Showing posts with label Ant Hall. Show all posts
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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.


Monday, February 24, 2020

Hip in Detroit's Guide to Paczki Day 2020

Hamtramck Music Fest is taking over the City of Hamtramck this weekend, but first there's another big party in Hamtown this Tuesday! Paczki Day!!! If you know about Paczki Day in Hamtramck, then you know that is not to be missed. If you don't know, this party is about much more than just eating Polish donuts, although there will be plenty of those all around! Here's a list of all of the best happenings for Paczki Day 2020!

Small's: The doors open at 10 a.m. and their paczki will be stuffed with jelly or custard and booze! Small's is home of the Paczki Bomb, plus there will be Tito’s Vodka, High Life and Miller Lite specials, and Polish food. There will also be live music all day long. Check out the lineup below.
4:45-5:15 p.m: Captains of the Head
5:15-6 p.m: Eastside Elvis & the Motor City Mafia
6:45 p.m-7:30 p.m: the Polka Floyd show
7:30-8 p.m: Captains of the Head
8:15-9 p.m.: Polka Floyd
9:15 p.m.-?: The Bon Johnsons

The Painted Lady: It's The Painted Lady, so whether you start your day there or end there, you know it needs to be a stop on your list. The Lady's doors will be opening early, at 7 a.m. There will be paczki, food, and of course, great drinks. 

Kelly's Bar: Kelly's Bar will be opening at 10 a.m.! They will also have food, and there will be $2 domestic beer and well drinks. 

Whiskey In The Jar: There will be a party inside and outside of Whiskey In The Jar! There will be a heated tent with a full bar outside, plus the bar will be open inside! There will also be great Polish food, dancing, a shotski, and live music from The Kielbasa Kings Polka Band and The Polish Muslims. The party starts around 9 a.m. and the music starts around 11 a.m.!

Ant Hall: The Polish Muslims will also be playing at Ant Hall! The Ghost Light Bar opens at 10 a.m. and the music starts at 10:30 a.m. There will also be great food from the one and only Pietrzyk Pierogi serving up delicious pierogi with vegetarian options. Plus there will be fried bologna, potato pancakes, and of course, paczki. Check out the full menu here

New Dodge Lounge: The New Dodge is starting things off super early too, just like their neighbors at The Painted Lady. They will be opening up at 7 a.m. There will be live music all day long, with performances from Danny D (Rod Stewart impersonator), Three Point One Four featuring David Winans II, Totally 80's (cover band featuring a wide variety of 80's tunes), Face 2 Face, Angelf$&k  (Misfit tribute band), Jason Karman, The Picassos, Bag Of Brains, Norm Alexander and Blauze. There will also be great Polish food available, including pierogi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and kraut, and homemade paczki.

Happy Paczki Day!!! 


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Hamtramck Music Fest 2020 - Podcast & Guide

The Hamtramck Music Fest will take over the City of Hamtramck for the 7th year in a row, during the weekend of February 27-29. This year, the fest will showcase 189 acts at 23 venues throughout the city. There are some new venues on the list this time around, like Bar/Ter, The Film Lab, Port, and even St. Florian Church is getting in on the fun. The church will feature keyboard musicians playing music on the pipe organ at St. Florian, with performances by TradeMark Psalm, Yorg Kerasiotis, and Luis Resto. Another thing that is different for this year's fest is that the kick off on Thursday night will take place at 2 different venues. This time around, it will be at The High Dive and Bar/Ter. (Ant Hall will be hosting Hedwig this weekend, so they won't be taking part in the event. But, that's an amazing show too!)

One thing that hasn't changed about HMF is that it is the best deal around. Once again this year, wristbands for the entire weekend are only $15. They can be purchased online here or at the following locations:
Dearborn Music, Detroit Record Club, Detroit Threads, Dr. Disc (Windsor), Cafe 1923, Encore Records, Flipside Records, Found Sound, Hello Records, Melodies & Memories, Nosh Pit, Paramita Sound, Peoples Records, Rat Queen Vintage, Record Graveyard, Rock City Music, Smalls, Solo Records, Stormy Records, Street Corner Music, Third Wave Music, UHF Records, Underground Vinyl, Weirdsville Records
Once again this year, proceeds from the event will go to the Hamtramck Public Schools’ Music and Art programs. In years past, these funds have provided things like instruments for the marching band, and a new state-of-the-art mixing board and stage microphones for the High School auditorium.

