City 5 – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:42:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 20-22 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:42:43 +0000 The weekend is almost here, and I am really looking forward to it. I hear the weather is actually going to feel spring like, so that’s exciting.

This weekend is also my 6th wedding anniversary. So we will be hitting the highway for a little road trip for a few days. We were originally going to head north, but after all that snow this weekend I’m going to take a hard pass. Who know’s where we will end up, but I’m up for an adventure.

So anyway, let’s get back to this week’s City 5. There are a ton of great events happening this weekend. I had a hard time narrowing them down, so I threw in a bonus.

Let’s get down to business.

Whiskey Experience 2018

I know, I know I had another Whiskey event in City 5 last week. But you know what, I don’t care because I really like whiskey. Plus, this event is for a good cause so it deserves to be here.

The Whiskey Experience is a benefit for the Luella M. Harden Foundation. The foundation is a local organization that raises money for college scholarships and also contributes to the Leukemia Society.

This event has everything; educational whiskey sampling, industry expertise, the Whiskey Experience 2018 Guinness Record Highball glass filled with Jim Beam and Faygo Ginger Ale, and an all you can eat buffet.

If you’re not in the mood for sampling whiskey they will also have some different cocktails available.

General admission tickets are $60 per person. Want the VIP treatment? Those tickets are $80. They also have discount tickets if you are the designated driver, so pick one of those up too.  You can pick up tickets here. All proceeds will go to the Luella M. Harden Foundation.

This should also go without saying but this event is 21 and over. Get a babysitter or drop those kids off at your mother in law’s house.

When: Friday, April 20 from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

The Chug-A-Lug

Do you like running? Do you also enjoy tasty cold beers? Do you ever think that the only think that would make a 5 mile run better is to make stops along the way to have a beer?

If this sounds like you, then you should sign up for the the 5th Annual Chug-A-Lug.

This event celebrates Detroit Champions’ Week. If you want to learn more about Detroit Champions’ Day and Week head over to the News Byte. Jer spoke with the organizer of the events last week.

Anyway, back to the Chug-A-Lug.

The fun run will start out at Nancy Whiskey and will end at McShane’s.

Just a few quick things. Drinks are not provided during the race, so be sure to bring some cash. You only have a limited amount of time at each bar. So no need to get slowed up with plastic. Also, bring your ID with you because this is a 21 and over event.

It’s too late to get a shirt, but you can still sign up for this free run here.

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Nancy Whiskey 2644 Harrison Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Record Store Day

If you are a lover of music then you should probably already know that this Saturday is Record Store Day. This annual event is a celebration of the independent record stores around the world.

There are plenty of great indie record stores in Detroit and Hamtramck, so why not check one of them out.

Many of them will be participating in Record Store Day by having specials, new records, and live performances.

Some of our favorite record stores in Detroit and Hamtramck are: Peoples Records, Hello Records, Third Man Records, and Detroit Threads.

When: Saturday, April 21 

Where: Multiple locations 

Belle Isle Park Spring Clean-Up

Hopefully this weekend is nicer than last weekend because it’s time for the Belle Isle Park Spring Clean-Up!

Come out and celebrate Earth Day by polishing up Detroit’s Jewel.

The cleanup is island wide, so they can use all the volunteers they can get. If you do go to help out be sure to bring your own rake and work gloves. The DNR will supply lawn bags, but will have limited rakes and gloves.

Have a large group of 15 or more? Want to help clean up the canals in a kayak? Have a large truck and want to help out? Email Genevieve Nowak at the Belle Isle Conservancy to let her know you’re coming.

Recreation passport requirement will be waived for Spring Clean-up volunteers.

This year the Spring Clean Up registration and hot dog lunch will be located at the Belle Isle Athletic Complex.

When: Saturday, April 21 Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the island-wide clean up will go between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Where: Belle Isle Athletic Complex on Belle Isle State Park 

Corrado Parducci-The Man Who Made Detroit Beautiful

I have had a long love affair with the work that Corrado Parducci did all over the city of Detroit.

If you love the ornamentation of the Penobscot Building, Guardian Building, Buhl Building, Masonic Temple and David Stott Building then you too are a fan of Parducci’s work.

This Sunday the you can see Jennifer Barross and Jack Johnson’s film Corrado Parducci: The Man Who Made Detroit Beautiful at the Masonic Temple.

