Gallery – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:20:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Have You Seen The Most Instagrammed Place In Michigan? It’s Amazing. Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:43:50 +0000 There are some spots in Michigan so beautiful that spending time there can feel like you’ve entered an entirely new world.

Busbud has shared their list of the most Instagrammed places in the United State and Canada, and the top place in Michigan is the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

Located along Lake Michigan’s sweeping shoreline between Muskegon and Ludington, Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park is one of the most picturesque and dynamic landscapes in the Great Lakes region, consisting of more than 2,000 acres of dunes.

We cruised Instagram for the hashtag, #silverlakesanddunes and pulled a few of our favorite photos of this magical place to share.

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From Sunrise to Sunset, this area is the definition of pure Michigan.

The lake and dunes offer an endless array of things to do, from strolling the dunes, to sand boarding and off roading.

Post sandboarding. #SilverLakeDunes

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Sandboarding in the Sahara... Actually West Michigan!✋😆hehe #silverlakesanddunes #sandboarding #westmichigan #Mears #travel

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Beautiful night at the dunes @lexi5675 @wallab_15 #jeep #wrangler #silverlakesanddunes

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If thrill seeking isn’t your bag, then you can simply enjoy the sprawling natural beauty of this unique landscape.

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Don’t forget to see the iconic Little Sable Lighthouse.

Sadly, as summer comes to a close, so do the dunes. Officially, the dunes are slated to close on October 31st, so if you’re hoping to leave some footprints in the sand before the season ends, you better do it quick! The dunes will reopen on April 1st, 2016.

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PHOTOS: Jobs, Peace, & Justice March Hits The Streets Of Detroit For 12th Year Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:25:33 +0000 /?p=9609 Hundreds met Monday at the Central United Methodist Church to rally and demonstrate against injustice in Detroit and the rest of the country. Before the march, community activists and leaders spoke of lessons taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and addressed a variety of topical issues facing Detroit and the United States, namely Detroit’s water shutoffs and retired employee pensions, the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the imprisonment of Rev. Pinkney in Benton Harbor, as well as others.

The demonstration and meeting was meant to instill thinking like this quote by Reverend Martin Luther King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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 Abayomi Azikiwe, addresses the crowd in the Central United Methodist Church


 The crowd in erupted in applause when activist Jerry Goldberg passionately cried, “No more foreclosures! No more water shut offs! Let’s take back the power!”


“I pledge to you all that as city councilwoman, I will continue giving a voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless.” – Councilwoman Mary Sheffield


 A handmade sign saying, “I, too, sing America. #blacklivesmatter”


 A sunglasses donned dog named “Mighty Throwback” rode in a cart during the march.



Demonstrators began their march on E. Adams Avenue near Comerica Park.

The Matrix Theater Company brought their puppets of relevant civil rights icons to the demonstration, like, their puppet of Ralph Bunche, the first person of color to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.

 The Matrix Theater Company brought their puppets of relevant civil rights icons to the demonstration including their puppet of Ralph Bunche, the first person of color to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.

The crowd frequently broke into chanting of "Hands up! Don't shoot!" the phrase that Ferguson demonstrators rallied behind.

 The crowd frequently broke into chanting of “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” echoing the phrase that Ferguson demonstrators rallied behind.

The protestors paused at the Water Board Building on Randolph St. downtown to jeer and chant, “Stop water shut offs!”

 The protestors paused at the Water Board Building on Randolph St. downtown to jeer and chant, “Stop water shut offs!”


The march ended near the Central United Methodist Church with high-fives from a Matrix Theater puppet of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 The march ended near the Central United Methodist Church with high-fives from a Matrix Theater puppet of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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LOOK: Michigan Gets 7 New Shark Residents Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:23:29 +0000 /?p=9280 Brennen Vechazone, 11 years old, was selected to be part of the Young Enviornmentalists and was invited to the shark unveiling.

