City 5 – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:16:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of May 11-13 Fri, 11 May 2018 04:21:31 +0000 Hello, hello, hello!

Let me be the first one to wish all of our moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.

You are all doing a great job. Sometimes this forest can really suck, but each day you wake up and make a difference in the lives of your children.

I see you out there getting stuff done. Keep up the good work you guys. May you all get the self care you need and deserve this Mother’s Day.

Alright, let’s get to the City 5.

Mother’s Day Pop Up Shops at the Detroit Foundation Hotel

Are you one of those last minute shoppers? What are you waiting for? Since you like waiting for the last minute to get those important people in your life something special I have the solution for you.

You’re welcome.

The Foundation Hotel will be hosting special a Mother’s Day Pop-Up shop.

Maison Farola will have floral arrangements. Love & Buttercream all have yummy treats, and The Purpose Planner will have stationary.

Oh, just a heads up. The patio at the Apparatus Room will be opening on Monday, May 14. So get ready to drink Frosè al fresco.

When: Friday, May 11 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: The Foundation Hotel 250 W. Larned Detroit, Michigan 48237

Grand Opening of the Grand Marketplace 

There is a new pop-up maker’s space over on Grand River and Greenfield. It’s called The Grand Marketplace, and it sounds pretty great.

The space is a 14,000 square foot market that features individual units for small businesses to set up shop.

My friend Brianna over at DCreated Boutique will be there. I’m sure she has some super cute spring and summer baby clothes. Just in time for warm weather.

There will be over 12 independently owned vendors and makers at the grand opening party this Saturday. There will be lingerie from Breakfast at Six, jewelry from The Queens Treasured Jewels, and the Yogurt Box.

Stretch Sumn will be doing beginning yoga at 11:00 a.m. it is $10 to participate in the session.

There will be entertainment, food, and shopping during the grand opening party.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Grand Marketplace 15400 Grand River Avenue, Second Floor, Detroit, Michigan 48227

Love, Midtown- Spring Event

On Saturday Midtown is going to be hopping during the Love, Midtown event. There will be sidewalk sales, trunk shows, live music and kid friendly activities for many of businesses in Midtown.

Here are my top picks for the entire event.

Detroit Clothing Circle x Sfumato Fragrances/Castalia will be having their official patio opening party.

Celebrate Spring at Will Leather Good by dancing around the Maypole.

Check out Source Booksellers and their “Mother’s Read Out Loud” event.

Avalon International Breads will have cookie decorating outside on the patio for kids and a gift box for mom.

Head over to 3rd Street to get a peek at the newly reopened Willis Show Bar. They will have live music and cocktails.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations around Midtown

Mommy Dearest 

If you have ever picked up a wire hanger and held it up over your head and screamed “NO WIRE HANGERS… EVER!” this event is for you.

Our/Detroit will be showing the 1981 classic Mommy Dearest on  Saturday. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford is everything.

Dress in your best Hollywood flair and have a little pre-Mother’s Day celebration. What better way to really appreciate the moms in your life like by watching the epitomy of a toxic and abusive parent.

Come for the movie, but stay for these specialty cocktails:

“Box Office Poison”
“Aces Beats Kings”
“Smart-Alek Back Talk”

There will also be snacks.

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

Where: Our/Detroit 2545 Bagley Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Brunch It Up for Mother’s Day

You know your mom doesn’t want to have to cook y’all breakfast. Because if she cooks breakfast, she’ll probably have to do the dishes after. And if she does the dishes, she’ll have to put them away.

It’s kind of like the mom version of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. 

So, why not take your favorite mom out for brunch.

Now, just remember that most restaurants will be crazy busy. Mother’s Day one of the busiest days of the year in the restaurant industry.

So what are some of my top picks?

Batch Brewing will be having Mother’s Day Bruch with Anthology Coffee, beer slushies, Caprese Benedict, Smoked Salmon Frittatas, Bubble Waffles and Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding.

The best part? There is no reservations needed.

Brunch at Batch Brewing will be from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and the regular menu will be available after 4:00 p.m.

Batch Brewing is located at 1400 Porter Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

The House of Pur Vin will be hosting an afternoon brunch for Mother’s Day.

Chef Cedric Andrews will be preparing Chicken and Waffles, Shrimp and Grits, and more.

