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  • 48 to film — behind the scenes at the 48 Hour Film Project

    By Amanda Mooney There’s a lot that goes into producing a film, and unless you are a filmmaker you really have no idea. Writing, casting, finding a location, shooting, and editing; each step of the process can take days, months, and sometimes years to complete. Can you imagine doing it ALL in just 48 hours? The 48 Hour Film Project is an annual competition that takes place all over the world in various cities. According to Mike Madigan, head of the Detroit 48 Hour chapter, the city is one of the largest participating in terms of the number of teams. The competing teams go in blind as to what kind of film they will be producing, with no creative planning beyond getting a cast and crew together, Madigan explained. “They pick a genre out of a hat, and they get a line, a prop, and a character. And they have to incorporate that within a short film, that’s usually between 4 to 7 minutes long. And they have the timeframe of doing it all within 48 hours,” said Madigan, “So all the creative process of it all has to happen within that 48 hour–writing a script, putting it together, editing–to […]

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  • Passalacqua debut dark project ‘Church: Revival’ at new Hamtramck performance space

    Church: Revival is the new project by local rap duo Passalacqua (aka Bryan Lackner and Brent Smith), but it’s more than just a new Passalacqua release. The rappers teamed up with siblings Jax Anderson (frontwoman of rockers Flint Eastwood) and Seth Anderson, who together form the songwriting team called Syblyng (naturally). The result is a cycle of songs that promises to be darker than Passalacqua’s material so far. The project will make a live debut on Saturday, July 26 at a brand new venue space at the Detroit Bus Co.’s building Eight & Sand, and they will premiere the Right Bros.-directed video for the track “Baptism” as well. Other performances include Tunde Olaniran and Open Mike Eagle, and DJ sets by Nothing Elegant, Dante LaSalle, and Charles Trees. We met up the two duos at Eight & Sand to check out the new space and to talk about the project with all parties involved. Metro Times: How long have you been working together? Jax Anderson: Seth and I are constantly writing songs together. We want to push in the direction of becoming songwriters more frequently. This is our first project that we took on to co-write everything together. We’re basically just a songwriting entity. We won’t play live that […]

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  • PETA offers to pay overdue water bills for Detroiters willing to go vegan

    #150207742 / As locals continue to flood Detroit streets to protest the city’s ongoing water debacle, one national organization is hoping to be part of the solution — that is, for a dietary price. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA as the organization is more commonly known, has offered to pay outstanding water bills for 10 Detroiters who are willing to go vegan for one month. “Vegan meals take far less of a toll on the Earth’s resources,” PETA representatives said in a recent press release. “It takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce just a pound of meat but only about 155 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat.” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk adds, “Vegan meals are also a cost-effective way to help prevent health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, the last thing that someone who is struggling financially needs to deal with.” Folks interested in participating are asked to send a copy of their most recent overdue water bill and their written pledge to go vegan for one month to PETA Attn: Detroit Water at 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 before Aug. 1.

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  • Dinner Club Does Brunch

    Sure, The Dinner Club, a regularly occurring pop-up that takes places at the Storefront Gallery  in Ferndale (and other locations, occasionally), usually happens around dinner time, but this Sunday, July 27, there will be a special edition: Brunch Chef Matthew Baldridge, who’s resume includes stints at such Detroit greats as Cliff Bell’s, The Rattlesnake Club, and Seldom Blues, has crafted a menu of French-inspired items that employ locally procured ingredients. Brunch includes four courses where guests will be treated to such delights as cocoa, cinnamon, chili-spiced creamy grits with pickled strawberries, cocoa puffs and strawberry-infused syrup, a smoked gouda potato gallette with Faygo Root Beer braised pork belly, quail egg and Faygo Root Beer syrup, banana marscapone-filled French toast with fresh raspberries, whipped cream and balsamic syrup, and champagne-soaked strawberries. It is also important to note that brunch is BYOChampagne. Baldridge, along with The Storefront Gallery’s Derek John and Lilacpop Studio owner and artist Janna Coumoundouros, curate the event that includes an art show, a great playlist, and visuals. Brunch services are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last about two hours, only 20 seats are available at each service. The cost is $25 plus a service fee. The Storefront Gallery […]

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  • Jurassic 5 holds onto what’s golden

      By Ashley Zlatopolsky It’s been a little over twenty years since iconic ‘90s alternative hip-hop group Jurassic 5 first formed in Los Angeles’ Good Life club. Widely regarded as a pivotal influence in the decade’s underground hip-hop movement by critics and fans alike, the six-piece crew consisting of two DJs (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark) and four MCs (Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7 and Chali 2na) were well on their way to becoming one of hip-hop’s greatest and most powerful acts of all time, ranking alongside names such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. with socially-conscious lyrics and smooth beats paired with smart sampling. But in 2004, Cut Chemist left the group to pursue a solo career, and in 2007 Jurassic 5 completely called it quits after nearly 15 years of music. And that was it for the crew until 2013. After almost seven years apart (nine for Cut Chemist), Jurassic 5 reunited and re-emerged stronger than ever before with a new flair, seasoned attitude, and more vibrant energy at Coachella Music Festival, the group’s first show with the original six members since Cut Chemist split. During their performance, Jurassic 5 gave fans a memorable concert revisiting all the classic feel-good tracks […]

