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The Scene

Fresh Tunes

Although brighter days are on the horizon, the timeline for when musicians can safely resume touring is still hazy. The situation has forced many artists to stay productive by focusing on studio projects, with many being released in the early part of the year. From indie upstarts to established legends, here’s a look at 10 new albums coming...

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National: Waiting on a Friend

  If we’ve learned one thing over the past year, we can probably all agree, it’s the value of delivery. Stuck at home and hungry, we placed 500 percent more Instacart orders than we had before the plague, and we paid DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Postmates $5.5 billion in combined revenue to bring us doughnuts, dumplings, and...

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Atavistic Urge

Michigan dog musher Shaynee Traska is looking to make some noise in Alaska’s Iditarod this year, despite the ways COVID-19 has made training difficult. Here’s what she has learned about cold and sleds growing up in the Wolverine State and running dogs through the middle of the night. As a shy kid growing up in Gladwin, Michigan, Shaynee...

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Michigan Cultural Calendar – February 2021

A short month of heartfelt midwinter hope, this February in Detroit offers engaging entertainment and education. Tune in from your living room or kitchen for painting, cooking, or cocktail classes. Grab a friend and head out to a drive-in movie, dinner in an igloo, art exhibit, park adventure, live music show, or lovingly frightful haunted house. However you...

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Happy Plan

Americans finally have reason to (cautiously) dream about travel again. If you’re wondering how to be a good traveler in the time of COVID-19, look to the words of ancient Chinese philosopher and author Lao Tzu. Among his many notable wise quotes is this one: “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”...

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Snurf’s Up!

Ski-Born, Snurf-Bound “Watch this, Mom!” yelled my eight-year-old daughter on her 50th run in three days last April. We were in month two of pandemic lockdown and trying to make the best of it. We realized how lucky we were to have two things: acres of snow-covered national forest out our front door and the possession of a...

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Cultural Calendar

The holiday season may be a little different this year, but there’s still plenty to do and magic to be found out there, as long as you take some precautions. Yes, Virginia, COVID-19 can’t stop the holidays—in some form. The lights will be bright and glowing across the state at places like the Detroit Zoo and bands are...

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Safe Space – Detroit’s Inclusive Bud and Breakfast

Activist and entrepreneur Jess Jackson is destigmatizing cannabis and building a community where everyone is welcome at her Copper House Bud and Breakfast. Jess Jackson wants the world to know her as a “community architect.” “That means I build, develop, sustain, and enhance communities,” says the 33-year-old entrepreneur. “It’s not a known career, but the name conveys that...

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Zen and the Art of Apple Pie

Become one with the dough and bring a taste of flaky bliss to the table. First, there is that apple-cinnamon/caramel steam that grabs you by the nose. Then you see the whole pie emerge from the oven and, finally, a warm apple pie wedge whose juices mingle the melting vanilla bean gelato. You take a bite and smile,...

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Stick it Where? Cannabis Suppositories

Cannabis suppositories offer relief and comfort. As a cannabis writer living in Humboldt, CA, I don’t shy away from trying new things. CBD eye cream? Sure! Sea salt caramels with a micro-dose of THC? Obviously! So when it came time to try cannabis suppositories, I didn’t blink. A firm believer in the power of plants, I’ve made my...

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