To get ready for this year's HMF, we sat down with a few bands playing and chatted about the event. Our guests on this episode include Sean Donnelly - The Doozers, Jack Mullen - Kimball, Chris Jarvis - Ancient Language, Noah De Leon - Leland Blue, and James Linck. Click play below to give that podcast a listen, and then hit play below that to listen to tunes from all of these artists. (Special thanks to Ghost Light for letting us record this podcast in their space!)

If you would like to see any of these acts during this year's HMF, they will be playing at the following times:
Ancient Language - Friday at 11 PM @ New Dodge Lounge
James Linck - Friday at 11:30 PM @ The Painted Lady
Leland Blue - Saturday at 9 PM @ New Dodge Lounge
The Doozers - Saturday at 10 PM @ New Dodge Lounge
Kimball - Saturday at 11 PM @ New Dodge Lounge

Check out all of the other bands that are playing HMF on the schedule below. And make sure to keep that map handy so you can get to all of the venues! Remember, there will be free shuttles running between the venues, so take advantage of that service and make it to as many of these shows as you can!


Monday, February 17, 2020

It's Time to Get Snatched with Gender Bender

Are you a fan of Rupaul's Drag Race? If you enjoy watching the contestants battle it out to win, you are probably familiar with The Snatch Game. Every season RuPaul announces that it is time to separate "the basic bitches from the fierce-ass queens" before they play a round of the game. This segment is one of the most popular segments on the show because it's fun to watch and it shows off the contestant's talents. So, the queens at Detroit's "Weirdest Drag Show aka Gender Bender" have decided to embrace its popularity by bringing a live version of The Snatch Game to Planet Ant to show off their talents this weekend!

Gender Bender's Haus cast will be playing a round of The Snatch Game at Ghost Light this Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22 immediately following the performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Ant Hall. If you have tickets to Hedwig, you can get into The Snatch Game for free. If you're just coming for the game it's $10 to get in the door. This weekend's shows will include performances by Alex Knows It All, BaHa! Blast, iT, Jezebel, Lavender Scare, Remy LaLa, and Rose Ritz. To learn more about Gender Bender and to keep up with all of their events follow them on social here.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Detroit Public Theatre Brings Hedwig And the Angry Inch to Ant Hall Every Weekend in February

In 1998, John Cameron Mitchell released an off-off-Broadway play called Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The hour and a half production told the story of Hedwig Schmidt, a genderqueer East German singer of a fictional rock and roll band. The show became so big it moved to the West End and was eventually turned into a feature film starring Mitchell as Hedwig in 2001. The movie became an instant classic and Hedwig became a touring show that has been recreated on stages all over the world. This year the Detroit Public Theatre decided to bring Hedwig to Detroit.

Hip in Detroit attended the opening night of the Detroit Public Theatre's Production of Hedwig at Ant Hall and we are proud to say that the cast and crew brought Hedwig's story to life. For this production, DPS rented out Plant Ant's hall and built out the stage to fit their needs. It is the most ambitious production that has even been done at The Ant, but they did not disappoint. For this run, Scott Anthony Joy plays Hedwig and Lily Talevski plays Yitzhaki. Both performers have amazing vocal range and with the assistance of a  live four-piece band they were able to effortlessly bring all the well-written music from the show to life. If you love Hedwig, theatre, or just want to support the arts, this is a must-see presentation of the show.

Hedwig will play every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through the month of February. Tickets are $40 a piece and they can be purchased here. If you would like to learn more about Planet Ant click here and if you would like to learn more about Detroit Public Theatre click here


Friday, February 7, 2020

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

We already told you about Jax Anderson, New Year New Music, and Winter Blast! Here are some more fun events happening this weekend!

