Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Win a Pair of Tickets to See Kimball, Hangrenades, Legume and Chuck this Saturday

Has it been a while since you saw a solid lineup of good local music? It's easy to get stuck in a rut and stay home, but every once in a while you need to make sure that you are still getting out and seeing what is hip and new on the local music scene. But, we know that your time and your money can be limited. So instead of hitting up a few different shows this week save yourself some time and just come out to see a truly solid lineup at The Loving Touch this Saturday.
Photo: Nomadic Madam

Kimball, Handgrenades, Legume, and Chuck will all be performing together this Saturday, August 3rd. All four bands are worth checking out on their own, but thankfully they have come together so that you can see them all at the same time.  

Tickets to attend Saturday's show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can purchase fee-free tickets at The WAB (located next door to the Loving Touch) or you can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show.  To enter, please email your full name with the subject line #ineedlivemusic to We will draw one lucky person on Saturday morning and they will get to check out four up and coming Detroit bands with a friend for free.

Check out Kimball on The Spotlight:

Here's the Handgrnades latest music video for Head or Tails:


Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Abortion rights have been a hot topic in the United States ever since Roe vs. Wade made legal access to abortion the law of the land in 1973. Some people have argued that there should be some stipulations put on access to abortions and others argue that they shouldn't be legal in the first place. But, the fact of the matter is that they are legal and American women's access to them is under attack. 

Anti-abortion lobbyists are working harder than ever to make sure that you have to go through a lot of hoops to get access to a medical procedure that was guaranteed to you in the constitution. They are trying to make it harder to open and operate a clinic and if you can manage to make that happen, they are putting as many roadblocks in the way of care that they can think of. This includes unnecessary 24 hour waiting periods and manipulative techniques that are put in place to try to talk a patient out of deciding what medical care they wish to receive.

Personally, I think that all women should have safe and legal access to abortion services. I do not care who, what, where, when or why, all I care about is what medical choice they would like to make for themselves. It's 2019 and it's time to put an end to this debate. It is our constitutional right to have safe and legal access to abortion and it's time to make it happen. 

Detroit's music and art scenes are coming together this Sunday to help raise money for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. The goal of this gathering is to collect money that the ACLU can use to fight for Planned Parenthood's right to continue to provide health services and abortion services for their clients, especially in places like Georgia where illegal bans are trying to make their way up the judicial chain to challenge the law of the land. 

The Not Going Back party will feature performances from Cousin Mouth, Mega Powers, Motor City Soul Club, James Linck, DJ Father Dukes, Nothing Elegant, Sam Morykwas, LXL, and Sara Marie Barron. There will also be a raffle that will feature prizes from a variety of Detroit companies including Meta Physica Wellness CenterFOLK DetroitBon Bon BonHarlequin TattooGeorge GregoryBlo Blow Dry BarSMPLFD, Anthology Coffee, Metropolis CyclesThird Wave MusicDetroit Hustles Hardermedicina urbana.Joe GallKEPT JewelryUrbanumThe Peacock RoomheldPie-SciSpark PlugProtomartyr, and Rebel Nell.

This Sunday's benefit will be held at Marble Bar and the doors for the party will open at 3 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door but 100% of the money that they take in from the door and the raffle will go to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, so it's basically like you are giving to charity and getting something awesome for doing it.  

To stay in the loop, follow the event here.

If you can't come out to the benefit, we suggest you take a moment and make a donation to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU in your name from your computer right now!


Monday, July 29, 2019

24 Hour Giveaway: Legendary Shack Shakers & J.D. Pinkus @ Deluxx Fluxx

The Legendary Shack Shakers return to Detroit this Tuesday night! The band is cu out currently on tour with J.D. Pinkus of The Melvins, hitting towns across the U.S. This Tuesday night, they will be taking the stage at Deluxx Fluxx. Joining them and J.D. for the night is Fishgutzzz & The Stinkin' Orchestra.

Tickets to see these three acts live are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #shakers in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Tuesday morning and they will get into the show with a friend for free that night.

