Love and Laughs on Thursdays in Ferndale

Donald V. Calamia

Ferndale's newest hotspot is on a roll. Recently named Best Comedy Club by both Metro Times and Real Detroit Weekly, Go Comedy! Improv Theater has quickly become the region's home for quality improvisational comedy.

With unbridled enthusiasm and bucketloads of talent, Go Comedy's locally based improvisers prove time and again that every imaginable topic is subject to scrutiny, and that major laughs can be mined from the mundane to the uncomfortable - and everything in-between.

It's a philosophy that serves the theater well, especially on Thursday nights. Once filled with back-to-back, make-it-up-as-you-go improv shows, Go Comedy! is now devoting much of the evening to original scripted comedies created by some of the area's best and brightest talent. That certainly describes the cast and creators of its very funny second effort, "Love and Other Urban Legends," that had its official premiere May 14.

A revue-style comedy, "Love and Other Urban Legends" explores the trials and tribulations of love and dating as seen through the eyes and lives of three long-time, 30-something friends who meet weekly for breakfast to catch up on each others' lives. Each is scarred from a lifetime of experience: Beautiful Liz (Anne Faba) chases all the wrong men (and could be pregnant by one of them); "big-boned" Shannon (Suzie Jacokes) settled for her geeky, unpopular high school boyfriend; and still-single Craig (Marke Sobolewski) relates to romance and relationships through his favorite movies.

As the three catch up on their most recent escapades, flashbacks reveal the defining moments of their lives - from an eighth grade dance where a clueless Shannon tries to profess her love to a totally uninterested Craig (who's still safely ensconced in the closet), to the heart-to-heart talk Craig has with his mother that reveals far more family history than he wants - or needs - to hear. And what they discover is this: that their actions in the past have serious consequences in the present, yet it's never too late to change the future.

"Love and Other Urban Legends" is yet another fine example of what Detroit's improv community does best: It tells compelling human interest stories, but from a unique and funny perspective. And while their topics and dialogue might be a bit raw or shocking to those weaned on the more polished or cerebral works of established mainstream playwrights, comedies such as this offer a much-needed platform to a street-level generation of young and energetic artists. They, too, have equally important things to say - particularly about their lives in the turbulent 21st century - and as a result, some of the most creative, innovative and refreshing (although rarely the slickest) works in the area are happening these days on the stages of theaters such as Go Comedy!

The script, written by Faba and Jacokes with Sobolewski, calls upon all three actors to play multiple roles. While each is fine with their primary role, Jacokes, a graduate of Wayne State's theater program, is especially skilled at creating believable secondary characters, most notably as Jack, Liz's undesirable boyfriend. And a powerful scene in which Shannon and her soon-to-be ex-husband finally have an honest discussion proves her range and versatility as an actress.

The director of the annual Movement techno music festival says the Detroit event enjoyed a strong first day with increased attendance.

Festival director Jason Huvaere told The Detroit News he estimates more people attended Saturday's start of the Memorial Day festival than opening day 2008, likely due to nice weather and increased marketing.

"It's the weather, it's word of mouth -- people are really excited about the festival this year," Huvaere said. "We're able to market the event all year long now, and it's really a natural evolution for the festival."

Festival attendee Illiana Falkenstern of Ann Arbor, Mich., said this year's crowd seemed more energetic than in previous years.

"There seems to be more energy and better crowds," the 21-year-old said of the festival, which is in its 10th year. "I just love the music. I wait all year for this."

The Detroit News said the three-day festival offered performances Saturday from noted house disc jockey Carl Cox and the musical trio, the Glitch Mob.

Park West Gallery recently launched three website featuring the Park West Salvador Dali Collection of artwork, Rembrandt etchings and Picasso graphic works.

This collection is one of the most thoroughly documented and authenticated collections of Dali artwork in existence and the other two websites feature the works that make up the Park West Rembrandt and Picasso Collections.

Site visitors can learn about Salvador Dali’s Biblia Sacra, Divine Comedy and Albaretto Editions - sought-after collections of works created by the Surrealist master. Collectors of Park West Dali artwork can visit the site at to gain a better understanding of the history behind the works they have acquired. “

There is a rich history behind these works,” said Morris Shapiro, Gallery Director for Park West. “This information allows past, present and future collectors to understand the lineage of these works. This type of historical information greatly enhances the experience of fine art collecting.”

Salvador Dali aficionados and collectors alike will enjoy visiting the site and learning more about the master, his life and his work. Through this new website, Park West Gallery has made Dali’s fine artwork viewable worldwide and continues its mission of bringing fine art to people everywhere.

The Rembrandt website, found at, features extensive information on the Millennium Edition, a limited edition of posthumous impressions printed by master printer Marjorie Van Dyke. The site also features many other Rembrandt works available through the Park West Collection.

In addition, information can be found on the provenance of Rembrandt’s copper plates, the etching process, a timeline of Rembrandt’s life and work, and the market for Rembrandt etchings.

The Picasso website, found at, features extensive information on the 347 Series, 347 works that were created over a seven month period and became the last hand-signed etchings and engravings Picasso ever produced, and the Suite Vollard, 100 Picasso etchings, aquatints and drypoints that are regarded as some of Picasso’s greatest graphic achievements.

Park West Gallery holds the world’s largest collection of works from the 347 Series and one of the largest collections of Suite Vollard etchings.
Siobhan O'Connor

Interesting news coming from Detroit:

Two official plans are being proposed to City Council to turn swaths of the city—we’re talking acres upon acres—into the world’s largest urban farms.

Seems like a smart idea.

One proposal would bring a commercial farm to the city center, and be among the most ambitious urban farms we’ve ever heard of.

The other would function similarly, but would train and employ former drug addicts, giving them work, earned income, and skills.

A social venture of sorts.

Birmingham Rotary's seventh annual Korks for Kids wine tasting attracted 200 to The Reserve on May 8 in Birmingham.

They sipped, supped and socialized.

The hot topic was the closing of this newspaper at the end of the month. The event netted $15,000 for Childhelp Michigan, Orchard's Children Services and a Rotary International project in the Philippines.

The 800-pound granite stone portrays etchings representing the Pyramids of Giza, the Pyramids of Chichen Itza and wigwams, each representing the African American, Hispanic American, and Native American roots of this west side neighborhood.

The placement of the sculpture — on the grassy median at West Warren and West Grand — had additional significance: just steps away was the row house where Charles H. Wright first started the African American museum before it was moved to its current location on East Warren and Brush.
Matt Jachman
Observer Staff Writer

Amid the bustle of the Memorial Day holiday, Vivian Biegun doesn't want people to forget Michigan's ailing and needy veterans — or what her Plymouth Elks do for them.

In 2008, for example, folks at the Plymouth Elks Lodge 1780 raised over $4,500 to buy Christmas gifts for veterans in the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Battle Creek Veterans Administration hospitals, and at three homeless shelters; donated more than 230 bags of clothing to the Michigan Veterans Foundation; sponsored regular game days and ice cream socials for hospitalized and homeless veterans; hosted steak lunches for veterans who are bused to the Elks lodge from around the region; and donated deer hides used to make gloves given to veterans who use wheelchairs.

The work last year meant 2,124 man-hours and more than 22,000 miles of travel by participating Elks, said Biegun a Plymouth Township resident and an Elk for three years. Their service reached nearly 6,300 veterans, she said.

“I feel like it's giving something to people who helped our country,” Biegun said.

Biegun said the Plymouth Elks have won state and national honors for their work with the veterans.

“I don't think people know exactly what the Elks do for the veterans,” she said.