There will also be wine selections from Master Sommelier Claudia Tyagi and Sommelier Michael Calvert.

Brunch will be served between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The House of Pur Vin is located at 1433 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226



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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of May 4-6 Thu, 03 May 2018 17:47:08 +0000 Whoa buddy, this weekend is popping! I guess that is what happens now that the weather is beautiful.

Saturday is not only Cinco de Mayo but it’s also the Kentucky Derby. Since the City 5 only covers Detroit, I can’t tell you to go to Northville Downs to bet on the race. But I mean, it’s The Derby … so just go put down a $2 exacta box on a three horses and see how it goes.

I had a really hard trying to narrowing down the events for this weekend. I couldn’t cut any of them, because they are all so great. So, you guys get a City 7 this week. That’s right, I’ve given you two bonus events.

Let’s get this thing started, I’ve already been really long winded.

Have a great weekend!

Jane’s Walk

This weekend is supposed to be pretty nice, so why not get out and stretch those legs.

While you’re out be sure to check out one of the many Jane’s Walks that are happening this weekend. There are walks happening in these neighborhoods Palmer Park, Woodbridge, Cultural Center, Cass Corridor, and Hope Village.

You can find out all of the details over on the dedicated Jane’s Walk post.

When: Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6; multiple times

Where: Multiple locations 

Koi Festival

Spring time means that the Belle Isle Conservatory will be throwing its annual Koi Festival at the Belle Isle Aquarium.

Over the winter the koi have been stuck indoors, but now that it is getting warmer they can be moved out to the beautiful pond between the aquarium and Anna Scripts Whitcomb Conservatory.

May 5 is also Japan’s Children’s Day. So they will have a selection of traditional Japanese games, music and martial arts.

This event is free and family friendly.

When: Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle Aquarium 900 Inselruhe Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48207

Detroit Drinks Prohibition Party

This week is pretty historic here in Michigan because 100 years ago Michigan banned booze.

So, if you want to go back in time to the days where booze was banned. Where you had to know the special knock to get into that speak-easy then you should check out this event.

You’ll have to go over to my old stomping grounds to the Ye Old Tap Room. They will be throwing the Detroit Drinks Prohibition Party.

There will be plenty of great music from the 1920s and 1930s. Come dressed in your best vintage flapper and gangster garments for a costume contest. Just a suggestion, I’d leave the Tommy guns at home.

Did I mention that beers are only .50 cents?

When: Saturday, May 5 from 8 p.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Ye Old Tap Room 14915 Charlevoix Street Detroit, Michigan 48215

All Things Detroit 

This Sunday All Things Detroit will be returning to Eastern Market. Just in time for Mother’s Day.

You don’t think I’d forget to remind you to pick out something nice for all the mom’s in your life did you?

You should know the drill by now, All Things Detroit is packed with some of the coolest small businesses out there. Some of my favorites are Bon Bon Bon, Motor City Creations, and The Mighty Mitten.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $15 for Beat the Crowd tickets. I suggest the Beat the Crowd tickets every time. It gets you in to browse before the throngs of people show. Plus, you get a goodie bag. You can buy tickets here, or at the door.

When: Sunday, May 6 from 9:30-4:00 p.m.

Where: Sheds 3,4, and 5 at Eastern Market 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

The Eastern Artist Market

If you are still ready to shop til you drop on Sunday, I have another artist market which is right down the street from All Things Detroit.

Why not stretch out your legs (and wallets) and walk down to The Eastern for their inaugural Artist Market.

Once again … Mother’s Day is next Sunday. I’m not above beating this into your head.

There will be a 38 artists, crafters, and creative people of all types selling their creations.

If you’re in the mood for a cocktail while you shop, you are in luck because there is a cash bar. There will also be food and ice cream for sale.

It’s free to attend.

When: Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: The Eastern 3434 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207


May the 4th Galactic Group Photo 

Love Star Wars? Have a bomb Hans Solo costume that rarely gets to be worn because it’s not socially acceptable to wear it outside of costume parties or conventions?

Then this event is for you.

On Friday, May 4 the Detroit Institute of Arts will be taking a galactic-sized group photo to celebrate Star Wars Day and the upcoming “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” exhibit which opens on May 20.

The first 200 people who come to the DIA in costume will receive a pair of free tickets to the exhibition.

The photo will take place at promptly 6:20 p.m. on Friday night, so be there or be square.

