Monday, November 11, 2019

Draw, Cut, Print Opens at Spread Art this Saturday

Gallery openings are momentous occasions. Artists work for days, months, and years to bring their vision to the public and if they are lucky, they may sell some of their work to help support their next artistic endeavor. Openings are usually packed with interesting people, fun things to look at, and most of the time they have free wine and snacks to munch on.

This Saturday's gallery opening at Spread Art featuring the work of Justin Penna, Brent Mosser, and Jordan Evans will offer up a little more. Draw, Cut, Print is opening November 16th and it will feature drawings, paintings, prints, and digital work from Justin Penna, illustrations and screenprints from Brent Mosser, and visual arts pieces from Jordan Evans. They will be selling all of their original pieces alongside some limited edition screenprints of some of their favorites pieces from the show. This is an affordable way for everyone to get their hands one something special.

We also have an opportunity for one lucky hipindetroit.com reader to win the chance to pick out a print for free! If you would like to enter to win apiece at the show, email your full name to hipindeetroit@gmail.com. We will email the organizers your name and you will get to take something home free of charge! This Saturday's gallery opening party will take place from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Spread Art Gallery in Detroit. You can RSVP to the show and keep up with everything here.


~S

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: November 8-10

The cold weather is here, but that's no excuse to stay inside and under the covers! Here are just a few of the super fun things happening this weekend!

Friday, November 8th - Handgrenades and Hala @ The Loving Touch: This is going to be a great show! Handgrenades still remain one of our favorite Detroit bands after all of these years. They will be playing along with Hala and Mac Saturn, making for a great night of music. Cover is $12 at the door, all ages are welcome, and doors open at 8 p.m.


Saturday, November 9th - Bruised Fruit Film Screening and Release Party @ Ant Hall: Christopher Jarvis and company have been hard at work creating a new film and this Saturday is your first chance to see it. Bruised Fruit is written and directed by Jarvis, and produced by Abigail Grace, Zachariah Jarvis, Matthew Beyer, Alex Suzanne Meitz, and Adam James. The film stars Alex Suzanne Meitz and Sam Meier. In addition to the film screening, there will also be comedy performances and live music by Ancient LanguageCosmic Light Shapes, and Craig Garwood. Cover for all of this is only $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Doors for this event open at 7 p.m.


Saturday, November 9th - Rogue Satellites Release Party @ Outer Limits Lounge: Rogue Satellites are celebrating the release of their new EP this Saturday night at Outer Limits. Baby I'm Jeff will feature five new songs from the duo. Get a sneak peek of the new EP here. Rogue Satellites will be joined by Vstrs and Huddy Bolly for this show and cover is $5. Doors open at 8 p.m.


Saturday, November 9th - The Roadhouse: A Twin Peaks Party + Fundraiser for The Senate: The Senate Theater has been hosting more and more awesome events over the past year, from live entertainment to classic movie screenings. But, to keep up this great programming, they need some help from the public. If you're a fan of the Senate, show your support by heading to PJ's Lager House this Saturday night for a Twin Peaks themed fundraiser. Costumes are encouraged and there will be a costume contest. There will also be live music from Run From the FutureSax and ViolenceEx American, and John Salvage. Tickets are only $8 and can be purchased in advance here. 21+ are welcome and doors open at 8 p.m.




Support Six Feet Over at A State of Inspiration

Suicide is hard to talk about. It is sad, hard to deal with and has effected more of us than we want to admit. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States taking the lives of 44,965 Americans each year. In the US, someone dies by suicide every 12 minutes. Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds. The suicide rate has increased by double over the last twenty years and right now it shows no signs of stopping. This means that we have to do something. We have to break the stigma around suicide and start talking about it. Something that the crew over at Six Feet Over is able to do flawlessly wherever they are.

We have watched SFU aka Suck it Suicide pop up at every event this year to talk to the community and get them engaged. They always have a gathering of people around their table because they are great people who love to talk, share their stories, and talk about how hard life can be. They aren't afraid to jump right in and make sure that everyone has the resources that they need to take care of themselves and the people that they love and they are doing this by reaching groups of people that no one else has been able to reach. One of the reasons they are so successful is that they aren't afraid to get into it. They post up at events like Dally in the Alley and DIY and talk to people. They aren't the type of organization that puts up a mission statement, collects some donations, and pays the rent. They are out there making a difference at 11 p.m. on a hot Summer weekend when people need someone to talk to. Their commitment is inspiring, their hands-on approach is actually making a difference, and their hard work is more necessary than ever.

