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Yelp is hosting a great party to connect community-minded locals with Detroit Area non-profit organizations. Sixteen local charities will be featured at the Yelp Helps! event taking place Wednesday June 15th, 2011 from 7-9pm at Café Cortina in Farmington Hills:

It’s free to attend (with an RSVP) and guests will have a chance to learn more about each non-profit, along with how to volunteer or offer support. And in true Yelp fashion, there will be wine and appetizers for all guests as well as a drawing for special prizes from the likes of The Cupcake Station, Detroit International Jazz Festival, Sweet Lorraine's, Zingerman's and many other wonderful local businesses (full list below).

What: Mingle with amazing Detroit charities who need help from local volunteers and supporters while enjoying complementary wine and appetizers (21+ only).

Wednesday, June 15th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 Café Cortina

30715 W 10 Mile Rd

Farmington Hills, MI 48332

Charitable Detroit area yelpers looking to find a good fit for their good will and 16 (and counting!) SW Michigan non-profits (full list below).


List of participating non-profits, to-date:
826 Michigan
Access Arts Detroit
Alternatives for Girls
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Community Records
Friends of the Dearborn Animal Shelter
Gleaners Community Food Bank 
Kronk Gym Foundation
Orchards Children's Services
Real Church
Slow Food Detroit
The Adrian Tonon Project
The Peace Project
The Yuinon
Vista Maria

Prize Drawing Sponsors:
Arab American National Museum
City Bird
The Crofoot
The Cupcake Station
Detroit International Jazz Festival
Orbit Hair Design & Massage
The Redford Theatre
Sweet Lorraine's
Taste Love Cupcakes
Vault of Midnight
Exceprt from "10 Cutest Cars in America"

You know them: They're the cars you want to drive and hug at the same time. Here's our list of vehicles that make you go, 'Awww.'

Hall of Fame: Chrysler PT Cruiser

Launched on an unsuspecting public in 1999, the PT Cruiser was immediately dubbed "the car too cool to categorize." Depending on whom you talked to, its utterly original design was inspired by either a Chrysler Airflow, a getaway car for 1930s movie gangsters, or a Model A hot rod. Based on a Neon platform, the five-door Cruiser was both eminently practical and very profitable. As late as its fifth year on the market, Chrysler still sold 130,000 of them. The design would prove so iconic that Chrysler was unable to successfully update it, and production was ended in 2010.


Fiat 500

The current contender for the title of cutest car on the market, the 500 scores a rare triple in cuteness: It's small, curvy and friendly-faced. The 500 is even cuter if you use its Italian nickname "Cinquecento." A modern interpretation of Italy's beloved Topolino built between 1957 and 1975, it was reintroduced in its home market in 2007 and became a cult hit. Every Italian looks stylish in a 500. If Americans find it drives half as well as it looks, Fiat will have a winner. Still to be determined is whether the 500 will look as cute in Rochester as it does in Rome.

For the full list of cars, click HERE!


As expected, the US national team’s hopes of returning to the Confederations Cup run right through their neighbors – but a little earlier than expected, and with a twist.

Tuesday’s announcement of the draw for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup sees the US kick off their campaign to recapture the regional championship against their neighbors to the north – vs. Canada on June 7 at Detroit’s Ford Field, a stone’s throw from the Canadian Border.

Canada will get a chance to avenge their controversial last meeting with the US in the semis of the 2007 Gold Cup, in which the Canucks saw a late equalizer by Atiba Hutchinson waved offside. Bob Bradley's squad barely held on for a 2-1 victory and went on to hoist their fourth CONCACAF title. The US hold a 12-8-9 all-time record against Canada.

