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Get Out: Festivals, Plays, and Costumes Offer the Chance to See What Purim is All About

West Bloomfield takes the stage this week from the Playhouse theater, to a Jewish Western to a Jewish Shrek in honor of the Purim holiday.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend. West Bloomfield Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit and events to attend in the area. 

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Where:

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Why go: The center court of Orchard Mall is transformed by music, dancing and laughter of kids of all ages as Kevin Devine performs familiar songs with a sense of humor. As an added bonus, children receive balloons and free raffle tickets to win prizes from stores at the mall.

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Where:

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Why go: Temple Shir Shalom is giving a shpiel about Purim tonight. Using a fresh and new approach and professional choreographer, they have transformed the stage into the Palace Saloon, to re-tell the story of the Jewish Purim holiday with a Western musical twist that includes dancing girls, fighting, drinking, singing and a talent contest.

3.

Where:

When: 8:45 p.m. Saturday

Why go: Beginning with Havdalah the festivities commence. There will be a masquerade parade, delicious hamentashen, crafts for the kids and an interactive Megillah reading.  

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Where:

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Why go: Who doesn't love the hilarious characters of Shrek? Put them together with the story of Purim and everyone in your family is sure to enjoy this twisted adventure. Afterwards, the Temple is having a Purim Carnival with  games for all ages, including a special toddler room.

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Where:

When: Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m., and 5-6 p.m.

Why go: Kidz Klez musical director David Appelman brings his klezmer music group, which consists of 6-12th grade Metro Detroit youths, to the library to perform. The band has played some major gigs across the country including Disney World and Carnegie Hall. The band typically sings in Yiddish, has a variety of instruments, and plays lively music that includes a repertoire of dance songs used in celebrations.

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