HBO Comes to Oakland to Film Kevorkian Movie

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Home Box Office filmmakers for the Jack Kevorkian biopic "You Don't Know Jack" will be in town this week to film scenes for the movie already in production in New York City.

Both interior and exterior shots are planned at the Oakland Circuit courthouse off Telegraph Road in Pontiac, where the former pathologist, now 81 years old, was a frequent visitor in the years before being sentenced to prison in 1999 for second-degree murder in one of 130 deaths he claims to have assisted over a decade.

Actors Al Pacino, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon are just a few of the film's stars expected to be in town, according to Kevorkian attorney and friend Mayer Morganroth. Goodman is to portray Kevorkian's friend, Neal Nicol, and Sarandon will take the role of Janet Good, a right-to-die advocate and former head of the Michigan Hemlock Society, who befriended Kevorkian and also died with his help.

Pacino has the lead role of Kevorkian, but don't look for him and the man who became known as "Dr. Death" getting together during the shoot, Morganroth said.

"Pacino doesn't even want to meet Jack until the filming is done on this project," said Morganroth, a consultant on the film. Like several other principals close to the Kevorkian story, he will be interviewed for a behind-the-scenes "making of" the film expected to be released sometime next year.

Courthouse filming is expected to be shot Thursday and Friday. And for some who were around when Kevorkian made headlines here in the 1990s, the scene may be like travelling back in time.

In some of his last court appearances, the outspoken and always irascible Kevorkian strolled past sign-toting critics and supporters dressed in colonial-style garb, wig and even slipped his arms through a set of fake wooden stocks, a common punishment for running afoul of the law in the 1700s. It is expected Pacino may don some of the same type of paraphernalia for the film, directed by Barry Levinson, whose resume includes the Academy Award-winning "Rain Man."

Filming is also expected to take place at other Oakland County locations, including near places where Kevorkian lived and created his self-proclaimed "Mercitron" (assisted suicide machine) and where some of the assisted suicides occurred.

Kevorkian served eight years of a 10-to-25-year sentence and was paroled in June 2007 for good behavior. Jessica Cooper -- the judge who sentenced him with a terse "no one is above the law" and "consider yourself stopped" -- became the county's prosecutor earlier this year.

"I've had a conversation with the film's screenwriter, as has (assistant prosecuting attorney) John Skrzynski, who handled the case," said Cooper. "We've both been given the impression it will be balanced, and I guess we will just have to see. I can't think of anyone better than Pacino playing him."

Erin Rose

Sporting News Magazine just released its annual "Best Sport City" survey and Detroit landed on the #10 spot.  I personally think we are number one, but hey making the top ten is still pretty good.  Also, a word of caution to Wings fans who are still a bit sore from this year's Stanley Cup outcome: you may want to skip over the #1 pick.  

1. Pittsburgh 
2. Philadelphia 
3. Boston 
4. Chicago + Evanston 
5. Los Angeles 
6. New York 
7. Phoenix + Tempe 
8. Miami 
9. Dallas-Fort Worth 
10. Detroit + Ann Arbor + Ypsilanti 
11. Houston 
12. Nashville 
13. Atlanta 
14. Washington 
15. Tampa-St. Petersburg 
16. Minneapolis-St. Paul 
17. Raleigh + Durham + Chapel Hill, N.C. 
18. Denver + Boulder 
19. Salt Lake City + Provo 
20. Indianapolis 
21. Anaheim 
22. Cleveland 
23. Charlotte 
24. San Jose + Palo Alto + Santa Clara 
25. New Orleans 
26. Milwaukee 
27. Orlando 
28. Baltimore 
29. Cincinnati 
30. St. Louis 
31. San Diego 
32. Portland 
33. Oakland + Berkeley 
34. Columbus 
35. San Antonio 
36. Toronto 
37. Oklahoma City + Norman 
38. Austin, Texas 
39. Vancouver 
40. Buffalo 
41. Gainesville, Fla. 
42. Calgary 
43. Storrs, Conn. 
44. East Lansing, Mich. 
45. Montreal 
46. San Francisco 
47. Memphis 
48. State College, Pa. 
49. Kansas City 
50. Jacksonville 

Metromix Detroit

Ask metro Detroiters to describe Vietnamese food and you may get a shrug of the shoulder. It’s hard to place the blame - Vietnamese restaurants aren’t very prevalent in the metro area and most are accustomed to dining amongst the other Asian influences. Clawson’s Đà Nẵng restaurant is attempting to change that.

Open since March 6, 2009 and located at the corner of 14 Mile and Main Street (Livernois), Đà Nẵng is named after one of the biggest port cities in Vietnam. Owners Kim Dao Waldis and her sister Lan Dao have been busy educating customers on the balance and fresh flavors that Vietnamese food has to offer.

It’s certainly a unique style of cuisine boasting delicateness, subtlety and freshness while still finding influence from Chinese and French palettes. You won’t find an abundance of fried foods or the typical soy, or sweet and sour sauces. What you will experience is food that is both satisfying and delicious (without being heavy and tiring) in a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere.

Especially popular in Vietnamese fare, the Phở soup varieties are fantastic pick-me-uppers complete with a variety of ingredients and flavors. Try the Phở Tái, a thick rice noodle soup topped with thinly sliced top round beef served with fresh vegetables. Or the Phở Tái Nạm, a similar soup with beef flanks. The Phở Tái Bò Viên soup combines the round beef with house-made beef meatballs.

For vegetarians, the Phở Chay is a great choice mixing a thick rice noodle vegetarian soup with tofu and fresh vegetables.

New batches of the soup are made daily and are prepared with fresh basil, bean sprouts, fresh lime juice. They also come with a choice of additional sauces.

Try a grilled steak salad or enjoy a somewhat traditional sweet and sour chicken (traditional except that the sauce on this entrée is extremely light and full of flavors). Other staples include the Gỏi Cuốn (a fresh spring roll of shrimp, steamed pork, vermicelli and fresh vegetables rolled in rice paper served with house hoisin sauce and topped with peanuts), a variety of satays (chicken, pork, beef or shrimp) and a variety of noodle and rice dishes.

Quality is paramount at Đà Nẵng with particular emphasis being placed on the proper refining of the fish sauce exhibiting a clear appearance (versus a cloudy, unrefined sauce, causing its flavor to improperly linger). Equally important is the lack of the sodium salt MSG (Monosodium glutamate) in their dishes thus helping to preserve the foods freshness.

Don’t let the fact that Vietnamese kitchens are not the typical Asian dining destinations (at least in the metro area) fool you – one trip to Đà Nẵng and you’re bound to make it a regular stop to satisfy that need for freshness and hunger.

'Accidental Mummies' Making US Debut in Detroit

David Runk
Associated Press

Through a replica of cemetery gates, a new exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of people whose bodies were accidentally mummified in the mining town of Guanajuato, Mexico, more than a century ago.

Thirty-six mummies on loan from Guanajuato's Museo de las Momias (Museum of the Mummies) go on public display Saturday at the Detroit Science Center as part of the "Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato" traveling exhibit.

The roughly $2 million project marks the first time the mummies have been shown in the U.S. Using scientific, historical and cultural research, the exhibit explores the lives of miners, soldiers, farmers and children whose bodies were mummified and stored in aboveground crypts.

