Detroit natives The Romantics will rock Detroit on the GM Riverfront stage on Friday, Aug. 13 for the final concert in the 2010 Rockin’ on the Riverfront classic rock concert series, sponsored by Andiamo Detroit Riverfront and in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM.

Formed on Valentine’s Day, in 1977, The Romantics are eastside Detroit boys who added a unique twist to Detroit’s rock scene. Fusing British invasion, punk and new wave sounds, they made it big with hits like “What I like about you”, “One in a million” and “Talking in your sleep.” Even 36 years later, they continue to liven up the stage with their volume, energy, and talent.

Local band Steve Kostan With The Eddie Leighton Project will open the concert at 8 p.m. and The Romantics will take the stage at approximately 9 p.m.

Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-served 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.

Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will provide refreshment and food concessions 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 invite guests to take advantage of its 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.

For more information, call (313) 567-6700 or visit

American Express is inviting its cardmembers to a complimentary PGA Championship experience and viewing party at the north end of Memorial Park, 31100 Woodward Ave., in Royal Oak.

This weekend, August 13-15, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day, cardmembers will have the opportunity to attend golf clinics, receive full swing and putting lessons from PGA professionals, or simply kick back and watch the PGA Championship on plasma TVs while enjoying complimentary refreshments and Wi-Fi.

The event is hosted by the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, but all American Express cardmembers are welcome to participate with one guest. As an added bonus, all cardmembers can take advantage of one-on-one hitting lessons with PGA Professional Jay Williamson. The clinic with Williamson will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day of the event.

The Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express PGA Championship Viewing Party provides cardmembers with the chance to experience American Express hospitality in their own backyards. American Express wants Detroit area residents to know that when you become a Delta SkyMiles Cardmember, you get much more than the benefits and features that come with the Card – you also get access to valuable perks and privileges.

Stephen Clark

Diane Knapp is a second grade teacher at Webster elementary school in Hazel Park. Last Friday she went on a shopping spree for school supplies. "Usually I try to get crayons, pencils and markers, things the students can use daily in the classroom" She says, eying shelves stuffed with supplies.

But those shelves arent at a Wal-Mart or Target store. They're at the Operation Kid Equip teacher's annex in Troy. And despite the price stickers from various stores the supplies are all absolutely free.

Operation Kid Equip is the brainchild of Menachem Kniespeck. "I started it about five years ago in my living room with a hundred backpacks for local children and in that time we've grown to serve 38,000 children throughout southeastern Michigan."

Kniespeck adds that it sprang from the simple idea that every child should have school supplies. Webb elementary school principal Jaimie Knapp couldn't agree more. "To have their own pencils, their own coloring equipment and backpacks I think they have more pride in what they do."

The supplies, which include the standard pencils, paper and glue but also clothing and food for kids who show up in the classroom hungry, are all donated. The staff is 100 percent volunteer. So understandably Operation Kid Equip could use some donations of supplies or cash to continue growing.

This week they're kicking off a collection drive as part of 's " Blood, Sweat and Gear" campaign. The idea is that everybody has blood to donate to the Red Cross , sweat they can offer to help Motor City Blight Busters tear down abandoned homes in Detroit, or money to help Operation Kid Equip supply gear to school children.

"To see the kids' faces when they do receive school supplies," Kniespeck says with a smile, "it's a remarkable thing. You know our kids don't lack the desire or capability to succeed. Most of them just lack the supplies."

For information on how you can help, go to Operation Kid Equip 's website

It was just a few months ago that the Victorious Secrets had won the Fox Sports Detroit April in the D contest.  Now they are riding tall as they have just WON and become the new face!

Detroit came out in record numbers to vote them into the winners circle and now Detroit's music is once again being recognized as the best there is in the Country!

Thanks to all the fans and those who stood by them during this process, the band is proud to be a part of the city, and honored to have you as a fan!
Jessica Nunez

Vampires are taking over Detroit.

And by vampires, we mean fake vampires played by Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter ... but that's even better, right?

The actresses are in the Motor City filming the movie "Vamps," about two young, single vampire gals living the lux life in New York City (played by the great city of Detroit).

The vampires are faced with a choice that could threaten their mortality when they fall in love with a couple of humans.

According to the film location insider's website Before the Trailer, filming is taking place today on the Wayne State University campus.

Sigourney Weaver will play the vampire queen and funny guy Todd Barry will play her assistant.

Wallace Shawn, Silverstone's co-star in "Clueless" (remember Mr. Hall?) will play the role of the infamous vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing.

Comedian Richard Lewis will reportedly play an ACLU lawyer in the film.

It is directed by "Clueless" director Amy Heckerling.

Silverstone herself put out a call for "Vamps" extras on her blog "The Kind Life" a few days ago.

She said they're looking for a few "good looking, sexy, confident males in mid 20’s/mid 30’s," someone who looks like Edgar Allen Poe (??), "a bunch of 'hot' girls" for club scenes, people who can pull off the "goth" style and someone to double as a young Richard Lewis.

She says to email a photo and contact information to if you're interested in any roles.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Whatever your entrepreneurial aspirations, there's a city to match your needs, accelerate your company's growth and improve your quality of life. Which is the one for you? Entrepreneur identifies 50 cities and 10 lifestyles energizing businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Even in harsh economic times, America is still the land of opportunity, especially for entrepreneurs with the vision, ambition and flexibility to follow that opportunity wherever it may lead. In an increasingly connected world, no longer are businesses or their owners tethered to one spot on the map: Whether you're sizing up a regional opportunity, looking for a change of scenery or simply desiring a certain lifestyle, there's a location and culture that's perfect for you.

The challenge is identifying which spot is the best fit. Entrepreneur selected 10 contemporary American lifestyles and 50 related cities to complement all kinds of business types. Whether you're looking for tropical breezes, crisp mountain air, crowded city streets or wide, open spaces, they're all here.

Our methodology is as far-ranging as the list itself, incorporating statistical data, lifestyle studies and empirical research. Some choices may seem to be no-brainers, others may surprise you, and still others may have you reconsidering segments of the U.S. in a whole new light. That's the essence of American business: The only constant is change.


Off the Grid
One of five cities where entrepreneurs have the latitude to forge their own paths

Detroit sits poised on the brink of economic collapse--and on the cusp of a post-industrial renaissance. Artists and iconoclasts are moving to this city in droves, purchasing foreclosed properties and relying on solar energy and other alternative solutions to pursue lives and careers outside the margins of mainstream society. Officials are looking to reinvent blighted segments of the city as urban farms. Detroit is dead--long live Detroit.

Emerging technologies: Biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, cognotechnology and hydrogen fuel cell development

160: Number of startups in the nonprofit TechTown incubator in central Motown

Population: 912,062

Median resident age: 30.9 years

Mean housing price: $103,647

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