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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 / gettyimages.com 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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Surviving Summer in the City

A guide for those who hate the season.

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For some of us, summer is our least favorite season; actually, we hate it. We hate the heat, the humidity so high it turns the air to soup. We hate all the people who come piling out of their houses to gather, drunkenly, at festivals, sporting events and outdoor concerts. They complain about how dirty the city is while breaking beer bottles on the ground, vomiting in the street and pissing in alleyways. Kids are out of school and overtake many activities that are an adult swim any other time of the year, like going to the movies. Yuk. Children. They are worse than the drunks.

So how do those of us who hate the summer survive yet another sweaty season in the city? Well, here are a few things to help ease the pain of sweat-soaked pants, sticking to your thighs.

 

First, it’s hot and uncomfortable and you don’t have air conditioning, so where do you go to cool off? Well, you also need to eat, so why not kill two birds with one stone: Head over to Bozek’s in Hamtramck. They don’t just have a butcher counter, they have a butcher room. It’s refrigerated. Hang out in there for a couple of hours, carefully considering each piece of meat and soak up as much refrigeration as you can.

The movies are another great way to enjoy some air-conditioning. Too bad the movies out this summer are all turds. All the chain theaters will be crawling with children anyway. Children running in the aisle, crying through important, quiet scenes, flagrantly disregarding theater rules by talking on their cell phones.

Skip the whole mess and go somewhere and see something that no child would be interested in:

THE REDFORD THEATRE has two great features playing this summer. First up, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 film, Notorious. This is a black and white film, which is like kryptonite to children. The film stars Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. It’s a gripping thriller about three people whose lives become intimately entangled during an espionage operation. It’s playing at 8 p.m., July 26 and; 2 p.m. or 8 p.m., July 27.

The other great child kryptonite movie playing this summer at the Redford is The Long, Long Trailer, starring comedy duo Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The two play newlyweds who spend the $5,345 they were saving for a house on a 36-foot mobile home. This thrifty plan turns out to be a real money pit as one hilarious disaster after another befalls the them while traveling across the country. See it at 8 p.m., August 9; or at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m., August 10.

If you prefer watching movies at home on the couch whilst in your underpants, then check out these movies currently on Netflix instant watch.

The Thing (1982): Take your mind off the sweltering heat outside and hang out with a young Kurt Russell and the gang at an Antarctic research station. If it weren’t for the terrifying, shape-shifting alien woken by a Norwegian research team that goes on a murderous rampage, it would be a much cooler location than your stuffy apartment.

Summer School (1987): The only thing that could ruin summer vacation when you were a kid was the threat of summer school. The kids in this ’80s joint have the help of a movie montage to get them through the drudgery of class. Directed by Carl Reiner and starring Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley, this movie is the story of a rogue summer school teacher who plays by his own rules and gets results. He takes a group of slacker high school kids from mediocrity to average in a mere six weeks and, in the end, he gets the girl.

Need to get out after that mini movie marathon? Hop in the car and head to the Detroit Zoo for Zoomance, an after-hours, adults-only event featuring cash bars and live music. People can enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through the zoo. Being at the zoo when there are no children around is amazing! There is no longer a two-foot tall barrier of children standing between you and the enclosure wall. The lions, tigers and bears that spend most daytime trips to the zoo lounging around on rocks and napping are out and about, some even chasing squirrels and birds that are dumb enough to hang out in the enclosures. Be sure to check out the primates first. The chimpanzees make themselves a new bed out of old socks and packing material every night, it’s overwhelmingly cute. Since there is a cash bar, there will be people who overdo it and shout stupid shit at the animals, but it’s more entertaining than disruptive. Again, drunks are still better than children. You’ll have two chances to enjoy Zoomance this summer: 6-9 p.m., July 11 and August 22; tickets are $14.

After a night of drunkenly taunting animals at the zoo (I mean watching other people drunkenly taunt animals at the zoo), you’ll need to relax in some nice, cool water. You don’t want to go to a public pool, swarming with children and more urine than water. (And, frankly, the urine is one of the more sterile things in the pool.) While you don’t have enough gas money to make it out to a beach, you can scrounge up the $11.99 for an inflatable pool from Kmart. It’s probably only large enough for your butt — your l arms will hang over the edge — but that will make it easier to reach for your tasty snacks and frozen drink. It’s small enough to only take about 20 minutes to blow up and fill up.

Summer in the city is no day at the beach, but if you stay away from large rowdy crowds, anywhere children might be and find some creative ways to stay cool, you’ll make it through another sweaty season. Remember, it’s Michigan — winter is always just around the corner.

 

Katherine Montalto  is web editor at Metro Times. Send comments to kmontalto@metrotimes.com.

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