1 Take at Trip at the DFT
Uncomfortably small chairs at the Detroit Film Theatre, a 1,200-seat auditorium at the DIA that opened in 1927, are proof Detroit wasn’t always the fattest city. But a slightly sore bum is a small price to pay to escape the multiplex and see the best of world cinema. Giants including Truffaut, Ozu and Almodóvar have been seen here so often, they should have seats named after them. Modern auteurs aren’t ignored, either – Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is only one of the films that made its Detroit debut here. Still not convinced? The DFT sells cookies and wine before the show. Get moving. 313-833-3237, www.dia.org/dft.
2 Get Fresh at Eastern Market
It’s cosmopolitan, it’s colorful, it’s crowded – and it’s a blast. Every Saturday, as many as 45,000 people descend on Eastern Market near I-75 and Mack to haggle over everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fine cuts of meat. Get there when the market opens at 7 a.m. for the freshest produce, or come later when vendors drop prices in an attempt to lighten the load back home. The shops surrounding the market are a world unto themselves: flowers, antiques, beer and wine, spices, and, of course, Germack nuts. Can’t find something? Nonsense. Look harder. And remember: On Flower Day in May, the market is the best place to shop for Mom. www.easternmarket.org.
3 Get with the Spirit
Devotees of the famed sculptor Marshall Fredericks were horrified in 1997 when Detroiters first played dress-up with the guy at city hall known as the “Jolly Green Giant.” But when fans flocked by the thousands during the Stanley Cup Finals to snap a photo with the 16-foot statue wearing a mammoth Red Wings jersey, even cynics had to admit there was no better picture of our obsession with all things athletic. Recently, the Spirit was posing in a size 50-XL Pistons jersey. Here’s hoping someday soon you can send holiday cards with pictures of the big man wearing the Old English “D.”
4 Go Loco at Xochimilco
If you’ve forgotten your high school Spanish, just cheat and say “So-she,” the nickname Detroiters use for the Mexican restaurant with fanstastico food, especially the trifecta of chips, salsa and margaritas. It’s a great siesta before or after you sample all that Mexican Town in southwest Detroit has to offer. Must-stops include fresh-baked treats at Mexican Town Bakery (313-554-0001) or, for do-it-yourselfers, the Honey Bee grocery store on Bagley. Xochilmilco, 3409 Bagley; 313-843-0179.
5 Get Loopy on the People Mover
The elevated train encircling downtown Detroit may get some laughs about “going nowhere,” but for 50 cents a spin you can’t beat the convenience. Red Wings fans (when the team is playing) are the top users, but it’s also the easiest way to get to spots like Small Plates and the Detroit Beer Co. So maybe the train does snuggle up to a few abandoned buildings. But it’s a small price to pay to see outstanding artwork, including vivid mosaics that adorn the People Mover stations.
6 Sip Cider at the Mill
As compensation for enduring long, gray, frigid winters, Detroiters are blessed with outstanding autumns. And when the skies hit that deep blue and the trees explode in color, there’s only one thing to do: Raise a toast of tangy apple cider and polish off a doughnut at Oakland County’s Franklin Cider Mill (7450 Franklin Rd.; 248-626-2968) or Washtenaw County’s Dexter Cider Mill (3685 Central St.; 734-426-8531). Popular with families and couples, both mills let you watch step-by-step as bushels of homegrown apples become the best drink in the Midwest.
7 People-Watch at Somerset
Troy’s glitzy shopping mecca may boast fancy retailers such as Cartier and Saks, but the best reason to waste an afternoon in the tri-level shopping temple is to see the parade of people it draws. Plunk down on a bench with a latte and be amused by celebrities, captains of industry, wealthy wives, loving couples, longing singles and teenagers who, like, totally ohmygod, cannot stop nattering on their cell phones. Without fail, everyone comes dressed to impress – and to peruse more than 180 shops and eateries. 2800 W. Big Beaver; 248-643-6360, www.thesomerset collection.com.
8 Slide in to White Castle
Twenty-six years before McDonald’s served its first customer, Detroiters were munching away at White Castle. America’s first fast-food hamburger chain was founded in Kansas in 1921, but the Motor City was one of its first outposts, opening on East Jefferson in 1929. In the ensuing decades, consuming bags of the steaming, gut-busting Sliders has become a late-night tradition so popular that only New York and Chicago have more outlets than the D. You won’t have to go far to find one.
9 Play Hooky on Opening Day
Say you’re working or going to school on the afternoon in April when the Detroit Tigers toss the first pitch at Comerica Park, and you’ll get looks of disbelief. Opening Day is as sacred as any religious holiday in metro Detroit, and it’s marked by empty offices and classrooms, and tens of thousands partying in downtown streets. Sure, the game is a blast (if you can snag a ticket), but there’s as much fun to be had at local watering holes, especially Nemo’s. Detroit Tigers, 313-471-2225, www.detroittigers.com.
10 Wheel and Deal for a Car
Hollywood has its “six degrees of Kevin Bacon,” where all screen stars can be linked to the actor. But in Detroit, the game to play is “six degrees of a Big Three employee.” Everyone knows someone whose father/mother/ sister/brother works at General Motors, Ford or DaimlerChrysler – a person who can help you get that deep employee discount on your next set of wheels. GM has taken the fun out of it recently by offering the deal to everyone. But the game is alive with Ford and DCX. Don’t call yourself a Detroiter if you’re paying the same as chumps in Columbus.
11 Get Wiggy at the Palace
So they couldn’t conquer San Antonio – this year. In this basketball-crazed region, undaunted Detroit Pistons fans are already counting the days until Chauncey, Rip and the boys are back on the court. Do whatever you must to be in the Palace next season. Words cannot describe the rush of, as John Mason hollers, “Deeeetroit basketball” – nor the countless big wigs worn by fans as a tribute to Ben Wallace.
12 Sing for Your Drinks
Belt out a few bars of “Danny Boy” and swig a Guinness at the Old Shillelagh in downtown Detroit, a bar that’s survived a fire, inter-generational management changes and 30 years of debauchery to become the place for “drunken sing-a-long beer-drinking Irish music.” In March, folks of every ethnic background get their green on for the “The World’s Biggest St. Patrick’s Day Party” in giant tents out back. Many finish the night stumbling into taxis out front. 313-964-0007, www.oldshillelagh.com.