"This is listening to these mummified remains tell their story," said Ronald Beckett, a professor emeritus at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut who studies the Guanajuato mummies and helped research the exhibit.
"Accidental Mummies" is designed to tell the story of Guanajuato, its culture and its people.

Past the exhibit gates — replicating the portal at the cemetery where the first Guanajuato mummy was discovered in 1865 — visitors walk through a room bordered with crypts, where they learn about Mexican traditions surrounding death. At one end, five mummies are displayed behind glass as they might have looked in their crypts.

Visitors then enter the main exhibition space, where 21 mummies — some positioned as if standing upright — are shown. Each mummy is accompanied by text in English and Spanish that gives his or her name, an estimate of the age at which the person died, and details about his or her life.

"Whether you worked in a mine or you were a soldier ... you had a significant place in making Guanajuato what it was at that period," said Martina Guzman, the exhibit's content developer. "All of these people were that."

According to local legend, the bodies were preserved because the city's water is rich with minerals and sulfur. But Beckett, former co-host of "The Mummy Road Show" on the National Geographic Channel, said researchers believe hot weather warmed the crypts, drying out the bodies.

Beckett and Quinnipiac colleague Jerry Conlogue have studied two-thirds of the roughly 110 mummies in the Guanajuato museum's collection. But preparations for the Detroit exhibit offered a closer look, including CT scans of seven mummies performed at a Dearborn imaging center.

With the scans, Beckett said researchers were able to learn more about medical problems of those whose bodies were mummified. Those findings were incorporated into the displays, and the scientific techniques used — from DNA testing to forensic facial reconstruction — are highlighted in the exhibit.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox plans to attend a preview Friday of the exhibit, which is being produced by a Science Center subsidiary. Detroit is the first of the exhibit's seven planned U.S. stops over three years. The Science Center is in talks to finalize other stops.

"Death has been part of the culture of Mexico, and in particular of Guanajuato, for centuries," Guanajuato Mayor Eduardo Romero Hicks, who has encouraged researchers to study the mummies, said in a statement. "We want to make sure that their story is heard beyond our borders."

Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) as it teams up with Award-winning composer and pianist Dave Grusin for five performances from Oct. 8-11.

Grusin, joined by bassist Brian Bromberg and percussionist Will Kennedy, will showcase his film scores as well as jazz and traditional works in a concert event titled An Evening with Dave Grusin.

The performances, part of the DTE Energy Foundation Pops Series, take place Thurs., Oct. 8 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 9 at 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

The program features a wide array of Grusin’s original compositions from film scores to such movies as The Firm, Tootsie, On Golden Pond, Havana, The Milagro Beanfield War and The Goonies along with the jazz work “Mountain Dance” and traditional cowboy songs “Git-along, Little Dogies,” “The Colorado Trail” and “Cripple Creek Breakdown.”  Also highlighted in the program are Mancini’s Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky, Bernstein’s Porgy and Bess Medley and much more.

Since the late 50’s, Dave Grusin has worked in the profession of music as an arranger, pianist, composer and record producer.  Born in Littleton, CO and educated at the University of Colorado, he holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  
Grusin has written over sixty film scores, including The Graduate, Tootsie, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Firm, Havana, Heaven Can Wait, and On Golden Pond. Having received eight Academy Award-nominations, he won an Oscar in 1988 for The Milagro Beanfield War. Most recently he scored Recount for HBO.

From 1976 to 1995, he was in partnership with Larry Rosen as owners of GRP records.  His life as a recording artist and producer has resulted in ten Grammy Awards and numerous nominations, including one for Two Worlds in 2002 and another for Amparo in 2008. These two projects with guitarist Lee Ritenour feature performances by Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Chris Botti and James Taylor, among others.  

He has also arranged for and/or performed with Quincy Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Arnold Steinhardt, Bobby Mcferrin, Peggy Lee, Patti Austin, Diana Krall, Grover Washington Jr., Earl Klugh, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Sergio Mendes, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Andy Williams and Paul Simon.
In addition, Grusin is co-founder (with Rosen) of the National Foundation for Jazz Education, a philanthropic group dedicated to helping young jazz musicians. He is also a rancher and a dedicated environmental activist.


Tickets to An Evening with Dave Grusin range in price from $19 to $70 with a limited number of box seats available for $100 to $105.  Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at  Seniors (60 and over) and students with a valid student ID can purchase 50% off RUSH tickets at the box office 90 minutes prior to concerts based on availability.

For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or

Old-Time Tigers Remember Glory Days of Detroit

Christine Brennan
USA Today

The game Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field was meaningless, just the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks playing out the season. But the bench coaches for each team found themselves strangely engaged in the one division race that still mattered, drawn from their separate dugouts to watching the numbers change on the scoreboard, knowing just how much what they were watching unfold meant to their beloved former home of Detroit.

"I'm watching the scoreboard, watching the scores from the Tigers' and Twins' games, then watching Detroit go ahead, and saying, 'Gosh, I wish that was me,' " said Arizona's Kirk Gibson, who grew up in Michigan and helped lead the Tigers to the 1984 World Series title. "It's stress, but it's what we love, to still be playing, to still have a chance."

"People who are in this business know how tough it is to win a title," said Chicago's Alan Trammell, who played shortstop for the Tigers from 1977 to 1996, then later became their manager. "Obviously it would be huge if the Tigers can win (Tuesday), but those darn Twins, playing in the Metrodome, they find a way to get it done."

Gibson and Trammell's rooting interest in the Tigers is entirely natural; they were in Detroit last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise's last World Series victory.

But they also are cheering on a metaphor. Nothing comes easy for Detroit these days. The Tigers had a seven-game lead with 26 games remaining. Kind of like the Big Three automakers all those years ago. Then the Tigers were three up with four to go last week but fell apart before winning their final game to salvage a tie for the division lead.

If the Tigers don't find a way to beat Minnesota today, won't their collapse be the mirror image of their poor city's?

"These are great sports fans and I feel for them," Trammell said in a phone interview Monday. "On Saturday afternoons in September when I was playing, we used to have 40,000 at Tiger Stadium, there would be 100,000 over at Michigan Stadium and then another 75,000 up the road at Michigan State. I don't know how many towns can say that. As far as sports towns go, there's none better."

Gibson grew up in Pontiac, a Detroit suburb, and went to Michigan State. He not only remembers the 1967 riots and the 1968 Tigers' World Series victory as a boy of 10 and 11, he links the two, as any good Tigers fan does.

"That was very significant in the healing process for Detroit," Gibson said over the phone from Arizona. "Then in the early '80s, things weren't very good in Detroit and I remember the feeling as I was playing that we could help people get their minds off their troubles, that we could rally people, that we could help them be optimistic and help them believe again.

"Detroit is such a tough town. There have been a lot of jokes and comments made about Detroit for years and years now, and our sports teams have been that mechanism to keep us grinding, to keep us pushing forward, to try to overcome those odds."

There is no doubt sports really matter in Michigan. Although Detroit truly is a baseball town first and foremost, it's not wrong to also call it "Hockeytown," as many do. And we cannot ignore the fact that the new Detroit mayor is former Pistons point guard Dave Bing.