You can check out the trailer to the film below.

As someone who has seen this film, I have to say it is pretty great.

There will be a tour before the film for people who purchase the VIP tickets.

Stick around after the film to hear the panel discussion with Barross, Jackson, and a Masonic Temple Historian. There will also be an organ performance after the panel.

General Admission tickets for the film are $10 but you can also get VIP Tickets for $25.  You can buy tickets here.

When: Sunday, April 22 the film starts at 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Detroit Masonic Temple 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan 48201


Pewabic’s Member Appreciation Days

This week is the Member Appreciation Days at Pewabic. If you are a member already, I’m sure you already know this.
But if you have been toying with the idea of getting a membership to one of Detroit’s most iconic potteries I suggest getting it this week.
During the Member Appreciation Days members get up to a 20% off discount of Pewabic giftware purchases.
Pewabic’s Glaze Development Specialist Alex Thullen will be giving an artist’s lecture on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday artist Susanne Stephenson will give a gallery talk and popup at 1:00 p.m.
When: Pewabic’s Member Appreciation Days is Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22.
Where: Pewabic is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48214
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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 13-15 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:32:10 +0000 The weekend is almost here, and I can’t wait. For some reason this week has been ultra draining, and I really just want to check out for a bit.

There is a ton of things to do this weekend, and I had a hard time culling the list. But I did it, and these are my TOP picks.

I have a feeling I’ll be checking out at least one of the films at the Freep Film Festival starting Friday night.

Let’s get on to the list. I Hope you all have a great weekend.

Freep Film Festival

The Freep Film Festival technically kicked off on Tuesday night, but the majority of the films will be screened throughout the weekend.

This years batch of films are pretty impressive. I was looking over the line up and there are a few movies that have caught my eye.

I’m really interested in checking out the film Bean, Detroit 48202, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. 

If you have been wanting to check out that Mr. Roger’s documentary this is your chance. It will be playing on Friday night at 6 p.m. Maybe I’ll run into you, because I have been dying to see this film.

Check out the Freep Film Festival website for the entire schedule.

The film festival is spread out over more than ten venues. Most of the venues are inside the city, but there are some films that will be shown at Emagine Novi and Royal Oak.

Detroit Whiskey Festival

When I go out for a cocktail I generally stick to Whiskeys and Bourbon drinks.

So of course this event was going to be in my City 5.

If you enjoy a nice smooth Whiskey then you should go to Shed 3 at Eastern Market on Friday night.

There will be tasting stations where you can choose from a mixed cocktail or a straight taste.

Each ticket will come with 12 beverage samples. If you get hungry there will also be food for purchase.

It should go without saying, but this is a 21 and over event. Also, don’t forget to have a DD or utilize Lift or Uber if you’re going to be drinking.

Tickets are $25 per person. You can purchase them online here.

When: Friday, April 13 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 3 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Dequindre Cut Community Clean Up

Now that the snow is gone (I hope) it is time to start cleaning up the aftermath of a long winter.

This Saturday the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will be holding a community clean up of the Dequindre Cut and they need your help.

If you’re in the spring cleaning mood the clean up will take place between 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers can check-in at the Dequindre Cut entrances at Woodbridge, Gratiot, and Wilkins Street.

Be sure to dress for the elements. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. 

Where: Along the Dequindre Cut 

That BIG 80s Party

That BIG 80s Party is coming back to El Club this Saturday night.

You know what that means right? It’s time to pull out all your old day glow, banana clips, and the Stiff Stuff Hairspray.

DJ Dave Paul will be flying in from San Francisco to spin all of those totally hip tunes from the decade that brought you hip-hop and new wave.

If you are a lover of the music and style of the 1980s then you HAVE to go to this party.

Tickets are $10 a person, you can pick them up here.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: El Club 4114 Vernor Highway Detroit, Michigan 48209

6th Annual Detroit Rummage Sale 

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you but I absolutely love a good garage sale.

But the weather is still a bit too unpredictable for garage sale season. So, if you’ve got that itch like I do I suggest checking out the Detroit Rummage Sale this Sunday.

There will be plenty of sellers set up with a good selection of used items, vintage collectibles, to everyday needs.

The best part is the sale is indoors, so if it is too cold or wet outside you can still enjoy your time haggling for a great deal.

Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

When: Sunday, April 15 from 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Where: Tangent Gallery 715 E. Milwaukee Street Detroit, Michigan 48202


Motor City Soul Club: April Soul Stomp

You know the drill, it’s time for the Motor City Soul Club to spin rare soul and funk music from the 1960s and 1970s.

DJ’s Dan Austin, Brad Hales and Erica Aytes will be joined by special guest B. Hill this month for the April Soul Stomp.

There’s no cover and it is a really great crowd.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Where: The Marble Bar 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 6-8 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:48:24 +0000 I can’t be the only one who is feeling the effects of these April snow showers. I know the snow isn’t sticking down here, but in other parts of the state they are getting buried in snow.

I’m ready for spring to really show up — and for Detroit Tigers games to stop getting postponed.

Let’s look forward to the weekend.

The Populace Unveiling inside the Siren Hotel

The Wurlitzer Building has been given a new life as the Siren Hotel. I remember walking past the formerly crumbling structure with my band of fellow downtown drinking derelicts when I was in my early 20s.

It’s been a long time coming, but the building has been renovated into a fun and stylish boutique hotel.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about the food and beverage options inside the hotel. I’m personally eager to checking them all out. Especially Albena and the Candy Bar.

This weekend is the debut of Populace Coffee Detroit which is located in the lobby of the Siren. Come check out the new digs and try a coffee.

When: Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Populace will be open daily from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Where: The Siren Hotel is located at 1509 Broadway Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Planter Day at Corbé

We might have had some snow showers today, but I keep reminding myself that it is spring. Which means giving your green thumb something to work on.

The Detroit-based ceramic design studio Corbé will be hosting Planter Day this Saturday.

Come check out some of the cool planters they have created for all of your pretty plants. They will also have plants that you can pick out and plant in your new pretty planter.

I’d get there early to get the best pick of planters.

When: Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Corbé 611 W. Philadelphia Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

The Billie Holiday Revue featuring Sky Covington at Cliff Bells 

Billie Holiday was a trailblazing woman in the world of music. Her birthday would have been this Saturday, April 7.

To honor this amazing songstress Sky Covington will be performing the Billie Holiday Revue at Cliff Bells this Saturday.

Come out and celebrate the life and music of Lady Day.

There is a $10 cover and you should probably call (313) 961-2543 to get a reservation.

When: Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 p.m.

Where: Cliff Bells 2030 Park Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Our History in the D: The Stories of Gay Life and Gay Bars in Detroit

If you are in the LGBTQ community or are an ally to the community I suggest checking out this event at The Olympia Theater and Mengos.

Our History in the D will include an oral retelling of Detroit’s gay bar scene from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Dr. Tim Retzloff is a gay historian and he will be the moderator for the panel. The panel will feature Ms. Mary Sappington (Mary Metra), The Lady T Tempest, DJ Stacey “Hottwax” Hale (here’s Sven’s great interview with her on our Happy Hour podcast), Palmer Park Historian Doug haller, Tribe President Mike Weise, and Torchy.

These trailblazers helped pave the way for LGBTQ equality in the United States.

There will also be gay bar memorabilia on display thanks to the Detroit Gay Bar Preservation Project.

When: Saturday, April 7. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the panel starts at 7:00 p.m. Stick around for bar stories and cocktails after the panel.

Where: The Menjos Complex – Olympia Theater 940 W. McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48203

Three Stooges Festival at the Redford 

I’m going to give credit to my mom for reminding me about the Three Stooges Festival at the Redford.

The Three Stooges are pretty iconic, so I don’t think I need to sell you all on why you should go to the festival.

Who doesn’t like watching three grown men hit each other on the head with a hammer?

Anyway, tickets for the festival are only $5 so it’s a great deal.

When: Friday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Redford Theater 17360 Lahser Road Detroit, Michigan 48219

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of March 30-April 1 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:52:30 +0000 Hello, to all you lovely readers.

I hope that all of you that celebrate Passover and Easter have a wonderful weekend.

If you are still around town this weekend there are some pretty cool events happening.

Eastern Promises at The Schvitz

How about a nice long steam at the historic Schvitz before seeing a movie?

That’s exactly what The Schivtz has planned for Friday evening.

They will be showing the 2007 movie Eastern Promises which was directed by David Cronenberg. This thriller stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts.

There will be dinner and concessions available for purchase.

