Friday, September 13, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: September 13-15

Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th - Meet your Best Friend @ The Zoo: We know, we keep posting about pet adoption, but this is the adoption event of all events. Next we promise we won't post about pet adoption (well, maybe). Hundreds of cats and dogs will be in the parking lot of the Detroit Zoo this Friday and Saturday, looking for their forever homes. Since this event started in 1993, more than 25,000 dogs and cats have found homes. Is your new furry friend waiting for you at the zoo? Find out on Friday from noon 'til 6 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Side note, you cannot adopt the bears, lions, and other animals that are actually in the zoo during this event.

Saturday, September 14th - The Lucid Furs @ The Sanctuary: The Lucid Furs always put on a great show and this Saturday will be no different. They will be playing at The Sanctuary in Hamtramck along with Salvadore RossDark Serenity, Stephanie Cox and The Blox and Edison Hollow. Cover is only $10, doors are set to open at 8 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Give The Lucid Furs latest album No God? No Problem a listen here.

Saturday, September 14th - Nothing Elegant: 8 Years Young @ The Old Miami: We had a blast chatting with Lady Fantastic (aka Sara Aldridge) on our podcast a couple of months ago. One of the things we talked about was the awesome monthly dance parties that she DJs along with her Nothing Elegant partner, Amy Dreamcatcher. This Saturday night, the duo returns to The Old Miami, but this is a special edition of Nothing Elegant. They will be celebrating their 8th birthday! Cover is only $5 and 21+ are welcome.

Saturday, September 14th - H20 25th Anniversary @ The Loving Touch: As we get older, so do the bands that we grew up listening to. This Saturday night, H20 will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at The Loving Touch. Joining them on stage are Comeback Kid, Abuse of Power, Strange Magic, and Hushed. Tickets for this monumental show are $20 in advance or $23 the day of the show. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Doors are at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome.

Saturday, September 14th - WhateverFest 9 @ Tangent Gallery: WhateverFest 9 was supposed to take place on The Dequindre Cut earlier this summer, but the date and location was changed. The good news is, that means that you didn't miss it! Over 30 acts are playing the event, spread across 3 stages at The Tangent Gallery. Doors open at noon, cover is $10 until 10 p.m. or $20 after 10. So get there early! See the full lineup for the day here.

Murals in the Market: Murals in the Market officially kicks off this weekend! The major events that you're used to, like Eastern Market After Dark, aren't happening until next week. So we will tell you more about that next week. This weekend there is a Family Reunion Block Party on Saturday, and an Artist Meet & Greet and Cocktail Hour on Sunday. See the full schedule of events here.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Win Tickets to See The HU at El Club

Mongolian Hunnu Rock Band The HU will be making their way to Detroit this weekend! The band headed out on the road earlier this week, leaving their home base of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. They will be making stops in cities throughout the US and Canada, with the tour running through the beginning of December. If you haven't ever heard of The HU before, this is a band like no other. You have to hear them for yourself, so just hit play below.

The HU will be playing El Club this Sunday, September 15th. Joining them is Detroit's own Al Lover. Tickets for the show are $18 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at El Club, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to with #HU in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this show and all ages are welcome. 


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Win Tickets to See Angels & Airwaves at The Fillmore

For years, Tom DeLonge was known for his band Blink-182. But, when the band went on hiatus back in 2005, he started another project called Angels & Airwaves. The band has a different feel from Blink-182, but developed quite a following over the last 14 years. During that time, the band released five albums and last month they just released a new single. Give it a listen below.

Angels & Airwaves are currently on tour and they will be playing at The Fillmore in Detroit on Friday, September 20th. There are still some tickets available for the show, with prices ranging from $30-$149. But, if you aren't worried about getting tickets before the show sells out, you can also enter to win a pair. Our friends at Live Nation Detroit are giving us one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, send your name to with #airwaves in the subject line. We will draw our winner the day before the show and will email 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.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Win Tickets to See K.Flay at The Crofoot

K.Flay is celebrating the release of her third studio album Solutions by touring across the world through the end of the year. The "Bad Vibes" singer will be making her stop in Detroit on September 20th to play with Houses and Your Smith at The Crofoot. Tickets to attend the show are $25 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have a pair to give away to the show courtesy of Crofoots Presents. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to attend the show with a friend for free, please email your full name to with the subject line #solutionstour. We will draw one lucky person on the 19th and they will get to attend her over the top live set with a friend for free.


Monday, September 9, 2019

The SheTown Film Festival Returns to Detroit this Weekend

A lot of people complain that the world isn't the way that they want it to be, other's find ways to create the spaces that they want to exist. Mike Madigan and Amanda Looney are two veteran filmmakers that didn't like the way that women were being represented and celebrated in the film industry, so they created their own film festival to make sure that women got their chance to shine. The Detroit SheTown Film Festival was born in 2018 to celebrate female filmmakers and it was well-received, even selling out a few of its inaugural events. This inspired the co-creators to bring the festival back to Detroit for the second year, but being the innovators that they are, they have added even more to make the second year bigger and better in every way.