Problem is, for every step forward Detroit takes on the field of play, it seems a step backward comes along all too quickly. The Michigan State men's basketball team made the NCAA title game at Ford Field in April, then lost miserably to North Carolina. The Red Wings lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals two months later. The Lions finally won a game last month, but are back to losing again.

"I think everybody agrees Michigan has been hit harder than any other state in the country economically," Trammell said. "Sports doesn't fix things, we all know that, but it can get your mind off your problems for a period of time, so that's a great thing."

Trammell, a native Californian, spent enough time in Detroit to learn that even in the bleakest of Midwestern times, unfettered optimism often flourishes. He has heard, for instance, that there's always tomorrow.

Even if it's today.

Click on Detroit

Detroit leaders and community members kicked off a new musical campaign Monday in the city called "Change Detroit For Good."

Leaders from the Detroit Police Department, the Motown Alumni Association, the Detroit Lions Club, the Black Women Lawyers Association, the Better Detroit Youth Organization and 3rd Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas are supporting the cause.

The campaign is aimed at creating a more positive relationship between Detroit youth and law enforcement officials.

"At this very critical time in our city, it is imperative that we engage, encourage and empower our youth, who are our leaders of tomorrow," Judge Deborah Thomas said.

As part of the effort, a musical competition has been created to challenge young Detroit residents between the ages of 8 and 22.

Judge Thomas said the contest is open to all types of musical creations.

“We are going to accept sounds everywhere from reggae to jazz to blues to spoken word to gospel,” said Judge Thomas.

Contestants are asked to write and perform a piece on how to make Detroit streets and schools safe.
Fifteen finalists will be chosen by local Motown music artists, and then the public will have the chance the final three.

The winner will be given the chance to perform live, appear in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and receive guidance from a nationally-known producer.

The competition runs through Nov. 26.

For more information on the campaign and complete competition rules: .

Ryan Dunn
For The South End

Local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist groups successfully prevented reggae recording artist Buju Banton from performing in Detroit, but they could not stop him from performing in Michigan.

The Blind Pig, a live music venue in Ann Arbor, played host to Banton’s performance last Wednesday night after The Majestic Theater in Detroit opted to call off the original date.

The controversy surrounding Banton stems from his song “Boom Bye Bye,” which contains the lyric “Anytime Buju Banton come, faggots get up and run…they have to die.” Other lyrics in the song, which was recorded in 1992 at the age of 15, promote the murder and torture of gay men by pouring acid on them.

LGBT groups across the nation have protested his shows, leading concert promoters LiveNation and AEG Live to cancel all of their dates on Banton’s current U.S. tour.

That did not stop the Blind Pig from allowing Banton to play. In a statement taped to the front of their building, they defended their decision,“We have come to the conclusion that this artist does not support the point of view that he put forward in his controversial song.

And that, to the contrary, his current performances are celebrated by many because of the powerfully positive messages he puts forward at his concert.”

After scheduling the concert in Detroit, the Majestic Theater staff received emails from LGBT groups such as Affirmations (Ferndale, MI) and The Triangle Foundation. The show was then canceled and cost the Majestic Theater thousands of dollars.

“It is next to impossible to simply cancel a show without major financial consequences. Yet, that is what we have done. We feel that our decision to cancel the show is less about making a statement on free speech and more about continuing to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all people,” David Zainea, co-owner of the Majestic Theater center, said in a statement.

One Wayne State University student, Jonathan DeFrancesco, supported The Majestic’s decision to work with their community, but expressed reservations about possible censorship.

“This seems that the Majestic is acting out of a debt to the community it depends on, which is cool to see, and hopefully helps with the fight against hate,” DeFrancesco said, “but can just as easily be a slippery slope towards rejecting any controversial art from being performed.”

To help offset the Majestic’s losses, Affirmations and Transgender Detroit, among others, organized a benefit concert on three days’ notice to take the place of the Banton concert. The concert featured local groups including The Big Pink Black and Coup Detroit.

“The show went great. We had a super lineup of entertainers. It was great that the community came together on such short notice,”  Michelle Fox-Phillips, co-founder and executive director of Transgender Detroit, said.

Banton’s show may have found another venue, but Kathleen LaTosch, chief administrative officer for Affirmations, feels the efforts of the LGBT groups are still a success.

“In these times, Detroit could use some positive energy,” she said. “There was a lot of goodwill generated in the broader community, so it was a win-win-win.”

Nicolena Stephan
Positive Detroit Guest Writer

Milan, Paris, Los Angeles and New York City have one major thing in common: They’re fashion hubs. Detroit isn’t one of the first cities that come to mind when we think of fashion, and that’s exactly what the executive committee of Fashion in Detroit (FID) is trying to change.

The very first FID event took place October 1 – 2 at the Detroit Zoo. According to its Web site, FID is a bi-annual two-day fashion event created by Project Runway’s Joe Faris to put a fashion spotlight on Detroit and create a venue that fills the needs of many locally based designers and the Detroit fashion community. The executive committee’s goal of bringing this event to Detroit is to rival other Fashion Weeks across the country.

I had the opportunity to attend the October 2 runway shows as a Positive Detroit contributor (it was weird to be on the other end of the spectrum wearing a press badge!). Now, I won’t claim that I live and breathe fashion, or that I’m a devout fashionista like Angela from Angela’s Eye, but I do invest a lot of thought into creating a wardrobe that reflects the fashion trends of the season. I was beyond excited to experience this first-ever fashion event and share my thoughts on the spring 2010 collections from various designers.

After trudging through the rain and doing my best to avoid splashing mud on my suede booties, I ended up missing Joe Faris’ show. Here’s a breakdown of the remainder of day two’s runway shows:

Kevin Christiana – contestant on Project Runway season 4, head designer and partner of the labels CHRISTIANA ZINN and MYNT 1792. Kevin’s show featured some of his MYNT 1792 collection.
MYNT 1792 is a lifestyle brand created by New Yorkers and inspired by Gotham City’s culture. It includes a combination of unique fashion and well-tailored designs for men and women. This collection featured a lot of skinny pants and 1980s inspiration, like leather, spandex, Michael Jackson inspired cropped jackets and studded vests and jackets.

Thanks to the lovely Stephanie Casola, I got to go backstage and chat with Kevin about being at FID. Kevin and Joe Faris hit it off immediately when they first met, and Joe told Kevin he should be a part of the first ever FID. Kevin said while Detroit is best known for its contribution to the music industry, music and fashion go hand-in-hand, so it makes sense for Detroit to rise up the ranks of the fashion industry. Shorts are Kevin’s favorite item to design and sell because they’re always adorable and easy to shop for online. While in Detroit, Kevin checked out Mon Jin Lau in Troy and Chen Chow in Birmingham.

Carhartt – 120 years in business, located in Dearborn, MI, designer of workwear and outerwear pieces that are known for durability, comfort and quality of construction.

Carhartt showed off some of its items that weren’t the traditional workwear and outerwear pieces. The new line featured a lot of plaid, leather jackets, studded belts, dark denim and cargo paints (spiced up with gladiator style shoes), cropped and tall boots and vests. The pieces were relatively plain without a lot of intricate detail or design. These outfits gave off a comfy chic, semi-grunge vibe.

Femilia Couture – established by designers Fotoula Lambros and Emily Thornhill in January 2007, leans toward using natural based fibers and sustainable materials, locations in Detroit, Ferndale and Milford, MI.

