D-scene: Jan. 28-Feb. 3


Happy hour at the PalaceIf the idea of catching a glimpse of Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace or Detroit’s newest bad boy Allen Iverson isn’t enough to get you to the Palace a little early, how about $1 hot dogs and $2 off draft beer?

On Friday, when the Pistons battle the Boston Celtics, food and drink specials will be available from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and will include $1 hot dogs, $2 off draft beer at the concessions stands and $3 draft beers in the Old No. 7 Club inside the Palace Grille, the Canadian Club Terrace (above the East Entrance) and the Red Bull Bar (in the Comcast Pavilion just inside the North Entrance).

The Red Bull Bar will also feature hand-carved roast beef and turkey for sandwiches“Not only are we trying to build awareness of the unusually early start time of 7 p.m. …for games against two top teams but we want to encourage all fans to come out early and get the most bang for their bucks,” says Palace Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Tom Wilson in a press release.The first 10,000 fans who enter the Palace will receive a free mini-basketball hoop courtesy of Esurance.

5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, the Palace, 5 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills, 248.377.0100.
BBQ and Beer You ride a bus getting chauffeured around to area barbecue joints (while enjoying samples of course) and end the day washing it all down with drafts from local breweries. Sounds like heaven, but it could be your reality if you book a seat on the BBQ and Beer tour this Saturday.

Teaming up with the Night Move bus (a 30-passenger bus that currently goes from Royal Oak to Ferndale to Detroit and back Friday and Saturday nights), chef-guided Taste-full Tours will introduce metro Detroiters to well-known eateries and little-known gems via local-and-themed tours.

“We want people to make connections with these businesses so they feel comfortable going back themselves,” says Laura Romito , co-owner of Taste-full Tours. “In this economy, the thing that’s going to keep people out there and buying stuff is personal connections.”

The tours will showcase area restaurants and bars, and cooking demos on the bus will add another element to the experience.

“Chris (Night Move owner) and I went on their test run tour, and it was very cool,” says Jennifer Harlan, Night Move marketing director. “We ate, learned and bought tons of great stuff. It was just a really unique and fun experience. I’m a huge fan of the concept.”

The BBQ and Beer tour will include three American-style barbecue places, including Lazybones Smokehouse, a Korean barbeque place and Black Lotus in Clawson.

All tours will depart from and return to the corner of 6th and Lafayette streets in downtown Royal Oak (adjacent to the parking structure) unless otherwise noted.

For more information, or to book a tour visit http://www.taste-fulltours.com/.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, $60 per person.

Eden turns 2
Judging by its success the last couple of years, Eden Nightclub has nothing to fear when it comes to the terrible twos.

This Saturday, the Ferndale hotspot will celebrate its second anniversary with special guest and world-renown electric violinist Rachel Grace from Amsterdam who will be performing with the talented DJ Jenny LaFemme.

Getting to be one of the most recognized clubs in Ferndale doesn’t come without a bit of history. Once Cobalt, Posh emerged in 2003 before Eden came to fruition in 2006.

“I think it’s the look and feel inside of the club,” said Eden co-owner Vlad Mirkovich about Eden’s popularity over the last two years. “We wanted to create a kind of exclusive-looking place, but we don’t want people to feel intimidated.”

Ladies are free before 11:30 p.m.

10 p.m. Saturday, Eden, 22061 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248.541.7674.

Year of the Ox
Though the official start of Chinese New Year was Jan. 26, one of Troy’s most prominent Nu-Asian eateries is kicking off its celebration a little later with a two-day party filled with traditional Asian events, food and music.

Mon Jin Lau, Troy’s not-so-secret sushi lounge and Wednesday-night party spot, has hosted an annual Chinese New Year party to “ward off evil spirits and bless the next year,” since it opened about 40 years ago, says May Sue Chin, who runs the restaurant with her family, including her sons Bryan and Brandon.

For those not of Asian descent, MJL’s Chinese New Year is “a great night for them entertainment wise and to share a great piece of history,” says Bryan Chin. “It’s one of Mon Jin Lau’s biggest events.”

A 4-course dinner leads Tuesday’s celebrations followed by magicians, fortune tellers, a lion dance, Asian martial arts and firecracker show. Reservations must be confirmed by cash or credit card and all ticket sales (which include gratuity and tax) are final.

The following day, in conjunction with Shanghai Wednesday, DJs Matt A, Tom T and percussionist Bruce Cobb will bring the sounds as guests celebrate the Year of the Ox.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Mon Jin Lau, 1515 E. Maple Rd., Troy, 248.689.2332. $89.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Mon Jin Lau, 1515 E. Maple Rd., Troy, 248.689.2332. $10 (free with Tuesday dinner reservation).


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