5 Things To Do This Weekend: Jan. 14-16
Concerts are the order of the day this weekend, with three jazz and big band performances Friday and Saturday.
Jazz Concert for The Pink Fund
Steve Blackwood and his wife, Karen, will raise money to support those with breast cancer by hosting a jazz concert 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills. Blackwood, of Days Of Our Lives fame, and his wife Karen, a fine artist, will host the event to raise money for The Pink Fund, which provides financial aid to women and men with breast cancer. Tickets are $10; call 248-647-2380 for more information.
Cutting the Rug at Boogie-Woogie Night
Looking to do a bit of dancing this weekend? Boogie-woogie artist Matthew Ball will be performing a piano concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Hagopian World of Rugs. Sponsored by Hagopian and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Ball’s concert is part of the Night Notes Concert Series. Ball is a premier blues and boogie-woogie pianist in Michigan who also has performed in New York and Chicago at everything from jazz fests to symphony orchestra concerts. The reception begins at 8 p.m., with Ball’s performance starting at 8:30 p.m. Student tickets are $10 while adult tickets are $22. An additional $5 will be charged for tickets purchased at the door. Concert-goers can order tickets at the Detroit Chamber Wind and Strings website.
Big Band Memories at the Village Players
Rounding out a weekend of concerts in Birmingham, the Village Players will present Big Band Memories 8-11 p.m. Saturday in cooperation with the Full Circle Peformace Series. The concert will honor the late Don Brown, a former Village Players set builder who enjoyed swing music. During the concert, Detroit-area musicians Bill Hart and Alan Tedrick will play some of big band’s biggest hits, while cast members from the Village Players’ upcoming show, The 1940s Radio Hour, will preview songs from their production. Tickets are $15 and include appetizers and open seating. There is limited cabaret seating available, while wine and beer will be available for purchase.
Friday Night Lights at First United Methodist Church
Kids need a place to go, too, and so if your middle school students are complaining they are bored Friday night, send them to the First United Methodist Church for Friday Night Lights. From 7 to 10 p.m., the church will provide preteens the opportunity to gather, socialize with friends, watch movies and play games. Started by First United Methodist Church Youth Minister Chad Oyer last year, the church hopes to provide a safe, supervised place for preteens. There’s no cost to get in, although the church accepts donations. For questions, call 248-646-1200.
Author Sandra Chimenti at Borders
Sandra Chimenti, author of Seven Aspects of Spiritual Awakening, will be at the Birmingham Borders at 2 p.m. Saturday. Chimenti will be leading a discussion of the book, which encourages readers to empower their lives in order to gain self-esteem. Chimenti also will sign books. For questions, call Borders at 248-203-0005.