The Great Lakes are known for a lot of aquatic life, but one thing you are not going to see much of are Nurse, Blacknose or Bonnethead sharks! Well today in Auburn Hills, the Detroit region had a total of seven new shark residents move in.

Why are the sharks here? On January 29, there’s a new aquarium opening to the public at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills called SEA LIFE Michigan. It’s 35,000 square feet with 22 tanks featuring everything from the sharks loaded today to crabs you can pick up (without getting nipped) in an interactive exhibit as well as octopi, jellyfish, rays and seahorses.

There also will be a 180-degree ocean tunnel as well as plenty of other attractions.

Operated by U.K.-based Merlin Entertainments, SEA LIFE Michigan when it opens will be the 7th SEA LIFE center in the U.S. and the 42nd in the world.

Our photographer Nick Hagen was on the scene today when the sharks were loaded into their tanks.


 Click the right arrow below and let’s check them out!

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Let’s Kayak Around Belle Isle (With Photos) Thu, 01 Jan 2015 20:31:33 +0000 /?p=329 Is “Detroit, Land Of The Great Outdoors” a slogan that rings true in your heart?

If it doesn’t, it should. It’s more than possible to be active and enjoy being outside in the city. I have biked around the city, zipped down the Dequindre Cut on a Segway, and enjoyed a sunset cruise around the the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. I’ve taken walks around Belle Isle and been rollerblading (that’s right) on the Riverwalk.

But I must admit, kayaking around Belle Isle was a new one for me. It was an excellent way to experience the outdoors, and get a taste of nature right in the heart of urban Detroit.

At 5:30 p.m., after a solid day of work staring at my laptop and a square meal, my friend Scotty and I jumped in the van. It was already loaded with the kayaks, and we were donning swimsuits, sunglasses, and sunblock.

Very little research had gone into this plan. Unsure if there was enough time, or if we needed some kind of a permit to paddle around in the Detroit River (or if it would be impossible to paddle against the current to go back to where started) we just decided to wing it.

After all, a perfect summer day in Detroit on the water was calling us.

We plopped our kayaks in the water at the St. Jean Street public boat launch. This boat launch is a perfect place to get right in the Detroit River, and is located across the river from the north end of Belle Isle. There wasn’t an attendant on duty so the cost of this service was free, and it appeared to be a safe place to leave the van during the day (or however long it took us to get back). A couple of guys were easing their jet skis outfitted with speakers into the water. The slow thump of the bass seemed a fitting start to what could have become our last dance.

It felt great gliding out onto the water. It was mid-week so the channel was uncrowded. This allowed us to paddle playfully in our kayaks, only adjusting to occasional swells from boats passing by. It was slow going against the current, and I wore myself out fighting our way around the northern tip of the island.

We stopped for some photos and a brief break near the tern sanctuary where the sleek looking birds breed safely away from meddling park-goers. Once I exhausted every possible pun (“wrong tern,” “things have taken a tern for the worst,” etc.), I unsteadily wiggled back into my boat, almost slipping, as I stepped off the slime-y wooden breakwater. It was time to tern this trip up a notch!

As we paddled around to the Canadian side, we waved to people walking along the bike trail. Then things really got smooth. The current in the Detroit river is strong and steady enough to move you downstream without paddling. We paddled here and there, took pictures, and waved at people having barbecues and throwing frisbees.

Coming around the south side of the island, we enjoyed a view of Downtown Detroit like no other. It has a majestic presence when you’re sitting at sea level in a little kayak.


Near the south end of Belle Isle, the current seems to eddy a bit, and the first leg of the paddle upstream isn’t too bad. One of my favorite parts of the trip was going underneath the Belle Isle bridge (properly named the MacArthur Bridge). It has an architectural appeal that I never really appreciated from other vantage points.

After that we battled the current past the beach and the Detroit Yacht Club. The sun blazed like a blood orange behind the cityscape, and the sky settled into layers of peach, lavender, and periwinkle. The fishflies buzzing around us in an innocuous cloud seemed like a good omen.

