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The Sights and Bulldog - The Magic Stick Dec 10th

The Sights & Bulldog - The Magic Stick - Friday December 10th 9pm - $6

Cheap tickets for 2 great bands

Detroit Zoo hosts Wildlife Photography Exhibit and Wild Lights Events

Dec. 22nd - March 20th
Contest of amatuer nature photography of over 18,000 entries from around the world
Admission $10 or less check out for more details

Also at the zoo this month is Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo featuring ice carvings, lots of lighted displays, and music from local schools - Admission is $6 or less

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 26
The Good Time Ebenezer Singers, Ice Carving, Stilt Walker

Saturday, November 27
Just Friends Quartet, Arts and Crafts, Stilt Walker

Sunday, November 28
Pix & Stix, Santa

Thursday, December 2
Marian High School Choir, Holiday Tattoos

Friday, December 3
High School of Fine & Performing Arts Choir, Ice Carving

Saturday, December 4
The Good Time Ebenezer Singers, Crafts

Sunday, December 5
Pix & Stix, Santa Claus

Thursday, December 9
Southfield High School Choir, Holiday Tattoos

Friday, December 10
Addams Middle School Choir, Ice Carving

Saturday, December 11
Mercyaires Choir, Crafts

Sunday, December 12
Eastpointe Show Chorus, Santa Claus

Thursday, December 16
L'Anse Creuse High School North Choir, Holiday Tattoos

Friday, December 17
Walled Lake High School Choir, Ice Carving

Saturday, December 18
Oxford High School Choir, Crafts

Sunday, December 19
Zeemo, Santa Claus

Wednesday, December 22
Thursday, December 23
Kooky Karly, Magician Jason Abbott, Holiday Tattoos

Sunday, December 26
Kooky Karly, Magician Jason Abbott

Monday, December 27
Magician Jason Hudy, Arts and Crafts

Tuesday, December 28
Kooky Karly, Magician Jason Abbott, Arts and Crafts

Wednesday, December 29
Magician Jason Hudy, Arts and Crafts

Thursday, December 30
Faith Lutheran Church Choir, Holiday Tattoos, Arts and Crafts


Detroit Santarchy - Saturday December 18th

Detroit Santarchy starts at the Lager House and the pubcrawl busts its way through Harry's-The 2500 Club - Irish Gaelic League-The Comet Bar-Alvins-LJ's Lounge and then finally back to The Lager House

Santa Suit is required to get on the buses - last year the cost was $10 and you buy your own beer!!!

pics from the crawl - below

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson - Jan 17th-18th at 9:00PM PBS

The Ken Burns documentary about Jack Johnson -Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson details the rise and fall of the 1st Black Heavyweight Champion and the racism that surrounded this great fighter. I watched the public showing in the Auditorium at The Detroit Public Library - Main Branch presented by the Friends of The Detroit Public Library. As usual, the Ken Burns style really brought out the life in this story - and the old footage was amazing - Jack Johnson DESTROYED everyone he fought until he went into exile. After the short finished, Ken Burns took questions from the audience and revealed the full documentary will be aired in Detroit Public Television in 2 parts - late December - Catch this if you can!!!
check for updates on when it will air on Detroit Public Television - Burns mentioned Jan 17-18th.

"Any serious study of American history inevitably engages the question of race and the monumental hypocrisy born at our founding; the existence of slavery in a country that had just proclaimed to the world that "all men are created equal..." In the story of Jack Johnson, these questions come to a profound crux. This is not just a story of supreme athletic achievement, nor even just a story of sex — black and white relationships — which got Johnson into so much trouble. It's not even wholly about race, though Johnson's "unforgivable blackness" propels this extraordinary story. In the end this is a story about freedom, and one black man's insistence that he be able to live a life nothing short of that of a free man.
— Ken Burns"



Even the seniors will run you off the road and look back to flip you off in Detroit

