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Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:00

Dr. Sushi Rolls Onto Detroit's Upstart Scene

In the soft light of St. Cece's Pub, an Irish bar in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood, rolls of sushi are being served next to pints of dark stouts. Through the porthole windows of the kitchen's swinging doors, one can see the perpetrators causing this odd juxtaposition. They are a group of young people in street clothes hunched over their work rolling maki and frying okonomiyaki, a japanese cabbage pancake. The gentleman sporting the blue and yellow tie-dye shirt and giving the occasional word of direction is Nick George, the executive chef and creator of Dr. Sushi, Michigan's first and only sustainable sushi operation. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ollie-honderd/dr-sushi-detroit_b_2774426.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit
  Detroiters are innovative, springing forth new business ideas from a well of experiences and creating something truly unique. Such is the case with Drive Table Tennis Social Club. If you are the Serena Williams or Andre Agassi of table tennis or just have love for the game, then this is the new hot spot in Detroit. Drive combines the fun, competiveness and nostalgia of table tennis with the aesthetics of a social club. The club, located on Woodward in downtown Detroit, features eight Olympic-quality tables available to rent, Ping-Pong tournaments, lounge seating, art exhibits, live music, ladies night and much more. Drive Table Tennis Social Club is creating its own niche in downtown Detroit. But why table tennis? “[It’s] the most played sport in the world, maybe second next to soccer,” said owner Diallo Smith (pictured above with his wife). The idea was to take an existing product, remove the stigma of recreational rooms and basements and create a cool atmosphere. “Bring [table tennis] to life in a sexy way.” However Drive is more than just a new, sexy business in Detroit. It is a company with a heart to help Detroit prosper by donating a portion of its…
Who wouldn't want to hang out with their favorite Lions' players? Add in that you'd be rubbing elbows for a good cause, and what more could you ask for? The team will host "Taste of the Lions" at Ford Field on May 7, 2013. It's an event based on the NFL's annual one that began in 1992 and has since raised $14 million. Detroit's version of the occasion will feature 20 of Metro-Detroit's top restaurants. Chefs will offer up samples of signature plates and wine to guests. Attendees will also enjoy music and get the opportunity to meet-and-greet players, coaches, and alumni. The event will begin with a VIP reception at 6 p.m. fully equipped with cocktails, tunes from Sugar House mixologists in the locker room, and early access to food. The reception will be followed by general admission at 7:30 p.m. Beginning March 1 at 10 a.m., VIP and general admission tickets will be available through DetroitLions.com and TicketMaster.com. Proceeds from "Tastes of the Lions" will raise funds for local food banks. For more information and to stay updated, click here. To find out more information on the NFL's "Taste" event click here. Follow Britney Spear on Twitter @MissBritneySp
Friday, 22 February 2013 17:07

Detroit Could Be An Olympic Contender

Will Detroit get the ultimate Olympic Gold? The city has received a letter from the U.S. Olympic Committee to possibly host the 2024 games. 34 other cities in the United States also got the invitation. In considering bids from across the country to host the Olympics, the committee must determine which is most capable to handle the capacity of such an event. Before a final decision is made, certain factors such as infrastructure, financial resources and other assets must be considered. Their solidity tends to be a requirement for hosting the games. The committee seeks to identify which city presents the most compelling bid. It must typically be an area that reflects leadership through its political, business and community-related endeavors. Does Detroit stand up to the challenge? Granted, the city has its struggles. Yet, it did exceptionally well with its 2006 hosting of the Super Bowl. An event of its kind would serve as a tremendous economic asset, boosting business and helping to restore the city's financial stability. Perhaps, the committee won't count us out against the other contenders. Putting Motown back on the global map for a good reason is sure to have its perks. Follow Britney Spear on…
Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:34

