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Best of the best: 5 fun things to do in metro Detroit May 30-June 5

May 29, 2013

YellowBrix

May 29--The man who invented Powdermilk Biscuits, the American Duct Tape Council and Lake Wobegon returns to Michigan on Saturday. GARRISON KEILLOR and his beloved "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION" will be doing a live "Companion" broadcast from Hill Auditorium with a guest lineup that includes folk singer Ellis, trumpet player Steve Strand and wildly eclectic pianist Radoslav Lorkovic. Homespun, cerebral and delightfully quirky, Keillor, 70, and his show have shown remarkable staying power and built a fiercely loyal public radio audience over the last 40 years. Though the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., is home base for the show, Keillor and company take it on the road frequently.

5:45 p.m. Saturday, Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor. 734-764-2538. www.a2sf.org. $35-$75.

An actor who's torn between doing respectable Shakespeare work or profitable TV roles is at the heart of "I HATE HAMLET," the final show of the season at Northville's Tipping Point Theatre. Also figuring prominently in the plot are the actor's girlfriend, who keeps a firm grip on her chastity, and the ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore. Playwright Paul Rudnick's dramatic comedy opened on Broadway in 1991, and in the two decades since, it has become a go-to show for theater groups all over the U.S. The Tipping Point cast includes Andrew Parker, Andrew Huff and Brenda Lane.

Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday and continues Thursday-Sunday through June 30 (Wednesday matinee on June 12), Tipping Point Theatre, 361 E. Cady, Northville. 248-347-0003. www.tippingpointtheatre.org. $20-$32.

Roll out the barrel ... and the bratwurst and the leiderhosen. The Germania Club Downriver's 42nd annual GERMAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL kicks off Saturday afternoon in Brownstown Township. Revelers can partake of authentic German food, a huge selection of beers and German music from the Martin Brothers (3-7 p.m.) and the Sorgenbrecher (7:30-11:30 p.m.). Raffles, photo booths and children's games and activities are also in the mix. The event is among the first of many summer festivals celebrating metro Detroit's rich mix of cultures.

Gates open at 2 p.m. Saturday, Germania Hall, 23156 King, Brownstown Township. 734-479-4278. www.germaniaclub.com. $3, free to ages 17 and younger.

Downtown Farmington will become an open-air gallery this weekend during ART ON THE GRAND, a juried fine arts event showcasing the work of more than 100 painters, sculptors, photographers and more. Accompanying the event are two stages of live entertainment (music on the Grand River Stage and costumed ethnic dance troupes on the Pavilion Stage) and activities for kids (everything from sand art to balloon twisting to airbrush tattoos). Food will be available, of course, along with adult refreshments at the Grapes on Grand Wine & Beer Tent.

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, downtown Farmington. 248-473-1856. www.downtownfarmington.org. Free.

East siders are getting some art action this weekend, too. The MT. CLEMENS ART FAIR, hosted for more than 30 years by the city's Anton Art Center, will feature the work of 50-plus artists and, for the kiddies, appearances by Roscoe the Clown and musical programs from Chautauqua Express. Food trucks -- the latest rage in dining -- also are getting in on the fun. Festivalgoers and art lovers will be able to sample the truck wares of Dago Joe's, Green Zebra, Jacques' Tacos, the Mac Shack, Treat Dreams and the People's Pierogi Collective.

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mt. Clemens. 586-469-8666. www.theartcenter.org.

-- Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press staff writer

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