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  • Thank you, Detroit

    I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published next week (8/6). This blog that you’re reading now will be my last one as a regular MT contributor. I have a lot to look forward to. I’m going to be an associate editor at Yellow Scene Magazine in Colorado, a tremendous publication in a beautiful part of the country. But leaving Detroit will be incredibly difficult for me. I love the place. It’s been (amazingly) six and a half years since I arrived, a couple of cases in hand and not much of a plan in mind. I just knew, after three separate research trips for books and a magazine article, that I felt at home here. Metro Times offered me freelance work almost immediately, as did a new website called Metromix (whatever happened to that?) When I arrived here, I had been working as a writer in the UK for nine years, but the help and encouragement I received […]

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  • Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

      We here at MT will be delighted when Mr. Jack White throws out a pitch at Navin Field (at least, we hope he will), but until then, we’ll be happy with his pitch to Santa this evening at Comerica Park.    

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  • Watch footage of the Gathering of the Juggalos dubbed with Morgan Freeman narration (NSFW)

      Footage from the Gathering of the Juggalos set to clips of Morgan Freeman’s narration from March of the Penguins? Kind of forced, but also kind of beautiful. As the AV Club reports: The oft-sought voiceover champion lends a touch of gravitas to the festival proceedings. Unfortunate scenes of barely clad people having various liquids dumped onto them now carries a quiet dignity as it’s all part of nature’s majestic plan that keeps the world spinning through this elegantly designed and truly wondrous universe. Also, the video is NSFW as there are boobs in it. Watch the clip below:

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  • Turn to Crime debut chilly video for “Can’t Love”

    It seems like the polar vortex will never end: the weather phenomenon that brought us the most brutal winter on record this winter is to blame for this summer’s chillier-than usual temperatures as well. A couple of bands, though, made lemonade out of lemons (or snow cones out of snow?) by using the icy landscape to film music videos. 800beloved shot the video for “Tidal” in some sand dunes near Empire, Mich., and this week Turn to Crime debuted the video for “Can’t Stop,” the title track of their recently-released album. Even more piles of ice and snow might be the last thing Detroiters want to see right now, but the footage makes for some good visuals that mesh well with the song. Watch the video below:

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  • Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said in a statement released Tuesday. “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.” Duggan will have the authority to manage DWSD and make appointments to the utility’s board, according to a news release. In a statement issued Tuesday, the mayor said he welcomed Orr’s order, adding that officials will develop a plan that “allows those who truly need to access to financial help … to do so with shorter wait times.” “We need to change a number of things in the way we have approached the delinquent payment issues and I expect us to have a new plan shortly,” Duggan said. “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in […]

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  • Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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The Best Events in Detroit this Halloween Season

Haunted Attractions, Halloween Parties, Family Fun, and Stage & Screen Scares.

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Runs Oct. 25-27, 30-31; open 7:30-10 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 30-31, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $9.50.

 

LAKE “EERIE”

HAUNTED HAYRIDE

32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown Twp.; at the corner of West Jefferson Avenue and Huron River Drive; 734-323-7153; www.bpffu.org

Runs Oct. 23; open 7-11 p.m.; $9.

 

NIGHT CRAWLERS

1375 Weiss St., Frankenmuth; I-75 to Birch Run exit 136, then head east toward Frankenmuth; 248-429-7177; frankenmuthtrees.com/Boo

Runs Oct. 25, 26 and 31; see website for hours and admission prices.

 

NIGHTMARE EXPRESS

405 S. Washington St., Owosso; I-69 to exit 94; 989-725-9464; michigansteamtrain.com

Runs Oct. 25-27; trains leave the station at 7:30, 8:45 and 10 p.m.; adults $15, children 12 and younger $10.

 

NIGHT TERRORS —

MICHIGAN’S PREMIER HAUNTED THRILL PARK

5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti; I-94 to exit 183, exit south; 734-390-9206; hauntedhousemichigan.com

Runs Oct. 24-27, Oct. 30-31; open 7:15-11:30 p.m. Oct. 24-26; open 7:15-10:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 30 and 31; tickets start at $17.99.

