Showing posts with label Planet Ant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Planet Ant. Show all posts

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.


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Here's How You Can Help Your Favorite Venues

Since you're visiting, there's a really good chance that you're a fan of live music. There's also a good chance that you enjoy going to smaller shows at local venues, just as much (if not more) as the big arena shows. Since there haven't been any concerts for a while now, and there is no certainty when they will return, many of your favorite venues are hurting financially right now. Some of them have developed ways that you can show their business and staff your support during this tough time. Check out our list below to see what your favorite venue is doing to try to stay afloat, and if you can afford to, consider helping them out.

Small's - Visit Small's online store to pick up a sweet t-shirt to show your support and look cool at the same time. They also are hosting carryout pop-ups a couple of times a week. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for menus and details.

Party Store Productions - This one isn't a specific venue, but a booking company that brings shows to a lot of your favorite venues! You can help Party Store Productions out by ordering a bag of coffee from Populace Coffee. 50% of the proceeds will be going to PSP and you get some delicious coffee! Pick yours up here!

El Club - There are a few ways that you can help out this venue, and get something sweet in return. First, El Club is selling some great merch in their online store. They have shirts, drink coozies, assorted posters, and more. They also have a really unique item that you have to buy at this link instead, custom Vans. The classic slip on was designed by SW Freddy (Freddy Diaz) and are limited to 500 pairs. So don't wait to buy yours! Last, but not least, every Friday and Saturday, they are offering Curbside Pizza, Beer & Wine from 5-10 PM. Call to order: (313) 375-5324

Deluxx FluxxPurchase a Season Pass to ALL shows, DJ sets and parties through June 2021! This special pin will get you into any night at Deluxx Fluxx without cover or ticket purchase. All sales will be donated to support their team and resident artists.

Marble Bar - Buy a sweet hoodie, crew neck, or t-shirt to show your support for Marble Bar. Pick yours up here.

UFO Factory - UFO Factory has a great selection of stylish shirts for sale in their online store, as well as some records and tapes from the classic UFO record label. Click here to shop.

The Old Miami - The Old Miami doesn't have any fancy merch, but they do have a Go Fund Me set up if you want to help out their staff. Click here for more info and to donate.

The Painted Lady Lounge - Want to help the staff at The Painted Lady? Make a donation here.

Planet Ant - The team at Planet Ant are keeping people entertained nightly with online entertainment. If you want to show your support to this multi venue non-profit, just head to their website. There you can buy merch, make a donation, or buy a gift card to use towards a future event or class.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Live Streaming Is the New Way To Connect and Beat Your Loneliness

It's only been a few weeks since COVID-19 arrived in the US, but a lot has changed very quickly. International travel has halted, borders have closed, movie theatres, bars, restaurants, and many local businesses have also been asked to shut down. We have all begun to learn about "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" but it's still hard to believe that we might be stuck inside for the foreseeable future. It's also hard to believe that all sporting events, social gatherings, and concerts have been canceled for the next few months.

Music, nightlife and social events are what we thrive on, not only as a blog, but as human beings. We are social creatures that need each other to make it through the ups and downs of our day to day lives and now some of us are literally stuck in the house alone with a serious lack of social interaction. Instead of endlessly surfing the internet, we have been looking for fun things to do and we discovered how fun watching people go live on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook can be. We have seen a lot of local artists like The Dropout and Mic Phelps perform, and Planet Ant has already announced that they plan to have something up live on their YouTube every night this week and beyond.

Watching these live sessions, commenting, calling in, and interacting is the most normal we have felt in a long time so we want to see more of it and help spread the word whenever something cool is popping up. So, if you plan on playing music, doing stand up, streaming a DJ set, or free-flowing over some music, please email us, dm us, or tag us so that we can spread the word. We can't spend all of our time on TV and Facebook, let's learn something, share something and continue to connect even if it's from distance!

We will be compiling a list of everything we hear about below, but here is what we have to start:

On Going Live Streams:

Planet Ant Youtube- Going live every evening with content around 7 or 8 p.m.

Third Man records will be live streaming performances daily- Click here to find out more!

The Cincinnati Zoo is going live with an email every day at 3 p.m., you can watch their first video with Fiona the hippo here and keep up with each days broadcast here.

Watch the live cams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium anytime you want! They have birds, penguins, jellyfish and more!

You can replay all of the performances at the DSO anytime you want here.

The New York Metropolitan Opera is live-streaming a past performance at 7:30 p.m. nightly, you can live stream there here.

High 5 Live at 5 - Cooking with Chef Laura, daily beginning Monday, March 30th at 5 p.m.

Date Specific Live Streams:

Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick's Day concert live from Boston,  Tuesday, March 17th at 7 p.m.

Laura Mendoza and David James, Wednesday, March 18th at 5 p.m.

Live Stream the indie film Bruised Fruit here this Friday, March 20th at 8 p.m.

Ben Sharkey Band Live Stream and Q&A, Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Common Ground Alone Together Fest- 12 pm-7 pm March 21/22

Erica Badu is live streaming on March 21 + 22, find out more here.

Taking Back Sunday - Staying Home Together, Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m.

Pocket Sounds - Live from Detroit Ska Set, Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

Drunk Drawing with Tat Franklin, Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Space Skull live on Facebook, Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.

Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee live on Facebook (our favorite Las Vegas act), Saturday, March 28 at 9 p.m.

Plan 9 from Outer Space Facebook Watch Party with Senate Theatre, Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

Haute to Death Virtual Insanity, Saturday, March 28 at 10 p.m.

