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  • PETA offers to pay overdue water bills for Detroiters willing to go vegan

    #150207742 / gettyimages.com As locals continue to flood Detroit streets to protest the city’s ongoing water debacle, one national organization is hoping to be part of the solution — that is, for a dietary price. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA as the organization is more commonly known, has offered to pay outstanding water bills for 10 Detroiters who are willing to go vegan for one month. “Vegan meals take far less of a toll on the Earth’s resources,” PETA representatives said in a recent press release. “It takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce just a pound of meat but only about 155 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat.” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk adds, “Vegan meals are also a cost-effective way to help prevent health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, the last thing that someone who is struggling financially needs to deal with.” Folks interested in participating are asked to send a copy of their most recent overdue water bill and their written pledge to go vegan for one month to PETA Attn: Detroit Water at 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 before Aug. 1.

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  • Dinner Club Does Brunch

    Sure, The Dinner Club, a regularly occurring pop-up that takes places at the Storefront Gallery  in Ferndale (and other locations, occasionally), usually happens around dinner time, but this Sunday, July 27, there will be a special edition: Brunch Chef Matthew Baldridge, who’s resume includes stints at such Detroit greats as Cliff Bell’s, The Rattlesnake Club, and Seldom Blues, has crafted a menu of French-inspired items that employ locally procured ingredients. Brunch includes four courses where guests will be treated to such delights as cocoa, cinnamon, chili-spiced creamy grits with pickled strawberries, cocoa puffs and strawberry-infused syrup, a smoked gouda potato gallette with Faygo Root Beer braised pork belly, quail egg and Faygo Root Beer syrup, banana marscapone-filled French toast with fresh raspberries, whipped cream and balsamic syrup, and champagne-soaked strawberries. It is also important to note that brunch is BYOChampagne. Baldridge, along with The Storefront Gallery’s Derek John and Lilacpop Studio owner and artist Janna Coumoundouros, curate the event that includes an art show, a great playlist, and visuals. Brunch services are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last about two hours, only 20 seats are available at each service. The cost is $25 plus a service fee. The Storefront Gallery […]

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  • Jurassic 5 holds onto what’s golden

      By Ashley Zlatopolsky It’s been a little over twenty years since iconic ‘90s alternative hip-hop group Jurassic 5 first formed in Los Angeles’ Good Life club. Widely regarded as a pivotal influence in the decade’s underground hip-hop movement by critics and fans alike, the six-piece crew consisting of two DJs (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark) and four MCs (Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7 and Chali 2na) were well on their way to becoming one of hip-hop’s greatest and most powerful acts of all time, ranking alongside names such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. with socially-conscious lyrics and smooth beats paired with smart sampling. But in 2004, Cut Chemist left the group to pursue a solo career, and in 2007 Jurassic 5 completely called it quits after nearly 15 years of music. And that was it for the crew until 2013. After almost seven years apart (nine for Cut Chemist), Jurassic 5 reunited and re-emerged stronger than ever before with a new flair, seasoned attitude, and more vibrant energy at Coachella Music Festival, the group’s first show with the original six members since Cut Chemist split. During their performance, Jurassic 5 gave fans a memorable concert revisiting all the classic feel-good tracks […]

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  • Detroit Riverwalk west extension opens from Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks

    Dogs of Detroit have new territory to trot: Yesterday, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy held a soft opening for a 20-acre westward extension of the Riverwalk. Part of a planned two-mile track of the West Riverwalk, the new span runs from the Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks Boulevard, says Mark Pasco, director of communications for the conservancy. “It’s going to be great,” Pasco says. “It’s a wide open green space. It’s going to be great for activities.” The endgame for the Riverwalk, Pasco notes, is to extend the walkway from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just past the MacArthur Bridge — about a 5.5. mile route. The new westward expansion is wider than most of the walkway, about 30 feet, says Pasco — a decision made by the conservancy to accommodate fisherman that previously frequented the area. “We knew … once it opened up they’d want to fish there again, so we made the Riverwalk itself wider,” Pasco says. The conservancy will hold a grand opening in late September, which will include “food and music and activities,” Pasco says, though no official date has been set.