13 Call Out Your Coney
Decked out in everything from ball gowns to blue jeans, tuxedos to trashy club clothes, the collection of people who pile into Lafayette Coney Island on most nights couldn’t be more eclectic – bolstering the case that the great unifying force in our divided region may be the almighty coney. Some 300 restaurants in the area dish up these hot dogs with chili, mustard and onions, but none has the zip and tradition of the 80-year-old Lafayette. Holler your order 24 hours a day. If it’s too crowded, dig in next door at American Coney Island. Lafayette; 118 W. Lafayette; 313-964-8198.
14 Make a Run for the Border
Maybe it’s the drama of the federal interrogation or just the fact you can use funny money, but rolling across the river never fails to be exhilarating. For $2.50 you can shoot through the tunnel into downtown Windsor or enjoy the scenery from the Ambassador Bridge for a quarter more. Regardless of your route, our Canadian neighbors have great restaurants, clubs and shopping. With the exchange rate, it feels like a half-off sale. Don’t forget your passport, or these answers for customs: U.S., Detroit, dinner, no, no. Have a great night.
15 Let Loose at the DIA
For artistic, raucous fun, there’s no better ticket than Friday Nights at the DIA. The parties at one of America’s most renowned museums blend food and drink with fine art, live music (The White Stripes even played once) and storytelling. If it’s the sublime you seek, the 600,000-square-foot building has more than 100 galleries in which to lose yourself. There will be even more to see in 2007, when the building’s extensive renovation is completed. 5200 Woodward; 313-833-7900, www.dia.org.
16 Pick Sweet Treats
For generations, when summer has finally arrived in Michigan, Detroiters have loaded up the kids and headed out to hunt for the state’s sweetest treats. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, cherries and apples are just some of the fruits you can pick at area farms. Top destinations include Ashton Orchards & Cider Mill (248-627-6671) and Middleton Berry Farm (248-628-1819) in Ortonville, and Long Family Orchard and Farm in Commerce Township (248-360-3774). Fact: Fruit you pick always tastes better.
17 Stop and Smell the Orchids
To see one of America’s largest collections of a flower people risk life and limb to find (and smuggle), you need look no farther than the Belle Isle Conservatory – a 13-acre oasis inspired by Jefferson’s Monticello and designed by Albert Kahn. Opened in 1904, the complex houses a vast array of plants and flowers, including the monumental orchid display that took root in 1953 when Anna Scripps Whitcomb, for whom the building is named, willed 600 of the rare flowers to the conservatory. Pay attention as you wander, as photo-happy brides and grooms frequently lurk amid the foliage. 313-267-7157.
18 Salute Joe Louis
There are two must-see monuments to Detroit’s favorite son who “knocked out Hitler” when he flattened Max Schmeling in 1938. The most famous (and most misunderstood) is the bronze fist on Jefferson, across from Hart Plaza, that was a gift to the city from Sports Illustrated magazine. The second is a towering statue in the lobby of Cobo Center that commemorates the 124-second pummeling of Schmeling. Pay tribute at both.
19 Road Trip on Woodward
In 1909, the only strip of paved road in the country was a stretch of Woodward between Six and Seven Mile roads. Parts of the road may feel as if they haven’t been fixed since, but it’s worth a few bumps to drive this artery that divides the east and west sides. Drive from downtown Detroit to Cranbrook and you’ll have a new understanding of southeastern Michigan. There’s also plenty of history along the way. The Woodward Heritage group will help you plot the journey. 866-612-9929. www.woodwardheritage.com.
20 Holla’ at The Joe
The NHL strike may have kept Joe Louis Arena quiet this year, but save your breath and keep your fingers crossed for 2006. When Hockeytown is rocking, there’s no other place to be than among 20,000 crazed Red Wings fans screaming for “The Captain” and his crew. Every game may be sold out, but true Detroiters can always scrounge up a ticket. It may require a second mortgage, but being in The Joe when the evil Colorado Av’s come to town is, as they say, priceless. 313-983-6606, www.detroitredwings.com.
21 Find Forgotten Hits
In the home of Motown, it should be no surprise people like to wheel and deal the tunes of yesteryear. For ’70s rock, soul and jazz, drop by Young Soul Rebel Records in Detroit (4152 Woodward; 313-832-2001). The Record Graveyard in Hamtramck (11303 Joseph Campau; 313-365-8095) has a vast selection, including old turntables; Car City Records in St. Clair Shores (21918 Harper; 586-775-4770) is a mainstay, with a good selection of jazz and classical. And for techno, nothing beats the Record Time stores in Ferndale (262 W. Nine Mile; 248-336-8463) and Roseville (27360 Gratiot; 586-775-1550).
22 Show School Spirit
Jumping out of bed before 7 a.m. on a Saturday to enjoy bratwurst and beeris complete lunacy – but so is U. of M. and M.S.U. football. Shake off the sleep and don maize and blue or green and white, and head to Ann Arbor or East Lansing for the best tailgating in the Midwest. Both offer fine parking lot cuisine and more spirits than should be legal.
23 Take a Spin at Motown
To experience the sounds that changed the world, drop by Hitsville, USA, the house where it all began on Grand Boulevard in Detroit, now a museum. Visitors spin back in time with exhibits and costumes. But the best part of the tour is wandering “Studio A,” where the Motown greats recorded so many hits. If that doesn’t give you tingles, check your pulse. 2648 W. Grand Blvd.; 313-875-2264, www.motownmuseum.com.
24 Get Fat on Tuesday
Once a year, Detroiters of all faiths are eternally grateful that Polish Catholics (well, actually, Polish Catholic bakers) live among us. On the Tuesday before Lent, people stand in line for hours as Hamtramck bakeries churn out a gooey sin of gluttony known as the paczki. More than a doughnut and less than healthful, these delicious jelly-filled treats were invented to prepare the faithful for the period of pastry-free fasting. Take a bite and, for the sake of your waistline, you’ll thank God these aren’t available year-round. Stop by New Deluxe Polish Bakery (11920 Conant; 313-892-8165) and the Polish Deli and Bakery (12015 Joseph Campeau; 313-365-3731).
25 Have Sweets at the Whitney
The 21,000-square-foot mansion appears wildly out of place on Woodward Avenue, but step inside and you instantly understand why “Take her to the Whitney” is popular advice for men – and terrified teenage boys – looking to impress. The 111-year-old home-turned-restaurant oozes elegance, making it a perfect stop for nightcaps after the show or to share such outrageous desserts as the “The Whitney Mansion,” a three-flour torte layered with mango and sour cherry mousses. Enough said. 4421 Woodward; 313-832-5700.
