Fun – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:35:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 These 24 Holiday Events In Metro Detroit Will Put You In The Spirit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/15/24-holiday-events-metro-detroit-will-put-spirit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/15/24-holiday-events-metro-detroit-will-put-spirit/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:06:34 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39526  ‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for holiday events around Detroit, this is your ticket.

While putting together this list, we already saw that events were starting to sell out this early in the season, so make sure to get on it!

We’ll see you out there.

1. 14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Get into the holiday spirit in Campus Martius on Friday, November 17. Come watch the 60+ foot Norwegian Spruce from Cadillac be lit. There will be carriage rides, live performances from Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas and Thronetta Davis with special guest KEM. U.S. Olympic Medalist Jeremy Abbott will also be skating. The tree lighting will happen at 8:00 p.m.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue Detroit

2. Light Up Beacon Park

The Detroit Tree Lighting has expanded to Beacon Park this year. There will be a live video feed of the tree lighting, fire pits, Santa, Thronetta Davis performances, and interactive light installations by Quartier des spectacles, Montréal. There will also be free shuttles between Beacon Park and Campus Martius all evening.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Beacon Park 1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit

3. Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park

Get in the car and take a drive through Hines Park and enjoy the 47 plus holiday light displays. This is considered the midwest’s largest and longest light show.

You can find more information here.

Admission: $5 per vehicle

When: November 16 through December 31, 2017

Where: Entrance to the Wayne County Lightfest is 7651 Merriman Road Westland, Michigan

4. Bedrock Downtown Detroit Markets

Get your shopping done while you’re downtown at this years Downtown Detroit Markets. This year there will be 30 small businesses taking part in the markets this year.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Where: 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square and Capital Park

5. Northwest Detroit Farmer’s Market Thanksgiving Market

A selection of local vendors like Baer Poultry Farm, Good Medicine Farm, Five Star Cakes, Sweet Potato Delights, Mo’ Jams and Jellies, GreenHouse Soups & Chili’s, Scott-Tish Bee and Honey, Simply Irresistible Popcorn and Mama Subee’s Kitchen will be offering their goods for an afternoon. There will be seasonal veggies and holiday décor as well.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: 19556 Grand River, Detroit

6. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

What is there to say about Wild Lights at The Detroit Zoo? The zoo has been turned into a winter wonderland filled with over 5 million LED lights.

Admission: Price range from $10 to $16 depending on the entrance time and day chosen. You can purchase tickets here. Word of advice, get your tickets now. They sell out quickly.

When: November 18-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31 5:30 to 9 p.m. select weeknights and Sundays • 5:30 pm. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: The Detroit Zoo 8450 W.10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

7. Holiday Markets In Eastern Market

Michigan-made holiday shopping galore will happen at Eastern Market on six different days this year. Also, Santa will be by December 9 & 10!

You can find more information here.

Price: Admission is free.

When: Here are the dates: Tuesday, November 21; Sunday, November 26; Sunday, December 3; Sunday, December 10; Sunday, December 17; and Tuesday, December 19.

Where: Eastern Market, 2934 Russell Detroit, Michigan

8. America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Strategic Staffing Solutions Float

What: The parade on Thanksgiving Day down Woodward is an annual tradition in downtown Detroit. It returns with floats and bands and fun for all ages. There are free spots to grab up the route and you can get tickets for the grandstands.

Price: Free to $70 if you want to be fancy with your tickets.

When: Thursday, November 23

Where: Downtown Detroit

9. BYOB Light Tour

If you’re looking to get on a luxury bus, drink all the things and see a bunch of lights, there’s a tour from Allstar Services that starts at the Rochester Tap Room, goes to the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, to a few other light displays, and then to Campus Martius and back. Remember to BYOB.

Admission: $48.75-$65. Tickets here.

When: Multiple days from November 24 to December 30.

Where: Rochester Tap Room. 6870 N Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306

10. Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

Take a stroll through Meadow Brook while it is decorated for the holidays. The tour will end with a candy cane lane to Santa and Sweets.

