Performing hits from from his two legendary bands, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman will hit the Detroit Riverfront Plaza for the 2009 Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series, sponsored by Andiamo Detroit Riverfront and in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer Randy Bachman has become a legendary figure in rock and roll, earning more than 120 gold and platinum albums/singles worldwide for performing and producing.

 Bachman first scored Billboard success with his band, The Guess Who, in 1965 with the song, “Shakin' All Over”. By 1970, The Guess Who had sold more records than the entire Canadian recording industry with their hits, “These Eyes”, “Laughing”, “Undun”, “No Sugar Tonight” and “American Woman”.

In 1970, Bachman formed Brave Belt – a country rock group experimenting with new musical styles, which eventually evolved into Bachman-Turner Overdrive, known for their hits such as “Let it Ride”, “Roll on Down The Highway”, “Takin' Care of Business” and “You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet”.

Bachman will perform from approximately 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Backstage Pass will open the show at 8 p.m. Edgar Winter will play in a rescheduled concert on Sept. 11 to officially conclude the series.

Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. In addition, boaters on the Detroit River are invited to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the view of the stage from the water.

Food and refreshment concessions from Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will be available at several locations on the plaza. Outside food, beverages or coolers will not be permitted. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will accept dinner reservations before and after the concert and invites guests to take advantage of its gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the Detroit River.

Convenient parking is available for $5 per vehicle at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine and Atwater, adjacent to the GM Renaissance Center.
Known for decades now as Fashionable Ferndale, the dynamic burg fronting Historic Woodward Avenue will soon host the Ferndale Film Festival that promises to be a signature event for the summer season.

The Ferndale Film Festival, dubbed in hipster lexicon as F3, will take place September 3-7, 2009. F3 will include several screens dotted about the city, "Drive-In" theatres, workshops, exhibitions, VIP events and more.....

Ferndale is identified through the Michigan Film Incentives as a core community and has served as locations for several films over the past year including "Youth in Revolt" and "Prayers for Bobby"

Drive Ins, Classes and of course Movies can be found in Ferndale over the labor day festival.

For a complete list of movies and classes check out the movies page.

Tickets are $5 and proceeds from the festival go to local charities, Michigan Aids Coalition, MDA, D-Pan, and Ferndale Youth Association.

Movies under the Stars

"Monsters, Inc" at Martin Road Park on Saturday, September 5th, starting at dusk. Click here to register for free

"Army of Darkness" in the Ferndale Public Libraries west parking lot, right off the corner of Nine and Woodward on Saturday, September 5th, starting at dusk, Click here for free registration.
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Model D
Featured in the Fall issue of Next American City

Karen Gage says the best way to travel Detroit is by bike. The entrepreneur and community development star isn't just saying that because she started the city's first bike rental business a year ago. Karen's bike is her main mode of transportation. She says the city's flat, wide streets and sparse traffic make for great conditions for those who prefer two wheels to four.

"People ask me all the time if I feel safe, and I just want to be like, 'No. No I don't. And it sucks. That's why I ride my bike every day,'" Karen says, with an ironic deadpan.

So where does the biking businesswoman and urbanist pedal to in Detroit?

Everywhere. By day, she uses her urban planning background in her role as vice president of the New Center Council, a community development corporation in a busy neighborhood at the northern edge of Detroit's downtown. By evening and weekend, she is co-owner of Wheelhouse Detroit, the bike shop that opened last year on the city's recently developed RiverWalk along the Detroit River. A day in Detroit for Karen is never the same, but wild variety and randomness are why she loves this city.

Karen's day in Detroit:

9:30 a.m. Coffee for breakfast at Stella International Café in the Fisher Building lobby. The small but chic coffee shop serves Illy brand brews and makes a mean Americano, Karen's favorite. It's owned by the same people behind the Pure Detroit t-shirt shop, which is also in the same, glorious, art deco, iconic Albert Kahn building, along with her New Center Council headquarters.

