Thanks to MSC and all of the awesome entertainers, attendees, and guests at this event, Detroit Party Marching Band, Sandy’s Land Entertainment, Sunshine Fire Entertainment, Detroit Pleasure Society, and the Big Head Corps!
Video by Austin Benedict
Here is everyone and everything we saw at After Dark: Mardi Gras at the Michigan Science Center! Mallory Crowe‘s recap of the event is still to come.
Thanks to MSC and all of the awesome entertainers at this event, Detroit Party Marching Band, Sandy’s Land Entertainment, Sunshine Fire Entertainment, Detroit Pleasure Society, and the Big Head Corps!
Ok so let me first start by informing you, if you don’t already know, the DIA is FREE to residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County. Just show them your license, they hand you a ticket. That’s it. FREE as in – you pay NOTHING. Also, the parking meters downtown on Sundays are also FREE. Not the parking structures, just the street meters, but even still, free is free. So, why aren’t you taking advantage of this? I know I don’t go anywhere near often enough.
Ok now that’s out of the way, I actually came to tell you about the cool stuff the DIA was doing to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the rooster. I went on 2/13/17 and was able to watch multiple presentations. There were beautiful costumes and Chinese opera.
A very steady handed and talented calligrapher create detailed and intricate patterns, all while a narrator explained the process to the audience. I learned a lot about this beautiful art.
I watched a painter demonstrate just a tiny bit of her immense talent, and later had an opportunity to speak with her briefly and see some of her other works of art being displayed. Here is one of her more intricate pieces. She had quite a few works of art on display.
I also got an introduction to Chinese music and instruments, which were fascinating, while the extremely gifted ensemble performed a concert on stage. Many of the musicians played the Erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument. The sound is hauntingly beautiful.
There was so much going on that I did not see it all, but I did get to woodblock stamp a dragon onto paper, which was fun.
I also really enjoyed seeing all the puppets on display and available to play with, especially the dragons!
Overall, I felt the event was fun, educational, a good excuse to visit the DIA, and a great introduction into some of Chinese culture and art. If you live in the tri-county area you should make an effort to get out to the DIA!
Photos by Austin Benedict. Article by Melissa.
The rest of the photos we took are below.
Since 1972, Metro Detroit Gamers has been a staple in the area for everything gaming. From WW2 war games to modern sci-fi board games and everything in between, it can be found at an MDG event. At WinterCon 2017 this was no different. Games were abundant and the gamers even more so, and just as their website boasts, they hold one thing above all else, having fun!
The group’s core of players has expanded over the last few years as the hobby has picked up. Even though these players have been around since the beginning, they were incredibly welcoming to the new blood. With gamers from young to old, and with tastes from classical to modern everyone could find a game to enjoy and learn.
The con itself also offered up raffle tickets for playing games that allowed you to pull from their prize table, which was full of both popular games and hidden gems. Play a game, get a ticket, win a game. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Tucked into private rooms, tabletop RPGs were spinning tales of adventure, horror, and heroism with a number of games being played. Stumbling into a group getting their Classic Dungeon Crawl on made me want to sit down and roll up a character.
All in all the event was a wonderful time and all those who enjoy games of any kind should add WinterCon to their calendars because they won’t regret joining this crowd.
Photos by Krista, article by Rob, and edited by Austin
View the rest of our pictures from the event below!
Motor City Comic Con 2017 – Media Guest Update!
Noted character actor and badass Michael Rooker is going to be a big draw to 2017 MCCC. Rooker played the whistle while you work (and murder) guy in Guardian’s of the Galaxy and our favorite one-handed villain on Walking Dead. Rooker is also a regular in a few Kevin Smith films (Mallrats and Mallbrats). He’s been acting since before I was born and has over a hundred credits on IMDB. Let’s put it this way. If you’ve never seen Michael Rooker in anything, we probably can’t be friends.
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Ahhh, Kirk. Sean Gunn started as a bit player on the fast-talking dramedy Gilmore Girls and grew that bit part into one of the most beloved roles in the entire series. He also has a notable role in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 1 & 2) which happen to be directed by his brother, James Gunn. He’s had roles on Angel, Glee, Bunheads, Superstore and plenty more.
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Buffy! Sure I’m a bigger fan of the TV Show, but my husband and I have had many debates about the two Buffys and I can appreciate Swanson for bringing cheerleading and kicking ass together on the big screen. She gets bonus points from me for being one of my favorite guest stars on Psych. Kristy Swanson has over 80 credits on IMDB including Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Big Daddy and 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag.
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The sexy girl from everything! She played Nadia in the American Pie movies, Justice in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and one of the sexy American girls in Love Actually. She also had roles in Thirteen Ghosts, That 70’s Show and Scary Movie (just to name a few). But she’s not just a pretty face. Shannon Elizabeth is one of the leading celebrity poker players and helped found Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization.
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Jason David Frank
Green Power Ranger is coming to the Motor City! JDF is an accomplished mixed martial artist. He’s a seventh-degree black belt and holds numerous Rising Sun Karate accomplishments and awards. He was in over 200 episodes of various installments of Power Rangers and, even better, he’ll be doing a dual photo op with the Pink Power Ranger, Amy Jo Jonson (Click here!)
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Single Photo Op
Dual Photo Op with Amy Jo Johnson
Big Van Vader
Counting the previously announced Sting, this makes two big names in wrestling joining 2017 MCCC. Vader performed for numerous organizations (including my favorite based on name alone: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling). He was a super heavyweight wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers such as the Vadersault, which can’t possibly be as cool as it sounds (spoiler alert, it is… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRVn_XZPoYM)
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Article by Mallory Crowe and Editor Austin Benedict