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Stroh's to once again be brewed in Detroit

It's been over 30 years since Stroh's beer was brewed in Detroit, the city in which it was founded. But that's about to change, according to a Crain's Detroit Business article.

Brew Detroit, a brewery and tasting room located on Abbott Street in Corktown that makes a number of beers for Michigan brands, got label approval to brew Stroh's Bohemian-Style Pilsner on June 8. 

Though the exact date Detroit-brewed Stroh's will be available is unknown, Crain's Dustin Walsh writes that beers typically appear on the market "within weeks or months of receiving label approval from the federal regulatory body."

Stroh's Brewing Company was founded in Detroit in 1850 by German immigrant Bernhard Stroh. The company stayed in the family for generations, though it stopped brewing in Detroit in 1985 and "razed its 1 million-square-foot brewery, bottling and warehouse buildings on Gratiot Avenue at I-75," writes Walsh.

Stroh's was eventually acquired by Pabst Brewing Company in 1999. So while the Stroh's that will be brewed again in Detroit bears little resemble to the 31-million barrel a year company when it was last here, it's still exciting news for lovers of beer and Detroit history. 

Third annual Freep Film Festival kicks off

On Thursday, March 31, the Freep Film Festival (FFF) begins its third year of showcasing documentary film relevant to Detroit and Michigan. 

The festival is building on its success and expanding its scope. This year there will be nearly double the number of screenings, including 18 premiers, shown at six venues in Detroit plus Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. 

“The Freep Film Festival’s emphasis on films that have a strong tie to Michigan and/or Detroit set the Festival apart from others in Michigan and throughout the country," said Steve Byrne, executive director of the FFF, in a press release. "The films will showcase the best and most intriguing elements of our residents, our city or our state."

Opening night of the FFF starts Thursday, March 31 at the Filmore in downtown Detroit with a live recording of Kevin Smith's podcast "Fatman on Batman," who's best known for directing such films as Chasing Amy and Clerks. This will be followed by a live screening of T-Rex, a documentary about a 17-year girl from Flint, Michigan pursuing a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. 

Other highlights of the festival include films on the controversial Hantz Woodlands project in Detroit and a double feature about Belle Isle. The festival comes to a close April 3.

For more information on tickets and screenings, visit freepfilmfestival.com.

Detroit's SXSW? Corktown Strut festival has bold ambitions

Last week, Brian McCollum of the Detroit Free Press reported that a large-scale music festival is coming to Corktown in July. Organizers have dubbed it Corktown Strut, saying that it will feature an eclectic range of performers spanning a wide variety of genres.

Corktown Strut, which is scheduled for July 1-3, will join a number of other large-scale music festivals that take place during the summer in Detroit, including Movement, the Hoedown, and Jazz Fest. It will differ, however, in that its musical acts will represent a variety of genres and that it will place a greater emphasis local food and drink, specifically the restaurants and bars of Corktown.

Organizers hope that Corktown Strut will fill the void left by City Fest (formerly Taste Fest), an annual summer festival that featured a variety of musical acts and local food businesses before it was discontinued in 2009.

Forward Arts, an organization that creates programming to promote Detroit's arts community, is putting on the event in collaboration with a variety of local bookers and event producers, who are curating a musical lineup that will be announced in mid-March.

"We're taking the overall model of [City Fest] and some of the model of (Austin's) South By Southwest, and fitting it to the Corktown neighborhood and our arts community," Dominic Arellano told the Detroit Free Press.

For more information, visit http://www.corktownstrut.com/.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Enjoy vintage video games and cocktails at Michigan Science Center After Dark

We got excited last month when the Michigan Science Center opened its doors one evening for After Dark, a happy hour that invited adults ages 21 and over to explore the science of mixology ("I wasn't just out drinking, I swear. I was learning chemistry!"). Over 170 people attended.

We're even more excited for the return of After Dark on Thursday, Jan. 21, when the Science Center will add vintage video games to its monthly happy hour. Attendees will be able to play some arcade favorites and classic console games like Duck Hunt and Super Smash Bros, all while enjoying a cash bar. It's all in conjunction with the Science Center's latest exhibit, Toytopia, which explores the science of play through multiple eras of games.

After Dark events take place on the third Thursday of every month. This month's event starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21. Admission is $10 and includes a complimentary drink. Attendees must be 21 or over to attend.

Tickets are available here.

Disclosure: Michigan Science Center provides funding for Model D's "STEM Hub" series documenting the importance of STEM education in southeast Michigan.

MiSci After Dark, the thinking person's happy hour, comes to Michigan Science Center

There's no shortage of great places to grab a cocktail after work in Midtown these days, but if you're looking for a change of pace that's more intellectually stimulating than your average trip to the bar, the Michigan Science Center has something special for you. On the third Thursday of every month, MiSci is hosting After Dark, a happy hour that allows adults to experience the museum after hours while enjoying adult beverages.

According to a statement, "After Dark will feature demos with a mixologist, vintage video competitions, extreme dot-to-dot challenges and more." Admission is $10 and includes a drink.

The next After Dark happy hour is happening Thursday, Dec. 17, from 5-8 p.m. Click here for details.

Punch Bowl Social, a boozy adult playground, opens on Broadway

There's nothing subtle about Dan Gilbert's Z Lot, a massive, zig-zagging parking structure built to wrap around existing historic structures and fit a uniquely-shaped downtown Detroit parcel. So it seems that the massive adult playground that is Punch Bowl Social is the perfect fit for the ground-floor retail component of the Z Lot along Broadway.
"When you're on Broadway in any city, it should be like this," says Punch Bowl Detroit's event sales manager Jason Dritsan.
A massive crowd that turned out for the grand opening of Punch Bowl last night seems to agree. It appears that Detroit is ready for the 24,000 square feet of games (including bowling, darts, and arcade classics), drinks, and food that Punch Bowl is offering.
The Punch Bowl concept was launched at the company's flagship location in Denver. Detroit is the fourth Punch Bowl location, following the likes of Portland, Ore. and Austin, Texas. Representatives of the Quicken Family of Companies helped recruit Punch Bowl to Detroit.
"We spent three hours with them before we were ready to do the deal," says Punch Bowl founder and CEO Robert Thompson. "There's a great culture here that we wanted to be a part of. There's a tremendous amount of economic upside. We officially drank the Kool Aid."
For those who couldn't make it out to Wednesday's grand opening, here are a few things to look forward to on your first trip to Punch Bowl Detroit:
- A classic style diner featuring "adult milkshakes" (that means with booze, folks) and classic American-style fare.
- A 360-degree bar at the center of the ground floor, featuring a unique drink menu including delicious punch concoctions.
- Two levels of games, including bowling, darts, ping pong, shuffleboard, and classic arcade machines.
- Detroit's first private karaoke rooms.
- A year-round "Holiday Lodge" room featuring fireplaces and chill sofas.
- DJs on weekends (Full disclosure: Model D's managing editor Matthew Lewis will be spinning records at Punchbowl's Sunday brunch on Dec. 14).
It's going to be a fun holiday season.
Photo by Matthew Lewis.

Berliners want to invest in Detroit, but you already knew that because you read Model D

Berliners want to invest money in Detroit. Big news, right? The Wall Street Journal thinks so. They recently ran a story about how Dimitri Hegemann, owner of Berlin electronic music label and club Tresor, is in love with the idea of opening a techno club in Detroit's long-abandoned Fisher Body 21 plant.

As quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Hegemann had this to say: “Fisher Body is my first real love.”

Of course, if you read Model D, this isn't really news to you at all. Walter Wasacz, Model D's former managing editor and a frequent contributor, worked with Hegemann to put on "The Detroit-Berlin Connection," a forum that happened in conjunction with the Movement Electronic Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend. (Check out Wasacz's recap of the forum.) Wasacz recently traveled to Berlin to partake in the Atonal Festival, of which Hegemann is the founder, and wrote this reflection on what Detroit can learn from Berlin.

Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check out our Q&A with Dimitri Hegemann from back in May.

Model D will continue to follow developments in this story.

Hell yeah, Hamtramck!

Blowing up this week on Facebook, this gem of a list features many of our favorite Hamtown spots, including the underrated Krakus Polish restaraunt (people, just go; it's actiually in Detroit, just north of the Hamtramck city limits), Recycled Treasures, B&H Bar & Grill (one of two Bosnian-owned food businesses on Caniff), Planet Ant Theatre, Srodek's Quality Sausage (ask for the blood sausage, called kieska in Polish), Lo & Behold and Public Pool. Oh, hell, here are the other gems in the story: Hamtramck Disneyland, St. Florian Church, New Palace Bakery and the Detroit Zen Center. That makes 10. All great.

Read all about it here.

Techno titan Carl Craig talks to Thump about Detroit

OK, the interviewer misidentifies the Packard Plant as "a club," but it's a forgivable error in an otherwise solid Q&A with the west side kid from Cooley High who started and continues to run Planet E records, one of the most influential labels in global techno. 

An excerpt:

THUMP: The film mentions Packard, a club at which Richie Hawtin was closely tied to. Did you have much to do with the Packard, or other Detroit parties like the Music Institute? What were those parties like, and how did the Music Institute differ from other parties, including Packard, at the time?
Carl Craig: The parties at the Music Institute came before the parties at the Packard Plant. I came in as a spectator, as a music lover for the Music Institute after it had started. That was Derrick May, George Baker, and Alton Miller that were involved in that. The Music Institute was my music education. It was the closest thing to having a Paradise Garage or a Music Box in Detroit. The Packard was also the result of the Music Institute not being around anymore. It moved a couple of doors down, but it was never the same.

Read more here.

Model D and the Nain Rouge take over Great Lakes Coffee

On the eve of this Sunday's Marche du Nain Rouge, join us for Another Last Temptation of the Nain Rouge.

Last year you joined us for the Nain's last hurrah at the Model D house. Well, it's his last, last hurrah. But maybe not.
This year the harbinger of doom has decided to enjoy his last night of debauchery at Great Lakes Coffee with rouge libations, a dance party, and a toast! 
Join us Saturday, March 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Great Lakes Coffee for a final frolic before we bid farewell to Detroit's dastardly devil at the Marche de le Nain Rouge on Sunday. 
In case you're wondering, yes, our DJs promise to bring the appropropriate bloodlust to the proceedings.

They are:
Walter Wasacz of nospectacle
Matthew Lewis
Soul Deep's Mike Dutkewych
Toast promptly at 9 p.m. by Hidden History of Detroit Author Amy Elliott Bragg.
Sip on the Nain's favorite, "The Beetdown" featuring Blue Nectar Tequila & Mcclary Bros. carrot-beet shrubs.

