City Of Detroit – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:30:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PODCAST: Ground Breaks On Dan Gilbert’s Monroe Block Development. We Discuss Its Past, Present and Exciting Future Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:28:57 +0000 The big news around Detroit today is the groundbreaking on the Monroe Block. That’s the two-block site adjacent to Campus Martius where Dan Gilbert and Bedrock plan an $830 million development to add 1.4 million square feet of housing, office, retail and public space.

On today’s podcast, we discuss the Monroe Block’s colorful history as a theater district, its mostly moribund present and its potentially very exciting future. Gilbert, through Bedrock Detroit, plans to build two new towers — a 35-story office tower, and a 17-story residential building — with a more than 1-acre central courtyard featuring landscaping, seating areas, a catwalk and retail and food amenities.

It will incorporate Farmer Street, which bisects the Monroe Block, but close it off to vehicle traffic.

The architects were asked to adhere closely to good urban-design principles. The result is an attempt to connect different downtown districts, bring in a mix of uses and create vibrant open spaces.

It’s something that a lot of downtown Detroit still lacks, frankly. Think of the relatively lifeless west side of downtown. Or the sea of surface parking lots that still comprise much of the CBD.

We encourage you to do a virtual fly-through in the video above, and you can of course listen to the episode in the player below.

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LISTEN: 4 Things To Know, One Place To Go Plus Honoring Detroit’s Best Bars & Restaurants Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:30:03 +0000

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On today’s show:

In Michigan, drug overdoses kill more people than traffic and gun deaths combined. Nearly 2,700 people died from overdoses in 2017, and more than 1,900 of those deaths were because of opioids. But there’s a new coalition that’s been put together fund treating this problem.

Michigan is beating Ohio.. this time for getting a headquarters of a company to move here.

In downtown Detroit, the Green Room Salad Bar says it’s found a new home after being evicted from the Ford Building on Congress back in the spring.

Ferndale restaurant The Conserva says it’s planning to close after two years in business.

The House of Vans pop-up festival is coming to Detroit for a four-day stretch January 24th through the 27th.

Listeners to this show know that Detroit’s food and booze scene has been growing like crazy as of late. So much so, it now has its own awards. That’s the Golden Jigger, a creation of Nick Britsky of Nick Drinks. The winners are a who’s who of hospitality around town. We talk with Nick Britsky and Booze Bunny about it. A complete list of winners:

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PODCAST: $35M To Help 7 Detroit Neighborhoods, Condado Tacos Coming To Royal Oak, Mosaic Founder Retires Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:44:16 +0000

Happy Monday, worker drones! On today’s show:

Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund gets a $35 million infusion from seven companies in what’s said to be the largest corporate donation to Detroit neighborhoods, ever.

The city will splash the cash in seven new east- and westside neighborhoods to strengthen housing and commercial districts. It’s part of Mayor Duggan’s “20-minute neighborhoods” initiative, which aims to redevelop neighborhoods into places where residents can walk or bike to do their errands, get to transit and visit a park within 20 minutes.

Elsewhere, downtown Royal Oak is getting a new taco joint. Columbus, Ohio-based Condado Tacos aims to open next spring.

And last but not least, we speak with Rick Sperling, who has announced his retirement after what will be nearly 27 years leading Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit. Sperling talks about how the nonprofit arts and youth-development outfit has evolved from when he founded it in 1992 and what he’s most proud of.

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Things To Do In Detroit This Weekend: Your City 5 For December 7 – 9 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:36:36 +0000 If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, I have just the events to get you in the mood to rock those tacky holiday sweaters.

My four year old was crying this morning because today wasn’t Christmas. All I could tell him was that I’m glad it’s not Christmas yet, because I have nothing ready yet. One year I’ll have my stuff together, but this year it is not it.

Let’s look at what is happening this weekend shall we? There are so many things happening this weekend that I’ve thrown in two bonus events this week.

Krampus Night 8 A Holiday-ish Charity Extravaganza!

Let’s hope you have all been good boys and girls this year because Krampus is coming back to the Tangent Gallery on Friday night.

The highlight of the evening will be the CHRISTMAHANAKAWANZA Varity Show Spectacular. You’ll see performances by Satori Circus, Lushes Lamoan, Magenta DeMure, Bootsie La Fontaine, Scott Dambacher, and Konrad Lee, Lounge singer Extrodinaire.

There will also be the Wreck the Halls Exhibition, The Naughty List Bazaar, Bad Gingerbread House Competition, Fugly Holiday Sweater Contest, and the Not So Silent Fine Art Auction.

I should also mention that you will be able to get pictures with Krampus himself.

While there is no dress code, I suggest finding one of those crazy ugly sweaters so you can participate in the contest.

While Krampus Night is filled with all sorts of debauchery it is in fact a charity event. They will be collecting toys and canned food for those who are in need.

Bring some new unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots or canned food for Burners Without Borders Detroit.

This is an 18 and over event, so leave the kids at home.

Admission is $15 with an unwrapped toy and/or 3 cans of food. Come empty handed and the cover goes up to $20. (Those who bring a donation will also get a $5 coupon for the Naughty List Bazaar.)