26 Giddyup to the State Fair
For 156 years, families across southeastern Michigan and Ohio have counted down the days until August, when they piled in the family ride (powered by horses in the early days) and, yee-haw, headed for the Michigan State Fair. The sprawling grounds at Eight Mile and Woodward are filled with a smorgasbord of animals, games, musical acts, clowns, carnival rides and farm-inspired competitions. A popular exhibit in recent years has been the Miracle of Life, where kids can see animals give birth. It’s almost as much fun as eating those oh-so-sweet elephant ears. 313-369-8250, www.michigan.gov/mda.
27 Pay Homage to Honest John
He’s outspoken, outrageous and organizes stunts that are completely over the top, but no one can dispute that John Thompson is honest. So maybe he casts doubt with the name of his establishment, Honest? John’s Bar and No Grill, and maybe you won’t believe all of his wild (and off-color) stories, but dropping by his place that’s now in the Cass Corridor is mandatory. You’ll quickly learn that John is something of a civic leader who’s raised more than $750,000 for local charities with his wild “Shakedown Society.” Fundraisers include a midwinter dip in the Detroit River and the sans-pants “Moon Drop.” If you don’t want to bare all, just grab a beer and hand over your donation at the bar. You’ll feel better. Honestly. 488 Selden; 313-832-5646.
28 Roll a Rock at Cadieux
Step into the Cadieux Café on Detroit’s east side, and you may rub your eyes when you see the game called feather bowling – an odd blend of bowling, horseshoes and bocce ball. Born in Belgium, it involves teams competing to roll “rocks” (they bear some resemblance to curling stones) down a dirt lane, closest to an upright feather. Really, it’s a hoot. The Cadieux, also known for succulent steamed mussels and a great beer selection, brags it’s the only place in the U.S. to feather-bowl. Its staff will be happy to show you the ropes. 4300 Cadieux Rd.; 313-882-8560. Bath City Bistro in Mt. Clemens (75 Macomb Place; 586-469-0917) offers the very similar “trough bowling.”
29 Play the Horses
Decades before casinos came to town, gamblers had few legal choices other than the racetracks. Today, the crowds are thin, but the horses still run at Northville Downs (301 S. Center St.; 248-349-1000) and Hazel Park Raceway (1650 E. 10 Mile Rd.; 248-398-1000). Who’s hot in harness racing? Does it really matter? Have fun betting on colts with cool names.
30 Lounge on the Lawn
Detroiters of a certain age may be cheesed the concert venue formerly known as Pine Knob is now the DTE Energy Music Theater, but their dismay is testament to the great times to be had, especially on the lawn. Snuggle up on a blanket or kick back with friends on the grass and you’ll agree that, despite a so-so view, a summer concert never looked so good. Great real estate and the evening sun are your rewards for arriving early, but DTE has plenty of big screens for lollygaggers who feel as if they’re sitting in the backyard. 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100, www.palacenet.com.
31 Sound Off on the Radio
Detroiters have a remarkable gift for gab, a talent many share as soon as they get that first shot of coffee. You may not care what’s on your neighbor’s mind, but by God, they’ll tell you on Detroit morning radio. Grown-ups with politics and business on their minds call Paul W. at WJR (800-859-0957); guys who want to relive the night at the bar dial Drew & Mike on WRIF (313-298-9743); political conspiracy theorists lean toward Mildred Gaddis at WCHB (313-298-1200) while Karen Dumas (same number) gets a more educated crowd; and apoplectic sports fans sound off to Jamie & Brady on WDFN (313-298-1130). Call and give them a piece of your mind.
32 Hear a Detroit Diva
Pop singers may be referred to as divas these days, but the real thing can be heard warbling at the gloriously refurbished Detroit Opera House. Home of Michigan Opera Theatre, the 1922 theater (which has the largest stage in the city) draws crowds seeking jealousy, murder and intrigue, in song. If you missed this year’s big world premiere of Margaret Garner, be sure to catch another hit next season. Ballet and dance productions are also popular, as are the backstage tours. 1526 Broadway; 313-961-3500, www.motopera.org.
33 Have a Blast at the Fireworks
Watching rockets rise over the Detroit River from your living room doesn’t count – unless you have a downtown address and you’re looking out the window. To mark America’s Independence and show some love to our neighbors celebrating Canada Day, real Detroiters turn off the TV and throw a blanket on the banks of the river for the International Freedom Festival’s Target Fireworks. With 250,000 pounds of mortar and 10,000 shells, it may be the biggest in North America. The crowd is estimated at 1 million. It’ll certainly make every other Fourth of July celebration you witness look puny. 313-923-7400, www.theparade.org.
34 Roll Down 8 Mile
Rarely does one road symbolize so much. The ribbon of concrete immortalized by Eminem divides city from suburbs so sharply, it’s almost more of a wall than a thoroughfare. New rule: Don’t talk about Detroit’s northern border until you’ve driven it for more than 10 minutes. Go from the Lodge Freeway to Van Dyke. Eight Mile has more character than any road around. It’s not what you see in the movies, or hear on the street.
35 Play Like a Canadian
Thanks to CBC-TV, curling is popular in Detroit – as the punch line to a joke. (It’s nothing personal; it’s just that Hockeytown takes a dim view of any sport on ice that doesn’t involve skates.) But step into the Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale and you’ll have a new respect for “throwing stones” and “sweeping” the ice. You may even learn to beat our neighbors at their own game. The club offers classes and runs tournaments for those with skills. Join the club and you could have a shot at qualifying for the USA Olympic Curling Team. No joke. 1615 E. Lewiston; 248-399-9754, www.detroitcurlingclub.com.
36 Ride Back in Time
In the ’50s and ’60s, long before Star theaters and Somerset, the place to be for local teens was in a car rolling on Woodward Avenue. Now all grown up, the kids still come out to play every August at the Woodward Dream Cruise, a retro extravaganza that draws 1.7 million people and boasts it’s “the world’s largest one-day car event” (even though most think it’s a weeklong party). Stand on a curb and be wowed by 40,000 cars jammed from Ferndale to Pontiac. You’ll also understand why many Detroiters say this is the best time of year to get the heck out of town. www.woodwarddreamcruise.com.