10 a.m. Meetings and phone calls at New Center Council. She and the team are working on big projects, including revamping an old, admittedly creepy viaduct with new lighting and public art. The project "is going to be a nightmare, but I love it," Karen says. Then there's the massive rehabilitation of the Argonaut Building, a coup for New Center. The city's art and design school -- College for Creative Studies -- is putting $145 million into the redevelopment of the 760,000-square-foot, 11-story Argonaut. The former General Motors '20s office building once was home to the auto company's designers but has been vacant for five years. Starting this fall, it will house a new generation of creatives in the art school's dorms and classrooms, plus a new charter school for the city's youth. The neighborhood is already feeling the impact from the project, even before the kids move in. "All the construction guys are coming in. They shop at our stores. They eat at our restaurants. And when it actually opens, it'll be more," Karen says.

Noon: A slice at Supino Pizzeria in Eastern Market. If she can squeeze it in, she loves to grab lunch at this relatively new spot next to the region's premier farmers market. "It is hands down the best pizza I've ever had," she says.  The Wheelhouse crew often bikes there on the Dequindre Cut bike path, which opened this year. With graffiti encouraged, the $3 million, 1.2 mile greenway replaced a former depressed rail corridor. And now Karen and the bike shop crew call it their "pizza super highway."

5 p.m.:  Karen takes her turn minding the Wheelhouse. In its second year, sales are up. She and biz partner Kelli Kavanaugh offer guided rides that are often sold out, attracting both out-of-town tourists and metro Detroiters wanting to know their city better.

8 p.m.: Drinks at Park Bar. After work, Karen heads over to a favorite spot for Detroit urbanites: The Park Bar. Owner Jerry Belanger opened the bar two years ago, and it's where the "Who's Who" of Detroit downtown dwellers come to gossip and drink the local brews on tap. "You can go there by yourself, and you always run into someone you know. And even if you don't see someone ... no, you always do," Karen says.

9 p.m. Party at MOCAD ... or some other random act of fun. If something is going on, and there's almost always something, the MOCAD -- Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit -- has cool, funky and enlightening programs. Plus they throw the best parties, attracting the art-collecting elite and art school kids alike. The Museum has brought in the "Shrinking Cities" exhibit from Berlin and showcased plans for a "container house" development dreamed up by Detroit architects. A talk this summer was entitled, "Is Detroit Really The New Berlin?"  If nothing is going on at MOCAD, there's always something else odd or enticing, or both. One night, it was an Alley Cat Bike Race: Think chopped bikes put back together in some creative way and then raced like hell through the city streets. On another night, a friend put together performance art in a vacant lot that involved cooking with power tools. Another night friends rented a boat and threw a huge dance party on the river.

Midnight: Bedtime, or perhaps a visit to a local bar. A Friday favorite is Café D'Mongo's Speakeasy, a late-night jazz hangout whose decor prompted one writer to call it "Liberace's living room." "David Lynch's lounge" would also work. If it's a Thursday night, she enjoys the dive bar goodness of a place like L.J.'s in Corktown, where neighborhood residents and hipsters mingle, sing karaoke, and soak in the low-key atmosphere. If she opts for sleep, it'd be hard to blame her. The next day in Detroit could mean more bikes, buildings or trips on the pizza superhighway. She just never knows.
Jessica Archer

Nearly 2,700 Wayne State University incoming freshmen will participate in Warrior Service Day, a daylong community service initiative benefiting several Detroit civic organizations including, ARISE! Detroit, Coalition on Temporary Shelter Detroit, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Gleaners Community Food Bank and more.

 Students will convene at Wayne State’s Matthaei Athletic Complex at 8 a.m.Wednesday, September 2 before dispersing to project sites throughout the city of Detroit. A full Warrior Service Day schedule is available through the contact below.

This year's projects include youth mentoring, urban farming and several community clean-up initiatives. Warrior Service Day is a function of iStart: New Student Days, a program designed to jump-start the academic careers of first-year students.
Mike Householder
Associated Press

Sir John Herschel made important contributions to the nascent field of photography more than a century and a half ago, inventing a chemical process that allowed an image to be fixed onto photosensitive paper.

