Friday, December 17, 2021

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: December 17-19

Friday, December 17th & Saturday, December 18th - White Christmas @ The Redford Theatre: It's the weekend before Christmas and there's no better way to get in the spirit than to head to The Redford Theatre for White Christmas. The classic film will have three showings at the theatre this weekend, Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Saturday at 8 p.m. The Redford truly is a magical place to see a movie, especially during the holidays. Make sure you get there early to hear Christmas tunes on the organ and to check out the Christmas village in front of the stage. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased in advance here.

Saturday, December 18th - Gremlins @ The Senate Theater: Across town, the Senate Theater is playing another movie that is a Christmas classic in it's own right. Gremlins will be showing on Saturday night at 8 p.m. Get ready for the holidays at your favorite historic independent theater watching one of your favorite movies from the '80s! Tickets are only $6 and can be purchased online here

Sunday, December 19th - Home Alone @ the Monroe Street Drive-In: We promise, this is our last Christmas movie on the list for this weekend! Watch Home Alone from the comfort of your own car under the city lights at the Monroe Street Drive-In this Sunday. Tickets are $20 per car and they're going fast! Purchase yours here

Friday, December 17th - Mutationfest @ Ant Hall: If you're not in the mood to go to watch a holiday movie this weekend, maybe you'd rather check out Mutationfest at Ant Hall? This fest features bands that are on the first Mutations from the Motor City LP and some that will be on the next one as well. The show starts at 7 p.m. and proof of vaccination is required. 

Friday, December 17th - Home for the Holidaze @ PJ's Lager House: Listen to some of your favorite singer/songwriters from Detroit this Friday night at PJ's. This annual event "brings together local performers for an evening of acoustic music for a good cause". Proceeds from the show will go towards helping homeless people and animals in the community. Cover is $8 or $7 with donation of a canned good or winter clothing item. Doors open at 8 and the music starts at 9. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 48 hours is required for entry. 

Sunday, December 19th - Holiday Markets with Fleatroit Junk City @ Outer Limits Lounge: Pick up some vintage holiday decorations or some gifts this Sunday at Outer Limits Lounge. Fleatroit Junk City will be holding a holiday market for all of your shopping needs. Whether you need a new outfit for Christmas or a gift for that hard to please person, you just might find it here. There will also be food and of course there will be drinks. The fun goes from noon 'til 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 19th - Go GangBusters fro Gregg @ The Garden Bowl: If you've ever been to the Garden Bowl or Magic Stick, you know Gregg. He is the tall, pleasant gentleman, with a deep voice and the best laugh, that checks your ID and if you're lucky, greets you with a hug and a smile. He is having some health issues and can use some help from his community, so a bunch of his friends have put together a fundraiser this Sunday at the Garden Bowl. There will be bingo, pizza, bands, and tunes supplied by Haute to Death. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and goes until midnight. There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door. 


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Get Some Solid Sushi at The Goblin Detroit

If you're in Southwest and you find yourself craving some delicious sushi, stop by The Goblin. Their menu is simple and so is their approach to food, they make good sushi using high-quality + fresh ingredients. Personally, I think that the rice makes the roll and Goblin 100% delivered on their grains.  Their rice wasn't too hard or too soft and it had the perfect amount of fluff. You can see their full menu and get a feel for what they offer here

You can order online or dine-in, but the real way to do it is to order something to snack on before or during your visit to Bagley Central, one of our favorite local lounges that happens to share a hallway with the restaurant. We were at the lounge when we realized that we could place an online order, so we put it in, enjoyed another drink, then walked over to get it to go. We were blown away by the disposable soy sauce bowl and the great biodegradable set-up that they gave us with our order. There is something to be said about restaurants that understand the assignment when it comes to takeout.

The Goblin Detroit is currently open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can place a to-go order here. You can also follow The Goblin on Instagram or Facebook to stay in the loop.


Friday, December 10, 2021

Celebrate "Red" Taylor's Version at Taylor Swift night at The Crofoot

What: Taylor Swift Night @ The Crofoot on Saturday, December 18th.