Friday & Saturday, February 7th & 8th - Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Ant Hall: This play is a must see! We had a chance to see the preview on Thursday night and it was amazing. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is being presented by Detroit Public Theatre at Ant Hall in Hamtramck. You will be mesmerized by this two person show with a live band. Whether you've seen Hedwig before or you are new to this show, you will love it! The show will be on the Ant Hall stage Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights throughout February. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here

Friday & Saturday, February 7th & 8th - The Dirty Show: Get in touch with your kinky side this weekend at The Dirty Show at The Russell. This is the 21st anniversary for the show that puts all kinds of erotic art on display. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased online here. 21+ are welcome and the show runs from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. both nights. Can't make it this weekend? Don't worry, it's going on next weekend too!

Saturday, February 8th - The Suicide Machines @ Trumbullplex: The Suicide Machines have a new song out and are about to drop a new album! Come sing along to your new favorite song and your old favorites at Trumbullplex Saturday night. This is a benefit for Food Not Class and cover is $10. The Suicide Machines will be joined by Fishgutzzz & His Stinkin' Orchestra, WOMB, and Pocket Sounds. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 8th - Signs Galore! at KO Studio Gallery: Chances are, if you have seen a hand painted sign that you love at a restaurant or store in the Detroit area, Kelly Golden probably painted it. Her work is amazing and this Saturday night, she has curated a show of her favorite signs from sign painters in the area. The show will take place at KO Studio Gallery in Hamtramck. The show opens at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: November 8-10

The cold weather is here, but that's no excuse to stay inside and under the covers! Here are just a few of the super fun things happening this weekend!

Friday, November 8th - Handgrenades and Hala @ The Loving Touch: This is going to be a great show! Handgrenades still remain one of our favorite Detroit bands after all of these years. They will be playing along with Hala and Mac Saturn, making for a great night of music. Cover is $12 at the door, all ages are welcome, and doors open at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 9th - Bruised Fruit Film Screening and Release Party @ Ant Hall: Christopher Jarvis and company have been hard at work creating a new film and this Saturday is your first chance to see it. Bruised Fruit is written and directed by Jarvis, and produced by Abigail Grace, Zachariah Jarvis, Matthew Beyer, Alex Suzanne Meitz, and Adam James. The film stars Alex Suzanne Meitz and Sam Meier. In addition to the film screening, there will also be comedy performances and live music by Ancient LanguageCosmic Light Shapes, and Craig Garwood. Cover for all of this is only $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Doors for this event open at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 9th - Rogue Satellites Release Party @ Outer Limits Lounge: Rogue Satellites are celebrating the release of their new EP this Saturday night at Outer Limits. Baby I'm Jeff will feature five new songs from the duo. Get a sneak peek of the new EP here. Rogue Satellites will be joined by Vstrs and Huddy Bolly for this show and cover is $5. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 9th - The Roadhouse: A Twin Peaks Party + Fundraiser for The Senate: The Senate Theater has been hosting more and more awesome events over the past year, from live entertainment to classic movie screenings. But, to keep up this great programming, they need some help from the public. If you're a fan of the Senate, show your support by heading to PJ's Lager House this Saturday night for a Twin Peaks themed fundraiser. Costumes are encouraged and there will be a costume contest. There will also be live music from Run From the FutureSax and ViolenceEx American, and John Salvage. Tickets are only $8 and can be purchased in advance here. 21+ are welcome and doors open at 8 p.m.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: August 9-11

Wednesday, August 7th thru Saturday, August 10th - Detroit Improv Festival: The Detroit Improv Festival kicked off this Wednesday and is making you laugh all the way through Saturday night. The festival is bringing comedy and improv to several venues around town, including Go! Comedy, The Ringwald, The Loving Touch, and Ant Hall. You can see all of the remaining shows that they have lined up for the weekend here. Ticket prices for the shows vary and range from $10-$25.

Friday, August 9th - Outdoor Movie Night with "Do The Right Thing" @ Scripps Park: The weather has been basically perfect lately, so get outside and soak it up while it lasts. Friday night, you can enjoy a movie under the stars at Scripps Park, where they will be showing Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing. Admission is free and the movie starts at sundown.

Saturday, August 10th - The Great Ferndale Water Gun Fight: Grab your water gun and hit the streets for The Great Ferndale Water Gun Fight! The fight kicks off at noon at PORT and New Way Bar with teams assembling at both locations. The fight goes from noon until 2 p.m., throughout the streets of Ferndale, with Imperial acting as neutral ground. To see how you can be a part of  the fight and to check out the official rules, click here.

