Looking for things to do in Metro Detroit this month? Check out these dining, arts, entertainment and philanthropic events.
Variety Hearts & Stars Gala
100 Townsend St., Birmingham
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Detroit presents its annual Hearts & Stars gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The event benefits Variety programs and children with special needs in Metro Detroit and will feature WJR radio host Paul W. Smith and entertainment by Fifty Amp Fuse. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing. Tickets start at $250 on eventbrite.com.
“Faces of Music”
Atom Art Gallery
522 East 9 Mile Road, Ferndale
Detroit muralist Desiree Kelly will present her first solo gallery exhibition, “The Faces of Music,” at the Atom Art Gallery. The exhibit will feature a collection of portraits created with oil paints, spray paints and collage on canvas. “I’ve been a professional artist for more than 15 years now, and to finally get a chance to curate my first solo exhibition is something I will never forget,” Kelly said in a statement. The exhibit will be on display until May 31. A public reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
Women Rock Science
Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
Cranbrook Institute of Science will be hosting Women Rock Science, a gala to honor women in STEM and STEAM education. Proceeds from the event provide students in underserved Southeast Michigan communities the opportunity to engage in science curriculums. Attendees will have the opportunity to see a show in the institute’s planetarium and tour its traveling exhibit, “Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars.” Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Tickets are $100, $250 or $1,000. Purchase at science.cranbrook.edu/women-rock-science.
90s and Beyond Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Community House
380 South Bates St., Birmingham
Every spring since 2012, The Community House in Birmingham hosts a celebratory luncheon to honor community members who are 90 years and older. This year’s celebration will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Tickets to the public event are $35. SEEN interviewed three of the nonagenarian women who will be honored at the luncheon. Each of the noteworthy ladies have contributed considerable time and energy to making a lasting impact in their community. Read more about them here.
Women SEEN Making an Impact
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Beacon at One Woodward
1 Woodward Ave., Detroit
SEEN Magazine and the Michigan Women’s Foundation are hosting an event to empower and connect inspiring Metro Detroit women, who are making an impact and helping other women thrive along the way. Join us for the kick-off of our inaugural event, featuring networking, breakfast and a panel discussion with empowering women who are succeeding in a male-dominated industries. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Buy tickets here.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit
A solo exhibition, titled “this is not Detroit,” by the Copenhagen-based artist Tal R is opening Friday, May 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The exhibit, running through Sunday, July 29, features seven large-scale paintings of the artist’s vision of Detroit neighborhoods. The imaginings invite viewers to reflect on Detroit as a place and as an idea. Tal R has also written a 52-page Detroit newspaper that will be distributed at the exhibition. A public opening reception will be held 7-10 p.m. at MOCAD.
May 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown Birmingham’s Shain Park
Come see over 150 artists showcase their artwork in downtown Birmingham. Art Birmingham has been a Mother’s Day tradition the past 37 years. The free event is produced by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and The Guild of Artists & Artisans. “Art Birmingham gives everyone the opportunity to meet the artist and learn first hand their story in creating a specific piece of art,” Annie VanGelderen, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center president, said in a statement. “The beauty is once you buy their painting, sculpture or jewelry, their story about how and why they created the piece and their technique in creating it, now becomes your story.”
Mother’s Day Brunch
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
Celebrate Mother’s Day with the mama lions, penguins and giraffes at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. A Mother’s Day brunch will be held Sunday, May 13 in the picnic grove from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a mimosa and bloody mary cash bar open from noon to 2 p.m. After, enjoy the zoo until closing at 5 p.m. Buy tickets ($40 for adult nonmembers; $35 for kid nonmembers) at detroitzoo.org.
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Landscape your home for the season with fresh flowers from Eastern Market. The annual tradition since 1967 will be held Sunday, May 20 in the Eastern Market sheds on Russell Street in Detroit. Arrive early for the best selection and to beat the crowds. Starts at 7 a.m.
Boss Ladies Meetup
For the Love of Sugar
100 Erskine St, Detroit
Join the Boss Ladies Referral Crew for an evening to network, connect and collaborate with female entrepreneurs. Founder Kelly Hartman started the Metro Detroit group for women in business to meet one another at a fun outing in a different location each month. The event 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 21 will be held at For the Love of Sugar at 100 Erskine St. in Detroit. Treats and beverages will be provided. Reserve a spot at bossladiesreferral.com.