Freep Film Fest features Michigan-based docs, panel discussions March 20-23

This much anticpated inaugural event kicks off this Thursday (March 20) and runs through Sunday (March 23) focusing on Detroit- and Michigan-themed documentaries.
Screenings are being held at the Fillmore Detroit and Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. You can view the full lineup with quick descriptions of all the films here.
There are tons of highlights to pick from on the schedule, but here are some you may want to circle:
• Following the "Packard: The Last Shift" premiere Thursday evening, there is a panel discussion including new Packard Plant owner Fernando Palazuelo; Roger M. Luksik, president of the Packard Motor Car Foundation; Dan Kinkead, director of projects for Detroit Future City Implementation Office, and “Packard: The Last Shift” director Brian Kaufman. It will be moderated by Free Press business columnist Tom Walsh.
• On Friday evening, the screening of "Do You Think a Job is the Answer?" will be followed by a discussion led by Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson. Panelists will include producer-director Gary Gilson; Tonya Allen, president of the Skillman Foundation; Pamela J. Moore, president and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions Corp., and William F. Jones, CEO of Focus: HOPE.
• After "Lean, Mean & Green" on Sunday afternoon, a panel will be moderated by Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley and include director Carrie LeZotte; the Free Press' John Gallagher, who is a co-producer; Riet Schumack, co-founder and program coordinator Neighbors Building Brightmoor; Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., executive director of Detroit Future City’s Implementation Office and Adam Hollier, vice president of Hantz Woodlands.

Everything you need to know is packed in here

Detroit, oui: In French, Le Figaro waxes cool about the city

Some great Detroit peeps and locations -- including artists Shades, Rob Smith, Chris Turner, Thornetta Davis and the Blackman, Detroit Farm & Garden's Jeff Klein, and the Packard Plant -- make an appearance in this piece (only in French). Wonderful photography by former Model D lensman Dave Krieger.

See it here.

Conde Nast Traveller checks in on Detroit food scene

We're happy anytime we see a story about lovely foodie things happening in Detroit neighbourhoods using British English spellings.

An excerpt from Conde Nast Traveller:

One neighbourhood that's booming is Corktown, a previously near-deserted stretch of Michigan Avenue in the shadow of the abandoned Michigan Central Station. Now it's bustling with the likes of craft-beer specialist Slows Bar B Q, coffee shop Astro, and new Italian restaurant Ottava Via. Other newcomers include Two James, the first distillery to open in Detroit since before Prohibition, which sells a range of handcrafted vodka, gin, bourbon and whiskey. Order the bourbon-based Corktown Flip at its industrial-style bar. Gold Cash Gold, a restaurant opening this summer in a former pawn shop, shows how far the area is transforming.

Read more here.

We'll drink to that: Hopcat to open at M-1 Rail stop

The building at 4265 Woodward (most recently inhabited by Agave) is being converted into the new Detroit home for HopCat, which will become city’s largest beer bar featuring 130 taps with an emphasis on Michigan craft beers.

The business is reportedly investing $3.3 million into the building at the southwest corner of Woodward and Canfield, vacant since 2006. The location is where a stop on the M-1 Rail streetcar line will be.

The Detroit location will feature an outdoor beer garden and live music. Read more here.

Queer Detroit underground: Carleton Gholz of DSC on forgotten innovators of techno

When club kids and other music peeps need to know which way is up or down in global dance culture they turn to Resident Advisor, which has editorial outposts in Berlin, London and Tokyo.

We found this recent piece on LGBT influence on the international scene on RA especially fine, with insights by Carleton Gholz of the Detroit Sound Conservancy on the origins of Detroit Techno particularly perceptive. Gholz is currently finishing up a post-doctoral teaching gig in Boston - not to mention finishing his book, Out Come the Freaks: Electronic Dance Music and the Making of Detroit after Motown - and moving back to Detroit where he belongs this spring. Dude, welcome back. 

No spoliers, just read the whole beautiful damn thing here.

IAYD plans year of helping young entrepreneurs succeed in business

I Am Young Detroit, the social venture that promotes entrepreneurship as a means to combat youth unemployment and boost economic impact in Detroit, turns 5 years old this month. 

To celebrate the organization will be hosting a live event Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m when it will launch its 2014 programs, which include: memberships, micro-grants and fellowships, pop lab, and startup services.

The event will take place at the Untitled Bottega in Detroit, and feature conversation, live performances by Cold English, food vendors, and its first pop lab pop-up: EMLE Clothing.

This year IAYD is doubling down on helping young entrepreneurs like EMLE launch companies in the seed stage. 

New programs include:

I Am Young Detroit members get access to exclusive resources and tools, discounts on products and events from partners, early access to beta apps and programs, discounts on premium services, and more. Three membership levels are available. Applications open Jan. 25.

Grants & fellowships
Five years in the making, I Am Young Detroit will be awarding monthly grants to Detroit entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 30, providing seed money to allow them the opportunity to begin turning their dreams into reality. Awards include micro-grants up to $1,000, mentor matching, "Doer" membership, opportunity for matching high school fellow, and access to co-working space. Applications open Jan. 25.

I Am Young Detroit's high school fellows are matched with select grantees based on their career goals and interests and receive a small monthly stipend, hands-on experience, and access to co-working space for the duration of their fellowship.

Pop Lab
In partnership with Dpop, I Am Young Detroit is providing a unique opportunity for Detroit-based entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 30 the opportunity to pop-in to vacant and underutilized spaces with their retail business ideas. They'll provide marketing, commercial design, media, place-matching, and logistics support. I Am Young Detroit will even match entrepreneurs with a mentor or two and help launch pop-ups in style with a fabulous event. Applications open Jan. 25.

Startup Services
I Am Young Detroit will be offering a curated selection of startup services to help launch local business. Services will include logo design, explainer video production, and retail design.
I Am Young America is a social venture that promotes entrepreneurship as a means to combat youth unemployment and boost economic impact in cities. Our mission is to help revitalize American cities by empowering young entrepreneurs to launch businesses, and mobilize citizens everywhere to champion them.

Get updates on I Am Young Detroit's Facebook page.

Discussion and screening of 'Girls Gone Vinyl' work in progress

An official selection of New York's Athena Film Festival-2013, the locally-produced documentary Girls Gone Vinyl will be getting a screening of the work in progress this Thursday at Cinema Detroit in Midtown's Cass Corridor.

There is also a panel discussion and VIP reception as part of Thursday's event, also a fundraiser to complete production of the film. 
The panel is made up of:
Jenny Lafemme- DJ and producer of Girls Gone Vinyl
Maggie Derthick- promoter and producer of Girls Gone Vinyl
Rebekah Farrugia - professor and author of Beyond The Dance Floor
Ted Krisko - DJ/producer currently playing across the Americas and Europe
Walter Wasacz - journalist and managing editor of Model D
VIP reception is 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. and is $75. That gets you cocktails and lite fare, a guaranteed seat for screening and the panel discussion, and a VIP gift bag.
General admittance is 7:30 p.m. and is $25 at the door. Screening is 8 p.m. Discussion and Q&A follows the screening. The night will feature the sounds by resident Girls Gone Vinyl DJs supported by the Audio Rescue Team.
Your ticket purchase directly funds the final needs to finish the film, editing and script writing.

The event is Thursday, Dec. 12 at Cinema Detroit, 3420 Cass Ave.

Urbanist Dispatch: Detroit music scene has potential to grow beyond current $1 billion

We thought this report from the Urbanist Dispatch would pair nicely with our Detroit music feature from last week.

An excerpt:

Despite its legacy, research by Florida and his colleagues at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) suggests Detroit is not fully capitalizing on its local music scene. An analysis of figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis allowed MPI to develop a Metro Music Index to rank cities based on the local music scene.

Nashville tops the list, followed by the obvious (New York City and Los Angeles) and the surprising (Rochester, New York). Detroit doesn’t crack the top 25. It comes in at 37; unable to even beat much smaller Kalamazoo, Michigan, which is ranked eighth overall when small metros are included.

C'mon people, let's begin to rebuild and reload our funky groove thing. Read on here.

News: 'New Wave' brings energy to greater downtown

Oh, yes, we are definitely feeling the good urban vibes that are multiplying around the city, particularly in the greater downtown area visited by Michael H. Hodges for this piece. It's a good one. Here's an excerpt: 

That energy is visible in the commercial flowering in Corktown, where Two James Spirits and an expanded Motor City Wine recently joined more established businesses like Slows Bar BQ and the Mercury Burger Bar. You can see it in the 34 floors of spanking-new apartments -- every last one rented -- in the David Broderick Tower, once a dark, depressing sentinel that loomed over Grand Circus Park.

And you can hardly miss it in the annual Nain Rouge parade, or the formal pop-up dinner parties that briefly take over public spaces -- both animated by a new sense of fun and delight in the city.

Read more here.

Start making Noel Night plans now

The 41st Annual Noel Night is Saturday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area. Over 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library, and Model D HQ among many others, open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house."

Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue.

Noel Night activities take place in and around Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center institutions, primarily between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. Convenient parking is available in area lots. 

Noel Night is produced by the University Cultural Center Association, a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit's Midtown district. Go here for more information.

'Detroit Unleaded' premieres Wednesday at DFT

Director Rola Nashef’s romantic dramedy Detroit Unleaded opens in Detroit at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts Nov. 13. Yes, that's tomorrow.

Detroit Unleaded premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award. Expanding upon the award-winning 2007 short, Detroit Unleaded is a modern take on Romeo and Juliet that tells the story of Sami, a Lebanese-American who reluctantly takes over his father's gas station after he is murdered in an armed robbery. It's not a life that Sami ever wanted, nor did his late father who always encouraged his son to go to college. 

The gas station is more than just a pit stop for rolling papers and fake perfume, but a place where an infinite stream of spirited and often hilarious people flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her. Afraid her overprotective brother will disapprove, Najlah begins a romance with Sami under the promise of secrecy. As their love blossoms, Sami's dream of a better life begins to swell. We know you want to go, right?

Tickets for the film and the gala red carpet event are available here.

Planet Ant celebrates 20 years of creativity

Planet Ant Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with an evening of performances featuring current and former Planet Ant artists Friday, Oct. 11 at Detroit's Gem Theatre.

This event will celebrate the theatre's rich history of music, theatre and improv comedy. Hosted by Planet Ant Artistic Director Shawn Handlon, performances will include musical numbers taken from some of Planet Ant's best original productions, improv from the renowned Planet Ant Home Team and The 313, plus live band performances by 19.5 Collective, The Twilight Babies, and Pewter Club with Scott Sanford.