So it's fitting that the first work attendees will see at a new photo exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts is an 1867 portrait of the British scientist.

"People still feel that because a photograph's made with a machine, a camera, it's not like painting, it's not like sculpture," said museum associate curator Nancy Barr, who put together the exhibition. "It started out on an unsure footing. But people like (Julia Margaret) Cameron pushed for it to be an art, and other people did as well."

It was Cameron who took the famous Herschel portrait that kicks off the exhibit in Detroit that opens Wednesday.

She was a friend of the astronomer and chemist and requested he pose with his hair freshly washed but uncombed and him staring off-camera. She hoped to create a slightly unruly look that played up Herschel's intellectual genius. Cameron also used a long exposure time and left the lens out of focus to produce a soft, hazy effect.

"(Photography) was kind of an upper-class hobby for some," Barr said. "But (Cameron) took it very seriously. She got involved in exhibitions. She sold her work. She really felt photography was a new art form."
More than half a century after Cameron created her most notable works, Walker Evans emerged on the scene, and his work is given its own wall at the exhibit. Evans, a St. Louis native and self-proclaimed "maverick outsider," was the first photographer to have a solo exhibition at a major U.S. institution — the
Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Detroit museum said.

On display in Detroit are some of Evans' works that depict commonplace subjects such as crumbling buildings, advertisements and workers. One of his best-known images and more rare photos in the collection, "The Breakfast Room, Belle Grove Plantation, Louisiana" depicts the decayed interior of a plantation home.
The exhibition is organized chronologically and presents views of the many uses of early photography, including scientific and artistic study, documentation, portraits, landscape and still life. The images span the early 1840s to the 1940s.

Other highlights include classic works by photographic greats Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand and Edward Weston.

The exhibition is free with museum admission and also includes a few extras.

Visitors can stop by the museum's art studio for a cyanotype (blueprint) workshop, where they will be able to create their own blue, ultraviolet-light-developed images. They also will be given the opportunity to gaze through a stereoviewer (think of it as a 19th century View-Master) and see a rare daguerreotype stereoview.
And in a first for a photographic exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, attendees will be invited to fill out a comment card and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on what they've seen.

"We've never done this. It's kind of an experiment," Barr said. "There's a certain component who really don't feel that photography's legitimate as an art form. ... Some people may struggle with it."


Robert Farago
http://thetruthaboutcars.com

Sometimes companies do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Sometimes expediency rules the day. Not infrequently, legal compulsion provides the motivation.

Whatevs. The Detroit News reports that New Chrysler has donated Old Chrysler’s Political Action Committee (PAC) lobbying fund to the United Way. The semi-nationalized automaker will write checks to local chapters totaling $525,000. This also means that New ChryCo will not use union/taxpayer money to support/reward the election/re-election campaigns of politicians friendly to the unions/federal bailouts.

Chrysler gets props for avoiding an obvious conflict of interest. Or it that confluence The ball’s now in their fully nationalized cross-town rival’s court.

“GM transferred its PAC from the bankrupt Motors Liquidation Co. — the GM entity that remains in bankruptcy — to the new GM. The fund had $418,000 in cash through May 31. GM has said political contributions will not resume until next year at the earliest.”

 I’ve got an idea: how about never?

A Tale of Two Cities


By Dennis Fields


I am a Detroiter through and through. I love this city. So it should come as no surprise that I get a little ticked off when I hear people "bad mouthing" the city.

It seems to me that Detroit gets a disproportionate share of criticism and "bad mouthing." Comparatively speaking, Detroit is no worse off than any other city.

Recently, I spent a few days in Memphis TN for a family reunion. During those days, I heard news reports of carjackings, bank robberies, shootings and muggings. While driving through some of the neighborhoods, I witnessed drug activity. All of this revelation begs the question, Why does Detroit receive so much more bad press than Memphis?

