If you haven’t yet read our recent cover story on the ice breaking operations of the U.S. Coast Guard, we recommend you do so now, but also take a peek at this wild time-lapse video of the Great Lakes freezing over. At one point this winter, the Great Lakes — which make up 1/5 of the world’s freshwater supply — were 88 percent covered in ice. Brr.
Have you noticed the “Man in the City” sculpture installations around Detroit? The colorful silhouettes can be found lurking on rooftops all around town. They started popping up in 2008, and a part of the campaign are “Man in the City”-themed fundraisers to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a program that integrates art activities into the hospital. Wayne State students will host the “Heart of Art” fundraiser to support the Suavé Art Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Michigan Healing Arts Program at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28 at Harry’s Bar in Detroit. “Man in the City”-inspired posters designed by iconic artists Gary Grimshaw and Carl Lundgren will be auctioned off, as well as other local business merchandise. Check out a video explaining the project, and learn more on the Foundation’s website.
Is there a better way to kick off the weekend than with news that a new House Bill allowing Michiganders to bring our own wine into state bars and restaurants goes into effect today? We think not. House Bill 5046, which Gov. Rick Snyder approved back in 2013, gives customers the right to bring their own bottles of vino to Michigan establishments that sport liquor licenses. “The measure could help Michigan’s wine industry by allowing consumers to bring local bottles,” Scott Ellis, the executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, told MLive in a December interview. “Our restaurants are willing to say look, we can’t carry everything,” he said. While the bill does give establishments the power to set their own corkage fees, customers are able to take unfinished bottles of wine home with them so long as the bottle has been re-capped. Sounds pretty good to us. We’ll drink to that.
This last snowstorm was a kick in the balls, wasn’t it? March arrived, we had a few days of sun, the birds started to sing and it even began to smell like spring, and then BOOM. Ball-kick. God willing, the worst is behind us but still, as we walked into the Magic Stick on Thursday night, snow was falling again, and it was fucking freezing. Maybe that’s why opening band Ready, Set, Rendezvous had such a light crowd. They came in from Livonia and brought a few friends with them, and those friends (and a couple of parents) pretty much made up the crowd. It could also be that they’re very young and so haven’t been around too long. Still, the early signs are good. The band plays hard and fast pop-punk, with an emotional edge. The hooks are large, and the band is tight. Ones to watch. Nigel & the Drop Out is a very different act. This two piece blends garage rock with electronica, resulting in a full, clattering noise that is challenging yet oddly accessible. The keyboard and drum set-up is visually appealing and unusual and the songs are catchier than they first appear. Moon Walks are […]
By Bree Houlihan As a first year attendee of South by South West (SXSW), the thought of going to Austin, Texas during Michigan’s polar vortex is enough to get you packing. Then there is the music. For a passionate music lover, working in the music industry, or emerging artist this festival is a must. SXSW started March 7th with the interactive and film portions of the festival. The interactive showcased digital technologies with highlights on upcoming gaming experiences. Film focused on films of tomorrow celebrating filmmakers, art, and film innovation. Personally, I’m here for the music festival. Over 3,500 official and unofficial SXSW artists from March 11th-16th. How do they do it? To start, there are almost 100 official SXSW stage’s alone. The thought of the entire downtown Austin and further being turned into a giant festival can be a little overwhelming but SXSW does a great job at helping you through the whole experience from Day 1. My official Day 1 started Monday, March 10th with early pick-up of my music badge. Plenty of reminders were sent with step-by-step guide and directions on where to get everything you need to start your SXSW. Monday morning started with a cab […]
White Shag’s Laura Mendoza with the second installment of her SXSW report… Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – Day 2 Today was a “promoting the band” day so I decided to head out by myself to 6th street and hand out some flyers and stickers. I didn’t want to worry about parking so Jorge dropped me off. We had a show at 6:30 at the 04 Lounge on the South side of Austin later so I hung out all day promoting and the boys scooped me up later on. 6th street was happening for a Wednesday during the day. Not as many people as in the evening, but still a great crowd. One of the best things about SXSW is that it is a band promoter’s paradise. No where else can you get so many people concentrated in one area from all over the world. It is really easy to get the word out about your band or whatever it is that you’re doing. Being armed with free mini buttons and stickers doesn’t hurt either. Of course, I didn’t want to start handing out White Shag stickers to dudes who were in line for an EDM event so I made sure […]