Culture – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 24 Feb 2018 03:33:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Finding Neverland Asks “When Did You Stop Playing?” Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:28:16 +0000 As we age, it is only natural to grow in maturity – at least for most of us. Sometimes as we mature, our sense of playfulness fades or can be lost in the madness of work and responsibilities.

Finding Neverland, the theatrical musical based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, is a timeless story about the power of imagination and begs the question…

When did you stop playing?

J.M. Barrie, played fantastically by Will Ray, is a troubled playwright who has drawn his last straw. Funds for the theater are low, actors are restless and he needs inspiration to make this script a smash hit before this hit smashes his career.

Join Mr. Barrie on this journey as he rediscovers the creativity he once embodied in his younger days through fun-filled scenes at the dinner party or aboard Captain Hook’s ship.

Although the story of Peter Pan is a favorite fairy tale for many children, this play is better suited for adults and pre-teens who can grasp the ideas of motivation and building a chronological story.

Performance times for Finding Neverland appearing February 6-18, 2018 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:

  • Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday evening performances at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
  • Special Open Captioned performance on Sunday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for Finding Neverland start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787, and online at or Tickets are also available for purchase 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 (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email Tickets for the Open Captioned performance may be purchased in person at The Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

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Want To Rock That Detroit T-Shirt Nick Jonas Wore At The Grammys? It’ll Set You Back $98 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:51:40 +0000 The local internet is abuzz with the nod to Detroit that Nick Jonas gave to Detroit at the Grammys with a shirt that had, in stencil lettering, “Detroit” on it.

The shirt is one that he has a stake in promoting as one of many who are creating brands in light of the rise of the Detroit name.

After all, a marketing study showed that “Made in Detroit” has a much higher resonance with customers than even “Made in America.”

Last week was the announcement that designer John Varvatos (from Metro Detroit and purveyor of very expensive clothes) and Jonas had partnered for a line called JV x NJ.

Here’s a look from E! News.

In the partnership statement Jonas said, “In our first conversation we were talking about Detroit. I’ve had the chance to play some really iconic music venues there and I love the city. I love the people, and so we thought, let’s take a great American city and show some love, pay respect to so many musical icons and just great men and women that have come out of there.”

He also has a hoodie available with a stylized tiger that says “Rock City” on it for a cool $168.

They have a linen t-shirt for $178, and a leather jacket for $798. You can find them here.

Jonas is from Dallas, Texas. Varvatos is from the area, but as far as business operations, maintains a retail outlet on Woodward Avenue downtown but their corporate headquarters is in New York City.

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Burns Night Is A Scottish Party This Thursday You Won’t Want To Miss Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:46:46 +0000

Want to celebrate being a Scot, or Scottish culture? Into some literary libations to honor Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely-regarded as the national poet of Scotland?

Here’s the ticket you need this Thursday night.

Every January 25, Scotland and Scots around the world come together to celebrate the life and works of the beloved “Rabbie” Burns, considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement (and also the author of “Auld Lang Syne”).

Metro Detroit is no different, as Urbanrest Brewing and Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery have partnered up for an event featuring Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery home-made haggis, a savory blend of steel-cut oats, lamb rib meat, heart, liver, suet and seasoning, hand-stuffed in a natural, thick casing.

There also will be a vegetarian haggis, Scotch eggs, traditional neeps & tatties (turnips and mashed potatoes), sausage rolls, and British-style baked beans.

Urbanrest Brewing will have their ‘Not A Scotch Ale,’ a lighter-bodied and lower-ABV style of Scottish ale, as well as their craft brews. The Scottish favorite IRN-BRU, a carbonated orange-colored soda, will also be available for guests to enjoy.

There will also be Scottish dancing and bagpiping by Duncans Highland Supply along with a Burns Night toast and recitation.

If that’s not enough for you, Scottish-themed merchandise, food and gifts will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to wear their best tartan — including if you want to go full tilt with a kilt.

We have an interview with Joe Hakim of Ackroyd’s on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast (iTunes/Apple Podcast free subscription link here). The player is embedded above.

The event is free and open to the public, with food and beverages for purchase.

