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  • Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

      We here at MT will be delighted when Mr. Jack White throws out a pitch at Navin Field (at least, we hope he will), but until then, we’ll be happy with his pitch to Santa this evening at Comerica Park.    

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  • Watch footage of the Gathering of the Juggalos dubbed with Morgan Freeman narration (NSFW)

      Footage from the Gathering of the Juggalos set to clips of Morgan Freeman’s narration from March of the Penguins? Kind of forced, but also kind of beautiful. As the AV Club reports: The oft-sought voiceover champion lends a touch of gravitas to the festival proceedings. Unfortunate scenes of barely clad people having various liquids dumped onto them now carries a quiet dignity as it’s all part of nature’s majestic plan that keeps the world spinning through this elegantly designed and truly wondrous universe. Also, the video is NSFW as there are boobs in it. Watch the clip below:

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  • Turn to Crime debut chilly video for “Can’t Love”

    It seems like the polar vortex will never end: the weather phenomenon that brought us the most brutal winter on record this winter is to blame for this summer’s chillier-than usual temperatures as well. A couple of bands, though, made lemonade out of lemons (or snow cones out of snow?) by using the icy landscape to film music videos. 800beloved shot the video for “Tidal” in some sand dunes near Empire, Mich., and this week Turn to Crime debuted the video for “Can’t Stop,” the title track of their recently-released album. Even more piles of ice and snow might be the last thing Detroiters want to see right now, but the footage makes for some good visuals that mesh well with the song. Watch the video below:

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  • Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said in a statement released Tuesday. “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.” Duggan will have the authority to manage DWSD and make appointments to the utility’s board, according to a news release. In a statement issued Tuesday, the mayor said he welcomed Orr’s order, adding that officials will develop a plan that “allows those who truly need to access to financial help … to do so with shorter wait times.” “We need to change a number of things in the way we have approached the delinquent payment issues and I expect us to have a new plan shortly,” Duggan said. “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in […]

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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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Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Craft fairs, rummage sales, flea markets ...

... and more retail fun (sometimes with a beer chaser)

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Every year there are local artists and vendors that get together at various locations in an effort to sell their wares, boost the local economy, and have fun. These events are way more fun than standing in line at a department store for several reasons (and some of them are booze).

Shop Detroit

First up is this annual event hosted by Detroit Synergy focusing on Detroit's mom-and-pop shops. Now in its ninth year, the event is geared for shoppers from the entire metro area who might not be familiar with all of Detroit's diverse retail offerings. Participating stores include everything from longtime institutions such as John K. King Books to newer spots such as Goods to museum shops including MOCAD and the Charles H. Wright Museum. Shop Detroit takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1; check-in at the D:Hive Welcome Center, 1253 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-962-4590 or register in advance at

Detroit Urban Art Fair

Next up is the granddaddy of the Motor City's handmade events, the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. Now in its seventh year, the DUCF packs together so many artsy and crafty types you just might need to go both days to see it all. Locally made ginger fizz soap, mojito-flavored lip gloss, Detroit-centric clothing, Marie Curie magnets, hand-drawn paper goods, repurposed vintage jewelry, purses, paintings, prints, candles, nightlights, hand puppets, shoes ... the list goes on and on. Basically, everything you never knew you wanted to buy for people who never knew they wanted it (but will love it). The DUCF takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit. $1 admission. For info, see


Pronounced dip-see, now in its third year, the show offers a diverse array of vendors slinging goodies sure to please everyone on your list. Even better, you can slam a beer or two while you peruse the various DIY offerings. Items this year include hand bound books and journals, glass jewelry, cocktail- and beer-inspired soaps, and hemp clothing. DIYpsi takes place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti; 734-480-2739; info at

Rock N Rummage

Nightmare Before Christmas Bash

By now, a single theme is clear — if you want holiday shopping to be fun, make sure alcohol is involved. Rock and Rummage is perhaps Detroit's original boozy buying experience, a traveling flea market of rock memorabilia, vintage items and more, all hawked in various bars throughout metro Detroit. The holiday show brings together 17 Rock and Rummage vendors offering the usual rock 'n' roll fare, including records, DVDs, posters, retro collectibles, clothing, books, jewelry, handmade goods and all manner of hard-to-find, super-cool surprises. This year the event features several bands like Devil Elvis and Thunderbuck and it's one night only: 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Woodruff's, 36 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti; $5 admission; for more info visit

Detroit Artists Market

Art For The Holidays

Finally, the Detroit Artists Market transforms into a gift shop this time of year. The show runs the gamut of hand-made items from metal, glass, ceramic, photography, cards, books, etc. Basically, there's something for everyone all in one place! It runs through Dec. 23 for last minute shoppers. The market is open regular hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and in December they add Sunday hours noon-5 p.m.

Metro Times & Detroit Mercantile Merry Market 

More than 20 Detroit and Michigan vendors gather in the backroom of Detroity Mercantile Co. in Eastern Market to show their wares. For two days, yet. What kind of vendors? Art, design, vintage and antique offerings will be on hand. Wait, there's more: cider, nog, beer and other libations will be available. OK, what about food? Local food trucks will rendezvous to meet all nutritional needs. A portion of proceeds will go to charity. And if you've ever been to an MT Drinks by Design event, expect a similar vibe, plus cool stuff to buy for people not savvy enough to make it. Saturday (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Sunday (10-6), Dec. 15-16. Mercantile, 3434 Russell St., Detroit; 313-831-9000;

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