Sunday, August 11th - Cherubs @ Small's w/ Child Bite, Hidebehind and West Grand: This Sunday night, Small's will welcome Cherubs to the stage along with Detroit's own Child Bite, Hidebehind and West Grand. This is West Grand's first show and they just released their first EP. You can give it a listen here. Cover will be $13 at the door, 16+ are welcome, and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Make sure you come hungry because Renegade Kitchen will be doing a pop-up too!


Friday, May 31, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: May 31 - June 2

Thursday, May 30-Sunday June 2nd - Detroit Women of Comedy Festival: Over the last few years, the comedy scene in Metro Detroit has exploded. There are several pop-up comedy nights throughout the area and it's safe to say that there are some pretty hilarious people living in this city. This weekend is all about the funny females at the Detroit Women of Comedy Festival. The event will be taking over Ant Hall all weekend, and actually kicked off on Thursday night. There will also be shows at The Independent and Black Box. Tickets for all shows are $7.50 in advance or $10 at the door. See the full schedule and purchase tickets online here.

Saturday, June 1 - Ferndale Pride: Pride will be taking over the streets of Ferndale this weekend! There will be live music, vendors, dancing, and so much more throughout the city. For a full list of events and details, head to the official Ferndale Pride website here. Show your pride and celebrate the LGBTQ community this weekend!

Saturday, June 1 - Sick Of It All @ Small's: New York Hardcore heroes Sick Of It All will hit the stage at Small's this Saturday night! The band is currently out on tour with La Armada and Detroit's own Negative Approach will also be joining the two bands for Saturday's show. Tickets to see these three great bands live are only $20 in advance and can be purchased online here. All ages are welcome, but those under 21 will not be allowed re-entry.

Saturday, June 1 - Tart @ Ghost Light: If you haven't seen Tart yet, then what are you waiting for!?!?!? We've told you time and time again that this is one of the best bands in Detroit right now! See for yourself this Saturday night at the Ghost Light in Hamtramck. Tart will be joined by GRLwood and this is the official DWCF after party. So if you go see those funny ladies during the festival, cover is free with your ticket stub. Cover for everyone else is $10 at the door.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: May 10-12

Friday, May 10th - Sunday, May 12th - Ferndale Vintage Fashion Market: Find some of the best vintage items around as you shop goods from over 20 vendors at the Spring Vintage Fashion Market. This event will take place in the event space at The Rust Belt Market this weekend. There is a preview of the event on Thursday night, but then the gates open on Friday at noon. Admission is free all weekend long. For hours and a sneak peek of what you can find, click here.

Friday, May 10th - Detroit Neighborhood Softball League 2019 Summer Kickoff Party: Don't worry, even if you aren't big into sports, you'll want to check out this party! It's happening Friday night at Outer Limits Lounge and will feature music from Craig Brown BandThe Muggs, Caveman & Bam Bam, and DJ Unos Mas. Cover to see this great lineup live is only $10 and proceeds will go to 100 Boys Strong, a new initiative for Hamtramck Public Schools.

Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th - Hamtramck Pop-Up Food Fest: It's all about food at Ant Hall and Ghost Light this weekend! There will be over a dozen different pop-ups serving up food, with different options on Saturday and Sunday. One thing that both days will have in common though is that there will be Vegan and Halal options both days. Street Beet will be there along with some other great companies. Check out the full list here. This event goes from 3-10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday, May 11th - Johnny Marr @ St. Andrew's Hall: This event is already sold out, but if you are a big fan of The Smiths, you'll find a way to get in. Other than The Smiths, Johnny Marr has also worked with the Pretenders, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and the Cribs, just to name a few. The guy is pretty legendary. There are some resale tickets still available starting at $80.

Saturday, May 11th - Second Saturdays @ POP+Offworld: The second Saturday of every month, Sound and Silence takes over everyone's favorite barcade for a night of great music. This month will feature live music from Krissy Booth and Ben Keeler. Your DJs for the evening will be Erno and Eddie Logix. Admission for Second Saturdays is always free too! The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until 2!


