Monthly Archives: July 2012

Michael Hanlon: The Man Behind the Movie Posters

Main Art Theater Movie Posters

Every summer, you can’t walk around downtown Royal Oak without noticing the warm, crispy, art posters advertising the Royal Oak Main Art Theater’s midnight movie series. For years, Detroit artist Michael Hanlon has been extracting sentimental details and philosophical strokes from the Main Art’s lineup of cult classics to produce such striking promotional images that a following of…

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Skin & Tonic

Mineral and Heat Wraps are so en vogue right now. Not to mention they are touted as a quick weight loss trick with health and wellness benefits. I put the beauty treatment to the test and was ultimately surprised. I ventured out to The New You Body Wraps and Wellness Center to see for myself…

Sports Dreams – Alive and Well in Northern Michigan

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  Queen Elizabeth parachuting out of a helicopter with James Bond was dang-skippy cool. Let’s hope the rest of the Olympics are just as great and entertaining. Now it’s still summertime and the sport of summer is always baseball or some form there of. Whether you’re a T-ball coach, minor/little league parent or a fast-pitch…

Detroit Docs: Lost Local Music Legend Found

There’s been a rash of Detroit documentaries lately, from locals with well fed Kickstarter accounts to seasoned vets submitting their takes on the city to the Sundance Film Festival. As the city’s buzz has intensified over the past several years, it seems everyone’s been trying to best document Detroit and what it all means. In…

Distinctly Detroit: Vivio’s and Polish Village Café

When a friend of mine came into town from Northern California a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to take him around to a few places that were distinctly Detroit — legendary places with great food where “regular” people eat. Naturally, I thought of the Saturday morning Eastern Market experience, which, at least for me,…

Royal Oak Music City: August

Built in 1928, the Royal Oak Music Theatre started out as a grand movie house typical of its era. Though it still hosts the occasional movie, the Royal Oak Music Theatre is now known for much, much more. Comedy nights, private parties, heck, even boxing routinely draws big crowds. What it’s really known for, though,…

Local film makers battle it out for the big time

Pure movie making chaos takes place every summer in Detroit. A wild and sleepless weekend turns into production magic for many and failure for some – bit it’s all in good fun. For film makers across the world the 48 Hour Film Project is a short-film competition that takes place each summer. On Friday night, teams…

Kitten Sings Ke$ha on MEOW THAT’S MUSIC!

MEOW THAT'S MUSIC!

What do you get when you replace the lyrics of your favorite pop song with operatic cat cooing? MEOW THAT’S MUSIC! MEOW THAT’S MUSIC! includes all of your favorite hits originally recorded by Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Adele, and Justin Bieber (ft. Ludacris)…but sung by cats instead. When we asked MEOW THAT’S MUSIC! co-founder Maggie…

Adventures in Motown (Part Two)

It was 40 years ago that Motown founder Berry Gordy moved his center of operations from Detroit to Los Angeles. Gordy cited the move as necessary. He wanted to start producing television programs and movies. While Motown was moderately successful at that (Lady Sings the Blues and The Wiz), the 1972 move from Detroit to…

The DIA Brings Their Inside Art Outdoors

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Royal Oak has been curated! If you’ve been wondering why famous works of art are gracing the side of buildings all over Royal Oak, you are not alone. The city has been among those chosen to host the DIA’s Inside/Out Program where high-quality reproductions of paintings from the DIA’s collection will be on temporary display…

Feet of Clay

  There’s something innate, something inside of us as humans – we remember the bad stuff for some reason. The time you got sick on vacation, the strange gift you got for a birthday, the people that hurt you in life… It’s sad when the great stuff in life gets overshadowed. A big fish caught…

Adventures in Motown (Part One)

I’m fortunate enough to be friends with this guy named Drew, who he himself is fortunate enough to have been the drummer for the Four Tops these past few years. What’s unfortunate is that Drew is leaving Detroit for New York City (this is, presumably, fortunate for New York City). Anyhow, Drew, being the Motown…