Thursday, September 24, 2020

Outdoor Movie Night at the Redford Theatre with The Three Stooges


We could all use a good laugh right now with all of the craziness going on in the world. And since the weather is still nice, your friends at the Redford Theatre have decided to host a fun outdoor movie night this Friday night! They will be showing classic episodes from The Three Stooges as well as some cartoons out in their parking lot. The lineup for the evening includes "Disorder In The Court" (1936), "Sing a Song of Six Pants" (1947), "Brideless Groom" (1947), and "Malice In The Palace" (1949). 

Tickets are required for this event and are limited to allow for social distancing. You can pick yours up for just $10 here.  There are also some guidelines in place to make sure this is a safe and fun event for all. 

  • We kindly ask that any guest who has a fever or is experiencing any Covid-19-like symptoms refrain from coming to our theatre.
  • If a guest has knowingly been in contact with any individuals who have been diagnosed with Coronavirus, we ask that you self-quarantine and avoid the theatre.
  • If a guest has purchased tickets and has experienced any symptoms related to Covid-19, you may request a refund.
  • Redford Theatre volunteers will all wear masks, wash hands every 30-60 minutes, and undergo health and temperature screening before serving our patrons.
  • All guests must wear a face mask whenever not seated that secures behind the ears and head. Valve masks and neck gaiters will not be allowed.
  • Masks may be removed while seated to enjoy items from our concession stand, but please replace masks when done drinking/eating.
  • Social distancing must be observed, and you must sit 8 feet from anyone who is not in your immediate party/household. Capacity will be reduced to ensure this is possible.
  • No alcohol.

Gates will open at 7 p.m. for this event. The pre-show starts at 7:30 and the movie begins at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on because no seating will be provided. For more information on this fun event, click here.  


~C

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Announcement: Hip in Detroit Now Has a Facebook Group - What's Hip in Detroit?


2020 has been a challenge for all of us. Many people are out of work, while others are tackling the new reality of working from home. Others are working on the frontlines, dealing with the realities of the pandemic, while many are staying home to keep themselves, their families, and their neighbors safe. Businesses are struggling, and we all miss seeing our loved ones and giving them hugs or a high five. We are all dealing with challenges in one way or another, and things are changing every day, sometimes in good ways, and sometimes in not so good ways. We miss the old ways of having fun and somehow we are finding new ways to have fun and enjoy life. 

Over the past six months, we have had a really hard time deciding what we should be doing with Hip in Detroit in order to best serve our community and followers. Sadie has been working her ass off to keep everyone informed and updated through our social media channels, but our normal content isn't being written and posted as often. There aren't many shows yet, and like many, we aren't going out as much as we used to. Somehow, there is a lot happening, and nothing happening at the same time. It's weird and it's hard to keep up with it all. 

This is why we have decided that now is the time to add another platform to Hip in Detroit. We will still be posting on our website, sharing our stories through our social media accounts, and eventually bringing back our podcast. However, we thought that at this time, something that would really benefit our followers, Detroit musicians, and local businesses is a Facebook Group. Yeah, we know, there are a lot of groups out there. However, this will be a platform for everyone to share all of the "hip" things going on in Detroit. Is your restaurant re-opening? Great, post about it in our group. Does your band have a new song out? Awesome! Post about it in our group! Are you doing a live stream this weekend? Post about it in our group! You get our point... We still post on the blog and our social media channels as much as possible, but we are only two people, and we can't always cover everything that we want to. This will help bridge the gap and will help people, bands, and businesses reach people that might not be following their specific social media pages. 

So, we hope that you will join us in this Facebook Group and hopefully we can all learn about the hip things that are still happening despite the weird times that we are living in. Click here to join in on the fun! Thanks for your continued support of Hip in Detroit and all things that are "hip in Detroit". 


~C&S

Monday, September 21, 2020

Planthropie

They say having a child changes everything about your life. But, they don't tell you that those changes might lead you to finding your passion and your place in the world. When Rua Francis Oshana found out that her son had a dairy allergy, she made a commitment to finding new ways to make healthy, nutritious, and delicious dairy-free foods for her family. This necessary life change sparked a passion for Rua that lead her to create her own artful approach to plant-based eating. In 2017 she launched Planthropie (“plant-thruh-pea") a vegan/plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, organic, fair trade company that specializes in wholesome desserts and artisanal cheeses. By 2018 she held her first pop-up and in February of 2020, she opened her own brick and motor space at 135 Pierce Street, Birmingham, MI 48009.

Planthropie's cheese and dessert shop features a seasonal variety of cakes, mini cakes, cheeses, bliss balls, and truffles. They also have a small selection of nitro cold brews, kombuchas and teas.  Everything they make is 100% vegan and is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the mouth. Their menu offers cake selections, like Pistachio Delight- a delicious lightly toasted pistachio crust all garnished with extra toasted pistachio crumble, and Blueberry Lemon Cake- organic blueberry lemon cream puree, hints of white cacao with the subtle sweetness of toasted almond crust. Their cheese selection also changes seasonally. They currently have a yummy white truffle-cultured cashew cheese handcrafted in small batches with pure organic activated cashews and the aged dill-cultured cashew cheese handcrafted in small batches with pure organic activated cashews and organic fresh dill. You can see their full menu here.

