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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    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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Copper Colored Mountain Arts 7101 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-904-6520 Through 9/23 - Living Art: Living Process. An exhibition that explores the link created by art between ongoing or living processes and the illusion of the static art object.

Cranbrook Art Museum 39221 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 877-462-7262 11/11-3/25 - No Object is an Island: New Dialogues with the Cranbrook Collection. First exhibition in the newly remodeled and expanded museum explores Cranbrook's influence in the world of contemporary art and design.

David Klein Gallery 163 Townsend, Birmingham, 248-433-3700 Through 10/22 - Cubism in America. 

Detroit Artists Market 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-832-8540 Through 10/15 - Personal Visions. Showcases the work of eight artists who were selected by the DAM Exhibition Committee from the exhibiting artists of the 2010 All Media Exhibit. Artists: Micki Buksar Cecil, Brandon Burke, Dennis Guastella, Darien Johnson, Steven McShane, Jonathan Meyer, Vanessa Van Eeghen and Geralyn Vankerschaever. 11/11-12/23 - Art for the Holidays. Works by more than 150 local artists.  1/13-2/18 - DAM Design Show. The entire creative process is explored - from concept to design to creation - resulting in an artistic and functional piece. 3/2-4/7 - Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition. This year students will be selected from the College for Creative Studies. 4/20-5/26 - Biannual All Media Exhibition. 

Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography 1600 Clay St., Detroit 9/23 - Open Show Detroit. Free monthly social screenings give up to five curated presenters (from professionals to students) 15 minutes each to show either a 20 image story or a 4-7 minute multimedia/film project while the audience poses questions or provides project feedback.

10/1-10/15 - DCCP First Annual Juried Exhibition. Featuring photographic work exploring any theme. Guest juror Nancy Barr, associate curator, department of prints, drawings and photographs, Detroit Institute of Arts.

Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-7900 Through 9/25 - It's a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals. Through 3/18 - Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection. 10/16-4/8 - Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010. 11/20-2/12 - Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus. 12/21-6/24 - Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings that Tell Stories. 

Downriver Council for the Arts Gallery 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte, 734-720-0671 10/8 - Glow in the Dark. Works created in blacklight sensitive media.

Downtown Detroit 9/30-10/8 - Art Detroit Now: Detroit Gallery Week. Openings, exhibits and special events at galleries through Detroit and the metro area, including the Midtown Gallery Crawl on Sept. 30 which kicks off with an art parade marching down Woodward. Visit artdetroitnow.com for details.

Downtown Hamtramck 10/15 - Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival. An afternoon of open galleries and studios in and around Hamtramck.

Elaine L. Jacob Gallery 480 W. Hancock, Detroit, 313-993-7813 Through 10/21 - Lee nam Lee: A Conversation Between Sochi and Monet. Through 10/21 - Jim Hay: Go Where You Are. 11/4-12/16 - Oh Canada! Beyond Trees and Water. 1/27-3/16 - African Art Exhibition. 3/30-6/22 - NO.TOWN Beyond the Wall: Berlin Artists in Detroit. 

Ellen Kayrod Art Gallery 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-1300 Thourgh 9/23 - History Story: A Retrospective of Al Herbert's Work. 9/30-11/18 - Creative Aging in Midtown. Annual intergenerational show. This year, Hannan artists collaborated with youth from the COMPAS Center for Performing Arts in southwest Detroit. 12/2-1/27 - Sight Fest, Open Invitational. 

Ford Gallery - Eastern Michigan University 114 Ford Hall, Ypsilanti, 734-487-1849 Through 10/5 - Emergence 2011. 10/12-11/9 - I Know What You Did Last Summer. A highlight show of artwork created over the spring and summer semesters at EMU from special topics classes in the art department. 11/14-11/18 - Art Video Showcase. 

Funhouse Gallery 1600 Clay St., Detroit, 248-933-0558Through 10/1 - Unfiltered VI. Sixth annual outsider art group show featuring 30 artists showcasing an ecclectic array of raw art.

Gallery Project 215 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-997-7012 Through 9/18 - Imagined Communities. 9/21-10/30 - Subjective World (Umvelt). 11/2-12/11 - Food for Thought. 12/14-1/22 - Post Apocalypse. 1/25-3/4 - American Scene. 3/7-4/15 - Detroit Connection. 

Grosse Pointe Art Center 16900 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe, 313-821-1848 Through 10/22 - 73rd Members Show. 11/11-1/6 - Holiday Shop. 

Heidelberg Project Gallery 42 Watson St., Detroit, 313-974-6894 9/26-10/20 - Alexis Jasmund: High Passion. 

Lawrence Street Gallery 22620 Woodward, Suite A, Ferndale, 248-544-0394 Through 10/1 - Light. Water. Spirit. 10/5-10/29 - Candy and Eric Law and Anne vanLeeuwen. 11/2-11/30 - Dave Hardin. 12/7-12/31 - Think Small '11. 

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