Monday, March 30, 2020

A Music Video Playlist to Entertain You for a Bit

We've all spent a lot of time watching videos on the internet lately, so we thought we'd make a little playlist of music videos to keep you entertained. All of the videos below are from Detroit artists, some are brand new and others are a little older. And Jax Anderson made it onto the list twice because she's been putting out some killer tunes and music videos to go along with them. We hope that you enjoy and that this introduces you to some artists you may not have heard of or leads you down a YouTube hole full of great music videos. 


Friday, March 27, 2020

Missing the gym? Here are Five Free Places you Can Find Workouts on the Web

It can be hard to find a well put together at-home workout that is free. Websites lewer you in with the promise of a fee-free workout, but quickly ask you for your credit card to get started. We did some research and tried some new workouts during the first two weeks of lockdown to find a few amazing trainers that are offering great at-home workouts that are actually free.

Fitness Blender-  Fitness Blender offers hundreds of workouts for all skill levels at the click of a button. Married couple Kelly and David walk viewers through each workout in real-time with no music, which means once you get the hang of it you can throw on a record and get to work. Their website also has a great search bar that lets you be very specific about how long you want to work out, how hard you want to work out, and what kind of workouts you want to do. They are constantly updating their content and are really good at explaining how and why you are doing each movement.

Colin Parks- A local trainer named Colin Parks is doing live fitness classes on Facebook from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday evening. You can tune in to workout with him or you can visit his Facebook page to try one of the videos that he has already recorded and posted onto his feed. You do not need any equipment to do his workouts and he does a great job of walking you through each movement as you do it in real-time with him.

Body Project- The Body Project has around 35 free workouts that you can stream on their YouTube channel whenever you want to workout. They have a solid variety of workouts, but most of them are focused on beginners. So this is the perfect place to start if you haven't been moving in a while.  They even have a seated workout for someone who has a limited ability to move. Their trainers are a little over the top, but they are also very motivational which helps you get through the hardest parts of the workout. 

MadFit- Maddie Lymburner has recorded hundreds of real-time workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Most of her workouts can be done without any equipment and are around 20 mins from start to finish with most requiring little to no equipment.  She also has workouts to calm your stress which is something that all of us could use right now.

Popsugar Fitness- Anna Renderer leads viewers through real-time workouts for all fitness levels. Their workouts are more advanced than the other channels. They have lots of dance-focused workouts if you like to shake your booty and workouts that cater to people with health conditions or women that are pregnant.  There are hundreds of different styles of workouts that run from 10 minutes through an hour so you can really tailor your sweat. 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Detroit Company Releasing Shorts Called the Humans of Quarantine

Normally, our friends at Obscura Broadcasting Company would be working and recording content for companies like the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, but their industry has been completely shut down because of the pandemic. They could be Netflix and chilling, but instead, they have decided to capture this moment on video to share with the world. They have begun doing a series called Humans of Quarantine where they interview people in quarantine or isolation all over the world. So far, they have talked to people in Paris, the UK and all over the US. If you want to see how COVID-19 is affecting people all over the world, watch their short interviews on YouTube. They plan to keep releasing a few interviews every day, so make sure you give them a follow to keep getting a look inside look at people's experiences all over the world.


Monday, March 23, 2020

How You Can Help Metro Detroit's Doctors, Nurses, and Medical Workers

Last Friday, Detroit Sewn in Pontiac Michigan announced that they would be temporarily halting their normal operations to begin producing hospital masks on March 23rd. Their goal is to produce 50,000 masks as quickly as they can so they made a call for local sewers to apply. They received thousands of applications and will not be able to hire everyone who applied, but that doesn't mean that you can't help. If you know how to sew and have some materials laying around to do so, here is what you can do.

The hospitals are running low on masks and supplies. To compensate they are using DIY handmade masks and protective gear when they have to. We have seen a lot of people posting about this, but there is very little direction on what mask to make and what to do with the masks once they are completed. So, we did some research so that you don't have to.

