8-11 WED-SAT • THEATER Candida — As part of the ongoing Shaw Festival, Oakland University’s Department of English and the Meadow Brook Theatre present another classic. The transcendently modern tale of the young wife Candida Morell and her complicated interactions with the opposite sex is one of modern literature’s most brilliantly plot-driven pieces of character development. The straightforward Candida stays on top of the plight and offers both humor and a life lesson; one pursuer, a self assured husband, and the other, a needy young poet, together ask the age-old question: What is true love? At the Meadow Brook Theatre, Oakland University 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester. Call 248-377-3300 for further information.
10 FRI • COMMUNITY "Fire & Ice — The College Tour" — This traveling educational showcase created for the "charity-raising awareness of inner-city youths" has made its way to Detroit. With the help of 15 Wayne State University students, Fire & Ice offers the entertainment of original song, dance, poetry and drama that focuses on a message of opportunity and education in an effort to raise spirits and donations for worthy charities including: Child Help USA, Kids against Cancer, The World Trade Center Fund, HIV Kids and Big Brother-Big Sisters of America Inc. At the McGregor Community Arts Auditorium on the campus of WSU. Call Naya Cannon at 313-268-8888 for further details.
10 FRI • MUSIC Sweet Honey in the Rock — Bold and beautiful, Sweet Honey in the Rock is bringing their personalized brand of spiritual music to Ann Arbor. Rooted in the deeply soulful music of the black church, these female a cappella singers spread the gospel of love, liberation, struggle and social responsibility. The quintet’s words are simultaneously interpreted in American Sign Language. At the Michigan Theater (603 Liberty Street, Ann Arbor). Call 734-764-2538 for more information.
10 FRI • MUSIC The High Strung — On the road for almost a year now, the boys of the High Strung have proven to be nothing short of dedicated. Gigging it — living on the road, as if some rogue characters from a Kerouac novel, this motley crew has replaced the comfort of hearth and home with the thrill of cheap motels, random floors and the occasional air mattress. With their rock ’n’ roll blues in tow, this foursome simply wants to make music. With ’60’s British Invasion meeting Rock 101, their solid brand of rock ’n’ roll is here for your listening pleasure. At Jacoby’s (624 Brush St., Detroit). With special guest, Virginia and the Monsters. Call 313-962-7067 for further lowdown.
10 FRI • THEATER Empatheatre — If ever there was proof that truth is stranger than fiction, Empatheatre is it. This ongoing event, offered by Ann Arbor’s own Trinity House, imparts a talented group of improvisational actors for a re-creation of real-life trial and tribulations provided to them by audience members. Quite possibly a harrowing look into the sur-realities of one’s own life, but certainly a forum for exploration and entertainment, this is improv at its most raw. At the Trinity House (38810 W. Six Mile Road, Ann Arbor). Call 734-464-1311 for more information.
11-20 SAT-MON • FUN FOR ALL North American International Auto Show — The first one was in 1907 at a beer garden, with 17 exhibitors and 33 vehicles. Our annual orgy of automotive excess has since grown to cover a million square feet and 700 vehicles, with some displays double- and triple-decked. You can swoon over rides you know you can’t afford daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (10 a.m.-7 p.m. the last day) at $12 for adults and $6 for seniors; kids under 12 are free with a paid adult admission. It is no secret, some of us live for this stuff. At Cobo Hall, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; call 248-643-0250 to find out more.
11 SAT • ART "Not Enough Time" by John Elkerr — Fondly referred to as The "Master of Line," John Elkerr uses his stark black-and-white drawings to depict the perplexities of the human experience. Images that that have been formed and reformed, dissected and amputated, exude a strangely "whole" quality and girth. With paintings that use color and content in the same manner as do his penetrating drawings, this exhibit is more than an eyeful. At the Zeitgeist (2661 Michigan Ave., Detroit). Call 313-965-9192 for further information. Reception 7 p.m.-midnight.