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    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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  • Lessenberry on the battle to ban the Metro Times

    Turns out, our very own Jack Lessenberry knows the Grosse Pointer seeking to ban the MT: Ten years or so ago, a woman named Andrea Lavigne sat in on some media survey classes I was teaching at Wayne State University. She was in her late 30s or early 40s, and seemed to be searching for answers. She wanted to know how the media work, and told me she was a Maoist. This fascinated me, because I thought authentic Maoists were almost as rare as passenger pigeons. Chairman Mao, we now know, starved to death and slaughtered tens of millions of his own citizens, and kept China economically and intellectually backward. Intrigued, I got together one night before class with her and another Maoist, to find out what they were all about. Alas, they spouted a form of primitive, grade-school Marxism. They seemed to have very little historical knowledge of Communism or what it had actually been like. Yes. A Maoist. Read the full story at Michigan Radio here.

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  • Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’

    A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the owner of Detroit’s municipal solid waste incinerator Monday, accusing the company of nuisance and gross negligence violations According to the complaint filed by Detroit-based Liddle & Dubin P.C., “On occasions too numerous to list, Plaintiffs’ property including Plaintiffs’ neighborhood, residences and yards were physically invaded by noxious odors and contaminants … As a direct and proximate result of the Defendant’s’ negligence in operating and/or maintaining the facility, Plaintiffs’ property has been invaded by noxious odors.” The eight-page complaint charges that local property values have dropped due to the incinerator’s presence, “and has interfered with Plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their property.” The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeks a financial award in excess of $25,000 and all costs and attorney fees related to the case. In an email, a spokesperson for the company says, “Detroit Renewable Power is reviewing the complaint filed today,” but declined further comment. The suit comes weeks after a Metro Times’ cover story earlier this month found a growing number of odor complaints from nearby residents since Detroit Renewable Power LLC (DRP) took control of the facility in 2010. The investigation found a spike in citations from the Michigan Department […]

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  • Winners announced for the ‘High Times’ Medical Cannabis Cup

    The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup is more than just a celebration — although with the recent shift in attitudes toward marijuana legalization, there certainly is much to celebrate.  HT‘s Danny Danko described it as “just like any other harvest festival or a county fair where people bring their best produce, their best pigs and horses and cows, and they compete with each other for bragging rights, basically.” Here are a list of winners from this year’s Cannabis Cup, who did indeed walk home with some well-deserved bragging rights — if anyone knows their marijuana it’s High Times: Indica 1ST - Oasis Medical Seeds - Paris OG 2ND - Herbal Solutions - Alien Dawg F2 3RD - Herban Legendz, LLC - Grape OX Sativa 1ST - Arborside Compassion - CATFISH 2ND - Organibliss - Ghost Train Haze #1 3RD - We Grow Education and Collective Centers - MelonGum Hybrid 1ST - Herbal Solutions - Gorilla Glue 2ND - Pure West Compassion Club - Death Star 3RD - Kushman Veganics for Buds & Roses - Veganic Candyland Concentrate 1ST - Mr. B’s Extracts - Raskal’s Lemon 2ND - 710 Savant - Kosher Kush Dewaxed 3RD - Oasis Medical / Vader Extracts / Dab Vader - Candy Jack Shatter Non-Solvent Hash 1ST - NLG - Jedi Kush Ice Wax 2ND - Arborside Compassion - HeadCandy Kush Hash 3RD - New World Seeds Resource […]

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  • Satanists Leverage Hobby Lobby Ruling In Support of Pro­Choice Initiative

    So is the title of the press release we received this morning from The Satanic Temple. You may recall our interview with Doug Mesner from earlier this year. The Satanic Temple is, perhaps, best known for trying to build a child-friendly monument to satan in OKC: How Mesner and TST are rocking the Hobby Lobby ruling is interesting: The Satanic Temple Leverages Hobby Lobby Ruling to Claim Exemption From State Mandated ProLife Materials Reads the next line of the press release. And then their website: A number of states require that abortion providers give information to patients that maybe inaccurate or misleading. Demands that members of the Satanic Temple, or those who share our beliefs, be subjected against our will to anything but the best scientific understanding are a violation of our religious beliefs. Thanks to rulings such as Hobby Lobby, we can take a stand against these practices. Mesner points out how the Hobby Lobby ruling bolsters their position: While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when […]

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  • Reports from the ‘High Times’ Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio

    On Saturday we set out to check out the High Times Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio, Mich. — High Times did hold a Cannabis Cup in the Motor City back in 2011, but Detroit police flexing their muscles and making arrests at that event may have been to blame, at least partially, for the choice of a new host city. The event was held this year at the Auto City Speedway, (also known as “B.F.E.” to Detroiters). Nevertheless, the prospect of stopping at the Torch for the best burger in the Genessee County was compelling — and anyway, this was the Cannabis Cup we were talking about. Was it really going to be “work?” It turned out, just a little bit. An inexplicable lack of an on-site ATM meant hiking quite a ways up the road to the nearest gas station, and then waiting for an attendant to restock the ATM with cash. We spoke with plenty of Cannabis Cup attendees at the gas station — everybody knows that the local gas station is a stoner’s best-friend. The two-day festival, for which one-day tickets were sold for $40, was divided into two sections — a general area and a medicating […]

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Frank Lloyd Wright Turkel House and Palmer Woods Garden Tour

Palmer Woods gardens will be open to the public

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As it wends its way around Seven Mile and Woodward, just north of Palmer Park, stately Strathcona Drive is a veritable showcase of beautiful, well-maintained houses and finely manicured lawns. There’s a host of handsome homes here in Palmer Woods, but the piece de resistance just might be the Frank Lloyd Wright Turkel House, commissioned by divorcee and parking lot baroness Dorothy Turkel. 

Occupying 4,300 square feet and replete with some 500 windows, the Turkel house is hard to miss. Magnificent in its stature and irregularity, it’s wholly different from the other houses that line the streets of Palmer Woods. And while it seems large and sprawling on the outside, inside it’s charming and cozy. 

According to co-owner Norm Silk, its lower-than-average ceilings create the intimate effect. 

Built between 1955 and 1958, the home was designed by Wright in what he called the “Usonian” style, a term the famed architect used interchangeably with “American,” meaning it was free of influence from other cultures and conventions. 

The Turkel house was built to meld the worlds of indoor and outdoor, to blur the lines between interior and exterior. Throughout the home, onto the patio, and into the garden, large red tile flooring unites the space. And those 500 windows, along with myriad glass doors, invite one to venture outside, or merely to enjoy the gardens from inside. 

Silk and co-owner Dale Morgan have renovated and restored the home, taking great care to keep with Wright’s original vision. In fact, you could argue they’ve taken it a step further than Turkel ever did. 

Though the Turkel house was designed to highlight the accompanying gardens, none of its previous occupants actually cultivated the grounds. Prior to Silk and Morgan’s tenure, trees and grassy lawns were the only greenery surrounding the home. Now, with the help of an astute landscape architect, the gardens are lush and filled with beautiful green plants, all of which are indigenous to Michigan. 

From the driveway, guests find themselves in a gravel courtyard where tables and chairs are situated along with a steel bar and some interesting furniture. While the home is private, Silk and Morgan often open up the grounds for special events for as many as 100 people. 

Generally these events are for clubs and closed groups, but on Friday, July 18, they’ll be hosting a special strolling supper through their home and garden. While the event is currently sold out, additional tickets might still be released (depending on the weather), in which case names can then be waitlisted.

For those who missed their chance to snatch up tickets for a rare public dining tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Turkel House, there’s still time to enjoy the beautiful gardens and vistas of Palmer Woods. On Saturday, July 19, the Palmer Woods Association is reviving an old tradition with a self-guided garden tour.

Starting at the green space adjacent to the Turkel house and winding through the gardens of homes designed by Albert Kahn, C. Howard Crane, and Minoru Yamasaki, Fabulous Flowers: The Palmer Woods Garden Tour, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

According to Silk, the Palmer Woods Association hopes to draw upwards of 1,000 people on Saturday. Docents will greet guests at each home, and light refreshments will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of, and proceeds go toward the reforestation of Palmer Woods. 

Long considered one of Detroit’s premier neighborhoods, Palmer Woods strives to preserve both its history and its majesty. And its garden tour promises a compelling look inside the kind of community you might not expect from a city long known for its decay and urban sprawl. 

Fabulous Flowers: The Palmer Woods Garden Tour takes place on Saturday, July 19 at 19145 Strathcona Dr., Detroit. For more information, contact the Palmer Woods Association at 313-891-2514 or; tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled the name of co-owner Dale Morgan.

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