The event is on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The rntertainment begins at 7:00 PM.

Urbanrest Brewing Company is at 2615 Wolcott Street in Ferndale.

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Michigan Science Center Makes It To Top 15 In The US2020 STEM Coalition Challenge Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:20:57 +0000 The Michigan Science Center has been named on of the finalists in the US2020 STEM Coalition Challenge.

Judges for the competition looked at how each organization incorporated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to underrepresented students.

They were also evaluated on their potential impact, approach to partnership building, creative engagement strategies, and sustainability planning.

There were 92 communities from across the United States participated in the competition in October of 2017. The fifteen finalists were named last week.

As a finalist, MiSci will be competing for a share of $1 million in money and resources later this month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The STEM Collaboratory is a two day workshop in Pittsburgh, where finalists will work with STEM experts and creative community builders. During the two day event the finalists will be able to learn from one another.

The winners will be announced in the spring of 2018. There will be eight winners in all.

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Book Gives Tips On How Not To Be A Dumb Criminal Sun, 14 Jan 2018 02:57:43 +0000 Krystal Banks got into the bail bonds business eighteen years ago, right out of high school.

Since then, she’s learned how the courts work in Southeastern Michigan, and began giving her clients tips on how to protect their rights and better deal with the system.

Banks said, “I found that, oh, just giving them a little bit of knowledge changed their outcomes. It was really helping them.”

Now Banks is an author with Don’t Be a Dumb Criminal.

The book breaks down the workings of the police and courts with simple, straight-talking language Banks said is easy for even a fifth grader to comprehend.

“I found out that people don’t understand, and they don’t know their rights. They don’t know how to hire an attorney, they don’t know how to look for the right attorney, they don’t know how to fire an attorney.”

Banks said if you need an attorney, you should shop for one like you’re buying a house – don’t buy the first one you see.

She suggests contacting at least five lawyers before making a decision.

Banks stressed that people need to know their Miranda rights—to remain silent because microphones are listening.

When you are arrested, it’s being recorded,” Banks said. “When you go to jail it’s recorded; when you’re in the cell with an inmate, a lot of times it’s being recorded, or they can use that inmate as a witness. When you’re calling your family members and talking about it, it’s all recorded, and they’re going to use it against you.”

Banks says that thousands of copies of Don’t Be a Dumb Criminal and her other version of the book with a racier title called Don’t Be a Dumb*** Criminal are now circulating since it came out last summer.

Church groups, youth groups and even the state prison systems’ re-entry program use it to help former prisoners.

LUCK, Inc., an agency in Detroit that works with parolees and returning citizens has been using the book.

LUCK, Inc. director Mario Bueno said, “She understands our clientele.”

Bueno recalls reading Chess for Dummies when he took up the game and likens it to Banks’ book, “It’s kind of like ‘Law for Dummies’ you know?”

“This is material everybody should know, let alone someone who’s caught up in the criminal justice system,” Bueno said, “The layperson doesn’t know a lot of this stuff. I know this without a shadow of a doubt.”

Krystal Bank in class courtesy Randy Holloway Entertainment.jpgKrystal Banks in class.© Randy Holloway EntertainmentAlong with the book, Banks created a workbook to go with it.

She showed it to Tracy Jones, a college transition advisor at Detroit’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

Initially, Jones had concerns the workbook might be seen as a guide on how to be a better criminal.

Once he looked it over, Jones said, “I really took away things that can get you into trouble and you don’t even know it, and here are your rights.”

Jones said students take basic law and civics classes, but the workbook presented a different way to teach important information, so she had Banks present it in class.

“The students were very receptive to it,” Jones said. “In a predominantly African American community, it’s important for them to be aware of what rights they do have when they’re coming in contact with law enforcement and the criminal justice system.”

Banks presented scenarios for the students to consider, like how using a Bridge card the wrong way could get them in trouble.

“They’re like, ‘you mean to tell me my mom sends me to the corner store to buy some food even those Bridge cards are for me, it’s illegal?’” Yes, Banks said. “That’s welfare fraud.”

While criminal behavior can be glorified in some media, Banks said young people need to get smart about what they post online.

