REO Speedwagon to Pack the Riverfront This Friday!

It seems like REO Speedwagon has been a hit machine since the start. Songs like Can’t Fight this Feeling, Keep on Loving You and Ridin’ the Storm Out have won fans from one end of this country to the other – and kept the band on the road and in the studio since they formed in 1967.

Call it a Midwest work ethic but vocalist Kevin Cronin wouldn’t have it any other way. “We're still doing it and still going strong,” he said. Cronin, who plays guitar and keyboards, will be accompanied on stage by bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) when REO Speedwagon returns to Detroit July 22 to perform on the GM Riverfront stage for the third installment of the 2011 Chevy Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series. The shows are presented in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM.

Bill Ellingboe will open the concert at 7:30 p.m., and REO Speedwagon will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront features classic rock headliners on select Fridays during the summer making Riverfront Plaza a great destination for food, fun and free concerts. Upcoming shows include: Grand Funk Railroad with opener The Pazman’s Super Session on July 29; Leon Russell and Mitch Ryder Aug. 5 and Bachman-Turner with opener The Eddie Leighton Project with Steve Kostan on Aug. 12.

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

The U.S. News Media & World Report’s ’2011-12 Best Hospitals’ rankings have been released and give high honors to several metro-Detroit hospitals.

The Detroit Medical Center is recognized with high honors within the nationally and regionally ranked hospitals in the U.S.

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

DMC hospitals earn high honors and rank in 20 specialties in the latest U.S. News Media & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings.

DMC Harper University Hospital stands out with national recognition for 7th consecutive year.

“We are proud to be recognized again by the U.S. News Media and World Report. Their rankings are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians and clinical staff and exemplifies the depth of quality and specialty care delivered every day at Harper University and Hutzel Women’s Hospital,” states Thomas Malone, M.D., President, DMC Harper University Hospital.

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan garnered national U.S. News rankings in nine pediatric specialties just a few months ago.

Henry Ford Hospital has been ranked in four medical specialties:

    Ear, Nose & Throat,
    Nephology,
    Neurology &
    Neurosurgery Urology


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The Detroit Historical Society will launch its Past>Forward campaign at a media event on July 20. Society representatives will provide details of the campaign, along with information on the changes taking place at the Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum.



Several Detroit legends will be on hand to preserve their handprints and signatures in cement to establish the city’s first Detroit Legends Plaza, an outdoor tribute to some of Detroit’s top athletes, broadcasters, writers, entertainers and more.

Detroit legends Al Kaline, Dick Purtan, Elmore Leonard, Carmen Harlan and Mayor Dave Bing will preserve their handprints and signatures in cement during the news conference.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Motor City has the 9th largest number of millionaires. WSJ states "the comeback of the auto industry and the number of tax benefits for high tech firms are two reasons for the numbers."

Number 9: Detroit 
  • No. millionaires: 92,100
  • Change in millionaires: 3.4%
  • Change in home value: -13.3%
  • Fortune 500 HQ: Ford, GM
  • Unemployment rate: 11.6%

It is a surprise that Detroit has a single millionaire, let alone over 90,000. Both the car industry and the large number of companies that supported it with parts, technology and components like tires all suffered as sales fell. GM and Chrysler went into bankruptcy. But the industry has begun an unexpected renaissance. GM and Ford are routinely the top two manufacturers of cars sold in the U.S. Each has cut costs enough to insure profitability. Michigan has offered tax incentives to bring new industries to the Detroit area, helping it become a modest center for small tech firms.

Read the full article HERE
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Associated Press

A growing number of high-profile people are trying to capitalize on the Motor City’s rising reputation for being cool by offering Detroit-themed fashion nationwide and internationally.

Denise Ilitch is the latest Detroit-area designer to embrace the Made in Michigan theme, preparing to launch more jewelry and apparel next month from her Birmingham-based Denise Ilitch Designs.

And Joe Faris of "Project Runway" cable television fame plans to bring his own line of "industrial couture" clothing to stores Aug. 1, joining Detroit-area musician Kid Rock in the ranks of pro-Detroit marketers.

Though Detroit has made international news with its economic, political and pro football woes, the fashion resurgence shows "no place is just its headlines," said Birmingham-based brand consultant Mark Lantz.

