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Friday, January 20, 2017

Detroit sci-fi writer seeks aid — burglars took everything but his desk

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Detroit sci-fi writer Clarence Young, better known to some of his readers as Zig Zag Claybourne, seems like a really nice guy. He's the author of several books, including The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan, a Buckaroo Banzai-inspired adventure featuring two brothers gunning for a villain named the False Prophet Buford. And...

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Play on alleged Kilpatrick connection to killed stripper 'Strawberry' opens

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 12:43 PM

The life and times of Kwame Kilpatrick already have the makings of a compelling made-for-TV movie: A charismatic, outspoken young politician makes his bid to lead a beleaguered city and wins, only to have it all end in shame and imprisonment less than seven years later. And that’s just the...

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Artist Ai Weiwei to exhibit at Grand Rapids' Meijer Gardens

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Later this month, the work of the internationally renowned artist and vocal Chinese political dissident Ai Weiwei will be featured in a career-spanning exhibition at Grand Rapids' Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State opens to the public on Friday, Jan. 27. The indoor and outdoor...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This photo of Detroit from space will give you an existential crisis

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Want to feel like a worthless pile of garbage on this lovely Wednesday morning? Just take a look at this photo of our greater Detroit area that was tweeted from space by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and you will soon realize that you are just a tiny ant on this...

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Monday, January 16, 2017

10 things Warren mayor Jim Fouts looks like

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Audio recordings of Warren mayor Jim Fouts allegedly using the n-word, c-word, and saying “blacks do look like chimpanzees” were released today by the lovely Motor City Muckracker. Obviously, Jim Fouts is saying that these leaked recordings are not him, but it still didn't stop us (and the Internet) from thinking of things that...

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Exercise your mind and body at MLK Unity March in Hamtramck

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Since most of us will have the day off this coming Monday to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, why not actually get out in the community to reflect on the importance of the day? There are a ton of events happening in and around the city, but this...

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'You Say it How in Michigan?' is the pronunciation guide we needed

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:41 AM

Gratiot? Ypsilanti? Hamtramck? Lahser? Ishpeming? Michigan places have some funny-sounding names, thanks to our blend of cultural influences — and our insistance over the years to just go ahead and pronounce them our own way. (Let's be honest, we're not pronouncing "Detroit" the French way.) A new online directory "You Say it How in Michigan?"(

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This Rochester estate has a helipad and can be yours or a cool $5.7 million

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 12:55 PM

You know, it's really hard to find the perfect house of your dreams. We all have different criteria for what makes the perfect home: a certain square footage, an updated kitchen with appliances, or maybe a guest room or two — and in case you just happen to have...

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Tracee Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe on Sunday and we will never be worthy

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 9:19 AM

We should have wrote about this yesterday, but we were still in awe of Queen Meryl Streep's fantastic speech about empathy, compassion, and supporting journalists and artists at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday night. One winner from the ceremony has some deep Detroit connections, so we were so pleased...

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

'Detroit Punks' zooms in on Jerry Vile

Posted By on Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 5:34 PM

Jerry Vile is a fascinating guy. He's been an artist, magazine publisher, punk vocalist, promoter, and visionary. And if you were to tie all the sensational stories told about his antics over the years, you could make quite an entertaining short film. Well, guess what? Somebody did. Namely,...

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