Spring is almost here, which means it’ll soon be time to put away your winter coats and enjoy the outdoors. ComePlayDetroit offers a number of recreational leagues for adults that meet in Detroit throughout the week at locations like Belle Isle, Z’s Villa, Rivard Plaza and Jackson Park. Check out ComePlayDetroit’s website for the available schedules, enrollment prices and more information. Football: Thursday Co-Ed Flag Football - starts May 1 at Belle Isle Park Basketball: Monday Men’s Draft League - starts March 24 at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse Sand volleyball: Monday Co-Ed - starts April 28 at Z’s Villa Tuesday Co-Ed - starts April 29 at Z’s Villa Wednesday Co-Ed - starts April 30 at Rivard Plaza Wednesday Co-Ed - starts April 30 at Z’s Villa Thursday Co-Ed - starts May 1 at Z’s Villa Kickball: Tuesday Co-Ed Recreational - starts April 29 at Belle Isle Park Wednesday Co-Ed Competitive - starts April 30 at Jackson Park Thursday Co-Ed Recreational - starts May 1 at Jackson Park Softball: Sunday Co-Ed - starts April 27 at Inglenook Park Sunday Men’s - starts April 27 at Inglenook Park Wednesday Co-Edl - Starts April 30 at Belle Isle Park Ultimate frisbee: Saturday Co-Ed Leagues - starts May 3 at Belle Isle Park
Free money! There’s been plenty of ink spilled over the $1 billion challenge from billionaire Warren Buffett and billionaire Dan Gilbert to pick a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket. The insane contest crafted by Buffett (net worth: $58.2 billion) and Quicken Loans Founder Gilbert (net worth: $3.5 billion) will award $1 billion to whomever actually manages to put together a perfect bracket in the 68-team tournament. As you can expect, the odds are insane – like, 9.2 quintillion to 1, that is, if you have no knowledge of basketball. But that’s OK! You all should still try — because free money! Plus, you’ll make Dan Gilbert even happier: [Buffett's] partner in all this is [Gilbert], who also owns the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gilbert stands to gain as many as 15 million new sales leads with the registration process alone on this thing. “You can’t buy that kind of PR,” Gilbert says. “We love this.” See, everyone wins! Even if you lose the contest, you’ll still come away with a free phone call from Quicken. Think of all the time you’ll spend explaining you don’t want to refinance your mortgage. You’re a winner!
Back in 2010, I remember hearing the news that the elusive British street artist Banksy had been in Detroit, using the city as his urban canvas. At that time, the artist’s name was buzzing after the popularity of his acclaimed documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop — or was the graffiti-tour part of the marketing for the film, and was Bansky himself behind his own documentary? The artist, whose identity has been kept secret from the public, became a faceless face of the street art community — a post-modern prank that is as impressive as it is humorous. If you’re a patron of street art, you may have felt a bit honored that Banksy would consider coming here to leave his mark. You may have even ventured out to snap photos before they were washed away or covered up. However, one piece was taken from its original spot by the 555 Gallery in Southwest Detroit — an 8-foot painting of a young boy holding a paint can and brush next to the message, “I remember when all this was trees,” at the site of the dilapidated Packard Plant. The 555 Gallery’s co-founder Carl W. Goines claims that it was out of […]
Marshall Crenshaw and late poster artist Gary Grimshaw will be honored at this year’s Detroit Music Awards, which take place on Friday, April 25 at the Fillmore in Detroit. Crenshaw will perform, alongside metal band Battlecross, X-Factor finalist Jeff Gutt, ICP-affiliate Legz Diamond & the Purple Gang, blues radio host Mark Pasman and his super-session musicians, rapper Boldy James, and indie singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin. Tony Daldin, host of Under the Radar Michigan will emcee. Jimmy Johns will be the presenting sponsor, and founder and CEO Jimmy John Liautaud came out with a gloriously random quote. “We sell a lot of sandwiches in Metro Detroit, and I know that we count many of the area’s musicians among our loyalest customers,” he said. Here’s some more buzz: “The DMAs are similar to the Grammy Awards. Award winners are determined by local musicians and music industry professionals in southeast Michigan, and presented in ten music genres; Folk/Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Classical, Rock/Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Electronic and World. The DMAs are the only local music awards in the nation to be presented by a not-for -profit organization. Voting is accomplished entirely via the Internet. For a list of 2014 nominees and past winners, please […]
