Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jumpin Jumpin: Police, fire fighters, and EMS workers to be honored at Sky Zone

Posted on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

When we think of honoring the brave men and women who protect and serve the metro Detroit area, we think of trampolines. We think they should jump on trampolines. And by trampolines, we mean an all-walled trampoline field where they can land in a pit of 10,000 foam cubes....

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Metro Times is getting a new website today

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:51 PM

#174457231 / gettyimages.com Your favorite local alternative weekly is getting a digital facelift at around 4 p.m. today, and we need your help. If you, dear reader, spot anything amiss or notice that any of our regular features are not working properly, do give us a shout in the comment...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Detroit group Feral Ground is out to prove hip-hop is alive and well

Posted on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

By LeeAnn Brown Some people say that hip-hop is dead. Local ban Fderal Ground is proving that is not the case. The seven-member band, consisting of three lead vocalists, a DJ, bass, drums and guitar, plays what they call “living hip-hop.” Their music, peppered with multiple styles, covers...

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Yale professor talks Plato, James Madison and Detroit's emergency manager law

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr (photo: MT file)[/caption] Much has been made about Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's decision this week to transfer authority of the city's water department to Mayor Mike Duggan. In what is the most interesting read on the situation, Jason Stanley, professor of philosophy at...

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Where to meet a baby dinosaur this week

Posted on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Walking with Dinosaurs, a magnificent stage show that features life-sized animatronic creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, will be in town next week. But to preview the show's run at the Palace, a baby T-Rex will be making an appearance at four area malls to the delight and...

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Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

(City of Detroit)[/caption] Interested in reading about what Detroit accomplishes on a week-to-week basis that's produced by the city itself? Great. You can do that now, here, at the Detroit Dashboard. Every Thursday morning, the city will publish an update to the dashboard because Mayor Mike Duggan loves metrics,...

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Long John Silver's makes nod to Nancy Whiskey in YouTube commercial

Posted on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

We don't know about you, but usually Nancy Whiskey and Long John Silver's aren't two concepts we'd place in the same sentence. However, the international fast food fish fry conglomerate made a nod to the Detroit dive in their latest YouTube commercial. LJS is offering free fish fries on Saturday,...

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Michigan's women-only music fest still shuns trans women

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM

We came across an interesting item this week: Apparently, a music festival with the name "Michfest" is quietly oriented as a "Women-Only Festival Exclusively for 'Women Born Women.'" It seems a strange decision to us. If you wanted to have a women-only music festival, why not simply proclaim...

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Use this widget to find your polling place for Aug. 5 primary election

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Reminder: the August 5 primary election is coming up. Where do you vote? What's on the ballot? All these questions can be easily answered by simply typing the address you are registered to vote at into this handy widget created by Pew Charitable Trusts and Google: // vit.load({'election_id':'4034',...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thank you, Detroit

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published...

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