Friday, March 29, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: March 29-31

Friday, March 29 - Demetri Martin @ Royal Oak Music Theatre: You may remember Demetri Martin and his giant sketch pad from his show on Comedy Central. Well, flash forward about 10 years, and he is still just as funny as he was then. Last year he released a Netflix special called Demetri Martin: The Overthinker and now he is out on a stand up tour. The Wandering Mind Tour will be making a stop at Royal Oak Music Theatre this Friday night, and we highly suggest you check it out! We've seen Martin live a few times and he has one of the funniest stand up shows around! Tickets are $39.50 and can be purchased in advance here.

Saturday, March 30 - Strength: A Benefit for Justin Walker @ Ant Hall and Ghost Light: Recently, Justin Walker of J. Walker & The Crossguards suffered a stroke that affected the right side of his body. Thankfully, Justin is stable, but he has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Some of Detroit's best musicians are coming together this Saturday to help out their friend Justin. A benefit show is being held at Ant Hall & Ghost Light in Hamtramck, with sets by DuendeThe High StrungOBLISKKommanderZZvava, Dawg Love (Demolition Dollrods), Carjack., Dark Red, EnD, and Isles of ESP. They're asking for a $10 minimum donation at the door. If you can't make it to the show, but want to help Justin out, visit his Go Fund Me here.

Saturday, March 30 - The Music of David Bowie performed by the DSO: David Bowie was a legend. There's no other way to put it. This Saturday night, you get to hear the songs of this amazing musician performed like you've never heard them before. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be joined by a full rock band to play all of your favorites from Bowie. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.

Saturday, March 30 - Jimmy Edgar @ City Club: Detroit native Jimmy Edgar has been creating electronic music since the early 2000s. Now, he is known around the world and his appearances in Detroit are pretty rare. That's why you don't want to miss his live set this Saturday night at City Club. 18+ are welcome to attend the show and cover is $15. To see the full list of artists for the night and their set times, click here. Jimmy Edgar's project J-E-T-S (with Machinedrum) has a new LP coming out this May. You can give the first single "Zoopla" a listen here.

Sunday, March 31 - Brunch @ Small's w/ The Orbitsuns: Small's is already known as one of the best bars and venues around, but did you know that they host amazing pop-ups as well? This Sunday, Small's will be serving up brunch, with Bloody Mary and Mimosa Specials and some of the best brunch food around. This edition of Sunday Brunch will be extra special too, because DJ Pleasure Kitten will be spinning tunes in the bar and then The Orbitsuns will be hitting the stage at 3 p.m. You won't find another brunch like this anywhere in town! Keep an eye on the Facebook event page to see what will be on the menu!

Sunday, March 31 - Thou @ The Sanctuary w/ Emma Ruth Rundle, Cloud Rat, and Sweat: Baton Rouge based Thou will be hitting the stage at The Sanctuary in Hamtramck along with their tour mate Emma Ruth Rundle. The two acts will be joined by Detroit's own Cloud Rat and Sweat, making for a pretty bad ass Sunday night. Cover for this show is $13 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. All ages are welcome to attend this one and doors open at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Head to Ant Hall for Punk, Paint & Panties this Weekend!

This Saturday, the ladies are taking over Ant Hall in Hamtramck! The event is called Punk, Paint & Panties, and it is a celebration of women in art, music, and performance. The event will feature over a dozen local artists and vendors selling their goods and creations, live music, artwork on display, and burlesque performers. This will be an awesome event full of women supporting women, something that we are very passionate about!

Cover for this great event is only $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. Tart and Ladyship Warship will be playing live on the Ant Hall Stage. There will also be performances by the Detroit Dizzy Dames, including May Blush, Kitty Page, Sadie Tate, and Loulou L Roxy. Check out the list of artists and vendors that will be featured on the walls and for you to shop at Saturday's event.

