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NEWS & VIEWS Feedback We received a number of comments in response to Lee DeVito’s cover story, “The redemption of Sheefy McFly,” about how the artist was tapped to help design Bedrock Detroit’s Monroe Street Midway outdoor roller rink. McFly, real name Tashif Turner, was previously arrested by Detroit police who thought he was vandalizing a viaduct when he was really painting a city-commissioned mural. Much praise to my guy Tashif Turner much deserved! —Kai Alce, Facebook Even if you’re not going to roller skate, at least go see it. Truly inspiring. Why the DPD can’t get on the boat? No idea.

We’ve wasted so many resources trying to turn these artists into criminals. — Dawn Vassel, Facebook Thank you so much for your support over the years @metrotimes I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. —@sheefymcfly, Instagram @metrotimes hey, y’all have Chuck Inglish name wrong in the piece on Sheefy. here to help. Gotta do right by another hometown hero. —@detroitplair, Twitter Inded, in the story, we incorrectly referred to rapper Chuck Inglish as Chuck English. We regret the error — we know better! —Lee DeVito Sound off: letters@metrotimes.com.

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Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.


Shady Shirkey

Sen. Shirkey secretly profits from China while posing as a hawk and fighting transparency By Steve N eavling

After Michigan Senate

Maj ority L eader Mike Shirkey recovered from CO V ID-1 9 in J anuary, he blamed the pandemic on China. “The Chinese flu army sent in one of their best soldiers,” the Clarklake R epublican said on “ The B art H awley Show” on J ackson-based J TV . “ H is name was R ona. I’m not as young as I used to be, so he and I wrestled for nine days, but I finally pinned him.” The tasteless q uip drew strong criticism from Democrats and Chinese A mericans, who admonished Shrikey for fanning the flames of racism and x enophobia. O ver the past year, antiA sian hate crimes have increased by nearly 1 5 0 % , according to an analysis by the Center for the Study of H ate and Ex tremism at California State U niversity. It’s not the first time Shirkey criticiz ed China. H e also praised former president Donald Trump for imposing tariffs on the country. Tough talk on China is nothing new for R epublicans, who have adopted

harsh rhetoric by blaming China for the CO V ID-1 9 outbreak and the loss of manufacturing j obs. B ut while Shirkey poses as a China hawk, he’s quietly profiting from the country, Metro Times has learned. Shirkey is the founder and owner of O rbitform, an engineering company that builds assembly machines for manufacturers. The machines are sold in China by O CS A utomation Technologies Co., which registered as a limited liability company with the Chinese government in 2 0 1 8 . A ccording to the company’s website, O CS stands for O rbitform’s China Sales. The company ex clusively sells O rbitform machines and eq uipment to Chinese manufacturers. The eq uipment is used for auto parts, medical supplies, and industrial automation, according to a translated version of the company’s website. O CS A utomation has multiple locations in China and describes itself as a “leading company in the press fitting industry and riveting industry.”

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Shirkey’s office initially denied any ties between O rbitform and O CS A utomation until Metro Times provided a link to the Chinese company’s website. Shirkey’s spokeswoman A bigail Walls eq uates O CS A utomation to a “ distributor in the bar and wine industry.” “ It’s not Mike’s company. It’s j ust a distributor,” Walls tells Metro Times. Walls says it’s a “ positive” that O rbitfrom is selling A merican-made goods to China. “ That’s the direction that you want the manufacturing order of operations to go,” she says. B ut Shirkey’s company also imports shipments from China, Thailand, India, and Mex ico, according to data from the global trade intelligence firm Panjiva. Shirkey is under no obligation to disclose his financial ties to China because Michigan has the only full-time L egislature in the country that does not req uire lawmakers to divulge their financial interests. A s the Senate maj ority leader,

Shirkey has been one of the primary obstacles to bipartisan proposals to req uire such disclosures, allowing him to effectively conceal his connection to O CS A utomation. It’s one of the reasons Michigan ranks dead last among states in a 2 0 1 5 national study of state ethics and transparency, according to the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit government watchdog organiz ation. A t a press conference in J anuary, Shirkey said he opposes a bipartisan transparency bill that would req uire lawmakers to divulge their finances, saying it gives him “ heartburn.” “ It’s fodder for ( the media) to go after people, and it’s unnecessary,” Shirkey said. “ We already have rules in place for eliminating conflicts of interest, and I haven’t had anybody show me where those rules were spoiled or breached in my tenure, frankly.” O ther R epublicans disagree. “ This is something that has to be done,” Sen. J im R unestad, R -White Lake, told WXYZ in February. “People are getting sick and tired of this kind of garbage.” R epublicans have made ethics reforms a top priority for 2 0 2 1 and proposed several bipartisan measures to require financial disclosure. “ We must do better and hold ourselves to a higher standard,” H ouse Speaker J ason Wentworth, R -Clare, said in a statement last month. H e said ethics reform will “ make our entire system more open, honest and accountable to the people we serve.” Walls insisted Shirkey’s business interests in China have nothing to do with his opposition to financial disclosures. “ Y ou’re looking for a connection that isn’t there,” Walls tells Metro Times. “ H is main concern is it could discourage people from running. … If you’re asking people to disclose a lot about themselves personally, it can intimidate people from running.” Democrats disagree. “ Spewing racist language in an attempt to be tough on China while secretly profiting off of the distribution of his company’s products in the country reeks of the default hypocrisy we’ve come to associate with how R epublicans do business in L ansing,” R odericka A pplewhaite, spokeswoman for the Michigan Democratic Party, tells Metro Times. “ Even worse, Shady Mike Shirkey is blocking financialdisclosure legislation that allows him and other politicians to keep potential conflicts of interest a secret. He should immediately come forward and inform Michiganders of which interests he and his ilk are prioritiz ing above their own.”

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Smoke rises after police used pepper spray against Trump supporters on Jan. 6.


‘I just think there has to be a national intervention’

Why a U-M professor signed a ‘Statement of Concern’ warning about the death of U.S. democracy By Sean Taormina

To some, the events of J an. 6 — when thousands of Pro-Trump, “ stop the steal” protestors stormed the U nited States Capitol building as Congress convened to certify the results of the 2 0 2 0 elections — might have felt like a kind of last hurrah of Trumpism; the bursting of an illiberal bubble that began inflating during Trump’s meteoric rise in the 2 0 1 6 election, his eventual victory, and subseq uent fouryear term in office. Many q uestions as to what ex actly transpired on J an. 6 , remain unanswered. It has since come out that there was a fair share of participants representing Michigan that day, some of whom came away with political aspirations of their own. fforts to establish an independent commission to investigate the events of J an. 6 were recently defeated in the U .S. Senate, after Senate R epublicans, wielding the filibuster, withheld the votes needed to bring the bill up for debate. A nd

though Democrats say they’re still interested in finding a way to proceed with an investigation, they still haven’t presented a clear path as to how they plan to move forward. B ut while the “ stop the steal” protesters weren’t successful in their attempts to overturn the results of the 2 0 2 0 election in favor of Trump, R epublican legislators in states across the country haven’t given up on attempts to reshape A merican democracy in their favor. “ A s of May 1 4 , 2 0 2 1 , legislators across the U nited States have introduced 3 8 9 bills with restrictive provisions in 4 8 states,” according to research provided by the B rennan Center for J ustice. “ Twenty-two bills with restrictive provisions have already been enacted.” The continuation of these threats to A merican democracy was the subj ect of a “ Statement of Concern” signed by more than 1 0 0 academics last Tuesday, published by New A merica,

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an organiz ation of academics, policy ex perts, and public intellectuals whose goal is to provide a “ civic platform that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub, and public forum.” “ We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have watched the recent deterioration of U .S. elections and liberal democracy with growing alarm,” the statement said. “Specifically, we have watched with deep concern as R epublican-led state legislatures across the country have in recent months proposed or implemented what we consider radical changes to core electoral procedures in response to unproven and intentionally destructive allegations of a stolen election.” A mong the academics who signed the letter was U niversity of Michigan political Science professor Dan Slater, who says he co-signed the statement because he believes A merican democracy has entered “ uncharted territory.”

“ Since the J an. 6 attack on the Capitol, there’s been this series of efforts — at the state level especially — to roll back voting rights and to put more restrictions on street protests,” Slater tells Metro Times. “ Every day you watch the ticker tape and see if there are, you know, steps in the right direction or steps in the wrong direction, and certainly, there have been a lot of moves made to take the content out of A merican democracy, especially in recent months, so it’s really hitting what I would consider a political emergency at this point.” The statement cites recent moves by R epublican-led legislators in states such as A riz ona, A rkansas, F lorida, Georgia, Iowa, Montana, and Tex as to pass laws that restrict voting rights under the guise of combating election fraud. Though not directly mentioned in the statement, Michigan has also witnessed a similar push to restrict voting access by its legislators. Gover-

nor Gretchen Whitmer has voiced her obj ections to R epublican attempts to pass voting restrictions in Michigan. While Trump and the cult of personality in the GO P surrounding him have played a large part in this legislative push, Slater cautions that what’s been happening over the last several months can be attributed to a larger corollary, but often understated threat to democracy in the U nited States. Trump represented movements toward “ illiberal democracy,” wherein elected leaders show contempt for democratic processes, but “ illiberal democracy” isn’t the only way democracies can be undermined, Slater says. “ A nother way that democracy can backslide is through what we’d call electoral authoritarianism,” Slater says. “ A nd electoral authoritarianism is not saying, ‘ We do whatever we want after winning elections.’ lectoral authoritarianism says, We’ll do whatever we want to win elections — to prevent us to not lose elections.’ nd so this is sort of the more ongoing proj ect of the R epublican Party, at this point — to make sure that the demographic shifts that are happening in the country, the disadvantages epublicans face, don’t lead to maj or electoral defeats.” Slater, who specializ es in the politics and history of enduring dictatorships and emerging democracies with a regional focus on Southeast A sia, says he sees parallels with what’s happening in the U nited States with that of the history of democracy in Malaysia, where he says the historically dominant maj ority there, fearful of losing their privileged status, have eroded democratic norms in order to hold onto power. A s to what can be done to prevent the “ backslide” of democracy in the U nited States, no q uick or easy answers have emerged, given the ever-deepening polariz ed nature of U .S. politics, as well as the ex istence of institutional barriers to reform like the filibuster, according to Slater. A s writer L uke Savage recently pointed out in a piece for The Atlantic, Democrats have largely failed to match the urgency of their public statements with any kind of coherent strategy to fight back. Democratic Senators like J oe Manchin of West V irginia, and K yrsten Sinema of A riz ona, have openly stated their opposition to filibuster reform. A ccording to The Daily Beast, several other Democratic Senators are likely q uietly backing them. “ A lot of members are happy J oe Manchin is the tip of the spear, getting shot at every day,” a Democratic aide told The Daily Beast last Tuesday. “ Seven or eight of them stand behind him.”

