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    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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  • Detroit’s grand bargain still needs Lansing’s approval

    In this week’s Metro Times we took a look at the state legislature’s role in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy — in particular, how it must approve a $350 million pledge for the so-called “grand bargain” to remain intact. And, with last night’s announcement of a significant deal between the city and Detroit’s pension boards and retiree groups, the ball is Lansing’s court now. The new deal, first reported by the Freep, would cut general employees monthly pension checks by 4.5 percent and eliminate their cost-of-living increases. Police and fire retirees would see no cuts to monthly checks, while their cost-of-living increases would be reduced from 2.25 percent to 1 percent. Under the original offer, police and fire retirees cuts were as high as 14 percent, with general retirees as high as 34 percent, that is, if the groups rejected the “grand bargain,” an $816 million proposal funded by foundations, the state, and the DIA to shore up pensions. The sweeter deal for pensions, though, it must be noted, entirely relies on the state legislature approving $350 million for Detroit’s bankruptcy.  And while this broke after Metro Times went to press, that was the focal point of this week’s News Hits column — so, it’s worth repeating: The […]

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  • City Slang: Local releases for Record Store Day on Saturday

    This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, and there is plenty going on in metro Detroit and Michigan. Of special interest to us is Chiodos’ 7” single “R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel,” Mayer Hawthorne & Shintaro Skamoto’s 7” “Wine Glass Woman/In a Phantom,” Chuck Inglish & Action Bronson’s 7” “Game Time,” Chuck Inglish & Chance the Rapper’s 7” “Glam,” Chuck Inglish & Chromeo’s 7” “Legs,” Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller & Ab-Soul’s 7” “Easily,” James Williamson’s 7” “Open Up and Bleed/Gimme Some Skin,” Black Milk’s 12” “Glitches in the Break,” Mayer Hawthorne’s 10” “Jaded Inc.,” Wayne Kramer & the Lexington Arts Ensemble’s 12” “Lexington,” and best of all, Ray Parker Jr.’s 10” “Ghostbusters.” We wrote about James Williamson’s release this week. Go shop. Follow @City_Slang

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A roundup of upcoming art exhibits, dance events, theatrical performances and literary happenings

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ART EXHIBITS

323 East Gallery and Boutique 323 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 866-756-6538 Through 10/5 - Urban Roots. A group exhibition where artists interpret Detroit's urban farming movement in the present and what this landscape may look like in the future. Inspired by the film Urban Roots. 10/8 - Denial. Street artist from Windsor. December - Dan Armand and Dennis Jacobs.

Alfred Berkowitz Gallery U of M-Dearborn, Dearborn, 313-593-5058 1/1-2/29 - Artists in the Collection. 3/1-4/30 - Prized Possessions/Personal Collections. 5/1-6/30 - Michigan Glass 2012: Glass 50th. 6/1-6/30 - Open Competition 2012.

Ann Arbor Art Center 117 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-994-8004 Through 10/2 - Annual: All Media Exhibition. 10/8-10/9 - Liberty Local. Art fair. 11/8-12/4 - Michigan Water Color Society's Traveling Exhibition. 11/8-12/4 - Bob Paup Photography: Focus on Maine.

Anton Art Center 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens, 586-469-8666 Through 9/24 - On The Wall. 9/22-10/21 - Small Wonders. 11/18-12/22 - Christmas Market 2011: Gifts of Joy. 1/20-2/25 - Michigan Annual XXXVIII. 4/27-6/16 - POP.

Art & Ideas Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio 15095 Northville Rd., Plymouth, 734-420-0775 Through 10/15 - Works in Progress. Displays how a concept for a series of artwork is developed by the artist. Artist-in-residence Shaqe Kalaj will exhibit not only several artworks in various stages of completion, but also all the supporting research material and background visual references used to develop the series concepts. 10/27-12/22 - Downtown FOOT Art. 

Art Department Gallery 5451 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-993-7813 Through 10/14 - Watercolor Revisited: A New Perspective. 10/28-12/2 - Faculty Exhibition. 1/13-2/10 - WSU MFA Thesis Exhibition. 3/2-3/23 - Tri-County High School Exhibition. 4/13-5/11 - WSU Undergraduate Exhibition. 5/25-6/22 - WSU Art Education Exhibition. 