If the casual observer digs a little deeper, it seems that Detroiters are an all or nothing, extremists sect. We are either the Motor City or a failure. There are plenty of names that have stuck be we allowed them to: The Murder Capital, Devils Night, Crime City and even MoTown and the Motor City. I added the last two because even though thy were supposed to be positive connotations, they pigeon-held the city. There was no room for diversification.

It seems that if Detroiters want a better Detroit, they first have to take a good long look in the mirror and ask themselves what kind of Detroiter are they? Do they sit idly by and allow crime to happen? Do they over look trash blowing down the street? Do they accept substandard government because it is what they are used to having?

For anyone who reads this, I have an assignment for you. I need to you spark a discussion with at least 5 people you know who would not read a blog or research local government politicians. Engage these people to find out what kind of Detroit in which they want to live. Find out how much are they willing to do to make their Detroit a reality.

The thing that really gets me about the news paper articles, talk shows and blogs that talk about how to accomplish a better Detroit never once mentions those who don't read the paper, listen to or watch talk show or read blogs. It is that very demographic that needs to be engaged to change this city. As I often say, the suburbanites evacuated the city and left it to Bay Bay and Ray Ray 'nem and expects the city to function properly.

If we really want a better Detroit, we'll have to demand better Detroiters. Detroiters who care about their city as well as the image it portrays. Detroiters who a willing to work for utopia and not just hope for it.

Eric Brown

We meet the most interesting people as we scramble in and around Royal Oak, and when we do, we like to highlight them here at the Urbane Life Blog. One such couple came through our office this week that we would like to introduce you too.

Not only did we find their overall story interesting, but also the creative way in which they use a local church kitchen during off church times to bake their pies.

It was refreshing to see how one couple is battling back during these times!

With that, here is our introduction to Little Jack Horner Pie Company:

I never dreamed I would be a baker. I don’t know why I never considered this particular profession. I was an artist I suppose, and didn’t realize that baking had any art to it.

I started the pie company with my boyfriend Christopher because I had baked so many pies in my life: working as a cook in Switzerland and Holland; baking beside my friend Caitlin as she taught me to make the best apple pie in the world to sell at the farmers market down the street in Iowa; baking beside my mother as she curved the edges around dough on her famous pumpkin pie.

We needed to generate income and baking seemed like a simple enough venture to enter into.

Little did we know there was a specific niche waiting for us to fill. I had never really experienced delicious strawberry-rhubarb pie before I started experimenting with recipes. Our company tumbled easily into creation. We found a kitchen to rent to bake in, I perfected a recipe, we, miraculously, got a booth at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. The pie baker from the year before had mysteriously quit. We started a customer base and easily got accepted to Holiday Market to sell our pies, then Goldfish Tea, then Western Market in Ferndale.

The one thing Chris and I are committed to in any money generating venture is ethics. Neither of us realized until we started Little Jack Horner how much love and good decision making could go into a company or how a company truly is a reflection of the creator. Companies like McDonalds are a reflection of someone, somewhere.

Little Jack is a reflection of us and we care so much about so many things: the environment; the country; people we interact with; supporting those around us. That is why we make our pies with Michigan Rhubarb and no preservatives.

We are a local company, supporting local farmers, selling and supporting local groceries with ethics similar to ours, and giving customers a product that is truly worth eating.

Baking is my art now, my creation and my joy. I am thrilled to co-operate a company I care so much about and feel so proud of.

Happy eating!

Leslie
Reuters

Travel Michigan is pleased to announce it has earned the top-ranking amongst the 50 official US tourism office Websites in the use of social media. In a recent study, "How Social is Your State
DMO" conducted by Gammet Interactive, Michigan takes the top spot for the use of popular social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and others.

"We've extended our efforts to stay connected with travelers. Social media allows us to get the Pure Michigan message out to potential visitors on other platforms," commented George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, a business unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "It opens another line of communication with travelers."

In addition to the most popular state tourism Web site, michigan.org, visitors now have other means to stay up-to-date on Michigan tourism deals, discounts and events.