The Most Beautiful Place Gets Even Better

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is already heralded as America's most beautiful scenic overlook. A $100,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation will help extend that beauty. Departing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday that the Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail will be extended by five miles, connecting the town of Glen Arbor north to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The awards gave $12.5 million dollars to 29 projects in 20 states that seek to improve access to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.According to the National Parks Service, the ultimate vision for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) is a "hard-surfaced, multi-use trail paralleling M-22 and M-109 for 27 miles through the Lakeshore" -- heaven for bikers, runners and other visitors who want to experience the park outside of their automobiles. The total project is expected to cost $10 million, with the final bill split between philanthropic grants and state and federal funding. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses 65 total miles in the northwestern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, an expanse chosen as the "Most Beautiful Place in America" by ABC's Good Morning America. Chef and author Mario Batali is one…
Tuesday, Feb. 19 night marked the first time the Detroit Consortium High School Men's Basketball team returned to the court since the death of their beloved head coach, Al Anderson. On Saturday, Anderson died suddenly of an apparent heart attack, just moments after his team won what many consider the team's best game of the season, a win over Dayton Dunbar. He was 40. The recent loss is a shocking one in the midst of a season decorated by victory. The Consortium Cougars are currently ranked second in Class C, and could win their first state championship this year. The team has decided to use the tragic event to fuel its momentum, and continue on its path toward triumph. Perhaps the only thing more tragic than the young coach's death is that the local community loses a leader and mentor. In an area frequently overshadowed by crime, it's easy to take for granted the unsung heroes. What hardly ever makes the news are the stories of those who give their all to improve the lives of young people around them. They inspire and bring out the best in them. That is an invaluable quality. Not all of our youth are…
Monday, 18 February 2013 15:31

The New and Improved MOCAD

Get ready for an all-new MOCAD. The contemporary art museum in the Midtown neighborhood of Detroit will be getting a series of renovations, and a rendering of the new face of the building released by architect firm Rice+Lipka has us pretty excited for the real deal. The design won the Architectural Review's 2013 Future Project award in the "Old and New" category. According to a release, the judges hailed the MOCAD design as "an inspirational project that combines past and present in a well resolved and convincing manner. It creates new space for new creativity in a post-industrial city." Rice+Lipka Architects and urban design and landscape architects James Corner Field Operations were selected for the project last February. The two firms will work to make the interior more energy-efficient. They'll also reconfigure exhibit, event and storage area. Exterior changes will also create a brand-new outdoor event space. "The new vision for expanded infrastructure and grounds will work to invigorate MOCAD's already robust programming and community engagement, and position the museum as an energetic catalyst for the resurgence of Midtown," said Lyn Rice of Rice+Lipka. Planning and renovation are supported by a $350,000 ArtPlace America grant awarded to the museum in…
Thursday, 14 February 2013 00:00

Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Detroit

It's that time of the year again. Love is in the air! For at least one day out of the year, even if you don't do it often, take a deep breath and inhale. Whether you're a couple, or just looking to get out of the house for a lovely evening with someone special, here's a list of a few hot spots in our area that are sure to satisfy your taste this Valentine's Day. The Hudson Cafe 1241 Woodward Ave. http://hudson-cafe.com/   Le Petit Zinc 1055 Trumbell, Corktown http://lepetitzincdetroit.com/   La Dolce Vita 1756 Woodward Avenue http://ldvrestaurant.net/   Colors 311 East Grand River, Paradise Valley http://www.colors-detroit.com/   The Sunday Dinner Company 6470 East Jefferson Ave. click here   Follow Britney Spear on Twitter @missbritneysp
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:54

Midtown Detroit Hits Another 'Whole' in One

Midtown Detroit continues to bustle with new business. This time, it's a new Whole Foods market slated to arrive to the area as early as mid 2013.Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh tweeted out an announcement that the high-end grocery chain would begin posting job listings online on April 2 for its new location. Pugh also included a flyer listing scheduled information sessions that will take place on February 13 and February 15. Click here for more information. Construction for the new market, expected to open in late May or early June of this year, is on schedule, according to company officials. It's a major upgrade to the area, and one that residents have never quite witnessed before. No major grocery or store chains currently exist in the city. Ask any resident, and they will tell you that it's one of the most underrated daily dilemmas. Often times, Detroiters must travel outside of city limits to get the quality that a Meijer, Kroger, or even Walmart provides. For many, the small 'mom and pop' markets on the corner just don't cut it. How exciting it is that in the coming months, residents will get to experience the Whole Foods brand…
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 14:59

