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NEWS & VIEWS Paid centrists

Michigan Democrats back bank deregulation after taking cash from Wall Street By Violet Ikonomova

Michigan senators Gary

Peters and Debbie Stabenow are among 16 Democrats who’ve joined with Republicans to advance a bank deregulation bill that progressives say would pave the way for another financial meltdown if approved. And they got a whole mess of money from the financial sector before voting to do so. The so-called Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act would roll back or eliminate some of the regulations and protections put in place by Dodd-Frank after 2008. Democrats who support the bill, including Peters, a co-sponsor, say its intent is to provide regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions. A cheat sheet on the bill provided by Peters’ office suggests part of the regulatory relief for “Main Street” would come in the form of a provision to increase the threshold at which banks face stricter oversight. Right now banks with more than $50 billion in assets are subject to tougher regulations from the Federal Reserve. The bill would up that amount to $250 billion, which means restrictions would be loosened for regional, midsized banks including SunTrust and Fifth Third. “It was big banks and Wall Street that caused the financial crisis — not Michigan’s credit unions and community banks,” Sen. Peters said in an emailed statement. “In fact, Michigan credit unions and community banks stepped up and helped keep Michigan families afloat during the financial crisis by offering credit when big banks wouldn’t.” Stabenow’s talking points were essentially the same. “Our member-owned credit unions and community banks — who did not cause the crisis — are vital to small businesses and families,” Stabenow said in an emailed statement. “Unfortunately, they are starting to disappear from cities and small towns across Michigan and are facing unnecessary regulations.” But it’s unclear how Michigan credit unions and community banks will benefit from an increase in the asset threshold for stronger oversight. No

Michigan credit union has anywhere near $50 billion in assets — the most any of them have is around $1 billion, according to Daniel Curren with the Michigan Credit Union League, which has come out in support of the bill. The provision doesn’t seem to help out community banks either; The New York Times reports the nation’s more than 5,000 community banks also generally have $1 billion dollars in assets or less. The change does reportedly help out 25 of the country’s 38 largest banks. And while the 25 banks in question are smaller than behemoths like JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, progressive Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts charge that they are big enough to threaten the economy if they fail. A report by The Hill points out that mortgage lender Countrywide Financial had $200 billion in assets when it became one of the key players in the financial crisis — “a stark reminder to regulators and Congress that mid-sized, regional financial institutions can put the financial system and economy at risk.” A Congressional Budget Office scoring of the bill found it slightly increases the possibility of bank failures and would likely mean more public funding for bank bailouts. The CBO projected those bailouts would cost taxpayers an estimated $671 million over a 10-year period. Still, some of the bill’s provisions would be a boon for the little guys. They include rules that would allow more small banks to operate with higher levels of debt and engage in certain kinds of speculative investment once prohibited by the Volcker rule under Dodd-Frank. There are also cuts in certain reporting requirements for banks with less than $5 billion in assets. But for progressive Democrats, the benefits do not outweigh what they see as the larger cost of hooking up Wall Street in the wake of the financial meltdown. “We’ve been down this road before,” Sen. Warren said on Twitter. “Whenever things are going OK in the financial system, the lobbyists flood the halls of

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Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

Congress & convince politicians to roll back the rules — because what could possibly go wrong?” Warren and others have derisively dubbed the bill “The Bank Lobbyist Act” due to a provision that looks like it could help mega-banks like Citigroup and Chase take on more risk. (Peters and Stabenow, for their parts, claim the bill does not roll back any regulations on the largest banks that caused the financial crisis.) According to The Intercept, the section in question “would change the supplementary leverage ratio, or SLR, a calculation of total equity divided by total assets, giving permission for ‘custodial banks,’ which do not primarily make loans but instead safeguard assets for rich individuals and companies like mutual funds, to eliminate reserve funds parked at central banks from the calculation, reducing leverage by as much as 30 percent.” According to The Intercept, this would “juice returns for these banks but also layer on additional risk, by allowing them to hold less equity to offset losses in a crisis.” Citi lobbyists reportedly managed to change the language of that portion of the bill. According to The Intercept, “While the definition of a custodial bank used to stipulate that only a bank with a high level of custodial assets would qualify, it subsequently defined a custodial bank as ‘any depository institution or holding company predominantly engaged in custody, safekeeping, and asset servicing activities.’” The CBO determined there’s a 50 percent chance that lobbyists for the big banks will convince Federal Reserve regulators to allow them to benefit from this change (and remember, the Fed currently operates under Trump). The 16 Democrats who support the measure include centrists (Joe Manchin


from West Virginia) and Senators running for re-election in swing states or states won by Trump (Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri). Stabenow finds herself in the second category. Both she and Peters have received quite a bit of money in campaign donations from the financial sector in recent years. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Peters has in the past five years accepted approximately $649,000 in contributions from the securities and investment industry and nearly $174,000 from commercial banks. That’s out of a total of about $12 million in donations that he received in that period. Stabenow, meanwhile, has seen a recent spike in campaign contributions from commercial banks. This election cycle, she has so far accepted about $83,000 in contributions from commercial banks, the fifth-highest amount accepted by a Democrat and the seventhhighest in the Senate overall. More specifically, Stabenow counts Goldman Sachs and CitiGroup among her top 10 donors. She has also received $485,000 from the securities and investments industry over the past five years. Stabenow missed our deadline for comment. A spokesman for Peters said in an email that the senator’s “policy positions are driven by what’s best for Michigan’s middle-class, working families — not by campaign contributions.” With the Democratic support, the bill could pass the full Senate by the end of the week of March 12. An update will be available online at @metrotimes


Violent clashes outside Richard Spencer’s speech at MSU on March 5.


