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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 Vintage Clothing Macomb County

Salvation Army

Various locations; salarmythrift.com

When in doubt, go for the ganddaddy of vintage resellers. Offering resale clothes back when the clientelle was primarily the poor, the selection at Salvation Army is like panning for gold. You can wade in the water for days and get zilch. Then, the motherlode hits and you are the benficiary of some dowager’s closet-cleaning rampage. So, grab your patience and a friend for some company. There could be an amazing find just ’round the corner. Good luck.

 

Best Vintage Clothing Washtenaw County

The Get Up

215 S. State St., Ann Arbor;

734-327-4300

The Getup is the go-to spot for mid-century fashion freaks. Its vast selection zeroes in on the ’40s through the ’70s, but if go-go boots, bellbottoms and mini-dresses aren’t your thing, pieces from Victorian times up through the ’80s can be plucked from the store’s bursting racks. The owner’s keen eye is evidenced by the stock of immaculately maintained, premium-quality garments. Affordable prices, frequent sales, a continually updated inventory, and an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff all add to The Get Up’s perpetual appeal.

 

Best Place to Buy Jeans

Caruso Caruso

166 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham

248-645-5151

If you are looking for a store that stocks a better selection of high-end jeans than Caruso Caruso, let us know when you find it. In truth, there are too many brands they carry to list here, but we dare you to ask for one they don’t carry (and Wrangler or Jordash don’t count). In addition, the T-shirt, tank, bathing suit and select tops here are all Grade-A. Make sure you pay your mortgage before you visit, because looking hot isn’t for the frugal.

 

Best Place to Buy Shoes

DSW

Find locations at dsw.com

A vast expanse of tantalizing designer footwear at reduced prices makes DSW an obvious stop for shoe lovers. Whether you’re searching out the perfect pair of strappy heels, the latest summer sandals or even a pair of practical tennis shoes, DSW is bound to have it. The wide selection represents brands as diverse as Reebok, Gucci, Converse and Via Spiga in men’s, women’s and kid’s styles. Check out the discount rack for even better deals on all variety of flashy kicks.

 

Best Indie Lingerie Shop

Harp’s Lingerie

265 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-642-2555; harps-lingerie.com

At Harp’s, it’s all about the fit. With 65 years of experience in the lingerie biz, this downtown Birmingham shop can outfit any lady with the lingerie that perfectly holds it up, sucks it in, smoothes it out or turns it on. The store offers a wide variety of fun and functional intimate apparel of the finest European and American brands. Customer service and personal consultations are the hallmarks of Harp’s, ensuring that no customer should ever have to wear an ill-fitting bra again.

 

Best Eyewear Boutique

See

160 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-723-1900

308 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-622-8056

More locations at seeeyewear.com

SEE’s concept is inspired in its design and flawless in its execution: Use the best eyewear designers operating in Europe, seek out obscure gems and talented up-and-comers, relentlessly review prototypes and reject anything that’s too pedestrian and stock shops with the most exciting frames, made exclusively for SEE. The result? Stores full of truly one-of-a-kind glasses that are chic, functional and miraculously affordable.

 

Best Adult Novelty Shop

TIE

Lover’s Lane

Locations at loverslane.com

 

Noir Leather

124 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak

248-541-3979; noirleather.com

 

All over metro Detroit, Lover’s Lane offers more than lingerie: It’s a judgment-free shopping experience, with a friendly staff that offers information and encouragement all those who want to explore sensuality. Same goes for Noir Leather. For more than a quarter-century, Noir Leather has been metro Detroit’s prime purveyor of kink, offering BDSM toys, leather gear, sexy threads, lingerie and almost everything necessary to satisfy any taste.

 

 

 

Best African-American Hair Salon

Textures by Nefertiti

4147 Cass Ave., Detroit

313-831-4771; texturesbynef.com

At her Midtown salon, Nefertiti provides a calming refuge from hectic city life, and she views herself as much a “spiritual coach” as a hairstylist. Her focus is on providing natural hair care to men and women, helping clients embrace their inner beauty as much as the natural kink and curl of their hair. This holistic philosophy is evidenced throughout the entire enterprise, which features all-natural, organic products and, along with standard salon services such as massages, facials, nail care, energy balancing and shamanic healing massages.

 

Best Nail Salon

Best Hair Salon in Macomb County

Skates with Scissors

33190 Groesbeck Highway, Fraser

586-552-5021

As the tagline states, Skates with Scissors offers “Swanktastic hair for the rest of us.” The more we thought about it — and Macomb County — things came into relief. Looking to get glammed up with a style that’s maintainable? Look no further, ladies. When you’re there, go for the gusto and get a mani, pedi and other spa offerings.

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