Corktown Gets Its Own Art-House Cinema!

Two years ago, four friends opened an independent art-house cinema in the Cass Corridor called the Burton Theatre on a shoestring budget and a hunch.

The Burton was the only art-house/indie/cult/weird offering the city of Detroit had seen in decades beside the venerable Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA. The effort was met with tremendous community support and a loyal patronage. Despite the group’s success, and perhaps because of a bit of naivety, the Burton was forced to suddenly close its doors due an irreconcilable dispute between landlord and tenant.

Despite this setback, the desire has remained to have the unique voice the Burton provided in metro Detroit’s cinematic landscape. After a summer of programming “in exile” at a variety of spaces from warehouses to art galleries to street corners, the folks from the Burton have found a tremendous partnership with New York developers Scott Griffin and Angel Gambino to reincarnate the Burton Theatre as the Corktown Cinema, in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.The Corktown Cinema will be the cornerstone of Griffin and Gambino’s larger development of 2051 Rosa Parks Boulevard (just off Michigan Avenue), a 100,000 square foot former brass foundry that is quickly becoming the place of choice for Detroit's most innovative businesses and shops, as well as the Detroit bureaus of the Huffington Post and Curbed.

It is certainly true that the Burton could not have existed at all if it weren’t for our patrons’ tremendous support and faith in our mission. In the genesis of this, our reincarnation, the need for support from the Detroit community is greater than ever. In that spirit, the Corktown Cinema will be launching an online crowd-funding campaign November Ninth with Detroit Big F Deal ( to help support the cost of transforming a raw industrial space into a classy cinema. Corktown Cinema is excited to be able to offer contributors a token of our thanks in the form of memberships to the theatre,exclusive merchandise, discounts to local independent businesses and invitations to private events. It remains our honest belief that Detroit deserves the variety of interesting and entertaining work we strive to show, and we can’t wait to be back!

On Thursday, December 1st the NOH8 Campaign will set up our mobile studio at The Filmore Theater in conjunction with World AIDS Day in Detroit.

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year, raising awareness for the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS and remembering those who have lost their lives to the virus. Since 1981 60 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and 25 million have died. In the past 30 years we’ve come a long way. We have treatments that keep people alive far longer that many thought possible. In spite of the progress that has spared so many lives, we still have a long way to go.

On December 1st the World will stand together, with one voice, to commemorate World AIDS Day. The theme this year until 2015 is “Getting to Zero.”

ZERO new infections
ZERO AIDS-related deaths
ZERO discrimination

The WORLD AIDS DAY DETROIT Open Photo Shoot on THURSDAY is scheduled to begin at 2:00PM and end at 6:00PM. This photo shoot will also be the very first time the NOH8 Campaign has traveled to Michigan!

You do not need to make reservations to participate in the photo shoot; it's first come, first served! Facebook RSVP's just help us get an idea of the anticipated turn-out. When you arrive, you will receive a numbered model release to fill out, followed by receiving your NOH8 tattoo. We will call numbers throughout the day, and your corresponding release number will signal your time to line up and have your photo taken.

The costs of posing for an official NOH8 portrait break down as follows:

SOLO PORTRAITS .......... $40.00

COUPLE & GROUP PORTRAITS ........... $25.00 per person

The NOH8 Campaign accepts cash, most major credit cards, and checks made out to 'NOH8Campaign'. Fee covers services & processing for one retouched digital print only, made available through

The lines moves quickly, so don't let the RSVP's intimidate you! We always do our best to make sure that everyone in line by 6:00PM has a chance to pose for their photo - and up to this point, we haven't ever had to turn anyone away! Anyone that would like to join the NOH8 Campaign is asked to wear a plain white shirt to match the look of the signature NOH8 photos.

Celebrity Photographer & NOH8 Co-Founder Adam Bouska will be working around the clock to photograph 5-10 frames for each person that comes through. The final selection he chooses will be retouched and made available to you in about 8 weeks through the website:




Once you arrive, the NOH8 Campaign will apply the NOH8 temporary tattoo to your face, and we will also supply you with the silver duct tape for the photo.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? E-mail with your contact information and make sure to note which shoot you'd like to volunteer for!

 Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for marriage equality and anti-discrimination through NOH8’s interactive media campaign. This includes bringing the campaign to other cities around the country, as well as compiling the images for a large-scale media campaign. Under consideration is the expansion of our campaign to other media, including television and
radio broadcast, billboards, and magazines. Contributions are also used to cover the daily operations and maintenance necessary to run this rapidly growing campaign.

