Friday, August 28, 2009

Old School Friday: A Song People Would Be Surprised That I Know...

The "Hallelujah Chorus" from
Handel's Messiah is one of the most beautiful pieces 
of music in the world to me. 
People would be surprised to know 
that I LOVE classical music.
A big part of my classical music training was at my high school:
Cass Technical High School in Detroit MI
The BEST high school in the WORLD!
18th century classical music is very Old School...
Cass Tech Choir and Orchestra 2008
performing the "Hallelujah Chorus"

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Things to Do Thursday: 160th Michigan State Fair

The 160th Annual Michigan State Fair 
August 28 - September 7 2009
The Michigan State Fair is the oldest, continuously running State Fair in the United States of America. Unfortunately, budget cuts again threaten the hosting of the Fair next year.
Make it a commitment to visit or re-visit the 
Michigan State Fair this year; give it your support so that
it can continue next year and in future years!

Make sure to visit and take a picture by the 
"World's Largest Stove", 
now permanently housed at the Michigan State Fair!

The first Michigan State Fair was held in Detroit in 1849, just twelve years after Michigan officially became a state. At the time, it was customary for the State Fair to be held in a different Michigan city every year. By 1905, Detroit became the permanent location of the Michigan State Fair; and the size of the Fairgrounds grew every year until it reached its present size of 164 acres by 1921. The growth and development of the Michigan State Fair, and its ownership transfer to the Michigan Department of Agriculture was completed under the direction of Joseph L. Hudson of Hudson's Department Store and the Hudson Motor Company. (Oh, we really miss Hudson's Department Store!)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wordless Wednesday3: Maybe Now They'll Get It...

But I doubt it...

Wordless Wednesday2: American Royalty

Photo from one of my Facebook Friends

Wordless Wednesday: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Senator Edward Moore Kennedy
November 7 1932 - August 25 2009
The "Lion" of the United States Senate


Friday, August 21, 2009

Old School Friday: Prom School or School Dance

This is a shout-out to the best High School in the World: Cass Technical High School in Detroit MI!

I really don't remember EXACTLY what songs were the most popular the year I graduated (don't you DARE ask...OK, the date is on the video...) but I do KNOW that the "Temptin' Temptations" were IT...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Things to Do Thursday: 2nd Annual MotorCity Tapfest

Robert L. Reed, Master Tap Dancer
Photo Credit: The Detroit News

Dr. Jeni Legon
American Tap Dance Pioneer
Inductee in the American Tap Dance Foundation Hall of Fame

The 2nd Annual Motor City Tapfest will be held August 20 - 23 2009 at the Old Main Building of Wayne State University, 4841 Cass Avenue in Detroit Michigan.

Activities include Master Tap Classes for all levels and ages, a tap jam to learn improvisational skills, a panel discussion of the business of tap dancing, a concert by tap faculty, and peer performances.

From The Detroit News:

Dr. Jeni LeGon, who danced with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson as one of the first African-American women to sign a contract with a Hollywood studio, will be the honored guest at the All-Star Faculty Concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at WSU's Community Arts Auditorium, at 450 Reuther Mall in Detroit. This event is open to the public.

Find out all of the details here...

Sammy Davis, Jr.: The GREATEST Entertainer of All Time
His tribute to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Grocery Shopping in Detroit

Coming to the City of Detroit in 2011!
But always remember to support the several fine independent grocers already in Detroit! 
 Keep working to bring even more grocery shopping choices to the City...there are still not enough.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Changes Coming To DSpot Redeux!

Hello to all of my wonderful readers! You may have noticed a different things on the blog lately. With all of the new and excited social media options, as well as lots and lots of news, I will be gradually making some changes to The "D" Spot Redeux over the next few weeks!
Thanks so much for bearing with me during this transition; I PROMISE that you will LOVE the changes!
Stay tuned!
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Old School Friday: You Won't Find This on YouTube

Little Richard sings "Lucille"!
I found this video on a "YouTube" wannabe site. I've never used this site before...I think it has ads...hope it works! Enjoy!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Things to Do Thursday: This weekend is gonna be BIG!

This year, the African World Festival and the
International Carribbean Festival and Parade 
will be held at the same time!
The schedule of events is here...

I posted last year about the fun in Detroit on the 3rd weekend of August in Detroit...see that post here.
The Woodward Dream Cruise is also this weekend!
The Dream Cruise Activity Schedule is here...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Old School Friday: Chaka with or without Rufus

Continuing my theme about songs that honor my wonderful husband...uh, yes he is a...
(hush now...we're GROWN and we're MARRIED!)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Redeux News: $1 BILLION in Job-Creation $$ for Michigan!

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
Michigan is receiving more than $1 Billion for alternative energy projects, specifically batteries for electric cars; more than any other state!  Vice-President Joe Biden is announcing the Federal Grants today (Wed. August 5 2009) in Detroit at NextEnergy in Detroit's TechTown in the Midtown Area.
THOUSANDS of jobs will be created across the State of Michigan! W00T!

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Wordless Wednesday: On to the General Election in Detroit!

And the winners are...
(Photo Credit: Detroit Free Press)
Mayor Dave Bing (lead for Mayor) and 
Journalist Charles Pugh (lead for City Council)

You can find the complete results of the City of Detroit August 4 2009 Primary Election here...