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Michael P. McConnell
Daily Tribune

People with electric vehicles will be able to roll into Ferndale and charge up their cars for free next week.

The city is set to unveil two plug-in charging stations Sept. 8. One station is in the Ferndale Public Library parking lot on the west side of the building. The other station is in the Withington parking lot behind businesses at the northwest corner of Nine Mile and Woodward. Both stations offer free electricity.

An official unveiling will take place at 1 p.m. next Thursday at the station outside the library.

The stations are part of a pilot program set up by DTE Energy in conjunction with General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. A total of 16 such charging stations have been installed in Southeast Michigan, including four at Detroit Metro Airport and others in Mount Clemens, Rochester, Auburn Hills, the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center, and the Automation Alley technology center in Troy.

“I think Ferndale is the perfect place for these plug-in stations,” said Mayor Dave Coulter. “We embrace the new green technologies and electric vehicles are a big part of the future of automotive transportation.”

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Pewabic Pottery recently received grants from the PNC Foundation, the CIGNA Foundation and the Junior League of Detroit totaling $13,500 to support its bedside art and youth education programs.

The PNC Foundation awarded Pewabic Pottery a grant of $10,000 to support a 12-week in-school program for low-to-moderate income pre-schoolers in Detroit, focusing on cognitive, social, emotional and psychomotor skill-building through ceramic arts lessons and activities. As part of its “Grow Up Great” initiative, the PNC Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that work to directly improve children's school readiness by providing support in one of the following key areas: social and emotional development, teacher training and arts and culture.

The CIGNA Foundation awarded Pewabic Pottery a grant of $2,500 to support its Bedside Art: Fun With Clay program. The CIGNA Foundation is committed to enhancing the health of individuals and families through the well-being of the communities in which they live and work, and does this in part through financial support of creative and responsive programs and services.

The Junior League of Detroit awarded Pewabic Pottery a grant of $1,000 to support its Bedside Art: Fun With Clay program. The Junior League of Detroit focuses on elevating the lives of children. They use, initiate and participate in community-based collaborative partnerships that work to broaden the educational, cultural, recreational, and health opportunities for children in the city of Detroit.

Pewabic Pottery’s inpatient Bedside Art program currently serves 600 pediatric patients, ages 7-18, annually at Detroit’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan. This year round bedside ceramic arts program is designed to promote wellness by providing creative activity as an outlet for expression, which is beneficial to hospitalized children. This program is unique in that it is the only hospital ceramic art program of its kind currently provided to inpatients in one of Michigan’s largest pediatric hospitals.

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts and cultural organization and National Historic Landmark dedicated to ceramic education and advancing contemporary ceramic arts while honoring Arts & Crafts ideals.

Pewabic Pottery is open to the public year round and offers classes, workshops, lectures and tours to children and adults. Pewabic continues to create tile for architectural and offers galleries that showcase more than 70 ceramic artists and a museum store for purchasing handmade items.

Visitors are welcome, free of charge, during regular business hours Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

To learn more about Pewabic Pottery call (313) 626-2000 or visit our website at www.pewabic.org.

Pewabic Pottery can be found at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.
It was a hot summer for Hard Rock Cafe Detroit – in sales, that is.  Year-to-date sales at the cafe are up 9.2 percent, earning the restaurant Hard Rock’s “Top of the Rock” award.

“Only a small number of cafes are honored each year with the Top of the Rock award, so this is a proud moment for us,” said Peter Hanna, general manager at Hard Rock Cafe Detroit. “But the credit is really due to our customers, who support us and believe in the city. We love Detroit and see this as a sign of even better things to come.”

Hard Rock Cafe Detroit’s sales are up 13 percent over the prior year’s sales, and the cafe's guest satisfaction ranking is up as well.

The Top of the Rock award is given to 12 cafes each year based on financial performance, unique sales accomplishments and community contributions. For the honor, the Detroit cafe received a custom Gibson guitar to be displayed in the restaurant, featuring a hand-painted design and a chrome grill from the front of a car.

Part of Hard Rock Cafe Detroit’s success is due to its live music events. Most recently the restaurant hosted Atlanta singer-songwriter Sonia Leigh and Nashville country-rock duo Brasher/Bogue during a Kenny Chesney pre-party. This fall, the cafe plans to host the Detroit Lions post-game review show and will continue to set the stage for multiple local artists.