This was the first time I’ve seen Femilia Couture clothing, and I fell madly in love with this label! Sheer and flowing materials, floral designs and layering dominated this line. The designs were very feminine and romantic. Ruffles, bunched dresses, angled cuts, fringe, jumpsuits and off-the-shoulder tops were also prominent. Femilia Couture is perfect for those who love beautifully crafted pieces that make you feel pretty.

Betsey Johnson – world-renowned New York designer with a long-standing fashion career. If you’ve never heard the name Betsey Johnson, then don’t even try to claim you’re into fashion. Betsey is known for injecting creativity into her pieces and making up her own fashion rules. This line was neck-in-neck with Femilia Couture’s as my favorite of day two at FID. The essence of the style featured in this line was funky and flirty.

The models even strutted with more sass and pizzazz when they showed off Betsey’s pieces. This line included bright colors, mixed patterns (floral with cheetah print or stripes), sequins, plaid, cropped jackets, layered necklaces and dresses and bold prints. I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to sport most of the featured pieces, but if you want to make a statement at a party or event, then Betsey Johnson is your go-to designer.

Made in Detroit – the most recognized logo in Detroit fashion history, owned by Detroit’s favorite bad boy Kid Rock.

Made in Detroit wrapped up FID with a bang. Being that Kid Rock owns the label, the show kicked off with his famous head banger, “Bawitdaba”. The colors black, white and red dominated this line. There was a NASCAR theme going on with a lot of stripes, checkers and patches.

Both the men and women’s clothing were tight fitting. Accessories like suspenders, hats and belts were prominent with the outfits. I started getting bored by the same three dark colors, but things perked up at the end with a few hues of blue and cute denim dresses with black cinch belts.

Combined with the high-end fashion shows were a $5,000 donation to Danialle Karmanos’ Work it Out program and a FID Lifetime Achievement Award presented to designer Linda Dresner.

I briefly spoke with Karen Buscemi, StyleLine editor and FID executive committee member, who said that while they didn’t fill the 500 available seats, everyone viewed FID as a success. Regardless of the number of people who showed up, creating an event like this in Detroit is a success in itself.

Mark your calendars for March 2010 when FID returns to the D. It seems like FID is here to stay, and I couldn’t be happier.

MSU Opens Detroit Education Center

Expanding its Southeast Michigan presence and strengthening key partnerships in the region, Michigan State University today opened MSU Detroit Center, which houses Community Music School Detroit and a new headquarters for College of Education teaching interns.

MSU will be the only occupant of the building. While the university has been partnering with Detroit and Southeast Michigan for decades, the 22,000-square-foot facility located at 3408 Woodward Ave. will provide the people of Detroit with easy access to the university on many levels, said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.

About 49 percent of MSU’s incoming freshman class comes from the three-county Southeast Michigan area and 20 percent of MSU’s 420,000-plus living alumni reside there.

“MSU Detroit Center represents a new level of engagement in Southeast Michigan,” Simon said. “It is a physical symbol of our continued commitment to enhance quality of life in Detroit and all of Southeast Michigan by fostering 21st-century learning and growing partnerships that serve as catalysts to future prosperity.”

CMS Detroit has been hosting classes for Detroit-area youth and adults since early September. Classes include a jazz ensemble (in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), early childhood music sessions, multimedia arts/digital media classes, music therapy and the New Horizon Band, an adult concert band designed for novices.

The building also provides classroom and meeting space for College of Education teacher candidates who are placed in Detroit classrooms for the required fifth-year internship and for their mentor teachers. MSU’s admissions, advancement and government affairs offices also have space in the building.

During today’s event, guests toured MSU Detroit Center, experienced live performances by students from the MSU College of Music and sampled music education and therapy activities. Speakers, including Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, MSU Board of Trustees Vice Chairperson Melanie Foster and MSU Provost Kim Wilcox, reflected on MSU’s ongoing commitment to Southeast Michigan.

Both the College of Music and the College of Education have increased their Detroit presence throughout the years. Last year, the College of Music started Jazz@YouthVille. Also at YouthVille, the College of Education operates a resource center funded by Detroit-based Skillman Foundation. In addition, MSU serves more than 500,000 individuals in Southeast Michigan through its extension offices. In September, the College of Osteopathic Medicine expanded to Southeast Michigan.

To learn more about MSU’s Southeast Michigan initiative, visit
James Herriotte
For The South End

When people visit the Detroit Zoo, typically they go for the usual attractions, lions and tigers — not the eccentric fashion designer Betsey Johnson.

The designer is coming to Detroit, and she isn’t alone. Thursday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 2 the Detroit Zoo will be host to animals who are fierce in a different way. The event, “Fashion in Detroit,” is the first of its kind in the area. The zoo will showcase national names like Betsey Johnson and Kevan Hall as well as local clothing lines like “Diva Groove” and Kid Rock’s “Made in Detroit.”

While Detroit has its own beat of style, it is not a fashion capital like New York or London. Still, Karen Buscemi, editor of Style Line and the event’s host, thinks this could all change.

“The media coverage this event is getting is crazy, from Women’s Wear Daily to Spin and even CNN money,” Buscemi said.

“Fashion in Detroit” was created by former “Project Runway” contestant Joe Faris as a way for Detroit area designers and others in the fashion community to express their interest in the art of fashion.

“Detroit has always had the passion, the talent and the culture for fashion,” Hodah Salameh, volunteer coordinator and WSU student, said, “but the only missing ingredient has been the drive to display that potential. FID is the force that’s helping Detroit conquer the fashion industry.”

With FID, Detroiters no longer have to read and enviously watch all the lavish shows held during the Fashion Weeks of cities like Paris, New York, and Milan. Better still, most of the designers have some connection to Detroit. Designer Peter Soronen grew up in Farmington and Kevan Hall is a graduate of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School.

While many of the designers to be showcased are not strangers to the runway, be it here or abroad, there is one that sticks out like a sore thumb — Carhartt.

“I’m really interested in what Carhartt is bringing to the table — whether or not they’ll be showing the work wear they’re famous for or their little known street brand, which is famous in Europe,” Angela Wisniewski, owner of Web site “Angela’s Eye … On Metro Detroit’s Style,” said.

The company, known mostly for its work clothes and outerwear, has a slot among some of the more high-end designers like Betsey Johnson. But Carhartt isn’t the only designer bringing something different to the catwalk.

Dana Keaton, a local artist and professor at the College for Creative Studies and Art Institute of Michigan is devoted to bringing back personal customer service once only available to the clients of famous couturiers in Europe. Keaton’s line, “Diva Groove,” is dedicated to custom and specialty designs to satisfy client’s needs. “Diva Groove” is also one of the few Detroit lines to incorporate traditional weaving and fabric into its designs.

“I’m also an artist and I like to put my creativity into each of my designs,” Keaton said.
When asked why she chose to go the route of one of kind creations instead of mass production Keaton referenced one of every fashionista’s worst nightmares.

“No woman likes to wear the same thing as somebody else,” she said. “I’d hear stories all the time of ‘I walked in and she had on the same thing.’ ‘Diva Groove’ eliminates that.”

As an up-and-coming designer, Keaton looks forward to the future of Detroit’s fashion scene, thanks to “Fashion in Detroit.”