Tickets for Planet Ant's 20th Anniversary event are $30 balcony and $50 main floor and are available now here. Doors open at 7 p.m. with performances beginning at 8 p.m. A cash bar will be available, and a $10 discount is available for anyone who has been involved with a Planet Ant show or production. The Gem Theatre is at 333 Madison Ave, downtown Detroit.

Folk-rocker Audra Kubat revives open mic at Union Street

Yes, we love our Detroit art and music talent. Unapolegetically. When that talent keeps producing and performing year after year after year, well, our love tends to grow along with it.

We're mighty happy to see singer-songwriter-poet-artist Audra Kubat getting her open mic scene back up and running at Midtown's Union Street. The Freep's Rachel May has the scoop:

Back in 2006, Kubat hosted the weekly series, which was wildly popular among all types of local players. "When I started the open mic at Union Street, there wasn’t really a place for young, up-and-coming artists in the heart of the city," says Kubat. "It ended up being pretty big. We would have a huge list of players and a ton of people just coming to listen."

Read the rest of the story here. Then get over there to check it out.

So what do people overseas think of when they think of Detroit? Techno, of course

This may come as some surprise to the non-dancing, groove-intolerant among us, but not to those of us who heard the rhythmic call of the wild beginning in the 1980s and stuck with it. Go to any big city most anywhere in the world and you will hear Detroit techno in clubs, festivals, restaurants, cafes, cool retailers and record stores; and meet people who are considering a pilgrimage just to experience the danceable, soulful vibe of this place.

MLive has the story here.

Sound Conservancy fundraiser tonight at Magic Stick

It's called "Two Worlds, One Sound," a followup of sorts to last year's benefit at Model D that also honored our building's rich history as Zoot's, a hotspot for local music in the mid-1990s. 

Here's the lowdown from Detroit Sound Conservancy founder Carleton S. Gholz:

LipCity and BMG never met until the DSC brought them together to organize around Detroit’s rich musical legacy in front of the Blue Bird Inn on Tireman. Both archivists, historians, writers, and sound-organizers, LipCity and BMG were raised in Detroit’s imaginative soundscape, schooled by DJs like Ken Collier and the Electrifying Mojo, and activated to embrace their communities. They will bring their two worlds together under one sound to raise funds for the Detroit Sound Conservancy who are working with the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation to enhance the stewardship surrounding Detroit’s musical heritage.

Nicely said, but just who are LipCity and BMG? Regular peeps know them by their real names Curtis Lipscomb (yes, executive director of KICK) and Brendan M. Gillan of electro-space disco innovators Ectomorph.

This is quality talent performing for a quality organization. $10 (or more) donation suggested. Magic Stick is at 4140 Woodward Ave. in Midtown. Starts at 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday June 18, goes til 2 a.m. (editor's note: and the after-party?)

Short film shows glimpse of current Detroit music scene

Detroit, music city. Yeah man, we're all over that plain but huge matter of fact. This is the original (and only) home of Motown (c'mon L.A., stand down, please); the birthplace of the sickest garage rock (Stooges, MC5, Gories) and electro (Adult., Drexciya, Dopplereffekt) ever made, trailblazing hip hop (foremost Slum Village, James Dewitt Yancey aka J Dilla) and, of course, techno (Cooley High peeps alone -- notably Carl Craig, Mike Huckaby, Anthony "Shake" Shakir -- produced more talent than most Johnny-come-lately "dance music capitals" anywhere in the world, baby).

So, yes, we're well aware of our innovative sound heritage. This short film helps us understand part of what's happening now, in Midtown, Hamtown and other bars, and especially at next gen private house parties.

Check it out here.

Paxahau announces phase one of Movement lineup

Spring cannot be far behind once Paxahau begins teasing electronic dance music fans by announcing the first third of the program. The three-day event during Memorial Day weekend is May 25-27. 

Tickets are now on sale at the Movement.us website. Three-day weekend passes are $79. VIP passes are $199. Single-day tickets are available, although daily schedules for the Movement's five stages have not been released.

Last year, Movement notched its top attendance since becoming a paid festival in 2005, drawing 107,000 over three days.
Some of our top picks from the list of artists announced thus far:

Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann, Brendon Moeller aka Ecologist, Carl Craig, Dave Clarke, Dennis Ferrer, Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson, Drumcell, George Fitzgerald, Mala, Richie Hawtin, Ryan Elliott, Silent Servant, Tensnake, Terrence Parker and the first ever Detroit appearance by The Bug.

Check out more here.

Watch fresh music video, as Eminem joins 50 Cent in Detroit

It might have been a bit noisy and bright at a video shoot last month at the Michigan Central Station (an elsewhere). But it was worth it, we reckon, when we saw the product featuring homeboy Eminem, and 50 Cent and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

An excerpt from Curbed Detroit:

Remember how 50 Cent and Eminem woke everybody up with their helicopter last month? That was because they were shooting a music video for 50 Cent's "My Life," the third single off of his next album, Street King Immortal. Although the album won't drop until Feb. 26, "My Life" and its music video were just released this week. The footage features 50 Cent, Eminem, and Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) singing/running/sitting in various Detroit locales, most notably Michigan Central Station. Take a look at the video here.

And read the rest of the story here.

HuffPost gives us first taste of DDF

Yes, we have a lot of coverage of the Detroit Design Festival this week. But too much is never enough when you have a series of happenings this good. Here's one to clip and save from Kate Abbey-Lambertz in HuffPost Detroit.

Start reading here.

Detroit music biz subject of Crain's series

We take the business of Detroit music seriously here and devoted much of our July speaker series to that topic. This series of stories in Crains Detroit simply nails many of our concerns. Our kudos. Highly recommended reading.

Start here.

Matt Dear: 'Detroit hypnotizing, fascinating, great place for artists'

Full disclosure: we've loved Matthew Dear since we first started hearing his music and going out to see him DJ in the early '00s. Our gophers even dug up this feature penned by managing editor Walter Wasacz in 2004: here

Now living in upstate New York, Dear still holds Detroit, well, dear. An excerpt from Cool Hunting:

That's Detroit--it always makes you feel like it's on the verge of tipping toward being successful and booming. And that's what keeps people there. And when you're in Detroit, you feel like you own it. It's your city, you're there, you're the one bringing in art and events and doing shows. You're meeting people who are also doing their version of what their creative interest is. So there's this little buzz that's always in Detroit and no matter how big that buzz gets on the world scale--like right now a lot of people are talking about it--you hope that it does finally explode.

Read more here.

Greater downtown lifestyle buzz gets Freep's attention

This is music to our ears, as written by John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press: 

"There are traffic jams in the morning -- and after work on streets that were once abandoned after dark. New residents walk their dogs, buy coffee, get haircuts." He's talking about downtown and Midtown activity, of course.

Want to read more? Sure you do. Go here.

Concert of Colors celebrates 20 years this weekend in three locations

There's so much to see and hear at this year's Concert of Colors -- the annual summer event's 20th anniversary -- that we'll let you decide where you want to go and who you want to see this long weekend (Thursday July 12 through Sunday July 15) at three venues (the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Max M. Fisher Center) in the Cultural Center.

OK, maybe just a few recommendations: how about Don Was Detroit All Star Revue, Saturday at Orchestra Hall; or George Clinton and P-Funk on the same stage on Sunday night?

You can take the rest from here. There is plenty to dig into. It's all free, by the way. Have fun.

Kickstart the Hamtramck Festival, one of 313's premier street parties

Some of you might have first attended the Hamtramck Festival, three days of urban fun in the Labor Day weekend sun, since 1980. That's a good, long run we want to see continue for decades to come.

The festival is under threat because of cutbacks in the city's budget. A solution not available 32 years ago is the best option to raise funds: Kickstarter.

Go here and throw a few bucks in the pot to keep the street party alive and kicking.  

Origins of Cass Corridor art scene's lasting legacy

Considering we're throwing a party this week that celebrates one important piece of the Cass Corridor legacy -- Zoot's -- this piece by Vince Carducci on the art and music scene got our attention.

An excerpt: 

My first encounter with the Cass Corridor came as a teenager in the suburbs reading Joy Hakanson Colby's multipage full-color spread on the scene in the now-defunct Detroit News Sunday Magazine.) The whole thing was capped off with a blockbuster exhibition mounted by the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1980 titled: "Kick Out the Jams: Detroit's Cass Corridor, 1963-1977." Legends grew up around the major players that echo to this day.

Read more here.

Dave Mancini talks Supino, and "infectious Detroit spirit," in GQ

Chef Dave Mancini takes us on a tour of his favorite food places, including the Sunday Dinner Company on the East Side and Pupuseria Y Restaurante Salvadoreno in Southwest Detroit. Totally awesome piece in GQ. Go here for more awesome.

Yo! Bum rush this show. Public Enemy headlines Movement

Yes, Movement is more than just a techno fest. The hip hop nation has been represented by Slum Village, Mos Def and others. Next week Public Enemy -- you heard that right -- takes the Main Stage. Kelly Frazier gives us a preview in HuffPost Detroit.

An excerpt: Back in the 1940s, Chuck D's grandfather drove trucks for Ford, and the fruits of his labor would afford him a Cadillac in the 1950s. As a result, police on 7 Mile Road in Detroit regularly stopped his grandfather. It was one of many bold lessons about Detroit and the world that Chuck D got to learn.

Read on here.

DSO adds violinist of international renown as concertmaster

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra got just what it needed: a young, international musical star. The Freep's Mark Stryker knows that's a very good thing, indeed. Read about it here.

Let there be light: Dlectricity, new modern art fest announced for Midtown

We like this a lot, a brand new festival of contemporary art and light to be held in early October in Midtown.

The Woodward Corridor between Kirby on the north end and Mack on the southern border will be alight with art. Institutions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Max M. Fisher Center will have special programing.

And all you artists reading this can send your proposals for light-related works now through May 28. Get all the details on this brand-spanking new site.

'Louder than Love' doc on Grande Ballroom hits festival circuit

Flashback to the second half of the 1960s -- 1966 to 1970, to be precise -- when the Detroit rock scene was on par with, well, the best of the rest of the world. Zero in on the Grande Ballroom, where the scene was flying the highest.

That time, place and inner space is the focus of Louder Than Love, a high energy music documentary that recently played to sold out crowds in Detroit and Ann Arbor (if it hadn't, that would have been news) and is now set to make its sonic assault on the film festival circuit.

Download the trailer here.