According to healthcare workers the best masks are made out of polypropylene (hard to get), rayon, or polyester, but cotton and other materials will work if that is all you have. There are lots of patterns floating around but these two are the ones that nurses and hospital workers are directing people to use.

Once you have found the materials and made the mask you have to find a way to get the mask into the hands of hospital workers. If you know someone that works in a hospital we suggest reaching out to them personally to see how many masks they need for themselves and their crew. If you do not know anyone that works in a hospital, we have found two ways for you to connect with someone who can get your mask into the hands of someone who needs them.

So, if you want to sew, go ahead and do it. It's a great way to be creative, pass the time, and help during this pandemic.

Sewing masks is a great way to help, but donating unused supplies is even better. If you happen to have any leftover unused hospital supplies that is even better. Beaumont and Henry Ford are calling for everyone to round up their leftovers to drop off for the workers to use.

They are looking for:

Disposable face masks
N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
Disposable gowns
Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
Disposable surgical caps
Disposable foot covers
Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
Hand sanitizer

If you have any of these items you can drop them off here:

Beaumont Service Center
26901 Beaumont Boulevard in Southfield
Donation bins will be located outside the Beaumont Service Center's main entrance through March 28.

Henry Ford Hospitals
One Ford Place in Detroit or at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson
Sundays (beginning Sunday, March 22) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oakland County Donations
Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Stay in and stay safe! See you on the other side of COVID-19.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Here's How to Get Food for Your Children While They are Out Of School

Did you know that if schools are shut down for an extended amount of time they are required to provide meals for children under 18? The Michigan Department of Education has put together an emergency food assistance program that provides meals to anyone that needs them. The program is called Meet Up and Eat Up and there are three ways that you can find out where your local meet up is and what times they are open. Visit, call 211, or text Food to 877-877 to find a site near you. Right now the program is funded to operate through 4/3/2020, but that will likely get extended if schools stay canceled. If your child needs a meal please use this resource and make sure that they stay healthy during these difficult times.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Live Streaming Is the New Way To Connect and Beat Your Loneliness

It's only been a few weeks since COVID-19 arrived in the US, but a lot has changed very quickly. International travel has halted, borders have closed, movie theatres, bars, restaurants, and many local businesses have also been asked to shut down. We have all begun to learn about "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" but it's still hard to believe that we might be stuck inside for the foreseeable future. It's also hard to believe that all sporting events, social gatherings, and concerts have been canceled for the next few months.

Music, nightlife and social events are what we thrive on, not only as a blog, but as human beings. We are social creatures that need each other to make it through the ups and downs of our day to day lives and now some of us are literally stuck in the house alone with a serious lack of social interaction. Instead of endlessly surfing the internet, we have been looking for fun things to do and we discovered how fun watching people go live on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook can be. We have seen a lot of local artists like The Dropout and Mic Phelps perform, and Planet Ant has already announced that they plan to have something up live on their YouTube every night this week and beyond.

Watching these live sessions, commenting, calling in, and interacting is the most normal we have felt in a long time so we want to see more of it and help spread the word whenever something cool is popping up. So, if you plan on playing music, doing stand up, streaming a DJ set, or free-flowing over some music, please email us, dm us, or tag us so that we can spread the word. We can't spend all of our time on TV and Facebook, let's learn something, share something and continue to connect even if it's from distance!

We will be compiling a list of everything we hear about below, but here is what we have to start:

On Going Live Streams:

Planet Ant Youtube- Going live every evening with content around 7 or 8 p.m.

Third Man records will be live streaming performances daily- Click here to find out more!

The Cincinnati Zoo is going live with an email every day at 3 p.m., you can watch their first video with Fiona the hippo here and keep up with each days broadcast here.

Watch the live cams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium anytime you want! They have birds, penguins, jellyfish and more!

You can replay all of the performances at the DSO anytime you want here.