Connect and get the inside scoop on where the fish are biting, what greens are running fast and how you can make your visit Pure Michigan at the newly launched blog, Pure Michigan Connect. Read about bloggers' experiences along the nation's longest fresh water coastline or experience at a small town celebration. Take a minute to comment on the blog posts, or submit one of
your own.

Follow @PureMichigan on Twitter for the latest events and breaking news, along with some fun behind-the-scenes information on all the things going on with
Michigan tourism.

Join the Pure Michigan Fan Page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the latest events in Michigan and talk to others with the same love for Michigan. The fan page is another great resource for planning a trip.

By John Hahn

The Red Wings will welcome back their fans the weekend of September 6-7 with two fun-filled days that celebrate the Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup championship and drop the puck on Detroit’s defense of the Cup in 2008-09.

The party begins with a private “Puck Drop Party” on Sept. 6 exclusively for Red Wings' season-ticket holders. The Stanley Cup will be on display along with a brand new Hockey Hall of Fame memorabilia exhibit. Season-ticket holders can meet Red Wings alumni, play interactive hockey games, become a Red Wings TV announcer by calling the final moments of Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and listen to players and coaches recap the 2008 championship run.

On Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all fans are welcome to attend the Red Wings FanFest at Joe Louis Arena. Fans can ask questions of Red Wings Vice President Steve Yzerman, Wings players and alumni, take the mic as the Red Wings play-by-play announcer, play inflatable and interactive hockey games and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Joe Louis Arena. In addition to many more exciting activities for kids and adults, fans can win several great prizes including Red Wings autographed jerseys and merchandise.

Tickets for Sunday’s FanFest are only $5 and available at the Joe Louis Arena box office, all TicketMaster locations, including Hockeytown Café, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, or charge by phone at 248-645-6666. Fans also can purchase tickets by clicking here. For more information, call the Red Wings at 313-396-7575.

FANFEST Event Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 6 (season ticket holders ONLY)

Main Stage
10-10:30 a.m. – Recap the Cup with Steve Yzerman, Jim Nill and coach Mike Babcock
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Fan Feud
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. – Fan Forum moderated by Ken Daniels
3-3:30 p.m. – Recap the Cup with Steve Yzerman and Jim Nill
4-5 p.m. – Wing It Trivia
5:15 - 5:45 p.m. – Fan Forum with Tomas Holmstrom

Alumni Autograph Session
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. –- Dino Ciccarelli and Ted Lindsay
11:30 - 3:30 p.m. –- Joe Kocur and Bob Probert
3-5 p.m. – Nick Libett and Johnny Wilson

Sunday, Sept. 7

Main Stage
10-10:45 a.m. – Recap the Cup with Steve Yzerman and Jim Nill
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. – Wing It Trivia
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. – Living Legends with Steve Yzerman and Alex Delvecchio
1-2 p.m. – Fan Feud
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. – Fan Forum with Kris Draper

Alumni Autograph Session
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. –- Dennis Hextall, Lee Norwood, Mike Krushelnyski and Budd Lynch
2-4 p.m. –- Brent Fedyk, John Ogrodnick and Johnny Wilson
Two recent University of Michigan graduates along with a University of Toronto graduate are going all Silicon Valley on Detroit. Their Web site, BongoTones.com, is redefining the way mobile phone users gain access to free mobile multimedia – ringtones, wallpapers, videos and games – through custom applications.

BongoTones.com began in September 2007 as the brainchild of these three diverse friends from Detroit and Toronto – Nareg Sagherian, 27, of West Bloomfield, David Pakhchanian, 28, of Commerce Township and Soheil Banifatemi, 26, of Toronto – with even more diverse tastes in music. However, they all shared a passion for technology that established the foundation for BongoTones.com.

They had two goals in mind – to be the best way to get content to users’ mobile phones and to provide an avenue for artists who want to build awareness and have their voice heard in the mobile arena.

In view of the fact that the Web 2.0 concept of creativity and enhancement had just launched, it created a perfect opportunity for them to launch a product that would change the way users utilized the World Wide Web. After months of research and hard work, BongoTones.com unveiled an easy-to-use platform that provided superior search and delivery of their user-generated content of 16,000 ringtones to over 150 countries.

