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🐧 It's Fri-yay, but we aren't feeling very "yay" about the state of the outdoors, so we're finding other things to be jazzed about.

❄️ Today's weather: Sigh. Snow, then rain, then potentially more snow! All of this with a high of 36.

🚧 Situational awareness: I-94 will be closed between the Lodge Freeway and I-75 from 8pm today until 5am Monday for beam installation of the Cass Avenue bridge over the highway, per MDOT.

Today's newsletter is 862 words — a 3-minute read. Edited by Joe Guillen and copy edited by Cindy Orosco-Wright.

1 big thing: We're in our dinner party era

Tablescapes like these by wares rental company Canary are taking over millennial and Gen Z dinner parties. Photo: Emily Bennett, courtesy of Beth Nash

Foodies say 2024 is the year of the dinner party, but these aren't your parents' gatherings.

Why it matters: Entertaining at home is one way for people to get the connection they crave on a budget, Axios' Brianna Crane reports.

The big picture: A host of online dinner party startups like Hauste and Canary are catering to younger adults at a time when dining out is expensive and many of them have soured on drinking.

  • The businesses aim to make food-focused fetês easier to pull off, offering menu ideas, plate rentals, Spotify playlists and other services.
Chart: Axios Visuals

What they're saying: "You're not going to be Martha Stewart the first time you host," Hauste co-founder Lea Raymond says. (And that's OK.)

Zoom out: Searches for "dinner parties" on Evite increased 148% from this time last year, according to online invitation data the company shared with Axios.

Between the lines: Millennials and Gen Zers are especially leaning into hosting, with an emphasis on creative tablescapes and themed experiences — in part to share on TikTok and Instagram, "where visually appealing content around hosting is highly valued and widely shared," Olivia Pollock, senior brand director at Evite, tells Axios.

💭 Sam's thought bubble: You don't need to own a house to host — I see local creatives on Instagram throwing dinner parties in their apartments.

  • A dining table and an artistic spirit are really all you need to throw a memorable dinner.

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2. Upending the comedy scene

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios; Photo: Angelo Colina

U.S. Latino comedians have largely become successful by performing in English. But Venezuelan comic Angelo Colina is flipping the narrative by selling out shows and drawing a massive online following with his entirely Spanish-language sets.

Why it matters: Colina's show is coming to Detroit at 9:30pm April 5 at the House of Comedy on Woodward Avenue.

The big picture: The 29-year-old's surging popularity comes as demand for Spanish-language content grows, Axios' Kim Bojórquez reports.

  • Of those in Metro Detroit who speak a language other than English at home, nearly 20% spoke Spanish as of 2019, per census data.

Context: The comic, who moved to the U.S. at age 24 to help support his family in Salt Lake City, tells Axios he didn't always perform in Spanish.

  • "It was mostly knowing that everything that I wrote in Spanish and then translated to English was better than writing in English from the start," Colina says.

Like Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, who has never released an English-only track to appease commercial audiences, Colina doesn't feel the need to constrain himself.

  • "Doing comedy in English … you really have to explain why you have an accent. You kinda go into these identity politics," he says.

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3. The Grapevine: You heard it here

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🐾 Congressman Shri Thanedar (D-Detroit) was honored by the Humane Society Legislative Fund this week despite his past ownership of a New Jersey laboratory where more than 170 dogs and monkeys were abandoned and later rescued from cages in 2010. (Detroit News)

⚕️ Southeast Michigan has confirmed at least four cases of measles since late February. (WXYZ)

🎤 Five years after experiencing a stroke, Dan Gilbert spoke about his recovery during an event yesterday.

  • "The only thing I can say is just enjoy every day, every minute, and stay healthy," Gilbert said. (Detroit News)

💰 Michigan's redistricting commission voted 9-4 to give itself a 40% pay raise in advance of redrawing state Senate district maps that a federal court found to be unconstitutional. (Detroit News)

The Lions released cornerback Cam Sutton after learning of an arrest warrant for domestic battery by strangulation. (Free Press)

4. March Madness: Oakland makes history

Oakland's Jack Gohlke celebrates after scoring a three against Kentucky. Photo: Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The underdog Oakland Golden Grizzlies vanquished Kentucky in a March Madness thriller last night, 80-76, advancing to the NCAA Tournament's second round for the first time in school history.

Why it matters: By outplaying a Kentucky team stacked with NBA prospects, Oakland looks poised for an even deeper tournament run.

What they're saying: "We wanted this stage and our kids came through," coach Greg Kampe told CBS after the game. "We win all close games ... that's all we said in the huddle."

Between the lines: Guard Jack Gohlke shot the lights out, scoring 32 points on 10-for-20 shooting from three.

The big picture: Oakland joined Michigan State in victory yesterday.

What's next: Oakland's next game is tomorrow, too, against NC State at 7:10pm on TBS.

1 Pete Buttigieg quote to go

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, right, speaks with Axios' Mike Allen at Axios' What's Next Summit in Washington, D.C. Photo: Ronald Flores

"I don't mean to dodge, it's just that this job takes about 110% of my intellect and attention and I don't know if I'll run for office again or not. But I do really care about the future of the state that I've married into, and adopted, and I think Gov. Whitmer is doing a fantastic job."
— U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who now calls our state home, answering a question from Axios' Mike Allen on Tuesday about whether he plans to run for Michigan governor in 2026

💭 Our thought bubble: A gubernatorial run makes a lot of sense for Buttigieg, but it could be a crowded Democratic field.

Our picks:

😁 Joe is feeling vindicated after his first Amazon order since quitting Prime came with free shipping.

😵‍💫 Annalise is reminded that every time anyone ever says the word "vindicated," she instantly gets this Dashboard Confessional song stuck in her head.

😴 Sam is finally, for the first time, getting a new mattress instead of taking a family member's hand-me-down!