The New York Metropolitan Opera is live-streaming a past performance at 7:30 p.m. nightly, you can live stream there here.

High 5 Live at 5 - Cooking with Chef Laura, daily beginning Monday, March 30th at 5 p.m.

Date Specific Live Streams:

Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick's Day concert live from Boston,  Tuesday, March 17th at 7 p.m.

Laura Mendoza and David James, Wednesday, March 18th at 5 p.m.

Live Stream the indie film Bruised Fruit here this Friday, March 20th at 8 p.m.

Ben Sharkey Band Live Stream and Q&A, Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Common Ground Alone Together Fest- 12 pm-7 pm March 21/22

Erica Badu is live streaming on March 21 + 22, find out more here.

Taking Back Sunday - Staying Home Together, Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m.

Pocket Sounds - Live from Detroit Ska Set, Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

Drunk Drawing with Tat Franklin, Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Space Skull live on Facebook, Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.

Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee live on Facebook (our favorite Las Vegas act), Saturday, March 28 at 9 p.m.

Plan 9 from Outer Space Facebook Watch Party with Senate Theatre, Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

Haute to Death Virtual Insanity, Saturday, March 28 at 10 p.m.

John Salvage live on Instagram, Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

The iHeart Living Room Concert for America featuring Elton John, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey and more, Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. on FOX


Monday, March 16, 2020

Travel the World and Celebrate All Things Detroit without Ever Leaving Your Home

Take a Virtual Tour of the National Museum of History- With each click of your mouse, you can take a look inside every exhibit at the National Museum of History. this includes their gardens and past exhibits. It's hard to control the arrows at first, but once you figure out how to make it work you can spend hours "walking" through the displays without ever leaving your desk.

Watch a Show at the Metropolitan Opera- In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of performances, the Met is offering a nightly series of free web streams that will bring opera to audiences while the house is dark.

Take a Tour of the Whitehouse- Take a tour of the most famous home in the world and learn a little bit more about the history of the country.

Tour the Louvre- Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries.

Check out the entire Guggenheim Museum collection online- You can search the museum's entire collection by the artist!

Take a virtual tour of  The DalĂ­ Museums- It's just a peek, but its cool!

See into infinity and beyond with NASA- NASA TV and space station views for free

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

An Interview with White Bee

As music grows and changes it's becoming genreless. Artists are merging all sorts of sounds together to create a new approach to what we have heard before. The ones who do it well create fresh new ways to construct a song and forge the way forward. White Bee is a singer-songwriter with an interesting new approach to music that blends pop, jazz, soul, and rock into one. She has given us a taste of what's to come by releasing a few singles and a music video ahead of her new album Psychedelic Flight Attendant, but we can't hear the whole thing until March 26th. On this night, she will be performing live alongside Allye Gaietto, Sara Marie Barron, and Problematicblackhottie at Outer Limits Lounge to celebrate the full digital release of her music on the 27th.

We asked White Bee to sit down with us ahead of the show and she brought along Elise McCoy to chat about this project. Take a look at the video to find out more about the inspiration and process behind her work.

White Bee will be playing at the Outer Limits Lounge on March 26th. The show starts at 8 p.m. and it's $10 to get in the door. White Bee will be selling limited edition tapes for $5 at the show and the new album will be out everywhere on March 27th. You can follow White Bee here to keep up with everything she does from here on out.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Win Tickets to See Best Coast at El Club

L.A. duo Best Coast just released a new album a few weeks ago. Fans have been waiting for about five years for this release. According to the band, Always Tomorrow is, "a story of acceptance and what it took for me (Bethany) to get to that place". The album is now available on pretty much every streaming platform. Check out where you can find it here and then hit play to check out the music video for the single "Everything Has Changed".

Best Coast is currently out on tour in support of Always Tomorrow and they are making a stop in Detroit this week. They will be playing El Club on Friday, March 13th along with MANNEQUIN PUSSY. Tickets to the show are $28 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to our friends at El Club, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to with #bestcoast in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get into the show with a friend for free that night.

