CCS 2022 Student Exhibition, Inside-Out, and more

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Bootycandy is at the Ringwald Theater until the end of the month. // Photo courtesy of Brandy Joe Plambeck

Loot Candy

Head to the Ringwald Theater to catch the Michigan premiere of Robert O’Hara’s play Loot Candy, which received the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Drama in 2015. The provocative satirical comedy follows its protagonist on a winding journey with stops at his childhood home and church, as well as dive bars, bedrooms motels and even retirement homes. The result is a kaleidoscopic depiction of what it’s like to grow up gay and black. $25. Until May 30. The Ringwald Theater at Affirmations Community Center, 290 W. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale; theringwald.com

Upside down

Now in its 13th year, the annual meeting of the Detroit Institute of Arts Upside down The outdoor art exhibit introduces the public to some of the museum’s most important works of art, showcasing them against the backdrop of the streets and parks of our metro Detroit. This year, locals can find reproductions in Rouge Park in Detroit, the Greek Quarter in Detroit, Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, all three campuses of Macomb Community College, Donald F. Fracassi City Campus in Southfield , Indian Springs Metropark at White Lake, and more. . No charge. Until November 30. Various locations; dia.org

See more than 5,000 pieces at the College for Creative Student exhibit, including items recently featured in the Fashion Design program‘s fashion show. // Photo courtesy of the College for Creative Studies

Halfway to Halloween

Celebrate both Friday the 13th and be halfway through spooky season at Phryte Village’s Halfway to Halloween event. Explore three attractions – Sunnydale Hospital, Phryte Manor Dead & Breakfast and the Field of Screams outdoor lair – haunted by the ghosts of the Phryte family. Guests 21 and older are also invited to dance and sample craft beers and cocktails at the castle’s Phryte Club. $15+. May 13. Phryte Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion; phrytevillage.com

Motor City Comic-Con

Michigan’s largest and longest-running comic book and pop culture convention returns this weekend with a full roster of TV and film actors, plus comic book artists, writers and creators. Among those scheduled to appear at Motor City Comic Con are William Shatner, Freddie Prince Jr. and Doctor Whois Christopher Eccleston. $30+ for adults, $10+ for children (except for free Sunday kids day). May 13-15. Suburban Collection Exhibition, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; motorcitycomiccon.com

Student Exhibition 2022

Hosted at both campuses of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, this annual exhibition will feature more than 5,000 works by students from all academic departments in the school. Among the pieces are the collections featured in The Show, a fashion show held last month by the school’s Fashion Design program. The exhibition begins on May 13 with a paid opening night. The opening event is $30 for CCS alumni, $50 for general admission, and $450 for the collectors preview and private reception; no charge for exposure thereafter. May 13-27. A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, 460 W. Baltimore St., Detroit; and Walter and Josephine Ford Campus, 201 E. Kirby, Detroit; collegeforcreativetudies.edu

Civil War Saturday PC Troy Historic Village
Learn about American history at Civil War Saturday. // Photograph courtesy of Historic Village of Troy

Civil War Saturday

The whole family can explore a pivotal time in American history at the interactive Civil War Saturday event in Historic Troy Village. Learn how the war affected various walks of life as you stroll through the village, chatting with re-enactors representing soldiers, military medical workers, and civilians of various professions. There will be hands-on activities – you can learn from a telegraph operator how to send a message with dots and dashes, try your hand at writing with old-fashioned pen and ink, and even walk and drill like a soldier. During this time, you will be serenaded with popular songs from the era by a live violinist. $12. May 14. Historical Village of Troy, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy; troyhistoricvillage.org

Rob Richards

Rob Richards will perform at the Senate Theater as part of the long-running Organ Pops series. In addition to his role as in-house organist at Disney’s historic El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, which he has held since 1999, Richards has performed internationally. His concerts became known for the musician’s showmanship and dynamic personality. Richards has shared the stage with stars such as Julie Andrews and Elton John and was named 2005 Organist of the Year by the American Theater Organ Society. $17. May 15. Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Ave., Detroit; senatetheatre.com

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