At 9:45 p.m., we docked the boats, which meant we made the whole trip in about 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Recently, I have had the urge to get outdoors and exert myself. This trip provided that opportunity in a beautiful setting. It’s made me rethink some of the limitations that I had put on myself in this city. All potential snags to the success of this trip were just figments of our imaginations. We weren’t pestered by the coast guard or the harbormaster. There weren’t any boaters annoyed with our presence. We weren’t sucked into the chopping rudder of a freighter. We just enjoyed ourselves out there like we were supposed to.

Perhaps the uncrowded empty spaces of Detroit’s outdoors (similar to the way the empty indoor spaces benefit artists) are creating a haven for outdoor enthusiasts?

Scroll down for the pics!


Paddling around the North end of Belle Isle, close to the shore to minimize the effect of the current.


We stopped at wooden breakwater to take a little break before heading around the northern point. It’s right next to a protected breeding ground for Terns.


A well-shaded part of the trip coming around to the Canadian facing side of Belle Isle.


Action shot.


Going under the General Douglas MacArthur Bridge, which connects the mainland to Belle Isle, was a highlight of the trip.


Sun getting lower on the horizon…


Taking a a rest during our paddle upstream.


Day turns to dusk over the Detroit River.

If you want to check out another one of our Detroit kayak trips, check out this post where we hit Detroit’s canals. Props to Scotty Joseph who joined me on this trip and he has a globe-crossing travelogue over at at Travelstache.

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LOOK: The David Whitney Building Is Kind Of Amazing Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:23:21 +0000 /?p=8847 You’re going to want to see this. It has taken $92 million and countless hours of effort, but the historic David Whitney Building is back in action after sitting dark since 2000.

Yesterday, the facade was lit and the beauty of the 1915 skyscraper showed through. There’s been a new cornice installed, and we got to peek not just at the outside but the inside of the glorious lobby and two of the establishments downstairs, including the WXYZ bar (and we can’t help but wonder if the ghost of Bill Bonds will frequent it).

It was built in homage to lumber and shipping baron David Whitney Jr., whose former home is now The Whitney restaurant a mile or so down Woodward. Daniel H. Burnham was the architectural firm, which the same as the Chrysler House (formerly Dime Building) in the Financial District. It was designed as a shopping center, and for a long time had many dentists and doctors.

An interesting fact is that the mother of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was born on the spot the David Whitney sits today.

The building is a combined residential and hotel development. There will be 105 apartments and 136 hotel rooms. It will be an Aloft Hotel, which is part of Starwood. They open their doors on December 18 and are accepting reservations for stays on or after January 15, 2015.

So how much would it cost to live at the David Whitney? According to the website, residential units on the top floor run $3,750 a month for a three bedroom with an exterior view and a 569 square foot one bedroom with an atrium view (or interior) view down on the 10th floor runs $1,050.

Below are the pictures. It’s kind of amazing to see it lit up next to its recently restored neighbor, the David Broderick. Keep scrolling, and you’ll see the jaw-dropping interior and a sneak peek of the bar and restaurant inside.

The Davids together - Broderick on the left, Whitney on the right, both recently restored

 The Davids together – Broderick on the left, Whitney on the right, both recently restored

David Whitney Building lit up

The David Whitney moments after the facade lights were turned on

The Detroit Aloft hotel entrance

The Detroit Aloft hotel entrance

They sweated the small stuff on the details on the Whitney, including replacing the lion heads at the top

They sweated the small stuff on the details on the Whitney, including replacing the lion heads at the top

The stunning skylight at the top of the four story atrium

The stunning skylight at the top of the four story atrium

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Let’s take a look at the stunning interior, shall we?