The Statement of Concern highlights proposals like the J ohn L ewis V oting R ights A ct ( legislation endorsed by President J oe B iden) as a step in the right direction, but ultimately “ not enough.” The statement calls for a more comprehensive set of national legislation to “ ensure the sanctity and independence of election administration, guarantee that all voters can freely ex ercise their right to vote, prevent partisan gerrymandering from giving dominant parties in the states an unfair advantage in the process of drawing congressional districts, and regulate ethics and money in politics.” In the 2 0 1 8 midterm elections in Michigan, several ballot measures were passed that included same-day voter registration, the establishment of a citiz en-led council for redistricting to fight partisan gerrymandering, and ex pansion of access to absentee ballots, similar to what ew merica’s statement of concern calls for. B ut any actions taken by individual states are limited in what they’re able to accomplish, according to Slater. “ I j ust think there has to be a national intervention,” Slater says. “ I mean, this … j ust really shows how federalism is supposed to be a bulwark for democracy in a variety of ways.” A nother concern Slater has, which did not appear in ew merica’s statement, is the proliferation of legislation targeting protests in the U nited States. “ I think the statement focused on ways to get people to agree to these things in a principled and nonpartisan manner,” Slater says. “ B ut, certainly, criminaliz ing protests and making it harder for people to get out and voice their opinions collectively is something to be concerned about. Democracy is about more than elections. Democratic participation is about more than j ust elections.” O verall, Slater says he stills hold out a somewhat “ naive hope at the moment” that R epublican concerns about the integrity of the ballot could translate into bipartisan legislation that would address their concerns about fraud, “ even the marginal, minute kinds of fraud we’ve seen in A merican elections,” he says, alongside a more robust push to create a national system of voter registration with legislation to address issues such as gerrymandering. “ I would encourage people to read the statement,” Slater says. “ I encourage people to recogni e that there’s a wide range of opinions here that are sounding the alarm bells. This is something that if steps backward are taken at this point, it’s going to be hard to reverse them.”

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More important: What to do about the problem Manchin refuses to see?


Informed Dissent

What to do with a problem like Joe Manchin? y effrey C. illman

On Saturday, The

ew ork imes reported that Donald Trump’s chief of staff, former orth Carolina congressman Mark Meadows, spent the waning weeks of the administration pushing the J ustice Department to investigate the Trump campaign’s election conspiracy theories. ot just the now-familiar baseless allegations of fraud in eorgia, but also a YouTube fantasy that Italians used satellites to switch ballots from Trump to J oe B iden. While this was happening, emails released on Friday show, Trump and R udy Giuliani were leaning on the president of A riz ona’s state senate to audit the results in Maricopa County, which the Senate later engineered to comic effect. Meanwhile, The ashington ost reported on Sunday, R epublicans in Pennsylvania pressured friendly county officials to allow a contractor to look for fraud. O nly one county went for the audit; it, of course, found nothing. ot that it matters. The ig Lie can never be disproven. To those outside the M bubble, the lawsuits and audits were absurd to those inside, they were smoke indicating a fire that

Trump’s enemies covered up. F or the M crowd, that’s what justified the an. insurrection. nd for them, that’s what justifies the crackdowns on voting rights all over the country. This is treacherous terrain. Last week, Trump’s felonious first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, endorsed a coup. Last weekend, the e -pres told the orth Carolina epublican Convention that the election “ will go down as the crime of the century, and our country is being destroyed by people who perhaps have no right to destroy it,” suggesting the audit in ri ona, as well as possible audits in Pennsylvania and eorgia, will show he won. Trump, in fact, reportedly believes he could be reinstated by ugust, an idea he got from the MyPillow guy. That won’t happen, clearly. ut it’s more grist for the mill. F or more than half of epublicans, it’s now an article of faith that any election Democrats win is illegitimate. A once-unthinkable scenario is no longer implausible In , the Democratic candidate — B iden or someone else — wins the popular vote by five or si points and wins

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more than enough states to secure an electoral majority. The epublican candidate maybe Trump, maybe some Trump acolyte — claims fraud. R epublican secretaries of state in purple states refuse to certify Democratic electors, or legislatures in, say, eorgia, ri ona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, or Te as override those slates. Congressional epublicans, after winning the House and Senate through voter suppression, name the R epublican president. A s the historian Timothy Snyder writes, “ o one is seeking to hide that this is the plan. … If your platform is that elections do not work, you are saying that you intend to come to power some other way. The ig Lie is designed not to win an election, but to discredit one. ny candidate who tells it is alienating most mericans, and preparing a minority for a scenario where fraud is claimed. This is just what Trump tried in , and it led to a coup attempt in J anuary . It will be worse in anuary .” A nd that brings us to Sen. J oe Manchin, a man proud to not see the thing right in front of his eyes.

n Sunday, Manchin wrote an op-ed in his hometown Charleston a ette ail pledging to vote against the F or the People A ct and to never weaken the filibuster. In an evenly split Senate, that dooms both that ambitious voting-rights bill and much of B iden’s agenda. Manchin’s argument boils down to the notion that bipartisanship is more important than democracy. “The truth, I would argue, is that voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen,” Manchin writes, going on to say that Democrats are ignoring how the filibuster has been “critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past.” Manchin, of course, is ignoring the filibuster’s long, unambiguously racist history, as well as the fact that Mitch McConnell has employed it in a way that renders the Senate dysfunctional. If the Senate is dysfunctional, Democrats can’t fulfill their promises. That is the point. Manchin isn’t the only Senate Dem who thinks this way. He can afford to be the most outspoken because, coming from the very red state of West irginia, it’s good politics back home. The same can’t be said of his partner in obstinance. A riz ona Sen. yrsten Sinema’s oe Lieberman schtick will walk her straight into a primary abattoir come . I can’t tell you whether they’re holding hostage not just the progressive agenda but the future of our democracy due to naivete, vanity, or calculation. B ut I know this: There’s a war being waged. If Democrats — all of them — can’t bring themselves to acknowledge its e istence, much less to fight, they’ll lose. If they lose, the country loses. This is the most important story in national politics right now. Either authoritarianism will win, or the filibuster will go. Since Manchin thinks he can split the difference, here’s an easy test Pass the ohn Lewis oting ights dvancement ct, which he not only endorsed in his op-ed but claimed has “bipartisan support” he named one R epublican) . The bill would reinstate the V oting R ights A ct’s preclearance req uirements for state and local changes to voting rules and stop some of the worst ballot-access offenses before the elections. o find epublicans to break the filibuster and report back to us, oe. Put up or shut up. Su scri e to Informed illman.su stack.com.

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2021 2021 Summer Summer Bucket Bucket List List

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20 ways to celebrate the warm weather in the D this year By MT staff

Michigan’s long, brutal winter is finally over — and not only that, but this dreary fucking pandemic finally seems to be subsiding, too. So far, more than 60% of Michigan residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state will lift all pandemic restrictions by July 1. (Tip: If you haven’t already done so, get your ass vaccinated!) With life returning to some semblance of normal around here, we’ve come up with a list of things that we missed doing in and around Detroit last summer. So get your normal ass out there and start crossing some normal-ass shit off this normal-ass list! Kayak down the river

Social distancing is easy when you’re on the water. You can paddle through the iconic Detroit River by renting canoes or kayaks from Detroit River Sports (14601 Riverside Blvd., Detroit; 313-908-0484; detroitriversports.com). Depending on the crowd, you can go for a nighttime light adventure or a tour through Detroit’s historic canals district. Just be careful that you don’t paddle too far and end up in Canada. Another one of our favorites is Stony Creek Metropark (4300 Main Park Dr., Shelby Twp.; 586781-4242; metroparks.com).

Go mural watching

We’re looking forward to taking some time out of our day to admire the murals of Detroit, many of which were arranged by the annual Murals in the Market Festival (muralsinthemarket. com), which is teasing a possible 2021 return. There’s also a new “augmented reality” mural festival, Electrifly, which is bringing six murals around the city to life with animations you can view by holding your phone up to the artwork. (See this week’s “What’s Going On” section for more information.)

