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  • Once-controversial Diego Rivera murals now national landmark

    Oh, the irony — initially criticized as Marxist propaganda when Mexican muralist Diego Rivera painted them for the Detroit Institute of Arts in the early 1930s, Detroit Industry has now been designated as a a national landmark. The announcement was made Wednesday, according to the Detroit News by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis as part of National Park Week. The designation does not change the ownership status of the murals or grant any new protections or rights, leaving its place among the rest of the DIA’s art in possible bankruptcy negotiations in question. The work is considered the best of Rivera’s work in the United States (another mural Rivera had done in New York was destroyed by orders of Nelson Rockefeller). Rivera himself regarded Detroit Industries paintings as his finest work. In the midst of the McCarthy era, the DIA posted this sign outside the court: Rivera’s politics and his publicity seeking are detestable. But let’s get the record straight on what he did here. He came from Mexico to Detroit, thought our mass production industries and our technology wonderful and very exciting, painted them as one of the great achievements of the twentieth century. This came […]

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  • Detroit area code 313 may be phased out

    Hey, everybody from the 313, start thinking of new numbers to rally around– the longstanding Detroit area code may be phased out. Our friends over at the Detroit News report that pending a revised estimate next week, the North American Numbering Plan Administration will stop handing out 313 telephone prefixes on new phone numbers. Detroiters with existing cell phone lines would be able to keep their current area codes, while those with land lines would change. via Detroit News: The venerable 313 will ultimately become overtaxed. Even as Detroit’s population has fallen, cellphone usage has accelerated like one of those smoldering SRT Vipers that Dodge has been bolting together at Conner Avenue Assembly — which is, of course, comfortably within the confines of 313. … When the first five dozen area codes were assigned nearly 70 years ago, says NANPA’s Tom Foley, “that was expected basically to last forever.” Instead, somebody invented fax machines, and then somebody else came up with cellphones, and lots of somebody elses decided to give them to 10-year-olds, and meantime the population grew to 300 million. Now every telephone carrier is required to submit twice-yearly forecasts of its needs in each area code, factoring in […]

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  • Final members selected for Red Wings arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

    Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, which, in case you were unaware, is a 16-member board established to weigh in on the new Red Wings arena near downtown. About three dozen residents and property owners cast ballots by the 8 p.m. deadline on Wednesday inside the Block at Cass Park, The Detroit News reports. It’s the culmination of a handful of community meetings which began weeks ago. Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda Lopez facilitated the meetings, but emphasized at previous meetings that it’s up to the community to conduct business. According to the News, the 12 candidates selected include: Michael Boettcher, Richard Etue, Jason Gapa, Francis Grunow, Steve Guether, Paul Hughes, Ray Litt, Warner Doyle McBryde, Karen McLeod, Delphia Simmons, Melissa Thomas and Anthony Zander. Joel Landy, a land owner in the area, lost his bid. The City Council appointed four candidates last month. As we reported in this week’s issue, the Neighborhood Advisory Committee was negotiated after Olympia Development of Michigan, Detroit Red Wing’s owner Mike Ilitch’s real estate arm, balked on a proposed community benefits agreement.  The committee is charged with the task of offering input on the arena’s design, parking security and more.

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  • James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets coming to the Magic Bag

    The Magic Bag in Ferndale will host James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets on Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. A press release reads, “James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.” Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.” Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched […]

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  • City Slang: Dead Kennedys to have a holiday in Detroit

    The Dead Kennedys, still with local boy Klaus Flouride in the ranks, will play St. Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday, June 24. Alongside Flouride and fellow original members East Bay Ray and DH Peligro, the current lineup includes singer Ron “Skip” Greer, taking the place of Jello Biafra. Downtown Brown will open that show, which starts at 7 p.m., with tickets priced $20-$25. Give Klaus a hero’s hometown welcome. Just over a week before that, strangely enough, Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine will play at the Magic Stick. It’s a weird coincidence, but one that DK fans should be happy to embrace. That show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17-$19. Local hardcore vets Negative Approach play before Jello, with the Crashdollz opening the show. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

    The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck will present a police drama called A Steady Rain May 2 through 24. Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith will star in the play, written by House of Cards and Mad Men co-writer Keith Huff. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now at PlanetAnt.com. According to the press release, “A Steady Rain by Keith Huff focuses on Joey and Denny, best friends since kindergarten and partners on the police force whose loyalty to each other is tested by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey helps Denny with his family and Denny helps Joey stay off the bottle. But when a routine disturbance call takes a turn for the worse their loyalty is put to the ultimate test.First produced at Chicago Dramatists, A Steady Rain appeared on Broadway featuring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. The Planet Ant production of A Steady Rain is directed by York Griffith featuring Ryan Carlson and Andy Huff. This marks the return of two of Planet Ant’s founding members. Carlson and Griffith. Griffith has served as the theatre’s Artistic Director where he directed the critically-acclaimed productions The Adding Machine and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? […]