Nain Rouge makes Atlantic's list of imaginary city monsters

It was hard to resist the rest of the story when it began like this: "If you want to catch a cryptid doing its thing in America, common sense would deem you drive far out into the woods where humankind rarely ventures. After all, it's typically hunters and hikers who wind up having awkward run-ins with Bigfoot or the Flatwoods monster."

Even better is that Atlantic Cities, where we found the piece, went on to include our very own red dwarf of evil renown, the Nain Rouge. Keep reading here.

Jazz fest announces big-name talent for Labor Day weekend

Though Labor Day seems so very, very far away, we yearn for it for many ways. One of those reasons is the Detroit Jazz Festival, which announced some its headliners earlier this week.

Some of the names include guitarist Pat Metheny, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, pianist Chick Corea, tenor and soprano saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpeter Randy Brecker.

Susan Whitall of the Detroit News has more here.

New York Mag tells readers where to go, what to do in Detroit

New Yorkers considering a weekend jaunt to Detroit were just given a head start by New York Magazine, which directs people to a tasty list of places to eat, play and stay while they're here. 

It's a nice list, including outsider art installations like Heidelberg and Hamtramck Disneyland, quirky food and drink stops like Lafayette Coney Island and Cafe D'Mongo's, and lodging options at the Book Cadillac, Hope and Folly and the Inn on Ferry St.

Read all about yourselves here, Detroit.

Like the Broderick Tower? So do we

We were trolling around Facebook the other day and found this page dedicated to the Broderick Tower, one of downtown's skyscraping gems. No, scratch that. It is one of the great buildings to ever rise over the North American continent -- and you can quote us on that.

Find the page, and "like" the great tower,  here.

Hey, let's get married in Detroit

On Valentine's Day in HuffPost Detroit, we found this timely story with slideshow on some excellent locations in Detroit to get hitched. Also timely is an exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum called "Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings." Go see it: it's up through May 24. 

Find those cool Detroit wedding locations here.

Public Enemy lined up as Movement headliner

For its seventh year producing the Movement Festival, Paxahau has plucked a diverse cast of headliners: including Chicago house icon Lil Louis on Saturday, May 26, rap legends Public Enemy on Sunday, May 27 (in their debut appearance at the festival) and Detroit native Jeff Mills, performing under an old moniker, The Wizard, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Check out the first round of announcements, listed on Resident Advisor, here. There will be more to come.

Curbed checks out Detroit Soup's two-year anniversary bash

Nice to see Curbed Detroit's Sarah Cox (who authors Model D's 'Imported to Detroit' series) getting out on the town and reporting from some of the city's most unique party spaces. Like this one in the former Jam Handy building on East Grand Blvd, which hosted the recent two-year anniversary of Detroit Soup. Take it away, Sarah:  

"Detroit's totally cornered the market on that unfinished, do-we-even-have-a-permit-to-be-here look for big events. And we love it! Why wait til renovations are done to show off a structure? Hell, most places look best stripped down (we love these brick walls!), so bring on the space heaters." She even waxes for half a sentence on our own Next Big Thing event last October at the David Whitney Building.

Read the whole piece here.

What, it's Paczki Day already?

Yup, as you read this, if you are reading on the day we publish, it is indeed Paczki Day, Detroit's version of Mardri Gras. This pre-Lenten celebration is also known as Fat Tuesday, the last day for Catholics to go nuts before trimming their diets for about six weeks (ending on Easter Sunday).

Hamtramck, whose population was once overwhelmingly Polish Catholic, is party central for Paczki Day. We recommend you just hit the town running, get a few dozen berry-filled paczki at local bakeries like New Palace and New Martha Washington or at markets like Srodek's, Bozek's, Stan's or Polish Market. Then find a party at just about any bar in town; or hip retailers like Detroit Threads and Lo & Behold, which will be rolling out DJs and bands. 

Behold this, from the Hamtramck Review. 

Gary Panter, Joshua White, Adult., Monster Island light up MOCAD opening

We saw you there, near the crush of bodies at the front of the stage, when Adult. -- Detroit's Nicola Kuperas and Adam Lee Miller -- fired up their live sound at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. And in the big room around the back, where Cary Loren and his extraordinary post-acid poetry and noise-rock project Monster Island performed. Wow, what a night. 

It was one of MOCAD's grandest art openings, a perfect kick-off event for a showing of works by Gary Panter (of Pee Wee's Playhouse fame) and Joshua White (he lit up New York's Fillmore Theatre in the 1960s).

Get a taste of it in HuffPost Detroit here. Then go to MOCAD and see the show. It's up through April 29.

DSO sets record with 'Live from Orchestra Hall' webcast

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra said about 15,000 viewers saw the ensemble’s recent performance of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances." Previous live webcasts by others have garnered about 10,000 viewers, it was reported.

Nice work, DSO. Read the whole story here.

Eastern Market reinventing itself with more than food

The Detroit News reports: "A $3.9 million upgrade has begun of Eastern Market's Shed 5, which is the heart of the market's plant and flower business. The upgrades will include a commercial-grade kitchen aimed at upstart local food producers.

"Among the entrants in the farmer's market area are a self-described hacker space, a letterpress storefront and an art gallery. Plans are under way to build a community kitchen aimed at small-scale food entrepreneurs, and construction of a 40,000-square-foot fish farm inside a former city sewage facility may begin soon."

More, we say, more, more, more. Read the rest of the article here.

Knight Arts picks up Carrie Dickason's 'beautiful trash' at Public Pool

Since opening in late winter 2010, Hamtramck's Public Pool has hosted one edgy and different show after another, usually alternating group with solo exhibitions. The most recent solo show is by Cranbrook-trained Carrie Dickason, an Indiana native now living in the same neighborhood as the gallery.

We like the show, up through Feb. 25 (the artist is adding more elements to the works every Saturday, 1-6 p.m.) at the space at 3309 Caniff Ave. So does Knight Arts. Read all about it here.

'9 Businesses' highlights indie Detroit entrepreneurship

Screened last week at Eastern Market's Signal Return, the short film 9 Businesses aims to give a taste of how small business energy can help catalyze, revitalize and inspire neighborhood life.

Need some inspiration? Watch this.

Deadline approaches for 2012 Kresge Art Fellowships

Kresge Foundation's call for applications from Metro Detroit's creative leaders in the literary and performing arts ends next week.

Kresge Arts in Detroit will provide 24 winners from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties "whose commitment to innovation and artistic achievement are evident in the quality of their work" with a $25,000 stipend.

Applications must be filled out online and are due Feb. 1. The fellowships are funded by the Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies.

For more information, visit Kresgeartsindetroit.org.

Doc on corridor music legend Rodriguez rocks Sundance

Rodriguez has always been a mysterious figure, even in underground Detroit art and music circles. He was a fixture in the old Cass Corridor in the late-1960s/early-1970s, playing guitar and writing tunes about halfway between East Coast and West Coast (Bob Dylan and Arthur Lee of Love). He recorded his music, it made its way to South Africa, which embraced the son of Mexican immigrants as a poet-genius of gritty urban Americana.

Then, he was said to disappear. Only to be rediscovered by new generations of rockers. But let's not spoil the story any further.

Read more about the film here. Then get out and see it when it hits a Detroit screen near you.

AIA: Detroit part of "New Big Three" for practicing architects

In the voluminous, intriguing scholarly piece, writer Wellington Reiter describes Detroit, New Orleans and Phoenix as U.S. cities "that have visited the frontlines of the future and are reporting back to the rest of the us, a bit wobbly and worse for wear, but still standing and in some respects, regaining their footing."

The rest of his paper is even better. Read it here.

Dirtbombs 'Party Store' makes Flavorwire list of best album covers of all time

We admit it: anytime a story about the Dirtbombs -- or you name it, a plethora of Detroit musicians that have made an impact around the world -- comes across the wire, we're all over it. This one is especially cool, an argument that the Dirtbombs' Party Store possesses one of the top album covers of all time.

Read all about it -- then rock out to "Sharivari" with the help of this sweet video.

Atlantic Cities profiles downtown catalyst Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert has been making plenty of news locally with his purchases of properties in the lower Woodward corridor. He's been getting some love from the national press, as well, like this Q&A in Atlantic Cities.

Read more about Gilbert's lifelong downtown love affair here.

HuffPo Detroit rounds up Dan Gilbert's greatest hits of 2011

Most of us have followed the multiple stories of Quicken Loans founder/chairman Dan Gilbert buying up Detroit skyscrapers in the lower Woodward corridor. His newish company, Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC, manages the properties.

And there are hints of more to come. While we wait, HuffPost Detroit editor Simone Landon maps out Gilbert's real estate scores -- purchased for a cool, cumulative $50 million -- here.

Bizdom chief calls Detroit "entrepreneurial field of dreams"

Dan Izzo zeroes in on a topic near and dear to our hearts: young and hungry thinkers, doers, builders and makers finding opportunities to do business in Detroit 2.0. Some of them have no ties to the city but come ready to plant their vision in this fertile place, says the Training and Launch Chief for downtown's Bizdom U.

The piece first appeared in HuffPost Detroit. Read it here, get inspired.

New books out by Detroit bloggers, including one of our own

Among other things the talented Amy Elliot Bragg is a contributor to our sister and brother custom publications within the pulsating, ever-expanding Issue Media Group network. She is also the author of the recently-published book, Hidden History of Detroit. This Sweet Juniper piece steers you closer to it, and also brings to light another new Detroit tome, 313: Life in the Motor City by John Carlisle.

Read more and find out where you can purchase them here.

Detroit artists "Un-Dress, Re-Dress" clothing and fashion at Public Pool

Public Pool is in its second year of showcasing innovative visual and sound art on an international scale. Yes, that ambitious, that good. Not to mention becoming a transformative presence in its central Hamtramck neighborhood. It's nice to see people are noticing, including the discerning eyes and ears at Knight Arts. 

The current show, "Un-Dress Re-Dress," includes artists are Lisa Anne Auerbach, Olayami Dabls, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Anne Harrington Hughes, Sarah Lapinski, Mark Newport, Lauren Rassel, Cristin Richard and Sarah Wagner.

Richard, who created a dress made from hog intestines (you heard that right; it's an amazing piece that hangs from the ceiling to the middle of the floor) called "The American Dream," is hosting the remaining gallery hours Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, 1-6 p.m. 

Read all about it here.

Upstart Boat Magazine creates Detroit issue

It was a lazy month for London ad agency owners Davey and Erin Spens. The pair, fascinated by magazines and travel, took an unusual vacation -- renting an office in Sarajevo, bringing their two coworkers along to pen a magazine offering readers a true glimpse of the formerly war-torn city.

