Things To Do – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:04:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 6 Ways To Beat the Winter Blues And Vacation Without Ever Leaving Detroit Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:00:32 +0000 This time of year can be brutal on the psyche of a Michigander. It’s true that the mitten can be a winter playland replete with all manner of sports and activities, but for those of us city dwellers the ski hills and snowmobile trails of the northern part of the state might as well be Alaska. Not everyone here loves cold weather, and for some it can be downright depressing.

A warm vacation is the most desirable remedy for the winter doldrums but certainly not the most convenient or cost efficient. Thankfully for us wannabee snowbirds, our beloved city of Detroit offers some spectacular options to forget you’re suffering through almost daily winter advisory warnings and temperatures cold enough to induce frostbit in 20 minutes.

At these watering holes the only salt you’ll have to worry about ruining your shoes is the kind falling from your margarita.

1. Vicente’s

Vicente’s. Photo via Facebook.

There’s a popular song out now about leaving your heart in Havana, but for the majority of us that have yet to experience a night in Cuba, Vicente’s is about as close to the real things as we may get.  The food is delicious but the reason you’ll stay and return is the drinks and atmosphere. Their Sangria is spectacular and the myriad or flavored mojitos are the best you’ll find outside of Miami. Add to that the live Salsa dancing every Friday and Saturday night and you’ll soon forget you didn’t even need to hop on a boat to get here.

1250 Library Street in Detroit | Website

2. Rincon Tropical

Rincon Tropical. Photo via Facebook.

For starters, “Tropical” is right there in the name! How could you go wrong after that? Fear not, because they more than live up to their name. This exquisitely authentic Puerto Rican eatery has all the local favorites straight from cooks who grew up on the island.

At Rincon Tropical they specialize in authentic Puerto Rican cuisine with original recipes straight from the family cookbook. Roasted pork, stuffed potatoes, and anything with plantains are a few of my favorites but this is a place where exploring the menu is a must. Not to be forgotten there’s a full bar serving any number of drinks including a bevy of fruit and rum cocktails.

6538 Michigan Avenue, Detroit | Facebook Page

3. Mutiny Bar

Mutiny Bar. Photo: Devon O’Reilly

Detroit’s only true Tiki Bar currently in existence, Mutiny is a relative newcomer to the scene having only opened a couple wintery months ago. From the music and décor, to the Lais draped across every seat at the at the bar, this place goes all in on the Tiki experience.

Speaking of the menu, the drinks are perfectly authentic and heavy on the rum with almost every offering arriving in a unique and kitschy vessel ranging from coconut husk to flaming tiki idol. It may be more enjoyable to go to a bar like this in the colder months as you step out from the blizzard conditions and into what might as well be Tahiti.

4654 Vernor, Detroit | Facebook Page

4. Bakersfield

Bakersfield. Photo: Devon O’Reilly

This one may not give you the south of the border vibe, but Texas is still a lot warmer than Detroit this time of year. With the look and feel of a hip Austin taco & tequila bar Bakersfield takes you away with their warm southwestern décor and array of TV’s consistently playing old western movies. Be sure to sample their interesting selection of tacos ample Tequila and Whiskey menu which is also highlighted in the “shot of the day” a $2 offering of one of the spirits.

3100 Woodward Avenue | Website

5. La Feria

What supposedly started with a group of friends reminiscing about their time in Seville, Spain has become Detroit’s preeminent spot for authentic tapas. The cozy space and atmosphere transports patrons to a warm evening in the Spain and is best enjoyed with a date or small group of friends. There is also a full menu of libations including the eponymous Agua De Sevilla featuring cava, torres orange liqueur, whiskey, and pineapple juice.

4130 Cass, Detroit | Website

6. Kresge Court

Kresge Court. Photo: Devon O’Reilly

I almost hate to keep mentioning this place to people but I’m afraid the secret has already long been out. Although not the tropical feel you may be looking for, Kresge Court offers an impressive glass atrium that lets you soak in the sun from the comfort of 68 degrees and drink in hand.