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


Friday, July 26, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: July 26-28

Friday, July 26th - Hot Sweaty and Weird at The Senate Theatre: The historic Senate Theatre has a lot of charm, but one thing they don't have is air conditioning. They're not letting that stop them though! This summer they have been hosting the "Hot, Sweaty and Weird Series", letting patrons know ahead of time that it's gonna be hot! The "weird" part mostly refers to the movie selections, with this week's feature being The Brain That Wouldn't DieThe movie starts at 10 p.m., doors open at 9, and the organ overture begins at 9:30. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased here.

Friday, July 26th - Sunday, July 28th: Summer Stroh-Down @ Outer Limits Lounge: Outer Limits Lounge is throwing a Rock 'N' Roll party all weekend long! The party kicks off on Friday night with acts like Werewolf Jones and Timmy's Organism. Some other highlights include Drinkard Sisters, Tin Foil, Eroders, Wiccans, and The Cheetahs. There are over two dozen bands playing throughout the weekend and DJs every night. Plus, each day kicks off with food, happy hour specials and a DJ! Cover is $40 for all 3 days or $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday. The party kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday, July 27th - Summer Smash @ Kelly's: There's another Rock 'N' Roll party happening on the other side of Hamtramck at Kelly's Bar! Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday they will have music, games, and more. The lineup includes Smash the JukeboxGutter PunxReutherSharks Never SleepLily Livers, and acoustic performances by Chad Roberts and Snakecharmer (Dr. Steve of St. Thomas Boys Academy). Cover is only $8 and 21+ are welcome.

Sunday, July 28th - Carmel's B-day Mini Fest @ Ghost Light: Carmel Liburdi just turned 26 and she's having a birthday party this Sunday night! The party will take place at Ghost Light and will feature music by Carmel, Emily RoseNina & The Buffalo RidersPancho Villa's SkullKelly ThiedeMar Brisa, and My Dog Junior. Cover is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. Things kick off at 6 p.m. and will wrap up by 11 p.m. so you can still get in bed nice and early. 

Sunday, July 28th - Early Show with TART @ PJ's Lager House: You already know that PJ's Lager House serves up an awesome brunch! So, this Sunday afternoon, head over for brunch and then stay for an early show! TART will be hitting the stage along with a "Super Secret" band. Willa Rae and the guys from Handgrenades will be DJing too! The show starts at 2:30 p.m. and brunch ends at 3, so plan accordingly.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Say Goodbye to Cellarmen's this Saturday Night

Nearly four years ago, we had a chance to tell you about a cool new brewery that would be opening its doors in Hazel Park. The building was unassuming and the guys behind the bar joked that they wanted you to feel like you were hanging out in an old man's basement. Although the paneling on the walls may have given you that feel at first glance, this place was so much more. Over the past four years, Cellarmen's has hosted amazing shows, held great comedy nights, and brewed some awesome beer, cider, and mead. They truly made their mark on Hazel Park and helped with the growth of that city.

Sadly, as they say, all good things must come to an end. After this weekend, Cellarmen's will be closing their doors in Hazel Park. But, they aren't going out quietly. They will be holding one last kick ass show this Saturday, July 27th, which they're calling Cellarmen's Last Rites. The bill will feature S.N.A.F.U.FELL RUINSixkillsnine (Members of Keelhaul and Child Bite), SLOB, and Behind The Times will kick off the evening. El Taco Dojo will also be on site serving up delicious food and, of course, there will be great drinks on tap. The brewers have been getting new drinks up daily as they bid farewell to the space. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what is on tap and what will be available this Saturday night.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for Saturday's show and 21+ are welcome. Cover is by donation, with a suggested donation of $10.

Thank you to the guys of Cellarmen's for taking a chance and making something awesome happen. Along with many, we are sad to see you go. Take a trip down memory road to the first time we had a look inside Cellarmen's and met three of the four founders, including the late Jason Petrocik.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hip In Detroit's Quick Guide to Mo Pop

Mo Pop returns to West Riverfront Park this Saturday and Sunday! This year's festival includes big names like Lizzo and Vampire Weekend, alongside local favorites like The Messenger Birds and Craig Brown Band. Whether you're going one day or both, here's everything you need to know all in one place!

Download the Festival App:

Festival Passes: 
Saturday Only $95
Sunday Only  $95
Weekend Pass $149.50
Four Pack Weekend Passes $549

You can also pick up fee-free tickets at UHF Records and Third Man Records, you can see the full list of fee-free ticket providers here.

