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Oktoberfest 2018: Fall Beer Festivals in Metro-Detroit

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Oktoberfest 2018: Fall Beer Festivals in Metro-Detroit

The weather is changing and so is the beer. Starting mid-to-late September brewers begin to feature Oktoberfest style beer. The beer is native to the traditional Bavarian festival held in Munich. Over the 17-day festival more than 6 million people visit and over 7 million liters of beer is served. Talk about a party.

 Local brewery’s like  Jolly Pumpkin  in Midtown are great places to visit for the seasonal brew. Photo credits: Daniela Lisi.

Local brewery’s like Jolly Pumpkin in Midtown are great places to visit for the seasonal brew. Photo credits: Daniela Lisi.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to travel all the way to Munich to enjoy the seasonal beer and celebration. There are plenty of festivals throughout October across Metro-Detroit for you to experience the brew in a festive way.

You won’t have to skimp on quality either. Michigan is 4th top state in the U.S. when it come to craft beer. So, stop by any of these festivals to enjoy the copper-red style ale, full of maltiness and a dash of spice.

Local Oktoberfest Celebrations

Oct 5th-7th- OktoBEER Festival Ferndale will transform the corner of East 9 mile and Woodward Avenue into a Bavarian-style party. For the third year in-a-row the festival will feature: Oktoberfest style beer, German cuisine, BBQ, live music & entertainment, Oktoberfest games and family fun.

Festival times are: Friday, Oct 5th 4pm-12am. Saturday, Oct 6th Noon-Midnight. & Sunday Noon-9pm. Entry to the festival is $3, of which will benefit local charities. Veterans & Active duty member with military ID get in free, as well as children under 12 years of age.

Oct 6th- Oktoberfest at Detroit Fleat. The food truck and boozery collective will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration. There will be numerous popular breweries featured, as well as the Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck. The event is free to attend, but drink tickets are $3 a piece or $20 for eight tickets. You can also buy a VIP ticket for $40 that includes 10 Drink Tickets, Food Sample ticket to Mac Shack, Delectabowl & Pita Post, Brewery Swag and a Detroit Fleat Sample Glass. Buy VIP tickets HERE!

Oct 6th- Oktoberfest in The Park- Atwater in the Park hosts a FREE Oktoberfest celebration. There will be live-music, Bavarian hair braiding, men’s & women’s beer stein challenges and a lederhosen competition. There will also be corn hole, fowling and giant Jenga to be played all day long. The event starts at noon and ends at midnight.

Oct 13th- Axle Brewing Co.’s Livernois Tap Oktoberfest: Axle Brewing Co. in Ferndale will hot a German style Oktoberfest from noon to 11pm. The even will feature beer, music and a German-influenced menu. Early-bird tickets are $35 and regular entry is $40. Admission include unlimited food, a beer, snacks and an Axle Brewing beer stein. Tickets can be purchased HERE!

Oct 26-27th- MI Brewers Guild 10th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival: Fans of Craft beer meet at Eastern Market for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings in the state. The event will feature live entertainment and a selection of food from Detroit-are brewpubs and restaurants available for purchase. Tickets are $40 each day and include 15 tasting tokens which can be exchanged for 3 oz. samples of over 800 locally crafted beers. Purchase tickets HERE!

 Candice checking out the local taps at  Jolly Pumpkin.  Photo credits: Daniela Lisi

Candice checking out the local taps at Jolly Pumpkin. Photo credits: Daniela Lisi



Whether you make it to the festivals or not, here is a list of some of my favorite places to enjoy a beer over during the fall months!

The Dakota Inn Rathskeller- For more than 80 years, the Dakota Inn has been serving up German-style cuisine and a long list of German beers. Head to the cavernous beer hall to enjoy live music from the 80 year old piano, sing-a-longs and Oktoberfest themed events.

Green Dot Stables- Snuggled in Corktown, Green Dot Stables is the coziest place to enjoy an inexpensive meal with friends. The restaurant specializes in sliders of all assortments and under a $3 price point. If you’re really brave, check out the mystery meat.

M-Brew- This house turned pizzeria, brewery and arcade space is one of my favorite places to hang in the early fall. Head here to sip a beer on the front porch, all while getting toasty by the fire.



Cheers,

xoxo, lately with lo





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Nine International Plates Around Detroit

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Nine International Plates Around Detroit

A round of applause to you, my fellow Detroiters. You are the real MVP’s. It's the end of April and you have made it through the (seemingly) eternal winter.

If you are anything like I am and have found yourself dreaming of vacation over the brutal winter months -- these nine culturally eclectic plates around Detroit will help you find an international escape within your own city

 photo via  @the_gerards

photo via @the_gerards

Flowers of Vietnam- The former Vietnamese weekend pop-up restaurant inside of Vernor Coney Island, has taken permanent residence in Detroit’s Southwest neighborhood. This place is an absolute must if you’re looking for a menu that takes you on a trip to the other side of the world. To get the whole experience, be sure to check out the DJ on Fridays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Fists of Curry- Located in Detroit’s Southwest neighborhood, the previous home of the Huron Room has reopened with an Indian flair. The name isn’t the only thing that is action packed. The menu offers a variety of options. Everything from Tikka Masala, soft-serve ice cream, and an option that shall not be named—only for the curious eaters. The restaurant offers Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and Fri-Sat 9 p.m. – close. 

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Johnny Noodle King- This is the perfect place to eat on a chilly night. Nestled on the edge of Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, this Japanese inspired restaurant has a wide variety of noodles, addicting bao buns, and Saki to keep you warm through the cold weather. 