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors open at 7 p.m.


Monday, March 9, 2020

A Great Podcast that will Brief You on All Things Detroit

Detroiters have lots of places we can go to learn about art and culture. We also have lots of local podcasts that discuss every subject from boating to local cuisine. Unfortunately, podcasting isn't easy and most people aren't very good at it. Great podcasting is an art, an art that Becky and Seth of The D Brief have mastered.

Their on-air personalities combined with their knowledge and excitement for the City of Detroit are the foundation of the show. Each segment is 20 minutes long and they have a rotating list of reoccurring guests, including Nick Britsky of that drop by to keep things interesting. They have also slowly built up a backlog of shows with a ton of great guests that you can listen to here. We asked them a few questions about themselves and their podcast including how you could be featured on the show. Check out what they had to say and then add them to your weekly rotation to stay in the loop!

HID- What do you love about Detroit? 

Becky- "I was born and raised here and have worked in the City for almost all of my career, I have such a deep love for Detroit, it's hard to put into words what about it grabs me ... I would say first and foremost, it's the people in Detroit that I love, and the sense that we are all in this together, with passion and a sense of collaboration. I really love the creativity, art, music, and DIY attitude."

Seth- "I love the deep roots here. There’s a lot of history, some of it good, some of it not so good, but it seems to give folks here a belief that they’re battle-tested and can take on anything. Combine that with a recent sense of excitement about the future of the city, and you get this strange mix of grit and optimism."

HID- What is your favorite interview/show to date and why?

Becky- "We've had so much fun on so many shows - probably my favorite is the Allee Willis interview when she was back in town to accept her Detroit Music Award. I was so early into podcasting and nervous to be an interviewer, but as amazing as her talent, accomplishments, and prestige are, she was so generous with her time and so kind, funny and open with her personality. It was big and exciting to hear first hand her songwriting stories behind some of my favorite songs! Of course I treasure this even more now that she has sadly passed away."

Seth- "I really enjoyed our conversation with Mark Stryker, the author of Jazz From Detroit. I worked in alternative rock radio, so I have decent musical knowledge, but jazz is not my genre at all. Mark has this way of talking about the music in a way that isn’t abstract or esoteric; he’s able to explain its significance in the larger context of the history of the city, and I found the conversation fascinating."

HID- What does your perfect Saturday in the city look like? 

Becky- "In the sunny, warm weather, a perfect Saturday to me is wandering outside downtown, along the Riverfront or riding bikes on Belle Isle, particularly the winding back trails to some magical spots, leisurely outdoor patio dining with family and friends - perhaps Mudgie's or Seva or the Whitney garden - topped off by dancing to DJs or live music at El Club, Motor City Wine, Deluxx Fluxx or any number of other cool spots. In the winter, you'll find me at the DIA or MOCAD, trying cocktails and a meal at a new (or new-to-me) restaurant, and going to a concert at the Majestic, Masonic or St. Andrew's on my perfect Saturday."

Seth- "It starts with a bike ride along the waterfront. I always like to eat at a restaurant I’ve never been to before, preferably someplace that offers flights of local craft beers. And if I can close it off with a tour of a part of the city — my girlfriend got me a helicopter tour of the city for Sweetest Day one year and it was amazing— that would top it off."

HID- What attracted you to podcasting? 

Becky- "The opportunity to share my experiences and love of the City and promote awareness of all the great things going on; the chance to combine my talents, interests & personal mission of being a Detroit ambassador; and most of all meeting and highlighting fantastic, diverse people doing amazing things in Detroit. I manage a local tour company and give tours through Feet on the Street Tours Detroit, and I sit on some local nonprofit boards, so all my work is complementary to the D Brief podcast. Also a big attraction to me with podcasting is there are no rules, you can create your own thing!"

