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Culture City Calendar & Download of the Week

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Your guide to all the happenings around metro Detroit. Plus, Trav’s download of the week.

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Download of the Week

Make Plans“ by Jon Zott featuring Yellokake

Jon Zott is a Detroit producer you gotta keep an ear on; we’re heavily anticipating more from him. That recent remix of Absofacto’s smash hit “Dissolve” is killin’ it. Here, Zott  is offering us a six-minute jar of summer jam. Slow cooked, sweet, and spreadable: it’s house, full of shimmery ennui, with a hook that lands right on the button. Fun fact: Jon is the brother Daniel Zott, a prolific solo musician and producer in his own right, half of the duo Dale Earnhardt Jr., an an ace homie with an ability to create his own shot off the dribble.

This Week’s Calendar

Spring/Summer Exhibition Opening Party @ MOCAD | Friday, May 15 at 7:00 PM

MOCAD throws a good party. With Yoni Wolf and more on board this go ‘round, this one proves aesthetically undeniable. Get a sneak peak of this season’s work, featuring a series of presidential pieces by artist Rob Pruitt and collaborations by Greg Faldwell.

MotorCity ComicCon @ Motor City Showplace | Friday May 15th thru the 17th

Trekkies, steampunks, and Bronies unite! Here’s the annual  onslaught of nerd-culture, with all kinds of top shelf comic book icons, as well as media figures including cast members of”The Walking Dead,” as well as William Shatner, Robert Englund, Dean Cain, Jimmie Walker, and Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants.

Porous Borders Festival @ Hamtramck-Detroit Border along Carpenter & Conant | Saturday May 16th and Sunday the 17th from 10:30 AM to 11 PM

A celebration of community, culture and coexistence unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The fine folks from The Hinterlands Theater Company have teamed-up with a slew of creative cohorts to celebrate the many cultures found around these nuanced borderlands. Events include a food scavenger hunt, cricket matches, a pop-up nail salon of sorts, and performances from folk act Lac La Belle, the Detroit Party Marching Band, and the Banglatown Music School.

Shigeto & Jeff Risk @ Cafe 78 Sundays | Sunday, May 17th at  from 11 AM to 5 PM

Join a hungry bunch of beat junkie brunchers MOCAD’s Cafe 78. Ghostly International artist and one of the most exciting musicians in Detroit, Shigeto will perform a textured set of electronic-jazz to score a morning of cocktails and clothing from Accent Your Vibe Clothing Co. DJ Jeff Risk gets things started as patrons enjoy seasonal food specialties from James Beard Award-nominated chef Marc Djozlija.

East Side Riders Detroit Bike Tour @ Detroit Institute of Arts | Saturday May 16th with registration at 11 AM

The Eastside Riders roll deep, loud, eccentric and purely in Detroit fashion. They are awesome. A two-wheeled cultural institution in their own right. Grab your bike and a helmet and swing down to the DIA as ES’s leader King Wayne discusses bike customization the Eastside Rider Way.

49th Annual Flower Day @ Eastern Market | Sunday May 17th from 7 AM to 5 PM

Bring your favorite allergy meds, a big bottle of water and your shiny red Radio Flyer wagon to one of the city’s most wild events. Horticulture rules!

Meet Your Best Friend @ The Detroit Zoo | Friday, May 15th from 1 to 7PM and Saturday the 16th from 10AM to 5PM

Your favorite animal meme comes to life this weekend at the Detroit Zoo. But that kitten-crazed Tumblr page has nothin’ on the real thing, baby. The cuteness is undeniable. The puppies and dogs! The cats and kittens! Bring a check! The Detroit Zoo and Michigan Humane Society are teaming up to make your heart melt as hundreds of adorable animals are hangin’ out hoping you might be so kind as to take them back to their forever home.  Do the right thing. And don’t forget the Zyrtec.



Travis Wright, Host, CultureShift

Bringing a voice balanced by humble humor and clever cultural insight to WDET’s afternoon airwaves.

travis@wdet.org Follow @talkinWright

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