Tickets are $40 per person for a steam and a movie. Tickets are $10 if you only want to see the movie.

When: Friday, March 30. The sauna is open from 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and the film starts at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Schivtz Detroit 8295 Oakland Avenue Detroit Michigan, 48211 

Back Alley Bikes Garage Sale

It still might be chilly out, but it is still Spring. This means it’s time to pull out your bike.

If you are in need of a new to you bike, then you should check out the Back Alley Bikes Garage Sale.

It will be held on Saturday in Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corps courtyard and community room.

Prices for the bikes range from $10 up to $150.

When: Saturday, March 31 from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: Back Alley Bikes 3611 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Easter Fun Fest 

Looking for a fun Easter event for the whole family? Look no further than the Easter Fun Fest 2018 at Historic Fort Wayne.

The free event is sponsored by the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department.

The theme for the day is “Peter Rabbit” and there will be events for all ages.

There will be a Youth-Adult Egg Hunt, the “Egg-Mazing Race!”, make and take crafts, face painting, prizes, and live animals.

There will also be an area for the smaller kids that will have tot-sized games and activities.

When: Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Where: Historic Fort Wayne  6325 West Jefferson Detroit, Michigan 48209

Detroit Gatsby Dark Faerie Tale Masquerade Ball 

Now here is an event for the adults in the room.

If you are looking for a fancy shindig then look no further than the Detroit Gatsby Dark Faerie Tale Masquerade Ball.

There is still time to pick up your tickets for the ball, and it is sure to be a good time. I hear there are some beautiful dresses at The Peacock Room and Liz Louize in Royal Oak.

During the event guests will also be part of a theatrical production where they can interact with characters from classic fairy tales.

The evening will also include a strolling dinner and drinks.

Proceeds from the event will go to the non-profit Activate Detroit Potential. They partner with for profit companies to provide skills training and employment and holistic support services for at risk women in Detroit.

Tickets are $130 or $250 if you want to spring for the VIP experience. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, March 31 from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Belle Isle Casino 1 Casino Way Detroit, Michigan 48209

Wrestling Cabaret Supershow 

The Squared Circle Revue will be returning for its 10th year with this event.

There will be plenty of matches between the SCR Title Match and the Mark Pants Memorial Battle Royal. Not to mention there will be some other acts like the Adorably Amazing Acrobatic tandem of Jadey and Poppet and burlesque performer Roxi Dlite.

Tickets for this event are $20 for general admission and $30 for front row seats. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, March 31 from 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: The Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom 715 E. Milwaukee Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of March 23-25 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:38:09 +0000 Happy Spring everyone!

I know I’m not the only person who was counting down the days until the Spring Equinox.

This weekend is filled with all sorts of fun events. I’m trying to figure out how I can go to most of them.

Let’s get on with the list.

Sprung with Bale Defoe & So Vague 

Spring is here and the Whiskey Disco will be celebrating with performances from Bale Defoe and So Vague.

Come out on Friday night and listen to some awesome sets.

This event is 21 and over.

There is a $5 cover at the door.

When: Friday, March 23 from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: The Whiskey Disco 2 John R Detroit, Michigan 48226 

Jesus Christ Superstar at the Senate Theater

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been getting a lot of attention lately. Mostly because of the live version they will be doing on April 1.

But if you’re like me, you have a soft spot for the original movie from 1973.

You’re in luck because the Senate Theater will be playing the original version this weekend.

Tickets are only $5 a person. This is a great deal.

When: Saturday, March 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Senate Theater 6424 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan  48210

All Things Detroit

It’s time to get your shoppin’ shoes on because All Things Detroit is this Sunday at Eastern Market.

I love going to All Things Detroit because I prefer to shop small. Plus it gives me a chance to meet small business owners.

Be sure to say hi to our friends at Little High Flyers and Motor City Creations.

Here’s the details you need to know. It will be held in Sheds 3, 4, and 5.

All Things Detroit has over 250 different vendors, so there is a lot to see. There is also a food truck rally so if you get hungry there are some choices.

General Admission is $5 per person and children under 6 are free.

It gets crazy busy, so if you don’t like crowds I suggest getting the Beat the Crowd tickets. Those are $15 per person. You get a tote bag with some coupons and early entrance. It’s worth the extra $10 bucks.

