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  • Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

    The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck will present a police drama called A Steady Rain May 2 through 24. Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith will star in the play, written by House of Cards and Mad Men co-writer Keith Huff. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now at PlanetAnt.com. According to the press release, “A Steady Rain by Keith Huff focuses on Joey and Denny, best friends since kindergarten and partners on the police force whose loyalty to each other is tested by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey helps Denny with his family and Denny helps Joey stay off the bottle. But when a routine disturbance call takes a turn for the worse their loyalty is put to the ultimate test.First produced at Chicago Dramatists, A Steady Rain appeared on Broadway featuring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. The Planet Ant production of A Steady Rain is directed by York Griffith featuring Ryan Carlson and Andy Huff. This marks the return of two of Planet Ant’s founding members. Carlson and Griffith. Griffith has served as the theatre’s Artistic Director where he directed the critically-acclaimed productions The Adding Machine and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? […]

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  • You can wear Detroit’s blight on your face

    There is no easy answer to the question regarding what should be done with Detroit’s abandoned homes. However, an Eastern Market company has a solution that could reflect Detroit’s possibly bright future. Homes Eyewear has set out to make the city a little more stylish, and do their part in cleaning it up by repurposing select woods from neglected homes for sunglasses. All of the wood that Homes uses is harvested from vacant houses with the assistance of Reclaim Detroit. A lot of work goes into prepping the wood to be cut and shaped into frames. Homes goes through each piece to remove nails, paint or anything else detrimental to their production (it’s a bit strange to think that your wooden sunglasses could have had family portraits nailed to them). In order to produce more durable eyewear, they salvage only hardwoods like maple or beech, which are difficult to come by as most of the blighted homes were built with softer woods like Douglas fir and pine. If you’re worried about looking goofy, or shudder at the thought of salvaged wood resting on your nose, you can rest easy. Homes currently offers frames in the popular wayfarer style and are developing their unique spin on the classic aviators. For as […]

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  • Lily Tomlin coming to Ann Arbor

    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

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  • Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

    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.

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  • Joumana Kayrouz to cover ‘Metro Times’

    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!

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  • Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

    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 […]

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Public Square - Reader's Choice

Best of Detroit 2012: Reader's choice for Metro Detroit By MT Staff 4/25/2012

Best Slogan for Metro Detroit

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Celebrating 45 years of Rebirth 4/25/2012

Best Way to Improve Downtown Ferndale

Public Square - Readers' Pick: More parking, free parking, less restrictive parking 4/25/2012

Best Way to Improve Downtown Birmingham

Public Square - Readers' Pick: More parking, free parking, less restrictive parking 4/25/2012

Best Way to Improve Downtown Royal Oak

Public Square - Readers' Pick: More parking, free parking, less restrictive parking 4/25/2012

Best Way to Improve Midtown Detroit

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Better public transit 4/25/2012

Best Way to Improve Downtown Detroit

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Better public transit 4/25/2012

Best Way for Detroit to Deal with Its Debt

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Emergency manager 4/25/2012

Best Local College

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Wayne State University 4/25/2012

Best New Player for Lions To Pick Up

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Not Tebow 4/25/2012

Best Draft Pick for Pistons

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Brandon Knight 4/25/2012

Best Piston

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Greg Monroe 4/25/2012

Best Red Wing

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Pavel Datsyuk 4/25/2012

Best Free Agent for Tigers To Pick Up

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Prince Fielder 4/25/2012

Best Local Amateur Athlete

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Tiny Ninja 4/25/2012

Best Tiger

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Justin Verlander 4/25/2012

Best Local Pro Athlete

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Justin Verlander 4/25/2012

Best Lion

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Calvin Johnson 4/25/2012

Best Local Sports Story

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Lions Make Playoffs 4/25/2012

Best Concert of 2011

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Paul McCartney at Comerica Park 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Macomb County Exec Mark Hackel

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Hack 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Wayne County Exec Robert Ficano

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Crook 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Oakland County Exec Brooks Patterson

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Brooksie 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Mayor Dave Bing

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Bingo 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Gov. Rick Snyder

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Dick 4/25/2012

Best Candidate for President in 2012

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Barack Obama 4/25/2012

Best Radio Personality

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Craig Fahle 4/25/2012

Best Radio Morning Show

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Dave and Chuck "the Freak," 4/25/2012

Best Radio Music Show

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Ann Delisi's Essential Music 4/25/2012