Joining the US and Canada in Group C of the Gold Cup are Panama and Guadeloupe. The US will face Panama on June 11 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and will conclude group-stage play on June 14 against Guadeloupe at Sporting Kansas City’s new stadium, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Defending Gold Cup champions Mexico, meanwhile, were drawn into a rough Group A alongside Costa Rica, El Salvador and Cuba. El Tri open group play against the Salvadorans on the first day of the tournament, June 5 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Mexico will then face Cuba on June 9 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., and wrap up group play three days later against Costa Rica at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Honduras headline Group B, which also features Guatemala, Jamaica and Grenada. The 2010 World Cup participants will open group play against the Guatemalans on June 6 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

This summer’s Gold Cup will be played in 13 venues across the US, including four MLS stadiums. The quarterfinals will be held at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and Washington’s RFK Stadium on June 18 and 19. The semis will be in Houston’s Reliant Stadium on June 22 before the final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on June 25.

“We are extremely excited for this year's Gold Cup and are completely confident that it will be the best ever,” CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer said in a statement. "We are bringing our fans the region's best football in fantastic venues – with a lot on the line. It is truly a can't-miss event."

Eight-time winners Mexico won the last edition of the Gold Cup in 2009 with a 5-0 victory over the US in the final. Mexico and the US have met four times in the final, with the Mexicans holding a 3-1 edge.

The winner of this summer’s edition books a spot in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. Thanks to their ’07 title, the US were CONCACAF’s representative at the last Confederations Cup in South Africa in 2009, when they went on a spirited run to the final, where they fell to Brazil.

Pre-sale of tickets go on sale on Wednesday for one week only through local stadium box offices or local MLS teams. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 16 through

For the full schedule of games, click HERE
Pair use Facebook, Twitter in their contest to find best new retail idea for Detroit
By Daniel Duggan
Crain's Detroit

Can people on Facebook and Twitter pick a Detroit retailer?

Nick Gorga and Ted Balowski think so.

The two are in the early stages of Hatch Detroit, a contest for the best new Detroit retail idea.

After taking submissions this summer, a winning idea will be selected through a multistage process, largely voting marketed through social media. The winner will get $50,000 and — the men hope — a lot of attention.

"The reason to do this is that we think everyone who has a stake and cares about the city needs to do their part to revitalize the region and draw people in," Gorga said. "We see this as a way for us to do our part."

Gorga said that while there are many incubator programs, Hatch Detroit is different because it is geared toward retail in the city and will be a grassroots movement.

Balowski uses the term "crowd entrepreneurialism." He said they plan to harness the close-knit community of people in metro Detroit to feed new business in the city.

"From a grassroots perspective, we wanted to look at how we can engage the community as a whole," Balowski said. "But I also wanted to look at this from the entrepreneur's perspective. How can we help?"

The Hatch Detroit team plans to start a marketing blitz in the coming weeks.

Starting July 1, they will begin accepting submissions for contestants through They are limiting the entries to businesses that involve selling something to consumers. Art galleries, coffee shops and retail shops are examples of the types of businesses they want included.

Click HERE to read the rest of this story!
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Associated Press

Michigan's only urban state park is planning to turn half of a more than century-old manufacturing site into something far removed from its ship engine-building heyday: an adventure and discovery center with rock climbing, zip lining and other outdoor activities.

The transformation of the vacant Globe Trading Company complex is the jewel in the crown of a plan to expand and enhance the William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor across the street and turn the Detroit riverfront park into a launching pad of sorts for Michigan's nearly 100 state parks. The plans are backed by more than $34 million in grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which collects royalties paid by oil and gas companies that lease state-owned mineral rights.

The grants, approved in December and authorized by the state Legislature in March, also will be used to acquire several pieces of property around the park and public-use easements along the Detroit RiverWalk. State officials say stalled commercial redevelopment plans for vacant land and buildings in the area led to a deal for the Globe and are helping as they negotiate for other properties.

"Ultimately the economy that has slowed down development in so many areas has actually worked to our advantage," said Vicki Anthes, planning section chief for the Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Recreation Division.

"Nothing was happening with the Globe, and we saw it as such a pivotal point for a state park development," she said. "The $9 million grant (for the Globe) was proof we were serious."

Anthes said the DNR is aiming to open the activity center in the fall of 2012, and it's working with the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and the developer, Troy-based Labor Management Fund Advisors. The developer is seeking at least one more occupant for the remainder of the building, and is working out financing for the balance of the project.