Rua's goal is to make plant-based eating easy, approachable and delicious. She also wants to make vegan desserts and cheeses a little more luxurious, so she puts as much into the presentation of the food as she does into the taste. On top of that, her small dessert shop is one of the most well decorated spaces that we have ever visited. It is the PERFECT place to meet a friend for a coffee and a treat. You can choose to eat inside the cafe (10 person limit ) or you can take your food outside and enjoy it on the street because Birmingham has pop-up seating all over the city.

Planthropie is currently open 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wed through Friday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday. You can preorder on their website or call them if you need a custom order, just make sure you give Rua a few days to get it together for you. Vegans and non-vegans NEED to stop by and give Planthropie a try, there is no other space like it in Metro Detroit.


~S

Friday, September 18, 2020

We Finally Tried Scooting Around the City of Detroit

Photo Crains Detroit

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride an electric scooter around downtown Detroit? I never thought I would have any interest in riding one until the pandemic hit. Since lockdown, I have found myself eager to do all the things that I said I wouldn't, so I decided to go for it. I rented a scooter and spent around a half-hour riding around the city with a friend to see what it was all about. 

The first thing we had to do is decide where we wanted to ride. Being COVID conscience we wanted to make sure we could keep our space, but we also wanted to be in a somewhat populated area. After a little discussion, we decided that Cass Corridor would be the ideal place for us to give scooting a try. Once we decided what part of the city we were going to explore we needed to find 2 scooters to ride. It only took a few minutes to find a place to park and two scooters that were close to each other. There are packs of scooters at almost every corner in Downtown/Midtown/Cass Corridor so it's super easy to find one to ride if your in those areas. 

Signing in to use the scooters was as easy as scanning the barcode and adding my PayPal to the app for payment. Within seconds of entering my information, the scooter lit up to let me know that I was ready to go. Once my scooter was turned on I scanned my friend's and within 5 minutes from signing in for the first time, we were off. Scooting around town was a lot more fun than I thought it would be!

The scooters can go really fast, but once you get the hang of it, they are pretty easy to ride. It only took me a few blocks to start going full speed every time we turned onto an empty block. Every moment of our joyride was amazing. We loved getting a street-level view of the Corridor and having the wind blow through our hair. It is something that everyone should try at least once. 

The only drawbacks of these scooters are that they are not as practical as I thought they would be. I assumed that if you lived in the area you could use them to bop around town, but they are too dangerous, impractical, and expensive to use for regular transportation. You have to be very consicience of pedestrians walking in and out of the businesses around you and there are a lot of cracks in the sidewalk, which means you skip, hop, and jump curbs a lot. Our 30-minute scoot also cost around $8 a person, which means we could have taken a Uber to and from anywhere in the area and spent less than $16. So, when you see these, don't think about them as a way to get around town, they are more of an experience than a tool. 

This was also a good reminder that you should always try something new even when it scares you. I haven't been able to try many new things this year and I treasured the feeling of experiencing something I've never experienced before. I will officially never make fun of someone on a scooter again. I get it, it's fun. You should try it!

Scooter Companies to try:

Bird

Lime-S

Spin


~S

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Find Something New for You and Your Home at Urbānum in New Center

Whether you're looking for a gift or something special for your home, Urbānum is the perfect place to shop! Located on Woodward Ave. in New Center, the store just celebrated its 2 Year Anniversary this past weekend. We've been following them on social media for a while so we thought that we should finally stop in to see what this business is all about. 

Urbānum considers themselves, "a curator of distinctly Detroit and city-driven design, with merchandise combining the familiarity of industry with the comfort of found objects." When you step into the store, you feel like you are in an upscale shop or entering a well put together home because the layout and decor is beautiful. Merchandise includes everything from home decor items, to greeting cards and jewelry. There are also lots of Detroit themed pieces, many of which we haven't seen in other shops, such as handmade pillows adorned with screen printings of Detroit buildings and Detroit vinyl floor mats. You can also browse through books, items for your bar, dishes, and lots of cool stuff for kids. This store truly has something for everyone. The best part is that even though everything looks luxurious, the prices were quite reasonable.


We are sorry that we slept on this shop for over two years. We are always happy to see new businesses moving into the empty storefronts in New Center, but we can't help but feel sad for the businesses that came before them that were forced to shutter due to the construction of Woodward Ave. and the Q Line. This sadness kept us from exploring all the great shops that have moved into Midtown. Urbānum addressed this in a Facebook post discussing their decision to open a shop in the once-thriving New Center area. 

They posted the following:
"We've lived and worked in Detroit for a long time and we deeply understood that our good fortune was caused by someone else's misfortune. We weighed the pros and cons for a long time and finally said we would take it. We live in Woodbridge, I was a DPS teacher - we hoped to be good stewards of the space and provide our community with some basics that weren't readily available in the city. We hope we're living up to that goal and more!"

It's nice to see that we all shared a similar sentiment. We think that Urbānum is a great addition to the city and we look forward to shopping there on the regular. We hope that you stop in and check it out, we think that you will like it as much as we do.

Urbānum is located at 6545 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Their current store hours are Thursday - Saturday from noon - 5 p.m. Make sure you follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates and sneak peeks of new merchandise available in the store. 

