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 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! 


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.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Guide to Halloween

October 16 & 26- Smashing Pumpkins at The Detroit Zoo - Watch as the animals at the Detroit Zoo receive fall harvest goodies that they can play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash It's all part of their daily, comprehensive program to provide habitats that are complex and engaging for the animals.

October 17, 24 & 31- Vegan Fall Cider and Donuts at Ale Mary's - Vegan donuts made fresh to order.

October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27- Zoo Boo - All 125 acres of the Detroit Zoo will be open until dark for this annual “merry-not-scary” Halloween celebration featuring a festively decorated half-mile trick-or-treat trail, magic acts, storytellers, jugglers, live music and extreme pumpkin carving.   

October 18 & 19 - Midnight Madness at The Main Art Theatre - HALLOWEEN (1978) screens on Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th at midnight. Tickets are $7.

October 18-21 & 25-28 - Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village - The torches are lit, bells are tolling, skeletons are dancing and pumpkins are singing, all to make this the most stirring night of the year.

October 18 - Watch Army of Darkness at The Redford Theatre - For his third and final installment in the “Evil Dead” series of horror comedies, former Detroiter Sam Raimi sent his chainsaw-wielding hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) back to medieval times to retrieve the all-important Book of the Dead and prevent an army of ghouls from taking over the past and the future.

October 19 & 26 - Cider in the City - Blake's Cider Mill is traveling South to pop-up at Beacon park Detroit from pm - 5 pm.  This includes free family activities like make and takes in inflatables.

October 19- Young Frankenstein at The Redford Theatre - Come see Mel Brooks’s 1974 classic on the big screen.

October 18 & 19 - Theatre Bizzare - The Greatest masquerade on Earth.

October 20 & 27 - Street Beet Vegan GF Cider and Donuts - Street Beet will be popping up at Anthology Coffee at 10 am.

October 20 - Bark Bash - Spend a fall Sunday at Royal Oak's beautiful Memorial Park while we raise funds and raise awareness, with not just one, but FOUR of the Detroit areas animal welfare groups.

October 20 - The Detroit Spookshow Halloween Sale @ The Sanctuary - Numerous vendors will be on hand selling the coolest of Halloween and Horror related treasures.

October 25 - Happy Endings Halloween @ New Way Bar - Costumes encouraged, Classic Alt / Shoegaze / Brit Pop / Post-Punk / Synth Pop throughout the night.

October 25- Monster's Ball 2019 @ The Fillmore - A wickedly awesome Halloween party with a pizza buffet.

October 25 & 26 - Creepy Cheapy - A meticulously curated lineup of live bands will take over three stages and perform full-costumed covers of your favorite bands and artists!

October 26 -  Thirst Wave + Industrial Is Not Dead @ Small's - There will be Halloween tricks & treats, drink specials, and a costume contest with a cash prize!

October 26- Nosferatu @ The Senate Theatre -The Senate Theater and the Detroit Theater Organ Society present a screening of F.W. Murnau's frightful 1922 silent horror Nosferatu. Organist Scott Smith will accompany the film live on their Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ.

October 26 - Boo at the Nature Center - Enjoy a ghoulishly good time at this free annual event at the Belle Isle Nature Center. Visit the animals and take part in spooktacular activities! Children are encouraged to wear costumes and bring treat bags – Halloween goodies are provided to all who attend.

October 26 - Jawbreaker Fest: Above & Beyond @ The Fillmore See Above & Beyond perform live at their Jawbreaker Halloween Party! Get your tickets here.

October 27- Royal Oak Spooktacular- The traditional FREE Trick or Treating event will be taking place in downtown Royal Oak between 1-4 p.m.

October 27- Skeleton Party at Deluxx Fluxx - A costume party where everyone is a skeleton!

October 27- Weekend of Horrors at the DIA- The DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre is offering a frightening lineup of films including the newly restored versions of the original “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Old Dark House,” as well as “The Crazies”

October 27- Carving for Canines at Bagley Central- Purchase a pumpkin @ Bagley Central and carve away! They will provide tools and help clean-up. All of the proceeds from your pumpkin purchase will go to Bark Nation to assist in their compassionate mission.

