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    Oh, the irony — initially criticized as Marxist propaganda when Mexican muralist Diego Rivera painted them for the Detroit Institute of Arts in the early 1930s, Detroit Industry has now been designated as a a national landmark. The announcement was made Wednesday, according to the Detroit News by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis as part of National Park Week. The designation does not change the ownership status of the murals or grant any new protections or rights, leaving its place among the rest of the DIA’s art in possible bankruptcy negotiations in question. The work is considered the best of Rivera’s work in the United States (another mural Rivera had done in New York was destroyed by orders of Nelson Rockefeller). Rivera himself regarded Detroit Industries paintings as his finest work. In the midst of the McCarthy era, the DIA posted this sign outside the court: Rivera’s politics and his publicity seeking are detestable. But let’s get the record straight on what he did here. He came from Mexico to Detroit, thought our mass production industries and our technology wonderful and very exciting, painted them as one of the great achievements of the twentieth century. This came […]

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  • Detroit area code 313 may be phased out

    Hey, everybody from the 313, start thinking of new numbers to rally around– the longstanding Detroit area code may be phased out. Our friends over at the Detroit News report that pending a revised estimate next week, the North American Numbering Plan Administration will stop handing out 313 telephone prefixes on new phone numbers. Detroiters with existing cell phone lines would be able to keep their current area codes, while those with land lines would change. via Detroit News: The venerable 313 will ultimately become overtaxed. Even as Detroit’s population has fallen, cellphone usage has accelerated like one of those smoldering SRT Vipers that Dodge has been bolting together at Conner Avenue Assembly — which is, of course, comfortably within the confines of 313. … When the first five dozen area codes were assigned nearly 70 years ago, says NANPA’s Tom Foley, “that was expected basically to last forever.” Instead, somebody invented fax machines, and then somebody else came up with cellphones, and lots of somebody elses decided to give them to 10-year-olds, and meantime the population grew to 300 million. Now every telephone carrier is required to submit twice-yearly forecasts of its needs in each area code, factoring in […]

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  • Final members selected for Red Wings arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

    Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, which, in case you were unaware, is a 16-member board established to weigh in on the new Red Wings arena near downtown. About three dozen residents and property owners cast ballots by the 8 p.m. deadline on Wednesday inside the Block at Cass Park, The Detroit News reports. It’s the culmination of a handful of community meetings which began weeks ago. Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda Lopez facilitated the meetings, but emphasized at previous meetings that it’s up to the community to conduct business. According to the News, the 12 candidates selected include: Michael Boettcher, Richard Etue, Jason Gapa, Francis Grunow, Steve Guether, Paul Hughes, Ray Litt, Warner Doyle McBryde, Karen McLeod, Delphia Simmons, Melissa Thomas and Anthony Zander. Joel Landy, a land owner in the area, lost his bid. The City Council appointed four candidates last month. As we reported in this week’s issue, the Neighborhood Advisory Committee was negotiated after Olympia Development of Michigan, Detroit Red Wing’s owner Mike Ilitch’s real estate arm, balked on a proposed community benefits agreement.  The committee is charged with the task of offering input on the arena’s design, parking security and more.

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  • James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets coming to the Magic Bag

    The Magic Bag in Ferndale will host James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets on Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. A press release reads, “James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.” Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.” Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched […]

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  • City Slang: Dead Kennedys to have a holiday in Detroit

    The Dead Kennedys, still with local boy Klaus Flouride in the ranks, will play St. Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday, June 24. Alongside Flouride and fellow original members East Bay Ray and DH Peligro, the current lineup includes singer Ron “Skip” Greer, taking the place of Jello Biafra. Downtown Brown will open that show, which starts at 7 p.m., with tickets priced $20-$25. Give Klaus a hero’s hometown welcome. Just over a week before that, strangely enough, Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine will play at the Magic Stick. It’s a weird coincidence, but one that DK fans should be happy to embrace. That show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17-$19. Local hardcore vets Negative Approach play before Jello, with the Crashdollz opening the show. Follow @City_Slang

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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 PlanetAnt.com. 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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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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