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  • Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

    The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck will present a police drama called A Steady Rain May 2 through 24. Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith will star in the play, written by House of Cards and Mad Men co-writer Keith Huff. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now at According to the press release, “A Steady Rain by Keith Huff focuses on Joey and Denny, best friends since kindergarten and partners on the police force whose loyalty to each other is tested by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey helps Denny with his family and Denny helps Joey stay off the bottle. But when a routine disturbance call takes a turn for the worse their loyalty is put to the ultimate test.First produced at Chicago Dramatists, A Steady Rain appeared on Broadway featuring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. The Planet Ant production of A Steady Rain is directed by York Griffith featuring Ryan Carlson and Andy Huff. This marks the return of two of Planet Ant’s founding members. Carlson and Griffith. Griffith has served as the theatre’s Artistic Director where he directed the critically-acclaimed productions The Adding Machine and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? […]

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  • You can wear Detroit’s blight on your face

    There is no easy answer to the question regarding what should be done with Detroit’s abandoned homes. However, an Eastern Market company has a solution that could reflect Detroit’s possibly bright future. Homes Eyewear has set out to make the city a little more stylish, and do their part in cleaning it up by repurposing select woods from neglected homes for sunglasses. All of the wood that Homes uses is harvested from vacant houses with the assistance of Reclaim Detroit. A lot of work goes into prepping the wood to be cut and shaped into frames. Homes goes through each piece to remove nails, paint or anything else detrimental to their production (it’s a bit strange to think that your wooden sunglasses could have had family portraits nailed to them). In order to produce more durable eyewear, they salvage only hardwoods like maple or beech, which are difficult to come by as most of the blighted homes were built with softer woods like Douglas fir and pine. If you’re worried about looking goofy, or shudder at the thought of salvaged wood resting on your nose, you can rest easy. Homes currently offers frames in the popular wayfarer style and are developing their unique spin on the classic aviators. For as […]

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  • Lily Tomlin coming to Ann Arbor

    Detroit home-girl Lily Tomlin will perform at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, June 14. A press release reads, “Get together with Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. “Tomlin is amazing” The NY Times and “as always a revelation.” The New Yorker This unique comic artist takes her audience on what the Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny” trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann.” “With astounding skill and energy, Tomlin zaps through the channels like a human remote control. Using a fantastic range of voices, gestures and movements, she conjures up the cast of characters with all the apparent ease of a magician pulling a whole menagerie of animals from a single hat.” NY Daily News “Her gentle touch is as comforting as it is edifying.” NY Time Out She has “made the one-person show the daring, irreverent art form it is today.” Newsweek Her long list of awards includes: a Grammy; two Tonys; six Emmys; an Oscar nomination; two Peabodys; and the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Find more info here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

    The Detroit Metro Times, Detroit’s award-winning alternative weekly media company, is proud to announce the recent hire of Valerie Vande Panne as Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning independent journalist and Michigan native, Vande Panne’s work has appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among other publications. Previously, Vande Panne attended Harvard University and was a regular contributor to The Boston Phoenix, and a news editor of High Times magazine. She has spent years covering drug policy among other subjects, including the environment, culture, lifestyle, extreme sports, and academia. “Valerie understands our business and what we expect to accomplish in Detroit. She has an excellent sense for stories that will move our readers, as well as experience with balancing print and digital content. I’m excited to have her at the paper and trust her leadership as we move forward,” said Detroit Metro Times publisher Chris Keating.

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  • Joumana Kayrouz to cover ‘Metro Times’

    She welcomes you when you enter Detroit, from every direction, with the one word that might just be Detroit’s biggest philosophical question: Injured? Joumana Kayrouz is deeper than the inflated image watching over Detroit, peddling justice to the poor and broken of the city. This Wednesday, Drew Philp takes us behind the billboard and into the heart of the Kayrouz quest. (And all of Brian Rozman’s photos of Kayrouz have not been retouched.) Check out MT‘s cover story, on newsstands Wednesday!

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  • Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

    There was a fire in an upstairs apartment at PJ’s Lager House on Monday evening. No people were hurt, although three cats belonging to the tenants died after CPR. The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. during a show featuring Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band, Curtin, and Jeffrey Jablonsky. “We just smelled smoke and someone yelled everyone has to get out,” 33-year-old Nick Leu told MLive. On the Lager House Facebook page in the early hours of the morning, a post said, “We at PJ’s lager House would like to thank everyone for their care and concern. Also, a very big THANK YOU to all who stepped up to do what they could this evening. The fire was contained to the upstairs but due to water damage in the bar, we will be closed until it can be assessed. Everyone is safe and we will keep you updated.” A later update read, “Update from the big boss. Since there was no damage to the stage side of the bar, the show will go on tomorrow! You may have to enter through the back door and there may not be a large selection of booze but we are going […]

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Short Hauls

Short on time (or gas money)? Grab some friends and check out these quick, action-packed trips.