Eastern Market Saturdays

We’re so sick of ordering DoorDash, so we’re looking forward to exploring the vendor stalls of Detroit’s historic Eastern Market district (easternmarket. org), where the streets and sheds are lined with vegetables, meat, flowers, and various wares. Plus, there’s the outstanding people-watching and outdoor music and barbecue smells coming from Bert’s Market Place (2727 Russell St., Detroit; 313-567-2030; bertsentertainmentcomplex.com).

Bike the Dequindre Cut

We’re really looking forward to an opportunity to tune up our bikes and hit the Dequindre Cut Greenway (detroitriverfront.org), a 1.65-mile former railway line and graffiti writer’s paradise near Eastern Market that now boasts murals, street musicians, and the Freight Yard Bar, an outdoor beer and wine garden.

Cheer for the Tigers

Capacity limits at outdoor stadiums were lifted on June 1, which means it’s time for some fucking peanuts and Cracker Jacks. That’s right, folks, Comerica Park (2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-9624000; mlb.com/tigers/ballpark) is open

for business once again, and despite the Tigers’ mediocre performance over the past few years, the fans keep coming back, keeping the Kiss Cam and seventhinning stretch as interesting as ever.

See a concert

Live music is back, and concert listings are flooding the calendar on metrotimes.com. See our summer concert guide in this week’s issue for a look at some of the biggest acts coming through metro Detroit this year.

Hit the hiking trails

Take a hike — literally. Metro Detroit has dozens of trails for both novices and seasoned pros, including the 40mile Potawatomi Trail (8555 Silver Hill Rd., Pinckney; 734-426-4913) that includes forests, lakes, streams, and bridges.

Go to Belle Isle Beach

Despite the rocky shores and copious amounts of goose shit, Detroit’s Belle Isle is the perfect place to tan on a sunny day with priceless views of the Detroit skyline. And while the island’s Belle Isle Aquarium and Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory appear to still be temporarily closed, the Nature Center (176 Lakeside Dr., Detroit; 313-8524056; belleislenaturecenter.detroitzoo. org) is open for pre-registered outdoor events like nature hikes.

See a drive-in movie

This time last summer, the low-budget made-in-Michigan horror film The Wretched topped the box-office

charts, placing it among titans of cinema like Titanic and Avatar, thanks to a savvy idea to release the film in pandemic-proof drive-in theaters like Dearborn’s Ford-Wyoming Drive-In (10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-8466910; forddrivein.com). Well, this year the movies are back, with the ninth installment of the longstanding Fast & Furious franchise being marketed as no less than the return of Hollywood writ large. We’ll take a large popcorn with that.

Roller skate in a work of art

Opened last month on the site of Bedrock Detroit’s stalled Monroe Blocks Project, the Monroe Street Midway (corner of Monroe and Farmer Streets, deckedoutdetroit.com/midway) is an outdoor entertainment complex that includes a roller skating rink run by Southwest Detroit’s Rollercade, basketball courts, DJs, and food trucks. But the pièce de résistance is the artwork that adorns the space, which includes work by Sheefy McFly on the roller rink, Phillip Simpson on the basketball courts, and a mural that’s a collaboration between Olivia Guterson and poet Jessica Care Moore along the walls. Skate sessions are $13 for skate rental and time.

Return to Glenlore Trails

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Come cool off in our Air Conditioned Bar after your daily dose of Vitamin C from sunning on our garden patio

Wednesday the 9th & Sat 12th:

Pietrzyk the Pierogi Queen serving it up on the Patio 6pm

Friday & Sunday

House of BBQ serving it up starting at 4pm Fri & 6pm Sun. with great Vegetarian options as well. Try the smoked tofu!


Our first show post COVID!

Sunday June 27th

Harmonica Shah and Howard Glazer Outdoor CD Release Party “Aint Going to Worry About Tomorrow” 6-9pm in The Yard OLD MIAMI IS NOW HIRING FOR SECURITY AND BARBACK POSITIONS

The Electrifly festival brings Detroit murals to life with smartphone-enabled augmented reality technology. | COURTESY PHOTO

Trails (3860 Newton Rd., Commerce Charter Twp.; glenloretrails.com), an immersive, illuminated experience that saw a half-mile trail in Commerce Township outfitted in custom light and sound installations. The company updated it for Halloween and the winter holidays, and it’s not stopping there. On July 1, the trail will double to more than a mile in length, with new installations that help flesh out the characters and storylines (we’re told it’s got something to do with cryptozoology). Sounds like a trip.

Tiki time

From the folks who brought us the Detroit Rolling Pub pedal pubs and Aloha Tiki Tour boats comes a new attraction that combines both: a tiki-themed pedal pub, which the owners claim is the world’s first. The thatch roof and bamboo-accented Tiki Bar Bike leaves from Bookies Bar and Grill (2208 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0319; detroitrollingpub.com) and can seat 16. Like the Aloha Tiki Tour boats, drinks are BYOB, and tours are two hours. According to a Facebook post, all customers will get a $20 gift card to use at Bookies after the tour. Tours are $295 MondayThursday, $375 on Fridays, $400 on Saturdays, and $345 on Sundays.

Travel back in time

Dearborn’s open-air historical museum Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org) opened to the public during its traditional time in April with some social-distancing measures, including closing most indoor spaces to the public and eliminating hands-on exhibits. But new this year are attractions like the return of the “omnibus”

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horse-drawn carriage rides and a renovated replica of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory, which is now sporting a fresh coat of paint. Take us back to 1876.

Step inside a Van Gogh painting

Two dueling exhibitions based on the work of Vincent van Gogh are traveling across the country, with stops in Detroit along the way. (Which is annoying — aside from being confusing, it’s icky to think of others profiting off of the work of an artist who reportedly only sold one painting during his life and died penniless). Anyway, the first stop is Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience (vangoghdetroit.com), which will project animated versions of his paintings on the walls of Detroit’s TCF Center. The other exhibit, Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Detroit (detroitvangogh.com), arrives in October at a venue TBA.

Tour the river

Hop on a boat and take in the history of the D in a guided tour of Detroit’s waterfront and automotive heritage (and don’t worry, some Canadian history, too). Diamond Jack’s River Tours (1340 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-843-9376; diamondjack.com) offers sightseeing tours of the Detroit River four days a week.

Drink a beer on a beautiful patio

If you seek a pleasant patio, look about you. Detroit has plenty of beautiful patios for al fresco drinking. Some of our favorites we’re looking forward to are old favorite the Old Miami (3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830; oldmiami. com) and newcomer the Monarch Club

(33 John R Rd., Detroit; 313-306-2380); monarchclubdetroit.com), which offers a stunning view from the top of the restored Metropolitan Building.

Walk the Detroit RiverWalk

Detroit’s RiverWalk (detroitriverfront. org) is undergoing a stunning transformation. In May, groundwork began on a new link to the RiverWalk from the old niroyal site near Belle Isle, with plans to eventually expand westward from the former site of Joe Louis Arena to Riverside Park. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to traversing the existing promenade.

Celebrate Pride

June is traditionally Pride Month, but this year’s LGBTQ celebrations have been postponed due to the pandemic. As of now, the Motor City Pride festival and parade (live.motorcitypride.org) are set to return to Detroit’s Hart Plaza Sept. 18 and 19 — just in time for the last day of summer.

Watch the fireworks

Unfortunately, the annual summertime Ford Fireworks are being relegated to television again this year, due to the pandemic. This year’s show will take place on Monday, June 28, on WDIVTV Channel 4. Here’s to 2022!

Enjoy cannabis

We wanna shout it from the mountaintops: We love weed! And it’s legal now. Find a dispensary near you at metrotimes.com/weed. Metro Times intern Shannon Stocking contributed to this report.

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Dearborn’s Juneteenth Mobility Stroll & Roll will see revelers roll down Michigan Avenue. | EAST AND WEST DEARBORN DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES

Where to celebrate Juneteenth in metro Detroit By MT staff

As the Black Lives Matter movement marches on, more communities are celebrating Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865 — the day, nearly two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming all enslaved people free. The holiday has been celebrated in Texas since 1866 and is being embraced in other communities around the country, and an effort is underway to make it a national holiday. In the meantime, here are a few ways you can celebrate it in Michigan on Saturday, June 19.

skateboards, scooters, and more. A kickoff program with speakers, music, and pre-march stretching exercises will begin at 9 a.m., and the Roll & Stroll will commence at 10 a.m. Runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Old City Hall Park 13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn; bit. ly/2S39W0Y; 313-943-3141. Event is free.

Juneteenth Jubilee on the Historic Avenue of Fashion

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This shopping experience supports Black businesses on Detroit’s historic Avenue of Fashion, with each participating business providing a discount for registered shoppers. In addition, the stroll includes a live podcast, ra es, health and wellness resources, and more. Proceeds will go to the Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit educational initiatives and Black-owned partner organizations. Runs from noon-6 p.m.; 19954 Livernois

Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com. General stroll tickets are free with registration at Eventbrite; VIP stroll tickets are $15 in advance.

Juneteenth Mobility Stroll & Roll

To celebrate the hard-fought access to mobility through society, the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s Juneteenth event will highlight the different ways people move. Expect to see revelers head down Michigan Avenue on bikes, motorcycles, vespas,

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Eat, play, listen, envision, and learn at this festival and concert experience celebrating Blackness and talent in Detroit. Runs from noon-10:30 p.m.; 6559 Grand River Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com. Tickets are $5-$20.

Juneteenth Family Reunion Families are invited to a day of games, live entertainment, activities, music, and an array of Black vendors and food trucks. Kids and seniors eat free. Runs from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Catalpa Oaks

a t 248-424-7081; juneteenthfamreunion. org/about. Admission is free.