El Barzon- My food prayers have been answered. This place offers my two absolute favorite foods-- Italian and Mexican, in one place. Located in Detroit’s Southwest neighborhood, El Barzon has a dining patio that is covered all year around. It is the perfect place for a date night or dinner with friends and family. Not to mention, it's my go-to spot for birthday dinner each year.

 photo via  @_takoi_

photo via @_takoi_

TAKOI- The food inspired by Thailand and Southeast Asia isn’t the only thing that will make you feel like you are on a holiday. The space-like atmosphere of the restaurant and it’s GREEN ROOM will have you feeling like you stepped into another world. TAKOI has a live DJ and happy hour every Wednesday from 5-9, as well as DJ’s on Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno- This place is one of the best-kept secrets in Southwest Detroit. Make sure you order some fresh juice and traditional pupusas. Pupusas are thick-corn tortillas stuffed with savory items, such as pulled pork. The Salvadorian food is affordable and delicious.   

Shangri-La- This place is all that and Dim Sum (pun intended). Located right in the heart of Midtown, this Cantonese style restaurant is the perfect place to get playful with Dim Sum or try one of the coconut milk and curry dishes that infuse the owners Thai heritage.

 photo via @bolerodetroit

photo via @bolerodetroit

Bolero- This restaurant brings Latin flavor to Midtown. Bolero is from the same owners who opened Vincente’s in downtown Detroit about 5 years ago. It is the perfect place to indulge in mojitos, fresh ceviche or to share paella with friends. 

Alley Taco- The build your own quesadilla and Mexican street corn is off the chain. This Midtown taqueria is open until 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. So, it's the perfect place head with friends after a night out. 

  

xxxo-

Lately With Lo
 

 

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The Place to be for Brides to be.

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The Place to be for Brides to be.

Metro Detroit Weddings magazine is helping metro Detroit brides-to-be plan the wedding of their dreams during its annual Luxury Bridal Reception.  

On Thursday, April 12 from 5-8 p.m. get your girl gang together for an evening of FUN wedding planning, at The Reserve in Birmingham. Sip champagne while meeting with expert consultants, top bridal shops, florists and event planners to plan their dream wedding from beginning to end. Leave the event with a custom gift box filled with treats for the brides-to-be.

Metro Detroit Weddings magazine's Luxury Bridal Reception is sponsored by Guilt Chocolates, The Reserve, and our friends at Open Me When.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Wedding party package includes five (5) general admission tickets for $50. Tickets can be purchased here.

We have two pairs of wedding party packages to give away. Enter the contest by following us at @Jadoredetroit on Instagram, comment on this picture, and tag a friend. Winners will be chosen on Friday at 5!

-xoxo J'adore Detroit

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Hamtramck Music Festival, a Dive Bar Extravaganza

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Hamtramck Music Festival, a Dive Bar Extravaganza

This weekend, Hamtramck is the place to be.

It's the annual Hamtramck Music Festival!

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Looking at the Line up, You Won't want to miss; 

Saturday:

Craig Brown Band

White bee

Honeybee

Sunday:

Virginia Violet & the Rays

Friday:

Bevlove

Five Pound Snap

Detroit techno Militia 

Cosmic Light Shapes

Moonwalks

 

 

Enjoy this recap of last year's Fest to get you in the mood. 


This past weekend -March 2, 3, 4 & 5- Detroiters rocked out to local bands at the Hamtramck Music Festival.

$10 got you a weekend wristband and access to a connector shuttle that linked participating locations.

On Friday, I started my festivities at The Painted Lady. the crew and I got there around midnight to hear The Whiskey Charmers. It was loud and packed...but that’s half the fun of HMF!

After, I dashed to Small’s to catch up with some friends. Unfortunately, I missed the Erers. From what my friends were (still) screaming, it was THE BEST SHOW EVER and YOU HAVE TO SEE THEM.

From there, we made our way to PLAV Post #10 to jam out to Black Blue Hours' psychedelic rock. Luckily, PLAV was pretty empty. We needed the entire dance floor to jump around and half mosh to their gnarly space music.

G Bless the good people of PLAV Post #10. After the show a man handed out hot dogs to the audience.

Well fed and still ready to party, the crew and I boarded a connector bus to find an after hours.

Shout out to the bus driver for putting up with our misguided directions and mild food fight.

To our disappointment Planet Ant was closed. After a team huddle, we parted our separate ways and agreed to meet up the next day.

On Saturday, bright eyed and bushy tailed we started at Kelly’s Bar around midnight. Pewter Club was killing it on stage! It was my first time seeing them play, but definitely not the last! They were a quality band, I will for sure make a point to see them again.

From there, we headed to Planet Ant to see Duane the Jet Black Eel close out Saturday night.

OMG. Talk about a performance! Duane looks like Bruno Mars X Young Michael Jackson and puts on one hell of a show. 

It was theatrical and flamboyant and reminded me of Prince meets Of Montreal. Duane is BEAUTIFUL and has the bone structure of a Calvin Klein Model.

Planet Ant was an ol’ fashion riot!

Friends from all over the city were celebrating music, Detroit, and the Annual Hamtramck Music Festival. I felt a sentimental moment of community when the show ended- everyone was smiling ear to ear and planning after hour moves.

Wiped out, I didn’t make it back to Hamtramck on Sunday. Instead, I recovered from the weekend at Citizen Yoga’s Community Class.

What a phenomenal weekend! To me, the Hamtramck Music Festival officially kicks off spring in Detroit and the whirlwind of festivities that follow.