President Barack Obama will travel to Detroit on Sept. 5 to speak at the city's annual Labor Day festivities.

The White House says Obama will speak at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.

It will be Obama's second trip to Michigan in a month. Obama visited a battery plant in Holland, Mich., on Aug. 11.

Obama has touted his administration's work to rescue General Motors and Chrysler, which are both headquartered in the Detroit area.

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You walk by this space everyday. Maybe it's an alley, or a surface parking lot, or a shadowy nook under an overpass. You think to yourself how great it could be, filled with people and activity instead of sitting there looking all sad and sorry. It wouldn't take much, you figure, to turn this site into a really cool spot.

Architects and planners call these spaces the "missing teeth" in our urban fabric. As buildings are torn down for parking or empty lots, our streetscapes take on a gap-toothed appearance. Sometimes it's the smallest slivers of space that can make the difference between a vibrant, walkable neighborhood and a place that feels uninviting or unsafe.
“Mind the Gap” is a public ideas competition for Detroit Design Festival to generate creative new ideas for these in-between spaces in our city. Alleys, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks, storefronts, surface parking lots, vacant lots – any space that connects two places.

For the sake of this project, we're not looking for major in-fill development ideas. We're looking for small-scale interventions that could have a large impact. We're looking for simple ways to stitch Detroit's urban fabric back together.

For this exercise, we borrow the  motto of Detroit’s Green Garage: “Small is big.”

You need not be an architect or planner to enter this competition. All you need is the ability to describe a site and solution. Supporting images are encouraged, but not required.

Anyone can submit an idea online through the “Mind the Gap” website or in person at Bureau of Urban Living, 460 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201. Submissions are due Monday, September 12, 2011, 5:00 pm EST.

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury, and a $100 cash prize will be awarded to the best idea. A selection of ideas will be displayed and published during Detroit Design Festival (September 21-28, 2011) presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3).

“Mind the Gap” is organized by the lovely Claire Nelson of Bureau of Urban Living. For more information, email info@bureauliving.com.

Chicago Restaurateur Kleiner Eyes Detroit Spot

Chicago Business

Chicago restaurateur Jerry Kleiner is considering opening a restaurant, tentatively named L's Cheesecake Bistro, in the 8,000-square-foot space that used to be Sweet Georgia Brown on the corner of Monroe and Brush streets in Detroit's Greektown.

Kleiner, known for building opulent restaurants in isolated areas, said he was approached by executives at Greektown Casino-Hotel, which owns the space, about opening a restaurant there.

Kleiner said he wants to open a restaurant in Detroit that fits the personality of the city but is still exploring options, including location.

"I think you have to cater to the needs of the community, and you want to do something for that particular customer base," he said. "You can't go wild, but you want some sizzle."

Kleiner was not ready to say when construction will begin but said the restaurant should be open by spring.

"I feel Detroit is a blank canvas ready to explode," Kleiner said in April, when he first began scoping out locations in the area. "It's on everybody's radar."

Kleiner also said he is looking for a local businessman to help him with the project and is considering La-Van Hawkins, the former majority owner of Sweet Georgia Brown, as well as the former president of Wolverine Pizza LLC, which once owned 80 Pizza Hut franchises in Southeast Michigan.

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The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will host its largest fundraising celebration of the year, Shimmer on the River, on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6  to 10 p.m.  This magical night, taking place outdoors on the GM Plaza & Promenade, is expected to attract hundreds of guests with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Conservancy and its continued development of the Detroit Riverfront.

The GM Plaza – situated in the heart of the international riverfront with spectacular views spanning from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle – will be transformed into an intimate party setting providing guests with a night to remember at one of Detroit’s favorite destination spots.  Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner featuring Detroit favorites and Michigan-made products, along with cocktails and dancing on the Detroit RiverWalk with live entertainment by jazz greats the Les Williams Band and One World Island.  In addition, the Conservancy will honor U.S. Senator Carl Levin during a brief ceremony for his decades-long commitment to the transformation of the Detroit Riverfront.