Juneteenth in Detroit Festival

Families are welcome to enjoy food, music, games, contests, a lip-sync battle, and more. Blankets and chairs are recommended, and the event is free, with fees for some activities. Event times TBA; Maheras Gentry Park; 12550 Avondale St., Detroit; metroparent.com/events/juneteenth-in-detroitfestival-at-maheras-gentry-park.

‘Miss Juneteenth’ Movie Night

Southfield’s municipal complex will host an outdoor screening of the critically acclaimed 2020 film Miss Juneteenth on the front lawn. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs,

snacks, and beverages. The event costs $10 per carload; advance purchase recommended. s t M a t t y

Juneteenth Painting with Darts

Pop paint-filled balloons with darts at Lafayette Lofts to create your own abstract street art in celebration of Juneteenth. Goggles, shoe coverings, and a gown will be provided, along with unlimited barbecue, a live DJ, and drinks for the adults. t s a ay tt ts a ay tt B t t t t ss s

Unity in the Community: A Juneteenth Celebration

Lathrup Village’s first-ever Juneteenth celebration will include entertainment, music, a panel discussion with community leaders, food trucks, and a bounce house and obstacle course for the kids. Registration is required. t s at a a sa at at t t at a t t ss s

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‘From Whence We Came’ Exhibit Grand Opening and Book Release

The Port Huron Museum will showcase the grand opening of the exhibit “From Whence We Came: Black History in the Blue Water Area,” and will also sell 100 copies of a reprint of the book that inspired the exhibit. There will be live entertainment, and the museum will work with the St. Clair County Health Department to offer Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for those 18 and over. Masks must be worn indoors. t s a t M s a t t t t t t at s a at

Flint Juneteenth Freedom Festival

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Flint’s citywide Juneteenth celebration includes a parade from City Hall to Berston Field House. There will be educational exhibits, food, bounce houses, and fun for all. aa s st a at B st s ty a s at at a a t t B st s s at a a t t ta s t t ty t t -

Black Buckham Juneteenth Festival

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Emagine Entertainment Juneteenth Film Festival

This second annual month-long film festival benefits the NCF ( nited Negro College Fund). The film festival begins Friday, June 4 with a different

set of films each week. Week of June 4: Harriet, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Moonlight; June 11: Judas and the Black Messiah, One Night in Miami, If Beale Street Could Talk. June 18: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse; Get Out; Ray; June 25: MLK/FBI, Whose Streets , Just Mercy. st s a ya a Ma t ya a a t ta t T ts a

Madison Heights First Juneteenth Celebration

Madison Heights will host its first-ever Juneteenth celebration with live music, food trucks, vendor booths, children’s activities, a petting zoo, rib-cooking competition, art contest, a mobile COVID-19 vaccine site, and an educational exhibit explaining the history of Juneteenth. The event kicks off with a 30-minute program outside of city hall with remarks from Mayor Roslyn Grafstein. t a M Ma s ts a s ts t t at s a at Metro Times t t t t t s

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Guns ‘N’ Roses. Photo by Photography Stock Ruiz/Shutterstock.com

Please Don’t Don’t Please Stop the the Music Music Stop Live music is returning to metro Detroit this summer — here’s what’s up By Jerilyn Jordan

Listen closely. Do you hear it? No? How about now? Ah, yes. That sound you hear is the sweet, sweet symphony of serotonin returning to our brains, our banking apps alerting us of unusually high spending on ticketing sites, and, yes, folks, the return of live fucking music. time when we at Metro Times thought There was a time, not too long ago we might never publish another concert (OK, like, two months ago) when we guide for our music-hungry readers, let thought that we might never rage alone see the day where we could, once again. In early 2020, we watched our again, pay $15 for a Bud Lite and take concert hopes, dreams, and realities part in one of the greatest joys in life: fade into black as our fear, anxiety, and connecting with strangers and friends worst nightmares came to fruition. alike through music. First, Billie Eilish pulled the plug on Well, we have some good news: her highly anticipated massive world Concerts are happening, and we’ve tour, including a Detroit stop at Little Caesars Arena, and acts big, small, and, got the deets on the what, when, and where of it all. While it might feel as well, Dave Matthews Band followed though things are totally normal and suit. If we’re being honest, there was a

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as if 2*2* never happened, when it comes to attending live events this year, please keep in mind that venues have the right to enforce protocols and safety measures to keep us safe and so that these hard-hit venues, performers, stage crews, and staff don’t have to go through whatever the fuck that was ever again. Say goodbye to your savings and say hello to your summer plans. Damn, it’s good to be back.

Amphitheatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100; 313presents.com; $49.50+.


George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic

Cavalleria in Concert

Saturday, June 12 @ Meadow Brook

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19 @ The Crofoot Festival Grounds Doors open at 6 p.m.; 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; thecrofoot.com; $200 for a pod.

Thursday, June 24 @ Sound Board at Motor City Casino

Drama. Photo by Zoe Rain

Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4700; soundboarddetroit.com; $48+.


Alexandra Kay and Cooper Alan Saturday, July 10 @ El Club Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-279-7382; $20.

Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26 @ The Crofoot Festival Grounds Doors open at 6 p.m.; 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; thecrofoot.com; $175 for a pod.

Avery Sunshine with Mike Phillips

Jamey Johnson with Whiskey Myers

Kirk Whalum & Keiko Matsui

Saturday, June 26 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $25+.

JULY ’80s vs. ’90s: The Mega 80’s vs. Class of ’98

Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3 @ The Magic Bag Doors open at 7 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; $20.

Sheila E. with Monica Blaire

Wednesday, July 7 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Wednesday, July 14 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Wednesday, July 21 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Greyson Chance

Saturday, July 24 @ Magic Stick Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com; $25+.


Sunday, July 25 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $30.50+.


Monday, July 26 @ Marble Bar Doors open at 6 p.m.; 1501 Holden St.,

PJ Morton

Detroit; 313-338-3674; themarblebar. com; $15.

Gerald Albright

with Kim Waters and Kayla Waters Wednesday, July 28 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

The Black Crowes

Thursday, July 29 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 8 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $29+.

AUGUST James Taylor and his All-Star Band with Jackson Browne Sunday, Aug. 1 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 8 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $29+.

Japanese Breakfast

Wednesday, Aug. 4 @ St. Andrew’s Hall Doors open at 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; $25+.

Wednesday, Aug. 4 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Chris Stapleton

Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 8 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $81+.

Domestic Problems

Saturday, Aug. 7 @ The Magic Bag Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; $15. 3 Doors Down Saturday, Aug. 7 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Doors open at 8 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $29+

Guns ‘N’ Roses

Sunday, Aug. 8 @ Comerica Park Doors open at 6 p.m.; 2110 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com. $49.50+.

Jason Mraz

Sunday, Aug. 8 @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

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Doors open at 8 p.m.; 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100; 313presents.com; $39.50+.

HOT 107.5 Summer Jamz with Sada Baby, Icewear Vezzo, Peezy, Baby Face Ray, and Erica Banks Saturday, Aug. 21 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Doors open at 6 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $29.50+

Daryl Hall & John Oates

with Squeeze and KT Tunstall Saturday, Aug. 21 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $29.50+.


Saturday, Aug. 21 @ St. Andrew’s Hall Doors open at 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; $42.50+.

105.9 KISS FM Block Party with 112, Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, Ginuwine Sunday, Aug. 22 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $29.50+

Charley Crockett

Sheila E. Photo by Joe Seer/Shutterstock.com

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100; 313presents.com; $30+.

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer

Tuesday, Aug. 10 @ Comerica Park Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; 2110 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com. $59.50+.

Dave Matthews Band

Wednesday, Aug. 11 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $45.50+.

Xavier Wulf

Wednesday, Aug. 11 @ El Club Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-279-7382; $26.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & the Hamiltones

with Mumu Fresh Wednesday, Aug. 11 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Tanya Tucker

Wednesday, Aug. 11 @ Royal Oak Music

Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-3980; royaloakmusictheatre.com; $35+.

Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $29.50+.

Lindsey Stirling

Sunday, Aug. 15 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $36.50+.

Thursday, Aug. 12 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Doors open at 7 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $25+.

99.5 WYCD Hoedown with Lady A, Carly Pearce, Niko Moon, and Tenille Arts Friday, Aug. 13 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 4 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $40+.

Ted Nugent

Saturday, Aug. 14 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $25+.


Sunday, Aug. 15 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Doors open at 7 p.m.; 14900 Metro

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Kings of Leon with Cold War Kids

Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle

Wednesday, Aug. 18 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Electric Six

Thursday, Aug. 19 @ Blind Pig Doors open at 8 p.m.; 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555; blindpigmusic. com; $15.

Louis the Child

Sunday, Aug. 22 @ El Club Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-279-7382; $32.50.

Maroon 5

Monday, Aug. 23 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $89+.

Will Downing with Lin Rountree

Wednesday, Aug. 25 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Riff Raff

Thursday, Aug. 26 @ Blind Pig Doors open at 8 p.m.; 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555; blindpigmusic.com; $20.

The Mountain Goats

Friday, Aug. 20 @ The Masonic Doors open at 7 p.m.; 500 Temple St., Detroit; 313-832-7100; masonicdetroit. com; $29.99+.

Thursday, Aug. 26 @ Royal Oak Music Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-3980; royaloakmusictheatre.com; $30+.

Modest Mouse


Friday, Aug. 20 @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

Thursday, Aug. 26 @ Magic Stick Doors open at 8 p.m.; 4140 Woodward

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Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com; $15+.

