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  • City Slang: Diana Ross to open Freedom Hill season

    Motown legend Diana Ross will open up the Freedom Hill season on Friday, June 13. “We’re thrilled to have one of the greatest Motown singers of all time, Diana Ross, open our facility this season,” said Tom Celani, Owner of Luna Hillside, LLC. “We continue to bring big name talent to our venue and know fans will have a memorable time at this concert and throughout the 2014 season. A press release reads, “Born and raised in Detroit, Ross rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the renowned vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown’s most successful act and is to this day America’s most successful vocal group. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Ross the most successful female music artist in history due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts with a career total of 70 hit singles and sold more than 100 million records worldwide with her work with the Supremes and as a solo artist.” Tickets go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Reserved tickets are $39.50, and there are a […]

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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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Hearts and Flowers – With Valentine’s Day a month out, we wanted to remind our readers that you don’t need to buy some mass-produced box of chocolates. There are plenty of hardworking chocolatiers in town, all ready to wrap up that big day with a bow, or just to work on your own sweet tooth.

Perhaps no local brand is known better than Sanders, founded in Detroit in 1875. You can find nine Sanders Candy & Dessert Shops in the metro Detroit area, including Clinton Township, Birmingham, Livonia, Eastpointe, Novi, Grosse Pointe, Rochester, Wyandotte and Auburn Hills. For an added experience, drop in at the retail outlet attached to the candy factory at 23770 Hall Rd., Clinton Township; 800-682-2760;

Another local favorite is Gayle’s Chocolates (417 Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-398-0001;, a longtime fixture of the local chocolate scene. Around Valentine’s Day, they’ll have chocolate covered Oreos with hearts on them, chocolate-covered strawberries and crunchy peanut butter chocolate hearts. But the biggest seller would be the store’s “pizazz” boxes, large black boxes adorned with shiny red hearts full of Gayle’s chocolate truffles. They run $26 for a medium (13 pieces) and $50 for a large (28 pieces).

Another local fixture would be Sydney Bogg’s Sweet Essentials (233 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-398-7933; They’re known for their “turtles” — clusters of pecans, caramel and chocolate. This season, their heart-shaped turtles will come in three sizes, 2-1/2, 5 and 10-1/2 ounces, each poured into a heart-shaped box and decorated with appropriately romantic messages.

On the west side, there’s Truan’s Chocolates (22200 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-562-3880; 13716 Tireman St., Detroit; Founded in 1929, and now in its second generation of family ownership, the soda fountain on Tireman closed in 1985 but the company still churns out the sweetness. Mark Truan tells us they still sell plenty of heart-shaped boxes and foil covered novelty chocolates around the big day, but that the most ordered item is chocolate-covered strawberries, which they make and sell Feb. 13-14, with fresh batches each day. They sell the treats at both locations, but you may want to call and secure your order.

Finally, let’s not forget the young upstarts. Pete’s Chocolate Co., the small gourmet chocolate company headed up by Pete Steffy, who says that good chocolate is all about using simple, quality ingredients — and that’s how he makes a dozen different kinds of ganache-filled truffles. The chocolate itself comes from Belgium, but the hormone-free cream he uses comes from Calder’s Dairy. Steffy also uses natural flavorings and such fresh fruit as Michigan cherries. Chocolates are $1.50 each, or $6 or more for a box. Although Steffy doesn’t have a store, he sells at local markets and by order for events. He can get jammed up around big, chocolate-themed holidays, so get those orders in soon at 313-288-9046 or

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Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook

by FL Fowler

Clarkson Potter, $19.99

Fowl call — Read about food long enough and you’ll notice that food magazines are loaded with titter-inducing double entendres, and some of the gushier food blogs are practically food porn. Finally, an author has given the whole phenom an uptown treatment. From FL Fowler comes Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook (Clarkson Potter $19.99), a story that moves the action of the recent bestseller into the kitchen. The recipes are, naturally, stuffed with double entendres, right down to the names of such dishes as “Dripping Thighs,” “Sticky Chicken Fingers,” “Learning to Truss You,” “Mustard-Spanked Chicken,” “Erect Chicken” and “Chicken with a Lardon.” Enter the world of pulchritudinous poultry, if you dare! See for a juicy preview.

Can’t stand cooking? — Spend a few hours in the kitchen, standing on inflexible tile or hardwood, chopping, slicing, dicing, kneading and sautéing, and you can feel your lower back begin to ache, your legs get sore and a numbness attack your thighs. Most commercial kitchen floors are lined with mats that relieve fatigue while engendering better circulation and posture, alleviating some of the constant pressure found in every kitchen. Inexpensive, decorative mats can be found a cookware shops, but WellnessMats antifatigue kitchen mats, while more expensive, come highly recommended and rated. They have a nonslip surface, a nonskid bottom and no-trip beveled edges. The smooth antimicrobial surface is stain- and bacteria-resistant and puncture- and heat-resistant.

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