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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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  • Shop Talk: Harvard and Duke students moderate panel discussion in Detroit

    The Social Club Grooming Company, a metro Detroit-based environmentally conscious company that focuses on health and beauty as well as education, will host Shop Talk this Thursday, a special in their on-going event series that will bring students from both Harvard and Duke for a panel discussion about the social-entreprenurial climate and business innovation happening in Detroit. Detroiters like Burn Rubber’s Rick Williams, fashion photographer Piper Carter, Crain’s Detroit’s Eric Cedo, Mission Throttle’s Jamie Shea, and campaign manager Bryan Barnhill will come together to discuss how to create change in the city’s economic landscape through innovation and entrepreneurship. Of course what makes this panel discussion unique is the way in which it will take place. As The Social Club is a barber shop, each panelist will be receiving a haircut while speaking, the trimmings from which will be used for their nitrogen content to help grow plants in the city. Part of a series that will help Detroiters meet city leaders, voices, artists, activists, and business owners, Shop Talk’s objective is to help young people understand their role in the city’s ever-changing economic system. “There’s so much positive energy in Detroit right now,” says Sebastian Jackson, The Social Club’s founder. “It’s […]

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  • Just to clarify, Olympia hasn’t ‘finalized’ financing details on promised Detroit ancillary development — yet

    Yesterday, the Detroit Free Press and Crain’s Detroit Business reported on the remarkable concept Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of Detroit Red Wings owner Ilitch Holdings Inc., has developed for the proposed “catalyst development project.” (The basics of the project can be found here.) Baked into the details offered by the Freep was this: Arena plans announced earlier called for development to grow up around the arena over ensuing years. But the Ilitches decided to do it all at once: A large part of the infrastructure and construction associated with the retail and residential projects will rise out of the ground along with the arena — and be ready by 2017. Christopher Ilitch said construction of the residential units, restaurants and other new development around the arena was moved up because of its importance to Detroit. He estimated the development would create at least $1.8 billion in total economic impact over several years, 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs, and 1,100 permanent jobs. As Crain’s reported, Olympia would develop 300 apartments in “two buildings on what currently are the surface parking lots between Comerica Park — home of the Ilitch-owned Detroit Tigers — and Woodward Avenue.” Crain’s writer Bill Shea also notes a new building across Adams Street […]

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  • Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts comes to Artist Village Detroit

    On August 2, the annual Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts makes its way to Detroit’s Redford and Brightmoor Neighborhoods. The event,, which runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., features an array of performers, from music (Passalacqua, Tunde Olaniran, Duane the Brand New Dog) to dance (Wild Spirit, Studio Detroit, Dawn Xiana Moon and Kamrah), theater (Shakespeare in Detroit, Nerve, Rumpusroom), and art (installation by 555 Gallery, Armaggedon Beach Party, Colleen Parsons). Check out the website for the full schedule of events.

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  • Watch Now: Al Jazeera’s ‘Informants’

    Live on Al Jazeera English’s YouTube Channel, Informants explores the shifty world of undercover agents, FBI-concocted terror plots, and more–in, among other places, Toledo. Read our review here, or watch now:

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Michigan’s Iraqi refugee crisis

Michigan’s Iraqi refugee crisis

Feature Story: The Iraq War’s displaced still flow into Michigan and struggle to find employment — what should the government do about it? By Robert Guttersohn 7/15/2014
Detroit Public Schools EM shifts funds

Detroit Public Schools EM shifts funds

Opinion: Starving our schools By Dr. Thomas C. Pedroni 7/15/2014
Wayne State expansion had local businesses crying foul

Wayne State expansion had local businesses crying foul

Metro Retro: A look back at what was happening this week in Metro Times... By Metro Times staff 7/16/2014
Meet Tom Nardone of the Detroit Mower Gang

Meet Tom Nardone of the Detroit Mower Gang

Face Time: When the city of Detroit said it wasn't going to maintain more than 100 parks, a gang of renegade lawn mowers rose up to do the job By Lee DeVito 7/15/2014
Detroit residents continue protest to remain in homes

Detroit residents continue protest to remain in homes

News Hits: Gratiot McDougall project causing a massive headache in court By News Hits 7/15/2014
Reader responses to Detroit\'s incinerator, DPS, breast feeding

Reader responses to Detroit's incinerator, DPS, breast feeding

Feedback: Metro Times readers weigh in By Metro Times readers 7/15/2014
Is our democracy broken beyond repair?