A VIP ticket allows guests admission to an intimate pre-event cocktail reception in the Waterfront Lounge, located in the Renaissance Center, with stunning views of the RiverWalk, and the chance to mingle with the honored guests and sponsors prior to the party. 

“This is an evening for every Detroit Riverfront supporter to come together and not only celebrate what’s been accomplished, but to also play a role in its continued transformation and growth,” said Faye Alexander Nelson, President & CEO, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.  “Being outdoors on the GM Plaza will allow guests to take in the beauty and progress firsthand on the Riverfront.”

A range of tickets are now on sale for this spectacular evening including: VIP Tickets, $250 each, which includes complimentary valet parking and admission at 5 p.m. to the pre-event cocktail reception at the Waterfront Lounge in the Renaissance Center; General Admission, $125 each; Young Professional, $75 each, for ages 34 and under.  Reserved tables of ten can also be purchased for $1,000 and $2,000 for the VIP level. 

Tickets for Shimmer on the River may be purchased at www.detroitriverfront.org or

Vivian W. Day & John W. Stroh, III, are serving as this year’s Honorary Co-Chairs. The event is presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, with additional sponsor support from Quicken Loans, DTE, Securitas, Charter One, General Motors, Display Group, Diamond Hospitality, Harrington Communications, General Linen, lovio george | communications + design, and HOUR Detroit.  

Here’s some exciting news about Woodward that has nothing to do with the Dream Cruise.

Senator Carl Levin’s office and the Federal Highway Administration just announced a $752,880 grant for “developing a Complete Streets plan for Michigan’s 27-mile Woodward Avenue corridor that connects 11 communities and two Southeast Michigan Counties.”

“Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for Michigan residents as well as strengthen the state’s economy,” said Secretary [U.S. DOT Secretary Ray] LaHood. “The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment.”

The funding is being awarded to the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) who will be releasing more details soon.

WA3 has been a big supporter of Complete Streets and they are members of the Detroit Complete Streets Workgroup.

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Robert Anthony
Huffington Post

Family vacations in Detroit can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters — it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Detroit family vacations.

Henry Ford Museum

Located on the Ford Motor Company's sprawling campus in Dearborn, Mich., the Henry Ford Museum offers a fun and interactive run through the history of the automobile, aviation and other forms of transportation. Sensory overload is easy to come by in a huge, one-floor display space with 40-foot ceilings. The Automobiles in American Life exhibit is closed through December 2011 for a makeover, but other exhibits make the Henry Ford Museum well worth a long visit. The Heroes of the Skies exhibit highlights famous planes, aviators and artifacts — like the chair President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated — and automobile enthusiasts will love seeing the collection of presidential limousines exhibited here.

Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: 313-982-6001 or 800-835-5237
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Price: Adults, $15; seniors 62 and over, $14; youth ages 5 to 12, $11; children under 5 years old, free. Members free

Comerica Park

A relatively new jewel in the downtown Detroit skyline, Comerica Park, home of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers, is a must-see for baseball fans — even when the team is out of town. During the summer, the ballpark offers scheduled tours which include the visitor's clubhouse and dugout, the Ernie Harwell Media Center, the Detroit Tigers Walk of Fame, the party suite and the batting tunnel. zzzthe Tigers play 81 home games per year — even more if the team does well enough to make the American League playoffs.

Address: 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-962-4000
Hours: Tours available June through September at 10 a.m, noon and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays when no games or other events are scheduled
Price: Adults, $6; children ages 4 to 14, $3; children under 4 years old, free

Motown Museum

A tour of the Motown Museum is fun and informative given the rich history of the former headquarters of the record label. Music legends such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and many others launched their careers here and recorded their top hits in the now-famous Studio A. The iconic "Hitsville U.S.A" sign on the front of the modest structure is a Detroit landmark.

Address: 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: 313-875-2264
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Price: Adults, $10; seniors and children ages 12 and under, $8

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Roosevelt Park Conservancy Presents:

The R. Park Fest'11

- Live Music
- Skate Bomb (Skate elements: Bring your skateboards!)
- Games (Slip n Slide Dodgeball Cornhole +++)
- 30 Craft Beers on Tap
- Food
- Kids Area (2pm to 6pm)

Andrew Nusca
Smart Planet

Residents of the Detroit metropolitan area may no longer have to separate their recyclables before disposing of them.

