Thursday, June 22, 2006

Detroit kicks off summer season with all-day party

Doors Open Detroit and 4th Fridays

This Friday, June 23, Downtown Detroit is opening its doors to the public – literally.

Join dozens of area residents and Metro Detroit businesses as they converge on Campus Martius Park for Doors Open Detroit (DOD) and 4th Fridays with Ford, two city-based initiatives that are sure to get you geared up for summertime in the D.

Whether you’re a long-time resident or just moved to the Motor City last week, Doors Open Detroit, which runs this Friday from 11 am - 3 pm, is your ticket to the best local activities in Detroit. Stick around for a mid-afternoon party at the park, followed by an evening highlighting nightlife in the D.

Doors Open Detroit
Sponsored in part by the Tourism and Economic Development Council (TEDC), a branch of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB), Doors Open Detroit is an all-day attractions fair showcasing the best to see and do in the city.

Attendees have the opportunity to gain discounted admission prices to many local events, activities and restaurants, as well as plan area day-trips and excursions in one fell swoop. A mini artists and food market, along with live music, makes Doors Open Detroit the perfect time to get out and explore all that Detroit has to offer.

After filling up your summer schedule at DOD, don't wonder off too far; 4th Fridays with Ford, a new monthly summertime celebration featuring local restaurants, bars and clubs, galleries, shopping and live music, kicks off at 7 pm.

In Between Time
Although Fourth Friday's events don't get started until after dinnertime, Detroit's popular online publication,
Model D, is throwing a party in honor of its one-year anniversary from 4 - 6 in Campus Martius Park. DJs Liz Copeland and Clark Warner, along with Odu Afrobeat Orchestra, will entertain you with sounds that'll get you dancin' in the streets.

Along with happy hour entertainment and a community resource tent, City Living Detroit - an organization that provides a variety of resources for those interested in living in the D - will host a residential expo on North Woodward adjacent to Campus Martius Park from 4 -9 pm. The mini artist and food markets also go on until 9.

4th Fridays
4th Fridays, which runs from 7 pm - midnight, will give visitors the chance to check out Detroit nightlife by participating in four fabulous activities, each detailed here:

-Avenue of the Arts, a project by
Edgewise, aims to fill up empty storefronts along south Woodward Avenue with works by a montage of Detroit's most creative and crafty citizens. Artists for the event include Rachel DeLux and Ed Gardiner, the creators of Edgewise, as well as photographer Paul Von Schadd, James Dozier, Carl Oxley III, Tracy Brown, Bryant Tillman, JD Davis, Rick Lieder, Dave Lingle and Marica Henne. Maps with self-guided walking tours of the event will be on hand to guide and direct visitors.

-The 4th Friday Film Festival at the Biegas Gallery will give residents the chance to see - you guessed it - four films, each involving local talent. (Side note: this is the spot to Checking In: The Story of the Book Cadillac Hotel). The mini-film showcase, put on by Detroit-based Thought Collide, the Mitten Movie Project and Prince Igor Productions, begins at 9 pm.

-Get the low-down on new downtown developments with Inside Detroit, which will offer tours of buildings and other locations in the Central Business District.

-Check out neighborhood open houses in Grand Circus Park, Harmonie Park, Campus Martius and the Financial District and get discounted entertainment and dining while you're at it.

In addition to all of this, the Chicago Blues Reunion, the headline musical act of the evening, will take to the stage at 7 pm, filling CMP with the sounds of jazz and blues.

After Thoughts
If you're not ready to go home when the clock strikes twelve, head over to Cliff Bells for an after-party put on by Edgewise and Model D. Those 21 and over are invited to enjoy live jazz music and a meet and greet with the Edgewise artists. Cover to the event is $5.

4th Fridays is a collaborative event by the Detroit 300 Conservancy, Campus Martius Park and the Tourism Economic Development Council. Program partners include Edgewise, Inside Detroit, Model D Media, Prince Igor Productions and Detroit Synergy.

For street closings, directions and a detailed schedule of this Friday's activities, please click here.

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