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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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  • Lessenberry on the battle to ban the Metro Times

    Turns out, our very own Jack Lessenberry knows the Grosse Pointer seeking to ban the MT: Ten years or so ago, a woman named Andrea Lavigne sat in on some media survey classes I was teaching at Wayne State University. She was in her late 30s or early 40s, and seemed to be searching for answers. She wanted to know how the media work, and told me she was a Maoist. This fascinated me, because I thought authentic Maoists were almost as rare as passenger pigeons. Chairman Mao, we now know, starved to death and slaughtered tens of millions of his own citizens, and kept China economically and intellectually backward. Intrigued, I got together one night before class with her and another Maoist, to find out what they were all about. Alas, they spouted a form of primitive, grade-school Marxism. They seemed to have very little historical knowledge of Communism or what it had actually been like. Yes. A Maoist. Read the full story at Michigan Radio here.

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  • Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’

    A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the owner of Detroit’s municipal solid waste incinerator Monday, accusing the company of nuisance and gross negligence violations According to the complaint filed by Detroit-based Liddle & Dubin P.C., “On occasions too numerous to list, Plaintiffs’ property including Plaintiffs’ neighborhood, residences and yards were physically invaded by noxious odors and contaminants … As a direct and proximate result of the Defendant’s’ negligence in operating and/or maintaining the facility, Plaintiffs’ property has been invaded by noxious odors.” The eight-page complaint charges that local property values have dropped due to the incinerator’s presence, “and has interfered with Plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their property.” The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeks a financial award in excess of $25,000 and all costs and attorney fees related to the case. In an email, a spokesperson for the company says, “Detroit Renewable Power is reviewing the complaint filed today,” but declined further comment. The suit comes weeks after a Metro Times’ cover story earlier this month found a growing number of odor complaints from nearby residents since Detroit Renewable Power LLC (DRP) took control of the facility in 2010. The investigation found a spike in citations from the Michigan Department […]

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'Django Unchained' Original Screenplay and 'Sex Criminals'

This week's book reviews.

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Django Unchained Original Screenplay
by Quentin Tarantino; adapted by Reginald Hudlin (featuring art by R.M. Guera, Jason Latour, Denys Cowan, Danijel Zezelj and John Floyd)
$24.99, Vertigo

Did we ever live in a world without on-demand video? Sure. It was called the 20th century. In those days, all you had was the theatrical experience and, perhaps (if you were lucky), the literary adaptation. Maybe it was in prose form or comics, but in its way, it kept the movie alive for you. Heck, sometimes there wasn’t even a video release.
But times have changed.

You might say movie adaptations simply don’t have the same urgency they used to, and when the title in question is a Quentin Tarantino film, in this case the Oscar award-winning Django Unchained, a comic book adaptation seems dreadfully redundant. But in the foreword, Tarantino name-checks some influential Western comics he grew up reading, such as Kid Colt Outlaw, Tomahawk, Kid Cassidy and others, setting the stage for why this collected edition exists. But there’s not much new here.

Based on Tarantino’s first draft, the graphic novel plays out pretty much the same as the film: Django, a slave in the deep South, is given an opportunity by a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz to avenge himself against the Brittle brothers, and rescue his wife, Broomhilda, from a plantation called Candyland. The graphic novel ends just like the movie. It’s the in-between stuff that’s actually fascinating. Tarantino’s crackling screenwriting seems strange squeezed within the confines of word balloons (which, sadly, isn’t nearly as fun as hearing it), but you’ll find some snatches of dialogue you won’t catch on the Blu-ray release, and if you’re interested in a fuller realization of Broomhilda’s backstory, you get it (you could say it’s the graphic novel’s centerpiece)

Sex Criminals
Matt Fraction (writer) and Chip Zdarsky (artist)
Cover price $3.50; digital price $2.99
Image Comics

Banned publications are always worth considering, especially if they’re full of sex, time suspension, and a couple of lovebirds on the run from the law. If you’re looking for something that stretches good taste to the farthest reaches of pretty much any galaxy, Sex Criminals is as filthy a title as you’ll ever encounter. So filthy, in fact, that Apple has banned the serial comic from the Apple Store. Though you can get it directly at the Image Comics website, your local comics store, or download it digitally at Comixology, Apple’s not directly selling Sex Criminals via its iOS platform.

Don’t let the title fool you, Sex Criminals is a postmodern love story. Jon and Suzie are truly two of a kind — a really weird kind. The two have supernatural abilities (triggered during sexual intercourse in which both have the power to freeze time), and when they find each other, the fun really starts. (Particularly, when they plan their first bank robbery and the Sex Police show up.)

That said, there’s something tender and personal about Sex Criminals. The story brings to mind all the embarrassing sexual escapades you might have experienced in high school, college and later. More importantly, it examines how these relationships, however brief, stay with us for the long haul, shaping us into the adults we end up becoming.
It’s a groundbreaking work, an honest discussion about human sexuality packaged as a tale that’s sci-fi, romance, coming of age. What more could you ask for?

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