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The Detroit Party Marching Band plays at the Marche du Nain Rouge in the Cass Corridor in Detroit, on Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Robin Buckson) | AP

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Here is a photograph of Detroit rapper Danny Brown getting really excited about Bob Saget. Because ... because he's awesome.

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Friday's haute-est happy hour is happening at the new Shinola store in Midtown (click here for photo amazingness if you haven't explored).

Bailout Productions will be mixing their tasty and exotic craft libations -- and hey, there's also Shinola Cola (think finely-crafted Faygo?)


Haute to Death's Ash Nowak and Jon Dones will spin the sounds. Here's the drink menu, via the Facebook event page:

Cinchona Shinola Cola - Rye Whiskey, Cynar, Cherry Heering, Xocolatle Mole Bitters, Fresh Lemon, Shinola Cola

Tick Of The Clock - Blanco & Reposado Tequila, Ginger Black Peppercorn Syrup, Fresh Lime, Fresh Picked Spearmint

We suggest test-driving one of those beautiful Shinola bicycles BEFORE you imbibe.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Shinola store, 441 W. Canfield in Midtown.

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Your weekday shopping options just got a bit fresher and farmier. Eastern Market's Tuesday season begins July 9, with the market open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday until October 29.

New vendors Green Zebra Truck, a farm-to-food-truck, Detroit Food Academy, a program for young food entrepreneurs and Blake's Orchard, based in Armada, Mich., round out the more than 50 local vendors.

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Things are a bit different, quieter in a good way, and a bit looser on Tuesdays -- literally. Every Tuesday, there are free community exercise classes in Shed 3: yoga at 8 a.m. and noon, Zumba at 1 p.m. and an aerobics classes for students of all abilities at 2 p.m.

Check out Eastern Market's website for more, and happy shopping!

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It hasn't turned summery yet, but the MOCAD summer show opens Friday night, June 7, warm weather or no. And it's going to be a doozy: "(in)habitation" features work from Jason J. Ferguson, Matt Kenyon and Osman Khan.


"House" by Osman Khan

While the artsits focus on the concept of "home," you won't be finding any needlepoint wall-hangings. Instead, they delve into the mortgage crisis, globalization and more.


"Spore" by Matt Kenyon

It's a perfect fit for "Mobile Homestead," a new Mike Kelley installation parked outside that crosses the boundary between sculpture and community space. You really just have to see it in person. The late artist's video work is also on view in the galleries.

Friday's opening takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. with a cover for the Illy Mack show following the art schmoozing. The contemporary art museum is located at fee to the contemporary art museum in Midtown Detroit at 4454 Woodward Ave. in Midtown Detroit.

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The Hudson's department store still evokes powerful memories for many Metro Detroiters who spent time there before it was closed in 1983 and demolished in 1998. Although the location now sports an underground parking garage, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans has been trying to spark interest in developing the location by sponsoring a contest to redesign the site. The competition has received more than 200 creative submissions from around the world, and now Quicken Loan's and Opportunity Detroit are inviting the public to vote on their favorite entries at an open house event. Those who attend and vote for their faves are eligible for discounts from several downtown retailers.

The open house takes place in downtown Detroit at the Somerset Collection CityLoft space, 1261 Woodward, on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 9, from noon to 5 p.m. For more details, see website.

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If you're looking for a fun time Thursday night, check out this awesome Detroit riverside event featuring a bonfire, music, food, and all the booze you can carry with you. The suggestion comes to us compliments of Rivière28 member Katy Cockrel. Here's what she has to say about it:

"The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy's Rivière28 wants you to Light Up the Riverfront tonight at Milliken State Park. Yes, it's Thursday and there are probably more than a few things to do tonight, but let's be honest... there's a pig roast (brought to you by the folks at Eastern Market), live entertainment from local artists, Matt Kysia and Greenstreet, a bonfire + smores and... the clincher... it's BYOB. I'm fairly certain this means you too should be taking full advantage of our often overlooked riverfront this evening. Just saying."