Silencing Spencer

Richard Spencer rethinks college tour after shitshow visit to MSU By Violet Ikonomova White supremacist Richard Spencer says he plans to rethink his public speaking strategy in light of the violent clashes that marred his visit to Michigan State University last week. In a video uploaded to’s YouTube account on Sunday, Spencer says he expects future public events to involve a greater element of secrecy in order to avoid drawing attention from anti-fascists, who kept people from entering his talk last Monday. “I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to host an event that’s wide open to the public in which we name the date and the time,” Spencer says. “If we do that in advance, Antifa are going to do their thing and if the campus police or state police or local police aren’t ultimately willing to free up a corridor [to help people get in] then I don’t simply want to repeat Michigan.” Spencer’s MSU visit was his worst college campus talk to date. Hundreds of protesters were gathered outside the school’s Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education when the first wave of Spencer supporters showed up, and fighting broke out almost immediately. The mass functioned as a sort of blockade, shouting “Nazis go home” and in the end only about four dozen people, many of them journalists, managed to make it in to hear the talk. Coordinators of the speech said they’d initially expected more than 300 people to attend. Spencer, who advocates for turning the U.S. into a whites-only ethno state, has held speeches at Auburn University in Alabama, Texas A&M, and the

University of Florida. On YouTube, he attributed the heightened tensions surrounding his college tour to the events in Charlottesville, Va. last August, where the alt-right held its infamous tiki torch rally and a participant killed a protester the following day. “The idea of a college tour is going into the belly of the beast … into totally academic-Marxist controlled territory and giving a speech that introduces the basic ideas of identitarianism and the alt-right,” Spencer says. “When they become violent clashes and pitched battles they aren’t fun.” Spencer had, until recently, been hoping to hold a talk at the University of Michigan. According to MLive, the school said in January that it would not host Spencer this semester, but would continue to consider his request to rent space to speak on campus for a later date. While it’s unclear whether Spencer will continue to try to hold public talks on college campuses moving forward, he did maintain his commitment to bringing his movement out of the shadows. “I don’t have a solution to this problem,” he says. “But I do think there are ways of continuing to engage with student bodies around the country, with faculty, with the general public, with doing things publicly but doing them in a different way.” @metrotimes


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Park or racetrack? Belle Isle pictured in May, 2017.

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Why the Grand Prix’s $58M economic impact claim is mostly bullshit By Tom Perkins

In the ongoing

debate over whether the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix’s organizers should be allowed to convert the city’s one-of-a-kind island park into a private raceway, gearheads typically fall back to one point — the annual event provides a huge economic boost to the city. This year, billionaire Grand Prix founder Roger Penske is claiming that his 2017 race generated $58 million in

spending in the local economy, up $11 million from 2014. He hired a sports consulting firm that came up with the figure, and the media accepted it as fact. On the surface, it’s a hard point to argue against. Are we really going to deprive hardworking local business people of $58 million just because some park users don’t want to share Belle Isle with IndyCars for up to four

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months each spring and summer? The problem is that many critics view the type of economic impact studies that the Grand Prix funded as wild exaggerations that are more exercises in public relations than serious economic analyses. The sports industry is full of charlatan economists who assemble these type of reports for clients attempting to access public resources, though there are plenty of studies, articles, and books refuting them. For example, the New York Times recently reported on a study of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl. Organizers claimed the event led to 249,000 hotel stays, but the study found guests booked less than a quarter of that estimate. Since there’s growing frustration with the race in its current location on Belle Isle, and the economic im-

pact is Penske’s central justification, it’s worth examining the study’s claim in detail. (For the sake of argument, let’s ignore for now that the race could be held elsewhere in metro Detroit and the region would still benefit from the alleged economic impact.) The first issue is one of credibility. The Grand Prix paid for the study, hiring St. Louis-based SportsImpacts — a marketing firm — to produce some numbers. SportsImpacts provided us with their findings’ executive summary, which we ran by Field of Schemes’ editor Neil deMause. His website tracks public subsidies for sports franchises, and he’s written a book on the economic impact of sports stadiums and events. He tells Metro Times the Penske report isn’t the worst he’s seen, but