October 28 - Halloween Soiree at the Fisher- This Halloween Soiree will be second to none with Palm Readers, Magicians, Live D.j., Acrobatics, Fire Entertainers, Live Jazz Band in the Ballroom and so much more! Enjoy a cocktail from our prohibition-era pub while strolling the grounds & two floors of this 18,000ft historic Mansion!

October 28- Punch Bowl Social Halloween Bash- A live DJ will spin tunes and select food specials will be available, all for no cover.

October 31- Houdini's All Hallows Eve Ball- Celebrate Halloween 1920's style. Costumes are required.

October 31- Something Cold Halloween at UFO Factory- Free + Industrial at UFO

October 31 - Nosferatu + Live Music @ The Fisher Music Center - Watch Nosferatu while the Andrew Alden Ensemble performs their live score written for the film.

October 31 - Defiled Halloween @ Small's - Residents Dj Graphite and Wraith with the best new industrial, aggrotech, EBM, and more!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: October 11-13

Saturday, October 12th - Empty The Shelters: We know, we know! We'll stop it with the pet related events. But, here's one more big one first! This Saturday (and also Friday at DACC), many shelters in the area will be offering fee free or reduced fee adoptions. You can check out a full list of participating shelters in the area here. Get out there and get yourself a new furry friend! (P.S. Checkout our new Hip Pet of the Week feature with Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control over there on the left. Maybe Giovanni or one of his friends are the right dog for you!)

Saturday, October 12th - Theatre Bizarre @ The Masonic Temple: Don't miss the best Halloween party in the world, Theatre Bizarre! If you haven't been to this event before, it is something you truly need to experience. You can get the inside scoop on the event in our review from last year here. This year, tickets are $105 and can be purchased at many locations in the area, see the full list here. Costumes are mandatory to get in to this event and you will see things that you've never seen before! Can't make it this weekend? You have another chance on October 19th.  

Saturday, October 12th - Nothing Elegant @ The Old Miami: Dance the night away with DJs Lady Fantastic and Amy Dreamcatcher! They'll be playing "Hip-hop, R&B jammers, soul, 90's bangers and everything in between". Cover is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. The party starts at 10 p.m.!

Saturday, October 12th - Sunday, October 13th - Mise En Scène Michigan @ The Senate Theater: Here's your chance to see some awesome Michigan-made indie horror and grindhouse movies from the 1970s and 80s. The lineup for the weekend includes Evil Dead II, Northville Cemetery Massacre, Mosquito, Moontrap, Deathbed: The Bed That Eats, and Going Back, and each screening includes Q&A sessions with guest filmmakers! Tickets are $10 per show, and $5 for the Evil Dead II. For showtimes and more details, click here

Thursday, October 10, 2019

24 Hour Ticket Giveaway: Tiger Army @ Deluxx Fluxx

This Friday night, Tiger Army is headed to town to play Deluxx Fluxx. The band is on tour in support of their new album Retrofuture that was released about a month ago. You can hear the full album here and you can check out the music video for "Devil That You Don't Know" off that new album by hitting play below.

Tiger Army will be joined by Sad Girl and Kate Clover for Friday's show. Tickets to see these three acts live are $28 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to Black Iris Booking and Party Store Productions, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to with #tigerarmy in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

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


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It's Time For You To See The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Perform

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1887 making it the fourth oldest surviving orchestra in the US. They have a rich history of ups and downs and have come close to closing many times throughout the last 130 years, but somehow with the support of the community, they have always kept the music playing. In fact, this year they will be celebrating the 100th year that they have been performing at The Detroit Orchestra Hall. You can buy tickets to see them perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Mahler Symphony No. 4 as well as lots of other classic pieces throughout the year, but they realize that classical music isn't everyone's cup of tea. On the other hand, when you add classic music to the movies that we love, everyone seems to jump on board. The DSO has found a way to connect all of us to classical music without us even realizing it. They license the rights to classic movies that we love and play all of the music that goes along with the film live.