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Intricate details adorn the walls of the atrium

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Including a one-of-a-kind clock


A wide look at interior of the David Whitney

Elevator detail

The detail on the elevators is exquisite

Aloft Detroit Coffee Shop

A quick look at the coffee shop inside the Aloft called Re:fuel


An a look at the WXYZ bar. Of course, nothing beats coming downtown and seeing the David Whitney for yourself. Although it does sound breathless, it is in fact one of Detroit’s architectural gems and it’s exciting for the city to see it come back to life.

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Humans of Detroit Tells The Stories Of Our City Through Our People Sun, 30 Nov 2014 18:10:42 +0000 /?p=8165 Humans of New York was a passion project created by Brandon Stanton, with the original goal of trying to take a picture of everybody he could in New York, and create a exhaustive catalogue of photo portraits. What happened was that he began discovering their stories during the process and the portraits, coupled with quotes created the content for what became a wildly popular blog.

Inspired by Stanton’s project, a similar project called Humans of Detroit surfaced in 2013. It’s a collective of photographers who are posting portraits of Detroiters. In both projects the photo portraits of people tell stories, and you can use your imagination to fill in the blanks.  People are interesting wherever you go, and this is a simple concept that works well in the Motor City.

According the their website:

“Humans of Detroit is meant to spread a positive light on the city and the people who call it home. Through photography and human interaction we give insight to the dynamic inhabitants of Detroit. This city has such a rich history and culture that is often overlooked in the current National and International media. We here at HoD plan to reverse that – one human at a time.”

Detroit certainly has plenty of interesting folks all over the place. Take a look below at ten portraits we chose from Humans of Detroit, and make sure to follow them on instagram and facebook to see who you will meet next. You can follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or their website.


Seen at the Detroit African World Festival.

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Got any words of wisdom you’d like to share? “You better call ahead… For the pizza, that is.”

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“Be true to yourself and be awesome to other people. We as a people have to do that, okay?”

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“When they ask you who’s in that picture, you tell them that’s Mr. Detroit.”

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Gallery: A Different Look At America’s Thanksgiving Parade Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:34:51 +0000 /?p=8412 Darkness still covered Detroit as the volunteers approached the costuming building for America’s Thanksgiving Parade, which for the other 364 days out of the year serves as the Wayne State University student center. At that moment, my thoughts were far from the fact that 148 television markets would have their eyes on the city, or that 19,000 runners were in the Turkey Trot, or that countless people would be lining the parade route down what seems to be a constantly changing Woodward Avenue … it was to find some coffee, and stat.

Inside, people of all manners and sizes were transforming from UPS drivers, corporate types and schoolteachers into dancing suns, caped crusaders soon to walk underneath an appropriately named “Captain Underpants” balloon. There were also, animals, circus ringmasters and other fanciful folk.

When you see the parade on TV it’s pretty easy to think it is just magic. The Parade Company, which also stages other events such as the fourth of July fireworks, make it look that way. But there are countless hours throughout the year of float-building, costuming, fundraising and more … and then a couple of hours before hundreds of people “step off” over by the Detroit Institute of Arts where you realize this is not only a big deal, but the life work of many people. It’s their Super Bowl.

So here’s a different kind of Detroit Thanksgiving parade gallery. Not to take away from them, but here you won’t find Vanilla Ice or the Grand Marshals U.S. ice-dancing gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. What you might find is a ground-level perspective that proves no matter how big this event has gotten, sometimes it’s best viewed one smile at a time.

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It’s organized chaos early in the morning as parade walkers come in to put on their outfits


The epic combination of having a fish on your head while you get your face painted early in the morning


The artists really love what they do. She was all smiles all morning long…


And take a look at this makeup case! All the tools to transform anyone into someone magical.


The theme this year was “Walking on Sunshine,” so of course, there was a phalanx of happy suns staged and ready to hit the streets of Detroit.


Even the Gingerbread Man succumbs to modern life as he checks his smartphone early in the morning.