Waste Management of Michigan announced on Monday plans to construct a single stream recycling facility in the city.

The facility would handle recyclable material for much of southeastern Michigan, where commercial and residential demand for the service is expanding, the company says.

Single stream recycling eliminates the need for customers to separate recyclable materials prior to collection; instead, special equipment handles the task. The facility makes recycling less of a hassle — enough to boost volume by 20 to 30 percent, Waste Management says.

Here’s how it works: customers place recyclables in a single container for pickup. When they arrive at the facility, a series of magnets, screens and optical scanners are used to separate, sort and process the materials. Once processed, the materials are shipped out for reuse.

Waste Management currently operates 35 single stream facilities across the U.S. The facilities allow the company to control a part of its operations it traditionally outsources, important as the value of recycled materials increases. It will also help the company reach its sustainability target of tripling recycling volumes by 2020.
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A project to entice more Detroit Police officers to live in the city they “serve and protect” celebrated its first success story on Wednesday. 

Detroit Police officer William Booker-Riggs will soon move into his new home on Renfrew Road in Detroit’s Green Acres community. 

“This fit me and my daughter, once she gave me that approval, I was excited to go with it,” said Booker-Riggs. 

His 11-year-old daughter Willayjha likes the house and is looking forward to making new friends as the family moves from Southfield to Detroit.  “This neighborhood is quiet, but it seems it has a lot of kids,” said Willayjha. “The houses are nice, so I’m excited.”

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USA Today

Not long ago Americans were abandoning their cities. Now many of the nation's urban areas are booming with new restaurants, parks and condos. Richard Florida , who studies urban trends, says much has changed in the last decade. "It was almost as if someone stepped on the accelerator," says the senior editor for The Atlantic magazine and a professor at the University of Toronto. All these areas are great to visit, he says, offering a slice of local urban life. He shares up-and-coming neighborhoods with Larry Bleiberg  for USA TODAY.



Motor City may have hit hard times, but it still has some bright spots. Corktown, the city's oldest neighborhood, is on the rise, attracting artists, musicians and professionals. "People live there for a fraction of what they would pay in New York or Washington," Florida says. "It has interesting shops and young people starting studios and music venues." Visitors come from far and wide just to try famed Slows Bar-B-Q. 800-338-7648; visitdetroit.com

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The situation in East Africa is volatile. Drought threatens more than 12 million with starvation, and thousands wander the land in search of food, water, and basic aid. The Hand Up 4 East Africa project was formed in response to the dry, dimming conditions, and the hurt that ensues.
On the weekend of September 9, Hand Up 4 East Africa will traverse the state of Michigan. Covering the 168 miles from Holland to Detroit, they walk to raise $10,000 for relief and development work in East Africa.

Hand Up 4 East Africa walks to demonstates the severity of the situation, that many are forced to journey unimaginable distances, while sick and hungry, in a measure to save their lives. Funds raised will go to Mercy Corps, an international aid agency, to support ongoing relief and sustained food security in the region.

Mercy Corps communications director Joy Portella warns, “Things won’t get better in the coming months leading up to the hoped-for fall rains. If we...don’t act now, the vice will keep tightening, and families will get squeezed dry.” East Africans are wandering after water. Their livestock (their livelihood) is suffering just as much as they are, and it only compounds the situation. Many women take on the now common title “drought widow” as their husbands depart with their herds in search of food and water. Not only are resources frail and failing, but families too are deteriorating in a time when the support of kin is vital. Families are seeking respite, but doing so divided and without promise of reunion.

In order to raise awareness and much needed funds, Hand Up 4 East Africa will walk the distance that many starving and frail East Africans are walking to survive. Our walk pales in comparison to the excruciating passage trekked in the heat of shadeless plains, while sick and hungry. Though we could never truly imagine what it would be like to make a journey to save our lives, we walk in solidarity, and walk for relief and future security.



If you would like more information regarding this fundraising campaign please contact Hand Up for East Africa at handup4eafrica@gmail.com or Jessica at (586) 907-4658.

Duck, dive and dodge for Detroit!

