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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

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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WinterCon 2017 by Metro Detroit Gamers

WinterCon 2017

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

 

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Love After Dark @ Cranbrook Science Institute – Event recap

I have to say that I’m loving this new movement where museums have late night events to keep the community involved. This is my third After Dark event and I continue to have a great time. I am a big fan of the natural sciences, so anything held at Cranbrook is going to be on my must list. Since we’re only a few days away from Valentine’s Day, this event was focused on the science of love.

All of the CIS (Cranbrook Institute of Science) After Dark events start at 7pm and include a cash bar. Love After Dark had a selection of appetizers you could purchase, including spring rolls, shrimp cocktail, and strawberry and chocolate mousse drumsticks that were made right in front of you. I’m probably the worst food critic ever because I love all food, but everything I sampled tasted fantastic.

Except for the food and drinks, every single other activity was free, which made the night a lot more fun. We were there for a few hours and still missed a few things. Once you had your drink in hand and were exploring the museum, there was plenty to do. The first station we walked by was the “atmospheric hug”. It’s was strange as it sounds. You sit down in a giant, thick trash bag and they suck all the air out so you can experience what it feels like to sit in a vacuum. A lot of the more claustrophobic members of the group gave an immediate “hell no” but I’ll try anything once. It was weird and a little awkward and an experience I’ll never forget. I think my smile in this picture says it all.

From there we found the “Cupid Target Practice” station where you shoot some arrows towards a sheet with a target. One of my favorite things about this activity was that it was the right amount of “hard”. I’ve never fired a bow before in my life and after three failures, I was able to hit the target. Our more experienced members, Chris, was able to get it on his second try.

Right next to that was “Lyrical Love”, a trivia game where a group of people (four in the group I was in) are played a snippet of a music video and you have to pick the song. I was so sure I was going to win this and Motor City Geek’s Austin totally stole my win from me. But if he didn’t like pop culture as much as I do, we probably wouldn’t be friends. At least it was close!

The next section was right up my wheelhouse. Sex. (Because I’m a romance writer… obviously…) Local clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Myrtle C. Means, gave a brief discussion about sex in modern relationships. Dr. Means was a very eloquent speaker and it was fascinating to hear a public discussion about a topic that can become embarrassing fast. Dr. Means also wrote a pretty awesome sounding book that was complied after a clinical study where she talked to hundreds of couples about their single most pleasurable experience and put it all into one easy to digest recipe. Click here to check out her book! 

There were a lot of other notable activities. The museum had 14 hearts hidden throughout the museum and if you found one, you’d be entered to win a prize. (Chris and I both found one. Sadly we didn’t win…) There was a presentation given by anthropologist Cameron Wood about the clothing and accessories around the world that can lead to some horizontal relations.

There were some folks there from Pets and Things Reptile Emporium that had some snakes and lizards for the crowd to hang out with. There was also and X rated spider demonstration that turned a few heads.

Another unexpected highlight for me was the Taboo game. There were about 20 different envelopes filled with taboo ideas hanging from the ceiling. The dirty words were obviously the most fun…

Overall, we had a blast. The crowd wasn’t that big which was a shame. I really hope Cranbrook will put more money and time into the marketing of these events. I think that if more people knew there was something so cool right in their back yard, they’d be thrilled.  I also want to give a special shout out to John and Sarah. No, not the Terminator duo, but the awesome employees at Cranbrook who made our night extra special. Everything is better when the people behind the scenes have a passion and enthusiasm for the combination of science and fun!

Article and photos by Mallory, Austin, Melissa, and Chris.

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Love After Dark @ Cranbrook Institute of Science

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