Friday, March 31, 2017

FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library continues 4/18 w/ Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet

Free concert series celebrates its 17th season with local musicians

Comerica Bank has partnered with the Detroit Public Library to present the FREE Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series for the 17th consecutive year.

The concert series brings world-renowned jazz musicians to Detroit for music fans to enjoy FREE of charge.

“The Java & Jazz series is a great compliment to Detroit’s strong appreciation for arts, culture and music,” said Patricia McCann, vice president and national civic affairs manager, Comerica Bank. “In addition to showcasing our many talented local musicians, Java & Jazz also provides us an opportunity to promote diversity in the community, one of our core values at Comerica Bank.”

The FREE concerts will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from March through July at the Detroit Public Library, Friends Auditorium located at 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202.

The series continues Tuesday, April 18th with the Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet.

The Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet is a high energy ensemble that derives its repertoire from composers such as Victor Feldman, Lonnie Smith and Ray Bryant among others. The ensemble's unique sound and creative approach provides a very exciting musical experience.

The complete schedule includes:

Straight Ahead
Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 p.m.

Sean Dobbins
Tuesday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.

Ali Bey Quartet
Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.

Audrey Northington
Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.

The Affair Group
Tuesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.


Comerica Java & Jazz Series
Detroit Public Library - Friends Auditorium
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

FREE Japanese Art in the Afternoon Community Event at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center 4/9

April 9th FREE Drop-In  Japanese Art Event includes Demonstrations and Hands-On Activities...

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) will host its second annual Japanese Art in the Afternoon, with support from the Japan Business Society of Detroit Foundation, a free, all-ages workshop featuring Japanese-themed art activities and celebration of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

The community event will take place Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 1-3:30pm and will include multiple interactive and hands-on art activities and demonstrations, including koto musicians (“koto” is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument), Japanese calligraphy, woodcuts and origami, plus other Japanese-related projects suitable for all ages.

Japanese Art in the Afternoon is free of charge and open to the public.
All ages are welcomed (children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

For more information on the BBAC and all its events and activities, visit

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 S. Cranbrook Road
Birmingham, Mich.


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FREE Admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science after 5pm 4/7 - Bloomfield

Take your family to Cranbrook for FREE on Friday,  April 7th after 5pm...

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science is FREE after 5pm the first Friday of every month through June, 2017.

Discover the wonder of the natural world and develop a better understanding of the ways in which science impacts our lives each day at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of objects and artifacts, special events, a planetarium and observatory, lecture and educational programs both changing exhibitions offer something for every member of the family. Stand beneath a T.rex, feel a mastodon’s fur, or touch a meteorite.

Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801
Friday: 10am-10pm

Phone: 248.645.3200  (always call to ensure these free events have not been cancelled)



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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MOVIE DEAL: Rent "Snowden" on Amazon Instant Video for only $1

Love these Amazon Instant Video Deals...

Amazon Instant Videos is currently offering the movie "Snowden" in HD for rental for only $1. When renting, you have 30 days to start watching this video, and 24 hours to finish once started.



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FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - April May June 2017

Blockbusters Free Film Series

HFCL Auditorium
16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
(313) 943-2330
Monday Evenings
7:00 p.m.

APRIL 3—COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016) - When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it's not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. (PG-13. 97 min.)

APRIL 10—BLACK ROBE (1991) - Set in 1634, this film follows the travels of Father LaForgue (Lothaire Bluteau), a Jesuit priest called upon to search for a remote Canadian mission surrounded by Huron settlements. LaForgue, guided by a group of distrustful yet kind Algonquin natives, embarks on a trek across unfamiliar and treacherous terrain. The young priest's small party fends off the vicious attacks of the Iroquois tribe before finally reaching their destination. There, LaForgue finds the mission in a tragic state. (Rated R. 101 min.) Staff Pick

APRIL 17—ARRIVAL (2016) - When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team, lead by expert linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. (Rated PG-13. 116 min.)

APRIL 24—FENCES (2016) - Fences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. Starring Denzel Washington. (Rated PG-13. 139 min.)