John Salvage live on Instagram, Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

The iHeart Living Room Concert for America featuring Elton John, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey and more, Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. on FOX


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, December 3, 2019

Kaitlyn Valor Bourque Takes on a Directing Role for Her Last Act at Planet Ant

Planet Ant is a hub of art and creativity. On any given night you can see people rehearsing for a play in the theatre, catch a class learning a new technique in the hall, watch a live band in the bar, and catch a comedy show in the backroom. Because of this, they have attracted a unique group of artists that put all of their time and passion into creating one of a kind shows that you cannot find anywhere else. One of those artists is actor and director Kaitlyn Valor Bourque. Kaitlyn has starred in many pieces throughout her time at Planet Ant, but she is taking it to the next level for her closing act with the Ant. She is directing a new play called Dancing before she takes her talent in a new direction. So, we asked her to answer a few questions about acting, directing, and what she has planned for the future. Check out what she has to say and then click here to find out more about the show.
HID- Why did you want to direct instead of act?
Kaitlyn- "This story benefits from actors portraying its characters as authentically representative to the ages written as possible — their journey takes them through age 17 to 23. One of the actors in this production is 17 and the other is 22, so they perfectly represent the entire spectrum the script outlines. Aside from being a solid decade past this age bracket (insert wink-emoji here), I felt personally connected to this script in a way that was comprehensive and vivid and made me feel more compelled to lead a team into giving it life."

HID- Which role do you prefer and why?
K- "Impossible! I adore and am mystified by both of these characters as written, in equal measure. Their individual and collective journeys ring true for me in ways that are unnervingly specific to my own lived experiences. It’s the classic queer attraction paradox — am I into this person because I want to be them or bang them? These are roles I want to see on stage because they are people I somehow both already know and have always been dreaming about."

HID- How long do you have to rehearse a piece like this before it goes to the stage?
K- "When the show opens we will have had just under four weeks of rehearsals. Our schedule has been tight, but thorough and well-managed; and these lovely young actors have had their game faces on from the very start."

HID- What do you hope people take away from this show?
K- "My hope is that audiences see firsthand how a universal, tale-as-old-as-time can be elevated and made new again with new representation – and how that single shift can change the way these stories unravel. I hope they remember someone, or sometime, that made them feel the way “J” and “S” make each other feel."

HID- What are you looking forward to in 2020?
K- "After being an active part of this creative colony for over two years, Dancing will be my last project with Planet Ant for the foreseeable future. The transition is certainly bittersweet, but very exciting in its possibility and promise. Ultimately, I am looking forward to turning my focus inward, getting back onstage, traveling more in 2020 — and most of all, my beautiful baby sister getting married at the end of the year!"

HID- Is there anything else you think we should know?
K- "This world premiere is written, produced, and performed exclusively by local artists; all of which is possible because of Planet Ant’s commitment to supporting and spotlighting the creative pursuits of hundreds of individuals throughout our communities. There are so many ways to support this non-profit’s efforts beyond just attending this show, so follow their social media platforms and come to all the things!"

If you want to know more about Planet Ant, follow them on social media 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, 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.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Get the Scoop on Planet Ant, Ant Hall and Ghost Light and Find Out How You Can Help Them Grow

Planet Ant has been a staple in Hamtramck since it opened back in the '90s. The venue originally started out as a coffee house that featured live music 6 nights a week, but soon transitioned into a theatric venue that features different plays, stand-up comedians, and improv shows throughout the year. They have launched the careers of some of Detroit's biggest stars and taught hundreds of people the art of improv, performance and live theatre. The Ant hosts tons of different classes where you can learn about the art of live performance as well as see a live show featuring some of Detroit's best local performers.

The non-profit has had its ups and downs throughout the years, but they have been making some huge moves over the last year to expand their brand and give the local artist a bigger platform to reach a whole new audience. Last year they tripled their brand by purchasing two buildings across the street to expand their ability to cater to the local artistic community. They purchased Ghost Light Bar and Ant Hall, two buildings conveniently located across from their original Planet Ant location. Each of the new rooms offer new opportunities for Planet Ant. The opening of these two new spaces also marks the groups renewed commitment to musical art. They have been hosting live music in both spaces since they opened their doors. The new spaces are awesome and even though they are still pretty raw, they have been huge additions to the Detroit music community. If you haven't caught a show there, you can check out an updated list here and make a point to hit one soon. 

Planet Ant is hoping to continue their growth by raising enough money to turn the hall into a fully functioning theatre. But, in order to get a grant that they have been "awarded", they need to match the donation. This means that to finally finish off the project they need to raise enough money to match the grant and they only have a few more days to do it. If the space doesn't raise $35 grand by the 31st of this month, they don't get the other $35 grand that The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is potentially offering up.  

We met with Darren Shelton, the current executive director of the non-profit, to get the history of the space and their mission. Check out our interview with him and then head over here to make a donation. We would love to see this space grow and continue to be a place for artists to get together and create in our community. Plus, it's a great place to see a show!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ant Hall is Making it Official this Friday

This year the Hamtramck Music Festival kicked things off at the new Plant Ant Hall in Hamtramck. Well, even though you may have already got a look inside, the official grand opening is happening this weekend! This Friday night, March 24th the hall has an awesome party planned with live music, food and live theatre.

Here's the lineup for the evening. Doors are set to open at 6 p.m. and the official grand opening ceremony will kick off at 7. Then, at 8 p.m. set your eyes on the stage for The Detroit Musical, an original comedy that "follows one Detroit family through 300 years of the ups and downs of life in the Motor City." After the show, the party isn't over! Head next door to the adjoined Ghost Light to check out The Scrappers and Matt Dmits. The music is set to start at 11 p.m. Throughout the night there will also be food available on site from Polish Village Cafe, making this an all around awesome night!

Tickets for the Ant Hall Grand Opening Celebration are only $10 and can be purchased at For more information on the Ant Hall, and to stay in the loop on upcoming events, head over and give them a "like" on Facebook here. For more information on the grand opening party click here.