7 Things to Do This Weekend (Nov. 6-8)

Between haunted houses, musical performances, and journeys through America’s past, this weekend offers entertainment for every taste
Amythyst Kiah
Amythyst Kiah performs this weekend as part of The Ark’s Family Room Series. // Photograph by Anna Hedges

Voting Matters

As we face our own set of modern-day threats against voting rights, we may find guidance in their historical parallels. Voting Matters is an interactive, multimedia exhibition that tells the history of African Americans’ journey to true voting rights. The artifacts on display include paintings, photographs, memorabilia, and documents spanning from the pre-reconstruction era to present day. No cost with museum admission. Sept. 7-May 9. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, thewright.org

Radium Girls

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre @ Home series is offering you the opportunity to enjoy a cinematic work of historical fiction from the comfort and safety of your own living room. Inspired by actual events, Radium Girls is a commentary on workers’ rights set in 1925. It follows a pair of sisters determined to expose the horrors of chemical poisoning after their employment at a radium factory causes one of them to fall ill. $12. Oct. 30-Nov 13. Virtual showing; dia.org

Glow Stick Fright Nights

For one weekend each year, Hush Haunted Attractions turns out the lights. In what it says is the scariest experience it offers, Hush provides each visiting group a single glowstick to share. This is the only light you’ll have to navigate the property’s three pitch-black haunted houses. $29. Nov. 6 and 7. Hush Haunted Attractions, 37550 Cherry Hill Road, Westland; hushhauntedattractions.com

Amythyst Kiah

As part of The Ark’s Family Room Series, neo-folk singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah will be performing on Facebook Live. Kiah’d powerful vocals blend with blues, classic country, and contemporary R&B influences to create a uniquely moving sound. NPR described her original song “Black Myself” as “the simmering defiance of self-respect in the face of racism.” No cost. Nov. 7. Facebook Live; facebook.com

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Artwork from the “Justice Peace Love” exhibit is on display for the rest of this month. // Photograph courtesy of Irwin House

Strange Beautiful Music

Local musician collective New Music Detroit is returning for its annual contemporary music marathon. This year, it will feature video performances of new original pieces by members Jorge Sosa, Evan Williams, Jessie Montgomery, Caroline Shaw, Lukas Ligeti. Special guest composer and saxophonist Marcus Elliot will also make an appearance. No cost. Nov. 7. Virtual performance; dso.org

Justice Peace and Love

Irwin House Global Art Center and Gallery established an outdoor installation this fall, allowing metro Detroiters the opportunity to enjoy art while maintaining social distance. Each of the exhibit’s 20 large, painted banners is an interpretation of the exhibition’s title — Justice Peace and Love — by a local creative or youth. Sept. 26-Nov. 30. Irwin House Global Art Center and Gallery, 2351 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; irwinhousegallery.org

Fairy Doors

Across the grounds surrounding the Belle Isle Aquarium and Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory are hidden fairy doors, each inspired by its location on the property. Visit the conservancy’s website for a map that leads to the hideaways of aquatic fairies, autumn fairies, cottage fairies, and even Jurassic Park fairies. This interactive scavenger hunt is the perfect safe and social distancing-friendly way to get the kids outdoors. No cost. Through Nov. 29. Belle Isle, 300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit; belleisleconservancy.org

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