Admission: $20 for adults, $7.50 for children 17 and under, children under 2 are free. There are additional discounts for Oakland University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and military with ID. You can purchase tickets here.

When: November 24 through December 23

Where: Meadow Brook Hall 350 Estate Drive Rochester, Michigan 48309

11. Made In The Mitten Holiday Market

Looking for some cool Michigan made products to give as gifts? Check out this holiday market at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. More information found here.

Admission: $2 for adults, children under 10 are free

When: Saturday, November 25 from 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market 316 E 11 Mile Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

12. Santa’s Magic Forest

Taylor’s Heritage Park will be turned into Santa’s Magic Forest this holiday season. Come out and see Santa and check out the displays. Some of them are actually from the original Hudson Department Store downtown. The proceeds raised will go towards the Fish & Loaves Community Pantry.

Find out more information here.

Admission: $3, children under 3 are free. Pictures with Santa $8. Cash only

When: Saturday, November 25 through Saturday, December 23. Hours vary based on the day.

Where: Heritage Park 12111 Pardee Taylor, Michigan 48180

13. Good Karma Christmas Holiday Market and Party

This holiday market not only has an opportunity to pick up gifts but also allows you to give back to others as it is on “Giving Tuesday.” There will be local organizations and causes at the event. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the foster care program at the Judson Center.

You can find out more information about the organizations here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: The Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

14. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Viewing 

Got a train lover in your home? Come check out the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it passes through Romulus. There will be concessions for sale. Bundle up, bring those lawn chairs, and some non-perishable foods to donate to area food banks.

Find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Thursday, November 30 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Romulus, North of the Romulus Historical Park, on Goddard Road.

15. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Holiday nights. Via The Henry Ford

Go back in time this season at Greenfield Village. The Main Street will be filled with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. The evening will finish off with a fireworks display.

 Admission: $26 for adults, $23.50 for seniors and $19.50 for children 3-11. You can also have dinner with Santa or Holiday dinner at the Eagle Tavern. You can purchase tickets here.

When: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-7 and 29-30 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Greenfield Village 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124

16. Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Looking for some fun and quirky gifts this holiday season? If so, head over to the Masonic Temple for this three-day craft fair. You’ll never know what you’ll find with over 100 different vendors.

You can find out more information here.

Admission: $10 on Friday for opening night and $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are free.

When: Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours- Friday: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan

17. Kris Kringle Market in Rochester

Downtown Rochester will be hosting the Kris Kringle Market. This open-air market will have shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens and wreaths, and handmade gifts.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: December 1-2, Hours: Friday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: W. Fourth Street between Walnut & Main in Downtown Rochester

18. Cranbrook House Holiday Splendor

Take a tour of the Cranbrook House as it is decorated with classic and contemporary trees, trains, and other holiday settings. Santa will also be at Cranbrook, so make your reservations now for the Santa Sighting.

Cranbrook will be a collection site for Mittens for Detroit, so bring a pair of gloves or mittens to donate.

Admission: $20 for general public, $15 for Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary Members, $10 for children ages 5-10, children under the age of 4 are free. Purchase your tickets here.

 When: Friday December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours Friday: 10:00 a.m.-4, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Cranbrook House 380 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

19. Noel Night

This is the 45th year that Noel Night has taken place in Midtown and the Cultural Center. There are more than 100 institutions taking part in Noel Night. There will be carriage rides, holiday shopping, crafts, and live performances.

You can find all of the information for Noel Night here.

Admission: Free

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations through Midtown and Cultural Center

20. Merry & Bright Nights at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Check out the Grosse Pointe estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford decked out for the holidays. There is a strolling holiday tour of the house. Get toasty by the fire with cocoa and s’mores outside for purchase. Kids can visit with Santa and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Admission: $20 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, children under 2 are free. You can purchase tickets here.