Is our democracy broken beyond repair?

Politics & Prejudices: The bottom line: Congress is totally corrupt. By Jack Lessenberry 7/15/2014
Cops against the drug war

Cops against the drug war

Higher Ground: The War on Drugs creates a new class of people to be discrimined By Larry Gabriel 7/15/2014
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
Record review: Sia — 1000 Forms of Fear

Record review: Sia — 1000 Forms of Fear

Now Hear This: Aussie artist anti-publicity stunt tries to distract from the fact that the tunes just aren't there By Lee DeVito 7/8/2014
Christina Morgan takes "Norah Jones" approach

Christina Morgan takes "Norah Jones" approach

Hey! I'm in three bands: When she isn't fronting her own band Bricktown Station, this vocalist works with the Sights, Frijid Pink, and more By Christina Morgan 7/8/2014
Big Gov wants to take his Black Guvernment nationwide

Big Gov wants to take his Black Guvernment nationwide

City Slang: Power and politics By Brett Callwood 7/15/2014
Record review: Morrissey — World Peace Is None of Your Business

Record review: Morrissey — World Peace Is None of Your Business

Now Hear This: Caustic caramel By Brett Callwood 7/8/2014
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
Artist Melanie Manos puts herself into her work

Artist Melanie Manos puts herself into her work

Studio Visit: Out on a limb By Lee DeVito 7/14/2014
Inside Eastern Market\'s Blue Velvet

Inside Eastern Market's Blue Velvet

Get Up & Goods: Owner Kory Trinks purchased her collection from Dan Tartarian of Showtime and has made it her life’s work to clean, repair, and restore the goods By Alysa Offman 7/15/2014
Frank Lloyd Wright Turkel House and Palmer Woods Garden Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright Turkel House and Palmer Woods Garden Tour

Still Standing: Palmer Woods gardens will be open to the public By Alysa Offman 7/15/2014
Cara Lundgren has an eye for color and composition

Cara Lundgren has an eye for color and composition

All Dolled Up: Think you're all dolled up? By Alysa Offman 7/15/2014
Reports from Willie Nelson at Freedom Hill, Red Bull Creation

Reports from Willie Nelson at Freedom Hill, Red Bull Creation

DDays: The word on the street. By By Emily Corkum, Ryan Felton, Alysa Offman, Miss Shela 7/15/2014
Saverine Creek Heirlooms

Saverine Creek Heirlooms

Get Up & Goods: Rather than expensive jewels, this jeweler uses heirloom beans and seeds By Alysa Offman 7/15/2014
Are straight guys allowed in gay clubs?

Are straight guys allowed in gay clubs?

Savage Love: Also, a woman is jealous of her boyfriend's dog and a man is dating an escort. By Dan Savage 7/15/2014
Red Bull Creation brings makers and more to Detroit

Red Bull Creation brings makers and more to Detroit

Culture: Innovation gives Detroit wings By Alysa Offman 7/8/2014
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
Film Review: A Teacher

Film Review: A Teacher

Couch Trip: The subject of female teachers having affairs with their male students seems to have been in the news a lot of late By Brett Callwood 7/7/2014
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
Jim Beam rye whiskey

Jim Beam rye whiskey

Eat: A tasty beverage By Michael Jackman 7/15/2014
Restaurant Review: Atwater in the Park

Restaurant Review: Atwater in the Park

Eat : On Pointe By Aaron Egan 7/15/2014
Inside Detroit’s Better Made chip factory

Inside Detroit’s Better Made chip factory

Eat: In the chips By Michael Jackman 7/8/2014
Tony V\'s aims to succeed where Alvin\'s failed

Tony V's aims to succeed where Alvin's failed

Side Dish: V for victory? By Metro Times food staff 7/8/2014
Restaurant review: B Spot

Restaurant review: B Spot

Eat: Ground for glory By Jane Slaughter 7/8/2014
Taqo Detroit boasts "authentic Mexican"

Taqo Detroit boasts "authentic Mexican"

Side Dish: Mexican standoff By Metro Times food staff 7/8/2014
Bourbon beer tasting comes to Grand Trunk Pub

Bourbon beer tasting comes to Grand Trunk Pub

Side Dish: Grand for beer By Metro Times food staff 7/8/2014
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
Horoscopes (July 2 — 8)

Horoscopes (July 2 — 8)

Astrology: Your weekly readings By Cal Garrison 7/1/2014
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