Location:1801 W. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48216.

Parking: Festival parking is $25 a day or $40 for the weekend but you can't keep your car there overnight. We suggest parking someplace else and Ubering, Lyfting, or riding over. Detroit Bike City is going to be offering secure bike parking at the entrance to the festival.

The Shipyard- This is where you can sit down and eat! This years food lineup includes Street Beet, Imperial, Antihero, Public House, Chilli Mustard Onions, Detroit Cookie Company and Hop Cat.

Food Trucks: Need a quick bite because you don't want to miss a second of the music? This is the spot! Here's what trucks will be on site:
Treat Dreams
Island Noodles
Nosh Pit
Hero or Villain
The Happy Patty
Big Dipper Edible Cookie Dough
Slows To Go
Rollin’ Stone
Detroit Taco Factory
Chicken Coupe
Fire and Rice
Little Brother’s Burgers
Los Dos Amigos

Craft Bazaar- Need a break from the music? Head over to the bazaar to check out lots of great local merchants including:
White Owl Jewelry
Vintage Liz
Subversive Image
Cool Critters
The Moon Temples
Lurk & Destroy
Arthur's Plaid Pants
Outer Spaceways Apparel
Science Bee
Color Wheel
Gingerly Made
Alchemy Henna
Handmade Detroit
Reware Vintage
The Foxy Hipster
Artsy Fart
Detroit GT
Make Do Studio
Bringing the Happy
Plateful Jewelry
Solstice Handmade
Flint Candle Co.

Mo Arcade: Mo Pop has teamed up Offworld Arcade to build an air-conditioned tent filled with classic arcade games, high score contests, prizes, drinks, and local DJs.

What Should I Bring: Refillable water bottle (cannot be glass)
What Can I Bring: A blanket, an inflatable couch, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, cell phone charger
You CAN rent a locker! Learn more here

Saturday River Stage Music Schedule:
1:30 pm - The Messenger Birds
2:15 pm - Siena Liggins
3:35 pm - Roy Blair
5:05 pm - Snail Mail
6:45 pm - Wallows
8:40 pm - Lizzo

Saturday Grande Stage Schedule:
2:50 pm - The Band CAMINO
4:20 pm - Alec Benjamin
5:55 pm - J.I.D
7:40 pm - King Princess
10:00 pm - Vampire Weekend

Saturday Haute to Death and Friends Stage:
6:00 pm - Tammy Lakkis
7:30 pm - LADYMONIX x Whitney Fierce
10:30 pm - Haute to Death

Sunday River Stage Schedule:
1:30 pm - The Doozers
2:15 pm - Craig Brown Band
3:35 pm - Tiny Moving Parts
5:05 pm - Yellow Days
6:40 pm - The Story So Far
8:45 pm - Ella Mai

Sunday Grande Stage Schedule:
2:50 pm - Goth Babe
4:20 pm - Caamp
5:50 pm - Whitney
7:35 pm - Kali Uchis
10:00 pm - Tame Impala

Sunday Haute to Death and Friends Schedule:
6:00 pm - Problematic Black Hottie
7:30 pm - Ladylike
9:00 pm - Haute to Death
10:30 pm - Mira Fahrenheit


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Check Out Eastern Market's New Art Park

The Eastern Market is the largest historic public market district in the United States. Every Saturday morning, 5 sheds open their doors up for thousands of people to come by to shop the 150 + vendors that set up to sell their plants, fruits, veggies, meats, cheese, and baked goods. There is also a variety of food trucks that pop-up when the market is hopping and an ever-growing amount of business and restaurants in the area. Some of our favorite spaces include Mitten Crate, Rocky's Peanut Company, Henry The Hatter, Cairo Coffee, Supino Pizza, and Stache International. It is also the home to tons of great galleries including The Red Bull House of Art and Inner State Gallery. It is also home to the yearly Murals in the Market Festival which means that their 45-acre space has some of the best art that the city has to offer. Eastern Market has slowly become the heart of Detroit's art and culture, but it hasn't always been a friendly place to hang out unless you had a reason. Thankfully, with the addition of an art park across the street from Shed 5, there is a new reason to just come hang out at the corner of Russell and Alfred St.