37 Hail the King
For those who salivate at the smell of musty books or at the prospect of finding a great literary deal, heaven is the four-story Detroit headquarters of John K. King Used & Rare Books. Roam the aisles and piles of everything from scholarly tomes and old magazines to cheap beach reading and turn-of-the-century sheet music, and it makes sense why the New York Times’ William Safire is a customer and USA Today named this one of the “10 Great Places to Crawl Between the Covers.” 901 W. Lafayette; 313-961-0622. (Also two smaller stores near WSU and in Ferndale.)
38 Chill and Grill at Belle Isle
In 1883, the designer of New York City’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmstead, devised a magical plan to landscape Detroit’s Belle Isle. More than a century later, the recently spruced-up 983-acre island remains a remarkable oasis. Sure, summer evenings can be crowded and noisy, but joggers and walkers own the mornings. Afternoons are reserved for those who want to luxuriate in a lazy day. Bring a grill, a good book and a fishing pole or Frisbee for fun. 313-852-4075.
39 Drool and Dream
More than 6,000 journalists from 68 countries and 800,000 people from across metro Detroit and the Midwest can’t be wrong. The world’s greatest auto show (officially the “North American International Auto Show”) happens over three weeks in January. Started in 1907, the show long ago consumed Cobo Center, and its economic impact now dwarfs that of the Super Bowl. Even if you aren’t looking for a new ride, the jaw-dropping exhibits are worth the trip. 248-643-0250, www.naias.com.
40 Set Sail on the River
In the Motor City you can be forgiven for forgetting the Detroit River is one of the world’s busiest waterways, but there’s no excuse for not enjoying it. Since 1991, Bill Hoey, owner and operator of Diamond Jack’s River Tours, has been launching from Hart Plaza, taking landlubbers on two-hour cruises of the river. From June through September, Hoey will give you a new look at the city and its sites. Hoey’s favorite? The Ambassador Bridge, connecting Detroit and Windsor. “Two dynamic cities attached,” he says. 313-843-9376, www.diamondjack.com.
41 Get a Piece of History
In the world of design and décor, nothing says Detroit like an embossed tile from the Pewabic Pottery studio. Often arranged in stunning mosaics, the tiles adorn homes and buildings throughout the area, as well as spots around the U.S., including the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., and the Herald Square subway station in New York City. Stop by the Tudor-style building in Detroit where Pewabic Pottery has been operating since 1907 and you can buy a piece of history – or even take classes to learn how to do it yourself. 10125 E. Jefferson; 313-822-0954, www.pewabic.com.
42 See Hoffa’s Last Hangout
Every few years, prosecutors and police try cracking Detroit’s greatest unsolved mystery. But the only thing certain about Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance is this: He was last seen on July 30, 1975, in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township. Wander the blacktop and you won’t find any clues, but you will discover a great meal. The restaurant is now Andiamo Italia West. 6676 Telegraph Rd.; 248-865-9300, www.andiamoitalia.com.
43 Jazz it up at Baker’s
In Detroit’s rich musical history, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge occupies a special place as one of the city’s last great jazz clubs. Opened in 1934 as a beer and sandwich shop, its stage has been graced by everyone from John Coltrane to Oscar Peterson to Dave Brubeck. (Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald also made cameos years ago.) These days, jazz enthusiasts from the city and suburbs mingle over cocktails and soul food and listen to bands. Most are local, but big-time national acts still stop by. Look closely and you may spot a Motown star at the keyboard-shaped bar. 20510 Livernois; 313-345-6300, www.bakerskeyboardlounge.com.
44 Drink in Oktoberfest
Lederhosen is not required attire at the Dakota Inn Rathskeller, but a pair might make you feel more at home in this authentic German outpost on a dark, gritty stretch of John R. Visitors are greeted at the door by waitresses attired in traditional Fräulein gear, while piano and accordion players belt out songs from a long, long time ago. It’s the best little Biergarten in Detroit. 17324 John R; 313-867-9722, www.dakota-inn.com.
45Go Colonial at Greenfield
Kids in metro Detroit are forever bored with conventional history lessons after a time-traveling, mind-bending trip to this 88-acre complex in Dearborn. Founded in 1929 by Henry Ford, Greenfield Village pays tribute to America’s past with living history exhibits that span from the mid-17th century to the early 20th. Actors in period costumes inhabit homes, neighborhoods and buildings in what feels like a Ken Burns documentary come to life. In the summer, classic baseball games are like a scene out of Field of Dreams and the vintage train is a hit with visitors of all ages. 313-982-6100, www.hfmgv.org.
46 Catch a Concert on the Water
There are few summer experiences more refreshing than the combination of smooth tunes, a sweet breeze and views of shimmering water. It may seem implausible, but this slice of paradise can be found in downtown Detroit. On the banks of the Detroit River just off East Jefferson, Chene Park’s amphitheater is home to a packed lineup of jazz, soul and R&B acts from June through August. The only bad notes are from the horns of passing freighters. 2600 Atwater St.; 313-393-0292, www.cheneparkdetroit.com.
47 Break Bread at Avalon
On any given morning in Midtown Detroit, hung-over college students and harried professionals may be running late, but they won’t face the day without Avalon bakery. Stop by and you’ll understand why. Beyond the coffee and tea, the sweet treats (especially the scones) are outrageous. And the fresh-baked breads (try the Greektown Olive Loaf or Raisin Pecan) are a slice of … well, you get the picture. You’ll also find Avalon’s bread at local stores including Holiday Market in Royal Oak. 442 W. Willis; 313-832-0008.
48 Shine a Light on Angel’s Night
Once upon a time, Halloween Eve in Detroit was called Devil’s Night. But in the past decade, the city has turned what was a night of fear into one of celebration. More than 40,000 now join in the citywide effort to police the streets – and enjoy terrific block parties. Grab a flashlight and a friend, and join the effort. You’ll see another side of the city and get some great food. 313-224-4415, www.angelsnight.org.
49 Spin Out Downtown
New York City has the rink at Rockefeller Center. In Detroit, the coolest ice is at Campus Martius, in the shadow of Compuware. Bring your skates (or rent them at the rink) during cold-weather months, or chill out when it’s warm. Visit the Au Bon Pain café and have fun finding the “Point of Origin” – the spot from which Detroit’s streets were mapped. 313-962-0101, www.campusmartiuspark.org.
