The downtown Royal Oak Barnes & Noble will close its doors April 5, nearly five months after a local software company announced it would move into the the bookstore’s second floor space with help from a $375,000 state incentive. The store has a sign out front confirming the date, along with announced sales on some items. It’s unclear how employees will be affected by the move, or if a liquidation is planned. A general manager deferred additional comments about the closure to Barnes & Noble HQ, which did not immediately return requests from Metro Times. In December, Royal Oak-based software company Vectorform, announced it planned to hire 75 additional employees and move its headquarters across town to the bookstore’s location at Fifth and Main. The state incentive for the $2.24 million expansion stems from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “It’s really a great coup to attract them as an office tenant downtown,” Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson told The Oakland Press last December. “They’re exactly the kind of firm we want. They’re bringing a lot of well-paid technical workers … the type of workers who will spend a lot of time in Royal Oak retail shops and Royal Oak restaurants.” Barnes & […]
It should come as no surprise that the Metro Times had a presence at the Hamtramck Music Festival on Thursday night. This is significant event, perhaps the most significant music event in March. We’re delighted that it’s happening, delighted that March has a festival to celebrate the end of hibernation, and delighted that the first night, at Small’s, went off without a hitch. In fact, we managed to navigate our way around the place without being spat on once (to our knowledge), and with no insults aimed in our direction. Result. The music was entertaining. Pupils has former Marco Polio & the New Vaccine man Steve Puwalski in its ranks, and he’s pretty much picked up where he’s left off, performance-wise. Musically, the electronic noises have been replaced by a full band, including a violist who makes some truly beautiful, terrifying noises. Puwalski claimed that the band wrote the songs a week before the show. It’s probably true too – the man is a non-conformist machine. Kickstand Band played next, a band that has sounded great on record for a while. The live performances are catching up. They still look a little stunned, like they’re surprised to be up there […]
Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson showed some serious spirit this week when he took a stick to the face that knocked out several teeth, then nonchalantly picked them up off the ice and returned to play in the third period.
Boy, does Attorney General Bill Schuette need a timeout, or what? In case you’ve been asleep since last week, first, good afternoon! Schuette and his team have been defending Michigan’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the trial of DeBoer v Snyder for days. Two lesbian nurses, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, are seeking to overturn the marriage ban. So far, things haven’t gone well for poor Bill. Let’s recap the state’s unraveled defense. On Monday, the state flew in Mark Regnerus, a University of Texas sociologist, who, Slate points out, is a giant dick. He conducted a study in 2012 that says children of same-sex marriages face more disadvantages than kids raised by a male and female. Regnerus’ testimony Monday upheld the notion that, yeah, he’s a dickhead. From the Freep: “The science in this domain is new … it is very new. And intellectually, it’s frustrating to see social science close off a debate by saying this is settled,” said Regnerus, who urged Michigan to uphold its ban on same-sex marriage. “The most prudent thing to do is wait … before making a radical move on marriage.” Right! It must be frustrating for the guy whose survey boosted a religious […]
They grow up so fast, don’t they? It’s hard to believe, but the 313 turns 313 this summer. To celebrate this numerical coincidence, Pure Detroit is teaming up with the Detroit Medical Center to celebrate 3.13 Day (March 13, duh). Starting at midnight on Thursday, March 13, all babies born at DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital and Sinai-Grace Hospital will get a totally rad “Born in the 313″ onesie from Pure Detroit. New mother’s will also get $100 in diapers and other baby supplies.
The active members of British rock giants Queen will perform at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, July 12, with pop singer Adam Lambert again filling the vocals spot. Tickets go on sale March 15, and they are priced $35-$85. “Let’s ROCK those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!” said Brian May. “I’m completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon,” added Lambert. “I’m honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory; he’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band.” So how do you feel about this? This writer saw a Queen fronted by Paul Rodgers of Free/Bad Company a few years ago, and it felt cool because Rodgers wasn’t trying to ape Freddie Mercury at all. Lambert seems to be a popular choice in some quarters because he performs like a mini-Freddie. So what I see as a flaw, many see as a benefit. Send us your thoughts. Follow @City_Slang
The week where we wondered if Gov. Rick Scott purged himself to death, if we could get insurance to protect us when we stood our ground and caused unnecessary death, and whether Darden was sustaining food workers or banking on their death. We're all dead now!
The week where we watched more stealth attacks from Republicans on voter rights, worried about the children (our future, Whitney) and their rising college tuition and then looked around for government bullets meant to take us out. Crazy train, anyone?
The week where we dusted off our gaydar machine and pointed it at Charlie Crist again, then we figured out that you shouldn't be grading the FCAT writing test if you have communications problems of your own. What are words for, when no one's listening anymore?
2012 Florida Film Festival
The 2012 Florida Film Festival's brightest star is Central Florida itself. Are we ready for our close-up?
It was never going to matchthehanky drop of the explosive conclusion to last year's Florida legislative session – who can forget the tears of state clown,Senate President Mike Haridopolos, as he threw a tantrum in the face of brutish House Speaker Dean Ca
The week where the Florida victory of Newtt Romrich almost overshadowed a hearing about how screwed up Republicans have made the voting process, college students revolted against revolting university policies and Lynx got caught in aesthetic overstep. We are going nowhere, fast!
The week where all the gays in Gayville got gay hot dogs waved in their faces while Florida led the charge to make sure that, if you're poor and sick, you stay that way. Don't eat too many gay hot dogs!
The week where quiet deference in the state legislature gave way to aborta-palooza, Newt Gingrich tapped Rich Crotty (and the horse he road in on) for his Florida campaign and Floridians opted out of health insurance because they were broke. Such a pretty mess.
The week in which we hopped into an unregulated bed with heavy firearms, lamented the state's environmental time machine and then hoped we died before we got old. Talkin' 'bout our (lost) generation!
The week the city got all gay on the county, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd continued to get all hot on the porn and the Siegel's unfinished mansion overshadowed the region's hunger crisis. Sex and money, then!
Cover boy Rick Scott rolls into town in a Walmart shopping cart (we roll our eyes), the Republican machine rolls in the dirt of activist profiling and a bunch of trucker mustaches roll through the convention center. We're on a roll, here
A budgetary Sharpie blots out the Smurfs in the Villages, UCF takes over Orlando (or at least it should), the Casey Anthony trial ties up valuable talking-head resources and, hey, Jon Huntsman, welcome to our closet!
FFF: Sunday, April 10
Noon at Regal Winter Park - Chekhov for Children (3 Stars) There is no knowledge of Anton Chekhov required for this touching documentary about a group of New York City junior high schoolers putting on Uncle Vanya in the late 1970s. The play, which should
Nobody likes Rick Scott, liberals (still) love Alan Grayson, Bill Nelson hates chromium and you can't interfere with destiny!
O Holy Crap!
A last-minute gift guide for deadbeats and procrastinators
It gets better
A local take on the national project to save gay youth
You want swans? We got swans. Also, political crack and cracked corporate politics!
Just like you, beleaguered television viewer with your eyes crossed at the incessant parade of political noise bom-barding your brain, we are so ready for this election cycle to be over.