Happy Second Anniversary, Urbānum! We hope that you have many successful years ahead of you! 


~C

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

10+ Things To Do Over Labor Day Weekend in Metro Detroit

Labor Day weekend is usually considered the end of the Summer, one last chance to get outside and have some fun before the weather turns and the kids go back to school. So, we put together this list of everything fun that we could find to do around town this weekend. We suggest finding something that interests you and making a plan to make it happen. Take advantage of the nice weather and make sure to send summer out with a bang!


This community-centric video and light event honors the courage Detroiters have shown and acknowledges the losses we have suffered in facing the two pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice. There will be a closing event on Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m. featuring music, storytelling, poetry, and performance art.

Friday at 5 p.m. - Midnight
Fridays are back in play with a fresh new vibe. Come check us out on our expansive and recently remodeled patio.Capacity will be limited to 75 people. Doors at 5 p.m.

2 showings this weekend
Friday at 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday at 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Friday at 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Detroit’s A-list musicians paying tribute to The Allman Brothers Band!

Friday at 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
German food pop-up and Mead



Saturday, September 5th


Love Club - Garden Grooves Series @ Tangent Ballroom
Masks required at all times.
12 p.m. - Midnight; Limited capacity
$5 Cash door (Please bring exact)
Happy hour brunch 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Food by Monster Foods & NOODL
Lineup:
Javonntte (live
Nuntheless (live)
Kind Of Animal (live)
Yukiko
Tiger Bros B2B
Michael Thomas
CoveLove
Brought to you by People For Palmer Park
Time: 9 - 10 a.m.
Place: Palmer Park - 910 Merrill Plaissance, Detroit, MI 48203
Only 20 people per class, so you need to register in advance!

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Weekly socially distant summer sidewalk sale featuring Bon Bon Bon, City Bird, and Nest, Fleat Detroit, Frita Batidos, Little High Flyers, Monger's Provisions, Old Soul Vintage, Olive's Bloombox, RUNdetroit,  and Third Man Records.

Eastern Market Saturdays
Saturday at 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fresh food, restaurants, businesses, art and culture!

Goodfellas on the Patio @ The Film Lab
Saturday at 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.



Sunday, September 6th

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays at Eastern Market are different than your normal Saturday at a Market. Instead of produce and plants, shop goods from local artisans and grab a bite from a food truck!




All Weekend

Facebook Live Virtual Event
Sep 4th at 12 p.m. – Sep 7th at 11 p.m.
2020 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage will be streamed and
broadcast “live” for free this Labor Day weekend. The Festival begins on Friday, September 4th, and runs through Monday, September 7th.


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Arts, Beats & Eats is Still Bringing the Beats and Helping Local Musicians

This year, Arts, Beats & Eats won't be taking over the streets of Royal Oak like it normally does. But, they are still keeping the festival going, and the way that they are doing it might be even cooler than the traditional event. (Well, at least giving the current circumstances.) This year, you can catch some "live" music and support local artists through a series of virtual and drive-in events. 

The virtual part of the festival kicked off on Thursday night. It will host music online every night through September 3rd with different virtual musical stages. The goal of this part of the festival is to bring music to you while you're in the comfort of your own home and help local musicians. The festival will be taking donations during all of the virtual events, and those funds will be distributed to local musicians. They plan to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars during the events and have a goal of reaching $1Million, because Oakland County is matching all donations up to $500,000. You can check out the full virtual lineup of events here. Some highlights that stuck out to us are Scott Lee on Tuesday at 7 p.m., Gerard Smith on Tuesday at 8 p.m., Emma Guzman on Sunday at 3 p.m., and we hear Ben Sharkey is cooking up something extra special for his set on Sunday at 6 p.m.

The drive-in portion of the festival will take place Friday, September 4th thru Labor Day. This will also feature local musicians and will take place in the parking lot at 6th and Main Street in Royal Oak, where the national acts usually take the stage during the festival. The lot will be limited to 50 cars with 2 people in each car. Admission per car is $30, which will be divided between the bands that are performing. For that admission, you will get to see a set with two acts, while maintaining social distancing. Some highlights from this portion of the event include Jackson & The Poolsharks kicking things off on Friday at 5 p.m., Kaleido, Nina & The Buffalo Riders, Polish Muslims, Corktown Popes, Stone Clover, Thornetta Davis, and more. You can check out the full lineup and the details of the drive-in here

For the Arts & the Eats parts of the festival, things will be different too. The art show will be by appointment only and will take place on September 5th and 6th. You can get all of the information on that by clicking here. The eats will be transformed to "Eats on the Streets", in which the festival teamed up with T-Mobile to get your favorite food trucks out on the streets of Royal Oak, Clawson, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Clarkston, Rochester, Lake Orion and Ferndale. This part of the festival is only being publicized by those individual communities. So check the social media for the city closest to you to find out what trucks will be on their streets. 

It's no surprise that things are looking different for this festival this year, but hopefully this new approach will still add some fun into your week. For all of the details on this year's Arts, Beats & Eats, visit ArtsBeatsEats.com.


~C

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Catch a Movie on the Patio @ The Film Lab Detroit


Have you ever heard of The Film Lab? This boutique movie theatre and cocktail bar is one of Hamtramck's hidden gems.  Before COVID-19 you could see a movie inside while you enjoyed a tasty cocktail, but as you know, things have changed and so has The Film Lab. They have converted their back patio into a place where you can relax, watch a film, and enjoy a drink without getting too close to anyone.

