Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Teener "Auger" Release at Third Man Records

This Wednesday night, Detroit's own Teener will be celebrating the release of their new 7" at Third Man Records. Auger features three new tracks from the four piece and is being released by Third Man Records. So, it seems only appropriate to have the release show at the label's Cass Corridor location. If you aren't familiar with Teener yet, the band has been classified as hardcore punk and noise rock, among other genres. It features vocalist Ollie Dodt with Jeremy Damaske, Brach Goodman, and Shayne O'Keefe. This new 7" is the follow up to the band's 2017 full lenght Siclical Trash. You can give that album a listen here and you can hear the new 7" by clicking play below.

Wednesday night's show will also feature Meat Wave from Chicago and PRC. Cover is only $10 and all ages are welcome. Presale tickets are still available and can be purchased online here. Doors are set to open at 7:30 p.m. for this one and the music will start at 8:30 p.m.

Teener will be hitting the road later this month, with shows on the East Coast and down south. So don't miss your chance to see them here at home and celebrate their big release! Learn more about Teener by listening to their recent podcast with Jeff Milo here.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Win Tickets to See Child Bite at The Loving Touch

This Friday night, Detroit's own Child Bite will be celebrating the release of their new album at The Loving Touch! Blow Off The Omens is the fifth album for the band, and was officially released on November 22nd. If you haven't given it a listen yet, you can hear it by hitting play below. Physical copies are available at your favorite record store or you can get your hands on one by heading to the show this Friday the 13th.
Cover for Friday's show is only $12, which also includes a copy of the new CD. If you would rather have the album on vinyl, you can get that instead for an up charge. Joining Child Bite for this show are Easy Action, Strange Magic, Tongue Party (Minneapolis) and Man At Arms. So, you get to see 5 awesome bands and get the new CD all for just $12. Can't beat that!

If you are running low on cash right now, you're still in luck because we are also getting two lucky people into this show for free. To enter to win, send your name to with #omens in the subject line. We will draw our winner on Friday morning and they will get in the door with a friend for free that night.

All ages are welcome to attend this show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Man At Arms kicks things off at 8. For set times and more info, visit the Facebook event here.


Friday, December 6, 2019

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

We already told you about The Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Dancing at Planet Ant, and movies at The Redford. Well, here are some other fun things happening this weekend!

Friday, December 6th - Carmel Liburdi's CD Release @ Trumbullplex: Carmel Liburdi is celebrating the release of her new CD Friday night and she invited a bunch of her friends to join in on the fun. Maray Fuego, Emily Rose, and Jack Oats  will be joining her. Plus, Carmel's performance will feature many of her friends too! It all starts at 8 p.m., cover is $7, and all ages are welcome.

Saturday, December 7th - JOKR @ Bagley Central: If you haven't been to Bagley Central yet, you are seriously missing out on one of the best bars in Detroit. This Saturday night, you have a new excuse to head to Bagley, whether you've been there before or not. JOKR is a new comedy night at the bar, and it takes place in the back room, where you may have seen art galleries on display in the past. Cover is only $5 and the fun starts at 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 7th - No Rest Fest @ Trumbullplex: Apparently Trumbullplex is the place to be this weekend! The Armed takes over the venue for No Rest Fest 6 this Saturday. This year's fest features Reverend, Shock Narcotic, Strange Magic, Inhalants, SNAFU, Tart, Shit Life, Livid, Slob, Solemn Judgement, and Old Gods. Great lineup, and we're super excited to see a couple of our favorite female fronted Detroit bands on the bill this year! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and there will be karaoke until the bands start at 8:30 p.m. Cover is only $5 and all ages are welcome.

Sunday, December 8th - Tesco Vee's Motor City Punk Rock Swap Meat @ The Loving Touch: This just might be the swap of all swap meets! Tesco Vee will be bringing together some great vendors this Sunday afternoon, selling everything from records to toys to vintage clothing. The Swap Meat takes place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cover is free, and since it's a Sunday, parking is also free. Reverend DJ Tire Iron will be playing punk and metal tunes throughout the day and the bar will be open for all of your beverage needs.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Get in the Holiday Spirit at The Redford Theatre

The historic Redford Theatre is always a great place to see your favorite movie on the big screen, but during the holidays, it is an even more magical place. The theatre originally opened in 1928 and was "billed as America’s Most Unique Suburban Playhouse". Since films were mainly silent at the time, an organ was installed to accompany the films, and the organ still remains today! Nowadays when you go to the Redford, instead of playing during the film, the organist will play before the movie and again during intermission. Paired with the amazing decor and three levels of seating, going to the movies at the Redford is a movie going experience like none other.

If you want to experience the Redford Theatre for yourself this holiday season, they have some great classic holiday films lined up throughout the month of December. This Saturday, December 7th, The Muppet Christmas Carol will play at 2 p.m. As an added bonus, you can get your picture taken with Santa during this show. On Friday and Saturday night, December 6th and 7th, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation will play at 8 p.m. Then, on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th, White Christmas will be showing. Showtimes for that are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Last, but not least, It's A Wonderful Life will be playing on December 20th and 21st, with 8 p.m. showings on both nights and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Tickets for all of these movies at the Redford Theatre are only $5 per showing and tickets can be purchased in advance on their website here. Showings do sell out, so if you really want to see one of these movies, make sure you secure your tickets in advance. Doors to the Redford Theatre typically open one hour before show time and the organist begins to play a half hour prior to showtime. Don't forget, the Redford Theatre shows movies all year round too, not just during the holidays. To see what else they have coming up, visit them online at and follow them on Facebook here.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Kaitlyn Valor Bourque Takes on a Directing Role for Her Last Act at Planet Ant

