Detroit – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:39:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 A Look In The Mirror: 5 Smart People On Detroit’s Amazon HQ2 Disappointment http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/look-mirror-5-smart-people-detroits-amazon-hq2-disappointment/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/look-mirror-5-smart-people-detroits-amazon-hq2-disappointment/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:39:59 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40563

Detroit’s failure to make the list of 20 finalists for Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project and its 50,000 jobs has been the talk of the town. Especially after the all-hands-on-deck effort to produce a joint Detroit-Windsor bid that had many people believing the Motor City, once considered strictly a longshot, had a serious chance.

In our latest episode, we talk to five local experts from a variety of backgrounds for their perspectives on what the failure says about our region and where we go from here.

  • Justin Robinson, vice president of business attraction with the Detroit Regional Chamber, who was part of the team that helped put together the HQ2 proposal
  • John Mogk, a law professor at Wayne State University and expert on urban policy and economic development
  • Kurt Metzger, a longtime population demographer who is currently mayor of Pleasant Ridge
  • Tom Lawrence, founder and CEO of Lawrence Technology Systems and host of a popular tech vlog and YouTube channel
  • And Nuri Gocay, a co-host of the IT in the D podcast and technology veteran who has worked for companies including Google and Expedia in cities around the world.

Our experts differ on their reactions — Robinson and Mogk were surprised we were left off the list, while Gocay and Lawrence, less so. But they all raised interesting points about Detroit’s image and quality of life, our technology scene, and shortcomings around transit and education.

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Detroit Will Not Get Amazon HQ2, Gilbert And Duggan React http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/18/detroit-will-not-get-amazon-hq2-gilbert-duggan-react/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/18/detroit-will-not-get-amazon-hq2-gilbert-duggan-react/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:40:51 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40529 Detroit is not getting the Amazon HQ2 project.

238 proposals were submitted from across North America the company’s second headquarters in North America.

The HQ2 project is a plan to invest over $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 people in high-paying jobs. The company says that construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

Metro Detroit did not make the cut of the top 20, based on criteria in their Request For Proposals that included areas of more than one million people, mass transit, and a stable business environment.

Here are the top 20 in alphabetical order:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York City, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington D.C.

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy in statement. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

 

So what did local leaders have to say? Here’s Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

We would have loved to have made it into the next round for Amazon’s second headquarters but everyone here is incredibly proud of the proposal we submitted. It showed a clear vision for the future of our city and brought out the very best of our city and our region.

I want to thank Dan Gilbert, the Governor, County Executives, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and the entire bid team for an extraordinary effort in a short period of time. We learned a great deal from this process and it was a very valuable experience. We’re going to keep building on the progress we’ve made and keep pursuing major developments. I expect that the lessons we learned in the Amazon process will help make us more successful on a number of other major potential investments that we are currently pursuing.

We’re going right back to work today to work on those other projects.

And Dan Gilbert, who has been investing in Detroit in many ways during the last few years:

Obviously, we are all disappointed Amazon did not name Detroit as one of the 20 cities they will be further evaluating for their new “HQ2”.

We are not deterred in any way, shape or form. Detroit is the most exciting city in the country right now and the momentum continues to build every single day.

All you have to do is spend an hour walking around town and you will have a very clear and deep understanding of the opportunities, optimism and future of the motor city.

We have no doubt our best days are ahead of us. There are numerous large and small deals you will continue to see develop into reality in the months and years ahead.

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Book Gives Tips On How Not To Be A Dumb Criminal http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/13/new-book-gives-tips-not-dumb-criminal/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/13/new-book-gives-tips-not-dumb-criminal/#respond Sun, 14 Jan 2018 02:57:43 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40473 Krystal Banks got into the bail bonds business eighteen years ago, right out of high school.

Since then, she’s learned how the courts work in Southeastern Michigan, and began giving her clients tips on how to protect their rights and better deal with the system.

Banks said, “I found that, oh, just giving them a little bit of knowledge changed their outcomes. It was really helping them.”

Now Banks is an author with Don’t Be a Dumb Criminal.

