Fun – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 20 Oct 2018 03:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Detroit’s Jack White Sings Polish Happy Birthday Song “Sto Lat” To His Mom In Poland Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:32:05 +0000 It’s an experience many around town of Polish descent can relate to — singing “Sto Lat” for the birthday of a polish mom or grandmother.

Well, Detroit-born rocker Jack White turned it to 11. During a show in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday White sung “Sto Lat” along with thousands of adoring fans to his 88 year old mother who was at the show.

For the uninitiated, “Sto Lat” is basically the Polish Happy Birthday song. It’s more proper title is “100 Years,” and wishes a healthy and long life.

Jack White, 43, is the youngest of 10 children and his childhood home was near Clark Park in Detroit.

White doesn’t allow phones in his shows, but he did share a picture of it on his Instagram.

For the rest of the month, Jack white will be playing shows in Europe. Come November, he’ll be back in North America.

He’s also got a project in the works that brings him back together with The Raconteurs for their first album in more than 10 years. It’s due out next year.

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LISTEN: This Tour Company Will Take You Around Belle Isle In A 1930 Ford Model A Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:14:23 +0000

Lisa Stolarski joins Daily Detroit in the studio to talk about her new company called Antique Touring Company.

Antique Touring Company takes you on a 2 hour tour around Detroit and Belle Isle in a 1930 Ford Model A.

You’ll learn about the history of the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, the Fisher Body site, the Packard Plant and Belle Isle.

Tickets for the tour are $65 for adults and $60 for children. You can find tour dates and times here.


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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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The Detroit Kite Festival Returns To Belle Isle On Sunday, July 15 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:10:38 +0000

It’s time to pull out your kites because the Detroit Kite Festival is returning to Belle Isle for its second year. The Detroit Kite Festival will take place on Sunday, July 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 pm.

The Detroit Kite Festival will have kites for sale as well as to borrow incase you don’t have the funds to buy a new kite. You can also try your hand at building your own kite in the Kite Making Tent, which is in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Want to try your hand at building your own kite? Check out the Will It Fly? Tent, where guests can tinker, play and invent new kites.

Kids of all ages will have a chance to learn more about kites in the Book Nook.

There will be plenty of entertainment this year for the festival.

The Windjammers Kite Team will return for the second year to perform their synchronized kite show. The Michigan Philharmonic have also signed on to be a partner for the festival and they will perform.

“We are so excited to bring back the Detroit Kite Festival after a wildly successful first time. Kites are a platform to bring Detroiters together, celebrate history and culture, and to engage with others,” said Margo Dalal the Director of the Detroit Kite Festival. “We are grateful to have such a supportive community and willing partners to make this the collaborative festival that it is.”

The Detroit Kite Festival is free to those who attend, however just remember that you will need a Recreation Passport to get onto Belle Isle.

The festival will take place at the Belle Isle Cricket Field, which is right next to the Belle Isle Casino. There is a parking lot next to the field.

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Listen: Previewing Hour Detroit’s 2018 Best Of Detroit Party Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:37:12 +0000

Sven interviews Mary Sutton the Events and Marketing Manager for Hour Detroit to find out about the upcoming Best of Detroit Party.

This year the event will be held at Shed 3 inside Eastern Market.

The party will have food from over 20 of the winning restaurants from the June edition of Hour Detroit.

There will also be signature cocktails, wine, and beer.

Tickets for the party are $95 for general admission and $140 for VIP. You can purchase them here.

The party starts at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. for VIP) and goes until 11:00 p.m.

Eastern Market is located at 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207


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Jason Hall Quits Slow Roll, Talks About What’s Next Thu, 31 May 2018 20:23:10 +0000

Jason Hall is retiring – sort of. The co-founder of Detroit’s beloved Slow Roll is stepping down from his role as the public personality behind the city’s now-famous neighborhood bicycle ride.

Slow Roll isn’t going away – and Jason isn’t going anywhere. He’s definitely staying in Detroit. But his role will change and his commitment to the city is going to grow in terms of what he can do for bicyclists and his hometown.

For example, Jason is relaunching (RI)Detroit, Detroit’s weekend celebration of bicycles and culture. The event, which will take place the weekend of July 20-22, will be a full experience of Detroit on two wheels. In addition to group rides and events, bicycle and non-bicycle manufacturers will be selling their new bicycles and merchandise. Community leaders and bicycle advocates will host seminars and panel discussions to discuss regional and national cycling and mobility policies that affect all of Detroit and the region.