Planet Ant is a hub of art and creativity. On any given night you can see people rehearsing for a play in the theatre, catch a class learning a new technique in the hall, watch a live band in the bar, and catch a comedy show in the backroom. Because of this, they have attracted a unique group of artists that put all of their time and passion into creating one of a kind shows that you cannot find anywhere else. One of those artists is actor and director Kaitlyn Valor Bourque. Kaitlyn has starred in many pieces throughout her time at Planet Ant, but she is taking it to the next level for her closing act with the Ant. She is directing a new play called Dancing before she takes her talent in a new direction. So, we asked her to answer a few questions about acting, directing, and what she has planned for the future. Check out what she has to say and then click here to find out more about the show.
HID- Why did you want to direct instead of act?
Kaitlyn- "This story benefits from actors portraying its characters as authentically representative to the ages written as possible — their journey takes them through age 17 to 23. One of the actors in this production is 17 and the other is 22, so they perfectly represent the entire spectrum the script outlines. Aside from being a solid decade past this age bracket (insert wink-emoji here), I felt personally connected to this script in a way that was comprehensive and vivid and made me feel more compelled to lead a team into giving it life."

HID- Which role do you prefer and why?
K- "Impossible! I adore and am mystified by both of these characters as written, in equal measure. Their individual and collective journeys ring true for me in ways that are unnervingly specific to my own lived experiences. It’s the classic queer attraction paradox — am I into this person because I want to be them or bang them? These are roles I want to see on stage because they are people I somehow both already know and have always been dreaming about."

HID- How long do you have to rehearse a piece like this before it goes to the stage?
K- "When the show opens we will have had just under four weeks of rehearsals. Our schedule has been tight, but thorough and well-managed; and these lovely young actors have had their game faces on from the very start."

HID- What do you hope people take away from this show?
K- "My hope is that audiences see firsthand how a universal, tale-as-old-as-time can be elevated and made new again with new representation – and how that single shift can change the way these stories unravel. I hope they remember someone, or sometime, that made them feel the way “J” and “S” make each other feel."

HID- What are you looking forward to in 2020?
K- "After being an active part of this creative colony for over two years, Dancing will be my last project with Planet Ant for the foreseeable future. The transition is certainly bittersweet, but very exciting in its possibility and promise. Ultimately, I am looking forward to turning my focus inward, getting back onstage, traveling more in 2020 — and most of all, my beautiful baby sister getting married at the end of the year!"

HID- Is there anything else you think we should know?
K- "This world premiere is written, produced, and performed exclusively by local artists; all of which is possible because of Planet Ant’s commitment to supporting and spotlighting the creative pursuits of hundreds of individuals throughout our communities. There are so many ways to support this non-profit’s efforts beyond just attending this show, so follow their social media platforms and come to all the things!"

If you want to know more about Planet Ant, follow them on social media here


Monday, December 2, 2019

10 Reasons You Want to Check Out the Detroit Urban Craft Fair this Weekend

The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is returning to the city on December 6th, 7th, and 8th. The fair, which is ever-changing, has added lots of new things to make this year's event better than ever. Here are the 10 best reasons to go:

1- The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is a highly curated show.
Thousands of makers apply to be a part of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. but only a little over a hundred makers are selected to be part of the show. A jury of veteran makers/curators gather together to go through every application to put together the perfect show.  This means they have a great selection of different handmade items to browse through and a little something for everyone.

2- This year the Detroit Urban Craft Fair will have food, snacks, and coffee!
The DUCF will feature food from Delectabowl and snacks and coffee from Gooseneck Coffe Co. on Saturday and Sunday.

3- They have great DJs playing music all weekend long.
DJ Eugene Machine will be kicking off the music on Friday night and DJ Dave Lawson will be spreading holiday cheer on Saturday and Sunday. The fun music always adds to the fun atmosphere of the show.

4- Friday night has some extra fun features.
Friday night costs $10, but you get a lot more for your money! Subtle Design will be teaching letterpress, POST Detroit will host a make and take a class, Cool Critters kids will be setting up their "Weepul People" station, and Paper Honey Bee will have a craft. Imperfect Foods and Gelato Bean will be handing out samples and there will be raffles and giveaways. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from the door will be donated to Art Road.

5- It's only $1 to get in Saturday and Sunday. 
Some people say you can't do anything fun for a dollar, we beg to differ. The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is only $1 all day Saturday and Sunday.

6- Part of the proceeds from the DUCF go to Art Road.
Part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Art Road, a nonprofit that is trying to ensure that every child has the chance to experience music and art at their schools. 

7- Children under 12 are FREE all weekend!
Free is good, kids are welcome, but leave the strollers at the door because it gets tight in there!

8- All of the makers are at the show.
If you see something and you want to ask the maker about it, you can. ALL OF THE MAKERS that participate in this show will be on-site all weekend. You can talk with the makers and ask them bout their craft! No strong sales pitches here, just a chance to connect with some great makers.

9- You can find a holiday gift for everyone on your list.
There is a wide variety at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. You can find gifts for kids, comic lovers, beauty junkies, and unique decor collectors. The selection process for the show ensures that this fair always has the perfect mixture of goods to make shopping local extra easy.

10-The first 50 people through the door on Saturday get a gift bag.
The first fifty people to enter the fair on Saturday morning will get a #DUCF gift bag to take home.  Make sure you show up early because the doors open at 10 a.m. and the bags go fast! 

The Detroit Urban Craft Fair will take place at The Masonic Temple this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 6,7, and|8. The show will run from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Sunday. Friday night's preview event is $10, the rest of the weekend is $1. More information about the show can be found on their Instagram, follow them here.