2013 Detroit Anti-Auto Show Hypes Alternative Transportation


  • 2013 Detroit Anti-Auto Show

    2013 Detroit Anti-Auto Show

    The 2013 Detroit Anti-Auto Show wants consumers to think about something besides horsepower and internal-combustion engines. | January 17, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Detroit Anti-Auto Show opens Friday featuring alternative forms of transportation and anti-auto show girls, but poses no real threat to the real deal.
  • The alternative show, which is hosted by the Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit (CAID) is an art exhibit with alternative-transportation themes.
  • It will raise funds for a Detroit youth bike-building project, CAID Bikes, which supports inner-city youths building customized bicycles for entrepreneurs.

DETROIT — The 2013 Detroit Anti-Auto Show opens Friday featuring alternative forms of transportation and anti-auto show girls, but poses no threat to the real deal.

The Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit (CAID) is hosting an "Anti-Auto Show" art exhibit to coincide with the 2013 Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview, a sold-out black-tie gala that costs $300 per ticket.

The free "green carpet" event is January 18 at CAID. It showcases alternative modes of transportation and displays works in a variety of mediums that probe beneath the glitz of Detroit's annual auto show, examining society's car culture.

Unlike the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, which features everything from the mighty Ford Atlas Concept to the sleek Nissan Resonance concept, the competing show puts a spotlight on skateboards and scooters.

The Anti-Auto show has a charitable element as well. It's raising funds for a Detroit youth bike-building project, CAID Bikes. The program supports inner-city youths building customized bicycles for entrepreneurs. The kids design bamboo bicycle trailers, utility tricycles for recycling and a landscape/gardening vehicle.

A Web site raising money for the event even sells T-shirts with the Anti-Auto Show logo, encouraging patrons to ditch their tuxedos and wear their purchase to the event.

The Anti-Auto Show begins at 6 p.m. with "Auto Show Girls," a sketch performance by the Nyx and live music by the Odd Hours. Raffle tickets for sale support CAID's bike project. Admission is free to the public from 6-10 p.m.

Edmunds says: One of Detroit's biggest nights of the year gets some counterculture competition.

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