The Detroit jazz community will come together with a benefit for pianist Gary Schunk, to help defray costs incurred as a result of a car accident. The event will take place at Bert’s Marketplace from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and cover is $20. They say, “The list of musicians performing at this event is too numerous to mention. But, if you have a favorite jazz artist in Detroit, chances are he/she will be there on March 16th. Seating is limited so plan accordingly.” “When the name jazz stars come to town, Schunk is a man in demand: he has played with numerous jazz greats, including Joe Williams, Earl Klugh, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Burrell, Anita O’Day, Mark Murphy, Pepper Adams, Terumasa Hino, Dave Valentin, David “Fathead” Newman…and many others. In November of 1995, Schunk was chosen as one of ten winners in JAZZIZ magazine’s “Keyboards on Fire” contest, which celebrated original piano jazz compositions from unsigned pianists. Schunk’s electrifying compositions, Backward Glance, is featured on the JAZZIZ compilation CD, and is also one of four original pieces appearing on Schunk’s independently produced debut CD, The Key Player.” Follow @City_Slang
The Mo Pop Festival returns to Freedom Hill on Saturday, July 12, and locals Flint Eastwood are on the bill. The bill also features City and Colour, Young the Giant, The Neighbourhood, Trampled by Turtles, Cold War Kids and J Roddy Walston. The Harmonie Stage will feature performances by Lord Huron, Tokyo Police Club, Bad Suns, Bear Hands, Wild Cub, Hundred Waters, and Misterwives. Here’s the deets: “In addition to 10+ hours of non-stop music on two stages, the MO POP Festival will feature an increased number of authentic local delights in the MO BIERGARTEN, showcasing over 30 local craft beers with exclusive tastings. Also returning, the hugely popular MO FOOD RALLY ALLEY where foodies can enjoy the diverse tastes of the area’s favorite food trucks, with new surprises in store for 2014. Also, back by popular demand, the MO POP Festival will once again highlight the MO VAUDEVILLE REVIVAL SIDESHOW to celebrate the area’s specialty performers, along with the MO ARTIST VILLAGE featuring nationally removed and local visual artists.” A video teaser can be seen here: More information can be found at MoPopFest.com or on the official Facebook page. “Tickets start at $49.50 for General Admission and $125 for […]
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Getting bombed is my Constitutional Right as a Citizen of Earth.
This might be a first for the “Mr. Wrong” column, you know, that a question got answered?
Where would we be if Jesus H. Christ decided He wanted to drop his G_d-Given middle initial?
Ultimately it all ends up at “I will be a better Human Being,” or, if you are Evil, “I will be an even more Evil Human being than I have ever been in my entire Evil existence, be it so Resolved.”
Let’s Top Ten!
You can make your own Top Ten list and put it anywhere you want, or send it to me at email@example.com.
I Love a Parade
The Holiday Season is a time for learning, and one of the things The Children need to learn early is: Life is full of Disappointments. No parade this year, kids!
Jeez, my house is a potential death trap, man, it’s worse than Cold and Flu Season up in here.
A Hunger for Games
Football qualifies as a blood sport, and I am unenlightened enough to consider Super Bowl one of my High Holidays.
All The Holidays Stuffed Into One
Spending money is why many people hate The Holidays, and also, at the same time, for many Americans, the Active Ingredient of any The Holidays is buying stuff.
Here’s Zero Crazy Tips for Reading this Amazing Column
Wowee, way too much of everything, have you noticed, on the Internet, is announced in headlines as “Amazing” or “Crazy” or “The Most” whatever or “Insane” or “Awesome,” eh? Seriously, have you noticed this?
I’m in Miami Bitch
Gentle reader of the “Mr. Wrong” column, I am about to do something never before done in the entire 15-year history of columning the “Mr. Wrong” column.
Who the fuck decided “hazelnut” is a flavor-thing that belongs in coffee?
Barack Hussein Obama(care)
I don’t know about you—I mean, because how could I, this column is all about me, me, me—but I’m totally burned out on all this Budget Shutdown Budget Showdown stuff, you know?
Vacation! I hope you had one or get one real soon.
Think Table Talk Pie
City Paper talks Apple, Ashton Kutcher, and the tiny pie with Jobs folk
The Vacation is Right
I go away for one lousy week and it turns out to be the one week The Price Is Right hits town to recruit contestants? How can this happen?
Misery is Back
What do I need with risking all my hard-earned lottery winnings on you and your fakakta Get Rich Quick scheme? You wanna get rich, buy a Powerball like me, and then relax, it’s good for your back.
The Route 27 Bus Makes Me Sad
I am on the brink of an irrational and abiding hatred of the No. 27 bus, which sometimes takes me from my house to my job or from my job to my house in as little as 45 minutes. Sometimes.
Would you like to work at selling teakwood Ice Cream Scoopers?
All Glory is Fleeting
There’s no way this story couldn’t have triumphed in Award Combat, its enemies driven before it (no offense to the non-winners), in a Conqueror’s Triumph. Cheese Fish!
A Fifth of July
Fuck winter, man! Let's go get a snoball at the exact opposite time when you can make one out of dirty snow off the street! I want a blue one!
It Is Better To Win Than To Be Good And Get Fired
One of the other fine columns the “Mr. Wrong” column beat out for the award of “Best Column” was the “La Dolce Musto” column, written by Michael Musto, formerly and forever from the Village Voice paper of New York City, America.
When I holler, I need some refreshment to help keep my hollering muscles toned and lubricated.