The book breaks down the workings of the police and courts with simple, straight-talking language Banks said is easy for even a fifth grader to comprehend.

“I found out that people don’t understand, and they don’t know their rights. They don’t know how to hire an attorney, they don’t know how to look for the right attorney, they don’t know how to fire an attorney.”

Banks said if you need an attorney, you should shop for one like you’re buying a house – don’t buy the first one you see.

She suggests contacting at least five lawyers before making a decision.

Banks stressed that people need to know their Miranda rights—to remain silent because microphones are listening.

When you are arrested, it’s being recorded,” Banks said. “When you go to jail it’s recorded; when you’re in the cell with an inmate, a lot of times it’s being recorded, or they can use that inmate as a witness. When you’re calling your family members and talking about it, it’s all recorded, and they’re going to use it against you.”

Banks says that thousands of copies of Don’t Be a Dumb Criminal and her other version of the book with a racier title called Don’t Be a Dumb*** Criminal are now circulating since it came out last summer.

Church groups, youth groups and even the state prison systems’ re-entry program use it to help former prisoners.

LUCK, Inc., an agency in Detroit that works with parolees and returning citizens has been using the book.

LUCK, Inc. director Mario Bueno said, “She understands our clientele.”

Bueno recalls reading Chess for Dummies when he took up the game and likens it to Banks’ book, “It’s kind of like ‘Law for Dummies’ you know?”

“This is material everybody should know, let alone someone who’s caught up in the criminal justice system,” Bueno said, “The layperson doesn’t know a lot of this stuff. I know this without a shadow of a doubt.”

Krystal Bank in class courtesy Randy Holloway Entertainment.jpgKrystal Banks in class.© Randy Holloway EntertainmentAlong with the book, Banks created a workbook to go with it.

She showed it to Tracy Jones, a college transition advisor at Detroit’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

Initially, Jones had concerns the workbook might be seen as a guide on how to be a better criminal.

Once he looked it over, Jones said, “I really took away things that can get you into trouble and you don’t even know it, and here are your rights.”

Jones said students take basic law and civics classes, but the workbook presented a different way to teach important information, so she had Banks present it in class.

“The students were very receptive to it,” Jones said. “In a predominantly African American community, it’s important for them to be aware of what rights they do have when they’re coming in contact with law enforcement and the criminal justice system.”

Banks presented scenarios for the students to consider, like how using a Bridge card the wrong way could get them in trouble.

“They’re like, ‘you mean to tell me my mom sends me to the corner store to buy some food even those Bridge cards are for me, it’s illegal?’” Yes, Banks said. “That’s welfare fraud.”

While criminal behavior can be glorified in some media, Banks said young people need to get smart about what they post online.

“On Facebook, social media, you got drugs in your pictures, you got money in your pictures, but you don’t have a job?” Banks said, “Guess what, there’s a task force that watches this.”

“You have to realize—these police officers, judges, prosecutors and attorneys, they go to regular meetings to be updated with the law. We don’t have this information. We don’t know this,” Banks said, “I want to get everybody on the same level so they have a fair shake.”

For more about the Don’t Be A Dumb Criminal,  learn more at www.dontbeadumbcriminal.com.

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PODCAST: Board Games In Metro Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/12/podcast-board-games-metro-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/12/podcast-board-games-metro-detroit/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:07:36 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40465

Board games are making a big comeback, and they’re making a comeback here in Metro Detroit. Especially during the winter season, games with friends at a bar might just be the ticket to have fun without the sun.

Madison Reitzel and Kyle Sweeney are at the front of this changing trend – and board games are much different today than they used to be, moving faster and having more creative ways of playing.

So this week, Sven Gustafson dives into a neat corner of Detroit’s culture.

The Loaded Die has game nights across Metro Detroit and they’ve been helping foster the board game culture that has also taken hold in other cities across the world.

They also have a retail store in the Rust Belt in Ferndale.

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New City Club Apartments Promise “Sexy Bathrooms,” Gourmet Market, Pet Shop, & Restaurant http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/11/new-city-club-apartments-promise-sexy-bathrooms-gourmet-market-pet-shop-restaurant/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/11/new-city-club-apartments-promise-sexy-bathrooms-gourmet-market-pet-shop-restaurant/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:36:26 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40436 In place of the historic Statler Hotel will be a development that will have “sexy bathrooms.”

