Schoolteachers, Jazz, and people on tightropes

There is so much going on in Detroit that nobody has posted about yet. Therefore, this is Detroit Metblogs first ever SUPER POST. Read more for all of it!

Jazz Fest
For all your poor jazz lovin’ people out there, the Detroit Jazz Fest is happening downtown this weekend and it’s FREE! A couple of big acts playing on Saturday and Sunday night respectively (Jaco Pastorius, Buckwheat Zydeco, Taj Mahal). For me, this is the summer festival to be at. You better enjoy it before it starts snowing!

Schoolteachers on Strike
This was all over NPR today – the Public School teachers here in Detroit are on strike. Today, the administration chose not to fire everyone (they could have per the contract). This is yet another step in the collapse of public schools in the city, as they lose students hand over foot to suburban schools, charter schools, and private schools. Could Detroit be the first city to actually have a public school system go out of business?

Tightwalkers downtown?
I heard there were tightwalkers downtown today? What’s the story on that? I heard about it on the radio, but didn’t see anything in the press about it otherwise.

3 Comments so far

  1. ripismoney (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    There were some tightwalkers downtown today. They were on a wire about 80 feet over Campus Martius as a promo for McDonald’s Premium Roast Coffee. I saw some of it on the news at noon.


  2. Girl in the D (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    I love the Super Post idea, Tom. Nice way to cover a lot of ground :)

  3. Julie (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    The Fabulous Wallendas! One of the 3 branches of the Wallenda tightrope walking family

    They were right outside the Compuware Building. i watched it from the 7th floor of the compuware building (eye level!) it was awesome.

    i don’t like McDonald’s but i thought it was great that they sponsored the little show. The McDonald’s employees kept buying my coffee and having me put it in their mcdonald’s cups.

    i worked the coffee shop all jazz fest weekend. it was really fun

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