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, December 7-23

Where: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 1100 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236

21. Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

Enjoy the holidays on Detroit’s island jewel, Belle Isle. It’s free family friendly fun with an evening stroll through the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Center, and the Detroit Boat Club. Cider, donuts, and good times!

Admission: Free

When: Friday, December 8 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle State Park

22. Menorah In The D

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this year by coming down to Cadillac Square when the 26-foot Menorah will be lit. There will be food, drinks, and family activities throughout the night.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Cadillac Square 600 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan

23. 43rd Annual Boston-Edison Holiday Home Tour

Take a stroll through historic Boston-Edison during the 43rd annual holiday home tour. This year five homes will be open to visitors of the tour.

Admission: $15 per person. You can purchase tickets online.

When: Sunday, December 15 from 9:40 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Check in for the tour at the Sacred Heart Seminary on the corner of Linwood Avenue and Chicago Boulevard.

24. Santa Pub Crawl Wyandotte

Get into the holiday spirit by going on this holiday inspired pub-crawl. Dress up like Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, or Grinch. Have a really ugly Christmas sweater? You can wear that too. There will be holiday cocktails at each bar, cookies, and a stocking.

Admission: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

When: Saturday, December 15. Hours 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Pub Crawl starts at Whiskey’s on the Water 2903 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte, Michigan 48192

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What Are Michigan’s Three Favorite Halloween Candies? http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/10/18/michigans-three-favorite-halloween-candies/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/10/18/michigans-three-favorite-halloween-candies/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:40:55 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39026 When it comes to Halloween candy, what is Michigan’s favorite?

A new “study” using data from the bulk online sweets retailer CandyStore.com highlights all fifty states, and what the most popular candies are in each state sold in the time leading up to Halloween.

Well, Michigan, apparently we’re Candy Corn aficionados, buying 146,782 pounds of the stuff.

Next, Skittles. 135,982 pounds.

And then, third most popular, Starburst at 87,740 pounds.

Now this is single source information, but it is interesting food (well, kinda food) for thought as many other states place wrapped candies and chocolate-based selections near the top. New Hampshire, for instance, buys Snickers. Colorado? They’re down the Milky Way.

On the other hand, we’re not alone. Alabama, Idaho, New Mexico, Rhode Island and South Carolina all put Candy Corn in the number one spot.

So, we leave the question to you. Is Candy Corn really a Michigan thing? Is it your favorite?

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“Let’s Just Say” Storytelling Night Takes Over Go Comedy! In Ferndale On Thursday http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/10/17/lets-just-say-storytelling-night-takes-go-comedy-ferndale-thursday/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/10/17/lets-just-say-storytelling-night-takes-go-comedy-ferndale-thursday/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:52:14 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=38995 Storytelling is a thing. In this age of digital disconnection, where we’re often together alone on our phones on social networks, people are looking for ways to connect and get to know each other.

This event, “Let’s Just Say,” hosted by local writer, creative talent and show curator Amy Oprean, is a recently created series of storytelling events with the stories told by you, the people. The theme this month is “Disguises.”

The stories to be told are true — after all, truth is often stranger than fiction. The storytellers range from those who have never done it before to competition winners.

Oprean is charming, and if you’re a fan of the Society of Twisted Storytellers, or The Moth, this might be something you’re interested in, even though this event has its own, shall we say, twists.

And Go Comedy! in downtown Ferndale is a great venue for something like this because it’s about 100 seats and the drinks are affordable. And so are the tickets. $10 will get you in the door, and seating is first-come first-serve. You can buy tickets here. 

We had Amy on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for our after the headlines interview. The conversation is below.

Go Comedy! Improv Theater is located at 261 East 9 Mile Road in Ferndale.

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QUICK TIP: Behind The Scenes Tour, Family Fun At Comerica Park On Saturday http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/28/quick-tip-behind-scenes-tour-family-fun-comerica-park-saturday/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/28/quick-tip-behind-scenes-tour-family-fun-comerica-park-saturday/#respond Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:32:23 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=38615 If you are looking for a family friendly event for this Saturday, September 30, I have just the thing for you.