We had the honor of seeing the DSO perform The Empire Strikes back a few weeks ago and were blown away by how amazing of an experience it was. When the Imperial march kicked in for the first time, I was overwhelmed with glee. Music made a film that I have seen 100 times more magical than I ever imagined. They will be performing Nosferatu in October and Home Alone for December. Tickets sell out for these events so make sure that you buy them now if there is something you want to see. We also recommend that you bring some extra layers because it can get cold in the hall and it's nice to be warm and cozy while you ware watching the film. This is the kind of thing that the whole family can enjoy, but it's also a great date. To learn more about the Detroit Symphony Orchastra visit their website here.


Monday, October 7, 2019

Hip Gets Haute to Death

Last week we had the privilege of being invited into the Detroit home of Jon Dones and Ash Nowak to talk about all things Haute to Death. Listen to everything we had to say here:

Learn more about Haute to Death

Attend the Next Haute to Death Party 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Here's How to Help Street Beet Become Legit

For the 8th year in a row, Hatch Detroit has teamed up with Comerica Bank to present a cash grant to one local business to build a brick and mortar space to get things going. One of our favorite local business made the final five last week and they need our help to make sure that they lock this one down

Street Beet makes the best vegan food we have ever eaten and we are sick of waiting in line at pop-ups to be able to get our fix, it's time for them to open up a brick and mortar. So, here is how you can vote 1x/day on two different websites to hep them lock this thing down.

Vote 1

Vote 2

You can vote 1 x per day on each of these websites through October 10th.

If you want to learn more about Street Beet you can listen to our recent podcast with them here.


Friday, October 4, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: October 4-6

Friday, October 4th - Break Anchor @ The Parliament Room at Otus Supply: It has been over a year since Break Anchor has played a show. This Friday night, the beloved band will return to the stage at The Parliament Room at Otus Supply in Ferndale. Will it be for one night only? We sure hope not! Break Anchor will be joined by S.N.A.F.U., Pancho Villa's Skull and Take Weight. Cover is $12 and 18+ are welcome. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. 

Saturday, October 5th - Detroit Dogventures: The shelter at Detroit Animal Care and Control reaches capacity monthly. There are always over a hundred dogs in their care, either at their facilities or in foster homes. And, although Michigan is considered a no-kill state because of the low euthanasia rates across the state, that doesn't mean that all shelters are no-kill (hopefully, you get our drift). If you can't adopt a pet at this time, you can still help the DACC by fostering, doing a sleepover with a dog, or by taking a dog out during Detroit Dogventures. This Saturday, head to DACC and the Friends of DACC will set you up with a dog to take out on the town for the day. The Friends have paired with Detroit area businesses to set up dog-friendly locations to take the dogs on field trips for the day. Make the day for one of these dogs, and hopefully someone you cross paths with will go adopt him or her after seeing them out and about! The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the DACC building is located on the I-75 service drive at 7401 Chrysler Drive (in the old Michigan Humane Society Building). 

Saturday, October 5th - Nightmare @ The Senate: This Saturday, watch two nightmarish movies at the Senate Theater for Nightmare at The Senate. At 4 p.m., watch the classic Tim Burton film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Then, at night things get a bit scarier with A Nightmare on Elm Street at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for each show and can be purchased here

Saturday, October 5th - Devious Ones Record Release & 100th Show @ Outer Limits Lounge: Saturday night, Devious Ones will be celebrating the release of their new 45 and it just so happens to be their 100th show too! The band will be performing at Outer Limits Lounge in Hamtramck along with Indonesian Junk and Toeheads. Cover is only $8, doors open at 8 p.m. and 21+ are welcome. Give the new tunes a listen here.

Sunday, October 6th - Face to Face and Lagwagon @ St. Andrew's Hall: Wrap up your weekend with a great show, when Face to Face and Lagwagon hit the stage at St. Andrew's Hall. The two bands just kicked off their tour together last week. They will also be joined by MakeWar. Tickets are $29.50 and can be purchased in advance here. Doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. and all ages are welcome.


