Play Day
Saturday, Sept. 28 • Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Township

Kids and their families can discover how much fun they can have in local parks during the 2019 Get Out and Play Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 outside the nature center at Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway in Harrison Township. 

The event will include nature activities and lawn games, wagon rides, nature songs from Guy Louis, a straw bale maze, free healthy snacks and nutrition resources, the opportunity to make a bird feeder and learn about backyard gardening, foam-tipped archery with 4-H, and raffle prizes including bicycles.

The event is free with a Metroparks vehicle entry permit, which costs $10 for one day or $35 for a year. For more information, visit metroparks.com/event/get-out-and-play-day or call (586) 463-4332.

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2. Grosse Pointe Concours d'Elegance
Sunday, Sept. 29 •  Pier Park, Grosse Pointe Farms

Classic cars will be in the spotlight during the 12th annual Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Pier Park, located at 350 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. 

Free and open to the public, the event is presented by the nonprofit Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation and showcases unique classic and exotic American and European vehicles owned by local residents.

Those who want to get the first peek at participating vehicles are invited to gather along a parade route that runs from Kercheval Avenue in the Hill business district to Moross Road. Starting at 11:30 a.m. the morning of the Concours, vehicles will begin driving this route into the park, which is at the foot of Moross and Lake Shore roads, on Lake St. Clair. The event will also include food trucks from National Coney Island and Wally’s Frozen Custard, along with free hot dogs, soft drinks and chips for attendees, while supplies last.

For more information, visit grossepointefarms.org or call (313) 885-6600.

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3. ‘Mamma Mia!’
Sept. 26-29 • Pierce Middle School, Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Theatre opened its 72nd season last week with “Mamma Mia!,” and shows continue through this weekend, Sept. 26-29, at the Pierce Middle School auditorium, 15430 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park. 

Based on the music of the Swedish band ABBA, “Mamma Mia!” is about a young woman, Sophie, who hopes to discover the identity of her birth father by secretly inviting three of her mother’s former suitors to Sophie’s wedding on a beautiful Greek island. Hilarity and heartwarming moments ensue.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. For tickets or more information, call GPT at (313) 881-4004 or visit www.gpt.org.

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4. Benefit concert for crash victims
Saturday, Sept. 28 •  Diesel Concert Lounge and Theater, Chesterfield Township

In July, friends Amanda Farrow and John Gelardi were involved in a near-fatal motorcycle crash in Warren, and as they continue to recover, local musicians are coming together for a benefit concert to help support them. 

Hard Edge Entertainment and Diesel Concerts will host the benefit event Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theater, located at 33151 23 Mile Road in Chesterfield Township. Artists scheduled to play include the Lows, Tosha Owens, the Dave Hamilton Band, Screw, Misty Love, Demension, Volcano and the New Radio Standard, Cadre, Kaddy Rebos, Punch List and more. The audience will be treated to rock, blues, hip-hop and acoustic tunes. And while they’re at it, the artists will throw in a bit of heavy metal.

Along with the music, there will be basket raffles, “big ticket” item raffles, 50/50 drawings and more to help raise money. Doors to the show open at 4:30 p.m., and the event is open to people of all ages. Admission costs $10 per person, and all proceeds will benefit Farrow and Gelardi.

For more information, call the venue at (586) 933-3503.

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5. ‘Bonnie and Clyde’
Sept. 27-29 • St. Dunstan’s Theatre, Bloomfield Hills 

St. Dunstan’s Theatre, located at 400 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills, will open its season this weekend with the Tony-nominated musical “Bonnie and Clyde."

The show is set in Depression-era Texas, where a young waitress and aspiring actress, Bonnie Parker, falls in love with Clyde Barrow, a car-loving small-time crook who just wants to crawl out from under the crushing poverty he’s known his whole life. Along with Clyde’s brother, the three become infamous for their crimes, which escalate from robbery to murder. The show has an R rating and contains gunshots, violence and adult language. 

“Bonnie and Clyde” will be presented Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of Sunday performances, which begin at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. To order tickets or to learn more, including details on parking and seating, visit stdunstanstheatre.com or call the box office at (844) 386-7826.


Staff Writers Kristyne Demske, K. Michelle Moran, Maria Allard and Tiffany Esshaki contributed to this report.