Monday, January 17, 2022

It Only Takes 15 Seconds for Stevie Soul to Inspire

Over the last few weeks, we have all been inundated with ads on how we should improve ourselves this year. From changing our diet to going back to school, marketers are working hard to make you feel bad about who you are and where you are in life so that they can sell you some kind of quick fix that will turn it all around. The problem is, there are no quick fixes. It's not what we do today, it's what we do every day that matters.

Small creators like myself don't have the luxury of putting hours into our art every day. We have jobs, friends, families, and obligations that take us away from our passions and steal away our time to create. It can be easy to push your art to the back burner when there are bills to pay and deadlines to meet. This can cause a lot of us to cram our creative time into short little blocks and then lead to us beating ourselves up because we weren't able to deliver during the small window that we gave ourselves. This also leads a lot of us to avoid creating in the first place. So, instead of talking about a quick fix to all of the creative problems that plague us, we wanted to tell you about something inspiring that Stevie Soul did in 2016 and 2021 to push himself and his creativity forward in hopes that it will inspire you to push yourself and grow in 2022.

Stevie Soul is a singer, beatboxer, and multi-media producer from Detroit Michigan that used beatboxing to overcome a childhood stutter. He has performed in front of all different types of crowds, collaborated with some of Detroit's best artists, and won the first Detroit's Big Shot competition this past Fall. He is incredibly talented and incredibly inspiring, especially because he does not stop pushing himself to be better and grow. In 2016, he decided to make and post a video every day for a year. At the end of the year, he said he knew himself better and had improved his beatboxing skills, plus he had a record of his journey over a year to look back on when he needed some motivation to keep going. So, he decided that in 2021 he wanted to do it again. This time he committed to posting a 15-second clip on his Instagram stories every day for a year. Sometimes he used the moment as an opportunity to create a cool sound or to showcase the sounds around him. Other days he gives you an inside look at his life as a beatboxer and creator. At the end of the year, Stevie once again found that he was better. Not because of what he did one day, but because he worked at what he loved a little bit every day this year.

If you are in a rut or looking for some creative inspiration, we highly recommend heading over to Stevie's Instagram to watch all 52 weeks of 15-second clips. It's inspiring to see so much creativity in short little bursts. After watching for only a few minutes it's clear that it's not what you do one day, but what you do every day that matters.  

So,  how can you spend "15 seconds a day" working towards your goals this year? How can you put yourself and your art at the forefront by giving it a little time each day? Watch Stevie and take what he did as inspiration to focus on yourself and your growth every day this year. Allow yourself good days and bad days and give yourself the time and space you deserve to grow. Don't let the marketing wizards fool you, make small goals, work towards them every day, and by this time next year, you will have reached some if not all of them!


~S



Friday, January 14, 2022

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: January 14-16

We already told you about Fleatroit Junk City's take over at The Garden Bowl. Here are some other fun things happening this weekend!

Friday & Saturday, January 14th & 15th - Tributes to Betty White & Sidney Poitier @ The Redford Theatre: 2022 has just begun and the world has already lost some legendary stars. This weekend, The Redford Theatre will pay tribute to the late great Betty White and Sidney Poitier. Friday night, they will be screening The Proposal (2009) with Betty White. Saturday, they will screen To Sir, With Love (1967) starring Sidney Poitier. Each film will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are $5. To purchase tickets in advance, head to RedfordTheatre.com

Friday, January 14th - Retro Pop- A Totally 80's Dance Party @ Small's: Dance the night away to your favorite 80s pop songs, with some new wave, dance and electronic mixed in too. DJs Pleasure Kitten, Aaron Hingst and Pinknoise will be supplying the tunes for the evening. Cover is $5 for 21+ and $10 for 18-20. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 48 hours is required for entry. The party starts at 9 p.m.!

Friday, January 14th - John Salvage @ Ghost Light w/ Jackamo and Drew Joseph: John Salvage, Jackamo, and Drew Joseph play the Ghost Light in Hamtramck Friday night. 21+ are welcome and the music starts at 9 p.m. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for entry. Get all of the details on Ghost Light's policies here.

Saturday, January 15th - The Hourlies @ Ghost Light w/ Vulgars and Goods: Ghost Light has another good show lined up for Saturday night. This time, it's The Hourlies with Vulgars and Goods. Cover is $5. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music starts and 10. Proof of vaccination is required. 

