Cirque: City Lights Dark Nights: The Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council is ready for some wintertime partying. On Saturday, the group of young professionals is getting together to host Cirque: City Lights, Dark Nights.
“Cirque is the Founders Junior Council’s glamorous winter extravaganza balancing the FJC’s summer fund-raising event, Fash Bash,” says spokeswoman Caroline Marks. “Bringing people to the museum for a spectacular event is one of the most vital roles the Founders Junior Council fills for the DIA. The museum relies on Cirque to be a vibrant midwinter fete where supporters can celebrate the unique gem we have in the DIA.”
This will be only the second time Cirque has been held at the DIA. Past events have been at the Masonic Temple and Roostertail.
“We are thrilled to be able to host the event at the museum,” says Marks who isn’t clear how many Cirque events there have been but notes that is hasn’t always been annual. “One of the FJC’s goals is to bring new supporters into the museum’s fold, and there is no better way to do so than by hosting an event within its four walls. It’s gorgeous, historic architecture provides the perfect backdrop for a great party.”
Saturday’s event includes cocktails, food, music from DJ Prevu and percussionist Jared Sykes and a private viewing of “Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now.”
“We are so grateful for everyone’s support of Cirque,” Marks says. “It allows the FJC to make significant contributions to the DIA’s financial well being and programming as well as continuing our outreach to the growing young professional population of Detroit ensuring they are aware of and supporting one of Detroit’s most significant cultural institutions.”
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, DIA, 5200 Woodward, Detroit. 313-833-7900. $75. Go to www.dia.org for tickets.
Bar Blast pub crawl: After you spend the day skating on the ice rink at Campus Martius, roasting s’mores and catching music on one of the four stages at the Motown Winter Blast, you can keep the fun going into the night Saturday at the Bar Blast pub crawl.
The seventh annual Winter Blast afterparty includes continuous shuttle runs between the Anchor Bar, Bookies, Centaur, Town Pump Tavern, Bleu, Fountain Bistro, Big City, Level Two, Old Shillelagh, Delux, the Dirty Trick and Fishbone’s.
“It really did start off slow,” organizer John Badanjek says of the Bar Blast’s beginnings. “I think it took people a while to actually realize how great it is.”
Participants can spend as much or as little time in each of the venues as they want because the shuttles will be doing nonstop loops. There will be drink specials available, and the Westin Book Cadillac is offering special Winter Blast rates on hotel rooms.
“What we’re finding is more and more people are taking advantage of the discounted hotel rates in Detroit,” Badanjek says. “A lot of people come down, go to Winter Blast, have dinner and stay at the hotel. It’s quite the bargain.”
Wristbands for the pub crawl can be purchased at any of the venues mentioned above.
The shuttles will run from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
9 p.m. Saturday, downtown Detroit. $5. www.winterblast.com/bar-blast.
The fun begins at noon at Cheli’s, where runners will collect shirts and more goodies. The 1-mile run begins at 2:30 p.m. and follows a course around Comerica Park and Ford Field. At the end, participants will gather at Cheli’s for food and discounted drinks. VIP-level fund-raisers will receive free drinks.
“It’s just like a big party with a run in the middle,” says Shelia Cohoon, vice president of the Michigan chapter of the Children’s Tumor Foundation and mother of a child with neurofibromatosis. “Our goal is to raise awareness and money, but we also want to make it fun so people come back and participate next year.”
Last year, the national run included just five cities on Valentine’s weekend. This year, Cupid’s Undie Runs are taking place in 17 U.S. cities.
As of Monday, there were 360 people registered for the Detroit event and $32,000 had been raised, says Cohoon. There are 500 spots available in Detroit.
“My son has NF,” Cohoon says. “That’s why I wanted to get Detroit on the map.”
The tumor foundation provides support to children living with neurofibromatosis and their families.
Noon Saturday, Cheli’s Chili Bar, 47 E. Adams, Detroit. 313-961-1700. $35. Ages 21 and up.