Besides the rock-climbing wall and zip lines, planners also envision an interpretive forest, archery range and classroom space in the gutted but structurally sound building. Anthes said they also are considering a kayak simulation ride as a rider might have on the river across the street.

Anthes said they haven't found anything quite like it nationally, and it makes sense to create such a center in the largest city of the Great Lakes State.

"The purpose is to introduce our public to the natural resources and state parks of Michigan," she said. "If you like that experience, why don't you go check out Hartwick Pines or one of the dunes parks on Lake Michigan?"

The plans dovetail with the RiverWalk as well as the Dequindre Cut Greenway, a pedestrian and bike pathway built on an abandoned rail line that runs alongside the Globe.

The neglected industrial complex began life in the late 1860s as the Dry Dock Engine Works, which had employed a young Henry Ford as an apprentice and at the turn of the 20th century was absorbed by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co., according to records compiled by the National Park Service. When that company dissolved in the late 1920s, the former engine building plant now part of the state park's plans was used by a stove manufacturer, the Detroit Edison Co., for appliance repair and finally the Globe Trading Co., which had been a machinery wholesale firm.

John Mogk, a law professor at Wayne State University, said the park's plans sound like a "wise policy decision" in an area where manufacturing has all but vanished and private plans for waterfront redevelopment, including numerous retail and residential projects, have been shelved.

Mogk said there is a tremendous amount of vacant buildings and land in the city, and "it is all lying unused in today's world of market demand."

"Just about everything that is going to be converted for private economic use is going to require significant public subsidies," he said. "To put it into some kind of productive use even though it won't have the same kind of economic impact that private use might have is ... of value to the community. It may have a ripple effect on the area."
A Michigan license plate on exhibit at the techno museum run by Submerge and housed in the label's building

Although widely associated with Europe, techno music was invented in Detroit and its suburbs in the early 1980s by young African-Americans armed with drum machines, futurist ideals and a predilection for Kraftwerk. Artists like Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson used whatever technology they could get their hands on to pioneer a cutting-edge sound made up of growling synths and driving dance beats. In the process, they set in motion one of the essential musical movements of the 20th century.

The music eventually found its largest audience across the Atlantic, but most of the original techno innovators still work out of the Motor City. This Memorial Day weekend most will be in town for the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival. You can hear the Movement Electronic Music Festival live from Detroit streaming all weekend at Resident Advisor.

In the list below originators, producers, DJs, label owners and musicologists pick 10 tracks that define the Detroit techno sound.

Wills Glasspiegel and Marlon Bishop spoke to the musicians and writer below in the course of reporting a story for All Things Considered and producing a radio documentary on Detroit techno and Chicago house for Afropop Worldwide.

Click HERE to read the "Ten Essential Tracks."
Associated Press

The Canadian city is hosting concerts by Michigan-based rockers Bob Seger on Tuesday and Kid Rock on Saturday. Both shows are to be held at the John Labatt Centre.

London also is saluting Detroit by renaming Talbot Street "Pure Michigan Ave" for the week and putting on a "Motown Block Party" downtown on Saturday that will include Motown music and a classic car display.

Tourism London general manager John Winston says "Michigan and Ontario have always been great neighbors." He says the week is "an opportunity to exhibit the meaning of true friendship by showcasing the City of Detroit's history, traditions and people."

London is located about halfway between Detroit and Toronto.

For more information about these events, click HERE.

CNN Feature: Detroit: The Next Silicon Valley?

More Love From the NYT: Imagining Detroit

Mark Bittman
New York Times

Detroit was once called the Paris of the West, but at this point it’s more reminiscent of Venice. Like Venice, its demise has been imminent for some time, as crucial businesses and huge chunks of the population flee.