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  • Detroit Riverwalk west extension opens from Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks

    Dogs of Detroit have new territory to trot: Yesterday, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy held a soft opening for a 20-acre westward extension of the Riverwalk. Part of a planned two-mile track of the West Riverwalk, the new span runs from the Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks Boulevard, says Mark Pasco, director of communications for the conservancy. “It’s going to be great,” Pasco says. “It’s a wide open green space. It’s going to be great for activities.” The endgame for the Riverwalk, Pasco notes, is to extend the walkway from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just past the MacArthur Bridge — about a 5.5. mile route. The new westward expansion is wider than most of the walkway, about 30 feet, says Pasco — a decision made by the conservancy to accommodate fisherman that previously frequented the area. “We knew … once it opened up they’d want to fish there again, so we made the Riverwalk itself wider,” Pasco says. The conservancy will hold a grand opening in late September, which will include “food and music and activities,” Pasco says, though no official date has been set.

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High art in Highland Park, Atwater opens brewery, more

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High art in Highland Park

Move over, Midtown, and get out of the way, Eastern Market — Highland Park is the new hot art community of the D. Recent New Zealand transplant Robert Onnes and Detroiter Bob Sestok have teamed up to transform 333 Midland from an abandoned factory into what could be the biggest and brightest of Detroit’s galleries, and last weekend was the three-day opening celebration for Big Paintings at the Factory, the space’s inaugural exhibit. The 20,000-square-foot property hosted a mix of the Cass Corridor’s old guard, as well as Detroit’s young blood to check out the work of 47 artists, including Gilda Snowden, Jerome Ferretti, Mike Ross, and Tead. The Pink Flamingo, a groovy Airstream trailer-turned-food truck, was on hand slinging Vietnamese steak sandwiches and Mexican elotes. Highland Park mayor DeAndre Windom even made an appearance, looking dapper in a gold suit. 

Detroit councilman troubles

Sometimes you really do run into people in the strangest places. For example, when we were inside the Central Records room in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, a stuffy section of the building’s basement, lo and behold, as soon as we sat down, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. walked in, asking the clerk for something related to a particular case. We’re not sure what brought Cush down into the bowels of the city-county building, but we have one idea: Just 12 hours-or-so earlier, Fox 2 aired a story from investigative reporter M.L. Elrick on accusations against the councilman that he essentially stole two classic cars from a woman as part of a lawsuit. The alleged story’s a bit much: The woman’s husband died in 2011, but he apparently didn’t leave a will. A relative introduced the woman to Cush, who said he’d settle the husband’s medical and funeral expenses by helping sell his two classic cars. In the suit, the woman claims Cushingberry drove the cars around, and eventually sold them. And she claims she received none of the proceeds. Elrick actually found a guy who purchased one of the cars, which, to us, sure seems like it got Cush’s attention. 

Beer, food, and friendly faces at Campus Martius 

Though it was a bit drizzly and a touch cold, DDAYS had a hell of a time at Summer Beer Fest at Campus Martius on Friday night. Though we were stationed at Rochester Mills’ brand-new tiki hut for most of the evening (pouring beer to raise money for Handy Hearts), we got to wander around a bit and ran into some of our favorite folks. Allison and Jay Clark, Danielle Mayo, Alex Wojcik, Sadie Q, Lanie Offman, Stephanie and Josh McKeith, and Brian Sawyer were just some of the faces we saw. Swigging Rochester Mills’ new Tongue Tied Cherry Saison for most of the evening, by the time 10:30 p.m. rolled around, dancing in the rain to Top 40 hits was as much fun as we’ve ever had at a beer fest.

Oh taste and see!

DDAYS popped in to Grosse Pointe Park Saturday afternoon for the grand opening of Atwater’s new brewery. Housed in the former Grace United Church, the unique atmosphere features stained-glass windows, high vaulted ceilings, a huge indoor bar, and a rockin’ front patio biergarten. Young and self-taught Brad Etheridge is the brewmaster whose beers are paired with a diverse food menu created by the Epicurean Group. The menu includes German dishes like bratwurst and schnitzel, pierogis, and the quintessential bar burger. 

Trick Trick’s No Fly Zone

DDAYS understands that Rick Ross was due to headline the Summer Jamz 17 mega rap show at Chene Park on Saturday night, but he had to cancel because of threats made by controversial local rapper Trick Trick. We understand that 100 to 150 supporters of T2 formed a blockade around the service entrances, preventing Ross and his people from entering. Eventually, Ross decided to leave rather than get into something serious. Essentially, if an out-of-town rapper comes to Detroit to make a lot of money, he is apparently required to call Trick Trick first. Rappers are not to blow into town, make a bunch of cash, and then blow out again without doing something that constitutes “keeping it real” here. 

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