A pair of excited parade participants pose for the camera


Every costume has different intricacies. Some are basically furry jumpers, others have lots of accessories


Good morning, Clownie – he oversees the turnaround point of the Turkey Trot.


Hi-fives all around for the dedicated runners


Check out the pair on the left. They’re dancing their way down Woodward Avenue. It’s good to see people still do that sort of thing.


The new float by Lear is staged on Woodward


Unicyclists get ready to make their way downtown


One can’t miss this version of a tin man!


Crews make last-minute adjustments to a float. Preparations happen all the way up to the point the parade steps off.


The disco dogs and cool cats of S3 practice their dance moves before hitting the road


Farther into the parade, here come the Distinguished Clowns with SuperGrover overhead


What’s fun about the Midtown portion of the parade route is that there’s so much access. High-fives all around for the kids!


Here comes the giant fish!


This lion will never lose the faith in the Lions!


The Detroit Mounted Police are really a group to be proud of and are an important addition to the Detroit Police Department


Here comes Clownie!


People come from all around for the family event that is America’s Thanksgiving Parade


The Detroit Fire Department Clowns bring joy to Detroiters. They’ve been around since the 1930’s.


The Chippewa Valley High School Marching Band


Skaters operate on a moving half-pipe past onlookers in balconies


This Model T looks totally in place next to the building in the background on the right


The Southgate High School marching band


The Cousino Patriot Band


And of course, who can forget Santa!

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QUICK LOOK: Progress At The Former Salvation Army Building Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:19:13 +0000 /?p=7976 As part of a larger plan to make improvements on and around its campus, DTE Energy has been at work sprucing up the former Salvation Army building on Bagley. It’s directly across from DTE Headquarters, and although it needed some repairs when it was purchased, it structurally was sound. It was bought a couple of years ago for an undisclosed purchase price.

We ran across the structure today and snapped some photos of the art-deco-ish structure. There are also LED lights at night that accent the building.




Salvtion Army building bought by DTE under rehab



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These 10 Photos Show You What The Abandoned Fisher Plant Could Be Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:05:48 +0000 /?p=7842 In 2006 Dimitri Hegemann resurrected a defunct an old power plant called Mitte that once provided energy for the side of Berlin inside of East Germany. Inside of what is now called Kraftwerk Berlin, he reopened his techno club Tresor which had previously resided in a bank vault (Tresor is german for vault), and the rest of the 86,000 square foot space is used for exhibitions and events. Now, as you may have heard, Hegemann has his eyes set on the Fisher Body Plant as a potential location for a new techno club in Detroit.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin was a tough, gritty city with abandoned structures and cheap rent which attracted artists and grassroots businesses. Sound familiar? It smacks of the story we hear about Detroit’s revitalization. Hegemann is spearheading an effort called the Detroit-Berlin Connection which earlier this year brought a dozen or so influential Berliners to Detroit for a symposium with likeminded Detroiters at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit). The group sees Detroit as ripe to become a hub of underground culture. Beyond just similarities of economic circumstance and aesthetic, Detroit and Berlin are inextricably linked by another thread, techno music. Though techno was born in Detroit it has never taken off here like it has in Berlin and elsewhere in Europe. Techno music, according to Hegemann, played a crucial role in the revitalization and reunification of Berlin which has made remarkable strides over the past 25 years.

Hegemann is busy cooking up plans for the Fisher Body Plant, which is 536,000 square feet in size. Ideas include a pop-up restaurant, festival, startup co-working space, and techno club. Hegemann is working with area developer Ed Siegel, who pointed out in a Free Press article that Detroit is also quite different from Berlin in many ways and suggested that Detroit may not have the type of crowd coming in to the city on the weekends to keep such a large club afloat.  However we’ll have to wait and see what Detroit wants to do with the plant.