A Special Christmas Market w/ Local Vendors
Beth Amber - Multimedia Collage
Elizabeth Kemp
Eve Noir
Frozen Tree
Lushes LaMoans Moaning Glories hair accessories
Cookies by Lynn Totsky
Jasmine's Woods
Katy Genevive Rosebuds and Posies baked goods
Gwen Joy
Lena's Legacy Jewelry
Gemineye Tarot
Laurel Shada Bad Company Art
Monster Foods
Natasha Beste

Spectacular Wall Art
Wy Blue
Stacey MacLeod
Laura Hemmingsen 
Kat Kennedy
Ashlee Lori Will
Beth Wirick
Blue Collar Moxie
Emily Small

Doors for this event will open at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Ghost Light Bar (next door) will open at 7 p.m. For more info, click here

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Help Planet Ant Grow to Be Even Bigger and Better

A lot of people grow up thinking that the only way that they are going to make a name for themselves is to leave Detroit. But, over the last thirty years, a few key people thought differently and those people have built spaces where the already affluent artistic community of Detroit is currently flourishing. This includes new spaces like Assemble Sound that are bringing music making back to Motown, and older spaces like Planet Ant who have been supporting acting and theater since 1993.
This mecca of art, music, theater, film and more started as a small coffee shop were a little group of Detroiters could share their skills and eventually expanded into a multi building non-profit that is helping the artistic community thrive. 
One of the reasons that they have had such a positive impact on their community is that they put their money where their mouth is. A lot of local collectives promise that they will help enrich and support their neighborhoods, but they do very little for those that aren't involved with their groups or directly supporting them with funding. Planet Ant does exactly the opposite. They support lots of other groups and causes in the community throughout the year. This includes barely blinking when we asked to host a vegan event in their space last year. They staffed the room and supported us in every way that they could because they wanted to, which is the coolest thing you can do.

Now, it's our turn to help support them so that they can keep up the good work. They are asking for donations to help build out their space even more. You can get a full picture of what they hope to do by reading through their campaign here, and you can donate to their cause by clicking here. We can assure you that Planet Ant will use every dollar to keep building and maintaining a community within their walls and within the Metro Detroit area. 

The fundraiser will run through December 18th at 3 p.m. and there are all sorts of perks that you can claim for throwing some money into the jar. If we do not support the spaces that support us, they will not exist.  


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nipflix and Chill at Ant Hall this Friday (Giveaway)

Ant Hall has been expanding their audience and bringing some really cool events to their stage. They are ushering in a new era where a venue can have many purposes, including hosting movies, plays bands, comedy, and more. This Friday, August 17th, they will be welcoming a talent packed burlesque crew called Black Sheep Burlesque to their stage for a whole new kind of experience.
Roxi DLite
The Black Sheep Burlesque troupe is a one of a kind group of ladies that bring something fun, unique, and playful to the stage. This Friday's lineup will include: Roxi DLiteVivacious Miss AudaciousLushes LamoanHermione StrangerJax NipplesonLilith Von Tal
Dish Delish (Dee Dee Smith), May BlushDarryn StormTommy Gun, Autumn Sage, Dotty Dart
and Nicky Champagne. Tickets to attend the show are only $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets here.  
Lilith Von Tal

You can also win tickets to the show courtesy of Ant Hall, but before we tell you about that, read this interview with Hermione Stranger to learn more about this event, burlesque, and the art of the performance!

Hermione Stranger
HID- When did you decide that you wanted to start performing burlesque?
Hermione Stranger- "It’s funny, I never actually “decided” to become a burlesque performer. When I lived in NYC, I took classes at New York School of Burlesque. I figured it would be a good way to make girlfriends in a new town while giving my confidence a much-needed boost. I had no intention of performing, but my classmates convinced me to participate in the student showcase, which is like a recital."

HID- How did you get started?
Hermione Stranger- "I was terrified at the student showcase but ended up doing really well! Shortly after that, I got booked to do a duet performance at Coney Island Freak Bar. And things just kind of took off from there."

HID- How do you prepare yourself for a show?
Hermione Stranger- "To prepare a new number, I concept, choreograph, create costumes and props, then practice. Once that’s all said and done, I also have a little ritual that prepares me for going on stage. I do this high-energy warm up exercise from improv called “Crazy Eights.” It helps me get all that nervous energy out."

HID- How do you write your show/performance?
Hermione Stranger- "For me, concept is king. I believe that all shows and performances should start with a solid idea and tell a story. When concepting a show theme, I try to think of things that people love — like movies or guilty pleasure songs or Harry Potter — then I come up with a clever name using the pun skills I’m never allowed to employ in my day job as an advertising writer.