50 Get a Great Deal
Many a road trip on I-75 has been sidelined by the seductive powers of two outlet malls. Instead of that alleged “quick stop,” plan a full-fledged getaway to the Horizon Outlets in Monroe (Exit 11, 734-241-4813) or the Prime Outlets of Birch Run (Exit 136, 989-624-6226). With 170 stores, Birch Run is the granddaddy of outlet centers in the Midwest and (shopping nuts, make sure you’re seated) it just welcomed this divine trio: Coach, Pottery Barn and Banana Republic. Bye. If you won’t be home in time for dinner, nearby Frankenmuth has some tasty eats.
51 High at the Ren Cen
Harrison Ford and Brian Dennehy did it in the 1990 film Presumed Innocent, and most Detroiters will tell you it’s the biggest rush around: shooting to the top of the 73-story building that houses GM’s headquarters. Step into one of the building’s glass elevators and you quickly get an eye-popping view of Jefferson Avenue falling away and Cobo Center shrinking to the size of a Lego castle. Thankfully, there’s coffee (and booze) in the restaurants at the top to calm your jangled nerves. The best excuse to soar is Coach Insignia restaurant. 313-567-2622.
52 Do a Lap in the Park
Thanks to Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Detroiters are never far from one of 13 great outdoor escapes. Two of the best are at opposite ends of the metro area: Stoney Creek in Shelby Township (4300 Main Park Rd.; 586-781-4242) and Kensington in Milford (2240 W. Buno Rd.; 248-685-1561). Both are popular with joggers, bikers and inline skaters, as they traverse miles of paved trails surrounding beautiful lakes. There are also rustic trails, golf courses and boat rentals. Bring a picnic basket and don’t be surprised when you come face-to-nose with a deer.
53 Play Like a Kid
Long before X-Box, arcade games made noises like “ka-ching” and didn’t require you to be raised on MTV. Detroiters who want to play old-school-style bring their game to Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills. The zany arcade is packed with coin-operated games, ancient pinball machines and, okay, for tech-savvy kids, some video games. 31005 Orchard Lake Rd.; 248-626-5020, www.marvin3m.com.
54 Get Away Inn Town
It may not be far from home, but sneak away to the Inn on Ferry Street in Midtown Detroit and you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled back to 19th-century England (okay, with Jacuzzi tubs). The Inn is four Victorian homes and two carriage houses that are loaded with Old-World charm and luxury but also have modern amenities. Spend the night or the whole weekend and, like the New York Times and the Guardian newspaper in London, you’ll be telling everyone it’s the place to stay in the Motor City. 84 E. Ferry St.; 313-871-6000, www.theinnonferrystreet.com.
55 Spend a Night with the Fox
Its signature marquee on Woodward only hints at the grandeur inside. From the lobby’s stairway to the auditorium’s ornately carved décor to the stained-glass chandelier, the Fox Theatre is a treat before the curtain even rises. Opened in 1928, the Fox was long a magnet for America’s most popular musical acts and Broadway performers. The Ilitch family has restored the theater’s original shine. See a show here, and you’ll be back for an encore. 2211 Woodward; 313-983-6611, www.olympiaentertainment.com.
56 Burn Holiday Calories
On Thanksgiving Day, “I ran the Turkey Trot” is the best excuse to have another helping of Mom’s cooking with all the trimmings. Now in its 23rd year, the often-wacky 10-k (6.2-mile) race is one of Michigan’s biggest, drawing some 6,000 runners. Go trot and you’ll have plenty of fans. The course is lined with Detroiters waiting for the parade to start. 313-923-7400, www.theparade.org.
57 Bar-Hop in Hamtramck
An island of a city (it’s surrounded on all sides by Detroit and a bit of Highland Park) built by Polish immigrants and now home to other Eastern Europeans, Yemenis, Albanians and other nationalities, Hamtramck is renowned for its diverse … nightlife. Few communities claim so many bars and live-music venues. The best spots line the main drag, Joseph Campau. For good old beer-drinking fun, hit Seven Brothers (313-365-6576) and the Belmont (313-871-1700); for trendy types, it’s Lush (313-872-6220); and for live music, you can’t beat the Attic (313-354-4194).
58 Start the Day at Russell Street
For hungry shoppers in Detroit’s Eastern Market, the place to refuel is found in a storefront painted green. Russell Street Deli is renowned for pancakes made from scratch and raisin bread French toast. And for lunch, where else can you find sandwiches of real rye and pumpernickel, stuffed with meat and veggies purchased fresh at the market? The lines are long for Saturday breakfasts, but be patient – the payoff is terrific.
59 Stroll the Riverfront
After decades of fits and starts and development plans gone awry, Detroit’s riverfront is finally becoming a destination. Thanks in large part to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, a nonprofit group formed in 2002, work has finally started on a miles-long project with areas to walk, skate or bike. The first phase, the Promenade at General Motors, is already finished. Step out behind the Ren Cen and see what the future holds.
60 Tune in at a Festival
Head into the city on any given warm-weather weekend, and you’re guaranteed to find a festival. The mind-boggling possibilities include: The Downtown Hoe Down, Jazz Fest, Freedom Fest, Summer Jamz Fest, Techno Fest, Ribs and Soul Fest, Afro-American Music Fest, Arab and Chaldean World Fest and Caribbean International Fest. And those are only the events at Hart Plaza. Throw in the Comerica TasteFest (New Center) and the many options in the fall and winter, and there’s no doubt Detroiters know how to party.
61 Go Dally in the Alley
How can you not attend an event that is the self-proclaimed “Last Party of the Year,” took its name from a medieval drinking song, encourages imbibing in the streets, celebrates terrific art and music – and gives back to the community? That’s a sketch of what you’ll find at Dally in the Alley, the annual bash (this year on Sept. 10) that turns the Cass Corridor on its head. Local music acts are the main attraction at the party, but there’s plenty of art to see and vendors to visit in the streets. www.dallyinthealley.com.
62 Enjoy a Big-Screen Buzz
Those who’ve ever spirited a bottle of booze into the local cinema (or thought about it but chickened out) will love Brew ‘n View at the Magic Bag. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, the Ferndale nightspot known for great live music clears out the bands, fires up the movie projector and turns the taps wide open. Crowds enjoy first-run films, along with a big drink selection. The show starts at 9:30 p.m., but the doors open at 8. This may be your rowdiest movie experience. But at least you won’t hear a cell phone ring. 22920 Woodward; 248-544-3030, www.themagicbag.com.
