Friday, April 18
The Vagina Monologues
WSU Student Center (Walkable!)
Yes, it is actually as cool as it sounds. All hail the V!
August Osage County: A Wayne State Production
The Hillberry Theatre (Walkable!
I would probably watch WSU theatre students perform anything. Combined with this interesting plot, I’m sure it will be a blast!
Saturday, April 19
Detroit: The Strait to Fashion
Tangent Gallery/ Hastings Street Ballroom (715 E. Milwaukee St.)
Get classy with WSU fashion program. My girl Angelica is a lead on this project and this girl is pure class so I know it will be a great time.
American Corpus, paintings by Elton Monroy Durán (Opening Ceremony)
5 pm – 9 pm
555 Gallery, 2801 W. Vernor Highway (Southwest) Free!
555 is a beautiful gallery in probably my favorite area of Detroit (Southwest). Check it out!
Sunday, April 20
Detroit Question Center
12 pm – 2pm
MOCAD (Free and walkable!)
Events at the MOCAD are always interesting and this one is no exception. Some guy (James Lee Byars) did this experiment and called Detroit leaders asking them an intellectual question, what he got was a BUNCH of strong opinions, rambling, and a headache. This exhibit highlights these “intellectuals.”
Just another great weekend in Detroit…
Friday, April 11
The Art of Living Yoga Remix Party
7:30 – 10:30 pm
St. Andrews Hall (Free and walkable!)
Live music, healthy snacks and drinks, stress relief and dancing. This event sounds legggitttt. Especially right before finals. Learn how to relieve some stress in healthy ways and meet some new awesome peaceful people. Email email@example.com.
A colorful and exciting exposing the 1920s New York underground world about falling in love, making bets, ya know the usual. PS- WSU has some very talented actors. Check it out if only for that reason!
Saturday, April 12
Run This Town – Weekly Saturday Workout
Cass Tech High School (2501 2nd Ave) Free! (You pay in SWEAT!)
By far the most supporting, encouraging and accepting community that I have ever been apart. Seriously, I have developed some of my closest relationships within this group (shoutout to my Boss Love, KMart!) and truly feel impacted by their healthy lifestyles. I LOVE me some RTT. Seriously can’t say enough. Meet at Cass Tech HS at 9 am for some networking and workout after. Literally go alone if you don’t have a partner to join. You will leave feeling a part of the family (cuz you will be!)
Power to the woman! Come celebrate woman in WSU athletic history with this awesome event. Join for the Spring Football game immediately after at noon!
WOW! Our community’s students are super talented. Support them in this important form of expression by visiting this exhibit highlighting their work. Can you believe it? Only in high school and exhibiting art in the world renown Detroit Institute of Arts? #OurFuture
Sunday, April 13
Julianna Barwick Musical Performance
Looks like a unique southern, emotional, folky sound. Plus, it’s music and who aint down for a weekly dose of beautiful music? Check it out!
Because of the warm weather, this weekend is great for exploration (but then again isn’t every weekend?) I’m dedicating this blog to some of my favorite local businesses. Which ones am I missing? TELL ME SO I CAN EXPLORE NEW PLACES TOO
7278 Dix St (Southwest)
All of my friends know that I have to give Mi Pueblo some love. I have to admit, this place prevents me from exploring new places. I love it so much that I don’t want to go anywhere else! Try it and you’ll be addicted too. Totes delish tacos and alll types of Mexican food.
The Hudson Cafe
1241 Woodward Ave (Downtown)
Pancakes, eggs, and soooo many sandwiches. Perfect for a Sunday Brunch. Ahhh can you picture it? Springtime walk downtown, hit up this delicious restaurant, walk to the river front and breath in the fresh air? gotta love city living (especially in Detroit) ps- Sorry! I just can’t help myself but brag about this place.
Honest John’s Bar and Grill
488 Selden St (Cass Corridor/ Midtown)
A friend just introduced me to this a couple weeks ago (holla Bobby!). DELISH. and filled with characters. Go in the bathroom and find awesome graffiti by all the customers (yes, I’m weird for liking this kind of stuff, oh well!)
3400 Russell St (Eastern Market)
Some say it’s the best thai in town, you be the judge. As a pad thai fanatic, I do love this place. Plus, the Eastern Market is right there which means businesses on businesses on businesses.
Green Dot Stables
2200 W Lafayette Blvd (Corktown)
TONS of delicious, cheap sliders and a super cool ambience. This is a definite Detroit must.
BIKES AND OPENING DAY! Such a beautiful time for Michiganders. Remember warm weather? Yeah, me neither. This Winter was rough and it’s time to celebrate the Spring coming (even if it’s comin slow.) Ps – It’s North American Bike Week There’s tons of Springy things to do.
Friday, March 28
6:30 pm (Free and bikeable)
Meet at the corner of Trumbull and Warren (Right at Matthaei)
Critical Mass is legittt (one of my favorite things to do). It is a world wide event where bicyclists (and one awesome guy on roller blades) meet to show the world that bikers are still out here. We literally occupy the streets with hundreds and hundreds of bikers and just ride. It’s a great way to learn about our beautiful city too. It happens the last Friday of every month. Don’t miss out!
Saturday, March 29
Detroit Bike City Expo
10 am – 6 pm
Cobo Hall ($12)
BIKES BIKE BIKESSSS and so much love. All types of events, discussions and shows all about bikes (like a car show but for bikes I imagine). Warm weather is a comin and there is nothing better to do than bike when it’s nice out. PS – After party with bands and things at 7 pm in the Eastern Market.
