Happy May 4… aka, Star Wars Day! Whether you’re celebrating like crazy or not really a fan, consider the famous line, â€œMay the force be with you.â€
While there are so many forces around us out of our control, there are plenty of good ones, too: those that emphasize positivity and love. Speaking of love, a friendly reminder that Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day, so share some for the holiday or just because. Read more for other ways to give a little this week!
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ðŸ—ºï¸ Tour Detroit from your couch:Â Do you miss roaming around Detroit? We sure do! Thankfully, the Detroit Experience Factory is hostingÂ virtual sightseeing tours. Check out The Best of Downtown TourÂ Wednesday, May 7 from noonÂ to 1 p.m., The Woodward Corridor TourÂ Thursday, May 8 from 2 to 3 p.m., or the Detroit Art & Architecture Tour onÂ Sunday, May 10 from 1 to 2 p.m.Â AÂ $5-50 donationÂ is suggested.
ðŸŽ¨ Leave it all on the page: For some people, a crisis can draws the creative energy out of you — but itâ€™s just as common to feel apathetic, blocked or too busy navigating more urgent problems to make time for self-expression. Thereâ€™s a class for that! Sidewalk Detroit and art therapist Shazia Siddiqi are guiding artists through this moment with the â€œWork it Out! Artistic Strategies for Practicing your Creativityâ€ series, where youâ€™ll discover healing methods that let you continue your practice and share your own reflections. On Monday, May 4 at 6 p.m., theyâ€™re tackling â€œBalancing Emotionsâ€ — first, register for the Zoom session, then, spend some time getting in the right headspace with a creative prompt. Following classes will be held May 18 and June 1.
ðŸŽ¬ Short, snappy and celebrating women:Â Canâ€™t hang with mom this Motherâ€™s Day? Sit down separately but together and catchÂ the Arab American National Museumâ€™s program of short filmsÂ directed by women, highlighting Arab American women making an impact. Even cooler? Directors of two of the shorts,Â Darine HotaitÂ of â€œLike Saltâ€ andÂ Suha ArajÂ of â€œPioneer High,â€ will be on the line for a post-film talkback. The stream is free, though donations are accepted (RSVP for the link), and gets goingÂ Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. All films are in English or Arabic with English subtitles.
ðŸŽ» A symphonic watch party:Â The DSO is still bringing music to our ears through Facebook Watch parties. Join in by clicking theÂ Facebook Live link Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. to check out the 2019 Classical Roots Celebration, featuringÂ AndrÃ© RaphelÂ conductingÂ William Grant Still’sÂ “Afro-American” Symphony. This epic show is followed by a DSO audience favorite –Â John StorgÃ¥rdsÂ conducting “Beethovenâ€™s Piano Concerto No. 3.”
ðŸ¿ Catch some new flicks: Cinema Detroit, an independent nonprofit community cinema, has a variety of movies to rent via Virtual Cinema Detroit. A film to look forward to on Friday, May 8: A gripping thriller, â€œA Good Woman is Hard to Findâ€ is about a motherâ€™s harrowing journey as she seeks answers about her husbandâ€™s murder.
Get Your House In Order:
ðŸ¥« Keep your pantry in check:Â Feeling overwhelmed by clutter? Join professional organizer and owner of Utterly UnclutteredÂ Kara DesmondÂ for a freeÂ seminar onÂ Tuesday, May 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.Â in collaboration with Detroit Together Digital. Desmond, who resides in Berkley, will share her go-to methods to clear out and organize your pantry, while saving those hard-earned dollars in the process.Â Click here to register.
ðŸŒ§ï¸ Go green with runoff: Donâ€™t run your tap to wash your car or water the lawn — that stuff comes out of the sky for free. Using a rain barrel to collect water is a great way to be a little more sustainable in your own backyard, manage stormwater runoff and hopefully save a little money, too. You can get a steep discount on one thatâ€™s easy to set up and made by a Michigan company this Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to noon, at Gabriel Richard Park on the Riverfront. Order your barrel in advance for $55, call the Sierra Club at (313) 444-3705 to set up your contactless pickup appointment, then get harvesting.
ðŸŽ§ Host a dance party in honor of a Detroit DJ: â€œIt was hard to stand still during a Mike Huckaby DJ set,â€ said Detroit promoter Adriel Thornton in an interview with WDETâ€™s Ryan Hooper. Huckaby, a legendary techno and house music producer, died at age 54 last month after complications related to a stroke. While hospitalized, he also tested positive for COVID-19. Huckaby was committed to teaching music classes at organizations like Youthville Detroit. He also pushed to create more accessible digital music software. While you canâ€™t go wrong with any Huckaby track, Hooper recommends â€œAll By Myselfâ€ to get your social-distanced dance party started. For an extended listening sesh, check out Movementâ€™s six-hour epic marathon from the Huckaby archives.
ðŸ““ Stories from Detroitâ€™s best and brightest:Â Hereâ€™s a perfect excuse to take a pause and think about the narrative you’re spinning for yourself and others.Â Bamboo Detroit is hosting aÂ discussion today,Â May 4 at noonÂ withÂ featured speakers Eric Thomas, Chief Storyteller of the City of Detroit,Â Tapan “Tops” Kataria,Â Amanda LewanÂ andÂ David Smith.Â JoinÂ on Crowdcast.
ðŸ¥‚ Saturday night DIY and bubbly: Why not get the ladies together over Zoom to learn a new skill this Motherâ€™s Day weekend? Make it a gift for mom if youâ€™re stuck on ideas, or just join in for a fun hour of bouquet-making with local florist, Michael B. Anthony. Grab your favorite flowers from a local shop and a glass of bubbly, and tune in Saturday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
ðŸ’¼ What comes next for your biz: Run a small business? Get some help figuring out a plan for reopening, finding resources or steps to take if youâ€™re considering closing permanently. Crainâ€™s Detroit Business reporter Nick Manes is moderating a free webinar (register here) on Thursday, May 7, 4 to 5 p.m. with pros from the DEGC, Small Business Association of Michigan, TCF Bank, Invest Detroit Ventures and TechTown.
ðŸ¹ðŸŒ¿ Cocktails with a side of plants: Grab your favorite beverage (bonus points if it includes some greenery) and listen in on a book talk with Christine Buckley. Her newly released book, “Plant Magic,” is a guide for using common healing plants in your daily routine. Hosted by the Detroit Writing Room on Monday, May 4 from 5 to 6 p.m., Buckley will share from the book and answer your burning plant-related Qs. Tickets are $5 — click here to register.
What to Wear:
ðŸ˜· Not your mamaâ€™s mask:Â Looking for a mask that will keep people a safe distance away?Â Designer Bethany Shorb,Â owner of Eastern Market retailerÂ Well Done Goods, created a coronavirus mask inspired by the sci-fi flick “Alien” — they call itÂ â€œthe face-hugger.â€ Make sure to check out theÂ â€œStay back 6 feetâ€ bandanaÂ andÂ synthesizer masksÂ while exploring the site.
ðŸ™ Come together for COVID-19:Â Consider participating in the worldwide #GivingTuesdayNow, a global response to COVID-19 onÂ Tuesday, May 5.Â Start hereÂ for ideas and motivation to offer your support. Plus, get inspired by a former Mt. Clemens resident:Â the extraordinaryÂ Paul FeigÂ (â€œBridesmaids,â€ â€œZoeyâ€™s Extraordinary Playlist,â€ Freaks and Geeksâ€… need we say more?). Feig hosts a daily Instagram happy hour,Â #QuarantineCocktailTime, featuring dance sessions, cocktail-making tutorials and ideas on where to donate that $$$ if you can.Â