Six Feet Over is hosting an unforgettable evening on December 6th to celebrate all that they have done while raising money for everything else they still want to accomplish. They are hosting a walking dinner and #localshopping experience at The Rust Belt Market that will invite photos experiences raffles and more. You can learn more about their benefit and buy tickets to attend the party here. You can learn more about Six Feet Over here and you can donate any amount that you can spare to help them by clicking here. No one wants to lose someone to suicide so let's open up the conversation and support this great group so that we can keep the information flowing to prevent anyone from feeling alone in the dark times.


~S

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Coup D’Etat Officially Opens this Saturday!

After spending the last few months popping up all over town Coup D’état is ready to open a brick and mortar store this weekend. Owner Angela Wisniewski is dedicated to turning shopping back into an experience by giving her patrons a unique retail experience that you can't find anywhere else in Metro Detroit. She has curated a collection of brands that are unique, mostly American Made and cruelty-free. You can see some of the stuff that she will be carrying inside Coup's online shop here, but you do not want to miss the opening party.
The grand opening will take place from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. this Saturday, November 9th. They will be celebrating with bubbles from The Royce Detroit and a signature West Grand Boulevardier cocktail made by Kiesling Detroit. Crate Digga, will provide the tunes and a portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit The Emerging Opal, a Detroit-based non-profit that provides girls with skills/mentorship to help turn them in tomorrow's leaders.

Want to learn more? Listen to this great interview with Angela by Ryan Patrick Hooper from WDET.

Coup D’état is located at Cadillac Place in New Center, 3044 W. Grand Blvd.

~S

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Win Tickets to See Chastity Belt @ Deluxx Fluxx

This Friday night, Party Store Productions will bring Chastity Belt to the stage at Deluxx Fluxx. The Walla Walla, WA based band just released a new album earlier this fall. The self titled record is the fourth for the band. You can give it a listen here. You can also check out the music video for the song "It Takes Time" off that new album by hitting play below.


Chastity Belt will be joined by Strange Ranger for Friday's show. Tickets to see these two bands live are $13 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #chastitybelt in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free! 

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for this one and 18+ are welcome. 


~C

Monday, November 4, 2019

Share a Meal at Magnet Detroit

Did you know that sharing a meal can increase trust and make you feel closer to someone? Researchers have found that we feel closer to people who are eating the same food as us and this closeness helps build trust and cooperation. A new restaurant called Magnet Detroit wants to capitalize on this to give Detroiters an extraordinary experience by bringing everyone together to embrace the art of sharing a meal. 

This new 2,100-square-foot space has an open seating concept with a 32-foot long bar at the center that features a recessed floor to place the staff at eye level with their visitors. The food has a Middle Eastern flair and everything they prepare is cooked inside a wood fire grill that runs on oak, cherry, and apple wood to give their dishes the perfect flavors. Their menu features a variety of shareable flatbreads, fire-grilled vegetables, and roasted meats, but for our first visit, we kept it 100% vegan and sampled some of the 1/3 of the menu that is purely plant-based. This included carrots, chickpea flatbread, beets, broccoli, a whole fire-roasted cauliflower head. Every dish was delightful, but the chickpea flatbread and the beets stood out as the show stoppers. The seasonings and the fire-grilled smokey taste gave everyday veggie dishes a whole new edge. The food was different and delightful and came out with perfect pacing so that we could enjoy each dish when it was at its peak.
    
I really appreciated how well run the entire production was especially since it's only been open for a few weeks. But, the most memorable thing about our visit was the smell. From the second we walked in the door I was overtaken by how delightful the restaurant smelled.  Most restaurants reek of oil and grease, but Magnet smelled like great food from the second we opened the door. The fire-grilled smell simply enhance the meal. 

We cannot recommend this place enough, but there are a few things you need to know before you go. You can make reservations, but you might not be able to get a table because tables are for groups of four or more and they usually book up in advance. Smaller groups are seated at the bar and walk-ins are welcome, but the seats fill up really fast. The prices also seem shocking at first, everything is a few dollars higher then you might be used to, but the restaurant is tip free. This means that the price on the menu is the final price with tip. We split 5 items in-between 3 people and ordered two rounds of drinks and our bill was right around $50 a person with the tip. We cannot remember the last time we ate and drank so well for $50. so the prices are on point.

