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  • DWSD deputy director: outcry over Detroit water shutoffs likely connected to ongoing bankruptcy

    Yesterday, you may have caught a segment on MSNBC where Maureen Taylor, state chairwoman of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, blasted WDIV reporter Hank Winchester for comments he made about the ongoing water shutoffs in Detroit. The segment highlighted some of the city’s commercial accounts with substantial outstanding fees, something also reported in an NBC nightly news broadcast over the weekend. We also touched on it again in this week’s Metro Times.  For months, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department has indicated all accounts would be treated the same in its shutoff initiative: If a residential customer owes $150, or, in the case of commercial accounts, happen to be 60 days past-due, a notice would be sent saying to pay the fees within 10 days, or their water would be shutoff. But, as we reported this week, it’s more complicated than that. And the reason that 6o-day threshold has misled some appears to be tied to DWSD’s communications with the public and press since shutoff efforts commenced in March. In actuality, Ford Field, VA Hospital, city-owned golf courses and more, may be in dispute over stormwater drainage fees — an entirely different scenario than residential water use, as one DWSD spokesperson explained this week. Thing is, the department hadn’t phrased the situation as […]

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  • Jessica Hernandez’s Secret Evil to release at the Magic Stick on August 20

    Detroit-based music group Jessica Hernandez and the Delta’s have officially announced the release of their first full length record, Secret Evil, which will hit the streets (and be available for digital download) on Friday, August 19.  And a special record release show is planned to celebrate the album at the Magic Stick on August 20.  Tickets for the show will go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. while special bundle packages available now via the band’s web store. Bundles include either a t-shirt and CD; a t-shirt and LP; a t-shirt, CD, poster, and ticket; a t-shirt, LP, poster, and a ticket; an LP and a ticket; or a CD and a ticket. Preorders of the CD and LP are also available now, with LPs going for $16 and CDs for $12. Each CD and LP purchase also comes with a digital download. Tickets will also be available to purchase at Mexicantown Bakery.

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  • Read “To all of my sisters,” a poem submitted to Metro Times by former Mich. prisoner Sylvester Long

    Sylvester Long was born and raised in Detroit. In 1985, at age 26, he went to prison, and served 15 years in 16 different Michigan facilities. “To all of my sisters” is a poem he wrote in 1986, while incarcerated. He sent it to MT last week. It moved us, so we thought we’d share it with you. The voice of our incarcerated is a voice to be heard.

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  • Wyandotte Street Art Fair Starts Today

    Celebrating its 53rd year, the Wyandotte Street Art Fair will commenced this morning at 10 a.m. Located on Biddle Avenue between Oak Street and Eureka Avenue, the fair brings artists like Carl Lundgren, Lily Arnett, Dean and Glory Barkely, and many more to the streets of the Downriver town. The fair will run Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with entertainment going until 11 p.m. each evening. One of the highest attended street fairs in the state, the annual outdoor bazaar features perennial favorites like Cindy Kinkead’s Beyond the Garden Gate booth and Brittany Green’s Little Green Guy, while local shops like Finer Things, Traffic Jam, and Willow Tree will offer sidewalk sales to coincide with the fair and the Boston Tea Room will have al fresco ten minute readings available at a discounted rate.  Musical entertainment will include The Mega ’80s, American Mars, and Acoustic Inferno. 

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  • Alice Cooper Enters the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame

    Yes, the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame is a thing. And yesterday Alice Cooper became its latest inductee. The Detroit-born rocker has long been a fan of the fast food sliders, even serving them at the after party for the Tribeca Film Festival premier of his documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper.  Also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cooper has been a fan of White Castle since his childhood and his love of music blossomed along with his affinity for the tiny, greasy burgers. Asked how his inductions feels in comparison to that of the most prodigious hall of fame a musician can be honored with an induction to, Copper coyly commented that there was “no comparison”.