And, like Venice, it has a singular look. Not everyone will find Detroit beautiful, but with its wide, often empty boulevards, its abandoned, ghost-like train station and high-rises, its semi-deserted neighborhoods and its once-celebrated downtown now jumbled by shuttered storefronts — and the hideous Renaissance Center — it creates a sense of disbelief bordering on fantasy. It’s either a vision of the future or, like Venice, an impossibly strange anomaly, its best days over.

But after spending some time here, I saw an alternative view of Detroit: a model for self-reliance and growth. Because while the lifeblood of Venice comes from outsiders, Detroit residents are looking within. They’d welcome help, but they’re not counting on it. Rather, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, they’re turning from seeing things as they are and asking, “Why?” to dreaming how they might be and wondering, “Why not?”

Food is central. Justice, security, a sense of community, and more intelligent land use have become integral to the food system. Here, local food isn’t just hip, it’s a unifying factor not only among African-Americans and whites but between them. Food is an issue on which it seems everyone can agree, and this is a lesson for all of us.

Click HERE to read the rest of this great article!

American Express and United Way for Southeastern Michigan will join forces with Robert Young, executive chef of Bastone, Vinotecca, Café Habana and Commune Lounge (Union Brewery in Royal Oak), at Detroit’s Cody High School to teach students about healthy eating and exploring different cultures through food. Originally from Wales, Chef Young has crafted distinct dishes for each restaurant from inspirations he has picked up from his travels around the globe. Additionally, students and volunteers will work on various projects around the school such as:

·         Classroom painting and clean-up

·         Outdoor clean-up and redesign of the campus courtyard

·         Canvas mural painting

·         Locker mural painting

·         Bench and picnic table building

American Express, United Way and Delta employees will work hand-in-hand with students, parents, teachers and other community members on each project element.  The global feast and spring gardening event is the final in a series of three “Travel with Your Mind” volunteer events that kicked off in fall 2010. The “Travel with Your Mind” program was designed to help revitalize Cody High School, one of United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s high-performing turnaround schools, through a series of transformational projects and multicultural initiatives. The projects are all travel-themed and aim to expose students to the new possibilities travel creates without leaving their own backyard.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Chef Young will conduct a cooking demonstration from 12:15 to 12:50 p.m.

Cody High School
18445 Cathedral Street
Detroit, MI 48228

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Reinventing a the Corner of Michigan and Trumbull
By Jeff Samoray

In Detroit, what’s old is often considered disposable — it’s the flashy new vehicle that counts, not last year’s model. We all know about the landmarks and historic structures the city has razed or left standing in ruin.

But within this context, Detroit has an extraordinary opportunity to resurrect a piece of its past at a historically significant site. If done right, the project could stand as a progressive model for urban revitalization. It would be an unprecedented example of historic reconstruction never before attempted by a major American city.

The northwest corner of Michigan and Trumbull stands empty — an eerie and bizarre sight for Detroiters accustomed to Tiger Stadium’s familiar confines. Ghostly traces of the infield and pitcher’s mound remain. So does the center field flagpole. Thick weeds grow where generations of fans once cheered the Tigers. A few enterprising locals continue to mow the infield so they can hit grounders and play a game of catch.

Tiger Stadium has been lost. But with the site cleared, an earlier version of an historic ballpark that once stood there could be rebuilt.

Bennett Park — a single-deck wooden structure that originally held about 5,000 fans — was the Tigers’ home from 1896-1911. Some of the game’s earliest stars shined their brightest on this field. Ty Cobb first flashed his spikes at Bennett Park in 1905. Other legends who threw strikes and scored runs include: Sam Crawford, Cy Young, Frank “Home Run” Baker, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Honus Wagner, to name a few. Bennett Park hosted World Series games in 1907, 1908 and 1909. Make no mistake — baseball enthusiasts know that this patch of earth is sacred ground.

Plenty of photographs, illustrations, land surveys, fire insurance maps and contemporary accounts of Bennett Park exist. From these sources, developers could completely rebuild the park, from the exact configuration of its L-shaped stands to the vintage “Bull Durham”-style ads on its outfield walls.

Read the rest of this article HERE!

