It’s worth bundling up and heading out into the chill for this week’s slate of Detroit events. Entrepreneurs will want to check out Black Tech Weekend, dance lovers can party all night or at a kid-friendly Halloween rave, and bookworms have a wealth of readings to choose from. You can also laugh for a cause or get to know one of the city’s most celebrated architects. 

Without further ado, here are the events around town we’re most looking forward to. 

👨🏾‍💻 Get ready to network at Black Tech Weekend, Thursday through Saturday. Head to to check out the schedule of entrepreneurship events at NewLab in Corktown. Tickets are $199. 

🖋️ Michigan’s poet laureate and Detroit’s own Nandi Comer will do a reading of her work and engage in conversation about craft and culture with fellow Detroit poet Brittany Rogers, Thursday night at the University of Detroit Mercy.

😂 On Friday night, downtown Detroit comedy club One Mike Detroit presents TaTas and HaHas, a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Tickets start at $25. 

“Boiler Room Detroit. BEIGE, Father Dukes, Huey Mnemonic, Julion De'Angelo, Max Watts, Rimarkable, Sheefy McFly, Sinistarr, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, Whodat. Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. Mean Red.” Black flyer has neon blue, pink and red writing.
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🎶 Boiler Room is hosting a house party at an undisclosed venue in Detroit on Friday night, featuring some huge names in local dance music, including Father Dukes, Huey Mnemonic, Sheefy McFly and more. Join the waitlist for tickets, $47.07.

📑 Join the James & Grace Lee Boggs Center for a “Message to the Grassroots” Study Circle, where you can discuss Malcolm X’s 1963 speech and its themes that are still relevant today, with sessions on Saturday and Oct. 21 at 3061 Field St. and online. Free.

📚 If snuggling up with a good book is on your fall to-do list, you’re going to want to check out Detroit Book City’s fifth annual Fall Family Book Fair on Saturday. Free. 

⚡️ Interested in learning what it would take to have a public power company? Join the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition on Saturday in Southwest Detroit for the first of three “Dismantle DTE” workshops about creating a public-centered utility plan. Free.

👟 You don’t have to be fast or thin to be a marathon runner. Martinus Evans, author of “Slow AF Run Club: The Ultimate Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Run,” will be at Detroit Public Library’s main branch on Saturday to share running tips and his story on being a 300-pound marathon runner. Free.

“Treats and Beats. Halloween costume party for kids. Baby rave. Oct. 15, 2023, 3-8 p.m.,$5 for adults, kids under 10 free. Music will be played at a kid-friendly volume. The Marble Bar, 1051 Holden St., Detroit, MI.” Flyer has orange, pink and black writing with a green skull and bat illustrations.
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🪩 A dance party might sound like a typical wild Marble Bar night, but the kid-friendly Halloween “baby rave” at Marble Bar on Sunday sounds like a spooky good time for the whole family. $5, free for kids under 10.

Rescheduled for Oct. 22: 🏛 Architecture fanatics will want to join a tour hosted by Preservation Detroit on Sunday that explores Mirou Yamasaki’s buildings and mark on two college campuses and throughout Detroit’s Cultural Center. $30.

💃 Motor City Street Dance Academy is accepting applications for its fall classes. The kid-friendly classes begin Oct. 16 and range from breaking and popping to bachata and krumping. The academy will also have a screening of the film “Rock Rubber 45s” later this month and will host two workshops in November. 

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