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  • Get ready for National Tequila Day!

    Thursday, July 24th marks National Tequila Day, and forget everything you know about the beverage. Those nasty old “tequilas” of yesterday were find for doing body shots, but tequila has become something of a luxury spirit while few were paying attention. Have you tried all the varieties of tequila? Can you tell the difference between blanco, joven, reposed, añejo and extra añejo?  If your local bar doesn’t have the stuff that will help you celebrate this important holiday, there are several bars that cater just to the tequila fan. There’s Aqua Rum and Tequila Bar in the MGM Grand Detroit Casino in Detroit, as well as Rojo Mexican Bistro in Novi, which offers more than 100 kinds of tequila, and Taqo Detroit, a new spot serving American-friendly Mexican fare and serving an astonishing variety of tequilas, more than 200 in all. Been waiting for a reason to drink up this south-of-the-border nectar? You got it. Guzzle responsibly.    

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  • DWSD to host water fair in wake of 15 day moratorium on Detroit water shutoffs

    In light of worldwide attention on its efforts to cut water service for thousands of Detroit residents, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department said today it would host a Water Affordability Fair on August 2nd to explain options available to those facing financial hardship. DWSD officials said in a news release today the fair will be take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the department’s Eastside Customer Service Center at 13303 E. McNichols. The move came on the heels of growing pressure from opponents of the initiative and criticism from the U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Detroit’s Chapter 9 case. “Every customer that has come to DWSD with a legitimate financial hardship has not had their water service terminated,” said Darryl Latimer, DWSD deputy director, in a statement. “In cases where the water has been shut off, it’s been restored. We keep hearing at DWSD that there are poor people who are not receiving the assistance that they need, so we want to help them and we want to make it as easy as possible for the to receive that help. That’s why we created the Water Affordability Fair – ease of access and ease of assistance. We are here to […]

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  • Thrillist Names Detroit’s Motz’s Burgers Among Best in Nation

    The folks at Thrillist have again compiled their annual list of the nation’s best burgers, and Southeast Michigan, it seems, is well represented. Ranking alongside joints in major cities such as New York and L.A., is Detroit’s own Motz’s Burgers, hailed specifically for its Double Cheeseburger Slider. Via Thrillist: There’s nothing remarkable about the façade of this SW diner… it’s just a diner, like the hundreds of others in the D. The staff’s been there for years… and so have the regulars, who can’t get enough of Motz’s legendary smashed burgers. The formula’s nothing revolutionary: smashed, griddled patties with oozy cheese and onions that melt into the burger itself as it cooks. But it’s that unmistakable flavor of a well-seasoned griddle — which has also been here for years — that makes the difference. You can score big burgers with accoutrements, but this isn’t really a place to say things like “accoutrements”. Grab the old-school slider (the double cheeseburger one), and prepare for three perfect bites of Detroit’s finest. Flint’s Torch Bar and Grill also made the cut, most notably for its Deluxe Torch Burger with Bacon. Tucked away in an alley beyond the brick streets that used to mark […]

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  • In what weird ways are you paying for school? MT wants to know!

    The Metro Times is looking for college students or graduates of Michigan colleges that used atypical means to pay for their schooling (i.e. sugar baby, selling underwear, military enrollment purely for school help, etc.). We are looking for personal anecdotes about the lengths you went to help pay for school, what came of it, your monetary situation, if the resource worked to get you through college and more. If you have utilized any one of these avenues, or know someone who has, please drop us a line at college@metrotimes.com.

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  • Kid Rock ordered to produce dildo in ICP sexual harassment lawsuit

    File under “WTF” — attorneys representing former Psychopathic Records publicist Andrea Pellegrini announced Monday that they have subpoenaed Kid Rock to produce a glass dildo as part of Pellegrini’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the Insane Clown Posse’s record label. Pellegrini claims the glass dildo was given to her by Psychopathic Records employee “Dirty Dan” Diamond as part of a larger culture of constant harassment in which she was called “bitch,” made the target of explicit sexual advances by Diamond and other co-workers, asked to procure automatic weapons for a photo shoot, and even encouraged to “deceive government investigators from the US Department of Labor.” On Friday, Diamond admitted under oath that he told Pellegrini that he had “a fat cock” and that he would “fuck the shit out of her.” The dildo, though, was “a work of art,” according to Diamond, and should not be considered sexual harassment. Why is Kid Rock involved? Diamond says when Pellegrini declined his dildo, he gave it to Kid Rock instead (presumably as a “work of art” and not a sexual advance). So now, according to court orders, Rock has 14 days to produce the glass dildo so the court can better determine if it is art or, well, a dildo. We will […]

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  • Henry Cavill and Amy Adams spotted at Pig & Whiskey