"This new surge in Detroit spirit — particularly as it reaches beyond the hometown audience — is a way of putting the other side of the story out there," he said.

"When you buy a new Mac or iPad or iPod or whatever," Lantz said, "somewhere on the packaging when you first open it is the same five word sentence: ’Designed by Apple in California.’ Not just ’Designed by Apple,’ but ’Designed by Apple in California.’ That’s the kind of attitude we need more of in Detroit."

Detroit is home to Ilitch, whose family owns Little Caesars Pizza, MotorCity Casino Hotel as well as the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Denise Ilitch Designs sells $25 graffiti-splashed Detroit logo T-shirts alongside $1,150 drusy and mother of pearl sterling silver bracelets — both designed by Ilitch herself — in the front of the office where she co-publishes Ambassador magazine.

DID has gained attention from the Detroit area’s fashion-forward since launching in 2005, but the company is trying to grow nationally, reaching out to Detroit expatriates in cities from New York to Los Angeles to market the MotorCity-themed clothing line.

The company has focused on word-of-mouth marketing and is featured in fashion spreads in Ilitch’s Ambassador magazine.

But "there is always potential for an international market," she said. "With the growth of social media and the Internet, the world becomes much smaller."

Ilitch is expanding her line of clothing and jewelry next month with the arrival of Detroit-themed charms, including the Olde English Detroit Tigers "D” and the Red Wings’ octopus mascot. There also will be a collection of 20 scarves, ranging from a $35 gauze shawl to a $400 hand-beaded gold lam�© wrap.

One lesson Ilitch learned at Ambassador is that "positive news sells," she said. "It is incredibly fulfilling to feature our community in a positive way."

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PBS

Last weekend, the New York Times featured a story in its Style section about the onslaught of hip, young urban pioneers streaming into downtown Detroit. These “creatives,” as they are being called, are taking advantage of low rents and the opportunity to recycle this abandoned, blank slate of an urban landscape into something new and exciting. There are restaurateurs and entrepreneurs of all stripes living alongside environmentalists and urban farmers. The city, according to the Times, seems like “a giant candy store for young college graduates wanting to be their own bosses.” One woman said that there’s a cool party just about every evening. The article pointed out that even though recent census figures show that Detroit’s overall population shrank by 25 percent in the last 10 years, downtown Detroit experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35.

No doubt this is partly a word-of-mouth, grass-roots “movement.” But behind the scene, millions of public, private and foundation dollars are greasing the wheels. Last April, Blueprint America profiled an effort called Live Midtown, an incentive program created to lure some of the 30,000 employees of midtown’s major anchor institutions (Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System) to move from the suburbs back into the city. By the end of June, 178 people were reported to have taken advantage of deep discounts on rent ($2,500 the first year and $1,000 the second) or purchases ($20,000 toward the purchase of their primary residence). We also looked at an effort by the mayor’s office to use federal stimulus money to lure members of Detroit’s police force out of the ’burbs and back into town.

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Michigan Acting

The Michigan Film Office announced today that the feature film “Sparkle” has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film, set in Detroit during the height of the Motown era, follows the journey of a family of musically-driven sisters as they perform their way up from neighborhood jazz joints to the packed house of the Fox Theatre.

Sparkle is expected to shoot in the metro Detroit region and will be directed by Salim Akil who directed the feature film Jumping the Broom and the television series The Game. Debra Martin Chase, TD Jakes and Salim and Mara Akil will produce the film.

“The music and atmosphere that was the heart and soul of Motown in the 1960s is as much a character in this film as the individuals portrayed throughout the story,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This is an incredible opportunity to highlight one of Detroit’s most significant cultural exports of the last century. The project has also put a strong emphasis on hiring a Michigan-based crew to shoot the film, making it an overall great fit for the film incentives.”

Sparkle was awarded an incentive of $3,104,455 on $7,410,216 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 266 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 44 jobs.

This is the 12th project approved under the new policy and guidelines issued by the Michigan Film Office. In 2011, 14 projects have been approved with $22,748,375 in incentives being awarded on $54,644,552 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,678 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 355 jobs.

Casting Call Details:

At this time no casting information is available.Casting details and directions on how to apply will be provided as soon as they are available.
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