Detroit Opera’s New Music Director and Other Top Metro Detroit News

Get details on the biggest local news including a new exhibit at Mi-Sci, details on Detroit’s Month of Design, and more.
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Michigan Science Center Welcomes New LEGO Exhibit

LEGO isn’t just for kids anymore. Builders of all ages can marvel at skyscrapers from around the world created entirely out of the fan-favorite bricks — and create their own masterpieces at MI-Sci’s new exhibit, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks, which opens Sept. 16, 2023.

Meet Detroit Opera’s New Music Director

Detroit Opera welcomed Roberto Kalb as its new music director last year. In the September issue of Hour Detroit, Kalb shared a little bit about himself and what’s he’s planning for the upcoming season.

Workers Strike at All Three Detroit Automakers

Around 13,000 U.S. auto workers went on strike on Sept. 15 after leaders failed to bridge a gap between union demands and what the automakers are willing to pay. Members of the United Auto Workers union are picketing GM at a plant in Missouri, Stellantis Jeep at a plant in Ohio, and Ford at a plant in Wayne County. It’s the first time in the union’s 88-year history that workers targeted all three companies at the same time.

Design Core Detroit Unifies Community Through Art During Month of Design

Featuring over 80 events encompassing a wide variety of works from local artists and innovators, this year’s Month of Design seeks to promote creative projects focused on strengthening community resources and providing mutual aid with its “United by Design” theme.

What’s in the Works at Michigan Central

In April, the tech incubator Newlab opened its Detroit headquarters in the rehabilitated Book Depository building in the Michigan Central innovation district. Newlab hosts startups and small established companies that pay a monthly fee for space and the use of workshops. Here, we introduce a selection of those ventures.

Detroit’s First Black-Owned Food Hall Opens on City’s Westside

Whatcha Wanna Eat food hall opened on W. McNichols last weekend. The food hall offers nine food vendors, which are Detroit Wild Pit barbecue, Borderline Tacos and Things, Poon’s Hibachi Grill, Crazy Burger, Your Perfect Blend Smoothie Shop, Delectabowl, Heavenly Chicken and Waffles, Life is Sweet ice cream, and Wing Fellas.

Six New Retailers Are Coming to Detroit

Real estate developer The Platform announced on Thursday that six new retailers have either opened their doors or will soon open their doors in the Midtown and New Center areas. These additions include a waxing and lash studio, hair salon, a bridal shop, fitness studio, dessert bar, and restaurant.

Michigan’s Adventure Welcomes All-New Event This Fall

Michigan’s Adventure has announced that it will be celebrating spooky season this year with an all-new event geared toward the entire family. The event, dubbed “Tricks and Treats,” will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, and will feature a wide variety of seasonal activities including a trunk-or-treating trail, a costume parade, crafts, and games.

Development Projects to Form Entertainment Hub in Downtown Detroit

Over the last several months, local organizations and businesses have been putting in work on projects across Downtown in an effort to rejuvenate the city’s historic Entertainment District. Take a closer look at what’s in the works.

Albino Deer Spotted in Farmington Hills

The rare deer was spotted grazing in the grass next to a parking lot on 12 Mile Road near Orchard Lake on Monday. Albino deer used to be a protected species in the state but those protections were lifted in 2008.

A Look at Metro Detroit’s Last Drive-In Theater

Once abundant in metro Detroit, drive-in theaters faded away by the 1990s. The lone survivor has gone high-tech for a unique cinematic experience. Here’s a closer look at the history of drive-in theaters in our area and what’s going on with the last one standing. 

Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth Welcomes The Wine Grotto

Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth has announced the opening date of its newest drink and dining option, The Wine Grotto. This new underground wine bar, which is set to open to the public on Sept. 21, 2023, is part of the resort’s multi-million-dollar renovation and is built on a former seminary. It features restored arches that are “reminiscent of European wine cellars,” as well as the work of local artists.

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