Thursday, February 11, 2021

Celebrate Palentine's Day with Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control

If you've been considering adopting a pet, this weekend is a great time to adopt from the Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control! Starting this Thursday through Sunday, they are hosting their Palentine's Day - Sponsored Adoption Event. That means that just in time for Valentine's Day, you could have a new love in your life and the adoption fee will be covered. So you can use that money to pamper your new pet with toys, treats, and whatever else your heart desires. 

Friends of DACC is a volunteer group that supports Detroit Animal Care and Control, the City of Detroit's Animal Control Department. As you probably know, there are many stray dogs, cats, and animals in need in Detroit. The need is more crucial than ever right now, with the extremely low temperatures outside. So, by adopting a pet, you not only are making life better for that dog or cat, but you are also helping to get an animal out of the cold and potentially saving their life. 

If this all sounds like a great idea to you, head to the DACC building this Thursday - Sunday between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The building is located on the I-75 Service Drive at 7401 Chrysler Dr., Detroit, 48211. Before you go, check out some of the current adoptable pets that are available by visiting the Adoptable Animals at DACC Facebook Group or their Adopt-A-Pet page. In addition to those that are posted on these pages, there are always other pets available too! So stop by and see who might want to come home with you! 

If you would like to help the animals of Detroit through the Friends of DACC, but can't adopt, there are other ways you can help. You can make a monetary donation through their website here. You can also donate gifts or supplies through Chewy or Amazon by shopping off their wish lists. They are also always looking for volunteers and fosters! Can't take on a foster pet long term? You can have a sleepover or just take in a pet short term through the Couch Surfers program. Learn more about all of the ways to help out by clicking here


~C

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Beat The Winter Blues with a Private Sauna Session

A lot of us have spent the last year locked up in our houses. Sure, we might have to go to work, run to the grocery store, and keep an appointment or two, but for the most part, where we live has become where we have spent most of our time over the last eleven months. At first, it was easy to stay home because everything outside was scary. Then it warmed up and we got to go outside to play at a social distance, but this winter is dragging on and it's getting a lot harder to stay positive. So, we started looking for a semi-safe way that we could get out of our homes to do something special without feeling like we were risking it all.

That's when fate intervened, we received an email that one of our favorite local wellness spas has installed a new private infrared sauna and they were offering a special on your first visit. We were intrigued by the email so we made a phone call and chatted with the staff about their COVID safety precautions. They informed us that they were not only wearing masks, cleaning spaces, and spacing out their appointments to keep things safe, they had also invested in a machine that would sterilize the entire space. I was also assured that everyone would be wearing masks and that I could pay at the checkout window with little to no contact after my appointment. This conversation made me feel safe coming in for a visit, so I booked my first session to spend 30 minutes in a 130-degree sauna all by myself. 

That half-hour was one of the most magnificent moments that I have experienced over the last year! It was nice to take a minute away from it all, sweating, breathing, and refocusing on myself and my wellbeing. I also felt really good about my safety during my visit. Even though they provide everything you need, I felt more comfortable bringing my own towels and a change of clothes that I could slip into after my visit. I also double-masked with a KN95 and a cloth mask while I was entering and exiting the building. It was one of the first times I felt truly relaxed and it was exactly what I needed to help me make it through the rest of this pandemic. I enjoyed myself so much that I bought a package and booked a standing appointment to visit the sauna by myself every Wednesday for as long as I can. This half-hour of slow breathing and self-reflection is helping me remember that there is a light at the end of this long tunnel. 
I highly recommend checking out the sauna at GreenLeaf Bodywork and booking yourself a visit if you are in the Downtown Ferndale area. If you are not, I suggest googling "infrared sauna" and booking a visit at someplace near you. If you visit someplace else, please make sure that you call and talk to them about what they are doing to keep you safe before you visit. You want to feel calm and relaxed when you are there and you won't be able to do that if you're worried about your safety! It's more important than ever to make sure that you are taking care of your mental and physical health, so make sure that you are doing something that will help you get through this because the vaccine is out and there is a light at the end of the tunnel!


~S

Monday, February 8, 2021

Everyone Can Enjoy A Sandwich + More at Oak House Deli

Some people say that the sandwich is the perfect food. It's portable, it can be made hot or cold, and the meats, veggies, cheeses, and condiments can be switched up a million different ways. In fact, Americans love sandwiches so much that we eat around 300 million of them every day. If you love sandwiches as much as the rest of us do, you will be pleased to find that Royal Oak has a deliciously unique deli that serves up scrumptious sandwiches for EVERYONE. 