“For years we’ve been trying to build Detroit’s fashion industry,” she said. “I think ‘Fashion in Detroit’ finally got it right.”

The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a "Brewed in Michigan" beer and food festival on Friday, Oct. 2 from 5 - 9 p.m. at Bakers of Milford.

A $25 ($30 at the door) ticket will provide attendees with fun, food from a variety of area restaurants, music, door prizes and twelve pours from local breweries including B. Nektar Meadery of Ferndale, Short’s, Founders, Bell’s, New Holland, Arcadia, Dark Horse and many more.

Additionally, bring in a coat for Community Sharing and receive an extra door prize raffle ticket.

Tickets are available for purchase at Bakers of Milford, Milford House, Pine Ridge Market or at the chamber office.

For more information, or to order advance tickets by phone, contact the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce at (248) 685-7129. Baker’s of Milford is located at 2025 South Milford Rd.

Panera Bread is inviting its customers to join in the fight against breast cancer by eating a bagel for breakfast during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Panera’s signature Pink Ribbon Bagels will be sold in all of southeast Michigan’s 46 bakery-cafes during the month of October.

Panera Bread is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold to a variety of breast cancer causes throughout the country, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, locally presented by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel is baked fresh daily at Panera Bread bakery-cafes and features cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar. The product follows the tradition of ‘thinking pink’ during the month of October in the quest to eradicate breast cancer disease.  Sue Stees, one of Panera Bread’s first franchisees and a breast cancer survivor, developed the idea for the Pink Ribbon Bagel in 2001 as a way to help support the cause.

The Pink Ribbon Bagels are priced at $1.25. Customers have the option of purchasing a bagel pack (13 assorted bagels with 2 cream cheese tubs) for $12.99, or a baker’s dozen (13 assorted bagels) for $8.99 to treat family or coworkers to a Panera breakfast.

Panera Bread and its franchisees also support charitable causes through its Operation Dough-Nation® program. Since it was founded in 1992 to formalize Panera’s commitment to community involvement, Operation Dough-Nation has contributed both monetary and bread donations through its Community Breadbox™ and Day-End Dough-Nation™ programs to local food pantries, hunger relief agencies and other community organizations.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Pay It 4ward campaign to train unemployed Metro Detroiters for local jobs will conclude Wednesday, Sept. 30 with special events at all 19 Metro Detroit Caribou Coffee locations.

Participants will receive free coffee samples and opportunities to win valuable prizes, including $100 Caribou Coffee gift cards and airfare and tickets for two to see a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” live in Los Angeles.

Donations to the Pay It 4ward campaign support Goodwill Industries programs that help Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county individuals secure jobs through education, training and career support.

The Pay It 4ward campaign centers around official envelopes to be filled with dollar bills, passed from person to person, until they reach 25 people. Every $25 dollars collected in a Pay It 4ward envelope, or online at, will help provide an entire day of career training for an unemployed Metro Detroiter for a job of the future.

On Sept. 30, each Metro Detroit Caribou coffee location will offer free samples of 20 new items and giveaways for customers who participate in the campaign. Ten percent of gross sales at all 19 locations between 3 p.m. and close that day will go to Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Pay It 4Ward participants can drop off a completed envelope at any Metro Detroit Caribou location through Sept. 30 to receive a free beverage (any size). In addition to Caribou Coffee locations, completed envelopes also may be dropped off through Sept. 30 at any of the 72 local Flagstar banking centers or at Drakeshire Lanes in Farmington Hills, Mich., where participants will receive two free games of bowling.

For every 1,000 local people Goodwill Industries puts to work, the organization estimates up to $25 million in wages are earned and spent locally to boost the Metro Detroit economy each year they are on the job.

“Caribou customers thank us all the time for supporting the unemployed in this area through the Goodwill Pay It 4ward campaign,” said Adam Stansberry, greater Detroit area district manager for Caribou Coffee. “It’s a simple and affordable way for anyone in Metro Detroit to make an incredible impact on the life of a friend or neighbor who’s lost a job.”

Study Looks At Why People Love Where They Live

Amy Hoak
The Wall Street Journal

People like where they live for any number of reasons, but there are several stand-out qualities that ignite residents' passion for their communities - and how the area is dealing with the recession isn't one of them, according to a report released Tuesday by Gallup and the Knight Foundation.

Residents are most attached to their communities when they have fun places to gather, there's a welcoming atmosphere and there are beautiful and green spaces to enjoy, according to the "Soul of the Community" survey. The study looked at 26 communities and surveyed a random sample of more than 10,000 people earlier this year.

"While the pain from the recession is deep, other factors far outweigh economics when it comes to determining how emotionally attached people are to their communities," said Warren Wright, managing partner for Gallup, in a news release.

Positive feelings about a community, however, do have a connection to local GDP growth over a longer-term period, according to the report.

The study, in its second year, explores the connection between economic growth and residents' emotional attachment to their communities. Gallup has shown that increasing an employee's emotional connection to his or her company leads to better financial performance of the organization; this study works to see if the emotional connection to a community similarly drives economic growth.

Why People Love Where They Live

The report also is meant to help local leaders and residents identify what people want out of their communities, and how to create desirable environments.

"Have you ever gone somewhere and said 'I could live there?'" said Katherine Loflin, lead consultant on the project, in a phone interview. "It has to do with the welcome-ness, and if it's nice to look at," not "because they're building new business complexes or there are tons of want ads in the paper."

What keeps residents passionate about their communities are some of the things they'd show off to visitors: elements that make for a fun social life, beautiful features, or the historic town square - things that root people in a community, she said.

The research also found:

* A perception that a place is open and welcoming to college graduates is important in order to prevent "brain drain" that can occur when students graduate and leave a place to seek employment.

* New residents are the least attached to their communities of any demographic group, even less attached this year than when the survey was conducted in 2008.

* Residents more satisfied with their jobs are more likely to have an emotional connection to their community.

   Engaged Residents

Bradenton, Fla., Grand Forks, N.D., State College, Pa., Long Beach, Calif., and Aberdeen, S.D., had some of the highest percentages of engaged residents, or those who felt highly passionate about where they live. Areas with some of the lowest percentages of engaged residents were found in Gary, Ind., Detroit, Mich., Macon, Ga., Akron, Ohio and Wichita, Kan.

While Detroit was in the bottom five, the city does have some momentum building to change that, especially with growing enthusiasm of residents between the ages of 18 to 34, Loflin said.

"People think a certain thing about Detroit and the area," she said. Residents are trying to turn that around. "They're saying we're not done with this community."

In Tallahassee, Fla., social offerings - having fun places to gather - were the No. 1 driver of community attachment. There, the Knight Foundation funded the first Tallahassee Film Festival and the Get Gaines Going project, to revitalize a main thoroughfare. Residents of the area are working to create a sense of place, in an effort to get local college graduates to stay and build a career, according to the release.

"A creative and diverse workforce is the key to Tallahassee's future. With guidance from the Soul of the Community study, we can continue to find ways to get there by attracting new talent and keeping our local college graduates in town," said Mike Pate, Knight Foundation's Tallahassee program director, in a news release.

Other communities studied were: Biloxi, Miss.; Boulder, Colo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ga.; Duluth, Minn.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Miami, Fla.; Milledgeville, Ga.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Jose, Calif.; and St. Paul, Minn.

