Trending
Most Read
  • PETA offers to pay overdue water bills for Detroiters willing to go vegan

    #150207742 / gettyimages.com As locals continue to flood Detroit streets to protest the city’s ongoing water debacle, one national organization is hoping to be part of the solution — that is, for a dietary price. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA as the organization is more commonly known, has offered to pay outstanding water bills for 10 Detroiters who are willing to go vegan for one month. “Vegan meals take far less of a toll on the Earth’s resources,” PETA representatives said in a recent press release. “It takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce just a pound of meat but only about 155 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat.” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk adds, “Vegan meals are also a cost-effective way to help prevent health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, the last thing that someone who is struggling financially needs to deal with.” Folks interested in participating are asked to send a copy of their most recent overdue water bill and their written pledge to go vegan for one month to PETA Attn: Detroit Water at 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 before Aug. 1.

    The post PETA offers to pay overdue water bills for Detroiters willing to go vegan appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • Dinner Club Does Brunch

    Sure, The Dinner Club, a regularly occurring pop-up that takes places at the Storefront Gallery  in Ferndale (and other locations, occasionally), usually happens around dinner time, but this Sunday, July 27, there will be a special edition: Brunch Chef Matthew Baldridge, who’s resume includes stints at such Detroit greats as Cliff Bell’s, The Rattlesnake Club, and Seldom Blues, has crafted a menu of French-inspired items that employ locally procured ingredients. Brunch includes four courses where guests will be treated to such delights as cocoa, cinnamon, chili-spiced creamy grits with pickled strawberries, cocoa puffs and strawberry-infused syrup, a smoked gouda potato gallette with Faygo Root Beer braised pork belly, quail egg and Faygo Root Beer syrup, banana marscapone-filled French toast with fresh raspberries, whipped cream and balsamic syrup, and champagne-soaked strawberries. It is also important to note that brunch is BYOChampagne. Baldridge, along with The Storefront Gallery’s Derek John and Lilacpop Studio owner and artist Janna Coumoundouros, curate the event that includes an art show, a great playlist, and visuals.                 Brunch services are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last about two hours, only 20 seats are available at each service. The cost is […]

    The post Dinner Club Does Brunch appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • Jurassic 5 holds onto what’s golden

      By Ashley Zlatopolsky It’s been a little over twenty years since iconic ‘90s alternative hip-hop group Jurassic 5 first formed in Los Angeles’ Good Life club. Widely regarded as a pivotal influence in the decade’s underground hip-hop movement by critics and fans alike, the six-piece crew consisting of two DJs (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark) and four MCs (Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7 and Chali 2na) were well on their way to becoming one of hip-hop’s greatest and most powerful acts of all time, ranking alongside names such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. with socially-conscious lyrics and smooth beats paired with smart sampling. But in 2004, Cut Chemist left the group to pursue a solo career, and in 2007 Jurassic 5 completely called it quits after nearly 15 years of music. And that was it for the crew until 2013. After almost seven years apart (nine for Cut Chemist), Jurassic 5 reunited and re-emerged stronger than ever before with a new flair, seasoned attitude, and more vibrant energy at Coachella Music Festival, the group’s first show with the original six members since Cut Chemist split. During their performance, Jurassic 5 gave fans a memorable concert revisiting all the classic feel-good tracks […]

    The post Jurassic 5 holds onto what’s golden appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • Detroit Riverwalk west extension opens from Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks

    Dogs of Detroit have new territory to trot: Yesterday, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy held a soft opening for a 20-acre westward extension of the Riverwalk. Part of a planned two-mile track of the West Riverwalk, the new span runs from the Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks Boulevard, says Mark Pasco, director of communications for the conservancy. “It’s going to be great,” Pasco says. “It’s a wide open green space. It’s going to be great for activities.” The endgame for the Riverwalk, Pasco notes, is to extend the walkway from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just past the MacArthur Bridge — about a 5.5. mile route. The new westward expansion is wider than most of the walkway, about 30 feet, says Pasco — a decision made by the conservancy to accommodate fisherman that previously frequented the area. “We knew … once it opened up they’d want to fish there again, so we made the Riverwalk itself wider,” Pasco says. The conservancy will hold a grand opening in late September, which will include “food and music and activities,” Pasco says, though no official date has been set.

    The post Detroit Riverwalk west extension opens from Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • DJ Josh Cheon shares his favorite darkwave tracks

    San Francisco’s Josh Cheon runs the darkwave revival label Dark Entries and is a member of the Honey Soundsystem DJ collective. This Saturday, July 26, Macho City switch out of disco mode and get a little gothic, bringing the Dark Entries 5th Anniversary Tour to town. Synth bands Bézier, Max + Mara, and Redredred will play, and Cheon will spin select cuts in between sets. We asked Cheon to share a playlist of some of his favorite tracks: Martin L. Gore — “Compulsion”: “I first heard this song at The Bank, a goth club I used to go to every weekend in New York as a teenager. I love the synths that sound like brass instruments and of course Martin’s distinct vocals.When I bought the EP, I discovered it was actually a cover of a song by Joe Crow, who used to play with UK post punk group The Nightingales. The rest of the covers on this EP turned me onto so many other great bands like Tuxedomoon, Sparks, The Durutti Column and Comsat Angels.” Clan of Xymox — “Call it Weird”: “This song was also part of my teenage soundtrack after it was reissued in 1994 on CD. I never imagined I would reissue it then, but when I started my label it was one […]

    The post DJ Josh Cheon shares his favorite darkwave tracks appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • Metro Times seeking stories of college sexual assault

    The Metro Times is looking to hear your experiences will sexual assault on a Michigan college campus — from anything to how many sexual assault prevention programs, rape kits or crisis centers you may have had access to, to how the administration or local law enforcement handled your experience. If you, or anyone you know might be interested in talking to a reporter at the Metro Times, please email us at college@metrotimes.com.

