NYT: In Detroit, Cheap Eats, D.I.Y. Art And The Charm Of Locals

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A sculpture garden put up by Robert Sestok, an artist who has lived in the neighborhood since 1967. CreditLaura McDermott for The New York Times The traveler’s brain is programmed to recognize arrival in a major city using certain previously identified patterns: dense settlement, heavy traffic, pedestrian bustle. Detroit does not compute, at least at first. Long-known associations (auto

Radisson Blu Signature EGG Chair Design Contest

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Hi guys! I'm excited to announce a new contest by Radisson Blu®, one of the world’s leading hotel brands, in cooperation with Republic of Fritz Hansen. They have launched a global design contest inviting participants to customize the iconic egg chair, originally created by the legendary Danish architect and designer, Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. The hotel, now the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, is recognized as the world’s first designer hotel.

I've worked with Radisson several times before, so I thought this would be a great fit for Selective Potential. Plus, I also went to Kendall College of Art and Design, which is one of the country's best furniture schools. I also live in "Furniture City"! Well, also now known as "beer city". ;) But how fun to design your own egg chair design to win, right? Make sure you read below for details on how to design your own chair, and the amazing VIP trip you'd win!

Radisson Blu guests and design enthusiasts are invited to design their very own egg chair using an online chair configurator at design.radissonblu.com. The contest runs through Oct. 13, 2015. Each week, three finalists will be selected, with two selected by the public and one selected by a member of the expert jury. The winning design will be chosen from the15 finalists by the expert jury.

The contest’s grand prize winner will receive a customized version of their winning egg chair design and a three-night VIP trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. The winning design may become part of the brand’s new interior design scheme that will launch later this year. In addition, a miniature traveling exhibition of the top 15 finalists will be displayed at selected Radisson Blu hotels around the world throughout 2016.

With more than 280 Radisson Blu  hotels and resorts in operation in 62 countries, the brand provides a full range of innovative design led products and services, delivering genuine and relevant guest experiences with a distinctive Yes I Can!SM philosophy. Acclaimed hotels currently in the Americas include: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago; Radisson Blu Mall of America; Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia and Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown. For more information and contest rules please visit design.radissonblu.com.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Radisson Blu as part of the Radisson Blu Signature EGGTM Chair design contest. I’ll be receiving payment in the form of products, coupons, giveaways, promotions, and same-as-cash gift cards in exchange for my participation; however, all opinions given here are fully my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

Brent & Co. – Northern Lights Lounge Detroit – Saturday 10/10/15

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Brent & Co. combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul.
Keeping it simple and soulful, Brent & CO. combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul. 
Performing over 250 shows a year, this is a sound crafted on the road and in front of audiences nationwide. 
Brent & Co. play Detroit on October 10, 2015
Northern Lights Lounge
at 9 PM


Keeping it simple and soulful, Brent & Co. combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul.  Performing over 250 shows a year, this is a sound crafted on the road and in front of audiences nationwide.  After touring on the 2012 release Not How We Dream EP, Brent & Co. are eager to unleash their new music on the world and continue bringing their live show to fans far and wide. The self-titled EP, Brent & Co. is set to be released on October 30, 2015.

The self-titled new release starts off with "A Little Bit Closer", an acoustic rock reflection on the complexities of modern romance.  Showcasing Brent & Co.'s signature pop-rock sound, this is the perfect opening track, with a killer saxophone solo to set the mood.  The next track, "Breakin Up" is a dedication to the three-chord reggae soul of the legendary Gregory Isaacs.  Moving into sweet rock steady and reggae territory is natural for the band and provides an injection of uplifting soul to the mix.  Brent & Co. has a foundation of Americana, country and folk music and these influences can be heard on "Why Oh Why".  The third track is about the confusion of mixed signals among lovers, a theme familiar to many listeners and has already been a big hit in the live show.  Many of the songs are inspired by the trials and tribulations of desire, and "Don't Even" is a contemplative string driven ballad about the frustration found in relationships.  A more upbeat song about love is "Collected", with a danceable beat, strong horns and urgent lyrics throughout.  Brent & Co. is no stranger to funk, and this track really embraces a horn driven groove to great effect. Closing out the release is "Let's Stay Together", a loving tribute to Al Green and one of the best songs ever written.  This version really showcases the band's organic live sound and strength as a quartet, and it works really well to close out the EP on a sweet note.