Jason Beck

 They came back for memories, for fans, for each other. They certainly came for Sparky Anderson.
"There's a lot of us who came because of him," said Jack Morris, staff ace of the Tigers' last World Series championship team in 1984.

While the 2009 Tigers waited to begin a series showdown with the Twins that will likely define their season, Monday was still the night for Detroit to honor the 25th anniversary of its 1984 World Series champions at Comerica Park. From the looks of pride on players' faces to lines of fans who wrapped around the concourses for autographs and honors, it was a day of honor that became a night to honor Anderson.

World Series MVP Alan Trammell flew in from the West Coast on an off-day for the Cubs, with whom he works as bench coach. So, too, did D-backs coach Kirk Gibson, whose home run in Game 5 of the Fall Classic helped the Tigers put it away.

Then there was Morris, whose no-hitter April 7 of that year stands as perhaps the defining highlight of Detroit's famous and unmatched 35-5 start. He currently works as a broadcaster covering the rival Twins near his Minnesota farm, but he donned a Tigers hat again for a day as he took the field.

"If the truth be known, we'd all like to be able to be in uniform tonight and go play a baseball game," Morris said.

Nobody played Monday; the rain that fell on those who didn't bring an umbrella, such as Morris and Gibson, washed out the scheduled game without so much as a ceremonial first pitch. It soaked the field, but not the enthusiasm.

Trammell, Gibson, Morris and All-Star catcher Lance Parrish all received a rousing ovation when introduced during ceremonies behind home plate. The cheers for Anderson, however, began as soon as he walked out of the tunnel and onto the field, and roared when he was finally introduced.

Anderson, still exuberant, still unflinchingly positive at age 75, soaked in every second of it along with the raindrops in his first appearance at the ballpark since Game 2 of the 2006 World Series. He raised his hands to try to encourage the fans to raise the volume.

"It's a great day for all of them," Anderson said earlier in the day. "It's a great honor."

Trammell spoke to the crowd and personally thanked Anderson, who he said taught them "how to play the game the right way," the credit he has so often given during his coaching career.

Then Anderson took the microphone and thanked the fans from the heart.

"This team will be back, I guarantee you," he said, looking over his right shoulder at the Tigers' dugout. "And this little guy over here will bring it back."

He pointed to current Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who managed in Detroit's farm system during Anderson's first few years as a Tiger before leaving the organization for a coaching job with Tony La Russa's White Sox.

Leyland met with Anderson in the hallway earlier in the day.

"He looks good," Leyland said.

Anderson referred to Leyland and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire as two of the best managers in the game. Earlier, he spoke in wonderment about Gardenhire's ability to manage.

Leyland, standing in the rain on the top step of the home dugout, tipped his cap.

All in all, it was a collective tip of the cap for one of the most dominant teams in recent history, yet a team that has been largely overlooked in Hall of Fame voting.

The Tigers had long since clinched their spot in the playoffs by this point in 1984, on their way to winning the division by 15 games. Not only did they lead the American League East from start to finish, they finished strong, winning 11 of their final 15 when they already had the division all but wrapped up.

By the time they reached October, they admitted there were nerves about losing in the playoffs and ruining such a great season. But there was confidence, too.

"This is just my opinion, which I'm entitled to: We would've beat the 1927 Yankees that year," Trammell said. "It was our year. We weren't going to be denied that year."

What sticks out to the players years later, though, is obviously the start. The term used almost to a man was that it was a team on a mission.

"The whole year was unbelievable," Parrish said. "I just remember about going 35-5. I remember we won our 35th game in Anaheim, and I remember going back to my hotel room that night after the game and sitting there and just kind of running through my head. And I was like, 'You know, this just doesn't happen, winning 35 of your first 40 games of the season.' It was mind-boggling.

"Obviously, that particular memory was great. But the accomplishments throughout the year, just the way that we played together, [stood out]. We never felt like we were out of it. We always seemed to come through."

That attitude, their style of play, came from Anderson, who arrived in Detroit in the summer of 1979 to take over a team of young but talented kids such as Morris, Trammell, Gibson, Parrish, Lou Whitaker, Dan Petry and Dave Rozema.

There was toughness, but there was also loyalty. More important, there was an attention to detail.

"It just didn't happen overnight," Trammell said. "The things that Sparky was trying to get across to us, the little things in baseball that you need to be able to do, to be able to execute at certain times, we finally got it. And it helped. In fact, I can tell you that first hand, it helped. It was one of the reasons why we were able to be successful."

Said Morris: "It was a journey of a life experience for a lot of us. We came up as young kids out of high school and college who had a dream but didn't know how to put that dream together. Sparky was kind of the bond that knew how to put it together. He taught us how to play the game, how to win. We ultimately did that, and now we get to share the memories."

That, Trammell believes, is why this team has remained so close. Many of them, too, have remained close to their old manager through all the years, even though it doesn't seem like long to Anderson.

"It should," Anderson said, "but it really doesn't. You tell children you'll wake up tomorrow and be out of college, and they're only in the third grade. It just happens. I don't know why or how or what makes it work like that. But it does."

Seeing them again, Anderson said, was why he came back.

"That's what he says," Gibson said, "but I think he was one of the first guys to RSVP. But why wouldn't you come? I mean, how many more opportunities are we going to have to come together?"

Assignment Detroit: The Drinking Game

In the landmark 1941 essay The American Century, Time Magazine publisher and future LSD fan Henry Luce envisioned a world molded by American missionaries preaching the dual good news of liberal democracy and free enterprise. American Exceptionalism would lead the world to peace and prosperity, Luce believed. Sometimes a great notion, indeed.

Famous Stalinist and Theosophist weirdo Henry Wallace thought Luce was full of shit and offered instead the Century of the Common Man, which had something to do with corn. Nearly 70 years later, Luce’s work provides the philosophical underpinnings of neo-conservativism, and by extension the Iraq War, while Wallace’s dreamy idealism wrought high fructose corn syrup.

We tell you all this because, while Detroit’s common slobs can find a virtual smorgasbord of corn-based crap food in any ghetto liquor store, American Exceptionism (nearly a decade after the American Century ended) has only now arrived in Detroit. Time and CNN kicked off their historic Assignment Detroit project this week. We must greet them as liberators, with flowers and song.

Time has already profiled development superstar Brian Holdwick. One only needs to look around Detroit to see what an amazing job Holdwick has done at the DEGC. Sigh. They’ll learn.

We’re stuck with the Time/CNN folks and, for better or worse, they’re stuck with us. It’s like a family gathering. The only way to survive is to drink. A lot. That’s why we’re offering Assignment Detroit: The Drinking Game. Here are the rules:

1. Every Detroit as New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina reference, drink.

2. For every mention of landmarks demolished or soon to be demolished, drink. If the landmark in the Michigan Central Station, drink a boxcar.

3. If the demolished (or soon to be demolished) landmark is used as an allegory for the city itself, drink again. The MCS boxcar rule still applies.

4. Anytime Super Bowl XL is mentioned, drink some domestic macrobrewed beer.

5. Every time they use a picture of the Renaissance Center, drink

6. If they report that professional sporting events lift our weary spirits, drink.

7. If you spot a Time/CNN reporter at Honest?John’s, drink a shot of Kessler.

8. For every reference to urban farming, urban prairie, urban pioneers or anything else that sounds like a bizarre miscegenation of Welcome Back, Kotter and Little House on the Prairie, drink.