The sponsors and founders of “Dodgeball in the D” invite Metro Detroiters of all ages, ethnicities and zip codes to come together to positively showcase Detroit by participating in a world record-breaking dodgeball game. Presented by the Dodge brand, organizers expect “Dodgeball in the D” and surrounding family festival activities to draw more than 5,000 people to historic Belle Isle Park in Detroit on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

The dodgeball game begins at 1 p.m. on Belle Isle with other family-friendly activities running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to all “Dodgeball in the D” events is free and includes giveaways and food samples from sponsors, while supplies last. Those wishing to participate in the world record-breaking game itself must register in advance at http://www.DodgeballintheD.com. Additional volunteers and sponsors are still needed. Information on these opportunities also is available at http://www.DodgeballintheD.com.

“‘Dodgeball in the D’ is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of history and do something great for Detroit,” said Justin Jacobs, 28, who created “Dodgeball in the D” with fellow Detroiter Marlowe Stoudamire, 34. “‘Locally, we know Detroit is a great place to live, work, and play, but across the country, not enough people are aware of the opportunities Detroit has to offer, socially and professionally.”

In addition to the game, “Dodgeball in the D” will feature free food, entertainment, information and more for Metro Detroiters of all ages. Activities are divided into five “Xperience” zones: After-School Programs, Non-Profit, Health & Wellness, Family Fun and Sports. Joining the Dodge brand in sponsoring the event are regional business anchors Henry Ford Health System, Crain’s Detroit Business, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and the Detroit Red Wings.

“‘Dodgeball in the D’ will show the world the very best of Detroit, not just that we know how to have fun, but that we can work together to achieve great things, regardless of age, ethnicity or religion,” Stoudamire said. “We want to smash the current record and bring some positive attention to Detroit. To do it, we need more sponsors, more volunteers and more players. From local barbershops to executive boardrooms, we’re asking all Metro Detroiters to step up and help us make it happen.”

“Dodgeball in the D” is a collaborative effort of several Detroit nonprofit and community organizations led by Detroit Harmonie, ComePlayDetroit, The Youth Connection and Unlimited Xperiences Detroit. Stoudamire is founder of Unlimited Xperiences Detroit. Jacobs is founder of ComePlayDetroit. The event will be held in conjunction with the Youth Connection’s 10th Annual After-School Fair.

All activities are free and include: Detroit Red Wings interactive fan experience, Henry Ford Health System career experience, appearance by NHRA Funny Car Racer and Detroit native Brian Olatunji, inflatables, Detroit Fire Department fire truck, caricatures, video games, face painting, health screenings, live DJ, youth sports clinics and demonstrations, singing and dancing demonstrations and more.

The dodgeball game will feature two teams constructed of players of all ages, with younger children facing opponents of similar ages to avoid injuries. In case of an emergency, medical services will be available on site. Organizers will document the game according to the standards of Guinness World Records and submit the attempt to Guinness auditors for world-record consideration.

Follow “Dodgeball in the D” on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/DodgeballintheD.
Photo from Detroit Soup
Raphael Bemporad
Fast Company

A social movement is underway in downtown Detroit. Each month, 100 or so individuals pay $5 for admission to a loft, where they eat a dinner of organic soup (and other foods) prepared by volunteers. Diners share ideas and connections, hear presentations from artists who are working on projects aimed at improving the city, and then vote on which project will receive proceeds from the evening's dinner. Detroit SOUP organizers call the gathering "a democratic experiment in micro-funding," but it’s much more than that: It’s an example of the power of co-creativity, and it represents the way forward for organizations that want to remain relevant and reach consumers in an authentic way.

In recent years, crowdsourcing has become a trendy tactic for soliciting input and engaging consumers, but in reality this approach is nothing more than an open call for submissions. As an ever-expanding number of products, messages, and mediums clamor for the attention of an increasingly distrustful and time-deficient American consumer, crowdsourcing has become about as strategic as throwing a handful of spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks. Of course, in select cases--such as voting on the next Threadless design--crowdsourcing is appropriate. But increasingly, it's a quick answer to a problem that deserves a more open-ended solution, or an excuse to outsource expertise to an unqualified or too-large crowd (a la the Doritos ad snafu).

