There is no easy answer to the question regarding what should be done with Detroit’s abandoned homes. However, an Eastern Market company has a solution that could reflect Detroit’s possibly bright future. Homes Eyewear has set out to make the city a little more stylish, and do their part in cleaning it up by repurposing select woods from neglected homes for sunglasses. All of the wood that Homes uses is harvested from vacant houses with the assistance of Reclaim Detroit. A lot of work goes into prepping the wood to be cut and shaped into frames. Homes goes through each piece to remove nails, paint or anything else detrimental to their production (it’s a bit strange to think that your wooden sunglasses could have had family portraits nailed to them). In order to produce more durable eyewear, they salvage only hardwoods like maple or beech, which are difficult to come by as most of the blighted homes were built with softer woods like Douglas fir and pine. If you’re worried about looking goofy, or shudder at the thought of salvaged wood resting on your nose, you can rest easy. Homes currently offers frames in the popular wayfarer style and are developing their unique spin on the classic aviators. For as […]
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
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.
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!
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 […]
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 email@example.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 […]
Letters to the Editor 4/21/2014
Scary sneak peekat Scranton futureEditor: It’s the fourth year of Mayor Bill Courtright’s administration, and he again finds himself in court:Visiting Judge: “Mr. Mayor, I have bad news for you. The police union has sued, requiring you to move police head
Under the Influence of Music tour coming to Montage
A hip-hop tour founded and headlined by Wiz Khalifa will kick off at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Thursday, July 24.Under the Influence of Music also will include performances by Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dol
Deer Lake company charged with illegal shipping to Iran
The United States Department of Justice on Wednesday charged Hetran Inc. in Deer Lake with evading export reporting requirements and with attempting to smuggle to Iran a lathe machine in violation of U.S. export regulations.
Recovery plan to be reviewed tonight in Shamokin
By Eric Scicchitano
SHAMOKIN - City council will meet formally tonight with state officials for the first time since the release of a report that suggested many measures, some drastic, to repair Shamokin's broken finances.
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Security camera images released in investigation
State police at Hamburg are asking for the public's help in identifying a man and finding a vehicle as part of their ongoing investigation into the death of a Pine Grove woman whose body was found Saturday morning in Bethel Township, Berks County.
TA board to open b-ball job
Several players from the Tunkhannock Area boys’ basketball team and parents attended the Tunkhannock Area School Board meeting to show support for the team’s head coach, Dustin Babcock.
Hallstead man charged with illegal exports to Syria
The U.S. Attorney’s Office today announced the arrest of three people, including a Hallstead man, on charges they illegally exported laboratory equipment used to detect chemical warfare agents to Syria.
Film credit deviates from script
Cut! Rewrite! ... Or whatever else a film director might declare when a scene starts to go bad.That’s what’s happening to Pennsylvania’s tax credit for film production. It often serves its purpose of helping to lure economy-boosting movie and television p
Don't stop the laughter
Russell Ziskey has passed on. Ziskey's real life persona wasn't killed in a firefight with any Russians, he died in Chicago at age 69, leaving behind an indelible mark on the movies he directed, wrote and starred in. Ziskey was the gangly character Harol
Journey to the cross
A little more than a half-century is how long the cross has stood atop Paxinos Mountain casting a salvific manifestation over Route 61. To say much has occurred since the cross was first raised would be an understatement of Biblical proportions.
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State police find missing Jefferson Twp. man
JEFFERSON TWP. — State police located a missing Jefferson Twp. man in Clinton County this morning, Trooper Connie Devens said.Michael Biondi, 28, left his home on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. driving his parents white 2013 Hyundai Elantra. State police at La