12 ways to feel sunny this week in Detroit

12 ways to feel sunny this week in Detroit

Keep bumping that techno. Sip wine with the stars. Test your trivia knowledge. Head to the drive-in (popcorn included)!

In honor of Memorial Day yesterday, we want to give a shoutout to everyone putting their lives on the line to keep our country safe. This includes those showing up to work during the pandemic — we appreciate you!

We also hope you had a blast dancing to #MovementAtHome, whether it was in the yard or out on the lake! And, in case you missed it, we gathered memorable Movement tales from past years from some of our readers.

Even with a shorter week ahead, we’ve rounded up some major happenings, virtual gatherings and fresh new things to do in Detroit! As always, please send tips on events you’re loving in metro Detroit to events@detourdetroiter.com.



🎤 Spirit of Detroit: A Detroit-centric broadcast is hitting the digital sphere this coming week. During the two-night Everybody Vs COVID-19 Unity Festival, 20 entertainers and influencers will be sharing music and messages promoting continued safety measures for Detroiters. The full line-up hasn’t been released just yet, but expect to see big names like Big Sean, Mayer Hawthorne, Sada Baby, DJ D Nice and Gmac Cash — the rapper who has gone viral in recent weeks with his rhymes about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and COVID-19. The event was created in partnership with fashion designer Tommey Walker of the Detroit VS Everybody brand. Catch it on the city’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram channels on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. 

🍿 Drive-ins are in: It’s hard to know when movie theaters will reopen, but you can still get those movie-watching thrills with the fam while social distancing at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion starting Friday, May 29. And yes, you can still get popcorn and snacks. First films on deck? “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2.”


🧪 She blinded me with science: Have you always wondered how to speak robot? Interested to know what wise owls eat? The Michigan Science Center is hosting “ECHO Live!”, a lively science demonstration show that airs daily on YouTube and Facebook every weekday at 2:30 p.m. Plus, catch up on past “ECHO Live!” shows or even try your hand experimenting at home

💼 The joys of job-hunting: While many of us have been through the job interview rigamarole, the intimidating factor is still there, even while a lot are taking place via Zoom. Join Wayne State University for a community-wide virtual talk on navigating job interviews during COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to make sure you’re fully prepped to “wow” those future employers.

Cook and Sip:

Credit: Bonobo Winery/Facebook

🥂  BYO-Bottle: Get that Northern Michigan wine country experience — but stay right where you are! Check out Traverse City’s Bonobo Winery’s virtual tasting via Facebook Live or Zoom with owners Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart Oosterhouse every week. Along with Bonobo wine experts Cornel and Dawie, get the ultimate cheese and wine pairings, watch recipe demos and listen in on live music. Past celeb guests include Property Brother Drew Scott and his wife, Linda Phan, just to name a few. Bring your glass for their upcoming happy hour on June 3 at 7 p.m.


🤣 Get silly: We could all probably use a laugh right now, and what better way to make it happen than getting into some not-so-serious improv discussions with the Planet Ant Training Center Live Streaming show? Join these improv experts Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Facebook and chat about all things improv and play some games, too. Plus, check in on their Facebook page daily for hilarious stories and vids, like “Boxed in with Friends.”


Credit: Jill Jack via The Ark/Facebook

🎧  Detroit — the birthplace of techno: If you danced along to #MovementatHome or are craving some techno beats, host of WDET’s CultureShift Ryan Patrick Hooper has been loving this Spotify playlist, Detroit House by Resident AdvisorMoodymann, Theo Parrish and the late Mike Huckaby are just a handful of Detroit-based stars featured.

🎸 From the stage to your family room: One of Ann Arbor’s favorite venues is still repping great bands, bringing you regular evening performances from Michigan artists via The Ark Family Room Series on Facebook. The lineup this week includes Jill Jack on May 27 at 8 p.m., Graham Young of Michigan Rattlers on May 29 at 8 p.m. and Carsie Blanton on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. If you can swing it, The Ark is accepting donations.


🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Building relationships with others — mindfully: Ready to dive into an activity that might be a little out of your comfort zone, but could change the way you build relationships? Therapist and Detroit & A2 Ecstatic Dance founder Charity Loring, LMSW, is leading a Zoom session on Wednesday, May 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is open to all and will focus on establishing mindful connections through both verbal and non-verbal means. A $5-15 donation is suggested. 

♀️ On supporting powerful women: The “Women Will” series, a newer partnership between Build Institute and Michigan Women’s Foundation, is worth putting on your calendar. Happening Tuesday, May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., this session addresses challenges women face in the corporate world, like establishing that work-life balance. A talented panel, including Danielle North of Detroit Women’s Leadership Network and Kidz Kingdom, Portia Powell of Chemical Bank, City Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López and Victoria Washington of Detroit Dough will be leading the discussion. Register here.


💻 Ready for a little trivia?: If you’ve always been an avid bar trivia nut or feel like testing your knowledge, bring your game face and log on for Sporcle Live Trivia this Wednesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Sign up here — it’s just $5 per person to play. Plus, if your team succeeds, you’ll be in the running for a gift card to some of the best bars in town, like Jolly Pumpkin, Bobcat Bonnie’s and Green Lantern.


🎤 Open mic night: This one’s for the poets, singers and storytellers: The Detroit Writing Room is hosting a virtual open mic night Tuesday, May 26 from 7 to 9 p.m., led by poet Krystalle (aka Kompozition). To reserve a performance slot, email hello@detroitwritingrom.com with your name and what you’ll be sharing! There’s a $5 virtual entry fee to come share or watch.

Oh, and here’s an opportunity for budding journalists. The DWR is hosting a Virtual Summer Journalism Camp for high school students that’s being led by some of the best and brightest coaches (including Detour’s Ashley Woods Branch)! Applicants can now request a scholarship to attend camp free of charge via their nonprofit arm, Coaching Detroit ForwardSubmit an application by June 5.

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Allison Jacobs is the digital producer and lifestyle reporter for Detour Detroit. She was the former digital editor at The Detroit Jewish News, where she helped oversee their digital strategy and produced a four-part video series called “Bubbie’s Kitchen.” Over the years, she has contributed articles for The Detroit Jewish News and SEEN Magazine. She’s a stickler for honest reporting and creating content that educates, entertains and inspires. Follow her on Twitter: @ajacobs114