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  • Sporting goods stalwart hangs up its skates

    Athletes, especially on the east side, may be saddened to learn that a treasured local establishment will be closing its doors at the end of the month. After almost 67 years, Harper Sport Shop will be locking its doors for the last time on July 31. The local athletic community will suffer a huge loss with the family-owned and -operated business closing, another victim of the economic climate. In 1947, Leslie “Les” Seppala and his wife, Katherine (more affectionately known as “Kay”), opened a sporting goods store on Harper Avenue on Detroit’s east side with a bonus that Les received for being a prisoner of war for four months in World War II. The former P51 fighter pilot-turned-special education teacher taught in the Detroit Public School system during the day, while Kay minded the shop, and relieved her after school to take care of the children at home. Les and Kay’s son Bill joined his family at the store in 1971. His vision to expand the business included revitalizing inventory. This meant taking on brand names that were emerging as the preferred brands of the era’s athletes. Bill, a veteran himself, eventually took over running the store as Les got older. In […]

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Detroit’s incinerator has folks calling for action

Detroit’s incinerator has folks calling for action

Cover story: Midtown’s big stink By Ryan Felton 7/8/2014
Two sets of rules in Detroit water shutoffs

Two sets of rules in Detroit water shutoffs

News Hits: Commercial accounts operate under a different set of rules than residents By News Hits 7/8/2014
MT readers weigh in on Barclae, Trick Trick, Grosse Pointe, more

MT readers weigh in on Barclae, Trick Trick, Grosse Pointe, more

Feedback: Weekly reader responses By Metro Times readers 7/8/2014
Building family behind bars

Building family behind bars

Stir It Up: Why people inside Jackson State Prison — prisoners and guards — helped Blair Anderson buy a prom dress for his daughter By Larry Gabriel 7/8/2014
Grosse Pointe: same song, different dance

Grosse Pointe: same song, different dance

Metro Retro: A special east side edition of Metro Retro By Metro Times staff 7/8/2014
Redford Theatre

Redford Theatre

Still Standing: this theater has been in continuous operation since 1928 By Alysa Offman 7/7/2014
Why Wayne county matters

Why Wayne county matters

Politics & Prejudices: Evans should beat Ficano in Wayne county executive race By Jack Lessenberry 7/7/2014
Colorado six months after legalizing marijuana

Colorado six months after legalizing marijuana

Higher Ground: Pot and recreation By Larry Gabriel 7/1/2014
A mess in court could force 13 Detroit families from their homes

A mess in court could force 13 Detroit families from their homes

News: Eviction web. By Ryan Felton 6/30/2014
Christina Morgan takes "Norah Jones" approach

Christina Morgan takes "Norah Jones" approach

Hey! I'm in three bands: When she isn't fronted her own band Bricktown Station, this vocalist works with the Sights, Frijid Pink, and more By Christina Morgan 7/8/2014
Record review: Sia — 1000 Forms of Fear

Record review: Sia — 1000 Forms of Fear

Now Hear This: Aussie artist anti-publicity tries to distract from the fact that the tunes just aren't there By Lee DeVito 7/8/2014
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
Record review: Delay — Circle Change

Record review: Delay — Circle Change

Now Hear This: A good summertime jam for just about anyone By Ryan Felton 7/8/2014
The adventure with Wild Cub\'s Keegan DeWitt

The adventure with Wild Cub's Keegan DeWitt

Music: Indie band to play Mo Pop Music Festival By Alysa Offman 7/8/2014
Thornetta Davis, Seun Kuti, and more play Concert of Colors

Thornetta Davis, Seun Kuti, and more play Concert of Colors

City Slang: Diverse city By Brett Callwood 7/7/2014
The sound of the Middle East in Michigan

The sound of the Middle East in Michigan

Music: For Ramadan, we decided to speak to some Middle Eastern musicians in metro Detroit — Fadi Yousif, Michael Ibrahim, and Laith Al-Saadi By Brett Callwood 7/1/2014
Exclusive: Trick Trick discusses the "no fly zone"

