Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Pewabic Pottery in 1903. Indigenous to Detroit, their hues are easily recognizable and unique. When you visit local historical homes or churches, this gorgeous tile is everywhere. The museum, studio, classes and gift shop on Jefferson are open to the public seven days a week. You can take a very informative guided tour or just wander around reading the brochure and learn at your own pace.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Metrotimes Blowout takes place in several venues. Last weekend it was in Detroit and Hamtramck and this coming weekend in Ferndale. Smalls was one of 11-12 places where live music was blaring all night long in Hamtramck at the corner of Caniff and Conant last Friday. They kicked it off with the band Twine Time at 9:30pm, followed by The Kickstand Band, Mod Orange, Timothy Monger State Park and finishing up at 1:30am with Hard Lessons. The action in Ferndale starts Thursday, May 2 on ten stages which include Cosmos (upstairs), the Ferndale Library, Found Sound, Go Comedy, New Way Bar, One-Eyed Betty's, Rust Belt Market, Sakana Sushi Lounge, The Loving Touch and Woodward Avenue Brewers.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Bad Brad's in Shelby Township. We loved the ambiance and service, but the food was the pièce de résistance with sliders and ribs and a choice of delicious sides that does not end. The have a large selection of Michigan craft beers, too. If that weren't enough, check out our dessert in the lower right hand corner. You'd think you were at the Whitney! Hats off, cowboys. They have a second location in New Baltimore also.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Flytrap a couple of years ago and are so glad to say, it is still as good as ever!!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Detroit Artists Market for Line by Line: Drawing Explored, a group exhibition curated by Jennifer Seibert and Jack O. Summers. Amidst wine and plentiful hors d'oeuvres, art lovers mingled and talked about the displays. It was a great evening. Situated on Woodward, south of Warren, this contemporary art gallery has been showcasing and selling local art since 1932. This particular show continues through May 24 with a special Gallery Talk on Saturday, April 27 from 2-4pm.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Maccabees is located in an art deco building of the same name with a huge arching window overlooking the avenue. It's a great bar location where you can watch the world pass by in midtown and use their free wifi. We chatted with the owner who informed us that all the beautiful ornate lighting is one-of-a-kind and done by a local artist. The food is good-- very bistro like-- and they are open for lunch and dinner. Sunday's $12 brunch offering includes a mimosa or a bloody mary. Live jazz spices up Thursdays nights. Their $5 valet parking was very much appreciated.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Cass City Cinema by one energetic Joel Landy in 2009. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is showing tonight at 7 and 9pm as well as Emperor at 6:45 and Burn, which was filmed in Detroit, at 9:15. Searching for Sugarman will be projected tomorrow night. $5 tickets are available at the door. They offer popcorn with free refills and made in Detroit Faygo soda. An Earth Day Benefit is being held on April 22 --on Earth Day, of course!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Z's Villa in an historic home dating all the way back to 1892. The bar/grill venue is unique and popular and the food is very good. We've eaten the nachos and the perch, hamburgers and chicken strips, fries, a slim jimmy, catfish and quesadillas. Everything has been given our seal of approval. We think highly of the waitstaff, too. It's family-owned and they just seem to have their heart in it. When the weather warms up, there is outdoor seating. They have a shuttle that will run patrons to various sporting events.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Hilberry Theatre in Midtown Detroit is located in a former church that is almost 100 years old. Wayne State acquired it in 1961 and transformed it into a stage theatre and named it after Clarence Hilberry, the president of the university. It is the only graduate repertory theatre company in the nation, presenting a quality selection of both modern and classical plays each year from September to May. Currently in its 50th season, the play opening this Friday, April 19th is Marat/Sade, about the French Revolution's assassination of Jean-Paul Marat by the infamous Charlotte Corday.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Cass Community United Methodist Church and they hold services on Sunday at 11am. They also have a Warehouse Worship service at 12025 Elmhurst on Wednesdays evenings at 6:15pm. Their worship choir is called The Ambassadors.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Art X Detroit which has been taking place since Wednesday. Free to the public, works created by Kresge artists will be featured in fifteen different venues in the Midtown Cultural Center. It's the second year in a row for Art X with music offerings, art displays, dance presentations, video screenings, lectures, literary readings, workshops, etc. Check the Art X link for the schedule.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Royal Eagle within the grounds of the St Sabbas Monastery in Harper Woods. The Russian borscht was outstanding! The various tea sandwiches were fresh and wonderful. The third course consisted of very delicious chicken on skewers with a green salad and homemade dressing. Even the desserts were incredible with napoleons made on the premises and chocolate fudge cakes with fresh cream. The ambiance and the food made us pleasantly feel as if we were transported to a different time and era.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
St Sabbas Monastery. Founded in 1999, this Russian Orthodox sanctuary is surrounded by gardens and fountains and includes a delightful little gift shop. Several services are conducted daily where visitors can observe the richly ornate decorations and icons throughout as well as hear beautiful traditional music.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Holy Cannoli's in Rochester? These wonderful creations are made fresh from scratch every day from a recipe that's been handed down for five generations. The three flavors the day we were there were cherry almond, key lime and traditional. They were filled for us as we waited. The little elves work at night to make the shells and in the morning they make the filling. You'll find them on Main Street close to University on the West side.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Bartertown Diner were quite delicious today. They have a large following with a convenient downtown location in Grand Rapids Heritage Hill area. Their enticing hash bowl changes every day and very large burritos tempt the super hungry. A definite favorite though was the tofu omelette with a sunflower cream sauce. Can't believe we ate the whole thing!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Andrew's on the Corner in the Warehouse District. A fixture in Detroit run by the Andrews family since the early 1900's, they have a secure parking lot (no charge) and the sports bar food is very good with a selection of burgers and salads, perch and strip steak, as well as homemade soups. There's an upper open deck on top in the back that overlooks Chene Park and the river.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Jolly Pumpkin, maker of Michigan's most famous sour beers. Owner and brewmeister Ron Jeffries founded this brewery in Dexter in 2004. They have a restaurant café in Ann Arbor and a tasting room up in Traverse City. Ron says the magic occurs when the beer is put into his oak barrels. Men's Journal has named his Bam Bière the 21st best beer in the US. We like it--a lot.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Blue Pig Pottery artist at his studio in Elk Rapids. Everything in their shop is original and created by hand. No two pieces are alike with a wide assortment of plates and bowls, teasets and mugs and rakuware. We had a hard time deciding what to buy. Their obvious passion is clay. Put the Art Beat Art Walk on your calendar for June 1. Blue Pig will be represented.