Tickets are $15 in advance and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #redtaylorsversion

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on December 17th.


Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: December 10-12

Friday, December 10th - Break Anchor @ Small's: It's been quite awhile since Break Anchor has played a show, but this Friday night the wait is over! They will hit the stage at Small's along with Public Serpents (NJ), The Tellways, and A Day At The Station. Cover is $20 and doors open at 7 p.m. If you miss this one, we guarantee you'll be bummed about it the rest of the weekend! Make sure you check out Small's COVID policies here before you head to the show. 

Friday, December 10th - The Cheetahs @ Bowlero: Bowlero is always a good time and this Friday night they have some great bands playing in the lounge, so it will really be a good time! The lineup for the evening includes The Cheetahs and Dude with DJ Jam Jam playing the tunes in the lanes. This show is free to attend too, so that makes it even better! 18+ are welcome in the lounge and all ages are welcome by the lanes. 

Friday, December 10th - Saturday, December 11th - GRiZMAS @ The Masonic: This weekend, GRiZ will take over The Masonic Temple for his annual GRiZMAS celebration. If you're a fan of GRiZ, you already know that this is a do not miss event. Tickets for the shows at The Masonic start at $35. Each night, there are also official afterparties at the Magic Stick, with GRiZ doing a DJ set on the last night. For tickets to GRiZMAS and more information, click here

Saturday, December 11th - Wreck The Halls @ PJ's Lager House: Christmas comes to PJ's Lager House this Saturday night with the third annual Wreck The Halls show. The bill for the evening includes: THE CULT OF SPACESKULL, ASTRO, SROS LORDS, HELL DOLLARS, DEAR DARKNESS, WOMB WORM, GIRL FIGHT, and PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS. Holiday attire is encouraged and we're sure things will get weird. Cover is only $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7. Make sure you stop by and visit Soaked in Bleach and Zug Island Pedals while you're there too! 

Sunday, December 12th - Holiday Marbazaar @ Marble Bar: Shop local, sip some drinks, and listen to great tunes at Marble Bar this Sunday evening! There will be over 15 vendors on site so you're sure to find something for someone on your list or for yourself. Music will be provided by Charles Trees, Ladylike, Monico, and Leadfeather. Admission is free, but they are collecting canned goods and winter clothes for the less fortunate. So, try to bring something if you can. The Marbazaar goes from 3 - 10 p.m. 


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Santa Paws is Coming to Town

Are you trying to keep it local this holiday season? Maker markets are a great way to check out a lot of unique items in one space and support creators in your local community. The Royal Oak Farmers Market is hosting 50 makers this Saturday alongside a visit from Santa Paws!

Santa Paws will be coming to town for one evening to take pictures with all your well-behaved four-legged puppers and doggos. Photos are "free" with a donation to the Dog Aide, the charity of the evening.

Tito's Vodka will also be at the event mixing up delicious cocktails to enjoy while you shop and they're matching all Dog Aide donations that are made throughout the evening.

Entry to the event is free. The celebration takes place from 6 p.m. -10 p.m. The Royal Oak Farmers Market is located at 316 E. 11 Mile Royal Oak, MI.


Saturday, December 4, 2021

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: December 4-5

 We're a day late getting them to you, but here are our picks for this weekend! 

Saturday, December 4th & Sunday, December 5th - Detroit Urban Craft Fair @ The Masonic Temple: Shop with over 100 makers this weekend at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair! This is one of our favorite events of the season and we are so glad that it is back to an in person event again this year. This craft fair isn't like your typical craft show at the local high school. There is awesome art, fun gifts, and something for everyone. Check out the list of vendors here. DUCF kicks off Friday night, then the fair is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission ranges from $2-$5 depending on what time you get there. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 72 hour is required for entry. 