Stormy Chromer

with Chirp, Act Casual, Sabbatical Bob, ZZvava, Warlock’s Grave, and more Friday, Aug. 27, Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29 @ Blind Pig Doors open at 8 p.m.; 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555; blindpigmusic.com; $15+.

Summer White Party with Vivian Green, Jon B, Raheem DeVaughn, and Marsha Ambrosius Sunday, Aug. 29 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Doors open at 7 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $40.50+

Korn and Staind with ’68 and Fire From the Gods

Tuesday, Sept. 7 @ Majestic Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com; $23+.

Pop Evil

Thursday, Sept. 8 @ St. Andrew’s Hall Doors open at 5 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; $35+.

Incognito & Maysa

Wednesday, Sept. 8 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

American Aquarium with Katie Pruitt

Wednesday, Sept. 8 @ The Magic Bag Doors open at 7 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; $20.

Tuesday, Aug. 31 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $29.50+.



Thursday, Sept. 9 @ St. Andrew’s Hall Doors open at 6 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; $25+.


Wednesday, Sept. 1 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $52.50+.

Najee & Friends

Wednesday, Sept. 1 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Modern English

Sunday, Sept. 5 @ The Magic Bag Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; $20.

Waxahatchee with Katy Kirby

Jonas Brothers with Kelsea Ballerini

Kindred the Family Soul and Rahsaan Patterson

Sunday, Sept. 19 and Monday, Sep. 20 @ Royal Oak Music Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-3980; royaloakmusictheatre.com; $57.50+.


Brad Paisley with Jimmie Allen and Kameron Marlowe

Saturday, Sept. 11 @ Majestic Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com; $30+.

Sad Summer Festival with All Time Low, The Story So Far, Movements, the Maine, and more Saturday, Sept. 11 @ The Crofoot Festival Grounds Doors open at 2:30 p.m.; 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; thecrofoot. com; $45.

Tiffany with Square Pegz

Sunday, Sept. 12 @ The Magic Bag Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; $25.

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Sunday, Sept. 19 @ Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4700; soundboarddetroit.com; $26+.


Dead & Company

Friday, Sept. 10 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $100+.

Sunday, Sept. 19 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 4 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $29.50+.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $39.95+.


Dinosaur Jr. with Ryley Walker

Saturday, Sept. 4 @ The Magic Bag Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; $15.

Bettye Lavette

Monday, Sept. 13 @ El Club Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-279-7382; $19.

Armor for Sleep

The Doobie Brothers

Myspace Emo Prom with Taking Back Emo

Faye Webster

Sunday, Sept. 12 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $92+.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

Thursday, Sept. 2 @ Loving Touch Doors open at 7 p.m.; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-820-5596; $15+.

Thursday, Sept. 2 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $29.50+.

Megadeth and Lamb of God with Trivium and In Flames

Wednesday, Sept. 8 @ Loving Touch Doors open at 7 p.m.; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-820-5596; $17+.

Saturday, Sept. 11 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $30.25+.

LowDown Brass Band

Alanis Morissette with Garbage and Liz Phair

Wednesday, Sept. 15 @ Marble Bar Doors open at 6 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; 313-338-3674; themarblebar. com; $12.

Thursday, Sept. 16 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $29.50+

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk

Friday, Sept. 17 @ The Magic Bag Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; $25.

Alan Jackson

Friday, Sept. 17 @ Little Caesars Arena Doors open at 7 p.m.; 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; $39.99+.

Maz Jobrani

Friday, Sept. 17 @ Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4700; soundboarddetroit.com; $22+.

101.1 WRIF presents RIFF Fest with Rob Zombie, Chevelle, Avatar, Candlebox, and Ayron Jones

Saturday, Sept. 18 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Doors open at 1:30 p.m.; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $25.25+.

Sunday, Sep. 19 @ El Club Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-279-7382; $26.

Gordon Lightfoot

Harry Styles with Jenny Lewis

Monday, Sept. 20 @ Little Caesars Arena Doors open at 7 p.m.; 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; Sold out, resale tickets only.

Primus performing Rush’s A Farewell to Kings

with The Sword and Wolfmother Wednesday, Sept. 22 @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Doors open at 7 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com; $30.50+


Tuesday, Sept. 21 @ St. Andrew’s Hall Doors open at 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; $20+.

Bob Mould

Wednesday, Sept. 22 @ St. Andrew’s Hall Doors open at 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; $25.50+.

Too Many Zooz

with Big Freedia Wednesday, Sept. 22 @ Majestic Theatre Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com; $25+.

Damien Escobar

Wednesday, Sept. 22 @ The Aretha Doors open @ 7 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-0292; thearetha.com; $16+.

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THIS WEEK What’s going on Select events happening in metro Detroit this week

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THU. 6/11-SUN. 6/18 Ann Arbor Summer Festival

R emember what it was like being legitimately busy? Well, you’re about to. Since 1 9 8 4 , the A nn A rbor Summer F estival has championed the performing arts via a four-week festival starting in J une that offers concerts, art e hibitions, familyfriendly activities, dance performances, and film screenings and this summer is no different. Well, , this summer is a bit different, with the fest offering a variety of in-person and digital events throughout the U -M campus and neighboring parks. This year’s A 2 SF schedule includes pop-up neighborhood concerts, movies at F uller Park, a theater installation that accommodates one audience member at a time, a community-based Indian dance event, and three ticketed live-outdoor fundraising concerts featuring ishi ashi, the Laith l-Saadi Trio, and the War and Treaty. A dditionally, folks can reserve private concerts from a number of participating performers. A s for online events, this year’s A 2 SF will include the premiere of Theater in Q uarantine, an interactive performance by rooklyn-based HI HW YM , and the second season of the A 2 SF podcast Stories from the Top. erilyn ordan

Jim Henson with puppets from Fraggle Rock. © The Jim Henson Company.

Events are in-person and online, times and dates vary; a2 sf.org. Tickets vary.

You can get a new look at si murals throughout Detroit as part of the lectrifly festival, which uses “augmented reality” technology via a smartphone app to bring the artwork to life with animations. The free festival, created by nn rbor-based randX , kicked off last week. You just download the lectrifly app and scan the murals to view them. Participating artists include Hubert Massey at the arasi ducation Center in the oston- dison neighbor-

THROUGH 8/8 MOCAD summer exhibitions

A fter a tumultuous restructuring last year when M C D’s e ecutive director was called on to resign by former employees due to allegations of racism

and workplace to icity the museum reopened with renewed intentions of centering local artists and artists of color under the astute guidance of senior curator ova Lynne. Following the museum’s “Dual ision” e hibit, which featured Detroit-based artists, M C D is introducing its summer e hibitions, which e plore themes of identity, community, and racial eq uity. A mong these collections are Well Wishes by Hamtramck-based artist mna sghar and Filling in the C racks by St. Louis artist Damon Davis. oth artists pull from their repertoire of personal e periences to create imagery that represents them at their most vulnerable while offering the viewer a lens through which to conte tuali e their own identities. —Sara Barron At MO C AD, 4 4 5 4 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 3 1 3 -8 3 2 -6 6 2 2 ; mocadetroit.org. Admission is free.

THROUGH SEPT. 4 Electrifly

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hood, hostbeard and Patch Whisky in astern Market, Chris Dyer at the F Detroit and Tangent allery, Phybr in reektown, and rmageddon eachparty in Woodbridge. —Lee DeVito arious locations see lectriflyDetroit.com to download the app and for more information.

THROUGH 9/6 The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

A fter the last year, we’re clearly in desperate need of some major human connection. Thanks to an e hibit that could please the impossible balconydwelling, insult-hurling curmudgeons Statler and Waldorf, we now have an opportunity to make a “ R ainbow Connection.” Cue the waterworks The magic of the late im Henson, the groundbreaking puppeteer whose timeless work includes The Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle R ock, The Dark C rystal, and Labyrinth, is being celebrated with an immersive, interactive, and career-spanning e hibit. The traveling e hibition created by the Museum of the Moving Image in partnership with the im Henson Company, The J im H enson Ex hibition: I magination U nlimited, has toured the globe and has brought a selection of artifacts from Henson’s career, including more than puppets ermit, en and ira from The Dark C rystal, and Sesame Street


favorites rover, rnie, ert, and Count von Count , as well as photographs, storyboards, film clips, and some of Henson’s earliest concepts. There will be interactive e periences, too, which will give visitors an opportunity to craft their own Henson character creation and put their puppeteering skills to the test. — J erilyn J ordan At the H enry Ford Museum; 2 0 9 0 0 O akwood Blvd., Dearborn; 3 1 3 -9 8 2 -6 0 0 1 ; thehenryford.org. Tickets are $ 2 5 or $ 1 8 .7 5 for children ages 5 -1 1 . Admission is free with membership.

THROUGH 1/9, 2022 Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950–2020

F or those who didn’t get to see the Detroit Institute of rts’ automobile e hibition, there’s more time. When the show first opened last ovember, it was originally set to end une , . The museum said it’s e tending the show into early as capacity restrictions loosen and more people become vaccinated. The show features 1 2 cars and more than designer drawings, augmented by paintings and sculptures influenced by car culture. —Lee DeVito At the Detroit I nstitute of Arts; 5 2 0 0 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 3 1 3 -8 3 3 -7 9 0 0 ; dia.org/ detroitstyle. G eneral museum admission is free for residents of Macomb, O akland, and Wayne counties.

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Alex White performs as King Alxndr.