His last official Slow Roll took place Wednesday on Mackinac Island as part of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference. The ride was good, the road was smooth and Jason’s mind was clear.

“It just felt like the time. It was a great ride,” Jason said in an interview with me (the audio is embedded at the top of this post). “It seemed like the right time.”

To say Hall is excited about the new enterprise (and a few others you’ll hear about soon) is an understatement. But, at the same time, his emotion at what his team and supporters created through Slow Roll is undeniable.

“When I started Slow Roll, it was really just about a bike ride. But through the past eight years, I’ve traveled the world and I’ve seen bicycling and bicycling advocacy and what that really means,” Jason says. “I’ve just evolved a little more. Once you’ve see what you could do, once we accomplished what we could accomplished through Slow Roll, I just wanted to go to the next level.”

After talking to Slow Roll’s board, family and friends, Jason decided it was time to make it official – he is stepping down from the organization’s leadership.

“I just decided that this would be my year to go ahead and step back and let the machine run itself. We’ve worked very hard to make that machine run,” Jason says. “I’ve got some other projects that I’m working on that are bicycling and city based. It’s still my family. But it’s time to move on.”

What changed was his mindset and evolution as a community leader. Jason says he started to see what else he could accomplish both as an individual, a bicyclist and an advocate.

“ I think it was really on my last trip to Minneapolis when I was out there. … I ran into what was called the Nice Ride Program. In Minneapolis, everybody gets a free bike. The way it works is you show up, they give you a bike, you ride it four times, you document that you rode it four times, you bring it back and you get a brand-new bike,” Jason explains. “That blew my mind that something like that existed. That became my new mission for Detroit. We’re going through all these changes with bike lanes and we’re doing all this stuff in the neighborhoods. But are we really connecting the community to these bike lanes?”

The dream he had for what Detroit could do in terms of the bicycling community began to grow. Plus, he has a flair for the dramatic and he knew there was a chance to expand his personal legacy. But, most importantly, Slow Roll could and would continue.

“It will last forever. Even if we decided as an organization, ‘Let’s stop doing Slow Roll,’ the spirit would still exist. The people would still meet every week,” Jason says. “I’m very proud of that. They’re just rocking and rolling; I’ve seen the schedule. It’s going to be a great summer for those guys.”

He also wants to thank everyone who ever took a ride with him and with Slow Roll.

“(Since I announced I’m leaving Slow Roll), I’ve received 100 emails from people from ‘Thank you for doing this’ to ‘Don’t leave.’ To all of those people: Thank you for making this what it is. It’s my baby.”

An interview with Jason Hall that appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte is at the top of this page.

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See JR JR, Saint Motel At Free Outdoor Concerts This Summer In Downtown Detroit Mon, 21 May 2018 16:34:42 +0000 Beacon Park now anchors downtown Detroit’s west side as a place for fun and events. A companion to Campus Martius Park, it added another green space and restaurant to the downtown scene

Now they’re ratcheting up their concert game. A three-part free concert series is coming to the park this summer. Two of the acts have been announced.

JR JR, will kick off the series on Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. Originally named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the Royal Oak duo of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott is maybe best known for their Top 10 Alternative single, “Gone.”

Saint Motel comes to town on Saturday, July 21. The Los Angeles-based, indie pop group has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and played main stage at major music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. You’ll get to see them before they hit the road before a major fall tour.

The artist for the last concert of the three hasn’t been announced yet. But mark your calendar for Saturday, August 18.

Not only will you have the concerts to check out these nights, but Beacon Park’s open air Night Market, food trucks, lawn games and more will be around to keep you entertained.

For more information, check out

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PODCAST: Detroit Bar & Prohibition History With Mickey Lyons Fri, 18 May 2018 19:10:52 +0000

We’re getting back to our boozy roots with this Daily Detroit Happy Hour conversation with barchaeologist Mickey Lyons.

She’s the talent author behind a recent Hour Detroit piece, “Dry Times: Looking Back 100 Years After Prohibition.”

Sven Gustafson — no stranger to a bar himself as a former bartender — and Mickey have a great conversation talking about the old time history of Detroit bars and prohibition, and how drinking changed in Detroit forever.