 

PANIC AT PINE STUMP HOLLOW

6310 Gratiot Ave., St. Clair; I-69 to exit 196, then go south, or I-94 to exit 262, then go north; 810-488-1086; panicatpinestumphollow.com

Runs Oct. 25-26; open dusk until midnight; Haunted Forest $10, Haunted House $12, both for $20; no credit cards accepted.

 

PAST TENSE AFTER DARK

1965 Farnsworth Rd., Lapeer; at Daley Road; 810-664-5559; pasttenseafterdark.com

Runs Oct. 25-26; open dusk until midnight; Hayride of Despair $5, Corn Maze of Fear $5, House of Horrors $10, all three for $18; groups of 10 or more get the combo for $16 each.

 

PHANTOM FOREST HAYRIDES

21803 W. River Rd., Grosse Ile; take either bridge onto Grosse Ile, turn right, then right about two miles from either bridge; 734-676-2444; westcroftgardens.com

Runs Oct. 25-27; open 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday; adults $10, ages 5 and younger $7.

 

THE PSYCHO PATH

23984 Gibraltar Rd., Flat Rock; one mile west of I-75 and three miles east of Telegraph Road, on the corner of Cahil and Gibraltar; 734-782-0563; search for “The Psycho Path” on Facebook

Runs Oct. 25-26; open 8-11 p.m.; $10.

 

REALM OF HAUNTED MINDS

Huron Turkey Farm, 18910 Merriman Rd., Romulus; 734-753-9187

Runs Oct. 25-26; open 7:30-11 p.m.; $10.

 

SAINT CHARLES VILLAGE

OF THE LIVING DEAD

400 E. Water St., St. Charles; 989-928-8865; stchauntedhouse.com

Runs Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; open 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday and Halloween; $7, speed pass for $15.

 

SAINT LUCIFER’S

HAUNTED ASYLUM

Playland Park, 5290 S. Dort Hwy., Flint; 2.5 miles north of I-75 at exit 109, Dort Highway; 810-695-8200; michiganhauntedhouse.com

Runs Oct. 25-27, Oct. 30-Nov. 2; opens at 8 p.m. Sunday, at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; tickets start at $18.

 

SALEM’S HAUNTED VILLAGE

5411 Hackman Rd., Capac; I-69 to exit 176; 810-395-7100; www.salemshaunts.com

Runs Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2; open 8 p.m.-midnight; Barn $10, Hayride $10, or both $18.

 

 

SCAREFEST SCREAM PARK

61288 Gratiot Ave., Lenox Twp.; I-94 to exit 248, 26 Mile Road; 586-749-6666; ScarefestScreamPark.com

Runs Oct. 25-26, Nov. 1-2; opens at 6 p.m. in October, at 5 p.m. in November; $15, online tickets $12, all-inclusive package of four tickets $45, or if purchased online $42.

 

SCOTT’S HAUNTED CORN MAZE

5745 Seymour Lake Rd. Oxford; between Baldwin and Sashabaw roads, I-75 to exit 89 then north on Sahsabaw Road; 248-408-0462 or 248-408-8037;

Runs Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2; open dusk until midnight; adults $8, children 5-12 $5, children under 5 free for Corn Maze; adults $5, children $3 for Rooms of Terror.

 

THE SCREAM MACHINE

HAUNTED ATTRACTION

27258 Eureka Rd., Taylor; northeast corner of Eureka and Inkster roads in the Cambridge Square Shopping Center; 734-309-0756; www.thescreammachine.net

Runs Oct. 23-Nov. 2; open 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, Saturday and Halloween; 7-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; special “lights on” event is 2-5 p.m. Oct. 27; $14.

 

SHAWHAVEN HAUNTED HOUSE

1862 Rolfe Rd., Mason; from US-127 take exit 61; 517-676-1649; shawhavenhauntedfarm.com

Runs Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; open 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, see website for other hours and prices for the corn maze; children 3 and younger free.

 

SLAUGHTERED AT SUNDOWN

71800 Romeo Plank Rd., Armanda; 586-752-7669; slaughteredatsundown.net

Runs Oct. 25-27; open 7-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday; adults $15 and children $10 for either Haunted House or Hayride, adults $25 and children $16 for both.

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