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  • Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

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  • Joumana Kayrouz to cover ‘Metro Times’

    She welcomes you when you enter Detroit, from every direction, with the one word that might just be Detroit’s biggest philosophical question: Injured? Joumana Kayrouz is deeper than the inflated image watching over Detroit, peddling justice to the poor and broken of the city. This Wednesday, Drew Philp takes us behind the billboard and into the heart of the Kayrouz quest. (And all of Brian Rozman’s photos of Kayrouz have not been retouched.) Check out MT‘s cover story, on newsstands Wednesday!

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  • Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

    There was a fire in an upstairs apartment at PJ’s Lager House on Monday evening. No people were hurt, although three cats belonging to the tenants died after CPR. The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. during a show featuring Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band, Curtin, and Jeffrey Jablonsky. “We just smelled smoke and someone yelled everyone has to get out,” 33-year-old Nick Leu told MLive. On the Lager House Facebook page in the early hours of the morning, a post said, “We at PJ’s lager House would like to thank everyone for their care and concern. Also, a very big THANK YOU to all who stepped up to do what they could this evening. The fire was contained to the upstairs but due to water damage in the bar, we will be closed until it can be assessed. Everyone is safe and we will keep you updated.” A later update read, “Update from the big boss. Since there was no damage to the stage side of the bar, the show will go on tomorrow! You may have to enter through the back door and there may not be a large selection of booze but we are going […]

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  • City Slang: Music review roundup

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  • Detroit councilman: Increased parking fines an ‘anti-growth strategy’

      There’s at least one city councilmember who’s less than pleased with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to increase all parking violation fines. Councilman Gabe Leland, whose district represents the city’s west side, issued a statement today, calling Orr’s plan a potential “deterrent” to attracting people to the city. I don’t believe the argument to raise the parking ticket fines from $30 to $45 and eliminate the $10 early payment fine are justification for this action. The emergency manager’s order to increase ticket fines places city government inefficiencies on the backs of our residents who need to do business in downtown and other parts of our city. And, this will increase the barrier for people to frequent Detroit-based establishments; likely to be a deterrent for some to shop and dine in our city. Leland suggested implementing a plan that maintains current rates for fines and reduces operating inefficiencies to collecting parking fines. “In my view, generating revenue by increasing fines when residents from neighborhoods must go downtown to get licenses and permits, attend court appointments and do other necessary business, is the wrong direction,” Leland said. “…Additionally, generating revenue using fines when we are trying to grow this city and attract […]

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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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