When: Sunday, March 25 from 9:30-4:00 p.m. General admission entrance starts at 11:00 a.m. 

Where: Eastern Market 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Marche du Nain Rouge

If you follow the Nain Rouge on Instagram you might have noticed his activity has picked back up this week.

It’s time to drive that red devil back out of the city during the annual Marche du Nain Rouge, which happens to be this Sunday.

If you have never been to the Marche du Nain Rouge you are in for a real treat. We have a pretty solid guide about the Marche, so I suggest you read it for some tips.

When: The Marche kicks off at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Meet on the corner of Canfield and Second the parade will continue down to the Masonic Temple 

17th Annual Greek Independence Parade 

If you are still in the mood for a parade we’ve got another one for you.

This Sunday is also the 17th Annual Greek Independence Parade.

The parade will march through the streets of downtown from Campus Martius to JACK/Greektown Casino.

There are a few new things this year.

At 1 p.m. there will be photo opportunities for parade goers at the Atheneum Hotel. There will be a parade backdrop, balloon displays, and characters from the Big Head Corps from The Parade Company.

Also, dancers in traditional costume and members of the Evzones which is a ceremonial guard will entertain crowds.

When: The parade starts at 3:00 p.m. and there will be an after party in the streets of Greektown. 

Where: The parade starts in Campus Martius and will travel down Monroe Street through Greektown. 

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of March 16-18 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:20:41 +0000 Hello! I hope your week has been going well. To be honest, I have kind of been riding the struggle bus this week. What can I say, Daylight Saving has kicked by butt.

Anyway, it looks like it should be a little bit warmer this weekend. It’s suppose to be in the 50s on Sunday. The official beginning of spring is next week after all. Let’s see if it becomes reality when it comes to the weather.

St. Patrick’s Day Kickoff for the Downtown Street Eats

I know it doesn’t feel like it right now but spring will be here soon. This means that those of you who spend your days downtown will have the chance to grab some grub from the Downtown Street Eats program.

The kickoff event will take place on Friday, March 16. There will be ten food trucks set up in Cadillac Square, the Woodward Esplanade, Spirit of Detroit Plaza, and Beacon Park.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday the food trucks will have special Irish-inspired dishes in addition to their usual menus.

There will also be two live performances from Flanagan O’Hare School of Irish Dance in Cadillac Square and Spirit of Detroit Plaza.

Flanagan O’Hare School of Irish Dance in Cadillac Square and Spirit of Detroit Plaza. There will also be costumed folks passing out chocolate coins.

When: Friday, March 16 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Beacon Park will also have food trucks on Saturday, March 17 from 1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. 

Where: Multiple locations throughout downtown

Who Run The World Opening Weekend

Planet Ant has a new play starting this week, and it sounds pretty freaking awesome.

The new play is called Who Run The World and it is set in 2040 in a world where the women have revolted and pushed all those with toxic masculinity out of power.

Just reading the description of this play makes me want to scream out Girl Power and bust down the patriarchy.

Anyway, the play will run March 16 through April 7.

Tickets are $20 a piece, but if you go on opening weekend tickets are half off. I highly suggest you buy them online in advance.

When: Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Where: 2357 Caniff Street Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 

March Madness is here y’all. Which means there are going to be people talking about brackets and basketballs and free throw lines.  Let’s face it, my eyes kind of glaze over when people start talking about basketball.

But if you like dribbling and all that jazz then you should know that the first and second round games will be played at Little Caesars Arena on Friday and Sunday.

You can buy tickets here.

If you have some free time on Thursday you can check out the practices from 11:00 a.m.-6:20 p.m. The practice sessions are free to attend.

You can also watch the games in a heated tend in Beacon Park on Friday and Saturday. You can find out more here.

When: Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 various times 

Where: Little Caesars Arena and Beacon Park 

St. Patrick’s Day at Nemo’s

Come out to the legendary Nemo’s to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The Corktown bar will start the party at 10:30 in the morning and The Balduck Mountain Ramblers will take the stage at noon.

What’s more to say? There’s going to be food too.

When: Saturday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: Nemo’s 1384 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Women of Detroit Blues Mothers and Daughters

If you are in the mood for an afternoon of the blues then you should head over to the Scarab Club on Sunday.

The Detroit Blues Heritage Series will feature performances by a mother and a daughter who both perform the blues.

