Contributors: July 2015


Annabel Cohen

Annabel Cohen is a writer as well as a caterer and owner of the new Pizza@Annabel Cohen Cooks Detroit in West Bloomfield. She appears regularly in print and on television talking about her favorite subjects: food, travel, and lifestyle. This month she chills on one of her favorite food categories: anything on a stick, especially when frozen. She remembers well her Pavlovian response to grab a dime and run toward the Good Humor truck as it played its jingle driving down her neighborhood street. Now, her favorite childhood treat is all grown up — made over for big-girl Detroit tastes.

Jim McFarlin

Longtime Hour Detroit contributor Jim McFarlin, a former pop music and entertainment writer for a major Detroit newspaper, got a rare chance to revisit the past and witness a promising future in his feature on the 30th anniversary of Chene Park Amphitheatre. “I remember writing about the first show at Chene Park,” McFarlin recalls. “Shahida Mausi is a remarkable woman, and she has done an amazing job with the park. When the music is tight and the sunset is glistening off the Detroit River behind the stage, it’s easy to fall in love with Detroit.” McFarlin still loves Detroit from his present home outside Chicago.

James A. Mitchell

This month’s report on The MC5’s 50th anniversary is familiar turf for James A. Mitchell, whose recent contributions to Hour Detroit include a peek at the Grand Rapids art scene, sharing laughs with Mark Ridley, and browsing the selections of Oak Park’s Book Beat. The veteran journalist has been around the classic-rock-and-politics block a time or two. Mitchell’s recent book, The Walrus & The Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution, has been translated into German and Portuguese, with a Japanese version in progress. Mitchell also contributes to Crain Communications and Foreword Reviews magazine, and has written for several community newspapers.

Martin Vecchio

While at Wayne State University studying art and specifically photography, Martin Vecchio was especially attracted to the work of Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, and August Sander. They photographed and honored a broad cross section of people and created images that transformed the quotidian into riveting vignettes that honored life. For this issue, Vecchio spent a day in the life of Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit. “It’s a place that similarly honors all people — from well-paid professionals, manual laborers, and city visitors to the cooks, dishwashers, and wait staff themselves,” he says. “It was a true pleasure to be in that company for a day.”

Mikey Burton

Mikey Burton is a part-time designer and a part-time illustrator — which adds up to a full-time “Designy Illustrator.” See his work on our cover and in the “City Guide.” He’s been working professionally for more than 10 years, which is the same length of time Facebook has been a thing. (They’re “still figuring it out” when it comes to relationship status … it’s complicated.) He’s done a lot of work in that time for clients such as Converse, ESPN, Target, The New York Times, Time magazine, and Esquire, among others. Burton spent his formative years and earned a master’s degree from Kent State University in Ohio. He says he’s only been to Detroit once, but has tried Detroit-style pizza at least 10 times.