The new Art Park officially opened last Thursday and we were able to attend the opening party which included letting us become part of the art that will decorate the space. Antonio Agee, a.k.a. Shades, painted all the murals that surround the park and left a few walls for people to put their print on the city. Eastern market representatives were on hand to help everyone people paint their palm to put their print on the wall. There was a DJ to get the crowd dancing and a lot of people eating food that they had gotten from the food trucks that were in town for the Thursday Night Markets that they have been running all summer. The park itself features a variety of picnic tables and outdoor chairs that are open for everyone to enjoy. There are also 4 different topiaries in the shape of a bear, a dinosaur, a horse, and an elephant amid a sea of flowers that are planted all around space. It is the perfect place to eat your take out or read book midday. There are lot so ways to find shade in the space, but there are also a lot of ways to get a tan if that is what you are looking for. Either way, it's an interesting and interactive community space that would make the perfect picnic spot if you need it.
The new Art Park will be open Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This schedule is expected to continue into the fall months and well beyond.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Win Tickets to See Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses

Louis Prima was the master of New Orleans Jazz and Swing music in from the 1920s into the 1950s. Now, decades later, Louis Prima Jr. is keeping the family name in the music scene with his band The Witnesses. Louis Prima Jr.'s live show is sure to get you dancing! See for yourself by hitting play below.

Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses are currently on the road and are bringing their live show to Detroit. They will be hitting the stage at The Magic Stick this Thursday, July 25th. Tickets for this show are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, you can also win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #prima in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Thursday and all ages are welcome. 


Friday, July 19, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: July 19-21

Friday, July 19th - Sunday, July 21st - Michigan Glass Project: The Michigan Glass Project returns to Detroit this weekend, with live art, music, and more! The main event takes place daily at The Russell Industrial Center with live glassblowing, live painters, vendors, music on two stages, drinks and food. On Friday and Saturday night, there are also great after parties. Friday's party is at Marble Bar, and Saturday's is at The Whitney. Tickets to get into The Russell are $15 a day or $30 for the weekend, plus kids under 12 are free. Proceeds from this event also benefit Art Road Nonprofit, an organization that is actively returning art classes to Detroit Public Schools. So come out for a good time and support a good cause!

Friday, July 19th - Saturday, July 21st - Pig & Whiskey: Whether you're craving bacon, pulled pork, or another form of pig this weekend, Ferndale has you covered! Pig & Whiskey fest will return to the streets of Ferndale for the 10th year. There will be a bunch of restaurants serving up BBQ, tons of different whiskey to sip on, as well as beer and live music. The Verve Pipe, Laith Al Saadi, and Electric Six are the headliners, and other great bands like Tart, Emma Guzman, John Kay & Who's To Say, and Remnose will be playing. The fest is free to attend and there are also free after parties inside The Loving Touch each night.

Saturday, July 20th - PJ's 'We Ain't Dead Yet' Rock 'N' Roll BBQ Bash: A couple of weeks ago, news broke that PJ was putting the Lager House up for sale. Well, although he's waiting for the right offer to come around, PJ's Lager House isn't gone yet and they want you to know it! This Saturday, head out to check out music from Ryan Dillaha and The Miracle MenAll-Seeing Eyes (Cincinnati, OH), Deal BreakersJohn SalvageJennifer Westwood And The Handsome DevilsThe Codgers and Babe Miller. There will be great food served up too! Doors will open at 7 p.m. and cover is $15.

Saturday, July 20th - Haute to Death @ Marble Bar: Dance the night away and cool off with Haute to Death at Marble Bar this Saturday night! Haute Tension from Miami will also be playing a live set at this show. Plus, there will be "truck pools and other water features", which sounds like a good time to us! Cover is only $5, 21+ are welcome, and the party starts at 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 21st - Sad Summer Fest @ The Crofoot Festival Grounds: Not everyone is happy about summer, and that's why The Crofoot is hosting Sad Summer Fest. We're not really sure if that's the idea behind it, but it sounded good. The fest will feature music from STATE CHAMPS, Mayday Parade, The Maine, The Wonder Years, Every Avenue, Mom Jeans., Just Friends, Stand Atlantic, and more. Emo Nite will be on site doing DJ sets too! Cry your eyes out and sing along to your favorite bands all day and into the night. Doors open at noon and tickets are $45 the day of the show. If you're reading this early in the weekend, save a few bucks and buy tickets in advance here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

