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  • Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

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  • Long John Silver’s makes nod to Nancy Whiskey in YouTube commercial

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  • Michigan’s women-only music fest still shuns trans women

    We came across an interesting item this week: Apparently, a music festival with the name “Michfest” is quietly oriented as a “Women-Only Festival Exclusively for ‘Women Born Women.’” It seems a strange decision to us. If you wanted to have a women-only music festival, why not simply proclaim loud and clear that it is for all sorts of women? But if you really wanted to become a lightning rod for criticisms about transphobia, organizers have found the perfect way to present their festival. Now, we know that defenders of non-cisgender folks have it tough. The strides made by gays and lesbians (and bisexuals) in the last 20 years have been decisive and dramatic. But the people who put the ‘T’ in LGBT have reason to be especially defensive, facing a hostile culture and even some disdain from people who should be their natural allies. That said, sometimes that defensiveness can cause some activists to go overboard; when we interviewed Dan Savage a couple years ago, he recalled his “glitter bombing” and said it was due to the “the narcissism of small differences,” adding that “if you’re playing the game of who is the most victimized, attacking your real enemies doesn’t prove you’re most victimized, claiming you […]

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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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