Looking through the calendar for the year at the Kraftwerk space, there is a large five-day electronic music festival takes place each year called Berlin Atonal. The entire festival is held inside old power plant and includes performances, installations, seminars and afterparties. It reminds us of an indoor version Movement, the famous electronic music festival which happens every Memorial Day in Detroit. The pictures below give you a glimpse of what that a similar festival at the Fisher Body could look like.

The concept has a lot of potential. We would like to see the Fisher plant put to good use, as its current condition is a hazard. Recently, a firefighter was injured when an elevator shaft collapsed during a fire fight in the plant.

Thanks to Berlin Atonal @ Kraftwerk Berlin and all photos are by Camille Blake and are used here with the written permission of Berlin Atonal.

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4DSOUND + Senking on one of the lower levels at Kraftwerk Berlin.

Killing Sound

Killing Sound at Berlin Atonal. The industrial feel of the old electric plant permeates every inch of the space.

DELTΔ by Olivier Ratsi

The industrial space is great for visual arts, especially with light. This is DELTΔ by Olivier Ratsi.

Søs Gunver Ryberg

There are also opportunities for a variety of creative elements. This is a portrait of artist Søs Gunver Ryberg.

'Mnemonic Device' installation by MFO + Pedro Maia

‘Mnemonic Device’ installation by MFO + Pedro Maia.

Panel at Atonal Berlin

Panel at a room at Kraftwerk Berlin featuring old computer installations that are 7 feet tall.

The crowd at Berlin Atonal looks other-worldly

The crowd at Berlin Atonal looks other-worldly, as if they were about to be beamed up to the ceiling.

OHM Berlin

OHM Berlin is also at the same address. Looks like one big party!

Berlin atonal is one awesome party

On can only speculate on what the Fisher Body Plant could be, but if Kraftwerk Berlin is any indication, it would be one creative space. Thanks again to Berlin Atonal for allowing us to share Camille Blake‘s great photos.

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Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival Debuts With A Flourish Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:07:56 +0000 /?p=7559 On Saturday, the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts and Music Festival gave us a chance to check out what the artists, writers, and musicians in the city are up to.

For an area of only 2.02 square miles, in which a total of 26 languages are spoken, Hamtramck might be the most culturally diverse place in Michigan. The whole of the city is surrounded by Detroit, and it has a level of urban density that makes it a truly walkable district.  It doesn’t come as surprising that the affordable living and multicultural community fabric make Hamtramck a haven for creative types.

This is the first year for the event, which is described on their Facebook page as “a festival that celebrates the unique qualities of the neighborhood and its arts community” that takes place on porches, in houses, on sidewalks and storefronts.

The festival began at 1:00pm and lasted through the afternoon until early evening. Perfect weather had everybody in good spirits and it was an interesting, pleasurable stroll through the city. Follow our tour through the festival by taking a look at our pictures below. Looking forward to seeing this happen again next year, and we tip our hats to the organizers of this cool event.


 Celebrating the Bier Garden on Jos Campau


DJ Scott Coleman at Detroit Threads


Exhibition Featuring Art of Glen L. Allen, Holly Hock, Shadia Zayed, and Joseph Louis Lapham


Matt Hunt (right), with his installation “Beer Drinking With Friends” explains how the piece was influenced by artist Tom Marioni to us


Classic Bengali Music from The Bengali School of Music at Playhouse, a home that’s been converted into a performance space in a Hamtramck neighborhood.


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We found a neighborhood soccer game during the Hamtramck Arts Fest near the Write-A-House

Write-A-House in Hamtramck

The somewhat famous Write-A-House which recently won a Knight Foundation grant and will be occupied by Casey Rocheteau after she raises money through her Indiegogo campaign to move to the D.


Work of WC Bevan at Quiet House


WC Bevan shows off his stylized, repetitive forms during our visit

Iceburgers - What up Dough

We kept running across these “ice burgers” with a purveyor on a neat pull-behind bike cooler that said, “What up dough?” So we had to try. This was the peanut butter one. Tasty.


“Yard/Zone” by Sarah Wagner at Popps Packing

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