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  • 48 to film — behind the scenes at the 48 Hour Film Project

    By Amanda Mooney There’s a lot that goes into producing a film, and unless you are a filmmaker you really have no idea. Writing, casting, finding a location, shooting, and editing; each step of the process can take days, months, and sometimes years to complete. Can you imagine doing it ALL in just 48 hours? The 48 Hour Film Project is an annual competition that takes place all over the world in various cities. According to Mike Madigan, head of the Detroit 48 Hour chapter, the city is one of the largest participating in terms of the number of teams. The competing teams go in blind as to what kind of film they will be producing, with no creative planning beyond getting a cast and crew together, Madigan explained. “They pick a genre out of a hat, and they get a line, a prop, and a character. And they have to incorporate that within a short film, that’s usually between 4 to 7 minutes long. And they have the timeframe of doing it all within 48 hours,” said Madigan, “So all the creative process of it all has to happen within that 48 hour–writing a script, putting it together, editing–to […]

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  • Passalacqua debut dark project ‘Church: Revival’ at new Hamtramck performance space

    Church: Revival is the new project by local rap duo Passalacqua (aka Bryan Lackner and Brent Smith), but it’s more than just a new Passalacqua release. The rappers teamed up with siblings Jax Anderson (frontwoman of rockers Flint Eastwood) and Seth Anderson, who together form the songwriting team called Syblyng (naturally). The result is a cycle of songs that promises to be darker than Passalacqua’s material so far. The project will make a live debut on Saturday, July 26 at a brand new venue space at the Detroit Bus Co.’s building Eight & Sand, and they will premiere the Right Bros.-directed video for the track “Baptism” as well. Other performances include Tunde Olaniran and Open Mike Eagle, and DJ sets by Nothing Elegant, Dante LaSalle, and Charles Trees. We met up the two duos at Eight & Sand to check out the new space and to talk about the project with all parties involved. Metro Times: How long have you been working together? Jax Anderson: Seth and I are constantly writing songs together. We want to push in the direction of becoming songwriters more frequently. This is our first project that we took on to co-write everything together. We’re basically just a songwriting entity. We won’t play live that […]

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

    #150207742 / 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.

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  • 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 $25 plus a service fee. The Storefront Gallery […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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Zoomance is in the air

We can all remember going to the Detroit Zoo as children. We were bewildered by the size of the elephants and terrified by the fierce lions. Now the zoo has figured out a way to give us that feeling back as adults at its annual Summer Zoomance. Last Tuesday night, the zoo was alive with those 21-and-up at this after-hours event. With drinks in hand, guests wandered around the park, regaining that childhood feeling of awe for the Detroit Zoo’s spectacular collection of animals. Guests enjoyed several locally brewed and domestic beers, as well as cocktails and a whole host of nostalgic park foods. In-between handfuls of Detroit Popcorn they were also treated to a live musical performance alongside the Rackham Fountain. Some were even so lucky as to be able to feed the giraffes at one of the night’s animal enrichment programs. All in all, it was a fantastic night for everyone in attendance. With great weather and exciting entertainment, it made for a fresh way to spend a summer night. For those who were not able to attend, don’t worry: There will be a second Summer Zoomance Thursday, Aug. 21!

‘On the Road Again’

Outlaw Country legend Willie Nelson, and his touring and recording group Family, performed a sold-out show at Freedom Hill this past Sunday with special guest Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Jason Isbell. Willie Nelson, one of the most recognized artists in the world, just released his 68th Studio Album entitled Band of Brothers in June. Wow! Not only does Willie make sweet country music, he’s acted in more than 30 films, co-authored several books, and is a well-known activist for biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Willie sported his signature two long braid hairstyle and happily played his famous worn-out guitar named “Trigger.” He performed a few hits off the new album and, of course, a bunch of famous classic hits we all know and love, including “On the Road Again,” “Whiskey River,” and “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die.” The party could definitely be smelled out on the lawn, where we sang aloud, danced, laughed, and cried … and we left the show feeling quite happy, with our new Willie Nelson Beer Koozies.

Creation: Vending veggies

Red Bull Creation, an annual competition that brings together the country’s best makers, doers, hackers, and builders, came to fruition at the Recycle Here facilities in Detroit this weekend. While three Detroit teams participated, i3 Detroit, Detroitus, and OmniCorp, it was ultimately a Phoenix-based duo that won the competition. The Maker Twins pieced together a special vending machine that deals only in vegetables. The machine works via a digital app to deliver fresh vegetables in a farmers market environment. The competition’s judges included Caleb Kraft, community editor of Make magazine, Mike Szczys, managing editor of, Detroit’s own Tyree Guyton of the Heidelberg Project, and Greg Needle, director of the Innovation Gymnasium at the Lyle School of Engineering. Mike Murray of the winning team noted his love for the competition and the city in which it was held, saying: “We’re thrilled. This is a great venue, we love Detroit. All the teams were so great to work with. This really is an un-competition.”

Fucked up with weed

DDAYS trekked out to the Loving Touch in Ferndale on Friday to catch Toronto-based Fucked Up, out in support of the band’s latest release Glass Boys. The much-praised punk group — literally — brought along Weed, a four-piece band from Vancouver that seems to worship ’90s grunge as much as it does Dinosaur Jr. Fucked Up with Weed. After a few too many drinks, that alone had us laughing. As expected, by the time Fucked Up took the stage, the room was packed — a far cry from the band’s Detroit gigs at the 2500 Club to roughly a dozen people. The band mostly stuck with songs from its acclaimed David Comes to Life and new cuts off Glass Boys, but toward the end of the set, they tossed in “Father the Son,” the lead track off 2008’s Chemistry of Common Life. Unexpectedly, during Fucked Up’s classic “Police,” a couple pals of DDAYS lifted us above the crowd for what amounted to a 45-second crowdsurf. For a brief moment, we awkwardly soared above the Loving Touch room, and it was splendid. 

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