Saturday, December 4th - Rival Summers Last Show @ The Loving Touch: Leo Bautista has been playing music as Rival Summers for over a decade and Saturday night he closes that chapter of his life. Don't miss the last Rival Summers show ever at The Loving Touch. Cover is $13 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased here. Rival Summers will be joined by Weeknight Motion, Ohly, and The Timbre of Cedar. All ages are welcome and proof of vaccination is required. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 4th - Munster, Go Home! (1966), with live appearance by Butch Patrick @ The Senate Theatre: The historic movie theatres in the Detroit area have brought some legendary actors to town during screenings and this weekend the Senate Theater has a great star lined up. Eddie Munster himself (Butch Patrick) will be in town for a screening of The Munster's movie Munster, Go Home! Patrick will do a Q&A before the screening and will sign autographs after the movie. Tickets to the screening are $15, there is an additional fee for autographs and photos. Tickets can be purchased here, doors open at 7 p.m., and the event starts at 8. 

Sunday, December 5th - It's A Wonderful Life @ Monroe Street Drive-In: Get in the holiday spirit at the drive-in this weekend! The holiday classic It's A Wonderful Life will be playing at the Monroe Street Drive-In this Sunday night. Watch a movie in the comfort of your car with the lights of the cityscape and Christmas tree all around you. Admission is $20 per vehicle and the movie starts at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets and for details, including how you can get food delivered to your car from your favorite restaurants downtown, click here


Monday, November 29, 2021

Win Tickets to See Carmen Christopher Perform


Who: Carmen Christopher

What: Performing @ The Crofoot Ballroom on December 11, 2021.

Tickets are $20 and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #carmen.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on December 10,2021. 


Win Tickets to See Destroy Boys wsg The Umbrellas (SF), Jigsaw Youth

Who: Destroy Boys wsg The Umbrellas (SF), Jigsaw Youth.

What: Playing The Sanctuary on December 9th, 2021.

Tickets are $15 and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #destroyboys

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on December 8th, 2021.


Win Tickets to See Lagwagon: Celebrating "Blaze" wsg Red City Radio

What: Playing The Loving Touch on December 5, 2021

Tickets are $29.50  and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #lagwagon.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on December 4th, 2021. 


Win Tickets to See Rival Summers: The Last Show wsg The Timbre of Cedar, Weeknight Motion and Ohly

Who: Rival Summers: The Last Show wsg The Timbre of Cedar, Weeknight Motion and Ohly.

What: Playing The Loving Touch on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the show and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #lastshow

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on December 3,2021.


Friday, November 26, 2021

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: November 26 - 28

Friday, November 26th - Day After Turkey @ Small's: Once you've awaken from your food coma from Thanksgiving Day, head to Small's for Black Friday! Detroit 442, The Strains, and Milk Bath will be hitting the stage. See your second family, have some drinks, and listen to some great bands. Cover is only $5 and things kick off around 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 27th - Femmedom @ Outer Limits Lounge: This Saturday night, Outer Limits Lounge will be hosting a new monthly event, Femmedom! The night will highlight queer/femme DJs and performers. Cover is only $2 and 21+ are welcome.

Saturday, November 27th - Chloe Moriondo @ El Club: Chloe Moriondo has been playing shows and packing venues across the country for weeks now and this Saturday night she returns home to play El Club. Her and her band of other badass females from Detroit will put on a great show that you don't want to miss! Tickets are still available here and all ages are welcome. Don't miss your chance to see Chloe in a more intimate venue, we have a feeling she will be playing huge venues soon! She was even on Jimmy Kimmel and on a billboard in Times Square recently! 

Saturday, November 27th - 4th Annual FTG: For The Girls - Periods | Transcend | Binaries: Old Soul Vintage presents their fourth annual For The Girls event, a night of music, art, and vintage goods for a good cause at The Loving Touch. Cover is $5 or a donation of menstrual products, with donations going to Corktown Health and I Support The Girls Detroit. Musicians for the evening include TY, Jack Oats, Adelaide Wilson, Tears of a Martian, and Chiki Baby & The Bash. There will also be over a dozen vendors selling vintage goods. The event runs from 7 p.m. - midnight. For a list of vendors and more info, click here


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Win Tickets to Ronny Chieng's "Hope You Get Rich" Tour

What: Performing @ The Majestic Detroit on December, 4th,2021.