Sunday, March 30
Slow Roll Opener
11 am meet, 11:30 ride
Eastern Market (Free and bikeable! duh)
Join slow rollers for the season opening ride. Usually these rides are held on Monday, but everyone is always looking for reasons to ride so this will surely be a fun way to celebrate the coming warm weather. Did I ever tell you about my first Slow Roll? It was about 2 years ago when the event JUST started. It was me (a true SLOW roller) and 20 middle aged not-so-slow rollers… Let’s just say it was interesting. Now however, there are TONS of riders (like hundreds) of all levels that meet every week to ride.
Sunday Music Bar at the DIA
1 pm – 4 pm
DIA (Walkable and free if you live on campus or the tri-county area)
Just in case you aren’t ready to accept that Spring is here and wish to remain indoors (or you wanna do it all!). Join Pianist Stefan Kukurugya as he visits the DIA to play some sweet tunes while you eat some delish food in the stunning Kresge court at the DIA. Hope you don’t mind that I include a DIA event every week. I just can’t stop. The place is amazing.
Monday, March 31
Detroit Opening Day
Everywhere (extra, free craziness downtown)
Special add for open day since it is pretty much a recognized Detroit holiday. Welcome back Tigers Here’s to a great season. Head downtown (literally just walk so you can avoid insane traffic) and enjoy some crazzzzziness (but seriously pure craziness) for opening day. I rode my bike last time and I ran into that traffic on that thing. I mean really, the day means that downtown is packed.
Freep Film Festival “Detroit Does Documentaries”
Various times all weekend
Detroit Film Theatre (Walkable) and the Fillmore
Come learn about our history, current happenings and other cool Detroit related things. Themes in all of the documentaries are related to Detroit and specifically include the Packard Plant, jobs, the underground railroad, communities and their efforts towards revitalization, etc. Yupppppppp they got me.
Saturday, March 22
WSU Open House
10 am – 2 pm
All over campus (Free and walkable! duhhh)
LOTS OF FREE FOOD AND STUFF! Obviously as students we already know about Wayne State but whether you need to get some information on one of our millions of resources/ programs or if you just want some free food, come check it out. (I mean, we kinda do pay for this stuff in our tuition)
Illy Mack (Local Detroit band) Show
9 pm – 2 am
Nancy Whisky (Northern Corktown, Free!)
Illy Mack is a cool local band consisting of two people and about 7 instruments somehow. Seriously though, they’re cool, they’re Detroit and they’re worth checking out.
Sunday, March 23
Marche Du Nain Rouge
1 pm – 3 pm (the actual walk but events are happening all weekend and evening)
Beginning at Traffic Jam (Canfield and 2nd Ave.) continuing through the Cass Corridor
This is the definition of a Detorit event in my opinion. It’s weird, kinda unexplainable and a for sure good %$@$ time. The event has a cool history to it and essentially is set out to overcome Nain Rouge (perhaps representing our struggle and hardship). Every year Detroiters meet to celebrate and embrace our strong strive to survive and overcome such hardship. Not only a good time, a motivational event for Detroiters and the fact that we are here to stay and will rise from the ashes! I wouldn’t miss this
Fairy Tale show at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
DSO – Woodward and Seldon (Walkable and very cheap with WSU discount!)
Search in your WSU email for an email from DOSO giving you directions on how to get very inexpensive tickets because we’re WSU students and we’re the stuff. If you haven’t seen this venue, that in itself is worth a visit. It’s beautiful!
Well, I have to admit, there isn’t too much to do in the D this weekend… SIKEEE! There’s always things to do in the D. I know many students are traveling to warmer places but if you are one of the LUCKY ones to stay behind in the area, I would suggest these events for exploration:
PS) Do anything fun this weekend in the D? I attended the Arab Film Festival, the DIA’s Friday Night Live and a play at the Hillberry Theatre. Tell me what YOU did in the comments section below.
Friday, March 14
True East with Sameer Reddy
6 pm – 8 pm (additional events on Sat. and Sun.)
Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit (Free and walkable!)
The MOCAD is giving us the opportunity for “renewal” through various art forms with this peaceful man. If you’re into that hippie stuff (which IDK if you can tell but I totally am) this seems like a great event. Even if you’re not, why not try something new anyway?
Saturday, March 15
Michigan Science Center Brain Day
10 am – 4 pm
Michigan Science Center (Walkable!)
This events gives you the opportunity to hold a real human brain in your hand (I mean, if you’re into that thing haha) But it does seem interesting and educational!
Words of Praise: the Qasida with Dr. Michael Sells with Amir ElSaffar and Safaafir
Detroit Public Library (Free and walkable!)
Love the diversity in Detroit and events like these truly highlight it. Come to the Detroit Public Library’s main branch (right across from Prentis on Cass and across from the DIA on Woodward to hear about this arabic ode and the importance to various middle eastern communities.
Haute to Death
10 pm – 2 am
Temple Bar (Kinda free and kinda walkable!) $1 and 1.7 miles from Towers)
Called the “trashiest” and “classiest” dance party that you’ll attend. I can dig! Come dance to disco jams at this party. Plus, there’s only a $1 entrance. Can you say, WAY BETTER THAN COACHES?? lol
Sunday, March 16
Detroit’s 56th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Corktown on Michigan Ave. (Free! Kinda walkable)
We all know the crazy stuff that happens on St. Patty’s Day and especially in Detroit. We know how to partyyy! (Last year one of Fox 2 new’s people was caught peeing outside at this event! haha) Anyway, this is a Detroit favorite and we are right around the corner. GO AND PARTY! (am I allowed to support partying on this blog? haha)
Enjoy the weekend and…
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.