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Wednesday • 8
The Art of Dr. Seuss
ART

You know you loved him as a child,

And please be sure, Dr. Seuss was wild.

He loved to paint and draw and write,

He did it morning, noon and night.

He made it silly yet austere,

Bring the kids and moms and dads right here!

Opening reception is 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield; 248-796-4200. Ends March 31.

Thursday • 9
Bellydance Superstars
DANCE

Yes, it combines modern choreography and ancient traditions, but we think that Bellydance Superstars is such a hit because it's like Riverdance with navels. The mesmerizing dance troupe performs tribal, Egyptian and cabaret style dances in a awe-inspiring show. 8 p.m., Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

Friday & Saturday • 10 & 11
Break!
MUSIC/PERFORMANCE ART

Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular rescues and retraces a fascinating lineage. The production — sometimes referred to as "the new Stomp!" — spotlights the whole break dancing catalog: locking, popping, the electric boogaloo, power tumbling and more. Dancers will be accompanied by a DJ and bucket drummers. Past guest stars have included Ringo Starr, P. Diddy, Madonna and 50 Cent. Music Hall, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit; 313-963-7622.

Saturday • 11
Baseball as America
FUN FOR ALL

There is no better way to reflect upon America's pastime than by exploring the relics of its past. Baseball as America traces the relationship between Americans and their best-loved sport through a variety of spectacular and historically significant artifacts including the Doubleday Ball (from baseball's mythic first game in 1839), Babe Ruth's bat (with 28 notches marking home runs carved by Ruth himself), the world's most valued baseball card (Honus Wagner T206) and the infamous Joe Jackson's shoes. Presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. At Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-271-1620. Ends Sept. 5.

Saturday • 11
Detroit All Stars of Art
ART

The Detroit All Stars of Art exhibit at the Cass Cafe is the first in a series of group shows of artists who embody the spirit of the Motor City. Artists in the first show include Antonio "Shades", Lowell Boileau, Jerome Ferretti, Maurice Greenia Jr. and Gilda Snowden. Opening reception is 7-10 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at Cass Cafe, 4620 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-1400. Ends May 13.

Saturday • 11
Pewabic Pottery 103rd Annual Birthday Party
ART

Signs of spring might be hard to find in the city, but Pewabic Pottery's 103rd birthday celebration is a terrific reminder that gardening time is just around the corner. The party will feature guided tours and tile-pressing and wheel-throwing demonstrations. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served throughout the day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-822-0954. Free.

Saturday • 11
The Moon in My Mouth
ART

The Moon in My Mouth is a series of large-format and text works documenting five years of artist Diane Borsato's career. Her works are part of a movement that denies the entertainment factor of performance and instead manifests it in publication, photography and artist lectures. Opening reception is 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at Artcite, 109 University Ave., Windsor; 519-577-6564. At noon on Monday, March 12, Borsato will give a slide lecture at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor (southwest corner of Huron Church Road and College Avenue, Windsor).

Saturday-Sunday • 11-12
Grazyna Auguscik
Music

Polish-born, trained at the Berklee School of Music (Boston's famed jazz school) and based in Chicago for more than a decade, Grazyna Auguscik swings haunting Old World folk tunes as jazz and convinces you that they always had solo breaks for scat singing. Yet when she sings bossa nova and jazz standards in the same enchanting voice, the music all feels like part of a whole. Her quartet, featuring the noted Chicago guitarist John McLean, performs at 9 p.m., Saturday, at the Firefly, 207 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor; 734-665-9090. Sunday she plays 6 and 8 p.m. shows at Paychecks, 2932 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-874-0254.

Sunday • 12
Naima Shamborguer
Music

Detroit singer Naima Shamborguer makes no secret of her affection for the late Sarah Vaughan. Shamborguer's style echoes more than a little of Vaughan's — thankfully, she has the chops to pull it off — and several years ago she found a way to recount Vaughan's life in song and monologue. For this Michigan Jazz Festival benefit, she'll have actor John Hardy for the narration and the musical assistance of Buddy Budson (piano), Marion Haden (bass) and Bert Myrick (drums). 3 p.m. at Schoolcraft College's VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia; call 248-474-2720. Tickets $15.

Sunday • 12
Closing Skate at Campus Martius
FUN FOR ALL

Take the season's last spin (or spill) at the Campus Martius ice rink this Sunday. It was a banner year for downtown's latest attraction, what with will all the Super Bowl hoopla, so say goodbye to a terrifically successful winter with a glide around the new hot spot. Noon-8 p.m. Campus Martius, Woodward Avenue between Fort Street and Michigan Avenue at Monroe Street, Detroit; campusmartiuspark.org.

Ongoing
$3 Pancakes
ART

True to form, Hamtramck's quaint art gallery — Primary Space — brings yet another emotionally uplifting exhibit to the hood. The installation is called $3 Pancakes, and it's a collection of the subtly jubilant paintings by Penelope Dullagham, Lesley Reppeteaux and Hannah Stouffer. 2750 Yemans St., Hamtramck; 313-870-9470. Ends March 25.

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