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  • Lily Tomlin coming to Ann Arbor

    Detroit home-girl Lily Tomlin will perform at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, June 14. A press release reads, “Get together with Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. “Tomlin is amazing” The NY Times and “as always a revelation.” The New Yorker This unique comic artist takes her audience on what the Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny” trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann.” “With astounding skill and energy, Tomlin zaps through the channels like a human remote control. Using a fantastic range of voices, gestures and movements, she conjures up the cast of characters with all the apparent ease of a magician pulling a whole menagerie of animals from a single hat.” NY Daily News “Her gentle touch is as comforting as it is edifying.” NY Time Out She has “made the one-person show the daring, irreverent art form it is today.” Newsweek Her long list of awards includes: a Grammy; two Tonys; six Emmys; an Oscar nomination; two Peabodys; and the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Find more info here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

    The Detroit Metro Times, Detroit’s award-winning alternative weekly media company, is proud to announce the recent hire of Valerie Vande Panne as Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning independent journalist and Michigan native, Vande Panne’s work has appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among other publications. Previously, Vande Panne attended Harvard University and was a regular contributor to The Boston Phoenix, and a news editor of High Times magazine. She has spent years covering drug policy among other subjects, including the environment, culture, lifestyle, extreme sports, and academia. “Valerie understands our business and what we expect to accomplish in Detroit. She has an excellent sense for stories that will move our readers, as well as experience with balancing print and digital content. I’m excited to have her at the paper and trust her leadership as we move forward,” said Detroit Metro Times publisher Chris Keating.

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  • Joumana Kayrouz to cover ‘Metro Times’

    She welcomes you when you enter Detroit, from every direction, with the one word that might just be Detroit’s biggest philosophical question: Injured? Joumana Kayrouz is deeper than the inflated image watching over Detroit, peddling justice to the poor and broken of the city. This Wednesday, Drew Philp takes us behind the billboard and into the heart of the Kayrouz quest. (And all of Brian Rozman’s photos of Kayrouz have not been retouched.) Check out MT‘s cover story, on newsstands Wednesday!

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  • Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

    There was a fire in an upstairs apartment at PJ’s Lager House on Monday evening. No people were hurt, although three cats belonging to the tenants died after CPR. The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. during a show featuring Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band, Curtin, and Jeffrey Jablonsky. “We just smelled smoke and someone yelled everyone has to get out,” 33-year-old Nick Leu told MLive. On the Lager House Facebook page in the early hours of the morning, a post said, “We at PJ’s lager House would like to thank everyone for their care and concern. Also, a very big THANK YOU to all who stepped up to do what they could this evening. The fire was contained to the upstairs but due to water damage in the bar, we will be closed until it can be assessed. Everyone is safe and we will keep you updated.” A later update read, “Update from the big boss. Since there was no damage to the stage side of the bar, the show will go on tomorrow! You may have to enter through the back door and there may not be a large selection of booze but we are going […]

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  • City Slang: Music review roundup

    Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to bcallwood@metrotimes.com. The Sugar Clouds’ Partners Don’t Do That (They Watch and be Amazed) (Wax Splat) is a nostalgic look at the psychedelic days of ’60s grooviness. Even the album cover looks like a lava lamp. The male-female vocals have a sort of Jefferson Airplane feel, and the songs are blessed with both sugary sweet pop melodies and a garage-y earthiness. The story of the band’s formation is rather interesting; the two vocalists, Greg and Melissa Host, are a divorced couple who wrote the songs in their living room. The band is still together, so this divorce was a hell of a lot more civil than any we’ve ever known of. Steffanie Christi’an has friends in fairly high places. Her new Way Too Much mini-album is being put out by Nadir Omowale’s Distorted Soul label, and she is also a regular feature on Jessica Care Moore’s Black Women Rock revue. Maybe the choice of cover image isn’t the best – she looks a bit like a Tina Turner tribute act here. But that can and should be […]

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  • Detroit councilman: Increased parking fines an ‘anti-growth strategy’

      There’s at least one city councilmember who’s less than pleased with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to increase all parking violation fines. Councilman Gabe Leland, whose district represents the city’s west side, issued a statement today, calling Orr’s plan a potential “deterrent” to attracting people to the city. I don’t believe the argument to raise the parking ticket fines from $30 to $45 and eliminate the $10 early payment fine are justification for this action. The emergency manager’s order to increase ticket fines places city government inefficiencies on the backs of our residents who need to do business in downtown and other parts of our city. And, this will increase the barrier for people to frequent Detroit-based establishments; likely to be a deterrent for some to shop and dine in our city. Leland suggested implementing a plan that maintains current rates for fines and reduces operating inefficiencies to collecting parking fines. “In my view, generating revenue by increasing fines when residents from neighborhoods must go downtown to get licenses and permits, attend court appointments and do other necessary business, is the wrong direction,” Leland said. “…Additionally, generating revenue using fines when we are trying to grow this city and attract […]

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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