The NOH8 Campaign is an approved 501(c)(3), donations will be tax-deductible up to the amount allowable by law.

Modern Skate & Surf is holding a Snowboard Swap Sale at its Royal Oak, Mich location.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get cash or in-store credit for used snowboards and equipment.  Join us at Modern Skate & Surf in Royal Oak on Nov. 11 - 13 for this great sale. 

Modern Skate & Surf is taking used snowboards, boots, bindings, wakeboards, skateboards, in-line skates and more for the Snowboard Swap Sale. When one of our used products sell, we will give 100 percent in-store credit or 75 percent cash to the original owner.  Check-in for the Snowboard Swap Sale begins at 11 a.m. on Thurs, Nov. 10 and ends at 2 p.m. on Sat, Nov. 12.  The Snowboard Swap Sale hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Fri, Nov. 11; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sat, Nov. 12; Noon - 6 p.m. on Sun, Nov. 13. 

Modern Skate & Surf in Royal Oak offers only the best in skating, snowboarding and surfing. 

For more information, visit us at or call us at (248) 546-7275.

Project for Public Spaces
Sarah Goodyear

On the streets of Central Detroit, a sense of place — and possibility — isn’t always easy to come by.
PPS knew that engaging the neighborhood in Placemaking would take more than just a workshop. So, with the support of the Kresge Foundation and working with the Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC), we decided to do a fun harvest festival that would demonstrate the neighborhood’s potential. It would also be a way to get more Placemaking ideas from people who would be unlikely to show up a community meeting.

And it worked. On October 29, PPS was thrilled to be part of a very successful harvest festival outside the wonderful neighborhood produce market Peaches & Greens, which is celebrating its third anniversary. Although flanked by vacant lots, Peaches & Greens proved to be the right spot for the festival — and the event showed how this could evolve into an even better place for the neighborhood to come together.

(Check out this great CBS News report about Peaches & Greens’ truck delivery service, which brings produce to the doorsteps of Detroiters who otherwise would have no access to fresh food.)

The rain held off and it turned out to be a great day, filled with games, horse-drawn hay rides, marshmallow roasting, and lots of Placemaking suggestions offered in PPS’s “Placemaking in Detroit” tent.

This is a neighborhood with a lot of basic needs. Many residents are out of work. Many don’t own cars, and the public transit system is utterly inadequate. Safety and security are a major concern — the city can’t even keep up with repairing broken streetlights. A lot of houses are abandoned and occupied by squatters.

The term “food desert” has become well known, but this part of Detroit might also be called a “place desert.” As the city’s population has shrunk, neighborhoods like Central Detroit have lost not just people and homes, but places to come together. Still, a lot of assets remain, including some beautiful housing stock and strong community organizations such as CDC. Importantly, the city has designated this as one of the communities where resources are going to be focused in the future.

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Julie Alvin

Ned’s TravelBurger

Using a 1946 Spartan Travel Trailer, Ned’s TravelBurger serves up burgers and fries to metro Detroiters. Carl Patron and Scott Steigerwald bought the rig in 2010.

“This trailer is from Peru, Ind., and there is a fellow down there that renovates trailers and leases them out to people,” Patron says. “It’s a little different than an Airstream trailer in that it’s more aggressive looking and polishes up a bit shinier.”

To create more head space for the kitchen exhaust system, Patron raised the trailer by a foot. He added a foot-high tub onto the chassis, lifted the shell off of it and dropped the shell back down. He swapped in tandem axels to accommodate the weight of the kitchen equipment carried inside--a 36-inch griddle, a fryer that holds 45 pounds of oil, a sandwich cooler, storage for burgers, and big commercial fridges, sinks and freezers.

Stored in the fridge and freezer are organic, grass-fed meats from Fowlerville, Mich., fresh buns from Royal Oak’s Holiday Market and produce from local farmers markets. With these prime ingredients, Patron and Steigerwald create portable lunches for customers.

“The White Castle Slider and Lafayette Coney are Midwestern icons. After many travels over the years, our food tastes changed, but not our basic love for dogs and burgers,” Patron says. “Every aspect of our menu is designed with the memory of our foodie experiences. From late-night sliders to ahi-tuna picnics, this is the kind of food that brings back thoughts of travel.”

Whether via an Asian turkey burger with five spice and kimchi or a Baja burger with cilantro corn salsa, Ned’s trailer takes customer’s taste buds on a trip.