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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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  • 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.

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  • Food trucks go to the dogs

    Today, starting at 10am, Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck will be swinging by the  Cherry Hill Village at Preservation Park on  N. Roosevelt St. in Canton. They’ll be serving the pups (“gour-mutts,” as Milo’s calls them) treats and the dog parents the opportunity of “family portraits.” Milo’s is on a cross-country food truck trip, promoting their “grilled burger bites” and “chicken meatballs” to pup parents from L.A. to NYC, with stops in between, including Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, the Carolinas, and Arkansas. But watch out! Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck markets “real chicken and beef home-style dog treats” that are are “wholesome” and “authentic” without “artificial flavors or colors-made right here in the USA.” Authentic, processed food that is. Remember what George Carlin said about “home-style”? Their treats are also packed with soy, TVP, wheat flour, tapioca, rice, and sugar–fillers that make the meat go far and aren’t the best for your pup. They’re also packed with preservatives, like sodium erythorbate, nitrates, BHA, sodium tripolyphosphate, and potassium sorbate. Small amounts are probably ok, and no doubt the pup will love it, the same way it’s easy for humans to love carb- and sugar- laden, processed and preserved, treats.  

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  • Former Tigers Dave Rozema and Ike Blessitt to honor Mark “The Bird” Fidrych

    Coming up on August 16, former Detroit Tigers Dave Rozema and Ike Blessitt will team up with the Navin Field Grounds Crew and Metro Times‘ own Dave Mesrey to honor legend Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. The festivities, known as the annual “Bird Bash,” will be held at the infamous Nemo’s Bar & Grill, and will benefit The Bird’s favorite charity, the Wertz Warriors, and also the Mark Fidrych Foundation. For more information, check out their website or Facebook page.

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  • First Little League game at Navin Field today

    Today Navin Field (the Old Tiger Stadium) hosts its first Little League game on a new field made just to host the youngsters! Here’s a photo of the game happening right now, courtesy Tom Derry and Metro Times‘ copy editor extraordinaire, Dave Mesrey: Stop by the site (corner of Michigan and Trumbull) today to watch history in the making!

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  • Twerk du Soleil shakes up Detroit

    Former American Idol contestant Vonzell Solomon weighs in on twerking, natural hair & CEO status. In 2005, recording artist Vonzell “Baby V” Solomon embarked on a journey that changed her life. At the age of 20, Vonzell made it to the top three on American Idol before she was eliminated. But that was not the beginning nor the end of her journey to stardom. Vonzell is one of more than two dozen artists on tour with YouTube sensation Todrick Hall, who is a former Idol contestant as well. Todrick gained notoriety for his fast food drive-thru songs and also for producing parody videos  —  based on popular Broadway musicals and songs. His tour, uniquely entitled Twerk Du Soleil (translation: twerk of the sun), is a combination of his popular YouTube spoofs. Both Vonzell and her ratchet alter ego,Boonquisha Jenkins, made an appearance in Twerk Du Soleil,which stopped in Detroit July 23 at Saint Andrews Hall. Boonquisha opened the show by facilitating a twerking competition among the audience. Next, Vonzell made a reappearance singing a fan favorite – Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Later, Boonquisha came on stage screaming “It’s so cold in the D! You gotta be from the D to […]

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Shinola opens sister store Willys, RIP Casey Kasem, and more

The word on the streets.

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Sue Mosey at Willys.

Welcoming Willy
From the folks that brought you “assembled in Detroit” bikes and watches comes a brand-new “lifestyle store” in the heart of the city. Opening next door to its sister store, Shinola, Willys is officially open in Midtown as of last Friday afternoon. Sue Mosey, president of Midtown Detroit spoke at the ribbon-cutting, noting the partnership the store has with the city, also mentioning a new dog park will soon open just down the street. While inside we chatted with Shinola’s creative director, Daniel Caudill, who noted the offerings available in Willys will change on a monthly basis. While quite expensive, there were a few things we might be able to afford, including a $36 candle and a $150 vintage suede winter coat. We also spotted in the crowd Nick Hagen from Hell Yeah Detroit as well as the lovely sisters of Drought, Jessie JamesBiance ColbathJenny JamesJulie James, and Caitlin James. We spoke with a very stylish Nelson Sanders, who told us he, along with other store employees, had been working furiously to get the store ready in time for the 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. Good work, guys; it looks great.

The Phoenix and the Flame
Anytime you get to see Treasure Groh, ticket booth goddess of the Fillmore, is a good time in Detroit, but it’s especially great when one of the world’s best pop bands is what brings everyone together. Phoenix played the Fillmore and showed that they can rock any size venue you put them in. Enigmatic frontman Thomas Mars held the crowd in the palm of his hand the entire night, even performing amid the audience for a slow jam rendition of “Countdown” that will be remembered forever. Spotting local musician Greater Alexander getting tossed atop the crowd was pretty memorable, too. Everyone had an amazing time (as evident by the hundreds of folks with their asinine phones in the air taking horrible quality phone vids), but the guy who might have had the best time was Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. He was having a blast from the balcony the entire show.

Last Tuesday, six of the Ontario Craft Brewers representatives from varying locations across Ontario, Canada, traveled to the Emagine theater in Royal Oak to showcase some of their latest craft beers. They invited us to their presentation, and we gladly obliged, as it is not our practice to pass up free beer and snacks. Their hope was to intrigue retailers to purchase their custom-blend, craft beers to sell here on the shelves of local Michigan businesses and bars. With craft beer booming, it would seem the perfect time to begin importing these beverages across the border into our fair state. With a combination of chocolate stouts, hard apple cider, IPAs aged in Spanish cedar, and many more unique flavors, the men and women of the Lake of Bays, Grand River, Cameron’s, Nickel Brook, and Provincial-King breweries have earned the right to call themselves craft breweries. These brews aren’t your average lawnmower beers either. They’re full-bodied, hoppy, acidic (in some cases), and flavorful combinations of everything from fruits to plants that will kick your taste buds into overdrive. Keep an eye out for them on a shelf near you in the very near future.

Summer in the City
It’s hard to pass up a good beach party, and last Friday’s Marketing Associates Beach Party was no exception. The event, which took place on the beach in Campus Martius, was one of the many free Summer in the Park events that will be held there. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. guests of the event enjoyed complimentary island-themed food from the park’s Beach Bar & Grille, as well as complimentary Faygo pop and Absopure water. Guests, as well as the many visitors to Campus Martius, were treated to the sounds of the reggae group Gizzae Reggae, who put the entire city in a summertime mood as their music floated down Woodward Avenue. Even with less than tropical weather the combination of the reggae music, the sand, and a cold drink was able to create the perfect illusion of being somewhere tropical, all culminating ina very relaxing Friday evening.

Radio personality and native Detroiter Casey Kasem died on Saturday at the age of 82. Known for “American Top 40 and “Casey’s Top 40,” the disc jockey’s trademark was his warm, welcoming voice. D-Days wishes to express our condolences to Kasem’s family and friends. 

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