Seth- "I’m a former radio broadcaster, and I got into podcasting about nine years ago as a creative outlet. For my first podcast, I interviewed protesters at different Occupy Wall Street camps. I loved the freedom of the medium, and I’ve been playing with it ever since. The D Brief is my seventh podcast series — in fact, I have two others that are active, CES for Radio and The Worldwide Radio Summit podcast."

HID- What are some of your favorite podcasts (other than your own of course)? 

Becky- "Besides many comedy podcasts that keep me laughing, one podcast I faithfully listen to is Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris, all about mindfulness and meditation. I always learn a lot from the guests, and it keeps me on track and centered. Shattered, the podcast produced by WDIV, is fantastic and riveting, and I'm not even a huge fan of true crime! There are many good produced-in-Detroit podcasts too - Seth mentioned a few - and I also enjoy Stacking Benjamins, the Heard! podcast and Karma Has Spoken with Danialle Karmanos. It seems I hear of a new podcast every day, so I need to do some more listening!"

Seth- "There are a ton of great Detroit-based podcasts. The team at WDIV has done a fantastic job with Shattered. I’ve learned a ton from Tim Kiska’s Detroit History Podcast. Tom McCarthy hosts the Comedy Castle podcast, interviewing comedians who appear at Mark Ridley’s in Royal Oak. Shannon Cason is a local storyteller who has a number of interesting podcasts, including Homemade Stories, The Trouble, and In Good Co. Detroit. And those are just a few. I don’t know if people realize how strong the Detroit podcast scene is."

HID- How can a band/artist/ comedian reach out to be featured on the podcast? 

Becky- "DM on Instagram, or go directly to our website and click the link to submit music or comedy, or send us a message for other types of artists, places, and events. We welcome everything arts, culture, and entertainment!"

HID-Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start their own podcast? 

Becky- "Above all, do it only if you love what you'll be talking about - do a podcast that reflects your passion - that's what listeners will connect to. We need new voices and different perspectives, so go for it! But learn as much as you can about the process (there are lots of free resources out there) and know that it will take double the time that you think it will. The best advice is to call us at Michigan Podcast Productions to help out (shameless plug) so you can concentrate on content and not have to reinvent the wheel!"

Seth- "There’s a temptation to think that when you launch a new podcast, you’ve got to do it every week from now until the end of time, or else it’s failed. Don’t fall into that trap. Start with a pilot season consisting of a finite number of episodes — say, ten. Do it, see what works and what doesn’t, and then adjust. Maybe it’s a smash hit, maybe you want to scrap it, maybe you just want to make a few tweaks. Either way, a pilot season relieves the pressure and gives your room to learn from the process."


Friday, March 6, 2020

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

Friday, March 6th - Detroit Music Video Extravaganza @ Ant Hall: It's no secret that there are a lot of great musicians in Detroit! There are a lot of awesome filmmakers in Detroit too! This Friday night, see the latest and greatest music videos from those great artists at Ant Hall in Hamtramck. This one night only music video film festival will feature videos from Mona HaydarMy Brightest DiamondAnna Burch, NovelissBevloveThrowawayTartFred Thomassaajtak (PREMIERE!), DoglegWhite Bee (PREMIERE!), SiameseScissor NowRed Electric Shark (PREMIERE!), Valerie The VultureAlexyn WundrlandBen Keeler, and more. Tickets for this fun night of music videos are $10 in advance or cover is $13 at the door. Things kick off at 8 p.m.! 

Friday, March 6th - Weekend at Bernie's @ UFO Factory: A lot of our readers are big fans of Bernie Sanders, and this weekend there are some ways you can help raise money for Bernie's campaign. One of those ways is by heading to UFO Factory this Friday night. Some great bands will be playing a show there and proceeds from the door will go to Bernie Sanders. Cover is $10 and the lineup includes FIT Siegel, Mark Flash of Underground Resistance, John FM, and Charles Trees. Things kick off at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome.