MAY 1—INFERNO (2016) - When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. Loosely based on the 2013 Dan Brown novel of the same name,the film is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and is the third installment in the Robert Langdon film series. It stars Tom Hanks, reprising his role as Robert Langdon. (Rated PG-13. 121 min.)

MAY 8 —A WALK IN THE WOODS (2015) - After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends. (Rated R. 104 min.)

MAY 15—CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (2016) - Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids -- educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time. (Rated R. 118 min.)

MAY 22—THE IN-LAWS (1979) - On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators. Stars Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. (Rated PG . 103 min.) Staff Pick


JUNE 5—WOLF TOTEM (2015) - The 1960s, the final heyday for the people of the Inner Mongolian grasslands: a time when an age-old balance based on culture and tradition was maintained between the nomads, their livestock, and the wild wolves who roamed the plains. Chen Zhen, a student from Beijing volunteers to live in a remote nomadic settlement. There, he discovers life of apparent idyllic simplicity based on an eternal struggle between the wolves and the humans in their fight to survive. Once the careful balance between the wolves and humans is disrupted, however, culture and tradition are damaged, and the environment suffers. Chinese language with English subtitles. (Rated PG-13. 121min.)

JUNE 12—A DOG’S PURPOSE (2017) - A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. (Rated PG. 100 min.)

JUNE 19—A STREET CAT NAMED BOB (2016) - Based on the international best selling book. The true feel-good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Not Rated. 103 min.) Staff Pick

JUNE 26—FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016) - The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. (Rated PG-13. 133 min.)


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Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for Larabar on 3/31

Get your coupon this Friday ...

On Friday, March 31, 2017, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE Larabar, 1.2-1.8oz Any Variety at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, April 16, 2017. The download will be available on Friday, March 31, 2017 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 4/1 - Build Bunny Basket

Build a Bunny Basket at the Home Depot

Build. Learn. Create. Have fun with fun Kids Workshops at the Home Depot designed for children ages 5 - 12. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Make a Bunny Basket
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9am - Noon

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a bunny basket, perfect for keeping Easter treats a short hop away. Once the basket is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.



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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for 15.5 oz Tostitos Salsa on 3/24

Get your coupon this Friday ...

On Friday, March 24, 2017, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE Tostitos Salsa 15.5 oz Any Variety oz any variety at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, April 9, 2017. The download will be available on Friday, March 24, 2017 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

FREE Admission to 2017 Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit 4/5 4/7-8 4/14-15 4/21-22 4/28-29

Opening night on April 5th at Detroit Film Theatre precedes 4 weekends of FREE film screenings at 5 metro Detroit locations plus special guest appearances...

Celebrating its tenth year as part of the nationwide festival, Metro Detroit’s 2017 edition of the Italian Film Festival USA brings the best modern-day Italian cinema offerings to Detroit area audiences, April 5 – 30, with films from award-winning directors as well as debut films from exciting new talent.

There will be 13 screenings in all, with 11 films making local premieres and a NEW short film program featuring seven titles from which the audience will get to choose a favorite, and special guest appearances. 

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

“It is an honor to be part of this national event, and we are proud to have provided the opportunity for Detroit film enthusiasts to enjoy award-winning, contemporary Italian films for a decade,” said Elena Past, festival organizing committee member. “The popularity and sustainability of our festival testify to the program’s vibrancy. We are excited to continue into the future with the selection of high-quality, diverse films audiences have come to expect. We’re excited to expand our lineup with the new shorts program and are committed to bringing more sessions with film professionals.”

Now in its 13th year nationwide, the Italian Film Festival USA offers 95 screenings of recent Italian films -- captivating dramas, hilarious comedies, and interesting documentaries -- to audiences across the country. In addition to Detroit, festival cities are Boulder, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Memphis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland and St. Louis. Last year’s event in Metro Detroit drew more than 3,500 people and was the most highly attended of all participating cities and in its own history.

