Archive for April, 2008

Poetry Made In Michigan

Last week I attended the third annual Made In Michigan Writers Series party at the Magic Stick bar/concert venue.  In years past the event has been held in more literary environs: the Scarab Club, the Detroit Historical Museum.  The Magic Stick was an interesting experiment.  This year three new books of creative non-fiction were recognized along with gems from years past.  The author event, held earlier in the evening of April, 22nd was literary in nature, while the real treat followed when poetry and guitars got together to sparkle.  Readings from Conrad Hilberry were charming, romantic, biting, and endearingly naughty.  Janet Kaufman’s readings were appropriate on Earth Day with her eco-feminist style.  M.L. Liebler was lead singer for the opening band, read his own poetry, then recited to the musical accompaniment of the band High Strung.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.    

Vote for Detroit’s volunteers

This week is national volunteer week, and United Way for Southeastern Michigan is celebrating with their annual Recognize Volunteers event, which culminates with a recognition ceremony and several awards for volunteers in different categories. Head over to UWSEM’s website to vote for your favorite volunteer in each category.

I work with quite a few volunteers and make sure to nominate each year for this event. It’s a really great celebration that honors those who provide much needed services around Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. This is the first time that voting has been open to the public.

Inspiration Found

I have not been blogging for some time as I had lost all inspiration.  What I had forgotten was that my city is my loyal muse that shelters and provides for me even though I lose sight of her power at times.  It took a bewitching walk down her haunted streets, in the wee hours of the morn, for me to find her magic again.  Walking in a city is allowed me to discover hidden architectural treasures I miss when I am encased in my car.  Appreciating nature amidst city structures is difficult to do without being physically connected to the pavement, brick, and grass, by something other than tires.  The wind blows differently around each building and in Detroit, it blows eerily through many of our buildings.  The Fort-Shelby hotel – which is being renovated to become a Doubletree Hotel – is frightfully delightful with backlit plastic floating in its naked windows.  Moral of the story: take full advantage of the city and walk.     

Cultivating Detroit’s Creative Culture

Interested in learning how to use social media sites to draw new customers to your business? Want to know what Internet tools are out there to help you target niche groups of consumers? Scheduled for next week, the local event, “Cultivating Detroit’s Creative Culture Through Social Media”, will answer those questions and more. (more…)

Pottery on the cheap

Pewabic is holding their annual Spring sale this weekend, with discontinued, overrun and even broken (they’re still really cool!) pieces on sale at hugely discounted prices.

The sale, which actually began today for members, will be open to the public on Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday from 12Noon to 6PM. Pewabic is at 10125 E Jefferson, which could not be a more perfect location on our first weekend of truly gorgeous weather. Once you finish your shopping head on over to the water and start enjoying the spring!

This is your last chance to catch Holy Hip-Hop and ReFusing Fashion at the MOCAD

Holy Hip-Hop and ReFusing Fashion, two excellent exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Arts-Detroit, will close this Sunday, so this weekend is your last chance to see them. Here’s Metroblogging’s review of the exhibition.

MOCAD is offering two final events to celebrate the exhibitions: Sarah Lewis, Art Historian at Yale, will talk about the Holy Hip-Hop paintings, and several experts will hold a discussion titled The Relevance of Fashion. In addition, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be parked outside (or maybe inside?) the museum on Sunday, April 20.

All this is free: the exhibitions, the discussions, the vagabonding black history museum. All free. The MOCAD is a great place for Detroit, doing great things. Feel free to donate a few dollars while you’re there and let’s keep enjoying and supporting this institution.

‘Managing Your Business’ Seminar Series

Designed to help small business owners and their employees succeed, Comerica Bank’s ‘Managing Your Business’ seminar series is once again on the horizon.

Details of the workshops, which cost $50 for Comerica customers and $75 for non-Comerica customers, are as follows: (more…)

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The Wonder That Is Zaccaro’s!

I drove on over to the new Zaccaro’s Market on Friday – only to be super embarrassed when I learned that the store, on Watson and Woodward, is less than two blocks from my office, but oh well.

It was so worth the drive. While I still think it’s wacky that the addition of a mere grocery store can drive the Detroit blogosphere into a frenzy, we latch on to what we can get in this fair city.

I ordered my sandwich (very good), strolled around the store (very cute) and checked out some of the merchandise (very nice). This still isn’t the kind of place where I’ll be able to do my weekly (ok, monthly) grocery extravaganza but it’s going to be the place where I run in on the way home and grab something for dinner.

Zaccaro’s has staples like pasta, sauces, dairy, fruit and veggies and then some of the kitschy items that you’d want to find in an upscale grocery store. A coffee bar, some bistro tables, and what looks like it will become a wine room in the rear of the store. And the best part? It’s all pretty reasonable. My fear was that it was going to be a commodity in the area and charge $4 for a box of noodles or something, but I was pleasantly surprised. Of course my favorite item was little single use packets of spices, which will cut down on my buying a bathtub of cumin when I really need a teaspoon, but that’s just me.

I’m definitley going to be a regular at this place. I think I’ll even walk next time.

Zaccaro’s Market Opens Today

Zaccaro’s Market, a gourmet grocer of the Whole Food/Trader Joe type, opens today at its Midtown location at Woodward and Watson. Providing fresh and locally grown organic foods, fine wines and liquors, and an excellent variety of pre-prepared, healthy foods, the market is a welcome addition and is sure to be at capacity level from open to close for some time.

Happy gourmandizing, Detroit!

CatBurglers are Prowling the Streets of Detroit

Now that most of the copper has been scraped clean from the numerous abandoned buildings in Detroit, it seems that thieves have moved on to our parked cars.

I’ve spoken to several people who have had the catalytic converters stolen from under their parked cars overnight or in the early morning. My neighbor in the relatively quiet Woodbridge neighborhood had his catalytic converter stolen in the early morning. A turn of the key in the ignition resulted in a loud engine roar that could very well have awakened the rest of the block. Another neighbor reported that she saw a guy in a Crown Victoria get out of his car, get under my neighbor’s car for about 1 minute, and take off with a large metal object seconds later.

That’s all it took: a total of about two minutes to stop, saw, and go. (more…)

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