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It's Official — Disney to Film 'Oz' in Pontiac

Mike Householder
The Associated Press

Oz is hitting the yellow brick road for Michigan.

A Sam Raimi-directed prequel to the story of “The Wizard of Oz” — called simply “Oz” — will be filmed later this year at a Pontiac studio that recently opened on the site of a former General Motors truck plant and office complex.

Raleigh Michigan Studios said Friday the Disney film will be the largest feature to shoot in the state, which has been luring some major film projects in recent years thanks to a program that offered some of the most generous tax credits in the nation.

But the announcement comes as uncertainty surrounds Michigan’s film industry.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a limit of $25 million a year on incentives as part of his budget-savings plan. The state’s current incentive program for filmmakers is not capped.

Critics say the incentives come at too high a cost and that much of the money awarded does not remain in Michigan. 

The film industry is lobbying hard to keep the current system in place.

Michelle Begnoche, spokeswoman for the Michigan Film Office, said “Oz” was approved last year — before Snyder took office — for a $40 million incentive.

According to the film office’s 2010 annual report, “Oz” expects to spend $104 million in the state.

“Raleigh Michigan Studios is a state-of-the-art facility, and their team has pulled out all the stops to create the right situation for us to shoot in Michigan,” Sean Bailey, president of production at The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement.

Raleigh Michigan Studios said the project will be the first feature to occupy its just-completed sound stages.

“’Oz’ was originally written in Holland, Michigan, and so it is fitting that our great state should be part of this new production,” said Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.

The film also represents a homecoming for Raimi, who grew up near Detroit and attended Michigan State University. He’s known for such movies as “Spider-Man” and “The Evil Dead.”

“Oz” expects to begin shooting in August and will occupy the Pontiac studio through the remainder of the year.

After 40 years of hard rock, great food and a commitment to important causes, Hard Rock Cafe  will be celebrating their 40th anniversary for 40 days starting May 18. This 40-day event, dubbed “40 Days That Rock,” will be celebrated in Detroit with local charity events, a Detroit rock-themed scavenger hunt and an over-the-top 40th anniversary bash.

Hard Rock Cafe Detroit (HRCD) will host two events for each of four different Detroit charities, Covenant House Michigan, Detroit Dog Rescue, The Greening of Detroit and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, in hopes of raising a total of $40,000.

The kick-off 40th anniversary event, set for May 18 at 7 p.m., is Covenant Idol. Participants in Covenant Idol include at-risk young adults ages 16 – 22 from Covenant House Michigan, Covenant House Academics and other alternative charter high schools in Detroit. This event will give one talented individual the chance to perform at the Stars and Stripes Festival in Mount Clemens this summer.

HRCD will also host a scavenger hunt inspired by Detroit rock history. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to London and tickets to see Hard Rock Calling 2011 at London’s Hyde Park. The hunt starts at HRCD on May 21 and will run from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Clues will be posted on HRCD’s Facebook Fan Page leading participants on a trail through Detroit rock history.

 A gigantic 40th anniversary bash – details to be announced soon – will be held on June 10 in the atrium of the Compuware building, and will be held in conjunction with Metromix Detroit’s 3rd birthday. Tickets for the event will be $15 pre-sale and $10 at the door.

 A portion of the proceeds for all of the events held during the “40 Days that Rock” will go to Covenant House Michigan, Detroit Dog Rescue, The Greening of Detroit and the Detroit Tigers Foundation.

The Rebirth of Detroit Amid Modern Day Ruins
Brad Cohen

Detroit’s iconic structures — Diego Rivera’s industry murals, Joe Louis’ fist and the majestic Fox Theater — are forceful reminders that this is a city of gritty fighters, builders and creators. But as the meltdown of the United States auto industry continues to stab at the heart of Detroit, the city’s modern-day ruins have become tragic symbols of a city struggling with abandonment and decay.

As Detroit continues the fight of its life, artists and visionaries are slowly returning to the city to take advantage of the cheap rent and open spaces. While some have compared Detroit to a war zone, its burgeoning artistic community looks at it like a playground.

