Over six years and three hundred issues (and counting), Model D Media has documented what’s next for Detroit, from big development and investment, to small ideas and innovation.

Add up the thousands of stories told every Tuesday in vivid words and images, and it becomes very clear: The next big thing is not any one thing. It’s a multitude of people and projects transforming our city – one lot, one block, one story at a time.

To celebrate the big power of small ideas, Model D proudly presents a first-ever showcase of what’s next for Detroit. On Friday, October 21st, 2011, in the majestic rotunda of the historic David Whitney Building in downtown Detroit, Model D will bring together local art, music, food, culture and entrepreneurship for a tribute to the creative spirit alive and well in our city.

“The Next Big Thing celebrates our mission to tell the story of small things making a big difference in Detroit,” says Model D co-founder Brian Boyle. “When we started six years ago, these stories weren’t being told. We wanted to create a more balanced narrative and serve as a catalyst to get more people engaged in the city.”

“The Next Big Thing” will bring Model D’s weekly e-magazine to life. The event will take place from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at 1553 Woodward Avenue. The main entrance is on Park Avenue between Woodward and Washington Boulevard. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.modeldmedia.com through October 20.

Program highlights for “The Next Big Thing” include:

 Hatch-Off -- From July 1 to September 1, 2011, Hatch Detroit collected the best ideas for a storefront retail business to open in Detroit.  At “The Next Big Thing,” the Final Four contestants will compete for the first time in an intense Q&A session in front of three of the most creative business minds in Michigan – Torya Blanchard, Good Girls Go to Paris; Paul Saginaw, Zingerman’s; and David Blaskiewicz of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Be there to witness it live and cast your vote for the winner, who will receive $50,000 and over $25,000 in services to "hatch" their business.

 Exposition -- Dozens of creative civic projects will share their work in a visual showcase curated by Detroit SOUP. Exhibitors include: BME Challenge, Declare Detroit, Detroit Big F Deal, Detroit City Futbol League, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Detroit Lives, Friends of Cass Park, Green Garage, Homeslice, Kiva Detroit, Let’s Save Michigan, Marche du Nain Rouge, Open City, PonyRide, Power House Productions, Public Pool, Recycle Here, Revitalization & Business, Rogue HAA, Signal-Return and Tour de Troit.

Pure Detroit -- The original Pure Detroit store opened in the David Whitney Building on Thanksgiving Day in 1998. Since then, owners Shawn Santo and Kevin Borsay have gone on to open three retail locations in the Fisher Building, the Guardian Building and the Renaissance Center. For Model D's event, Pure Detroit will share some favorite offerings from their local culture shop.

 Local Food, Music & Art – Guests will experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the city as the rotunda comes alive with local food, music, photography, video and more. Featuring: Future Jazz Kartel, Happy Endings, One Single Rose, Marvin Shaouni, Dave Krieger, Detronik, Hygienic Dress League, Rogue HAA and Street Culture Mash.

“The Next Big Thing” is presented by Model D Media with support from Knight Foundation, Quicken Loans, Urban Science, Honigman, The Roxbury Group and Trans Inns Management. Supporting sponsors include Invest Detroit, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, RAM Construction, SME, SES, Walbridge, Young Supply, Kraemer Design Group and Gyro.

The event is produced by MeMe Design + Events and Paxahau in collaboration with Cityscape Detroit.

Bastone Brewery, located in the heart of Royal Oak, is in the midst of its annual Rocktoberfest celebration.
In addition to a special menu, this Thursday, Oct. 13, the brewery is offering a three-course beer-centric dinner.
But seats are limited craft brew fans. Call ahead to be sure they’ll save you a spot at the table.

This Rocktoberfest celebration features a three-course dinner highlighting
Brewmaster Rockne Van Meter’s award-winning seasonal Rocktoberfest beer,
as well as a sampler of Bastone craft beer favorites.

Tickets cost $30 per person or $50 per couple.
Call (248) 544-6250.
The event, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m., is sponsored by Bastone Brewery and Jack Detroit magazine.

The Detroit Titans men's and women's basketball squads open up the 2011-12 NCAA basketball season on Friday, October 14 during “Tip It with the Titans” at Calihan Hall, beginning at 6 p.m.  UDM is Detroit's lone Division I basketball program. The men's team is receiving early accolades to compete for a Horizon League Championship -- with the two-time national finalist Butler Bulldogs -- and the women are looking to upend 2011 “Sweet Sixteen” participant Green Bay in 2012.

The Titans will partner will National Pastime Sports to put on a high octane and energized first practice open to the public.  Fans in attendance will get a glimpse of a new basketball floor, which will be named for famed ESPN analyst and former University of Detroit Coach Dick Vitale on December 5, 2011.  Along with seeing the new floor, the public will be able to meet the 2011-12 Titans including 2011 Team USA World University Games participant Ray McCallum.

The event is FREE and will see plenty of high-rise action with a dunk showcase, scrimmages, giveaways, and plenty of dancing with the Titan spirit squads and basketball teams.  Fans will also have an opportunity to win two seats on a charter flight to South Bend, Ind. for the men's basketball road game versus Notre Dame.  Fans must be present to win, and be either a Titan Club member or season ticket holder.  New season tickets and Titan Club memberships will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information call the Titan Athletic Office at 313-993-1700
As part of the interactive tour, GMC has teamed up with NFL players and United Way volunteers at to build playgrounds in local communities as part of United Way’s nationwide effort to help fight childhood obesity.

GMC is funding the construction of United Way Healthy Kids Zones—Driven by GMC in each of the tour stop cities as part of United Way’s nationwide effort to get 1.9 million more kids active and healthy by 2018.

GMC and United Way for Southeastern Michigan will work with local volunteers, including Brandon Pettigrew of the Detroit Lions, to install playground equipment at Elmwood Central Park,Coleman Young Recreation in Detroit.

The United Way Healthy Kids Zones—Driven by GMC offer children the opportunity to climb, build upper body strength, promote balance and agility, and develop strength and endurance. The playground equipment, paid for by GMC and supplied by GameTime, is designed to help children develop active, healthy bodies, as well as personal and social skills. “GMC recognizes how important it is to raise awareness about the issue of childhood obesity and to create new opportunities for young people to lead healthier lifestyles,” said Craig Bierley, GMC Advertising and Sales Promotion director.

Studies show the obesity rate among children has nearly doubled in the last 10 years, with approximately 9 million American children over six years old considered obese and at high risk for health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. This is the 37th year that the NFL has joined with United Way to increase youth health and wellness.