When it’s time to concept my act, I basically do the same thing. For Nipflix I thought, “What’s a movie that I love? And how can I do a humorous, entertaining take on a character from that movie?”

I mention humor because burlesque was always intended to be funny. The word itself is originally derived from the Italian word “burla” which means prank or joke. It was meant to entertain the audience by caricaturing other aspects of culture."

HID- Who inspires you?
Hermione Stranger- "There are so many performers who inspire me! Locally, Roxi Dlite is just unbelievable. In New York, my teacher Jo Boobs Weldon is who I looked up to. Then there’s Fancy Feast who breaks body stereotypes and sparked my love of themed shows. Or Darlinda Just Darlinda who does whatever the fuck she wants on stage. Or Penny Wren who I don’t know personally, but once saw perform a hilarious Tinkerbell act to an Alanis Morissette song at The Slipper Room in NYC. That act inspired me to always, always have a concept in my performances. To make sure the song is chosen for a reason and that the character makes sense. Otherwise you’re just taking off your clothes — and considering we can all see that for free on the internet, it’s simply not that interesting."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Hermione Stranger- "Black Sheep Burlesque is a troupe that performs outside the box. We’re bitches that’ll leave you in stiches. We hope that you’ll come to our next show!"

To enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to with the subject line #justdance. We will draw one lucky person this Friday morning and they will get to peep some of the best burlesque that Detroit has to offer for free with a friend! 


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Local Vegans Come Together to Bring Screening of "Dominion" to Detroit

Webster's Dictionary defines dominion as supreme authority or absolute ownership of something. To have dominion is to have total control and the ability to decide what happens to something, or in this case someone. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans have had dominion over animals and we have done what we pleased with them. This includes eating them, wearing them, doing testing on them, and at times, using them for sport. A new film, called Dominion contests our absolute authority and calls into question what we have done with our power.

Dominion was filmed in Australia and was funded by a kick-starter campaign. The documentary makers used drones and hidden cameras to get behind the scenes footage that no one has ever gotten before. The film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink, and Kat Von D, and was co-produced by Earthlings creator Shaun Monson. The goal of the movie is to question everything you know about our ownership of animals, so the creators are distributing the documentary for free to anyone that is willing to put together a screening in their area. Thankfully, a group of local Detroiters have teamed up to bring the movie to us.

On Monday, August 20th, Ant Hall in Hamtramck will be hosting the Detroit premiere of Dominion and a lot of great locals have teamed up to make it something really special! The screening will be a chance for vegans and non-vegans to meet up, talk, and try some of the best vegan food that Detroit has to offer. This includes Planthropie, a luxurious vegan catering company, Chili Mustard Onions, the new vegan Coney Island in Detroit, and Safflower Street, a 100 % vegan baker that will blow your mind.

Entry and snacks are free with a donation at the door. This donation can be in any amount and 100% of the money raised at the event will be donated to The Barn Sanctuary in Chelsea, Michigan. All of the vendors and the venue donated their time and money to make this event special, so please consider giving generously at the door. The money will go straight to the Sanctuary, who directly uses every dollar to support the animals that they rescue. But, please be aware that if you want to come and are short on cash, you will not be turned away.

Doors for the event are at 7 p.m. on the 20th and the movie will start around 7:30 p.m. There is a bar inside the theater and another bar next door (Ghost Light is connected to Ant Hall). Please grab a drink while you are there to say thank you to Ant Hall for generously donating the space. And, if you want to come, but don't think that you can watch the film, we urge you to give it a shot. You can always go next door if you can't handle it, no one will judge you. The whole point is to get together, learn, and have a chat. So come, bring a friend, and let's eat, drink, and learn together!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Detroit Welcomes the First Women's Comedy Festival

Female comedians have never gotten the credit they deserve. Instead, they have had to work twice as hard and be twice as funny to get the recognition that they have earned. Fortunately, things are changing and the females aren't taking the second seat at the table anymore. We are out there creating our own rules and changing the way everything is done. Comedy was another boys club that was bound to come to an end. So, why not help the inevitable along by celebrating funny women?

