Sporting goods stalwart hangs up its skates

July 8, 2014
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Sporting goods stalwart hangs up its skates

Athletes, especially on the east side, may be saddened to learn that a treasured local establishment will be closing its doors at the end of the month. After almost 67 years, Harper Sport Shop will be locking its doors for the last time on July 31. The local athletic community will suffer a huge loss with...
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Just Buzzo and his Guitar — an interview with the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne

July 1, 2014
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  It’s incredibly difficult to start a band and make a career out of it, let alone keep that band productive and relevant for thirty straight years, but somehow Buzz Osborne has been able to do that with Melvins. The ever productive King Buzzo recently released This Machine Kills Artists, his first solo acoustic...
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Landscaping goats kicked out of Detroit

June 11, 2014
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  #187858236 / gettyimages.com   Last Friday, officials from Detroit’s Animal Control gave the boot to eighteen goats, which were brought in to aid in clearing vacant lots in the Brightmoor neighborhood. The goats arrived Thursday from Idyll Farms in Northport, which is owned by Mark Spitznagel, president of Universa Investments. A project on...
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Chewing the Fat with Michael Ian Black

June 6, 2014
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Chewing the Fat with Michael Ian Black

Before MTV was a parade of pregnant teens, it used to have some quality programming. The State, a sketch comedy show that would launch careers and spawn other hilarious television shows and movies is an example of that. The group was formed by drama and film students from NYU, one of whom is Michael...
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A look at some of Cinetopia Film Festival’s special guests

June 2, 2014
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The Cinetopia International Film Festival kicks off June 4, and more than 40 actors, directors, screenwriters and producers will be appearing at the fest. Last week, it was announced that acclaimed Knicks fan Spike Lee would be appearing at the screening of his film, Do the Right Thing. In addition to the famed auteur, others...
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Into the Eye: An interview with Aaron Beam of Red Fang

May 30, 2014
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Into the Eye: An interview with Aaron Beam of Red Fang

Musicians in hard rock and heavy metal bands typically have the added burden of imposing a certain image or mood on people. This can be detrimental to bands because the resulting image is often a caricature of what society deems dangerous or brooding. In turn, audiences have trouble taking the music seriously, let alone...
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Spike Lee to watch his own movie at Cinetopia

May 30, 2014
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If you’re unfamiliar with the Cinetopia International Film Festival, it brings the best films from other festivals, like Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance, Berlin and SXSW to Ann Arbor. Running from June 4 through 8, the fest will feature 50 films, with over 100 screenings in ten different venues. Cinetopia also offers fun and educational programs in addition to...
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Beyond the Tree of Stars: An Interview with Greg Edwards of Failure

May 22, 2014
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Beyond the Tree of Stars: An Interview with Greg Edwards of Failure

It’s funny what we learn as we grow older, not just the general gathering of facts but the knowledge of ourselves. It seems that is the case for the members of Failure. Seventeen years after their break up, the band has reconnected and is embarking on a tour across the United States. Ken Andrews,...
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Creeping Up Into the Sky: Slint at St. Andrew’s Hall

May 10, 2014
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The members of Slint took the stage as if they had stumbled upon it by accident. After settling in for a moment, drummer Britt Walford counted off the opening notes to “For Dinner…” The slow-paced, avant-jazz tune was an exercise in dynamics, sometimes being so quiet that the guitars were barely audible. Though it...
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With new exhibit, the DIA looks behind “Detroit Industry”

May 7, 2014
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A little less than a year from now, the Detroit Institute of Arts will open a major exhibit featuring works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The couple spent time from April of 1932 until March of the following year in Detroit while Rivera painted the masterful murals, “Detroit Industry,” that cover the walls...
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