The Brent & Co. EP has a little something for everybody; deep and meaningful love songs, tributes to some of their favorite musicians and fine musicianship throughout.  Ranging from acoustic rock and folksy Americana to skanking rock steady reggae and horn heavy funk: with a passion for life and music tying it all together. Brent & Co. are often compared to artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, and Michael Franti. This EP has a broad appeal to new and old fans alike and listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

Brent & Co Fall Tour Dates

9/30 – Dogfish Company – Portland, ME

10/1 – Bates College – Lewiston, ME

10/2 – Elms College, Chicopee, MA

10/3 – York College of Pennsylvania – York, PA

10/4 – Western Reserve Academy – Hudson, OH

10/5 – Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, IL (Day)

10/5 – Uncommon Ground – Chicago, IL

10/6 – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

10/7 – Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN

10/8 – Bifferhaus Brewery – Jackson, MI

10/9 – Oakland University – Rochester, MI

10/10 – Northern Lights Lounge – Detroit, MI

10/14 – Mojo's – Jamestown, NY

10/15 – JCC North County – Dunkirk, NY (Day)

10/15 – Lava Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA

10/16 – Penn State University – State College, PA (Day)

10/16 – DC9 – Washington, DC


Special Event: Jake the Snake Roberts – with optional Meet & Greet – 7:30pm This Sunday at Comedy Castle Royal Oak

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Fall Favorites $100 + Under

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Chunky cardigans, over-the knee-boots and anything suede..just a few of the things I love to wear during fall. I pulled a few of my favorites $100 and under that can mix and match throughout the season and beyond.
1. Denim Trench Coat, $88
2. High Neck Ribbed Top, $25
3. Openweave Scarf, $66.70
4. WAYF Button Front Suede Skirt, $78
5. Baggu Leather Clutch, $54
6. Franco Sarto Over the Knee Boots, $89.94
7. Chunky Cardigan, $28.84
8. Chelsea Booties, $89.95

Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival

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The 6th annual Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival kicks off Friday October 9th with an opening reception at Popps Packing with new work by Hamtramck artist and performer, Jessica Frelinghuysen. This will also be your first opportunity to get a hold of maps and schedules.

The festival resumes Saturday at 12pm with a heroic bloody mary brunch at BUMBOS, including amazing eats provided by the friendly owners of Hamtramck’s newest most excellent bar. From there the festival takes over the city as artists on the south side of Caniff open their home studios and music rises from backyards and empty lots. The whole thing moves from south to north as the day rolls on, culminating in a frenzy of events and performances and opportunities to imbibe in delicious beverages at Lo Behold, the Bier garden in the vacant lot on Campau , Elijah’s, and yes, back to Bumbos.

"The festival is artist initiated," says Steve Hughes of Public Pool art space. “That is, as organizers we just provide a framework for it to happen. But we don’t know just what we’re going to find from one location to the next. That’s the beauty of it. It’s completely organic. It’s homegrown. It’s 100% Hamtramck.”

See the full schedule here

Book Blast: Tanner’s Devil by Sylvia Hubbard

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It’s Baaaaack! Sign Up For “Run Of The Dead” Race Through Historic SW Detroit Cemeteries

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The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) will host the 2015 “Run of the Dead” from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Patton Park Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere St., Detroit. The USTAF-certified 5K/10K race will take hundreds of competitors through two of Southwest Detroit’s most historic cemeteries in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday


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DETROIT- The Detroit Historical Society’s Fall Film Series returns this weekend with two free documentaries focusing on Tiger Stadium. Catch “Stealing Home” on October 10 and October 11 at 2 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum. “Stranded at the Corner” will be screened on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.  Admission for both films is free, and running time is 90 minutes.

More about the films:

“Stealing Home”: For more than 100 years, Detroit baseball fans watched the stars play at Bennett Park, Navin Field, Briggs Stadium, and Tiger Stadium. When the city demolished the stadium in 2009, blight took over. “Stealing Home,” a documentary film by director Jason Roche, tells the heartwarming story of the Navin Field Grounds Crew, a group of devoted fans who preserve their city’s history by maintaining the historic baseball diamond. But city officials don’t view their civic devotion as an act of service; they see it as trespassing. Will the grounds crew save this historic baseball site? Or will they be thrown out stealing home?