Best Public Golf Course

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Rackham Golf Course 4/25/2012

Best Local Music Festival

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Movement 4/25/2012

Best Reason to Invite Me to the Metro Times Best of Detroit Party

Public Square - Readers' Pick: A few clever responses to why you should attend 4/25/2012

Best TV Morning Show Personality

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Jason Carr 4/25/2012

Best TV Newscaster

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Devin Scillian 4/25/2012

Best Frisbee Golf Park

Public Square - Staff Pick: Stony Creek Metro Park 4/25/2012

Best TV News

Public Square - Readers' Pick: FOX2 (WJBK) 4/25/2012

Best Farmers' Market, Washtenaw County

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Ann Arbor Farmers' Market 4/25/2012

Best Farmers' Market, Macomb County

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Mount Clemens Farmers' Market 4/25/2012

Best Farmers' Market, Oakland County

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Royal Oak Farmers Market 4/25/2012

Best Farmers' Market, Wayne County

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Eastern Market 4/25/2012

Best Dog Park

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Orion Oaks Couny Park 4/25/2012

Best Nature or Hiking Trail

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Kensington Metro Park 4/25/2012

Best Frisbee Golf Park

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Stony Creek Metro Park 4/25/2012

Best Place to Bike

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Stony Creek Metro Park 4/25/2012

Best Beach

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Lake St. Clair Metro Park 4/25/2012

Best Bingo Night Venue

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Drag Queen Bingo at Five15 4/25/2012

Best Alley for Altered-State Bowling

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Garden Bowl 4/25/2012

Best Bowling Alley

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Garden Bowl 4/25/2012

Best Place to See Locl Theater

Public Square - Readers' Pick: The Who Wants Cake? theater company's Ringwald Theatre 4/25/2012

Best Local Film Festival

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Ann Arbor Film Festival 4/25/2012

Best Place to See an Indie Film

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Main Art Theatre 4/25/2012

Best Place to See a Mainstream Film

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Emagine Royal Oak 4/25/2012
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Public Square - Staff Picks

Best of Detroit 2012: Our staff picks for Metro Detroit By MT Staff 4/25/2012

Best Thing About Local Right-Wing Radio

Public Square - Staff Pick: Charlie Langton's show on WXYT-AM/1270 4/25/2012

Best Detroit Asset to Protect

Public Square - Staff Pick: Water & Sewerage Department 4/25/2012

Best Vision for Mass Transit

Public Square - Staff Pick: Freshwater Railway 4/25/2012

Best Food Desert Fighters

Public Square - Staff Pick: Peaches & Greens 4/25/2012

Best Local Reality TV Stars

Public Square - Staff Pick: The Gold Family 4/25/2012

Best Change to Local Left-Wing Radio

Public Square - Staff Pick: Thom Hartmann's new time slot on WDTW/1310 AM 4/25/2012

Best Example of Journalism Shaking

Public Square - Staff Pick: WXYZ-TV's "Wayne County Confidential" series 4/25/2012

Best Inner-City Duck Farm

Public Square - Staff Pick: Laid in Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Food Desert Fighters

Public Square - Staff Pick: Peaches & Greens 4/25/2012

Best Way to Build Community with Beer

Public Square - Staff Pick: Tashmoo Biergarten 4/25/2012

Best Gardening Deal for City Residents

Public Square - Staff Pick: The Garden Resource Program 4/25/2012

Best Day to Be a Fish at the Belle Isle Aquarium

Public Square - Staff Pick: Shiver on the River 4/25/2012

Best Creative Class Mingle

Public Square - Staff Pick: Drinks x Design 4/25/2012

Best New Pro Sports Team

Public Square - Staff Pick: American Ultimate Disc League's Detroit Mechanix 4/25/2012

Best Art Idea to Steal

Public Square - Staff Pick: Lansing's Old Town Scrapfest 4/25/2012

Best Hope for the Detroit Institute of Arts

Public Square - Staff Pick: The people 4/25/2012

Best Poet for Busy People

Public Square - Staff Pick: Ken Mikolowski 4/25/2012

Best Arts Campaign

Public Square - Staff Pick: Fela! at Music Hall 4/25/2012

Best Reason We Still Have a Hoedown in Motown

Public Square - Staff Pick: Tim Roberts, program director, WYCD-FM 4/25/2012

Best Low-Power Radio Station

Public Square - Staff Pick: 1610-AM, The Station 4/25/2012