63 Make Tracks to the Zoo
Technically located in Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo is the envy of cities across America. Beyond award-winning exhibits (including the world’s largest for polar bears), it also boasts a pioneering director, Ron Kagan, who made international news for sending the zoo’s elephants to California because Detroit is too cold (rhinos are taking their place). Buying a membership is the way to go. 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.; 248-398-0903, www.detroitzoo.org.
64 Lose Your Mind at a Lions Game
It’s been 48 years since they won the Championship and 12 since they took the NFC title, but Detroiters are unfailing – if masochistic – believers in the boys who wear Honolulu blue. Every fall, rabid fans storm gleaming Ford Field to cheer the Detroit Lions, and they’re still there in late winter, long after the season has gone south. Face paint is not required for admission, but screaming for a touchdown (and barking instructions to Joey Harrington from the cheap seats) is. Get your tickets now because this season will be something special. Or was that last season? Whatever. The tailgate party in Eastern Market rocks. 313-262-2003, www.detroitlions.com.
65 Roam the A2 Art Fairs
Widely considered the best in America, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs pull around 500,000 people into the streets every July. Yes, it’s madness. But your reward for braving the crowds and well over 1,000 booths is great. You’ll see imaginative work in every media under the sun, you’ll talk with the artists themselves, and you’ll enjoy watching the craziest collection of people in the Midwest. Don’t forget the sunscreen and walking shoes. The A2 visitors bureau has all the info. 734-995-7281, www.annarbor.org.
66 Go Nuts at Rocky Peanut Co.
Longtime Detroit Tigers fans may not know it, but back in 1969 one of the guys supplying all those ballpark peanuts was Rocco Russo, otherwise known as Rocky. The business has grown quite a bit since then, and today the Rocky Peanut Co. is an Eastern Market anchor. Step inside and you’ll find countless varieties of nuts, dried fruits, candy and chips – pretty much anything that could tempt you between meals. Despite all those warnings, even Mom won’t be able to resist these treats. 1545 Clay; 313-871-5100, www.rockypeanut.com.
67 Behold the Diego Rivera Murals
You’ll find Detroit’s most famous artwork – and one of America’s most renowned murals – in the aptly named Rivera Court of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The famed Mexican muralist was commissioned by Edsel Ford in 1932 to create Detroit Industry, three sets of images that depict the diversity of North America, the automobile industry and other industries that shaped the Motor City. Smaller images capture life at the Ford Rouge Plant. 5200 Woodward; 313-833-7900, www.dia.org.
68 Roll a Frame at Garden Bowl
It’s hard to know if metro Detroit is, as some still claim, “the bowling capital of the world.” But Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have more bowling alleys than Dunkin’ Donuts. The best of the bunch – and the funkiest – is Detroit’s Garden Bowl in the Majestic Theatre complex. It’s America’s oldest active bowling center – and the home of “Rock ‘n’ Bowl.” Drop by for glow-in-the-dark bowling or roll under disco lighting. Even your gutter balls will look great here. 4120 Woodward; 313-833-9700, www.majesticdetroit.com.
69 Step Back in Time
For a city founded more than 300 years ago, it should be no surprise that 206 sites in Detroit are on the National Register of Historic Places. But did you know you can see them all? Preservation Wayne (313-577-3559) offers five distinctly different tour downtown; the Detroit Historical Museums (313-833-4727) tours churches, Belle Isle and Fort Wayne; and WSU professor Stewart McMillin (313-922-1990) leads a number of terrific tours. To see what’s new, take the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (313-202-1800) “D-Tour.”
70 Experience History
No museum in America comes remotely close to delivering the experience you’ll have at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit: Its $12-million core exhibit puts visitors inside a ship to teach the horrors of slavery. Certainly, the nation’s largest African-American history museum also has plenty to inspire visitors – and it rotates exhibits of both world-famous and up-and-coming artists. The museum is a popular field trip for school kids, but every parent should stop by, too. Check out the museum’s store for clothing and jewelry from Africa. 315 E. Warren; 313-494-5800, www.maah-detroit.org.
71 See TV Stars at Work
To see a little bit of Hollywood right here in Detroit, head to the Michigan Humane Society’s headquarters near I-75 and East Grand Boulevard. It’s the home base of Debby, Shawn, Mark, Mike and company, the real-life stars of cable TV’s Animal Cops: Detroit. The show, among the highest rated on the Animal Planet network, follows the team of investigators as they check out reports of animal abuse and save creatures of all stripes and sizes. Drop by at the right time and you might see them in action. You may also find the perfect pet. 7401 Chrysler Dr.; 313-872-3400, www.michiganhumane.org.
72 Plug Your Ears at Thunder Fest
The Motor City loves any engine, as long as it’s loud – and can go fast. If it’s too powerful for the road, that’s even better. Every July, Detroiters flock to the river to see Gold Cup hydroplane racing, a sport born of the adventurous move in the early 1900s to drop an airplane engine into a boat. Today’s hydroplanes fly at speeds up to 200 mph as drivers battle for the Gold Cup, the oldest active trophy in motorsports. The best place to hear the roar and see all the action is at the Roostertail. 100 Marquette; 313-822-1234, www.roostertail.com.
73 March to the Parade
You may have to dress the kids to survive arctic-cold weather, but there’s no better way to see America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade than from a curbside seat with more than a million die-hard Detroiters. Paradegoers rise before dawn and line Woodward with chairs, blankets and breakfast spreads large enough to feed famished Turkey Trot runners. www.theparade.org.
74 Ride the Day Away
For generations of Detroiters, amusement park memories are summed up in one hyphenated word: Bob-Lo. But alas, it’s long gone. Today, for an adrenaline and sugar fix, boatloads of kids beg and plead with Mom and Dad to pilot the family cruiser to Sandusky, Ohio, for a day at Cedar Point. It boasts more roller coasters (16) than any park in the world. All told, Cedar Point has 68 rides, two water parks and an endless array of games. C’mon. Please. Say yes. You’ll feel like a kid again. Swear. 419-627-2350, www.cedarpoint.com.
75 Rock at Lager House
If hordes of Gap-wearing Detroiters start showing up, this live-music spot on the scrappy edge of Corktown may lose its edge. So dress down and keep your crew small when you hit the Lager House to hear the next big thing in Detroit rock. Any band that wants to make it big has to win this crowd first. So you’ve never heard of The Hard Lessons or Tiny Steps? You may soon. Live on the edge and hear them here first. 1254 Michigan Ave.; 313-961-4668, www.lagerhousedetroit.com.