Magnet is located at 4842 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48208. they serve food Monday - Sunday and are only open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. We highly suggest rounding up your friends and family and enjoying a meal together. Click here to make a reservation.


~S

Friday, November 1, 2019

Win Tickets to See Anna Burch with Amy O and Advance Base

Over the past few years, there have been some great female musicians coming out of Detroit. Jax Anderson, Jessica Hernandez, Stef Chura, and Anna Burch are just a few. They have been out on the road, making a name for themselves, and showing the world that there are some bad ass chicks in Detroit. Nowadays, it seems like most of those female musicians that we mentioned don't play hometown shows as often as they used to, but this week you have a chance to see one of them live here in Detroit.

Anna Burch will be playing at Deluxx Fluxx on Monday, November 4th. She will be sharing the stage with Amy O and Advance Base who are currently out on the road together. Amy O is touring in support of her new album Shell that was just released this week. You can give that a listen here.

Tickets to see these three acts live on stage are $10 and can be purchased online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions and Deluxx Fluxx. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #monday in the subject line. We will draw our winner the morning of the show and send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this one and 21+ are welcome.


~C

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: November 1-3

Friday, November 1st - Sunday, November 3rd - Youmacon: This is the ultimate convention for all anime fans! Don't be surprised if you see some of your favorite characters walking around downtown this weekend! Youmacon is celebrating its 15th year this year and the convention is bigger than ever. It will take place all weekend long at the TCF Center, Crowne Plaza and Marriott Renaissance Center. Tickets range from $30-$50 a day or $70 for the weekend. Get all of the details here


Friday, November 1st - The Darned @ Small's w/ Motor City Devils and Glamzig: Halloween may be over, but Small's is still in the spirit! Check out three great cover bands and wear a costume if you want! Doors open at 8 p.m., 18+ are welcome, and cover is only $6.


Friday, November 1st - Hourlies @ Ghost Light with The Idiot Kids and Jackson & The Poolsharks: This is going to be a great show with three awesome bands. Cover is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. Things kick off at 8 p.m. Make sure you come early so you don't miss any of the bands! There's something for everyone at this show! 


Friday, November 1st & Saturday, November 2nd - Midnight Madness @ The Main Art - "The Silence of the Lambs": One of the creepiest movies of all time will be on the big screen again this weekend for Midnight Madness at The Main Art in Royal Oak. The movie plays at midnight on Friday and Saturday and tickets are only $7. Pick yours up here


Saturday, November 2nd - Fall In Love Adoption Event @ DACC: There are hundreds of dogs and cats available for adoption at Detroit Animal Care and Control once again! This Saturday, the Friends of DACC are hosting a special adoption event where fees will be waved for all adoptions! The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you can check out some of the pets that are available for adoption here. DACC is located at 7401 Chrysler Dr. in Detroit. 


Sunday, November 3rd - Dead Man's Halloween-themed Brunch @ Small's: Wrap up your Halloween weekend at Small's this Sunday for a special "dead man" themed brunch. There will be Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials, "deadly and decadent pumpkin cheesecake french toast, monstrous breakfast burritos and more!" Plus, DJ Pleasure Kitten will be playing tunes for you during brunch! It runs from noon 'til 4 p.m. and you can keep an eye on the Facebook event to see the full menu. 



Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Win Tickets to Bounce with Big Freedia at St. Andrew's Hall

They say the more someone dances the more likely they are to be happy and have high self-esteem. We don't know if this is true, but Big Freedia sure seems to be loving life and feeling herself. The New Orleans born performer is breaking boundaries and moving asses on stages across the world. No one shakes it like Freedia and videos do not do her justice, you have to experience the Queen of Bounce live and in person.

Freedia will be coming to Detroit to take over St. Andrew's Hall on November 5th alongside Low Cut Connie. Tickets to attend the show are $25- $45 in advance, you can purchase them here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #bounce. We will draw one lucky winner and they will get to attend this show with a friend. Make sure that you wear something stylish and comfortable to this one because you will want to move around and shake it once you get there. 


