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  • Jumpin Jumpin: Police, fire fighters, and EMS workers to be honored at Sky Zone

    When we think of honoring the brave men and women who protect and serve the metro Detroit area, we think of trampolines.  We think they should jump on trampolines. And by trampolines, we mean an all-walled trampoline field where they can land in a pit of 10,000 foam cubes. They have to blow off steam some how. Sky Zone, the inventors of such a place, are hosting a special day at their Canton and Shelby Township locations that will be all about police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and their families. On Tuesday, August 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. there will be free jumping for these folks. All metro Detroit police, firefighters, EMS workers and their families are invited to come, though an employee ID or professional organization ID will be required for admittance to 60 free minutes at the indoor park. The hour of free jumping comes with free pizza from Jet’s as well. This is the first event of its kind in Michigan.  Sky Zone Canton is located at 42550 Executive Drive Sky Zone Shelby Township is located at 50810 Sabrina Drive. Check skyzone.com for more information. 

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  • Metro Times is getting a new website today

    Your favorite local alternative weekly is getting a digital facelift at around 4 p.m. today, and we need your help. If you, dear reader, spot anything amiss or notice that any of our regular features are not working properly, do give us a shout in the comment section below or on social media. If, on the other hand, you find that you positively adore our new design (which we surely hope you do!), we’d certainly enjoy hearing about that as well. Let the countdown to launch begin!

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  • Detroit group Feral Ground is out to prove hip-hop is alive and well

    By LeeAnn Brown Some people say that hip-hop is dead. Local ban Fderal Ground is proving that is not the case. The seven-member band, consisting of three lead vocalists, a DJ, bass, drums and guitar, plays what they call “living hip-hop.” Their music, peppered with multiple styles, covers all aspects of life from growing up in the D to playing with fire despite knowing you will likely get burned. Their undeniable chemistry and raw lyrics compose a music that is living, breathing, and connecting to their listeners. It has been nearly 11 years since Vinny Mendez and Michael Powers conjured up the basement idea that has flowered into the Detroit funk-hop band Feral Ground. Throughout high school the two wrote and rapped consistently, playing shows here and there. In those years they matched their rap stanzas with the animated, dynamic voice of Ginger Nastase and saw an instant connection. The now trio backed their lyrics with DJ Aldo’s beats on and off for years, making him a permanent member within the last year, along with Andy DaFunk (bass), Joseph Waldecker (drums), and newest member, Craig Ericson (guitar). We sat down with Feral Ground and their manager, Miguel Mira, in their […]

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  • Yale professor talks Plato, James Madison and Detroit’s emergency manager law

    Much has been made about Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s decision this week to transfer authority of the city’s water department to Mayor Mike Duggan. In what is the most interesting read on the situation, Jason Stanley, professor of philosophy at Yale, pens an analysis on Michigan’s novel emergency manager law on the New York Times Opinionator blog. Stanley deconstructs Michigan’s grand experiment in governance by addressing two questions: Has the EM law resulted in policy that maximally serves the public good? And, is the law consistent with basic principles of democracy? Stanley ties in examples of Plato, James Madison’s Federalist Papers, and Nazi political theorist Carl Schmitt. A short excerpt: Plato was a harsh critic of democracy, a position that derived from the fact that his chief value for a society was social efficiency. In Plato’s view, most people are not capable of employing their autonomy to make the right choices, that is, choices that maximize overall efficiency. Michigan is following Plato’s recommendation to handle the problems raised by elections. Though there are many different senses of “liberty” and “autonomy,” none mean the same thing as “efficiency.” Singapore is a state that values efficiency above all. But by no stretch of […]

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  • Where to meet a baby dinosaur this week

    Walking with Dinosaurs, a magnificent stage show that features life-sized animatronic creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, will be in town next week. But to preview the show’s run at the Palace, a baby T-Rex will be making an appearance at four area malls to the delight and wonderment of shoppers. Baby T-Rex, as the creature is being affectionately referred to, is seven-feet-tall and 14-feet-long. He’ll only be at each mall for about 15 minutes, so while there will be photo opportunities, they’ll be short. The dino will be at Fairlane Town Center Center Court at 18900 Michigan Ave. in Detroit from 2-2:15 p.m. today, July 30; The Mall at Partridge Creek at 17420 Hall Rd. in Clinton Township from 5-5:15 p.m. today, July 30; Twelve Oaks Mall at the Lord & Taylor Court at 27500 Novi Rd., Novi tomorrow, Thursday July 31 from 1:30-1:45 p.m.; and Great Lakes Crossing Food Court at 4000 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills from 5-5:15 p.m., tomorrow Thursday, July 31.  

