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Nightlife Features

Metro Detroit: Under the radar

Feeling a bit like you're doing the same old, same old in metro Detroit? Looking for something a tad less obvious to do or see? Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg gives you the down low on places, events and venues that are off the beaten path, under the radar, or just plain under-appreciated.

A Summer of Detroit Weekends

Hey metro Detroiters, the Motor City is more than just an occassional stop for baseball games and museum visits. There's a living breathing culture in Motown and we think you might be missing out. To wit, our good friends at Model D have put together a list of Detroit weekend events for you to fill the rest of your summer with. They've got you covered, now through Labor Day.

The Regional Ambitions and Financial Realities of the Cinetopia Film Festival

Over the years there have been several attempts to create a truly regional film festival, one that bridges the gulf between Ann Arbor and Detroit. With 50 films screening in Tree Town and 40 in Motown, the third year of Cinetopia might just be the film festival "to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."

Bustin' Up the Boy's Club: Metro Detroit's Female Mixologists

The story of metro Detroit's rising craft cocktail culture is not just about men and their mixers. Despite a long history of exclusion (that even included laws prohibiting their place behind the bar), more than a few women bartenders have been bucking stereotypes and making their mark as celebrated mixologists.

The Rise of Metro Detroit's Mixologists

Five years ago metro Detroit was barely a blip on the craft cocktail radar. Today it's considered one of the hottest regions for mixology, boasting bartenders and a scene that rival any in the U.S.  Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg charts our cocktail culture's recent evolution. 
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Nightlife Blogs

Brett Callwood

Music writer Brett Callwood hopped the briny deep to follow rockers like the Dirt Bombs and Insane Clown Posse (who got big play in his native England) to Detroit in 2008. This week Brett, author of MC5: Sonically Speaking, the first full biography of the harbingers of punk rock, plumbs the local music scene and its old school influences.

Joe Zainea

A peek at the playbills of the Majestic Theater and the Magic Stick live music venues shows that every day is a different act. How does Joe Zainea, longtime owner of The Majestic entertainment empire, keep things fresh from week to week? Follow on for his tales of revival and survival.

Pj Jacokes

Thinking on the fly takes talent, but it's one that can be taught. Pj Jacokes, comedian and producer of the Go Comedy! Improv Theater and Go Improv Academy, makes a career out of showing Metro Detroiters how to be fast on their feet. His sketch this week outlines why we should care about improv and fostering those bursts of imagination.

Melinda Clynes

Darling, there's no such thing as a bad hair day! Freelance writer and marketing/PR consultant Melinda Clynes wants you to let it all down at the Detroit Wig Out, a one-night bonanza of bands, burlesque and, well, hairpieces. If you can't be there to tip your toupee, at least read up on it this week.
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Nightlife Videos

What's In The Magic Bag?

Music. Movies. Alcohol. It's the holy trinity of entertainment under one roof. Ferndale's The Magic Bag is a one-stop shop for nightlife, offering local and touring bands, cheap flicks and a scene every night of the week. Better yet, it's independently owned and operated. After all, buying local ain't just for foodies.

The Crofoot

Cool events. World class sound. Redeveloped historic downtown building. Hip crowd. In a better world every city would have their own Crofoot. Check out this one-of-kind Pontiac music venue.

The Loving Touch

It's a pool hall. It's a philosophy. Chris Johnston has helped shape downtown Ferndale's renaissance with The Emory, Woodward Avenue Brewers and now, The Loving Touch, a former massage parlor turned billiard nirvana.

Take The Detour

Indie music, cult films, live show videos, killer parties. Royal Oak-based Detour Magazine channels its suburban rage into inspired pop culture writing, plastering the web with Metro Detroit goodness.
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