Through their applications, BongoTones.com allows users a forum to upload, customize, and create mobile multimedia. These applications allow users to upload their own personal music and create their free ringtones in whatever fashion they desire. Furthermore, BongoTones.com has created a social network dynamic that establishes a community of users that have the same interests. In essence, the Web site saves the users both time and money when it comes to creating multimedia for their phones, as well as allowing them to enjoy their visit through interaction with others. Moreover, BongoTones.com has established a highly-anticipated artist sign up page, allowing musicians and bands the opportunity to convert their original music into ringtones in minutes, making them instantly available to fans.

Currently, the Web site allows access to ringtones, but they are in the process of launching applications that will allow users to customize and create their own free mobile wallpapers, games and videos. Apart from uploading, customizing and creating mobile content, a user can share, embed and favorite any content on BongoTones.com. Users can also message one another and subscribe to their favorite pages, in order to receive updates. Furthermore, if a user hears a ringtone on a certain song profile page and decides they want the complete version, they are quickly connected to Amazon.com in order to make their desired purchase.

With a lot of determination and a little capital they have redefined the way people search and obtain mobile multimedia online. Moreover, they are regularly striving to improve the user’s wireless technology experience. By working with their users, partners, advertisers and carriers, BongoTones.com is ushering in a new era of free mobile content access that takes them a step closer to providing their service globally and remaining up-to-date with the ever-changing nature of the industry. At BongoTones.com, they believe that a happy and safe user is a loyal user. Above all, they are proud to have established the company in their home state of Michigan, and to be giving back to a community that has provided continuous opportunities for them to succeed.
The Inaugural “Bike the Bridge” Bicycle Tour will be starting at Rivard Plaza in Detroit (near the Wheel House Bicycle Shop).

We will be departing early on Sunday, September 6, and riding over to the Ambassador Bridge as a group.
After riding across the Bridge (which has not had a bicycle on it in 30 years), Windsor Cycling Club will be will be taking us on a tour of historic Old Sandwich Town in Windsor, a remarkable stop on the Underground Railroad.

We will then proceed along Riverside Drive to Lansperry Park along the Detroit River for a breakfast provided by Tres Beans Coffee House of Windsor, and enjoy the waterfront and the morning.

After being able to lock your bike up in a controlled environment, it's a short walk to one of the Biggest Bicycle Races in Canada, in Windsor's own Little Italy. At 3 p.m., we will make the return trip to the USA.

The ride will be less than 20 miles. Any funds after all expenses are paid by the Tour will be donated to Detroit Trails. Hopefully, we will have great weather and a great time for all!

By Mike Householder
The Associated Press

The sign held up by someone in the back of the crowd said it all: "Hollywood 48101."

The yearslong dream of bringing a film and television production facility to the Detroit area took a big step forward with Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony at what will become Unity Studios.

Allen Park Mayor Gary Burtka and studio President Jimmy Lifton said the complex officially opens in October and begins filming its first project in November.

"I want to welcome everybody to 'Hollywood 48101' as it is to be known," Burtka said to applause from hundreds of city residents and others who came to the celebration.

Just a few months ago, the plan to refurbish the site – an auto supplier's former research and development complex – and transform it into a Hollywood-style movie studio was in danger of falling apart.

But Burtka, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, and other local and state government officials were able to obtain the necessary tax credits, incentives and other funding to make it a reality.

The studio is being counted on to provide a shot in the arm to an area hurt badly by the recession and a steep downturn in the auto industry.

When completed, the 104-acre studio will include sound stages and other facilities to create and edit movies, television programs and other productions.

Also in October, the Lifton Institute for Media Skills will open at the site for its first class of 250 students who will be trained for jobs in the film industry.

Michigan has been drawing more moviemakers since tax incentives – among the most generous in the nation – went into effect last year.