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  • Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

    Interested in reading about what Detroit accomplishes on a week-to-week basis that’s produced by the city itself? Great. You can do that now, here, at the Detroit Dashboard. Every Thursday morning, the city will publish an update to the dashboard because Mayor Mike Duggan loves metrics, even if the data might be hard to come by. According to Duggan’s office, the dashboard will provide data on how many LED street lights were installed, how many vacant lots were mowed, how much blight was removed, and more. This week, the city says it has sold 13 site lots through BuildingDetroit.com, removed 570 tons of illegal dumping, and filed 57 lawsuits against abandoned property owners.  

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MI Cryonics Inst. freezes dead for ‘reanimation’

MI Cryonics Inst. freezes dead for ‘reanimation’

Cover Story: Souls on ice By Jesse Hicks 7/29/2014
Cannabis Cup and ballot counts

Cannabis Cup and ballot counts

Higher Ground: Michigan moves forward By Larry Gabriel 7/28/2014
Detroiters sue incinerator owner over \'noxious\' odors

Detroiters sue incinerator owner over 'noxious' odors

News Hits: Class-action lawsuit seeks financial awards in excess of $25,000 By News Hits 7/29/2014
Craig Fahle says goodbye to WDET

Craig Fahle says goodbye to WDET

Now Hear This: Catch his final show on Aug. 8 By Metro Times staff 7/29/2014
Belle Isle Aquarium has been standing for 110 years

Belle Isle Aquarium has been standing for 110 years

Still Standing: Landmark brings beauty to Belle Isle By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
MT readers weigh in on Vassar, Mich. protests, beer, and more

MT readers weigh in on Vassar, Mich. protests, beer, and more

Feedback: Weekly reader responses By Metro Times readers 7/29/2014
Meet Joseph Krause of Backseat Detroit Tours

Meet Joseph Krause of Backseat Detroit Tours

Face Time: This guy may not be able to drive anymore, but that won't stop him from guiding you through the Motor City By Johnny Drop 7/29/2014
Vietnam vets struggle to build Detroit memorial

Vietnam vets struggle to build Detroit memorial

Politics & Prejudices: Mayor Duggan: meet these vets By Jack Lessenberry 7/29/2014
Poll shows Ficano way behind in county executive race

Poll shows Ficano way behind in county executive race

News Hits : Someone literally described as "a candidate not named here" polled fifth By News Hits 7/29/2014
DWSD to host Detroit water fair August 2

DWSD to host Detroit water fair August 2

News Hits: The daylong session follows weeks of protests and criticism By News Hits 7/29/2014
Orr seeks proposals to privatize Detroit parking system

Orr seeks proposals to privatize Detroit parking system

News Hits: Bidders could manage system or outright purchase it By News Hits 7/29/2014
Porn and Chicken brings dance party to Pontiac

Porn and Chicken brings dance party to Pontiac

Music: This trio of Chicago party-starters likes it bushy and fried By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
Record review: Jenny Lewis — The Voyager

Record review: Jenny Lewis — The Voyager

Now Hear This: Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman releases new solo album with the help of Ryan Adams By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
Our top five underrated female R&B songs

Our top five underrated female R&B songs

Now Hear This: We love the ladies of R&B By Gionni Crawford 7/29/2014
Record review: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas — Secret Evil

Record review: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas — Secret Evil

Now Hear This: Detroit songstress releases her debut full-length By Brett Callwood 7/29/2014
Final Assault creates pure and direct hardcore music

