Tonight! Detroit Passport To The Arts Season 6 Launch Party!

DP2A is proudly presented by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Eisenhower Dance 
and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

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Season 6 Launch Party
Thursday, September 11th
6 pm to 9:30 pm
Join DP2A on the third floor of Bookies for an evening of mixing and mingling to celebrate the 2014 - 15 Passport Season!

Enjoy this free event with complimentary appetizers, cash bar, and details about upcoming DP2A events. 

Special thanks to Bookies Bar & Grille for sponsoring the Launch Party.


Passports for the 2014-15 season are selling quickly!
 The first 50 passports purchased will be discounted by $10 and 
over half have already been sold.

Click HERE to get your tickets!  

PS This is a fundraiser to well equip Belle Isle with bike racks! 

Picture of Guangzhou's Canton Tower
In China, rotating pods atop Guangzhou's Canton Tower overlook one of the world's most populous cities.
Except from "The 2014 Traveler 50: World's Smartest Cities"

Essential places, people, trends, and ideas that have turned the world’s most intelligent cities into travelers’ hottest tickets.

From the October 2014 issue of Traveler magazine

We all know our world is increasingly urbanized, but what makes a city smart? A sense of place, for starters, says Ian MacFarlane, consultant for National Geographic Channel’s Smart Cities program. “A city needs a heart and soul—typically the center, where people congregate for work and leisure. Smart cities are well-connected locally and internationally, have a sustainable lifestyle, and are places where people come first,” he says. Here’s our essential list of things we love in the world’s most exciting cities.

20 Droning On

A Detroit company is designing lightweight autonomous aircraft capable of carrying 12 pounds of goods—capacity enough for a Chicago pizza party or a Brooklyn bagel breakfast.

26 Detroit, 
Michigan: population 689,000: A start-up culture powers Motown’s struggle to rise from the ashes of economic disaster. Artists fill any open spaces with color. The creative class gathers in Corktown, and the tech set dines near downtown’s M@dison office building.

Click HERE for the full article! 

37th Dally In The Alley Is This Saturday!

The Dally in the Alley festival celebrates its 37th anniversary Saturday, September 6, 2014. Held in Detroit’s storied Cass Corridor, the annual event attracts thousands of attendees to the live music, DJs, art, vendors, food, reunions with old friends, and the making new friends, too. The festival-goers, a colorful and diverse cross-section of Detroiters, experience a unique party that has become one of the most-loved festivals in Detroit.

Since it began as an inner city art fair in 1977, the Dally has evolved into a culturally significant affair. In 1982, the fair moved a few blocks to the alley between Forest Avenue & Hancock, Third and Second and evolved into a performing arts festival. While in recent years the celebration has expanded in both size and attendance, the Dally in the Alley remains a one-day festival that is not to be missed. Four music stages, a community stage, kids fair, art installations, more than 150 local food and retail vendors provide attendees with activities and entertainment all day long.

The festival, a fundraiser for the North Cass Community Union, prides itself in staying true to its core mission of celebrating the area that it takes place in. In 2013 in a poll among MetroMix readers, Dally in the Alley was awarded with the honor of “Best Festival in Detroit”. In 2014 the festival was named “Best Summer Festival in Detroit” by Metro Times staff.

Dally Chair Adriel Thornton says “This year’s Dally is expected to be the most well-attended yet. Our team is excited about all of the vendors, the great entertainment and all of the amazing people that come to Dally.”

This year's event features several key elements that make it better than ever, including:

Dally In The Alley Installation Project: Continuing the tradition of showcasing cutting edge art, Dally Art Director Andy Durkas has put together an exciting presentation featuring art installations by local artists, including sculpture artist Thomas Pyrzewski. Pyrzewski will be doing a special live build amidst festivalgoers throughout the day. Installations also include community-curated art and will be in various locations throughout the festival.

More local goods than ever before: We’re excited to announce the growing interest from local businesses to bring a wide variety of goods to showcase at Dally in the Alley. Vendors include: Common Threads Clothing, Human Detroit, Slows BBQ, Jacques Tacos, Respect Detroit apparel, among many others. There will be over 160 vendors will be in attendance in 2014, a new record for the festival.

Ann Kennedy Community Stage & Fashion Show: Dedicated to long-time supporters Ann Kennedy and Dylan Bailey, Dally in the Alley’s fifth stage is an eclectic interactive performance space that pays homage to Dally's community roots. It will feature soapbox forums, performances, contests and other activities. A fashion show is also planned for 7pm at the Ann Kennedy community stage; the show will feature runway models and clothing from local retailers that can be found for sale around the festival. For the first time ever Dally and Pop-Up Yoga Detroit will also be hosting Yoga and Crossfit workouts throughout the afternoon.