The 2019 SheTown Film Festival received entries from hundreds of filmmakers from 25 different countries. The panel watched every film and curated a weekend of movie watching that they think everyone will enjoy. They have separated the films into a few different categories and curated a few parties and events to make the weekend extra special. This includes a free mixer this Thursday, September 12 and a comedy block on Saturday, September 14th that Mandy says you will not want to miss. You can see a full lineup of events and purchase tickets here. Each showing is only $10 and a weekend pass to get into everything is only $70, which means that this festival is VERY affordable. If you like films, want to make films, already make films, or just want to do something different this weekend, check out the Detroit SheTown Film Festival and celebrate all of the cool things that women have done with film.


Friday, September 6, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: September 6 - 8

Dally in the Alley is on the top of our list of things to do this weekend, but here are some other fun things to do before or after you dally.

Friday, September 6th - Pizzacon @ Small's: Who doesn't love pizza? This Friday night,  it's all about pizza at the Third Annual Pizzacon! This event includes a pizza themed art show and pizza party, with free slices provided by Jet's Pizza. The party starts at 8 p.m. and there is no cover charge. Free pizza and free admission! Does it get any better???

Saturday, September 7th - Bark to School Adoption Event: We've been all about saving the dogs lately and this Saturday, you have the perfect chance to save some great pups and take home a new friend. Detroit Animal Care and Control will be holding a free adoption event this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The DACC takes in between 70-100 animals a week. So there are always new animals coming in that need your help. Not ready to adopt? They're always looking for fosters. You can even just take a dog on an adventure or home for a sleepover! The DACC is located on the I-75 service drive at 7401 Chrysler Drive.

Saturday, September 7th - J. Navarro & The Traitors @ The Parliament Room at Otus Supply: J. Navarro & The Traitors bring ska to the stage at Otus Supply this Saturday night. Joining them for the evening are The Essentials, You Dirty Rat, Burning Things plus special guests Pocket Sounds. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. So save yourself a few bucks and buy tickets in advance here. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 8th - The Growlers @ The Majestic: Last weekend, Jessica Hernandez blew fans away with her homecoming show at the Magic Stick. Well this weekend, you get to see Stella's daddy play with his band next door at The Majestic! The Growlers will be joined by Pinky Pinky and tickets are $30. All ages are welcome and doors are set to open at 7 p.m.

Win Tickets to Michiganders Album Release Party at The Crofoot

Jason Singer has been performing for live audiences since 2011. In 2014 he took on the name Michigander and in 2016 he released his first EP called Midland. He spent the next two years touring and perfecting his sound and stage show before stepping back to write, record and prepare to release his latest EP, Where Do We Go From Here, on C3 Records on September 13th, 2019. He will be celebrating that release in Pontiac at The Crofoot alongside Bad Bad Hats, Rival Summers, and Kimball. This show will kick off a four-week tour across the US and if the first single is a sign of what's to come, this may be the start of something bigger then ever for the mid-Michigan signer/songwriter.

Tickets to attend the Friday the 13th release party are $13 in advance and all ages are welcome to attend. We also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Hip in Detroit sponsor The Crofoot. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to with the subject line #michigander. We will draw one lucky winner on the morning of the show and they will get to attend the event with a friend for free. 


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Win Tickets to See Big Business at Deluxx Fluxx

This Friday night, Party Store Productions will bring Big Business to the stage at Deluxx Fluxx. The duo just released a new full length earlier this year, called The Beast You Are. After releasing the album, they hit the road with Sleep, but sadly that tour didn't make its way to Detroit. But now you have a chance to see them this Friday night along with MEAT WAVE from Chicago and Detroit's own Teener.

Tickets to see these three great bands live are $13 in advance or $15 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. Thanks to our friends at Party Store Productions and Deluxx Fluxx, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to with #bigbusiness in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Friday and 21+ are welcome. 


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

It's Time to Dally in The Alley

This year's festival poster was created by David McGuffie (Birdchow)
Dally in the Alley will be returning to Cass Corridor for its 42nd year this Saturday, September 7th.  The annual gathering has been growing bigger and better every year and is one of our favorite annual events which means we NEVER miss Dally and you shouldn't either. 

This year's street fair will feature over 160 merchants selling candles, art, jewelry, clothing, food, and one of a kind handmade items. There will be three music stages featuring a variety of musical acts, you can see the bands and set times here. Musical highlights include Bave, Bryan Hugo Iglesias, Leif Erikson, The Muggs, Tony Nova, and Octavia. There will also be a community stage that will host yoga, karaoke, and a drag show, you can find the full lineup for those free shows here

This year's event will have a variety of food trucks stationed throughout the festival. some of the highlights include Nosh Pit, People's Pierogi Collective, Delectabowl, and Amicci's.  You can see the full food lineup for the festival by clicking here

Kids are also welcome to come to Dalley in the Alley, in fact, there will be an entire area of fun things for them to do from noon until 4 pm. This includes several arts craft projects ranging from making your own tie-dye shirt/personalized keepsakes, beeswax candle rolling to flower crown making. Plus, all of the signage that you see throughout the event was painted by local artists. This year's featured artists included Karianne Spens-Hanna, AJ Kessler, Sarah Alcodray, Aidel Finman, and Fioza Leigh Cowan. Look for their work as you walk around the show! The organizers have also created an interactive map to help guide you through the day, you can utilize that here

This year's Dally in the Alley kicks off at 11 a.m. and officially runs through 11 p.m. on Saturday. You can keep up with all things Dally here.