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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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2013 Metro Times Lust Poll

The annual Lust Quiz exposes a bit of what goes on behind closed doors — and in public!

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What’s the most public place you’ve ever done it?


Our readers evidently get out a lot. As in, making it in some pretty public places. Among the most common answers were sex in cars and parking structures, on beaches and playgrounds, and — surprisingly — in graveyards. Morbid much? Not really. As “JB” (22, straight, 6 partners) explained, “I used to live by Elmwood Cemetery, which is a great looking place, really. There. On a bench. In early October. Magic is fucking real!”


By a vending machine in a school.—Clooney, 27, straight, 8 partners


In the office at work—No name, 40, straight, 30 partners


It was a movie theater blow job. There were theater patrons two seats over.—Joe Malone, 30, straight, 21 partners


A relatively secluded but populated rest area off I-75. We walked the path into the woods, but could still see the bathrooms; it was midday, and anyone could have walked that path and seen us.—Squirtz, 54, straight, 15 partners


Back of a Jimmy John’s restaurant.—shynkinky, 23, bi, 16 partners


Under an apple tree next to a main thoroughfare.—Texas, 42, straight, 6 partners


The Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art.—Chaz Leonard, 48, straight, 20ish partners


On a park bench by the lake.—Monsieur Verdoux, 27, straight, 7 partners


Back room at an art gallery during an opening.—Disko C., 25, straight, 6 partners


In an office with plate glass windows where we could be clearly seen from a somewhat busy area.—Jet Black, 48, straight, 15 partners


Up against the window outside of a banquet hall.—Day, 31, straight, 3 partners


Police Department.—Tinker, 45, straight, 40 partners


At Cirque du Soleil.—Sexdome Master Class, 69, straight, 420,666 partners


On a boardroom table. Windows facing the road. Lights on. Rush hour traffic had a full view. Amazing.—Elvis, 45, straight, 12 partners


Taxi cab in New York City, and Korn at DTE in the mud and pouring rain.—Synful, 44, straight, lost count of partners


In the bed with my boyfriend’s mom sleeping soundly right next to us.—hottpepper, 42, straight, enough partners to know how to fuck well


The women’s bathroom at a banquet hall during a New Year’s Eve open party.—Alnightlonngg, straight, 27 partners


Ha! In the women’s bathroom at a bowling alley.—Cobweb Kitty, 40, Straight, 30 partners


Front porch on a plastic chair. It broke.—Darrow, 28, straight, 5 partners


In a hallway, backstage with my old flame, while my current boyfriend was performing on stage.—Norma Jean Baker, 59, straight, 88 partners


Back storage room of a convenience store and at a restroom pull off in Tennessee.—kimmie beth, 54, straight, 1 partner


In the hallway of an apartment building.—Al Kaholic, 42, straight, 17 partners


In the front seat of a car parked in the parking lot of Lake Shore High School.—Hussy trash, 24, straight, 30 partners


Boyne Mountain—long schlong silver 201, 62, straight, 20 partners


Hiking trail at Stoney Creek.—Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, 28, straight, 33 partners


Wayne State University’s Old Main building—waxwing, 28, straight, 11 partners


The Whitney in Detroit.—Boobs McGee, 43, bi, 40 partners


Balcony of the Royal Oak Music Theatre.—Smart-E-Smarty, 55, straight, >50<100 partners


In a car in the alley behind Jacoby’s.—Merc Montclair, 32, straight, 60+ partners


On the fire escape of the Book Tower.—Strasse, 44, straight, 14 partners


On the side of the road, against a car, on a street in Hamtramck at 4 a.m. (That’s the most recent that I can remember. …)—Sylvester Stallone’s Fucking Veins, 34, straight, 40 partners


In a small set of woods between a playground and a neighborhood.—Princess Leia, 22, straight, 5 partners


At a fire station, in a fire truck.—Wendi, 25, straight, 7 partners


New York City subway.—Sillymans Woman, 58, straight, 1,000+ partners


In the middle of an industrial area street … it was at night, though, and no one was working at the time.—kurth69, 48, bi, lots of partners


A farmer’s field.—Hmmmm, 50, straight, unsure partners


In the park at night bent over a picnic table. A skunk walked by. Luckily it kept to itself.—Dolly Fartin’, 28, straight, 62 partners


I lived in New York a for long time, and used to bring dates down this corkscrew block and have sex in the outside foyer of the Cherry Lane Theatre. Winter, snow, summer — it always worked. —NYC to DTW Chick, 31, straight, 250+ partners


On a pool table at a bar (after-hours, of course).—simplyruthless, 24, straight, 13 partners


Alley in San Francisco.—biggymjim69, 62, gay, 500 partners


Front lawn.—Lookimsuperman, 25, straight, 107 partners

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