Culture – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:17:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WATCH: Sam Richardson Of Detroiters Appears On CONAN Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:58:24 +0000 Sam Richardson is the co-star of the hit Comedy Central show “Detroiters,” following two hapless young ad executives and their hilarious life events in the Motor City.

The show returns June 21, so the media appearances are spinning back up for the show.

Last night, Richardson appeared on Conan O’Brien’s TBS show. Here are three clips from the appearance. My favorite? A Twitter tirade about birds. Rather meta.

And of course, Sam’s jumping toe-touch.

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LISTEN: Red Bull Radio’s Vivian Host Previews Movement Fri, 25 May 2018 13:17:52 +0000

The 2018 Movement Electronic Music Festival kicks off Saturday and runs through Memorial Day at Hart Plaza, and we spoke to Red Bull Radio DJ Vivian Host for a preview on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

A veteran music journalist and DJ, Host, uh, hosts a daily show called Peak Time from noon-2 p.m. on Monday through Friday on Red Bull Radio. It’s “all over the map” musically, Host says, and is rounded out with news and interview segments with artists releasing new music.

Red Bull Music also hosts a stage at Movement from which it will be live-streaming all weekend as it hosts acts like Shigeto, DJ Godfather and Berlin’s Modeselektor.

“For me the most special thing has always been to see Detroit DJs and producers play for the city of Detroit,” Host says. “Like you might hear some of these DJs in Berlin or Amsterdam or New York and they might be tailoring their sets a bit for the crowds over there.

“But when you see someone like Carl Craig, or Kevin Sanderson, or Kenny Larkin, or any of these kind of legendary Detroit names play at Movement, in my experience, they’re playing the music of Detroit for the people of Detroit. That’s definitely a different style, it’s something specials and it’s something fun for me to witness as someone who’s not from here originally.”

This segment originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast.

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PODCAST: Talking “The Leisure Seeker” With Author Michael Zadoorian Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:09:49 +0000

Detroit has gone Tinseltown … sort of. “The Leisure Seeker,” the new movie starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland that opened in theaters earlier this month, is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian, who lives in Ferndale.

Zadoorian stopped by the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast to talk about the film, how it differs from his novel, and his forthcoming book “Beautiful Music,” due May 1.

“The Leisure Seeker” focuses on two long-married retirees named Ella and John Spencer who climb aboard their old Winnebago camper and travel across the country from their home in suburban Detroit to Disneyland in California. Their bodies are failing them — Ella suffers from an unspecified cancer, while John has dementia — and their adult children are in a panic about their ill-advised stunt, yet the book is a mostly uplifting look at life, love and letting go.

The film, directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Virzi as his first English-language feature, takes a number of liberties with Zadoorian’s tale, and it has generated some rather lukewarm reviews, despite accolades for the performances of Mirren and Sutherland.

In this episode, Zadoorian talks candidly about it all, including how he reacted when he first read the screenplay (he didn’t write any of it), how he got to meet Mirren at a film premier, and the role Detroit plays in his writing muse. And he gives us a preview of “Beautiful Music,” his third novel which is set in the early ‘70s in Detroit.

“She was so gracious, she was super nice,” he says of his initial meeting of Mirren. “The director introduced us. And she said, ‘Do you have any thoughts for the character, or anything like that?’ I knew they were sort of hesitant to even have me there on the set, just because they all had a script, and they were sticking with the script. And I said, ‘You know, I bet there’s not anyone in this room who wants to hear what I have to say.’ And the conversation ended shortly after that.”

The film is currently showing at the Maple Art Theater in Bloomfield Hills.

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PODCAST: Brooklyn Outdoor, The JazzFest, The Detroit Symphony, Macomb County, Transit And Amazon Sat, 03 Mar 2018 03:54:07 +0000

On Thursday, Sven Gustafson hosted quite a few interesting guests at our booth and mobile studio on the floor of the Detroit Policy Conference at Motor City Casino Hotel.

Five of those people are on the show for today’s episode.

  • Candice Simons, Brooklyn Outdoor and J’Adore Detroit, who talked about the big ad controversy where billboards have been banned downtown – and what might be happening to change that
  • Christopher Collins of the Detroit JazzFest joined us along with Anne Parsons, President and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to talk about the role of art in Detroit’s revitalization.
  • Justin Robinson, Vice President, Business Attraction, Detroit Regional Chamber and John Paul Rea, Director of Planning and Economic Development for Macomb County, on what the region is doing to keep talent here and much more.

Thanks to Podcast Detroit and specifically Dave Phillips, for providing the remote engineering for this episode.

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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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