I’m not exactly sure what that means, but one can only imagine.

Today was the official ground breaking for the new City Club Apartment – Central Business District Detroit mixed-use apartment building.

City Club Apartments LLC is the developer and owner of the new apartment building.

The new development will be built on the former site of the historic Statler Hotel that was demolished in 2005. The site has been untouched until September of 2017 when work began on the site.

I would wax poetic about the history of the Statler Hotel, but I think that Historic Detroit does a pretty awesome job of that already.

The development will feature 288 apartments and penthouses. Some of the apartments will be furnished for short term tenants.

As with much of the new development going on in Detroit there will be 20% affordable apartments. That affordable development is aimed at middle-class tenants, as determined by the regional median household income.

There will be a mix of apartments, duplexes, and penthouses, and townhouses. They will range between studio and will go up to three bedrooms.

The penthouses will have rooftop terraces so residents can grow fruits and vegetables.

“Why can’t an apartment community combine great design, green sustainability, pet friendly, with special bathrooms, kitchens and closets,” said City Club Apartments Chairman and CEO Johnathan Holtzman. “Why can’t you have rooftop terraces that have a vegetable garden.”

You might be wondering how much one of these apartments will be to rent. Unfortunately there is currently no word on what some of the rents might be. The prices should be release when pre-leasing starts.

But if you look at the Ann Arbor City Club Apartments those apartments start at $1780 a month and can get up to $2,700.

I’ll let you get over the sticker shock.

The project has received $70 million in financing. Including $1 million in brownfield financing.

The building is being financed by Huntington Bank, Bank of Ann Arbor and Comerica Bank. It is the first high rise, mixed-use building in the Central Business District to use conventional financing.

Let’s take a look at all of the amenities that will be included in this development.

So I keep mentioning sexy bathrooms, and I’m sure you are wondering why.

There have been multiple mentions of these “sexy bathrooms” in the press kit as well as in the interview we did with Holtzman.

“Think about early in your dating career, did you ever take a bubble bath with candles and wine glasses in a beautiful bathtub?” asked Holtzman. “This is where somebody lives. For too long apartment buildings have been boring but boutique hotels are exciting.”

Ann Arbor City Club Apartment Floor Plan

The “sexy bathroom” is even mentioned in the floor plans of the Ann Arbor City Club Apartments, a development that the company did in downtown Ann Arbor. 

Residents will have a 24 hour concierge, an indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub that will be connected to a private park, an outdoor movie theater, 24 hour fitness center, 24 hour conference and business center and social programs to encourage resident engagement.

As for the four legged residents of the building there will be a bark park.

There will be a gourmet market, pet store and restaurant with al fresco seating on the ground floor.

Those interested in living in the City Club Apartment – CBD Detroit can start to pre-lease in the beginning of May.

The development is estimated to be move in ready by the winter of 2018. The remainder of the development will be complete by 2019.

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10 Cozy Bars In Metro Detroit For Whittling Away Winter http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/11/10-cozy-bars-metro-detroit-whittling-away-winter/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/11/10-cozy-bars-metro-detroit-whittling-away-winter/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:41:13 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40430 The holidays are over, deep winter has set in and you need a strategy to survive the next few months of cold and dark. We get it, and we’re here for you. What you need — what we all need — is someplace dark and warm, cheery and cozy to indulge in what the Danish call hygge.

So grab your drinking coat and let’s have a lot of fun around town with these 10 cozy drinking spots. Because baby, it’s cold outside.

