Justin Verlander kept repeating a phrase all year when reporters asked: If you expect greatness, greatness shouldn't surprise you. The recognition of that greatness, though, might be a surprise for a few people.

As badly as Tigers right-hander might want MVP-type recognition, he couldn't be sure he was going to get it, a question more of precedence than performance. His first chance came from his peers, who decided he was the best player in baseball this year -- not just best pitcher, best player.

As a result, Verlander became the second pitcher to win MLB Player of the Year honors in the annual Players Choice Awards on Thursday. Whether it was a surprise for Verlander, it was clearly meaningful as he talked about it on a conference call with reporters.

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"Coming from your peers makes it all the more special," said Verlander, who joined Boston's Pedro Martinez (1999) as the only hurlers to win the award. "I think with all the talk about should a pitcher be able to win MVP or a top player award, I think it shows a lot of support for my fellow players to be able to vote me for that. I think it means a lot. When it comes from your peers, the guys you're playing with, the guys you're playing against, it's special."

The Player of the Year Award covers both leagues, and dates back to 1998. Before then, the MLB Players Association had one award for each league's best pitcher, and one for each league's best position player, with no mixing.

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Already reaching over 3 million subscriptions across its 18 US cities, London and best-of-the-web "Thrillist Nation" editions, leading men’s email lifestyle guide, Thrillist, will kick off its Detroit coverage on Thursday, December 1st.  Edited by local writer Phil Bator, this free weekly subscription email will arm Detroit’s work-hard-play-hard guys with targeted editorial recommendations that sift through the crap to find the best in food, drinks, services, gadgets, gear, sports and travel in their local market. Thrillist's commitment to cover all that’s new, unknown, or inexcusably under-appreciated has made it a must-read for any self-respecting male.

“Detroit is on the rise and we’re really excited that we can be there to publicize and support the chefs artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are betting on the city, just as we are,” say co-founders Ben Lerer and Adam Rich.

About Phil Bator: Thrillist Detroit's Phil Bator started giving back to his native city as a young child, when the family car was broken into during the Auto Show and their coats stolen by a brick-throwing kid with a good eye for great deals (four jackets!) and high fashion (aqua Starter jacket, youth size small). He went on to attend University of Detroit Jesuit High School, and majored in advertising at Michigan State University without any minors (in possession). Upon graduation, he moved to the suburb of Royal Oak and can often be found conducting "market research" for his role as editor of the popular website Texts From Last Night. His favorite day is Sunday, he bleeds coffee, and he doesn't ever want to hear you singing the Journey song that references growing up in nonexistent "south" Detroit.

On Saturday, October 29th 2011 The Burton Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the Burton Theatre will be reopened under new management as the Cass City Cinema for a Halloween Movie Marathon!  The marathon will run from Saturday, October 29th until Monday, October 31st featuring 1950’s Japanese horror films, the cult classic midnight showing of The Night of the Living Dead, and Guy Maddin’s critically acclaimed take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Cass City Cinema is committed to featuring innovative independent films & much-loved classic films and developing a community-gathering space for all community members.  Owner of Burton Center for the Arts, Joel Landy, stated, “We are really excited to be reopening the theatre.  The schedule that we are lining up will have a dynamic broad based program to serve all moviegoers tastes and desires.”  

Cass City Cinema will be featuring several promotions throughout the course of the weekend, please check our Facebook Page for further information.  Moviegoers pay $5.00 for the all-day Halloween weekend movie marathon.  Children under 12 always pay $3.50.

2:00 p.m.    Spooks Run Wild (United States, 1941)
3:25 p.m.    Monster from a Prehistoric Planet (Japan, 1967)
5:15 p.m.    A Bucket of Blood (United States, 1959)
6:41 p.m.    Dementia 13 (United States, 1963)
8:15 p.m.    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (Canada, 2002)
10:00 p.m.    Lady Frankenstein (Italian, 1971)
11:30 p.m.    Night of the Living Dead (United States, 1968)

2:00 p.m.    Ghosts on the Loose (United States, 1943)
3:25 p.m.    Gamera vs Zigra (Japan, 1971)
5:15 p.m.    The Terror (United States, 1963)
7:00 p.m.    The Ape Man (United States, 1943)
8:20 p.m.    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (Canada, 2002)
10:00 p.m.    Silent Night, Bloody Night (1973)

6:00 p.m.    I Bury the Living (United States, 1958)
7:45 p.m.    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (Canada, 2002)
9:20 p.m.     Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride (United Kingdom, 1973)

Cass City Cinema is located at the Burton Theater at 3420 Cass, Detroit, Michigan 48201. 
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It's Detroit, however, that TravelClick predicts will emerge the biggest winner during this period, with an expected 22% increase in occupancy.

"We're well ahead of the curve from a national improvement standpoint," says Thomas Conran, principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group, owner of The Henry hotel in Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb.

Reflecting Detroit's economy, the Henry had previously been a luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel where the auto industry frequently met and had functions, but Conran's group repositioned it last year. Out were the dark-wood-covered walls that gave the hotel its clubby atmosphere. In were a lighter color palette, a vibrant restaurant, reduced room rates and marketing by Marriott's "anti-chain" Autograph Collection. On busy mid-week nights, a guest might today pay about $200 a night — less than during the auto industry's heyday.

But what the Henry lost in rate, it's starting to make up with volume. "There's an energy that this hotel has not seen for many, many years," says Conran.