Can we talk? Buddy's. Six Mile and Conant. One of the many mysteries of Detroit is that its own home grown version of a Sicilian pie, also known as Detroit-style pizza, never hit the big time.

People crowd into Chicago to cram leaden slices of deep dish pie down their gullets because Chicago is famous for it, even if they really should be eating instead the wonderful thin crust pies you can get all over town.

I happen to think that Buddy's pies are marvelous. Light crust, no sugar in the dough and little to none in the fragrant tomato-basil sauce; the cheese isn't exactly fresh mozzarella but it is not the plastic mess that New Yorkers have begrudgingly become accustomed to.

In a word, this pizza is interesting. If you're not from around here, well, it isn't like lots of other pizzas you have had.

The original Buddy's, a former speakeasy, is in one of the more desolate parts of the East Side, and yet inside it's all smiles...

...outside, too -- this guy was out in the parking lot waiting for his order to come up and told us we had made the right decision to drive all the way over here. He wanted to pose with my friend Justin in front of his Land Rover. "You may forget everything you saw in Detroit today," our new pal said, "But you won't forget Buddy's."
The Boston Globe

VisionIT is the winner of the Top Minority-Owned Company of the Year on the 2009 Inner City 100, an annual list that ranks the fastest growing inner city businesses nationwide.

The announcement was made by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, or ICIC, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote economic prosperity in America’s inner cities, together with the Staples Foundation for Learning, a private foundation created by Staples Inc., the Framingham-based retailer of office supplies.

"Ranked first on the overall 2009 Inner City 100 list, VisionIT is a national provider of information technology outsourcing, staffing and vendor management for Fortune 500 corporations and government organizations," ICIC and the Staples Foundation said in a press release. "The company has 850 employees and reported 2007 revenue of more than $100 million."

The press release included a statement from Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, founder and chief executive officer of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, which publishes the Inner City 100 list.

“Minority-owned businesses like VisionIT that continue to thrive serve as an inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere, but particularly those within our nation’s inner cities,” Porter said.

“Vision IT’s CEO David Segura, has demonstrated that hard work and determination are key to growing a successful business, and he serves as a positive role model for business owners throughout the country.”

To see a list of this year's winners, please click here.

Be A Tiger for Kids, August 18, 2009

On Tuesday, August 18th at Comerica Park for the 4th Annual Rock-N-Roar tailgate picnic and the Be A Tiger For Kids ballgame. This fun-filled family event will bring together our broad and beloved community of friends who support the children of Cornerstone and make possible an excellent education that prepares them for life and leadership. You can make a difference in the life of a child by providing an excellent education; donate today and Be A Tiger For Kids!

The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Rock-N-Roar tailgate picnic at Ford Field. A variety of food, entertainment, face painting, balloons and games for children of all ages will be provided at this exclusive pre-game picnic. At 6:30 p.m., picnic goers will collectively make their way to Comerica Park to see the Cornerstone Honors Choir perform the Star Spangled Banner. Feel the energy and enthusiasm of Cornerstone’s community of friends when they cheer on the Detroit Tigers as they play the Seattle Mariners. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Seats are limited so reserve yours today by donating to Cornerstone Schools.

In a city with the lowest high school graduation rate in the nation, Cornerstone achieves a 95% high school graduation rate. Your donation to Cornerstone Schools will make a difference in the life of a child and allow us to continue with our mission of, “Changing Detroit One Child at a Time” through urban education. Due to today’s economic climate, the children of Cornerstone need your help more than ever. Many of our families are unable to pay their modest tuition. The children of Cornerstone need your help today more than ever. Be a Tiger for Kids on August 18th and you will provide a child with an excellent education that prepares them for life and leadership.

There are several donation options available:

Ultimate Fan Package For a $250 donation you will receive, as a thank-you, one premier game ticket (best seats available on a first-come, first-served basis), entry for one to the private pre-game Rock-N-Roar tailgate and a commemorative event tee shirt. As an ultimate fan, you will be eligible to win a special opportunity to take the field with the Tigers during batting practice!
Fan Package For a $100 donation you will receive, as a thank-you, one premium game ticket, entry for one to the private pre-game Rock-N-Roar tailgate, and a commemorative event tee shirt.

Stadium Package For a $50 donation you will receive, as a thank-you, one game ticket, entry for one to the private pre-game Rock-N-Roar tailgate, and a commemorative event tee shirt.

Tailgate Package For a $20 donation you will receive, as a thank-you, entry for one to the private Rock-N-Roar tailgate and a commemorative event tee.

Souvenir Package For a $15 donation you will receive, as a thank-you, a plush Tiger Tail Growler (a must have souvenir) and a commemorative event tee.

For more information regarding this event please call 1-800-343-0951 or click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
New York Times


At one time or another, most American males must reckon with the necktie. Some embrace it, some grudgingly acquiesce to it and plenty reject it. That the necktie seems to have no practical purpose is of course the very source of its potency. Over the past decade or two, a rising wave of tech billionaires have made even its absence a powerful signal. This is why a tie pattern that incorporates an image of the swine-flu virus is such a snug fit: while the necktie sounds like an unlikely canvas for dark humor or subversive sentiment, it is actually an ideal one.

Terminal Illness” is the name of one of the most recent designs from Bethany Shorb, a Detroit artist, and the fact that it has a title is a good indicator that it is not a traditional tie. What at first glance resembles an abstract pattern well within the vernacular of the necktie aesthetic is, rather, a repeated image of the swine-flu virus connected by shapes based on international-airport-terminal diagrams. A tie called “Snoutbreak!” features a simpler graphic that clearly suggests a pig’s nose; if you order this tie, you get a matching surgical mask free. These offerings from Shorb’s Cyberoptix Tie Lab were made available in early May, when the swine-flu freakout was at its height and the director general of the World Health Organization had recently warned that a pandemic had the potential to threaten “all of humanity.”

An appropriate topic for a design riff? “I think paranoia is really­ fascinating,” Shorb says, noting that she was struck by the intense disease-related warning graphics while going through customs on a trip home from Italy. She had already been thinking about making a design involving airport-terminal diagrams — “They’re really beautiful” — before the swine-flu scare gave her an epiphany: “What if I put a disease in there!” Soon she had uploaded the design to her Flickr account, where, she says, it was almost immediately linked in a Twitter comment (“O.K., now that’s a contemporary tie”), by Bruce Sterling, the science-fiction novelist, leading to a first wave of orders.

The truth is that Shorb is hardly the only person to find creative inspiration in the virus. Search make-your-own products sites like CafePress and, and you’ll find scores, if not hundreds, of jokey commodity responses to the spread of this strain of influenza, technically called A(H1N1). Most are forgettable or worse, but still. More impressive are the images collected of Mexicans wearing decorated masks, to guard against the virus “with style.” The point is that both sets of examples probably have something in common with Shorb’s creations. “The best way to take ownership of something scary is to kind of subvert it,” she says.

This is not far from the general mission of her Cyberoptix tie line. After finishing her M.F.A. at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001, Shorb moved to nearby Detroit and balanced a part-time job against design work, art projects and music-making. She started silkscreening on neckties in 2006, releasing new designs whenever she had a new idea. The 60 or 70 she has come up with have included “Plaid Habit,” an intricate crisscross pattern that turns out to be made up of syringes, and “Fried Brains,” which arranges overstimulated axons and dendrites into a pleasing abstraction. These sell for $30 to $40 online and through some galleries and museum shops; she quit the part-time job in 2007.