"I see the magic here. This city has been known to come back," artist Tyree Guyton said. "There's this new energy that's creating art all over the city. [A colleague] said in the past that the new industry in the city of Detroit is art and culture. I believe it. I see it."

Like the city itself, Guyton's masterpiece, the Heidelberg Project, has seen its share of adversity. Guyton uses paint and other people's discarded junk to create displays such as houses adorned with stuffed animals and polka dots, scrap metal statues and politically incorrect cigarette adverts, transforming one of Detroit's most dangerous areas into a colourful outdoor art park that now spans two blocks of Heidelberg Street on the east side of the city. After fighting off partial destruction twice and nearly two decades of social and political opposition, the city has finally embraced Guyton's eccentric dreamworld. The Heidelberg Project celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Grants totalling more than $200,000 since 2009 - and hopefully a pending grant of $300,000 - will provide funds for significant expansion and a new arts centre.

In midtown, spaces that once belonged to the auto industry have found new life through the arts. An abandoned auto dealership has been converted into the 22,000-square-foot Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The graffiti-covered museum recently received a $100,000 grant which it hopes to use to turn its parking lot into a sculpture park. The Russell Industrial Center is an abandoned auto body factory turned artists' haven, where more than 250 artists, craftsmen, designers and entrepreneurs have studios in the colossal warehouse.
Click HERE to read the full article!


About this project:

When a city’s economy collapses, what keeps the population going? What can be done to create jobs? What can be done with abandoned factories?

DETROIT LIVES! is going to find out.

This documentary will take a close look at two of the world’s biggest post-industrial landmarks: Detroit, Michigan and Lodz, Poland.

Detroit was the king of cars before manufacturing was outsourced, and Lodz was the king of textiles before the fall of the Soviet Union. Both cities have suffered a massive drop in population. And now, both cities are faced with the challenge of re-building their economies.

Through a positive and constructive approach, this film will look at the human and economic factors propelling Detroit and Lodz forward. We’ll hear stories from urban planners, entrepreneurs and artists, and while each city offers its unique perspectives on renewal and re-definition, the global community can see what’s working, what’s not, and perhaps most importantly, realize the hidden potential for all those towns with closed factories sharing the same challenge.

We're very fortunate to be working alongside the Topografie Association-- a group in Lodz very similar to DETROIT LIVES!. They are an impassioned collective of people working to reinforce the cultural identity of Lodz through community art projects, educational programs, and events like summer festivals. They have helped immensely setting up interviews, equipment, locations-- you name it. They've welcomed the film with open arms, and we couldn't be happier to have them on the production team!

We’ve lined up interviews on both continents with top city officials, best-selling authors, and pioneering artists. PLUS, the American Film Festival in Poland has already expressed interest in premiering the film (and we haven’t even begun shooting)!

The train is moving faster than we ever thought possible.

More information:

Long before the term Creative Economy was coined, College for Creative Studies (CCS) had been preparing generations of artists and designers. On Friday, May 13, CCS will showcase the work of the next generation of artists and designers while turning the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education into the ultimate art gallery boasting over 3,500 pieces of artwork from every degree-granting major. More than 2,000 guests are expected to attend this event, the 86th Annual Student Exhibition Opening.

“It has been thrilling to watch the international attention being paid to Detroit’s creative community. But while the city’s vast pool of art and design talent may be news to the rest of the world, CCS has been around for over 100 years,” says CCS Dean of Academic Affairs Imre Molnar. “Our student exhibition has an 86 year history. We are happy to see that the rest of the world has rediscovered Detroit as the center for art and design excellence. Art and design have always been alive in this city and our students have benefitted greatly from that legacy directly and indirectly.”

The Student Exhibition Opening consists of four separate events: the Collectors’ Preview and Private Reception, the Art Educator’s Reception, the Alumni Reception and the General Exhibition and Opening. Tickets for the Collectors’ Preview and Private Reception from 5:30 until 10:00 p.m. are $350. The Art Educator’s Reception is an invitation-only event and the General Admission Opening tickets are $50 and provide admission from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. There is also a special reception for Alumni from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. Tickets are two for $60 and must be purchased in advance.