After some help from writer Dave Eggers, who introduced the first issue of Boat Magazine with one of his short stories, the pair are at it again. They came to Detroit to produce their second issue -- a $12 "antidote to lazy journalism," printed on beautiful matte paper, with an article from Jeffrey Eugenides and interviews with Ben Wallace, Alex Winston and Jessica Hernandez.

We found one excerpt, a photo essay on Detroit food, in The Guardian:

We headed down there on a Saturday morning to find a bustling area filled with vegetable stalls, and thousands of people from all over Detroit and the surrounding states shopping for produce for home or business. The must-haves are the ribs from Berts, but we were as taken by the market across the freeway, with its walls painted in murals of meat, fish and cheese, which are sold inside.

Buy it here

Detroit, an artistic paradise

This LA Times' trip to Detroit found an "artistic haven" of old structures, committed art dealers and vibrant examples of how community and culture intersect.

From the DIA, which the writer calls "America's most overlooked major museum," to the sculpture park outside the College for Creative Studies, and even a stop at Heidelberg, this travelogue details a city teeming with creativity. Russell St. Deli, Cafe D'Mongo's, Cass Cafe, and yes, Slows, were a few of the destinations the LA Times raved about.


When I asked his inspiration, Guyton responded with questions of his own: "What is art today?" "Does it have to be in a museum?" "How do you revitalize a neighborhood?" "How do you get people to come to Detroit despite what they've heard?"

One of Guyton's motifs is New York taxis, painted on plywood boards. "A lot of people think you have to go to New York to make it," he said. "I'm saying I can make it right here, and I will. Watch me. I'm just getting started."

Find out more here.

Record amount of diners swarm fall Detroit Restaurant Week

There's just no stopping Detroit Restaurant Week.

Event producers Paxahau reported that the 10-evening dining promotion lured 36,046 gourmands to 21 restaurants across the city of Detroit, an 18.4 percent increase over 2010. It's the second-largest tally ever for the $28 prix fixe dining bonanza, which has counted 150,000 customers since launching five years ago.

"We are pleased the enthusiasm Metro Detroiters have for Detroit Restaurant Week has continued to grow over the years," said Jason Huvaere, Director of Detroit Restaurant Week. "It has been a terrific way for our community to experience the tremendous fine dining restaurants Detroit has to offer. With each campaign we hope we’re developing a new crop of customers who will frequent the restaurants all year long."

Stay tuned for the announcement for a Spring 2012 Detroit Restaurant Week date and more here.

Saluting Luis Croquer of MOCAD

It's been a wonderful three years for Detroit's art scene, thanks to the work of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit -- and its curator, Luis Croquer, was the visionary at the helm.

Under Croquer's direction, MOCAD became more than a new museum helping define the city's emerging reputation for art around the world. It became a can't miss tourist destination, a center for the city's own creatives, and the home of can't-miss parties for kids of all ages. We'll miss him.


Well, I'm here for a while, but yes. I will be curious to see how things evolve. You know, when I came here, New Yorkers said, "What are you doing?" And now it's like, "Oh, you're in the coolest town in America." I've gone from being an idiot to being a visionary.

Read the farewell here.

Spot yourself: WDIV frames "The Next Big Thing"

There was so much to see at our Oct. 21 event, The Next Big Thing, that we didn't even see the photographers grabbing shots. Between the Detroit-themed expo, tasty food, music, Hatch-off and video, it was pretty hard to focus.

So we're loving this slideshow of the event, posted by WDIV. The David Whitney building is the star of the show, and these images really convey the excitement and Detroit love we felt that evening.

Click here to see if you made the cut.

Re:New Detroit to sponsor weekly Hamtramck ping-pong tourney

A pop-up ping-pong parlour invites paddle-wielding assassins to bring their best games to Hamtramck every Tuesday evening.

Each Tuesday at 8 p.m., SMASH! will invade Skipper's bar in Hamtramck (get there early to put your name up on the board for a match). Paddles, balls, sweatbands (natch), and plenty of food for veggies and carnivores alike are on the menu -- just bring your game face and a few dollars for the drink specials.

SMASH! is sponsored by Re:New Detroit, a sports therapy studio located at 155 W. Congress in the Murphy Telegraph building, suite #400. If you pick up a mean case of tennis elbow at SMASH, you'll be all covered.

Get the spin here.

Dine, Dash and Drive with MOVE Detroit and GM

While the dine-and-dash is the ultimate gastronomic faux pas, a new event from our friends at MOVE Detroit will bring some class to the act. MOVE Detroit, a group of city-dwellers working to bring more young professionals to the D this year through fun networking events designed to show suburbanites what fun we have living down here.

They have quite an evening planned, teaming with GM for the Dine & Dash Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Head to the Jefferson entrance of the RenCen for the chance to test-drive GM's newest vehicles (like the Volt, Cadillac CTS V Coupe and Camaro) on a short jaunt through the city. Attendees will then discover the newly-opened Joe Muer's Seafood Restaurant inside the RenCen for a networking tasting, featuring a Detroit trivia game with prizes provided by Somerset Collection's Detroit Shoppe.

Are you moving to Detroit? Of course, you are. Plan your move and more at movedetroit.org.

A Detroit Lions story; a commentary on urban land-use

In a widely-circulated article from Yahoo! Sports on the Detroit Lions' improbable start, Kid Rock and Ford Field's new reputation as a stadium to fear around the NFL, we found a few thoughts on urban land use and downtown space that fit pretty well in Model D.

Author Dan Wetzel contends that there's more for opposing teams to fear when visiting Detroit than the defensive line. Ford Field bucks the nationwide trend of cocooning stadiums -- that is, placing them far from city life and downtown chaos. The stadium's defiant location creates a crowd boiling over with enthusiasm before streaming through its doors -- and the crowd factor, no doubt, that contributed to the Bears' nine false starts against the Lions during Monday night's game. Wetzel's logic? Smart planning and cooperation between the Lions and city officials have re-defined the notion of the home field advantage in sports. And visiting teams should beware.


It brought a hot team and the first Monday night game in a decade. So the people were everywhere, drinking in parking garages and cooking on dirty sidewalks and even tapping kegs right by the police headquarters. They wouldn’t have it any other way. It produced a throng of fans who would later bring the soul of the city inside and rain it right down on the Bears.

Read more here.

LiveWorkDetroit hooks up college grads with big-city opportunities

LiveWorkDetroit! showcases Detroit as the place for Michigan's college graduates and young professionals to live and work. The group says Detroit is one of the hottest and hippest places in the country (thank you, we appreciate that) and LiveWorkDetroit! gives participants the opportunity to see it in person and to hear it directly from employers eager to hire the best and brightest.

LiveWorkDetroit will take place Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., in Midtown Detroit.

There is a $15 registration at www.michiganadvantage.org/LWD. Click here to check out the event flyer.

Honor + Folly bed and breakfast -- coming soon

Detroit's newest bed-and-breakfast will offer guests a dose of original style along with their pillow and key.

Meghan McEwen, founder of the amazingly cool DesignTripper blog, posted a few thoughts on her latest venture, Honor + Folly, which will bring the inn concept to Corktown's Michigan Ave.

Writes McEwen, "I’ve been so inspired by all the people and places I’ve been writing about for the past year, I’ve decided to join ‘em. I don’t have photos yet ... and you’ll have to bear with me while I paint, stock, source, sand furniture, adorn walls, make beds, knit pillows and hang a shingle."

While details are limited, McEwen tells us Honor + Folly will feature cooking classes and lotsa cool furnishings from local designers. It will open to guests in mid-November.

Click here to read McEwen's post, and keep tuning into Model D for more Honor + Folly.

Tyree Guyton: new children's book and a farewell show

Readers as young as six can now enjoy the brilliant spectacle of Tyree Guyton's work -- without leaving the house.

A new picture-book biography, "Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art," was released by author J.H Shapiro and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton. The story details Guyton's transformative powers on his East Side neighborhood.

Bid farewell to Guyton, who is heading to Basel, Switzerland, for a one-year arts residency, on Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Kresge Eminent Artist honoree Marcus Belgrave will perform his unique new composition, All That Jazz: The Heidelberg Suite, with Anthony Wilson and the Detroit All-Star Jazz Orchestra. The concert was made possible through a $50,000 gift from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. The fete takes place at the First Congregational Church at 33 E. Forest. Tickets are $25. The concert is in partnership with the Arts League of Michigan.


Guyton is headed to Basel, Switzerland in late October for a prestigious, one-year residency at the Laurenz House where he will reflect on 25 years of the Heidelberg Project through a series of manifestos. This work is a component of his 2009 honorary PhD from the College for Creative Studies. Guyton has also been invited to participate in the international 2012 Art Basel, called “the largest art show in the world.”

Purchase your tickets and find out more here.

Detroit hip-hop poised for another day in the sun

Local music writer William E. Ketchum III says hip-hop's elusive pendulum of influence is swinging back to Motown, offering five reasons rap enthusiasts across the nation need to tune in to Detroit's musical offerings (and no, Eminem isn't one of them).

Noteworthy artist Royce da 5'9" has a new album, Big Sean is cracking Billboard lists with his Finally Famous LP, which came out on Kanye West's G.O.O.D label; while indie rock and rap fans alike found much to like about Black Milk's collaborations with Jack White. Up-and-comers FowL and Danny Brown also made the list.


"It started out as an individual thing. Now, I think all of us realize it can't be an individual thing," says Royce Da 5'9". "We've all been self-contained over the years, but now we realize there's strength in numbers. It's good to be unified, as opposed to everyone on their own agenda."

Read more here.

Detroit's "Close and Play" DJ reflects on Post-Motown music scene

Carleton S. Gholz, a native Detroiter who earned a Ph.D in communications at the University of Pittsburgh and now teaches at Northeastern University in Boston, is writing a book on "Post-Motown" Detroit. Some of you might remember Dr. Gholz from our August speaker series on Detroit music.

While we wait for the book, here's a tease -- an illuminating interview in the Daily Swarm with Morris Mitchell, a Detroit DJ (way back in 1971) before mixing records was the norm. "Close and Play" meant just that -- playing a record all the way through, take the record off, and slip the next song on the turntable -- all the while, maintaining a flow to keep the audience on their feet. Mitchell belongs to the small group of historically gay DJs who brought the music from places like New York and Chicago and laid a foundation for dance culture in the D.