1. Joe Bar, Hazel Park

Here’s a newish, off-the-beaten-path outpost that’s entirely worth a visit. It’s smack-dab next door to the celebrated Mabel Gray, a dimly lit dive bar creatively reimagined for the twenty-teens. It’s got tasty stick-to-your-ribs menu offerings like a grilled cheese with a Blood Mary tomato soup, French dip and banh mi, plus a top-notch bar, all with a comfy, warm view of the chilly outdoor patio, some killer bathroom murals and a couple of horseshoe-shape banquette booths to melt into. Did we mention they have Missile Command? joebar.com

2. Public House, Ferndale

This place frankly could qualify for any seasonal list but wins for wintertime because of its enclosed, space-heated patio, plus their white subway-tile interior bar accented by the dark-stained wood bar. Extra points for their menu of creative sliders, delicious barbecue carrots (seriously, try ‘em), extensive draft beer list and library of vinyl LPs to play on the bar’s turntable. publichouseferndale.com

3. The Buhl Bar, Detroit

This is a classy entrant on the list, but totally worth it. It’s in the bottom of the Buhl Building, and you’ll think you’re drinking like the top of the town. Recently, the operations were taken over by the Optimist Society of Sugar House fame, so you know it’s good. Facebook

4. The Keep, Detroit

Go down in the warm brick-walled basement of this old building on Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit. The bartenders are top-notch and there are all kinds of canoodling nooks for that great date. Facebook

5. Abick’s, southwest Detroit

This long-time establishment has cozy down to a science. It’s on a street corner in a neighborhood and has that very old-timey bar feel. Cash only, and bring friends. Facebook

6. Bad Luck Bar, Detroit

Since this place doesn’t have a patio and is about the size of two living rooms, it automagically qualifies. That said, its decor is very mid-century modern. Don’t let the initial hype of expensive drinks fool you – there are options across the board. badluckbar.com

7. The Oakland: Art Novelty Company, Ferndale

Here’s a great spot for the worst of the worst winter weather, the days (or more accurately, nights) when the weather outside is too grim to even look at. The Oakland comes through by pretty well sealing itself off from any and all outdoor light, natural or otherwise, with dim lighting, comfy nook seating and tasty craft cocktails. Perfect for when you need nothing more than to retreat from reality. theoaklandferndale.com

8. Mutiny, Southwest Detroit

What better place to wait out the cold than a tiki-themed joint? They have unique takes on a lot of drinks, and although I really wish they’d just serve a straight Mai Tai on the menu, it’s worth the trip. mutinybar.com

9. Craftwork, West Village, Detroit

Another out-of-the-way locale that fills a wintertime need for coziness and soul-filling. Located in a fast-revitalizing area in West Village, Craftwork offers a delicious, unpretentious menu in two rooms — a bar area with long, communal tables, and a more traditional but casual dining room. Both offer great views of a vibrant neighborhood that makes you pine for more of its kind in Detroit. craftworkdetroit.com

10. The Inn Place, Royal Oak

If you’re looking to sing your heart out in cozy confines, there is no better option than the Inn Place in Royal Oak. Their karaoke game is so incredibly strong on Thursday and Saturday nights that if you live downtown and you need to Uber/Lyft your way up, you should do it. It’s about a half mile away from the Main Street strip, so it has its own flavor and a number of locals. Facebook

All photos via Facebook except for Mutiny. 

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Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast For Jan. 8, 2018 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/08/daily-detroit-news-byte-podcast-jan-8-2018/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/08/daily-detroit-news-byte-podcast-jan-8-2018/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:52:13 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40372

Welcome to your Daily Detroit for January 8, 2018.

Our main topics today:

  • A Detroit City Councilmember is under scrutiny for ethics
  • Detroit’s crime rate seems to be for the most part down
  • Detroit’s a top travel destination
  • Michigan’s population is up, but not growing as fast as the rest of the country
  • Metro Detroit is getting a new FAST transit service to make bus service better in the region
  • Deep Dive: There’s a new garden coming to Belle Isle from famed designer Piet Oudolf. He’s worked on the High Line in New York City, Millenium Park in Chicago, and various gardens in Europe. We talked to Oudolf about his plans and have our writer’s reaction.

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Medical Marijuana In Michigan And Detroit: What’s Next? A Deep Dive Discussion http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/03/medical-marijuana-michigan-detroit-whats-next-deep-dive-discussion/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/03/medical-marijuana-michigan-detroit-whats-next-deep-dive-discussion/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:31:43 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40311

This is a deep dive roundtable discussion into what’s going on with medical marijuana in the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit as we head into 2018.

