7 Things to Do This Weekend (Feb. 12-14)

Celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day with a scare fest, explore some of Detroit’s most impressive historic buildings, and learn about birdwatching from birding pros
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Valentine Haunt takes place at Hush Haunted Attraction this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Hush Haunted Attraction

Valentine Haunt

If you’re flying solo this year — or all that mushy, lovey stuff just isn’t your style — celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day at Hush Haunted Attraction. Crawling with undead angels, crazed vampires, and a Twisted Queen of Hearts, the Valentine Haunt is a far cry from boring, old dinner-and-a-movie. $22. Feb. 12. Hush Haunted Attraction, 37550 Cherry Hill Road, Westland; valentinehauntdetroit.com

Detroit Valentine’s Day Helicopter Tour

A flight aboard one of MI Flight’s heated private helicopters makes for a romantic and memorable date night, without compromising safety. You and your valentine will indulge in complimentary chocolates and Champagne while surveying the twinkling lights of Detroit from 1,000 feet in the air. $150. Feb. 12-14. Oakland Troy Airport, 2672 Industrial Row, Troy; miflightaviation.com

Minari

The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun portrays the patriarch of a Korean-American family in search of the American Dream. Minari follows the family as its members struggle to navigate their new lives after moving to an Arkansas farm and taking in their unorthodox grandmother. The film’s poignant illustration of family resilience and the meaning of “home” earned it two Sundance Film Festival awards and a Golden Globe nomination. $10. Feb. 12-18. Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; landmarktheatres.com

The Buildings We Love tour explores historic structures in Detroit. // photograph courtesy of Detroit Experience Factory

A Glitch in the Matrix

Diving into science, philosophy, and conspiracy theories, this documentary explores what would happen if we were in a simulation. Would our world change if we were actually living in a video game? The film, directed by documentarian Rodney Ascher, most recently appeared at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.  Feb. 12-March 5. $12. Virtual; dia.org

Birdwatching for Beginners

Led by the Belle Isle Nature Center, this weekend’s class will focus on raptors and winter wanderers. The virtual event covers how to identify common birds by sight and sound, and goes over field guides, apps, and binoculars. No cost. Feb. 14. Virtual; register at detroitzoo.org

Lovers and Friends Jazz and Comedy Interlude

This Valentine’s Day dinner comes complete with an entertainment buffet. Attendees will enjoy a spoken word performance by award-winning poet One Single Rose, live music from Detroit jazz duo Charles and Gwen Scales, and stand-up from Boogie Williams and J. Bell — local comedians featured on Comedy Central’s Hart of the City, hosted by Kevin Hart. $80+. Feb. 14. The Grand Venue, 9955 Grand River Ave., Detroit; sodalisproductions.com

Buildings We Love and Almost Lost in Detroit

This hour-long virtual tour will examine the history and design of some of Detroit’s most impressive historic buildings. Each of the highlighted locations, which will include The Book Cadillac building and the Broderick Tower, was once in danger of falling to ruins. Participants will get a retrospective look at the crumbling structures and their current, fully-restored incarnations. $1+. Feb. 14. Virtual event; detroitexperiencefactory.org

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