March to Your Own Beat in Detroit this November
AMERICA’S THANKSGIVING PARADE
If you’re itching to rise and shine early Thanksgiving morn (and even if you’re not), head downtown for America’s Thanksgiving Parade; at 85-years strong, it’s one of the country’s oldest. Kicking off at 9:20 a.m. at the corner of Woodward and Mack, then winding its way toward Congress, this year’s theme is “So Much To Believe In.” The kids will get a kick out of the clowns passing out candy, costumed characters from the papier-mâché Big Head Corps, bands and enough floats to thrill the whole family.
For details, visit paradecompany.org.
As if you needed it, here’s another reason to head to the zoo: a new home for Bikira, Perceval and friends. When the Detroit Zoo opened in 1928, the then-groundbreaking 3,500-square-foot lions habitat, featuring a moat rather than the standard bars, was one of the park’s first animal exhibits to debut.
The cats’ new digs, under construction since February, will become a million-dollar home expanded to 7,500 square feet. The moat has been filled in and replaced with a 17-foot-tall wall of 60 tempered glass panels with “warming” rocks nearby to give a toasty perch while we gaze at each other from just feet away. A grand way for the zoo’s six lions — five of which were rescued from unstatesmanlike gigs like guard duty at a crack house and a sentry in a Kansas junkyard — to live like kings.
Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak.
(248) 541-5717; detroitzoo.org.
Take a magic carpet ride to see Fabulous Prince Ali, Jasmine, the Genie and all the other Disney favorites (singing Disney’s Academy Award-winning songs) as a cast of kids and adults perform Aladdin Jr. at the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre, along with Sky’s the Limit Productions — winner of Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Choice Awards’ “Best Youth Theatre in Metro Detroit Award.” Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 17-20. $10; free/children 3 and under.
Farmington Hills Youth Theatre, Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. (877) STL-PROD; ci.farmington-hills.mi.us.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Grab the ‘tweens and the grandparents for a bit of tradition and celluloid magic. See Tevye kick up his heels at the Redford Theatre in the epic tale of Jewish life in pre-revolutionary Russia; adapted from stories by Sholem Aleichem and directed by Norman Jewison. Arrive early to catch a performance on the 1928 theater’s original pipe organ before each show. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. All seats: $4.
Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. (313) 537-2560; redfordtheatre.com.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
Step right up to the only show business phenomenon to have run in three consecutive centuries. Comedy, music, suspense and great feats of athleticism have made Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus a national treasure.
Arrive an hour before show time for the All Access Pre-Show to meet performers and animals. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 9-13. $13-$82.
Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com or palacenet.com.