I’ve never been scared of anybody that was better than me; I think that made me popular. When I did cabarets, if I had somebody spin with me that they weren’t familiar with, and then they were really good, the crowd would really appreciate it. You follow what I’m saying? Because it was somebody new they had never seen get behind those turntables, they wore it out. They wore the crowd out.

Feel the beat here.

Next Urban Chef contest chops off at Eastern Market

This year's MI Apple Gala, a benefit for Eastern Market, will offer patrons a new twist -- the chance to witness the city's first Next Urban Chef competition. It's all taking place Oct. 14 at Shed 3 in the market (click here for tickets).

Recycle Here!'s Matthew Naimi says the live cook-off will raise awareness of Detroit's "food shed," the local fresh food system extending through Ontario, southeast Michigan and northern Ohio (of which Eastern Market is the hub). Supino Pizzeria owner Dave Mancini will face-off against Phil Jones, the former executive chef at Lola's and incoming chef at Colors Detroit. The two chefs will be supported by a team of non-professional Detroiters both young and old, including several DPS students mentored as cooking assistants.

"This is as much about the chefs as it is about the youth that are involved," Naimi says. "We really are trying to show youth in the city of Detroit, especially, that there are careers in the food system -- from cooking and fine dining to producing food, processing food or growing food. It's all part of our food shed."

Here's how it works. Each team will receive an ingredient box of produce, meats, grains and spices (all from food shed producers). They'll have an hour to produce a unique meal, judged on the merits of innovation, creativity, taste and presentation.

The Next Urban Chef contest is just the beginning of a series, Naimi says. He says Mancini and Jones' community work made them natural choices for the first head-to-head challenge. "Dave has helped a lot of the small food groups get started with his kitchen, and by being a very giving person," he says. "And Phil Jones did a lot of work with the Food Policy Council. And his work with the Colors kitchen lends itself to working with youth and others."

Bite into more here.

Red Bull World Tour goes full volume at TV Bar

Techno enthusiasts might associate the Red Bull Music Academy with offbeat genre collaborations and up-and-coming producers, but the World Tour stop in Detroit last week was anything but. Motor City Frequencies was a tribute to Detroit's founding fathers of electronic music, the second wave of DJs who followed in their tracks, and a chance to spotlight the city's next class of musicians advancing the craft. The week-long event, hosted at Flat 151 and TV Bar, mixed heavies like Juan Atkins, Theo Parrish and Underground Resistance's Mike Banks with hip hop producer Nick Speed (50 Cent, Tupac Shakur).


Speed told the assembled crowd how much he loves the 'gumbo of music styles' Detroit offers and his send-off was a high-energy tribute to all the original music the city has spawned. With one of his own beats blasting through the speakers, Speed stood on the couch and began freestyling for the audience.

The beat goes on.

The Irish Times writes their can't-miss-Detroit travelogue

Most every city newspaper has taken a crack at the "Detroit travelogue" this year -- a Lonely Planet-esque tour though the city, combining the D's often mercurial history with present rebuilding efforts. In Detroit, writes the Irish Times, we're successfully re-inventing 200 years of history into a tour for every traveler -- be it the Motown music-seeker, the Underground Railroad tracer or the merry Prohibition buster. Rather than dwell on ancient memories, IT also lauds Detroit's thriving downtown as a cosmopolitan attraction all its own.


Take a trip up to the restaurant on the roof of the Detroit Marriott hotel, officially the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the western hemisphere, and have a drink. It’s pretty jaw-dropping, on a par with my favourite, the rooftop restaurant in the San Francisco Hilton. Back on the streets – as they say in the cop shows – head to Midtown and the Detroit Institute of Arts, which, despite its prosaic name, houses one of the finest art collections in the US. Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry cycle of 27 fresco panels – gifted by another Ford, this time Edsel – is considered the best work of his career.

Keep traveling here.

Photography exhibit reveals city's contradictions

It's quite the contradiction that Detroit, a city of more than 700,000 residents, is often photographed as if it were totally empty. That's what inspired Nancy Barr to curate Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000-2010, which opens Oct. 16 at the DIA. Enough of the abandoned buildings -- Detroit Revealed draws on a mix of home-based and out-of-town photogs to document life in the city; workers in the Ford Rouge Plant, children and immigrant gardens.


Great photography is not only about good technique; it's also about access to people and places that are unique to a particular community. I would welcome more work that takes into consideration the diversity of our city, its people and the culture, by photographers from all types of backgrounds. Their perspectives would (and will) enrich Detroit's photographic legacy and identity.

Slide show and more available here.

Motor City pathos alive on Danny Brown mixtape release

If you don't yet know Danny Brown, now you know ...

While this local hip-hop artist doesn't yet have the name recognition of a Big Sean or Eminem, Brown's latest mixtape, XXX, available for free on Fool's Gold Records, is winning Brown some serious hype. No less that SPIN Magazine lauds his "manic performance" chops and "sheer presence" in a recent essay, calling Brown one of the most interesting rappers laying down tracks in the industry today.


Though XXX ends with the slightly triumphant "30," which celebrates Brown's come-up, it also imagines the rapper soon dead of an overdose; and it comes right after "Scrap Or Die," which should rank up there with the Throne's "New Day" as a recent rap song to be handed over to any old fart who's still skeptical of hip-hop's ability to be poignant and poetic. The song's about a family so down on their luck, due to an awful mix of poverty, addiction, and our shitty economy, that they start breaking into the many abandoned homes described in "Fields," stealing metal, copper wire, anything to sell to local junkyards.

Get more Danny here.

Shimmer on the River to benefit Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Shimmer on the River, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy's largest fundraising celebration of the year, will celebrate the waterfront promenade's continued development with an elegant dinner and dancing event along the Detroit River.

The fundraiser, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the GM Plaza, will honor U.S. Senator Carl Levin for his continued support of the Detroit Riverfront. Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner of Michigan-made products and local favorites, and jazz artists the Les Williams band and One World Island will grace the stage.

"This is an evening for every Detroit Riverfront supporter to come together and not only celebrate what's been accomplished, but to also play a role in its continued transformation and growth," says Detroit Riverfront Conservancy CEO Faye Nelson.

A range of ticket levels, including Young Professional and VIP prices, are available. Visit detroitriverfront.org to purchase tickets and learn more.

Detroit Restaurant Week is on again this fall

The fifth Detroit Restaurant Week will return from Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 2, for the fall edition of the city's popular dining promotion, which offers restaurant-goers a prix fixe three-course meal for only $28. 

The spring 2011 edition of Detroit Restaurant Week was a record-breaker. 18 of the city's finest restaurants reported a combined total of 36,758 diners over the course of 10 evenings, a 19.6 percent increase from fall 2010. So far, over 120,000 people have participated in the first four installments, generating an estimated $2.1 million in receipts.

Visit DetroitRestaurantWeek.com to find out about participating restaurants, menus and events. 

Resident Advisor profiles the new innovators of Detroit techno

"The music permeates everything."

That's a line from a new video collaboration between Resident Advisor and club culture company Bench. It's a tribute to Detroit's storied musical history and a meditation on the next generation of Detroit techno. We loved the peek inside New Center's Youthville, where city kids are learning the basics of electronic music making from some of the D's most talented DJs and producers.

Entertainment, someone says, can help turn things around. We say it already is.


Quite simply, Detroit is a city of extremes, and its music reflects that. Detroit's importance in the global electronic music scenes is often referred to in the past tense. With the recent emergence of Kyle Hall and other young Detroit producers, however, it's clear that a spark remains. When we visited, we found a number of artists with their eyes (and ears) firmly set towards the future.

Watch the vid here.

Music, good times roll at Roosevelt Park thru end of August

Community members have worked hard to jazz up the green space at Roosevelt Park in Corktown, and there's something to be said for partying in the shadow of the Michigan Central Station. The new weekly CityBuild parties feature Slip & Slide, dodgeball, food, drinks and tons of great Detroit bands in the lineup.

Model D swung by the first CityBuild happening in Roosevelt Park and had ourselves a blast. See you there every Sunday in August, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Peep the flyer here.

Young Broke & Beautiful: The new IFC series gets wild in the D

"Young, Broke & Beautiful" -- there's no way a TV show aiming for that demographic could pass up a night in our fair city. This intrepid series from the Independent Film Channel spotlights indie culture and creators across the nation. Their hour-long travelogue on the D makes friends with plenty of our favorite people and places, from the Imagination Station and DJ Kyle Hall to late-night parties and Coneys (natch).


Stuart will pull the Scion into the most beautiful, broken down parking lot in the world. There's no doubt that all these YBB's will know where the dopest, most off the chain, unsanctioned warehouse party is happening, and Stuart will find himself closing down the night, partying with his people.

IFC will rerun the Detroit episode all week, beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. Find out more about the channel's tour Detroit here.

Detroit-Brooklyn discussion expands on NPR

Is Detroit poised to become the next, gulp, Brooklyn (by that, we guess they mean a welcoming environment for creatives and cutting-edge entrepreneurs)? NPR"s Tell Me More interviewed Detroit native and 71 Pop founder Margarita Barry and new Midtown resident Scott Harrison, the director of patron engagement at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Their message to Michel Martin listeners? While Detroit's problems are oft-covered and obvious, the quality of living in neighborhoods like Midtown is comparable, at least, to that found in any other cosmopolitan American city -- at a fraction of the cost.


So, I mean, I think within a 15 to 20 minute walk of where I live, I can find just anything, whether it's food, whether it's culture, whether it's entertainment, whether it's shopping. You know, we don't have the big box stores. If I need a Target, sure, I've got to get in the car and drive, but, I mean for day to day, six out of seven days of the week I'm sufficient and content just in my area.

Listen to the story here.

Animal House Party: this summer shindig saves the strays

Only a few miles separate the timeless elegance of the Whitney mansion and the lonesome dogs and cats at the Michigan Humane Society's Detroit Hospital for Animal Care. It might as well be another world. But the founders of Animal House Party, a new benefit celebration to benefit the Michigan Humane Society, are attempting to bring some awareness to the 100,000 animals cared for annually by MHS.

Organized by Tweetea founder Hubert Sawyers III and his wife, Eliza Sorise-Sawyers, Animal House Party also represents a new trend in Detroit -- capturing the next generation of young donors through innovative methods, like a July 19 Tweetup and online auction.


We need to reach more of the individuals from the younger generations who are reaching the point in their careers where they have disposable income and are looking to support a nonprofit. The 20- and 30-somethings who haven't decided for which nonprofits they have a passion are often defined by making those discoveries on their own terms and through newer channels.