“On Facebook, social media, you got drugs in your pictures, you got money in your pictures, but you don’t have a job?” Banks said, “Guess what, there’s a task force that watches this.”

“You have to realize—these police officers, judges, prosecutors and attorneys, they go to regular meetings to be updated with the law. We don’t have this information. We don’t know this,” Banks said, “I want to get everybody on the same level so they have a fair shake.”

For more about the Don’t Be A Dumb Criminal,  learn more at

This content shared with the permission of One Detroit, a service of WTVS/Public Television.
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There Aren’t Two Detroits. But There Are Two Metro Detroits. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:18:45 +0000 Over the past few years we’ve noticed that there is a severe cultural disconnect in metro Detroit.

Before you say “oh, another city vs. suburbs rant!” let’s be clear: It’s way more complicated than just city vs. suburb. Or black vs. white.

This cultural divide doesn’t respect city boundaries. Sure, there’s a geographic element to it, but it’s also tied to family and life experiences. We live in silos. We have a lack of shared experiences and empathy.

You could live in, say, Harrison Township or Canton or Auburn Hills but still be somewhat aware of what’s happening around town, if you choose to be.

Metro Detroit’s conversation stalls because it so often lacks context and true civic pride beyond wearing an old english “D” around.

This is borne out again and again in issue after issue, where the community conversation turns into a shouting match of what “they” (insert “they” of the day) should do to fix it “themselves.”

As long as we define everyone as “they” instead of “us,” it’s a soulless conversation. We’re not dealing with each other as humans. We need more empathy and commonality.

We need to break down the virtual walls that keep us apart — whether it’s city and suburb, or in some cases, suburb to suburb.

The problem, in large part, is our cultural disconnection.

Here are a few tiny examples, but indicative of the last year.

Geographically, this cultural line seems to roughly sit somewhere a bit north of I-696, with of course individual exceptions depending on family and life experiences on either side. There’s also a western boundary, but we haven’t found it quite yet. Maybe I-275? Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

In the outer exurb lands, when we do stories, when we visit family — there’s a feeling that “Detroit = Lions, Tigers, Vernors and Crime, Oh My!”

Little depth of knowledge. No context. Little awareness of anything going on. Just… what they saw in some media cesspool, or maybe what Dan Gilbert or Mike Ilitch is doing. Maybe. Metro Detroit is so much more than that.

We are coming to the realization — and this particular issue isn’t just about race, to be clear — that we are truly culturally divided. It’s not a city vs. suburb divide. It’s an experience and lifestyle divide.

That has a lot of impacts in a lot of different ways. Transit. Investment. Incentives. Jobs. Infrastructure. People choosing to stay in our region.

As a region, metro Detroit has roughly the same amount of people living here that we did in the 1960s. Meanwhile, the rest of the country has grown like gangbusters.

We’re staying the same and falling behind.

There’s important work to be done around this. Work that will transform this region in a positive way and help everyone.

Instead of focusing on trying to take pieces of the proverbial pie from each other, we need to bake more pie.

Thing is, the power to change this lies in all our hands. We are better than this.. If we choose to be. The future of our region depends on it.

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It’s Great To See Detroit’s J Dilla Get Some Of The Recognition He Deserves Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:51:26 +0000 J Dilla was a musical genius. The Detroit artist who died way too young at 32 years old in 2006 made the beats behind a variety of big hits and helped define the sound of a whole genre.

If you don’t know who James Dewitt Yancey was, it’s time for a little primer. After all, two of his beat machines – his Minimoog and his MPC 3000 – are in the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum in Washington, D.C.

Here are a few tracks you might know he was a part of, if you didn’t already.

And my favorite Dilla-only track (he of course had a discography of his own).

There’s a lot more to the story, of course.

Vox did a great job with a video highlighting just why Dilla’s sound was so delicious and it’s worth a watch, including how the MPC is an instrument – just like a violin or a piano. And I think it is.

We’ve embedded it at the top, and think it should get some local love.

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What’s The Story Of Detroit As Told To The Nain Rouge? New Book Stuffed With Quotables From Notables Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:45:33 +0000 Detroit’s history and the legend of the Nain Rouge are entwined. And if you are a fan of the Nain Rouge then I have just the thing for you.