The space is replete intimate seating arrangements and of course the café on site offers a full bar in addition to coffee, tea, and snacks. It would be very easy to lose yourself in thoughts of Barcelona or Prague while being enveloped by the European gothic architecture towering around you. If you really want to take your experience here to the next level, visit on a Friday night where the museum stays open extra late and features an ever changing offering of live musical acts from around the world.

5200 Woodward, Detroit (in the DIA) | Website

Any one of these establishments would do well to cure your thirst for a vacation during the brutal dead of Michigan winter but my unsolicited advice would be to bundle a few into a single days gallivanting.

After all, how often do you get to globe trot to remote destinations like Havana, Polynesia, and Spain without ever leaving Detroit’s 139 square miles of adventure?

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Finding Neverland Asks “When Did You Stop Playing?” Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:28:16 +0000 As we age, it is only natural to grow in maturity – at least for most of us. Sometimes as we mature, our sense of playfulness fades or can be lost in the madness of work and responsibilities.

Finding Neverland, the theatrical musical based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, is a timeless story about the power of imagination and begs the question…

When did you stop playing?

J.M. Barrie, played fantastically by Will Ray, is a troubled playwright who has drawn his last straw. Funds for the theater are low, actors are restless and he needs inspiration to make this script a smash hit before this hit smashes his career.

Join Mr. Barrie on this journey as he rediscovers the creativity he once embodied in his younger days through fun-filled scenes at the dinner party or aboard Captain Hook’s ship.

Although the story of Peter Pan is a favorite fairy tale for many children, this play is better suited for adults and pre-teens who can grasp the ideas of motivation and building a chronological story.

Performance times for Finding Neverland appearing February 6-18, 2018 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:

  • Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday evening performances at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
  • Special Open Captioned performance on Sunday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for Finding Neverland start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787, and online at or Tickets are also available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre box office.

A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email Tickets for the Open Captioned performance may be purchased in person at The Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

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The 6th Annual Paczki Run Returns To Hamtramck This Saturday Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:23:51 +0000 It’s not very often that you see the words paczek and run together in a sentence.

It only happens one day a year in Hamtramck during the Annual 5K Paczki Run. This year the Paczki Run will take place on Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m.

This is the sixth year that Tour de Troit has put on this fun run through the streets of Hamtramck.

The race starts at 10:00 a.m. on the corner of Joseph Campau Avenue and Hanley Street.

The race is $40 to enter. You can register for it here or on the day of at Better Life Bags.

Proceeds from the Paczki Run will go towards to renovating Hamtramck parks and the Hamtramck DDA with its non-motorized transportation plans.

There will be a party after the race with polka music and dancers.

Area businesses are also getting in on the festivities and will offer runners a “bib discount” on food, drinks, and shopping.

I’m sure that some people feel like running a 5k is the best part of this event, I beg to differ. It’s all about the paczki and beer.

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of February 2-4 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:10:36 +0000 It’s hard to believe that February 1st is tomorrow!

This weekend is filled with a ton of great events. I’m really excited for most of them. It’s going to be hard to narrow down what I want to do this weekend.

Kickoff to Black History Month at the DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts will be celebrating the beginning of Black History Month by having a full day and night of programing. In fact, the DIA is staying open until 2:00 a.m.!

There will be a poetry reading by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, tours of the museum, artist demonstrations, a musical performance by Mahogany Jones, and a late night DJ.

The DIA has partnered with The Charles H. Write Museum to bring U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Detroit for a lecture and reading. Tickets for the reading are free, but you do need to register.

You can find the full schedule of events here.

Admission to the museum is free to residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties.

When: Friday, February 2 from 12:00 p.m-2:00 a.m.

Where: The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202

Opening Weekend of The Follies Detroit 

If you love musicals like I do, then you need to buy your tickets for The Follies Detroit.