Art Effect Gallery 1420 E. Fisher Fwy., Detroit, 810-522-7515 Through 10/1 - In Black and White. An all media group show that explores the black and white aesthetic. 10/7 - We Are Here. More than 40 original works of art created by nationally and internationally known Detroit artists spanning multiple mediums and artistic movements. 11/5-12/17 - Holiday Boutique. 

Art Gallery of Windsor 401 Riverside Dr. West, Windsor, 519-977-0013 Through 9/25 - Gender and Membership in 3 Canadian Art Groups. Through 10/9 - Annie MacDonell: The Abyss and the Horizon. 9/21-12/31 - 2011 AGW Biennial. 10/8-12/31 - Joseph Hubbard: You Don't Know What You Are Seeing (Romancing the Gallery). 10/17-10/22 - Homework: Infrastructures & Collaboration in Social Practices. Broken City Lab presents in collaboration with the AGW this four-day residency, two-day conference and collaboratively-written publication aimed at generating dialogue.  See brokencitylab.org. 12/7-12/11, 12/14-12/18 - Please Don't Go. Part of the 2011 AGW Biennial, artist Stephen Mueller inhabits a display case, constructed of two-way mirrored glass; the proportions of the case have been designed specifically to accommodate his body.

Artcite 109 University W., Windsor, 519-977-6564 Through 10/8 - Borders. Works by Jose Luis Torres. 9/24 - Fahrenheit Festival of Fire Sculpture. Features more than 10 fire sculptures made on-site by Canadian artists, a performance by Detroit's Bacchanal Promotions Circus and Fire Juggling Troupe, live music by Lonesome Lefty, kids' activities and more. Located at the LaSalle Vollmer Culture and Recreation Center Pond Park. 10/14-11/12 - By Its Cover. 12/2-12/23 - Doin' the Louvre. Annual Christmas fundraising exhibition and sale.

Biddle Gallery 2840 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, 734-281-4779 Through 9/16 - Fiber Trilogy 9/30-11/30 - Donald Cronkhite: Before the Strom. Cronkhite's large-scale paintings capture cloud formations in the moments before a storm, focusing on form, color and contrast.

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham, 248-644-0866 Through 10/7 - The Students of Andrea Tama. Through 10/7 - Three Views. Featuring Rose DeSloover, Sherry Moore and Lois Teicher. Through 10/7 - Birmingham Society of Women Painters. Through 10/7 - Elijah Van Benschoten. 10/14-11/11 - The Students of Leslie Masters and Robin Servo. 10/14-11/11 - Jerry Lee Morton. 10/14-11/11 - Faculty Exhibition. 

Bloomfield Galleries 79 W. Long Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, 248-731-7198 Through 9/30 - The Appeal of the Figure. Figurative pieces ranging in style from realism to cubism will be prominently displayed with hundreds of additional pieces and subjects also available to view.

Cafe 1923 2287 Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck, 313-319-8766 Through 10/1 - Clearing in the Woods. Shadow boxes, encaustics and paintings on canvas by visiting Canadian artists Maria Parella-Ilaria and Rebecca Draisey.

Cass Cafe 4620 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-831-1400 Through 10/29 - 6 Degrees. An exhibit of paintings by Detroit-based artist Craig Paul Nowak. The show features a range of works in a variety of media, and features large-scale portraits drawn from the artists' circle of family and colleagues.

Center Galleries 301 Frederick Douglass, Detroit, 313-664-7800 Through 10/8 - Scenes from Something Overlooked. New work by Andrew Krieger, Michael McGillis and Clinton Snider. 10/21-11/19 - Teta de la Course: Photographs by Donald Dietz and Custom Bicycles by Detroit Designers. 10/21-11/19 - Photographs by S. Kay Young. 12/10-12/17 - Ryan Trecartin in Detroit. 1/27 - Grid List. Exploring geometric abstraction in the 21st Century with work by artists from London, New York, Detroit and Atlanta. 3/23 - Katie Craig: A Painting Installation. 

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