The multi-award winning film, “Like Crazy” opens the Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre. Weekend screenings will then continue throughout the month at various locations, including Wayne State University (Detroit), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Henry Ford College (Dearborn) and Chippewa Valley High School (Clinton Township).

“The Stuff of Dreams” will close the festival on Sunday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Detroit Film Theatre and features a special appearance by director Gianfranco Cabbidu. Additionally, a discussion will follow the screening of “Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?” on Friday, April 14, with Detroit scriptwriter and survivor Pierette Domenica Simpson. A full schedule is below.

All films will be shown in original language with English subtitles.

The 2017 Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant program, administered by the Anton Art Center.

Opening Night, Wednesday, April 5 (Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit)

Wednesday, April 5

7:00 p.m. “Like Crazy”
2016 - Director, Paolo Virzi, Comedy, 118 min.

Beatrice and Donatella are patients of a women’s mental institution. Their friendship brings them to a hilarious escape and the search for a little happiness in the world of the sane. A modern day Thelma and Louise!

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 (Chippewa Valley High School, Clinton Township)

Friday, April 7

7:00 p.m. “An Almost Perfect Town”
2015 – Director, Massimo Gaudioso, Comedy, 92 min.

The residents of a mountain village are desperate to save their small town. Will their wacky plan succeed?

Saturday, April 8

7:00 p.m. “Where the Clouds Go”

2016 – Director, Massimo Ferrari,, Documentary, 75 min.

The stories of Italians who have opened their homes to immigrants from all over the world with positive results.

Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 (Henry Ford College, Forfa Auditorium at the Andrew Mazzara Center, Dearborn)

Friday, April 14

7:00 p.m. “Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?”
2016 – Director, Luca Guardabascio, Docu-drama, 77 min.
(Not a local premiere)

On July 25, 1956, the Italian passenger liner Andrea Doria was broadsided by the ship Stockholm. Pierette, then a 9 year-old immigrant, now recounts the harrowing experience and the truth surrounding the tragedy.

* Special appearance by scriptwriter and survivor Pierette Domenica Simpson

Saturday, April 15

5:00 p.m. “Italo”
2014 – Director, Alessia Scarso, Drama, 100 min.

Based upon the heart-warming true story of Italo, a stray dog that wandered into a small Sicilian town.

7:30 p.m. “Italian Race”
2016 – Director, Matteo Rovere, Drama, 2016, 110 min.

The passion for racecars has always flowed in the veins of Giulia De Martino. She comes from a family that churned out racecar champions, but now it is up to her to save the family. Can she bring home the victory?

Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Friday, April 21 – Screening will take place in Rackham Auditorium.

7:00 p.m. “The Last Will Be The Last”
2015 - Director, Massimiliano Bruno, Drama, 103 min.

Luciana is leading the quiet life she’s always desired with her husband, Stefano. But shortly after finding out she’s pregnant, Luciana gets fired and her world starts falling apart. Will she find justice?

Saturday, April 22 – Screenings will take place in Lorch Hall, Askwith Auditorium

5:00 p.m. Short Film Program
2016 – Comedy, Drama, Stop Motion, 90 min.

Seven recent short films are in competition for your vote for best short film. They are: “Beautiful,” “Black Comedy,” “Candie Boy,” “Dear Martin,” “Our Hebrews,” “Toilets,” “Where Water Comes Together with Other Water.”

7:30 p.m. “Feather”
2016 - Director, Roan Johnson, Comedy, 98 min.

Ferro and Cate have just nine months to prepare themselves, as well as their parents, for the arrival of a baby! Will they be ready?

Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 (Wayne State University, 100 General Lectures Hall, Detroit)

Friday, April 28

7:00 p.m. “The Confessions”
2016 - Director, Roberto Andò, Drama, 100 min.

The director of the International Monetary Fund invites an Italian monk to hear his confession at a G8 meeting. Following a tragic and unexpected incident, the G8 ministers and the monk engage in an intensifying struggle.

Saturday, April 29

5:00 p.m. “On The Trail of My Father”
2016, Director Marco Segato, Drama, 92 min.