Saturday, March 7th - Tart @ Outer Limits Lounge: Tart is one of the best bands in Detroit and they put on an amazing live show! Their live energy is unmatched and you can see it for yourself this Saturday night at Outer Limits in Hamtramck. Tart will be joined by Lung from Cincinnati and Valerie The Vulture (the latest project from the one and only Will Rae). Cover to see these great acts live is only $7. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the music will start at 9.

Sunday, March 8th - Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! Record Show #6 @ The Sanctuary: The best record show around returns to The Sanctuary in Hamtramck this weekend! This Sunday afternoon, spend the afternoon perusing a great selection of record albums, music & movie paraphernalia while you have a drink or two and maybe even a slice of pizza. There will be 30 different vendors on site and some of them have been posting sneak peeks of their goods on the Facebook event page here.  Admission to this event is free, but make sure you bring plenty of cash for shopping! The fun starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 4.

Sunday, March 8th - Nathan Gray + Band @ Small's: This Sunday night, Small's brings another great show to town! End your weekend right with Nathan Gray from Boysetsfire and his band. Also on the bill for the night are Detroit's own Reuther and Touch the Clouds. Tickets for the show are only $12 in advance and can be purchased online here. Cover is $15 at the door and all ages are welcome. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Make sure you get there early because all of these bands are awesome!


Help Bernie Sanders at Small's this Saturday

This Tuesday it will be Michigan's turn to vote on who will be the Democratic nominee for President this November. There have been a lot of candidates in the race over the past few months, but now it has narrowed down to just a few. Currently those few include Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders. It's pretty clear that Bernie Sanders is a favorite among many of our readers, and this weekend there is a fun way to help him out.

Saturday night, some great bands will be playing a show at Small's to help raise funds to donate to Bernie's campaign. The lineup for the evening includes local acts Who Boy, Olive & the Stoned Fruits, and Mike Tocco, as well as Winona Forever from Canada. Cover for the show is $8 in advance or $10 the night of the show. In addition to proceeds from the show going towards Bernie's campaign, there will also be representatives from the Bernie Hamtramck offices taking additional donations. And, to top things off and really help people get out and vote on Tuesday and in the fall, they will also be helping new voters get registered to vote.

This is going to be a great show, whether you're a Bernie supporter or not! So get to Small's this Saturday! Doors open at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. You can purchase your tickets in advance here.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Win Tickets to See Yoshi Flower

I've always wondered what it would be like to grow up with parents that said yes. What if you had two people who supported your dreams and told you that you could do something special if you tried? Would it make you more likely to try, to take chances, to believe in the "impossible"? If you ask Yoshi Flower, I think he would say yes. Detroit born Joshua Smith has parents who put a guitar in his hand at the age of 6, started booking him at PJ's Lager House by age 12, and never told him that he couldn't do something. They showed him every genre of music and left him alone to explore. In fact, he says he grew up listening to everything from the late '60s psychedelic rock to Linda Ronstadt. His unapologetic love for so many different sounds is what makes his music so interesting, refreshing, and fun to listen to.

He isn't afraid to mix any genre or try something new. He also isn't afraid to make music on his own terms. When he first signed to Interscope Records in 2018 everyone was asking when he would release an album. He had no deadlines and no set plans at the time and yet somehow has written and released 3 solid albums since signing to the label. His latest album I Will Not Let My Love Go To Waste features 13 solid songs that blend seamlessly. You can listen to all of his music on Spotify here. He always said he just wanted to "just keep making music" and that is exactly what he has been up to.

