Midtown will play fine holiday hostess to the 39th annual Noel Night, this Saturday night, December 3rd from 5 to 9:30pm. Many venues from art galleries, to shops, to churches, to museums will be hosting a wide variety of special exhibitions, performances, and holiday-themed festivities. It's an amazing night to bundle up and walk door-to-door to see what your local neighborhood has to offer. Maybe create some holiday crafts at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while taking a horse drawn carriage ride at the Park Shelton, or maybe do some holiday shopping for unique works of art by local artists at the Detroit Artists Market.
Some of the highlights include the Blind Boys of Alabama at the First Congregational Church (7:45 pm), Beethoven 7 plus Branford Maralis at the Max M. Fisher Music Center (8pm), and a special one night only opening of the Detroit Science Center (with free admission). A full list of exhibits can be found here.
It is a pretty remarkable night with unique surprises around every corner and every nook and cranny of the city. Definitely something for everyone!
WWJ-TV is hosting a CASTING CALL for the hit CBS Reality Show,Survivor!
Interested competitors, ages 18 and older, are invited to audition at the open call on
December 7th at MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16 in Westland.
Who: WWJ-TV CBS Detroit
What:Survivor Casting Call
When: 4-7pm, Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Where: MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16
6800 N. Wayne Rd., Westland, MIWWJ-TV is looking for local adventurers, ages 18 and up, to represent Detroit on an upcoming season of Survivor on CBS. The TV station will hold an open casting call at the new MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16 in Westland on Wednesday, December 7th, from 4pm until 7pm. This is currently the only Call scheduled in Michigan, and is only one of three confirmed December Casting Calls nationwide.
Each applicant attending theSurvivor Casting Call will need to bring a signed video release form, along with a valid United States driver's license or passport. Each person will be videotaped by WWJ-TV and will have one minute to explain why they should be a contestant on Survivor. Video Release Form and Eligibility Requirements can be found at www.CBSDetroit.com
After check-in and badge collection we were escorted through the plant to the build location. An impressive number of reporters and photographers were on cue documenting the multi-member build off of number 100,000,000. Each person (with instruction from the GM Engineers) was able to attach/assemble a few of the engine components piece by piece. As each of the "stages" was completed the engine was moved on the next stage and the process continued until the build was complete.
While we watched we heard some back and forth that this engine was going to be donated to The Henry Ford for historical viewing but to me that seems a bit over the top. Not that it isn't justified or that it doesn't belong (although it is The Henry Ford btw) but rather the chevy small block has always been the engine of the regular guy and #100M shouldn't be setup in a glass case but rather tossed into the last remaining EV1 currently on display at The Warren Tech Center, painted cherry bomb red or GM Blue and raced down Gratiot every summer. #100M was 638-horsepower supercharged LS9 small block – the power behind the 205-mph Corvette ZR1 – which is hand-built at GM’s Performance Build Center and surely would make a nice upgrade to the original game changer of electric transportation.
Growing up I was surrounded by cars and engines and hot rods and beaters. My old man was a motor pool foreman for a large trucking company and always helping out other people at home with their car troubles. After the infamous "kid burns hand on '72 Challenger side pipes" the Dodge was history and we had Chevy's from that point on. But enough about the "switch" and more about the chevy small block which my dad says "was always the easiest to work on in the garage. It didn't cost as much to rebuild or swap blocks/parts between cars or trucks because they worked with most the models. Once in while you would have to switch the dipstick (like any fast girl that runs the streets) or a fuel pump location." states the old man. He goes on to talk about many things but I think that says it all.
Plus we think the chevy small block isn't getting enough name recognition Everyone knows what a HEMI is but I don't think most realize that the chevy small block engine has touched their lives in one way or another. The numbers go beyond counting the numerous car models that it was utilized over nearly 60 years. Add to that a host of watercraft manufacturers, commerical / construction applications so it is surprising #100M hasn't come sooner than late 2011.
Feel free to skip the mall this year and find something truly special as The Painted Lady Lounge in Hamtramck hosts the "Rock and Rummage Holiday Shopping Show" on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10.
Rock and Rummage, Detroit's long standing Rock and Roll inspired traveling flea market, promises to deliver the coolest one of a kind items your liable to run across this holiday season. .
This event will include numerous Detroit area Rock and Rummage vendors selling a vast array of items including records, vintage items, jewelry, clothing, books, retro collectibles, handmade goods, posters, DVD's, and many one of a kind treasures. Each night of the two day event will feature a variety of different vendors.
