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Musical Feasts, Trivia Wars, Farmers Markets, Garden Hints
FEAST YOUR EARS
Help the Detroit Symphony Orchestra kick off its most popular and eagerly anticipated fundraising series: The Musical Feast XXV series celebrates its 25th season this year, co-chaired by Marlene Bihlmeyer and Debra Partrich and debuting with a Carnival of Music at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, where 24 guests will enjoy a Mardi Gras celebration with Louisiana French Quarter cuisine by chef Bekim Pellumbi and a musical performance by cellist Robert Bergman and pianist Robert Conway in an elegant private home on Quarton Lake ($200 per person). Look for 23 additional events throughout the season, including a brass quintet at Planterra conservatory (March 15), a strolling buffet in a historic Boston-Edison mansion (June 8), and a four-course dinner at the Presidential Suite of Dearborn’s boutique hotel, the Henry, accompanied by a string quartet (Dec. 22). (313) 576-5154; dso.org.
AN ENCHANTED EVENING
Based on James Michener’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific has beguiled audiences on the screen and stage for generations. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the tale of romance and racism also includes a favorite score, with songs like “Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” Friday, March 2-Sunday, March 4. $30-$70. Fox Theatre, Detroit. (313) 471-6611 or (800) 745-3000; olympiaentertainment.com or ticketmaster.com.
There’s still time to enjoy one of Michigan’s favorite wintertime farmers market. More than 35 vendors, offering everything from produce, meat and eggs to baked goods, chocolates, soap, candles and jewelry, plus a cafe (try crepes, panini and more) pack the Old Winery Farmers Market, which offers a surprisingly outdoor feel throughout the cold months. Look for special events like book sales, tea parties, cooking demos, crafting classes and Children’s Day. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday through April 28. 31505 Grand River Ave., Farmington. theoldwinerymarket.com.
Test your knowledge of Detroit pop culture while helping the Detroit Historical Society’s Past>Forward Campaign reach its goal of $20.1 million. Go solo or team up with three to five people for 313 Trivia Nights at Detroit’s Hard Rock Cafe (in the Compuware Building) to vie for the title of expert of Detroit’s music, sports and entertainment scene, plus gift cards, complimentary dinner at Hard Rock Cafe, free passes to the Detroit Historical Museum and more. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 and April 4. $10 suggested donation. 45 Monroe, Detroit. (313) 833-7935; detroithistorical.org.
AT HOME AT THE DOME
Master handyman Glenn Haege, more than a dozen featured gardens created by the area’s finest landscape designers, the latest trends and inspirations in landscaping, gardening and home improvement is on hand at the 21st Michigan Home & Garden Show, plus demonstrations on everything from interior design to cooking. Friday, March 9-Sunday, March 11. $10/adults; $5/children 6-14; free for children 5 and under. Pontiac Silverdome. (800-328-6550); silverdomehomeshow.com.