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  • Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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  • Lessenberry on the battle to ban the Metro Times

    Turns out, our very own Jack Lessenberry knows the Grosse Pointer seeking to ban the MT: Ten years or so ago, a woman named Andrea Lavigne sat in on some media survey classes I was teaching at Wayne State University. She was in her late 30s or early 40s, and seemed to be searching for answers. She wanted to know how the media work, and told me she was a Maoist. This fascinated me, because I thought authentic Maoists were almost as rare as passenger pigeons. Chairman Mao, we now know, starved to death and slaughtered tens of millions of his own citizens, and kept China economically and intellectually backward. Intrigued, I got together one night before class with her and another Maoist, to find out what they were all about. Alas, they spouted a form of primitive, grade-school Marxism. They seemed to have very little historical knowledge of Communism or what it had actually been like. Yes. A Maoist. Read the full story at Michigan Radio here.

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  • Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’

    A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the owner of Detroit’s municipal solid waste incinerator Monday, accusing the company of nuisance and gross negligence violations According to the complaint filed by Detroit-based Liddle & Dubin P.C., “On occasions too numerous to list, Plaintiffs’ property including Plaintiffs’ neighborhood, residences and yards were physically invaded by noxious odors and contaminants … As a direct and proximate result of the Defendant’s’ negligence in operating and/or maintaining the facility, Plaintiffs’ property has been invaded by noxious odors.” The eight-page complaint charges that local property values have dropped due to the incinerator’s presence, “and has interfered with Plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their property.” The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeks a financial award in excess of $25,000 and all costs and attorney fees related to the case. In an email, a spokesperson for the company says, “Detroit Renewable Power is reviewing the complaint filed today,” but declined further comment. The suit comes weeks after a Metro Times’ cover story earlier this month found a growing number of odor complaints from nearby residents since Detroit Renewable Power LLC (DRP) took control of the facility in 2010. The investigation found a spike in citations from the Michigan Department […]

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  • Winners announced for the ‘High Times’ Medical Cannabis Cup

    The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup is more than just a celebration — although with the recent shift in attitudes toward marijuana legalization, there certainly is much to celebrate.  HT‘s Danny Danko described it as “just like any other harvest festival or a county fair where people bring their best produce, their best pigs and horses and cows, and they compete with each other for bragging rights, basically.” Here are a list of winners from this year’s Cannabis Cup, who did indeed walk home with some well-deserved bragging rights — if anyone knows their marijuana it’s High Times: Indica 1ST - Oasis Medical Seeds - Paris OG 2ND - Herbal Solutions - Alien Dawg F2 3RD - Herban Legendz, LLC - Grape OX Sativa 1ST - Arborside Compassion - CATFISH 2ND - Organibliss - Ghost Train Haze #1 3RD - We Grow Education and Collective Centers - MelonGum Hybrid 1ST - Herbal Solutions - Gorilla Glue 2ND - Pure West Compassion Club - Death Star 3RD - Kushman Veganics for Buds & Roses - Veganic Candyland Concentrate 1ST - Mr. B’s Extracts - Raskal’s Lemon 2ND - 710 Savant - Kosher Kush Dewaxed 3RD - Oasis Medical / Vader Extracts / Dab Vader - Candy Jack Shatter Non-Solvent Hash 1ST - NLG - Jedi Kush Ice Wax 2ND - Arborside Compassion - HeadCandy Kush Hash 3RD - New World Seeds Resource […]

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  • Satanists Leverage Hobby Lobby Ruling In Support of Pro­Choice Initiative

    So is the title of the press release we received this morning from The Satanic Temple. You may recall our interview with Doug Mesner from earlier this year. The Satanic Temple is, perhaps, best known for trying to build a child-friendly monument to satan in OKC: How Mesner and TST are rocking the Hobby Lobby ruling is interesting: The Satanic Temple Leverages Hobby Lobby Ruling to Claim Exemption From State Mandated ProLife Materials Reads the next line of the press release. And then their website: A number of states require that abortion providers give information to patients that maybe inaccurate or misleading. Demands that members of the Satanic Temple, or those who share our beliefs, be subjected against our will to anything but the best scientific understanding are a violation of our religious beliefs. Thanks to rulings such as Hobby Lobby, we can take a stand against these practices. Mesner points out how the Hobby Lobby ruling bolsters their position: While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when […]

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  • Reports from the ‘High Times’ Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio

    On Saturday we set out to check out the High Times Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio, Mich. — High Times did hold a Cannabis Cup in the Motor City back in 2011, but Detroit police flexing their muscles and making arrests at that event may have been to blame, at least partially, for the choice of a new host city. The event was held this year at the Auto City Speedway, (also known as “B.F.E.” to Detroiters). Nevertheless, the prospect of stopping at the Torch for the best burger in the Genessee County was compelling — and anyway, this was the Cannabis Cup we were talking about. Was it really going to be “work?” It turned out, just a little bit. An inexplicable lack of an on-site ATM meant hiking quite a ways up the road to the nearest gas station, and then waiting for an attendant to restock the ATM with cash. We spoke with plenty of Cannabis Cup attendees at the gas station — everybody knows that the local gas station is a stoner’s best-friend. The two-day festival, for which one-day tickets were sold for $40, was divided into two sections — a general area and a medicating […]

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Reader's choice of retail in Metro Detroit

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Wayne County

 

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Wayne County

Showtime

5708 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-875-9280; showtimedetroit.com

For nearly 25 years, this Midtown staple and perennial winner has supplied threads to Detroit's musicians, performers and entertainers — and the scenesters who follow in their wake. But it's not all leather and lace — although there's plenty of that — the store's racks also come stocked with fashions suitable for any style other than run-of-the-mill. Owner Dan Tatarian is a fierce champion of all things local — from bands to stores — and advocated for shoppers to avoid chains long before that mantra became trendy. Stop into the store and he'll be more than willing to help outfit you in an eye-popping getup, while supplying entertaining banter free o' charge. 

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Oakland County

 

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Oakland County

Incognito

323 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-548-2980; 

incognitoinc.com

Another MT readers' fave, Incognito provides rock-inspired wear for the fearless trendsetter. Even if less daring fashionistas choose to avoid leopard-print, body-hugging jeans, there are still plenty of choice pieces to choose from, including the Brit-inspired men's fashions of Ben Sherman and the Detroit-centric goodies of Made in Detroit and Aptemal Apparel. Incognito also offers an extensive selection of eyewear, as well as an entire separate room devoted to footwear, featuring the latest drool-worthy styles in stilettos, pumps, sandals, boots, flats, etc. for both men and women. It's so beautiful you'll want to cry, then max out your credit cards.

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Macomb County

 

Best Vintage Clothing, Macomb County

Best Thrift Shop

Salvation Army

salvationarmyusa.org

When all else fails, try the Salvation Army. This stalwart thrift shop supplies everything from furniture and appliances to books and bric-a-brac (and apparently much of the clothing needs of Macomb County) at everyday low prices. It's a haven for those who need to stock a new apartment on the cheap, for those low on dough and for those who just can't say no to other people's junk.

Best Indie Women's Clothing, 

Washtenaw County

TIE

Orchid Lane

419 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-662-6446; orchidlaneonline.com

Mix

128 & 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-961-8704 mixnewandused.com

Flirty sundress, flowing wrap skirts and colorful tops are mainstays at Orchid Lane, which sells women's clothing, home decor and natural gemstone jewelry as part of its mission to help establish a fair trade global community. Along with its own clothing line, the store also sells high-end brands and imports goods from international fair trade co-operatives, boasting a large selection of items priced at $15 or less. Ypsi's Mix lives up to its name by offering an eclectic and affordable mix of new and vintage women's clothing. The store also stocks vintage jewelry and antiques, with a friendly staff to help shoppers navigate the ample inventory.

Best Vintage Clothing, Wayne County

Rachel's Place

2124 Pine St., Detroit; 313-964-9008

It seems as though beautiful vintage clothing covers every inch of the old brownstone that Rachel's Place calls home. The North Corktown shop caters to the fashion-savvy with its knockout selection of high-quality men's and women's clothing, in all sizes and from all eras. Casual skirts, elegant cocktail dresses, racks of heels, retro blazers, vintage denim, elbow-length gloves, scarves, handbags, hats, jewelry ... the list goes on and on. The budget-conscious will appreciate the affordable prices, trendsetters will appreciate the quality and selection, and everyone will appreciate the service of the ever-smiling proprietor Rachel Leggs, whose boundless enthusiasm never fails to rub off on shoppers. 

Best Vintage Clothing, Oakland County

Lost & Found

510 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-548-6154; lostandfoundvintage.com

Every vintage lover should know this downtown Royal Oak shop, which features three levels of one-of-a-kind wearables from every decade of the 20th century. The friendly staff is always willing to help shoppers dig through the racks to locate the perfect '70s jumpsuit, '50s housedress or retro Girl Scout uniform (they have them; what you do with them is your business). Prices can be utterly affordable, but be prepared to blow the bank on a must-have couture piece. Along with its impressive selection, Lost & Found also boasts a large number of plus-sized offerings, a notable collection of T-shirts and boots, and collectible records and accessories.

Best Vintage Clothing, Washtenaw County

The Getup Vintage

215 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-327-4300; thegetup.com

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