Friday, March 30, 2012

Free Kindle "Dig Ten Graves" by Heath Lowrance!

I just found out our dear friend and Detroit-area author, Heath Lowrance of the noir hit The Bastard Hand is offering his short story collection Dig Ten Graves for FREE!  Limited time offer.  Check out Heath's Psycho Noir Blog right now to link to this free offer.  Please leave him a comment that you heard about it HERE on Brilliant in My Poverty.  Thanks and everyone have a great weekend!  
Oh, by the way, the cover of Dig Ten Graves was shot by yours truly and arranged by Aspiring Author Book Covers!

Link to The Bastard Hand on Amazon. Available in print or Kindle.
Link to The Bastard Hand at B&N.
The Bastard Hand

Author Heath Lowrance

I just love this photo of Heath!  He's keeping secrets behind that smirk!  
Photo by Ron Warren Photography

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Free Concert at Oak Park Library March 25

Oak Park Public Library Presents:
Planet D Nonet Live in Concert
moved to the Oak Park Community Center ROOM B 
Enter through the WEST entrance
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 2:00 pm 
Cost: FREE 

The Planet D Nonet was founded by (drummer) RJ Spangler and (trumpeter) James O’Donnell in 2007. Both men are lifelong eastsiders and they have been playing together for over 30 years ago.  The band plays the classic swing music of Ellington & Strayhorn, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie & Benny
Carter as well as more modern jazz by Sun Ra and Pharoah Saunders, and always with a Detroit twist. The Planet D Nonet is about swing, blues, spaceage jazz and classic American songs all served with plenty of good humor.  
Join us for an afternoon of good music and fun at the Library.
Advanced sign-up is appreciated but not necessary.

Concert sponsored by the Friends of the Library 

Oak Park Public Library       14200 Oak Park Boulevard       Oak Park, MI 48237       (248) 691-7480

See the flyer for a photograph.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Earn $50 From Your Face Pays!

It's funny how opportunities arise.  Had to go home early from subbing today, but then, we got a call from this program we signed up for a few days ago called Your Face Pays!  
Redirect page
We set up a photo shoot at their Troy studio this afternoon & at the end, they will pay us $50 each!  So, cool!
This facial recognition software company needs participants to do a one hour photo shoot and bring in about 15 photographs (thumb sized face, looking at the camera) for them to scan into their system.
Troy Patch 
I found out about this through a Facebook post by Troy Patch.  So, thanks PATCH.COM for getting the word out!  
Sign up with Your Face Pays! through their website.  This is only available until Friday, March 23, 2012, so go sign up now! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy First of Spring Deal

Just found out about this at 4:18pm via Ron Warren via Click on Detroit (NBC). SOME Dairy Queens are offering a FREE small cone on the first day of spring! Check that link and scroll down to find out the participating locations. Includes one of the Madison Hts, Fraser, Warren, South Lyon, and Farmington locations just to mention a few.  
Dairy Queen 
Favorite coffee shop in metro-Detroit Caribou Coffee.  Today, after 11am, $2.00 drinks.  Yum!
Who wants to buy me a Mint Condition?
Let me know if you hear of any other Spring Equinox deals.

Olga's BOGO

YUM!  Just got an email from Olga's that connected me to this coupon for an Olga BOGO: Buy One Olga Sandwich, Get One FREE.  Yum!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Museum Adventure Pass MAY 2012

As you may have noticed, your local library has not offered any of the Museum Adventure Passes for the past few months.  They are revamping the program for the FINAL YEAR.  Please check out this link to the Museum Adventure Pass to find out more.  They will start up again in MAY. 
For those of you not familiar with Museum Adventure Pass, it is a program that offers people either two or four FREE passes to local museums.  In the past, you would go to your local library, ask for a pass for one of the participating museums and get a coupon for two (or four) admissions that was good for about a week.  I don't think the DIA participated in the past year or two, but I believe MOCAD (which is FREE all the time, offered a discount at their store), Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Detroit Historical Museum were some of the museums that participated.  

This year, Museum Adventure Pass will be going digital and you will be able to ask questions, print tickets (for admission or discounted admission), and get reading recommendations. 

Happy reading and museum hopping everyone!  I'll write another post in May (or June if I'm tardy) about this program.  

Thanks Tina for prompting me to blog about this awesome FREE opportunity!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Walgreen Free 8x10 Photo

Thanks Betty for this tip from Walgreen's Photo page!  Coupons expire on Saturday, March 17th.
Walgreen's Free 8x10 
Walgreen's buy 25 (4x6 prints) get 25 free (4x6 prints) 

Enter coupon code FREEONE at checkout thru Saturday, March 17th.** 

** Only one coupon code per order. Only one free 8x10 single image print per household. Shipping and handling may apply. Coupon code FREEONE valid for one use per account thru March 17, 2012. Code must be entered at time of checkout to apply discount. Photo cart must include your 8x10 print at time of checkout to qualify. Discount does not apply to taxes or shipping charges. Order must be placed by logged-in customer by March 17, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to qualify. Timing will be determined by Walgreens server clock. Not valid on collage 8x10 prints, scrapbook pages, magazine covers or 8x10 mobile quick prints. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Multiple coupon codes may or may not be used based on cart contents. Offer valid online only.