But the available pool of carpenters, former auto workers and others displaced by the area's slumping economy also helped in the decision to locate the studio in Allen Park, a couple of highway exits from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

"This is a win," Ficano said. "Not only for Allen Park and the area, but for the region."

Unity Studios is majority-owned by a group of investors from both Michigan and Los Angeles, including Lifton, a veteran Hollywood film executive.

He was the center of attention at Thursday's event, posing for pictures with residents and slapping hands with passers-by who thanked him for his efforts to make the studio a reality.

Lifton, who originally is from the Detroit suburb of Southfield and is a veteran of both the film and music industries, predicts a long life for Unity Studios.

"We will be here tomorrow, a year from now, 25 years, 50 years, 100 years," he said.

After Lifton addressed the crowd, he and Burtka headed over for a photo opportunity in front of an oversized film clapboard. Each man grabbed an end of it, slammed it down and yelled "Jobs!" as their pictures were snapped.

Bill Cosby Meeting in Detroit to Help Public Schools

WWJ Radio

An actor and comedian by the name of Bill Cosby will be coming to Michigan this week. You may have heard of him, he's pretty well known. Mr. Cosby will make a visit to Detroit on Tuesday to help Detroit Public Schools and DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb during the enrollment campaign season.

DPS Spokesman Steve Wasko told WWJ in an interview that Cosby called the district and told them he wanted to volunteer his time.

"He reached out to us, we did not contact him. Mr. Bobb received a phone call directly from Dr. Cosby just about a week and a half to two weeks ago," said Wasko.

"Basically the offer was 'I'd like to join your army, where do I pick up my uniform?' We immediately accepted the offer and we're thrilled that he's coming to Detroit at no charge to DPS in any way," added Wasko.

With Cosby coming to Detroit on Tuesday, DPS hopes to bring more students into the district.

"This is one of a number of activities that we've been holding over the course of the last several weeks and will continue to hold through even the first weeks of school. Simply to raise awareness about the opportunities in Detroit Public Schools," said Wasko.

"Robert Bobb has asked parents to take another look at DPS and to make sure that they're aware of all the opportunities that are behind the doors of our DPS schools," said Wasko.

Cosby will be in Detroit all day Tuesday holding a variety of meetings and functions and presentations, as well as meeting with students and parents.

In particular, Cosby will be joining Bobb on one of his neighborhood walks. They will knock on resident doors on Tuesday evening between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. around Henry Ford High School.

A free public rally held by Bill Cosby at the Henry Ford High School auditorium will follow the walk at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.


By Laura Sternburg

In more ways than one, Ray Drecker, the lead character and aspiring prostitute in HBO’s Hung, certainly gets around. The show is set and largely filmed in and around the Detroit area. I have to admit, I started watching the show because it leads into the wildly popular Entourage. When I noticed that Detroit was featured prominently in the show's opening credits, however, spotting shooting locations immediately added a new dimension to my viewing experience. As it turns out, however, I’m hooked; Hung is a pretty original show.

So what Detroit area locations have been used in the show? In episodes four through eight, Ray and company eat out a lot and several Detroit area restaurants are featured. Episode five featured the Kodiak Creek Inn on Cooley Lake in Commerce Township, a lodge-type restaurant decorated with a large, stone fireplace; a lofty, wooden ceiling; and various animal heads. I’m guessing the other restaurants in the episode are in Frankenmuth, at least given the Bavarian-type waitress outfits. The Town Pump Tavern in downtown Detroit’s theatre district was featured in Episode six, as was an as yet unidentified Middle Eastern restaurant. The Portofino Italian Restaurant (home to the Portofino Friendship Cruise on the Detroit River) in Wyandotte was featured in episode seven and the Gusoline Alley Bar in Royal Oak in episode eight.

I couldn’t quite figure out where the Farmer’s Market was located in episode seven, and I got a little obsessed trying to figure out – with no luck -- where the office building with the address “21600” might be located from episodes six and eight. I’m pretty sure, however, that the beach scene in episode five was at Metro Beach.

So, what (or where) did you spot?

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