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  • DJ Josh Cheon shares his favorite darkwave tracks

    San Francisco’s Josh Cheon runs the darkwave revival label Dark Entries and is a member of the Honey Soundsystem DJ collective. This Saturday, July 26, Macho City switch out of disco mode and get a little gothic, bringing the Dark Entries 5th Anniversary Tour to town. Synth bands Bézier, Max + Mara, and Redredred will play, and Cheon will spin select cuts in between sets. We asked Cheon to share a playlist of some of his favorite tracks: Martin L. Gore — “Compulsion”: “I first heard this song at The Bank, a goth club I used to go to every weekend in New York as a teenager. I love the synths that sound like brass instruments and of course Martin’s distinct vocals.When I bought the EP, I discovered it was actually a cover of a song by Joe Crow, who used to play with UK post punk group The Nightingales. The rest of the covers on this EP turned me onto so many other great bands like Tuxedomoon, Sparks, The Durutti Column and Comsat Angels.” Clan of Xymox — “Call it Weird”: “This song was also part of my teenage soundtrack after it was reissued in 1994 on CD. I never imagined I would reissue it then, but when I started my label it was one […]

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  • Metro Times seeking stories of college sexual assault

    The Metro Times is looking to hear your experiences will sexual assault on a Michigan college campus — from anything to how many sexual assault prevention programs, rape kits or crisis centers you may have had access to, to how the administration or local law enforcement handled your experience. If you, or anyone you know might be interested in talking to a reporter at the Metro Times, please email us at college@metrotimes.com.

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

Best Place to Buy Detroit Products

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Pure Detroit 4/25/2012
Best Jewelry Store

Best Jewelry Store

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Diamond Vault of Troy 4/25/2012

Best Gift Shop, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Pure Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Gift Shop, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Catching Fireflies 4/25/2012

Best Gift Shop, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Rocket 4/25/2012

Best Jewelry Repair

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Miner's Den 4/25/2012

Best Florist

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Blumz 4/25/2012

Best Indie Hardware Shop in the Suburbs

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Frentz & Sons 4/25/2012

Best Indie Hardware Shop in Detroit

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Busy Bee 4/25/2012

Best Bicycle Shop in the Suburbs

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop 4/25/2012

Best Bicycle Shop in Detroit

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Hub 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Skates/Skateboard/etc

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Modern Skate & Surf 4/25/2012

Best Place for Audio Gear

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Guitar Center 4/25/2012

Best Store for Musical Instruments

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Guitar Center 4/25/2012

Best Indie Record Store, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Dearborn Music 4/25/2012

Best Indie Record Store, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: UHF 4/25/2012

Best Indie Record Store, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Melodies & Memories 4/25/2012

Best Indie Record Store, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Encore Records 4/25/2012

Best Grow Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Cultivation Station 4/25/2012

Best Wine Selection in a Store, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Plum Market 4/25/2012

Best Beer Selection in a Store, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Beer Depot 4/25/2012

Best Wine Selection in a Store, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Champane's Wine Cellars 4/25/2012

Best Beer Selection in a Store, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Champane's Wine Cellars 4/25/2012

Best Wine Selection in a Store, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Holiday Market 4/25/2012

Best Beer Selection in a Store, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Holiday Market 4/25/2012

Best Wine Selection in a Store, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Merchant's Fine Wine 4/25/2012

Best Beer Selection in a Store, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Merchant's Fine Wine 4/25/2012

Best Indie Health Food Store

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Natural Food Patch 4/25/2012

Best Independent Grocery Store, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Arbor Farms 4/25/2012

Best Independent Grocery Store, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Nino Salvaggio 4/25/2012

Best Independent Grocery Store, Oakland

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Western Market 4/25/2012

Best Independent Grocery Store, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Honey Bee La Colmena 4/25/2012

Best Motorcycle Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Motor City Harley-Davidson 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Car, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Varsity Ford 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Car, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tie between Dorian Ford and Jeffrey Auto 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Car, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Car, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Jack Demmer 4/25/2012

Best Place for Car Audio Equipment

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Mickey Shorr 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Mattress