    Fans of the latest Superman franchise got a treat at Pig & Whiskey this weekend. Actors Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were spotted amid the crowds of the festival that took place in downtown Ferndale as well as a local restaurant. Cavill, who plays the man of steel in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, stopped to chat with fans, take pictures, and sign autographs on Saturday afternoon and evening. He was wearing an inconspicuous black polo shirt as well as a signature Superman-style ‘do. Other fans spotted Amy Adams at Ferndale’s Imperial on Saturday night, some were even seated next to her at the restaurant’s communal benches. Adams reportedly was slightly annoyed that patrons continuously asked for her photo, but she smiled while cell phones snapped images nonetheless. The Zach Snyder film the two are starring in together is currently filming in Birmingham. Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, has been spotted around town with his wife Jennifer Garner recently as well. The closed movie set is under intense security and Brett Callwood attempted to infiltrate the filming last month, but was forced to give up his camera’s memory card, lest he make off with telling photos.

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The Metro Times Beer Issue

The Metro Times Beer Issue

Feature Story: The Michigan Brewers Guild comes to Riverside Park in Ypsilanti By Metro Times staff 7/23/2014
Meet the women of Michigan brewing

Meet the women of Michigan brewing

Feature Story: Real women of genius By Alysa Offman 7/23/2014
Michigan craft beer by numbers

Michigan craft beer by numbers

Feature Story: What to check before you get wrecked By Michael Jackman 7/23/2014
Detroiters make good neighbors

Detroiters make good neighbors

Stir It Up: We are rising By Larry Gabriel 7/23/2014
Racism on display in bizarre march in Vassar, Mich.

Racism on display in bizarre march in Vassar, Mich.

Politics & Prejudices: The Klan would be proud By Jack Lessenberry 7/23/2014
George N’Namdi talks ‘psychological gentrification’

George N’Namdi talks ‘psychological gentrification’

Face Time: While Detroit sees development it hasn’t seen in years,
art gallery owner says it’s important for the city to retain its soul By Lee DeVito 7/23/2014
Notes on Detroit Public Schools

Notes on Detroit Public Schools

Feedback: Weekly reader responses By Metro Times readers 7/23/2014
More than 1,000 people protest Detroit\'s water shutoffs

More than 1,000 people protest Detroit's water shutoffs

News Hits: Plus news on the M-1 Rail, the First Unitarian Church fire, and more By News Hits 7/23/2014
Red Wings owner estimates new arena lifespan to be 48 years

Red Wings owner estimates new arena lifespan to be 48 years

News Analysis: Bold vision for new Detroit arena district, but how long will it be around? By Ryan Felton 7/23/2014
Detroit Public Schools EM shifts funds

Detroit Public Schools EM shifts funds

Opinion: Starving our schools By Dr. Thomas C. Pedroni 7/15/2014
Meet Maci Delaghetto

Meet Maci Delaghetto

City Slang: 'There’s no hate like Detroit hate,' DJ says By Brett Callwood 7/23/2014
Staff picks: Lydia Loveless, Boot Liquor Radio and more

Staff picks: Lydia Loveless, Boot Liquor Radio and more

Music: What we're listening to this week By Metro Times staff 7/23/2014
Record review: Dr. John — Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Record review: Dr. John — Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Now Hear This: Weekly music reviews By Brett Callwood 7/23/2014
Record review: The Ugly Beats — Brand New Day

Record review: The Ugly Beats — Brand New Day

Now Hear This: Weekly music reviews By Brett Callwood 7/23/2014
Pig & Whiskey performers talk booze, bbq & bands

Pig & Whiskey performers talk booze, bbq & bands

Music: What is it that makes that perfect summer recipe so great? By Metro Times staff 7/15/2014
Building Birds — Swirling Among the Stars

Building Birds — Swirling Among the Stars

Now Hear This: Flint band taps the sounds of mid-career Radiohead — with success By Lee DeVito 7/15/2014
Record Review: Strange Desire — Bleachers

Record Review: Strange Desire — Bleachers

Now Hear This: Fun lead guitarist's side project might even be better than the nationally known band By Alysa Offman 7/15/2014
Staff picks: Repo Man soundtrack, Step-Dad, Girl Talk

Staff picks: Repo Man soundtrack, Step-Dad, Girl Talk

Now Hear This: The albums we've had on repeat all week By Metro Times staff 7/15/2014
Niko Pittman has a \'rhythm player’s mentality\'

Niko Pittman has a 'rhythm player’s mentality'

Hey! I'm in three bands: Guitar player talks working with Wendell Harrison’s Detroit Swing Ensemble, Brunswick Brawlers, the Raw Dealers, and more By Niko Pittman 7/15/2014
Quindell Mitchell’s unlikely path to artistic salvation

Quindell Mitchell’s unlikely path to artistic salvation

Studio Visit: Free at last By Lee DeVito 7/22/2014
Science meets art in Kelsey Brookes’ psychedelic paintings