Rock on, Detroit

-Boho Barbie

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Pop-Up Party Alert: Dine + Dance, Tomorrow Night

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Pop-Up Party Alert: Dine + Dance, Tomorrow Night

Valentine’s Day isn’t over, the best is yet to come.

Tomorrow, celebrate St. Valentine with a unique culinary and music experience.


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Brix Wine and Charcuterie Boutique, Chef Ashaya, and AJOM have come together to create a spectacular night of entertainment.

This is a two-part event, hosted in a secret location. The address is revealed to ticket holders after purchase (trust me, the venue is cool AF).

Two types of tickets are available:

Anthony Jasper aka AJOM is one of my favorite DJ’s in the city and definitely throws the best pop-up parties. His Halloween event, Dia De Los Muertos, was my favorite party of the weekend.

Read the recap here, I’m not making this up!


Get the full sensory experience with the St. Valentine’s Dine + Dance ticket.

At 6PM the evening will start with Hors d'Oeuvres, champagne, and wine. AJOM and Julian Kendall will curate sultry vibes with a special set of ambient tunes. After an hour or so guests will be seated to enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Ashaya.

Course 1

Eggplant Caponata Mtooya

Avalon baguette, capers, tahini golden raisins, pomegranate balsamic drizzle, scallion pearls

Course 2

Mussels Qarira

Lemon tarragon za'atar vinaigrette, pickled seasonal vegetable salad, grilled radish, sunflower sprouts, toasted noodles, miso lemon aioli

Course 3

Vegetable or Beef Kibbeh

Crispy Veggie or Beef Kibbeh, walnut-stuffed date, gold potato mash, fennel cucumber mint yogurt, leek herb pesto, spiced maple reduction, kataifi, sea salt

Course 4

Crème Brulee, Vegan

Rose, pistachio, halawa, fresh strawberry


After dinner, the party starts.

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Alton Miller, Lady Monix, MGUN and Seth Carter will join AJOM and Julian Kendall on the decks.

At 10 PM the event opens to guests for the Valentine’s Ball, an all-night dance party. 

Meet your lover on the dance floor and dance the night away, under a romantic floral installation.


Knowing Anthony Jasper and his events, this will be a flawlessly executed experience that leaves guests happy - even ecstatic.

See you there

Boho Barbie

 

 

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Guys, Listen Up! Here's Our Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Guys, Listen Up! Here's Our Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Hey, Dudes! With Valentine's Day right around the corner it's time to bust out all that lunch money you've been saving up and get your honey something nice. Valentine's Day can get really cheesy really quickly so we put together our top 8 Valentine's Day gifts below all made in the city of Detroit! 

OPEN ME WHEN BOX: This is definitely the right way to get a girl to be yours and all the work is done for you with Open Me When. This box filled with sweet romantic gifts to set the tone for the perfect day. We're talking a Rosehip and Clay Face Mask, Graf Lantz Heart Felt Keychain and a box of delicious Louis Sherry Chocolate Truffles. Price $110. 

 via Kaivi Jewelry

via Kaivi Jewelry

KAIVI JEWELRY: Can we tell you how obsessed we are with Britt's pieces? They are so perfectly sound in design and detail. Ideal for your hippie, chic girlfriend or anyone who loves turquoise and simple straightforward design. We have a cuff of her's that we legit never, ever takeoff. This is the perfect keepsake and sure to surprise your girl. Price $37+. 

 via Crumble Catering Co.

via Crumble Catering Co.

CRUMBLE CATERING: These cookies aren't only delicious but are works of art. Emily has been baking since she was little and what started as something fun she did for friend's Bachelorette parties quickly grew into something full-time. She can make whatever design you'd like on her signature sugar cookie recipe, which, to be honest is better than any other sugar cookie we've ever had! These cookies are sure to sweeten up anyone's Valentine's Day. Prices vary but won't break the bank. 

CUFFINS: A cuffin is a marriage of a cookie and a muffin. These all-natural treats are crisp on the outside and are gooey and chewy on the inside. They come in all types of flavors like Cookies 'n Cream, Nilla Zilla, Nutella Bella, Baklava, among others! Founder of cuffins, Zayna is a miracle worker and invented something we didn't even know we needed in our lives! Prices vary but are affordable. 

RARE BITS JEWELRY: This self taught, silversmith badass and jewelry designer, Holly creates one of a kind pieces from heart to inspiration. She creates unique, southwestern designs with a variety of precious stones. Price $4.50+. 

ALCHEMY HENNA PERFUME: Oh Monique, how we love the fragrances you create. We own both Madeline & Meiuke scents. The smells are unique, well-thought out and just make us happy when we spray our wrists every morning. If you're looking to surprise your bae with something super thoughtful, local and amazing, buy her one of Alchemy's signature scents! Price $75+. 

 via Made Floral

via Made Floral

MADE FLORAL: Made Floral set up a pop-up shop inside of Shinola Midtown in May of 2016 and almost two years later they continue to sell some of the most romantic bouquets known to Detroit there. If you really want to wow your significant other go with a Made Floral bouquet. Martha, your talent never ceases to amaze us - thank you for making Detroit more beautiful! Price $75+. 

DETROIT ROSE: God damn these candles smell great. With 15 eclectic scents you can't go wrong with any of them. Our faves? Fig Tree, Moss, Tobacco + Bay Leaf & Milk+ Honey. Dierdre's products are truly incredible and psst...she also has a killer skincare line as well. Price $28+. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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J'adore Approved Valentine's Day Hot Spots

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J'adore Approved Valentine's Day Hot Spots

The pressure is on! Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Not sure where to wine and dine? We’ve done all of the dirty work to give you some of our best options for a Valentine’s Date Night with your special significant other:

While Lady of the House is cooking it up at The James Beard House in NYC, we’re breaking the news that they’re doing a special tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. That’s right men, how romantic and vibed out would it be to take your lady to Lady for a special Vday dinner?

 via Takoi

via Takoi

Takoi, (the risen restaurant phoenix) is having a 2-hour pre-fix Valentine’s Day dinner in honor of the love-bird holiday. Their food and cocktail program is funky and fresh; perfect for a couple that wants to try something new and hip for a dreamy Valentine’s night out. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the link here at $65 a person.

