01/31/2013 10:21 am ET

Detroit Events: Things To Do Around Town, Parties, Dining And Nightlife News (UPDATES, PHOTOS)

07/14/2013 9:57 AM EDT

One More Reason To Love Danny Brown

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

07/12/2013 1:09 PM EDT

Handmade Libations, Shinola Approved

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.

07/09/2013 10:47 AM EDT

Tuesdays Just Got WAY Better

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!

06/07/2013 3:31 PM EDT

There's No Place Like Home (Or MOCAD)

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 $5 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.

06/06/2013 2:55 PM EDT

Vote On Designs To Reimagine Hudson's Site

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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06/06/2013 1:47 PM EDT

Guest Pick: "Light Up The Riverfront"

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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 $25 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.

06/05/2013 5:31 PM EDT

String Theory Fiber Show

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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06/04/2013 5:00 PM EDT

Ke$ha & Pitbull

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.


06/04/2013 4:11 PM EDT

Slow Roll Monday Nights


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.

05/31/2013 6:24 PM EDT

National Day of Civic Hacking, Detroit Edition

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.