Hours: 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Tangent Gallery is located at 715 E. Milwaukee Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

3rd Annual Corktown Aglow

Corktown Aglow will be returning for its third year this Saturday. This year the event is being hosted by the Corktown Business Association and Ford Motor Company.

Like in previous years there will be plenty of things to do for people of all ages and the best part is that it’s free to attend.

There will be plenty of shopping, restaurants to check out, carriage rides, and I hear that Rudolph and the Grinch will be hanging out by the live petting zoo. Of course the big guy in red will be there to meet all of the good boys and girls.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place on the corner of Bagley and Trumbull at 6:15 p.m.

While you’re down there be sure to stop by the Holiday Party at Detroit Pal. There is a free outdoor soccer clinic, fowling, make and take crafts and a Children’s only shoppe. The Pistons Street Team and Hooper will also be there.

The Detroit Police Department’s 3rd Precinct will be collecting items for its Adopt-A-Family program. Help “Stuff a Cop Car” with unwrapped toys, new socks, blankets, gloves, hats, scarves and newer gently used coats and sweaters for those who need help this winter.

While you are there stop by the Ponyride Holiday Makers Market, because there will be 50 Detroit small businesses popping up over there. Be sure to check out Printer and Press, her drawings are amazing and I love her work.

New this year is an all ages Block Party in a heated tent. It will be located on Bagley and Trumbull and will have beer, cocktails and food for purchase.

There will be shuttles to take you throughout Corktown as well as downtown and Southwest Detroit to the 6th Annual Southwest Holiday Fest which is also happening on Saturday.

You can find out more information about Corktown Aglow here.

Saturday, December 8 from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Multiple locations through Corktown 

6th Annual Southwest Holiday Fest

Let’s hop neighborhoods and head to Southwest Detroit for the 6th Annual Southwest Holiday Fest.

This year there will be five “Cultural Activity Centers” throughout Southwest Detroit; W. Vernor at 21st, W. Vernor at 25th, Bagley at 24th, W. Vernor at Central, and Michigan Avenue at Wesson

The festival will feature a Spanish speaking Santa, free screening of Coco with Mexican hot chocolate, Las Posadas (a reenactment of the journey of Mary and Joseph), a Mole sauce and Tamale contest, and youth performances from the Center of Music & Performing Arts-Southwest,Western International High School’s Jazz ensemble, and UnTheatre Company.

The West Vernor and Springwells Business Improvement District is sponsoring a shuttle that will take festival-goers from location to location throughout Southwest Detroit.

You can find all of the details for the event here.

Saturday, December 8 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Multiple locations throughout Southwest Detroit

Home for the Holidays Silent Disco

Pull out your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and head down to Beacon Park this Saturday night for another round of the silent disco.

If you’ve never been to the silent disco at Beacon Park this is how it works. Everyone has a pair of wireless headphones and three iHeartRadio DJ’s spin music on three channels. So, you’ll be able to choose what music you listen to throughout the night.

The party will take place in the heated Winter Lodge tent. There will be food and drinks available for purchase.

Saturday, December 8 from 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Beacon Park is located at 1903 Grand River Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Palmer Park WinterFest Log Cabin Holiday Celebration 

The People for Palmer Park will be holding its annual Palmer Park WinterFest at the Palmer Log Cabin on Sunday.

This free family friendly event will have things for children of all ages. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be spending time at the Log Cabin, there will be horse and carriage rides, and there will be crafts for kids to do. Warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies.

There will also be displays about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas on display.

The Log Cabin will be decorated by numerous groups as part of a friendly competition.

The People for Palmer Park will also be collecting new mittens, gloves and scarves for Mittens for Detroit.

Sunday, December 9 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Palmer Park is located at 910 Merrill Plaisance Detroit, MI 48203


Motor City Soul Club 

It’s that time of the month again…it’s time to get your dancing shoes on and hit the Marble Bar for the Motor City Soul Stomp.

You know the deal Brad Hales, Erica Aytes, and Dan Austin will be spinning the best rare soul and funk music from the 60’s and 70’s.

Since this is the season of giving they will be giving away 100 copies of the “Motor City Soul Club’s Greatest Hits”. It will have 22 favorites from Brad, Erica and Dan Austin.

This event is free to attend.

Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

The Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street Detroit Michigan 48208

Golden Jigger Awards

Finally my last pick for this weeks City 5 is the Golden Jigger Awards.

If you love a good cocktail and enjoy hitting the bars around the area this event is for you.

The Golden Jigger Award is a live award ceremony that will be hosted by our friend Nick Britsky. The award show recognizes the great work done by Metro Detroit’s bartenders, bars, events and Brands over 2018.

Tickets include sponsored cocktails from Copper & Kinds American  Brand Company, plus there will be snacks. There will also be a cash bar if you want something different.

Be sure to dress to impress, this is an awards ceremony after all.

Tickets are $25 per person. You can pick them up here.

Sunday, December 9 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The Willis Show Bar is located at 4156 3rd Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

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“The Book of Mormon” Returns To Detroit’s Fisher Theatre Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:31:43 +0000 If you like humor from the popular four-time Emmy Award-winning animated adult cartoon series, “South Park,” you’ll be overjoyed with The Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon features the book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Matt Stone (creators of “South Park”) and Robert Lopez.