According to Anne Hollander’s insightful book “Sex and Suits,” ties were firmly established as an element of the “modern masculine image” we know today by the early 19th century: along with coats and trousers, “the brilliantly colored necktie asserted itself, to add a needed phallic note to the basic ensemble.” Shorb is of course catering to forms of tie resentment — boredom with traditional patterns, the appeal of disturbing imagery disguised in a workplace-ready design, distaste for sartorial uniformity. But, as Hollander pointed out, subverting fashion often requires deeper participation than merely conforming would. Shorb’s customers tend to be artists, designers, creative professionals and others who are tuned in to the expressive possibilities of even the most conformist of garments. A design inspired by pandemic paranoia is one way for style rebels to reject the traditional necktie, with panache.
Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival

May 23 - 25 Detroit, Michigan

The The Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) festival is on again in Detroit.

Also known in its previous incarnations as Fuse-in Detroit: Electronic-Soul Movement and Movement, the festival has been handed off from techno pioneer Derrick May to his protege Kevin Saunderson, and finally to detroit-based electronic music promotion company Paxahau.

The gathering is still considered to be one true to its roots and the history of electronic music in Detroit, widely considered to be the the birthplace of techno. This year's lineup has a diverse roster of established acts alongside up-and-coming artists.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend includes numerous parades and ceremonies to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Most events are Monday. However there are a couple events Friday, May 22nd.

The city of Southfield will commemorate Memorial Day at 9 a.m. on the front steps of Southfield City Hall with a program featuring Mayor Brenda Lawrence, Colonel Henry Cason, Jr. from the Michigan Army National Guard and Daniel Brightwell from the Southfield Veterans Commission.

The ceremony will include a presentation of colors; 21-Gun Salute and playing of "Taps."

An 11 a.m. ceremony is planned in Lathrup Village in the Veterans Memorial Groove behind City Hall.

The mayor, Frank Brock, will give Memorial Day comments and there will be a dedication of memorial bricks purchased or donated honoring those residents who have served in the Armed Forces.

Specially honored will be Cpl. Nicholas Manoukian who was killed in Iraq and SFC Matthew Hilton, a Lathrup Village Police officer killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Michigan Army National Guard.

Here is a list of parades. All parades are on Monday unless otherwise noted.

Oakland County Parades:

Auburn Hills- Memorial Day Parade, which starts at at 11 a.m. at the corner of Auburn and Squirrel.

Beverly Hills- Starts at 11:30 from Groves High School parking lot located on 13 mile.

Birmingham- Memorial Day Ceremony 10 a.m. at the Memorial Plaza on 151 Martin.

Brandon Twp- Starts at 9:30 a.m. at Mill and Church streets, military fly over around 10:25 a.m.

Clarkston/Independence Twp- Starts at 10 a.m. on Church and Main streets

Farmington Hills/Farmington- Starts at 10 a.m. at the Farmington Plaza on Grand River and Mooney streets.

Fenton- Starts at 10 a.m. on Leroy and River streets

Ferndale- Starts at 10 a.m. on Livernois and West Breckenridge.

Hazel Park- Starts at 10 a.m. on Eight mile and John R.

Village of Holly/Holly Twp- Starts at 10.a.m. at the VFW Hall on Airport street.

Keego Harbor- Starts at 10 a.m. at Memorial park on Orchard Lake and Cass roads

Lake Orion/ Orion Twp.- Starts at 11 a.m. at Blanch Simms School located on Florence and Flint roads, 11:30 a.m. military fly over

Madison Heights- Starts at 10 a.m. on 12 mile and John R.

Milford Twp./ Village- Starts at 11 a.m. at the American Legion on Commerce Road.

City of Northville- Starts at 10 a.m. in Downtown Northville in close to Northville Downs Race Track on Griswold and Main Streets.

Novi- Starts at 10 a.m. on 10 mile and Karim Boulevard.

Pleasant Ridge- Starts at 8:45 a.m. on Oakland Park and Ridge Roads.

Rochester Hills/ Rochester- Starts at 10 a.m. in Mt. Avon Cemetery.

Royal Oak- Memorial Day Parade, which starts at 9 a.m. at Main and Fourth streets.

South Lyon- Starts at 10 a.m. at Bartlett Elementary School on 350 School Street.

Walled Lake- Starts at 11 a.m. on Pontiac Trail and Walled Lake Drive.

Waterford- Starts at 10 a.m. in front of Burke's Lumber Store.

Wayne County Parades:

Brownstown Twp.- Starts at 10:30 a.m. at Royal Canadian Legion on Telegraph between West and Van Horn.

Belleville- The Brown Funeral Home and Brown Family Center will sponsor “Thunder Rolls in Belleville.” This Memorial Day tribute will honor the memory of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to protect our nation. Participants can register and line up for the ride starting at 11 am in Wayne County Community College’s front parking lot, located off of Haggerty and I-94 (take exit 192 and then proceed north on Haggerty).

Dearborn- Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on Michigan Avenue from Firestone to Schaefer in east Dearborn.

Detroit- At Fort Wayne Park on 6325 West Jefferson

Flat Rock- Starts at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post 337 on Hall and Division Streets.

Inkster- Starts at noon in the Cherry Hill Plaza on Inkster and Cherry Hill.

Plymouth- 7:30 a.m., parade starts at Harvey and Wing streets and features the Plymouth-Canton High School marching band and veterans. They will proceed to the new Memorial Park on Main Street downtown.

Redford Twp.- Monday May 31st: Starts at 2 p.m. Six Mile and Beech Daly Roads.

Rockwood- Starts at 10 a.m. at Chapman Elementary School on Olmstead between Huron River Drive and Woodruff.

Trenton- Starts at 10 a.m. on West Road and Fort Street.

Washtenaw County:

Ann Arbor- Saturday: Starts at 11 a.m. at at 2609 Yost St. (at Eli Drive) neighborhood parade for any child who wants decorate his or her bicycle, with the opening of the Forestbrooke neighborhood pool to the general public. Monday: 10 to 10:15 a.m. parade of the Glacier Area Homeowners Association, along Frederick, Middleton, Bardstown, Windemere and Barrister streets, ending at Glacier Highlands Park.

Chelsea- 10 a.m. American Legion parade. Begins behind the police station on Middle Street.

Dexter- 10 a.m. parade on Main Street in downtown Dexter.

Manchester- 1 p.m. parade on the Main Street bridge.

Milan- Starts at 9 a.m. parade at the American Legion, 44 Wabash St..

Saline- 10 a.m. parade at the fire station on Harris Street at Michigan Avenue.

Ypsilanti- Starts at 9 a.m. procession begins at Huron Street and Michigan Avenue.

Livingston County

Brighton-Parade begins at 10 a.m., Starts at West Main Street from Brighton High School to the Mill Pond.

Fowlerville-Parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Veterans Drive and Grand River Avenue.

Hamburg-The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Hamburg Road and M-36.

Hartland-Sunday: Luminary walk at dusk at Hartland Cemetery on Avon Street. Monday:The parade begins at noon from Ore Creek Middle School.

Howell-Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Howell Carnegie District Library courthouse.

Pinckney-Parade starts at 1 p.m. at Pinckney Elementary School on 935 W. Main St.

Macomb County Parades:

Eastpointe- Starts at 11 a.m. at city hall 23200 Gratiot Ave.

New Baltimore- Starts at 10 am at Walter and Mary Burke Park on Front and Washington Streets.

New Haven- Starts at 9 a.m. at Haven Ridge and Division Street.

Richmond- Sponsored by Richmond VFW Post, starts at 10 a.m. on M-19 ( Main Street) and 32 Mile Road.

Romeo- Starts at 10 a.m. on 32 mile and Van Dyke ( St. Clair and Main in Romeo).

