Most Read
  • 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.

    The post Lessenberry on the battle to ban the Metro Times appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • 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 […]

    The post Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’ appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • 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 […]

    The post Winners announced for the ‘High Times’ Medical Cannabis Cup appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • 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 […]

    The post Satanists Leverage Hobby Lobby Ruling In Support of Pro­Choice Initiative appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • 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 […]

    The post Reports from the ‘High Times’ Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.

  • ICYMI: Forbes rates Detroit #9 on its “America’s Most Creative Cities” list

    Yes, it’s true. Forbes says Detroit is one of America’s most creative cities: “We ranked these places based on four metrics: activity per capita on project-funding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo and music sites Bandcamp and ReverbNation. The goal was to capture organic creativity, since many artistic and musical types have “day jobs” outside of creative pursuits.” The Forbes list sandwiches #9 Detroit between #8 Seattle and #10 Oakland, Calif. If you are watching the art and culture explosion happening right now in Detroit, you probably think we should rank higher than #2 Boston and #1 San Francisco, if only for the fact that it’s actually affordable to create here and there is space for everyone to be creative. But hey, those metrics weren’t part of the equation. And there’s always next year.

    The post ICYMI: Forbes rates Detroit #9 on its “America’s Most Creative Cities” list appeared first on Metro Times Blogs.



Search thousands of events in our database.


Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.


Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

MT on Twitter
MT on Facebook

Print Email


Red Bull Creation brings makers and more to Detroit

Innovation gives Detroit wings

Photo: N/A, License: N/A

When you think of Red Bull, you might think of a syrupy energy drink that mixes well with Jager. Or you might think of Eastern Market’s House of Art sponsored by the beverage giant. Or perhaps air races come to mind. In fact, there are seemingly hundreds of events, sports, hell, even people that the company has its name attached to around the world and right here at home. Red Bull Creation, now in its fourth year, is another event sponsored by the company and for the first time ever, it’s going to be held in Detroit.

A 72-hour competition to create and innovate, Creation plays host to the country’s best makers, hackers, builders, and inventors who come together to solve a problem. To qualify, teams were required to submit the theory of an achievable project that would address a specific need in their community, be it something as grandiose as a world-changing innovation or something as simple as a fun and interesting place. Seven teams were chosen by Red Bull to participate in Creation, including i3Detroit and OmniCorpDetroit, with a “house team” from Recycle Here giving the host city the advantage of being home to three of the seven teams. The four subsequent teams are Tactical Urbanists from San Diego, the Maker Twins from Phoenix, and MB Labs from Chicago. 

Previously held in Brooklyn, this year Creation will be held at Detroit’s Recycle Here facilities, and the event’s creators clearly drew from the city’s biggest industry when deciding on 2014’s theme. “Reinventing the Wheel” is purposefully broad, giving teams the chance to create and innovate with few restrictions. With the official announcement coming at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, teams found out only hours before their three-day summit began. 

When we called up Sean Denny from the participating team from i3Detroit last week, he didn’t yet know what the theme would be. And while he was anxious for time to first speed up for the announcement to arrive and then subsequently slow down once the 72 hours began, he and his teammates were preparing by creating kits of anything they might possibly need, from machinery as big as motors and pumps to smaller tools. In fact, even decor was being included in their preparation, in case the theme required something along the lines of, say, a steampunk design. 

With four people on each team, Denny says only those people are allowed to touch tools and actually build. But knowledge and advice can be drawn from a limitless number of sources. The team will get little sleep in the 72 hours, just enough to functionally operate power tools. Once the time is up, the design will be considered not only by a panel of judges, but also by the people of Detroit. All creations will be shown at the Division Street in Eastern Market, where votes can be cast for the people’s choice award. 

Chosen by the judges, one team will return to their hack space with a $10,000 prize along with their invention. The money can be used in whatever way they see fit, whether it’s to further and perfect the invention or to go on vacation. 

The invention will also serve as a touchstone for these collectives to showcase what they’re capable of. I3Detroit participated last year and Denny says parts of that invention have continued to live on. While it remains unknown what the team will create, it’s safe to say it will find a home in Detroit one way or another. 

“We want to show we can do big things,” Denny says, noting that the national attention is good for the team, as well as the collective as a whole. Of course, bringing the summit to Detroit is good for the city as well, considering the resurgence and renaissance many neighborhoods are experiencing. 

Denny adds that the Recycle Here space will offer some inspiration.

“It’s an interesting urban environment,” he says. 

Denny is also excited for what the other teams will bring and create.

“They’ve all invented nationally,” he says. “I really want to see what they bring to the table.” 

With three Detroit teams, we’re hoping the competition yields something the city can truly benefit from. For now, we just have to wait and see.

Red Bull Creation takes place Wednesday, July 9 through Friday, July 11, at Recycle Here at 1331 Holden St., Detroit. The judging takes place on Saturday July 12, at Division Street from noon to midnight at 1469 Division St., Detroit. For more information see

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