76 Do the Rouge
Since Ford Motor Co. threw open the doors of the modernized Rouge Factory in Dearborn, more than 200,000 have flocked to what was once the world’s largest industrial complex – and is still cranking out vehicles. Watch F-150s roll down the assembly line, check out eco-friendly factory features such as the “living roof” and learn Motor City history. 313-982-6001, www.hfmgv.org.
77 Get Kicks with the Rockettes
New York imports rarely fly in Motown, but the Rockettes of Radio City fame have kicked conventional wisdom. In the eight years since the Christmas Spectacular arrived at the Fox, it’s become a holiday tradition. So maybe a stunning cast with great legs made folks take a good long look, but it’s the story lines, terrific production and – holy cow – real animals that keep kids and families coming back for more. And yes, they are real Rockettes. Radio City has a team in NYC and others across the U.S. who perform in road shows. Keep an eye out at the grocery store; some Rockettes live in metro Detroit. www.olympiaentertainment.com.
78 Fire Up Your Appetite
It’s flaming cheese called saganaki (with the accompanying shout “Opa!”) that sizzles rafters and delights Detroiters. But Greektown boils down to much more than cheese. Sample stuffed grape leaves or spinach pie at Pegasus Taverna (313-964-6800), and stop by Astoria Pastry Shop (313-963-9603) for baklava. Then try your luck at the Greektown Casino.
79 See Acres of History
Among American history buffs,it is a well-known fact: To see the greatest single collection of U.S. history, go to Dearborn. From the Rosa Parks bus to J.F.K.’s limousine to the chair in which Lincoln was assassinated, you’ll find many of the nation’s most important artifacts in The Henry Ford Museum. The transportation collection alone will leave your head spinning. 20900 Oakwood Blvd.; 313-982-6001, www.hfmgv.org.
80 Have an Appetizing Adventure
Home to the largest population of Middle Easterners outside the Middle East, metro Detroit also claims America’s best selection of food from the region. For an out-of-this-world culinary adventure, La Shish (313-441-2900), with its 14 area locations, is a mandatory stop. Spend the rest of your time on Warren Avenue in Dearborn sampling from spots including Al-Ameer (313-582-8185), Amani’s (313-584-1888), Cedarland (313-582-4849) and Tuhamas (313-581-0714). Get dessert at the New Yasmeen Bakery (313-582-6035) or Afrah Bakery (313-582-7878).
81 Hang Out at the Heidelberg
Tyree Guyton’s world-famous wild urban art has a history as controversial as his work is creative. But his transformation of urban decay on Detroit’s east side, known for its signature polka dots, has survived everything from a mayoral demolition to money woes. It may not be as big as it once was, but the colorful project still impresses more than 275,000 visitors a year (many from Europe) and now includes a nonprofit arts program. Arrive at the right time and you can meet the artist himself. Heidelberg St.; 313-267-1622, www.heidelberg.org.
82 Dig In at the Red Coat
Okay, so there is some chicken and a few salads on the menu at the Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak, but true Detroiters know they’re really not an option. When your eyes adjust to the dark (some say dingy), red light, the only thing to read – and debate – is toppings for the tavern’s half-pound hamburgers. One bite and you’ll join the thousands who, in every “Best of Detroit” poll, vote this number one. Don’t forget the fries. 31542 Woodward; 248-549-0300.
83 Order a Margarita at Agave
Taking its name from the plant that is the root of tequila, Agave serves up more than 60 brands of the liquor – and margaritas like you’ve never seen, or tasted. Order an apple-tinged “Teacher’s Pet” at the super-sleek bar, and enjoy what happens when salt is replaced with cinnamon and sugar. Don’t forget to eat. Agave’s food has received rave reviews from The New York Times and Gourmet magazine. 4265 Woodward; 313-833-1120, www.agavedetroit.com.
84 Be a Star at Royal Kubo
Before karaoke became as popular as shooting pool, the Royal Kubo was helping delusional Detroiters belt out the tunes in a strip mall in Oak Park. It still is. Don’t try to become the next Clay Aiken until you warble at The Kubo. 25234 Greenfield; 248-968-7550.
85 Have a Burger and Beer at Nemo’s
Baseball may no longer be a tradition at Michigan and Trumbull, but this longtime Detroit bar certainly is. The Tigers may have moved to the opposite side of downtown, but Nemo’s is still a required game-day stop for many fans. It’s also a popular locale for hockey nuts, both fans and players. This was the Wings’ first stop in 1997, after they won the Stanley Cup – with Lord Stanley in tow. But sports isn’t Nemo’s only draw. Plenty of business types sneak here for a burger lunch, and its bash during the St. Patrick’s Day parade is outrageous. 1384 Michigan Ave.; 313-965-2633.
86 Crack Up at Mark Ridley’s
When Detroiters want a laugh, there’s one man in town who always delivers. Mark Ridley has had folks howling for years at his Comedy Castle in Royal Oak. The lobby’s amazing wall of fame is proof that Ridley’s microphone is a magnet for America’s biggest comedians. You’ll find famous funny faces here Thursday through Saturday nights. Be entertained on Tuesdays with “Totally Unrehearsed Theater,” and see rising stars at Wednesday’s open mike night. It’s where Tim Allen got his start. Seriously. 269 E. Fourth St.; 248-542-9900, www.comedycastle.com.
87 Split a Sandwich at Zingerman’s
Fact: Your eyes will be bigger than your appetite at Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, which has been dazzling customers for 23 years. Once you answer the question, “Nosher or Fresser?” (Yiddish for “small eater or big eater”) pick from a list of more than 60 sandwiches loaded with gourmet options, including free-range chicken fresh from Amish farmers in Indiana. The lines are often long, so it’s wise to call in your order (734-663-3354). If you forget to call and don’t want to wait, there just might be a pay phone outside the front door. (You didn’t hear it here.) 422 Detroit St., www.zingermans.com.
88 Hike Through Old Detroit
To see one of the biggest draws at the Detroit Historical Museum, head downstairs to “The Streets of Old Detroit.” The full-sizere-creation of shops and scenes spans the life of the city and is so realistic, you’ll swear horses are lurking around the corner. Watch your step as you move through the exhibit. Detroit once had streets made of cobblestone and logs, and they’ve been rebuilt here for you. 5401 Woodward; 313-833-1805, www.detroithistorical.org.