Oak House Deli is the first deli in Metro Detroit to offer a full menu of staple sandwiches that can be made 100% vegan without sacrificing a single ingredient. Craving a fresh Italian sub on Crispelli's bread? You can have it stuffed with fresh-cut Boar's Head deli meats or 100% high-quality vegan slices if you're keeping it plant-based. Do you want pasta salad or potato salad on the side, go ahead and order it. They even have a vegan egg salad ready-to-go! It is RARE to find a spot that serves up so many options. Especially when it does all of them well.

This is the perfect place to get something to-go because everyone in the group will be able to find something that they like. They even have vegan desserts and Faygo pop on their menu. Their prices are more than reasonable, their service is friendly and quick, and you can pre-order and pick up using their website. We have been grabbing to-go hoagies every time we are in the area and we haven't had a bad sandwich yet. We highly suggest working your way through the menu before you land on your go to order because we would have never guessed that the vegan egg salad sandwich would be our favorite until we tried it! The vegan Italian is a close runner up, but if we're being honest, we plan to eat every single sub on that menu again when we get the chance.

You can view Oak House Deli's full menu here.

#keepitlocal

~S 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Small's Celebrates Paczki Day 2021 with Paczki Bombs & Polish Food

It's safe to say that we are all looking for a reason to celebrate and have a good time right now. Well, Small's is giving us that opportunity, while doing their best to keep everyone safe at the same time. They are bringing back their Paczki Day festivities this year, with a safer, socially distanced twist.

This year, Paczki Day is on Tuesday, February 16th. Small's will be opening early, at 10 a.m., to start your day off right. They will be bringing back the legendary Paczki Bombs this year, with custard or raspberry filling. For those that don't know, a Paczki Bomb is a delicious paczki (a.k.a. a filled donut) with booze added to the filling. So, not only are you getting a tasty treat and a sugar buzz, but you'll be getting a buzz from alcohol too! Paczki Bombs will be available for pre-order or you can pick one up and eat it on the patio outside of Small's. The pricing for pre-order is 3 for $16, 6 for $30, or 12 for $55. If you just want to grab one while you're at the bar, they are $6. But beware, Paczki Bombs are known to sell out fast! So, if you want to guarantee that you get some, pre-order a pack by sending a message to Renegade Kitchen on Facebook here

In addition to Paczki Bombs, Small's will also have big beers available and Renegade Kitchen will be cooking up delicious Polish food. The menu for the day includes Kielbasas, Pierogi, Kielbasa Fried Rice, and Pierogi Mac N Cheese, with pierogi as the mac in the mac n cheese. Food can be ordered for takeout by calling (313) 873-1117 that day or you can grab food at the bar to eat on the patio.

Sadly, but not surprisingly, there will not be live music at Small's on Paczki Day this year. However, you can catch a livestream from Paczki Day favorites Captains of the Head at 7 p.m. So, you can pick up some food and Paczki Bombs, and head home to eat, drink, and watch Captains of the Head. 

Now we all have a day to look forward to where we can be happy and gluttonous (as if we haven't been eating all day every day already)! Small's will be open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Paczki Day. For more details on the festivities at Small's and to stay in the loop leading up to Paczki Day, head over and RSVP to the Facebook event here


~C

Monday, February 1, 2021

Hamtramck Has It's Own Near Nightly Talk Show Featuring Bahama Jon

Are you yearning to connect with a community? Do you miss live music, comedy, or knowing what local artists are up to? We've all felt a little disconnected from the world over these last few months, but we are finding new ways to form friendships and to find a way to belong. One of our favorite ways to feel part of something fun is to tune into a near-nightly talk show that is broadcasted out of Ant Hall in Hamtramck featuring a local semi-celebrity named Bahama Jon. 

When lockdown first began, Bahama started going live 7 days a week to entertain whoever was bored and wanted to watch. He created a few characters, made a few bits, and was able to get quite a few followers to tune in to his nightly shenanigans. He turned that initial buzz into a deal with Planet Ant that included a new space to broadcast and the ability to have some socially distanced guests on the show. He also moved his broadcast over to Twitch where viewers could be part of a live chat during the show. It turns out that live chatting is fun and a great way to connect with people all over the world! The other reason we love to tune into the show is that Jon has his pulse on the who's who of the local DIY music, art, and comedy communities. So, all of his guests are charming, talented, and fun to learn about, if you aren't already familiar with their work.