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Tickets are and can be purchased on site at the William G. Milliken State Park In downtown Detroit. More info can be found here.

Katy Cockrel is a member of Rivière28, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy's active professionals committee. Her day job is as the Director of Strategic Communications (aka shameless publicist) at Ignition Media Group, a boutique integrated marketing agency headquartered in downtown Detroit. She lives in Corktown and is in desperate need of a bike.

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Are you getting enough fiber? We mean this in an artistic sense, because Wednesday, June 12, will be the opening night for "String Theory," a fiber arts show at the Detroit Creative Corridor Center gallery space. Featured artists include Laura Beyer, Levon Kafafian and Amanda Thatch. The reception lasts from from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. "String Theory" runs through July 19. See here for details.

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Ke$ha, the singer and rapper who once claimed to have had intimate relations with a ghost, will be at the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday, June 7, for a performance with Pitbull. We're sure it will be an other-worldly experience for all involved. See here for more information.


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About 400 people showed up in front of the Majestic Cafe Monday night for Slow Roll, a weekly Detroit bicycle ride organized by Detroit Bike City. Riders are shown here breezing by an area that appears to be near the campus of Wayne State University.

The crew also posed for a group photo Monday at the site of the former Grande Ballroom, once known as a Detroit rock-and-roll mecca.

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Slow Roll's meet-up points and routes change weekly. Event updates can be found on Detroit Bike City's Facebook page. Photos are courtesy of Joe Rutkowski, an area medical marijuana chemist we interviewed earlier this year.

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National Day of Civic Hacking? Yep, that's what we said. On Saturday, hackers and others interested in improving the workings of their civic data stream will gather at the Boll Downtown YMCA and UDetroit Cafe for a day of workshops and data-crunching.

"Bring your civic data challenges, your problem-solving mojo, and your Detroit hustle," reads the invite. For more info, see here.


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Hamtramck's Public Pool art gallery is asking gallery-goers to take a bit of an artistic dip this Saturday. Their new show is called "U-Build-It." Artists Mary Fortuna, Andrew Thompson, Shoshanna Utchenik, and Michael McGillis have purposely left the project uncompleted so the public can interact with it. The opening reception is June 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. Intrigued? You can find out more here.


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Want to take a quaint trip through one of Detroit's oldest neighborhoods? Drop by the Corktown Historical Home and Garden Tour this Sunday. This year's stroll will stop at nine historic homes and gardens dating back from the 1840s to the early 1900s -- plus a bunch of other notable landmarks. The tour takes place on June 2 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are available during the day of the event at the Gaelic League. For more information, visit Facebook.

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Next month, Green Brain, Dearborn's killer comic shop, is sponsoring a poetry event especially for cartoon lovers. It's called the Green Brain Poetry Smash and the sky's the limit for what you can bring to the show -- as long as the sky involves people in spandex and other comic-book-related themes. Heck, you could even read an epic Viking poem dedicated to Marmaduke. Why not? The words will fly from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. See Facebook for details.

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Wouldn't it be amazing to have a local museum committed to creating cultural and historical exhibits for your community? If you live in Southwest Detroit, this wonderful idea is already a reality. Museo del Norte is a museum-without-walls dedicated to documenting the Latina and Latino heritage.

On Sunday, they'll be sponsoring an exhibit at their new semi-permanent home at the Boulevard House called "We Will Be Heard!" It celebrates the Latina/o community's arts, culture and history in Michigan and the Midwest. The exhibit has been designed by members of the community including Nora Chapa Mendoza, Daniel Martinez, Lolita Hernandez and Elisa Gurule. The open house event will take place between noon and 5 p.m. on June 2 at the Boulevard House, located at 412 W. Grand Blvd. For more information, see the event's Facebook page.

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A Southwest Detroit mural created by artists Vito Valdez and Jim Puntigam.

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Want to party with the Beastie Boys' Mix Master Mike and support Detroit's Summer X Games bid? You can do both and a whole lot more at a free street party being held at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit on Tuesday May 28 at 8 p.m. See here for details.

