Do the Hustle? Motor through Motortown? Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!
LET’S GROOVE TONIGHT
Hustle on over to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet will have you working out while cutting the rug at her weekly hustle lessons — while supporting the museum’s ongoing membership efforts. 5-7 p.m. every Sunday. Free for members; $7/nonmembers; purchase five lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons free. 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit. (313) 494-5800; thewright.org.
Get ready for the North American International Auto Show with a little history at home — in Detroit. Join Inside Detroit’s popular bus tours for Detroit Auto Show Special — The Motor City Then and Now, a guided visit through the first 100 years of the auto industry led by tour guides who live in the city. See the world’s first mile of paved concrete; the first stoplight; the Piquette Plant, where the first Model T was made; Ford’s Highland Park plant, where the automobile and the assembly line first merged; and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. $25. Downtown Detroit Welcome Center, 1253 Woodward Ave. (313) 962-4590; insidedetroit.org.
Every week, more than 3.2 million listeners tune in to NPR’s less-dignified side as host Peter Sagal and judge Carl Kasell (shown) lead a rotating panel of celebrity contestants to compete on the Peabody Award-winning Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! Head to the Fox at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, to see a live performance, being taped for national broadcast, of Sagal quizzing guests on how closely they paid attention to the news with lightning rounds, identifying the “fake” stories and filling-in-the-blank limericks, vying for the coveted prize of a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail. $38-$68.
Fox Theatre, Detroit. (313) 471-6611 or (800) 745-3000; olympiaentertainment.com or ticketmaster.com.
SPIN A YARN
Fun with Fiber offers more than just a place to pick out a gorgeous array of yarn or needles. Open just over a year, it’s a mecca for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels, whether you want to just come, sit and knit with other like-minded crafters in an inviting and unhurried atmosphere; need help designing, choosing or working on a pattern; or taking a class or specialty workshop with owner Lora Miller (whose husband, David, owns Millers Art Supply next door) and daughter Shaye Nielsen. 33338 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. (248) 55-FIBER; funwithfiber.com.
A DAY IN THE PARK
Bundle up and head out for a brisk, beautiful walk along the Detroit River to view the outdoor offerings of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s public arts program. Working toward spanning 5.5 miles, from the Ambassador Bridge to just east of the Belle Isle Bridge, the RiverFront is working hard to engage the community, and to this end has teamed with Metro Detroit’s cultural institution leaders to commission and secure original works of art to display free of charge.
Visitors to the “garden rooms” (some of the pockets of green space) in the stretch of RiverWalk between the Renaissance Center/GM Plaza and Rivard Plaza (closer to the GM Plaza side) can view four free-standing works of art: Midmiem, 1970, a stainless-steel sculpture by American artist Sasson Soffer on loan from the Gilbert B. & Lila Silverman Collection; Free Form 5 (shown), a welded-steel sculpture by Robert Sestok on loan from the Wayne State University Art Collection; and Side Talkin Kay, an original work created by world-renowned Detroit-area artist Tyree Guyton and on loan to the project by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Guyton’s Boogaloo will also be on loan to the Conservancy from the Gilbert B. & Lila Silverman Collection.
For information, contact (313) 566-8200; detroitriverfront.org.