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Happy, happy — During "happy hour" (actually, 4-6 p.m.) at Detroit Beer Co., downtown denizens can enjoy appetizers at half-price. Choices range from "boneless BBQ rib sliders" (normally $7.95; half order $4.95) to brewery quesadillas ($7.95). And the half-off nosh should go well with the joint's beers, which include Detroit Dwarf, Detroit Red, Broadway Light and Local 1529 IPA. If all that weren't enough, this downtown bar is flat-screen TV heaven. Come by Sunday, Nov. 18, for the 1 p.m. Giants-Lions game, and they'll start serving beer at noon. General manager Paul Gilbert says he'll offer "Mug Club" memberships for $15. The memberships, normally $35, get you special beer prices, your own personalized mug with a number on it, and all the beer you can drink on your birthday. At 1529 Broadway, Detroit; 313-962-1529.

Joy, Joy —Coming off a great show at Cass Café, starting Nov. 20, local artist Gwen Joy will have her art on display at Christine's Cuisine. Her kooky, slightly deranged paintings are worth a look, and the hip little eatery is a crowd-pleaser too. At 729 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-584-3354.

Chew and view —The folks at Butcher's Inn in Eastern Market are hosting an art opening on Thursday, Nov. 15. It's called Excuse Our Dust, and it features the work of Mark Arminski, Betty Brownlee, Maurice Greenia and Leni Sinclair, among others. Stop in for a beer, or one of the inn's hearty soups or sandwiches, and enjoy a performance by Carolyn Striho and poetry by Laura Grimshaw. From 6 to 9 p.m., at 1489 Winder, Detroit; show runs until Tuesday, Dec. 11.

In the new Lost Desserts: Delicious Indulgences of the Past: Recipes from Legendary and Famous Chefs (Rizzoli, $45), author Gail Monaghan celebrates many of the luscious and glamorous desserts at, as the title suggests, legendary restaurants from Los Angeles to London and beyond. Photographer Eric Boman evokes the elegance of these spectacular confections with photos that complement the indulgent recipes adapted for the home cook. From the heyday of Hollywood come the Brown Derby's orange chiffon cake and Chasen's banana shortcake with banana sauce.

Attention Trader Joe's shoppers: Charles Shaw wines, aka "Two Buck Chuck," are ultra-cheap for a reason. But that doesn't mean you can't find a deal on decent wine next time you're shopping for organic macaroni and cheese. Consider a $6.99 bottle of Martellozzo prosecco — a softly sparkling white from the Veneto region of Italy. It pours slightly fizzy and drinks tart with suggestions of lemons and green apples. For an elegant aperitif use it as a base for a Bellini cocktail. Gently stir in fresh peach puree and garnish with a raspberry.

Throngs of people who consume rice daily as a staple of their diets swear by rice cookers that magically cook rice perfectly — a daunting task for those who just can't cook it in a regular pan — and somehow keep it hot and fresh for several hours. If you've ever cooked in clay, you know that the process requires very little fat, while producing moist and succulent results. The VitaClay Gourmet Chef Multi Cooker combines the best of these features. The clay pot insert contains no harmful chemicals. The device is completely automatic and foolproof. See more at

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