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Art Van Furniture 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Home Accessories

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Bed, Bath & Beyond 4/25/2012

Best Indie Furniture Store

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tie between Leon & Lulu's and Bright Ideas 4/25/2012

Best Place to Sell Your Gold

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tapper's Gold Exchange 4/25/2012

Best Video Selection

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Thomas Video & DVD 4/25/2012

Best Indie Bookstore in the Suburbs

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Book Beat 4/25/2012

John K. King Used and Rare Books

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tiny Ninja 4/25/2012

Best Comic Book Shop, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Vault of Midnight 4/25/2012

Best Comic Book Shop, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Comix Corner 4/25/2012

Best Comic Book Shop, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Detroit Comics 4/25/2012

Best Comic Book Shop, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Green Brain 4/25/2012

Best Michigan Product

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Better Made 4/25/2012

Best Head Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: B.D.T. Pipe and Tobacco 4/25/2012

Best Tobacco/Smoke Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Smoker's Outlet 4/25/2012

Best Body-Piercing Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Signature Tattoo 4/25/2012

Best Tattoo Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Eternal Tattoos 4/25/2012

Best Adult Novelty Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Noir Leather 4/25/2012

Best African-American Hair Salon

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Textures by Nefertiti 4/25/2012

Best Hair Salon, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Douglas J. Aveda Institute 4/25/2012

Best Hair Salon, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: London Calling 4/25/2012

Best Hair Salon, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Flip 4/25/2012

Best Hair Salon, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Curl Up & Die 4/25/2012

Best Antique Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: DuMouchelles 4/25/2012

Best Flea Market

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Dixieland 4/25/2012

Best Makeup Studio

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: ROUGE Makeup & Nail Studio 4/25/2012

Best Nail Salon

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: ROUGE Makeup & Nail Studio 4/25/2012

Best Indie Lingerie Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Harp's 4/25/2012

Best Eyewear Boutique

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: SEE 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Shoes

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: DSW 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Jeans

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Old Navy 4/25/2012

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Bivouac 4/25/2012

Best Vintage Clothing, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Getup Vintage 4/25/2012

Best Vintage Clothing, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Lost & Found 4/25/2012

Best Vintage Clothing, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Rachel's Place 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tied between Orchid Lane and Mix 4/25/2012

Best Thrift Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Salvation Army 4/25/2012

Best Vintage Clothing, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Salvation Army 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Salvation Army 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Incognito 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Incognito 4/25/2012

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Showtime 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Showtime 4/25/2012
staff picks

Real Deal - Staff Picks

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

Best Place to Get Wedding Photos that Pop

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Stereoghost 4/25/2012

Best Detroit Gift Destination

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Tulani Rose in the Spiral Collective 4/25/2012

Best Place for Kitchen Supplies

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Advanced Restaurant Services 4/25/2012

Best Place to Shop, Cook & Stay

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Honor & Folly 4/25/2012

Best Place to Put Up Visitors on the Cheap

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Hostel Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Place to Shop in Color

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Scout 4/25/2012

Best Retro Store with Retro Soundtrack

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Regeneration 4/25/2012

Best Retail Change Over

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Nest 4/25/2012

Best Way to Soap up Your Skin

Real Deal - Staff Pick: DressGreen 4/25/2012

Best Place to Outfit

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Hosiery with Style 4/25/2012

Best New Boutique

Real Deal - Staff Pick: The Peacock Room 4/25/2012

Best New Detroit Retail Addition

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Detroit Farm and Garden 4/25/2012

Best Place to Rent a Costume

Real Deal - Staff Pick: The Parade Company 4/25/2012

Best Place to Pretend You Live in Portland

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Rustbelt Market 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Macomb County

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Salvation Army 4/25/2012

Best Folks to Get Out that Damn Spot

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Chet's Cleaning 4/25/2012

Best Audio Store

Real Deal - Staff Pick: David Michael Audio 4/25/2012

Best Place to Record Shop on Foot

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Hamtramck 4/25/2012

Best Century-Old Business Reborn Under a New Name

Real Deal - Staff Pick: R. Hirt Jr.'s retail store 4/25/2012