Friday, January 14th - Sunday, January 16th - Fire & Ice @ Valade Park: Take some time for winter fun at Valade Park on the Riverfront this weekend! This event will feature ice carving, live music, LARP, bonfires, food and more. There will even be a 7 foot ice sculpture that will encase a bonfire! Sounds pretty crazy! Get the full rundown of events for this weekend here

~C

Khana has Taken Over FRAMEbar

FRAMEbar (aka Joebar) is known for inviting unique chefs into their kitchen to cook up creative menus of small plates, curated wines, beers and unique cocktails. Their latest residency Khana is known for altering and elevating traditional Pakistani/Desi recipes. Together they have constructed something special that you can only try for the next couple of weeks. For their latest takeover, chef-in-residence Maryam Khan has created a 100% halal menu of Pakistani fare via casual shared plates. This includes a few vegan options as well as lamb, fish and chicken dishes. They also have something sweet for dessert.


The best way to enjoy this popup is to bring a friend or two so that you can try a little bit of everything. For our first visit we kept it vegan and tried the chaat and the nachos (vegan style upon request).  We loved both dishes and have been dreaming about the nachos ever since we left the restaurant. They had a hearty, salty and sweet taste that woke up our taste buds in the most magnificent way.  They also paired really well with the campfire margarita. Most importantly, we got to try a bunch of things that we don't usually cook or enjoy at home which is what makes going out so delightful.



Khana will  be popping up at FRAMEbar through February 6, 2022. You can book a reservation to visit here. They are currently open 5 p.m. -10 p.m. on Wednesdays,  5 p.m. -11 p.m., Thursday -Saturday and 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday. Daily, bar seats, high tops, and the heated patio are available for walk-in service. Follow FRAMEbar on Facebook or Instagram for their latest pop-up info.






~S

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Fleatroit Junk City Takes over the The Garden Bowl and Majestic Theatre Center this Sunday

Do you like vintage clothing, housewares, vinyl, houseplants, and handcrafted items?  If you like to hunt for the perfect piece you will love rummaging your way through Fleatroit Junk City at The Garden Bowl and Majestic Theatre this Sunday, January 16. This monthly market also features live music, an amazing bloody mary bar, pizza, and live DJs throughout the day.

Junk City opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The full bloody mary bar will be set up so you can sip while you shop this month's vendors. The key to seeing and scoring the best items is getting there early, so use the bloody mary bar as a motivation to get out of bed.

DJs will keep the day moving with music from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. Once the market ends at the Majestic, the Toeheads and 208 will start performing above the lanes at The Garden Bowl. Reserve a bowling lane to throw some balls while you enjoy the show.

The Magic Stick/Majestic/Garden Bowl complex is located at 4140 Woodward in Downtown Detroit. The Garden Bowl is the oldest bowling alley in the United States and one of our favorite spots in the city. This is a great way to spend a Sunday.


~S

Monday, January 10, 2022

Mootz Pizzeria & Bar

With how many restaurants have opened in Detroit over the past 10 years, you probably haven't been able to check out all of them. There are places you drive by or walk past all of the time that you wonder about, but haven't had the chance to try yet. Mootz Pizzeria & Bar was one of those places for us. 

During the holidays, we decided to give Mootz a try while we were downtown visiting the markets and the tree. Mootz is sort of tucked away while being in the center of it all, located at 1230 Library Street next to Vincente's Cuban Cuisine. On the date that we visited, it seemed like a lot of other people had the same idea, so we opted to skip the line and sit at the bar. The restaurant is fun and inviting, with sort of a retro feel. The kitchen is located parallel to the bar along the opposite edge of the restaurant rather than at the back of the restaurant like most places in Detroit. That's because the kitchen also leads to a separate carryout entrance, where you can quickly pick up a slice or a whole order that you placed online

For this visit we weren't quite sure about the portion sizes so we decided to share a 14" pizza and a personal sized salad. The pizzas all come in 10" or 14" and salads are served as personal size or shareable. This was just right for the two of us, but we came pretty hungry! The pizza was thin and round, the opposite of a lot of pizza joints in Detroit. We wanted to try something different, so we went with the Mediterranean, which was topped with Mootzarella, NYC pizza sauce, banana peppers, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, feta, arugula, EVOO. It was very tasty, but The Library Salad that we started out with definitely stole the show. The salad featured romaine, cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, grilled chicken, bacon, feta, candied pecans, and Mootz's famous house dressing. The combination wasn't something we would have come up with on our own, but it was delicious. 