Roseville- starts at 10 a.m. on Gratiot just south of Best Buy by 13 mile road.

Sterling Heights- Starts at 9 a.m. on Dodge Park and Utica Roads.

St. Clair Shores- Sunday:Starts at 1 p.m. on Jefferson Ave and Nine Mile.

Monroe County Parades

Dundee- Starts 9:45 a.m. in Wolverine Park.

Lambertsville- Starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Fire Station on the corner of Dean and Monroe Roads

Monroe- Starts at 2 p.m. on Jones Avenue and North Monroe Street.
Introducing and featuring Michigan-made products, Westborn Market is inviting the public to attend the Grand Opening of its new Cherished store, located within Westborn at 27659 Woodward in Berkley. The celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2009.

"We have created a 'store within a store' to feature Michigan-made favorites that offer consumers great value," said Mark Anusbigian, president of the family-owned gourmet grocer. "Our new Cherished store is well stocked with Michigan munchies and showcases how much we have to be proud of in Michigan."

Visitors to the Grand Opening will be treated to free hot dogs compliments of Dearborn Sausage Company, free ice cream compliments of Michigan's Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company, free Better Made potato chips, and samples of other unique Michigan products from salsas to cherry sodas.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to enter a free drawing to win great prizes including free passes for a family of four to visit The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village; two Detroit Tiger baseball tickets, compliments of Comcast, to watch the Tigers play the Blue Jays; two tickets to attend the musical "Grease" at the Fisher Theatre, compliments of WOW!; a family four-pack to attend Cedar Point, provided by WDIV TV; and more. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. concluding Saturday's Grand Opening, and entrants do not need to be present to win.

According to Anusbigian, the Berkley market was selected as the site of the Cherished store because of the space available in its unique conservatory that was added during the store's renovation in 2006.

It Came From Detroit

Marzipan Moxley

Last night i saw “It Came from Detroit” at Brew & View in Ferndale. For the ignorant Detroit music fan (in this case, me…) this Rock Doc reignited a lot of pride that i had let stew underneath for the Detroit music scene. Honestly, i had little clue about the bands who were interviewed, besides seeing their names in Ads for weekend shows at the Magic Stick, or in Hamtramck. i really had only listened to the White Stripes and the Von Bondies. After realizing what creativity and passion the bands unbeknownst to me have put into their music, my respect if miniscule before, is now immense.

This “garage band scene” roughly from the period of the mid 1980s to the early 2000s, bred some fiesty creativity and characters. The Documentary tells it like it is, letting the gritty Underbelly of the Detroit Rock scene bask in the sunlight, getting a more attractive bronze. By the end you are glorifying the grit in your mind, wanting more passion and inspiration to be seen at any venue, so you can at least TRY to capture a snipet of energy the movie reveals to you. This energy was not born out of greed. It is clear in the docuementary that the incentive “to rock” is to find the nirvana one attains in the creative process, with other like minded, supportive folks.

It is nice to see the positive people and ideas that have come, and continue, to come from Detroit, since we are in a time when the great majority of media focuses constantly on the negative.

You can still see this doc at Brew & View TONIGHT, THURSDAY doors open at 8 and the filmstarts at 9.30.


Michigan is attracting stars and movie studios. Now, a local production company wants to make a movie that is 100-percent made in Michigan.

Do you think you could be a superstar? If you believe you have what it takes, then you must take advantage of a casting call at Radish Creative Group in Royal Oak.

"I believe we have a talented state," said director Amy Weber. "I'd love to say that we're on this huge mission, but the bottom line is it really is about bringing a community together to expose the talent that we have here."

Radish Creative Group is a Royal Oak-based production company and it's best known for its award winning commercial work. Now they're going from commercials spots to the big screen, and Weber needs you. "We will find a role for people. There's no doubt about it," she said.

They also need production assistants, wardrobe and makeup pros and people who know a thing or two about props and art. Weber wants the entire cast and crew to be people who call Michigan home.

"Opens the door of an opportunity for us to kind of shine and show what we're made of," Weber said.

The movie at the center of it all is called "Annabelle & Bear". Weber says it's about "the healing of a broken family."

The film will be shot in metro Detroit and in other locations across the Great Lakes state.

Want to be part of the production?

An open casting call is being held at the Radish Creative Group on Wednesday, May 27.

They are located at 326 East Fourth Street in Royal Oak.

You need to call or e-mail the producer to setup an audition time.

Call (586) 855-2626 or (248) 629-7294 for more information.
Jennifer Lethbridge

If you have any interest in art that involves clay, glass, or metal, you won't want to miss the show in Royal Oak on the weekend of June 12th through 14th 2009. Of course, art isn't all they have. They've tried to have something for everyone at the art show, with music, food, and activities for children. Atop that, select artists often give demonstrations of their techniques for those who want to learn.

The show runs Friday night from 5pm to Midnight, but the real show starts Saturday. From 10am to 7pm, over 120 artists will be displaying their wares for sale and judging. If you're interested in anything from jewelry to gifts, decorative art, or even architecture, you'll surely find something you like.

If you're familiar with the Royal Oak area, the show will be on Washington Avenue and 5th Street, with local restaurants on 5th Street supplying the food and beverages for the show.
If you're coming with children, you'll want to check out the Creative Arts Studio tent for activities.

If you'd like more information on the Clay, Glass, and Metal Show, or would like to figure out how to get there, feel free to visit their website.

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The St. Mary's 37th Annual Polish Festival will be held throughout Memorial Day Weekend on the campus of the historical Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan.

The St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair is the nation’s largest high school fair. Originated in 1972, this Memorial Day event is an annual tradition for hundreds of Detroit-area families and attracts upward of 110,000 people.

In conjunction with Mid-America Shows, the amusement ride partner of the Polish Country Fair, the event offers 50 carnival rides for all ages. The Carnival Midway is second in size only to the Michigan State Fair.

Due to its amazing success last year, The Polish Country Fair will feature again this year the Crazy Mouse Spinning Roller Coaster - an 80 ft.-high roller coaster!

Polish food is center stage at the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. The Polish Combo Meal is a great selection of Polish favorites including a variety of pierogi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and sour kraut.

Fair patrons consumed over 20,000 pierogi (cheese, potato, mushroom or sauerkraut filled dumplings) at last year’s festival!

Bozek Market is the official pierogi sponsor and will supply an estimated 25,000 Polish Harvest brand pierogi for this year’s Fair.


Ride the Rides! 50 rides -- including the only spinning Roller Coaster in Michigan.
Expansive Kidzone and fun crafts for the kids.
Play Games & Win Prizes on the Carnival Midway
Indulge in a Variety of Great Foods Including the Authentic Polish Combo Meal
Strike it Rich in the OLSM Raffle – Win $10,000!
Try Your luck in the Vegas and Bingo Tents
Dance the Night Away to Live Music or Just Enjoy the Bands – Rock & Roll, Jazz, Easy Listening and Country
Shop Local Crafters and vendors


Authentic Polish food including pierogi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and sauerkraut.
All-American hamburgers, corn dogs, hot dogs, French fries, cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, elephant ears, snow cones, ice cream, baked goods and much more.
A Fresh, hot pancake breakfast will be served in the food tent right after Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. on the Fairgrounds.
Thirsty: Enjoy soda-pop, smoothies, snow-cones, beer and wine. Powers Distributors (Molson & Coors) is the official Beer Sponsor of the Polish Country Fair.

Ride-All-Day Passes are $22 at the Fair or $19 if purchased in advance at Meijer, the official Polish Country Fair Midway Sponsor. Admittance is free. Parking is $7.00.

