Spring is almost here, which means it’ll soon be time to put away your winter coats and enjoy the outdoors. ComePlayDetroit offers a number of recreational leagues for adults that meet in Detroit throughout the week at locations like Belle Isle, Z’s Villa, Rivard Plaza and Jackson Park. Check out ComePlayDetroit’s website for the available schedules, enrollment prices and more information. Football: Thursday Co-Ed Flag Football - starts May 1 at Belle Isle Park Basketball: Monday Men’s Draft League - starts March 24 at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse Sand volleyball: Monday Co-Ed - starts April 28 at Z’s Villa Tuesday Co-Ed - starts April 29 at Z’s Villa Wednesday Co-Ed - starts April 30 at Rivard Plaza Wednesday Co-Ed - starts April 30 at Z’s Villa Thursday Co-Ed - starts May 1 at Z’s Villa Kickball: Tuesday Co-Ed Recreational - starts April 29 at Belle Isle Park Wednesday Co-Ed Competitive - starts April 30 at Jackson Park Thursday Co-Ed Recreational - starts May 1 at Jackson Park Softball: Sunday Co-Ed - starts April 27 at Inglenook Park Sunday Men’s - starts April 27 at Inglenook Park Wednesday Co-Edl - Starts April 30 at Belle Isle Park Ultimate frisbee: Saturday Co-Ed Leagues - starts May 3 at Belle Isle Park
Free money! There’s been plenty of ink spilled over the $1 billion challenge from billionaire Warren Buffett and billionaire Dan Gilbert to pick a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket. The insane contest crafted by Buffett (net worth: $58.2 billion) and Quicken Loans Founder Gilbert (net worth: $3.5 billion) will award $1 billion to whomever actually manages to put together a perfect bracket in the 68-team tournament. As you can expect, the odds are insane – like, 9.2 quintillion to 1, that is, if you have no knowledge of basketball. But that’s OK! You all should still try — because free money! Plus, you’ll make Dan Gilbert even happier: [Buffet's] partner in all this is [Gilbert], who also owns the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gilbert stands to gain as many as 15 million new sales leads with the registration process alone on this thing. “You can’t buy that kind of PR,” Gilbert says. “We love this.” See, everyone wins! Even if you lose the contest, you’ll still come away with a free phone call from Quicken. Think of all the time you’ll spend explaining you don’t want to refinance your mortgage. You’re a winner!
Back in 2010, I remember hearing the news that the elusive British street artist Banksy had been in Detroit, using the city as his urban canvas. At that time, the artist’s name was buzzing after the popularity of his acclaimed documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop — or was the graffiti-tour part of the marketing for the film, and was Bansky himself behind his own documentary? The artist, whose identity has been kept secret from the public, became a faceless face of the street art community — a post-modern prank that is as impressive as it is humorous. If you’re a patron of street art, you may have felt a bit honored that Banksy would consider coming here to leave his mark. You may have even ventured out to snap photos before they were washed away or covered up. However, one piece was taken from its original spot by the 555 Gallery in Southwest Detroit — an 8-foot painting of a young boy holding a paint can and brush next to the message, “I remember when all this was trees,” at the site of the dilapidated Packard Plant. The 555 Gallery’s co-founder Carl W. Goines claims that it was out of […]
Marshall Crenshaw and late poster artist Gary Grimshaw will be honored at this year’s Detroit Music Awards, which take place on Friday, April 25 at the Fillmore in Detroit. Crenshaw will perform, alongside metal band Battlecross, X-Factor finalist Jeff Gutt, ICP-affiliate Legz Diamond & the Purple Gang, blues radio host Mark Pasman and his super-session musicians, rapper Boldy James, and indie singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin. Tony Daldin, host of Under the Radar Michigan will emcee. Jimmy Johns will be the presenting sponsor, and founder and CEO Jimmy John Liautaud came out with a gloriously random quote. “We sell a lot of sandwiches in Metro Detroit, and I know that we count many of the area’s musicians among our loyalest customers,” he said. Here’s some more buzz: “The DMAs are similar to the Grammy Awards. Award winners are determined by local musicians and music industry professionals in southeast Michigan, and presented in ten music genres; Folk/Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Classical, Rock/Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Electronic and World. The DMAs are the only local music awards in the nation to be presented by a not-for -profit organization. Voting is accomplished entirely via the Internet. For a list of 2014 nominees and past winners, please […]
The Detroit jazz community will come together with a benefit for pianist Gary Schunk, to help defray costs incurred as a result of a car accident. The event will take place at Bert’s Marketplace from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and cover is $20. They say, “The list of musicians performing at this event is too numerous to mention. But, if you have a favorite jazz artist in Detroit, chances are he/she will be there on March 16th. Seating is limited so plan accordingly.” “When the name jazz stars come to town, Schunk is a man in demand: he has played with numerous jazz greats, including Joe Williams, Earl Klugh, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Burrell, Anita O’Day, Mark Murphy, Pepper Adams, Terumasa Hino, Dave Valentin, David “Fathead” Newman…and many others. In November of 1995, Schunk was chosen as one of ten winners in JAZZIZ magazine’s “Keyboards on Fire” contest, which celebrated original piano jazz compositions from unsigned pianists. Schunk’s electrifying compositions, Backward Glance, is featured on the JAZZIZ compilation CD, and is also one of four original pieces appearing on Schunk’s independently produced debut CD, The Key Player.” Follow @City_Slang
The Mo Pop Festival returns to Freedom Hill on Saturday, July 12, and locals Flint Eastwood are on the bill. The bill also features City and Colour, Young the Giant, The Neighbourhood, Trampled by Turtles, Cold War Kids and J Roddy Walston. The Harmonie Stage will feature performances by Lord Huron, Tokyo Police Club, Bad Suns, Bear Hands, Wild Cub, Hundred Waters, and Misterwives. Here’s the deets: “In addition to 10+ hours of non-stop music on two stages, the MO POP Festival will feature an increased number of authentic local delights in the MO BIERGARTEN, showcasing over 30 local craft beers with exclusive tastings. Also returning, the hugely popular MO FOOD RALLY ALLEY where foodies can enjoy the diverse tastes of the area’s favorite food trucks, with new surprises in store for 2014. Also, back by popular demand, the MO POP Festival will once again highlight the MO VAUDEVILLE REVIVAL SIDESHOW to celebrate the area’s specialty performers, along with the MO ARTIST VILLAGE featuring nationally removed and local visual artists.” A video teaser can be seen here: More information can be found at MoPopFest.com or on the official Facebook page. “Tickets start at $49.50 for General Admission and $125 for […]