Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Guide to Paczki Day in Hamtramck

A few weeks from now people across the US will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day by waking up early and partying throughout the day. But, here in Metro Detroit we kick off the celebration of food and culture a few weeks beforehand by celebrating Fat Tuesday aka Paczki Day in Hamtramck. The streets of the city are overtaken by visitors who spend their day eating and drinking traditional Polish foods, Paczkis and beers. There are a ton of cool ways to celebrate this year, so we put together a quick guide so that you can plan out your day and party the day away! 

Small's Bar:
Small's will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. this Tuesday. They will be serving up their famous Paczki bombs which usually sell out by mid-afternoon. They will have big cans of beer for sale and a variety of Polish beers on tap! There is no cover to get in and they will have live music from Polka Floyd, Eastside Elvis & the Motor City Mafia and Captains of the Head starting at 4 p.m.!

Metro Pub:
Metro Pub open at 8 a.m.  on Tuesday! They serve up Polish classics like sausage and pierogies and hand out free Paczkis from New Palace Bakery.

The Polish Sea Leauge opens early! They will start serving at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 2 a.m.! They have specials on food and drinks for the "holiday".

PLAV Post:
Plav Post will be open at 10 a.m. this Tuesday. They have a Paczki eating contest that takes place at Noon and bands playing throughout the day, from Polka Floyd, Kielbasa Kings, Danny D and the Vagabonds and The Polish Muslims. DJ Chuck E will be spinning all day long downstairs. Polish food available all day from Srodeks Polish Kitchen. They also have two full bars that will be serving up a variety of drink specials throughout the day.

Whiskey in the Jar:
This year Whiskey in the Jar's party will start at 9 a.m. They will be setting up a heated tent with a full bar and a variety of traditional Polish food! The Kielbasa Kings Polka Band take the stage at 11 a.m.  with The Polish Muslims following around 2:30. 

New Palace is the place to get a Paczki! They will open at 3 a.m. this Tuesday and close when they run out of baked goods. They have an amazing selection of Paczkis, which you can check out here.


Drink it Up for a Good Cause at The Detroit Distillery This Tuesday is a fun local Detroit blog that documents the journeys of Jessica Knapick and her sidekick a Boston terrier named Bean. The duo travels together to all sorts of fun destinations and they document their adventures on the blog. It is a must read for anyone who loves pets and adventure! It's also a really beautiful look at the relationships that we share with our pets, a indescribable bond that can never be broken or replaced.

Jessica is a passionate animal lover and she is using her clout to help raise money for other animals who aren't as lucky as Bean.  Jessica has teamed up with The Detroit Distillery to guest bartend for one night only this Tuesday, February 28th. The event is called Unleashed and the purpose is to raise money for two great Detroit charities, Motor Kitty Rescue and I Heart Dogs Rescue. Jessica has out together two huge prize packs that someone will win this Tuesday. Each prize pack is stuffed with cool items from a variety of local companies including Carhartt, Blumz... by JRDesigns, Floral and Event Professionals, Black Iris Booking, Eternal Tattoos Livonia, Stache International, Saffron, Craft Salon, Ironclad Tattoo Co. $10 dollars gets you one entry into each basket, so for $20 dollars you can be entered to win both! You can also enter as many times as you want, so keep those Alexander Hamilton's coming!

The event takes place from 4 pm till 11 pm this Tuesday. Its free to get and The Detroit Distillery is located at 2462 Riopelle St. Detroit.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dying Laughing Takes an In Depth Look at What it Takes to Be A Comedian

On the surface, Dying Laughing is a documentary about what it means to be a comedian. Directors Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood interview a variety of well know comics, including Neil Brennan, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, and Jim Jefferies, to discover what it takes to make a room full of people laugh. The documentary explores what motivated each comic to get up on stage for the first time and what makes them keep coming back. It takes a look at the ups and downs of the business while showcasing what it's really liked to get heckled and booed off stage. It gives viewers an up close look at what it takes to become a "successful" touring comic. If you have ever dreamed about getting up on stage to tell some jokes this documentary is a must see.

But, this documentary also has a deeper level to it. By telling the story of what it takes to be a comedian they give you an interesting look at what it means to pursue your dreams. One of the hardest things to do is to move forward in the face of resistance, but comedians have to keep going, working on their show, and moving to the next town to make enough money to keep their dreams alive. So, instead of sulking on each failure that they experience, they wake up and push the reset button so that they can keep pursuing the next laugh. The film was inspiring because it reminded me that things don't always go as planned, but if you want to succeed you have to keep moving forward and working hard to get to where you want to be. I think it's important to be reminded that hard work doesn't always pay off, but that doesn't mean that you can give up, you just have to work harder. The road to success will be paved with setbacks, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take the journey.   

By the time the film was over I was feeling motivated and creatively inspired. I didn't expect to get so much out of a documentary about comedy but by taking an in depth look at what it takes to make someone laugh, but I walked away feeling inspired to keep fighting no matter what setbacks might come my way. 

The documentary premieres at Cinema Detroit tonight and runs through March 2nd. You can get tickets to get a dose of inspiration and a few laughs by visiting Detroit Cinema's website here.  


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Don't Miss "Trainspotting" at Midnight Madness

In 1996 Danny Boyle released an iconic film called Trainspotting. Now, over 20 years later, the cast and crew have reunited for a followup to that movie, entitled T2 Trainspotting. Before the film is released on March 17th, The Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak is giving you a chance to re-watch the original on the big screen. They will be showing Trainspotting this Friday and Saturday night as part of their Midnight Madness series.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller, Trainspotting tells the story of a group of friends that are addicted to heroin among other drugs. It submerges you into the life of Mark Renton (McGregor) as he tries to break his addiction. Check out the trailer for the film below.