The first ever Detroit Women of Comedy Festival wants to do just that! The four day celebration of funny females will features over 150 female comedians, improvisers, and performers, including a few recognizable names like Mama’s Boy (Second City Hollywood), with special guest Stephanie Courtney, “Flo the Progressive Lady", Maribeth Monroe (The Good Place, Workaholics), Nancy Hayden (Detroiters), Jaime Moyer (KC Undercover), Shantira Jackson (BET’s 50 Central), and Christy Bonstell (Shameless, APB).

There are tons of different events running each day of the festival, this includes classes, lectures, readings, stand up, and improv. Tickets can either be purchased for individual events or you can buy a weekend pass and come and go as you please. All of the events will take place in Hamtramck at Ghost Light, Ant Hall, Bank Suey, and Planet Ant. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Girls Rock Detroit to help support the next generation of bad ass females. To learn more about the Comedy Festival and to purchase tickets to all the vents click here.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Get Slimy at The Slime Ball Pt. 2 This Weekend

This Saturday night a ton of great bands will come together for The Slime Ball Part 2. That doesn't mean they are coming together to help out some creepy dude, a.k.a. a slime ball. They're coming together for an awesome one day fest called The Slime Ball. The event is taking place at Ant Hall and Ghost Light and will feature 10 bands on 2 stages for just $5. Plus, proceeds from this event will help put on another awesome show, Whatever Fest, taking place in May at the Tangent Gallery.

The lineup for The Slime Ball is pretty stellar and includes
SpacecadetThe Honey PotLagerheadsCaveman & Bam Bam DetroitReverendLNSPVisionsBLAKDOGThe Idiot Kids and Blue Black Hours. Doors to the bar open at 7 and LNSP will kick things off on the Ant Hall stage at 9 p.m. Make sure you get there early to catch them, we guarantee you will like what you hear! To see a full list of set times and which band is playing on which stage, click here.

If you would like to attend The Slime Ball for free and save that $5 to buy a corsage for your date, you can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to with #slimy in the subject line. We will draw two lucky winners on Saturday morning and they will each get into the ball with a friend for free.

This is guaranteed to be a fun time, so don't miss out! For more info on The Slime Ball Pt. 2 and to hear music from some of the bands, click here.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Live Playlist Comes to Detroit to Bring Back the Old Kanye (+ Ticket Giveaway)

Do you miss the old Kanye? The man who told everyone to throw their diamonds in the sky and rapped through the wire? Do you long for the days when all you had to do was kick back and listen to the horns whole you touched the sky? If you miss the days of the "College Dropout", it's time to get together with like minded music lovers to dance it out at Ant Hall this Friday.

The Live Playlist is known for throwing good parties. The company which was started by a former Detroit resident is making its first pilgrimage home to throw his first official party in his home city with some of his childhood friends, friends who happen to be some of the brightest and best that Detroit has to offer. This includes DJ Stacye J, Sheefy McFly, Kid McFly, DjTwoee, Supercoolwicked, VIB|SNDS, Jaye PRIME, Suai Kee, Keely Ferguson, MotorKam Det, Lex the Radical and N?ITHER.

Tickets to attend the show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show. This means that you can win a chance to attend the show with a friend for free. To enter, please email your full name to We will draw one lucky winner this Friday and they will get to attend the show with a friend. To learn more about the party, keep reading and find out the details from the creator himself!

HID- What makes your events special?
Lamont Leak- "Our events differ because we create an oasis for attendees that breathes; art, creativity and out of box talent. The best part about our events, is that most people come to our events not knowing what to expect but leave on cloud 100. How do we do it? By only showcasing the best artist's, best DJ's in the best venues. Everything detailed is thought about from the DJ's set, to the visual artist displayed."

HID- What can we expect?
Lamont Leak- "Expect to have a good time. Expect to leave with at least 5 new favorite artists. Expect to take a melodic journey through some of your favorite Kanye Tunes. Expect to not have a voice the next day after singing and rapping your favorite Kanye lyrics, along with some 90 and early 2000's favorite hip hop & R&B tunes."

HID- What is the attire?
Lamont Leak- "Look good but dress comfortable. We like to make you sweat."