Science meets art in Kelsey Brookes’ psychedelic paintings

Arts: 'Sleep: The Science and the Mystery' comes to the Library Street Collective By Lee DeVito 7/22/2014
Shakespeare in Detroit in New Center Park

Shakespeare in Detroit in New Center Park

Theater: The play’s the thing By Drew Philp 7/15/2014
Jeremy Deputat makes solo hometown debut at Inner State Gallery

Jeremy Deputat makes solo hometown debut at Inner State Gallery

Arts: Straight outta Detroit By Lee DeVito 7/15/2014
Eastworks Detroit

Eastworks Detroit

Get Up & Goods: You can buy these unique Detroit-made lamps online By Alysa Offman 7/23/2014
Reports from Phish, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pig & Whiskey, and more

Reports from Phish, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pig & Whiskey, and more

DDays: The word on the streets By Miss Shela, Gary Bartle, Alysa Offman, and Michael Jackman 7/23/2014
El Dorado General Store

El Dorado General Store

Get Up & Goods: Southwestern-style rings, old American flags, shoes and clothing abound By Alysa Offman 7/23/2014
Meet Ebony Rutherford, co-owner of Trish\'s Garage

Meet Ebony Rutherford, co-owner of Trish's Garage

All Dolled Up: Detroit street fashion By Miss Shela 7/23/2014
313 years of drinking in Detroit

313 years of drinking in Detroit

Culture: In our town, a drink has always been the coin of the realm By Michael Jackman 7/23/2014
The High Times Cannabis Cup returns to Michigan

The High Times Cannabis Cup returns to Michigan

Culture: Yes we cannabis! By Lee DeVito 7/23/2014
Cyber infidelity or harmless online flirtations?

Cyber infidelity or harmless online flirtations?

Savage Love: The boys in the bandwidth By Dan Savage 7/23/2014
Film review: Girl on a Bicycle

Film review: Girl on a Bicycle

Couch Trip: From the guy who brought you 'The Notebook' By Brett Callwood 7/22/2014
Film review: Wish I Was Here

Film review: Wish I Was Here

Watch: Despite a successful crowdsourcing campaign, Zach Braff and friends deliver a perfectly mediocre dramedy. By Jeff Meyers 7/18/2014
Al Jazeera examines FBI undercovers in new doc

Al Jazeera examines FBI undercovers in new doc

Couch Trip: 'Informants' airs on Al Jazeera English’s YouTube channel By Valerie Vande Panne 7/15/2014
Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Watch: Franchise reboot gets it mostly right, delivering sweeping action and deep questions By Jeff Meyers 7/11/2014
Film Review: Hellion

Film Review: Hellion

Watch: Kat Candler’s dark indie stands out before lapsing into cliche By Jeff Meyers 7/7/2014
Motor City Sports Bar

Motor City Sports Bar

Burger Quest: Our ongoing mission to find the 
best burger in Detroit By Michael Jackman 7/23/2014
Restaurant review: Tony V’s Tavern

Restaurant review: Tony V’s Tavern

Eat: A classic reborn By Jane Slaughter 7/23/2014
Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.

Raise the Bar: This is a serious microbrewery By Michael Jackman 7/23/2014
Green Dot Stables owner plans to open Johnny\'s Noodle King

Green Dot Stables owner plans to open Johnny's Noodle King

Eat: Jacques Driscoll has another restaurant on the way By Michael Jackman 7/23/2014
Cass Corridor’s corner café

Cass Corridor’s corner café

Eat: This little gem is clean and comfortable By Valerie Vande Panne 7/23/2014
Rightfully Raw’s Key Lime Pie

Rightfully Raw’s Key Lime Pie

Eat: This treat is made in in Oakland Township, Michigan By Valerie Vande Panne 7/23/2014
Founder’s Brewing Co. All Day IPA Session Ale

Founder’s Brewing Co. All Day IPA Session Ale

Drink Up: This tasty brew should satisfy newcomers to the world of craft beer By Alysa Offman 7/22/2014
Melocoton from Imperial

Melocoton from Imperial

Drink Up: You’ll find this drink this weekend at Pig & Whiskey’s Cocktail Corner By Alysa Offman 7/15/2014
Comet Bar likely to be demolished for new Detroit Red Wings arena

Comet Bar likely to be demolished for new Detroit Red Wings arena

Raise the Bar: Better now to enjoy the cheap drinks at this Cass Corridor watering hole By Ryan Felton 7/15/2014
Horoscopes (July 23 — 29)

Horoscopes (July 23 — 29)

Astrology: Your weekly readings By Cal Garrison 7/22/2014
Horoscopes (July 16 — 22)

Horoscopes (July 16 — 22)

Astrology: Your weekly readings. By Cal Garrison 7/15/2014
Horoscopes (July 9 — 15)

Horoscopes (July 9 — 15)

Astrology: Your weekly readings By Cal Garrison 7/7/2014
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