The theater season in Detroit usually slows down in the summer, but that doesn't mean you can't find a play, musical or show in the warmer months. For instance, Mitch Albom's Ernie comes back to the City Theatre, while the musicals The Wizard of Oz, The Book of Mormon, and Motown The Musical are scheduled to grace Detroit stages -- just to name a few. There are several other types of shows coming to the area as well, including Circo Comedia, a stunt/comedy act; Walking with Dinosaurs; and Marvel Universe Live! Additionally, the Water Works Theater in Royal Oak usually puts on Shakespeare in the Park. To get the complete list, check out the Detroit Theatre Guide.
In addition to making reservations for brunch on Easter Sunday, the Easter holiday inspires a lot of events in the weeks leading up to it. In addition to egg hunts (aka egg-stravaganzas and egg scrambles), events include marshmallow drops and Easter Bunny breakfasts. It might be rushing the season a bit, but Stoney Creek Metropark in Shelby Township is kicking off the season today (Saturday, April 5th) with its annual Easter Egg Scramble. Head to the park's Nature Center by 1 PM for an egg hunt, crafts and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
If you can't make it to Stoney Creek Metropark on such short notice, check out the other egg hunts and Easter-related events scheduled over the next couple of weeks.
Well, it's all over but for the anticipation for next year, but two college teams from Michigan did make the Elite Eight of the March Madness Tournament in 2014 -- and that is still something about which to be proud. This is especially true because, for the most part, Michigan and Michigan State tend to avoid each other at the top of the NCAA "March Madness" bracket. In fact, despite the fact that both teams have broken into the elite eight on several occasions over the years, 2014 was the first year ever that they both made it to the Regional Finals:
University of Michigan Wolverines: 2013, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1977, 1976, 1974, 1966, 1965, 1964
Michigan State University Spartans: 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1979, 1978, 1959, 1957
The success of Amazon just goes to show that we do much of our shopping online these days. Even if it is too cold or too inconvenient to head to the brick'n mortar store, however, you can still spend your money in Michigan by shopping at local stores. While there are plenty of products and services produced in the state, from designer clothes to music, here are a few general categories to get you started: Detroit and/or Michigan artwork or books written by Michigan authors and/or set in Michigan.
How do you know it's spring in Metro Detroit?
You see teens wearing shorts when its 48 degrees, you head downtown to catch a Tigers game, and/or you look at your browned out, leaf-infested garden and heave a big sigh.
Yep, It's that time of year again. It is time to start thinking about the spring cleanup of your lawn, yard and garden. Need some tips of when, how and where to begin, check out Gardening in Detroit, Michigan: Winter Recovery.
Some folks figure out the first day of spring by factoring in Daylight Savings Time, checking the Farmer's Almanac and/or trusting a blurb on their calendar, but the real first day of spring in Metro Detroit is when the Detroit Tigers have their first home game at Comerica Park. In this respect, spring comes early in 2014 because the season opener -- Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals -- takes place on Monday, March 31st at 1:08 PM
For information about the roster in 2014, check out the 2014 Preview of Tigers Baseball.
Detroit doesn't have the only concert venues in Michigan. Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, East Lansing, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Mount Pleasant also attract big-name talent. Here is a sampling of shows coming to those other cities in Michigan:
April: Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Tyrell
May: Vince Gill, Diana Ross
June: Bruno Mars, Bill O'Reilly & Dennis Miller
August: Katy Perry
More Information: Concerts Coming to Other Areas of Michigan
As the summer season approaches, the concert season heats up at the many venues across the Metro-Detroit area. Here is just a sampling of who is coming:
- Taking Back Sunday
- Trisha Yearwood
- Lady Gaga
- Suzanne Vega
- Elvis Costello
- Bruno Mars
- Counting Crows
- Gogol Bordello
- Sarah McLachlan
- Lady Antebellum
- One Direction
More Information: Concert Schedule in Metro Detroit
As the Michigan State Spartans and University of Michigan Wolverines progress through the NCAA Basketball Tournament, odds increase that they may face each other in the National Finals. If they play each other, it will be the first time ever that the two teams will meet in the history of the March Madness Tournament. The only time a college basketball team in Michigan played another team from Michigan in the tournament was back in 1998, when the Michigan State Spartans defeated Eastern Michigan in the first round. The score in that game was 83-71.
- History of College Basketball Teams from Michigan in the March Madness Tournament
- Michigan State Spartans in the March Madness Tournament
- University of Michigan in the March Madness Tournament
Several restaurants in the Metro-Detroit area are making use of old gas or service stations. The space provides a unique architectural twist that apparently spurs creativity in decor and/or dishes on the menu.
Photo © Nancy Jones
Red Crown Grosse Pointe occupies a former service station. While an antique gas pump is utilized in the decor, the dining area itself is pretty standard. There are, however, a couple of large windows left over from the garage bays. The restaurant serves brunch on Sundays with a long list of dishes, both traditional and unique.
The Vinsetta Garage Restaurant in Berkley operates out of a former gas and service station, but the restaurant capitalizes on the space in terms of both decoration and size. Whether or not the "76" balls in the window do anything for you, you'll be delighted with the large portions of diner favorites, including chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, macaroni & cheese and pizza.
The Local Kitchen & Bar in Ferndale also makes use of a former gas station. Unlike Red Crown and Vinsetta Garage, however, Local Kitchen doesn't incorporate the gas station elements into the restaurant's theme. Instead, the building's unique architecture and location relative to Nine Mile Road are used to create a lot of vertical space, an all-season porch and a large patio. In addition to sandwiches and salads, the menu includes Americana favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes and Macaroni & Cheese.