Plan your weekend

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The Big Three
1. Maker Faire at The Henry Ford: See inventions from silly to amazing at this two-day, hands-on festival of creativity. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat-Sun. $22, $21 seniors, $16 ages 5-12 (includes entry to Henry Ford museum). 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.

2. Arab and Chaldean Festival at Hart Plaza: Celebrating 40 years this summer, this annual cultural celebration features Arabic and Chaldean food, dance and music, plus a fashion show, children’s fair and exhibits on the history of Arab medicine and Arab calligraphy. Noon-midnight Sat.-Sun. Free. Jefferson Avenue at Woodward Avenue, Detroit. (248) 960-9956.

3. Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party at DTE Energy Music Theatre: Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Jill Scott will bring a handful of acts to Clarkston tonight. The party is hosted by Doug E. Fresh, and DJ Jazzy Jeff will spin. Scott will sing songs from her recently-released album “The Light of the Sun,” and Anthony Hamilton and Mint Condition will also perform. 7 p.m. Sat. $25.75 lawn, $59.75-$99.75 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

— Sound your funky horn and get down with the Wiggles and their friends Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and more as they bring their Big Birthday to The Palace. 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Fri. $15-$39.50. 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

— Sterlingfest at Dodge Park and City Center, a family-friendly community festival, will feature live music from blues, jazz, pop/rock and tribute acts, plus children’s entertainment, a midway and arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. 4055 Utica Road, Sterling Heights. Call (586) 446-2489.

— See gospel great Vickie Winans as she performs in concert at the Millennium Center. 7 p.m. $20. 15600 J. L. Hudson Drive, Southfield. Visit

— Opera singer Francesco Demuro will perform on stage at the Detroit Opera House. 8 p.m. $21-$56. 1526 Broadway St., Detroit. 1526 Broadway St., Detroit. Call (313) 961-3500.

— Rock the night away with INX tonight at the Fox Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $35.50-$68.50. 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Call (313) 471-6611.

— Catch acoustic roots singer-songwriter Chris Smither performing on stage tonight at the Ark. Smither has produced 12 albums and three DVDs during his 40-year career. 8 p.m. $22.50. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit

— Art collectors will have a wide selection to choose from at the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $5 suggested donation. 6668 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township. Call (248) 685-3748.

— Don’t miss “Dinosaurs Unearthed,” the area’s largest dinosaur exhibit, at the New Detroit Science Center. 9 a.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit is scheduled through Sept. 5. $19.95 adults, $17.95 seniors and children ages 2-12, and free for those younger than 2. 5020 John R. St., Detroit. (313) 577-8400.

— Music, boat racing, and a Vegas tent will be among activities at the Saint Clair Riverfest. 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Free. S. Riverside Ave. at Vine St., St. Clair. Call (586) 493-4344.

— Bikers won’t want to miss the Detroit Bike Week Motorcycle Festival with bikes, music, a veterans tribute and more, all at Multi-Lakes Conservation Association. 10 a.m.-midnight Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $10 daily, $15 weekend pass. 3860 Newton Road, Commerce Township. Call (5860 212-3711 or visit

— Treat the kids to a performance of “Disney’s Camp Rock – The Musical” at Stagecrafters. 3 p.m. Sat. and 1 p.m. Sun. $6-$12. 415 S. Lafayette Ave.,Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-6430.

— See a presentation of “Little Women — The Musical,” performed by the Downriver Actors Guild, at Out of the Box Theatre. 7:30 tonight, 3 p.m. Sunday. (Performances continue Friday and Aug. 6-7). $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. 1165 Ford Ave., Wyandotte. Call (313) 303-5269.

— Classic car lovers will converge at the Inn at St. John’s for the Concours d’Elegance of America car show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. 44045 Five Mile, Plymouth. (248) 643-8645.

— Check out classic rock performances by Journey with Foreigner and Night Ranger at DTE Energy Music Theatre. 7 p.m. $25 lawn, $35-$135 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Call (248) 377-0100.

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