A teenage boy and his father have a strained relationship. When a bear threatens their small Dolomite village, the father accepts a bet to search for the bear. Will he succeed in saving the village and his son?

7:30 p.m. “They Call Me Jeeg”
2015, Director Gabriele Mainetti, Drama, 112 min.

Enzo comes into contact with a radioactive substance and discovers he has superpowers. Then he meets Alessia who is convinced Enzo is the hero from the famous Japanese comic strip Steel Jeeg Robot.

Closing Night, Sunday, April 30 (Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit)

4:30 p.m. “The Stuff of Dreams”
2015 - Director, Gianfranco Cabbidu, Drama, 101 min.

A boat carrying a small acting company, together with a group of mobsters, wrecks on the shores of an island prison after WWII. An homage to Shakespeare’s The Tempest and De Filippo’s Art of Comedy.

*Special appearance by director Cabiddu.

For more information about the Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit the festival's website www.italianfilmfests.orgor call 248-917-2352.

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EMPLOYMENT: Andiamo Job Fair on 3/23, 1-5pm at Bloomfield location

Andiamo is hiring for all nine locations....

Andiamo is hosting a Job Fair on March 23, 2017 from 1-5pm at the Bloomfield Andiamo location. They are looking to hire Fine Dining Servers with 2 years of experience, Hosts with one year of experience, and Cooks, Chefs, and Sous Chefs with a minimum of two years of experience.

All applicants should come ready to interview with a current resume and three references.  Resumes and questions should be emailed to

Bloomfield Andiamo
6676 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Township, MI 48301

Good Luck!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applications open for Metro Detroit Youth Day College Scholarships - ENDS 4/28

Students invited to apply for Metro Detroit Youth Day scholarships...

Graduating Metro Detroit high school students have until Friday April 28, to apply for one of many scholarships from the Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation. The Foundation will recognize the scholarship recipients at the 35th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD) event on Belle Isle Wednesday, July 12.

Students graduating from a public, parochial, private or charter school who have been accepted into a four year university or college or a two year community college program and have confirmed attendance for fall enrollment are eligible to apply for a MDYD scholarship.

Applicants can download the application and submission instructions at

Since 1991, MDYD has awarded more than 1,200 scholarships to deserving students who submitted an application along with an essay to be considered, according to Ed Deeb, founder and chairman.

To donate funds for Metro Detroit Youth Day scholarships, send a check to “Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation” by mail to 27700 Hoover Road, Ste 200, Warren, MI 48093.

For more information, visit or call (586) 393-8801.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for Nissin Cup Noodles on 3/17

Get your coupon this Friday ...

On Friday, March 17, 2017, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE Nissin Cup Noodles 2.25 oz any variety at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, April 2, 2017. The download will be available on Friday, March 17, 2017 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

FREE Admission to the Michigan Science Center on 3/11 in celebration of Women's History Month

The Michigan Science Center will offer free general admission on March 11th in honor of Women's History Month!

Celebrate Women's History Month at the Michigan Science Center with free general admission on Saturday March 11th, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., courtesy of the Ford Motor Company!

Enjoy 250+ hands-on exhibits, live stage shows, Spark!Lab from the Smithsonian, Kidstruction building space, Kids Town gallery and more.

Please select your estimated arrival time, 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., or 4 p.m. to help manage traffic flow and improve your experience!

Registration is required, please click here

Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St, Detroit, Michigan 48202


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for a V8+Energy Single 12 oz on 3/10

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On Friday, March 10, 2017, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE V*+Energy Single 12 fl oz, any variety at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, March 26, 2017. The download will be available on Friday, March 10, 2017 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Kroger FREE Friday COUPON download for a Chips Ahoy! Thins on 3/3

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On Friday, March 3, 2017, you can download to your Kroger Rewards Card a digital coupon for a FREE Chips Ahoy! Thins 7oz, any variety at,

The coupon must be redeemed by Sunday, March 19, 2017. The download will be available on Friday, March 3, 2017 between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm PT. This coupon is for Kroger rewards members.


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