All proceeds from sale of artwork at the Student Exhibition go directly to the students to help jump-start their art and design careers.

After Opening Night, the Student Exhibition continues from May 14 until May 27 for public viewing and sales. 

In addition to featuring CCS student work, the event will also feature work from students at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA:SCS).

Hours are Saturday through Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

All Student Exhibition events will be held at The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education located at 406 West Baltimore in Detroit’s Midtown.

The public viewing days are free and open to the public.

To purchase tickets for an Opening Event, visit or call 313/664-7464.
Credit: Jeffrey Sauger for The New York Times
36 Hours in Detroit
By Jennifer Conlin

New York Times

DESPITE recent news stories of a population exodus from Detroit, there are many reasons to make a pilgrimage to this struggling city right now — and not just because Eminem’s slick Super Bowl commercial showcased the inner strength of the Motor City. No video can portray the passion one finds on the streets of Detroit these days, where everyone from the doorman to the D.J. will tell you they believe in this city’s future. While certain areas are indeed eerily empty, other neighborhoods — including midtown, downtown and Corktown — are bustling with new businesses that range from creperies and barbecue joints catering to the young artists and entrepreneurs migrating to Motown, to a just-opened hostel that invites tourists to explore Detroit with the aid of local volunteer guides. In the historic Brush Park district, architecture buffs will find some lovely refurbished houses, and along Woodward Avenue, restored film palaces are a wonderful reminder that this city’s storied past includes not just automobiles, but also the entertainment industry. No urban enthusiast will want to miss the recovery that Detroit is now attempting.


2 p.m.

Get into the beat with a visit to the Motown Historical Museum (2648 West Grand Boulevard; 313-875-2264;, where the tour guides are nearly as entertaining as the artists who recorded their songs here at Berry Gordy Jr.’s studio, Hitsville U.S.A., in the early 1960s. Packed with memorabilia — from the Marvelettes’ album covers to the Jackson Five’s psychedelic bell bottoms — you can’t help but hum the tunes of Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, as you wander into Studio A, where it all began.

5 p.m.

Detroit’s French colonial roots are easily recalled at the rouge-walled Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes (15 East Kirby, Suite 115; 877-727-4727; — the city was called Le Detroit at its founding in 1701. Try the Celeste sandwich (Brie, cranberries and roast beef, $8.50), and an ooh-la-la dessert called the Fay (banana, caramel, pecans and brown sugar, $7).

7 p.m.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Avenue; 313-833-7900; stays open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and houses works by Picasso, Matisse, van Gogh and Warhol. But it is the Rivera Court, decorated with Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” fresco, where visitors should head, not just for the magnificent murals but also free concerts every Friday at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Admission: $8.

10 p.m.

Don’t let the strip joint across the street stop you from entering Café d’Mongo’s (1439 Griswold Street;, a wonderfully eccentric speakeasy that feels more like a private party than a bar. With live jazz and country music on alternating weeks, the atmosphere is as retro as the orange leather banquettes, vintage Detroit photographs and scuffed instruments hanging on the walls. With a well-priced bar (drinks start at $4) and a straightforward menu (the owner, Larry Mongo, prepares barbecued ribs and chicken on a smoker outside), the popular Café d’Mongo is only open Friday nights and occasionally the last Saturday of each month.


8 a.m.

At the six-block Saturday Eastern Market (2934 Russell Street;; 313-833-9300) some 250 vendors sell everything from fruits and vegetables to local cheeses and artisanal breads. Stop in at nearby R. Hirt Jr. Co. (2468 Market Street; 313-567-1173), a specialty goods store founded in 1887, and the Marketplace Antiques Gallery (2047 Gratiot Avenue; 313-567-8250) , where a turn-of-the-century Chinese Rosewood vanity was recently selling for $250. Stop in at the Russell St. Deli (2465 Russell Street; 313-567-2900;, where breakfast is served all day on Saturdays, and includes raisin bread French toast, slathered with toasted pecans or fresh fruit ($7.75).