Fair Hours

Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 22nd – Monday May 25th 2009.

Friday, May 22 - 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 23 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 24 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Monday, May 25 - 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Vegas Hours

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Monday 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Orchard Lake St. Mary’s is located at 3535 Indian Trail in Orchard Lake, Michigan, at the intersection of Orchard Lake and Commerce Roads.

For a Complete Listing of Fair Events and Entertainment Visit: or call the Fair Information Line at (248) 706-6775

NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is following Jay Leno's lead in showing his support for Detroit with a fan visit on Thursday May 28 to the Motor City Casino.

Tickets to the event where Earnhardt will meet, greet and answer questions from an intimate crowd of about 1,500 in the casino's Sound Board theater are being distributed to General Motors employees and members of the Michigan National Guard.Tickets also are being given away this week to listeners of WRIF, 101.1 FM.

"It's about supporting our auto workers and soldiers from this area," said Michigan International Speedway spokesman Dennis Worden. "It's like when Leno came here to put on a show because he cares about cars and the people who make them. This is a way to show some support."

Leno did two free stand-up comedy concerts last month at the Palace of Auburn Hills for laid-off auto workers. Earnhardt will participate in a fan forum with soldiers and the folks who build Chevrolets like the one he dives in NASCAR's Sprint Cup races.

WRIF's morning air personality, Meltdown, will host "Dale in the D" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m."We will be giving away 100 tickets on air this week and at upcoming events," said Carly Ierman, marketing director at WRIF.

"We've got the only tickets, unless you are a soldier or you work for General Motors."Earnhardt is likely to be fielding questions about a couple of hot topics, including concerns about his flagging on-track performance despite last season's move to the dominant Rick Hendrick Motorsports team -- and the meteoric rise of Brad Keselowski, the young driver from Rochester Hills who drives Earnhardt's JR Motorsports entries in NASCAR's Nationwide series.

Keselowski, who has a development contract to drive a limited number of Cup races for Hendrick this season was seen as the future replacement in the car Mark Martin drives for Hendrick. But, now that Martin has signed for another full season and Keselowski won the Cup race at Tallegeda, where Kez winds up next season has the garage buzzing.

Earnhardt recorded his last victory a year ago at Michigan International Speedway. It was his first win in a 76 race winless streak and this season has been tough again. Earnhardt is in 18th place in points, far from the top 12 needed to be in the season ending chase for the championship.But the loudest applause in introductions for Saturday night's All-Star race at Lowes Motor Speedway came for Earnhardt.

WHAT: "Dale in the D"Dale Earnhardt Jr. to participate in Fan Forum with auto workers and soldiers.

WHEN: Thursday, May 28TIME: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Motor City Casino's Sound Board Theater2901 Grand River Ave.Detroit, Mich.Parking is available in the free parking garage at Motor City Casino. (NASCAR)

The Detroit Edison Co. has entered into a $90 million, 20-year agreement with a Michigan-based wind power company to purchase wind power and renewable energy credits, reports Crain’s Detroit Business.

The agreement with Heritage Sustainable Energy is the first that Detroit Edison has signed, following the passage of Michigan’s energy law last fall that requires electric utilities to provide 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2015, says the company.

Heritage Sustainable Energy, which is headquartered in Traverse City, plans to install seven or eight large-scale wind turbines at a wind farm near Cadillac. Detroit Edison says the wind turbines will be capable of producing about 15 megawatts of renewable energy, and are expected to be operational by late 2009.

To meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard, Detroit Edison expects to add about 1,200 megawatts of renewable power. The company also says it plans to contract with third-party producers, like Heritage, for half of that capacity, and to own renewable energy projects to meet the remainder.

DTE Energy, parent company of Detroit Edison, expects the majority of its renewable energy to come from wind resources. The company has acquired easements on more than 60,000 acres of land in Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb region for development of large-scale wind farms. It also has proposed two solar energy pilot projects that could produce about 20 megawatts of power.
Pierre LeBrun

Long after most reporters had left the Red Wings' dressing room Tuesday night, Daniel Cleary was still sitting there with most of his equipment on, chatting with a handful of reporters.

An introspective Cleary was contemplating what made this club so special. Again, take a second to consider that this team has had eight conference finals appearances in 14 seasons, including three straight in the salary-cap era, not to mention four Stanley Cups in 11 seasons. Much has been written on why that is, but it was interesting to hear it from a player.

"It just starts with the core, you know: Lidstrom, Drapes, Malts, Tommy [Holmstrom]," Cleary said. "We had Stevie [Yzerman] here, and Z and Pav learned from Stevie. Kronwall learns from Lidstrom. We bring in Raffy from Jersey, who's really solid. Once you've established a core, you bring in guys like Franzen. … I mean, me, Franzen and Sammy were the fourth line four years ago. Franzen's an All-Star now, and Sammy's been huge for us."

Oh, and Cleary hasn't been too shabby himself. Plucked off the scrap heap by the Wings coming out of the lockout (meaning any other team also could have had him for nothing), Cleary had back-to-back 20-goal seasons in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and posted a 14-goal, 40-point campaign this regular season. He's been Mr. Clutch in the playoffs with six goals in 13 games. Penalty killer? Shot-blocker? Power-play guy? Goal scorer? He can do it all.

But one of the reasons Cleary went from unwanted free agent to quality veteran on a Cup champion team is the culture he walked into four years ago.

"The big thing is the work ethic we have off the ice," Cleary said. "The guys are always in the gym working."

Then there's Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who figured out the new NHL before many other coaches coming out of the lockout.

"We play a system that Babs instills in us that's defense, pressure and skating," Cleary said. "Everybody buys in. When your best players are your best defensive players, everyone has to buy in. If not, I don't know, you probably won't play."

Hart Trophy nominee Pavel Datsyuk is the reigning Selke Trophy winner, and he's up for the award again this season. Enough said on that front.

And if people are waiting for the Wings to grow old and go away, forget it. GM Ken Holland and assistant GM Jim Nill are the best in the business and ensure that there's young blood coming up the Wings' food chain. One of the best Red Wings players I've noticed so far in the six Detroit playoff games I've covered? Darren Helm.

"Young players that get drafted by Detroit, they're not rushed into the NHL," Cleary said. "You go down, you get some seasoning in the minors, you become a good pro, and when your time is right, you come up. We've got good examples of that. Ericsson is a great example, Helm, Abdelkader, Filppula, Hudler -- these are all guys who played in the minors for a long time, who came up and we're better pros because of it.

"And each guy here, there's no egos. No matter how much you get paid or how many goals you score, everyone is even keel, and that, along with the work ethic, makes us a good team."

That's why guys such as Henrik Zetterberg and Franzen take discounts to stay in Detroit. It's why Marian Hossa might do the same after this season. The buzz is in Washington, Pittsburgh and Chicago, where wonderful young stars are playing some exciting hockey. But Hockeytown is still printing Stanley Cup banners.
According to the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA), one in every 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems.

This statistic is what makes optometrists across the state passionate about participating in the InfantSEE® program, a national public health initiative available to the public at no cost, regardless of household income.

“Visual development is most dramatic between six and 12 months of age and early detection can prevent and help reduce the threat of serious vision impairments,” said Jeffrey Kenyon, O.D., MOA Children’s Vision Committee Chair and InfantSEE provider. “Children’s vision problems can be completely hidden, therefore a thorough eye and vision evaluation by an optometrist will ensure problems are detected early and provide the first step to a lifetime of healthy vision.”

Although infants cannot respond verbally, the first year of life is an ideal time to conduct an InfantSEE exam. At this age, even without a verbal response from the child, an optometrist is able to gather many components typical of an adult exam and provide parents with information regarding their infant’s current and future vision development milestones.