The trio has mimicked the landmark cartoon’s dry, vulgar, sarcastic comedy while depicting the real-life Mormon experiences on stage.

This opening musical is laugh-out-loud funny with an uncanny resemblance of true Mormon behavior.

Fast forward to the destination of the performance, Nikki M. James plays an optimistic young woman and love interest hoping to get ‘baptized” by one of the leading men.  Find out what happens and how they find themselves into this funny predicament.

The Book of Mormon, which has played multiple sold-out engagements, returns to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, December 4-9. 2018. Single tickets start at $39 and go on sale Sunday, September 16.

Purchase tickets online at or, by phone at 800-982-2787 or at the Fisher Theatre box office.

The Book of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

Performance times for The Book of Mormon appearing December 4-9, 2018 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:

• Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.

• Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

• Special open captioned performance on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets for The Book of Mormon start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees). Tickets can be purchased online at or, and by phone at 800-982-2787 or at the Fisher Theatre box office. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (10 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email

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PODCAST: The Weed Is Freed In Michigan Plus 6 Things To Know Around Detroit Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:46:25 +0000 On the show:

Michigan is the first state in the midwest and the tenth nationally to legalize recreational marijuana. The ballot measure passed last month with almost 56 percent of the vote, and it became official law today. There are few key things you need to know before you roll.

Detroit’s Town Pump – a long-standing drinking establishment – is moving across the street. Their “one last pump” party is this January. Link:

This one is just breaking as we record the show… the Detroit News is reporting that Fiat Chrysler will activate the old Mack Avenue Engine II plant in the city of Detroit. More, with info on the car being built that wasn’t available when we recorded:

The rent is high! A new report says that our very own Motor City has seen the highest rent increases of any U.S. city. Also, it costs 47% of the average Detroiter’s income just on rent.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the city of Detroit is back to borrowing on its own credit. The city sold $135 million in bonds with the aim of using it to purchase land around the city for eventual development.

The new Fort Street Galley food hall concept opens its doors to the public on Friday in downtown Detroit.

The Lions make their best pickup of the year: Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame as a possible fan.

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PODCAST: New Purpose Awards Aims To Highlight People Doing Good Work In Detroit Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:49:51 +0000

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There are a lot of people doing good work in Detroit. Folks that put their shoulder to the wheel and are making things happen and making the community better.

But often, those folks don’t get as much recognition as they should.

That’s why Ryan Landau and Re:Purpose, a Detroit-based firm, started the Purpose Awards.

Ryan joins us on the show to to talk about them, why they exist, and who should apply. (there are also some great prizes, too. Who wouldn’t want a stay at the Foundation Hotel?)

If you want to get in on the action and nominate yourself, a friend or a coworker, visit:

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PODCAST: Michigan Central Depot Progress, Lame Duck Shenanigans & Lyft’s Most Popular Detroit Destinations Tue, 04 Dec 2018 23:44:55 +0000

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On today’s show:

Jer was back at Michigan Central Station today and checked in on the progress of the restoration and renovation as phase one kicks off.

The Michigan Legislature is taking up a set of controversial bills, most with the aim of blunting the voice of voters, watering down successful ballot initiatives and taking power away from the incoming Democrats.

The Fillmore is getting a new marquee and it’s the talk of the town, and maybe for not the right reasons. Sven adds history and context. Photo:

Ridesharing service Lyft has released the most popular destinations in Detroit. We break them down.

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ESports Comes To Beacon Park: Detroit Renegades Will Be Playing On The Big Screen This Sunday Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:16:57 +0000 Calling video game enthusiasts of all ages, there is something exciting happening in Beacon Park this Sunday.

The Detroit Renegades, a group of professional competitive video game players will be heading downtown for an afternoon of gaming during Detroit’s Renegades ESports Live!

The event gives video game fans a chance to watch the Renegades play on the big screen while also learning tips and tricks.

There will be a chance to play games like Fortnite with the pros.

There will be a mini workshop on how to play like a pro, a live question & answer session, and plenty of great giveaways.

The event will take place on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Beacon Park is located 1901 Grand River Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

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PODCAST: A Block In Detroit’s North End Makes A Beautiful Transformation Fri, 30 Nov 2018 19:50:03 +0000

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Today’s podcast checks out a project in Detroit’s North End neighborhood.

There is a set of buildings along John R between Kenilworth and Westminster streets that has just had a huge transformation.

Four of the businesses along the block were Motor City Re-Store winners and received a matching grant to improve the exterior of the building.

The four businesses were Rebound Design Build, R66 Consulting & Publishing, Kan Bookstore, and Transformation Barbershop. 

Through the Motor city Re-Store matching grant, $100,000 has been spent on landscaping, new siding, awnings,  signage and decorative lighting. Storm water drainage within the sidewalks  and solar safety lighting were also installed.

To say the transformation is amazing is an understatement.

Above is what the building looked on Google Street before they began work in May of this year.

Below is a Google Map if you want to go check out these places for yourself.

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