The Film Lab currently has a few movies on their schedule for this week. This includes showings of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on August 27th and 29th, a sneak peek of  Feels Good Man on August 28th and 30th, and a showing of The Neverending Story on August 28th and 30th. You can purchase tickets for any of those events on their website here. It's only $10 a ticket, but tickets are only sold in pairs, so you have to have someone to take with you.

They also have an option for people who do not want to leave the house. You can purchase a movie directly from their website to watch from the comfort of your own home. They have quite a few options, including Creem: America's Only Rock and Roll Magazine, Helmut Newton the Bad and the Beautiful, and John Lewis: Good Trouble. You can see all of their current selections and view what's coming next here

To learn more about The Film Lab you can follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


~S

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Get Help Restoring Your Historic Home

Earlier this year we told you that a production company would be coming to town to help historic home owners in Detroit complete their restoration projects. Well, if you thought you missed out, you are in luck because they are still looking for interested parties! 

To fill you in, Bodega Pictures will be filming a show here in Detroit for a major cable network (we'll let you guess which one). This company has produced shows like Tiny Luxury and Stager Things on HGTV as well as Girl Meets Farm on Food Network. For this show, they are working with people that have historic homes that are at least 70 years old or older in the Detroit area. Interested parties should have an existing design/renovation budget in place and be ready for construction between September-February of 2021 (flexible). Here's their pitch:

    • Are you in the middle of OR are you planning to restore a historical home?
    • Do you feel in-over-your-head, intimidated, concerned or overwhelmed?
    • Do you feel as though you have bitten off more than you can chew and not sure where or who to turn to?
    • Do you want help from a nationally recognized, expert historical home contractor/designer?
    • Do you have a renovation budget set aside, just need to find the perfect contractor?

If this sounds like something that you are interested in, send the following information to tvhomecasting@gmail.com
    • Full Name(s)
    • Area of Detroit you live in
    • Contact Information (Email & Phone)
    • Renovation Budget
    • Brief Bio explaining why you need/deserve help restoring your historical home
    • Several photos of you (+family, partner, spouses, etc) AND the property (interior and exterior)
This could be a really cool opportunity for some lucky homeowners in Detroit! Just think, you won't have to worry about hiring the right contractor or doing all of the work yourself. Instead, you'll be getting help from some of the best in the business! 


~C



Thursday, August 20, 2020

Dive into Detroit's Dining Culture with a New Podcast Called Vegetarian Detroit

There have been a lot of stories written about Detroit's dining scene, but only a few of them have focused on the vegetarian and vegan cuisine that Detroit's chefs have created. There is a serious lack of conversation about all of the amazing plant-based options that we have, but a new podcast created by Jewell Dziendziel is going to change that.

Jewell has just released the first few episodes of her new podcast "Vegetarian Detroit" and each one is better than the next. So far she has interviewed Mike Ransom of Ima, Quianna “Que” Broden Chef and Owner of The Kitchen, Lamar Farhat Executive Sous Chef of Leila, Brad Greenhill Chef and Owner of Magnet and Takoi, and Manal Hussein owner and Baker of For the Love of Sugar. 

Each episode of the podcast is about a half-hour long and every chef has some interesting information to share about plant-based cooking. Jewell is a great interviewer who knows how to keep the conversation moving. You can listen to all the episodes of the new podcast here. We look forward to learning more about the plant-based dining scene as she releases new episodes.


~S 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Ladysse Has a Much Needed Dose of Dopamine For You


Dopamine is known as the feel-good neurotransmitter—a chemical that ferries information between neurons. The brain releases it when we eat food that we crave or while we have sex, contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction as part of the reward system. Ladysse's new single "Dopamine" elicits the same kind of pleasurable reaction when you hear it for the first time. It's depressing, uplifting, and catchy as hell. It's exactly the kind of track we needed to dance our way through this extraordinary different summer. We reached out to Stephanie aka Ladysse to see how she handled the lockdown and how she deals with depression. Give her latest single "Dopamine" a listen and check out what she's been up to below!

Listen to Dopamine

Here are five quick questions with Ladysse:

Hip- How did you pass your time during a lockdown? How did you cope with everything slowing down?
Ladysse- "Quarantine was a bit of a blessing in disguise for me because it forced me to stay home and focus on a bunch of new music projects that my brain is usually too scattered to finish! One of my producers and I started a little side project that made writing feel like a zero pressure, just for fun, creative exploration and it’s EXACTLY what I needed." 

Hip- Red nails, red pants, red outfits. Why red?
Ladysse- "Red is my absolute favorite color! Haha, it makes me feel strong when I wear it. I think everyone has that color that makes them feel like they own the world. Red is that for me:)"

Hip- What's your favorite summer activity?
Ladysse- "Being outside! I always feel so alive and inspired by nature so I want to be out in it as much as possible. I live in such a beautiful state and I can’t wait to get out on some more hikes, kayaks, bike rides, whatever it is, get me outside and give me a fruit popsicle and I’m all set haha!" 