You Might See Some Pop-Up Music in Detroit this Weekend

Have you ever heard of the Detroit Party Marching Band? They are a small local party marching band that is known for popping up at events all over Metro Detroit. Sometimes their arrival is scheduled and other times you will randomly find yourself in the middle of a dance party that you never expected. Pop-up musical performances are one of the most amazing ways to bring people together to smile and dance, which is why Crash Detroit decided to start a popup musical festival in Detroit in 2014. The idea behind the event is that musicians will popup and have expected and unexpected performances all over Metro Detroit for three days this weekend.

This year's musical lineup includes Motor City Soul Street , Detroit Party Marching Band, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Second Line Social Aid, and Pleasure Society Brass Band, Bombici, Post Imperial Jazz Band, Jefferson Street Parade Band, The Party Band, Black Sheep Ensemble, Klezundheit, and Bitch, Thunder!
Friday, July 19th is the first night of the event. This night will feature various pop-up performances across the city that will not be announced until right before they are happening. You can follow them on Twitter to stay in the loop or hope to be pleasantly surprised wherever you're hanging out this Friday.

Saturday, July 20th will feature a day time party at Clark Park and a nighttime party at The Old Miami. This is your chance to see some of the musical acts do activities with the family and pop-up parades that everyone can participate in. The night time party will feature music, dancing, drinks, and fun.

The final day of this year's Crash Detroit event will take place during the day at The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard. Come hang out in the freight yard, have some drinks and see what kind of music comes through, if you like it you can get up dance!


Detroit Festival of Books Takes Over Shed 3 this Sunday

Detroit's annual Festival of Books will be returning to the city for the third year. This year's fest will take place at The Eastern Market, giving the thousands of attendees plenty of space to look around. This year's event will take place in Shed 3 and it will feature over 200 vendors selling books, music, and antiquarian offerings. This year will also feature drinks and food from a variety of local pop-ups, including Nosh Pit Detroit, Big Dogs Hot Dogs, Cherry Pit BBQCosmic Burrito, and Eastern Market Brewing Co. The completely FREE TO ATTEND event will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday and everyone is welcome to attend. But be aware, it's going to be a hot weekend so wear cool clothes, bring water, and take breaks!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Detroit Art Week

Detroit Art Week is returning to Detroit for the second year in a row. This year's event will include 36 exhibit openings, 14 studio visits, 13 performances, 8 panel discussions, and 11 special programs that will showcase over 150 artists. This event is open to the public and most of the events are free to attend with a few ticketed events thrown in here and there. The first day of events kicks off in Detroit at 10 a.m. today, so we wanted to give you a rundown of everything that you can see and do during art week.

For a Full Schedule of events click here.

Wednesday Schedule

Thursday Schedule

Fridays Schedule

Friday Highlights-

-Tiff Massey Studio Visit 11 AM – 12 PM
Only 10 slots are available. Send an email to to RSVP.

-1 X Run Studio Visit 2 – 4 PM

-Future Distortion 9 pm 2 pm
Hygienic Dress League Gallery Opening
Bagley Central - 2545 Bagley St.

Saturday Schedule

Saturday Highlights-

Open Studio 12 – 8 PM
Pewabic Pottery, 10125 East Jefferson Ave

Sunday Schedule

Running All Week:
July 17-21 Young Curators New Ideas V
12 independent curators will transform 12 hotel rooms at Trumbull and Porter into mini contemporary art galleries

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 4 to 8 p.m.
Regular hours: Thursday - Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$5 tickets on sale here.
Click Here for a list of every gallery you can check out this week, we highly recommend that you check out Elle Rutt's work at Play Detroit. We cannot wait for this opening!


