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Thursday, February 20, 2020

The recession never ended in these Michigan communities

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 11:36 AM

It's 2020, a full 13 years after the Great Recession, and we're still talking about it here in Michigan. Despite President Donald Trump's repeated claims that the economy is strong, many people are still struggling — raising the question, "strong for whom?" While the adjusted gross income nearly increased...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bad boy for life, Martin Lawrence hosts Lit AF tour at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena

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Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Freeze, mother bitches! It’s been 25 years since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence first teamed up for the Michael Bay-directed buddy cop classic Bad Boys, a film which was released before Smith was an Oscar-nominated leading man and one that launched Lawrence into big-screen comedy stardom. At the time,...

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Gleefully goalless deadpan comic Todd Barry heads to the Magic Bag in Ferndale

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Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 12:04 PM

Nearly a decade ago, deadpan comedian Todd Barry reflected on some of the happiest moments of his life, one of the most memorable being, well, anytime someone canceled plans with him. Who would’ve thought that such commentary would ring even truer 10 years later, at a time when receiving...

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Where's our Chippy? Eric Wareheim on what makes him laugh, what he likes to eat, and why 'Tim & Eric' will never end

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 3:25 PM

There’s a moment in 2012’s Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie — a fever dream crossed with a severe case of ego death and diarrhea co-written, co-directed, and co-produced by comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim — in which Wareheim receives a Scientology-esque alternative healing treatment at the...

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Entertaining nightmare 'The Masked Singer' to launch national tour out of Detroit's Fox Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 11:39 AM

Hello, darkness, my old friend. The Masked Singer is hitting the road and there are not enough drugs in the world to sedate our perversely curious minds. It was announced that the hit Fox series, The Masked Singer, which is a cross between NBC's The Voice and what happens...

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Comedian Mike Epps leads Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival at Detroit's Fox Theatre

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Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 10:20 AM

“Fuck the police, man,” says pretty much everyone always, but when comedian Mike Epps says it, we just feel it. The 49-year-old comedian got his start in 1995 during the Def Comedy Jam tour, and soon after landed a career-launching role as Ice Cube’s sidekick, Day-Day Jones, in Next...

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David Klein Gallery show pushes the limits of photography

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Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 9:00 AM

David Klein Gallery presents a new photography exhibition that looks nothing like a photography exhibition. Alternative Testimony includes work by four photographers pushing the medium into new limits, with results that at first blush look more like abstract art. Cyrus Karimipour sources his images of human trespassers from trail...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

'Hairarchy' celebrates natural hair at Detroit's Norwest Gallery of Art

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Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM

The natural hair movement is really having a moment. On Sunday, the short film “Hair Love” took home an Oscar for best animated short. The adorable story of a Black father learning how to tame his little girl’s curls was written, directed, and produced by former pro football player...

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Royal Oak's Main Art Theatre to host screenings of Wes Anderson's 'The Royal Tenenbaums' for Valentine's Day

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Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 11:54 AM

A suicidal tennis star (Luke Wilson), a misanthropic wooden-fingered playwright (Gwyneth “Pre-GOOP” Paltrow), a neurotic widowed father (Ben Stiller), a family’s faithfully unfaithful patriarch (Gene Hackman), and a mescaline-loving Owen Wilson: These are but a few of Wes Anderson’s beautifully crafted — albeit dysfunctional — characters from the 2001...

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The DIA celebrates Black History Month with theatrical readings of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin works

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Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 11:06 AM

When it comes to the canon of Black literature, Toni Morrison and James Baldwin are among its greatest pillars. The two met in 1973, when Morrison was an editor at Random House, and became fast friends. “Her gift is in allegory,” he once said of her. “... she’s taken...

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