Hip- Your new song is about depression. Have you ever been depressed? How did you get your dopamine back up? Any suggestions for someone who might be feeling down right now?
Ladysse- "Oh man, yes I have definitely struggled with depression a few times in my life. I feel like it’s something almost everyone has in common at one point or another. I’m kind of known as a “talker” so I am usually the one to reach out to my friends first when I’m feeling down. I have an amazing support system of people that are always there to listen. I’ve also become a huge listener of comedy podcasts! Small town murder is my current favorite. Sometimes I’ll put an episode on and walk to a park and just cry/ laugh. Haha, that sounds a lot more emo know that I type it! Most importantly, I think the best thing to do is reach out to someone you trust. Find your safe space where you can let some tears out. Try working out or dancing in your room. Anything that makes your heart feel lighter. Find that thing and let yourself FEEL your feelings." 

Hip- If you could talk to your 15-year-old self, what advice would you give her?
Ladysse- "I would tell her to stop arguing with her parents about not wanting to practice piano and just do it because it will pay off someday;)"


~S

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Cadieux Cafe is Back with a New Biergarten and Live Music

Photo from Cadieux Cafe's Social Media


We weren't sure if the time would ever come, but live music is slowly returning! We really enjoyed all the live streams that we watched throughout the pandemic but as good as those were, it wasn't the same as watching and listening live. Although most venues haven't been able to reopen, some venues are trying to figure out a way to safely bring back live music.  Cadieux Cafe is one of those places.

Cadieux initially experimented by inviting a few people to hang out in their new 5,000 square foot outdoor Biergarten and after hosting a few shows, they have been filling up their calendar with more live events. This week they have shows booked on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Tuesday you can catch Supercrunch performing the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Thursday night it's a '90s party with Interstate 90's. Friday night Mezz will hit the stage and Saturday night Before The Flood will bring you a Bob Dylan Revue. 

Cadieux Cafe currently has live music booked well into October. You can see their full list of upcoming events by visiting their Facebook page here. We've attached some photos of the space so you can take a look before you decide if you feel safe checking out some live music at a safe distance from others. If you decide to head to one of their shows, don't forget to bring your mask to protect yourself and others! If you're not sure about going to a show just yet, the Biergarten is also open on non-show nights.

Cadieux Cafe is located on the eastside of Detroit at 4300 Cadieux Rd. To keep up to date on their happenings, give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram

Photos from Cadieux Cafe's Social Media


~C

Friday, August 14, 2020

Yum Village is Really Yummy

Going out and trying something new is one of my favorite things to do. I love new music, new art, and new food. Unfortunately, 2020 is not the year to "go out" which can make it hard to try new things. When we first got locked down I was too freaked out to order out, but as the months have gone by I have found myself craving things that I cannot recreate at home. At first, I was just hitting up my favorite carryout spots, but I had to break out of the rut and try something different.

I decided that I wanted to give Yum Village a shot. I have heard good things and I knew that they had vegan options, so I placed an order online without knowing exactly what I was in store for. I have never knowingly had Afro-Caribbean Cuisine and was not familiar with some of the foods on the menu, so I decided to grab a vegan combo meal and see what it was all about.

First and foremost, I learned that the combo meal is meant to feed a lot more than one person. You could easily feed two to three people with the order. Initially, I thought $20+ (with tip) was a lot for a plant-based combo meal but upon inspection, it was a deal to get that much good food at such a low cost. Especially since EVERYTHING that I ordered was amazing. I purchased the Roots Combo which included Spicy Bean Rice, Roasted Brussels, and Ginger Curry Chickpeas. The rice was really spicy and flavorful, the Brussels were perfectly cooked and the curry chickpeas were out of this world. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this was the best chickpea dish that I have ever had, and I eat a lot of chickpeas so that is a pretty profound statement. The flavors and seasonings that were used to make these dishes were unlike anything I have ever tasted before and my palette was delighted to be introduced to whatever was giving every bite such a pleasant kick. I also wholeheartedly believe that if a restaurant can do vegan well, they can more than handle meat and poultry. Yum Village offers a variety of meat-heavy dishes and stews that are most likely just as good as everything I tried. You can see their full menu here.

I am pleased to report that I loved this place and will be ordering from there a lot more often. Speaking of ordering, they have moved all of their sales online and they will walk your food out to your car when you come to get it. They are trying to keep COVID-safe so they have made it as easy as it can be to get what you want exactly how you want it without having to risk the health of their staff or their customers.

Overall this one was one of the best meals I have eaten this year. I am so glad that I placed an order and tried something new. If you need to spice things up and try something different, I suggest giving Yum Village a try!



~S

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Are You Ready to Vote? Check Your Registration and Get a Ticket to Stream a Live Show

Have you checked your voter registration lately? Do you know where you need to show up to vote this November? Have you thought about applying for an absentee mail-in ballot instead of going to the polls? Voting is the best way to make your voice heard, so it's imperative that you check your status. To ensure that everyone does this, HeadCount and Fort William Artist Management have teamed up to throw a virtual event called VOTE READY, A Concert for Voter Registration at 7 p.m. on August 14th.  