Continued Focus on Environmental Impact: The North Cass Community Union is working with Recycle Here to make the Dally in the Alley the greenest festival in Detroit. By requiring all food and drink to be served in compostable wares and staffing volunteers to ensure the right waste gets into the right can, Dally has reduced the amount of garbage by over 60 yards. This year, Dally will bring in over 150 new trash receptacles to be placed inside the alleyway to keep the Corridor Cass clean and kept up.

Poster Artist: Ron Zakrin. This year’s poster art comes from redounded Detroit artist, Ron Zakrin. Ron Zakrin has been an ever-present creative force in Detroit since the mid nineties, when he emerged on to the underground electronic music set with paintings that provided a visual counterpart to the Detroit sound that was taking the world by storm. Zakrin lives in Detroit Michigan, where he was born and works daily.

Dally in the Alley takes place in Detroit's North Cass neighborhood, between Forest and Hancock, Second and Third on Saturday, September 6, 2014 (rain date is Sunday, September 7, 2014).

The event runs from 11AM to 11PM.

Please visit for map, music lineup and additional information.

Click HERE for more information!

When Copenhagen started building a new network of separated bike lanes in the early 1980s, it quickly became a model of how to take a city back from cars. Now, more people bike than drive in the city center, and in the city as a whole, more people commute to work by bike than in the entire U.S. combined.

But the city is aiming for even more bike commuters, and keeps building new infrastructure to make cycling as easy as possible. The latest: An elevated roadway that speeds cyclists over an area that's usually crowded with pedestrians.

The Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, designed by architects at Dissing and Weitling and completed earlier this summer, winds through buildings a single story above a busy waterfront shopping area.

"There was a missing link that forced bicycle users to use the stairs or make a huge detour around a shopping center," says Mikael Colville-Anderson, Copenhagen-based urban design expert and CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company. "This solution provided a fast A-to-B from a bridge to a bicycle bridge on the harbor, while freeing up the harbor front for meandering pedestrians."

Click HERE for the full article! 

Photo via Apple

Apple's newest iPad commercial turns the spotlight on Detroit community activist Jason Hall, co-founder of a massive weekly group bike ride through the city.

The 30- and 60-second spots — part of the "Your Verse" campaign that focuses on how creative folks use the iPad — shine a lyrical light on Detroit too, where Hall's Slow Roll bike ride is attracting upwards of 3,000 riders each Monday for a long, leisurely ride that begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant.

"The first time I saw (the spots) I was speechless," Hall said in an interview with USA TODAY, describing it as like "a gift that had been wrapped for the city of Detroit."

The ad launches today and focuses on the apps and social media tools that Hall uses to organize and promote the ride (poster-making app Phoster, Instagram and Facebook are instrumental). You see him cycling through a day of planning and mapping a ride. The spot culminates in a shot of scores of bicyclists pedaling with the city as a backdrop. There's also a page on Apple's web site that delves into Hall's story.

Click HERE for the full article! 

Tomorrow! Once Around Belle Isle Beach Fest

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Event Details The second event of our summer series will take place on the Dequindre Cut Greenway featuring food trucks, beer &  wine bar, live entertainment, and the chance to contribute to a community art project on this former Grand Trunk Railroad line.

Now the 1.35-mile Dequindre Cut greenway offers a pedestrian link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential neighborhoods in between.

Phase 2 of the Dequindre Cut is currently under construction, which will take the greenway northbound to Mack Ave. Come join us to enjoy this unique urban treasure!

Parking is available off of Gratiot Ave. just before E. Vernor Hwy.

Arriving by bike? Wheelhouse Detroit will be hosting a bike valet. 2

Ticket Options:

$30 Advance / $35 After August 1 - Includes entertainment, food, 2 drink tickets + cash bar $55 Advance / $60 After August1 - Includes entertainment, food, open bar Net proceeds benefit the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Click HERE to reserve your tickets! 

The Rays traded David Price to the Tigers yesterday. Price handled the situation well, tweeting a message of thanks to the Tampa fans. The Tampa FOX affiliate was not nearly as gracious, though:


Ha! Poverty! Hilarious! Good thing Florida is such a pristine tropical paradise.

The FOX affiliate in Detroit had spectacular comeback, though:


Detroit, 1.  Tampa, 0.

Click HERE for the full article! 
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