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via Republic Tavern

Republic Tavern, Detroit’s quintessential farm-to-table, rustic style restaurant is hosting a Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner for an intimate 40 on the second floor of the iconic G.A.R. Building (more like a castle). The dinner will be a night to remember with six courses and wine pairings for $100/person. You’ll leave full and relatively inebriated. Purchase your tickets here.

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via Sugar House

The Sugar House is putting out a special dessert and cocktail pop-up while also proudly showcasing their new food menu, with charcuterie curated from another soon-to-open Dave K. endeavor, Gratiot Avenue Provisions. An intriguing romantic spot designed for intimacy and an incredible show from the bar staff, this is sure to impress your date in high spirits.

Prime + Proper, just named "Most Romantic Restaurant in Michigan” by Food & Wine, is the definition of “chique steakhouse” if you’re looking for something more snazzy. They have a raw seafood bar and flame-grilled steaks with an outstanding wine program curated by sommelier, Liz Martinez, former sommelier of The Purple Pig in Chicago. Truly a place to wine and dine, if you can get a reservation that is.

GreenSpace Cafe is not only for vegans! This classy establishment is for all types of guests offering an array of flavorful plant-based cuisine. They have many options for dietary restrictions, not to mention a full bar, as well as an array of vegan/gluten-free desserts. Not into desserts? Get the Farmer’s Cheese Board, with an assortment of house-made cashew cheese and be blown away.

Roast This staple is the place for a relaxing, traditional, and a consistently delicious and intimate experience for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Owned by the famous chef Michael Symon, the Bone Marrow is a must, and wine is a plenty. Best thing is that it’s right downtown so bar hopping is a breeze if you want to explore the city afterwards.

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via Mabel Grey

Mabel Gray This small but mighty James Beard Nominated venture in Hazel Park is strongly urged if you want to have a culinary journey with your date. We advise to order their tasting menu, along with their beverage pairing to complete the masterpiece that Chef James Rigato composed. Best. Date. Ever. Don’t forget to make a reservation.

Amore da Roma  - Reenact “Lady and The Tramp” all in one of the oldest restaurants in Detroit (built in 1888), located just north of the Sheds at Eastern Market. This newly renovated space led by Chef Guy Pelino, kept their traditional italian menu, offering classic italian dishes such as Scaloppine Saltimbocca and Eggplant Parmigana along with their very romantic atmosphere. Bellisimo!

Cliff Bells, this cocktail jazz lounge has been around for decades and is the best place to take your Valentine to enjoy some old school entertainment. Famous musicians have played there in years past, making it the perfect place to go back in time and enjoy the night through music, cocktails and great company.

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via Gold Cash Gold

Gold Cash Gold is partnering with chef friend Anthony Lombardo of the soon-to-open SheWolf Pastificio & Bar for a special Lady and the Tramps inspired Valentine's Day! There will be copious amounts of pasta and chianti! Call to make reservations.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Detroit Rock City: A Look at the History of Rock 

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Detroit Rock City: A Look at the History of Rock 

DETROIT ROCK CITY. IT'S GRITTY, IT'S REAL, IT'S LOUD AND IT'S AN INTEGRAL PART OF AMERICA'S MUSIC SCENE.

From Motown’s roots to the punk explosion of the 70’s straight on through to today, Detroit has produced a number of artists that rock n’ roll just wouldn’t be the same without. Documented in the 2013 release of Steve Miller’s “Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock n’ Roll in America’s Loudest City”, there is no doubt that this city produced a number of notable artists that changed the face of rock music.

 Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown Records in front of his original recording studio via Pinterest

Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown Records in front of his original recording studio via Pinterest

Probably the first event that would establish Detroit as a rock n’ roll town would be the establishment of Motown Records.  Opened in Detroit, the label’s name, which was a portmanteau of the words motor and town, would become a nickname for the city as well. The label was owned by Berry Gordy and founded in an attempt to ensure that African American artists would receive the money they deserved for the music they wrote. The label released soul music with a distinct pop influence and achieved an extraordinary amount of crossover success. 

The success of Motown would pave the way for many musicians leading to the British invasion and the birth of rock n’ roll music. One of the first artists to hale from Detroit bringing this new sound, was Ted Nugent. Initially gaining fame with his band the Amboy Jukes, which formed in 1963, Nugent presented a unique rock n’ roll voice and hard rock sound. Nugent proudly bears the label the ‘Motor City Madman’.

 MC5 via Google

MC5 via Google

Other artists would soon follow in Nugent’s footsteps. Formed in 1964, the MC5 became synonymous with the Detroit sound, presenting a type of music that included elements or rock n’ roll, garage rock, blues and psychedelic rock. The band represented a counterculture movement that was considered ‘volatile and threatening” at the time. 

Iggy Pop and the Stooges soon followed suit. Formed in 1967, the band played a raw primitive style of rock music combining elements of punk, rock n’ roll and blues. Iggy Pop would later have considerable success as a solo artist performing controversial acts onstage including nudity and self mutilation.

