When my wanderlust sets in, and I find myself in a cafe on Bourbon Street or sipping a martini on Duval in sunny Key West, the strangers there inevitably ask me where I am from. Detroit, I will tell them, knowing where this conversation will lead us.
Buried within the bankruptcy of Detroit is a fundamental political and moral question: Who are "we," and what are our obligations to one another?
People often say "do what you love and the money will follow." Maybe it will and maybe it won't, but why does doing what you love have to be tied to a job? How about just doing what you love as a way of living life? The opportunities for to live that philosophy are abundant in Detroit.
Like more than a few operas, it seems, the character at the center is a courtesan, Violetta, who is fairly burned out from her life entertaining men and believes she will die soon. Entering her life, though, is a well-meaning -- if naive -- Alfredo Germont who has long been intrigued by Violetta with no apparent recognition of her profession or lifestyle.
Detroit may continue to make headlines as the largest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy, but during our visit -- my first time ever in the Motor City, other than changing planes at the airport -- I found a lot more to catch my interest than economic woes.
From the beginning of the day with HAERTS and their '80s style synth-fused music, to the soulful funk of Solange, and to the epic stage show from Sigur Ros in the end, the quality of music, even if you were unaware of any of these acts beforehand, was simply superb.
United Sound System: it's where Detroit got its Motown sound. One of the first independent recording studios in the U.S., United Sound was where Berry Gordy Jr. first produced his Motown record and Aretha Franklin recorded the vocals to "Freeway of Love."
Meghan McEwen of Designtripper lives the dream in Detroit, where she runs the impossibly cool and special hotel Honor & Folly. She took us on a tour of her favorite hometown spots.
The pop-up restaurant I run with chef Craig Lieckfelt is taking our cooking to new levels, pushing limits, and naturally making a scene. Orion Music & More was our first festival, we got a taste, and will definitely be back for seconds!
There were bodies everywhere. I'd never seen anything like it before -- especially on a dog-walk...
Joe Louis may be a hulking, windowless, concrete monstrosity of an arena, but it doubled as the best playground in the world for two young kids.
Shakespeare? Jazz? Poetry? Radio broadcasting? Vocal music? Video production? Yes, yes, and more yesses. All of these are coming soon, summer into fall, to Detroit teens through the Detroit School of Arts.
The recent fire at the Heidelberg Project creates a lot to think about in the greater aspects of what it means to try to recreate a city.
Beethoven's symphonies are iconic and timeless. It is with some wonder, then, that the great one only penned one opera, Fidelio. It is one of the truly classic operas performed for the last two centuries. It's about time it made its way to Detroit.
Somehow we have lost our way as a city. We have lost sight of what really matters to our quality of life and to a strong Detroit.
Detroit can be a very small city when you are curious and friendly. If you keep your ear to the ground people talk up their favorite local acts. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas is one of those grapevine bands.