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Drive Time: 2.5 hours

Close enough to make a day of it, but with plenty fun-filled possibilities to fill up a weekend or more, Sandusky, Ohio, offers an assortment of good, clean adventures for all ages. Sandusky is waterpark central, but two of our favorites for chlorinated fun are Great Wolf Lodge and Kalahari Resort.

A quick 10-minute drive from each other, they are also centrally located just north of the Ohio Turnpike, making either a great base for exploring the area. Originating in the watery Wisconsin Dells, GREAT WOLF LODGE ( — designed to re-create the rustic setting of the Northwoods — was Sandusky’s first indoor waterpark, offering 41,000 square feet of indoor thrills.

Among the nine waterslides are two tube slides, four body slides and three kiddie pools; four pools (three indoor, one outdoor) provide more watery fun. Traveling with a group? Check out the Wolf Den Suites, an in-suite cave-themed area with bunk beds. Great Wolf Lodge is also the first national hotel chain to have all of its U.S. properties Green-Seal Certified and has its own environmental sustainability program.

Just down the street, KALAHARI RESORT ( is America’s largest indoor (173,000 square feet) and outdoor (77,000) waterparks. Also born in the Wisconsin Dells, the African-themed waterpark is packed with eight on-site dining options (including a swim-up bar), indoor cabanas and outdoor bungalows (with flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and wait-staff service) plus comfortably spacious guest rooms (many with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and private patios) and an award-winning green initiative play up the resort experience.

Slides, geysers, raft rides, a wave pool, outdoor hot tubs and and two FlowRiders (which combine surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding on a five-foot ocean-like wave) offer watery thrills, while the Safari Outdoor Adventure Park features zip-line rides and a three-level ropes course and the Safari Adventures Animal Park offers visits with giraffe, zebra, ostrich and more. Take a break from the water at the full-service spa, indoor miniature golf, outdoor volleyball and more.

North America’s second-oldest amusement park, CEDAR POINT ( opened in 1870 as a public bathing beach and the park’s first roller coaster was built in 1892, standing 25-feet-tall and reaching a speed of 10 miles per hour. Today, more than 75 rides and coasters, waterparks, private beaches, children’s areas, a challenge park, parasailing, lodging and more, has earned it the title “number-one amusement park on the planet” by Amusement Today. New this season: The GATEKEEPER, Cedar Point’s biggest new addition since 2007’s Maverick, features a 164-foot drop, six inversions and the sensation of flight over the park’s main gate. Back for a second season, lifesize animatronic prehistoric creatures inhabit DINOSAURS ALIVE!, an interactive exhibit on a 4.5-acree wooded island.

Twenty minutes west of Cedar Point, the AFRICAN SAFARI WILDLIFE PARK ( in Port Clinton offers visitors up-close and personal access to giraffes, zebras, camels, alpacas and lots of other critters with drive-through and walk-through park areas. Dole out your free cup of animal food to the residents, then check out the pig races, pony rides and animal shows.



Drive Time: 3.5 Hours

Stretching along 15 glistening miles of  the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, the eight charming hamlets (Sawyer, Harbert, Lakeside, Union Pier, New Buffalo, Michiana, Grand Beach and Three Oaks) that make up HARBOR COUNTRY ( in Southwest Michigan combine to offer everything from picturesque fishing villages and white-sand beaches to high-rolling casinos (hit the slots and a taste of opulence at the FOUR WINDS CASINO RESORT; and sleek luxury resorts. Make your base at New Buffalo’s beach-front HARBOR GRAND (, a 55-room warm and comfortable take on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style design with luxury bedding, spa showers, fireplaces, indoor pool, complimentary bike rentals and 24-hour Ben & Jerry’s ice cream delivery. Or check out the MARINA GRAND RESORT ( — also in New Buffalo, and also owned by the Harbor Grand’s boutique Toast Hotel Group. Modern Scandinavian design, a waterfront setting, suites with European kitchens and soaking tubs, and a DVD library “hand–selected to reflect a love for artistic and social merit, and a lust for the lack of it,” the Marina Grand provides beach towels and chairs to experience the silky-sand beaches. There are also loads of inns and B&Bs to choose from.

Climb the sand dunes, stroll the wooden walkways or stop at the THIRD COAST SURF SHOP ( to stock up on rentals before catching a wave (yes, in Michigan) at the NEW BUFFALO PUBLIC BEACH. Made up of three miles of stunning Lake Michigan shoreline and six miles of trails and dunes that tower 240 feet above the water, Sawyer’s 1,952-acre WARREN DUNES STATE PARK is open for hang gliding, sand boarding, picnicing, swimming and more than 300 campsites — while you’re there, climb the dunes of MOUNT RANDALL for unparalled views of both the lake and the countryside. Harbor Country offers plenty of shabby-chic and antiques shops along the quaint towns’ tree-lined streets, casually elegant restaurants and comfort-food diners and summertime events.

While you’re there, take a day trip (just over an hour’s drive) to the area’s more celebrated (and crowded) twin cities of SAUGATUCK and DOUGLAS, or pick up a self-guiding map to explore a trail of more than a dozen wineries through LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE WINE COUNTRY (

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