Chene Park lineup – and “Please Pardon my Dust” book launch!

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Highlights of the Week

GO SEE “BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE” if you haven’t already! I was able to catch some of the filming of “Transformers 3” while they were in Detroit back in 2010, but unfortunately, I didn’t catch any of this filming, which was a bummer for me. I saw some scene setups, but no actors. But it’s fun to identify parts of our city that are in the movie. PLUS, in the movie you’ll see someone many of us are familiar with in the D, which is cool!

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Chene Park has announced their summer lineup, and more will be added as time goes on. Kem and New Edition tickets are already on sale, but the Box Office opens for the season on Friday, April 1st. You can get tickets HERE.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront is also getting into gear for the summer, announcing their lineup as well. The thought of music and warmer weather brings a smile to my face. I cannot wait just for “Spring” to get here – although we in the D know, we pretty much just get 2 seasons here, right? Too cold, and too hot! 😉 Anyway, this is a FREE concert series, that kicks off on Friday, July 8th with Michael McDonald.

Currently, here is the Rockin’ on the Riverfront series lineup for 2016:
Friday, July 8 – Michael McDonald
Friday, July 15 – Don Felder
Friday, July 22 – Blue Oyster Cult
Friday, July 29 – Grand Funk Railroad
Friday, August 5 – Starship
Friday, August 12 – Bret Michaels

Keep in the know with them HERE.

**Want to know where you can watch Red Wings games in the area? Check out LAST WEEK’S POST for locations around Detroit!

On Sunday, April 3rd, there’s a small business showcase called All Things Detroit, taking place at Eastern Market, from noon to 6 p.m. There will be about 150 small businesses, live entertainment, face painting, and food trucks. Tickets are just $5. Detroit author Monica Sholar will be there to launch her latest book, a collection of inspirational stories from Michigan women. I received an advanced copy and am really enjoying the stories from women from all different backgrounds, overcoming odds to follow their dreams. Even with Monica’s busy schedule, she was kind enough to take a few minutes with me for a short interview.

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I grew up on the east side of Detroit in a house I swear was haunted! I wrote a story about it in the October 2015 issue of BLAC Magazine, where I was featured as a Detroit storyteller. Here is the link if you’d like to check it out: http://www.blacdetroit.com/BLAC-Detroit/October-2015/Twisted-Tale-Dealing-with-Ghosts-in-Detroit/

HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU? TURNING POINT?
I became a writer simply by sitting down and writing a story. Many people feel like you need validation from some source, or like someone needs to wave a magic wand and dub you as worthy of the calling, but that isn’t true. I am a writer because I wrote something. It’s that simple.

What influenced me to write was a friend who said that no matter what I explain to him, I do it in a way that is so vivid and animated, it makes him feel like he is watching a movie! He urged me to write a story just to see what my creativity would produce. That planted the seed for me to get things rolling. I wrote up a short story that he loved and I ballooned it from there.

WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
There are so many people! Jesus for his sacrifice. Michael Jackson for his amazing storytelling through song and dance. Many of the friends in my circle are strong, powerful women who I look up to every day. I mostly look up to people who are about positivity. It challenges me to do and be better.

WHAT DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE IN THE WORKS? You have your book launch coming up and many appearances on your schedule, but are you working on another book?
Right now I’m focused on getting my motivational book, Please Pardon My Dust: I’m Under Construction into people’s hands. The book is filled with powerful stories that I know will encourage and inspire so many people. In May, I will begin the work on my next Suspense-Thriller novel titled, Goodness & Mercy. It’s about explosions that rock a church, school, police station, and hospital on the same day at the same time. When threats of another bomb goes viral, authorities scramble for clues to stop it! The story is inspired by my love for 80’s and 90’s action films like Die Hard and Long Kiss Good Night.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU? (WEBSITE, FB)
My websites have up-to-date info on my events and appearances at: www.pleasepardonmydust.com and www.monicasholar.com

Check out and purchase tickets to the All Things Detroit event HERE!

All Things Detroit

Tigers baseball season is coming up quickly – the home opener is Friday, April 8th.
You can get ticketsHERE.

If/Then at the Fisher Theatre, daily from Tuesday, March 29 through Sunday, April 10, with
the exception of Monday, April 4th – NO SHOW on this date. It’s a story about a woman making a fresh start. GET TICKETS HERE.

Sleeping Beauty with the American Ballet Theatre – Detroit Opera House – March 31st through April 3rd

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN THE D THIS WEEK!

Monday, March 28

Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres at The Joe – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29

Charlie Puth at St. Andrew’s Hall 6:30 p.m. – LIMITED TIX LEFT!!

Flatbush Zombies at the Majestic – 8 p.m.

If/Then at the Fisher – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30

If/Then at the Fisher – 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 31

Kevin Smith at The Fillmore – 7 p.m.

Sleeping Beauty with the American Ballet Theatre – Detroit Opera House 7:30 p.m.


If/Then at the Fisher
– 8 p.m.

Friday, April 1

Peppa Pig LIVE! – 6 p.m. – LIMITED TIX LEFT!!!

Sleeping Beauty with the American Ballet Theatre – Detroit Opera House 7:30 p.m.

Smashing Pumpkins at The Fillmore – 7 p.m.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild at The Joe – 7:30 p.m.

Bill Burr at the Colosseum

If/Then at the Fisher – 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 2

Sleeping Beauty with the American Ballet Theatre – Detroit Opera House – 2 and 7:30 p.m.


If/Then at the Fisher
– 2 and 8 p.m.


Puscifer at The Fillmore
– 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 3

Sleeping Beauty with the American Ballet Theatre– Detroit Opera House – 2:30 p.m. only

If/Then at the Fisher – 2 and 7:30 p.m.

All Things Detroit
small business showcase at Eastern Market and the “Please Pardon my Dust” official book launch – Noon to 6 p.m. at Eastern Market, Sheds 3 and 5.

*Don’t forget about the M-1 rail construction going on along Woodward, through the end of this year!

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