Driving in Metro Detroit

Basic Rules for Driving in Metro Detroit - from Jeff's Jokes Page
A right lane construction closure is just a game to see how many people can cut in line by passing you on the right as you sit in the left lane waiting for the same jerks to squeeze their way back in before hitting the orange construction barrels.
Turn signals are clues as to your next move. A real Detroit driver never uses them.
Under no circumstances should you leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you or the space will be filled by someone else putting you in an even more dangerous situation.
Crossing two or more lanes in a single lane change is considered going with the flow.
The faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance you have of getting hit.
Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive body work. Michigan is a no-fault insurance state and the other guy doesn't have anything to lose.
Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to insure that your ABS kicks in giving a nice relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal pulsates. For those without ABS, it's a chance to stretch your legs.
Construction signs tell you about road closures immediately after you pass the last exit before the traffic begins to back up.
The new electronic traffic warning system signs are not there to provide useful information. They are only there to make Detroit look high-tech and to distract you from seeing the Troy police car parked in the median.
Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right. It's a good way to scare people entering the highway.
Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as suggestions and apparently not enforceable in the metro area during rush hour.
Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a Detroit driver flashing their high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.
Please remember that there is no such thing as a shortcut during rush hour traffic in Detroit.
Always slow down and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone changing a tire.
Throwing litter on the roads adds variety to the landscape, keeps the existing litter from getting lonely and gives Adopt-A-Highway crews something to clean up.
Everybody thinks their vehicle is better than yours, especially pickup truck drivers with stickers of Calvin peeing on a Ford, Dodge or Chevy logo.
Learn to swerve abruptly. Detroit is the home of high-speed slalom driving thanks to the road commission, who puts potholes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes.
It is traditional in Detroit to honk your horn at cars that don't move the instant the light changes.
Seeking eye contact with another driver revokes your right of way.
Never take a green light at face value. Always look right and left before proceeding.
Heavy snow, ice, fog, and rain are no reasons to change any of the previously listed rules. These weather conditions are God's way ensuring a natural selection process for body shops, junk yards, and new vehicle sales. After all, this is the Motor City and we do have our priorities.
Remember that the goal of every Detroit driver is to get there first, by whatever means necessary.
Real Detroit women drivers can put on pantyhose and apply eye makeup at seventy-five miles per hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Real Detroit men drivers can remove pantyhose and a bra at seventy-five miles per hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The REV at the Blind Pig - Ann Arbor Dec 16th

$18 adv. / $20 day of 18+ Doors 9:30 p.m.

I don't see them coming back till the summer of 2005 -
better catch em now while you can.

The Reverend Horton Heat turn it up!

Detroit Thanksgiving Parade November 25, 2004

Sunny and cold!!! Was given some grandstand tickets from a friend who was in the parade.
The floats were amazing (look for a link here later once the film is scanned) and the crowd was huge. Lots of paraders were throwing candy into the crowds (some with more earnest than others as I watched a few people get pelted in the head)
We were positioned right by the Channel 4 newscasters which was where the floats stopped for a cue to proceed - great spot for really getting to look at the floats for a few minutes before they moved on down Woodward.

Having fun at the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade Posted by Hello

The Dirtbombs at The Magic Bag - Dec 11th

THE DIRTBOMBS wsgs The Greenhornes& Tough & Lovely
$10.00 Doors open 8 p.m.

DIA Murano Art Show

On Sunday, Dec. 12, The Detroit Institute of Arts will open its newest exhibit, a spectacular collection of Venetian glass, in Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. Murano is a small cluster of islands in the Venice Lagoon, and has been home to master glassblowers for centuries. The DIA’s exhibit will focus on the present, showcasing more than 200 examples of modern glassblowing from the 20th century. The exhibit runs until Feb. 27, 2005. For tickets and hours, call the DIA at 313-833-7900 or visit
Murano swanked room Posted by Hello

Under Blackpool Lights Promotional Poster Posted by Hello

White Stripes movie at AMC Theatre - Livonia

The White Stripes are showing a European tourdate video (also set for release on DVD) around the country at various movie theatres on December 9th 2004 at 7pm

To: White Stripes
Event: AMC Theatres - Detroit, MI Laurel Park 10 17310 Laurel Park Dr. No. Livonia MI

Message: Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. Please arrive early.

Too bad it is only being shown at 1 theatre here in Detroit for Under Blackpool Lights info

Welcome to the MotorCity Blog!

This is the 1st of many posts to this site that will detail some of the aspects, events, and anomalies of the City of Detroit - this blog was inspired by detroitblog which is one of my favorites to follow

See you on the streets! Kirk