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Bet on hearts — Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the good people at the MGM Grand Detroit have you covered. This year two of their restaurants are offering special menus. The newly opened Wolfgang Puck Steak will be treating patrons to a two-course meal for $65, with the main course being your choice of grilled Atlantic salmon or rib-eye steak. For dessert, warm chocolate truffle cake will be served. Reserve your spot at 313-465-1644. If you want to celebrate the big day at their all-you-can-eat Palette Dining Studio, it’s $32, and you can expect to fill up on prime rib and shrimp. For $17 more you can spring for their heart-shaped boxes of chocolate-dipped strawberries. To learn more, see mgmgranddetroit.com.

 

Pan-global coney dogs? — Stow away your unsightly chili-stained T-shirts, weenie lovers — coney dogs are going chic. Nonprofit Detroit Harmonie introduces the Top Chef Detroit Challenge at the third annual International Experience March 23. The competition issues this challenge to our talented local chefs: Redesign the classic coney with ingredients and flavors from around the world in celebration of cultural diversity. The prize? Bragging rights, of course, as well as $10,000 to help further a chef’s career or strengthen Detroit’s food culture. Applications can be submitted at detroitharmonie.com/ie2013/apply until Feb. 8.

 

The test of time — If we enjoy anything more than seeing a new restaurant, it’s seeing an established restaurant stay open. That means they have maintained the quality of their kitchen so well that regular customers keep coming back for more of the same. And that’s the case with Ellie’s Grill, where hardworking owners Jonce and Elica Ilievski, originally from Macedonia, do all the cooking. This week, the small but cheerful neighborhood establishment marks 10 years serving burgers, sandwiches, and Hungarian, Polish and Macedonian specialties. Help the Ilievskis celebrate Ellie’s 10th anniversary by dropping in between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the big day, Jan. 29, at 2033 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley; 248-691-4441.

 

Wine on Woodward — Looking for a way to wind down downtown this week? Stop in at MotorCity Wine, the best wine shop downtown, for a wine tasting in their shop above the Grand Trunk Pub. MotorCity’s stock emphasizes wines that have flavor and character, not expensive price tags, so you could find yourself restocking your cellar after the holidays — without breaking the bank. The pouring starts at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 608 Woodward Ave, Second Floor, Detroit; 313-483-7283.

 

Big top pop-up — For those seeking a dining experience that’s out of the ordinary, pop-up restaurant Chartreuse will offer a unique dining evening at Detroit Flyhouse Circus School. Dinner will feature four courses of fresh vegan food (including espresso tuile and chocolate tarts) and performances by “beatboxer extraordinaire” Stevie Soul and singer Omar Aragones. Helmed by certified vegan chef Corinne Rice, Chartreuse uses food that is seasonal, organic, local and gluten-free, made to please even the staunchest of food purists. The meal will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 2; tickets are $50 each and available until Jan. 27 at chartreusedetroit.com.

 

Know of any upcoming food events we could help spread the word about? Let us know! Call 313-202-8043 or email mjackman@metrotimes.com

 

Comfort Food Fix:

Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy

by Ellie Krieger

John Wiley and Sons, $29.99

 

Comfort and joy — The mere mention of comfort food conjures images of rich, creamy, saucy foods like mac and cheese, lasagna, braised brisket, crispy fried chicken and pecan pie. Ellie Krieger, host of Cooking Channel’s Healthy Eating, has created recipes that fight obesity while delivering the flavor that is mostly the result of butter and cream and deep-fat frying. How does she do it? By substituting with low-fat milk, whole grains and reduced quantities of butter, and by recommending smaller portions. The nutritional analyses that accompany the recipes show the savings in calories, fat and cholesterol. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

Cookies enabled  Cookies are good all year, but there’s a better chance that we’ll be baking them in the winter, to ward off the cold in a warm kitchen. Always on the lookout for convenience, we found these CHEFS Soft Grip Portion and Cookie Scoops that produce uniform dough balls for cookies or batter for muffins and cupcakes. Squeeze the soft, ergonomic handle to activate the blade that scoops out the contents without getting it stuck to your hands (although sucking it off your fingers ain’t all bad). Use them for meatballs, ice cream, melon balls or for composed plate portions of rice or mac and cheese. They’re about $20 at chefscatalog.com.

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