~S

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Win Tickets to the Road to Beijing with Jonathan Van Ness

Living in Michigan is awesome but at times it can be awful. The Summers, Springs, and Falls are delightful, but the Winters are brutal and they last a lot longer than any other time of the year. Michiganders go weeks without seeing the sun and seasonal depression is a real thing so we all have to find ways to get through the colder months. One of my favorite ways to cope with the bad days is to watch something that cheers me up and nothing has cheered me up more than Netflix's reboot of Queer Eye. Every episode is filled with reasons to laugh, cry, and forget about whatever is bothering you. If you aren't watching the show, you should be and if you are you are already watching then you are already as obsessed with Jonathan Van Ness as the rest of us are. He might be 1/5 of the new fab five but he stole 100 % of my heart from the day he came into my life. He makes everyone laugh and smile and feels better about who they are. He wears heels better than anyone that I have even known and he can get even the burliest man to start using beard oil in their daily routine. Most importantly he can make you laugh. something that he has been dying to do his entire life.  

Stand up was Jonathan's dream and it turns out that a turn on Netflix can make your dreams come true. He is currently on a comedy tour across the US and he will be making a stop in Detroit to do two back to back shows at The Fillmore in Detroit on Thursday, November 7th. The first show is already sold out, but there are limited tickets to the second show. If you want to lock yours down, you can click here. If you are willing to risk it, you can try your chances of winning a pair of tickets from us. If you would like to enter, email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #VanNess. We will draw one lucky person the day before the show and they will get to experience Jonathan Van Ness in all of his glory.


~S 

Monday, October 28, 2019

It's Getting Extra Hot in Here

Have you ever met anyone that has to put hot sauce on everything? It turns out that they might be addicted! Eating chilis and hot sauce stimulate your body to release endorphins that make you feel good, so it's no wonder some of us are constantly chasing the high and exploring new flavors and mixes. Hot sauce has been around since the early 1800s and there are thousands of different types, brands, and flavors to choose from, so it's important to search far and wide to find something that makes you smile. Fortunately, there is a hot sauce made right here in Metro Detroit that ranks right up there with the best and they are releasing a third flavor this week!

Two Dogs Hot Sauce was created in Ferndale, Michigan and is currently being bottled in Warren, Michigan. They have two signature flavors, Michigan Cherry Habanero and Black Garlic Habanero. Both flavors are tasty, but Black Pepper Habanero became a household staple after the first time we had a taste. It adds the perfect kick to everything, especially soups. This week Two Dogs will add Ghost Sauce to their roster. This new mixture promises to be their spiciest yet!

To celebrate the release of Ghost Sauce they have teamed up with Pjork pop-up and catering to host a tasting at The Loving Touch this Tuesday, October 29th. The event is free to attend and will feature music from some talented artists, including The Tellways, Let's Be Frank, HWT, and S.U.B.. Doors for the event are at 7 p.m. and Pjork will be serving up three kinds of tacos, chicken with tomato, smoked pork shoulder, and potato with poblano and cojita. It is free to get in and get a taste. Come make some plans to come to get your fix tomorrow!

~S

Friday, October 25, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: October 25-27

Friday, October 25th & Saturday, October 26th - Creepy Cheapy @ The Crofoot: The ultimate Halloween show is here! And this year it is bigger than ever with 2 nights of fun! For those that don't know, see you're favorite bands (well, actually great tributes to them) on three stages throughout The Crofoot, The Pike Room, and The Vernors Room. Even if you don't go for the music, this is one of the best Halloween parties around and everyone is decked out in fun costumes. If your costume wasn't quite up to par for Theatre Bizarre, don't worry, it will be just fine for Creepy Cheapy! Both nights are sold out, so hopefully you got your tickets, if not, show up and see if someone has an extra. For the full lineup of bands playing and more info, click here.

Friday, October 25th - Happy Endings Halloween Dance Party @ New Way Bar: If you didn't get your tickets to Creepy Cheapy, there's another awesome Halloween party happening down in Ferndale! Happy Endings will be hosting their Halloween Dance Party with DJs Mike Trombley, Slofu and Udenjoe. Costumes are encouraged, cover is free, and the party starts at 9:30 p.m.! 21+ are welcome!

