Culture – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:24:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Check Out 5 Powerful Political Posters Out Of 80 On Exhibition This Saturday Night Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:29:26 +0000 Posters are often used as a means to convey ideas during political campaigns or as propaganda.

This Saturday there will be a one day only exhibition called “Posters on Politics” at the Baltimore Gallery in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood.

Donna Jackson is the artist behind the exhibition. She put out a call for submissions and received more than 400 posters from around the world.

Jackson narrowed down the exhibition to include 80 political posters from around the world. The posters showcase the themes that matter to those artists like justice, equality, morality, and peace.

The exhibition will have posters from artists based in Detroit and the United States but also highlights works from artists in Poland, Greece, South Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, and Iran.

Here are a select five to give you a taste.

1. Humanity

By Monika Ziobro from Poland

“A poster about humanity. We need to learn to talk and live together in a world full of artificial intelligence that kills in us human reflexes and empathy. We skillfully kill ourselves.”

2. Democracy Lost/Spain-Catalan Vote

By Olga Severina, United States

3. Coup

By: Dawid Czajkowski (Poland)

“On July 16th in Turkey began military action and the representatives of the army announced that they took over power in the country.”

4. Where Do YOU Come From?

By: Marijana Ivanova

“(This is a) poster on the subject migration. Most of the people in the world are aware and informed about the politics of the president of the USA is leading toward immigrants. My idea was to make a poster inspired by J. M. Flagg’s “I Want You for U.S. Army” for the 100th anniversary of the creation of the poster, regarding the problems of the immigrants and who is the real immigrant.”

5. Water is Life is War

By: Shangning Wang

“There are still a lot people living in places with a lack of water. Every year there are many conflict around water happening in the world. For them, water is not only life but also war. Save the water, save the world!”

If you want to see more, you can catch the exhibition at the Baltimore Gallery this Saturday, November 4 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The Baltimore Gallery is located at 314 E. Baltimore Detroit, Michigan 48202

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PODCAST: The Godmother Of House Music, Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:28:53 +0000

What is the difference between Techno and House? What is some of the history behind these iconic, Detroit made sounds? Who is the first female DJ to spin this stuff on the radio?

Answers to those questions and more are from Sven Gustafson’s guest, Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, also known as the Godmother of House Music.

She’s been spinning in the scene since 1982, and now she’s not only playing music, but also giving back through her work at the Detroit Institute of Music Educations and Black Women Rock.

She has a new radio show on Red Bull Radio, and she stopped by for an episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour. Gotta say, it was an honor to interview such a local legend.

Here’s all the links:

You can find Stacey here:

You can find Podcast Detroit here:

You can find Red Bull Radio here:

You can find us on iTunes (or Apple Podcasts) here:

And also on Google Play:

And our intro music this week, is of course, by Hale herself, with her permission.

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Check Out These 9 Classic Horror Movies This Weekend At 4 Awesome Detroit Theaters Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:59:53 +0000 One of the best parts of Halloween is all of the great horror movies that air on television. But what if I told you four Detroit theaters will be screening nine classic horror movies this weekend?

We thought would do a quick roundup of the theaters and movies they will be screening.

Cinema Detroit 

Rocky Horror Picture Show 

If you have been waiting in antici…pation to see Rocky Horror Picture Show this year then you need to buy your tickets asap.

There will be a costume contest for each showing, so be sure to bring your A game if you plan on dressing up.

Cinema Detroit will be selling prop bags for $6 each bag will have rice, rings, newspapers, lights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper (Scott brand of course), toast, party hats, and cards.

Cinema Detroit will have six showings of the cult classic on Friday, October 27, Saturday, October 28, and Tuesday, October 31.

Tickets are $10 per person. These shows sell out, so buy your tickets ASAP.

Cinema Detroit is located at 4126 3rd Street Detroit, Michigan 48201

The Detroit Film Theatre 

The Old Dark House

What happens when five travelers get caught in a storm and take shelter in an old gloomy mansion?

There will be three showings of The Old Dark House; Friday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Night of the Living Dead

There is something special about seeing some of these older films on the big screen, and Night of the Living Dead is no exception.

The DFT will be screening the classic zombie film over the weekend.

There will be three opportunities to catch the movie; Friday, October 27 at 9:30 p.m, Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m.

