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  • Kid Rock ordered to produce dildo in ICP sexual harassment lawsuit

    File under “WTF” — attorneys representing former Psychopathic Records publicist Andrea Pellegrini announced Monday that they have subpoenaed Kid Rock to produce a glass dildo as part of Pellegrini’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the Insane Clown Posse’s record label. Pellegrini claims the glass dildo was given to her by Psychopathic Records employee “Dirty Dan” Diamond as part of a larger culture of constant harassment in which she was called “bitch,” made the traget of explicit sexual advances by Diamond and other co-workers, asked to procure automatic weapons for a photo shoot, and even encouraged to “deceive government investigators from the US Department of Labor.” On Friday, Diamond admitted under oath that he told Pellegrini that he “a fat cock” and that he would “fuck the shit out of her.” The dildo, though, was “a work of art,” according to Diamond, and should not be considered sexual harassment. Why is Kid Rock involved? Diamond says when Pellegrini declined his dildo, he gave it to Kid Rock instead (presumably as a “work of art” and not a sexual advance). So now, according to court orders, Rock has 14 days to produce the glass dildo so the court can better determine if it is art or, well, a dildo. We will keep […]

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  • Henry Cavill and Amy Adams spotted at Pig & Whiskey

    Fans of the latest Superman franchise got a treat at Pig & Whiskey this weekend. Actors Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were spotted amid the crowds of the festival that took place in downtown Ferndale as well as a local restaurant. Cavill, who plays the man of steel in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, stopped to chat with fans, take pictures, and sign autographs on Saturday afternoon and evening. He was wearing an inconspicuous black polo shirt as well as a signature Superman-style ‘do. Other fans spotted Amy Adams at Ferndale’s Imperial on Saturday night, some were even seated next to her at the restaurant’s communal benches. Adams reportedly was slightly annoyed that patrons continuously asked for her photo, but she smiled while cell phones snapped images nonetheless. The Zach Snyder film the two are starring in together is currently filming in Birmingham. Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, has been spotted around town with his wife Jennifer Garner recently as well. The closed movie set is under intense security and Brett Callwood attempted to infiltrate the filming last month, but was forced to give up his camera’s memory card, lest he make off with telling photos.

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  • Shop Talk: Harvard and Duke students moderate panel discussion in Detroit

    The Social Club Grooming Company, a metro Detroit-based environmentally conscious company that focuses on health and beauty as well as education, will host Shop Talk this Thursday, a special in their on-going event series that will bring students from both Harvard and Duke for a panel discussion about the social-entreprenurial climate and business innovation happening in Detroit. Detroiters like Burn Rubber’s Rick Williams, fashion photographer Piper Carter, Crain’s Detroit’s Eric Cedo, Mission Throttle’s Jamie Shea, and campaign manager Bryan Barnhill will come together to discuss how to create change in the city’s economic landscape through innovation and entrepreneurship. Of course what makes this panel discussion unique is the way in which it will take place. As The Social Club is a barber shop, each panelist will be receiving a haircut while speaking, the trimmings from which will be used for their nitrogen content to help grow plants in the city. Part of a series that will help Detroiters meet city leaders, voices, artists, activists, and business owners, Shop Talk’s objective is to help young people understand their role in the city’s ever-changing economic system. “There’s so much positive energy in Detroit right now,” says Sebastian Jackson, The Social Club’s founder. “It’s […]

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  • Just to clarify, Olympia hasn’t ‘finalized’ financing details on promised Detroit ancillary development — yet

    Yesterday, the Detroit Free Press and Crain’s Detroit Business reported on the remarkable concept Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of Detroit Red Wings owner Ilitch Holdings Inc., has developed for the proposed “catalyst development project.” (The basics of the project can be found here.) Baked into the details offered by the Freep was this: Arena plans announced earlier called for development to grow up around the arena over ensuing years. But the Ilitches decided to do it all at once: A large part of the infrastructure and construction associated with the retail and residential projects will rise out of the ground along with the arena — and be ready by 2017. Christopher Ilitch said construction of the residential units, restaurants and other new development around the arena was moved up because of its importance to Detroit. He estimated the development would create at least $1.8 billion in total economic impact over several years, 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs, and 1,100 permanent jobs. As Crain’s reported, Olympia would develop 300 apartments in “two buildings on what currently are the surface parking lots between Comerica Park — home of the Ilitch-owned Detroit Tigers — and Woodward Avenue.” Crain’s writer Bill Shea also notes a new building across Adams Street […]

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  • Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts comes to Artist Village Detroit

    On August 2, the annual Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts makes its way to Detroit’s Redford and Brightmoor Neighborhoods. The event,, which runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., features an array of performers, from music (Passalacqua, Tunde Olaniran, Duane the Brand New Dog) to dance (Wild Spirit, Studio Detroit, Dawn Xiana Moon and Kamrah), theater (Shakespeare in Detroit, Nerve, Rumpusroom), and art (installation by 555 Gallery, Armaggedon Beach Party, Colleen Parsons). Check out the website for the full schedule of events.

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  • Watch Now: Al Jazeera’s ‘Informants’

    Live on Al Jazeera English’s YouTube Channel, Informants explores the shifty world of undercover agents, FBI-concocted terror plots, and more–in, among other places, Toledo. Read our review here, or watch now:

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Girls Night Out at Leon & Lulu.

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Vampire Weekend at Meadow Brook.

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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