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How a Greektown street artist beat homelessness and raised his profile

Some Detroiters know Donald Anderson as an art teacher. Some know him as Sunn, a Greektown street artist. They’re both two sides of the same coin – a bit worn from wear, but now more valuable than ever.

“The art part has been the most consistent thing,” Donald “Sunn” Anderson says from his new home in Midtown. He’s been an artist his entire life; ever since he can remember, he says, he was always drawing for his classmates and winning art competitions in school. 


Can’t wait for Big Sean’s movie theater? You don’t have to!

By now, everyone’s heard about Big Sean teaming up with Emagine Theaters to bring movies back to Downtown Detroit – something he spoke into existence just a few months ago that we picked up on loud and clear. We haven’t had a first-run movie theater in the area since the closing of Ren Cen 4 in 2015. But if you don’t want to wait for Big Sean Theaters, here are a few places in the city where you can take in a movie for now. 

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A Detroit school's prom was scheduled during Ramadan. One Muslim student stood up to change that.

When I was younger, I remember watching lots of movies, and like most young girls, my favorite movies were and still are chick-flicks. For me, chick-flicks have always been an escape to a parallel universe where unrealistic expectations of love, happiness, and innocence exist. Most of the chick-flicks that I watched had taken place in a high school setting and would eventually lead to the most important event in the movie: The prom. 


A single Detroit girl's guide to Valentine's Day

If today, right now and for the time being you’re single, you already know Instagram is about to become annoying next Wednesday. You should put the phone down. 

Truth be told, being single is awesome in a city like Detroit, where there’s more to do than one might expect. So instead of moping around or eating a quart of ice cream by yourself, enjoy these fun things for Detroit singles this Valentine’s Day. 


Preserving a piece of Detroit history at the El Moore Lodge

Rooftop water towers — the skyline party hats of the oldest American cities — inspire affection and creativity. They’ve been reimagined as canvasses for public art and even outfitted as luxury residences.

In Midtown, a nearly century-old water tower was saved from the scrap heap by bringing it down to ground level. The tank, which once stood atop Dalgleish Cadillac, now serves as a rusted, street-corner sentinel. Like a giant recycled tin can, it exemplifies the environmentally mindful project it embellishes.


Sources: Metro Times plotting move to Midtown

Ferndale-based Metro Times could soon join a growing list of businesses relocating to Detroit as the alt-weekly scopes out a prime location in Midtown.

Two sources -- a current employee and a former employee -- with knowledge of the newspaper’s plan say the paper is eyeing space near HopCat on Woodward Avenue. “They put in an app for the place there,” a source says, and “it will be a lot easier for Violet (Ikonomova, news writer) and Tom (Perkins, dining editor) who are constantly driving back and forth during the day.” 

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