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2017 Marche Du Nain Rouge

Marche Du Nain Rouge

Talking about this event is hard. I’m friends with people from all over the world and when I posted the amazing selfies (for real, my selfie game is strong) I took at the event and they asked what kind of party it was, I froze. How could I explain completely seriously that I was at a big celebration to chase a demon out of Detroit? But that’s exactly what happened. Thousands of enthusiastic participants braved the cold and the rain to march through the streets of Detroit to show Nain exactly where he could shove it!

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After Dark: Mardi Gras at the Michigan Science Center – Teaser video!

Just a taste of what we saw at After Dark: Mardi Gras! Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and like us on Facebook!

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

This Week in Motor City Geek – Feb 25th 2017

This Week in Motor City Geek – Week of February 25th

Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

Charlotte, MI

Feb 24th – 26th

Free on Friday, $2 Saturday/Sunday for individuals $5 for families

More info HERE

What is it? Ship burning, fire dancing, spear throwing, sword fighting, kid’s quest, hammer toss, music, beekeeping, mead drinking, arrow shooting, friend making, winter-loving, helmet wearing, hands-on adventure! It’s the Nordic Fire Festival’s second year of ashy, flamey fun.

2017 Great Lakes Comic-Con

Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center

Feb 24th – 25th

Various ticket packages for $10 to $25

More info HERE

What is it? The GLCC is a comic, toy and collectible event that runs annually. Events include a free-play arcade, free board gaming, a magic card tournament and Tim Thurmond, the Balloon Sculptor (and friend of Motor City Geek!). There’s a long guest list, but some of the highlights are Nicholas Hammond, (Voice of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man 1977-1979), Jim Shooter (Previous editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics) and Paul Soles (Voice of The Amazing Spider-Man, television cartoon from 1967 to 1970, and the voice of Hermey the Elf in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1964).

Game Night at Roos Roast

Roos Roast

Feb 24th 6-8pm

Tickets for $8

More info HERE

What is it? Enjoy the timeless pairing of coffee and board games! Vault of Midnight is partnering with Roos Roast for a kick butt night of board gaming, friendship building, and coffee drinking. AND the ticket includes a drink voucher for Roos Roast.

Mardi Gras en Rouge Masquerade Gala

Tangent Gallery/ Hastings Street Ballroom

Feb 24th 8pm – 2am

Tickets $50 online or $60 at the door

More info HERE

What is it? This semi-formal event benefits Gabriel Hall and Marche du Nain Rouge. Your ticket gets you authentic New Orleans cuisine from Gabriel Hall, live entertainment, and access to a silent auction. There will be a cash bar on site to really get into the Mardi Gras spirit.

Enchanted Forest Cast Auditions

Mayville High School

Feb 25th 1pm – 5am

FREE

More info HERE

What is it? Want to see how the enchanted forest really works? Audition to be a part of the Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival! Positions aren’t paid, but you’ll receive free lunches, meet some awesome people and make some of the coolest friends ever.

After Dark: Mardi Gras at Michigan Science Center – Photos

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!

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Detroit Institute of Arts – Chinese New Year Celebration 2017

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.

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