 Iggy Pop via Rollling Stone

Iggy Pop via Rollling Stone

A number of bands would continue to rise out of the Detroit streets, but perhaps the most notable of this newer batch would be The White Stripes. Forming in 1997, the group, which consisted of Jack and Meg White, presented a stripped down approach to music and a simplified sound that mixed elements of garage rock and blues. Though the band released only three albums, they paved the way for many musicians who came after them. Jack White has since founded Third Man Records in Midtown and releases vinyl out of his own printing press.

Today, many look at Detroit as a post-apocalyptic city that has been through its share of financial difficulties (this we know). All that remains of the once great Motown records is its historical museum and many of the stars whose roots were planted on the city’s streets, have now moved on to other cities. But perhaps it is this spirit that makes our city so bad ass and contributes to its dedication to keep rock alive. 

 The White Stripes via Rolling Stone

The White Stripes via Rolling Stone

In the true spirit of Detroit rock n’ roll, venues like The Magic Stick offer an industrial space in the Majestic Theater Center where bands can get down and dirty. With an exciting array of local and national touring bands passing through, many consider this venue the epicenter of Detroit rock. 

Other clubs like St. Andrew’s Hall and The Fillmore are two other venues rich in Detroit rock history featuring vintage posters from performances that took place in its hallowed halls over the years and happen to be two of our favorite spots to catch a show. 

 The Fillmore via The Fillmore

The Fillmore via The Fillmore

But it is not only genres of rock that are prominent on the Detroit music scene. There are also numerous venues that feature jazz, blues, and techno (Detroit techno history is for another day and does NOT disappoint).

Music is integral to Detroit culture and lives through our historic venues, our streets, and people. It is the birthplace of so many successful bands and musicians and plays a prominent role in the history of music. It cultivated the spirit of rock and roll that lives on today. 

Catch live music in Detroit at some of our favorite venues: 

-The Fillmore

-St Andrews Hall

-Berts Warehouse

-Cliff Bells

-Bakers Keyboard Lounge

-PJs lager house

-Marble Bar

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit 

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Friday Forecast: 100% Chance of Fashion.

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Friday Forecast: 100% Chance of Fashion.

It’s going to be a very fashionable Friday in Detroit.

Two of my favorite brands in the city, Not Sorry Apparel and SKNDLSS, Are HOsting events.


First up: The Sweat Shop hosted by Not Sorry Apparel and Shoot Dope Spot

Start your weekend the right way with dancing, shopping, and even a new tattoo if that’s what you’re into. Dy-Min and Jessica, owners of Not Sorry Apparel, know how to throw a party. 

Video from Not Sorry Apparel

They are combining their love of all things dope into one must-attend event. The Sweat Shop is from 7-12 PM at 1406 Service St, Detroit, MI 48207.

There will be on site embroidery, screen printing and patches for $5 to $25. Bring a denim jacket, old tee, jeans, or whatever else you want to enhance with Not Sorry’s signature logo. (Unfortunately leather doesn’t work well for this).

Choose Better Friends & Count Mack will be on the 1’s and 2’s keeping the crowd dancing.

Flamingo Vintage and other top-notch vendors will be selling one of a kind goods.

I wasn’t kidding about tattoos! Get there at 7PM sharp to get your name on the list. There will be live tattooing throughout the night.

$10 tickets include a tote you can customize at the event or bring your own clothes to work with for $5. Tickets include free drinks- bless up!


After: LÆR hosted by BLDG01 and SKNDLSS

The couture continues at LÆR!
The monthly event is held in a surprise location, announced the day of. Think Fashion Week meets Detroit Techno.

Anything Lindsay Cashews, the owner of SKNDLSS, is involved with promises to be equal parts sexy and edgy. SKNDLSS will have live models draped in chains and chokers showcasing her iconic pieces.

Photos from SKNDLSS

Wear your favorite leather outfit and meet me on the dance floor. Loren, Rex Bravo and TYLR will be playing into the wee hours of the morning.  

Mastery Avery will be your host for the evening and Baboo Photography will be taking party pictures.

Tickets are $5, the event is from 12-5AM. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the address.


There you have it, the two most fashionable parties in Detroit, happening this Friday.

The only question is, What are you going to wear?

 

See you there,

Boho Barbie

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4 Halloween Parties you Need to Know About

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4 Halloween Parties you Need to Know About

Halloween weekend is days away.

Looking through the lineup of events going on, in Detroit, I’ve separated the best from the rest - to make your life easier.


Preparty:

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Cinema Detroit

Partake in a wholesome Halloween tradition at Cinema Detroit. Rocky Horror Picture Show will be screening from Friday the 27th to Tuesday the 31st. Take a date, take your friends, or take yourself. Rocky Horror at Cinema Detroit is a picturesque way to celebrate the season.


Friday:

Black Noise Yeezy Tribute at El Club

Rob Mansel, aka Black Noi$e, always plays a super fun set and gets the crowd dancing. I can’t wait to hear his take on a Yeezy Tribute. The tickets are free with RSVP (at the time of writing this post) and $10 at the door. I’m planning on starting my night at El Club and making it in time for the GOOD Happy Hour from 9-11 PM.


Motor City Funk Night at Majestic

Funk Night is a Detroit tradition. The event is not to be missed. It’s a good-time-had-by-all kind of shindig with good music, good vibes, and good people. There will be a live performance by the King of Funk, Rickey Calloway with Will Sessions. Heavy duty funk and soul 45s spun by DJs Frank Raines, Eastside and Mo Manley from Chicago. Tickets are $5 at the door, music plays until 4 AM. I will be hitting Funk Night (and getting a slice of cheese pizza from Sgt Pepperoni’s) after EL Club.