Comerica Bank is hosting a Park Perks season finale at Comerica Park from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The event will give guests a chance to go on a behind the scenes tour of the park. They will also get to ride the carousel and Fly Ball Ferris Wheel.

Try your hand at pitching or hitting in the pitch booth and batting cages.

There will also be complementary face painting and drawings during the event.

Former Detroit Tigers Dave Rozema and Dan Petry will be having a meet and greet. PAWS will also be hanging out around the park, so you will get a chance to meet the Tiger’s mascot.

Lunch will be provided.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. The proceeds will go towards youth groups that are supported through Comerica’s charitable giving program.

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DCDT Looking For Businesses and Designers To Participate In Inaugural Holiday Window Walk http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/20/dcdt-looking-businesses-designers-participate-inaugural-holiday-window-walk/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/20/dcdt-looking-businesses-designers-participate-inaugural-holiday-window-walk/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:44:03 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=38447 The holiday season might be a few months out, but the Holiday Window Walk will be here before we know it.

Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT) in Midtown is organizing a holiday design contest where 10 Detroit businesses will be paired with local artists and designers to work on a holiday display. The best window display will win a monetary prize.

This is the first year for the Holiday Window Walk, and the directors are currently looking for businesses and designers to participate.

The businesses and designers will be announced in early October, and the displays will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, November 9.

The public is encouraged to visit the participating businesses through the holiday shopping season. If you visit the locations you can use the hashtag #DCDTHoliday on all social media.

Judges will announce the winning business and designer in early December.

Here is how to get involved with this event. 

If you own a business and would like to participate in the Holiday Window Walk you can send an email with your business name, contact, address and the amount of window space you can devote. The application deadline is Friday, September 29, 2017.

Designers who are interested in in creating a window display you also need to send an email with your name, resume details, contact information, a 100 word description on why you want to be a competitor and up to 3 examples of past work. The application deadline is Friday, September 29, 2017.

Each window will have a budget of up to $500, which the chosen business will be responsible to cover. The money will be used in full for the design materials.

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10 Reasons You Need To Check Out The Free Magical Light Show DLectricity This Weekend http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/19/10-reasons-need-dlectricity/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/19/10-reasons-need-dlectricity/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:14:39 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=38458 One of the most magical events in the region is DLectricity. Having gone to two previous events, it’s a time where you see the streets chock-full of people and feel the creative energy that’s all around you.

The free event happens every two years and is centered in the cultural district around Woodward between Kirby and Canfield. Buildings are used as canvasses and there are also free-standing exhibitions.

If you didn’t know, it’s this weekend – Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. Let’s dive in.

1. The Light Bike Parade

Starting when it gets dark on Friday, the Light Bike Parade is fanciful little ride around Midtown. You can participate and add some lights to your bike, or sit back and enjoy the show. Anyone who has done a Slow Roll or rolled with one of the many independent bike groups knows that Detroit has quite a special bicycling culture, and it’s generally more about shining lights and musical sounds than spandex outfits. Here’s the event link if you want to be in it.

2. The Carnival Love Wall

Photo Credit: Kelley Bell at Animafest Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia

All you need is love, right? This installation by Kelley Bellis made up of individual elements that all work together to make something amazing. Per the description: “Taken singly, each element’s motions are simplistic and repetitive. But when joined by many others and contained within an architectural form, they are much greater than their constituent parts, creating a monumental, dynamic, and playful mosaic of motion and color.” You’ll be able to find it at Warren and John R. 

3. The Librarian

Nothing is cooler than seeing the entire Detroit Public Library on Woodward as a light show. It’s. Awesome. And this year, there’s going to be an epic battle of a woman against distorted facts, orchestrated by the Klip Collective.

4. Star Tours

Live action fantasy laser sword fighting. I don’t need to say more, do I? Do I? Nope, didn’t think so. On the lawn at the corner of Warren and Woodward. 

5. Animal Land

This just looks cool. Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars have re-imagined traditional wildlife encounters through light. Above the Rite-Aid on Woodward.

