6 Things to do This Weekend (Oct. 8-10)

Food trucks, a botanical show, and whiskeys from around the world
Healing Botanicals
Healing Botanicals is on view at the Gifts of Art Galleries through Dec. 3. // Photograph courtesy of Laurie Tennent Botanicals

Healing Botanicals

From the mother-daughter team of photographer Laurie Tennent and acupuncturist Sarah Tennent comes an exhibit that combines art and education. The pair examine the healing power of botanicals through Laurie’s horticultural images and Sarah’s complementary insights about their subjects’ medicinal properties. Visitors can scan QR codes to access videos of Sarah and Laurie discussing each plant. You’ll learn about botanicals such as lavender, which has the ability to soothe headaches, asthma, burns, wounds, and digestive upset, and rosemary, which stimulates circulation and cognition, and has been used in medicine for centuries. No cost. Through Dec. 3. Gifts of Art Galleries, University of Michigan Hospital, 1500 Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor; cedarrosebotanicals.com 

Steps toward Justice: Artis Lane’s Portraits of Rosa Parks

Artis Lane’s many multimedia portraits of civil rights icon Rosa Parks are displayed alongside one another in a new exhibition from Collected Detroit that highlights the intersection of art and social justice. Once a close friend of Parks, the 94-year-old artist has rendered her using paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and even a bronze bust that currently adorns President Biden’s Oval Office. But the centerpiece of Steps toward Justice is a sculpture of the same name, depicting Parks’ ascension of the Montgomery courthouse steps for the bus-boycott trial in 1956. No cost. Through Oct. 23. Collected Detroit, 2439 Fourth, St., Detroit; collecteddetroit.com

Whiskey Business

Sample your way across the globe at Whiskey Business — a tasting event featuring more than 100 whiskeys from local and international brewers. Guests will have the opportunity to taste the new, the classic, and everything in between, including Tennessee, Irish, and Canadian whiskeys. They’ll also learn from brand ambassadors, who will offer insights on the various products. To complement the libations, various restaurants will be providing whiskey-inspired appetizers, while live music and games provide entertainment. General admission includes 10 drink tickets, a commemorative rocks glass, and a keepsake photo. $45+. Oct. 8. The Meridian Event Center, 26750 Haggerty Road, Farmington Hills; whiskeybusinessmi.com

Harvest Fest and Food Truck Rally
Head to the Dequindre Cut this weekend for the Harvest Fest and Food Truck Rally // Photograph courtesy of Detroit Riverfront Conservancy


Ann Arbor’s A2Tech360 is a week-long celebration of the region’s innovation. Featured events are tailored to a variety of interests and audiences — such as entrepreneurs, businesses, job seekers, and the general public — and include Entrepreneur Boot Camp, the Ann Arbor Mobility Summit, the Women in Tech seminar, the Green Fair, and more. No cost. Oct. 8. Downtown Ann Arbor, between S. Division St. and. S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor; a2tech360.com 

Scream (1996)

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary screening of Wes Craven’s modern-classic horror flick, Scream, at the Senate Theatre. The ’90s film that kicked off what would become an iconic franchise is famous for its cheeky, self-satirizing sense of humor. But it also features celebrated silver-screen stars — such as Drew Barrymore, Courtney Cox, and Neve Campbell — and all the twists and turns of a good murder mystery. $6. Oct. 9. Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Ave., Detroit; senatetheater.com

Harvest Fest and Food Truck Rally

This weekend, more than 60 food trucks from metro Detroit and beyond will line the Dequindre Cut for Harvest Fest and Food Truck Rally. The event is Michigan’s largest food truck rally of the year. Participating businesses — including Wing Snob, Crispelli’s, Maui Mike, Galindo’s, Mr. Pitmaster BBQ, and A Taste of Motown — will offer fare ranging from Mediterranean, Italian, and Mexican to seafood, soul food, and gourmet desserts. When not sampling from these delicious options, adults can check out psychic readings, performances from local musicians, and a beer and wine garden. The kids, meanwhile, are sure to enjoy trick-or-treating, inflatable bounce houses, scavenger hunts, costume contests, and character meet-and-greets. $5. Oct. 9 and 10. Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit; detroitharvestfest.com