The Detroit Actors Theatre Company will be performing The Follies for the next two weeks. During the show you will hear songs from over 20 shows.

We’re talking shows like Lion King, Hairspray, The Color Purple, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Hamilton. 

This is your chance to scratch that Hamilton itch if you can’t wait for the show to come to Detroit in November. (Yes, I’m watching for when tickets go on sale.)

Tickets for The Follies are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. They will also be collecting donations for Freedom House.

When: February 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Jam Handy 2900 E Grand Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48202

A Doubleheader Of Babe Ruth Parties

The Great Bambino is turning 123 years old this Saturday.

If you are looking for some fun parties I’m going to suggest two.

The first is Tom Derry’s 31th Annual Babe Ruth Party which will be held at Nemo’s Bar in Corktown.

There will be Babe Ruth memorabilia, hot dogs, and beer.

When: Saturday, February 3 at 7:14 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: Nemo’s 1384 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

The second party is the Tom’s Tavern Babe Ruth Party, which has an alternate location for this year.

Currently Tom’s is closed for repairs, so the Babe Ruth Party will be held at Sport’s Locker in Livonia. Yeah, I know it’s not in the city proper and the City 5 focuses on the city. But for this one, because it’s Tom’s, I’m making an exception.

When: Saturday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m.

Where: Sport’s Locker 30375 Plymouth Road Livonia, Michigan 48150

Shiver on the River

Come spend Saturday on Belle Isle for Shiver on the River.

The annual event is put on by the Friends of the Detroit River and it highlights all of the great things that Belle Isle has to offer.

The main event is held in the Casino. There will be exhibits, displays, refreshments, arts and crafts, and so much more.

There will be an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Flynn Pavilion. There will be a 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. seating for the breakfast. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children.

I suggest checking out the Shiver on the River flyer to find out all of the events that are taking place on Saturday.

When: Saturday, February 3 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle State Park

21st Annual Sphinx Competition Finals

Classical music played such a huge part of my life when I was growing up, and I love seeing young people make that same connection.

The Sphinx Competition is important because it highlights young Black and Hispanic string players.

The finalists will perform with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.

The finalists get a chance to compete in front of internationally renowned panel of judges.

The winner of the Sphinx Challenge will receive the $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize.

Tickets are $5, but it is optional. You can reserve your ticket for the Sphinx Challenge here.

When: Sunday, February 4 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
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Play Bocce Ball With The Capuchin Brothers On Friday At Villa Penna Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:04:28 +0000 The Capuchin Ministries do a lot of good around metro Detroit between the work at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Children’s Program, and On the Rise Bakery.

On Friday, January 26 Shelving, Inc. will be hosting the sixth annual Bocce with the Brothers benefit to raise money for the Capuchin Brothers.

The benefit will be held at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.

The event will have a buffet dinner, unlimited bocce ball, live music and entertainment and silent auction. Speed painter Dave Santia will create several original pieces of art during the event and they will be sold to the highest bidder during a live auction.

You will also get an opportunity to get to know the Brothers of the Capuchin Monastery, while playing bocci ball.

Tickets for the benefit are $50 per person and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the Capuchin Ministries.

You can purchase tickets by calling the Capuchin development office at (313) 579-2100, EXT 153 or Mike Schodowski at (248) 318-7655.

When: Friday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Villa Penna 43985 Hayes Road Sterling Heights, Michigan 48313

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Burns Night Is A Scottish Party This Thursday You Won’t Want To Miss Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:46:46 +0000

Want to celebrate being a Scot, or Scottish culture? Into some literary libations to honor Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely-regarded as the national poet of Scotland?

Here’s the ticket you need this Thursday night.

Every January 25, Scotland and Scots around the world come together to celebrate the life and works of the beloved “Rabbie” Burns, considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement (and also the author of “Auld Lang Syne”).

Metro Detroit is no different, as Urbanrest Brewing and Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery have partnered up for an event featuring Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery home-made haggis, a savory blend of steel-cut oats, lamb rib meat, heart, liver, suet and seasoning, hand-stuffed in a natural, thick casing.