You'll witness vendors tables chock full of all those goodies that you enjoyed as a kid. You'll be
transported in a nostalgic time machine back to your childhood. You will also witness tables
offering a showcase of local talented makers and the materials they bring to life.
At the "Rock and Rummage Holiday Shopping show" you most likely will find something that you didn’t know you couldn’t live without.
Skip the big box middle man stores this holiday season and help support the local creative's. Chances are you'll come shopping and leave smiling.
The Painted Lady Lounge is located at 2930 Jacob Street Hamtramck, MI 48212
Shopping commences at 9 PM.
The event is free and is for persons 18 and over.
For more information please visit http://www.facebook.com/rockandrummage
We wanted to bring to your attention a talented band by the name of Bear Lake who have offered up a pair of tickets to check them out on Friday December 2nd 2011
Green Light Go and Grand Circus Media will be presenting Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, with Bear Lake and The Juliets.
The show will be at The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI. All ages are welcome and the doors open at 9:00 p.m. Its $10 to get in unless you score the freebies - email firstname.lastname@example.org for your shot at the tix
"Holiday Celebrations in Glass"- Glassblowing studio to open doors for show and sale featuring Michigan Made collectible glass.
December 3rd & 4th weekend sale will feature Michigan Made glass products and live glassblowing demonstrations.
Artists at the Glass Academy open their studio doors in celebration of the Holidays, showcasing live glassblowing demonstrations and unique hand crafted glass for sale in Dearborn, MI. "Holiday Celebrations in Glass" takes place December 3rd & 4th from 10-6pm. Admission is free for all ages show with featuring many mid-range items from $14-$150 along with options for custom orders. The show takes place at the Glass Academy, www.GlassAcademy.com, located at 25331 Trowbridge, near Gulley Road and Michigan Avenue in West Dearborn.
This was a big hit last year during our live glassblowing demonstrations when he first appeared," comments Louis Sanchez, one of the glassblowing team members.
"We have created many new looks with him this season that everyone should come to see!"
"I also like to watch the artists when they making the snowmen.
Each one is different and has it's own special expression!"
For those who like a more intimate setting, a special preview party will be held on December 1st, from 6-8pm with seasonal foods, first viewing of the decorated Holiday studio, and live music. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on-line or by phone. For more information about the show, "Holiday Celebrations in Glass," visit www.GlassAcademy.com or call the studio at 313-561-4527.
About the Glass Academy
The Glass Academy is Michigan's only state certified Proprietary Trade School teaching the glass arts with state-of-the-art glass equipment, a gallery, dining area, and free secure parking. It is also the working studio of Furnace Design Studio.
An original hand crafted Snowman from the Glass Academy's show and sale, December 3rd & 4th.
An original hand crafted Snowman from the Glass Academy's show and sale, December 3rd & 4th.
Photo credit: Glass Academy
It’s the sixth year anniversary of the Big Holiday Baar Bazaar and this year’s Holiday Baar Bazaar is going to be a blast – The Majestic Theater will be host to 30+ vendors on Saturday, December 17th from 8pm-1am. We are very excited to have some very special bands (TBA) playing while you shop! As always, admission is free, doors open at 8pm, and this is an all ages event. Shoppers can get a drink, watch a free show and shop with local businesses, brand new start-ups and collectors of just about everything!
Wild At Heart
I have always had a love for the regional theatre available in Detroit and I know there are a lot of professional and wanna be actors in the area. A great way to build a resume is to appear in a play and here is a local audition that anyone can check out.
The Farmington Players are holding open auditions for the comedy by Michael Parker entitled “Whose Wives Are They Anyway?” about two guys who go on a golf outing where they unexpectedly encounter their boss. She tells them she can’t imagine men going away without their wives, so the guys must now rustle up some wives in this comedy of errors.
The auditions are on Monday, December 5th at The Farmington Players Barn Theater on 32332 West 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, MI 48334. The Barn is located on the north side of 12 Mile between Orchard Lake Rd & Farmington Rd. Be prepared to read scenes from the script! For information or copies of the script please email: email@example.com. For more details see farmingtonplayers.org or call (248) 553-2955.
Had a wonderful time at the Chameleons show last week and even got to talk a bit with Mark Burgess who was hanging out by the stage all prior to the opening band coming on. He was pretty cool talking to fans and taking pictures, which is something truly rare these days. The only other original member was John Lever who also performed in the opening band, Black Swan Lane.