During the assessment, infants typically sit on their parent’s lap as the optometrist performs the exam. The optometrist uses lights and other hand held objects to check that the infant’s eyes are working together and there are no significant issues that may impede vision development.

Following the assessment, the optometrist will discuss or send a summary of information to the infant’s parents, pediatrician, family physician or other health care provider to report any significant condition diagnosed during the course of the assessment.

Early intervention is critical to successful and cost-effective treatment. Despite the nation’s present system of school vision screenings, there is a lack of public understanding of the importance of annual eye assessments. If left untreated, vision problems can make learning difficult and may lead to permanent vision impairment.

“Through their clinical education and experience, optometrists have the means to provide the most effective primary eye care to children,” said Dr. Kenyon. “I recommend parents include a visit to the optometrist as part of their infant wellness care program.”

For more information or to locate a Michigan Optometric Association InfantSEE optometrist in your area, call toll-free (888) 396-EYES or visit and click on the doctor locator link at the top of the page.

Automation Alley to Host Ninth Annual Awards Gala

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, announced today that it is now accepting nominations for its upcoming Ninth Annual Awards Gala on Friday, September 25 at the Roostertail in Detroit.

This year, Automation Alley will celebrate its 10th anniversary and its many successes at the Gala, in addition to honoring Southeast Michigan's best and brightest technology leaders and companies.

The evening will be emceed by Paul W. Smith of News/Talk 760 WJR AM.

“We’re very excited to be celebrating Automation Alley’s 10 years of accomplishments, along with the Gala honorees, which are Southeast Michigan’s future-thinking, innovative leaders and companies,” said Ken Rogers, executive director, Automation Alley.

Automation Alley is seeking nominations in the following categories:
- Legend CEO (Lifetime Achievement Award)
- CEO of the Year
- Emerging Leader
- Automation Alley Member of the Year
- Technology Company of the Year
- Emerging Technology Company of the Year
- Educational Program of the Year
- Non-Profit of the Year

In addition to the announcement of award winners, Gala guests enjoy a fall evening on the Detroit River with breathtaking international views and live entertainment, as well as Automation Alley’s signature cigar lounge and afterglow reception.

To submit a nomination or secure a sponsorship, visit the Automation Alley Web site at or contact the Resource Center at or (800) 427-5100.

The nomination deadline is Friday, June 26, 2009; winners will be selected by the Automation Alley Awards Committee. All members of Southeast Michigan’s business community are eligible to enter.

Sponsorships are currently available and range from $500 - $30,000. Tickets to the event are available at $200 per person for Automation Alley members and $400 for non-members.

For additional information, please visit
Gary Graff
Photo: Associated Press

It was short and sweet but decidedly victorious as Eminem brought his "Relapse" back home with a special free concert in Detroit.

Marking the release of his first new studio album in five years, the rapper blitzed through eight songs in 35 minutes at the Sound Board theater in the MotorCity Hotel Casino, delivering seven tracks from "Relapse" (including the singles "We Made You" and "Crack a Bottle" and a medley of "Hello" and "Insane") and an encore of his 2002 hit "Lose Yourself" for which he brought the other members of his group, D12 on stage.

Looking fit in a gray hoodie, black T-shirt and black baseball cap, Eminem pronounced himself "a little bit nervous 'cause I don't have my right-hand man (the late MC Proof) with me." The crowd then obliged with gusto when he asked it to "make some noise if you miss Proof."

D12's Denaun Porter stepped into Proof's role as hype man, while longtime Eminem DJ Alchemist manned the turntables and laptop. Eminem also poked fun at the well-chronicled rehab stint he raps in great detail about on "Relapse." He said, "This might actually be one of the best shows I've ever done, 'cause when I get offstage I'm actually gonna remember it."

The entire performance was filmed, and two of the songs will be broadcast Friday on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" for the third of Eminem's appearances on the late-night program.

About 2,200 tickets were distributed for the Detroit show, and Eminem himself Twittered different locations where fans could pick up tickets on Tuesday, including restaurants, a music store, a shoe store, Saint Andrews Hall and under a mailbox.

The show brought out other luminaries from Detroit's rap community, including Trick Trick, Dwele, Obie Trice, DJ Head and members of Proof's early group 5 Elementz.

Eminem hasn't announced any tour plans for "Relapse" yet, but he's slated to drop another album, "Relapse 2," in the fall.

The full set list for Tuesday's show included:
"3 A.M."
"Crack a Bottle"
"We Made You" "Underground"
(encore)"Lose Yourself" (with D12)
Special to The Oakland Press

Whoever said there isn’t money to be made in Detroit never met Andrew Kuhn.

Four years ago, the University of Findlay graduate left Ohio and a spot in medical school to come to Detroit. The reason: real estate.

At a time when people are leaving the city, Kuhn, 26, is confident in the investment opportunities for those buying Detroit’s residential properties.

“You can get a home in Detroit for a dollar. It has now become the choice of, ‘Do I want a double cheeseburger or a house?’ ” he said.

Sensing a chance to get outside investors involved in buying city property, Kuhn and his partner, real estate broker Anthony Sevy, 25, started a Web site,

Sevy said the site, specifically geared toward educating investors unfamiliar with Detroit’s housing market, has had 30,000 hits since going up 60 days ago.

Potential clients are asked to come to the city and see firsthand what kind of properties they are getting.

“It’s interesting that people are flying in just to see us and the opportunities here when so many others are trying to get away,” said Sevy, a West Bloomfield native.

The business, based in Royal Oak, attracts patrons from all over the world. The two have had calls from investors in Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, Italy, Australia, the Philippines and other countries, all interested in buying up Detroit.

The process works like this: Kuhn and Sevy find properties around metro Detroit in which they think investors would be interested.

The investors buy the properties, paying them a commission. Then, Kuhn and Sevy help the investors find contractors to repair the buildings. After the properties are fixed up, they can be rented to people who would not normally be able to afford a home.

There is money to be made because even though buying a house might cost $20,000 and an extra $20,000 for renovations, the house maintains its appraisal value. This means a house that cost an investor $40,000 could actually be worth $100,000, according to the city.

Rental properties are particularly exciting for Kuhn and Sevy because the cost of buying apartment buildings is low and the rental market in Detroit is still strong.

“As the economy shrinks, people lose their jobs, people downsize their houses and they rent longer,” said Kuhn.

A 110-unit apartment complex is just a typical day’s acquisition for the two men. They deal with $30 million hedge fund executives and the average person who wants to buy a single-family home and fix it up to live in or to sell it.

According to them, anyone can get involved.

“Truthfully, not one person who comes to Detroit decides they don’t want to buy,” Sevy said.

But Sevy and Kuhn, both Royal Oak residents, see their business as more than just “flipping” houses for profit. Kuhn cites a sense of responsibility to Detroit and the surrounding cities that have become his home.

“Someone needs to invest in Detroit and the locals won’t do it,” he said.

“Without younger people here, people wanting to live here and work here and bring their families here, it doesn’t do the area any good.

“People just have to start taking responsibility for the city of Detroit.”

Automated Pet Care Products, Inc., the makers of the Litter-Robot, the only automated, self-cleaning litter box product made in the U.S., today announced their newest additions to the Litter-Robot product line to help pet owners tailor the Litter-Robot to their cat's specific needs, while maintaining an eco-friendly litter box.

