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Detroit Zoo Premieres Three Films at Wild Adventure Zone

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Detroit Zoo visitors can travel from Rio de Janeiro to Alaska to a mysterious island with three new films at the Wild Adventure Zone, located in the Ford Education Center. “Rio: The 4-D Experience” and “Grizzly Bears: 4-D Experience” at the 4-D Theater and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” at the Simulator Ride will debut on April 18, 2014, and run through the end of the year.

“Rio: The 4-D Experience” follows Blu and Jewel, the last blue macaws on Earth, as they are chased and captured by evil cockatoo Nigel. The duo takes viewers on a thrilling journey through Rio de Janeiro, working together despite Blu’s inability to fly and finding courage, friendship and maybe even love along the way.

Alternating with “Rio” is “Grizzly Bears: 4-D Experience”, a wildlife adventure that follows grizzly bears as they emerge from their winter dens in the Alaskan mountains and travel up the west coast of North America to feast on the great salmon run. This captivating film provides insight into the forces of nature, which drive a chain reaction culminating in a spectacular wildlife event.

In “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”, the star of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is back in another Jules Verne-inspired voyage. While looking for his long-lost grandfather, Sean decodes a secret map that points him and a group of adventurers to the elusive “Mysterious Island”. After finding Sean’s grandfather and discovering that the island is sinking, they all head for the shore on the backs of giant bees.

The 126-seat 4-D Theater delivers a high-definition viewing experience in 3-D with 7.1 digital audio surround sound. The experience features a variety of sensory surprises that are built into the seats and theater environment, bringing on-screen images to life with 4-D effects such as mist, scents, back pokers, leg ticklers and seat vibrations. Some 4-D effects may be too intense for children 5 and under; parental discretion is advised.

The 30-seat Simulator Ride is an educational, action-packed thrill ride which offers a “you-are-there” experience from the comfort of a specially equipped, motion-simulated cabin. Passengers must be at least 36 inches (3 feet) tall, and it is recommended that they be at least 5 years of age or older.

Tickets for each experience are $5 with Detroit Zoo admission and are available at the main gate, the Wild Adventure Zone ticket booth or online. With ZooMORE! – a seasonal discounted ticket package for rides and attractions – visitors can experience the 4-D Theater and Simulator Ride as well as the Tauber Family Railroad (one way) and Carousel, or any combination thereof, for $12 with Zoo admission.

Click on Attractions at www.detroitzoo.org for the most up-to-date information and movie times.

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Be a Part of the Preservation of the Alger Theatre

Alger Theatre

By Jeffrey Buck

Detroit is one of the greatest cities in the world. Many may not believe that statement because of the hardships it has endured these past decades but those same people often have never visited Detroit. It’s not a major tourist destination; we don’t draw out-of-towners like Los Angeles, New York or even Orlando. The city however has strong roots and although the population has plummeted the residents of the tri-county area and all over the state continue to support and preserve the rich history of a city that has changed the world more than once.

Support and generosity is not hard to find when it comes to funding and preserving the institutions, buildings and activities we all here in the Detroit area love. Time and time again we have come together to help support the Detroit Zoo, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Michigan Science Center, just to name a few. We love our heritage; especially the vast amount of architectural gems not only in Detroit but spread across the region. Saving these historic structures has become more of a priority and the mentality of the past to wipe away these beautiful buildings is often bulked at by the majority of the community.

We are still losing some of these masterpieces to the wrecking ball but groups like Preservation Detroit are leading the charge to slow that number down. Another group of dedicated crusaders have been on a mission to help save and preserve a gorgeous theatre built in 1935. The Friends of the Alger Theatre purchased the building in 1986 and have made it their mission to restore the theatre to its former glory. The group is currently in the process of raising $5,000 to help put on a new roof and keep out the elements of mother nature. They are asking the community for their help and generosity to save a Detroit jewel and to be a part of the rebirth of the Alger Theatre. The theatre along with the Redford Theatre are the last remaining intact neighborhood theaters in Detroit.

Through the website indiegogo.com they are not only saying thanks but offering perks for certain donation levels. These perks range from a collector Alger Theatre ticket to a poster of the first film shown at the theater to an original Alger Theatre chair. Be a part of the history and future of the Alger Theatre by clicking here to donate.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Detroit Zoo’s 4-D Theater

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – There’s no place like the Detroit Zoo this Halloween season as the 4-D Theater presents a limited engagement of “The Wizard of Oz”. During October, visitors can join Dorothy Gale and her friends as they make their way to the Emerald City to meet the great and powerful wizard. The condensed version of the beloved classic takes audiences somewhere over the rainbow and back again in just 15 minutes.