Trainspotting will be showing this Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at Midnight at the Main Art Theatre. The theater is located at 118 N. Main Street in Royal Oak. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance here. For more info on Midnight Madness and other showings at the Main Art, click here


Win Tickets to Hellmouth's "Oblivion" Release Show

This weekend Detroit's own Hellmouth will be hosting the release party for their long awaited new album. Fronted by Jay Navarro along with Justin Malek, Jeff Uberti and Alex Awn, this band has built a cult following over the years. It's rare for them to play a show and it has been years since they released a new album. So this Saturday, The Loving Touch will be packed for Hellmouth's Oblivion release show. You can listen to the entire album via Decibel Magazine here. Then head over to Fast Break Records' to pick Oblivion up on vinyl or CD.
You will also be able to pick up the album at the official release show this Saturday, February 25th. In addition to Oblivion, Hellmouth will also have a very limited edition 7" available at the show, with unreleased material from the Oblivion recording sessions as well as a Black Flag cover. There will only be 50 of those records up for grabs, so if you want one, get to the venue early! This show will definitely be packed! The lineup for Saturday is stacked with NukeWarhorsesBraidedveins and Poison Tongues. Admission is only $10, but if you're a true fan and have a Hellmouth tattoo, you will get in the door for free. You can pick your tickets for this one up in advance here. We highly suggest that you do because we're sure it will sell out.

If you want to test your luck, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are giving away one pair of tickets to this show to one lucky person. If you would like to enter to win, send your name to with #oblivion in the subject line. We will draw our winner the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Whether you buy your tickets now or enter to win a pair, you definitely do not want to miss this show! Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Win Tickets to See Mike Doughty at El Club

Mike Doughty has had a pretty profound musical career. He began his musical journey as the front man for 90s rock band Soul Coughing and has put out almost 20 solo albums since 2000. He is a real singer songwriter who has spent most of his life traveling around the world and performing live. Every time he hits the stage her switches it up and does something different. He might play the same lineup from time to time, but he will never perform the same set the same way more than once. He likes to improvise, add solos and repeat parts of the sings that speak to him throughout the show, If you catch his live set this Friday it will be a once in a lifetime experience!

Wheatus will be opening the show and tickets to attend are $18 is advance and $22 the day of the show. You can purchase advance tickets here. You can also win a pair of tickets by emailing your full name to with the subject #Doughty. We will draw one lucky person this Friday at they will get to attend the show at El Club for FREE with a friend.


Win Tickets to See Pop Evil at The Fillmore

Michigan made musicians Pop Evil are currently on tour across the US and they will be making a stop at "home" to perform at The Fillmore in Detroit alongside Badflower. The band's latest album Up was released late last year, you can check it out here. Or you can see them perform live at The Fillmore this Friday, February 24th.

Tickets to attend the show are only $10 to $35 in advance. All ages are welcome to attend this event and to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Live Nation. Please email your full name to with the subject line #evil if you would like to win, We will draw a winner the morning of the show and they will get to attend with a friend for free!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Win Tickets to See Khruangbin with The Shacks

Houston based trio Khruangbin is headed to Detroit this week! The band is on a short tour with The Shacks and the two bands will be hitting the stage at El Club this Sunday, February 26th. Khruangbin sites 1960's Thai Funk as a major influence for their music. That sound can be heard on their debut LP, The Universe Smiles Upon You. Give it a listen for yourself below.

Tickets to see Khruangbin live with The Shacks are only $12. You can pick yours up in advance here. The night of the show they will go up to $14. Thanks to Party Store Productions and El Club we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win tickets, just send your name to with #ElClub in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck! 


Win Tickets to See Telefon Tel Aviv at El Club

This Saturday night Ghostly International takes over El Club for a night of amazing music. They're calling the event Spiritual America and it will feature four great acts. The lineup for the evening includes Hieroglyphic Being, Telefon Tel Aviv, JTC and Detroit's own Shigeto. Telefon Tel Aviv is currently on a short tour and Detroit is lucky enough to be one of the six stops on his way. So if you're a fan, you definitely won't want to miss this!

Admission to see this lineup is only $5 if you get to the club before 10 p.m. or $10 after 10. You can also purchase tickets in advance for just $5 here. Thanks to Party Store Productions and El Club we are also giving away a free pair of tickets to this event! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your full name to with #ghostly in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open at 9 p.m.


Katoi is Down But Not Out

Friday morning we all woke up to the heart breaking news that Katoi had been burned down overnight. The Thai inspired gem opened less than a year ago and quickly became one of the hippest spots in the city. In fact, the restaurant was named Best New Restaurant by The Detroit Free Press  just about a week ago. Police and investigators believe that someone broke into the space and stole cash and alcohol before starting the fire and fleeing the scene. They noted that their was also a similar break in down the street at Nemo's Bar a few hours earlier that night.
The owners of Katoi have already made it clear that the restaurant will be coming back and there are rumors that they will hold some pop ups around town in the interim. Local businesses have also come together to help find employment for the 25+ people who are temporarily out of work. Motor City Wine  hosted a variety of DJs and held an event to collect money last Saturday and a Go Fund Me page has been started for the owners and staff. Lots of Detroiters are also showing their support for the space by leaving five star reviews on the restaurant's Facebook.

Our hearts go out to the owners and staff of what quickly became one of our favorite spaces. We hope that it won't be too long before we are visiting and enjoying all the cool things that Chef Brad cooks up. We look forward to sharing a meal together someday soon and we hope that in the meantime Detroiters can all come together to donate a few bucks to make these hard times a little bit easier!