    The post Metro Times seeking stories of college sexual assault appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

Calendar

Calendar

Search thousands of events in our database.

Restaurants

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Nightlife

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

MT on Twitter
MT on Facebook

Print Email

Sports

Grabbed by the balls

Explaining baseball’s cousin can be a sticky wicket

Photo: N/A, License: N/A


 

Editor’s Note: In honor of our Opening Day issue, we are happy to welcome a regular sports offering to our MT lineup.

 

Baseball’s just not Cricket … likely won’t mean much to the majority of you Yanks. “Of course it isn’t,” you’ll declare — and you’re right. However, this being Metro Times’ big “Opening Day” issue, and this inaugural sports column being the first in what is sure to be a long and successful series, and me being an awkward bastard, I figured now would naturally be a good time to talk about cricket. This, in fact, is due to the vague but inarguable similarities between the two codes. Plus, this is just how the MT rolls, you know.

As for the beginning of the lead, I admit it’s a bit of a cheap pun, a play on words. In England, the expression “it’s not cricket” is used to describe something which pushes the boundaries of fair play, referring to the fact that the culture surrounding the game of cricket demands nothing but the best of behavior from the players. One might say, “His wife cheated on him with the milkman? That’s just not cricket.”

On the surface, there are many similarities between cricket and baseball. For example, a player from one team stands at the mound and throws a ball at an opposing player, who then attempts to thwack the thing into the parking lot without it getting caught by a fielder. (Nomenclature alert: For baseball use “pitches,” for cricket use “bowls.”) If the guy with the bat makes contact, he runs and hopes to score. See? Much is the same.

Now, for the differences: Well, the guy bowling the ball is aiming for wickets (three sticks stuck in the ground with two small sticks balanced on top), placed behind the batsman, rather than the catcher’s mitt. The batsman stands with the tip of the cricket bat touching the ground in front of him. And the bowler throws the ball over-arm (imagine Pete Townshend’s windmill motion, but with a ball in his hand rather than a pick).

Of course, the similarities count for only part of the reason cricket will never catch on over here. The biggest reason is probably that you all have baseball, which is, again, kinda the same but much more fun?

Extending the analogy, the same principle can be applied to (American) football and rugby. I accept that cricket will never really catch fire in the United States and I’m actually OK with that. However, you must know you’re all missing out on something brilliant — yet near impossible — to define, and, as one who refuses to quit, allow me to try.

First of all, forget everything you think you know about sports — team sports, in particular. Most team games, be they soccer, hockey, football or what have you, are adrenalin-driven. We’re looking for highlight reel moments — a goal, touchdown or grand slam — at which point we can rise in one collective wave and cheer. It’s tribal and it’s beautiful. Cricket isn’t like that; cricket is a game of patience, like chess, played by teams of men on a field.

I concede the notion of patience will sound like hell to many of you, but you have to look at the bigger picture. One game of cricket can potentially go on for three days. This is called a “test series.” There are also one-day games, though they still usually last for the whole day. In other words, there’s a lot of sitting around. That’s why cricket is played in the summer.

Am I not selling this well?

Cricket is, after all, fundamentally English. It may not be as popular as soccer (the real football) over there, but it defines the culture a little better. The collective participation and consistency of play give the game its nobility, as opposed to a point-driven objective.

Historically, some cricket players have been known to avoid hitting the ball too hard as it was considered vulgar, although even within the world of cricket, those guys are an anomaly. In addition, every country that England dipped its unwanted feet into during the days of the empire seemed to take to the game, from India to Australia and the West Indies.

Cricket isn’t about watching a game from the edge of your seat and chanting obscene songs at the opposition. Instead, sit back with a crate of beer and bag of sandwiches by your side, and allow the game to gently wash over you —  take a nap halfway through if you want — it’s a sunny day, and the breeze is gently washing over you; oh, did my team just score a run or two? Very nice.

 

’Ello … what’s this?

There are enough immigrants here in Detroit that, if you look, you’ll likely find just about every organized sport played throughout the world’s four corners can be found locally too. And, blimey, cricket is no different because there exists a Detroit Cricket League [detroitcricketleague.org].

Rather surprisingly though, DCL officials and board members are incredibly hard to get in touch with — despite my best efforts. There’s no “contact page” on its website, thus no obvious way to set up an interview. However, the website does offer up some fascinating reading. The schedule starts in May and ends in October. Based on the photos contained on the site’s picture gallery, the vast majority of players, officials — and anybody else involved with the game here — is from some part of the Indian subcontinent. (I’ll chalk it up to the fact that there are simply more immigrants living in Southeast Michigan from that part of the world than from Great Britain, Australia or South Africa.)

There are cricket fields everywhere, from Auburn Hills to Ypsilanti, Novi, Troy and Livonia too. The videos on the website suggest there are few, if any, spectators at the games; the Detroit Cricket League has been set up purely for the enjoyment of those who wish to play. However it is organized, there seem to be plenty of people who want to play the game. (There are even awards ceremonies.)

So, as America rejoices in the springtime rite of passage known as Opening Day and the country’s collective attention again focuses on the crack of the bat, remember there are alternatives. If you get sick of the hype, and want to try something a little bit different but similar enough to feel familiar, soak in a game of cricket, either on the dedicated cable channel or at one of the DCL’s games. Who knows — the tock of willow on leather might tickle your fancy.

 

Brett Callwood  is a staff writer for Metro Times. Send comments to him at bcallwood@metrotimes.com

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus