A tip of the hat to the Detroit Yacht Club: The 146-year-old club in it 91-year-old building marks a relatively minor anniversary today. Forty years ago, the club was registered as a historical site by the state of Michigan, and had its state historical marker erected.
A couple months ago, we had a nice long chat with Jacques Driscoll of Green Dot Stables. At that time, Jacques was hard at work on opening his new place, Johnny Noodle King on Fort Street. He had already test-marketed the craft ramen-style concept with one-off events, and told us, "We did three pop-ups and we sold out within, like, two hours. It’s not as approachable as sliders, but I’m also confident that once people try it for the first time I have a feeling they’re gonna be pretty happy."
Metro Detroit's leaders and transit-watchers should take notice of the brand-spanking new transit system in Grand Rapids — if only because it uses "Bus Rapid Transit," the same model planned for metro Detroit in coming years.
Holy rollers are rocked by news that the Satanic Temple will open an outpost in our fair city, complete with a statue of the horned one. The group peddles its humanistic "religion" as a way to challenge the cretinous brand of Christian exceptionalism that has swept the country over the last few decades, and we think they're an amusing bunch of satirists with a message that seems more reasonable than many a faith.
Richard Kiel, best known for his performances as "Jaws" in the 1970s James Bond movies, is dead at 74. He was born in Detroit in 1939.
Though he moved away at age 9, we've always liked the fact that he had Detroit roots. And we just wrote about him a few weeks ago, in our roundup of movies about football, for his excellent performance as the gentle giant in 1970's The Longest Yard. Rest in peace, Richard.
The latest contender for the role of Detrosavior is a fellow who goes by the name David Apollo, and he proposes to save the city of Detroit with dome architecture. In fact, he's a finalist in National Geographic's Expedition Granted, despite the fact that his video pitch apparently has no audio, and no description of what he aims to do.
What about the softer side of our fair city? Take smooth jazzman Earl Klugh, who's closer to a pop guy these days than the jazzer who played with Lateef back in the day. But there's a kind of sweetness to Klugh: the soft-spoken manner, the gentle guitar phrasing, the loose V-neck sweater.
OK, so this guy, John "Gonzo" Gonzalez is entertainment reporter for Mlive, and he's touring the state looking for the best neighborhood bars. (Sounds like a familiar pursuit. We've been doing that in Detroit for years, without benefit of a chauffeured bus or expense account!) Today he touches down in metro Detroit, and he'll be hitting Cadieux Cafe at 4:30 p.m., Nancy Whiskey at 6 p.m., and Moose Winooski’s in Clawson at 7:30 p.m.
The Canadian online men's apparel company Frank & Oak seems to target hipsters with its catalog featuring clothes for men that capitalize on the aggressively bewildering looks that says, "Hey, I might have a trust fund and endless leisure time, but that doesn't mean I need to learn to dress myself or even learn to shave."