Metro Art, Culture and Recreation

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 […]

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 […]

New sculpture in Detroit shows ‘power of togetherness’

New sculpture in Detroit shows ‘power of togetherness’

Ever since the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opened its doors in Midtown in 1997, the venerable Detroit artist Charles McGee has been eyeing the elevated plaza just to the west of the museum and thinking about what he might create for the space if given the chance. Last year, the call finally came from the museum in the form of a […]

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

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 […]

Mass Mob at Catholic church in Detroit’s Indian Village

Mass Mob at Catholic church in Detroit’s Indian Village

The monthly Detroit Mass Mob will be held this Sunday at a historic Detroit church that’s surviving by reaching out to its neighborhood. St. Augustine and St. Monica Catholic Church, a parish in historic Indian Village, was founded in 1989 with parishioners from St. Catherine/St. Edward and St. Bernard parishes, with buildings dating back almost 100 […]

Metro Business and Government

TTi Global of Rochester Hills opens auto service center in Afghanistan

TTi Global of Rochester Hills opens auto service center in Afghanistan

Lori Blaker, President/CEO of TTi Global announced the opening of the firm’s first retail automotive service center and training center in Kabul. The firm has plans of opening additional facilities in Kabul and other major cities throughout Afghanistan. For the past four years, Blaker has been laying the ground work to open the company’s first […]

New community garden, farmers market planned for Detroit’s east side

New community garden, farmers market planned for Detroit’s east side

A new community garden and farmers market could be coming to Detroit’s east side through a new crowdfunding campaign launched Monday by Wolverine Human Services. Through the crowdfunding platform Patronicity, a $50,000 campaign has been created to raise money through Sept. 22 to build East Side Community Garden and Farmers Market, a mixed-used site including […]

Long-gone Detroit Italian restaurant plans a comeback

Long-gone Detroit Italian restaurant plans a comeback

La Lanterna, a long-gone restaurant from Detroit’s past,  is primed to make a comeback near its former location when it opens on the first floor of the Albert building in Capitol Park later this year. The northern Italian-style restaurant opened in what is now the Malcolmson Building in 1956 by Italian immigrant Edoardo Barbieri. In 1978, Barbieri opened the first […]

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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

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, […]

Officials plan to boost Detroit firefighter pay

Officials plan to boost Detroit firefighter pay

All Detroit firefighters licensed as medical first responders will receive a pay raise, officials announced Friday. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined Fire Commissioner Eric Jones and Mike Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, announced the 4 percent across-the-board wage increase they called overdue and much-needed. “This little bump here is what we needed […]

Soup, Salad, and Belle Isle: Detroit Soup’s latest crowdfunding extravaganza

Soup, Salad, and Belle Isle: Detroit Soup’s latest crowdfunding extravaganza

Have a fantastic idea for Belle Isle? Do you want the proper funding to carry out said idea? Are you a hungry citizen looking for a productive way to justify your soup consumption? Check out Detroit Soup’s Belle Isle event on August 31! Part of an ongoing series of crowdfunding events, Detroit Soup is holding […]