6. Every Side Of Here

This one should make you feel something. Per the description, “Every Side of Here” uses light, audio, and movement to evoke a variety of sacred experiences. The audience is invited to join in creating a participatory mural that explores diverse ideas about “the sacred.” Performances run for 30 minutes and recur on the half hour mark of each hour throughout the night, starting at 7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, Forest and Woodward.

7. Speramus Meliora, Resurget Cineribus

This one by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Gary Schwartz in collaboration with the Hannan House tells Detroit stories through magic lantern shadow puppeteers, using shadows created one frame at a time. Also, an animation projection studio will be installed in the Ellen Kayrod Gallery, inside the Hannan House, for the public to “play.” Warren & Hancock.

8. Neon Repoetry

At the N’Namdi Gallery is a neat exhibit that takes neon out of its original context to make poetry – think thoughts from those random word magnets people have on fridges but way more electricity and a ton of creativity from artist Jeffry Chiplis. Forest between Woodward and John R.

9. See All The Seasons

Orbit (pictured above at the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum) highlights the passage of time through a stunning display. Ours will be at the Michigan Science Center at Woodward and

10. Architectural Space Intervention

This one is its own level of crazy. According to description, visitors entering the space get tracked by infrared depth cameras. The bodies are transformed into contours projected as white lines together with the architecture. It also takes sound into account. It’s at the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Woodward between Garfield and Canfield.

Also, don’t forget to download your DLectricity map! There’s much more when it comes to projects and installations to check out. I’ll see you out there this weekend.

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10 Great Album Covers Featuring Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/15/10-great-album-covers-featuring-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/15/10-great-album-covers-featuring-detroit/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:13:04 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=38418 Detroit’s not just the Motor City, we’re Motown. We have a beautiful history of musical accomplishment, and one way that’s expressed is through amazing record album covers.

Vinyl aficionados can appreciate how the art goes with the record, helping reinforce the over feel of the experience. And today, although not quite the same, there are still digital album covers to promote music and appear on our Spotify or Apple Music app.

So let’s sit back and check these out who we thought we’d highlight for a variety of reasons. Some are nods to history. Some are nods to the music itself. Others are just creative uses of the imagery of the city.

1. John Lee Hooker

“The Legendary Modern Recordings” featured a picture on the now gone Hastings Street. It’s now I-375.

2. Mule

“If I Don’t Six” is a look from a couple of cars near the Fisher Building, as well as a back cover skyline shot.

3. Terrence Parker

I’m a househead, so I love that type of Detroit sound that Terrence Parker embodies. “God Loves Detroit” is a beautifully stylized version of a shot many people see driving down I-75 with the iconic steeples that seem to match the iconic RenCen.

4. Eminem

This album that featured the old house of Marshall Mathers for the Marshall Mathers LP is burned into the memories of a generation.

5. The White Stripes

Hotel Yorba was a single released with it’s own cover. Hotel Yorba, despite all of the progress so far, hasn’t been rehabilitated but Jack White has been plowing dollars and time into the city like crazy, including opening a Third Man Records and a record pressing plant.

6. The Detroit Experiment

This compilation series had a great cover mixing Detroit’s architecture. It’s a Jazz/Electronic album by a host of great Detroit musical names including Carl Craig, saxophonist Bennie Maupin, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, pianist Geri Allen, and violinist Regina Carter.

6.5 The 10 year Anniversary re-release cover for The Detroit Experiment

Make sure to check out the track “Think Twice.”

7. Detroit

Mitch Ryder’s band “Detroit” and their self-titled LP and the wings and Detroit metal theme has inspired the look of countless artists who have paid homage to this 1970s Detroit motif. You’ll find the same flag look with feathered wings on a variety of artists with a more updated theme, including Kid Rock.

8. Jazzmen: Detroit

This cover from the mid-fifties blends cars, photography, and architecture. And screams 1950s.