If you are looking for a new way to connect with the local scene and have some fun 4 nights a week, we suggest that you tune in for a show! Bahama is live at 9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Monday nights are our favorite because they feature Hamtramck Steve. So if you're going to tune in any night, we suggest Mondays. You can watch some of his previously recorded shows on his channel at your leisure. Make sure you create a Twitch profile when you login so that you can chat with whoever else is hanging out that day. It just might be the friendly hangout that you have been missing.


~S

Friday, January 29, 2021

See Shock Narcotic LIVE on a Screen Near You Friday Night

This Friday night, Shock Narcotic will be coming to you live from the internet! Shock Narcotic is a grind band from Detroit, featuring ex-Dillinger Escape Plan, ex-Black Dahlia Murder, Battlecross, Child Bite members. They will be playing a livestream show along with Scour (featuring Members Of Down, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, And More). The show is being called Live From The Lair and it won't be one of those livestreams from an iPad propped up in the corner of a basement. It's a full on production, with Shock Narcotic's portion shot at The Crofoot in Pontiac. So, even though you can't go to The Crofoot for a show right now, it will kind of be like you are there. 

The show starts at 7 p.m. on Friday night, and will also be available as a video on demand until midnight on Sunday. You do have to purchase tickets in order to view the show, but they are only $9. You can pick yours up here. Once you purchase your tickets, you will get a link to the show three hours before it starts. If you purchase your tickets once the show has already started, you'll get a link within 5 minutes. To even further the experience and make it feel like you actually went to a show, there is merch available for this livestream! You can check that out here

Give Shock Narcotic's album I've Seen The Future and It Doesn't Work a listen below or by heading over to their Bandcamp


~C

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Join the Redford Theatre's Watch Party this Thursday Night

This Thursday night, watch a classic flick from the comfort of your home, while watching online with dozens of other people. It isn't quite the same as going to a movie theatre, but it's as close as it comes without leaving your house! The Redford Theatre has been hosting Facebook watch parties featuring great movies that happen to be in the public domain. During the movie, the Redford Theatre and fellow watchers sometimes comment on the movie or throw out fun facts in the comments section, so it makes the experience a little more exciting than just watching a movie alone. The watch parties are free to attend, although you can show your support by making a donation to the Motor City Theatre Organ Society, which runs the theatre. Usually you can even make a donation right through Facebook during the movie. 

The Redford Theatre's weekly watch parties take place on Thursday evenings. This week's film is The Man with the Golden Arm, starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, and Eleanor Parker. The story follows illegal card dealer and recovering heroin addict Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra) who gets out of prison and decides to straighten up. "Armed with nothing but an old drum set, Frankie tries to get honest work as a drummer. But when his former employer, small-time con man Schwiefka (Robert Strauss), and Frankie's old drug dealer, Louis (Darren McGavin), re-enter his life, Frankie finds it hard to stay clean." Check out the trailer for the movie below:

 

Thursday's Facebook watch party begins at 9:06 p.m. To watch, just head to the Redford Theatre's Facebook page here. To make a donation to the theatre and the Motor City Theatre Organ Society and help ensure that you can return to this historic theatre to watch a movie someday, click here


~C

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Frame Wants To Craft A Unique Experience For You

What do you miss most about life before COVID? For us, it's experiences. We have learned that there is no amount of money that can replace the excitement that you get when you are looking forward to a new experience and it's harder than ever before to get that feeling because we can't gather or go out to share new experiences. But, this doesn't mean that all hope is lost. There have been some seriously smart businesses that have found new ways to offer people an experience that they haven't had before without having to put their health and safety at risk. 

Frame in Hazel Park understands that experiences are hard to come by so they have carefully crafted an entire month of experiences that you can purchase and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. This includes an interesting collection of Valentine's Day experiences and a week-long Mardi Gras party. 

Their Valentine's Day parties range from a celebrate yourself at home self-care package with a hand-crafted Sea Salt + Orchid Candle from Hazel Park’s very own Maxlow Candle Co., Antica’s Prosecco Bubble Bath, and champagne picked by Frame’s sommelier Bryan Lamorena to ignite your self-love, to a smelling and tasting package that was created in collaboration with Sfumato Fragrances that would be perfect for the quarantining couple. To reserve an experience, all you have to do is book a spot. Then, you can a pick-up time you experience and bring it home to unpackage at your leisure. 

To learn more about what Frame is offering this February click here. Don't forget to add your name to their mailing list so you can be the first to know about everything that they do!


~S

Monday, January 25, 2021

Passalacqua is Back With a New Self Titled LP! (Video Interview)

It's been a while (10 years) since Passalacqua dropped their first EP Zebehazy Summer, but they are back with a new self titled full length album!

