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Bonnie Caprara Bonnie Caprara is the Director of PR for Urbane Media. Her career has traversed between print journalism and media relations in the agency world and for private clients. She's also a semi-serious foodie with a penchant for Cheetos.


Green Daffodil is Growing in Ferndale … and Beyond

September 20, 2012
Green Daffodil is Growing in Ferndale … and Beyond

Candles are my indulgence and my therapy. Sometimes the glow of a flickering light and a pleasant scent eases my mind even better than a cocktail or a glass of wine. But I’m also picky about my candles. I hate burning my money on a pillar or container of wax that’s going to disappear...
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Ladies Night Out in Royal Oak Sept. 20

September 19, 2012
Ladies Night Out in Royal Oak Sept. 20

What could be better than a night of shopping with the girls? A night of shopping during the Royal Oak Retailers Association’s Ladies Night Out. This isn’t the typically fabulous Royal Oak shopping experience. Over 40 stores and restaurants have planned things like discount cocktails, free samples, and gorgeous men serving appetizers and giving...
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Brew ‘n’ View is Worth the Wait to See Movies the Way They Should be Watched

September 14, 2012
Brew ‘n’ View is Worth the Wait to See Movies the Way They Should be Watched

In the past several years, I’ve been wondering what the point of going to a movie theater is. For the price of getting in, I suppose I want more of an experience than just taking a seat in a seat. Heck, I can wait a few months, watch the same movie from Netflix, and...
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2-for-1 Fun in Ferndale: DIY Street Fair & Funky Ferndale Art Fair

September 12, 2012
2-for-1 Fun in Ferndale: DIY Street Fair & Funky Ferndale Art Fair

It’s getting to be the end of the season and Ferndale’s packing in the end of another winning summer season with a double-header of fun. The DIY Street Fair, a celebration of homegrown forward thinking, kicks thing off on Friday night with 19 different bands on four stages. Its first-ever 5K run that benefits...
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How to Refuse Ugly Hand-Me-Down Furniture

September 7, 2012
How to Refuse Ugly Hand-Me-Down Furniture

The good news: You moved into a new apartment. The bad news: Buying furniture is expensive. The worst news: A family member insists on giving you hand-me-down furniture. It’s probably “that ‘70’s couch” that’s already seen a second life in your parents’ basement rec room. It’s the bedroom set you grew up with that...
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September: The Best Time to Travel

September 5, 2012
September: The Best Time to Travel

I often can’t help to notice how the tone and the vibe of everything changes after Labor Day. There’s some kind of drudgery about being back-to-school, even among people who don’t have kids. As for me, post-Labor Day is the best time to go on vacation. The weather’s still nice, if not a bit...
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J.D. Dennison Sheds Positive Light on Inverse Photography at Arts Beats & Eats

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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American Mars Returns to Arts Beats & Eats with New Music

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

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

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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Arts Beats & Eats Taps Longneck Strangler for Some Locally-Brewed Alt Country

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

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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