Monday, February 28, 2022

Win Tickets to See Underoath @ The Fillmore

What: Playing the Fillmore on March 9, 2022.

Tickets are $29 to $58 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 #Underoath.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 8, 2022.


Win Tickets to See The Sling Tour: Clairo with Arlo Parks @ The Fillmore

Who: The Sling Tour: Clairo with Arlo Parks.

What: Playing The Fillmore Detroit on March 8, 2022.

Tickets are $39 + 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 #Sling.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 7, 2022.


Win Tickets to See Between the Buried & Me wsg Car Bomb @ The Crofoot

Who: Between the Buried & Me wsg Car Bomb.

What: Playing The Crofoot on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

Tickets are $25 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 #BTBAM.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 7, 2022.


Friday, February 25, 2022

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: February 25-27

Friday, February 25th - Sunday, February 27th - Carnevale @ PizzaPlex: Southwest is the place to be this weekend! PizzaPlex is having a Carnevale Fair all weekend long! The fun includes Big Time Bingo and a masked DJ dance party on Friday, Karaoke hosted by RV Mendoza on Saturday, and masked trivia on Sunday. There's even fun for kids during the day on Sunday. Admission is free all weekend, but it is suggested that you purchase a pay-it-forward pizza while you're there, with a portion of proceeds going to Sospeso Collective. Get all of the details on this fun weekend here

Friday, February 25th - Valerie the Vulture @ UFO Factory: Head to UFO Factory Friday night to catch Valerie the Vulture (featuring Willa Rae) with Air People and Cye Pie. Cover is only $10 and the fun starts at 9 p.m.

Friday, February 25th - Carjack @ Bowlero: Carjack is playing Bowlero Friday night with the Tony Kasino Family Band! As with all shows in the Bowlero Lounge, cover is free. Tony Kasino Family Band kicks things off at 9 p.m. and Carjack plays at 10. 18+ are welcome. 

Saturday, February 26th - Dilla Bowl @ the Garden Bowl: Don't miss the first ever Dilla Bowl, this Saturday at the Garden Bowl! From 2-5 p.m., enjoy free bowling, a J Dilla art exhibit, music by DJ BET, raffles, and more. All ages are welcome and admission is free.

Saturday, February 26th - Paczki Party @ Detroit City Distillery: If you can't party on Paczki Day in Hamtramck (or you want to party more than one day) head to Detroit City Distillery this Saturday! The party will take place indoors and outdoors. They will have their famous Paczki Day Vodka available and there will be food from Srodeks and Pietrzyk Pierogi. There will be live music too! The fun starts at 10 a.m.
Saturday, February 26th - The Spits w/ Timmy's Organism @ Outer Limits: Timmy's Organism plays OLL Saturday night with The Spits! (We are even giving away a pair of tickets to the show thanks to Party Store Productions!) Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 at the door, and they are selling fast! 21+ are welcome and doors open at 8 p.m.

***Make sure you click the links for all of these events to check COVID protocols before you head out. Many events require masks, vaccines, and/or negative tests.***


Win Tickets to See The Upsides & Suburbia Anniversary Tour Featuring The Wonder Years wsg Spanish Love Songs, Origami Angel, and Save Face @ ROMT

Who: The Upsides & Suburbia Anniversary Tour featuring The Wonder Years wsg Spanish Love Songs, Origami Angel, and Save Face.

What: Playing Royal Oak Music Theatre on March 7, 2022.

Tickets are $27.50 - $35 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 #Wonder.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 6, 2022. 


Win Tickets to See Snapped Ankles with Gloin at El Club

Who: Snapped Ankles with Gloin.

What: Playing El Club on Friday, March 4, 2022. 

Tickets are $20 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 #Snapped.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 3, 2022. 


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Win Tickets to See Illuminati Hotties wsg Fenne Lily and Pom Pom Squad @ The Loving Touch

Who: Illuminati Hotties wsg Fenne Lily and Pom Pom Squad.

What: Playing The Loving Touch on March 3, 2022.

Tickets are $13 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 #Hotties.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 2, 2022.



Win Tickets to See Katy Kirby wsg Sun June @ The Loving Touch

Who: Katy Kirby wsg Sun June.

What: Playing The Loving Touch on March 3, 2022.

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 #KatyKirby.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on March 2, 2022. 


Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Win Tickets to See The Spits wsg Timmy's Organism @ Outer Limits Lounge

Who: The Spits wsg Timmy's Organism.

