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 […]
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 […]
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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Springtime for Wye Oak
Two years after their breakthrough album, the local duo is back from the brink with a new sound and a new attitude
The District Score
How legislators in Baltimore City’s six districts fared in Annapolis this election year
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
W-B taxpayers group denounces Mericle
Letters of praise for Robert K. Mericle were delivered to a federal judge and publicly released by his attorneys last week. What about letters from his detractors? Concerned about all the glowing admiration for Mericle, the Wilkes-Barre Taxpayers Association on Tuesday released a letter it sent to U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik that denounces Mericle's role.
Single Lane Closure on I-81 South
Dunmore – There is a single lane closure on Interstate 81 South between Exit 175B (Dupont) and Exit 170B (Wilkes Barre) for emergency bridge repair. Anticipated reopening is today at 2 p.m. Major delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route.
Nanticoke infant's death ruled homicide
The death of a 2½-month-old infant at a Nanticoke home in February was ruled a homicide, the Luzerne County Coroner's Office said Tuesday. Nanticoke police were dispatched to a residence at rear 340 E. Noble St. around 9:20 a.m. Feb. 14 to investigate.
Meet the man in Bill Grogan's Goat, the Bowzies, and more.
Around the Region
n Ashland: Ashland American Legion Post 434, Fifth and Centre streets, will sponsor a seminar on post traumatic stress disorder and other difficulties facing veterans. The session is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the post home. It will be one of four ses
14 county schools among low performers
Students from 14 low-achieving schools in Luzerne County districts will be eligible for scholarships to go elsewhere next year, according to information released Tuesday by the state Department of Education.
County, HUD discuss $10M repayment
County leaders met via teleconference with officials from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday to discuss a demand that the county repay $10 million in grant funding that has so far failed to produce the intended results.
Police probe Wilkes-Barre fire death
Wilkes-Barre police filed a search warrant to obtain the phone records of an ex-boyfriend of a woman who died after a fire at her Wyoming Street home last week. Police want to determine whether Paul Kosakowski contacted Laurie Merritt, 51, the day of the fire.
5 Hazleton Area schools on low achievement list
Student test scores at five Hazleton Area schools are ranked in the bottom 15 percent of Pennsylvania public schools.
Two years ago, the state Department of Education started ranking schools based on student test scores to determine which schools were in
Body found in pond ID'd as local woman
The body found Saturday in a Ransom Township pond has been identified as a Trucksville woman missing for more than five months. Using dental records, the Lackawanna County Coroner's Office identified the woman as Diane Zavislak, 56.
RailRiders' offense returns in 6-5 win
MOOSIC - For one night, the RailRiders' offensive woes were absent.
Against one opponent, their bats have seemed to be just fine this season.
Zoilo Almonte ripped a two-out double past center fielder Anthony Gose, bringing Scott Sizemore around from firs
Shooting survivor sought for alleged rape
Danny Maldonado, the survivor of a shooting in 2012 that left three people dead, is wanted by police on charges including rape and sex with a minor.
Wilkes-Barre police on Monday charged Maldonado, 21, with rape by threat of forcible compulsion.
Earth Day fair draws crowds at University of Scranton
Three years ago, Mark Murphy scanned the results of a survey with a sense of worry. The University of Scranton polled its students on what they knew about Earth Day.It turned out they didn’t know much.
Hopewell High School holds 3rd annual trash sculpture contest
HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School celebrated Earth Day with its third annual trash sculpture contest Tuesday. Students had to bring in recyclable items and transform them into sculptures as a class in just one hour, then present their work to the judges.
Scranton woman’s quiche flavorful brunch
Caroline DeSouza grew up eating the dishes of her Brazilian homeland. But the recipe she recently submitted to Local Flavor: Recipes We Love bears a distinct French flavor.
Food bite: Capra Collina Winery marks 10th year
Capra Collina Winerymarks 10th yearCapra Collina Winery, 132 Constitution Ave., Jessup will hold special events this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary.Owner Gregg Betti said the grand opening of its shop in Honesdale will take place Saturday, May 3.
Weekend: Your guide to entertainment in Northeast Pennsylvania
THE IRISH ... AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY: today, 2 p.m., Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee on Delaware, $15/$18. Visit www.theshawneeplayhouse.com. 570-421-5093.
CATHOLIC CHORAL SOCIETY LENTEN CONCERTS: today, 3 p.m., Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, 5
Camelot will offer lunch at home show
Camelot Restaurant and Inn will be the featured restaurant providing the lunch at this year’s House and Garden Show at Waverly Community House on Saturday and Sunday.
Luckily, just a stowaway
Scores of passengers patiently waited in long lines Sunday at Mineta San Jose International Airport, then took off their shoes and belts and placed them, along with their other belongings and carry-on bags, in trays to be X-rayed in the name of security.A
Bonner Chevy to grow in Kingston
KINGSTON — Bonner Chevrolet is adding space to its dealership and turning the M&M Center building, which formerly housed doctors and dentists, into a showroom, said Rich Crossin, president of Bonner Chevrolet.
Frontier expands premium broadband across NEPA
Frontier expandsbroadbandDALLAS — Frontier Communications announced Tuesday that many residential customers can now receive premium broadband services with increased speed capabilities.
Senior ridership numbers rose for LCTA
WILKES-BARRE — The number of senior-citizen riders on Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses rose last year for the first time since a precipitous drop attributed to the “ghost rider” scandal, according to a new report from the state Department of Transportation.
Police break up large fight in West Scranton
SCRANTON — About 20 people armed with baseball bats and clubs brawled on a West Scranton street Tuesday afternoon until a half-dozen Scranton patrol cars showed up and scattered the fighters.