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Refuge at the Rhino Bar seeks to be a "relaxing sanctuary" of drink, food and Detroit underground music during the upcoming Movement Electronic Music Festival. Located downtown a stone's throw from the main event at Hart Plaza, the multi-faceted pop-up at the Rhino bar will offer "a chill yet danceable atmosphere," created by a carefully-selected list of DJs and live musicians including Frankie Banks, Deastro, Mexican Knives and Aran Daniels. There will also be cocktails and craft beers provided by highly-qualified local bartenders and a special menu prepared by Corridor Sausage Co.'s The Grindhouse food truck and Jessie Knot of Cafe Urban Pheasant.

The Rhinoceros, a popular Detroit riverfront nightspot, closed in 1998. It was rebuilt in Harmonie Park in the 2000s, but its current home has sat abandoned since 2008. The pop-up's sponsors, Bailout Productions and Revolve Detroit, hope the event will spotlight the bar and its historic neighborhood. The party takes place May 24-27 at 1407 Randolph, in downtown's Harmonie Park district. See Facebook for details and a complete lineup. Tickets are available for pre-sale here.

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If you're downtown for the Movement Festival this weekend, you might take a moment to swing over and check out the electronic music event's low-tech cousin, Chip Charged. The gathering will feature performances of 8-bit music, including tunes by Midwest artists like Noisewaves, Awkward Terrible, Mail Order Monsters and Michigan's own Snesei. The festival is sponsored by Piko Piko Detroit, an online music label we spoke with last year in this article on chiptune music. The event will take place May 25-26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the downtown dance studio, Artlab J, located near Greektown Casino. Visit website for details.

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Vito Valdez, a fantastic local artist we featured in a My Detroit profile earlier this month, is getting his own solo show this weekend at the CAID, “The Life and Times of Emiliano’s Zapatos." Among the works shown will be a wolf fashioned from his own leather boots. Valdez will be also curating a separate show at the space called “Macho Simpatico / a Group of Four” with artists Carl Demeulenaere, Eric Mesko, Julio Perazza and Alvaro Jurado. "Emiliano’s Zapatos" opens Saturday, May 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. and runs through June 23, 2013. See Facebook for details.

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What better way is there to celebrate Michigan authors than with books and brews? If you've ever pondered this question, you should swing by the Old Miami in Detroit Friday night for a shindig sponsored by Wayne State University Press.

Made in Michigan Writers Series authors Chris Dombrowski, Jack Ridl, Ron Riekki and National Book Award winner Gloria Whelan will be on hand to talk to fans, while M. L. Liebler & The Coyote Monk Poetry Band provide everyone with a very literary soundtrack. The party takes place on May 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. See website for details.

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Detroit garage rockers Tyvek, named after a home insulation material, are bringing their abrasive yet catchy tunes to PJ's Lager House on Monday. They'll be sharing the stage that night with Eat Skull and Roach Clip. You can check out the fun on May 20 at 9 p.m. See website for details.

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That's right, true believers, legendary comic book creator Stan Lee will be appearing this weekend at the Motor City Comic Con. He'll be joined by stars like Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees and actor Cary Elwes, whom you might remember as the Dread Pirate Roberts from "The Princess Bride." There will also be plenty of comic books for purchase and special events like movie screenings and live pro-wrestling. The nerdy fun all takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, May 17-19. See website for details.

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If you're stopping by Eastern Market on Sunday, May 19, for the annual Flower Day event, you might want to take a slight detour and get a handful of flower power from a local hackerspace.

OmniCorp Detroit, located in the market district, is sponsoring a seedbomb workshop that will allow you to turn a vacant lot into a sea of wildflowers. The event takes place that day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Division Street headquarters. See Facebook for details, and, while you're at it, check out this cool app that allows you to document and map local wildflowers.

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The surreal, cartoony and emotionally-charged art of Detroit bad boy artist Glenn Barr will help usher in the rebirth of Royal Oak's former 323 East Gallery, now reincarnated as the Inner State Gallery, in Detroit's Eastern Market. "Rooms" will be Barr's first Detroit solo exhibition in four years.

