It’s WSU Spring Break 2014 y’all! And that means this weeks Warrior Weekend can be even MORE hardcore. Check out some cool things I suggest attending. PS) I am literally sitting here with an internal conflict of what I will do and what I will have to miss. psshh and people say there isn’t anything to do around here.
Friday, March 7
Alberto Rojo Trio (Friday Night Live)
7 & 8:30 pm
Detroit Institute of Arts (Walkable and free!)
This guy and his trio is actually pretty well known (he has his own spotify page!) and they are playing FOR FREE at our very own DIA. Beautiful spanish guitar and lyrics, I can dig. I have no intentions of missing it.
MOCAD (Walkable and free!)
Directly from event page – “spontaneous, improvised, collaborative comics and free-form drawings with other artists and illustrators.” Seems like a hilarious event to say the least.
BlueCollar Gentlemen: A Midwest Hip-Hop Function
Old Miami Bar
Legit live hip hop music at one of our awesome Midtown bars. Literally right outside our door.
I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really like this place to be honest, but a LOTTTT of people do so I would say that you have to check it out for yourself. If you haven’t seen karaoke night yet at WSU, you really have to try it at least once.
Saturday, March 8
Just wanted to remind you all that Eastern Market still exists and is poppin’ despite this crappy weather. GO THERE AND BUY DELICIOUS VEGGIES!
Friday and Saturday (Various times)
The Tangent Gallery (Student discount of $5.00!)
This seems like I should say, “enter at your own risk.” I don’t know much about Purgatory, but if I go to this festival, I’m sure that I will learn all about it. Anyway, seems interesting and definitely new and unique. I’ll try anything once! (sometimes twice )
Autorama Car Show
Cobo Hall – Downtown Detroit
Like the Autoshow (but cooler in my opinion) this is a car show to show off people’s custom made rides. It’s a little more gritty and dirty and funky and well, Detroity in my opinion. Check it out!
Arab Film Festival
Dearborn – Arab American National Museum
Although not necessarily in our backyard, this event is surely worth mentioning. All weekend, this festival will show some of the best arabic films in the market. This reminds me how unique and diverse Detroit and it’s surroundings are and that makes me happy
Well, if you don’t find anything fun to do this weekend, I will have to say that that is YOUR fault. There’s tons to do. What did I miss though? Any events that you know of this weekend? What about events for Spring Break? Next weekend? Keep me in the know too! Thanks y’all and have an awesome break.
MARCH ALREADY?!? Whaaaaa? Anyway -
Friday, February 28
Spirit of Detroit – A play
Charles H. Wright Museum (Free and walkable!)
Come watch U of M students perform a play about Detroit’s 1967 rebellion/ riots. Many attribute this series of events as a major cause for Detroit’s cause, many say no. Come and form your own opinion. This performance will give you a more personal view (PS- I know I know, I wish WSU students were performing it too.)
Friday Night Live Tribute to Jazz Legends
7 pm & 8:30 pm
DIA ( Free and walkable!)
Join Detroit’s own veteran jazz vocalist Naima Shambourger in honoring jazz legends Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis and Dexter Gordon. This tribute features pianist Sven Andersen along with Bob Hurst (bass), Sean Dobbins (drums) and Vincent Bowens (saxophones). Yay free music!
Saturday, March 1
Clark Park Winter Carnival
12 pm- 5 pm
Clark Park (in Southwest) – Free!
Roasting marshmallows, ice skating, petting zoo and horse carriage rides. All free and for a great cause. If you haven’t experienced the rich history of one of our special Detroit neighborhoods, Southwest (AKA Mexicantown), seriously get over there. It is rich with culture, hope and a community of people who really care about their city. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved! See you there. Nos vemos alla.
Moon Over Buffalo (A WSU Production)
Hillberry Theatre (walkable!)
“A whimsical comedy as two try to save their theatre and their marriage.” The word whimsical has always just drawn me right in…
Tuesday, March 4
Many local bakeries
Not exactly a weekend, but SURELY worth mentioning. How unique is Detroit? We’re filled with different pockets from all over the world. One of them is polish people in Hamtramck and the poles (me being one wink wink) specialize in making Paczkis (okay, not all poles can do that, me being one who can’t). A Paczki is basically the fattest doughnut you can get and the country has deemed it socially acceptable to eat them once a year on Fat Tuesday (March 4th this year). Fortunately for us, we are surrounded people who can make these delicious things. Visit the website linked here and go out there and explore new places!
Every time I write for this blog, I find myself completely distracted by some new event discovered or some new place that I had no idea existed. As I write this post, I feel a little bitter since I’ll be working this weekend! Anyway, I hope you are able to enjoy some of these events.
