Events – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sun, 25 Nov 2018 14:29:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mariner’s Church To Hold Two Events This Weekend To Honor Great Lakes Sailors Fri, 09 Nov 2018 21:45:41 +0000 This weekend is a big weekend over at the Mariner’s Church off of Jefferson in downtown Detroit.

They will be holding two events to honor the sailors of the Great Lakes.

The first event is a lecture about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald which took place 43 years ago on November 10.

The lecture is titled Metamorphosis: How the Edmund Fitzgerald went from fact to Great Lakes legend.

In all seriousness, singer and songwriter Gordon Lightfoot probably had a bit to do with turning the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald into a legend. For most people Lightfoot’s song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is the only thing they know about the cargo ship that perished in Lake Superior in 1975.

The event is free to attend, but you will need to register.

The lecture will take place on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

On Sunday the Mariner’s Church will hold its annual Great Lakes Memorial Service and Tolling of the Bells.

The ceremony will honor those sailors that have lost their lives in the Great Lakes as well as those who have lost their lives while serving in the military.

The Great Lakes Memorial Service and the Tolling of the Bells will take place on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

The Mariner’s Church is located at 170 East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48226

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PODCAST: Video Shows White Man Shooting At Black Teenager, Detroit’s Tallest Skyscraper Gets Taller & Ammunition For Weekend Warriors Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:03:11 +0000

Friends! We have nearly made it to the weekend, and (temporary) salvation is nigh. Here’s the rundown of what you’ll find on the Daily Detroit podcast recorded on Thursday, Oct. 11:

  • Newly released surveillance video contradicts the claims of a white, former Detroit Fire Department lieutenant that he tripped and accidentally discharged a gunshot at a 14-year-old black student who had knocked on his door, seeking directions.
  • Dan Gilbert already wanted to build Detroit’s tallest skyscraper on the former site of the J.L. Hudson’s department store on Woodward Avenue. The latest site plans, obtained by Crain’s, show it getting even taller.
  • Eastland Mall has been purchased! An unexpected bidding war produced a $3.125 million sale price.
  • A report by WXYZ says it took Detroit Police four days to respond to a 9-1-1 call about a domestic abuse emergency. Wasn’t improved response times supposed to be one of the department’s new crowning achievements?
  • Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing and Ferndale received perfect scores in a ranking of municipal protections and equality measures for LGBT employees that go beyond state laws.
  • Construction work is behind schedule on I-696 because of a labor dispute, but the freeway might reopen before winter weather arrives, even if the work isn’t technically done.
  • You know how expensive it is to use another bank’s ATM? Well, a new study finds that Detroit has the highest average ATM fees in the nation. Yay?
  • Residents of a historic building in downtown Detroit that is known as an affordable living option for low-income residents have received notices that they have 30 days to move out and find a new place to live. It’s the latest in gentrification growing pains for Detroit. The Freep has the story.
  • Kid Rock visits the Trump White House again, and Kanye West returns to Detroit for some sushi.
  • And we have all the ammunition a weekend warrior needs about upcoming new restaurants and bars in the region.

Thanks for listening as always!

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Michigan Glass Project’s Live Glassblowing Festival Returns To The Russell Industrial Center This Weekend Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:29:43 +0000

Today on the News Byte Jeremy Ross, the Artist Liaison with the Michigan Glass Project joins us to talk about Michigan Glass Project and the upcoming Live Glassblowing and Arts Festival this weekend.

The three day festival will be held at the Russell Industrial Center. The festival raises money for the nonprofit organization Art Road, which brings art classes back into schools. Last year the festival raised $100,000 for the nonprofit.

This year there will be 70 borosilicate glass artists who will be creating pieces with torches, 13 glass bead makers, and 12 hot shop glass artists. For those not familiar with hot shop glass artists, they are the ones you find at Greenfield Village. There will also be artists doing live painting throughout the weekend.  

Throughout the weekend artists will be creating pieces that will be part of the silent and live auctions.

The main event will take place on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. all three days. 

The Russell Industrial Center is located at 1600 Clay Street Detroit, Michigan 48211.

Tickets for the festival are $30 for a weekend pass or $15 for a day pass. You can purchase them in advance here.

For those of you who like after parties, there will be two this weekend.

The Marble Show at the Marble Bar will take place on Friday night from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The Whitney Garden Party/ Millefiori gathering at the Whitney Mansion will take place on Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

There is a cover charge for the after parties: $10 at the door or $5 with a Main Event Wristband.

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These Special Coats Not Only Keep People Warm, They Also Create New Beginnings Sat, 05 Nov 2016 14:48:24 +0000 At first glance, it’s a straightforward idea. Coats for the homeless that double as sleeping bags. Sounds like a good idea, right?

