Monthly Archives: August 2012

J.D. Dennison Sheds Positive Light on Inverse Photography at Arts Beats & Eats

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August 30, 2012
J.D. Dennison Sheds Positive Light on Inverse Photography at Arts Beats & Eats

J.D. Dennison had been shooting photographs for a number of years and developed a technique he had not seen anyone use by taking photos at night by which the flash only captures images in the foreground, and then inverting the colors. Blacks turn into whites, purples turn into yellows. Of course, “a number of...
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Zack’s HotDogs on Dequindre in Warren

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August 29, 2012
Zack’s HotDogs on Dequindre in Warren

For metro Detroit Foodies who want a real fast food treat, go to Zack’s Hotdogs on Dequindre in Warren. Almost everything at Zack’s is made-from-scratch  homemade.  There is also “Cheli’s” chili on the menu, as well as Hot Dog Nachos, Sweet Potato Fries and Fried Mac & Cheese Bites. Zack’s has 18 different Specialty...
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American Mars Returns to Arts Beats & Eats with New Music

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August 29, 2012
American Mars Returns to Arts Beats & Eats with New Music

It’s no surprise that music devotees and really good musicians find their musical likes and influences in diverse spectrums. For the guys in American Mars, it’s their love for the post-punk sounds of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s and Americana roots music from the likes of Johnny Cash and Charlie Pride. I thought it was...
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Big Pappa & the Machine Funks it Up at Arts Beats & Eats

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August 24, 2012
Big Pappa & the Machine Funks it Up at Arts Beats & Eats

Sometimes you just have to funk it out. Tear it up. Rip it up. Live life loud and big. That’s what Big Pappa & the Machine have been doing in a big way this year. The six-member band from the Port Huron area started its quest to do that by opening for Afroman at...
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Arts Beats & Eats & 50%-Off Sales

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August 23, 2012
Arts Beats & Eats & 50%-Off Sales

Behind the stages and behind the art and food tents during Arts Beats & Eats, it’s almost easy to forget that the (he)art and soul of Downtown Royal Oak is made up of dozens of great bars, restaurants and stores — especially the stores. Most of them are independently owned and their own flavor...
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Moonshine Fruit Cocktails

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August 22, 2012
Moonshine Fruit Cocktails

  I’m looking at a couple of jars of Midnight Moon fruit inclusions from Piedmont Distillers. It’s a brand new product from NASCAR driver Junior Johnson I was sent to review. Fruit in a jar soaked in Moonshine! OMG and Yikes! News to me but apparently there is a “moonshine and artisan distilling movement”....
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Arts Beats & Eats Taps Longneck Strangler for Some Locally-Brewed Alt Country

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August 22, 2012
Arts Beats & Eats Taps Longneck Strangler for Some Locally-Brewed Alt Country

Most people around the country don’t automatically think of Detroit as being a hotbed for alt country until they start thinking about guys like Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker … and Longneck Strangler. The four-man troop of alt country rockers that hail from the Hazel Park area have been kicking ass and taking names throughout...
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Arts Beats & Eats Preview: Sounds Like Mayer Hawthorne

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August 21, 2012
Arts Beats & Eats Preview: Sounds Like Mayer Hawthorne

Even if you didn’t grow up to the soundtrack of the Motown and Philadelphia Soul hit machines from the late ‘60’s to the mid-‘70’s, those songs and sounds are forever embedded in the soul of Detroit like a steel forged imprint, and 33-year-old Ann Arbor native Mayer Hawthorne is reliving them. Yes, a young...
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What Time is It? The Time Gets Wild and Loose at Arts Beats & Eats

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August 20, 2012
What Time is It? The Time Gets Wild and Loose at Arts Beats & Eats

After Prince burst onto the music scene in the early ‘80’s, he brought along and developed his entourage that were part of the Minneapolis music scene. The Time was the first of several of those projects and musicians. Led by the bold, outrageous and flamboyant swagger of lead singer Morris Day, The Time had...
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TONIGHT: Surprise Dave Chappelle Performance at the Fillmore Detroit

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August 19, 2012
TONIGHT: Surprise Dave Chappelle Performance at the Fillmore Detroit

Comedian Dave Chappelle is staging a surprise performance tonight at the Fillmore in downtown Detroit. The show, which was announced late Friday, reportedly sold out in less than six hours. Chappelle proved himself to be one of the most important comedic minds of his generation with his hit Comedy Central program Chappelle’s Show. He...
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Arts Beats & Eats Preview: ‘Cue & A with Lockhart’s BBQ

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August 16, 2012
Arts Beats & Eats Preview: ‘Cue & A with Lockhart’s BBQ

Who has the best barbecue in Detroit? That’s a tough call. But if you like a big taste, like big as in Texas, Lockhart’s BBQ may just have the taste you’re looking for when trying to decide among all of the other tastes to bite into at Arts Beats & Eats over Labor Day...
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Carl Lundgren Brings Art That’s Louder Than Music to Arts Beats & Eats

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August 15, 2012
Carl Lundgren Brings Art That’s Louder Than Music to Arts Beats & Eats

In the late 1960’s, a 20-year-old Carl Lundgren got his start as a commercial artist when the owner of the Grande Ballroom, Russ Gibb, commissioned him to create posters for acts such as Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane and The Who that came to play at his theater on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit ....
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