Enter coupon code PRINTS4U at checkout thru Saturday, March 17.* 

* Coupon code PRINTS4U valid for up to five uses per account through March 17, 2012. Online orders must include 50 or more 4x6 or 4x5.3 prints (25+ paid prints and 25 free prints) at time of checkout to qualify. Limit 25 free prints per order. Code must be entered at time of checkout to apply discount. Offer not valid towards 4x6 collage prints. Does not apply toward taxes or shipping charges. Orders must be placed by logged-in customer by March 17, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to qualify. Timing will be determined by Walgreens server clock. Offer valid online only. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cheap Coffee and Free Fries

Happy Birthday Biggby!  99 cent drinks today (March 15)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Free Fries at Burger King this weekend

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MOCAD Family Activities

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, GLCT   
MOCAD from Woodward        Mocad's entry on Garfield  

March FAMILY DAY: Puppeterium Playhouse PartySunday, March 18, 12PM-4PM
The Crofoot presents
Puppeterium Playhouse Party with Caleb Gentry!
Admission: Free 
Hey kids! You don’t need a PS3 to have fun, JUST THE BOX IT CAME IN! Children of all ages are summoned for matinee mania with our mad scientist-in-residence, Caleb Gentry. Join us for a perfect play date replete with puppet production and totally tubular tales!

Location 4454 Woodward Ave  Detroit, MI 48201

Friday, April 13, 5PM-8PM
Guidance Center Youth Poetry Slam
Admission: Free 

Young poets: raise your voices for change!  Youth from across the city and metro area are invited to compete in this open-themed slam. Kids-TALK Children's Advocacy Center is teaming up with MOCAD to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Participants, ages 17 and under, are required to attend a preliminary meeting to obtain rules for participating.   

For more info or to register a slam poet, please call Lacea Zavala at             734-785-7705       x7291 or email

April FAMILY DAY: Detroit Digital Justice Coalition Discotech!Sunday, April 15, 12PM-4PM
Movement Festival Detroit presents
Detroit Digital Justice Coalition-Discotech!
Admission: Free 

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition hosts our April Family Day with a special presentation of Discotech (Discovering Technology), an interactive, mobile, multimedia workshop. The DDJC’s Discotechs are designed to demystify, engage and inform the community around the abundant possibilities of technology, Internet use and communication as a fundamental human right!! Come learn, play and get digital 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

FREE March 8th at the Detroit Historical Museum

The Detroit Historical Museum is hosting Detroit Artist Market: The First 80 Years.  Read on for further information, then register on EventBrite for this FREE event on Thursday, March 8th from 5-9pm.  See you there!
From DAM (Detroit Artist Market):

Public Reception - Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years at Detroit Historical Museum

March 08, 2012 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
You are invited to celebrate Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years with the Detroit Artists Market! DAM will host an Evening Public Reception on Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. The Detroit Historical Museum has generously opened their doors for this event which is free to the public. This Public Reception provides a special opportunity to view the exhibition and celebrate 80 Years of the Detroit Artists Market with its artists,  members, and supporters.  The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue,  Detroit 48202.
Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years will be shown in the Community Gallery at the Detroit Historical Museum from February 24 through May 24, 2012. The exhibition is free with museum admission. The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48202. Museum hours are Wednesday-Friday,  9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;  Saturday, 10:00 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday -  Noon to 5:00 p.m.
About Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years 
The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) first opened in 1932, during the Great Depression, predating President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program by two years.  Led by Mrs. H. Lee Simpson with co-founders Robert Hudson Tannahill, Mrs. Richard Hudson Webber, Mrs. Clarence Davock, Mrs.  William H. Rea and Mrs. George Kamperman – stalwart supporters of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Society of Arts and Crafts –  recognized that artists need a place to exhibit and sell their work.  In addition to providing young artists with the means of a livelihood,  DAM’s founders had the additional objectives to inspire life-long interest in the arts: educating public taste through exhibitions and education programs, promoting sales of work by the finest of Detroit’s local artists, and encouraging new collectors.

Over the decades DAM has continued to offer thought-provoking contemporary exhibitions and programs by emerging and established artists in Southeast Michigan.   DAM’s simple and powerful approach actively engaged – and still engages – artists, arts enthusiasts, collectors, students, and patrons in the appreciation and support of contemporary art. DAM’s impact is recognized throughout the Metro Detroit region and can also be found at the state and national levels.

DAM’s extensive and distinguished history is reflected in the artists who have shown their work at the gallery.   Notable artists whose works are in this historical exhibition include Sarkis Sarkisian, Hughie Lee-Smith, Harry Bertoia, Charles McGee, Maija Grotell and Richard DeVore.  More than 100 works of art, lent by area collectors and artists, give visitors a taste of the creativity and talent fostered by DAM.

March on over to the DIA!

The Detroit Institute of Arts is offering all of its Facebook fans FREE ADMISSION in the month of March (2012).  Here is their statement as of 3/1/12:
March is here, which means you can visit the museum for free! Don't forget to print out your free pass, which you can find in the tab that says Get FREE ADMISSION underneath our profile picture.  Or you can click the link below.  Spread the word and tell others to "like" our page.  We hope to see you soon!
Link to the DIA Facebook page