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    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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Halloween 2012

Get yourself spooked

A select list of haunts, mazes, costumed events and more

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Alchalant's Halloween Party. With ROP, Alchalant and the Astro Zombies. Phoenix Cafe, 24918 John R, Hazel Park, 248-667-8817. (10/27, 8 p.m.)

Annual Halloween Bash with AREA '51. Live Blues, Rock, Originals. Cadieux Cafe, 4300 Cadieux Rd., Detroit, 313-882-8560. At the door. (10/27, 9 p.m.)

Black Horror Film Festival and Costume Party. Come dressed as your favorite blaxploitation horror character. Cass City Cinema, 3420 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-281-8301. (10/26, 7 p.m.-midnight)

Boo Bash Weekends. Haunted House of Horror, trick-or-treating, face painting, campsite decorating contest. Addison Oaks County Park, West Romeo Road, Oxford, 248-693-2432. (10/27)

Costume Parade. Kids and parents are invited to participate in a sidewalk costume parade through the streets of downtown Northville. Downtown Northville, Northville, 248-349-7640. (10/27, 1 p.m.)

Creepy Cheapy Halloween Treat V. More than 15 bands will perform full-on costumed covers of artists including Bruce Springsteen to Prince. With DJ setss. The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac, 248-858-9333. $5-$15. (10/26, 7 p.m.)

Detroit Urban Legends. This two-story attraction inside the 127-year-old Cass Community Methodist Church delivers scares for a cause. Cass Community United Methodist Church, 3901 Cass , Detroit. $10, $8 children. (10/26-10/28, 7-11 p.m.; 10/30-10/31, 7-11 p.m.)

Dia de los Muertos Celebration. A blend of a Latin Masquerade Ball, mask making, music and of course art. Dance instruction from Saron Dier and Monica Puente and smooth beats from DJ Sabor. 555 Gallery, 2801 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, 888-495-2787. $5. (10/27, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The 1920 silent film accompanied by Tony O'Brien. Historic Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser, Detroit, 313-537-2560. $8, $12. (10/27)

Dr. Scream's Spookshow Revival. Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, 734-394-5300. $15. (10/26-10/27, 8 p.m.)

Drop-In Workshops: Sugar Skulls. Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used in Mexican and Mexican American Communities. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-7900. (10/27, noon-4 p.m.)

Erebus. 4 Story Haunted Attraction Erebus, 18 Perry St., Pontiac, 248-332-7884. $23 Mon.-Thu., $28 Fri.-Sat., $25 Sun. (10/24-11/2) Ongoing.

Erwin's Barn of Horrors, Corn Stalkers Maze, and Haunted Wagon Ride. Moonlight wagon ride, mystery of the black hole, nightly bonfires, etc. Erwin Orchards, 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon, 248-437-4701. $14.00 Barn of Horrors, $10.00 Corn Stalkers Maze, $22.00 Combo Ticket. (10/26-10/27)

FREAKY DEAKY featuring: Zeds Dead & Krewella. Halloween Costume Party Elektricity Nightclub, 15 S. Saginaw, Pontiac, 248-599-2212. $20.00 - $25.00. (10/26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.)

Funeral Home. Actual funeral home, closed for mysterious reasons. *Haunted Funeral Home, 3880 Inkster Rd, Inkster . $12. (10/26-10/28; 10/30-10/31)

Genitorturers. Halloween Show Blondie's, 2281 W. Fort St., Detroit, 313-964-1000. (10/29, 6 p.m.)

Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village. Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th-century Hallowe'en. Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, 313-271-1620. (10/26-10/27)

Halloween at the Rustbelt. Constum contest for kids, adults, pets, and vendors. Pumpkin carving contest. Featuring performances by, Weird Sisters Circus and Smudge Candy. Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. (10/27)

Halloween Club Crawl 2012. Canada's largest Halloween party. Faces Roadhouse on College, 902 California, Windsor, 519-256-5001. (10/27, 6 p.m.)

Halloween Costume Contest, Dinner, Auction. Arts & Scraps and Techshop combine for a Halloween party for adults. AAA - Lincoln-Allen Park, 15220 Southfield Rd., Allen Park, 313-640-4411. 7 VIP $50, 8:00 $35, 9:00 DJ/contest only $20. (10/27, 7 p.m.-midnight)

Halloween Hocus Pocus. Not scary Halloween fun for ages 3 and older. Costumes welcome. Marquis Theatre, 135 E. Main St., Northville, 248-349-8110. (10/26-10/28)

Halloween Howler. Liquor Store, 44325 12 Mile Rd., Novi, 248-305-8135. (10/27)

Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village. A turn-of-the-20th Century holiday tour visits famous characters from the past. Wear a costume and go trick-or-treating. Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, 313-271-1620. (10/26-10/28, 6:30-9 p.m.)

Halloween Spooktacular. Mega 80's. Prizes will be given away for the best 80's themed costumes Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-544-3030. (10/26, 8 p.m.)

Halloween Tea. Mill Race Village, 215 Griswold, Northville, 248-348-1845. (10/28, 6-8 p.m.)

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