Detroit vocalist Karen Lawrence (aka Zoom) took a break from performing to raise a family, but she has returned to the stage.

Her daughter Airey B will be opening for her.

There is a suggested donation of $5 to attend the performance.

When: Sunday, March 18 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: The Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of March 9-11 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:18:03 +0000 This week seems like it just flew by for me. What about you?

There are a ton of great things happening throughout Detroit. We will be out and about ourselves at some of these events.

Don’t forget to Spring Forward this weekend.

Empty Bowls Detroit

Want to get some good food and help support a great cause?

Then you need to get over to Shed 5 in Eastern Market on Friday night for Empty Bowls Detroit.

We have a post up about the event, so I’m going to send you there for all the details.

Some of the Daily Detroit team will be there serving up some soup, so come out and say hi.

When: Friday, March 9 from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5

National Day of Unplugging at Third Man Records

Let’s face it, we are all petty attached to our electronics. But what if I told you that Saturday is the National Day of Unplugging.

If you want to participate and go off the grid for the day, you’re going to need to do something to fill that time.

Luckily, Third Man Records has something planned for all of us wannabe Luddites.

There will be live performances by; Deekah Rox, Drinkard Sisters
Franz Lidz, Danny Kroha, Efe Bes, Rhonda Welsh, Inside Out, Mic Phelps, and Ethan Daniel Davidson.

There will also be family friendly activities throughout the day.

Think toddler sing-a-longs, guided meditation sessions, pressing plant window tours, a vintage “Record Your Voice” booth, and a Polaroid Photo Booth.

This is all free to attend.

When: Satruday, March 10 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Third Man Records, 441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201

Card Screen Printing Class At POST

I have always been fascinated by screen printing so when I saw this class I knew I wanted to share it with you all.

If you are interested in trying your hand out at screen printing POST will be holding a 3 hour workshop on Saturday. They will be making “Greets from Detroit” cards.

It is $45 to attend the workshop. You can sign up for the class here.

When: Saturday, March 10 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: POST 14500 Kercheval Detroit Michigan, 48215

Lumber Jack Day at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

Saturday will be Lumber Jack Day at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. The DNR Forestry division and U.S Forest Services will be on hand to do all kinds of fun things that deal with Michigan forests.

If running is your thing, then the Inaugural Lumberjack Pancake Run will take place on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.

It is a 5k run that will go along the Dequindre Cut. It is $15 per person and you must preregister for the run.

So pull out your flannel and do your best impersonation of Paul Bunyan.

This event is free with admission to the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.

When: Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center 1801 Atwater Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

It’s time to pull out your favorite green piece of clothing and head down to Corktown for the 60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The parade will be on Sunday and will step off at 12:30 p.m. from the corner of 6th Street and Michigan Avenue.

There is a whole host of other things happening around Corktown on Sunday. From the Cork Town Races to events at all of the bars and restaurants.

When: Sunday, March 11 from 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Along Michigan Avenue from 6th Street until 14th Street.


Motor City Soul Stomp

It’s time again for the monthly Motor City Soul Stomp with our friends over at the Motor City Soul Club.

Head over to the Marble Bar on Saturday night and get ready to listen to some of the best rare soul and funk music from the 60’s and 70’s.

It’s free and always a good time.

When: Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: Marble Bar 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of February 16-28 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:28:42 +0000 Hello everyone!

I hope that this week has been going great for you all. This week has flown by and I am eagerly awaiting the weekend.

There are some pretty cool events happening this weekend. Some will get you dancing, others will awaken your taste buds, and some might help get your motor started…if you know what I mean.

Let’s get on with this list!

Dirty Show 19

Valentine’s Day might have been yesterday, but this weekend is going to be down right steamy at the Russell Industrial Center for the Dirty Show 19.

This is the 19th Anniversary for this event that showcases erotic art in all of it’s forms. Be ready to see erotic photography, paintings, illustration, mixed media, video, and performances from around the world.

Be on the lookout for my friend Lushes Lamoan, she’ll be performing at 9:30 p.m. on Friday night.

Tickets for the Dirty Show are $30 per person.

It looks like Friday night is the only night that has tickets remaining online, so you better buy them quickly. There will be limited tickets for sale at the door for $35.

This should go without saying, but the Dirty Show is for adults only. So cart those kids to your in laws or get babysitter for the evening.

