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  • Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

    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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Stage & Canvas

The Matrix brings anarchist philosopher 'Emma' to Detroit

Art events in Detroit this week.

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'Emma' comes to the Matrix Theatre Co.


Anarchist political philosopher, women’s activist, Russian-Jewish immigrant, and American dissident Emma Goldman was way ahead of her time back in the early 1900s. She was imprisoned, deported, and vilified, but was a prevailing orator and pensive essayist. Goldman’s dramatized life that helped shape the civil rights movement is told in historian Howard Zinn’s Emma and is being shared on stage at the Matrix Theatre Company in southwest Detroit (2730 Bagley St., Detroit). This staged reading includes selections from Goldman’s personal life as well as speeches, and will engage the audience by including them as her divided opponents and supporters. Tickets are only $10 and performances will run at 8 p.m. May 16 and 17, and at 3 p.m. May 18.

CANVAS: The River Gallery

Chelsea’s River Gallery has two incredibly different but equally remarkable displays of exceptional talent currently in their care. Saving Daniel Rhodes and Resonance will be exhibited through 6/7. 

Daniel Rhodes, a prolific champion of ceramic art in the 20th century, died in 1989 at his home in Nevada, but his life is still being celebrated all over the world in acclaimed establishments such as the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.). Although he never had any ties of note to Michigan, an exceptional collection of his rescued pots, sculptures, paintings, and drawings was discovered in the basement of a foreclosed building in Pontiac. River Gallery, along with Michael Feeney, devised and executed a rescue mission to save these pieces from an unfavorable fate. Saving Daniel Rhodes has turned into a philanthropic effort for two locally esteemed nonprofits, the Purple Rose Theatre Company and the Harold and Kay Peplau Therapeutic Riding Center. 

Naturalist painters Lesa Chittenden Lim, Meighen Jackson, and Linda King Ferguson named their collaborative exhibit Resonance since the definition — “harmonies among people and objects” — best described all three artists’ newest work. Using watercolors and pastels, Lim’s landscapes invoke the mood one feels standing still, quiet and alone while in nature. Jackson’s Asian ink brush creates lines to instead depict motion such as wind blowing through blades of grass or layers of multi-directional currents streaming in perfect choreography. Bringing it all together are Ferguson’s bold use of space and her autumn-hued interchanging strokes of paint that beautifully contrast her co-artists’ more delicate use of line. Like the other show, 20 percent of Resonance’s sales will also go to the Purple Rose Theatre Company and the Harold and Kay Peplau Therapeutic Riding Center.

To read more about the art rescue mission as well as gallery details, visit

CANVAS: Last chance

Cuban artist Roberto “Valentin” Hernandez Exposito’s work will be coming down this week, but there are two more opportunities to check it out. Complementing the post-impressionism paintings will be Jack Kenny’s black-and-white prints of Cuba along with Afro-Cuban inspired painted furniture by Charlene Uresy. The Liberal Arts Gallery will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. May 16, and from noon to 4 p.m. May 17, and is located at 3361 Gratiot Ave., Detroit. 

CANVAS: Emerging artist

The Scarab Club’s Emerging Artist program is excited to present Luke MacGilvray’s No More Heroes. MacGilvray draws from his experience traveling abroad, as well as his passion for comic books. Using a plethora of media, including Japanese paper cut art, his work sucks you into a world of graphic novels, punk music, and black eyeliner. This one-night exhibit will also be accompanied with an event at the Scarab Club from 6 to 10 p.m. May 15.

CANVAS: Art yard sale

On May 17, the Huron Valley Council for the Arts is having an art yard sale. Located at 205 W. Livingston Rd. in Highland, Mich., the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event will be selling deeply discounted art work as well as art supplies.  — Amelia Kanan

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