Friday, October 25th - Stranger Things Halloween Dance Party @ El Club Whether you love Stranger Things, love the '80s, or just want to celebrate Halloween, El Club has you covered. Stranger Things - A Spooky 80's Dance Party will feature themed drinks, party favors and your favorite jams from the '80s. This party is free to attend until midnight and $5 to get in after 12. All ages are welcome and the party starts at 10 p.m.


Saturday, October 26th - Thirst Wave + Industrial Is Not Dead Halloween Bash @ Small's: It's all about Halloween this weekend! Saturday night, Small's will be hosting their Halloween edition of Thirst Wave + Industrial Is Not Dead! There will be dancing, Halloween treats, a costume contest with cash and concert ticket prizes, and more! Doors open at 8 p.m., there's no cover for 21+ before 9 p.m. and it's only $5 after 9. Cover for 18-20 is $10 all night.



Saturday, October 26th - Haute to Death: 12 Year Anniversary @ Marble Bar: If you're not in the Halloween mood, but you're looking to party, head to Marble Bar Saturday night. It's all about Haute to Death and their 12th Anniversary that night! Ok, yeah, there will still be Halloween costumes, but they aren't mandatory (although they are encouraged). Ash & Jon will be joined by Beats In Space's own Tim Sweeney. Cover is $5 in advance and more at the door. 21+ are welcome and the party starts at 10 p.m. Get the inside scoop on Haute to Death and their anniversary on our latest podcast here



Thursday, October 24, 2019

24 Hour Giveaway: Chelsea Wolfe at Small's

On a weekly basis, The Crofoot brings great acts to their stages in Pontiac. But, what you might not realize is that this group also puts on other shows around town. The Crofoot Presents brings performers to some of your other favorite venues in Metro Detroit and beyond. This Friday night, they will be bringing Chelsea Wolfe to the stage at Small's in Hamtramck. Joining Chelsea for this show is Ioanna Gika. Tickets to see these artists live are $23 in advance and can be purchased online here.

Thanks to our friends at The Crofoot, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #wolfe in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

16+ are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.


~C

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hip In Detroit Chats with Ryan Allen about His Extra Arms

Ryan Allen doesn't stop. He writes. he records and he is constantly creating music in the good times and the bad. He pours his heart into his music and works hard to curate community gatherings to celebrate releases and bring people together. He has been a fixture of the Detroit music scene for over 20 years and he has not slowed down at all, in fact, these days hes running marathons and going even harder.

He is on the verge of releasing a new album with his band Extra Arms so we wanted to check in with him to see what he had to say. Check out our interview with Ryan and then go see him play live at Bowlero in Royal Oak on Saturday, November 2nd. The show is FREE and all ages are welcome.

HID - What inspired you to write and record a new album?
RA - "I'm always writing music. There doesn't seem to be a time when I don't have a bunch of jams in the chamber. But specifically for this album, I went through a huge life change - one that left me with a desire to search for answers. I'm not sure I've gotten them all but writing songs ways my way to begin that search, cope with some incredibly tough shit, and ultimately try and find some sense of peace through the storm. Even though some of the songs might seem harsh or hard to listen to, my goal was to purge these feelings I had so I could do some healing. It worked."

HID - What's your favorite track off the new album and why?
RA - "It honestly seems to change every day. With 8 tracks on the album, you have less to choose from, but more to feel personally attached to. I wrote "No Enemies" not too long after our last album came out, and once I had that I knew I was on to something - something that still sounded like Extra Arms music, but had some elements of other things I'm into and wasn't a straight power pop song. There's some post-punky guitar in the bridge and it's in a minor key - which not a lot of EA songs are in - and kind of reminded me of what it would sound like if I tried to write a more modern, poppy Thunderbirds Are Now! [my old band] song. So while I honestly love them all, I'm going to go with that one."

HID - This is an album about growing and changing, so what is the best advice you’ve been given?
RA - "It was basically "keep doing the things you love." When you go through a major life change it's easy to get caught up in feeling depressed, guilty, confused, angry...pretty much all of those emotions keep flowing in your veins at once. But through it all I tried to hold on to the things that I feel make me, well, me - I kept writing and playing music, kept running and ran a few half-marathons and a full marathon, spent time with friends, cultivated new relationships, enjoyed the time I had with my son, held on to my sobriety...all of these things kept me sane during this process."