Located in the Wild Adventure Zone, the 4-D Theater engages all of the senses with special effects that make “The Wizard of Oz” even more spectacular. Viewers will be blown away by swirling wind and debris as a powerful twister transports Dorothy and Toto to the merry old Land of Oz. They’ll feel the thud as her house drops on the Wicked Witch of the East and smell the fragrant flowers that greet her as she discovers she’s not in Kansas anymore – and that’s just the beginning of the 4-D surprises.

Tickets for “The Wizard of Oz” are $5 with Detroit Zoo admission for visitors ages 2 and older (children under 2 are free) and are available at main admissions, the Wild Adventure Zone ticket booth or online.

Produced by SimEx-Iwerks, an entertainment company specializing in 3-D/4-D cinematic experiences, “The Wizard of Oz” will be a featured attraction of Zoo Boo – the Detroit Zoo’s annual merry-not-scary Halloween celebration – Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27, 2013. Theater tickets are $5 with Zoo Boo admission or $7 when purchased as a Beastly Bundle in combination with the Simulator Ride, featuring “Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride”.

The 126-seat 4-D Theater delivers a high-definition viewing experience in 3-D with 7.1 digital audio surround sound. The experience features a variety of sensory surprises that are built into the seats and theater environment, bringing on-screen images to life with 4-D effects such as mist, scents, back pokers, leg ticklers and seat vibrations. Some 4-D effects may be too intense for children 5 and under; parental discretion is advised.

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Weekend Events

2013 Detroit Kennel Dog Show

2013 Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show

By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five events taking place this weekend around the Metro Detroit area.

1. Detroit Red Wings Game  – Sunday, 3/3 at 12:30 PM

The Detroit Red Wings take on their rival Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena this Sunday at 12:30 PM. The Wings are currently second in the Central Division with a record of 10-8-3. They took down the San Jose Sharks last night in a shootout, 2-1.

2. Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show – Saturday, 3/2 & Sunday, 3/3 beginning both days at 9 AM

The Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show is staging its 110th and 111th dog shows this weekend at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Tickets are available at the door and start at $15 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. For more information on the weekends events, including schedule and pricing visit detroitkennelclub.com.

3. Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, DIA – On display till Tuesday, 5/28

If you haven’t been to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, you have a rare opportunity to see one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The painting on loan, Bedroom in Arles,  will be on display in the Dutch galleries and will be joined by three other Van Gogh paintings owned by the DIA. For DIA hours and other information visit dia.org.

4. Enrichment Talks at the Detroit Zoo – Friday, 3/1 Saturday, 3/2 & Sunday 3/3 at 11 AM

The Detroit Zoo will be offering an enrichment and keeper talk series at a different habitat each day this weekend at 11 AM. They will start today with a talk at the otters habitat. Saturday’s talk will focus on the red and green macaws at the Free-Flight Aviary. And Sunday’s talk will focus on the snow monkeys. For more information visit detroitzoo.org.

5. The Lion King, Detroit Opera House – Now until Sunday, 3/3

The critically acclaimed production of Disney’s The Lion King is now showing at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets range form $35 to $150. Tonight there is a showing at 7:30 PM. Saturday has two showings, the first at 2 PM and a evening showing at 7:30 PM. Sunday has a matinee showing at 1 PM and an evening showing at 6:30 PM. For more information visit michiganopera.org.

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Shorpy Saturday – Wreathed With Smiles: 1905

By Jeffrey Buck

If there is one thing I have increasingly become fascinated with over the years its theatres. Having spent a fair amount of time in my simple high school auditorium it amazes me when I see the detail work in some of the theatres built in the early 1900s. In my opinion it’s safe to say that Detroit has some of, if not thee, the most beautiful theatres in the country. We’ve preserved but also destroyed, or re-purposed, these masterpieces, many flanking our downtown streets. What is your favorite?

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Wreathed With Smiles: 1905“:

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905. “Temple Theatre, interior.” A vaudeville house with that lived-in look. Detroit Publishing glass negative.

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Shorpy Saturday – Campbell’s Empire: 1904

By Jeffrey Buck

Unfortunately this week has been a busy one and at times without internet access. I apologize in advance for the short write up but I didn’t want to go dark completely this morning. If you have any information on the Empire Theatre feel free to post in the comments section below!

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Campbell’s Empire: 1904“:

Circa 1904. “Empire Theater, Detroit.” Valet parking for bicycle patrons! 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – Boots and Saddles: 1909

By Jeffrey Buck

Detroit has a long heritage of Theatres dating back to the early 1900s. Many of the theatres have survived the ups and downs of Detroit including the beautiful Fox Theatre, built in 1928, the Detroit Opera House, built in 1922, and the Music Hall, built in 1928. the oldest surviving theatre from Detroit’s first district is the National Theatre, which stands empty and neglected today. With the renovation of several theatres in Detroit, including the newly announced Gardner Theatre renovation, there are still several that are need of much help to survive.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Boots and Saddles: 1909“:

“Majestic Theatre, Detroit, Michigan.” Now playing: “Boots & Saddles.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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