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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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Dearborn Homecoming

August 3-5

HOMECOMING IS A TIME where the streets of Dearborn are flooded with cars, yellow tape partitions off several areas of Ford Field and people from the many Downriver communities gather to celebrate the City of Dearborn. You will surely get sick while on some of the crazy rides, from light ones like the Tiltawhirl or Scrambler to more extreme ones like the Ring of Fire or the Orbiter.

It is guaranteed if you ride either of the latter more than once, you’ll end up with a headache, dizziness and an urge to throw-up the cotton candy and corn dog you ate earlier that day. After you wretch, you’ll go buy yourself a so-called “fresh-squeezed” lemonade and feel better — until the next day when you do it all over again. Ford Field, Dearborn, MI; cityofdearborn.org/homecoming (TZ)

 

Farmington Founder’s Festival

July 19-20

INTERESTED IN SEEING CRAZY numbers of people and cars in a carnival atmosphere with no carnival rides? Check out the Farmington Founder’s Festival! Not only will you park far away from the activities on some random residential street, but you also get to find lots of like-minded folks crowding you during the walk to the festivities. Once you get there, sky’s the limit depending on your interests.

You can get some corn dogs or hot dogs, or you can buy some used DVDs, books or CDs at the local shops. All stores usually have discounts, so you will be sure to get a great bargain as you wait in the long lines for checkout. The most exciting thing is when it’s all over, you will have discovered your wallet is empty. Downtown Farmington; foundersfestival.com/.  (TZ)

 

Woodward Dream Cruise

August 18

THE WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE is about two things: Sitting on Woodward Avenue in a lawn chair, drinking beer and watching cars drive by, or waving from a car while riding in a long line of cars down Woodward Avenue. That’s it. However, there are other highlights: It’s especially fun to go into somewhere like Athens Coney Island and finally get something to eat, and wipe the sweat off your face with a napkin. Once your stomach is filled with a nice coney dog and at least another beer, you move back to your lawn chair or your car to either watch the cars go by or all the people waving at you because you get to be famous for a day. Along Woodward Avenue (M1); woodwarddreamcruise.com.  (TZ)

 

Gregory Alan Isakov

July 24

FOUR YEARS AFTER THE release of his acclaimed debut record, Gregory Alan Isakov returns with The Weatherman and he’s making a stop in Ann Arbor to show you what he’s been working on. His songs are often simple and quaint, driven by subtle lyricism and Isakov says those on Weatherman are about “noticing the beauty in normal, everyday life.” You can hear them for the first time when the album drops July 9. Until then, take a listen to his first album, This Empty Northern Hemisphere, and prepare yourself for what’s coming in late July. The Ark; 316 Main St.; Ann Arbor; 743-763-8587; theark.org

 

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line

July 26

HOT OFF THE RELEASE of her third record, Carnival, Nora Jane Struthers is bringing her award-winning Americana sound to the Motor City. Three years after her self-titled sophomore effort, the Virginia-born songwriter has re-emerged with a new backing band and sharper skills in tow. Struthers’ voice is so angelic she could get away with subpar lyricism, but she doesn’t need to hide a thing. Her storytelling has matured and sharpened since her 2009 debut and it shows on Carnival, a record of story songs written from a female perspective that traverse the time from girlhood to death. If roots music is your thing, Nora Jane Struthers can’t be missed. Detroit Institute of Arts; 5200 Woodward Ave.; Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

June 27

THESE LOCAL FAVORITES ARE back with a new EP that dropped in April. It’s a tight four-song set called Patterns that continues the band’s genre-bending sound, blending pop, electronic, folk, rock and more. The release also includes two of the catchiest songs the duo has ever made, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dance Floor)” and “Hiding,” both of which are destined to be on repeat all summer long. And for native Detroiters, hearing the band’s version of Gil Scott-Heron’s “We Almost Lost Detroit” live is an experience unlike any other. LibertyPlaza; Liberty and Division Streets; Ann Arbor

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