This one night only online event will feature original self-recorded performances by The War On Drugs, Robin Pecknold, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear), Christopher Bear (of Grizzly Bear/Fools), Kyp Malone (of TV On The Radio), Jaleel Bunton (of TV On The Radio), Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, Tarriona Tank Ball, Hand Habits, Ciggy, Kam Franklin (of The Suffers), The Building and Allison Russell & Leyla McCalla (of Our Native Daughters). To get a ticket to attend the event you will need to check your voter registration status at HeadCount.org/VoteReady. When you do this you will receive a free eTicket to the stream. International and underage viewers will be able to receive the same access by pledging to vote in the next election in which they are eligible. Voter registration rolls change regularly and sometimes would-be voters show up at the polls only to learn they are no longer registered. Don't let this happen to you!


~S

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Flagstar Strand Hosts its First Marquee Concert this Weekend

One thing that we have missed most over the last few months is live music. As you know, that's a huge part of our website and of our personal lives. Although it is unclear when the world of live music will make a return, there have been some outdoor music events popping up here and there. 

This weekend, the Flagstar Strand Theatre in Pontiac will be hosting a concert, but it won't be on its stage. Instead, the music will be coming from the theatre's marquee and will fill the streets of Pontiac. They will be welcoming Thornetta Davis to their new outdoor performance area, along with The Fruits, Wally Dogger, and Major Dudes. A section of Saginaw Street will be shut down to allow for people to watch, and there will be food and beverages available for purchase from local establishments.

In order to keep everyone safe for this event, there are some rules to go along with it. 

1. You MUST have a mask or face covering.
2. You may not bring in your own drink.
3. There will be three points of entry (2 on either side of Saginaw Street and 1 through the Allery by Fillmore 13).
4. Your temperature will be checked before you enter.
5. You MUST socially distance.
6. You can bring a chair.
7. Enjoy the music and have a good time.

Since there will be street closures for this event, check out the map below to plan out where you're going to park before you get to the show. 

The Marquee Concert at The Strand is free to attend at it runs from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, August 8th. The Strand Theatre is located just up the street from The Crofoot at 12 N. Saginaw Street in Pontiac. For more information on this event, click here


~C

Thursday, August 6, 2020

CREEM the Movie Comes Out Virtually this Friday

In 1969 CREEM landed on newsstands around the US and proclaimed themselves "America's Rock and Roll Magazine". Two years later, they brought the legendary Lester Bangs on board and shook up the world of rock and roll with everything that they published in their pages. This includes coining the term punk rock and helping catapult artists like David Bowie, Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed into the stratosphere. But, despite all its infamy, the complete story of Barry Kramer's magazine was never really told. Much of what we know about the writing room comes from the myths and legends that have been passed down over the last few decades. Thankfully two very important people teamed to do something about that. 

Barry Kramer's son JJ Kramer and CREEM co-founder and one of the first female rock journalists Jaan Uhelszki spent the last few years diving into the stories and compiling a picture that pays tribute to what some say was the rowdiest newsrooms in journalistic history. CREEM the movie will be released virtually at 3:00 a.m. EDT on August 7th. The film will include appearances by Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Michael Stipe, Cameron Crowe, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Kirk Hammett, Wayne Kramer, and Chad Smith.  It's $9.99 to buy one ticket to the show and once the film is released you will have 14 days to start watching the film and three days to watch it once you have started it. 

It has been fifty years since its all started. It's about time that we all get the full story of the magic that started in the Motor City and changed rock and roll forever.


~S

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Take a Quest through The Jurassic Period


Are you sick of sitting at home with the kids? Are you and your friends bored and looking for something different to do? Do you need a break from your daily routine without breaking quarantine? How about going back a few thousand years to see what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the world?
DTE Music Theatre aka Pine Knob isn't going to be hosting any live music this Summer so they have invited Jurassic Quest to take over the park from August 7th - 16th instead.  For $49 a car you can take an hour-long drive through the prehistoric ages to look at over 80 different dinosaurs. This includes Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. All the dinosaurs are true to life and some of them even RAWR as you drive by. They also have an audio tour that you can play while you drive through the park to learn more about each of the species that you see.

To visit the park you must reserve your tickets in advance. Alcohol is not allowed on the premises and neither is getting out of your car. Food and drink will not be sold during the tour, so patrons are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and drinks. To learn more about Jurassic Quest click here.

Sure, it sounds weird, but the show has great reviews and has sold out in a lot of other states. So, we say, why not?

~S

Monday, August 3, 2020

Big and Abstract is on View at Norwest Gallery

Art by Jamar Lockhart Part of Big and Abstract Exhibition

The dictionary defines abstract as existing in thought or as an idea, but not having a physical or concrete existence. Artists take an idea and make it exist, abstractly. Norwest Gallery is celebrating Detroit's abstract artists in a new exhibit called Big and Abstract. This show features the work of Sarah Blanchette, Mike Ross, Donn Angel Perez, Robert Piatek, Doug Cannell, Alexander Daniels Escobar, Olivia Guterson, Jamar Lockhart, Najam Ma'at, Marie Schaedig, Dawn Stringer, Marshall Sass, Asia Hamilton, and Todd Stovall.

The show will be on display all of August. You can visit the gallery on Saturdays from 12-6 p.m.
and on Sundays from 12-4 p.m. without an appointment. They only allow 10 people in the gallery at the time and all visitors are required to wear a mask, so you don't have to worry about keeping distance between yourself and others while you view the art. To learn more about this show and Norwest Gallery click here.


