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  • Get ready for National Tequila Day!

    Thursday, July 24th marks National Tequila Day, and forget everything you know about the beverage. Those nasty old “tequilas” of yesterday were find for doing body shots, but tequila has become something of a luxury spirit while few were paying attention. Have you tried all the varieties of tequila? Can you tell the difference between blanco, joven, reposed, añejo and extra añejo?  If your local bar doesn’t have the stuff that will help you celebrate this important holiday, there are several bars that cater just to the tequila fan. There’s Aqua Rum and Tequila Bar in the MGM Grand Detroit Casino in Detroit, as well as Rojo Mexican Bistro in Novi, which offers more than 100 kinds of tequila, and Taqo Detroit, a new spot serving American-friendly Mexican fare and serving an astonishing variety of tequilas, more than 200 in all. Been waiting for a reason to drink up this south-of-the-border nectar? You got it. Guzzle responsibly.    

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  • DWSD to host water fair in wake of 15 day moratorium on Detroit water shutoffs

    In light of worldwide attention on its efforts to cut water service for thousands of Detroit residents, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department said today it would host a Water Affordability Fair on August 2nd to explain options available to those facing financial hardship. DWSD officials said in a news release today the fair will be take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the department’s Eastside Customer Service Center at 13303 E. McNichols. The move came on the heels of growing pressure from opponents of the initiative and criticism from the U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Detroit’s Chapter 9 case. “Every customer that has come to DWSD with a legitimate financial hardship has not had their water service terminated,” said Darryl Latimer, DWSD deputy director, in a statement. “In cases where the water has been shut off, it’s been restored. We keep hearing at DWSD that there are poor people who are not receiving the assistance that they need, so we want to help them and we want to make it as easy as possible for the to receive that help. That’s why we created the Water Affordability Fair – ease of access and ease of assistance. We are here to […]

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  • Thrillist Names Detroit’s Motz’s Burgers Among Best in Nation

    The folks at Thrillist have again compiled their annual list of the nation’s best burgers, and Southeast Michigan, it seems, is well represented. Ranking alongside joints in major cities such as New York and L.A., is Detroit’s own Motz’s Burgers, hailed specifically for its Double Cheeseburger Slider. Via Thrillist: There’s nothing remarkable about the façade of this SW diner… it’s just a diner, like the hundreds of others in the D. The staff’s been there for years… and so have the regulars, who can’t get enough of Motz’s legendary smashed burgers. The formula’s nothing revolutionary: smashed, griddled patties with oozy cheese and onions that melt into the burger itself as it cooks. But it’s that unmistakable flavor of a well-seasoned griddle — which has also been here for years — that makes the difference. You can score big burgers with accoutrements, but this isn’t really a place to say things like “accoutrements”. Grab the old-school slider (the double cheeseburger one), and prepare for three perfect bites of Detroit’s finest. Flint’s Torch Bar and Grill also made the cut, most notably for its Deluxe Torch Burger with Bacon. Tucked away in an alley beyond the brick streets that used to mark […]

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  • In what weird ways are you paying for school? MT wants to know!

    The Metro Times is looking for college students or graduates of Michigan colleges that used atypical means to pay for their schooling (i.e. sugar baby, selling underwear, military enrollment purely for school help, etc.). We are looking for personal anecdotes about the lengths you went to help pay for school, what came of it, your monetary situation, if the resource worked to get you through college and more. If you have utilized any one of these avenues, or know someone who has, please drop us a line at

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  • Kid Rock ordered to produce dildo in ICP sexual harassment lawsuit

    File under “WTF” — attorneys representing former Psychopathic Records publicist Andrea Pellegrini announced Monday that they have subpoenaed Kid Rock to produce a glass dildo as part of Pellegrini’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the Insane Clown Posse’s record label. Pellegrini claims the glass dildo was given to her by Psychopathic Records employee “Dirty Dan” Diamond as part of a larger culture of constant harassment in which she was called “bitch,” made the target of explicit sexual advances by Diamond and other co-workers, asked to procure automatic weapons for a photo shoot, and even encouraged to “deceive government investigators from the US Department of Labor.” On Friday, Diamond admitted under oath that he told Pellegrini that he had “a fat cock” and that he would “fuck the shit out of her.” The dildo, though, was “a work of art,” according to Diamond, and should not be considered sexual harassment. Why is Kid Rock involved? Diamond says when Pellegrini declined his dildo, he gave it to Kid Rock instead (presumably as a “work of art” and not a sexual advance). So now, according to court orders, Rock has 14 days to produce the glass dildo so the court can better determine if it is art or, well, a dildo. We will […]