Saturday:

Border City Living in Windsor

I’ll be crossing the border Saturday night for a Halloween soiree in Windsor. This avant garde costume party is also Anna Kwiatkowski’s solo exhibition. The event has a strict black and white dress code and encourages creativity. I’m getting very glammed up with my girls to check out this event. I can’t wait to experience the combination of costumes and art, it all sounds so fabulous!

Dia Day Los Muertos Warehouse Party

One of my favorite DJ’s in the city, Anthony Jasper aka AJOM, is hosting a Dia Day Los Muertos warehouse party at 6545 St. Antoine. The line up is loaded with great acts, featuring a very special live performance at midnight by Los Hermanos from the legendary techno collective, Underground Resistance. Honor the dead and celebrate Life by dancing the night away with DJs Monty Luke, Seth Carter, Anthony Jasper, Lady Monix, Gabe Gonzales and Isaac Prieto.

Knowing Anthony and the events he puts on, this will be one hell of a show. The St. Antoine warehouse is a great venue for a Halloween party and will add a very Detroit vibe to the night.


Whatever you do this weekend, remember to share your candy and dress to impress.  

Stay Spooky,

Boho Barbie

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Visit Belle Isle This Fall

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Visit Belle Isle This Fall

IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE IT A POINT TO VISIT BELLE ISLE THIS FALL, I'M URGING YOU TO GO!

 Belle Isle Aquarium and The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Belle Isle Aquarium and The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

This year’s mild weather has allowed us to take full advantage of Belle Isle’s outdoor amenities. And on the weekends, two of Belle Isle’s indoor facilities, the Aquarium and The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, are both open and free to the public. It’s worth a trip to enjoy these beautiful attractions:

 Belle Isle Aquarium is America’s oldest aquarium, opening in 1904. 

Belle Isle Aquarium is America’s oldest aquarium, opening in 1904. 

The Belle Isle Aquarium is open Friday-Sunday from 10am-4pm. It is completely free to the public, while they do encourage donations upon entrance. It is America’s oldest operating aquarium, opening in 1904. Inside the Aquarium you’ll find tanks lining each wall, with array of fish, aquatic reptiles, and underwater species. The tanks and exhibits also provide written education on The Great Lakes ecosystem including native and invasive species.

 Jade colored opaline glass tiles cover the ceiling of The Belle Isle Aquarium. The tiles are commonly thought to be Pewabic, but are actually made by The Opalite Tile Co. of Monaca, PA.

Jade colored opaline glass tiles cover the ceiling of The Belle Isle Aquarium. The
tiles are commonly thought to be Pewabic, but are actually made by The Opalite Tile Co. of
Monaca, PA.

While the fish make for a great attraction, the building itself is a sight to see all on it’s own. Designed by the famous Albert Kahn, the exterior features a intricate stone work including a carved face of Neptune, the Roman god of freshwater and the sea. Inside, the ceiling is covered with spectacular jade green tiles that enhance the aquatic feel of the building. You could spend an hour admiring the details of the attraction, but as a guide, you’ll be in and out in around 20 minutes.

 The Red Breasted Piranha is native to the Amazon Rivers of South America. 

The Red Breasted Piranha is native to the Amazon Rivers of South America. 

 Belle Isle Aquarium exhibits are seven of the Gar, or garpike, species.

Belle Isle Aquarium exhibits are seven of the Gar, or garpike, species.

Right next door to the Aquarium, you’ll find the Conservatory, where countless species of plants are housed in a huge, glass-domed greenhouse. The Conservatory is segmented into rooms: the Palm house, the Tropical house, the Cactus house & Fernery, and the Show house. In each segment, you will find a different grouping of plants.

The Conservatory also features a lily pond with Japanese koi, which is a popular attraction in warmer months. The koi are very social and fun to watch. Every winter, the koi are brought to the basement of the facility where they are maintained until the spring. The Conservatory is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-5pm.

 The grounds of The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.

The grounds of The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.

Check out Belle Isle’s website HERE for more information on the Aquarium, Conservatory, and happenings at the park!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Doggie Dates at Bastone Brewery

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Doggie Dates at Bastone Brewery

Treat your furry best friend to a deluxe dinner at Bastone Brewery in Royal Oak.

From now until October 31st, Bastone Brewery in Royal Oak is offering a special canine-friendly menu that will have your pup (literally) begging for more.

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Specialized dog menus have been a hit at Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. Bastone Brewery is bringing the same concept to Royal Oak by making their patio dog-friendly and incorporating a veterinarian approved menu. 

 

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I took my baby, Brexely, for a hangar steak and hamburger and it rocked her world. I kid you not she looked and acted so appreciative after trying the finer foods in life. She spent the night snuggled closer than usual and gave me non stop puppy eyes.

 

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I was worried so much people food might uhh… upset her digestive system… but nothing out of the normal happened in that department!

Show your canine companion some extra love this week. take your dog on a date to Bastone Brewery before the patio closes for the season, on October 31st. 

- xo

Boho Barbie

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Dine N' View

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Dine N' View

The future is here, now you can order a full meal and drinks from the comfort of a reclining chair at Emagine Theater.

Sit back (all the way back) and enjoy the show.

Guests are asked to come 30 minutes before the show to get settled and place their orders.

When you’re ready to order, push the attendant button on your tray to call the waitress over.

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I was shocked to see the variety of food on the menu, you can get everything from classic concession stand candies to chicken and waffle sliders. I ordered the buffalo chicken wrap and spinach artichoke dip and was delighted with both.

All orders are made in The Grille, Emagine’s full service restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, it was amazing!