Monday, July 15, 2019

It's Fun to Sweat Out Your Stress at The Schvitz

A Schvitz is a sauna or steam bath. A place where groups of people gather to share in the ritual of sweating together, a ritual that dates back to ancient Greek times. The premise behind this ancient form of self-care is to embrace sweating to get all of the bad things inside of you out. Some people use steam baths for arthritis issues, some for skin issues, and others use it as a way to get over the last drinking binge. Bathhouses are very different from the dry saunas that you might have seen at your local gym so we want to tell you a little bit about our experience at Detroit's 100 + year old bathhouse called The Schvitz so that you know what you are getting into if you ever decide to go.

The Schvitz has been located in Detroit for over 100 years, but until a few years ago it was not very accessible to many different people, especially women. Oddly enough though, I was friends with a member and I had the chance to check it out a few times. The best way to describe it was lawless, the same way that I would describe Detroit 10 years ago. You could smoke whatever you wanted wherever you wanted and no one bothered with you if you didn't bother them. We would rent the space out on a Sunday and have a co-ed day with friends. This would include bringing in trays of food, bottles of alcohol, and all of our own amenities, including towels. It was fun, but it was dirty. Plus, women were only allowed if we rented out space or if you went with a date on a Saturday, so saying it wasn't really female-friendly would be an understatement. Thankfully, the new owner has completely turned things around and these days on Tuesdays and Sundays it is one of the most female-friendly places in town!

The new Schvitz is completely renovated from top to bottom, much more female-friendly has a lot more amenities and is all-inclusive and body positive. They have co-ed nights, as well as male and female only nights and they offer many other services throughout the week. My first visit was on a Tuesday night for a female only sweat from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. We got there around 6:30 and I would say that it was the peak time for people arriving for steam. When I arrived I paid my $30 fee to get into the club and was given 2 towels to start with (one to sit on and one to dry off with) and a locker key for a locker that I could store all my things in while I was there. I headed to the dressing room, changed into my swimsuit. and stored all my stuff in the locker and I was ready to go. I ventured down to the hot steam room with two friends, rinsed off. and went into the wet steam room where we hung out for around a half hour (as long as we could handle). While we were in the steam bath I observed some people getting a service that involved being hit with wet tea leaves. There were also a lot of women who were naked and proud, by this I mean spread out and unbothered. So, if you are uncomfortable with nudity. this might not be the place for you. After hitting the wet steam we visited the dry steam and jumped in the pool. We repeated this pattern over and over until we could take it anymore and then we headed back upstairs.

After changing out of our clothing and signing up for a late night massage I ordered food from the Coriander Kitchen's pop-up that they had in the house for the night. This particular pop-up offered a ton of vegan options, including a kale salad and chocolate mousse with blueberries that we couldn't pass up. The portions were hearty, the food was amazing, and the service was to die for. It was the perfect way to wake your body back up after spending so much time in the Schvitz. Finally, to end my night, I got a quick 35-minute total body massage from Joy, one of the therapists that were set up for the night. She was kind, she was thorough, and after hours of rubbing, she still had some really strong hands. I also have to say that getting the massage after the steam was really the icing on the cake. It was the perfect way to let go of the stress that I have been holding onto. In fact, I cried out of happiness and release on my way home and slept better than I have in months. So, I needed the steam session for a lot more than an article.
The Schvitz is open 7 days a week and you can see their schedule here. They have different pop-ups that are there throughout the week/year with lots of different services that you can take advantage of. This can include everything from tarot readings to Reiki. You can also still bring your own booze to enjoy, but you cannot smoke inside, you have to take that out to the amazing patio. They provide towels and robes for anyone that asks and have nice soaps and washes in all of their showering areas. So, you do not have to bring much. We do however recommend bringing a pair of flip flops and a reusable water bottle to keep filling up every time you need a drink. We also saw a few women using face masks in the steam room and we cannot wait to try that the next time we visit. And for the girls, we also recommend going on a girls only night if you can.  There was something really special about being around a bunch of awesome women for the night, it made me appreciate us and our bodies more than ever before.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: July 12-14

Friday, July 12th & Saturday, July 13th, 2019 - The Raconteurs @ The Masonic Temple: Jack White will be back in Detroit this weekend for back to back nights at The Masonic Temple with The Raconteurs. It's the perfect place for this show, since after all, Jack is the man that saved that amazing building. The Detroit dates are the kick off to the band's North American Tour in support of their latest album Help Us Stranger, which was just released last month. Tickets are still available for both shows and can be purchased online here.

Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th - The Wizard of Oz @ The Redford Theatre: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Redford Theatre this weekend for The Wizard of Oz! The historic theatre will be showing this classic film on Friday night, and again on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are only $5 per show and can be purchased in advance here. The theatre will also be collecting donations for Pantry 4 Paws, so bring some food for furry friends.

Saturday, July 13th - HR of Bad Brains @ The Loving Touch: HR (Human Rights) of the legendary band Bad Brains will be in town this weekend to play The Loving Touch. He will be playing music from his solo career as well as some Bad Brains songs at the show. Joining him for the night are Downtown Brown and J. Navarro & The Traitors. Tickets are only $15 and all ages are welcome. Pick up your tickets online here.

Sunday, July 14th - Conquest of the Planet of the Tapes @ The Sanctuary: Calling all movie lovers! If you don't care about Blu-Ray and digital quality and still love watching VHS tapes, then this event is for you! The Sanctuary will be full of vendors selling amazing movies on VHS this Sunday afternoon. According to the Facebook event, it looks like there might even be some Super 8 films there too! Show up to shop and see what you can find! Admission is free and the swap runs from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Concert of Colors is Still Free and Fun

For 27 years straight, the Concert of Colors has been bringing together the City of Detroit to celebrate music and diversity. This annual event is sponsored by The Arab American National Museum in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS and the University of Michigan – Detroit Center. The festival's goal is to, "unite metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world."

The nine-day long event will take place on multiple stages across the city. The main stage is located at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts with supporting stages at the DIA (north lawn, Rivera court, Kresge Court), Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Historical Society, Michigan Science Center, Scarab Club, International Institue of Metropolitan Detroit, and The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.
This year's event officially kicked off last night with a Tiny Desk concert sponsored by WDET, but there will be a lot more to experience over the next 8 days. You can see the full schedule of events here. Some of this year's highlights include a screening of the 2019 documentary: God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines – The Story of Detroit Techno, a low rider display in front of the DIA, and a live performance by Shigeto. There is even a film about Grace Jones being played at The DIA on Tuesday.
The Concert of Colors is a family event and it is free to attend. You can see a full schedule of everything fun you can do over the next 8 days here


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Win Tickets to See Kyle Shutt of The Sword at Small's

Guitarist Kyle Shutt has been playing with the band The Sword since 2003. The band is currently on hiatus, but Shutt is still making music. He recently released a self-titled album for his solo project. Give it a listen below.

Kyle Shutt and his band are currently out on tour and will be making their way to the Detroit area this weekend. They are set to hit the stage Sunday night at Small's in Hamtramck. Joining them is Detroit's own Trout, one of our personal favorites. Tickets to see these two bands live are only $8 in advance or $10 at the door. You can purchase your advance tickets online here

Thanks to our friends at Small's, you can also enter to win a pair of free tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #Kyle in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Sunday and 18+ are welcome. 


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

We Tried Outdoor Yoga at Port and It was Awesome

Working out is an interesting thing, it can be so intimidating, but it can also be addicting. I personally enjoy working out in a group setting because it pushes me to try harder, do better and learn new things. But for a lot of people, it can also be really scary to get hot and sweaty around a group of people that you do not know, especially if you are a beginner. For these reasons, I find myself sticking to routines and classes that I know I can handle which prevents me from learning new techniques and finding new ways to get fit. So, I decided that it was time to push myself to try something new.

I have always wanted to try a group yoga class so when I found out that Port in Ferndale was offering free donation based session on Saturday and Sunday mornings I decided that I was going to bring a mat and see what it was all about.

The classes are taught by Samantha Mee, a local woman who has quite a following. The routine was around an hour long and Sam did a great job at walking all of us through it. She explained everything that she wanted us to do and helped those of us that got confused along the way. She also made adjustments for people who needed things to be easier or harder. But, the best part about the whole thing was being outside in Ferndale on a sunny Sunday. It was fun to hear the birds, the cars, the people, and all of the sounds of the small Metro Detroit city and make mornings so special. I understand why people like to do yoga outdoors, it is a different experience and it is amazing. In fact, I went to the class angry and after one hour in the sun focusing on my breathing I left on the top of the world. I was nervous to try something new and after trying it, I definitely want to go back.