Most of the members of Black Swan Lane, founded by Burgess and members of the Messengers, also perform with Chameleons Vox. When the band originally reunited in the early 20002, they had a full band but only Marc and Lever stuck with it with the other guys drifting out. He admits if it wasn’t for Lever, he wouldn’t be touring as the Chameleons anymore. They put on a great show despite not playing “In Shreds” (I brought up the Mighty Wah! And Burgess said he was listening to that record, “Seven Minutes To Midnight” around the time he was doing that album) but managed to put together a great set of new and old music that had the crowd really into it. Didn’t get any pictures that came out but I am glad I finally got to see and meet one of the most underrated band in the genre of post-punk.
Though kind of slim, here are a few recommendations for the upcoming week:
Thursday (12/01) - Brian Setzer & Slim Jim Phantom @ Motorcity Casino Soundboard, Split Lip Rayfield & Legendary Shack Shakers @ Magic Stick
Friday (12/02) - Street Dogs @ Small's, Jessica Hernandez wBear Lake & the Juliets @ Magic Stick, Savoy Brown @ Magic Bag
Saturday (12/03) - Thursday @ Eagle Theatre
Sunday (12/04) - Bill Kirchen @ The Ark
Have a good week and I’ll leave you with Bill Kirchen doing “Hot Rod Lincoln”. He rocked the Rochester Jazz Fest last year and he is worth catching live.
Didnt get enough party on during the long weekend?
Head on over Lager House tonight for a peek at Friends
PJs Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave.
D-Funk captain Fatal Femme gave a little insight after the game:
Detroit Area Dork: What did D-Funk capitalize on to achieve victory?
Fatal Femme: D funk really wanted to have strong walls and to recycle up front as fast as possible when needed. We really worked on those 2 things a lot and it paid off. This season is going to be amazing.
D.D.: What Pistoff assets did you go out of your way to account for going into the bout?
F.F.: Last season the Pistoffs had really good strategy and we really focused on what we needed to do to play "our" game against them. I'm so proud of our team!
The next bout will be on December 17th, as The Grand Prix Madonnas take on The Pistolwhippers. Tickets available online.
At age 54, Peter Murphy, shows your years as a musician and singer with one of the richest, as well as deepest vocals, can still put on a show that includes all the raw energy of his early years and all the beauty of his more delicate later releases. When he’s rowdy onstage, dancing and preening, he still reminds me of an Iggy Pop impersonator. But, it’s his quieter, reflective songs that elevate his show above comparisons. He showed an angry streak during the show as he railed his sound man for checking his cell phone. In fact, I would say Peter is perfectionist at his art and has those same expectations for those around him, even choosing to restart “A Strange Kind of Love” when he was more than more than midway through it. His set also featured four Bauhaus songs, my favorite being “In the Flat Fields” which had Peter berating his drummer to “play faster, play faster!” He ended the show slowing way down with a somber encore of a three-song suite that included "Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem."
Below is a video I made from the show featuring a few moments I was able to catch with Justin Warfield of She Wants Revenge and Prince Terrence of Hussle Club.
North End Studios
November 25, 2011
This Black Friday, November 25, is the debut of a new collection of
work by Detroit artist Ivan Grass at the third floor gallery of North
End Studios. An established musician with a studio in the cavernous
building, this show shall be his first public exhibition of visual
At his desk in the Fortress, a re-appropriated industrial building
just beyond the shadow of the Fisher Tower, Ivan Grass has spent 2011
smearing paint around canvas. His work detached, and unreality
depicting strange abstractions of figures and life. Imbued with a
dreamlike quality, a hallucinogenic lucidity, patterns appear and
emerge from the surfaces. Surreal environments about with psychedelic
flourishes, Alice fell through the looking glass and landed in one of
The work has an intense and personal feel, but with the raw emotional
content filtered and construed through a technicolor lens. Color
choices are vibrant and bold. Chroma is confidently applied,
calculated yet playful brush strokes define ambiguous forms.
The opening is scheduled for 7 to 10PM. There is no admission cost,
refreshments and snacks will be provided for patrons. To schedule a
viewing contact firstname.lastname@example.org . North End Studios is
located at 2937 E Grand Blvd Detroit MI 48212.
Check back in a couple of days for my review of the show with pictures.