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Society Confidential: Psychedelic tables in the park

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett

Tables, we’ve got tables

If you happened by Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit in the last few days and were stunned by the sight of 385 brightly-colored tables covering the entire park, it wasn’t a mass hallucination from the 1960s. It also wasn’t preparation for a massive, Day-Glo luncheon (as many gawkers driving by probably thought). This massive Color Gradient exhibit was the launch of “Studio F,” an artist portal.

Artists Ellen Rutt and Patrick Ethen took photographs of artistic images and patterns as they biked around Detroit, and after some digital imaging magic on their computers, applied the images to IKEA tables of various designs. The exhibit of 385 tables will be in the park through today, so run on down to see it before the city kicks the whole shebang out. Some 200 of the tables will be donated to Humble Design, a local nonprofit that provides furniture for women in transition from abusive relationships. The 185 remaining tables will go on sale to the public Tuesday — #GivingTuesday — at the refurbished Silver’s building, 151 Fort (at Shelby) in Detroit. Suggested donation for the tables start at $25, and a few of them will be signed by the artists, for a premium.

What’s Up, Detroit?

Birmingham’s 220 Merrill Restaurant was on jam during brunch Sunday. And while the white cheddar and herb omelet is divine, it seems that this weekend’s standing-room-only crowd was about something more than good grub. It was a preview showing of a new TV show, “What’s Up Detroit?” Billed as a show that features everything cool and exciting in and around Detroit, “What’s Up Detroit” is the brainchild of Denise Ilitch and Darius Smith, who are the executive producers.

“We decided to celebrate the premiere with a brunch viewing party, and now that we got such a good response, we’ll probably do them on a regular basis,” explained Smith, who is also the show’s host. “As far as the show, each week we’ll feature fashion, business news, entertainment and hot events going on around Detroit. “What’s Up Detroit” airs on TV20 at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Really good Black Friday shopping notes

Jack White’s Third Man Records in the Cass Corridor (not Midtown), is offering those tantalizing Tamla 45 rpm reissues today, and you can make your own music at a discount as the Historic United Sound Systems Recording Studio is offering a Black Friday recording deal that starts today (but goes on for a time). You can record where Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker and so many more put down classic tracks. It’s a hybrid analog/digital recording process, there are special block rates, musicians are available (for an extra fee), and nobody will knock you down as you try to get in the door! For details, call United Sound, 5840 Second Ave., Detroit, at (313) 833-1833.