Host Sven Gustafson welcomed for the first episode of our second season of the show:

Roberta King, Canna Communication: https://cannacommunication.com/author/roberta-king/

Denise Pollicella, Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan and was actively involved in crafting legislation to create a legal medical cannabis industry, now known as PA281, the Medical Marihuana Licensing Facilities Act: https://www.cannabisattorneysofmichigan.com/our-team/denise-a-pollicella/

Thomas Lavigne, Attorney at Law who specializes in Cannabis: http://www.cannabiscounsel.com/attorneys/thomas-l-lavigne-attorney-at-law/

Show Notes:

1:00: Outlining the current medical marijuana situation in Michigan and Detroit, as well as the potential of fully legalizing Cannabis.

3:15: A thumbnail understand of the new medical marijuana rules.

5:20: The capitalization requirements are much steeper for medical marijuana facilities than liquor stores and pharmacies.

8:00: What you will need to be licensed in Michigan and how that interacts with your local municipality.

11:42: Are these new rules fair? Will they help the industry?

13:40: How the strict due diligence and high capital requirements put a defacto cap on dispensaries.

18:30: Is a community by community patchwork going to continue? What are the kinds of places that are more receptive to medical marijuana in Michigan?

21:10: If advocates want things to change they’ll have to run for office, sweep away “dinosaurs” on local boards.

22:10: Talking about fears around medical marijuana.

22:55: Hospital systems, their opposition to medical marijuana, and why guests believe they believe that opposition is because they systems it as competition to their pharmacies.

25:30: What’s going on in Detroit? Why is the city of Detroit shutting down dispensaries when voters overwhelmingly support it?

27:30: How the city of Detroit’s administration has been very difficult to work with around medical marijuana and dispensaries.

28:42: Can you zone a city by ballot initiative? It’s unclear.

29:30: Medical marijuana licensing could be frozen in the city of Detroit for a year.

32:00: 70 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit want medical marijuana, why is the city fighting it so hard?

34:20: Neighborhoods feel ignored and lied to by the city over the years, so that breeds skepticism, and it’s true that there’s been a lot of dumping on the city.

36:00: Happy Hour Facebook Group questions – What is the industry doing around marketing and communications? It’s hard to take them seriously with “punny” names along 8 Mile.

39:00: Facebook Group question: Is anyone considering a legal challenge to the capitalization requirements? 40:00: The financial investigation for everyone tied to licensing is very intense, and includes spouses

40:40: Many of the administrative rules may not be supported in the medical marijuana statute, but no one has legally challenged this yet

41:40: The status of the MI Legalize ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan, and what it contains

45:30: Could Michigan be bigger than Colorado for marijuana tourism? Turns out Michigan has more visitors than Colorado and spend on tourism.

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Architect Of The Renaissance Center Dies At 93 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/31/architect-renaissance-center-dies-93/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/31/architect-renaissance-center-dies-93/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:27:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40278 The Detroit Renaissance Center is the building that most around the country know Detroit by. And its architect is gone.

That man was John C. Portman Jr., who died on Saturday at the age of 93 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Portman was also the mind behind various developments around the world such as the Peachtree Center in Atlanta; the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco; the Yintai Center in Beijing; and the Tomorrow Square in Shanghai.

Looking up into atrium of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, first of Portman’s atrium hotels. Creative Commons license photo.

He left his modern, futurist mark across the world.

When the Renaissance Center in Detroit opened, was the tallest hotel in the world. Conceived by Henry Ford II, the $350 million projects was one of many signature projects that leaders at the time tried to stop Detroit’s decline.

Portman’s design style was pretty consistent — and very “of his time” — but in Detroit that style had mixed impacts, especially during the first two decades since its construction.

When the project opened building by building in the 1970s, over the next few years many of the existing office buildings downtown emptied out for the refuge of the shiny concrete fortress or the suburbs.

There was a berm (removed in recent years) dividing the development from Jefferson Avenue. It was built as a self-contained “city within a city,” where you could drive in and not interact with anything in the rest of downtown. And even if you tried, the design made it very difficult to do so.