Animal House Party will invade Midtown's The Whitney on Saturday, August 6. The $40 ticket includes dining, alcohol, valet parking and entertainment (former WDET reporter Kim Sorise and Ann Arbor's DJ Graffiti will man the turntables). All proceeds benefit the Michigan Humane Society.

For more information, click here.

WashPo's Impulsive Traveler goes wild for the D's urban grit

There's room to ride in Detroit city. That was just one of many surprises an intrepid traveler/journalist from The Washington Post found on his trip to Detroit. While the ruins of the Michigan Central Station were a necessary and foreboding stop, the D's welcoming spirit was alive and well at Motor City Brewing Works, City Bird, PJ's Lager House and Nancy Whiskey (all chronicled in the piece). And above all, the lesson learned was this -- if you visit Detroit, get on a bike -- and fast.


I rode Grand Boulevard into the city's eastern neighborhoods, turned north into Hamtramck (a two-square-mile municipality that's technically separate from Detroit but sits smack in the middle of it), then traveled back west through the tree-lined streets of the historic districts of Arden Park and Boston-Edison. The city is a visual feast: urban farms, derelict houses, art deco skyscrapers, 19th-century churches, industrial ruins and vibrant murals declaring, "Detroit Lives!" Above all, there's a lot of space.

Read more here.

Is Detroit the new Brooklyn?

Well, they're finally getting it. While we think Detroit's laid-back vibe puts it in a class of its own, the rest of the country is finally getting hip to our scene. The question at PBS Need to Know: Is Detroit the new Brooklyn? We'd say we've got our own identity to keep building, but thanks for the compliment.


There are restaurateurs and entrepreneurs of all stripes living alongside environmentalists and urban farmers.  The city, according to the Times, seems like "a giant candy store for young college graduates wanting to be their own bosses." One woman said that there's a cool party just about every evening.

Read the rest of the story here.

Detroit's female MC's hold hip-hop's torch aloft

For two years, The Foundation, produced by photographer and hip-hop lover Piper Carter, has showcased the best up-and-coming female hip-hop talent to be found in this city at Corktown's 5E gallery. But did you know it's the nation's only regularly-scheduled event for lady MCs? Either did we. While rappers like Eminem, Elzhi and Big Sean have made headlines of late, the Guardian calls Detroit the nation's training ground for developing female hip-hop performers. We're glad to see Invincible, Miz Korona, Boog Brown and the rest of the gang get some much-deserved props.


Boog Brown (Elsie Swann) now lives in Atlanta, but is enthusiastic about the amount of female talent bursting out of Detroit.

"I think everybody there felt like it was time for us to actually take control of what we wanted to be represented as in that scene," she says. "It's a call to action. It's time for it now. I felt like it's that, or there wouldn't be so many women stepping up. And Detroit is a hard place to live, no matter how long you've lived there or not lived there. It's hard, but it's beautiful: there's always something new, growing, transpiring."

The beat drops here.

NY Post profiles the "new Detroit cool"

When no less an authority on cool than the NY Post devotes a feature to how cool it is to hang in Corktown, you know we're doing something right. Detroit's own Nicole Rupersburg captures the wave of entrepreneurial spirit washing over Michigan Ave., spotlighting new businesses-to-be like The Sugar House Bar, Astro Coffee and the Detroit Institute of Bagels. We also dug the article's "where to stay" travel guide, which tells it like it really is. Take this profile of the neighborhood's MGM Grand Casino & Hotel:


The immensely appealing, Tony Chi-designed spa alone makes this one of the best city hotels in the Midwest; an exclusive feel and masculine, expensively-decorated rooms -- nicer than at many an MGM-owned hotel in Vegas -- help matters greatly, as does the presence of two fine restaurants overseen by Michael Mina. You should know, though, that this hotel doesn't feel like it's in Detroit. This may be a plus for some. We were first-timers once, don't worry. We get it. No judgments.

Get some more cool here.

600 interns swarm downtown "After 5"

The 600 interns involved in this summer's After 5 program might have joined the extracurricular social program to meet new people or get involved downtown. But for the organizers of After 5, only one goal stands out -- stopping the brain drain, and keeping these future grads in Detroit.

"There's a great lifestyle in Detroit," says Peter Van Dyke, publicist for After 5 Detroit. "Not only are they getting a great work experience with great institutions, but it's basically showing them that you can have this great lifestyle as a young professional in Detroit. You don't have to live in one of the outlying suburbs, like Royal Oak or Birmingham. You also don't have to move to a big city."

Last year's program enrolled 400 interns in the greater downtown area. While After 5 hasn't tracked retention rates for its interns, participation increased 50 percent for the 2011 summer.

They're also trying to foster connections between these young students, understanding that a ready-made social network can be a powerful draw to keeping a young professional in Detroit upon graduation.

"So many interns go to GM or AT&T or Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and they never hang out with other interns in downtown Detroit that summer. So this is a way to get those interns to meet each other. So hopefully they'll start making their own plans after work with each other," he says.

The summer 2011 kickoff launched June 9 at the Majestic Cafe, and featured a welcome from DTE Energy chairman Tony Early. "He underlined the importance of having young professionals in Detroit, thanked them for their commitment to working in the city, and asked them to come back after graduation," Van Dyke says.

The summer-long program will offer interns six more opportunities to enjoy Detroit this summer, including a loft party at Midtown's Studio One Apartments, a tour of Eastern Market, a kickball tournament on Belle Isle, a concert in the Park to be held in New Center, a "Dine and Dash" restaurant crawl and a happy hour cocktail party at Foran's Grand Trunk Pub.

Interns can still sign up to be part of After 5's summer program. Click here to find out more.

Spin a Movement bike tour with Wheelhouse Detroit

A new bike tour dubbed 'Techno in the 313" offered through Wheelhouse Detroit will give Movement participants the opportunity to glimpse the biggest sites in Detroit's electronic music history next weekend.

The Packard Plant, the Underground Resistance Headquarters and The Music Institute are just a few of the landmarks riders will experience during the two tours, which take place Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30.

The two tours are capped at 15 riders each; so get your wheels spinning and book a spot at wheelhousedetroit.com. The Wheelhouse is also offering significant discounts to any rider with a Movement wristband.

Saveur savors Sugar House cocktail blog

"A serious booze blog."

That's how national foodie mag Saveur describes the blog for The Sugar House, the Corktown craft cocktail lounge opening its doors this summer on Michigan Avenue. The Sugar House blog cracked the list of "50 More Food Blogs You Should Be Reading." Clearly, if you haven't already, it's past time to bookmark their site. Warning: the watermelon martini will induce serious thirst pangs.

Check out the list here, and then imbibe some recipes from The Sugar House blog.

Tall ships, tugboats, a 5k and more at this year's River Days

Detroit River Days will celebrate its fifth anniversary on June 23-26 with new programming along Detroit's East Riverfront and lots more room for fun.

The physical presence of the festival will now run from William J. Milliken State Park to the newly completed Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock, just past the Renaissance Center.

There will also be plenty to do beyond music, food and dancing. The River Days festival, which is put on by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, will offer tugboat races, a 5k competition, eco-friendly kids activities, and a new partnership with Windsor's Summerfest and participation as one of 57 cities across the world in Global Water Dances.


"This new footprint reflects the continued progress happening on the Riverfront," said Matt Cullen, chairman, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. "When we launched the festival in 2007 it was with the goal of introducing the transformation of our Riverfront to not only our own community here in Detroit, but to the world. The festival continues to showcase new developments each year, including last year's addition of Michigan's first urban state park and, this year's new Port Authority Terminal and Dock, which will now allow Detroit to accommodate cruise ships, ferries, tall ships and naval vessels."

The River Days musical lineup will be announced in early June. For now, check out all the cool stuff to do at detroitriverdays.com.

Nain Rouge added to paranormal "Most Wanted" list

Looking for the complete history of our favorite "red devil?" The legend of the Nain Rouge is now spreading nationally. He's been added to weirld.com, which profiles paranormal superstars like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, along with indie cryptids (uh, St. Gertrude, the patron saint of repelling sea monsters?!). The Marche du Nain Rouge also received a detailed, nay tongue-in-cheek, write-up.


At both the 2010 and 2011 events, an ad hoc organization calling itself "The Friends of the Nain Rouge" actually protested the banishment parade, arguing that the Nain Rouge is not to blame for the city's ills and that considering Detroit's population loss, no one should be banished from the city, particularly those who have been there the longest.

Spook the story here.

BBC Travel energized by city's rebirth

Why Detroit? From an artistic standpoint, our creators and visionaries have nothing to lose -- and nobody standing in their way. This new story from BBC Travel paints a portrait of Detroit as a city increasingly shaped by the cultural vanguard. Corktown, which is seeing plenty of commercial development, also gets some love (read more about what's going on in Corktown here.)


As Detroit continues the fight of its life, artists and visionaries are slowly returning to the city to take advantage of the cheap rent and open spaces. While some have compared Detroit to a war zone, its burgeoning artistic community looks at it like a playground.

"I see the magic here. This city has been known to come back," artist Tyree Guyton said. "There's this new energy that's creating art all over the city. [A colleague] said in the past that the new industry in the city of Detroit is art and culture. I believe it. I see it."

Read the rest of the story here.

NYT: 36 hours in the D gets it right

How to spend 36 hours in Detroit? The New York Times jam-packed almost a dozen of this city's landmarks into one action-filled weekend guide to decoding the D. We'll give our out-of-town colleagues props for digging into little-known historical facts (we always forget downtown boasts the nation's second-largest theatre district) and directing travelers to local treasures like Pewabic Pottery, the Piquette Plant and Atlas Global Bistro.


No video can portray the passion one finds on the streets of Detroit these days, where everyone from the doorman to the D.J. will tell you they believe in this city's future. While certain areas are indeed eerily empty, other neighborhoods -- including midtown, downtown and Corktown -- are bustling with new businesses that range from creperies and barbecue joints catering to the young artists and entrepreneurs migrating to Motown, to a just-opened hostel that invites tourists to explore Detroit with the aid of local volunteer guides.

No urban enthusiast, the NYT concludes, should witness the renaissance Detroit is attempting. Well said.

The NYT now has a paywall, which allows readers 20 free views a month. If you haven't exceeded your monthly tab, click here.

Metro Times chronicles Detroit debutantes' rite of passage

A white dress. Waltzing. Flowers everywhere. It may be spring, but this isn't a wedding. Detroitbloggerjohn recently stepped behind the curtain to capture the crowning moment for Detroit's youngest debutantes, whom are keeping an age-old tradition -- the society debut -- alive in the Cass Corridor's Masonic Temple. The Southern tradition was an expected tradition for good kids from good families in the Motor City a half-century ago, and the careful ritual has been properly preserved.