“Stranded at the Corner”: This 2006 film, directed by Gary Glaser, offers a frank exploration of the public and private maneuverings that resulted in the abandonment of one of America’s most beloved ballparks. Featuring an entertaining blend of archival footage and contemporary interviews, “Stranded at the Corner” examines Tiger Stadium’s rich history, recounts the long struggle to prevent the team from leaving the park, and takes a critical look at its state of neglect.

The Society’s Film Series features free monthly screenings of fascinating Detroit films at the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. 

Upcoming films include:
November 7 and 8:Brothers on the Line” at the Detroit Historical Museum and “Safe Ashore” at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

December 12 and December 13:The Hudson’s Building” at the Detroit Historical Museum and “Borderline: The Story of 8 Mile Road” at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

For full details, please visit http://detroithistorical.org/things-do/lectures-films.
The Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for all, all the time. Parking in the Museum’s lot is $6 at all times. Group tour pricing and information is available by calling 313.833.7979. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America’s Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. For more information, call the Museum at 313.833.1805 or check out our website at detroithistorical.org.

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is located at 100 Strand Drive on Belle Isle. Admission is free for all, all the time. Permanent exhibits include Built by the River in the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation Gallery, the Miss Pepsi vintage 1950s championship hydroplane, the Gothic Room from the City of Detroit III in the Polk Family Hall, a bow anchor from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, the pilothouse from the Great Lakes freighter S.S. William Clay Ford in the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation Gallery, and one of the largest known collections of scale model ships in the world. For more information, call the Museum at 313.833.5538 or check out our website at detroithistorical.org.

CONTACT: Sarah Murphy
313.833.1262 or

MCB PICK OF THE WEEK: FALL FESTY FEST with Martin Bisi and Invisible Things playing Lager House Detroit tonight Thursday 10/8/2015

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Thursday October 8th 2015
The Detroit Fest Presents: Fall Festy Fest at PJ's Lager House
Coyote Clean Up
Martin Bisi [band]
Invisible Things (members US Maple, Parts & Labor)
Barter Boys
Young Gretzky

Martin Bisi:
Trailers for "Sound And Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio":
new: http://youtu.be/hl-gLgjV4SI
and older: 

Invisible Things (members US Maple, Parts& Labor)


Martin Bisi, a New York indie rock performer and record producer has been at a crossroads of indie, punk, avant garde, noire/cabaret rock, and electronic music since the early 80's in New York City.
At a recording studio he started in 1981 with the help of Brian Eno, Martin Bisi has realized albums by Sonic Youth, Swans, Dresden Dolls, Pop 1280 (Sacred Bones), White Hills (Thrill Jockey), Africa Bambaataa, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock's Rockit, Boredoms, Foetus, Helmet, Unsane, Serena Maneesh, US Maple, Jon Spencer's Boss Hog, and countless other indie, experimental and post-punk records.
In his band's set, Bisi plays guitar and sings, and performs songs from his album Ex Nihilo (Labelship records UK). The band swings between the heavier post-rock of the songs, and ambient soundscapes that feature the density and orchestral layering notable on many of Bisi's productions. His vocal style is very varied, covering Hardcore, dream/shoe-gaze, and even death metal.

Invisible Things

New Atlantis Records presents Time AS One Axis, the sophomore recording by Invisible Things- Comprised of guitarist Mark Shippy (of U.S. Maple + Shorty) and drummer/noted ethnomusicologist Jim Sykes (Parts & Labor, Grooms, 77 Boadrum), Time AS One Axis is a record of heavy, atmospheric noise rock, engineered by studio legend Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans) at B.C. Studio in Brooklyn. Here, cathartic squalls of feedback coalesce with forceful, rapturous percussion, evoking both the searing intensity of NY no-wave, and the skewed songcraft of the Skin Graft/Load Records stables in equal measure.
Shippy and Sykes first collaborated in guitarist Marnie Stern's backing band, as they toured in support of her This is It… record. Home IS the Sun, the duo's debut for Porter Records, followed shortly thereafter.​

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