9. I Wanna Go Back To Detroit City

Ok, so this is a newer release (2016), but there’s two things to note about this one. First, this cover is so clearly from another era with the font stylings and the colorization. Second, way to go for making a new album at the age of 79, Andre Williams.

10. Detroit

Yusef Lateef’s jazz album “Detroit” from 1969 has a ton of track names you’d find familiar today. Eastern Market, Woodward, and yes, I’ve played “Belle Isle” while driving around Belle Isle.

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Check Out This New Fanciful Detroit Subway Map http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/14/check-new-fanciful-detroit-subway-map/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/14/check-new-fanciful-detroit-subway-map/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:00:12 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=38371 There are reports today that there are plans for more coordination when it comes to bus systems in Metro Detroit for the next Regional Transit Authority ballot proposal, that might or might not come to voters in 2018.

However, Detroit could have had a subway system, according to plans from a hundred years ago that were scrapped.

But what if we did get a subway? That’s where this fantasy map from Mike Weiss comes in.

We chatted with Weiss about his production, that looks something straight out of New York City or Chicago.

“I grew up in the Detroit suburbs and always dreamt of a real transportation system for the city,” said Weiss, who now lives in New York. “In high school, I would study maps of Detroit, research about its history, and explore myself.”

“When I moved to Chicago and saw how a fully-functioning system fit in to the city and the benefits it provided, it inspired me to create this map. I have always had a penchant for transportation design as a hobby. My grandfather had given me an old map of Detroit as a gift, and it goes down to the detail of alleys and right-of-ways. By using a population density map, I mapped corridors to connect the highest density areas and areas where the lack of density could spur development. Then, using my knowledge of rail transit planning, I planned routes that could operate efficiently end-to-end and where connections between them made the most sense.”

There are some interesting details that vary from some other maps, including keeping the train lines off major spoke lines to open then up for Bus Regional Transit to connect the suburbs.

Another interesting thing is that there isn’t a line straight up Woodward, possiblyleaving that to BRT, and no line down 8 Mile Road.

“The first iteration is modeled after the Chicago ‘L’ train map in terms of labeling and colors. When the M1 rail line was named the Q, I rebranded the map in the NYC Subway design scheme and a play off the Q train here. The Q line stops on this map mirror the actual Q line, the backbone of the entire system.”

There have been quite a few iterations of the map, and the outer terminal of each line is planned as a multi-modal connector to regional rail (e.g. Schaefer-Boynton offering a connection to DTW).

What are your thoughts?

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of September 15-17 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/14/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-september-15-17/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/14/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-september-15-17/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:58:12 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=38345 Hello, hello, hello! Here’s a super double bonus edition of our City 5.

My weekend plans are looking promising. There is so much going on, that I had a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to add to this week’s City 5. It was tough, but I figured it out.

Have a great weekend everyone.

5th Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival

Looking for some tantalizing fun this Friday night? Might I suggest the 5th Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival at the Hastings Street Ballroom at 715 Milwaukee in Detroit.

The festival will feature headliner performances by Bella Sin, Red Rum, Mr. Gorgeous, and Jeez Loueez. You will also get to see my favorite burlesque dancer Lushes LaMoan.

On Saturday they will be holding burlesque workshops. Learn everything from makeup techniques, how to twerk and jerk, and how to be fabulous. Each workshop costs $10 to attend.

It should go without saying, but these events are for those 18 and over.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for the Friday night performance. Tickets to the Friday night performance are $25 for general admission or $30 for VIP. They can be purchased in advance here.

Amazing Dave Opening Weekend 

This weekend is the opening of the 2017/2018 Theatre season at The Planet Ant in Hamtramck. This upcoming season is the Planet Ant’s 25th season, which is amazing.

Opening up the season is an original one act play called Amazing Dave. Come find out what happens when a con man starts a doomsday cult.

Also, I should mention that this play kicks off an interesting new project by Planet Ant. The one act will represent a pilot episode for an upcoming 6 episode weekly live sitcom. This show will run on Thursday nights in the Ant Hall starting this October.