What: Playing Outer Limits Lounge on February 26,2022.

Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 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 #Spits.

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on February 25, 2022.


Win Tickets to See The Birthday Massacre wsg Julien-K and Schedule IV @ Small's

Who: The Birthday Massacre wsg Julien-K and Schedule IV.

What: Playing Small's Saturday, February 26, 2022.

Tickets are $22 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 #Birthday

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


Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Connect with Animals at The Barn Sanctuary

We know we usually cover all things hip in Detroit, but this week we needed a break. We wanted to get out and do something productive and helpful in our community. So, we tagged along with local vegan activist Jessica Haze on her bi-weekly volunteer visit to The Barn Sanctuary in Chelsea, Michigan to put in some work. By putting in some work, we mean scooping some poop, cleaning some coups, and helping take care of as many daily chores as we could during her shift.

The Barn Sanctuary is a non-profit animal sanctuary that provides a safe haven to abused and neglected farm animals in need. They are currently home to over 100 cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats. Their goal is to ensure the highest possible quality of life, the best medical care, and an enriched, clean, and safe forever home to the farm animals that they rescue while promoting a plant-based lifestyle and highlighting the unique personalities and stories of everyone who lives and works at the barn. This means that you can fall in love with all of the rescues and stay up to date on their stories by following them on Facebook, Insta, and YouTube.  

You can also make your own trek to the sanctuary when you are ready for a break from the city. There are two ways that you can make this happen. You can either book an interactive and educational tour of the facility or sign up to join their roster of volunteers. The Barn Sanctuary runs seasonal tours throughout the Fall, Spring, and Summer and they offer private tours, school tours, and group tours. Forget the zoo, this is the up close and personal visit with farm animals that you are looking for.

You can also help Barn Sanctuary take care of their rescues and fulfill their mission by making a donation to their non-profit. We personally witnessed how much hay, food, water, and tools it takes to make sure that every one of these animals has the love and care that they deserve. This means that they also need all the financial help that they can get.

Thanks for letting us visit and connect with the animals.

Learn more about The Barn Sanctuary HERE.

Make a donation to the Barn Sanctuary HERE.

Apply to volunteer at The Barn Sanctuary HERE.

Inquire about visiting The Barn Sanctuary HERE.


Friday, February 18, 2022

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: February 18-20

Friday, February 18th - Suck It Suicide Fundraiser @ Small's: Suck It Suicide is a great non-profit in the area that focuses on suicide prevention and helps families and friends when they lose a loved one to suicide. This Friday night, two great bands will be performing at Small's to help raise funds for SIS. The lineup includes TtebiT and Vazum, plus DJs Pleasure Kitten and Aaron Hingst will be providing the tunes before and between the bands. Cover for the show is $10, with the money being split 50/50 between SIS and the bands. Suck It Suicide will be on hand selling merch and answering questions about all things suicide and mental health support and they will have a donation bucket if you want to throw a few bucks more in to help the cause. Doors open at 8 p.m. and 18+ are welcome. 

Friday, February 18th - S.N.A.F.U. Album Release Show @ The Sanctuary: S.N.A.F.U. is celebrating the release of their new album Exile//Banishment at The Sanctuary with Wraith, MRSA, and Bone Folder Friday night! The new album is out now and will be available at the show. You can also give it a listen and order a copy on their Bandcamp here. Cover is $15 and all ages are welcome. You can purchase tickets in advance here

Saturday, February 19th - The Putz @ Parts & Labor: Head downriver to Parts & Labor in Melvindale Saturday night because The Putz will be in town! Joining them are Norcos Y Horchata and Lily Livers. Cover is $10, doors open at 8 p.m., and 18+ are welcome. Parts & Labor has been hosting some really good shows lately, so keep this bar/venue on your radar!

Friday, February 18th - Sunday, February 19th - Winter Blast: Winter Blast is the latest festival to pack up and move to Downtown Royal Oak. The festival will feature ice sculptures, food trucks, ice skating, live music, and more. Admission is free. Check out the music lineup for the weekend here


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Spend the Afternoon at the Detroit Historical Museum & Get Tickets to a Pistons Game

If you're looking for a way to escape the cold for an afternoon and do something different, plan a visit to the Detroit Historical Museum. Whether you've never been before or it has been a while, a trip to this museum will entertain you for hours, while teaching you a thing or two too. The museum is home to three floors of exhibits, covering Detroit's history from its beginnings to present day. There are displays about music, pop culture, the auto industry, the Underground Railroad, the 1967 Riots, and more. There is even a small town on the lower level, replicating the streets of Detroit in the 1800s. 