Tickets are $29.95 in advance and $35 the day of the show and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #GetRich

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on December 3, 2021.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Win Tickets to See PREOCCUPATIONS with METZ at MOCAD


What: Playing MOCAD on December, 3.2021.

Tickets are $17 in advance and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #preoccupations

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on December 2,2021.


Monday, November 22, 2021

Eat Mr. Dips

The next time you are in the mood for a burger and fries, you should try Mr.Dips. What once began as a food truck in NYC has grown to a multi-location brick-and-mortar restaurant that serves up your favorite fast-food staples with a twist. Their menu is simple and small, but full of flavor with a unique approach that you won't find at any other "fast food" restaurant. Their burgers come with a variety of special sauces, their fries are waffle style and can be fully loaded with queso and scallions, and their shakes and soft-serve ice cream cones are frosty with an ever-changing list of flavors. Our favorite extra touch was the sprouts on the Impossible burger, it added the perfect little bit of crunch and made the meal memorable.

The Detroit Mr. Dips is located Downtown in the alley by the Shinola Hotel. They are currently open from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 12 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You can eat there or order something online for pickup or delivery here. Follow them on Instagram to stay up to date on their season flavors and offerings. 


Friday, November 19, 2021

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: November 19 - 21

Friday, November 19th - Detroit Tree Lighting @ Campus Martius: The holiday season officially kicks off in Detroit Friday night with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event will take place from 5 p.m. - midnight and will feature live music, Olympic ice skaters, horse drawn carriage rides, Santa, and more. Admission is free and masks are encouraged. If you can't make it out, you can tune into WXYZ's coverage of the event on Channel 7 starting at 7 p.m.

Friday, November 19th - Light Up Beacon Park: Down the street, Beacon Park will also be getting in the holiday spirit with the Children's Tree Lighting. There will also be interactive lighting installations, food trucks, live entertainment and more. This event also kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. Admission is free. 

The Hourlies @ The Old Miami w/ Vazum and Rob Zinck & the Collaborators: The Old Miami is hosting a great show Saturday night with a mixture of genres. The lineup for the night includes The Hourlies, Vazum, and Rob Zink & the Collaborators. Cover is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 21st - Holiday Markets @ Eastern Market: Eastern Market is also kicking off the holiday season this weekend! Sunday, they will be hosting their first Holiday Market of the season. The Holiday Markets will be open every Sunday throughout the season and will feature makers and vendors selling great gifts, as well as d├ęcor and even some goodies to add to your spread. The Sunday Holiday Markets are open weekly from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through December 19th.

Sunday, November 21st - HABIBI @ UFO Factory w/ Rough Patch and Dropper: We saw Detroit's new power duo Rough Patch for the first time a few weeks ago when they opened for The Suicide Machines at the Hallowhiskey Masquerade and we were instantly hooked! Their lyrics are honest, catchy, and whitty, and their music is angry while still fun. See them for yourself this Sunday when they open for Habibi at UFO Factory. 18+ are welcome and you must have proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here

The Winter Markets have Returned to Cadillac Square

The holiday season has officially begun with the return of the Winter Markets in Cadillac Square. After having to put things on pause for the 2020 season, they are coming back to showcase 18 different local makers and to offer a special shopping experience. This year's market features 3 Dogs1 Cat, Abode Impressions, Bow Aholic, Detroit Hustles Harder, Detroit Man and Women Collective, Ferosh the Label, Good Cakes and Bakes, Kept, Little High Fliers, MUSKOX, New Millenium Book, Essence by Noble, Nuts about Detroit, Preva Body, The Vintage Wick, Waffle Cabin, POST Detroit, and Whimsy & Wine.
The Cadillac Louge has also reopened for the season. You can grab a hot cocoa, a beer, and some snacks from the bar and enjoy different activities, including custom monogramming, occasional free food and drinks, and live music. To see a full calendar of events click here.
They have a few shops selling baked goods and some snacks at the lounge, but most people want to have a meal before or after they shop. Use this handy guide to see all of the options that you have in  Downtown Detroit. If you haven't been downtown in a while, there are likely a lot of new spots that you should try!

