Metro Detroit will be alive this weekend with three days packed full of art, history, and pre-Valentine’s Day fun.
GMAAN Black History Month Celebration: The General Motors African Ancestry Network will be holding its 13th annual Black History Month Celebration at the Detroit Renaissance Marriott. The event will feature a buffet and live musical performances by Brandy and Dr. Karen Clark-Sheard. Along with Jeff Friday’s keynote speech, a special appearance will be made by Yvonne Orji. Feb. 8. $75+. Detroit Renaissance Marriott, 400 Renaissance Dr., Detroit; 313-568-8000; www.gmaan.org
Adam Sandler: The iconic comedian will be doing stand-up at the Fox Theatre on Friday as part of his 100% Fresher Tour. His performance will feature skits from his successful Netflix special, 100% Fresh, plus new material and a surprise guest. Feb. 8. $40+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-6611; 313presents.com
Empty Bowls Detroit Painting Workshop: Exercise your creativity while giving back to the community at this ceramic-painting workshop. All proceeds will go toward Empty Bowls Detroit’s mission of fighting and raising awareness for hunger in metro Detroit. Every bowl made at the workshop will be used at the nonprofit’s annual Eastern Market benefit in March. Feb. 8. $10. Cass Community Social Services Activities Center, 3745 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7730; emptybowlsdetroit.com
What Men Want Movie Night: This girls’ night showing of What Men Want at the newly remodeled Bel Air Luxury Cinema includes a raffle ticket, popcorn and unlimited drinks. The film starring Taraji P. Henson is about a sports agent who gains the ability to hear what men are thinking and uses it against her male competitors in the race to sign a promising basketball player. Feb. 8. $15+. Bel Air Luxury Cinema, 10100 East 8 Mile Rd., Detroit; belairluxurycinema.com
The Dirty Show: Get ready for Valentine’s Day by joining the 10,000 Detroiters who visit this erotic art exhibition every year. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the exhibit will feature erotic art films, go-go dancers, a spanking booth and burlesque performers from across the country. Food and drinks will also be available. Feb. 8.-Feb. 15. $40+. Russell Industrial Complex, 1600 Clay St., Detroit; 313-872-4000; dirtydetroit.com
Boss Babe By Design – Business & Beauty Expo: This business and beauty conference, organized by podcaster and motivational speaker Abigail Rose, is designed specifically for women who are looking to grow personally and professionally. The event will cover topics such as self-love, creativity, lifestyle and wellness. Feb. 9. No cost. 31775 Grand River Ave., Farmington; eventbrite.com
Beaux Arts Ball: Hosted this year by the Detroit Mercy and Lawrence Tech Chapters of the American Institute of Architecture Students, this annual gala is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s open gallery, guest at this 1920’s themed soiree will enjoy hors devours, music, dancing and networking opportunities. Feb. 9. $30+. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622; mocadetroit.org
Detroit Divided: The History of Segregation in Detroit Bus Tour: Learn about the history of African Americans in Detroit with historian Jamon Jordan on this educational bus tour. Participants will explore the roots of racial division in Southeast Michigan by visiting historical sites of discrimination, segregation, police brutality, and injustices. Feb. 9. $25. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Ave., Detroit, 313-494-5808; thewright.org
United We Brunch: Fight off Friday night’s hangover with this Saturday morning brunch fest. The event, which will span two venues, will feature selections from some of metro Detroit’s best brunch spots, including Toast, Otus Supply, Parks & Rec and Jim Brady’s, plus drinks including bloody marys, mimosas, beer and champagne. The brunch party will also include live music and bowling at the Garden Bowl. Feb. 9. $30+. The Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; mtbrunch.com
Dorothy: This genre-bending band from Los Angeles is bringing their unique brand of bluesy alternative rock to Detroit this weekend as part of their The Freedom Tour. The band, whose first album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, has received much praise from critics for their gritty sound and for lead singer Dorothy Martin’s unique voice. Feb. 9. $20+. Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com
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