Detroit Artists Come Together to Celebrate Daniel Johnston

Andy Warhol once said that, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" and in an era of Insta fame, it seems like he was right. Social media has changed the world. This can be inspiring and discouraging for an artist. Having a following doesn't mean that you make great music or produce great art and making great art or creating great music doesn't mean that you will have a following. This means that a lot of great artists fly under the radar and never get recognized for the talents that they are.

Daniel Johnston was an underappreciated artist that had tastes of fame throughout his life without ever getting the recognition he deserved. He recorded most of his music on a tape recorder in his bedroom and his biggest claim to mainstream fame was that Kurt Cobain wore a tee shirt with his art on it. He spent a significant part of his life in institutions and passed away this year at the age of 58 years old. To many, this is the end of his story, but a few artists in Detroit have a little more to say about it.

They want to remind you that Daniel played here two times. Once to around 60 people and once to a sold-out crowd at the Magic Stick. This iconic 2008 show was one of the highlights of Daniels's career and was a magical moment for anyone that attend the show. So, in honor of the artist, his music, and his impact on Detroit, a group of local music makers has come together to celebrate the music of Daniel Johnston.

Matt Milia, Stef Chura, Libby Decamp, Craig Brown, Ben Collins (minihorse), Marlon Morton (Remnose), Greater Alexander, and Jesse Sheperd-Bates (Handgrenades) will all be performing the music of Daniel Johnston at the Magic Stick on November 15th. Tickets to attend the show are $10 in advance and they can be purchased here. All ages are welcome to attend the event and doors for the show open at 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go the Hi How Are You Project, a non-profit that focuses on mental health. You can learn more about his non-profit here and you can keep up with the show by adding yourself to the FB event here.

RIP Mr. Johnston


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Win Tickets to See Less Than Jake & Bowling For Soup

Tuesday night, the Good Vibes & High Fives Tour will be making a stop at The Crofoot in Pontiac! The tour features co-headliners Less Than Jake and Bowling For Soup, along with Authority Zero. The tour just kicked off on the 1st in Oklahoma City, and only 9 cities were lucky enough to get stops along the way, Metro Detroit being one of them.

Tickets to see this show live are $25 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to our friends at The Crofoot, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To enter to win, send your name to with #high5 in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Tuesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

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


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Leah Vernon is Unashamed

Have you ever heard of the body positivity movement? In 2012 the idea that you could, should, and would love yourself despite societies uninclusive and unrealistic standards began to surface across the internet. It was championed by plus-size model Tess Holiday and echoed through art and culture by icons like Lizzo and yoga enthusiast Jessamyn Stanley. The goal of the movement is to address unrealistic beauty standards and to build the confidence of oneself and others. This particular action is unique in that recognizes that size is just one of the many ways that our bodies are judged by others. Race, gender, sexual orientation, and ableness also play a big role in our discrimination and treatment of others.

I personally understand what size and gender discrimination feel like, but I've never had any real understanding of how race played into this equation until I read Leah Vernon's new book Unashamed: Musings of a Fat Black Muslim. Leah is an Insta famous blogger, model, and writer that has championed the body positivity movement by sharing her story with her followers through social media. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and although we have very similar stories, we have had very different lives. We both grew up fat and loud in religious families that didn't accept us for who we were, but the world still treated us very differently. It was very interesting to learn more about how being Muslim and black affected her experience of being fat and loud. It was even more interesting to learn about her journey into self-acceptance and eventually self-celebration. I cried more than once while I was reading this because there were entire sections where I felt like she was taking the thoughts right out of my head and putting them on the page. It was refreshing to find out that another fat girl struggled with anorexia, bulimia, and self-hatred before realizing that it was all bullshit. It was empowering to find myself in her story while recognizing how different the world treats people based on their skin color and the religious coverings that they wear on their heads. 

If you are not familiar with Leah you should be following her here and if you want to learn more about being UNASHMED you should read her new book when it comes out on October 15th. You can purchase your pre-order copy on Amazon here. And, if you want to meet the woman in person you can head up to Playground Detroit for Leah's book party on October 19th. Her book will be available for purchase at the event. RSVP to keep up with all of the details here.