It has been very successful. But sometimes, success means new challenges.

The good work the Empowerment Plan is doing and the demand for it means they’re bursting at the seams of their current location.

If you’ve never heard of the Empowerment Plan, since 2011 more than 15,000 of those special coats have been distributed throughout forty states and seven Canadian providences. Founder Veronika Scott created the coat for a school project at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit.

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The project is more than just making a coat. The coat, though useful, is a stepping stone to address a much bigger problem. The power of the coat isn’t just the warmth it provides, but the opportunities making them creates.

Empowerment Plan hires people who are living in a shelter to produce the coats. The organization helps them get back on their feet, provides additional training and educational programs.

It takes roughly an hour and fifteen minutes to make one of the coats, and the team of seamstresses can currently make around 35 to 40 coats in a day.

The Empowerment Plan works with numerous homeless shelters and organizations to help get homeless people coats around the country. Sponsors can purchase coats for $100 and they are then distributed.

They have been at Ponyride in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood since they started, but they are running out of room. Training is performed at a different location, and they have a separate warehouse for additional coat storage. They would like for the entire operation to be under one roof.



They have also started making plans to have a limited release of coats for the public to purchase. For years they have had requests from hikers, campers, and even doomsday preppers to produce a coat that they could purchase.

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While they do not know when the coat will be released or how much it will be to purchase it, Cassie Coravos, the Communications and Project Manager of The Empowerment Plan, said they think a limited run will be released next year. They need to move into a larger facility, and hire more employees before making these coats.

That is where an upcoming fundraiser comes in.

On Thursday, November 10 The Empowerment Plan’s 4th Annual Fundraiser will be held at the Garden Theater. It will be an evening filled with food, drinks, and stories of the seamstresses who work at The Empowerment Plan. This year they are hoping to raise $150,000.

Tickets for the event are affordable for a fundraiser. Each ticket is $40 per person. They do have a VIP ticket that is $125 per person. For the VIP ticket, you are sponsoring a coat for a homeless individual, so you’re doing a lot of good for the price.

This is not a fancy event. Come dressed as you are.

“This isn’t a big fancy fundraiser we want everyone in our community to come because they are the ones who support us and we want them to learn what we do. Our seamstresses will go up on stage and tell their stories,” said Coravos. It’s really an opportunity to learn about what we do in terms of coat production and programing but really to get to know who we are and who are employees are.”

The fundraiser starts at 6:30 PM and goes until 10:00 PM. The Garden Theater is located at 3929 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Michigan 48201.

Murals In The Market Returns To Eastern Market Starting Sept. 15 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:03:07 +0000 Murals in the Market is back for another year of free art events, public art murals, art exhibitions, and more. 1xRUN has prepared an exciting lineup of events for attendees that the whole family will enjoy.

Murals in the Market will feature more than 50 local and international muralists will descend on the historic Eastern Market District during the 10-day festival. Detroiters will have the opportunity to attend more than 20 free art events, six special events, five afterparties, four art exhibitions, and three unique artists talks. A complete schedule of events is available here.

The art exhibitions will be on view during the festival, hosted by 1xRUN and Inner State Gallery. They’ll include limited edition prints as well as original artwork from all of this year’s participating artists. Additionally, Sheryo & The York will unveil their immersive auto shack which was created during their month-long residency in Detroit.

Artist talks will feature visiting artists Janette Beckman, Kevin Lyons, and Cey Adams, as well as local artists Sydney G. James and Tylonn J. Sawyer. Children’s workshops and food vendors will gather among Eastern Market’s unique shops to create an atmosphere of fun and festivity.

Slow Roll will be returning to Murals in the Market, bringing thousands to Eastern Market during bike tours. Those without a bike can join Feet on the Street’s walking tours, free of charge. These tours will provide festival goers with an opportunity to see all 50 murals as they are being created, as well as a look at previous murals created throughout the district.

Murals in the Market has partnered with local venues to host several afterparties for Detroiters. Nothing Elegant will showcase 90s hip-hop and pop jams at The Old Miami, and Slow Jams will bring classic soul and funk over at the Woodbridge Pub.

Eastern Market After Dark will light up the entire market with music, open studios, street vendors, and more, kicking off the Detroit Design Festival. More information on Murals in the Market is available on the event website, Instagram, or Facebook.

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Speak Your Mind At The Truth Booth July 31-Aug 13 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:25:34 +0000 Have an opinion that you’re scared to speak? Do you see something happening in your community that you’d like to address without fear of judgment? The Truth Booth is a great place to do just that.

The free public event is hosted by the Cause Collective and will be in different locations around Metro Detroit from July 31 through August 13.