For the high school juniors and seniors selected as debutantes, the road here is long and hard. "It's almost like a mini charm school," Clark says. There are the twice-weekly waltz practices that become weekly as the ball draws near. Months of etiquette lessons. Cultural outings like Brunch with Bach at the Detroit Institute of Arts and tickets to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Detroit Opera House. Volunteer tutoring at the Sickle Cell Center in Detroit. Afternoon tea at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Facets of culture that most girls nowadays don't get to experience.

Find out more here.

City is muse for Esquire's superstar songwriting contest

Ah, Detroit -- for every sound you've created, from furious punk to swooning Motown gems or fierce hip-hop anthems, you tell a different story. That's why Esquire magazine located its 2011 Songwriting Challenge in the Motor City -- a city, they noted, that embodied all the qualities they wanted their A-list team of musicians to mine for inspiration. Love. Loss. Redemption. Hope. Cars.

So they came to Detroit. Dierks Bentley, Raphael Saadiq, Brendan Benson, Ben Blackwell and Dhani Harrison. They each wrote a song. And all the proceeds from mp3 sales will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Detroit. Sound check, please.


In shitty dive bars and majestic concert halls, the music of Detroit pulses with the sound and fury of a city in the fight for its life. We came to Detroit to witness this fight and to honor it, and to announce that -- by selling these five original songs and donating the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Detroit -- we intend to join it.

Watch the video, read more about the artists, and download the songs here.

Meet the stars of Kresge's Art X Detroit

Starting Wednesday, many of the city's most talented visual, literary and performance artists will present their newly commissioned works at Art X Detroit, a five-day showcase of 2008-2010 Kresge Award Fellows and Eminent Artists at more than a dozen Midtown venues. The new multi-disciplinary festival brings dance, art, literary readings, musical concerts, workshops and discussions to the public free of charge. It's all brought to you by the good folks from Kresge Arts in Detroit, College for Creative Studies, UCCA, ArtServe Michigan and MOCAD.

The just-updated website is chock-full of artist bios, photo galleries and video -- boy, are we excited.

Check out the Kresge Eminent Artists and Fellows -- plus get your schedule ready -- here.

Hack into Eastern Market's OmniCorp Detroit

Hidden within a once-abandoned Eastern Market warehouse, a group of 20 techies, inventors and artists have assembled a DIY playhouse of future inventions, known around the city as OmniCorp Detroit. The Detroit News peeks inside this collaborative studio, part of a growing nationwide movement, where innovators are taking things apart, dreaming new designs and sharing their knowledge with other tinkerers around the D.


"I was developing and gathering information to bring to Detroit," said Sturges, a former architecture student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills. He moved to Detroit in 2009, found like-minded creatives and set up shop in a 3,200-square-foot warehouse space on Division Street. The operation runs completely on monthly membership dues, and its members -- 20 and growing -- include recreational metalsmiths, professional electric engineers and computer programmers.

Hack the rest of the story here.

Kresge Foundation's Art X Detroit fest to celebrate five days of arts, music and dance

From April 6 through 10, Art X Detroit will showcase newly commissioned works by Kresge Artist Fellowship winners from 2008 to 2010. It's presented by several local institutions -- the University Cultural Center Association, College for Creative Studies, ArtServe Michigan and MOCAD. It's sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and, best of all, everything's free to the public.

One of the highlights is sure to be an installation by Charles McGee, whose sculptures and paintings appear all over Detroit, from Detroit Receiving Hospital to the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the Broadway People Mover station. And at 86, he's still making new art. Talk about a hometown treasure.

Check back to artxdetroit.com for updates as the dates draw closer. Stay tuned to Model D in the coming weeks for more details.

In the city, across the ocean, we remember Dilla

"The Mozart of hip-hop."

That's how the Brits over at Guardian UK choose to anoint late local legend J. Dilla; and the classical music world agrees. This article interviews the composer of Suite for Ma Dukes, classical music virtuoso Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, who reworked Dilla's beats for a performance with a 60-piece orchestra in London last year. To mark what would have been Dilla's 37th birthday this week, London will hold three separate celebrations. But if you're on this side of the pond, praise will be paid at the 5e Gallery in Corktown on Feb. 12. Our own local "Detroit Loves Dilla" event will feature a screening of the Suite for Ma Dukes DVD, a performance by the Urban Strings Youth Orchestra and DJs, with all proceeds to benefit the J. Dilla Foundation.


Dilla was, perhaps, the only hip-hop producer to have studied the cello ("Not the instrument of choice in the ghetto," as his mother puts it in the sleevenotes) as a child, and his work is full of the sort of subtle but powerful differences that a composition-based education might provide, as Atwood-Ferguson noticed when he broke down the pieces ahead of arranging them for the orchestra.

"Dilla loves five-bar loops," he says. "He loves sevens and elevens as well, but within the phrases of five, he will have different parts of the beat looped in threes, fives and sevens a lot as well. Two of my other favorite musicians, Billie Holliday and Elvin Jones, very naturally phrase in three, five, and seven as well, without even seemingly being consciously of it."

Read the article here, or visit Facebook for news on "Detroit Loves Dilla."

Remembering inspirational Detroit music man Jim Shaw

Any Detroit musician who had Jim Shaw in his corner knew two things: if Shaw liked the tunes, they were doing it right; and his support for the local melody-makers truly exemplified what it means to be a "fan." Model D managing editor Walter Wasacz's moving tribute to the man he called a "humble giant" on Detroit's music scene is a must-read.


He had a knack for spotting talent. When no one thought anything was going on in the 1980s and early 1990s, Jim and his brother Steve Shaw begged to differ. That period of basement and garage incubation begat the Gories, Detroit Cobras, White Stripes, countless others and brought worldwide attention to the "Detroit sound." But these guys were living and breathing it long before, and after, British journalists declared we were the "next Seattle."

Jim Shaw died Dec. 3 after a two-year battle with cancer. He's survived by his wife, Sandra Kramer. We extend our deepest sympathy -- and our gratitude for counting Shaw as one of our own. Read the tribute here.

Ghostly co-founder Matthew Dear gives color to "Black City"

Multi-instrumentalist, label owner and producer Matthew Dear's latest release Black City garnered critical acclaim and new audiences for the Texas-born, Michigan-bred musician. Dear, who moved to New York City last year to record the album, told the Freep he misses the Motor City, though he's glad he took the opportunity to live in the Big Apple. Matthew, the feeling's mutual.


With Detroit, I love the isolation, the seclusion you can have shacking up in your studio for days on end, not having anything pulling you outside. Where in New York it's quite the opposite -- that constant flow that you have to detach yourself from if you want to be productive.

Read more about the making of "Black City" here.

Word out on InsideOut Literary Gala at Gem Theatre

Detroit's InsideOut (IO) Literary Arts Project brings accomplished writers and poets into Detroit schools for year-long residencies for creative students.

This Thursday, Oct. 28, IO will host a gala at the Gem Theatre, honoring Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett. Three-time National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson will also read from her book "Sweethearts of Rhythm" with jazz accompaniment.

Read more about IO and the annual gala, then grab a ticket here.

Gay.com has some bullet points for enjoying Detroit

Gay.com gives its readers some tips for hanging out in Detroit (and Ann Arbor). They run down clubs like the Detroit Eagle and dance parties like Fierce Hot Mess. They also give you a bit of what to expect.

Excerpt from Gay.com's post:

Michigan offers some seriously hot men and crazy fun times. Whether you're visiting the cute college town of Ann Arbor or the more rugged Motor City, there's definitely something for everyone.

Things you'll find at Detroit bars:

•Bartenders who appreciate a good tip and pour accordingly

•Guys with real guy bodies, not the overly plucked and preened look you find in some gay ghettos.

Read the entire post here.

Grab a Faygo and an Old English D ring at the Grand Trunk Pub

Oh, Detroit, you're so crafty. And here's another reason why: Craft blog writer finds herself at Foran's, er, the Grand Trunk Pub (they've changed their name and expanded next door), ordering a Faygo Diet Red Pop from the silversmith bartender. He makes Old English D rings, among other things. If you want one, go in and ask for Pauly.

Excerpt from Craftzine's blog:

Pauly is a silversmith and has been for about 15 years. From designing a piece to the wax work and adding precious stones, Pauly does it all. He learned his craft from his father, also an expert. His father owned a shop and it didn't take long for Pauly to develop a love of the craft.

The Old English D rings are also a tradition from his father. His dad had seen a similar ring and created a modified mold to make his own version. Pauly took on making them as well. Whenever he would wear one out, someone would ask him where he got it, just like I did. A great story of crafty word of mouth.

Just like me, Pauly believes that Detroit is packed with crafters and DIY folks. Many of his friends are also artists and inspiration flows throughout their groups.

Read the entire article here.

Need advice? Check out Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy's advice column

Have a problem? Needs some advice that might get you in trouble? Bored? Check out Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy's advice column. No longer is it just a hip hangout for Friday night, it's also your free therapist.

For some D'Mongo's advice, go here.

Tweet of the Week: Bring your 'main chick' to Detroit

Here are a few Tweets that, well, piqued our interest this past week:

@LucyLou_Belle wasn't happy with winter suddenly asserting itself: 10 inches of snow in Detroit!!!!!(pulling at my hair and screaming)

However, the snow didn't stop most people from getting to work. @StyleMeLynetteM was one of them: I am currently working on the set of a movie being filmed in Detroit!! This experience is sooo awesome!! (Wardrobe stylist)

Maybe she was working on the long-awaited sequel to the Street Fighter movie, which would explain a lot to @britain: Apparently the bonus round of Street Fighter II was filmed in Corktown.

That's actually funny.

Also going on in Corktown was one hell of a field party, as noted by @evolvedetroit: Awesome North Corktown moment: 2 rabbits, a pheasant & a cat all hanging out in the field next door

Somebody call PBS, let's get Detroit on that Nature show.

And, finally, this little gem: @PNuttwistedent: Took my main chick to see @KevinHart4real when he came to detroit, I'm takin my side chick to Saginaw

Always bring your main chick to Detroit. Saginaw is for side chicks.

Follow Model D on Twitter here.

Compiled by Model D intern Ian Perrotta

Destination Detroit in Delta's Sky Magazine

Delta's in flight mag, Sky Magazine, did a rundown on what to do in Detroit, from shopping to arts and culture. It's not very exhaustive, but for the chap flying from there to here, it's a decent reference.

Read the article here.
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