The shops @ Cadillac Square are open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday. Text “Detroit” to 313-000 to subscribe to XO Detroit text offers throughout the season.


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Donate to the Detroiters Annual Christmas Present Toy Drive

If you're feeling generous and want to make the holidays a little better for fellow Detroiters, three great organizations have a way that you can help. Detroiters Helping Each Other, Detroit No Good Girls, and Southwest Alano Club have come together this year to hold the Detroiters Annual Christmas Present Toy Drive. The groups have a goal to collect at least 700 gifts this year, last year they were able to give over 1,500 gifts. The gifts will be given to kids of all ages, from babies to teenagers up to 18 years old. Gifts can be as big or as small as you can afford, and Detroiters Helping Each Other even has the great suggestion of shopping at Five Below so you can get more bang for your buck. 

If you'd like to help out in another way, you can also make a monetary donation to the toy drive. The group plans to do a live video when they do their big Christmas shopping trips and will even send you photos of the receipts if you donate. So, you can see what your money helped buy. Here's how you can make a monetary donation:



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The Detroiters Annual Christmas Present Toy Drive runs until December 15th. To arrange for drop off of gifts, please contact Detroiters Helping Each Other on Facebook. This toy drive has been taking place for 8 years. Let's help make this year bigger and better, and make this Christmas memorable for kids in Detroit!


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Win Tickets to See Chloe Moriondo: Blood Bunny Tour wsg Shortly @ El Club

Who: Chloe Moriondo: Blood Bunny Tour wsg Shortly.

What: Playing El Club on November 27,2021.

Tickets are $23.40 in advance and $28.60 the day of the show and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #Chloe.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on November 26th, 2021.


Win Tickets to See Atreyu: The Baptize Tour with Crown The Empire, Tetrarch, Saul & Defying Decay

Who: Atreyu: The Baptize Tour with Crown The Empire, Tetrarch, Saul & Defying Decay

What: Playing The Majestic on Friday, November 26th, 2021.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to with the subject line #Atreyu

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on November 25th, 2021.


Monday, November 15, 2021

You Have to Try the Cauliflower Wings from Pumachug in Downtown Clawson

Four years ago I fell in love with cauliflower wings. They are tasty, they are usually vegan, and they are the perfect appetizer to split with someone. Eventually, this love affair became an obsession which turned into a full-on quest to find and try as many different types of cauliflower wings as I could. I have discovered that every restaurant has its own way to cook cauliflower and a unique sauce to dip it into. Some spots slather it in the sauce while it's cooking and others wait until it's coming out of the oven to give it some zip. Some restaurants cut the cauliflower into little pieces and others serve it up in large chunks that look a lot like traditional wings. These little touches can make or break the wings.  Personally, I want something mid-size. super crispy, with an interesting sauce that I can't find anywhere else, and that is exactly what I found at Pumachug.
Pumachug is a scratch kitchen in the heart of downtown Clawson. They have a unique menu that features bar and grill staples like salads, burgers, and fries alongside a FULL vegan menu, including brunch and appetizer options. They also have an extensive menu of craft cocktails and a LARGE beer list with some unique choices that you won't find at other places in town. But. their wings are what brought me in the door. I was told that they were some of the best in town and they did not disappoint.  They were mid to large size, very crispy, and had a unique sauce that you can't find anywhere else. It wasn't too tangy or too sweet, it was "just right" as Goldie Locks would say. It was also the biggest portion of wings we have ever gotten. In fact, all the portions at Pumachug were very generous, which meant I got to enjoy the wings and the rice bowl I ordered during two separate meals. I feel like the only thing better than enjoying a great meal is getting to revisit it later that night or the next day! 
Pumachug is located at 1 E. 14 Mile Rd Clawson, MI. They are currently open 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sundays, and they are closed Mondays. To learn more about Pumachug follow them on IG, Facebook, or visit their website and place an order to see how good it is for yourself! We highly suggest that you try the wings!