Friday, February 21
The 56th Annual Detroit Boat Show
Friday: 3 pm – 9 pm, Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 6pm
Did you know this exists? I had no idea! I have to admit, this isn’t an event that I would probably enjoy but I hope you do! It’s like a car show but with boats. Maybe this will give a nice taste of Summer!
Saturday, February 22
Celebrate African American History Month with the Detroit Public Library and Poetic Storyteller Oba William King
Detroit Public Library Main Branch (Free and walkable!)
First off – this place is absolutely gorgeous. Secondly – legit! Poetic storytelling? I can only imagine the passion. I wish I could be there!
The 27th Erotic Poetry and Music Festival
715 E. Milwaukee
Seems…. interesting. It sure is random and new! Which are my favorite types of events. Looks like there will be some pretty controversial poetry being performed which is always fun to be a part of. Also seems like a group that will provide some surprises. Check it out!
Sunday, February 23
Soup and Chili Tastefest
1345 Gratiot Avenue
We all know how we college students feel about food. ‘Nuff said! At this event there will be chili/ soup from all over the city to taste and YOU get to be the judge. Food and judging… sounds like a good evening to me.
Takin’ it back to Black Bottom. Before Motown, there was Paradise Valley. A place seen as a role model for black economic stability and open creativity. And YOU can get this history lesson in a fun way at the place where it actually happened. Ahhhh I love where I live.
Have you attended any cool Detroit events lately? Know of anything coming up that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know!
I’m going to take this wonderful opportunity to highlight some of my favorite Detroit business places in the area where you can take your Valentine (or your BFF or your mom or the cute neighbor down the hall or YOUR FAVORITE RA). Whoever it may be, show them some love and take them to one of these cool Detroit places.
Great Lakes Coffee
3965 Woodward Ave. (Walkable!)
Delicious coffee, tea, sweets, wine, and beer (if you’re over 21 that is). But really, who knows what you’ll run into here? One time, I accidentally held a business meeting during live techno music night. Lucky for me, all business people in the area are legit and enjoy a little music too. Anyway, go visit! It’s beautiful.
418 W. Willis (Walkable!)
I’ll give Goodwells some love because their vegan chili is really legit but what I really wanna do is give this whole street a shout out. Walk down Willis for bread (at Avalon), art (at Spiral Collective), books (at the Spiral Collective extension now across the street on Cass), clothes (at Flo Boutique) and, well, whatever else you may find (if that won’t give you a happy Valentine, I don’t know what will). This is me (again) encouraging you all to EXPLORE!
4100 Woodward (walkable!)
I love me some dusty records. Visit and tell me what you think. Maybe you could find some romantic music for the post date party.
Grace Harper Florist
4135 Woodward Ave. (Walkable!)
No Valentine? Well that never stopped me from buying myself beautiful flowers. This place has a huge variety of places to brighten up your room. Trust me, it’s worth the trip.
4421 Woodward Ave.
Soooo I’ve never actually eaten here but I did have enough money to walk in and look at the architecture! (And that was free. LOL) Whether you have the money to eat there, (and if you have enough, message me so I can come with you) or if you don’t, visit the place. It’s very well known and beautiful. Also, supposedly very romantic.
All weekend (February 7-9)
Detroit’s annual Motown Winter Blast
February 7-9 (all day)
Campus Martius (downtown)
We allllll know about all of the news that “this is the coldest, most snowy winter in Michigan in YEARS!” That’s not gonna change, I guess but what can change is the way we enjoy it! Make use of the winter season at this event. See details and events below. SEE YOU THERE!
- Walk in real world snow shoes. Trust me, they are muchhh harder than you think. Who would have thought? Ps – don’t judge me if you find me rocking these around campus this season.
- Get your nerd on with some science presentations. Last year I made green goo. ‘Nuff said.
- ICE SKATING AT CAMPUS MARTIUS IS FREE DURING THE EVENT!
- Oh, there WILL be food. And I mean lots of it. And I mean the best food…. -_- As if all of the delicious restaurants outside my door weren’t temptation enough…A huggeee variety of music here at the Winter Blast. Literally like 4 bands playing at one given minute. If that’s not motivation for you to go, then I don’t what could be.
As if that wasn’t enough here are a few more things happening:
Friday, February 7
James Lee Byars: I Cancel All My Works at Death andState of Exception Opening Party, with music from Jamacian Queens and Doc Waffles
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Walkable!)
Enjoy the opening ceremony to MOCAD’s most recent exhibition with some legit music.
