As a small child, Abraham often heard her Uncle Joe and Aunt Helen talk about evenings they spent at Cliff Bell’s in downtown Detroit. It seemed just so glamorous to a little girl. Abraham says she’s never forgotten the stories told by her night-owl relatives. The revival of the Art Deco restaurant and nightspot brought back those nostalgic memories, and so it was a special treat for the longtime restaurant critic to experience the new Cliff Bell’s (page 65). Abraham, a native Detroiter who has lived in New York and San Francisco (the latter city is where she says she learned about restaurants), writes about the metro Detroit dining scene in every issue of Hour Detroit.
As a dancer herself, Mannino — a University of Michigan graduate, former Hour Detroit intern, and metro Detroit native who is sometimes a bit homesick — was thrilled to write about The Joffrey Ballet’s scheduled January performances at the Detroit Opera House (page 17). “I enjoyed learning about the company’s role in American pop culture and how it’s always trying to reinvent itself,” she says. “But what was most exciting about writing the piece was knowing that [Michigan Opera Theatre] remains committed to bringing such influential and world-renowned troupes to the community.” Mannino lives in New York City, where she contributes to a variety of local publications, including The Brooklyn Rail and The L Magazine. She also dances for Annabella Lenzu/Dance Drama.
A native of Mount Clemens, Risher studied at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and the Parsons School of Design in New York, where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography. An Hour Detroit contributor for more than a dozen years, she’s currently collaborating with model Veronica Webb and former Hour Detroit staffer Matt Lee on a book featuring portraits of well-known metro Detroiters (page 23). Profits from the sale of the book will go to designated Detroit-based charities. Risher is pictured here hamming it up with Lily Tomlin at Siren Studios in Hollywood, Calif.
It’s great to meet people who actually “live” in their home, says Vaughn, a regular Hour Detroit contributor. “A love of art, food, work, and life are obvious when you walk into Kyle Evans’ and Michael Chetcuti’s loft,” Vaughn says of the car-oriented residence he photographed for this issue (page 54). “They made it easy to just point and shoot. It was hard not to get a great shot. Everywhere you look, there’s another camera-ready vignette.” Vaughn, a native Detroiter, lives and works from his home studio with his family close by. His recent freelance photography has included work for HBO, Essence, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and Time.