When: Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 from 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: The Russell Industrial Center 1600 Clay Street Detroit, Michigan 48211

That BIG 80’s Party 

It’s time to go back to a time with big hair, neon clothes, John Hughes Films, cassette tapes, and great music.

El Club will be going back to the 80’s this Friday night for That BIG 80’s Party. It’s time to go pull out your Stiff Stuff Hair Spray and Jordache jeans.

DJ Dave Paul will be coming to Detroit from San Fransisco to play all of the hits from that decade.

There will be a $15 cover at the door.

When: Friday, February 16 from 8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: El Club 4114 W Vernor Highway, Detroit, Michigan 48209

Excuse me while I go and watch Heathers now.

2018 Academy Award Nominated Short Films 

The Academy Awards will be here before you know it, so why not go checkout all of the short animation and live action short films that have been nominated this year.

The Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts will be showing the films through March 4.

Tickets for the film $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students, DIA members. You can purchase them here.

When: Friday, February 16- Sunday, February 18 multiple show times. 

Where: DFT Auditorium 5200 Woodward Avenue DetroitMichigan 48202

Chinese New Year at The Peterboro 

Chinese New Year is Friday, February 16 and The Peterboro will be celebrating all weekend.

There will be decorations, dishes and cocktails that are designed to honor the traditional holiday.

For those unfamiliar with the Chinese calendar 2018 is the Year of the Dog. People born under this sign are considered to be honest, loyal, the truest friends and the most reliable partners.

When: Thursday, February 15 through Sunday, February 18 times vary. 

Where: The Peterboro 420 Peterboro Street Detroit, Michigan 48201

Gin Blossoms at St. Andrews Hall 

If you went to high school in the 90’s like I did, then I’m going to guess you probably listened to a lot of Gin Blossoms.

Anyway, the band is currently touring for the 25th anniversary of their album New Miserable Experience and will be at St. Andrews Hall this Sunday night.

Tickets range from $25-$48 and can be purchased here.

When: Sunday, February 18 doors open at 7:00 p.m. 

Where: St. Andrews Hall 431 East Congress Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of February 9-11 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:03:58 +0000 Hey there everyone!

I hear we are about to be buried in snow this weekend. Which really stinks because there are some really great events happening this weekend.

So I guess I’m going to say to stay safe out there, but if you find a break, here’s what’s happening.

Weekend of J Dilla 

The Charles H. Wright Museum and the Detroit Institute of Art are partnering together to bring you an entire weekend dedicated to the music and legacy of legendary Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla.

Friday Night Live at the DIA will have The Music of J Dilla in the Rivera Court. Performances will take place at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday there will be a family performance with Cecelia Sharpe & Urban Strings II Youth Ensemble at the DIA. The performance will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Rivera Court.

Sunday will be the 7th Annual Dilla Youth Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum.

Come celebrate the life and legacy of J. Dilla. Kids will be able to learn how to lay down a track, write your own rhymes, breakdance, and so much more.

All of these events are free to attend. You can find more information about all of the events at the DIA website and the Charles H. Wright Museum website

While we’re talking about J Dilla I just want to send you over to this post we did back in December.

When: All weekend, check times on each website.

Where: Multiple locations

2018 Paczki Run

Get your running game on this Saturday for the Paczki Run. Afterward you’ll be rewarded with beer and paczki.

You can find out all of the details here.

When: Saturday, February 10 the race starts at 10:00 a.m.


Valentine’s Day is next Wednesday. I can hardly believe it.

If you are racking your brain for a fun, thoughtful gift to get your Valentine I suggest you head to Pot + Box this Saturday for the 6th annual VLNTNSDY MRKT.

There will be a great selection of vendors for the specialty market. Plus, you have a great excuse to walk around the Fisher Building.

When: Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: Pot + Box 3011 W Grand Boulevard Suite 130 Detroit, Michigan 48202

Empty Bowls with Gleaners Food Bank

It’s time again for the 26th annual Empty Bowls event at Pewabic in partnership with Gleaners Food Bank.

For the past few months students and artists have been designing soup bowls in preparation for this popular event.

People buy a bowl (which can cost between $5 and $40) and they get a free bowl of soup and bread. Area restaurants provide the soup and breads.

Proceeds go to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Gleaners can provide three meals for every dollar raised.

This Saturday is suppose to be a cold one, so why not warm up your belly while helping those in need.