7 & 8:30 pm
DIA (Walkable and Free!)
You know those guys who are always outside of the Tigers games playing drums on trash cans, chairs and anything else they can find? Yeah well imagine that on a professional scale in the DIA… I KNOW RIGHT!?!?
Saturday, February 8
Yours, Mine and Ours
Detroit has the second largest theater district in the U.S. and I want to experience it all! More than going for a show, think about it as a cultural experience like a visit to a theater full of Detroit history. Love thinking about our city like this
GET OUT THERE AND DO COOL THINGS IN DETROIT! I can’t say it enough. Living in the city is a beautiful thing. I hope we all are able to take advantage of the opportunity. Enjoy my suggestions for the weekend.
Friday, January 31
Maria Meirelles 3 B-Flat Sonata Masterpieces
7 & 8:30 pm
Detroit Institute of Arts (Free with one card and walkable!)
It wouldn’t be a weekend in Detroit without a some jams. Check out Maria Meirelles for some beautiful piano pieces. Plus, have I mentioned how beautiful the DIA is? Please visit it. Unfortunately, the museum is not a guarantee to the city and we should really take advantage of it while it’s hear (my bad for the seriousness!)
Saturday, February 1
Looks like a new event this year! How would you like to say in 20 years that you went to the first annual Shiver on the River? Just be there y’all! Looks like there will be lots of delicious local soup, bread (from Avalon of course yummmmm) and the Belle Isle Aquarium. A fun way to spend your Saturday.
African American History Day
11 am- 4pm
Detroit Historical Museum (Free and walkable!)
Not only is this museum a hidden gem in Detroit’s plethora of places to visit, an event like this offers many activities and opportunities for personal growth by recognizing the past and moving forward to a brighter future. Ps- looks like there will be free food also and lessssbihonest we’re all in college and well ya know, tuition is expensive..
Sunday, February 2
Detroit Repertoire Theatre (The Rep)
Recently I read this “100 All Detroiters should do before they die” article and this was listed! I’ve never been and it is definitely on my Detroit bucket list. Plus, this performance seems very interesting about the unity of races during the 1969 Omaha race riot.
Detroit Dreaming Film Festival
Various times throughout the whole weekend (see link for details)
Matrix Theatre Company
This Detroit themed film festival will have you thinking I’m sure about many issues that our city faces and many of the wonderful people doing big things to make an impact. Come check out some of Detroit’s best talent! Ps – This is one of Metrotime’s top picks this weekend.
My biggest suggestion for this weekend – STAY WARM! But when you’re ready to brave the cold here are a couple cool things happening in our backyard this weekend.
Friday, January 24
7 pm & 9pm
Detroit Institute of Arts (Free and walkable!)
The picture says a lot I would say. Looks cooky, weird and fun. Everything that I want in a Friday night! Don’t miss this rare event. Oh yeah, it’s the anniversary edition! This performance was so enjoyed that they needed to bring it back. Sounds legit to me
Saturday, January 25
Luis Resto, Kenny Tudrick and M.L. Liebler Jazz Show
Jazz Cafe at Music Hall Detroit
Ever seen this cool guy walking around campus? Well, that’s because he’s a PROFESSOR HERE! I’ve seen his shows and he’s pretty legit. And I just can’t get over that I’m going to see him Monday for lecture. Yeah, going to school in Detroit is legitttt. Anyway, go see him and some other cool peeps play their hearts out at this show. It’s a $10 show but (insider scoop alert!) if you tell the people at the door you’re his student, pay $5 only.
Sunday, January 26
Jeff Pedraz Trio
Cliff Bells (Free!)
If you have never been to Cliff Bells, it is a MUST SEE! Voted Best Jazz Club in Detroit and just a cooooooo place to be, you gotta go. Plus, this event is FREE! Don’t miss it.
I’m not sure if you know this about me butttt, I think Detroit is a pretty legit place. One of those reasons is the diversity and the rich history. A little plug, “the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience” is right in our backyard. The Charles H. Wright Museum provides us with a real opportunity to learn and reflect on our history and to be motivated to work towards a brighter future. That being said, IT’S MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY! Yes it is a time that we don’t have school, but more importantly, it is a day to remember a peaceful hero who was self sacrificing in his efforts to improving the world we live in. His leadership is truly admirable. Because of his commitment, MLK day as a day of service is a tradition that we should all participate in.
This post is dedicated to MLK day and all the events happening in the area. I realllyyyy hope you’re able to make it out to some and if not, take some time to remember what peaceful protest can do for our society. (yes, this is the serious part of me)
Friday, January 17
2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute
10 am – 2 pm (HURRY DOSO IS GIVING OUT FREE TICKETS!)