Port yoga takes place at 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday all summer long. It's free to attend with a $5 suggested donation for Sam for taking the time to practice with everyone. We highly suggest trying this class this summer, it is always good to get out there and do something different! 


Monday, July 8, 2019

The Dr. Wants You to Eat Good Sushi

Sushi has always been one of my favorite foods, but ever since I went vegan, I have been underwhelmed by my options. It turns out that most sushi places only offer a few vegan rolls and they tend to be pretty basic. This means that despite being one of my favorites, I haven't enjoyed much sushi over the past two years and I was really starting to miss it. So, I ventured out to see if I could find someplace that would make me something that would make my mouth water the same way that salmon avocado used to, that's when I found the doctor.

Dr. Sushi is a local Detroit catering company that has been popping up at restaurants and bars all over the city for the last 6 years. Nick George, a.k.a. Dr. Sushi, began his journey as a prep chef in a sushi bar before venturing out to create the first sustainable sushi business in Metro Detroit. His approach is to source high-quality sustainable fish and locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables to bring his customers the freshest and most eco-sustainable sushi that they have ever tasted. His cuisine also caters to vegetarian and vegan eaters by offering up lots of options that aren't on any other menu in town. This includes 2 of the best rolls I have ever eaten. One featured avocado, sweet potato, cucumber inari, and onion, and another that featured avocado with lemon habanero kosho. Each bite of sushi was PACKED with flavors that I have haven't tasted before. Dr. Sushi was by far the best sushi that I have ever had, vegan or otherwise.
There are three different ways that you can try Dr. Sushi for yourself. The first option is to attend one of his monthly pop-ups around town. The next one that he has scheduled will take place on July 12th at Lost River in Detroit. You can follow them here to stay up to date on their pop up events. The second way is to hire him to cater to your party or event. They can deliver some sushi trays, hangout and make them for your guests, or prepare an entire 5-course meal for your friends if you have the money and space. The final way that you can try their food is to attend one of their sushi classes. They have one at Brooklyn Street Local this Wednesday, July 10th and they run them all around town throughout the year. You can even reach out and book your own class for you and your friends if you want to learn together. You can find out more about Dr. Sushi's classes here.


Friday, July 5, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: July 5-7

Friday, July 5th - Cheapshow's Release Show @ The Sanctuary: Cheapshow is celebrating the release of their new EP After Everything is Said & Done, Friday night at The Sanctuary. The new songs can be streamed on the band's bandcamp here. Cheapshow will be joined by The Quirk and No Vision for this show. Cover is $8 and all ages are welcome.

Friday, July 5th - Vinyl Up Your Ass Voume 6 @ Outer Limits Lounge: Everyone's favorite Heavy Metal DJ Duo Heavy & Beyond will be spinning records throughout the night at Outer Limits. The soundtrack for the night will mainly consist of old school heavy metal. Cover is free and there will be cheap drinks. Things kick off at 8 p.m.

Friday, July 5th - Snoop Dogg @ Aretha Franklin Ampitheatre: The one and only Snoop Dogg will bring the Puff Puff Pass tour to Detroit this Friday night. Joining him on the tour are Warren G and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. That's a pretty epic lineup in our book! Tickets are still available, but they're pricey! Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Saturday, July 6th - A Star is Born @ Campus Martius: A Star is Born is definitely one of the top movies of the past year. If you haven't seen it yet, or you want to watch it again, this Saturday night you have a chance to watch it under the stars. Movie Nights in the D at Campus Martius Park are back and this Saturday, A Star is Born will be shown at 8 p.m. Make sure you get there early though, spots on the lawn fill up fast!

Saturday, July 6th - Stef Chura @ Deluxx Fluxx: Stef Chura has a new album out too and she's celebrating the release this Saturday at Deluxx Fluxx! Midnight can be heard online here. Stef will be joined by French Vanilla and Johnny Ill for Saturday's show.  Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased online here. 18+ are welcome and doors are at 7 p.m.