So, as we all now know (we’re praying that you find yourself in some kind of “loop”), Movement 2008 was a success. Back was the communal vibe, the hype, the talent and the weather … for better and for worse. DDays isn’t gonna get into too many specifics, but we just wanted to give some props to Paxahau for really doing the damn thing this year. The Red Bull Music Academy Stage was off the chain with Girl Talk and The Cool Kids rockin’ the crowd "like whoa!" Truly, some legendary performances were to be had — Egyptian Lover, anyone?! We didn’t catch his set, but heard that Moby turned out to be less cheesy than some expected and really showed some big love (no, not the HBO Mormon variety) to Detroit. Now, we heard tons of gossip throughout the course of the weekend, most of which had something to do with after-parties happening ‘round town. Here’s the lowdown on one of the juiciest occurrences of the weekend. On Saturday night (May 24) there was a ruckus at Derrick May’s after party, Hi-Tech Soul, which went down at 1515 Broadway. Richard Mars and Eddie Fowlkes got heated in a dispute over some guest list shit when all of a sudden Fowlkes hauled off and landed a devastating blow (so we heard) to the jaw of Mars … the punch quickly ended the fight. Word has it that the party wasn’t half bad, either.
Sex and Detroit City
Detroit’s Carries, Samanthas, Charlottes and Mirandas (along with a few cigar-puffing Mr. Bigs) were out on the town Thursday night for the Sex and the City movie premiere party at Centaur. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Susan G. Kamen Breast Cancer Foundation, and judging by the size of the crowd entering on the pink carpet, it was a very worthwhile fundraiser. With guests draped in designer duds, Cosmopolitans and Manhattans flowing, we’re sure that Miss Bradshaw herself would have approved and stuck around for a few rounds (we did!). She also would have loved the giveaways; some lucky raffle winners took home fabulous prizes, including passes to the movie premiere at the Palladium, jewelry from Tiffany’s and a pair of oh-so-covetable Christian Louboutin shoes (DDays = jealous). And was Detroit celebrating its own version of Fleet Week? In true SATC fashion, a crew of gentlemen from the U.S. Navy, looking snazzy in their sailor uniforms, were among us ... and ladies love a military man. The flawless party was hosted by Centaur manager PJ and event planner Pamela, who graciously showed us around. Bartender Miles had to demonstrate how the ice luge/sculpture worked — obviously we had to drink the whole martini in order to accurately judge its quality. DDays concluded that the man knows what he is doing.
Been to BlackFinn Yet?
Have you by chance traveled down Main Street in Royal Oak over the last two weekends? If so, then you witnessed the packed-to-capacity opening weekends of the new BlackFinn Restaurant and Saloon. DDays met operating partner Chad Shumate on a very busy Friday night and the man, though busy as hell, was quite friendly. After a quick shot of tequila, DDays moved to the back of the bar where we ran into a few friends who were all smiles. Adam Wolfson and company were holding down one end of the bar, while The Brothers Rothenberg along with Mike Godlew were keeping the bartender at the other end equally busy. DDays was in the middle, where our fast, friendly and foxy bartender, Erin, kept our thirsts quenched. This is one of the most diverse places DDays has been to in a while; young and old, fashionistas, hipsters, businessmen, jocks, clubbers and rockers were all represented, as were at least a handful of ethnicities … all were smiles … even though the Pistons lost.
Late Night Banking
On Saturday night, DDays had to make a cash deposit in The Clem at The Bank — easily one of the most heavily anticipated clubs to open in '08. The building is almost as sexy on the outside as it is inside. The multi-million dollar club was off the hook with a female to male ratio that had DDays making plans to visit again sooner than later. Alex, who's the head of promotions, was so busy in preparation for the opening that we heard he lost his voice. Well, Alex, here's an offical RDW round of applause for a job well done. DDays isn't sure there's anything this sexy and chic in Mt. Clemens. From the outside lounge area to the bottle service to the music, it was a killer night for clubbin'.
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Party!
Eyes weren’t all on the sky on Saturday. The crowd at the Air Race X Party at the Miller Garage Rooftop had plenty to do while waiting for the air show to get going. Hosted by Party Princess CK and the Schoenith Brothers, folks were saying, in the face of the flight blockin' high winds, “Air Race? We don’t need no stinking Air Race!” DJs Mike Fresh and Joey Corona kept the crowd of roughly 2,500 in high spirits and Jason Dristan and his fleet of bartenders had the more debaucherous spirits covered. Stunning calendar model Whitney Rose signed autographs alongside several other classy chassies. Many folks were seen checking out the wares in Empire Seven’s clothing booth while soaking up the sun. Even political rockstar August Gitschlag made the trek to the rooftop for several rounds of Skyy & Tonics with Chris Ritter’s bachelor party. Although the pilots couldn’t do their thing, the partygoers did theirs, as the last tune wasn’t spun ‘til well after 6:30! | RDW
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