You can also catch him live when he returns to Detroit to play The Loving Touch alongside fellow Assemble Sound alum Sam Austins and Whiterosemoxie on Saturday, March 14th. Tickets to attend the show are $14 and they can be purchased here.  You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of the team at The Crofoot Presents. To enter, please email your full name to with the subject line #yoshi. We will draw one lucky winner on the morning of the show and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Why and How to Celebrate International Women's Day


International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. IWD is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action. This year's theme is #equalforequal. It is a day to recognize that we are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors, and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society so we need to make sure that we are making a difference. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender-equal world. The best way to celebrate is to have a conversation about what you can do to enact change in your own life. Then, gather together with your gals and talk about change or just vibe and have a little fun together.
Here are a few fun events happening around town on International Women's Day.

Whimsical Wit- International Women's Day party featuring chair massages, henna, tarot, and blowouts, and terrarium building station, They will also be serving mimosas and little treats throughout the day. It's free to get in and you can pay per service if you want to participate.

Public House- To honor a woman who paved the way for females in the culinary industry, Public House Chef Jasmine Hughes offers a special menu inspired by Julia Child. The cocktail list will feature three drinks created by women who had a significant influence on cocktail culture in the United States. Including Audrey Saunders, Joy Perrine, and Julie Reiner. Public House will donate 10% of sales on March 8 to HAVEN Oakland County.

Royal Oak Brewery- They are opening the doors for anyone who wants to come in and watch them brew. First pint free before 2 p.m., all women's pint's $4 all day.

The Eastern- An International Women's Day celebration featuring foods, drinks, entertainment and a few speakers including Senator Mallory McMorrow. Tickets are $60 a person.

J'adore Detroit- J'adore Detroit is hosting an IWD party at Gent Detroit. The event will feature drinks, raffles and a performance by Roxi D’Lite. Tickets are $30.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Everything You Need to Know to Vote in the March 10th Primary

The Michigan Primary vote will take place on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020. You will have the chance to decide who will be running for president this November as well as the outcome of some local proposals. But, before you can vote, you need to make sure that you are registered.

You can check if you are registered to vote here.

If you are registered, it will tell you where you can vote on the 10th. If you are not registered, you will see a message that says “no voter record matched your search criteria”. You will not be able to register online before this election, but you can register anytime on or before election day by visiting your local clerk's office.

You can find your local clerk here.

You cannot register to vote at your polling place.

You can skip visiting a polling place altogether by obtaining an absentee ballot. You have until 5 p.m. on March 6 to apply to obtain an absentee ballot via first class mail. You have until 4 p.m. on March 9 to obtain an absentee ballot in person at your local clerk's office.

Once you have established that you can vote and found your polling place it is time to decide which primary you are going to vote in. Michigan only allows you to vote in one primary, you can choose a Democratic ballot, a Republican ballot, or a ballot that shows just local proposals. Additionally, if you are registered as a member of any party, you must vote in that party's primary.

Now, it's time to decide who you are going to vote for. You can find out more about all of the candidates running in this year's primary here.

There will also be county-specific votes, this includes a proposal for a 10-year, 0.2 mill millage renewal for the Detroit Institute of Arts in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties. Some communities and school districts will have millage proposals on the ballot, and Clinton Township and Ecorse will have proposals to allow marijuana businesses in their towns.

If you would like to learn more about the DIA millage vote, click here.

Most importantly, make a plan for when and how you are voting on the 10th. Michigan is a very important state in this election which means your voice will be heard.


Monday, March 2, 2020

Win Tickets to See Billy Raffoul

Billy Raffoul is a storyteller. His songs are written from the heart and filled with lyrics that tell the stories about what he has experienced so far in his 22-years on this Earth. He has been compared to everyone from Neil Young to Joe Cocker, but his sound is a lot more modern then any of those references might imply. His debut single "Driver" has gained him a lot of attention and anticipation for his first full-length album, but that won't be out for a while. So if you want to hear from this up and coming artist you have to go see him live at The Pike Room on Friday, March 6th. Unfortunately, the show is sold out. Thankfully, we have one pair of tickets to give away thanks to our friends at The Crofoot. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to with the subject line #getmein. We will get one lucky person and their friend into the show this Friday.