Detroit sportswriter Dan Ewald pays homage to his old friendGeorge “Sparky” Anderson in this book. Ewald recounts his last visit with Sparky only days before the death of the baseball legend. The two old friends spent most of the three day visit at the kitchen table in Anderson’s Thousand Oaks, Ca. home. There, they took turns telling the stories of their time together. One of the best just may be in the preface where Ewald describes an unlikely scene at the airport when he happened to have Anderson’s dental bridge in his pocket. He goes on to tell of his conversation with the befuddled security guard about why he has Anderson’s teeth and of the fellow passenger who offered to buy them. Ewald was the public relations director for the Detroit Tigers when Sparky was hired as manager early in the 1979 season. The two soon became fast friends. When Sparky’s agent committed a breach of faith and was released he asked his friend Ewald to assume the responsibilities. They did not sign a contract; they shook hands to seal the deal. They did not like the titles agent or representative, so they termed Ewald’sjob as “friend.” Their close working […]
Workers at fast-food restaurants across Michigan are again on strike according to ClickOnDetroit, as they continue to seek a $15/hour minimum wage and the right to form a union. This morning, vans dropped workers off outside McDonald’s on Detroit’s East Side, with signs that read, “We’re Worth More.” Rev. Charles Williams II of the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network was quoted as saying, “McDonald’s alone is a billion-dollar, multi-billion-dollar corporation. They’ve been making high profits for a very long time, and not spreading the wealth.”
When the Michigan State Spartans square off against the Ohio State Buckeyes this Saturday in the Big Ten Championship game, there will be a lot on the line. And I’m not just talking about winning the Big Ten — obviously that’s the first and foremost important part of Saturday’s game. You see, I’m talking about the peripheral aspects. The things that could be determining factors for both team’s post-season hopes. Though nothing in college football is ever a certainty (all in thanks to a little thing called the BCS), the outcome of Saturday’s game makes what will happen next for both teams damn near a certainty. As the situation stands, barring any more craziness — I don’t think this coming weekend can get any crazier than last weekend — Ohio State is in line to play in the National Championship game; they’re currently No. 2 in the BCS standings behind Florida State. Auburn and Alabama are a close third and fourth, respectively, but since they both have one loss apiece, undefeated Ohio State and Florida State are the favorites. Though the Buckeyes might not have the strength of schedule that an Alabama or… (Enter any SEC team) has, an undefeated […]
This Saturday, December 7, Trinosophes will host the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. The band features Tatsuya Nakatani, Dave Shettler, Marko Novachcoff, Jay Rowe, Joel Peterson, Josh Ferrel, Clara Hardie, James Baljo, Clem Fortuna and others. The venue says, “Every time Tatsuya comes to town it’s an event, but this time the virtuoso percussionist has put together his most ambitious ensemble yet. The first time he assembled his Nakatani Gong Orchestra, we were instructed to provide non-musicians mostly- “teacher, baker, artist, scientist- all are good” was the request. This time out he has expanded the size of NGO and is using a full line-up of musicians with backgrounds in bowing things- strings or otherwise.” Doors are at 8pm, suggested cover is $10. The following night, Sunday, December 8, Dave Bixby fronts a band also featuring Matthew Smith, Dave Shettler, Greg Beyer, and Bill Corrigan. “Having grown-up outside Grand Rapids, Dave Bixby first became involved in music around the 60′s Michigan folk and garage-rock scenes. By the end of the decade, he had a religious conversion and began making acoustic concept records that were religious in theme, but incongruently dark and lonesome sounding. His late 60‘s/early 70‘s releases, Ode to Quetzcoatl and Harbinger’s […]
The 11th annual Home for the Holidaze songwriter showcase and charity drive will be held at the Corktown Tavern on December 20. The show starts at 9, and cover is $6, or $5 if you bring a can of food. Performing that night will be Patrick Davy, Don “Doop” Duprie, Alison Lewis, Emily Rose, Matt Dmits, and Jackie Stahl. According to Static Records, “The donations and proceeds from the event go towards purchasing food and winter clothing items that is distributed to the homeless thru our selected charity, Outcry Youth & Street Ministry. Brother Joe Hicks has been helping the homeless and youth in Detroit for over a decade. His nights are spent on the streets of downtown helping those less fortunate with the donations he receives. Find out more here. “Pet food donations are also collected each year and donated to a non-profit animal rescue shelter. Hater Kitty Rescue Army (www.HaterKitty.com) is a local cat rescue group who takes care of strays, gets them health checked, and places them in forever homes.” Follow @City_Slang