9. If they drop tired booster memes such as creative class, cool cities, $100 houses, drink a Pabst.

10. If they drop tired jargon such as gritty, blue-collar, hard-working, or brawn, drink a Strohs.

11. For every photo of a redevelopment cropped to hide a gapping eyesore, drink OR every photo of a gapping eyesore cropped to hide a redevelopment, drink. If Slows is cropped out of a picture of the MCS, eat a plate of brisket while drinking.

12. If they solicit the opinions of Kid Rock, Eminem, Jack White, or Brian “This Time” Vander Ark, drink. Twice if it’s Vander Ark.

13. When a Time/CNN reporter is a victim of a crime, finish your drink and start a new one.

14. Every time the dullards at DetroitYES complain that Time/CNN is being mean to Detroit, drink.

15. Every time Time “discovers” a little-known neighborhood haunt, struggling to get by in this tough, cruel world - some obscure, out-of-the-way place like the Cass Cafe or the Magic Stick, drink.

16. If they write about the ‘84 World Series riots, drink to the memory of the late Bubba Helms.

17. Anytime they write about the 1967 riots, drink a Mickey’s 40 oz, refill it with gasoline, stuff a rag in it, light it, and toss it at a police car (don’t actually do that).

18. Every time they use the phrase “murder capital of the world”, drink.

19. If they mention your favorite bar, run quickly to drink there for the last time before it is chock full of suburbanites and German tourists.

20. Every time they mention the Pure Michigan ad campaign as a reference to the state’s beauty, drink from the Rouge River along the banks of Zug Island.

21. If they mention Motown…drink the same wood alcohol that fucked up Martha Reeves.

22. If they mention Dave Bing’s basketball history and whether he can “translate” those skills to help the city, drink.

23. If they write about Brooks Patterson without mentioning the Pontiac bussing battles of the 1970’s, drink an Irish car bomb.

24. Any reference to either Coleman Young or Kwame Kilpatrick as “hizzoner,” drink Courvoisier.

25. Every time they note that Detroit’s dailies are (1) shrinking, (2) struggling, (3) home-delivered only three days a week, (4) incubators of talent that leaves…drink at the Anchor Bar.

26. Every time the trials and tribulations of a “noble savage”-type character, preferably an older woman who’s the bulwark of a declining neighborhood somewhere on the far east or far west side, is used as a stand-in for Detroit! itself!, go to church. Then drink. If the old woman has a catchy nickname, have two drinks. If the old woman has a large family and a knack for cooking soul food, drink thrice. If the old woman has no family, and fends for herself in an increasingly dangerous neighborhood, pass her the bottle first. Then drink.

27. When they sing the DEGC/DDA/P&D’s praises, purchase a bottle from a Frank Taylor restaurant bankruptcy auction and then drink.

To submit your Drinking Game Nomination, click HERE and post in the "Comments" section.
Brad Galli

Today wasn’t just Sunday for Lions fans.

Today meant a little bit more. Today marked the first win Detroit had seen since December 23, 2007. Today got people thinking, “Hey, this whole ‘good feeling’ thing could work. I could do this more often.”

Today was so much more.

Today made a city enjoy Sunday for every bit of what it has to offer. At approximately 4:20 Eastern Time, the Detroit Lions reminded us why we do what we’ve done for so many years: wake up with a complete disregard for reality, and instead gravitate towards outlandish optimism. “This is our year.” “Today’s our day.” The list of cliché catchphrases was endless….until 2008. After sixteen Sundays of dropping our chins to our chest, tucking our tails between our legs, and burying hope for, well, hope, enough was enough. With an economy taking a toll on each metro-Detroit citizen, the Lions soon became less attractive than a month-old carton of milk.

But today? Today changed everything.

Even it if was for just three hours and twenty minutes. Even if it was against the Washington Redskins, who’s coach has all but been booed out of town. Even if the rest of the nation thinks today was just Sunday…Today wasn’t just Sunday.

Today was so much more.

I looked at the dozen or so Honolulu-blue and silver-clad fans around me at the sports bar as the game ended. We were all immersed with shock, jubilation, and awe. We ignored the hundred fans around us and jumped into the lyrics we all crave to hear on game day: “Forward down the field…” We sang. We cheered. And then we looked around at each other in disbelief mouthing, “Is this really happening?” Sure, it’s Week 3. Yeah, the Lions are still 1-2, sub-.500 and facing a stingy Bears defense next week. And times are absolutely still brutally tough for Detroiters.

But when I looked down at my phone after the resounding “Goooo Lions!” swiftly ended, I saw five missed calls and seven text messages to confirm, “Yes, this is really happening.” My fellow Detroiters at the sports bar welcomed the same connections with friends and family across the USA. The ensuing conversation with my father, who casually quipped, “14-2,” lit up a smile on my face. The note from my friend stated, “This must be what winning the Super Bowl feels like!” and made me throw emphatic high fives to anyone in sight. All of that euphoria cannot possibly be consumed by one word.

That’s why today isn’t just today.

Today made a city forget its economic troubles, even for just those three hours and twenty minutes. If you weren’t watching on TV, you got a call from a wound up relative to turn on Dan Miller’s radio call. Even Miller couldn’t resist getting excited. “Calvin is sick!” he shouted at one point.

Today was joining together for our pastime. For stories after the game about Lions victories of yesteryear. For discussions about Matthew Stafford someday (very soon, of course) leading these jumpstart Lions to the promised lands. It brought us together for what we do best: unite. Give Detroiters a cause and we’ll latch on to it with full support and care. We know winning isn’t everything. And today wasn’t about winning.

Today wasn’t just Sunday. Today was so much more.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends from Disney’s Mulan, The Lion King and Pinocchio, and Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, will be taking to the ice while Stitch from Lilo & Stitch drops in to wreak his usual havoc during Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. The show is coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills Sept. 30 – Oct. 4.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, this fanfare production features more than 60 unforgettable Disney stars that span the decades, a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music and elaborate choreography, sets and costumes.

To celebrate the show, Disney on Ice has partnered with Children’s Hospital for a special promotion. For the Friday, Oct. 2 show at 7:30 p.m., the hospital will receive $1 per ticket from each of the first 2,500 tickets sold and $2 per ticket for any sold beyond 2,500.

Tickets for Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic are available at the Palace of Auburn Hills Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, The Palace Locker Room Stores and To order tickets by phone, call (248) 645-6666.

Show dates and times: Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.; and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Josh Smith
Kalamazoo Gazette

The full list of winners from today's beer competition at this year's Great American Beer Festival has just been released (of course, we've been following the live Twitter feed all afternoon).

We are very excited to report that Michigan breweries earned nine medals or 4% of the total awards.

