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 bitchin’ “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 oracle speaks! Straying from the usual exclusive (!) visits to local editorial boards and radio stations, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will make a rare public appearance later this month the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Orr, 55, will deliver a lecture titled “The Future of Detroit Urban Governance” inside a ballroom on the second floor of the Michigan Union building at 530 S. State Street. Orr’s spokesman, Bill Nowling, says the lecture will focus on Detroit’s restructuring and ongoing Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition. “General themes he has, and continues to speak about,” Nowling says. U-M says the 90-minute lecture will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public, with a planned reception scheduled afterward. If you can’t attend, the university plans to livestream everything at http://fordschool.umich.edu/events/calendar/1691.
On Friday, July 25, the classic lineup of New Edition (YES, New Edition) will play Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit as part of the Summer Concert Series. The band will include Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill and Bobby Brown. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 7 at Ticketmaster, and you can expect to hear tunes like like “Candy Girl”, “Can You Stand the Rain” and “Mr. Telephone Man,” plus solo songs from each member. Shahida Mausi, President/CEO of The Right Production Inc. said; “The line up for the 2014 season is one of our strongest and will bring new audiences to this treasured jewel of Detroit, while continuing to draw in supporters who have been coming for years”. The full 2014-‐concert series line up will be announced the first week of April.” Follow @City_Slang
JJ Grey & Mofro Present ‘This River’ at Sam’s Burger Joint
With soul music enjoying a commercial renaissance the last few years, JJ Grey & Mofro—who will perform Tuesday at Sam’s Burger Joint—seem poised to reap the benefit of their slinky backwoods southern soul. After 12 years, numerous lineup changes and a half-
Detroit hip-hop artist plays the Beacham this week
Everclear rediscovers its spark
"I am not the king of self-destruction," challenges Everclear frontman Art Alexakis before relenting a smidge. "I may be a crown prince.
Rosie Flores: 'Working Girl's Guitar'
Four decades haven't dimmed Rosie Flores' shine or dinted her swagger. From the opening title track — which celebrates the miles from the perspective of her...
Nicolette Good: 'Monarch'
For some people, vibe is enough. Give them a pretty voice and some warm texture to surround it and they're good. Others demand hooks. The former are going to very happy with Good's debut full-length. It's a spacious-sounding album, so sweet and pastoral you
Ron Young: 'Under the Texas Radar'
Thirty-eight years after making finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Young releases his debut recording featuring an eclectic batch of lighthearted, oft-heartbroken country...
Shelby Lynne gets naked on Revelation Road
Shelby Lynne doesn't care about image or marketing. She will drop an emphatic F-bomb while making a point, or perhaps note her feature in High Times. Of course, after a life marked by tragedy...
Two Current critics choose their favorite drinking songs
Billie Holiday’s “One For My Baby (AND One More For the Road)”
There’s a whole cannon of Holiday’s material we could choose from, but it’s her rendition of the standard “One More For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” that’s top shelf, an aching last-cal
Bonnie Lang: I'm There
Local singer Bonnie Lang's full-length debut teases more than it pleases, but still holds out promise for the future.
Glam masters-slash-punk pioneers New York Dolls storming San Antonio
Frequently it is not the most successful bands that have the most lasting impact. Case in point, the New York Dolls. They were a crucial act in the development of both punk and glam rock, and planted the seed for the New York scene that a few years later would produce bands like Television, the Ramones, and Blondie.