Author Dave Krieger has come out with a second book from the perspective of Detroit’s red devil, the Nain Rouge.

Things People Say About Detroit, A Collection of Quotes As Told To the Nain Rouge was released earlier this month.

The book is a pocket-sized so it would be great for a stocking stuffer.

This book is a who’s who of Detroit. Considering the Nain Rouge has been kicking around these parts since the Cadillac you know he’s seen some stuff.

There are quotes from some of our most loved Detroiters like Stevie Wonder, Emily Gail, Gilda Radner, and Della Reese.

Not to mention some of our most infamous people like Kwame Kilpatrick.

The book is $17.95 and it can be purchased at City Bird, Pure Detroit, Detroit Mercantile, Detroit Historical Museum Shop, Detroit Opera House, MOCAD, Detroit Artist Market and the Detroit Shop at Somerset. You can also purchase the book online.

There will be an official book release party on Saturday, December 9 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Third Man Records. We will be sure to remind you all about it in our City 5.

P.S. If you’re looking for a coffee table book then I suggest checking out Krieger’s first book Things I Do In Detroit: A Guide Book To The Coolest Places By The Nain Rouge. It is pretty spectacular.

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WATCH: Eminem Performs New Track As Well As “Stan” & “Love The Way You Lie” In Medley Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:39:07 +0000 Eminem’s new track “Walk on Water” was featured on last night’s Saturday Night Live in a three-part medley performance with Skylar Grey. If you didn’t know, she’s collaborated with Em before as the writer of “Love The Way You Lie” back in 2010.

After the new track that’s powerful but in a different style that fans got into when he first broke out on the scene, he went into short snippets of two classics everyone who has been following the him for awhile.

“Walk On Water” is reminiscent of a raw style that deep fans would know about but hasn’t hit the mainstream as it deals with difficult subjects and can be abrupt in delivery.

Eminem stands for something in a world where many stand for nothing or have instant outrage. He is making a strong statement again and again with his music. His connection to his feelings through decades of tough experiences is legitimate and real.

It’s also exactly what makes his detractors even more uncomfortable. Eminem’s powerful voice is forged through adversity.

Any change in sound from an artist will bring criticism. Listeners are fickle and usually want more of whatever album they fell in love with.

Artists with staying power have evolving sounds and take risks. There’s a snapshot in the mind of the public of a guy in his 20s making people laugh with absurd lyrics, but now he’s 45 and has been active for more than two decades. Time shapes people’s perspectives, and Eminem is no different.

There’s still no word as to when his next album, “Revival” will come out, despite various teases on social media and through media advertising.

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“Detroit” Movie To Get Second Chance At Theaters, “The World Has Changed” Since August Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:03:35 +0000 According to a report in Deadline Hollywood, the “Detroit” movie that had a very poor showing in the summer at the box office is about to get another shot in big movie theaters in 10 cities.

The newly released trailer has the words of Maya Angelou setting the scene to what is a very emotional and intense film that focuses on the Algiers Motel Incident that happened in 1968.

We’e embedded it above.

As to why it’s coming back, here’s what Annapurna Pictures President Marc Weinstock told Deadline Hollywood:

“The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, happened after our movie came out. The world has changed since August; the mood is different. The film is not only important – it’s even more relevant. People really consider this movie an emotional experience. They come out changed in some way. It’s powerful. Kathryn Bigelow made a film that’s immersive and visceral and authentic. … It’s also incredibly bold. In every way. People who did see Detroit in the theaters were knocked out by it and really moved. They were blown away by the power of the storytelling and the characters. Those people really embraced the film.”

Digitally, “Detroit” comes out November 28 and will be on Blu-ray and DVD this December 12.

Two Cents: This may be an admission the timing was poor to release the film.

Although the anniversary of 1968 happened over the summer and the first release was synced to that date, it is traditionally a poor time for films like this. Also, outside of Metro Detroit nobody knows what the Algiers Motel incident was.

Heck, let’s be honest, inside Metro Detroit most people don’t know what happened there. There isn’t even a marker where this all occurred.

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