We had the honor of chatting with Brent (The Blaksmith) and Bryan (Mister), check out what they had to say:


Here are links to everything we mentioned in the chat:

Passalacqua Limited Edition Merch

Passalacqua Instagram

Brent Instagram

Bryan Instagram 

Living Art Detroit 


Friday, January 22, 2021

Hum & Glow of Winter Brings Art to Beacon Park

This week, Beacon Park welcomed back the art of Michael Polakowski for the season. The park showcased his art in the winter of 2020 as well, but now it is back on display with some fresh new pieces for 2021. The show is called "Hum & Glow of Winter" and it is presented by Playground Detroit along with DTE's Beacon Park. An illustrator and muralist, Polakowski's display depicts "various green-spaces and neighborhoods throughout Detroit through light and energy that can be felt throughout the winter season". You can get a sneak peek of the art that is on display here

"Hum & Glow of Winter" is on display now through the end of February. The installation is open to the public and free to view daily during park hours, which are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Beacon Park is located at 1903 Grand River Ave. in Detroit. To see more art from Polakowski, give him a follow on Facebook and Instagram

~C

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Drive-In Movies Come to Downtown Detroit

Drive-in movie theatres have definitely made a comeback during the pandemic, and one is about to make its way to Downtown Detroit. The Monroe Street Drive-In will make its debut this Friday night at the intersection of Monroe Street and Farmer Street. They will be kicking things off with an older favorite, the original Jurassic Park from 1993. Next on the lineup for Saturday night is Shrek, followed by Back to the Future on Sunday night. 

After this weekend, the plan is to have movies at the drive-in Thursday through Sunday night. The cost is $20 per vehicle and guests are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online here. There may be some tickets sold at the gate as well, but it's best to play it safe and buy yours in advance. Each night, the movie is set to start at 7 p.m. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and you have to be in the lot, parked in your assigned spot no later than 15 minutes before the movie starts. Then, tune your FM dial to the designated station, and kick back and watch your favorite flick. 

There will be concessions available at a tent on site during the movie. Or, if you want to make a night of it and do dinner and a movie, you can order delivery from one of your favorite nearby restaurants. Just place an order through Grub Hub, UberEats, DoorDash, or whatever your preferred delivery app is, then put the address as 815 Bates St., Detroit, MI 48226. Make sure you also put your parking stall number in the notes. Once your food arrives, one of the Come Play Detroit ambassadors will bring your delivery right to your vehicle. The theatre does ask that you please make sure to place your orders by 8 p.m. to make sure that you will get your food while the movie is still playing. Outside food is also permitted, but grills will not be allowed. 

The Monroe Street Drive-In expects patrons to practice social distancing while on site and wear a mask when outside of your vehicle. They also ask that if you do plan to visit the concession stand, just send one person from your party to buy your treats. There will also be restroom trailers on site if you need them, but please wear your mask and social distance while there as well. For a full list of rules and for more information on this new drive-in theatre, click here

Monroe Street Drive-In is a collaboration between Emagine Theatres and Bedrock Detroit.


~C

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Take a Drive and See Some Art Without Getting Out of Your Car

In 2018, a non-profit called Capturing Belief partnered with SAY Detroit Play Center to contribute to their vision to be the premier training center for young people to improve their community and nurture their individual growth. In 2019, they worked with a new group of young people and continued their mission to "use visual storytelling to shatter stereotypes, dismantle biases, and create universal belonging for young people of color". In 2020, they planned to partner with Inside Southwest Detroit and Ford Motor Company to continue and expand their in-person training program, but thanks to COIVD-19 they had to completely rethink everything to pivot their plans for the 2020/21 session. To do this, they took everything 100% virtual and put a big focus on mental health throughout their 15-week program. 

They called this new version of the program the #remoteAllyProject. The goal of these sessions was to create visual art and to help youth to process what they were going through as their school year was abruptly interrupted and they were forced into isolation by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 15 weeks, 19 students from Detroit, Kenya, France, and Italy were encouraged to maintain a positive focus while they worked with 8 different teachers to develop better communication and thinking skills while learning about the art of visual storytelling. 

The fruits of that effort are currently on display in front of the Michigan Central Station at Michigan Avenue and Vernor Hwy. in Corktown. You can drive through to see over 100 photos that the students captured for the project. It is an inside look at how the next generation is processing something that we are all still trying to work through in real-time. It is not only a powerful display, but a nice way to get out of the house to experience art in a year that has been relatively empty of artistic gatherings. 