89 Check Out Historic Homes
In some cities, people invite only friends over to the house. In Detroit’s historic districts, residents throw open their doors for everyone. To see some of the best residential architecture in the Midwest, take a tour. The Indian Village Home & Garden Tour (313-922-1736) and North Rosedale Park Home and Garden Tour (313-653-2885) are among the most popular. But you’ll also be impressed by homes in Corktown (313-962-5660) and in Palmer Woods (313-892-7384), especially around the holidays.
90 Get Jazzy
For 25 years, many of the biggest names in jazz – from Tito Puente to Diane Schuur – have had a date in Detroit on Labor Day weekend. The Detroit International Jazz Festival is one of the nation’s great free festivals – and also among the most endangered. Gretchen Valade, owner of Mack Avenue Records, shelled out $250,000 to keep the cash-strapped festival going in 2005. Swing by Hart Plaza this year to show your support, and the need to keep this tradition alive. 313-963-2366, www.detroitjazzfest.com.
91 See Out-There Art
To experience Detroit’s innovative and vibrant art scene, get off the beaten path and hit some of the city’s avant-garde galleries. Up-and-coming spots include 4731 Gallery (313-894-4731) and the 555 Gallery/Studio on Grand River (313-894-4202), 101up Gallery on Second (313-415-6364) and Primary Space Gallery (313-870-9470) in Hamtramck. For established favorites, drop by C-Pop (313-833-9901), Johanson Charles (313-586-9499) and Tangent (313-873-2955). Hit the right spot on the right night and enjoy a great party, along with edgy art.
92 Slip Away
For a quick getaway, head to Bloomfield Hills and vanish in the 315-acre (and National Historic Landmark) campus that is Cranbrook. The centerpiece is the House & Gardens (380 Lone Pine Rd.; 248-645-3147). Tour the manor-style home to see early 1900s craftsmanship, then explore the grounds for stunning flora and fauna. Keep walking and you’ll find the Art Museum’s (39221 Woodward; 248-645-3323) outdoor sculpture and architecture. It’s a great place to teach kids Detroiters do more than make cars.
93 Be Stylish at the Charity Preview
Two things Detroiters are known for – automobiles and philanthropy – come together for one magical night each January at Cobo. The North American International Auto Show Charity Preview is one of the world’s biggest fundraising events, drawing 17,500 people. Many are rich and famous, but others are just clever and able to score a $400 ticket. The event is always sold out, so start networking for a ticket now. You’re guaranteed a memorable night mingling with a great-looking crowd and sipping champagne in the most fashionable of evening attire. 248-643-0250, www.naias.com.
94 Go See a Show
Next to New York, Detroit has the most theater seats of any city east of the Mississippi – and many are a great place to park yourself for a musical. The Masonic Temple (500 Temple; 313-832-2232), the Fisher Theatre (3011 W. Grand Blvd.; 313-872-1000) and the Gem Theater (333 Madison; 313-963-9800) are three of the finest venues to catch the latest touring show from Broadway or an up-and-coming production.
95 Enjoy a Sunset on the Lake
The evening view over Lake St. Clair is proof that sometimes the best things in life are free. If you’re not on a boat, the best seat can be found at one of the many bars and restaurants that line the water (and face west). If you’re hard-core, watch the sun rise over the lake, and then haul to Pinery Provincial Park in Ontario (519-243-2220) for sunset. Either way, watch out for mayfly season, when swarms of the airborne bugs make the east side look like The Day of the Locust.
96 Stuff Yourself at TasteFest
Detroit’s biggest block party happens every year, for five days around the Fourth of July. With more than 40 restaurants dishing up the finest local eats, bars serving big drinks and dozens of bands playing on four stages, it’s no wonder more than 500,000 people make the trek to Detroit’s New Center for Comerica TasteFest. Last year, the crowd polished off 13,200 ribs and a ton of potato chips. Come hungry, and leave the “fat city” jokes at home. 313-872-0188, www.newcenter.com.
97 Get Lucky Downtown
You can’t exactly say, “What happens in Detroit stays in Detroit,” but locals who are feeling lucky have three big reasons not to catch a plane to Vegas. Greektown (555 E. Lafayette; 888-771-4386), MGM Grand Detroit (1300 John C. Lodge; 877-888-2121) and MotorCity (2901 Grand River; 877-777-0711) offer every game imaginable. Card games, including all varieties of poker, are plentiful, and each casino has more than 2,000 slot machines – not to mention great restaurants. To stretch your gambling dollar, venture across the river to Casino Windsor.
98 Drop a Quarter at a Bar
The discriminating musical tastes of Detroiters may be most evident in the jukeboxes of local bars. Best bets to drop a quarter include: Gusoline Alley in Royal Oak (309 S. Center St.; 248-545-2235), the Bronx Bar in Midtown (4476 Second; 313-832-8464) and Bert’s Marketplace in Eastern Market (2727 Russell; 313-567-2030). You may have to wait an hour for your song, but that’s another story.
99 Tap Your Toes with the DSO
For one of the classiest nights you’ll ever have in Detroit, grab a loved one and luxuriate in the sounds of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. You need not be a fine-music buff to enjoy the DSO’s selection of classical, pops and jazz. The acoustics in Orchestra Hall are among the world’s finest – as are the sounds in the 450-seat Music Box, part of the stunning new Max M. Fisher Music Center. Its lobby alone merits applause. 3711 Woodward; 313-576-5111, www.detroitsymphony.com.
100 Watch Your Neighbors
As further proof that Detroiters dig the spotlight, at least 21 community theater groups perform across the area. Stagecrafters of Royal Oak (248-541-6430) is gearing up for The Music Man and Ragtime at the 83-year-old Baldwin Theatre; The Farmington Players (248-553-2955) will do The Taming of the Shrew; and the Players Guild of Dearborn (313-561-8587) is bringing back Man of La Mancha. If you dream the impossible dream, go audition. Or at least cheer for your neighbors.
101 Act Like a Kid
No experiment is needed to prove this: When adults visit the New Detroit Science Center, they’re as giddy as the children in tow. Bring the family to enjoy hands-on exhibits and experiments, an awe-inspiring planetarium – and Michigan’s only IMAX Dome Theatre. Buy a ticket to see Forces of Nature. 5020 John R; 313-577-8400, www.detroitsciencecenter.org.