Yesterday, businesses succeeded through industrial or technological expertise, with little need to converse with consumers. Today--thanks to fast and accessible technology for everything from photo editing to event planning--we're all creative types, and there is no such thing as a one-way conversation. Welcome to The Age of Co-Creativity.

Marketers are beginning to understand that it's no longer viable to work in a vacuum, and that seeking consumer input by casting a wide net into an anonymous pool won't suffice. And even empowering consumers to express themselves via their connection to a brand ignores the fact that today's consumers are already connected to each other through shared passions, desires, and common interests in collaboration and doing more with less.

Real co-creativity occurs when organizations reach out purposefully to a specific community in order to create an ongoing conversation that fosters feelings of impact, belonging, and brand loyalty that don’t just come from Facebook likes. This is where Detroit SOUP gets it right: the crowd, while varied, is collectively interested in local issues, art, innovation, and urban improvement.

Sounds simple enough, right? Well, not really. The gap between theory and practice remains wide and the reality is that, even for the most well-intentioned marketers, co-creativity is tough work that involves significant resources, time, and energy. The difference between doing it wrong and taking the time to get it right is the difference between enhancing your approach and cheapening your brand. Or, to use examples: the difference between Motrin Moms and Walmart Moms.

So, how do we make sure engagement efforts fall into the co-creativity camp instead of the crowdsourcing one? Here are four tips gleaned from BBMG’s time in the trenches:

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Closing out the Chevy Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series this year, classic rock fans can be sure that the party of the summer is yet to come.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner are out to prove 20 years after they formed one of the rock’s legendary bands, they have something new to say. Back as a duo and still Rollin’ Along, they are reunited. They’ve been Takin’ Care of Business since 1971 and while that business may have changed, the songs endure. Sing along to hits like You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet and Let it Ride. It’s time to celebrate and this is just the band you want to party with, as the concert series draws to a close.

Bachman-Turner marks the final show of the 2011 Chevy Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series in 2011, which has been presented in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM.

Opener The Eddie Leighton Project is set to go on at 7:30 p.m. while Bachman-Turner takes the stage at 9 p.m.

As always, admission 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. 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.

By combining her experience as a bgirl, flavor for hip hop and her background in fashion design, Christine "Ris" Tena will open the online retail shop called honeyBOOM for business August 14, 2011. honeyBOOM (www.HNYBM.com) is a retail shop that will carry vintage sportswear, bboy/bgirl gear, streetwear, accessories, art and custom pieces created by Ris.

The history behind the shop is rich in artistic influences as Ris has used her fascination with the golden era of hip hop, also known as the 80s, to serve as a concept for the store. honeyBOOM is also inspired by break dancers - also known as bboys and bgirls - and the awesome charisma and style they posses as dancers, cultural revolutionaries and fashion icons.

“This project came naturally to me because it brings together two of things that I love the most: fashion and hip hop. It's the best of both worlds,” says Ris.

HNYBM.com will consist of news, event dates, lookbooks, press coverage, bio, contact info and the clothing shop. It will take on an old school vibe that creatively helps customers to reminisce looks from the 80s and 90s. Ris herself is a dancing bgirl and grew up in the Bay Area where this cultural dance style flourished. “I was inspired to start this shop after I saw a bboy selling windbreaker jackets out of his car trunk during a regular dance practice sometime in 2007," said Ris.” “I was collecting my own personal pieces of windbreakers as I was coming across other items that I thought other people would love. I slowly started to collect vintage sportswear pieces with the intention of distributing it among the people that would appreciate it the most - my fellow hip hop peers,” she added.

To celebrate the launch of this vintage-inspired online clothing and accessories store, Ris welcomes the public to join her at the Magic Stick Rooftop for a party. It will take on a backyard party theme as a fun, unique way to kick off the grand opening of the honeyBOOM shop including a presentation of some of the pieces that will be offered for purchase on the website. The following are launch party details:

Magic Stick Rooftop Sunday, August 14
4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
Free before 4pm

honeyBOOM collection presentation to begin at 4:30
$5 after 4pm (A portion of the proceeds will be donated to 5e Gallery)
DJ's spinning all vinyl records: DJ Sicari, DJ Skeez, and DJ Dez
$3 Drink specials

21+ welcome