Once-controversial Diego Rivera murals now national landmark

April 24, 2014
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Once-controversial Diego Rivera murals now national landmark

Oh, the irony — initially criticized as Marxist propaganda when Mexican muralist Diego Rivera painted them for the Detroit Institute of Arts in the early 1930s, Detroit Industry has now been designated as a a national landmark. The announcement was made Wednesday, according to the Detroit News by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and...
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Detroit area code 313 may be phased out

April 24, 2014
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Detroit area code 313 may be phased out

Hey, everybody from the 313, start thinking of new numbers to rally around– the longstanding Detroit area code may be phased out. Our friends over at the Detroit News report that pending a revised estimate next week, the North American Numbering Plan Administration will stop handing out 313 telephone prefixes on new phone numbers....
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Final members selected for Red Wings arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

April 24, 2014
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Final members selected for Red Wings arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, which, in case you were unaware, is a 16-member board established to weigh in on the new Red Wings arena near downtown. About three dozen residents and property owners cast ballots by the 8 p.m. deadline on Wednesday inside the Block at Cass...
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Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

April 23, 2014
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Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck will present a police drama called A Steady Rain May 2 through 24. Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith will star in the play, written by House of Cards and Mad Men co-writer Keith Huff. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now at PlanetAnt.com. According to the...
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Lily Tomlin coming to Ann Arbor

April 23, 2014
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Lily Tomlin coming to Ann Arbor

Detroit home-girl Lily Tomlin will perform at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, June 14. A press release reads, “Get together with Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. “Tomlin is amazing” The NY Times and “as always a revelation.” The New Yorker This unique comic artist takes...
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Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

April 22, 2014
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Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

The Detroit Metro Times, Detroit’s award-winning alternative weekly media company, is proud to announce the recent hire of Valerie Vande Panne as Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning independent journalist and Michigan native, Vande Panne’s work has appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among other publications. Previously, Vande Panne attended Harvard University and...
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Joumana Kayrouz to cover ‘Metro Times’

April 22, 2014
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She welcomes you when you enter Detroit, from every direction, with the one word that might just be Detroit’s biggest philosophical question: Injured? Joumana Kayrouz is deeper than the inflated image watching over Detroit, peddling justice to the poor and broken of the city. This Wednesday, Drew Philp takes us behind the billboard and...
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Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

April 22, 2014
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Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

There was a fire in an upstairs apartment at PJ’s Lager House on Monday evening. No people were hurt, although three cats belonging to the tenants died after CPR. The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. during a show featuring Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band, Curtin, and Jeffrey Jablonsky. “We just smelled...
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Detroit councilman: Increased parking fines an ‘anti-growth strategy’

April 21, 2014
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Detroit councilman: Increased parking fines an ‘anti-growth strategy’

  There’s at least one city councilmember who’s less than pleased with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to increase all parking violation fines. Councilman Gabe Leland, whose district represents the city’s west side, issued a statement today, calling Orr’s plan a potential “deterrent” to attracting people to the city. I don’t believe the argument...
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Reviewing Josh Malerman’s Bird Box

April 21, 2014
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Reviewing Josh Malerman’s Bird Box

Bird Box By Josh Malerman HarperCollins, 293 pp., $25.99. Back in August, we profiled High Strung singer Josh Malerman due to the fact that his book, Bird Box, had earned him a six-figure multi-book deal from HarperCollins, and was going to be made into a movie. We wrote a cover story (a multi-award winning...
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