Eating a full meal and drinking a gin and tonic in a movie theater is a magical experience. I was so comfortable I didn’t want to leave after the movie ended.

Dine N’ View makes seeing a movie in theaters a luxurious experience, 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

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Dlectricity Recap: Magic in the City

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Dlectricity Recap: Magic in the City

Dlectricity delivered as promised.

If you couldn’t tell from my post last week, I was beyond excited for Dlectricity. I love neon lights and weird visuals. Dlectricity is like Christmas to me.

On Friday night I stepped out of my Midtown apartment and hit the streets. I started at Luminaria Magna on the corner of Warren and Woodward and made it just in time to see Anthony Jasper’s set.

Dreams do come true.

The stage was set inside a wall of lights that were color controlled by an interactive panel guests could experiment with. Anthony was the perfect act for the event, his music is universally likable and a great representation of the techno talent in Detroit. If you haven't read our J'adore Exclusive with Anthony, check it out here.

After, I stopped into The Cathedral Church of St. Paul Sanctuary to watch Akiko Nakayama project a magnified live stream of mixing paint. Originally I thought it was a visual on loop, it took probably five minutes to realize that I was watching a projection of the artist mixing paint in the corner- it was mind blowing.

One of my favorite things about Dlectricity is going in places I’ve been before, like the DIA or a church, and seeing the space in a new light and carrying that memory with me the next time I’m there.

The DIA was poppin’ inside and out. I watched The Shadows of Slendrotron (The Monkey God’s Great Leap) behind the DIA and was thoroughly impressed with the robotic performance. Only in Detroit would something so obscure happen.

If it’s any indication of how spectacular the art was- I was on a terrible date Friday and still had a great time at Dlectricity. Friday’s festivities came to an end and left me excited for Saturday.

Saturday started with a shopping spree at Boro to find the perfect outfits for the day. I left with a very Boho Barbie fringe vest for my daytime look and a glittery gold, liquescence body suit my night look.  My girlfriends and I went to a bougie-bouge rooftop party in Eastern Market coordinated by the ever fabulous Playground Detroit for Soho House. After getting our daily dose of celebrity vibes, the girlsquad and I geared up for another night of Dlectricity.

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Saturday night was twice as busy as Friday. People from all walks of life were out and about, it was a great moment for the Detroit community. Yes, there were definitely suburbanites in the mix but there were also a lot of families and kids from real Detroit.

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The girls and I posted up on the steps at the DIA to watch the projection across the street, on the Detroit Library. On the side of the building, we got our picture taken at the Light as a Shadow installation presented by Arts and Scraps. Behind the DIA, we played with giant glowing bunnies  in the CCS sculpture park.

 Photo of Sarah O'Donnell taken by Alex Santori

Photo of Sarah O'Donnell taken by Alex Santori

After, we went to Mocad and ran into what felt like everyone I’ve ever met in Detroit. Mocad was the place to be! The gallery was filled with people enjoying the artwork and getting drinks at the indoor/outdoor bar. The tiny house behind Mocad was illuminated and outlined with projections. Unfortunately, there was a horribly annoying projection of people screaming that added a layer of anxiety to the outdoor area.

After mingling at Mocad, my friend Alex and I headed back to the Luminaria Magna stage. On the way we ran into a performance piece showcasing actors behind shades being projected on and interacted with by artists. As the people behind the shades performed what looked like a Chinese tea ceremony, artists were moving and mixing different materials on the projectors to colorfully veil the performance.

We made it back to Luminaria Magna to watch Ryan Dahl end the festival with a bang. Talk about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Ryan Dahl is a straight up techno babe. I could have watched him perform in a wall of lights for the rest of the night.

During the show a really special thing happened. I looked over and saw a man I recognized from the area, I think he’s homeless - but not in a scary zombie way. And there he was, enjoying this incredible performance at this incredible event, dancing in the crowd like everyone else.

It made me appreciate the magnitude of inspiration Dlectricity injected into the community and the youth.

The festival made avantgarde art accessible to everyone and people were receptive and excited to be there. I can only imagine the amount of young minds Dlectricity inspired. I have the privilege of being exposed to bizarre creative things on the regular and it has immensely shaped who I am as a person. Dlectricity gave that experience to everyone in Detroit for free and that is something profoundly significant.

There’s a special magic in Detroit and it was very present throughout the entire weekend. See you in two years Dlectricity, I’m already counting down the days.

Love always,

Boho Barbie

* Special shout out to Alex Santori for the pictures and videos, thank you so much! *

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Detroit Design Festival Means an Extra Special Drinks X Design

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Detroit Design Festival Means an Extra Special Drinks X Design

On Thursday, September 14th there is an *amplified* Drinks X Design taking place in celebration of the UNESCO Detroit Design Festival.

Drinks X Design will be a four location, Downtown crawl showcasing ROSSETTI, Detroit is the New Black, Detroit Design 139 and Bamboo Detroit.

The four spots are a walkable distance from each other. There will be music, hor d'oeuvres, complimentary beverages and a whole lot of creative energy.

 Photo Courtesy of Drinks X Design 

Photo Courtesy of Drinks X Design 

Drinks X Design are one of my favorite recurring events in the city, read my recap of the Drinks X Design holiday party here.

It’s a great opportunity to network and learn about new businesses, projects, and initiatives taking place in the city.

Not to mention it’s a great excuse to get glammed up.

See you there

-Boho Barbie

 

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Nothing Elegant: Cruel Summer Edition

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Nothing Elegant: Cruel Summer Edition

TONIGHT!

Bring it to the Old Miami dance floor for a much needed Nothing Elegant summer session.