If you plan to stick around the museum after the photo just know that you will have to check your Light Sabers, other weapons and masks at the coat check or in one of the lockers. Also, full face paint is prohibited to protect the artwork.

When: Friday, May 4 at 6:20 (the museum will be open until 10 p.m.)

Where: The Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202

Two Way Inn’s Last Brunch of the Season 

For my last bonus event, I’m just going to say if you want a good brunch head over to the Two Way Inn. It’s the last brunch of the season until October. So, just go.

When: Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: The Two Way Inn 17897 MT Elliott Street Detroit, Michigan 48212

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 27-29 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:22:35 +0000 Hello everyone!

Is it just me or is this week is flying by? It’s been pretty busy since I got back from Grand Rapids on Monday, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down the rest of the week. Maybe that’s why it seems like things are moving so quickly.

Anyway, there are some fun things happening around town this weekend. Let’s get started.

Game and Trivia Night at Beacon Park

Head over to Beacon Park this Friday night for a night of board games and trivia thanks to Vault of Midnight.

This event is part of the FIRST championship global robotics competition that is currently happening in Detroit.

While you’re over at Beacon Park don’t forget to check out the free arcade and glow in the dark putt-putt.

The event is free to attend. You can find out more information here.

When: Friday, April 27 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Beacon Park 1903 Grand River Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226 

Pheasant Walk

Do you like long walks early in the morning? Are you fascinated with the pheasants that call Detroit home?

If so, I have the event for you.

The Detroit Audubon will have their Pheasant Walk this Saturday. Diane Chekich, a Detroit Audubon board member will lead the walk.

The walk is beginner and family friendly and will cover between 8 to 15 city blocks.

The walk is free, but you will need to register here.

When: Saturday, April 28 at 8 a.m.

Where: 3500 Grandy Street Detroit, Michigan 48207 (the corner of Scott Street and Grandy Street.)

4th Annual Independent Bookstore Day

There is something special about walking into a cozy bookstore and perusing the curated shelves of books.

Those little indie bookstores are special places but they often get overlooked thanks to big box stores and Amazon.

But on Saturday, the Indie bookstores will be celebrated thanks to Independent Bookstore Day. Over 450 independent bookstores around the country will be participating.

Both Pages Bookshop and Source Booksellers will be holding events.

Pages Bookshop will have authors, guest booksellers, baked goods, blind date with a book, and more.

Source Booksellers will be doing something a bit different.

They will be hosting their annual Bookstore Stories Session. It is a storytelling project where customers can tell them a brief story about their favorite visit to a bookstore. You can find out more information here.

When: Saturday, April 28 

Where: Multiple Locations 

P.S. There are other indie bookstores around metro Detroit. So, be sure to check them out as well. I hear our friend Karen Dybis will be at Book Beat in Oak Park.

Adventures in Wonkaland

This event sounds bonkers … so it had to be included.

If you want to go to the land of pure imagination then you should head over to the Tangent Gallery for Adventures in Wonkaland.

I almost feel like I am Stefan from SNL because this event will have everything.

It will have an LED gum ball pit that you can dive into, a chocolate fountain to swim in, and all the cotton candy you can eat.

This event is 18 and over, but bring your ID if you plan on drinking.

Tickets are $20 at the door and $25 after 11 p.m.

When: Saturday, April 28 from 9 p.m.-4 p.m. 

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

Palmer Woods Music in Homes

I love the homes in Palmer Woods. It is my favorite neighborhood in the city … so any chance I get to go inside one of these homes makes me pretty happy.

This Sunday the Eason Trio will be the final indoor performance for the Palmer Woods Music in Homes series.

The Eason Trio is made up of harpist Patricia Terry-Ross, violinist Velda Kelly and cellist Nadine Deleury. They will also be joined by flutist William underwood III for several pieces for flute and harp.

They will play an eclectic mix of music from the 16th century up to the 21st century.

Dinner is included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets for the concert are $50 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 313-891-2514.

When: Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Where: The address will be released once tickets are purchased. 


Dequindre Cut Clean Up

Remember two weeks ago when I put this in City 5? And then we got hit with that crazy ice storm? The clean up ended up getting postponed, so Saturday is the make up day for it.

You can find out more information about the clean up here.

When: Saturday, April 28 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Where: The Dequindre Cut 

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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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