Located in Detroit's Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is one of the world's largest institutions dedicated to the African-American experience. Covering 120,000 square feet, the museum houses five rotating exhibitions, including Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment, and five permanent exhibitions, such as the 22,000-square-foot core exhibit And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture. Also at the museum are the Louise Lovett Wright Library & Archives and the Ford Rotunda, which boasts a 55-foot-high glass dome that dumps artificial snow when shaken by giants.
Oakwood Grill & Bar sates stomachs with classic American bar fare, wets whistles with a wide array of beer, wine, and cocktails, and keeps boredom at bay with a full slate of boisterous special events. The menu's hearty offerings include a herd of 24 buffalo wings ($17.95) and the spicy Hot in Here burger ($6.95) topped with grilled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and three strips of Dearborn bacon. Like ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls, the loaded pepperoni roll ($6.95) enfolds more than 40 pepperoni slices in thin pizza dough slathered in butter and parmesan cheese. Hungry herbivores, meanwhile, can snack on lightly battered fried pickles and cream-cheese jalapeños ($4.95) while sipping beers and cocktails mixed behind Oakwood's long cement bar with a motor-powered cement mixer.
Though well versed in whipping up hearty salads and gourmet pizzas, the true culinary calling of iBurger Lounge’s chefs lies in the art of burger creation. As chefs man the sizzling grills and chop cheese into thick, meltable slices, savory wafts of halal-certified beef patties and sautéed wild mushrooms drift from the kitchen to greet patrons eagerly awaiting their meals in the window-lined dining room. Daring to depart from the burger’s traditional beefy nature, the staff delights in assembling atypical bun-ensconced noshes, from a burger forged from crab cakes to a vegetarian iteration that replaces the patty with a portobello mushroom. In the warmer months, an alfresco eating area beckons guests outside for open-air munching, protecting them from the elements with snowy white umbrellas who aren't afraid to punch the wind.
At Spotlight Taylor 10, the glow of current releases bounces off the giant screen of a cushy theater and pours into the eyes of up to 500 moviegoers. Admission tickets grant access to 1 of 10 theaters, where onscreen flickers elicit laughter, kick-start sorrow, or rekindle dreams of finding one's destiny during a battle with merpeople. At the concessions area, classic cinema fare includes nachos ($4.75) and all-beef hot dogs ($3), and combos corral snacks such as a large popcorn and a large drink ($8.25). Bright blue and yellow décor envelops Spotlight Taylor 10's lobby, where guests can use the joysticks and buttons of arcade games to prepare their fingers for squeezing unpopped popcorn kernels until they scream. Click here to see current showtimes.
Music Authority's diverse and experienced team of instructors coaches students of all ages in their choice of eight instruments in one-on-one, 30-minute lessons held once a week. Music mavens teach students how to decipher sheet music and tones expressing Morse code messages as they usher in rehearsal compositions for piano, guitar, drums, violin, flute, accordion, trumpet, or voice. Musicians in training learn about music theory and technical elements such as finger placement and submission holds to wrestle tunes from a stubborn trumpet. After sharpening their skills in the lessons, all students may showcase their mastery in the annual spring and winter recitals.
The Detroit Opera House sprawls across an entire city block, its imposing size and elegant design belying its circuitous history. Originally opened in 1922 as a vaudeville palace—and designed by the renowned architect behind the city's Fillmore and Fox theaters—the space played host to live music and recorded films. But despite the venue’s remarkable acoustics and cheery demeanor, it sat abandoned for long stretches of time over the next few decades. Luckily, fate intervened in 1988 when the opera acquired the building, starting an ambitious remodeling project that culminated in an opening gala featuring Luciano Pavarotti. The opera house’s modern iteration mimics the design of Europe's greatest performance spaces, with an the ornate main hall adorned with vaulted ceilings and sumptuous red curtains.