Admission to the Detroit Historical Museum is only $10 for adults, $6 for kids, and $8 for seniors, students, first responders, and active military personnel. You can also buy a membership for your household for just $35, which grants annual admission to up to 6 adults and children all living at the same address. On top of all of this, for a limited time you will also receive a voucher for 2 tickets to a Detroit Pistons game with each paid admission to the museum. This promotion applies to both the Detroit Historical Museum and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, as a partnership between the Pistons and the museums to promote culture and black history in the community. So, plan a day trip to the museum and then a night out to a game all for one low price!

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, just across from the DIA. You can visit the museum Thursday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. For details on upcoming exhibits at the museum and special events, follow the Detroit Historical Museum on Facebook or visit their website here.


Monday, February 14, 2022

Val's Pizza Has Taken Over Framebar

Are you a fan of wood-grilled pizza? There are many benefits to cooking in a wood-fired oven, one of which is flavor. A rich smoky flavor can be achieved by using different types of wood for the fire. The pizza pie cooks very quickly giving the crust a smoky, crispy taste on the bottom and around the edges. Fire-grilled is unique, special and something everyone has to try once. So, Framebar invited Val's Pizza for a residency to give everyone the chance to see what wood-grilled is all about.
You have just under one month to visit Framebar to try Val's pizzas, salads, cheese plates, and breadsticks. You can either dine-in with them or carry out your meal. They have a drive-up pickup station behind Joebar and an easy-to-use reservation service on their website to make finding a way to visit simple. You can preview the entire menu and place an order here. Note that they have vegan and gluten-free options, so there is a little something for everyone on their curated menu.

Val's Pizza will be popping up at Framebar Wednesday through Sunday through March 6, 2022. You can stay on top of everything Val's Pizza is doing by following them here. You can stay on top of all the great pop-ups and residencies at Framebar by following them here.


Friday, February 11, 2022

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: February 11-13

Friday, February 11th & Saturday, February 13th - Dirty Show 22 @ The Russell Industrial Center: Get down with your dirty self this weekend at the Dirty Show 22. The event will once again be taking over the Russell Industrial Center and getting you in the mood for Valentine's Day with erotic art. Tickets start at $42 and can be purchased here. Can't make it this weekend? It's happening next weekend (February 18th & 19th) too!

Saturday, February 12th - Thirst Wave Black Hearts Ball @ Small's: Celebrate love, lust, and everything in between this Saturday night at the Black Hearts Ball at Small's! DJ Pleasure Kitten, DJ Elektrosonik, and DJ Aaron Hingst will provide the tunes. There will also be complimentary pre-packaged appetizers and Valentine's Treats! Plus, there will be Strawberry Champagne Cocktails! Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $7 for 21+ and $10 for 18-20.

Saturday, February 12th - Thank You for Drinking with Friends: Betty White Bar Crawl for the Animals: Celebrate the life of Betty White while having some drinks with friends and raising money for animals. Detroit Bus Company will be picking people up in Ferndale and Detroit to head out on a Golden Girls themed bar crawl. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $48.99 for adults and $44.99 for seniors (62+) with a portion of proceeds going to Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control. You can purchase your tickets here.

Sunday, February 13th - Super Bowl Sunday @ Small's: Head to Small's this Sunday to watch the big game on their 25 foot screen! There will be snacks like pierogi nachos, wings, and more available from Renegade Kitchen. Tall boys and well drinks will be $1 off. Admission is free and doors open at 5 p.m.

Sunday, February 13th -Twilight Zone Marathon @ Lost River: If you'd rather not watch the Super Bowl, avoid it all together and head to Lost River this Sunday. They will be hosting a Twilight Zone marathon, complete with a Twilight Zone themed menu. The fun starts at 4 p.m.

