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  • Thank you, Detroit

    I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published next week (8/6). This blog that you’re reading now will be my last one as a regular MT contributor. I have a lot to look forward to. I’m going to be an associate editor at Yellow Scene Magazine in Colorado, a tremendous publication in a beautiful part of the country. But leaving Detroit will be incredibly difficult for me. I love the place. It’s been (amazingly) six and a half years since I arrived, a couple of cases in hand and not much of a plan in mind. I just knew, after three separate research trips for books and a magazine article, that I felt at home here. Metro Times offered me freelance work almost immediately, as did a new website called Metromix (whatever happened to that?) When I arrived here, I had been working as a writer in the UK for nine years, but the help and encouragement I received […]

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  • Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

      We here at MT will be delighted when Mr. Jack White throws out a pitch at Navin Field (at least, we hope he will), but until then, we’ll be happy with his pitch to Santa this evening at Comerica Park.    

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  • Watch footage of the Gathering of the Juggalos dubbed with Morgan Freeman narration (NSFW)

      Footage from the Gathering of the Juggalos set to clips of Morgan Freeman’s narration from March of the Penguins? Kind of forced, but also kind of beautiful. As the AV Club reports: The oft-sought voiceover champion lends a touch of gravitas to the festival proceedings. Unfortunate scenes of barely clad people having various liquids dumped onto them now carries a quiet dignity as it’s all part of nature’s majestic plan that keeps the world spinning through this elegantly designed and truly wondrous universe. Also, the video is NSFW as there are boobs in it. Watch the clip below:

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  • Turn to Crime debut chilly video for “Can’t Love”

    It seems like the polar vortex will never end: the weather phenomenon that brought us the most brutal winter on record this winter is to blame for this summer’s chillier-than usual temperatures as well. A couple of bands, though, made lemonade out of lemons (or snow cones out of snow?) by using the icy landscape to film music videos. 800beloved shot the video for “Tidal” in some sand dunes near Empire, Mich., and this week Turn to Crime debuted the video for “Can’t Stop,” the title track of their recently-released album. Even more piles of ice and snow might be the last thing Detroiters want to see right now, but the footage makes for some good visuals that mesh well with the song. Watch the video below:

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  • Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said in a statement released Tuesday. “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.” Duggan will have the authority to manage DWSD and make appointments to the utility’s board, according to a news release. In a statement issued Tuesday, the mayor said he welcomed Orr’s order, adding that officials will develop a plan that “allows those who truly need to access to financial help … to do so with shorter wait times.” “We need to change a number of things in the way we have approached the delinquent payment issues and I expect us to have a new plan shortly,” Duggan said. “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in […]

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  • Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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Your guide to annual events, festivals and attractions.

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Araabmuzik throws the crowd into overdrive at Detroit’s Movement festival.


Ann Arbor Folk Festival
January-February; Ann Arbor; theark.org
Two-day fest dedicated to all things folk to support Ann Arbor’s great folk venue, the Ark.

Meridian Winter Blast
February; Detroit; winterblast.com
February is right in the thick of a Michigan winter, so why not embrace it with ice-skating, bonfires, snow slides and all sorts of other ways to enjoy the cold. 

Motor City Tattoo Expo
February; Detroit; eternaltattoos.com
This event draws tattoo aficionados from all over, with seminars, vendors, live music and more.

Ann Arbor Film Fest
March 25-30; Ann Arbor; aafilmfest.org
Not quite Sundance, but this film fest is the place to go for independent, experiemntal film.

Festifools
April 6; Ann Arbor; festifools.org
The streets of Ann Arbor get invaded with a flashmob army of papier-mâché puppets. 

Metro Times Blowout
April 30-May 3; Detroit, Ferndale, Hamtramck; mtblowout.com
What started as the little music festival dreamed up by Metro Times’ music editor has now becomes a sprawling event that hosts more than 300 bands across three cities.

