New Poetry Zine

April 8, 2014
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New Poetry Zine

Somebody sent it here. We’re no fans of poetry, and we usually take all submissions of poetry chapbooks and zine and grind them up for goat food. But on the off chance that some of our readers like poetry or zines (or both) we thought we’d describe it at least. It’s called Cruel Garters, and...
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Hamtramck Banksy an April Fools’ Prank to Remember

April 2, 2014
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Hamtramck Banksy an April Fools’ Prank to Remember

Not to put too fine a point on it, but of course we knew all along that the “Banksy” that was spotted on Commor near Sobieski in Hamtramck was an April Fool’s Day gag. It was the handiwork of Hamtramck’s Hillary Cherry. Those who know her from her regular appearances at Hamtramck City Council...
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Detroit Among Most Underrated Food Cities in America

April 1, 2014
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Detroit Among Most Underrated Food Cities in America

Thrillist has posted a list of the seven most underrated food cities in America, naming Detroit as one of them. The post read, in part: Being in Detroit puts you in ridiculously close proximity to some of the most authentic, best-tasting food you’d normally need a passport to enjoy. With the proper research/guidance, it’s...
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The Gentrification Parade

March 24, 2014
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The Gentrification Parade

  Dropping by the bar in Hamtramck last night, I met several revelers who’d been to the Marche du Nain Rouge. If you haven’t been, it’s a great springtime party on foot, where lots of young people living in the city parade through the old Cass Corridor to chase out the red dwarf who...
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More Advice for Aspiring Detroiters

March 5, 2014
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More Advice for Aspiring Detroiters

This week’s cover story about aspiring Detroiters is out on stands now, and we’re heartened to see responses on social networking suggesting it’s an important read for those who want to move to Detroit and aid in the city’s recovery. The conversation hit a number of major topics, and didn’t shy away from such...
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On Bad Writing

February 28, 2014
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We get all kinds of submissions at the Metro Times offices from aspiring scribes. Some of the writing samples, as you might imagine, are laughably, horribly bad. We couldn’t post them here in good conscience (unless, say, our readers clamored to see them), but that’s not what we want to talk about today. What’s on...
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Social Media Spread Lice

February 26, 2014
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Social Media Spread Lice

We get some really out-there press releases here at MT HQ, but every once in a while one of them will send our weird-meter soaring. The latest was a press release quoting the owner of Rapunzel’s Lice Boutique. (Did you realize there WAS a Rapunzel’s Lice Boutique? No? You’ll be floored to realize they...
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Keeping the NFL safe for straights

February 25, 2014
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When we heard the news that Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist Jack Burkman intended to introduce a bill calling for a ban on gay players in the NFL, we had a little chuckle. Then there was his over-the-top statement, widely quoted, which said, “We are losing our decency as a nation. Imagine your son being forced...
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Snyder’s true colors

February 18, 2014
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Snyder’s true colors

I want to begin by saying that I really don’t have a whole lot of respect for Dave Agema. The Republican National Committee member from Michigan seems to have a bizarre fear and loathing for anybody who isn’t 100 percent heterosexual. In a state that could use investment, residents and taxpayers, you’d think you’d...
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Ilitch’s Chinatown

February 14, 2014
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Ilitch’s Chinatown

Lots of talk flying around the Metro Times newsroom this week about the stadium deal, which I’d heard about but actually not paid much attention to. We’ve been through this before, right? Ilitch wants something? The city will bend over backward to accommodate our local pizza caesar. He wants to leave a 30-year-old stadium...
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