This Freedom of the Press thing cuts in all Directions, man, you make a Press, go out and buy a Press, you have Freedom of it. America.
Scratch to Dream
My American Dream of turning an entire week’s worth of paycheck for the Mr. Wrong column into kabillions of millions of dollars is officially over.
Before I begin this week’s “Mr. Wrong” column, I would like to give you an update on the One Hundred and Fifty Dollars and No Cents’ worth of scratch-off lottery tickets I bought with the very first paycheck I received in remuneration for this, the New, Imp
The City That Leaves the Left-Turn Blinker on
I bet a lot of people scratch-off some scratch-offs and don’t even realize they won, especially if they are in a dimly lit environment, you know?
Next week is my annually favorite episode of Baltimore’s Best Alternative Weekly, to wit: Best of Baltimore! It is the Best, seriously, there are some other printed-on-paper publications publicating their own Best-ofs out there, but nobody brings the Bes
Bitter Pizza to Swallow
I HOPE THIS IS A trick or a publicity stunt or a way to get somebody interested in buying into their business, but I read on The Baltimore Sun’s Internet at 4:05 p.m., EDT on June 15, 2012, by Richard Gorelick, all about how Iggies, which is a place that
A couple-few weeks ago I announced a contest for people to become Editor-In-Chief of your Baltimore City Paper, or hey, better yet, about how I, me, the writer of the “Mr. Wrong” column, should be Editor-In-Chief.
Have you ever thought about being an Editor-in-Chief of a Major Metropolitan Alternative Newsweekly?
Hey, this paper you are holding or web site you are clicking on is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief, did you know that? Yeah, that is gonna be an exc
Sometimes I walk my bike downhill, seriously.
Q&A with Goat Boy, Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior Jim Breuer
So this week is Baseball Season, the beginning of it, and I’m totally into it, attending Baseball Games, even though I generally don’t start “paying attention” to Baseball Season, statistically, with “The Standings” and stuff
Oscar-winning doc focuses on what it takes to compete when you can’t
Ready, Go, Set!
So I think it looks like there is probably-maybe gonna be another Baltimore Grand Prix of go-fast cars here on the Streets of Baltimore, and I am in favor of it, because I am in favor of all kinds of events and activities that are supposed to be good for
This is one of my most favorite times of the year, seriously, but not because of the weather, because, like, no offense, even if it’s “good” for February, it’s still February all up in here on the mid-Atlantic chunk of the Eastern Seaboard where I dwell,
A Big Bowl of Sad
Wow, hey Baltimore, I’m sorry man, nobody wanted to think about Your Baltimore Ravens losing, but damn, nobody ever thought they would go out like that, on a last-minute missed field goal, ouch, seriously, that is, well, it is just Sad, you know? They co
The End of the Year as We Know it
Hey, it’s a New Year! Did you have a good New Year’s? Are you having a good New Year? It’s a lotta pressure, huh? A shiny New Year!
People get all excited about how it’s the End of the year because that means it’s almost the Beginning of the year, when
After her divorce, writer Mavis Gary retuns home to small-town Minnesota.
Hey, I dunno if you noticed yet as you flip through these pages of paper or pixel, but this week is one of my fave-rave editions of Baltimore’s Listiest Alternative Weekly, namely Top 10, where we, as in all the people who write words into the paper and d
It Is An Honor Just To Be Nominated
From the Wireless Keyboard office in The Future in my new Temporary Headquarters within the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada, Earth.
A hotshot test pilot is given a magic ring by the police of the universe.
This is a fun summer-blockbuster kind of movie set in the late 1970s/early ‘80s, and it looks and behaves like a Steven Spielberg movie.
There’s a lot of crap out there on the Internet that I don’t understand.
X-Men: First Class
Our latest attraction in the Summer of Comic Book movies is a Prequel, Reboot—hey, let’s call it a Preboot, OK?
Everything Must Go
Omnipresent funnyman Will Ferrell changes it up and goes serious as a guy who loses his job, wife, etc.
I am gonna miss Osama Bin Laden. Now please don’t let me be misunderstood here, OBL getting double-tapped out doesn’t change anything for the thousands who got blown up in the towers or killed fighting wars in all the places we (as in U.S.) have been warr
A socially stunted insurance salesman is forced to attend the titular convention, schmooze it up, and vie for a Prestigious Award with the future success of his company in the balance.
On podcasting as career tool and place to be a jerk
I don’t wanna harsh anybody’s mellow or anything, but the deadline for filing the Income Taxes here in the State of Maryland is April 15.
This comedy movie is “Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use,” but it’s a gentle and funny “R” in the hands of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Battle: Los Angeles
This is a movie about Space Aliens attacking the Earth: KA-BOOM, yeah.
If you can’t take a movie with gore and tits and ass and mayhem and cars and shit that blows up real good and naked bitch-slapping and crude but effective dialogue and guns and bigger guns and cigarettes and ass-whuppings then stay home.