HID - Why did you decide to release your new album at Bowlero?
RA - "We wanted to do something that felt less like a traditional show and more like you were just hanging out. The older you get, the less inclined people are to go out and do things, which is totally understandable. We just wanted to do something that was low key and laid back, close to where we all Iive, easy for people to get to, was free and feel just like a cool party. Bowlero seemed like the perfect spot and we are super stoked to play there."

HID - What inspires you to create?
RA - "Basically anything and everything around me. Sometimes somebody will say something and I'll jot it down. Other times I'll be mowing the lawn and a melody will hit me. I'll be out on a run and something will pop in my head and the beginnings of a song is born. It can basically come from anywhere. My bandmates also inspire me. They all have different tastes and approaches to songwriting; I'm really interested in the idea of working on songs that I hope will inspire them to want to create music, too, so it works as a motivator to keep pushing myself. It's good to have an audience and they provide great feedback and collaboration to get to the final product."

HID -If you could collaborate with any artist past or present who would it be?
RA - "Answering this question seems totally impossible! There are so many artists I respect/look up to that it seems inconceivable to have to pick just one. But if I have to, I would say, as cliche as it sounds, Kurt Cobain. He's the person that inspired me to want to pick up a guitar in the first place, and in place of a collaboration, I would just want to sit and watch his creative process. It's probably not too different than mine, but just to be a fly on the wall to witness him writing those perfect songs would be amazing."


Extra Arms will celebrate the release of their new 8-song EP "Up From Here" with a free show at Bowlero Lanes & Lounge on Saturday, November 2nd. Hidebehind will be opening and Mike Trombley will be spinning jams before, in-between, and after the bands.

~S

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Win Tickets to See Immortal Technique

Before The Crofoot gets transformed into a Halloween party for two nights of Creepy Cheapy, they have some awesome shows coming up! One of those shows is happening this Thursday night when The Crofoot Presents brings Immortal Technique to town. Immortal Technique is currently on The Middle Passage tour, playing new music that he has been working on. If you want to hear those new songs live, head to The Pike Room this Thursday night. Tickets for the show are $25 in advance or you can enter to win a pair of tickets from us! Thanks to our friends at The Crofoot, we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To enter to win, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #technique in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Thursday 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 7 p.m.


~C

Monday, October 21, 2019

Punch Bowl Social - Still a Crowd-Pleaser

Do you like having people over? I love gathering my friends to share a meal at my space, but I hate how stressful it can be to prepare to have a group of people over to my place. Cooking, cleaning, and planning everything can take the fun out of any gathering, so I've started looking for different places to assemble a group of friends when I have the chance. When I'm searching for a spot, I don't want it to be too loud, too crowded, or too expensive, but I also want to make sure that everyone can eat good food and have a good time. It might seem like I'm asking for a lot, but there are a few places that care as much about the visitor's experience as they do about the food and the service. Punch Bowl Social is one of those restaurants.

Punch Bowl Social is the perfect place to gather a group. Their entire restaurant is built to make you believe that you are inside a super hip extra comfy living room. There are large chandeliers, fire burning mantles, and long couches that you can sink into as well as gaming areas that you can rent out for the night. They offer bowling, private karaoke rooms, giant scrabble, table shuffleboard, and tons of vintage arcade games. They even have a wall of board games that you can take to your table and play. They are not the first restaurant to bring gaming to the dinner table, but they are the only place to do it while also serving up good food from a real scratch kitchen.
The food at Punch Bowl is as good as the layout and the experience because they have a chef that is constantly coming up with new menu items that will have you coming back for more. The last time we visited we couldn't stop thinking about the cauliflower nachos and this time it was the Sriracha fries. It's fun to order a bunch of different stuff and have it slowly roll out while you hang out and play a game. Everything is shareable and if you let them know that you want to share it, they will make sure that it easy to pass around. The kitchen was willing and able to cater to any diet, they didn't flinch when I told them I was a vegan and were happy to go out of their way to make substitutions when the group needed them. There was something for everyone and everything we ordered was great.
This wasn't our first time visiting Punch Bowl and it won't be our last. We usually rent a few lanes and bowl if we have a big group of friends and a karaoke room if its a smaller gathering. A lot of the spaces book up in advance so it's best to plan things out and call in a reservation if you can. I also insist that you try the Sriracha fries because they are addicting. But, the biggest pro tip that I can give you is to spring for a punch bowl if your group is willing to split it. It seems like a silly thing to do, but there is something special about sharing a strong bowl of punch with your friends. Everyone loosens up, laughs, and enjoys something together. It's hard to create intimate experiences in public places, but Punch Bowl has all the things you need to make it happen. We never expected to like a place like this as much as we do, but every time we go back we leave with a smile on our faces and that says a lot.


