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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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On the catwalk

Last week, the women of Leon & Lulu, in Clawson, put on a wonderful event for an even more wonderful cause. They shared their vibrant sense of humor and attention to detail by putting on a fashion show and raffle for Career Dress, a charitable organization that receives gently worn, women’s work clothing. This clothing is then distributed to women around metro Detroit in need of professional clothes for work or an interview. It was a magical event for all, filled with laughter, a few drinks, and wonderful company. As volunteer models strutted their stuff in Leon & Lulu’s latest summer styles, friends of the store sipped on wine and snacked on a delightful cheese spread. Store owner Mary Liz Curtin emceed the event to the tune of some of the best girl-power-inspiring songs. Even Leon & Lulu’s beloved four-legged staff member, a shepherd-labrador-pointer mix named Spot, was so excited he took a little turn on the catwalk. All tip money from the bar and raffle proceeds were given in support of Career Dress, as well as 10 percent of store proceeds from the evening. A wonderful night filled with love, laughter, and fashion, all for a good cause, was the perfect way to spend a sunny summer evening.

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?

DDays rolled up into Meadow Brook Music Festival Friday night for a show that packed in the buttoned-up, fedora-wearing crowds both under the pavilion and across the outdoor venue’s lawns. Ezra Koenig took the stage with hair that would make Clark Kent jealous, performing alongside his bandmates Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, and Rostam Batmanglij. The band drew mostly from their last album, Modern Vampires of the City, including crowd-pleasers like “Unbelievers” and “Step,” but it was probably “Oxford Comma” that got the biggest reaction out of the audience. While the guys sounded great, we couldn’t help but thinking there wasn’t a huge difference between listening to their record at home and hearing it performed live on stage.

Hip-hop, ya don’t stop

DDays stopped by the Magic Stick last Saturday night to check out what groups are serving up in Detroit’s hip-hop scene these days. Local rapper Hush and friends ascended to the stage proving that Detroit hip-hop is thriving with new talent. Host Dirty White from Dirty Words radio show on Raw Radio X introduced us to up-and-comers Feral Ground, out of St. Clair Shores. Providing undeniable chemistry, the seven-member group offers a full-band, a DJ, and three vocalists. Ginger Nastase’s powerfully robust voice intertwined with Michael Powers’ and Vinny Mendez’s concise rap stanzas that reminded us of the funky style of the Flobots. We spotted rapper Hatch, performing later that night, in the front row. Stray took the stage next, brewing up witty rhymes and teaching us about the perfection of booty shorts. Preaching to us about life’s raw edges and the privilege of calling Detroit home, the Prime Eights’ two vocalists, Mike King and John Stone, pulled people closer to the stage. With Faris Ansor on bass and Cody Morales on guitar, yet another band showed us that hip-hop backed by a live band is a splendid combo. Hatch kept the party going, opening up for Ro-Spit and Hush. Hush finished out the night, offering a preview of his upcoming album Danny Boy (The Life and Times of a Kid in the D).

For as long as you both shall live

DDays wishes to congratulate The Sights’ Eddie Baranek and the French Method’s Nicole Allie on their marriage this weekend.

Easy like Sunday morning

Sunday mornings can be rough for the DDays crew, but we pulled it together to head into brunch at Rock City Eatery this week, partly to enjoy an enormous breakfast burrito and a bloody mary, but mostly to congratulate owner and chef Nikita Santches and his girlfriend (who has a pretty big hand in running the show over there, from what we hear), Jessica Imbronone, on their recent engagement. 

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