Friday, February 11th - Sunday, February 13th - WinterFest @ Palmer Park: Enjoy snowshoeing, ice skating, and more! Get all of the details here


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Palmer Park Welcomes a Free WinterFest to the Park this Weekend

After almost two years inside our homes, we are looking for any reason to get out and gather, especially if we can keep it extra safe by staying outdoors and keeping some distance between ourselves and others. Those are two things that you should easily be able to do at Palmer Park's WinterFest this weekend, February 11th-13th. This family-friendly festival is the perfect reason to get the whole gang out of the house and it makes a great pre-Valentine's Day date for lovers celebrating the season. This first-year festival will feature an array of attractions, including ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, figure skating, dance performances, arts and crafts, horse and carriage rides, live DJs, a variety of live entertainment including local choirs and bands, and food trucks. There will also be a warming tent with hot cocoa. The best part is that it is entirely free to attend and participate in all of the fun activities thanks to the People of Palmer Park and Big Daddy Dan a.k.a. Bedrock Detroit

The festival will run from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be shuttles available to and from the festival from Adams Butzel Complex, Patton Recreation Center, Kemeny Recreation Center, and Heilmann Recreation Center. Palmer Park is located at 910 Merrill Plaisance St. The WinterFest activities will take place on the east side of the park between the shelter and tennis courts.


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Union Assembly Brings Good Vibes and Good Food to the Foxtown District

Union Assembly is one of the newest restaurants to hit the Detroit Food Scene in the past year. This is the latest addition for Union Joints, the same team that brought you favorites like Vinstetta Garage and Union Woodshop. The restaurant is located below the new Little Caesars' headquarters, on Woodward between The Fillmore and The Fox. As you're walking up to the restaurant, you can see how this new building has created yet another transformation in the area, because what was once a roundabout and parking area between it and The Fox is now a walkable area, with lights strung above and storefronts on either side. The restaurant opened in September of last year, but its opening was overshadowed by the opening of Mom's Spaghetti, which is actually located inside of Union Assembly. But, we're sure you've heard enough about Eminem's pop-up, so we will leave that for another time. 

When you first step inside Union Assembly, you will fall in love with the décor before you even get to the food! Just as with all of Union Joints' restaurants, the design of Union Assembly was planned out to every last detail. Overall, there is a retro vibe. The restaurant is actually three stories high, with different sections each varying a bit. Some areas have a diner feel, while others have curved vintage inspired booths, making you feel like you're at an exclusive club in the '70s. On the second level, there is a photo booth where you can snap a picture with your friends, and booths that are in tiled coves that are reminiscent of the tilework seen at the Belle Isle Aquarium. Vintage speakers and radios are included in the décor, and everything down to the restrooms is impeccably designed. Visiting Union Assembly makes you feel like you time traveled and are eating at a fun restaurant you found while on vacation. 


If the ambiance at Union Assembly didn't already win you over when you walked in the door, the food definitely will! The menu includes burgers & sandwiches, Detroit style pizza, and flavorful entrees. Of course, it also includes the famous Union Mac & Cheese as well. On our first visit, we started out with the Cheesy Toad-In-A-Hole, which was burrata with heirloom tomato jam, fried green tomato, Texas toast, and pesto butter, and was just enough to get both of our appetites really going. For dinner, we had the Pan Roasted Salmon and the Wild Mushroom Pesto Tagliatelle. Both entrees were plentiful and absolutely delicious! (We've been thinking about the Wild Mushroom pasta since we left and might have to go get some after writing this...) Although we were stuffed, we had to split a dessert and opted for the Vegan Raspberry Sage Hand Pie. This was almost like homemade Pop-Tarts, and there were two on the plate, so it was perfect for splitting. At the next table over, the customers came in just for dessert, which in their case was the Chocolate Bomb. If it was good enough for them to make the trip for just that, we definitely need to give it a try next time! 

Union Assembly's menu includes a variety of vegetarian items as well as some vegan and gluten free items too. Some of the things that we look forward to trying on our future visits include, the Roasted Cauliflower Steak (vegan), the fancy Grilled Cheese (which can be made vegan), Warm Acorn Squash (vegan), Fries & Dip, Devilish Eggs, and of course pizza. We obviously are really looking forward to going back soon! There is really something for everyone on this menu, whether you're looking for a snack before a game or a nice dinner out. 

As we mentioned, you can find Union Assembly between The Fox and The Fillmore across from Comerica Park at 2131 Woodward Ave. The restaurant is currently open Monday - Thursday from 5-10 p.m., Friday from 5-11 p.m., Saturday from 4-11 p.m., and Sunday from 3-9 p.m. We suggest making reservations in advance just in case, although it wasn't super busy when we visited on a Sunday evening. Reservations can be made at


Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Win Tickets to See Hot Water Music wsg Tim Barry and Be Well

Who: Hot Water Music wsg Tim Barry and Be Well

What: Playing The Crofoot Ballroom - Friday, February 11, 2022

Tickets are $25 and they can be purchased here.

Or you can enter to win a pair!

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

Enter now, the winner will be drawn on February 10, 2022.