New products include the Bubble Globe, Lip Extender and the Litter-Robot Ramp and are now available for purchase at the Litter-Robot Web site at

"We are continually perfecting our valued-added, green line of pet care products and after carefully reviewing customer suggestions, our new line of products and accessories are designed to accommodate our customer's needs, while maximizing the long-term value of their Litter-Robot," said Brad Baxter, president of Automated Pet Care Products.

The Litter-Robot's new products and accessories include:
The Bubble Globe is a skylight-type window mounted to the back of the Globe that adds 3 inches in the front-to-back depth of the litter chamber. The Bubble Globe provides natural lighting to the litter chamber and the extra depth helps to accommodate larger cats.

The Bubble Globe is available in beige, black or gray and can be purchased as part of the new Litter Robot II Bubble Unit ($349) or can be purchased separately ($169) for customers who already own a Litter-Robot and would like to upgrade to the current model.

In conjunction with the Bubble Globe, Automated Pet Care Products now offers a Lip Extender add-on accessory. The Lip Extender is designed for cats that have not mastered turning around in the Globe and 'miss their target.'

The Lip Extender protrudes out of the entry hole of the Globe and catches and redirects errant fluid back into the litter. The clever design of the Lip Extender also provides a self-cleaning feature by feeding tracked litter back into the Globe during the cleaning cycle. The Lip Extender is included with the purchase of any Bubble Unit Litter Robot or Bubble Globe.

The Litter-Robot Ramp ($39.99) can serve as a ramp to help elderly or small cats get into the Litter-Robot and is also a scratch pad and can catch tracked litter to keep the litter area neat and tidy.

The Ramp can be placed in front of the Litter-Robot and can be easily removed for access to the litter drawer. Made from laminated cardboard with a solid cardboard base for catching tracked litter, the Ramp has non-skid rubber feet to ensure your cats safety, while protecting your floors. The Ramp is lightweight and the convenient grab tab makes it easy to move around or hang up when not in use.

For more information about the Litter-Robot and its new line of products and accessories, go to

If you don't have a Litter-Robot or would like to win a new ECO Unit Litter-Robot ($349) and Litter-Robot Ramp ($39.99), sign up for Litter-Robot's Earth Day Giveaway at

All entries must be received by June 1, 2009 and the winner will be chosen at random on June 8, 2009 and announced on the Litter-Robot Blog at
Tory Johnson

During preparations for the "GMA" Jobs Expo in Detroit, we met several job-seekers that were transitioning from one career -- many in the auto industry -- to another.

Believe it or not, there are jobs opening up across the country, but not all of them will be filled, largely because they are highly specialized and require specific training.

Getting retrained for a job might seem like a daunting task, but there are several resources out there that can be a big help.

Just ask Scott Jones who lost his job at a metal parts factory but then, at age 32, completed college and earned an associates degree in pharmacology with the help of state and federal programs.

"I'm the first person in my family to graduate with a college degree," he said. "And that is completely awesome."

Government Programs
Career One Stop focuses on job searching, such as assistance with applying for unemployment benefits, resume writing and access to phones, faxes, computers to assist with your search, as well as access to on-site and online skills development workshops and training programs, most of which are free.

Lelli’s restaurant, a Michigan dining icon, will commemorate their 70th anniversary by taking its fine dining ingenuity a step further, creating a complete guest “70th year V.I.P.” experience from now through Thursday, December 31, 2009. The “70th year V.I.P.” special will give guests a chance to enjoy Lelli’s signature dish, a six course “Fillet Mignon” dinner for only $29.99 per person.

“We’re elated about our anniversary celebration,” said Becky Thibodeaux (Lelli), vice president and general manager. “This occasion marks 70 years of service since my grandfather Nerio Lelli welcomed his first customer at our original location in Detroit.”

Open since 1939, Lelli’s made its reputation serving the best minestrone soup in Detroit, homemade pastas and a divulged fillet with the famous “Zip” sauce. Now located in Auburn Hills, Michigan at 885 North Opdyke Rd. south of the Palace of Auburn Hills, the upscale steakhouse and Italian restaurant offers the historical taste of class and sophistication through its diversified menu of antipasto, sliced tenderloin, veal, grilled yellow fin tuna and much more.

“My father has told me stories of how my grandfather would serenade with his violin, while my grandmother mingled with guests,” said Thibodeaux. “While partaking in 70 years of dining history, Lelli’s will offer guests our signature meal at an unbeatable price.”

The Special includes: Filet Mignon & Potatoes for the main course, Antipasto tray, Soup, Salad, Pasta and Spumoni for dessert (gratuity and tax not included, special available after 4:00 p.m. Monday – Sunday and may not be used in association with any other discounts or promotions).

Guests are encouraged to make a reservation by calling the restaurant at: 248.373.4440 and ask for the “70th year V.I.P.” anniversary special.

As part of a stimulus package for Motor City, Willie Nelson and Family played a free concert in downtown Detroit.

With the General Motors corporate building in the background, thousands gathered to hear an evening of music from not only Willie Nelson and Family, but also country artist Zac Brown.

Zac’s buddy and Detroit native Kid Rock came out and sang on Shotgun Willie, and Zac sang on the gospel set.

"Operation Opening Day" is intended for transplanted Detroit Tigers fans currently on military duty at home and abroad.

The DVD presentation of Opening Day 2009 is a gift from Mario Impemba that features the game telecast of the Detroit Tigers defeating the Texas Rangers, 15-2 and all the festivities surrounding the annual Detroit holiday.

This project is also made possible through the cooperation of the Tigers and Major League Baseball Productions.

To receive this special gift, click here. Must provide a valid military address -- APO address, SPO address, FPO address, military base or ship address.

"Operation Opening Day" will be mailed solely to valid military addresses as the gift is intended for the men and women currently serving our country.

"Operation Opening Day" will be shipped within 4 business days of receipt of request.
Quantities are limited. Requests will be fulfilled as received.

Should you have any questions, please email

Michael-Graham Richard

The Dequindre Cut is Now Open to the Public!

A Detroit railroad line that has been abandoned since the 1980s has now been turned into a 1.2 mile biking and walking path, and Detroit officials assure us that this is only the beginning, part of a grander vision.

"The Dequindre Cut is the latest in a growing network of greenways -- nonmotorized community links -- that eventually could encompass 100 miles of such trails throughout Detroit."

They even kept some of the best graffiti, and to make the Cut safer, it has security cameras and boxes.

Kudos, Detroit. Now keep going.


During Michigan's beautiful summer months, Westborn Market is encouraging customers to munch on local "grillables" while they do their weekend shopping.

Westborn Market's three stores are all hosting outdoor grills from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, now through the summer season.

Grill selections range from as low as $1 for a Dearborn sausage hot dog, up to $5.50 for a grilled Michigan Amish chicken breast or pulled pork sandwich, each served with Westborn's new cherry barbeque sauce, famous slaw and killer brownie bite. Other popular selections include cherry turkey burgers, Westborn's famous 1/2 lb. handmade ground round burgers, Better Made potato chips, Cherry Republic sodas and Faygo pop.

"We began our outdoor grill several years ago by serving hot dogs, chips and pop," said Mark Anusbigian, one of three brothers who manage the family-owned gourmet grocer. "Because of the grill's growing popularity and our efforts to promote Michigan produced items, we've greatly expanded the menu. These selections also help customers make purchasing decisions for their own summer grills and picnics."

Westborn Market has stores in Dearborn, Berkley and Livonia.

Store locations, hours of operation and weekly specials are available at or by calling 313-274-6100.
Associated Press

Construction on a $15 million public dock and terminal along the Detroit River in downtown Detroit is moving forward and the facility is expected to be ready for Great Lakes cruise ships next year.