Detroiters Try Something New for Fat Tuesday

Those looking to indulge this Fat Tuesday won't have a problem in places like Detroit and Chicago, where bakeries across the city sell mouthwatering and lard-filled Polish doughnuts in honor of Pączki Day. But for those who want to celebrate the day dedicated to a doughnut while practicing restraint, things can get a little tricky. While New Orleans might kick off the Catholic fasting season of Lent with the huge party known as Mardi Gras, those in the Detroit area, as well as Chicago, Cleveland and other cities in the U.S., celebrate the beginning of Lent by chomping down on a special type of doughnut called a pączki. The high-calorie fried treats filled with jelly originally come from eastern Europe and have gained popularity in Metro Detroit thanks to the region's Polish community. (For details on preparing pączki, check out instructions on making your own.) Pączki were created to clear out pantries of fruit, sugar and fat for Lent, so trying to enjoy the Polish delicacies while counting calories is no easy task. One approach to this elusive paradox is to bake them instead of frying them. The author of the greenmomintheburbs blog experimented with a recipe that tried just…
While the year is still in its beginnings for most Detroiters, this weekend Amy Sacka will cross Day 126 off her calendar. She's counting the days for her year-long experiment of daily photography in Detroit. When it ends, she'll decide whether to remain in the city she currently calls home. The Grosse Pointe, Mich. native started the "Owen Was Here" project, where she publishes one photograph with a thoughtful caption daily, in conjunction with her relocation to Detroit from Seattle. "What's cool about this project is that it's constantly evolving for me," Sacka said. "In the beginning i felt a lot more like a tourist, so I was coming into the city, everything was more surprise and delight. Now I feel like more of a resident and I'm starting to see things a little bit differently." Read more and see photos:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/amy-sacka-detroit-owen-was-here_n_2444354.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit
Friday, 08 February 2013 15:31

Black History Month: A Time to Reflect

February signifies an annual pause in the calendar to celebrate, reflect and contemplate the accomplishments, progression and triumphs of historical African American figures and events. What Carter G. Woodson established as "Negro History Week" in 1926 has progressed into what we now know as Black History Month. The history of African Americans is richly layered in the fabric of the United States of America. A history of people and events that touched and influenced almost every realm of what makes this country great. From slavery, which back then was the foundation of the U.S. economy, to lawyers like Macon B. Allen, doctors, school teachers, civil rights activists like Malcolm X, inventors, philosophers, musicians like Nina Simone, preachers, and poets like Phillis Wheatley, who overcame many struggles to just be considered equal. The achievements of African Americans today are more than mere accomplishments, they are a living legacy of all those who came before and a symbol of what so many courageously fought for. This month is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the African American History collections and exhibits Detroit has to offer. Here are just a few: And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African-American History and Culture…
Thursday, 07 February 2013 15:41

Public Art Fest Returns to Detroit

From April 10 to 14, Midtown venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Institute of Arts will host events and work created by the 38 Kresge Eminent Artists and Kresge Artist Fellowship Awardees, listed below.Art X Detroit is funded by the Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. The development organization's president, Sue Mosey, explained why they felt Midtown was the perfect setting for a large-scale arts event. "As home to Detroit's Cultural Center and a neighborhood that values creativity, we are excited to host this spectacular arts celebration in Midtown," Mosey said in a statement. A schedule of events is forthcoming. We can barely wait: after last year's DLECTRICITY, the Detroit Design Festival, and Belle Isle Public Art Exhibit, we can't seem to get enough of arts festivals -- and either can Detroit. Read more: http://www.michronicleonline.com/index.php/2011-08-04-18-06-26/rss-feeds/180-news-briefs/9527-public-art-fest-returns-to-detroit
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:01

Local Art Student PSA's Will Make You Laugh

Art imitates life, and students at a local college are using that fact to attract others to a cause that is near and dear to their hearts. Aspiring artists at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, MI have created a series of PSA's adapted from concepts seen in some of the most classic works of art. One example is the statement that getting into art will cause your brain to turn into the egg version of Edvard Munch's painting 'The Scream'. It's a fancy adaptation of the horrific 1980s PSA that likened a person's brain on drugs to a fried egg. As a theme, the announcements tend to spoof the entire experience of the student artist, comparing it to such taboo subjects as sex, drugs, and entertainment. Another example includes the faded out picture of five young people supplemented by the quote, '1 in 5 teenagers will experiment with art'. The sayings appear to reflect ones we've heard frequently in other well known PSAs about a variety of controversial subjects. Overall, the PSAs are a great way to draw a crowd by using widely recognized concepts from pop culture, and interweaving them with the experiences of student artists. The…
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