The photos will be on display through January 31st, so you only have a couple more weeks to take a drive through the display. To learn more about Capturing Belief click here. To learn more about #remoteallyproject and to follow them on Instagram click here.


~S

Friday, January 15, 2021

Hoe Army Wants to Sell You Some Sweets

This Saturday afternoon, head to Outer Limits Lounge in Hamtramck to show your support for Hoe Army! They will be taking over the pop-up window on the patio for a bake sale to raise funds for their organization and their mission. Hoe Army (or 304 Army) is "a group of radical sex positives working to support a culture which advocates for grassroots campaigns and pertinent calls to action." The group will be selling pastries, cake, and all sorts of sweet treats, as well as Hoe Army merch and masks. The sale will take place on Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. outside at OLL. 

If you can't make it out this Saturday, they will also be holding a bake sale on January 30th at Senate Theater. This sale will also take place from 1-4 p.m. and will be held in the concessions area of the theatre. In addition to selling baked goods to-go, you can also purchase Senate Theatre merch while you're there, to help support the historic theatre during these difficult times. 

If you want to show your support for Hoe Army Detroit, but can't make it out to either of these events, you can also make a donation via PayPal at PayPal.me/304Armydetroit. Unfortunately, donations to this organization are not tax deductible.

To learn more about Hoe Army and their initiatives, and to stay in the know about their upcoming events, follow them on Instagram @304armydetroit.


~C

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Lost River Celebrates Bowie Month with Bowie Themed Cocktails and Pierogi

On January 8th, the legendary David Bowie would have been 74 years old. Sadly, he passed away five years ago, as of January 10th. In honor of this iconic man, Lost River has declared the entire month of January Bowie Month. The tiki bar is celebrating by offering Bowie themed cocktails to-go all month long. The menu includes:

The Jean Genie
Cynar, Arak, Papas Pilar Blonde, Falernum, Fresh Squeezed Lime, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit, Hibiscus Cinnamon Syrup

and

Space Oddity
Butterfly pea flower infused Ca?a Brava, Rum Fire, Fresh Squeezed Lime, Banana Simple Syrup, House Made Coconut Cream and Bitters

These cocktails are served in a sealed 6.8 oz. recyclable glass bottle and are $14 each.

If you want something tasty to eat along with those cocktails, they are also offering the "Life on Mushrooms Pierogi", featuring mushrooms, spinach, Bulgarian cheese, and potato. The pierogi come frozen along with instructions on how to cook them at home, because frozen pierogi wouldn't be very good. (At least we don't think they would be, but who knows?) The Life on Mushrooms Pierogi are available as part of a Bowie Month Pierogi + Cocktail Package, which includes a pierogi dinner and 2 cocktails of your choice. Other than the Bowie Month special cocktails, there are a lot of other cocktails and drinks to-go available, including some specials created by Shannon Mustipher. Check out the full menu here.

Lost River is located at 15421 Mack Ave. in Detroit. The bar is open for to-go orders on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Remember, the Bowie specials are only available during Bowie Month, a.k.a. January. So, don't wait! Place your order online by visiting LostRiverTiki.com


~C

Monday, January 11, 2021

Get Out of Your House and Have Some Safe, Free Fun by Visiting the DIA

Photo from the DIA's Facebook Page

By now, we are all getting a little tired of staying at home. For most of us, it has been months of being in our homes, working from home, and only seeing a few select people from time to time. Sure, jigsaw puzzles, binging shows on Netflix, and going for walks is fun, but we are all itching for something different to do. 

Well, did you know that you can spice up your routine by going to the DIA? The Detroit Institute of Arts is in fact open to the public. Plus, if you are low on cash, it is still free to get in, as long as you live in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb County. Although it is free, reservations are currently required to visit the museum. Capacity is limited, so some days, reservations fill up in advance, especially for the weekend. So, if you're planning to attend, go online ahead of time, pick the date that you are interested in visiting, and make your reservations. If you plan to go during the week, chances are you will be able to make a reservation the day of, but those weekends fill up quickly! 

The DIA is currently open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday and Friday, the 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. time slot is reserved for high-risk patrons. Face masks are required at all times while visiting the DIA, and your temperature will be checked at the door. Also, the café and coat check are currently closed, no large bags are permitted, and only credit and debit cards are accepted for any purchases that you make. And of course, everyone is expected to practice social distancing while at the DIA. 

To go over the DIA's full COVID-19 protocol, click here. To make your reservation to visit the DIA, click here. Make sure you also head over and follow the DIA on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop on updates and virtual experiences. 


~C

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