The Truth Booth is a giant inflatable sculpture in the shape of a cartoon speech bubble with the word “Truth” printed on the side. Inside the speech bubble, visitors are prompted to record their responses in video format to the prompt “The truth is…”

The Truth Booth removes the social stigma and fear that often comes with speaking out against social norms or hot button issues. During this event, the Cause Collective aims to empower communities in Detroit and Flint to speak freely without fear of judgment or persecution.

It’s the brainchild of Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, and Hank Willis Thomas. Operating as a team of artists, designers and ethnographers, they work to bring thoughtful, interactive and engaging projects into local communities here and abroad. In this project, they are particularly interested in transforming public spaces into sites for candor and intimacy.

The Truth Booth started in 2011 at the Galway Arts Center in Galway Ireland. Over the summer, it toured the country extensively. The project has since traveled to Afghanistan and Cape Town, South Africa.

This stop in Detroit is just one of 24 stops in U.S. cities as part of the Cause Collective’s project In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth).

The dates, locations, and times of these events in Metro Detroit are:

  • 7/31: Bloomfield Hills, MI (at Cranbook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave.), 11am-5pm
  • 8/2: Detroit, MI (at Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.), 9am-4pm
  • 8/3: Dearborn, MI (at Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave.), 10am-6pm
  • 8/4: Detroit, MI (at Banglatown Neighborhood, 13133 Klinger St.), Noon-7pm
  • 8/5: Detroit, MI (at the “For the Love of Osborn” Neighborhood Parade, 13560 McNichols E), 11am-4pm
  • 8/6: Detroit, MI (at Sidewalk Festival for the Performance Arts, 22001 Grand River Ave.),2pm-9pm
  • 8/7: Detroit, MI (at the Heidelberg Project, 3600 Heidelberg St.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/9: Detroit, MI (at GM Plaza on the Riverfront, 300 Atwater St.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/10: Flint, MI (at the Hispanic Technology & Community Center of Greater Flint, 2101 Lewis St.), 10am-6pm
  • 8/11: Flint, MI (at the Hasselbring Park Senior Center, 1002 W. Home Ave.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/12: Flint, MI (at MW Gallery, 815 S. Saginaw St.), Noon-9pm
  • 8/13: Detroit, MI (at Clark Park, 1130 Clark Ave.), 11am-5pm
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QUICK TIP: Wednesday Air Show Features Canadian Forces Snowbirds Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:19:00 +0000 The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will swoop, spin, and roar through the skies over Ypsilanti on Wednesday, June 22. Take the kids, because youth 15 and under get in free, and get ready to have an awesome time.

The Yankee Air Museum (47884 D St. Belleville, MI 48111) will host its first ever Wild Wednesday air show. The gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:45 p.m. You’ll want to get there early, because there’s a lot to see and do. In addition to the show, there will be interactive exhibits the whole family can enjoy.

It’s a special season for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. They’ll commemorate the 75th anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, the joint air crew training program launched by Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand during World War Two.

Based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the Snowbirds played an important role in training Commonwealth aircrew during World War Two. Unlike other North American military jet teams the Snowbirds boast nine jets that fly in formation.

In addition to the Snowbirds, the Canadian Skyhawks, Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team, will awe spectators. The Skyhawks create formations in the sky with their parachutes open (and proudly displaying the Canadian flag).

General admission tickets are $20 if you purchase them online. At the gate, they’re $25. A general parking pass is only $5 if you purchase it online. If you wait until Wednesday, you’ll have to pay $10 at the gate.

If you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own chairs to the show, you can add flightline seating to your general admission ticket for $10 if you buy it online. Kids 15 and under are also $10 online.

Clear your calendar Wednesday evening and watch the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Skyhawks as they take to the skies.

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Shell Eco-marathon Americas Comes To Detroit April 22-24 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:08:45 +0000 Detroit is home to two things that often go hand-in-hand – the automobile and innovation, and from April 22 through 24, the city will host the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The eco-marathon presents a unique challenge to high school and college students around the world.

The Eco-marathon is a great opportunity to encourage students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. Participants design and build their own vehicles, with the goal of creating the most energy-efficient one possible. This gives them a first-hand look at the struggles, innovation, and creativity necessary to solve some of our world’s most pressing energy problems.

The Eco-marathon started in 2007 with 17 teams competing on a two-mile race track in Southern California. In 2010, the event moved to downtown Houston. In 2015, when the Eco-marathon moved to Detroit, 113 teams and over 1,000 students from five countries traveled to the Cobo Center.

This year, teams will try to beat the current Americas record of 3,587 miles per gallon equivalent.

The competition is split into two categories. There’s the Prototype class, which focuses on maximum efficiency over passenger comfort. There’s also the UrbanConcept class, which encourages more practical designs.

