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  • Detroit Tigers Dave Rozema and Ike Blessitt to honor Mark “The Bird” Fidrych

    Coming up on August 16, former Detroit Tigers greats Dave Rozema and Ike Blessitt will team up with the Navin Field Grounds Crew and Metro Times‘ own Dave Mesrey to honor legend Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. The festivities, known as the annual “Bird Bash,” will be held at the infamous Nemo’s Bar & Grill, and will benefit The Bird’s favorite charity, the Wertz Warriors, and also the Mark Fidrych Foundation. For more information, check out their website or Facebook page.

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  • First Little League game at Navin Field today

    Today Navin Field (the Old Tiger Stadium) hosts its first Little League game on a new field made just to host the youngsters! Here’s a photo of the game happening right now, courtesy Tom Derry and Metro Times‘ copy editor extraordinaire, Dave Mesrey: Stop by the site (corner of Michigan and Trumbull) today to watch history in the making!

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  • Twerk du Soleil shakes up Detroit

    Former American Idol contestant Vonzell Solomon weighs in on twerking, natural hair & CEO status. In 2005, recording artist Vonzell “Baby V” Solomon embarked on a journey that changed her life. At the age of 20, Vonzell made it to the top three on American Idol before she was eliminated. But that was not the beginning nor the end of her journey to stardom. Vonzell is one of more than two dozen artists on tour with YouTube sensation Todrick Hall, who is a former Idol contestant as well. Todrick gained notoriety for his fast food drive-thru songs and also for producing parody videos  —  based on popular Broadway musicals and songs. His tour, uniquely entitled Twerk Du Soleil (translation: twerk of the sun), is a combination of his popular YouTube spoofs. Both Vonzell and her ratchet alter ego,Boonquisha Jenkins, made an appearance in Twerk Du Soleil,which stopped in Detroit July 23 at Saint Andrews Hall. Boonquisha opened the show by facilitating a twerking competition among the audience. Next, Vonzell made a reappearance singing a fan favorite – Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Later, Boonquisha came on stage screaming “It’s so cold in the D! You gotta be from the D to […]

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  • Poll shows Bob Ficano behind in Wayne County Executive race

    If a poll released this week is any indication of how the August 5 primary election will turn out, current Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano has reason to worry, Fox 2 reports. Ficano, who’s seeking a third term, polled in fourth place — behind former Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, Westland Mayor Bill Wild and Wayne County Commissioner Phil Cavanaugh, according to Fox 2. The poll by Strategic Solutions LLC, showed 6.7 percent of respondents said they’d vote for Ficano, which isn’t so bad: He finished ahead of County Commissioner Kevin McNamara (who came in at No. 6) and someone literally described as “a candidate not named here” (who polled at No. 5.) If you’re planning to head to the polls — which you should! — and need some input on the candidates and ballot proposals, you can read for our election coverage in this week’s Metro Times.

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  • A Mad Decent Mixtape

    Mad Decent Block Party will roll through town on Saturday, August 16, bringing to town artists like Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus, RiFF RAFF, Keys N Krates, and Zeds Dead. Thugli, a Canadian duo, will perform on the Toronto leg of the tour and they put together a 45 minute mix that features songs by some of the tour’s featured artists as well as a host of others.  Listen to it here. 

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  • Tangent Gallery to host Breaking Borders

    Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host a special event this Saturday, July 26 in hopes of raising money for the local faction of an international nonprofit, Burners without Borders Detroit. Breaking Borders is a one-evening-only event that will feature live music, performance, and art. Satori Circus will perform along with spoken word artist ZakAndWhatArmy. Music by Tartanic, Dixon’s Violin, and Servitor. Fire dancers, hoop performers, and acrobats will provide a certain mysticism to the ambiance as old Victorian steampunk and tribal art is shown in the main gallery. There will also be a runway fashion show and the evening will end with a dubstep rave featuring DJ Forcefeed and Dotty. Truly, there’s something for everyone. Perhaps more importantly, there will be a full service bar. The event is open to those 18 and older and IDs will be checked at the door. Admission is $25 at the door, or $20 with the donation of a canned good. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the party goes until 2 a.m. A 20 percent commission will be taken from all art sold at this event and donated to Burners without Borders. The Tangent Gallery is located at 715 Milwaukee Ave., Detroit; 313-873-2955; tangentgallery.com.

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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
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
N’Namdi talks ‘psychological gentrification’

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
Wayne County executive election guide

Wayne County executive election guide

News: MT’s Q&A's with the candidates By Ryan Felton 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
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
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
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
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
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
Elise McDonough\'s classic pot brownies recipe

Elise McDonough's classic pot brownies recipe

Culture: Get baked By Lee DeVito 7/23/2014
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
A look at Detroit\'s Garden Court Apartments

A look at Detroit's Garden Court Apartments

Still Standing: Albert Kahn-designed building celebrates its 100th birthday next year By Alysa Offman 7/22/2014
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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