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The weekend is here! Need something to do? Here’s a list of things to get into this weekend in and around Detroit.

Friday, 5/17/13

A Man Can Change

Music Hall Jazz Café
9 p.m.
Featuring Grammy-award winning poet J-Ivy who has performed with everyone from Kanye and Jay Z and is a Def Poetry Jam Veteran–ILLPLAYBILL is excited and up to the challenge of creating new and original shows…plus performing classic works of theater in a unique way. Hip Hop, Spoken Word, Live Music, DJ’s, Art, and More will blend seamlessly and leave you excited about every upcoming show! There will also be Detroit-based vendors selling unique items and of course we will have our staple $5 ILLtinis and $3 Beers available.
For tickets: 313-887-8501

The Mountaintop April 25- June 2
Performance Network Theatre
Times and ticket prices vary
Katori Hall’s play, The Mountain Top, tells the story of the night of April 3, 1968 at the Memphis’ Lorraine Motel which is also known as the night before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Come and watch this moving and enlightening story come to life on stage in Ann Arbor. For more information or to purchase tickets visit performancenetwork.org or call (734) 663-0681.

Saturday, 5/18/13

Aida May 11-19
Detroit Opera House
Times and tickets vary
Ancient Egypt is also the setting for Giuseppe Verdi’s dramatic tale of the Ethiopian Princess Aida, who finds herself torn between her love for her country and her love for the handsome Egyptian military commander Radames. Against the backdrop of their two warring nations, these doomed lovers struggle to defy the odds as their fates are sealed. A moving saga of timeless love, Aida remains an enduring favorite of opera lovers worldwide. For more information or to purchase tickets visit michiganopera.org or call (313) 237-SING [7464]

Juke Joint 13
Music Hall Jazz Café
9 p.m.
A time traveling experience spiced with erotic poetry, juke joint styled drink specials, musicians, actors and artists cast in a themed night with juke joint era sights and sounds, mixed with contemporary do it yo self funk and soul . joookba…..
For tickets: 313-887-8501

Legends of Hip Hop
Fox Theatre
8 p.m.
Featuring: Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, Slick Rick, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base and Whodini
Go online to ticketmaster.com for tickets

2nd Annual Lift: DETROIT Black Tie Gala
Detroit Historical Society
7 p.m.
Lift: DETROIT is an annual black tie gala presented by The EYS Group, Cascading Krystals & Valiant PR that highlights professional companionship, social responsibility and community outreach as important strategies for the revitalization of Detroit. Young professionals and representatives from every industry throughout the Metro- Detroit area including: urban development, health care, beauty, hospitality, entertainment, sports, finance, fashion, technology, sustainable living and more, gather to discuss and initiate solutions and opportunities to building a stronger Detroit.
Go online to http://www.showclix.com/event/LiftDetroitGala for tickets

Sunday 5/19/13

Bliss Sunday Brunch
Finn & Porter Restaurant
11 a.m.
Bliss Sunday Brunch @ Finn & Porter Restaurant is the ultimate breakfast destination. In addition to its beautiful ambiance, Bliss Sunday Brunch has improved its already appetizing buffet, by adding Fresh Seafood, a Chocolate Fountain, MORE Soul food, and so much more! Make your reservation by calling 313-499-0100 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more http://www.michronicleonline.com/index.php/entertainment-original/11541-weekend-10-may-17-19

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