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  • Henry Cavill and Amy Adams spotted at Pig & Whiskey

    Fans of the latest Superman franchise got a treat at Pig & Whiskey this weekend. Actors Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were spotted amid the crowds of the festival that took place in downtown Ferndale as well as a local restaurant. Cavill, who plays the man of steel in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, stopped to chat with fans, take pictures, and sign autographs on Saturday afternoon and evening. He was wearing an inconspicuous black polo shirt as well as a signature Superman-style ‘do. Other fans spotted Amy Adams at Ferndale’s Imperial on Saturday night, some were even seated next to her at the restaurant’s communal benches. Adams reportedly was slightly annoyed that patrons continuously asked for her photo, but she smiled while cell phones snapped images nonetheless. The Zach Snyder film the two are starring in together is currently filming in Birmingham. Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, has been spotted around town with his wife Jennifer Garner recently as well. The closed movie set is under intense security and Brett Callwood attempted to infiltrate the filming last month, but was forced to give up his camera’s memory card, lest he make off with telling photos.

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Guide to Detroit's other theaters

Forget Broadway.

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The costumes are as elegant as the setting at Detroit’s historic Bonstelle Theatre.

OK, so you like theater. Maybe you have lots of fun seeing the big Broadway shows come through town at grand spaces like the Fisher Theatre. But you may not know that there are a host of other professional, nonprofit and educational theaters in and around Detroit that are certainly worth a visit as well. Here’s a quick guide to Detroit’s other theaters:

The Detroit Repertory Theatre: For more than a half-century, “the Rep” has staged several plays a year, including plenty of national premieres of topically important work. Even though it’s tucked away on a depopulated stretch on the city’s west side, all productions have a prestige factor — with quality sets, pitch-perfect lighting design, and a tight technical ensemble. 
13103 Woodrow Wilson St., Detroit; 313-868-1347;

Purple Rose Theatre Company: Way out of the way in rural Chelsea, the Purple Rose was founded in the ’90s by actor and Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, who renovated a garage owned by his grandfather, turning it into a cozy theater. There’s not a bad seat in the house, and the Purple Rose’s commitment to Michigan playwrights and Michigan-themed shows adds extra appeal. 
137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7782;

The Hillberry Theatre: Wayne State University’s graduate theater program shows plays in rotating repertory.  This theater tends to attract an older crowd of season ticket-holders, but don’t let that intimidate you. The building also hosts a smaller, cozy Studio Theatre in its basement, with a stage that is surrounded on all sides. 
4743 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-577-2972;

Bonstelle Theatre: WSU’s undergrad theater was was originally an Albert Kahn-designed synagogue — so, yes, this building’s gorgeous. 
3424 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-577-2960;

Park Bar: Park Bar frankly defies categorization — a bar where you can both watch the game on TV and see a Shakespearean play? Yet that’s exactly what the Elizabeth Theater Company brings to the fold here. Don’t question it, just walk upstairs on one of their special theater nights, have a beer, sit back and be entertained. 
2040 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-454-1286;

Planet Ant: A tiny and lively theater with intimate seating, Planet Ant is known for its top-notch improv, which incorporates audience participation. They’re also known for hosting post-show barbecues. Combine all this with the cheap price, and you’ll feel like you’re robbing from them.
2357 Caniff St., Hamtramck; 313-365-4948;

Performance Network Theatre: Contemporary selections as well as great set and production values sets the Performance Network apart from other theaters. Current plays range from such classics as The Illiad to Venus in Furs to some even more modern presentations.   
120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681;

Ringwald Theatre: A great low-budget theater known for leaning campy and gay — expect lots of drag spoofs, or laughfests like Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy — but also for occasional serious, dramatic performances. 
22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-5545;

Abreact: Founded in 2000, the Abreact Performance Space first existed on the second floor of Bricktown’s Boydell Building, created by two theater geeks who constructed a stage in their spacious loft, not for public performances, but as a tool for what partner Charles Reynolds describes as “intense rehearsals.” After going nomad, the group later found a new home as a free theater. 
1301 W. Lafayette Blvd., #113, Detroit; 313-454-1542; 

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