The winners from the "Great Beer State" were:

Arcadia Brewing Co.
Cereal Killer Barleywine
Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Bastone Brewery
Saison Du Bastone
French- and Belgian Style Saison
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Bell's Lager Beer
Bohemian Style Pilsener
Big Rock Chop House & Brewery
Red Rock
Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Bam Biere
Session Beer
Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.
4th Dementia Old Ale
Old Ale or Strong Ale
Redwood Brewing Co.
Cream Stout
Sweet Stout
Shorts Brewing Co.
Bloody Beer
Experimental Beer
Sullivan's Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill
Pirate's Porter
Robust Porter

Here are a few other highlights:

2009 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year:
Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO; Dr. David Ryder

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year:
Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, MD; Robert Malone

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year:
Dry Dock Brewing Company, Aurora, CO; Dry Dock Brewing Team

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year:
Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA; Pizza Port Brew Guys

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year:
Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA; Will Kemper

2009 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition

Gold: Herbal Joe’s Columbarillo IPA, Chama River Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
Brewmaster: Jeff Erway, AHA Member: Ben Miller

Silver: Alright Already Amber, O’Fallon Brewery, O’Fallon, MO
Brewmaster: Brian Owens, AHA Member: Jim Yeager

Bronze: Time of the Season, Upslope Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Brewmaster: Daniel Pages, AHA Member: Brian Patterson

The most competitive category was American Style India Pale Ale with 134 entries. The gold medal went to Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA for Union Jack for the second straight year.

The second most hotly contested category was Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer with 110 entries (up from 79 in 2008). The gold medal went to Arcadia Brewing Co., Battle Creek, MI for Cereal Killer Barleywine.

The SI-ification of Detroit


The city of Detroit and the Tigers in particular are about to receive some big time attention from Sports Illustrated as the featured story in the September 28th edition of the magazine. Get your jinx reversing gear prepared.

The Tiger related coverage includes:

Assignment Detroit – Tigertown by Lee Jenkins

Tigers/Twins is best in a weak year for playoff races by Joe Posnanski

Twenty year old Rick Porcello plays key role for Tigers by Lee Jenkins

How Verlander got his groove back by Joe Lemire

For owner Mike Ilitch, it has been a pretty good week PR wise. In addition to the Jenkins article where Ilitch is praised for his approach to Tigers ownership:

He is a businessman by trade, but he is consumed with two causes that don’t always lend themselves to profit. “Turning around our city,” he says, “and winning the World Series.” Ilitch, who is 80, wants to see those goals realized in his lifetime, which helps explain how the Tigers have managed to keep payroll high, ticket prices relatively low and the community-relations budget constant in a period of plummeting revenue. As one major league executive puts it, “Their owner doesn’t operate from a profit-and-loss standpoint. He treats the team more like a public trust.”

..he was also featured in the Free Press where various players describe their interactions and respect for him.

We may think New York Fashion Week leads into London Fashion Week, but we're overlooking something: Detroit Fashion Week, which just wrapped up its fourth consecutive year on Saturday. Detroit insiders are looking to "redeploy" the city's creative force toward fashion:

Joe Faris, a former Project Runway contestant who lives in metro Detroit, says that because car designers are designers, they are aware of fashion — design principles can be translated across industries. "Creative people are just creative — it can be applied both ways," he says. And a manufacturing workforce is a manufacturing workforce, whether they're manufacturing carburetors or brocades. The River Rouge is just a hop, skip, and jump from the garment district!

From the New York perspective, this might seem like a long shot, but if you're interested in fashion (and not necessarily interested in living here, or in any city where the beers cost $6), it's not crazy. Detroit has extremely low overhead costs.

"Michigan is more approachable for a designer who wants to be able to afford housing and also run a business and make a profit," says Brian Heath, founder and producer of Detroit Fashion Week. Also: People in Michigan still need to wear clothes and are still going to buy them, and they don't uniformly think elastic-waisted pants are the way to go. For stylish individuals outside of cosmopolitan cities, there should be life beyond GO International.

In their efforts to make sure Detroit is known for more than just being an automotive town, the fashion community has planned a second sort of Fashion Week: Fashion in Detroit, "a high-end runway show," will drop in less than two weeks.

Unlike Detroit Fashion Week's $350 entrance fee, Fashion in Detroit's fee is $140 for Oct. 1-2, and both Kid Rock (who has a Made in Detroit clothing line) and Betsey Johnson will be showing. It would seem Detroit's catching on quickly, then: The pricier the velvet rope, the better the show.

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s 8th Annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game, Sept. 24,With Special Half-time Performance by Detroit’s Own Kem.

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) will host its 8th Annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. This unique, one-of-a-kind fundraiser supports the wheelchair sports program at RIM.

The game features Detroit’s favorite sports celebrities and radio and television personalities, who compete in wheelchairs along with RIM’s award-winning wheelchair basketball team, the Detroit Diehards. Come and watch as some of Detroit’s greatest sports legends from the Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers and Lions take to the court for an evening of fun, fast-paced action.

Among the sports legends participating in this year’s game include, Ted Lindsey (Detroit Red Wing), Dave Rozema (Detroit Tiger), Lem Barney (Detroit Lion), and John Long (Detroit Pistons). Current players, Dan Cleary (Detroit Red Wing) and Kwame Brown and Will Bynum (Detroit Pistons) will also be participating.

“I'm honored to take part in the RIM Celebrity Wheelchair game," said Pistons center Kwame Brown. "RIM's SportsAbility program does a great job of helping people with disabilities participate and compete in a wide-range of sports activities. I'm proud to support this great fundraising effort and look forward to a fun event.”

Half-time will feature a performance by international recording artist and Detroit native, Kem. Kem’s smooth, jazzy vocal stylings have made him an urban contemporary favorite and his second CD “Kem Album II” released in 2005, went gold. The single “I Can’t Stop Loving You” won a Billboard award that year for R&B Single of the Year.

All proceeds from the Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game benefit RIM’s SportsAbility program which provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to compete in competitive and recreational sports.

Tickets for the event are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

Click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets online.

Jim Garrett

This building is a selectively scaled down version of the Detroit Institute of Arts on Woodward Avenue.

The original structure, completed in 1927, was designed in the Italian style by Paul Philippe Cret. The real thing is really a great musuem with a large collection. Many of the galleries have period styles to them including a medieval courtyard. The murals by Diego Rivera depicting the auto industry are unique.

If my version of the museum were built to scale, the building would be about 3 times wider and longer. Black granite additions were built from 1966-1970 but due to space restrictions, my model only shows the orginal marble section. The model has a rudimentary interior in which I planned to place reproductions of some art but I have not done so yet. It took about 28 hours over 7 days to build and was completed in November 2004.

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A Ford Anglia drives north on Woodward Avenue past the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA). The rather primitive and cubistic rendition of the replica of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" sits to the right of the entrance.

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The entrance is covered by three arches resting on four ionic columns. Walls with large marble blocks flank the entrance.

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The real DIA has a hall of suits of armor. The pedestal should have had "The Thinker" on it but I removed it since the Lego version did not turn out so good.

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The rear of the museum which is not very accurate since there is actually a movie theater attached here. I did not include this due to space limitations but instead used architectural ideas from the Detroit Library's main building.

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Skylights cover the Diego Rivera and medieval courtyards. Wait... something funny seems to be going on up on the roof!

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Two people seem to be making off with a large painting!

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"You idiot! You dropped your end and damaged the picture. You upset the old bat!"

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Unfortunately for the would be art thieves, a Detroit PD officer is waiting to take the situation in hand. In reality "Whistler's Mother" by James Abbot McNeill Whistler was exhibited at the DIA in spring 2004 without incident.

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After my first MichLUG train show in November 2004, I replaced the blue roof with a dark grey one for a more realistic appearance.