Barr describes the show as "an exhibition of scenarios inspired by a lethargic Detroit ... [with] images of wandering bars & bohemian escapists, electric streets & closing time, space gear & boas, all the while unaffected muses look down from on high.”

The opening reception takes place Friday, May 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Inner State's new digs on 1410 Gratiot in Detroit. It runs through June 16. See website for details.


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This band hit audiences like a cannonball in the 1990s. They're the Breeders, a rough-edged alternative rock band with a lineup that includes Kim Deal (of the Pixies), Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson. They'll be at the Majestic Sunday, May 12, at 8 p.m. in their first tour since the 90s. Find out more here.

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A devilish play is coming to Hamtramck's Planet Ant this weekend. "Brimstone & Treacle" explores the lives of a middle-class London couple whose daughter is struck in a hit-and-run accident and left in a coma. Two years after that incident, a strange man, who could be a savior or the devil, arrives at their door. Planet Ant warns that the work, written by the Englishman Dennis Potter, contains SHOCKING CONTENT, so don't say we didn't warn you. "Brimstone & Treacle" will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, May 10 to June 1, at 8 p.m. and Sundays on May 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. See website for details.

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There's going to be an amazing musical lineup at the The Foundation of 5eGallery show celebrating women in hip-hop next Tuesday at Detroit's Tangent Gallery. Mae Day, Monica Blaire, DJ XO, Invincible and more will be appearing. The show takes place on May 14 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. See here for details.


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St. Andrews Hall will be ground zero for a series of epic rap battles this Sunday. Hopeful MCs -- Eminem made his name as an MC battling it out at this very address. The event, organized by Strictly B.A.R.S., will feature Midwest Miles vs. Bones Brigante and many other microphone challenges. The D.O.A. Rap Battle takes place May 5 from 4 to 10 p.m. See website for details.

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The otherworldly, haunting vocals of James Blake's latest release, this year's "Overgrown," have always elevated the British producer above the rest of the post-dubstep competition. Blake's own brand of sexy, melancholy electronica won him rave reviews from indie sites like SPIN and Pitchfork, even if dubstep purists complain that he's reworking their ideas for the masses. The strains of soul, R&B and classical piano rippling through the 2011 Mercury Prize nominee's latest venture are audience-friendly and download-catchy... since when is that a bad thing? He's performing with Fatty DL Friday night, May 3, at Detroit's Majestic Theater. cover.

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Spin calls their sound "oddly bewitching." EmptyMansions is a musical project that combines the talents of Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino with Tomahawk guitarist Duane Denison and Secret Machines bassist Brandon Curtis. They'll be here in Detroit Friday to share their music with an audience at the Garden Bowl. The free show will also feature Scott Lucas & The Married Men. It goes down May 3 at 10 p.m. See website for details.

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Participants in an annual walk named for writer and activist Jane Jacobs will be ambling through several new Detroit neighborhoods this May. In addition to a jaunt through the Greenacres-Sherwood Forest area, walkers will also have a chance to stroll through the Cass Corridor, the Conner-Warren district on the city's east side and the Hubbard Farms neighborhood of southwest Detroit. The walks are held each year around Jacob's birthday to honor her vision of exploring and improving cities by getting out and walking around them.

The Warren-Conner walk will set off from 4401 Conner, Detroit Saturday, May 4, at 9 a.m. and will introduce a project called the Green Thoroughfare. The Hubbard Farms walk will start at Cafe Con Leche, 4200 W. Vernor, on Saturday, May 4, at noon and will explore the area around Clark Park. The Cass Corridor walk will begin at Cass Corridor Museum, 4470 Second Ave., on Sunday, May 5 at noon and will stop at the MacKenzie House, the Spiral Collective, and Avalon Bakery. The Greenacres-Sherwood Forest walk will get started on Sunday, May 5 at Baker's Keyboard Lounge, 2050 Livernois Ave, and will acquaint people with the area around 8 Mile Rd.

For more information, see website or contact Madhavi Reddy at 313-452-1166.

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