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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 […]
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.
We received numerous responses to Ryan Felton’s May 7 cover story on the new Detroit Red Wings arena and the sweetheart deal the Ilitch organization received:
I appreciated your in-depth coverage of the hockey arena deal, but I don’t see why you had to hedge on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s accusations of backroom dealing. “Tlaib’s assertions, to an extent, bear some truth,” you write. That double layer of qualifiers doesn’t seem warranted, given that state legislators said they spent more time dealing with feral pigs than they did digesting the implications of arena pork. When the first octopus gets tossed onto the ice at the new arena, the public will be the real suckers. —Joel Batterman, Detroit
Thanks for the article on the finagling behind the new hockey arena. It certainly is well-researched, but overlooks one key aspect: the acoustics.
Joe Louis Arena was financed, in part, via a surtax on concerts. Yet, in the planning of it, there was evidently scant attention paid to the acoustics. This would have been OK had the old Olympia Stadium been saved, which had good acoustics for a building of its size. However, it was torn down. I attended two concerts at “The Joe” — both to see Prince on his Purple Rain tour. While the show I caught in the lower bowl was bearable, the music at the show I saw while in the upper reaches was headache-inducingly atrocious.
While I have doubts that any act I’d ever want to see will play at the new arena, I still think that some serious consideration should be given for the music fans who will attend events there. Since the new arena will be even bigger than the Joe Louis Arena, I suspect that the acoustics will be even worse. —Don Handy, Mount Clemens
Reader “A.L. Cadillac” posted:
Putting aside the obvious case for development of this area and a new (hopefully better) arena for the Wings, considering the scope of the public contribution ($260 million), it is simply appalling that the city transferred $100 million worth of land for $1, and the permanently disabled first responders are getting their health care taken away. Why has someone not objected to this giveaway in the bankruptcy case and litigated it in front of Judge Rhodes and the public?
Reader “Musomi Kimanthi” posted:
The question is at what costs to the city. Taking millions of dollars of tax revenue from a bankrupt city does not make sense. Studies going back to at least 1995 have demonstrated that these big-ticket items, (stadiums and factories) have never delivered the promised benefits. Looking at Detroit specifically we were given the same line for Poletown, Chrysler Jefferson, Joe Louis Arena, Comerica Park, and Ford Field. Where has the city benefited? Where are all of the promised jobs and revenue? Can’t Ilitch and his supporting banks buy the land outright? And pay all of the relevant property taxes? Then it becomes a win-win.
In response to that comment, reader “Anyonebutyou” posted:
Do you actually read or are you making this stuff up? What would the Foxtown area be like without the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Ford Field, without millions of people coming downtown every year to spend their money in the city. Dozens of restaurants and bars have been open or are kept open, now housing, condos and apartments. None of the national studies on stadiums that you cite say that this area didn’t benefit. Also, this didn’t cost the city a dime. No loss of tax revenues. The property they transferred to the project was worth $1 million. Not a bad exchange for a $650 million project that rebuilds 35 acres of crap.
In response to “Anyonebutyou,” “Musomi Kimanthi” wrote:
The question is, sir, do you read? Again, the point is not the improvement to the given areas. The point is that the claimed benefits to the cities in terms of revenue and jobs never materialize. In fact, the cities incur more debt. Again, look at the previous developments in the city. People are making the same claims for “New Town.” … Taking more property off of the tax rolls is not a solution. I ask: Why can’t Ilitch develop the property and pay taxes?
We also received a number of responses to Jack Lessenberry’s column on John Conyers’ recent signature-gathering mishap. Reader “WWtech” posted:
Thanks, Jack, for assembling some of the congressman’s groundbreaking accomplishments for our edification. Mr. Conyers has indeed contributed much, and left an indelible mark on the political and social landscape of this country. Having said that, I, too, would rather see him retire with dignity than to remain until age, dementia, scandal or defeat taint his storied tenure.
Reader “Semnol” posted:
Honoring MLK and Rosa Parks did nothing to serve the people in his district, Jack. You can trace the decline and fall of his constituency’s surroundings to his 50-year nap while Rome burned.