Exclusive: Trick Trick discusses the "no fly zone"

Music: Rapper calls Detroit 'a rose in the concrete' By Valerie Vande Panne 7/1/2014
Record Review: Leela James — Fall for You

Record Review: Leela James — Fall for You

Now Hear This: Impressively-coiffed singer shares more than just a last name with the late R&B great Etta James By Lee DeVito 7/2/2014
Complexions attempts to redefine contemporary ballet

Complexions attempts to redefine contemporary ballet

Theater: A new spin By Lee DeVito 7/8/2014
The artwork of Miroslawa Sztuczka

The artwork of Miroslawa Sztuczka

Studio Visit: Meet one badass Polish lady By Lee DeVito 7/8/2014
Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre gets a makeover

Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre gets a makeover

Theater: Upstaged By Lee DeVito 7/1/2014
Nojo Kicks is a sneakerhead’s dream come true

Nojo Kicks is a sneakerhead’s dream come true

Get Up & Goods: Rare, collectible, and hard-to-find items make this boutique worth a drive By Alysa Offman 7/8/2014
A visit to Motawi Tiles

A visit to Motawi Tiles

Get Up & Goods: Ann Arbor tile maker has been making little works of art since 1992 By Alysa Offman 7/8/2014
Meet fashionable tour manager Keri Ellis

Meet fashionable tour manager Keri Ellis

All Dolled Up: We spotted this red-hot lady at Cliff Bell's By Miss Shela 7/8/2014
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
Rapper Insite the Riot talks Detroit Future City

Rapper Insite the Riot talks Detroit Future City

Face Time: 'If you're not at the table, you're on the menu,' says emcee By Valerie Vande Panne 7/8/2014
Reports from Detroit FIFA World Cup viewing party and more

Reports from Detroit FIFA World Cup viewing party and more

DDays: The word on the street By Alysa Offman, Ryan Felton, Adam O’Connor, Alaina McConnel 7/8/2014
More advice on dominatrixes, snooping, and oral

More advice on dominatrixes, snooping, and oral

Savage Love: Over and domme By Dan Savage 7/7/2014
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
Film Review: Contracted

Film Review: Contracted

Couch Trip: What could have been an intelligent horror film that asked questions about morality, STDs, peer pressure, and, you know, zombies is instead a sleepy, dull affair By Brett Callwood 7/2/2014
Film Review: Transformers — The Age of Extinction

Film Review: Transformers — The Age of Extinction

Watch: Michael Bay’s action franchise won’t die, but isn’t alive either By Corey Hall 7/1/2014
Film Review: Obvious Child

Film Review: Obvious Child

Watch: Jenny Slate excels in crude rom-com By Jeff Meyers 6/24/2014
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
Tony V\'s Tavern aims to succeed where Alvin\'s failed

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

Side Dish: V for victory? 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
Atwater in the park

Atwater in the park

Raise the Bar: A peek inside this church-turned-brewery By Alysa Offman 7/8/2014
Back for seconds: Forest Grill

Back for seconds: Forest Grill

Eat: New chef gives Birmingham restaurant renewed focus By Douglas Trattner 7/8/2014
Inside Detroit’s Better Made potato chip factory

Inside Detroit’s Better Made potato chip factory

Eat: In the chips By Michael Jackman 7/8/2014
Look out, Faygo — here comes Mary Ann’s Soda

Look out, Faygo — here comes Mary Ann’s Soda

Drink Up: This soda is handcrafted in Detroit By Alysa Offman 7/7/2014
Throw a Made-in-MI Independence Day party

Throw a Made-in-MI Independence Day party

Eat: High-five, America! By Alysa Offman 7/1/2014
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
Horoscopes (June 25 — July 1)

Horoscopes (June 25 — July 1)

Astrology: Your weekly readings By Cal Garrison 6/24/2014
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