You may have figured by now that this visit was made by Christie and not Sadie, with the mention of cheeses, chicken, and bacon. However, it is important to mention that Mootz does offer vegan cheese, so you can easily swap out ingredients so your vegan friends can enjoy this restaurant too! The menu includes both traditional and more adventurous pizzas and salads, as well as hoagies, pasta, and some great appetizers. Some of the starters that popped out to us that we'll have to try next time included The Sharing Plank charcuterie board, Burrate, and the Truffled Bumblebee, which was ricotta, bee pollen, honeycomb, fig, truffle honey, and Tony’s walnut focaccia bread. Mootz also offers a full bar with craft cocktails, craft beers, and wine. One important thing to note is that soft drinks are served by the bottle or can, not from a fountain. So, sip slowly because there won't be free refills! 

Mootz Pizzeria & Bar is open for diners and drinkers Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. - midnight. The carryout window is open until 11 p.m. Thursday - Monday. Give Mootz a follow on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about this restaurant. 


~C

Friday, January 7, 2022

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: January 7-9

Friday, January 7th - Rough Patch & Detroit 442 @ The Painted Lady: It's Anne (Rough Patch) and Lacy's (Detroit 42) birthdays and they're playing a show together at The Painted Lady! We've been fans of Rough Patch since we saw them play with The Suicide Machines this Halloween and Detroit 442 always puts on a good show. Rough Patch plays at 11:30 p.m. and Detroit 442 hits the stage at midnight. 

Friday, January 7th - Godzilla vs. Kong @ Monroe Street Drive-In: You might not feel comfortable going to a movie theatre, but watching a movie on your couch gets old after awhile. Watch the ultimate battle, Godzilla vs. Kong, from behind your windshield at Monroe Street Drive-In this Friday night. Tickets are $20 per car and can be purchased here. The movie starts at 7 p.m.

Friday, January 7th - The Cryptics @ The Sanctuary w/ Bad Assets and more: The Sanctuary has a great lineup this Friday night! The Cryptics will be playing along with Bad Assets, Come Out Fighting, Randy Bastards, and The DDTs. All ages are welcome and tickets are $12. Get yours here.

Saturday, January 8th - The Muggs & Eastside Elvis @ Cadieux Cafe: Head to the eastside to catch Eastside Elvis and The Muggs at Cadieux Cafe Saturday night! This is another birthday show because they will be celebrating the birth of The King himself, Elvis Presley. Since you can't celebrate with him, celebrate with Eastside Elvis instead. Cover is only $10 and doors open at 7 p.m.


~C

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Win Tickets the Armed's Sold Out El Club Show

Who: The Armed 

What: Playing El Club on January 8,2022.

Rescheduled for March 5,2022.

Tickets: SOLD OUT

But you can still enter to win a pair!

How? Email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #armed

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 4th, 2022.


~S

Monday, January 3, 2022

New Year, New Menu + New Look For Public House

The new year welcomes a new era for Public House in Downtown Ferndale. The new owners have renovated the entire restaurant and created a new menu that caters to carnivores as comprehensively as it caters to vegans. They offer unique cocktails alongside a full menu of mocktails. They also have a great mix of greasy bar and restaurant staples, like burgers and fries, alongside big salads and hearty vegetable based appetizers, like cauliflower wings and broccolini. They have found their own unique way to have a little something for everyone.
The new Public House resembles the old one, but it's a little more stream lined inside while being a little more over the top in the back. For instance, they have added a lot of greenery as well as a flower wall and a neon sign that says "Hello Gorgeous".
For our first visit we tried the cauliflower wings, the brussels sprouts and the Caesar salad with smoked tempeh added to the dish. The portions were hefty, the brussels were out of this world, the wings were spicy, and the salad was smoky, creamy and amazing, especially since it was completely vegan. As an added bonus, we learned that all of the vegan food was made in a completely separate kitchen.
Public House is now open at 4 p.m. seven days a week. You can visit their website here to make a reservation or try your chances walking in whenever you ae hungry. Public House is located at 241 W. 9 Mile in Downtown Ferndale. The new owners also own Pop's For Italian and One Eyed Betty's, so if you like either of those establishments, you know you can expect something great from this spot!



~S