Metro Art, Culture and Recreation

Music returns to midday airwaves on 101.9 WDET

Music returns to midday airwaves on 101.9 WDET

101.9 WDET-FM is bringing midday music back to its station with a new program,CultureShift. Beginning today, July 27, the show will air weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. The show “provides listeners with a weekday soundtrack to discovering Detroit,” according to a press release. The new segment will also include coverage of upcoming events, local music, […]

New Harry Potter book event, annual sale in Oak Park

New Harry Potter book event, annual sale in Oak Park

A new Harry Potter book is always cause for celebration — and that’s what the Book Beat in Oak Park plans next weekend. The store will host a Harry Potter party and late-night release of the book “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II,” written from a script by Jack Thorne, based […]

BBQ Festival brings the heat back to downtown Pontiac

BBQ Festival brings the heat back to downtown Pontiac

It all started with the smoky smell of a barbecue grill on the sidewalk in front of Main Street Pawn Shop in downtown Pontiac. Ron Berger, owner of Main Street Pawn Shop, began grilling for friends and employees on Saturdays outside of his storefront and noticed a positive response from the community. Now, he’s turning […]

Metro Nonprofits and Service

Youths earn money, gain experience at Grow Detroit

Youths earn money, gain experience at Grow Detroit

Monique Whittaker isn’t just a camp counselor. She’s a problem-solver. A playmate. A chip-bag opener. A hugger. “She’s awesome,” said DeAnna Newton, 10. Whittaker, 17, is a camp counselor at Camp Africa: HERO! at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. And she’s one of 8,157 Detroit youths employed this summer through Grow […]

Detroit Mower Gang makes cut on video

Detroit Mower Gang makes cut on video

Crain’s reported in May that the Detroit Mower Gang, a volunteer group of community activists that has been grooming parks in Detroit since 2010, was getting a big assist for its 2016 mowing season from Craftsman, which was donating $18,000 worth of lawn and garden equipment, including five riding mowers, trimmers, hedgers and other gear. […]

How One Detroit Teen Is Helping Young People Cope With Loss

How One Detroit Teen Is Helping Young People Cope With Loss

After losing his mother at the age of 13 to hypertensive heart disease, Detroit teen DeAngelo Hughes felt inspired to help other young adults cope with grief. “When my mom passed, I felt abandoned, unloved, rejected,” he said. “And I just isolated myself from the world and didn’t want to talk about nothing I was going […]

Metro Libraries, History and Learning

Urbanism conference attendees praise downtown Detroit’s walkability

Urbanism conference attendees praise downtown Detroit’s walkability

Kudos and criticism were wielded by the nearly 1,500 surveyed urban planners and architects who spent up to four days in Detroit in June at the 24th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism conference. Many of the positive comments from the participants from 43 states and 28 countries centered around downtown’s walkability — a fairly […]

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today

Detroit Public Schools was split today into two separate districts. DPS officials began initial preparations months ago, and they’ve been working furiously in recent weeks with state officials, attorneys, turnaround experts, vendors and others to make the transition as smooth as possible. Those efforts will continue through the summer and beyond, with a new school board elected in November that […]

Cooling off: New fountain is popular Detroit Zoo attraction

Cooling off: New fountain is popular Detroit Zoo attraction

A new attraction at the Detroit Zoo is proving popular among visitors during hot days. The fountain is located outside the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which opened earlier this year at the zoo in Royal Oak. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/28IvsiG ) the fountain includes more than two-dozen water jets that blast […]

Metro Faith and Fellowship

Our Lady of Fatima Statue Coming to Metro Detroit Parishes

Our Lady of Fatima Statue Coming to Metro Detroit Parishes

Catholics at two parishes in Detroit and Royal Oak have already seen a statue known for miracles and healing, and more will see the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima this week. The tour of the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is a nation-wide call to prayer and […]

FIRST AT FOUR – SUMMER BREAK

FIRST AT FOUR – SUMMER BREAK

NO FIRST AT FOUR GATHERINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST Sponsored by Look Up Detroit – a Metro Detroit Mission & creators of JesusQuestion.com & LookUpDetroit.com.

Detroit’s unapologetic movement

Detroit’s unapologetic movement

When Reuben Sheares took the pulpit at Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago, the pews before him were nearly empty. The historic, and now infamous, Afrocentric church’s members were drawn to more rebellious religion in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. They became disillusioned with the notion that […]

Metro Business and Government

Terry Foster: Detroit Is Getting Its Smell Back

Terry Foster: Detroit Is Getting Its Smell Back

I miss the smells of Detroit. The smell of fresh baked Wonder Bread was a joy as the family car passed Grand River and the Lodge Freeway on Detroit’s west side. The Wonder Bread factory was an institution. Now it is the Motor City Casino. Near the Eastern Market the smell of wheat and barley […]

Waterford jeweler launches ‘Back the Blue’ necklace for female police officers

Waterford jeweler launches ‘Back the Blue’ necklace for female police officers

A Wateford company has designed a special necklace in support of female police officers in metro Detroit and nationwide. For every “Back the Blue” necklace sold, retailing at $36, the company is donating a necklace to a female officer. Anyone can nominate an officer to receive a free necklace by visiting the company’s website at […]

New documentary follows a generation of young entrepreneurs in Detroit

New documentary follows a generation of young entrepreneurs in Detroit

What’s the barrier between you and the life you truly want to lead? That’s one of the questions Cheryl Miller explores as co-director of the new documentary film Generation Startup. It follows some young entrepreneurs as they build startups in Detroit. They try, stumble, learn, and try again. You come away with a much deeper appreciation for […]

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METRO DETROIT DINING

METRO DETROIT DINING

While dining in metro Detroit, you can sample Middle Eastern, Greek, Mexican, Italian and Polish cuisines right alongside culinary creations from renowned master chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Michael Symon. In between, you can also grab some unforgettable barbeque, maybe a little soul food, and wash it down with a great selection of Michigan-crafted […]

Detroit is home to the most Knight Cities Challenge winners

Detroit is home to the most Knight Cities Challenge winners

Creative thinking is right up there with sheer stubbornness as a driving force behind Detroit’s resurgence. That spirit of innovation was recognized this week with the announcement of the 2016 class of Knight Cities Challenge winners. Detroit is home to more winning projects than any other city. The challenge solicits ideas from local organizations and […]

Neighborly News and Events

Cruisin’ Dearborn to rev up the town during festival

Cruisin’ Dearborn to rev up the town during festival

The classic cars will be on display until 10 p.m. at the Dearborn Homecoming Festival at Ford Field Park in Dearborn. “We are looking forward to welcoming classic car cruisers from all over metro Detroit again this year to kick off the annual Dearborn Homecoming Festival,” said Jackie Lovejoy, president of the Dearborn Area Chamber […]

Toyota’s $1.44 Million Donation Supports Transformation of Michigan Science Center Engineering Theater

Toyota’s $1.44 Million Donation Supports Transformation of Michigan Science Center Engineering Theater

In support of creating the next generation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) professionals, Toyota Motor North America has donated $1.44 million to the Michigan Science Center (MiSci). This donation will be used to transform and upgrade the Toyota Engineering Theatre (TET), a unique, 4D multi-media experience that engages visitors with the transformative, […]

Muralists are spreading color across the city as more building owners are offering up outdoor canvasses to artists. Three separate mural projects launched in Detroit and Highland Park on Thursday. Meanwhile, Eastern Market is preparing for its second annual mural festival in September. In Highland Park on Thursday, a group of 23 teenage artists from Spain, […]