Mickey Lyons has a book coming out this fall and you can follow her work at her site, Prohibition Detroit.

Of course, if you like the show – you shouldn’t miss another episode. You can subscribe free on Apple Podcasts or wherever shows are found. There are also more than 50 back episodes here. 

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend: It’s Finally Warm Edition For May 18-20 Wed, 16 May 2018 14:14:58 +0000 Hey all. The good doctor fun is here to sub in for Shianne as she’s out the next couple of weeks, finding fun things for you to do this weekend around the city of Detroit.

Let’s dive in and enjoy Detroit this weekend.

Bike To Work Day

I get it, Detroiters. You’re either down with pedal power or you’re not. Me? I am. So I’ll be rolling in on Bike to Work Day this Friday and getting my weekend started off right.

Living in the city, I’m probably going to hitch up with the caravan in Highland Park, but I know that a lot of folks are coming in from the ‘burbs.

Per the event page, morning group rides converge Downtown at the Spirit of Detroit statue. There are also two pitstops in Midtown. All three locations are open from 7am to 10am:

• Spirit Plaza on Woodward at Jefferson. Free bike parking will be provided by Wheelhouse Detroit from 7am to 6pm. Mayor Mike Duggan will address the group between 8am and 8:30am.
• Midtown/WSU at Cass and Putnam hosted by Wayne State University
• New Center Park at Second and W. Grand Boulevard hosted by Henry Ford LiveWell

The event is put on by the Detroit Greenways Coalition, and a PDF of all the meetup locations to get your ride started is here. 

Ride locations start:

  • Woodward Avenue Royal Oak, Ferndale
  • Gratiot Avenue Starting in Sterling Heights
  • Villages/Lafayette Park
  • Hamtramck
  • Plymouth
  • Dearborn/Michigan Avenue

Dequindre Cut Freight Yard Kick Off

Ok, this one is going to be cool. The Dequindre Cut has nine shipping containers that will function as an bazaar with shopping, food and spirits to lift your spirits.

A ton of Detroitey vendors will be there, and it’s in partnership with the BUILD Institute so you’ll be supporting folks getting off the ground. Don’t just visit in Detroit, but spend in Detroit.

There’s a big party Saturday starting at 11 a.m. but it’s open all weekend. Here’s the Facebook event.

A Day of Soccer And Fun With Detroit City FC

So Saturday is going to be a pretty big day when it comes to soccer (or Futbol?). You’ve have a couple different tracks you can take on your fun ride.

The big thing is that FC St. Pauli is in town. They have raucous supporters and are an international team, so you know it’s going to be party time. I’m going to break it down quick, but the in-depth details are here. 

If you’re feeling like expanding your noggin, there’s a panel on the future of supporter-based soccer from 11am -1 pm at the Amnesia room at Motor City Hotel.

The pre-match meetup is at their official pre-match bar, The Fowling Warehouse. That runs from 2pm-5pm.

The match itself is at Keyworth Stadium from 6-8pm.

Then, if an afterparty is more your speed, it kicks off at The Majestic at 9pm. I would bring your maroon and gold drinking jacket.

Also – on our Daily podcast, we broke down the week ahead in DCFC on Monday. In case you have a minute, go listen to that. 

Historic Detroit Canal Tour

So there are canals in Detroit. We took you through them a couple years ago, but there’s nothing like kayaking them for yourself. Sunday morning at 9 p.m., that can be a thing you do. Have rented from these folks before, they’ll treat you well. Information here.

My post-bar recommendation would be the divey Marshall’s Bar. Get yourself a shot and a High Life.

Flower Day

I feel like you should already know about this, but if you don’t, reminder – it’s Flower Day this weekend on Sunday. It’s a madhouse, but seriously, it’s Detroit in bloom and so worth it. Although crowds aren’t always my thing, there’s something about an awesome Detroit event that has unmatched fun energy. Eastern Market is a gem, and don’t forget to say hi to a mounted Detroit Police horses. It’s a fun thing for the kids (or kids at heart) to feed them apples if they’re into animals. 7am – 5pm. Facebook event here.

That’s all friends. Have an event share? Hit me up. Email dailydetroit -at- gmail dot com. See you around Detroit.

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