Final Assault creates pure and direct hardcore music

City Slang: Band continues in the vein of the Meatmen and Negative Approach By Brett Callwood 7/29/2014
\'Oohrah!\' takes a look at life after Iraq

'Oohrah!' takes a look at life after Iraq

Theater Review: Out of the frying pan By Lee DeVito 7/29/2014
Stephen Magsig puts Detroit’s cityscapes down on canvas

Stephen Magsig puts Detroit’s cityscapes down on canvas

Studio Visit: The patina of life By Lee DeVito 7/29/2014
David Bandlow debuts new (old) work

David Bandlow debuts new (old) work

Arts: Artist kicks off the Heidelberg Project's new Post-Hab gallery By Lee DeVito 7/29/2014
Quindell Mitchell’s path to artistic salvation

Quindell Mitchell’s path to artistic salvation

Studio Visit: Free at last By Lee DeVito 7/22/2014
Yonikka Tinsley\'s \'doll-meets-bohemian\' style

Yonikka Tinsley's 'doll-meets-bohemian' style

All Dolled Up: Meet this self-described 'conscious entrepreneur' By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
Zumiez skateboarding championships come to Detroit

Zumiez skateboarding championships come to Detroit

Culture: National finals will be held in a skate park built in the Michigan Theatre Building By Lee DeVito 7/29/2014
Reports from Twerk du Soleil, Cannabis Cup, Jimmy Buffett

Reports from Twerk du Soleil, Cannabis Cup, Jimmy Buffett

DDays: The word on the street. By Miss Shela, Ryan Felton, Lee DeVito, Gionni Crawford 7/29/2014
Motor City Sixers by Hunt and Noyer

Motor City Sixers by Hunt and Noyer

Get Up & Goods: Store your six-pack in one of these By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
Nora brings sleek chic to the Cass Corridor

Nora brings sleek chic to the Cass Corridor

Get Up & Goods: Lifestyle boutique features a wide range and interesting selection of goods By Alysa Offman 7/29/2014
When should one disclose being in an open relationship?

When should one disclose being in an open relationship?

Savage Love: Taking advantage By Dan Savage 7/29/2014
Elise McDonough\'s classic pot brownies recipe

Elise McDonough's classic pot brownies recipe

Culture: Get baked By Lee DeVito 7/23/2014
Film review: Afternoon Delight

Film review: Afternoon Delight

Couch Trip: Here's what happens when a bored L.A. housewife falls for a stripper By Brett Callwood 7/29/2014
Film review: A Most Wanted Man

Film review: A Most Wanted Man

Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s curtain call By Jeff Meyers 7/29/2014
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
Faygo debuts new Cotton Candy flavor

Faygo debuts new Cotton Candy flavor

Drink Up: Is this the long-awaited Juggalo flavor? By Lee DeVito 7/29/2014
A tour of Riverview\'s Baffo bakery

A tour of Riverview's Baffo bakery

Eat: An Italian family’s company ships thousands of pizza rolls across the region each day By Ryan Felton 7/29/2014
The best of Ann Arbor beer

The best of Ann Arbor beer

Eat: This town belongs on every beer lover’s list of must-visit burgs By Doug Trattner 7/29/2014
36 hours in Ann Arbor

36 hours in Ann Arbor

Eat: Summer's a great time to visit that U-M college town By Doug Trattner 7/29/2014
Restaurant review: Royal Eagle

Restaurant review: Royal Eagle

Restaurant Review: Monastery offers a delicious experience By Noelle Lothamer 7/29/2014
Mindo makes delicious chocolate

Mindo makes delicious chocolate

Eat: From Ecuador to Michigan By Valerie Vande Panne 7/29/2014
Temple Bar — the new watering hole for hockey fans?

Temple Bar — the new watering hole for hockey fans?

Raise the Bar: This little dive is poised to get a new neighbor in the brand-new $450 million Red Wings arena By Ryan Felton 7/29/2014
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
Horoscopes (July 30 — August 5)

Horoscopes (July 30 — August 5)

Astrology: Your weekly readings. By Cal Garison 7/28/2014
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
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