When: Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This event is first come first served, so get there early. People tend to start lining up around 9:00 a.m.

Where: Pewabic 10125 E. Jefferson Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48214

The Pizza Throwdown

Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? A heretic that’s who.

Anyway, this Sunday is The Pizza Throwdown at Eastern Market’s Shed 5.

There will be multiple pizza places vying for the top spot for Best Pizza in Metro Detroit.

Each ticket will get you five complimentary samples from your choice of pizza makers. Each of the pizza makers will also be selling full size slices. You’ll also find a full cash bar with beer and non-alcoholic drinks as well.

Pre-sale tickets are $15. The price goes up to $20 once the pre-sale tickets sell out.

When: Sunday, February 11 from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Shed 5 2801 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207


Motor City Soul Stomp 

It’s once again time for the monthly Motor City Soul Stomp at the Marble Bar. Come out to listen and dance to rare soul and funk music from the 60’s and 70’s.

The admission is free and the music is hopping.

When: Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: The Marble Bar 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of February 2-4 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:10:36 +0000 It’s hard to believe that February 1st is tomorrow!

This weekend is filled with a ton of great events. I’m really excited for most of them. It’s going to be hard to narrow down what I want to do this weekend.

Kickoff to Black History Month at the DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts will be celebrating the beginning of Black History Month by having a full day and night of programing. In fact, the DIA is staying open until 2:00 a.m.!

There will be a poetry reading by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, tours of the museum, artist demonstrations, a musical performance by Mahogany Jones, and a late night DJ.

The DIA has partnered with The Charles H. Write Museum to bring U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Detroit for a lecture and reading. Tickets for the reading are free, but you do need to register.

You can find the full schedule of events here.

Admission to the museum is free to residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties.

When: Friday, February 2 from 12:00 p.m-2:00 a.m.

Where: The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202

Opening Weekend of The Follies Detroit 

If you love musicals like I do, then you need to buy your tickets for The Follies Detroit.

The Detroit Actors Theatre Company will be performing The Follies for the next two weeks. During the show you will hear songs from over 20 shows.

We’re talking shows like Lion King, Hairspray, The Color Purple, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Hamilton. 

This is your chance to scratch that Hamilton itch if you can’t wait for the show to come to Detroit in November. (Yes, I’m watching for when tickets go on sale.)

Tickets for The Follies are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. They will also be collecting donations for Freedom House.

When: February 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Jam Handy 2900 E Grand Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48202

A Doubleheader Of Babe Ruth Parties

The Great Bambino is turning 123 years old this Saturday.

If you are looking for some fun parties I’m going to suggest two.

The first is Tom Derry’s 31th Annual Babe Ruth Party which will be held at Nemo’s Bar in Corktown.

There will be Babe Ruth memorabilia, hot dogs, and beer.

When: Saturday, February 3 at 7:14 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: Nemo’s 1384 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

The second party is the Tom’s Tavern Babe Ruth Party, which has an alternate location for this year.

Currently Tom’s is closed for repairs, so the Babe Ruth Party will be held at Sport’s Locker in Livonia. Yeah, I know it’s not in the city proper and the City 5 focuses on the city. But for this one, because it’s Tom’s, I’m making an exception.

When: Saturday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m.

Where: Sport’s Locker 30375 Plymouth Road Livonia, Michigan 48150

Shiver on the River

Come spend Saturday on Belle Isle for Shiver on the River.

The annual event is put on by the Friends of the Detroit River and it highlights all of the great things that Belle Isle has to offer.

The main event is held in the Casino. There will be exhibits, displays, refreshments, arts and crafts, and so much more.

There will be an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Flynn Pavilion. There will be a 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. seating for the breakfast. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children.

I suggest checking out the Shiver on the River flyer to find out all of the events that are taking place on Saturday.

When: Saturday, February 3 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle State Park

21st Annual Sphinx Competition Finals

Classical music played such a huge part of my life when I was growing up, and I love seeing young people make that same connection.

The Sphinx Competition is important because it highlights young Black and Hispanic string players.

The finalists will perform with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.

The finalists get a chance to compete in front of internationally renowned panel of judges.

The winner of the Sphinx Challenge will receive the $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize.

Tickets are $5, but it is optional. You can reserve your ticket for the Sphinx Challenge here.

When: Sunday, February 4 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
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