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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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Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Wayne County

Showtime Clothing

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, 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 Men’s Clothing in Oakland County

Best Indie Women’s Clothing in 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 the less daring fashionistas choose to avoid leopard-print, body-hugging jeans, there are still plenty of stylish pieces to choose from. 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. It’s so beautiful you’ll want to cry, then max out your credit cards.

 

Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Macomb County

The Road Show

28500 Gratiot Ave., Roseville

586-779-7623; theroadshowinc.com

If a store could be diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder, the Road Show would take first in that category too. A panoply of “taste” awaits those entering this eastside institution. From hippie chic to skater rad, the cache of ponchos, tie dyes and hipster T-shirts is a find; the eclectic crap that accompanies it gives the store a Sybil-like charm. Analysis: The Road Show is like a really big head shop.

 

Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Washtenaw County

Puffer Red’s

113 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

734-485-7050

A store where edge, pseudo-prep and “street cred” triangulate, Puffer Red’s can outfit you for the club … any club: squash, dance or after hours. A must-go for anyone looking to be cast in a hip-hop video or fit in with the posse, the brands are nearly all high-end. From Cole Haan to Lacoste, authenticity doesn’t come cheap. However, we hear looking cool pays dividends. As one fan of the store was quoted as saying: “If you want to sport the newest, hottest kicks this side of a music video then [Puffer Red’s] this is your one stop action.”

 

Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Wayne County

Peacock Room

15 E. Kirby, Ste. 110, Detroit

313-559-5500

A boutique with a mix of new and upscale consignment attire, vintage clothing and accessories, ranging from 1920s silk lingerie to 1960s mod dresses. The merchandise is suitable for both the sophistication of professionals and is accessible to a student budget. Restored features like the marble floors, mirrored panels, lights, and gold-painted ceiling add to the vintage aesthetic. ‘

 

Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Macomb County

LA Tags

8789 Hall Rd., Utica; 586-932-2633

At L.A. Tags, you can find T-shirts, button-ups, jackets, jeans and, best of all, bikinis — all the things you need to put together the perfect party outfit. Add some graphics to your wardrobe with the wide range of printed T-shirt designs. The shop carries such well-known brands as Affliction, Rock Revival, Miss Me, Robin’s Jeans, and Superdry from Japan.

 

Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Washtenaw County

Mix

128 & 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

734-961-8704; mixnewandused.com

A wonderful mix of vintage clothing and new pieces and accessories. It’s easy to put together a rockin’ outfit, complete with jewelry, for a fair price. Find great stuff without having to scour the racks for hours to find a gem. The vintage clothes are only gently used, clean and stylish. Mix has a friendly staff that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

 

Best Vintage Clothing Wayne County

Detroit Threads

10238 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck;

313-872-1777

Leave it to fashionable Hamtramck to house one of the best vintage clothiers in the area. Calling all lovers of the chapeau: This is where you should be going. Hats, hats and more hats. Plus, if you insist that nothing quite sounds as good as vinyl, you’re in luck. In addition to the wide variety of vintage Ts and whatnot, there’s vinyl as far as the eye can see. The staff is friendly, the prices reasonable and the place is clean. Can’t ask for much more than that.

 

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. Lost & Found also boasts a large number of plus-sized offerings, a notable collection of T-shirts and boots and collectible records and accessories.

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