The Crazies 

This 1973 film takes place in a small town in Pennsylvania. When there is a biochemical spill in the town it turns some of the people in to killers.

This film is rarely-screened, so if you want to see it you need to get your tickets soon.

There is only one screening of this film on Saturday, October 28 at 9:30 p.m.

The admission to all three films are $9.50 per person. You can purchase them on the DIA website.

The Detroit Film Theatre is located inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202

The Redford Theatre 


Go spend some time with Norman Bates and Marion Crane this weekend at The Redford Theatre.

The Redford will be screening Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho this weekend.

There will be three showings of Psycho this Friday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.


If you’re a bigger fan of Michael Meyers and Halloween then you should get your tickets for the late night showing at The Redford.

The 1978 slasher movie will be shown at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28.

Tickets for both films are $5 per person. You can buy tickets on the Redford Theatre website.

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road Detroit, MI 48219

The Senate Theater 

An American Werewolf In London

The gory tale of two friends who get mauled by a wolf while backpacking in Britain.

This John Landis classic from 1981 was the first in the horror/comedy genre.

Tickets for this showing is $5 per person.

The Senate will be showing the film on Friday, October 27. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the film will start at 8:00 p.m.

Double Feature: Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein 

What can I say about Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein that hasn’t already been said?

The Senate will be showing the 1930’s classics on Saturday, October 28.

Tickets for this double feature are $10 per person.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 8:00 p.m.

You an purchase tickets for both An American Werewolf in London and the Frankenstein double feature at the Senate Theater website.

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Love Northern Soul And Motown? Be Sure To Get Your Tickets To Detroit A Go Go This Week Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:39:15 +0000 If you are a fan of Motown Music and the northern soul movement then you need to get your tickets to one of the coolest events of the year.

This week is Detroit A Go Go, which will feature numerous acts from the golden age of music. The event will take place on Thursday, October 19 through Sunday, October 22. Event goers will be treated to live performances, meet and greets, a visit to the Motown Museum, and a guided tour of Detroit.

Did I mention that over 300 people from Britain are flying across the pond to come spend time in our fine city for this event? Well, they are. Most have already started their trip for this once in a life time event.

There will be live performances from The Contours, The Dramatics, Fantastic Four, Kim Weston, Ronnie McNeir, The Velvelette’s, and so many more artists.

You will also get a chance to check out some killer DJ’s as well. Come out to see DJ’s like Dan Austin, Brad Hales, Pete Fowler, Detroit A Go Go’s organizer Phil Dick, and many more.

Tickets for Detroit a Go Go range from $28 for a single night ticket for any of the evening performances, $79 for all four nights of evening performances, and $99 for the full event pass.

The evening performances will take place at Bert’s Motown Theater in Eastern Market starting at 7:30 each night of the event.

In addition to the four days of live music, tours and meet and greets there will be an Opening Party with Melvin Davis on Wednesday night at The Marble Bar.

The Party starts at 8:00 p.m. and there is a $15 cover.

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

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Crowdfunding: Authors For New Belle Isle Book Looking For Your Help For Photographers Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:57:00 +0000 Belle Isle is one of those magical places in Detroit that people flock to, but they might not know all of the cool historical facts about the monuments and landmarks on the island.

This is where Dan Austin and historian Lori Feret come in. They are working on a new book about the stories about these monuments and landmarks in a new book that will be published by Wayne State University Press.

The book will incorporate photos from area photographers to showcase the beauty of Belle Isle. In fact, if you are a photographer and would like your Belle Isle photographs to be considered you can still submit them.

Austin and Feret will be paying the photographers for the photographs, which is where you come in.

There is a Patronicity crowd funding campaign happening right now to raise $15,000 to pay these artists for their work.

According to the video that Austin posted on the crowd funding page, they will be paying each photographer a share of the money raised. So, if someone gets one photo in the book they will get one share. If they have ten photos in the book they will receive 10 shares.

As with any crowd funding campaign there is some pretty sweet incentives if you contribute. For $8 you can get a vintage Tuller Hotel matchbook. If you have a bit more cash you can get a piece of vintage Book Cadillac china for $80. If you love the Belle Isle Aquarium you can get a behind the scenes tour for four, that one will run you $350.

