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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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Detroit can mean many things. Technically, it is the largest city in Michigan, that fabled, troubled — and lately, heavily documented — metropolis of more than 700,000. For news writers, it can mean Detroit’s big auto companies. Call it “Motown” and it conjures memories of the city’s musical heyday. But for many in southeastern Michigan, it’s our region, spilling out from the ancient river settlement (founded way back in 1701) to the bluffs of Mount Clemens to the parklands of northern Oakland County to the shop-lined streets of Ann Arbor to the blue-collar towns downriver. The area sprawls over more than 1,200 square miles, encompasses four counties and more than 3 million people. It’s anything but monolithic, and offers so much to do and see that even locals sometimes forget what’s in their own back yard. For this year’s Annual Manual, our handy “user’s guide” to the Motor City, we decided to go in a different direction than we typically do. Instead of 10,000 pages of listings, we wanted to make something that we hope is actually kind of fun. We’ve got paper dolls wearing the coolest threads you can find locally, our (non-FDA approved) Detroit Food Pyramid, a primer on touring Detroit’s ruins, advice for clueless male shoppers, a Detroit mixtape, the lowdown on under-the-radar theaters, info on locally-crafted brews and much, much more. Yes, for plenty of people, “Detroit” is just a punch line. But whether you’re a new resident, a visitor or just a local yokel looking for the bigger picture, the more you learn about our region, the more it demands your grudging admiration. With that in mind, we offer you this peek under the hood.

Flip through a virtual edition of the 2014 Annual Manual, or peruse the articles below.


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Annual events in metro Detroit

Annual events in metro Detroit

Attractions: Your guide to annual events, festivals and attractions. By Detroit Metro Times staff 2/25/2014
Your guide to Detroit\'s ruins

Your guide to Detroit's ruins

Attractions: Urban explorer Seph Lawless give tips for anyone crazy enough to follow his footsteps. By Lee DeVito 2/25/2014
Detroit food trendometer

Detroit food trendometer

Eat: A look at Detroit dining, where it’s been, and where we’d like to see it go. By Michael Jackman 2/25/2014
Detroit barbecue\'s choice cuts

Detroit barbecue's choice cuts

Eat: From its authentic past to its red-hot present. By Michael Jackman 2/25/2014
The Detroit food pyramid

The Detroit food pyramid

Eat: How to eat like a real Detroiter. By Michael jackman 2/25/2014
The Detroit mixtape

The Detroit mixtape

Music: Music for the Motor City. By Brett Callwood 2/25/2014
Motor City Fives: Record shops worth a closer look

Motor City Fives: Record shops worth a closer look

Music: Spin-friendly. By Brett Callwood 2/25/2014
Motor City Fives: Top tribute bands

Motor City Fives: Top tribute bands

Music: Where to find the next big thing to the real thing on local stages. By Brett Callwood 2/25/2014
The major Detroit players in all the key genres

The major Detroit players in all the key genres

Music: Top of the Tops By Brett Callwood 2/25/2014
Elektricity\'s Amir Daiza knows how to run a club

Elektricity's Amir Daiza knows how to run a club

Music: Elektrifying Detroit. By Brett Callwood 2/25/2014
The best of the craft beverage movement

The best of the craft beverage movement

Drink: Drink me. By Johnny Drop 2/25/2014
The Detroit drinking matrix

The Detroit drinking matrix

Drink: A bar for every purpose under heaven. By Michael Jackman 2/25/2014
Guide to outdoor art in Detroit

Guide to outdoor art in Detroit

Arts: There are plenty of alternative places to see great art in Detroit. By Lee DeVito 2/26/2014
Your guide to art galleries

Your guide to art galleries

Arts: An art gallery scatter graph. By Lee DeVito 2/26/2014
Artistic annual events in metro Detroit

Artistic annual events in metro Detroit

Arts: Fair game. By Detroit Metro Times staff 2/26/2014
Guide to Detroit\'s other theaters

Guide to Detroit's other theaters

Arts: Forget Broadway. By Detroit Metro Times staff 2/26/2014
Toast skirts keep you warm, looking cool

Toast skirts keep you warm, looking cool

Shopping: Skirting with fame. By Brett Callwood 2/26/2014
The crafty cop

The crafty cop

Shopping: Former Detroit cop finds his crafty side. By Brett Callwood 2/26/2014
Suprieur Brand T-shirts recall Michigan\'s yesteryear

Suprieur Brand T-shirts recall Michigan's yesteryear

Shopping: Michigan to a 'T.' By Michael Jackman 2/26/2014
Five shopping tips for the clueless dude

Five shopping tips for the clueless dude

Shopping: Make her smile. By Michael Jackman 2/26/2014
Bitchin\' Detroit threads

Bitchin' Detroit threads

Shopping: Help keep you flossin'. By Tyler Martin 2/26/2014
Treat yo\'self!

Treat yo'self!

Shopping: 8 ways to pamper yourself in Detroit. By Tyler Martin 2/26/2014