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The year 2011 is looking promising for Mich.-based Simply Suzanne Granola. With a rapid expansion into Midwest restaurants and grocers, and a recently added flavor – Dark Chocolate and Coffee – things are headed in the right direction.

Owner Suzanne Vier has always had a strong passion for food. Starting at a young age, her mother taught her to experiment with food and eat healthy.

“I’ve always loved learning about food and experimenting with different flavors and cuisines,” said Vier, who left her corporate job in New York to start the company in Michigan. “Growing up, when other kids were taking potato chips to school for lunch, my mom sent me off with granola and other healthy snacks.”

Her sweet and savory concoctions are currently sold at various grocers and restaurants in metro Detroit, Chicago and New York. Simply Suzanne is currently available at select Whole Foods locations and will hit the shelves of Michigan Meijer stores on June 18.

“This is a great time for our company,” said Vier, a Detroit resident. “We are poised for growth and ready to continue our expansion into the Midwest and Northeast regions.”

When dreaming up new flavors, Vier isn’t afraid to use spices to create the perfect blend. Her latest creation – Dark Chocolate and Coffee – has a rich aroma and is loaded with antioxidants.

“High in fiber and protein, granola truly is the perfect snack to experiment with,” said Vier. “When creating a new flavor, I try to make each ingredient stand out on both the sweet and savory side of the palate.”

Each bag of Simply Suzanne Granola is all natural and handcrafted in small batches using whole grain rolled oats. Local farmers and suppliers are used as much as possible in the process, too. Each batch is produced in the Detroit area, but there are also production facilities in West Michigan and a warehouse in Detroit's New Center area.

“I grew up in Detroit and the Royal Oak area and now live in downtown Detroit again after spending more than 15 years in NYC,” said Vier. “Detroit is my hometown. This is where my family is from and I can't think of a better place to grow my business than here.”

The granola comes in three sizes and comes in four sweet and savory flavors: Original, Lotsa Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Coffee and So Very Cherry.

All flavors are all natural and made without preservatives, artificial flavors, trans fat, cholesterol and high fructose corn syrup.

To learn more about Simply Suzanne, visit
Brothers, Jay and Matt Elie, are celebrating 20 years in the roofing industry. They started in the roofing industry in 1990, training with an uncle that was in the business, and by 1994 each had earned a residential builder’s license and formed Ridgecon Construction 17 years ago.
One of the most important things for the Elies is community outreach and 2011 will be the third year that Ridgecon will donate a complete new roof to a homeowner in need. It’s simply a philanthropic gesture they call “No Roof Left Behind.” The inspiration for the initiative came after hundreds of conversations with local homeowners.

Homeowners can be nominated at website starting now.

The deadline for nominations is July 29 and the top three finalists will be voted on by August 31.

The winner will be announced on September 2 with the installation celebration taking place on September 24.

 Nominees must own the home they are living in and live in the Macomb County service area, must be current on his/her mortgage payments, and must agree to sign Ridgecon Construction Inc.’s media release.

For more information about Ridgecon Construction, Inc. the No Roof Left Behind program, please call 586/803-3626 or visit
In an effort to aid victims of the disasters, Ronin Sushi in Royal Oak created three new menu items available during the month of May of which 50% of proceeds will be given to the Red Cross to help those in Japan. As an added bonus, Sapporo USA will match donations, dollar-for-dollar, raised for this cause.

The items are as follows:

  • Feature maki roll ($14): Pineapple tempura, spicy tuna & fresh cucumber wrapped in green soy paper.
  • Feature cocktail ($10): Cucumber vodka, Momokawa Pearl sake, lychee & lemonade, shaken and served over ice.  
  • Feature dessert ($8): Housemade vanilla bean flan with caramel, fresh berries and whipped cream.

Ronin is located at 326 West Fourth Street in Royal Oak

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