~S

Thursday, July 30, 2020

It's the Cat Days of Summer at Detroit Animal Care and Control

Throughout the past year we have told you about some great dogs available at Detroit Animal Care and Control. Well, did you know that DACC also has cats? This weekend, they are moving their focus to the cats that are in their shelter with Cat Days of Summer. This Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd, the adoption fees will be waived for cats and the Friends of DACC will be allowing you to come indoors to meet the cats. However, only 1 family at a time will be allowed in the room to meet the cats and social distancing will be practiced. Also be sure to bring your mask and a driver license or state ID in case you find a great match. 

Detroit Animal Care and Control is located on the I-75 south service drive at 7401 Chrysler Dr. They will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. this weekend. No appointment is needed, just ring the back doorbell and let the volunteers know that you are interested in adopting a cat. 


~C

Monday, July 27, 2020

See the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Perform Outdoors for Free this August

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has announced a new Summer Series of socially distant concerts that will take place all over the City of Detroit this August. Each performance will feature a mixture of musicians from the orchestra and very strict social distancing practices. This will include temperature checks at the door and wearing a mask. Tickets to attend the show are free, but there will not be more than 100 people allowed to attend so that everyone can keep 6 feet of space from one and another. This means that if you want to attend, you need to get your tickets in advance! Click on the date you want to attend and reserve your tickets today!

Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. - Sosnick Courtyard
Sunday, August 9 at 12 p.m. - Robert C. Valade Park
Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. - Sosnick Courtyard
Sunday, August 16 at 12 p.m. - Dequindre Cut Freight Yard
Wednesday, August 19 at 7 p.m. - Sosnick Courtyard
Sunday, August 23 at 12 p.m. - Gabriel Richard Park
Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. - Sosnick Courtyard


~S

Friday, July 24, 2020

Vintage Eastern Market - Your New Favorite Antique Shop

A trip to Eastern Market never seemed complete without a stop at Eastern Market Antiques. You never knew what you would find when you stepped in side the two story treasure trove. That's why were really sad to hear that they were closing their doors this past fall. The closure came about when a new developer purchased many of the properties in the Eastern Market District. Due to the new ownership, many market staples were forced to close.

However, if you travel just a few blocks up the street, there is a new antique shop that you can add to your weekend ritual. Vintage Eastern Market actually opened its doors earlier this year, however we just discovered the shop last weekend. We had noticed some antiques outside of the storefront on Division Street during our last few visits to the market, but we finally decided to stop and check it out. What appeared to be a small little shop from the outside was actually so much more when we stepped inside.
Vintage Eastern Market is the new home of many of your favorite vendors from Eastern Market Antiques. The shop is actually a few rooms, not just the one small room that we first thought. It is like a slightly smaller, cleaner, and newer version of our old favorite. This time, the spaces are all spread across one floor and there were even some items out in the backyard, in addition to the sidewalk. You can find anything from antique furniture to vintage postcards and sports memorabilia at the booths inside.

We highly suggest that you make a stop at Vintage Eastern Market if you haven't already. The market is located at 1515 Division St., just down the street from the Eastern Market parking behind Shed 4. Their hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop on items available and happenings at the shop. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

"Purple Rain" Showing at the Cinema Detroit Drive-In

A few weeks ago, we told you that drive-in movie theatres are making a comeback. Since regular movie theatres currently aren't allowed to reopen, moviegoers are looking for other ways to see a flick on the big screen. Well, since drive-ins are getting so much business, some other businesses and venues are getting in on the action.

This Friday, July 24th Cinema Detroit will be hosting their own drive-in movie. They will be showing Prince's Purple Rain at 1151 Taylor Street in Detroit. Cars will be spaced out with 6' between them and you must wear a mask when you leave your car. Tickets for the show are $15 a person or $12 for Cinema Detroit Members. You can purchase your tickets online here. The gates will open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts at 9:30, no late arrivals will be admitted. For a full list of rules and additional information, visit the Facebook event page.

Tickets for this one are going fast! So don't wait to buy yours!


~C

Monday, July 20, 2020

It's FREE to Take a Walk at the Cranbrook Gardens this Summer!

Everyone needs an escape from the daily grind, especially after being locked down for the last 4 months. But, it's been hard to find "safe" places to visit. All of the uncertainty around me has made me feel extra anxious so I decided to try something new. This weekend, I hopped on my bike and made my way to the Cranbrook House and Gardens to see what it was all about. I am happy to report that I found one of the best social distancing destinations around, so I wanted to share it with all of you!

The Cranbrook House and Gardens are 40 acres of impeccable walking trails, flowers, statues, fountains, lakes, and streams. There are gorgeous buildings to look at, trees to relax under, and Instagram worthy places to get that perfect shot for the gram. I even got to hear the church bells echo through the gardens as I strolled around the butterfly garden. Yeah, there is a butterfly garden, and it's only one of 30 different things to see as you walk around the space. You can peep a full map of everything here. There are also different flowers blooming throughout the season so the gardens will keep changing as the season progresses. To see a full list of flowers that are currently in bloom click here. The only drawback to visiting during COVID-19 is that there are no bathrooms and there is no water running through the water features. So, make sure you prepare yourself to not need to use the facilities when you are walking around!
Cranbrook House and Gardens are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. seven days a week. It is free to visit and walk around through October 31st. You can park (for free courtesy of PNC Bank, All Seasons Independent Living, fleurdetroit, and Roberts Restaurant Group) or chain up your bike at the entrance and then explore. If you need to get out, I highly recommend that you visit Cranbrook, the beauty will give you a much-needed boost! I left smiling ear to ear and feeling a lot less restless.