Downtown Hoedown
May 30-June 1; Detroit; wycd.cbslocal.com
Detroit’s not the first place people think of when they think of country, but the Hoedown draws thousands of fans to see acts big and small.

Movement
May 24-26; Detroit; movement.us
Celebrate Detroit’s legacy of electronic dance music at an event that draws fans the world over.

Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix
May 30-June 1; Detroit; detroitgp.com
Michigan’s new state park is transformed into a Grand Prix racing track.

Motor City Pride
June 7, 8; Detroit; motorcitypride.org
Whether you’re L, G, B, T or an ally, Motor City Pride is the time to joins cities all around the world in celebrating gay culture.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival
June 13-July 6; Ann Arbor; a2sf.org
Featuring music, art, film and more Ann Arbor’s massive festival practically takes up all summer.

Clay, Glass and Metal Festival
June 14; Royal Oak; royaloakchamber.com
Celebrate the spirit of creativity, as artists showcase jewelry, sculpture and more.

Stars & Stripes Festival
June 27-29; Sterling Heights; starsandstripesfest.com
This patriotic fest is a sort of pre-game for Fourth of July celebrations. 

Jazzin’ on Jefferson
June; Detroit; jazzinonjefferson.com
A two-day fest that shuts down the streets of Jefferson-Chalmers to celebrate jazz, blues, food, arts and more.

Detroit Electronic Music Festival
July 4-6; Detroit; demf.us
That’s right, there are now two electronic music fests in Detroit, as EDM’s massive popularity gave festival promoters a good excuse to dust off this old moniker. 

Wyandotte Street Art Fair
July 9-12; Wyandotte; wyandottestreetartfair.org
Celebrate art and culture in the heart of Downriver.

Concert of Colors
July 10-13; Detroit; concertofcolors.com
How often do you get to hear music from all around the world? Don’t miss this annual festival.

Michigan Elvisfest
July 11-12; Ypsilanti; mielvisfest.org
Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Celebrate the King with Elvis impersonators and superfans alike.

APBA Gold Cup
July 11-13; Detroit; gold-cup.com
More than 100 years strong, it’s the oldest active motor sports trophy — and as good an excuse as any to spend a sunny day downing a few beers.

Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 16-19; Ann Arbor; artfair.org
Your summer is not complete until you stroll the streets of downtown Ann Arbor to browse contemporary fine art and crafts.

Pig and Whiskey
July 18-20; Ferndale; metrotimes.com/pigandwhiskey 
Three nights of barbecue, live music, a beer tent and, oh, yes, whiskey by the barrel.

The Woodward Dream Cruise
Aug. 16; various; woodwarddreamcruise.com
Grab the lawn chairs and stake out your plot of grass along Woodward for this weekend event featuring classic cars and cruisers.

Detroit International Jazz Festival
Aug. 29-Sep. 1; Detroit; detroitjazzfest.com
Spanning several city blocks downtown, this hip celebration of jazz has fireworks, jam sessions and more.

Arts, Beats & Eats
Aug. 29-Sep. 1; Royal Oak; artsbeatseats.com
The name says it all — local artists, musicians and restaurants from metro Detroit give Royal Oak a taste of what they’re all about.

Renaissance Festival
August-September; Holly; michrenfest.com
The Ren Fest has it all — jousting, musicians, costumes and turkey drumsticks. Huzzah!

Dally in the Alley
Sep. 6; Detroit; dallyinthealley.com
One historic block of the old “student ghetto” is cordoned off and given over to people hawking art, T-shirts, books, beer and music.

DIY Street Fair
September; Ferndale; diystreetfair.com
Celebrate the art of doing-it-yourself with live music, food, and vendor booths hawking all manner of unique items.  

Noel Night
December; Detroit; midtowndetroitinc.org
Noel Night is a great opportunity to get some gift shopping done, plus you can catch Christmas carolers, ice sculptors, horse-drawn carriages and more. 

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