Beyond drumming Alex White shines as a performer on ‘Welcome to Cake Town’ By Veronica J ohnson

If you witness drummer A lex White perform with a trio or a q uartet, you immediately recogniz e his skills are top-notch. H e keeps time with the precision of a diamond-encrusted timepiece, cranking out ass-kicking solos when the spotlight calls. There’s a supple mellowness to his drumming that’s taken him years to cultivate, reminiscent of the tasteful late Detroit j az z drummers B ert Myrick and J ohn Cleaver J r. White started playing drums in church at age 7 . A t 1 2 , encouraged by his cousin cellist Cecelia Sharpe, he j oined the Detroit Symphony O rchestra’s Civic J az z Y outh Ensemble. There he learned from trumpeter Marcus B elgrave, sax ophonist Diego R ivera, and bassist R odney Whitaker. F or the last six years White, 3 0 , has held the drum

chair in the J ames Carter O rgan Trio, internationally acclaimed with a body of heavenly recordings such as O ut of N owhere, At the C rossroads, and Live from the N ewport J azz Festival, which was the first time White recorded with the trio. B eing in Carter’s trio, White believes, helped him grow musically and has taught him the mechanics of leading a band. “ I learned a lot of things about myself. I learned what I hate doing, and I learned what I love to do. It j ust taught me confidence and the real responsibility of the drummer … as a drummer, you set the contex t of everything that’s gonna happen, you set the energy level, you set the volume. Y ou’re more of a facilitator than you are a timekeeper, so it taught me how to lead from a role player kind of position.”

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White doesn’t want to be typecast as j ust a j az z drummer. H e’s also a singer, a songwriter, and a producer. Singing has always been a big part of his life. In 2 0 1 9 , he released P ortrait, a compilation of love songs. “ I’ve always sang and rapped, and I would sing in church or randomly here and there. It’s always been a desire and a passion to do, I j ust never really had the confidence to pursue it,” he says. L ast month, White held a listening party at downtown Detroit j az z club Cliff ell’s for his latest release, Welcome to C ake Town. H e says the album’s title is a double entendre. “ Cake can be aesthetically pleasing, but you also eat cake when you’re sad; you can overeat, and it can diminish your health.” “ It’s basically a metaphor for welcome to or to being in love. A lot of people j ust see the Instagram pictures, but they don’t know about the arguments that you j ust had in the car, or about all the times where you were on the verge of breaking up.” White says the album shows that there’s so much that goes into maintaining and elevating a relationship, so he wanted to make music for couples.

H e set out to make something that can make listeners feel good and get a lot of radio play. Welcome to C aketown features a modern-day Earth Wind & F ire/ Michael J ackson-style production, and there are songs that have a hip-hop, Drake-like vibe. “ I like to think that I’ve gotten a lot better in my production in writing, and it’s definitely e pressed in this outcome,” he says. Not to get his j az z drummer identity mix ed up with his R & B persona, his R & B stage name is K ing A lx ndr, a play on his name that pays homage to his A frican ancestry. “ I had an interest in the name K ing A lex ander. J ust the way that I believe that we are kings and q ueens and the rich history that we have from Mansa Musa to the Dogon or to the kingdom of K ush. The fact that we were already here. I think that we’re kingly and q ueenly and we are a royal priesthood, so I really wanted to identify with that, and that’s what a lot of my music is dedicated to, and j ust spreading love and clean and positive energy.” Transitioning to a whole new genre has been a complete learning curve for White. A s a drummer, he’s used to being behind the bandstand and only getting the limelight when it’s his turn to solo. A s a solo artist, all the focus is on him. H e says there’s a lot to keep in mind, like proper posture, how to speak, and how to be personable on a microphone. A s a drummer, he doesn’t have to speak to get the music to elevate — but as an artist, he has to learn how to transfer that same thing. “ It’s a great thing … because I feel like, in this contex t, people get to know me a lot better, people get to learn how I think a lot better, or I can convey emotion and relay intent a lot easier.” The reception from some of his peers in Detroit’s j az z community has been mix ed. Some musicians are receptive to his new music, while others believe he’s going to ruin his career. White takes the criticism from his peers with a grain of salt, knowing great musicians such as Miles Davis and J ohn Coltrane refused to be pigeonholed. “ I’m sure they were trying to get Coltrane to play “ My F avorite Things,” and he’s like, ‘ That’s not what I wanna play — this is gonna be your favorite thing or it’s not. A nd Miles was always like, ‘ O K , I did this — on to the nex t thing,’ and that’s how I am, as well.” “ Y ou’re supposed to evolve; you don’t wanna j ust keep doing the same thing. A nd if I only do one, then I’ll look up, like, 1 0 years down the line and [ be] like, man, I really wonder what could’ve happened if I had gone with what I wanted to do — so I’m j ust going for it.”

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The spicy fried fish sandwich is one of the most popular items at Coriander Kitchen and Farm.

Coriander Kitchen and Farm 14601 Riverside Blvd., Detroit 313-822-4434 corianderkitchenandfarm.com 4-8 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Appetizers $10-$12, sandwiches $13-$14.50, flatbreads and salads $8-$14

Down by the river By J ane Slaughter

Some folks may be itch-

ing to get back to indoor dining, but Coriander itchen and Farm offers the unequaled ideal of eating outside, pandemic or no. It has a huge deck with umbrella’d picnic tables ne t to a tranquil canal connected to Fo Creek, complete with swimming geese and goslings. Sitting beside the still green water does everything it should to calm the soul. While you wait for your order, you can bounce on the floating docks. It’s perfect now, but customers were “shockingly willing” to sit outside in the cold with their coats on when the space opened in early March, said co-owner lison Heeres. Heeres runs the restaurant, and co-owner wen Meyer runs the farm part of the business, on a plot near astern Market. “It was a funny e periment,” she says. The restaurant building ne t to the deck, which will open when that seems safe, was once Fisherman’s Marina, a boat mechanic shop, convenience store,

and bait shop, which sat vacant for years. Meyer’s husband, le Howbert, lived in the neighborhood and grew up going to the shop, also known as Tommy’s it sold worms and fried chicken and rented motor boats. Customers today “are always saying I used to come here when I was a kid,’” says Heeres. The three turned the second floor into a rooftop patio, replaced a seawall and the roof, removed a gas tank from the patio, and added fire pits. The menu is “farm-elevated bar food” with the owners’ hand-planted farm providing the majority of herbs and vegetables during the growing season. The two most popular items, however, are the cheeseburger and the fried fish sandwich. Those were fine, the fish a bit spicy with jalape o slaw and preservedlemon tartar sauce, the burger a third-pound from Marrow cooked medium unless you specify . ut for meat I vastly preferred grilled lamb on

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flatbread, luscious and fatty, with some carameli ed onions, roasted red pepper sauce, and pickled green tomatoes. You choose regular fries, skinny sweet-potato fries, or vinegary housemade chips the latter are free to go with. erked tofu is possible for the meat-averse. n appeti er of smoked whitefish and trout is freshened up with dill. Me e are seasonal, depending on what the farm is offering. I got olives, giant spears of asparagus in lemon sauce, and three whole radishes with a mellow tz atz iki. Warm halloumi, the semi-soft cheese from Cyprus, is e pertly grilled and served with green lentils and zhug, a Yemeni pounded condiment of parsley, cilantro, and something hot. If it’s still there when I go back, I’ll order smoked mushrooms with ramps and spinach with ha elnut and white bean cream. half-pound of fried smelt and a kale-romaine Caesar are other possibilities. Heeres says she didn’t foresee “how intense cocktail ordering would be,” after pandemic easing got people out of the house. ar manager le a allo is using farm products like pickled gooseberries, cilantro for a margarita, rhubarb with rum and Campari, chive blossoms. The eetnik uses beet juice from the farm. My hubarb and Star came out tasting pleasantly like grapefruit, bittersweet. Heeres and Meyer are keeping costs down by hiring fewer servers customers submit their own orders on their


phones separately for drinks and food and bus their dishes afterward. Heeres e plains that, with fewer servers, she can pay them more at least an hour, plus tips. “We want to have a low-service model to keep our prices where they are,” she says. “ ur goal is to pay our staff more than what staff is traditionally paid in this industry. It’s a physically demanding job it’s cognitively demanding. The way to pay people more is to have fewer people on staff. The way you can do that is to have customers take more of the responsibility of getting their product.” I was taken aback to think that automation is now replacing servicesector jobs, too. We know it’s cost millions of manufacturing positions, and it sure didn’t raise pay for those who remain autoworkers at the ig Three at one point this century got no raise for years. It’s great that Heeres and Meyer will do the right thing for a smaller staff but what of the vast majority of owners who’ll just make the customer do the work and pocket the profit Fewer jobs don’t usually translate to better ones. Yes, I use an TM, but I sure don’t pick the self-service line at roger, and I prefer some human contact with my meal. What if you have a question about the menu To get to Coriander, take lter oad to where it ends at the Detroit iver. o reservations e pect a wait it’s popular.