General Motors bought the 5.5 million-plus square foot facility in 1996 for a relative song. At the time, the automaker was considering leaving the city of Detroit all together.

Although the exact price wasn’t disclosed, the previous owner had bought it for just $72 million.

It had become horribly outdated and required lots of work. In many ways, the building did not live up to much of its promise until GM purchased it. Reports at the time of purchase refer to office workers “routinely getting lost” inside of the structure.

They made it their headquarters and moved tens of thousands of office workers there.

The buildings have undergone more than half a billion dollars of improvements to reconnect it to the city and help the building make more sense — including a Wintergarden atrium completed in 2001 that made the complex more accessible to the waterfront and an additional circulation ring walkway.

The now-named GMRENCEN continues to go through renovations, including redoing the lower floor to better showcase GM vehicles.

The Marriott in the tallest tower is still the second tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.

Next door to the east, there are rumblings of turning the sea of stark parking lots into livable spaces and plans to turn I-375 from a freeway into a boulevard that will let you access the water.

Here are some photos of the RenCen under construction.

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Your City 5 Everything But New Year’s Eve Edition: The Last Weekend Of 2017 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/27/city-5-everything-new-years-eve-edition-last-weekend-2017/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/27/city-5-everything-new-years-eve-edition-last-weekend-2017/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:46:06 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40236 Now that Christmas is over, we can look ahead to the New Year.

There are plenty of lists of what to do on the big evening of New Year’s Eve, so this weekend’s City 5 we will be looking at what to do on Friday and Saturday only.

I hope that you have a great New Year and we will see you on the flip side.

Friday Night Live: David Bowie Tribute

It is hard to believe that we are coming up on the two year anniversary of David Bowie’s death. I don’t know about you, but David Bowie’s music has been a soundtrack to my life.

The Detroit Institute of Arts will be hosting a David Bowie Tribute during Friday Night Live in the Rivera Court.

Come out to see Dylan Dunbar, Jennifer Westwood, Paul Randolph, Bobby East, The Brothers Groove and other special guests pay tribute to this cultural icon.

Admission to the DIA is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties

When: Friday, December 29, there will be two sets at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202

Indoor Snowball Fights and Ice Fishing 

Parents, are you in need of a place to take your kids so they can expel their energy? I don’t know about you, but my 3 year old is bouncing off the walls now that it is so cold outside.

The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center will be hosting indoor snowball fight and ice fishing on Saturday.

Come out an experience some outdoor activities but without the extreme cold. There will even be prizes.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors over 62, $3 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2.

When: Saturday, December 30. The snowball fights and ice fishing will take place between 10:30 a.m.- and 3:30 p.m.

The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center is located at Outdoor Adventure Center 1801 Atwater Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Year By Design

What is your 2018 going to look like? Do you have any big goals?

If you are looking for help on creating your best year then you need to check out the event that the blog Am I the Only One? and Prista have organized at Ponyride this Saturday.

Talk to professional experts in areas like entrepreneurship, health, wellness, finance and travel. Sip on mimosas while working on your 2018 workbook. Admission also includes a professional headshot.

Tickets to Year by Design are $10 per person and you can buy them here.

When: Saturday, December 30 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ponyride is located at 1401 Vermont Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Gabriel Brass Band

Looking for some great live music this weekend? Come out to PJ’s Lager House on Saturday night.

The Gabriel Brass Band, DeSoto Drive and Rickshaw Boy will be performing.

There is a $10 cover to get into the show. Also this is a 21 and over event.

Doors open at 8 p.m. You can also get tickets in advance here.

PJ’s Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Motor City Soul Stomp

Say goodbye to 2017 with some awesome rare soul and funk music from the 60s and 70s. That’s right, it’s time for your monthly Motor City Soul Stomp.

Come hang out at The Marble Bar with DJ’s Brad Hales, Dan Austin, Erica Aytes, and special guest Frank Raines of Funk Night Records.

Like all other Motor City Soul Stomps there is no cover charge.

When: Saturday, December 30 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

The Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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