Conran credits Detroit's recent recovery to the state's efforts to lure more leisure travelers via its website, as well as the success of Detroit's resurgent sports teams, which has helped lure weekend visitors.

Finally, Conran says, the Detroit area is seeing "significant" year-over-year gains in business travel thanks to the recovering auto industry.

"We can't underestimate the fact that the health of the auto industry has improved dramatically," Conran says.

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Linda Yablonsky
W Magazine

Detroit is one of America’s most cash-strapped cities. But as Linda Yablonsky discovers, it has also become a rich breeding ground for a new generation of artists.

Five years ago, the painter Hernan Bas told me he was moving from Miami to Detroit. I couldn’t imagine why. “Because,” he said, “Detroit is the city of tomorrow.” I laughed out loud. A month later, I found myself there on an overnight trip with three friends from New York. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit ­(MOCAD) had just opened, and we wanted to see it. We also saw Detroit.

The city that once changed the world by giving it the car was now an enormous junker, its parts scattered and its bumpers battered but its engine still running. We saw a street full of rotting houses with polka dots on the shingles and stuffed animals hanging from the windows, a big bronze fist commemorating Joe Louis, and the vast remains of the Packard plant, which looked as if a neutron bomb had dropped on it. We saw palatial mansions, many boarded up, and regal Art Deco skyscrapers—as well as single-family homes standing amid acres of neglected land from which entire neighborhoods had vanished.

Finally, we passed the old Michigan Central train station, an 18-story ruin of Beaux Arts magisterial grandeur. It haunted me then, and it haunts me now, along with the rest of this consternating, spellbinding, tragic town—the most fascinating city in the country. In what other American metropolis could a private citizen own a bridge to Canada? Where else is there a major industrial center with yawning prairies in its midst? And where, but in Detroit, could an artist rent a steel mill for two months and transform it into a giant sculpture on view for a single day?

“This town has a magic,” said Chido Johnson, 42, a sculptor I met during my week long stay this summer, my third trip there in a year. Johnson, who was born in Zimbabwe, arrived nine years ago and never looked back. “I grew up in a war zone,” he said, “so Detroit felt familiar right off. The first week I was here, I walked into the public library, and there was a calypso band playing. Can you imagine?”

Bas felt the magic when he bought his five-bedroom house for $150,000—roughly the price of one of his paintings. Matthew Barney felt it when he commandeered the steel mill for the fiery finale to an epic eight-hour performance about the life and death of a Chrysler Imperial. Photographers feel it whenever they come for spectacular pictures that locals deride as “ruin porn.”

It is not an easy place to reckon with or to understand—for one thing, the scale of decay is astounding. Yet Detroit is attracting artists in numbers large enough to earn it a designation as another Berlin: a city with a struggling economy where creative types can live and work cheaply—and where, like Barney, they can realize projects that would be impossible most anywhere else. In Berlin, though, artists pursue international careers; in Detroit, they speak only to Detroit—because, they say, anywhere else they would just be making art. In Detroit, they can make a difference.

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The American Mustache Institute 

The Behavioral Economics Division of the Mustached American Research Dept. within the American Mustache Institute (AMI), the world’s leading facial hair think tank and advocacy organization, embarked on a two year analysis to better understand the cities in the United States that are most appealing to people choosing to live a Mustached American lifestyle. The first stage of the study involved examining medium-to-large sized American cities by a series of mustache-friendly factors.

AMI’s behavioral economists, anthropologists, and statisticians then developed a proprietary formula, the “AMI City Index,” for determining mustache-friendliness based on five primary factors.

“The study identified a combination of lifestyle factors befitting people of Mustached American heritage,” said AMI behavioral economist Edgar Heywood. “We then scoured the country to find cities that fit the mold. The results were staggering.”

Cities were assigned scores based on presence of the following:

Employment: Employers with proven track records of hiring Mustached Americans or “mustache-positive employers”; large first responders pools (law enforcement, fire & rescue, EMTs, etc.); thriving film and/or theater industries; actors who play law enforcement, relief pitchers, construction

Transportation: Per capita aggregate of motorized two-wheeled vehicles (motorcycles) and monster trucks; or, in rural states, four-wheeler all terrain vehicles.

Entertainment & Sport: Quantity of professional or minor league sports teams, casinos, beach access, shooting ranges, trap and skeet clubs, and pontoon boats per capita

Culinary: High concentrations of restaurants primarily serving Miller Lite (termed “Miller pours” in restaurant industry vernacular), more than four Applebee’s casual dining restaurants, charcoal barbecue unit sales per capita, bars per capita; night clubs permitting adult males wearing tank-tops; restaurants serving pork rinds and pickled meats.

Education: Annual regional total of GED or high school equivalency degrees; aggregate volume of trade and vocational institutions, as well as community colleges.

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GM JumpStart and MOVE Detroit are teaming up to offer an exclusive preview of some of GM's best selling vehicles and the opening of Joe Muers in downtown Detroit. Come join other young professionals from Metro-Detroit and drive some of GM's hottest new cars. Follow up with socializing in the newly reopened Joe Muers and sample some of their fantastic drinks and menu offerings.

Join us at the GM Renasissance Jefferson St. entrance to test drive the Camaro, Volt, Corvette and more from 4:30-7:30. Social/networking event will be held at Joe Muer's from 6-9.

*Valid Driver's license required for test driving

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 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.