In addition to these classes, cars are also divided by energy type – internal combustion engine or electric mobility. Internal combustion cars are powered by fuels including gasoline, diesel, or liquid fuel from natural gas and ethanol. Electric mobility cars are powered by hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-based batteries.

During the eco-marathon, teams make as many attempts as possible to travel the farthest on the equivalent of one liter of fuel. The cars drive a fixed number of laps around the circuit at a set speed. Organizers calculate the cars’ energy efficiency and, based on their calculations, name a winner in each class and for each energy source.

However, there are awards off the track as well. Teams receive awards for achievements like safety, design, and teamwork.

During the weekend of the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, the general public is invited to the Cobo Center for free, family friendly interactive events.

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First Detroit Speed Coaching Event For Local Food & Drink Entrepreneurs April 13 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:39:04 +0000 Calling all local entrepreneurs in the food, beverage, and craft brewing industry. We’ve got an event you won’t want to miss.

On Wednesday, April 13, Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and the Build Institute are hosting Detroit’s first dynamic Speed Coaching event. The event runs from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and will be held at the Build Institute, 2701 Bagley St, Detroit. Speed Coaching is free to attend. Interested entrepreneurs should register here.

Modeled after speed dating, the Speed Coach event will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in up to six 20-minute one-on-one coaching sessions.

The region’s best small business specialists, as well as subject experts from Sam Adams will act as coaches.

Across the country, Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching events have helped thousands of food and beverage business with sales, distribution, packaging, finance, and e-commerce. The goal of the event is to help passionate entrepreneurs solve specific problems with real-world, practical advice.

Brewing the American Dream reflects the desires of brewer and found of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch. He remembers the difficulty of starting and building a successful small business and wishes he had real-world business advice and a loan.

Since 2008, Brewing the American Dream has partnered with Accion to lend over $9.6 million in microloans to 885 businesses. The program has also coached or mentored over 6,000 small businesses.

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Meet some of Detroit’s finest authors at local history book fair this Saturday Mon, 07 Dec 2015 18:33:10 +0000 Detroit is home to a wealth of influential artists across a variety of mediums, and one market that has seen a considerable boom in the last decade is literature.

With books from contemporary authors covering topics from the history of the Better Made potato chip company to Detroit’s role in WWII, there seems to be no shortage of the talented and dynamic writers in Detroit.

This Saturday, December 12, you’ll have the chance to explore the growing catalogue of Detroit inspired literature and meet the authors who wrote them at the Local History Lovers Holiday Book Fair. This free event seeks to promote work on regional history, as well as several fictional works, all published by local authors.

The event takes place from 12 p.m. -5 p.m. at The Corktown Hotel, located at 1331 Trumbull Street in Detroit.

In addition to browsing the books and meeting the authors, you’ll enjoy short presentations from authors on their books about every 20 minutes starting promptly at noon

Complimentary refreshments will be served and $1 from each book sold will donated to Covenant House Detroit.

Here is a full list of authors you’ll find at the event, as well as their books:

  • Jim Abb – Even Trolls Love Pasties: A Goode Ann Arbor Tale; I Brake For Humans: Another Goode Ann Arbor Tale
  • Collette Cullen – Annie Finds Her Magic: Helen Keller’s Teacher Shares Her Story;  Between The Thorns
  • Karen Dybis – Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit’s Best Chip; The Ford-Wyoming Drive In: Cars, Candy, and Canoodling in the Motor City
  • Timothy Dziubak – Red Boy Tours Michigan, and the original children’s book: Red Boy
  • Aaron Foley – How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass (It’s Not The New Brooklyn)
  • Gail Hershenzon – Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, Michigan Memorial Park
  • David Ingall and Karin Risko – Michigan Civil War Landmarks
  • Bruce Kopytek – Jacobson’s: I Miss It So!, Toledo’s 3 Ls, Eaton’s: The Trans-Canada Store, and recently released Crowley’s: Detroit’s Friendly Store.
  • Andrew Lark – Better Boxed and Forgotten (Indian Village Thriller)
  • Bonnie Leone – Holy Family Church: 100 Years of Sicilian Tradition
  • Leslie Lynch – Wilson of Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance – Images of America: Lincoln Park
  • Lynn Lyon – Images of America: Ira Township (co-author)
  • Jon Milan and Gail Offen – Images of America: Grand River Avenue
  • Alan Naldrett – Lost Towns of Eastern Michigan, Forgotten Tales of Lower Michigan, Images of America: Chesterfield Township and the soon-to-be released Lost Car Companies of Detroit
  • Nicholas P Sinacori – Horsepower, Men and Machines
  • Dr. Gregory Sumner – Detroit in World War II
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