~S

Friday, July 17, 2020

"Movie Nights in the D" are Back

This past weekend, movies in the park returned to Campus Martius. There's nothing quite like watching a movie under the stars in the summer. So we are excited to see that Movie Nights in the D are not cancelled for the season. Of course, due to COVID-19 things are going to be a little bit different this season.

First, and most importantly, you can't just show up to Campus Martius to watch a movie this summer. Instead, to maintain a safe environment and allow for social distancing, attendees must first register online. To still allow room for plenty of people to attend, the organizers have added an afternoon showtime, in addition to the evening showing. So now there are 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. showings. When you go online to register here, you will have the option of what movie/date you would like to attend, what time, and if you plan to bring your own blanket or chairs, or if you would rather use park seating. Even though registration is required, the movies are still free to attend.

This Saturday, July 18th, Harriet is the featured film. Check out the rest of the schedule for the summer below.

July 25: Knives Out
August 8: Frozen II
August 15: Oceans 8
August 22: Ford v. Ferrari
August 29: Back to the Future - 35th Anniversary


~C

Help Keep Belle Isle Beautiful this Saturday

Over the past few months during this pandemic, many of our favorite places haven't been open. Until recently, most restaurants and stores were closed, and so were most museums. Casinos, movie theatres, bars, and venues all still continue to be closed. But, one thing that was open through it all were our parks. Like most, we have spent a lot of time out in nature lately, going for walks and bike rides, or having picnics. Parks are a great way to get out of the house and have a change of scenery, while still maintaining social distancing.

One of the area's most beloved parks is Belle Isle, and over the past few months, it has definitely seen its share of visitors. This Saturday, July 18th, Belle Isle needs you to be there for it, like it has been there for you during this difficult time. There is a monthly public cleanup taking place from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The group will be meeting up outside of the Belle Isle Aquarium. The cleanup efforts will take place outdoors and mainly on land, although those with kayaks or water vessels are encouraged to bring them. The group will be collecting trash and helping to "prevent plastic pollution and other littered items from polluting our park and its waterways". Gloves and bags will be provided and CDC recommendations will be followed to keep everyone safe.

If you can't make it to this Saturday's cleanup, there will be other opportunities coming up on August 15th and September 19th. For more information on this event, head over to the Facebook event page.


~C

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Night Market Returns to Beacon Park

Photo from Beacon Park's Facebook Page
After months of businesses being closed and events being canceled due to COVID-19, things are beginning to reopen. Of course, the summer of 2020 doesn't feel quite like our past summers, but there is still fun to be had. In fact, one summer favorite made its comeback this past weekend, the Night Market at Beacon Park.

The Beacon Park Night Market features shopping, food, and craft beverages all from local vendors. It will also feature live music from local acts! All of this will be done while keeping social distancing in mind. To do so, the park has released the following guidelines:
1. Stay home if you feel sick
2. Masks or face coverings are required
3. Maintain 6ft of physical distance between others
4. Frequently use hand washing stations located in every park
The Night Market is currently set to take place every Saturday until the end of August. The event runs from 7 p.m. until midnight and admission is free. For a list of vendors that will be on-site at the market this Saturday, visit the Facebook event page here. For updates on the Night Market and who will be there, keep an eye on Beacon Park's Facebook page.


~C

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Vegan Film Festival Goes Virtual for 2020

2020 was supposed to be a big year for the International Vegan Film Festival. After two successful years, they were going to take the show on the road to preview the 2020 films in different towns and cities across the globe. COVID-19 put a wrench in their plans, but it didn't stop them from making a plan B. The team @ IVFF adapted and took this year's festival virtual to create an online event where vegans and non-vegans from all over the world can gather to celebrate a plant-based lifestyle and to learn a little bit more about what veganism is and why people choose to live animal-free. 

This Saturday, July 18th We Animals Media and IVFF will be premiering the five short films that were going to be part of this year's show. Then, they will be hosting a Q & A with Founder and Director of WAM (We Animals Media), Jo-Anne McArthur, and Filmmaker and Multimedia Producer, Kelly Guerin. The evening will include showings of Gold Doesn't Rust: The Failing Standard of Animal Testing and Its Alternatives, Reclaim, Promises, Undercover, and The Farm in My Backyard. You can see previews of all the films here.

Tickets to attend the virtual event are only $10 and they can be purchased here. The show will start at 8:30 p.m. EST this Saturday, but don't worry if you can't tune in live. Ticket holders will be able to replay the event in its entirety for a few weeks after the live show.

​WAM's mission is to bring visibility to hidden animals worldwide through compelling photography and film. This virtual event is only one of the ways that they are showcasing and supporting the vegan community. They are also currently hosting a photo essay content that you can enter through August 31st of this year. You can find out more about that content here.

If you are wondering what veganism is, this is a great place to find out a little bit more from the privacy of your own home. Tune in!


~S