Two of our favorite DJs in the city, Lady Fantastic and Emily Thornstryker, will be playing back to back from 10 PM to last call.

After you get groovy with the ladies of Nothing Elegant, get cozy next to Old Miami’s famous bonfire.

Old Miami brings a diverse crowd and has something for everyone. It’s an approachable space for people of all ages. The bar has a cohesively random decor and live music most nights. The patio is so big it’s more like the bar’s backyard.

My favorite part of Old Miami is switching between working it on the dance floor and talking with friends by the fire. If you haven’t been, you need to go immediately- seriously, go while it’s still warm so you can fully enjoy the patio.

Click here for the event facebook page. 

See you tonight,

Boho Barbie

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Our/Detroit Block Party

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Our/Detroit Block Party

Our/Detroit is celebrating three years in the motor city.

 Photo from Best Bloody Brunch

Photo from Best Bloody Brunch

Sunday, August 13th, Our/Detroit is hosting a Block Party in Southwest at the park, next to their Bagley Street Tasting Room.

Citizen Yoga will start the day with a free community class at 11 AM. Food trucks, Comfort Cafe and Esto's Garage, will be parked and at your service by 1 PM. DJ Rue will keep the crowd dancing all day long.

Naturally, Our/Detroit will be making the cocktails.

This sounds like the perfect mix of community and cocktails to me. What a cute thing to do on a Sunday afternoon! Bagley Street Park is a hidden gem- make sure you pick up guac from Honey Bee Market on the way home.

Click here for the FB Event Page

See You There,

Boho Barbie

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Bastone Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin Team Up

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Bastone Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin Team Up

Talk about the best Monday ever!

Ashleigh, Allie and I started our day at Bastone and Jolly Pumpkin in Royal Oak.

The grand opening is scheduled for tomorrow, August 8th. Lucky for us, Jolly Pumpkin invited media in a day early for a walk through of the new space (and lots of samples!)

Immediately, the new layout caught my attention.

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The bar was moved from its previous spot against the wall to the middle of the restaurant giving the space an open layout. The copper bar top complements the white subway tiles and perfectly distressed wood trim. Funky vintage posters line the walls and beer bottle installations are used to divide the space. It looks very new and trendy.

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A small, separate section of the restaurant AKA Monk Beer Abbey serves a Bastone specific food menu featuring Belgian cuisine. The wall is adorned with medals Bastone has won to remind customers it is one of the most highly awarded breweries in Michigan.

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Follow the stairs down to another bar. The wood paneling feels like you’re inside of a keg and the room has a lounge-y vibe. The corner couch looks very VIP, it would be a great spot to post for the night with the whole squad.

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(Please excuse the low light pictures)

Behind the basement bar, Bastone has an in-house brewery. Their signature flavors are prepped and prepared to serve fresh to customers.

After the tour, it was time to eat!

We tried the Short Rib, Spinach and Roasted Mushroom Sandwich, Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich, Baked Feta Dip, Truffle Fries, and the South Pacific Pizza. We sipped on cocktails mixed with strawberry jalapeno infused tequila and another made with strawberry vodka, lemonade, and mint.

Yes, we did sink into a food coma on our back to the office.

The food was amazing, the Short Ribs were probably my favorite. They were served with potatoes, broccoli, sautéed onions and gravy- I will definitely be back for more when the cold weather comes.

Overall, Bastone Jolly Pumpkin is a cohesive addition to Royal Oak’s restaurant and bar scene. The food is delicious and the space is cool. I’m excited to hangout in the basement bar and call dibs on the corner couches!

Fun Fact: In celebration of the partnership, a new collaborative beer called "Co-Operation Ale" was created by Jolly Pumpkin's brewmaster Ron Jefferies and Bastone Brewmaster Rockne Van Meter.

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#JadoreApproved Summer Bucket List

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#JadoreApproved Summer Bucket List

Summer in Detroit is a beautiful thing, when the weather is warm the city is buzzing with energy and people are looking to have a good time.

Have your best summer in Detroit ever! 

Cross off each of the events on our summer bucket list and we promise it will be one for the books!



There you have it- 18 foolproof plans for a guaranteed good time! 

 

xoxo

-Sam Robinson

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Two Nights of Fun for the Price of None

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Two Nights of Fun for the Price of None

Tomorrow and Friday, attend two of Detroit’s favorite (free) events; Drinks X Design and Red Bull House of Art Exhibition Opening.

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Drinks X Design: Maker’s Edition will be hosted in the “elaborate interior” of the Fisher Building Arcade from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.. Have fun dressing up for the occasion and networking with other professionals in the city. Drinks X Design is a great place to meet new people and expand your Detroit social circle, plus the drinks are free and fabulous!

 Photo from Metro Times

Photo from Metro Times

Check out this recap I wrote back in December, after the Drinks X Design Holiday Party.

RSVP ASAP to save your spot!
 

Red Bull House of Art


On Friday, from 7-10 p.m., head to Eastern Market for Red Bull’s first Resident Artists Exhibition of 2017 featuring new work from Mr. Kiji, Tschabalala Self, and Ellannah Sadkin. The showcased artwork was created during the artists’ 3-month residency at Red Bull House of Art. You can expect great music, funky-fashion-forward outfits, and lots of vodka red bulls.

 Photo from Art Nerd City Guides

Photo from Art Nerd City Guides

Admission is free and no RSVP is required. Red Bull gallery openings are the best place to start a Friday night; make new friends and find a stellar after party.

 

Enjoy Detroit and be a part of the city's thriving community of creatives! 

 

See you there,

Boho Barbie

 

 

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