There are incentives for every Detroit history lover. I’m pretty sure Dan Austin has gone into his own collection of cool Detroit swag to put this crowd funding together.

I’d tell you what my favorite thing is, but I don’t want you to get it before I can donate.

All donations will be tax deductible thanks to Wayne State University Press being a registered 501c3.

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“8 Mile” Movie To Return To The Big Screen For 15th Anniversary Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:38:31 +0000 It might be hard to believe, but it was 15 years ago that the movie “8 Mile” hit movie theaters and helped take the career of local rapper Eminem to another level, adding film to his artistic portfolio in an important way.

To celebrate that 15th anniversary Shady Records are bringing the award-winning film back to the big screen at Bel Air Luxury Cinema that’s located on, of course, 8 Mile.

There will be a red carpet premiere at 7 p.m. on November 8, and tickets will be just $8. The proceeds are going to benefit The Verses Project, a branch of the Community Music School (CMS) – Detroit.

This neat program works with the Michigan State University School of Music as an innovative approach to engaging urban youth by teaching critical literacy skills through the art of songwriting and music production.

Tickets for this special premiere of Eminem’s semi-autobiographical flick are $8 each and will go on sale online only at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 at and

Directed by the late Curtis Hanson, 8 MILE also starred Academy Award winner Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Omar Benson Miller, Anthony Mackie and the late Brittany Murphy.

Also, Shady Records, to raise more dollars for The Verses Project, is putting out a limited-edition time capsule of goods & gear inspired by 8 Mile to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the movie. Details on that will be available in November, according to the label.

Bel Air Luxury Cinema is located at 10100 W. 8 Mile Rd. in Detroit.

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T-Baby Of “It’s So Cold In The D” Fame Releases New Track, “Detroit Style” Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:24:17 +0000 T-Baby, who is internet famous for her track “It’s So Cold In The D,” has released a new track in collaboration with Miikey MuuN The Alien.

The new track is called “Detroit Style.” It’s embedded above. And, of course, it mentions the original hit.

T-Baby (birth name LaTonya Myles) rose to YouTube fame after a video that has garnered more than 9.4 million views since it’s release in 2008 as well as a cameo on the comedy TV show, “Beavis and Butthead” and there have been various nods by artists near and far.

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Eminem Takes Aim At Donald Trump During BET Awards With Lyrical Weaponry Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:31:11 +0000 Two of Detroit’s most visible musicians couldn’t be more different politically. A couple of weeks ago, Kid Rock took the stage with a faux U.S. Senate campaign and a series of politically performances at Little Caesars Arena.

Now, Eminem stepped up to the microphone on a national platform, and his video cut in a downtown Detroit parking garage has gone instantly viral across Facebook and YouTube.

The video is four and a half minutes of lyrical mass instruction that clearly outlines what Eminem perceives to be the hypocrisy and racially divisive policies of president Donald J. Trump.

The performance, aired during the BET Awards Cypher segment (that’s generally freestyle rap without musical backup), reminded me of the earlier, edgier days of Marshall Mathers where he punched fast and hard with his words in almost every track.

I’ve embedded the video above that’s simply shot, but it didn’t need fancy camera work to get its point across. Eminem is obviously agitated and draws a line in the sand around supporting Trump vs. supporting him.

A set of lyrics highlighted the recent controversy around some NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem (a practice that NFL owners are now plotting to ban) and contrasting it with Trump’s previous comments about Republican Senator and war hero John McCain and how he “likes people who weren’t captured”:

Now, if you’re a black athlete // You’re a spoiled little brat for tryna use your platform or your stature // To try to give those a voice who don’t have one // He says, “You’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us, you bastards” // Unless, you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered // ‘Cause to him, you’re zeros // ‘Cause he don’t like his war heroes captured // That’s not disrespecting the military

You can read the complete lyrics on Genius.

At the end, much like Kid Rock who was very bright with his lines about who’s with him, Eminem drew a clear line in the same (edited for profanity):

And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his // I’m drawing in the sand, a line // You’re either for or against // And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split // On who you should stand beside // I’ll do it for you with this: // F*** you // The rest of America stand up // We love our military, and we love our country // But we f****** hate Trump

Wherever you stand, it’s clear Detroit’s musicians are front and center of the national political debate that has permeated every part of American life today.

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