~S

Friday, October 18, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: October 18-20

Friday, October 18th & Saturday, October 19th - Actors and Electric Six @ Small's: There are two awesome shows happening at Small's this weekend! And the venue is continuing their 20th anniversary celebration by offering up tickets for both shows at the low price of $20. Friday night, check out Actors with Siamese and Bootblacks. Then Saturday, they will be having a very special edition of Thirst Wave with Electric Six. 18+ are welcome on Friday and all ages are welcome on Saturday.

Saturday, October 19th - The Human Utility Benefit Show @ The Sanctuary: Check out some great music for a great cause this Saturday night! "The Human Utility (formerly known as the Detroit Water Project) matches families needing help with utility bills to people who want to help through payments directly to utility companies." Playing this show to help raise money for this great cause are Small StressesASKBraidedveinsThe Formal Nightmare, and Macho Detroit. There will also be tables from Sunrise Movement Detroit and Michigan poor people's campaign. Cover is only $5, but you can always donate more.

Saturday, October 19th - Theatre Bizarre @ The Masonic Temple: If you missed Theatre Bizarre last weekend and are having serious FOMO, don't worry! You can still go this weekend. This Saturday night, the Theatre Bizarre Main Event will once again take over The Masonic for the most amazing Halloween party you've ever experienced. Tickets are $105 and to find out where you can pick yours up, click here.

Sunday, October 20th - A Love Bazaar - Fall Flea @ Marble Bar: Pick up some great new to you fashion Saturday afternoon at Marble Bar! There will be vintage and handmade clothes and housewares and vinyl too! Plus, KHANA Pakistani street food is hosting a pop up during the event! The market is open from 1-6 p.m.!





Thursday, October 17, 2019

Win Tickets to the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow

Throughout the 90s and into the 2000s, Kevin Smith made movies that defined a generation. Clerks, Mallrats, and Dogma are just a few of his many iconic films. Because of these films, we all look at chocolate covered pretzels in a different way, think of Alanis Morisette as God, and have said "I'm not even supposed to be here today!" on more than one occasion. These movies gave us some of our favorite characters of all time, and the two that top that list are Jay & Silent Bob.

It has been twenty-five years since the release of Clerks, and Jay & Silent Bob are still at it and have a new movie, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. In the movie, the two friends, "return to Hollywood to stop a reboot of 'Bluntman and Chronic' movie from getting made." If you know anything about this duo, you know there will be more to the story than this and that it will be hilarious. The film also stars fan favorites like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Jason Lee, among others. See the full cast list here and check out the official trailer below.


This Tuesday, October 22nd, you have a chance to see the film for yourself with the one and only Jay & Silent Bob. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are coming to town to watch their new movie with you at The Fillmore in Detroit. Tickets to this awesome event start at $29 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at The Fillmore and Live Nation Detroit, we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #reboot in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Monday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck! 


~C

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Detroit Spook Show is This Sunday at The Sanctuary

Have you ever been to a local event and stumbled upon a unique collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia? If it was in the last 15 years, there is a good chance that the shopping was curated by Rock N Rummage. This once one-person operation has become a touring collection of Detroit creators and collectors that specializes in pop culture, vinyl LP's, t-shirts, vintage goods, art, music and movie memorabilia, and various one of a kind treasures. Their pop-ups have become so popular that they have become their own events.

Pictured: The October Academy
This weekend Rock N Rummage will be taking over The Sanctuary in Hamtramck to celebrate all the spooky things. They have gathered all of the creepy creators in the area and asked them to set up shop from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. this Sunday.  You can expect to find horror movies, comics, patches, posters, buttons, decor, jewelry, clothing, records, costumes, books, collectibles, props, sideshow oddities, and everything else a witch or warlock might desire. The best part is, it's free to get in and all are welcome. So, if you like to #shoplocal or you're an avid collector, you'll want to head up to the Sanctuary this Sunday!

You can follow Rock N Rummage to keep up on all their local events here.



~S