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FOOD Bites

Argentinian-inspired Barda to open in former Magnet space in Detroit this month By Lee DeVito

Barda, a new A rgentinianinspired restaurant that will take over the space of the short-lived Magnet in Detroit’s Core City neighborhood, is set for a grand opening on J une 1 0 . Magnet closed last year amid the pandemic shutdown after less than a year in business, a venture by the owners of Corktown’s popular Takoi restaurant. B arda will make use of the spot’s open-fire grill for its menu by Chef avier B ardauil, who came up through the famed A rgentine chef F rancis Mallmann’s Patagonia Sur restaurant in B uenos A ires. B ardauil is j oined by Chef Michael Goldberg, of the Israeli-inspired A llenby of the former F ort Street Galley food hall, which closed in early 2 0 2 0 . “ U sing ancestral methods of Patagonian cooking, arda’s open fire is the very soul of the restaurant’s dining ex perience,” the owners say in a press release. “ B ehind the F ood B ar is an assortment of grills with varying flame intensities that are used for every dish.” They add, “ Through our uniq ue, no gas open-fire kitchen, we hope to showcase our modern take on an ancient style of cooking to the Detroit community and beyond.” A ccording to the release, B arda will use premium ingredients sourced locally or imported from A rgentina. Menu highlights include Glaz ed B eets with aj oblanco and raspberries; Choriz o A rgentino with fennel and lemon; Tira de A sado, tender short rib with peppercoriander crust; and Carne Y H ueso, with bone marrow, beef tartare, and horseradish served with toast. A drink menu includes A rgentina’s beloved F ernet amaro, as well as a selection of A rgentine wines, South A mericaninspired libations, and local craft beers. The restaurant, located at 4 8 4 2 Grand R iver in Detroit, seats 1 1 3 , with a 4 0 -seat patio with a bonfire.

Crab Du Jour cajun boil restaurant chain plots Dearborn expansion this summer

The caj un seafood boil bag trend continues in metro Detroit.

Crab Du J our, a fast-growing chain launched in 2 0 1 9 in R aleigh, North Carolina, e pects to open its first Michigan location this summer in Dearborn’s F airlane Town Center. ccording to effrey Schroth, the company’s national general manager, Crab Du J our has more than 1 0 0 locations, with plans to open 2 0 0 by the end of 2 0 2 2 and 5 0 0 by the end of 2 0 2 5 . “ The concept is pretty much fresh, affordable seafood, in Cajun-style boil bags,” Schroth tells Metro Times. “ The idea is that you can get this kind of food around the corner from your house. Y ou don’t have to drive thousands of miles to go down to the bayou, to L ouisiana, to get this kind of delicious, awesome food.” Customers pick their seafood, which is boiled in an oven bag with potatoes, corn, sausage, spices, sauces, and butter. Schroth says he got a taste for Southern cuisine during his stint in the military. “ I used to love when I was down South and I’d get all this Southern food, and then I come back north and I’m like, ‘ Where is it?’” he says. “ F or me to get some shrimp and grits, I’m j ust, like, in heaven because I can’t normally get it up here.” A ccording to C rain’s Detroit Business, the Dearborn store will be located in the 8 ,0 0 0 -sq uare-foot space that formerly housed B ravo! Italian K itchen. The company is investing $ 3 million in the proj ect. “ We’re putting a lot of money into this location because we think that it’s going to do absolutely amaz ing,” Schroth tells Metro Times. “ We’re really investing a lot of time, a lot of money into this location.” Schroth says the company is known for its Du J our sauce. “ When you’re opening that bag, it’s like — bam! — the smells of the spices hit your face, and it’s j ust like this wow factor,” he says. “ What I do is I take that ex tra oil, and I marinate my steak with it, or I put it on pasta at home.” H e adds that he and one of the company’s chefs freq uently travel to L ouisiana to try new dishes. “ I love it,” he says. “ I wouldn’t be with this company if I didn’t love it. A nd my stomach really shows it, because I eat it four or five times a week.” Schroth is cautiously optimistic that

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Barda’s Avión Cayendo.

the restaurant could open by the end of J uly. A number of crab-boil restaurants have opened in metro Detroit in recent years. Warren’s Detroit Pho & Crab has been serving “ V iet-caj un” cuisine, including crab boils, since 2 0 1 7 . Saucey Crab opened its first location in Southfield in 2 0 1 9 and ex panded to a second location in Detroit earlier this year. Caj un B oiling Crab opened on Detroit’s west side last year. A nd Chef Max cel H ardy is also working on a seafood boil spot called What’s Crackin’. – Lee DeVito

Bagels will return to former Detroit Institute of Bagels space in Corktown, thanks to coffee roaster

O ur prayers have been answered, Detroit. Well, not like all of them ( sorry, A unt L inda’s pending knee surgery!) , but the one about bagels returning to a formerly beloved bagel spot in Corktown is absolutely in the cards. God is not dead, after all. F amily-owned, New H ampshirefounded ames liver Coffee Co. will take over the 3 ,4 0 0 -sq uare-foot corner building at 1 2 3 6 Michigan A ve. previously occupied by the Detroit Institute of B agels, The Detroit N ews reports. The Detroit Institute of B agels closed in September after owner B en Newman cited the pandemic and his desire to spend more time with his family as reasons for abruptly selling. Newman put the entire 7 -year-old bagel biz on


the market, eq uipment and all, for close to $ 2 million. The former DIB spot will serve as the flagship cafe for ames liver Co., which is operated by owners David Shock and Miranda Clark. ( Clark’s father is the company’s founder and namesake and continues to oversee the recipes and roasting process as a consultant.) The N ews reports that the cafe will offer coffee, espresso, cold brew, nitro, and tea, as well as a pour-over station. Coffee is cool, sure, but what about the dang bagels? Well, Shock and Clark have recruited Tim Crandall, a New Y ork native and crafter of New Y ork-style bagels that, according to Shock, taste “ at least as good as” DI ’s popular offerings. nd yes, they will have bagel sandwiches, too, though we continue to mourn the loss of DIB ’s L a Colmena. H ow we miss you so! A s for the space? It’s getting a bit of a makeover. In addition to “ ergonomic and aesthetic changes” to the cafe’s interior dining space, they’re also planning a walk-up pickup window in the rear, as well as a drive-thru to cut down on what Shock describes as “ the manic energy” that DIB maintained due to its popularity and unforgiving layout. There are less immediate plans, too, to partner with L eelanau Peninsulabased winery aia state to offer a tasting room via a restored A irstream trailer, which would be parked on-site. The cafe is ex pected to open within the nex t two months. —J erilyn J ordan

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Savage Love


I ’ve been living with my boyfriend for a year. We met on FetLife, and I was honest about being in an open relationship ( at the time) and seeking a sex ual connection over a relationship. But one nut after another and pretty soon we were professing our love for each other and he shared that he wanted to be the father of my children. H owever, right before he moved in I found out he was still tex ting other women, despite asking me not to tex t, sex t, or have sex with any other men. H e also regularly “yucks my yum” and makes fun of the types of porn I watch and calls it “gross” ( my thing for cuckolding being his main target) , and he also tells insists that men can’t be friends with women — yet he’s still

friends with women he’s had sex with. H e hides the fact that he’s masturbating from me but ex pects to participate in all my masturbation sessions. H e claims we have no sex ual secrets, but I snooped and learned he was looking at porn with titles like “TS,” “sissy,” “gay,” and “BBW Black.” I t makes me feel small because of the nagging feeling that I might not be his cup of tea since he hides these other interests from me while not allowing me to hide anything from him. I also worry that his affection for my lack ass may e no different than his o ecti cation of trans women. H e says he doesn’t want to “burden” me with “rapey” sex play, ut I m open to all kinds of se , not ust the softcore-porn-type kind — so long as he doesn’t start by rubbing my boobs like they’re doorknobs. I ’m at my wits’ end. I already e-mailed an LG BTQ I A+ friendly couples counselor because we’re both scared the relationship will end. But I can’t keep turning a blind eye to his halftruths, double standards, and hypocrisy. —Feeling Ex tremely Tense

A: B

What’s your Pleasure?

R EA K U P. This guy sounds like eq ual parts asshole and mess. A nd he needs to work on that — he needs to clean up his mess — on his own. Y ou can’t do the work for him, F ET, and I would urge you to resist the urge to use the relationship as leverage. B ecause by staying in this relationship despite his half-truths, his double standards, and his hypocrisies — by sticking around to be shamed and manipulated — you’re sending him a message that says, “It’s fine, you’re fine, we’re fine.” Perhaps I shouldn’t say, “You’re sending him a message,” because this shit isn’t your fault, F ET. B ut he will self-servingly interpret your willingness to stay and work on the relationship — as if the relationship is the problem here — as proof that he doesn’t need to do something about his own shit. H e will assume he can continue to get away with being a controlling, manipulative, and sex -shaming asshole … because he’s getting away with it. When your current boyfriend “ yucks your yum,” when he says the porn you like is gross, he’s proj ecting the shame he feels about all the non-normative ( but perfectly wonderful stuff that turns him on. When someone vomits their shame all over you, F ET, getting yourself out of vomit range is your best option. A nd for the record, I don’t think your boyfriend is a mess because he’s interested in more kinds of sex than he admits or more types of women than j ust your type of woman or dudes or power games that touch on gender roles and/ or taboos. A nd the fact

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By Dan Savage

q uestion mark detected in your email) , J O K ES, you need to DTMF CCA . ( “ Dump the motherfucking closet case already.”



that he’s hiding his attraction to trans women from you isn’t by itself proof that he objectifies trans women, F T, or that he’s obj ectifying you. Y ou don’t know how he would interact ( or how he has interacted) with a trans partner. What you do know is that he treats you like shit and makes you feel bad about yourself and demands transparency from you without being transparent in return. DTMF A . P.S. Please don’t let his shitty comments about your turn-ons lead you to doubt your desirability — j ust the fact that you’re into cuckolding makes you something of a priz e, F ET, as there are easily a hundred times as many men into cuckolding as there are women. It wouldn’t take you long to replace a guy who shames you for being into cuckolding with a guy who would absolutely worship you for it. P.P.S. I don’t think you had grounds to snoop, F ET, or a need to snoop. Y ou knew everything you needed to know about this guy before you found his secret undeleted browser history. Insisting you cut your male friends and ex es out of your life was reason enough to end this relationship.


