Ileke in Detroit: Weekend Recap
Most weekends I don't have anything planned and will just hang out at home, however when I do make plans I usually have 30 of them (exaggeration) in two days. This past weekend was one such occasion. There was a lot going on in Detroit (not that there isn't always a lot going on) and I spent my whole weekend down there. Brace yourself this is a very picture heavy post!
I left the house to meet my friends Sofia and Azad of As it Were Detroit at Inner State Gallery Saturday afternoon. September 17th-September 26th is Murals in the Market an Eastern Market Corporation, 1xRun and Inner State Gallery presented art festival that features over 45 local and international artists who have been commissioned to paint large scale murals throughout the district. I will have a post probably next week focused on the festival.
Inner State along with The Social Club Grooming Company hosted Shop Talk, a panel discussion that the grooming company holds monthly that allows panelists to have intimate conversations with an audience as they get their hair cut. The panelists for this Shop Talk were two of Murals in the Market's featured artists Naturel and Hebru Brantley. They discussed their processes and inspiration behind their work.
We left the talk early and ventured over to the market where we were able to see some of the artists at work. After walking around for an hour or so we were hungry! I've heard so many good things about Supino Pizzeria, and its popularity was evidenced by how long we had to wait for a table. It was totally worth it though, definitely the best pizza I've had in a while. I ordered the Supino which tasted like heaven.
After dinner we ventured over to Detroit City Distillery, which creates "small batch artisanal whiskey, gin and vodka using the finest local ingredients". The drinks did not disappoint. I unfortunately cannot remember the names of what I had (they obviously did the job) but they were delicious and the bartenders were super helpful and friendly.
Sunday morning I rushed out of the house to make Detroit Yoga Lab's Rooftop Yoga + Mimosas on the roof of the Detroit Music Hall Center (3fifty Terrace). It was an awesome experience to practice under the beautiful blue sky with the yoga community. 3fifty Terrace also provides some spectacular views of the city. Everyone was snapping away after class.
After yoga class I joined some old and new friends for brunch at Cliff Bell's to celebrate my friend Tobi's birthday. Cliff Bell's is an art deco Jazz Club with amazing food, drinks and live music. I've been there a few times for drinks but this was my first time going for brunch. They offer brunch with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys from 11am-3pm Sundays. I ordered the chicken and waffles which after a rigorous early morning yoga class were a godsend.
After brunch I decided to explore the city on my own I visited City Sculpture Garden in midtown, which I will also dedicate a post to in the future. I also checked out The N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in midtown to see the commissioned "Black Lives Matter" handwritten mural on a huge wall behind the art gallery. I was hoping to meet artist Renda Writer and see him at work but he was finished with the project by Sunday. You can read about his inspiration behind the mural here .
I went back to Eastern Market for the Sunday market and also to see more of the murals and artists at work. I walked around and visited the Detroit Vs Everybody Eastern Market location. I also visited the Red Bull House of Art Gallery which is currently featuring artwork by the Murals in the Market artists.
All in all it was a exciting and fun-filled weekend. How do you like to spend your weekends? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!
Thank you so much for visiting!