With the winter season in full effect, stay busy with these fun events happening around Metro Detroit this month
By Carmen Nesbitt
Little Caesars Arena
2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Just a few dates into their 30-show North American tour, the Denver folk rockers hit Little Caesars Arena to highlight songs from their 2019 release, III, a three-act concept album that tells the story of a family struggling with addiction. Tickets from $39, ticketmaster.com.
Cheese, Wine, & Chocolate Tasting
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
3723 Plaza Dr., STE 2, Ann Arbor
If the way to your sweetie’s heart is through his or her stomach, Zingerman’s Creamery has the perfect Valentine’s Day gift: triple pairings of artisan cheeses, Michigan wines and single-varietal chocolate bars (meaning the cacao is sourced from one locale) from around the world. Bread and additional accompaniments will be provided at the event, which is for people 21+ only. Tickets are $45, zingermanscreamery.com.
Feb 18- 29
Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
Start time determined by date of show
Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway St, Detroit
Everyone’s favorite chocolatier brings magic and mayhem to the Detroit Opera House with a production based on the iconic 1971 film about Willy Wonka and friends. The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2017, features classic songs like “Pure Imagination” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” along with new tunes from the Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning songwriters of “Hairspray.” Tickets from $29, ticketmaster.com.
Straight Up with Stassi LIVE!
Royal Oak Music Theatre
318 W 4th St, Royal Oak
Stassi Schroeder, the star of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” and author of the New York Times bestseller Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook, is kicking off her “Straight up With Stassi Live” tour at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Based on her podcast of the same name, the show — which also features Schroeder’s fiancé Beau Clark and fellow podcaster Taylor Strecker — promises lively discussions of celebrity gossip, pop culture and more. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets from $35, axs.com.
Leap Year, Leap Beer
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Filmore 13 Brewery
7 North Saginaw Street, Pontiac
Celebrate Leap Day with beer and a half-kilometer “race.” Part of the 2020 Michigan Brewery Running Series, participants will begin running (or walking) at 10:00 a.m. at Filmore 13 Brewery. At the finish line, they’ll be treated to a nice cold beer. The event will donate 10% of all proceeds to CASA STEM, a local organization that helps pay for STEM-focused field trips for local schools. Tickets include two complimentary craft beers and Brewery Running Series swag. Tickets from $45, eventbrite.com.