I ’m an out 2 6 -year-old gay man with a 3 0 -year-old boyfriend who is not out. hat s ne. eryone gets to come out at their own pace. We’ve been together three years and lived together for two. hich is also ne. I like li ing with him. ut he okingly calls me his “faggy roommate” and sometimes puts me down about being gay when we’re around mutual friends so people won’t think he’s gay. —J ust O ver Keeping Everything Secret

A : NO

. Everyone gets to come out at their own pace — sure, O K , I guess, whatever. B ut closeted adult gay men don’t get to heap insults on their out gay sex partners in order to throw mutuals off the scent. ( The scent of cock on their breath. nless you get off on this treatment and wrote in to brag ( not a single

I m a t and healthy year old woman. ( Vegan 5 3 years and have never been sick a day in my life!) I ’ve been told I look 4 0 ish — so not too bad! I was married for 2 0 years and then sat on the bench without so much as one date for 1 8 years because I was a hardworking single mom of three kids. So I met a guy about six years ago. I was dating around a bit at the time and gured he was, too. ell, I later found out he had me “checked out and followed” and even hacked my computer, where he found a couple of sex y emails to another guy. We were not ex clusive at the time and years later — six years later — he throws the details of one particular email I sent to another in my face every chance he gets. H e has actually told me he was dating other women when we rst met. f course he was N o big deal at all, but it irks me that he hired someone to follow my every move! ( H e even accused me of getting paid for sex and said he had proof! Totally false!) We have been engaged, but I ’m holding back from marrying him. O therwise he is good to me. What’s the deal here? —Engaged Dame G rows Edgy

A: R

U N. This is emotional abuse — hurling that none-of-his-business email in your face every chance he gets — and it’s gonna get worse if you marry him. This kind of shit always gets worse after the wedding, e.g., it gets worse once getting away from someone like this req uires lawyers and court dates. DTMF A . There’s a huge difference between the kind of lapse in j udgment that might prompt someone to snoop and hiring a private investigator to track someone’s movements. Someone who would do that — someone who would essentially outsource stalking you — isn’t a person you’re obligated to break up with faceto-face or sit down with to give them “closure.” Prioriti e your safety, D . A tex t message and a block are all the closure he needs and far more consideration than he deserves. P.S. V eganism is healthy, and an allplant diet is good for the planet. A nd it’s wonderful that you haven’t been sick a day in your life! B ut we’re all going to die — it’s j ust that some of us are going to die with a slice of cheese piz z a in our greasy hands.

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CULTURE ARIES: March 21 – April 19 A ries actor L eonard Nimoy became mega-famous by playing the role of Spock, an alien from the planet V ulcan in the Star Trek franchise. H e always enj oyed the role, but in 1 9 7 5 he wrote an autobiography called I Am N ot Spock. In it, he clarified how different he was from the character he performed. In 1 9 9 5 , Nimoy published a follow-up autobiography, I Am Spock, in which he described the ways in which he was similar to the fictional alien. In the spirit of imoy’s e pansive self-definition, ries, and in accordance with current astrological potentials, I invite you to make it clear to people ex actly who you are and who you aren’t. TAURUS: April 20 – May 20 The poet R umi declared, “ A lover has four streams inside, of water, wine, honey, and milk.” With that in mind, Taurus, I will recommend that you seek a boost in the honey department. Y our passions and feelings have been flowing along fairly well, but lately they’ve lacked some sweetness. s a result, you’re not receiving as much of the sweetness you need from

the world around you. So your assignment is to intensify the honey stream within you! R emember the principle “ L ike attracts like.” GEMINI: May 21 – June 20 I’m glad you’re not on the planet Saturn right now. The winds there can blow at 1 ,0 0 0 miles per hour. B ut I would like you to feel a brisk breez e as you wander around in nature here on Earth. Why? B ecause according to my interpretation of the current astrological omens, winds will have a cleansing effect on you. They will clear your mind of irrelevant worries and trivial concerns. They’ll elevate your thoughts, as well as your feelings. Do you know the origin of the nglish word “inspire” It’s from the L atin word inspirare, meaning “ blow into, breathed upon by spirit.” Its figurative meaning is “to inspire, e cite, inflame.” The related Latin word spiritus refers to “ a breathing of the wind” and “ breath of a god” — hence “ inspiration; breath of life.” CANCER: June 21 – July 22 Cancerian author Fran a a put his characters into surreal dilemmas. In his novella The Metamorphosis, for ex ample, the hero wakes up one day to find he has transformed into a giant insect. Despite his feral imagination, however, a a had a pragmatic relationship with consumerism. “ I do not read advertisements,” he said. “ I would spend all of my time wanting things.” In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to adopt his earthy attitude for the nex t two weeks. Take a break from wanting things, period. Ex periment with feeling free of all the yearnings that constantly demand your attention. Please note: This break in the action won’t be forever. It’s just a vacation. When you return to wanting things, your priorities will have been realigned and healed, and you’ll feel refreshed. LEO: July 23 – August 22 A uthor U mberto Eco declared that beauty is boring because it “ must always follow certain rules.” A beautiful nose has to be j ust the right shape and siz e, he said, while an “ ugly nose” can be ugly in a million different unpredictable ways. I find his definition narrow and boring, and prefer that of philosopher F rancis B acon, who wrote, “ There is no ex cellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” Poet Charles B audelaire agreed, saying, “ That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal: from which it follows that irregularity — that is to say, the unex -

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Free Will Astrology By R ob Brezsny pected, surprise and astonishment — is an essential part and characteristic of beauty.” Then there’s the apanese concept of wabi-sabi, which reveres beauty that’s imperfect, transitory, and incomplete. B eginning now, and for the rest of 2 0 2 1 , L eo, I encourage you to ignore co’s dull beauty and cultivate your relationship with the more interesting kind. VIRGO: August 23 – Sept. 22 O ne of the more evocative passages in . . . Tolkien’s novel The R eturn of the King is about the warrior É owyn. It says, “ Then the heart of É owyn changed, or else at last she understood it. A nd suddenly her winter passed, and the sun shone on her.” I’m predicting a comparable transformation for you in the near future, irgo. There’ll be some fundamental shift in the way your heart comprehends life. When that happens, you will clearly fathom some secrets about your heart that have previously been vague or inaccessible. A nd then the sun will shine upon you with ex tra brilliance. LIBRA: Sept. 23 – Oct. 22 L ibran actor and author Carrie F isher had more than the average number of inner demons. Y et she accomplished a lot, and was nominated for and won many professional awards. Here’s the advice she gave “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident.” I hope you’ll employ that strategy in the coming weeks, dear L ibra. The time is favorable for you to work hard on your number one goal, no matter what your emotions might be at any particular moment. SCORPIO: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21 Scorpio author F yodor Dostoevsky ( 1 8 2 1 – 1 8 8 1 ) had a gambling addiction for many years. A t one point, he lost so much money betting on roulette that he had to take drastic measures. H e wrote a novella in record time — j ust 1 6 days — so as to raise money to pay his debt. The story was titled The G ambler. Its hero was a not-very-successful gambler. Is there a comparable antidote in your future, Scorpio? A gambit that somehow makes use of the problem to generate the cure? I suspect there is. SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21 In her poem “ Escape,” Michelle Tudor addresses a lover: “ Inside of you: a dream raging to be set free.” She implies that she would like to be a collaborator who provides assistance and inspiration in liberating

her companion’s dream. The coming weeks will be an ex cellent time for you to make a similar offer to an ally you care for — and to ask that ally to do the same for you. A nd, by the way, what is the dream inside you that’s raging to be set free nd what’s the dream inside your comrade? CAPRICORN: Dec. 22 – Jan. 19 A uthor Martha B eck has helpful counsel for you to keep returning to during the coming weeks. “It isn’t necessary to know ex actly how your ideal life will look,” she writes. “ Y ou only have to know what feels better and what feels worse. B egin making choices based on what makes you feel freer and happier, rather than on how you think an ideal life should look. It’s the process of feeling our way toward happiness, not the realiz ation of the Platonic ideal, that creates our best lives.” AQUARIUS: Jan. 20 – Feb. 18 quarian author ames Dickey celebrated “ the holy secret of flowing.” ut he added, “You must be made for it.” In other words, he implied that the secret of flowing is a lux ury only some of us have access to. A nd because we “ must be made for it,” he seemed to suggest that being in possession of the secret of flowing is due to luck or genetics or privilege. B ut I rej ect that theory. I think anyone can tap into the secret of flowing if they have the desire and intention to do so. L ike you! R ight now You’re primed to cultivate a robust relationship with the holy flow. PISCES: Feb.19 – March 20 Why do humans enj oy much longer life spans than other higher primates Here’s one reason grandmothers. A nthropologists propose that earlier in our evolution, families with elder females especially thrived. The grandmothers helped care for children, ensuring greater health for everyone, as well as a higher rate of reproduction than grandmother-less broods. Their longevity genes got passed on, creating more grandmothers. L ucky! H aving older women around while growing up has been key to the success of many of us. In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to celebrate and honor the role your own grandmothers and female elders have played in your life. nd if you’re a grandmother, celebrate and honor yourself! This week’s homework: Send word of your latest victory. Write to: newsletter@freewillastrology.com










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