You can check out Amazing Dave on Friday and Saturday nights from September 15 through September 30.

Tickets are $10 per person. You can purchase them through the Planet Ant Theater website.

The Planet Ant is located at 2357 Caniff Street Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Renegade Craft Fair 

There is a new craft fair in town and it’s called the Renegade.

The Renegade Craft Fair started in Chicago in 2003 and it has expanded to 12 cities in the United States and United Kingdom.

The RCF will take place on Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Renegade will be held on the Service Street on the south side of Gratiot and Russell Street in Eastern Market.

100% Vegan Patio Brunch

Calling all you vegans.

This Saturday El Club will be hosting a pop up vegan brunch by Grim Feeder.

This brunch has it all; good food, drinks, DJ Red Cobweb, and tarot readings by Zoe Bones and GeminEye Tarot.

You can find the menu on the Facebook event.

The brunch will take place from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. El Club is located at 4114 West Vernor Highway Detroit, Michigan 48209

Greetings From Detroit Book Launch and Fisher Building Tour

I don’t know if you can tell or not, but we’re pretty big fans of Dan Austin’s work.

His most recent book, Greetings From Detroit: Historic Postcards From The Motor City has just come out.

You can have your own fan girl moment at the Pure Detroit in the Fisher Building this Sunday. Austin will be speaking about the book at 2:00 p.m. You can pick up your own signed copy of the book for $24.99 plus tax. There will also be food or drinks available.

The book launch will take place on Sunday from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Looking to grab a free tour of the Fisher Building? There will be tours starting at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Fisher Building is located at 3011 W Grand Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48202

DOUBLE Bonus

1st Anniversary Block Party

On the corner of Bagley and Trumbull there is a collective group of businesses that will be celebrating their 1st anniversary.

Those businesses are The Farmer’s Hand, The Bearded Lady, and Mama Coo’s Boutique. All three businesses are women owned and have created a nice little cove on the corner.

Come out and enjoy BBQ, cake, give aways, games, Meta Physica Massage, Hyperion Coffee Company, and free Reilly Craft Creamery ice cream for the first 50 kids.

You can find all of the details here.

The party will take place on Sunday, September 17 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Farmer’s Hand is located at 1701 Trumbull Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Mexican Film Series Kick-Off

There’s a seven film series kicking off at Cinema Detroit called “CINE MEXICO NOW.”

There’s an opening night reception after the screening of Tesoros (Treasures) on Sunday, September 17 includes a performance by El Autentico Mariachi Juvenil Detroit and refreshments from Axle Brewing Co., La Azteca Ice Cream, Los Galanes, La Gloria Bakery, and Hacienda Mexican Foods.

Director Ernesto Contreras will be at Cinema Detroit for an in-person Q & A after the screening of I Dream In Another Language on Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. ONLY.

Cinema Detroit is located at 4126 Third Street. See their website for a complete schedule through the week.

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Michigan Central Station Is Lit Up With A Moving Light Show And It’s Bananas http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/12/michigan-central-station-lit-moving-light-show-looks-bananas/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/09/12/michigan-central-station-lit-moving-light-show-looks-bananas/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:56:05 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=38340 It seems that the folks putting on the Crain’s Homecoming event have pulled out all of the stops, including an crazy impressive light show using the windows of historic Michigan Central Station as their canvas.

A rainbow pattern, as well as words like “Detroit,” “Reinvent,” and “Reimagine” scrolled across the building.

If you don’t know about Crain’s Homecoming, it’s where Crain’s Detroit Business rolls out the red carpet (with help from sponsors and foundation dollars) to attract Detroit ex-pats to come back to Detroit and invest. Their kick-off dinner is tomorrow night.

There have been bits and pieces coming out on social media from this evening.

The Detroit Experience Factory shared this live video:

Also, here’s a shot of the rainbow station from a passerby:

Here it is red:

Something’s brewing at MCS. Stay Tuned. Good running into @lumen8shun @colindetroit and @zishanali tonight.

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