1) Apparently if you somehow strap a camera to the back of a bald eagle it makes for some amazing footage. (Co.Create) 2) What do you do if the wrong number sends you a photo? Here are some of the best responses. (Distractify) 3) Let’s do the Time Warp again: here’s 10 photo mockups of what Detroit could look like in the future. (Huffington Post) 4) I wish church was really like this: drum ‘n’ bass mashed up with Gospel sounds, and looks, like the most fun you can possibly have. (YouTube) 5) Not really their worst performance, but screwing with the audio on this Kings of Leon video makes for one of the funniest YouTube videos we’ve ever seen. (YouTube) 6) This Batman golf cart could be yours for $17,500. (Gizmodo) 7) According to Transparency International, the most corrupt countries of 2013 were Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia. The least corrupt were the Scandanavian countries and New Zealand. The U.S. ranked 19. (NPR) 8) New book compiles some of the best, most awkward holiday family photos. (NPR) 9) The irony is too much for me: Walmart selling ripped off prints of controversial street artist Banksy’s ‘Detsroy Capitalism.’ It would surprise […]
Zs Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007
Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007
Improvisation has been the cornerstone of contemporary underground music for a decade now, maybe two, the exploratory/winging-it impulse that launched a kabillion CD-Rs and warehouse-space sets
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Directed by Panos Cosmatos
At the Charles Theatre Nov. 14 at 9 p.m.
The numbers, red on black, slowly reveal themselves, one at a time: 1. 9. 8. 3. Even a few minutes into Beyond the Black Rainbow, the year is already almost a punchline.
Sympathy for the Stones
Chris Forsyth reimagines Robert Frank’s elusive Rolling Stones tour doc Cocksucker Blues
Baltimore for Kids
Having a kid changes your idea of fun, luckly baltimore offers plenty of opportunities to keep the tykes amused.
The Yearly Grind
Pig Destroyer celebrates 15th anniversary with more “short, fast, and loud”
A cult classic featuring naked space vampires.
The Silence of the Lambs
Over-the-top serial killers Hannibal the Cannibal and Buffalo Bill may chew up the screen, but Starling's at the center of the story.
Local metal heroes Dying Fetus birth a new orthodoxy of extreme
Andrzej Zulawski’s exploration of a divorce goes for the gut
A local photographer talks about documenting the survivors of the toughest marathon in the world
We Have a Pope
What if you were offered one of the most powerful—and daunting—jobs on the planet, and what if you were wise enough to know exactly how daunting, nay impossible, such a position might be?
A standard haunted-house flick but still packed with some scare power
The Deep Blue Sea
The only thing that outshines Rachel Weisz in Terence Davies’ drama of postwar Britain is Davies himself
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
David Gelb’s documentary opens by explaining/confirming its title: 85-year-old Jiro Ono spends all day, almost every day, preparing and making sushi.
The Raid: Redemption
Indonesian martial-arts flick beats the crap out of tired Hollywood action
The Kid With a Bike
The Kid With a Bike
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
At the Charles Theatre
Cyril (Thomas Doret)
knows his dad didn’t just leave him at a group home and move away with no plans of coming back. He certainly didn’t sell Cyril’s bike, despite th
Thin Ice suffers by comparison with another Midwestern white-out noir
Kino Lorber DVD and Blu-ray
Celine Danhier’s documentary on New York’s underground film scene delves so deep into NYC hipster history that it features photographs of director Jim Jarmusch with dark hair. Thus Blank City qualifies as essential
A Dangerous Method
When it comes to the roots of psychoanalysis, David Cronenberg’s latest isn’t all talk
Many of the best films in the western genre bear an elegiac quality
Roman Polanski’s black comedy mostly assaults your patience.
The uncategorizable trio talks Baltimore’s new thing, playing quietly, and the philosophy of Lil Wayne
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
At the Charles Theatre Jan. 14, 16, and 19
If there was ever a time for a Week End revival, it’s our wearily recessionary, Occupied era. This vivid restored print of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 era-ender can beam out ove
John Huston was making great films right up until his death at 81
The Short List
Esme Devra West, Independents, Sac au Lait, Attack! Attack!, and more
A Serbian Film
Porn, a child’s exposure to porn, explicit sex, physical abuse and degradation, explicit sex in front of a child, pedophilia, forced drug use, rape, murder, necrophilia, more physical abuse and degradation
New This Week
All in This Tea, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle, Head-On, Johnny English Reborn, Love Crime, My Afternoon With Margueritte, Paranormal Activity 3, Summer, The Three Musketeers