Max M. Fisher Music Center
Wayne State will host the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute. The key note speaker is Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA Astronaut, Founder and President of Two Medical Technology Companies and Currently Leading the 100 Year Starship Initiative.
Saturday, January 18
Detroit’s 2014 MLK Day Service Series
Monday, January 20
8:30 am – 5 pm (or what you can give)
Again, a day of service. If you are in college, you have a huge privilege that so many don’t have access to. I think this means that we all have a responsibility to serve. On Saturday, join Americorps and donate some time in remembrance of what MLK did. The location is: Southwest- Harms Elementary Check in- 2400 Central Street, Detroit MI, 48209. Call Zach at 1-313-444-9508 for more information or be crazyyy and just show up.
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
9 am – 7 pm
Charles H. Wright Museum (right across from the CVS on Warren)
The website says it best – “It’s an exciting day of celebration that includes children’s workshops, arts and crafts, musical performances, storytelling, video tributes, special displays of MLK-related artifacts including The Table of Brotherhood and a scale model of the Martin Luther King Jr., National Memorial in Washington D.C., and much, much more!” I went last year, and trust me it is a great event. I’ll see you there
You all won’t believe what I’m about to tell you. Life in Detroit DOES exist after Wayne State campus life doesn’t! Here are some events that I wouldn’t want to miss:
Friday, December 27
OMG I LOVE PUPPETS! This looks legit. Don’t miss it.
Tuesday, December 31
The Foundation – Celebrating Woman in Hip Hop
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
5e Gallery (Walkable!)
I can’t help but be super excited about woman being celebrated in anything and especially in hip hop. Hip hop is really important in advancing communities and expression and it wouldn’t be the same without the woman who play a role in that! I bet ya didn’t think hip hop was that meaningful Go check this out.
New Year’s Eve at Loco’s w/ Salsa Detroit and Bachata Nights
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Loco’s Tex-Mex Grille
I wish I could express with words how much I love Salsa! You should spend New Years a little spicier than you have in the past By the way, there are soooo many things to do on NYE in Detroit. Check out a list here.
New Years Eve at Campus Martius
11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Campus Martius Downtown (Free!)
Watch the (Detroit version) of the ball drop with your Detroit family! I’ve heard great things about this event and can’t imagine a better Detroit way to spend the new year (except for maybe an after party wink wink). Either way, go out and have fun this NYE!
Wednesday, January 1
Detroit Institute of Bagels
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Okay, this isn’t an event at all but I couldn’t help myself. A couple weeks ago I went here for the first time and LOVED it. I suggest going after your (hopefully) fun New Years night. Bagels are delicious after a night of… fun if you know what I mean. PS- Try the lox bagel!
Thursday, January 2
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Whole Foods Parking Lot (Free and walkable!)
Local techno artists come and fill the air with beautiful tunes in the Whole Foods parking lot. You know my philosophy, why not??
WOHOOO It is ALMOST the end of finals…. and that is a great reason to celebrate and do random cool things in our backyard. There are plenty of cool events happening this weekend in Detroit, as always. I hope some of you were able to enjoy Noel Night. I surely did. Phewww it was cold though!
Friday, December 13th
“A Facility for Living”
Detroit Repertory Theatre
This hilarious comedy tells the story of some folks staying in a retirement home. I love visiting small little random places like this. Let me know how it goes!
“Watch Me Move” animation show
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts (Walkable!)
This is a super popular show about how animation is created. I bet you’ll appreciate for it will increase after! PS) Check out Friday Night Live while you’re at the DIA. Nothing like beautiful sounds
Saturday, December 14th
555 Art Market and Holiday Party
11-5 (art market) 7-12 (holiday party)
555 Arts in Southwest Detroit
Beautiful art and great people to celebrate the holidays with. Idk what more you could want! Support local business and shop small this holiday season
“Slavery by Another Name”
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Free and walkable!)
We’re in college and part of the experience is growing in our understanding of our history, its effects on today’s society and other topics like the ones that will be discussed in this film.
Sunday, December 15th
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Detroit Mercantile Company
Once again, shop small! It’s a great opportunity to support local business which is what keeps the city unique and beautiful. Check out all of the beautiful artwork and if you’re able, buy something for a friend! PS- this building in itself is gorgeous.
Hope you all enjoy the weekend! Let me know how you enjoyed Detroit by leaving a comment. If I didn’t work this weekend, I would totally be out there with y’all. Much love!