There also will be a vegetarian haggis, Scotch eggs, traditional neeps & tatties (turnips and mashed potatoes), sausage rolls, and British-style baked beans.

Urbanrest Brewing will have their ‘Not A Scotch Ale,’ a lighter-bodied and lower-ABV style of Scottish ale, as well as their craft brews. The Scottish favorite IRN-BRU, a carbonated orange-colored soda, will also be available for guests to enjoy.

There will also be Scottish dancing and bagpiping by Duncans Highland Supply along with a Burns Night toast and recitation.

If that’s not enough for you, Scottish-themed merchandise, food and gifts will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to wear their best tartan — including if you want to go full tilt with a kilt.

We have an interview with Joe Hakim of Ackroyd’s on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast (iTunes/Apple Podcast free subscription link here). The player is embedded above.

The event is free and open to the public, with food and beverages for purchase.

The event is on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The rntertainment begins at 7:00 PM.

Urbanrest Brewing Company is at 2615 Wolcott Street in Ferndale.

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of January 19-21 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:34:23 +0000 Greetings to all of you.

We’ve made it through another week of winter! I say that deserves a drink.

I know that the North American International Auto Show has pretty much taken over the airwaves here in metro Detroit. But you’re not going to find that on this weekends City 5.

I know, I know we’re the Motor City and this stuff is important. However, there are some other great events happening this weekend.

Have a great weekend everyone!

On the Rocks Opening Reception, Lecture, and Pewabic Pop Up 

There is a lot going on this weekend in the Pewabic World. I’m just going to lump it all together. Let’s do this.

Pewabic has a new exhibition that will be opening on Friday night. On the Rocks: An Exhibition for and Related to Drinking Vessels.

The exhibition will feature nearly 200 pieces from around the world.

The opening reception will take place at Pewabic from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

“The Art of Drinking” lecture by Pete Pinnell who is professor of art at University of Nebraska–Lincoln will be held at the College of Creative Studies at 6:00 p.m.

Both events are free. You can find out more information here.

On to the Pewabic Pop Up.

On Saturday and Sunday Pewabic will have a Pop Up at the Guardian Building. If you’re going to have a Pewabic Pop Up, this is the place to have it. Am I right?

Members of Pewabic’s design team and archivist Kimmie Dobos will be on hand to take part of this rare event.

If you make it out on Saturday you can also get a signed copy of the book Pewabic Pottery: A History Handcrafted in Detroit by Cara Catallo.

The Pop Up will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

MiSci Frankenstein200

Are your kids going stir crazy from having to stay inside this winter? If so I have just the thing to get those little minds buzzing.

The Michigan Science Center will be hosting Frankenstein200 which is a modern take on Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.

There will be a ton of hands on activities for kids of all ages to take part in. The best part is that these activities will help kids foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathmatics (STEM).

Frankenstien200 will take place on Saturday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

General admission for the Michigan Science Center is $14 for adults, $11 for child 12 and under or senior citizens (65+). Children under age two are free.

The Michigan Science Center is located at 5020 John R Street Detroit, MI 48202

Old Empire, Jay Gonzalez (of Drive By Truckers), and Emma Guzman for MiResonance

The Planet Ant will be hosting a fundraiser for MiResonance on Saturday night. MiResonance is a non-profit that helps provide access to mental health services.

There will be plenty of great music from Old Empire, Jay Gonzalez from the Drive By Truckers, and Emma Guzman.

Tickets for the show are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. All proceeds will go towards MiResonance.

The benefit will take place on Saturday, January 20 doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 8:00 p.m.

The show will take place at the Ant Hall 2320 Caniff Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

X-Coast at Whiskey Disco 

Looking for some 90’s house music? Maybe you want to pretend it is summer and that it isn’t freaking freezing outside? If so look no further than HOTBOXED at the Whiskey Disco.