The two-story terminal is located near Renaissance Center. The Detroit Free Press reports Monday that ships holding up to about 420 passengers will be able to dock and unload visitors.

The dock also will be used by tour boats, water taxis, tall ships and possibly recreational boaters making day trips to Canada. Inside, the terminal will have a waiting area for 100 to 200 passengers.

Largely dormant since the 1960s, Great Lakes cruises began a revival in the mid-1990s. Plans for the terminal have been in the works for years.
Keith Yaden

Whether you’re the pit boss of an award-winning competition team or just an aficionado of fine barbeque, you’ll want to mark your calendar and be sure to attend the City of Auburn Hills Barbeque Cook-off, June 26 - 27, 2009.

The Auburn Hills Barbeque Cook-off is sanctioned by none other than the Kansas City Barbeque Society and includes $5,000 in total cash prizes.
Judging activities are on June 27 when winners of four barbeque categories will be announced:

Chicken (noon)

Pork ribs (12:30 p.m.)

Pork shoulder (1 p.m.)

Brisket (1:30 p.m.)

The event culminates when judges add up the individual scores to determine the Grand Champion, who receives $1,500, a trophy and, most importantly, major bragging rights. So, if you have a seasoned barbeque team, are new to competition but want to see how your ”Q” compares to the area’s best, or if you just want to experience the fun of a sanctioned barbeque competition, this event in Auburn Hills is for you.

The barbecue cook-off is part of the City of Auburn Hills annual Summerfest, June 25 – 27, in the Village Center and Riverside Park. SummerFest includes several events, like the Taste of Auburn Hills, an ice cream social and a car show, called “By the river." All three days are filled with fun for the whole family!

On Sunday, minutes after rapper Eminem announced that he would be giving a free concert in Detroit tomorrow fans began lining up at a record store in the city.

The free concert is a promotion for his new album, Relapse – the rapper’s first new studio album in five years.

He’ll be headlining a performance at the Sound Board theatre, located in the city’s Motor City Casino.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! is expected to air portions of the performance when Eminem makes two separate appearances on the show this week, on Tuesday and Friday.

MySpace Music had the privilege of announcing the show on Sunday night, just after Eminem made an appearance on the animated sitcom Family Guy the same night.

Record Time in Roseville, Michigan won’t begin passing out tickets until 5pm today, but fans set up camp outside the shop last night in anticipation of obtaining the first-come-first-serve tickets.
Hot Topic stores, MySpace Music, and local Detroit radio stations will be giving out tickets through lotteries as well. Opening for the rapper is DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Relapse will be out tomorrow.

The rapper hasn’t released an album since 2005’s compilation Curtain Call: The Hits, and has only appeared since on Akon’s 2006 single “Smack That.”
Andiamo Restaurant Group has announced the introduction of Andiamo Lean Menu, which features items where healthy living and fine dining meet, available at all 11 Andiamo restaurants.

A selection of health-inspired menu items for Andiamo Restaurant have been developed through a collaboration with Andiamo's Corporate Chef, Jim Oppat and Board Certified Physician Nutrition Specialist and Medical Director Dr. Tom M. Rifai of St Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.

Using the science of low calorie density they have created generously portioned, full-flavored meals, including appetizer and gourmet fruit dessert, for less than 600 calories. Andiamo Lean selections contain minimal saturated and no trans fat, no gluten, no soy or nut products and are low in sodium.

“This addition to our menu is reflective of a greater emphasis on wellness, said owner Joe Vicari. We are fortunate to be able to combine the talents of Chef Jim Oppat with the depth of knowledge provided by Dr. Tom M. Rifai to create additional health conscious items for our Andiamo menu. Our guests with special dietary needs can choose from an inspired menu that has combined the great taste they have come to expect from our chefs with sensitivity to numerous health issues.”

The menu will include 3 starters, 6 entrees including Bisonte Con Insalata Di Portabella, a 6 oz hand cut Bison sirloin, char grilled and topped with a portabella mushroom slaw on a bed of balsamic braised swiss chard, and Petto Di Pollo Arrostito, pan roasted chicken breast with roasted tomato fillets and fresh herbs accompanied with roasted peppers, mushrooms and onions and 4 other delectable dishes. Chef Jim Oppat and Dr. Tom Rifai have also developed a Fruit Infused Panna Cotta surrounded by fresh cut fruits and berries as the perfect dessert accompaniment to the meal.

In addition to creating the new menu items, Dr. Rifai and Chef Oppat have scheduled a series of free and informative Health and Nutrition Seminars at each Andiamo location.
The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Detroit) announces a call for entries for its 8th annual IMPACT Awards, honoring commercial properties with a positive impact on Southeast Michigan.

The IMPACT Awards, considered to be among the most prominent honors in the Detroit area commercial real estate community, recognize three recently completed, multi-disciplinary projects in Southeast Michigan that demonstrate a significant, positive impact on the communities where they are built: a new development, a redevelopment and a special impact project.

2008 award winners were the Detroit East Riverfront (new development), Detroit Institute of Arts (redevelopment) and Whitdel Apartments (special impact). According to CREW Detroit member and IMPACT Awards Chair Susan Cook, a Senior Project Manager with ATC Associates Environmental Services in Novi, the 2009 awards program will have special meaning.

“The 2009 IMPACT Awards will not only recognize successful commercial real estate projects, they will reflect and honor companies who are committed to the future of Southeast Michigan,” explains Ms. Cook. “We look forward to showcasing significant examples of how the commercial real estate industry is partnering with vital organizations to invest in our local communities.”

Judges for the 2009 Impact Awards entries are: Lawrence Marantette, Taktix Solutions,
R.J. King, DBusiness, Helen Dennis, CBRE, Bob Washer, MICCO, Susan Harvey, Ashley Capital, Delia Rodi Barczys, Niagara Murano, and Katherine Banicki, Testing Engineers & Consultants.

IMPACT Awards Criteria and Details

· Projects entered for consideration must have involved at least one company with a CREW Detroit member (membership list available at

· Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2008 and June 29, 2009

· Project criteria is broad and may include innovative design and/or construction, environmental consciousness, creative use of existing materials, sensitive land use and social/economic significance

· A 2009 call for entries brochure is available at

· The entry fee is $100 and the request for entry package and fee are due June 1, 2009

· Completed entry packages are due on June 29, 2009; winners will be announced on September 4, 2009

CREW Detroit Contacts for IMPACT Awards

· For entries: Lynn Trevor,, 248.354.5100

· For sponsorship or general questions: Susan Cook,, 248.358.7645; or Mary LeFevre,, 313.596.0516

The IMPACT Awards will be presented on September 24, 2009 at Oakland Hills Country Club and awardees will receive additional publicity through CREW Detroit.

"Good Morning America's" Jobs Expo is headed to Michigan to help the hard-working residents of the Motor City and the surrounding area on their journeys toward a new career.

Tory Johnson, "GMA's" workplace contributor and CEO of Women for Hire, is traveling to different cities across the country, helping people who are looking for work brush up their resumes, learn how to get noticed when applying online, network in their communities and much more.

We'd love for you to be a part of it on Tuesday, May 19 when Robin Roberts will broadcast live from the GMA Jobs Expo in Detroit.

You'll have the opportunity to meet dozens of employers in all different fields.

The address of the GMA Job Expo is below. The expo will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.


COBO Conference/Exhibition Center Wayne Hall (Street Level 1)
One Washington Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Parking Information:

The City of Detroit Workforce Development has generously agreed to cover the parking fee at the Cobo Center for "GMA" Jobs Expo attendees.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP HERE with a contact number and the names of people who will be attending with you. Hope to see you there!