48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
The Big Three
Youmacon at Cobo Center and Renaissance Center
Similar to a comic con, Youmacon celebrates comic books, gaming, cosplay, anime and Japanese pop culture. All day Saturday-Sun. $40 Saturday, $20 Sun. 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. www.youmacon.com.
Ofrenda Altars Exhibit at Detroit Institute of Arts
Honor loved ones past with the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead. The DIA has invited 28 local artists to create ofrenda altars memorializing family members and friends created with flowers, sugar skulls, photos and more. The exhibit runs through Sunday, and the artists will give a public talk at 2 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sun. Free admission for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900. (For more on Day of the Dead, see Page 1A)
Damned VII at Tangent Gallery and Hasting Ballroom
This three-evening art and performance event calls itself “an exhibition of enlightened darkness.” Tonight is the main event with a formal mask-mandatory ball, seated six-course dinner and a variety of entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday (VIP entry is 7 p.m.). $15 and up. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. www.thatdamnedshow.com.
a.m. Learn what the future holds for you at Your November 2014 Astrology Trends Plus Psychic Fair at Troy Masonic Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. Readings are $25 (15 minutes) or $35 (full reading). 1032 Hartland, Troy. Call (248) 528-2610 or visit RichMilostanonAstrology.blogspot.com.
p.m. Learn how to make a multipurpose ottoman for extra seating in your home at Haberman Fabrics. While there, be sure to take advantage of the 20 percent off foam and home decor fabrics, and enter to win a $20 gift card. Noon Saturday. Free. 905 S. Main, Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-0010 or visit www.habermanfabrics.com.
p.m. Don’t miss “Pairing Great Brands Wine Tasting Experience” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Sample fine wines from around the world at this event, which is sponsored by the museum’s Women’s Committee. 6 p.m. Saturday. $60 admission. Limited VIP tickets are $100 each. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.
p.m. Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy brings his accent, guy next door demeanor and sense of humor to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Centre. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $25 advance, $28 at the door. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. Visit www.dannybhoy.com.
p.m. Invade the streets of Ferndale, where you’ll find zombie antics and “killer drinks” during the Day of the Dead Zombie and Holloween Pub Crawl. Fifteen downtown Ferndale bars will participate. $10 for wristband to receive $3 beer and cocktails at participating locations. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Michigan AIDS Coalition. 3-9 p.m. (Post Apocalypse parties start at 9 p.m.) Call (248) 543-1000 or visit www.thesocialconnection.com.
p.m. Laugh it up with comedian Nate Fridson when he performs at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Fridson, who has performed at the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, was a semi-finalist at the New York Comedy Contest. A rising comedian from the Detroit comedy scene, he recently performed for U.S. troops in Japan. 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit www.comedycastle.com.
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p.m. Shop at the “Treasure Sale” for jewelry, linens, books, seasonal decorations, small appliances, glassware, kitchenware, art and more at Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery fundraising events. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 33 E. Adams and Woodward, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 963-7575.
p.m. The Fear Factory awaits you with a night of horror. Experience 25,000 square feet of “unrelenting terror!” Doors open at 7 p.m. $18 (group rates available). 237 N. River, Mt. Clemens. Call (586) 216-2291 or visit www.thefearfactory.com.