X-Coast will be bringing his 90’s house blend with summer beach vibes to the Whiskey Disco this Saturday night.

This will be the first time that X-Coast will perform in Detroit.

Tickets to see X-Coast are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. This is a 21 and over show.

Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 p.m.

The Whiskey Disco is located at 2 John R Detroit, Michigan 48226

PizzaPlex Mystery Movie Night 

Sometimes the best thing to do on a Sunday night is to pick up a pizza and watch a movie.

At the PizzaPlex you can do just that. Every Sunday night they have a Mystery Movie Night.

Check out the event page because they give three clues to what movie will be playing that evening. If you guess the right movie you could win a free beer.

The movie starts at 8:00 p.m.

PizzaPlex is located at 4458 W Vernor Highway, Detroit, Michigan 48209


Once-A-Year Monumental Sale at Detroit Mercantile 

It’s no secret that I love the Detroit Mercantile in Eastern Market.

If you are looking for some great Detroit and antique items I suggest heading to Detroit Mercantile because they will be having a sale. This rarely happens.

All new items will be 40% off and all antique items are 20% off.

The sale will run Saturday, January 20 through Sunday, January 28.

Detroit Mercantile is located at 3434 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Your City 5 is brought to you by The Loaded Die.

The Loaded Die runs game nights at a bunch of places in the city (and the suburbs too). So if you’re looking for fun any night of the week, you’re 15 minutes from awesome games, new friends and a knowledgable guru to help you anywhere in the Metro Detroit region. The events themselves are free and are held at bars across town. Find a game night here.

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Life Size Battleship And Beer Pong At MiSci After Dark This Thursday Night Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:53:44 +0000 Calling all you board game fanatics.

The Michigan Science Center is partnering with The Loaded Die and The Vault of Midnight to throw the ultimate game night this Thursday.

The monthly MiSci After Dark event has returned for 2018, and this time the theme is game night.

If you have never been to MiSci After Dark you are missing out, it’s the one night a month that the Michigan Science Center is strictly for adults. I’m a huge fan of the Michigan Science Center, it’s a great resource for children of all ages, but sometimes adults like to get their science on too.

There will be plenty of table top board games available to play, but you will also have a chance to play life size games as well.

Are you the beer pong champ of your group friends? Try your hand at life size beer pong.

Or try your hand at life size Battleship, you might become the  Admiral of Battleship.

There will also be special game cocktails like the Tarraforming Martini and the Monopol-tini. Each ticket will receive one drink ticket for a cocktail. There will also be a cash bar.

Tickets for the MiSci After Dark are $15 per person and tickets can be purchased here. If you’re a member there is a discount code in your email for $5 off.

When: Thursday, January 18 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: The Michigan Science Center 5020 John R Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

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PODCAST: Board Games In Metro Detroit Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:07:36 +0000

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.

If you like the show, subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.


Thanks to Podcast Detroit:

Disclosure: The Loaded Die has been a supporter of Daily Detroit in the past.

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“The Motor City Is Back,” Detroit’s A Top Travel Destination In 2018 Says CBS This Morning Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:03:26 +0000 People are planning to travel more in 2018 according to CBS This Morning, and Detroit is one of the top destinations.

It’s in good company with Portugal, Malta, the Faroe Islands, Chile, Baja California (in Mexico) and York, Pennsylvania.

“The Motor City is back after decades of neglect,” said CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg. “They’ve restored all the buildings, they’ve restored all the parks, there’s a great restaurant scene along the river… they are really coming back in a big way.”

Since he didn’t get specific, as far as restaurants near the river we’ll point out Sindbads, The Rattlesnake Club, Andiamo Riverfront, and Joe Muer’s in the RenCen.

Obviously, not all the buildings in Detroit have been redone as Greenberg said — there’s a lot of city here — but there has been a lot of progress.  And there’s one shot of downtown Royal Oak in the gallery along with shots of the QLINE, Greektown, and the canals on Belle Isle, but hey, metro Detroit, right?

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