1 THU • WINE TASTING O.C.C.’s 9th Annual Great Lakes Great Wine Tasting —Bring out the sommelier in you! As part of its annual celebration, Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies program invites guests to choose from 500 different types of wines that have been entered in the Great Lakes Wine competition. Signature dishes will be provided by: Steve and Rocky’s, Great Oaks Country Club, Confectionately Yours Bakery and Pine Lake Country Club. At Oakland Community College (27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills), Building J, 3rd floor. Call 248-522-3700 for information; tickets are $50 per person.
1 THU • ISSUES & LEARNING An Arthur Miller Symposium —The University of Michigan School of Music is pleased to announce that playwright Arthur Miller will participate in a special symposium that will discuss his experiences as both a student of theater and as a playwright. This Death of a Salesman author/icon will speak at the Mendelssohn Theatre (911 N. University, Ann Arbor) from 10-11:30 a.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required (limit four per person). Call 734-764-2538 for ticket info. In conjunction with this event, there will be a special U-M School of Music presentation of scenes from works by Arthur Miller on April 2-4 and April 8-11 at the Trueblood Theatre (105 S. State St., Ann Arbor). Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
1 THU • MUSIC Pretty Girls Make Graves — Named after the much-beloved Smiths song, Pretty Girls Make Graves is an indie band with a rock ’n’ roll heart. Known for their sweaty live shows and strict attention to melody, PGMG is always a great show for any modern lover to catch. At the Shelter (431 E. Congress, Detroit) with The Red Light String and Mahjongg. Call 313-961-MELT for ticket information
1-4 THU-SUN • THEATER Cheaper By the Dozen — This is your last weekend to check out the Stagecrafters production of the hilarious family comedy, Cheaper By the Dozen. Brought to the silver screen in 1950 by Hollywood knockouts Myrna Loy and Clifton Webb, and remade in 2003 by Steve Martin, Ashton Kutcher and others, the stage version of this comedy is a stimulating way to revisit an old fave. At the Baldwin Theatre (415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak) call 248-541-6430 for tickets.
2-3 FRI-SAT • DANCE Tricodex —Join the University Musical Society and the Lyon Opera Ballet for an evening of dance, acrobatics and ethereal visual effects. This performance — choreographed by artistic mastermind Phillipe Decouflé, whose résumé includes choreographing the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France — is the final installment in a series of works inspired by visual artist Luigi Serafini’s Codex Serefinius, a mythic encyclopedia of unearthly creatures and plants. At the Power Center (121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor), call 734-764-2538 or visit www.ums.org for ticket information.
3 SAT • FUN FOR ALL Easter Egg Scramble — Grab your Easter bonnet, it’s time for Meadow Brook Hall’s Easter Egg Scramble. Guests can enjoy the (keep your fingers crossed) gorgeous spring weather and Meadow Brook’s beautiful grounds by participating in this fun, family-oriented event. Other activities will include a petting zoo, face painting and pony rides. At Meadow Brook Hall (on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester), call 248-370-3140 or visit www.meadowbrookhall.org for additional information.
4 SUN • LITERATURE M.L. Liebler —Detroit-area poet and director of the YMCA’s Writer’s Voice announces the release of his new book and CD, The Moon a Box. The poems in the compilation, which includes works by Liebler and such notables as Country Joe McDonald, Robert Jones and Faruq Z. Bey, “fall into righteous extremes … all grounded in the solid savvy of all-American working-class roots,” says poet Wanda Coleman. At the Scarab Club (217 E. Farnsworth, Detroit) call 313-831-1250 for further information. Begins at 2 p.m.
Ongoing • THEATER Menopause the Musical — No, you are not having a hot flash — menopause has never been so funny! In celebration of women who have survived and those who are at the brink of The Change, this parody of 26 relyricized ’60s and ’70s tunes is a fun and hilarious way to deal with female life after 40. At the Gem Theatre (333 Madison Ave., Detroit), call 313-963-9800 or visit www.gemtheatre.com for ticket information.