he notes most firms are given a target figure from which they essentially work backward. “Most companies that do economic impact studies are in business to come up with an analysis that is going to make their clients happy,” deMause tells us. “So if you are being hired by the Grand Prix to study whether there’s an economic impact, you are going to bend over backward not to say that there’s no impact at all.” “There are enough assumptions that you can tweak the study to make it sound better or worse, depending on what you do for your clients,” he adds. One of the big issues deMause notes is a concept called substitution. Any money spent at the Grand Prix is money not spent elsewhere in Detroit’s economy. If there are 50,000 people who spend money on day two of the weekend-long Grand Prix event, that’s 50,000 people with less money to spend at the local pizzeria, at a sports bar, at a movie, and so on. If someone spends money on tickets and beer at the Grand Prix that would otherwise have gone to Tigers tickets and a beer at Comerica Park, is there really any new economic impact? No. If the Grand Prix no longer exists, will sports fans simply not spend money in the local economy? That’s unlikely. However, there are those who travel from other regions to metro Detroit for the Grand Prix, and their spending really is new spending that wouldn’t otherwise exist. But that leads us to a third problem with Penske’s economic impact claims, which involves what deMause calls leakage. Simply put, one has to think about where the money that’s spent ends up. If a race fan comes to town and buys a beer and dinner at Nemo’s, then the money is fully reinvested in the local economy. But if someone comes to town and spends money that goes to IndyCar or corporations that are involved with the Grand Prix but not headquartered in Detroit, then there is no economic impact here. That principle also applies to spending at corporate hotels and restaurants that do provide jobs, but also spend or reinvest their profits elsewhere. On that topic, deMause points to a comment by College of the Holy Cross economist Victor Matheson, who is also the North American Association of Sports Economists’ president: “Imagine an airplane landing at an airport and everyone gets out and gives each other a million bucks, then

gets back on the plane. That’s $200 million in economic activity, but it’s not any benefit to the local economy.” That’s all made worse by Belle Isle’s isolation. The race takes place on an island with its own vendors and infrastructure, so while some people park downtown, drink and eat at a bar, then catch a shuttle, there are plenty of people who are bypassing downtown and its businesses altogether. So when it comes to the Grand Prix, Detroit is uniquely positioned to benefit even less than other cities do for major sporting events. So what kind of impact is the Grand Prix providing? That’s unclear, but as Matheson told Marketplace in 2015, “A good rule of thumb that economists use is to take what stadium boosters are telling you and move that one decimal place to the left, and that’s usually a good estimate of what you’re going to get.” That would mean a $5.8 million economic impact in Detroit. A Grand Prix spokesperson claims leakage is included in the study, but otherwise declined to comment. Finally, there’s no accounting for the cost of putting on the event, though Penske takes care of most of the logistics. Sandra Novacek is part of Belle Isle Concern, a group of residents who are working to remove the race from the island. She notes that economic impact studies like this “are notoriously poor measures of actual worth to the public.” “A responsible cost-benefit analysis of the value of the Grand Prix would include factors such as the cost to taxpayers of fire, police, and emergency services, cost to park infrastructure from the race, loss of the public enjoyment of island resources for much of the spring, and the environmental impact on habitat and wildlife,” Novacek tells Metro Times. Race organizers also argue the Grand Prix puts Belle Isle and Detroit “on the national stage,” and in that way boosts the area’s image. But Novacek says that the island doesn’t need any help with its image. “[Visitors] come in droves throughout the year for picnics, family reunions, biking and walking, and visits to the aquarium, conservatory, and Great Lakes museum — and they’ll be coming from all over the world to see the Piet Oudolf garden,” she says. “The Grand Prix would have a greater economic impact, without so many negative costs, if it were moved to another part of Detroit that actually needs the revitalization a racetrack could bring.” @metrotimes


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NEWS & VIEWS Politics & Prejudices

Rashida keeping it real By Jack Lessenberry

Ask your average candidate why they want to go to Congress, and you are likely to hear them gas on about making a difference. When I ask Rashida Tlaib for the No. 1 reason she is running, she doesn’t hesitate. “I think this is about electing the jury that will impeach him, and I would be a heck of a juror!” No need to ask who “him” is. Tlaib is running in the Democratic primary in the 13th district, which takes in, roughly, the bottom half of Detroit and then twists up, down, and hooks to the west — a successfully gerrymandered Republican creation designed to corral as many Democrats into one place as possible. No Democrat ever needs to campaign here in the fall; whoever wins the primary on Aug. 7 will be the next member of Congress. This district is unique in several ways. It is not only the poorest (by far) congressional district in Michigan, it is the third poorest in the nation, or was at the time of the last census eight years ago. It is also the only Congressional district in the state that is contained entirely within one county (Wayne) and the only one that doesn’t have a congressman — not since the disgraced John Conyers quit, allegedly because of his health, on Dec. 5. Normally, when a congressperson dies or resigns, the governor of the state sets a special election within a few weeks, so the people won’t have to go too long without representation. Republicans, however, weren’t eager to add another Democratic vote to the House, and so Gov. Rick Snyder decided the people of the district could get along without a congressman until November. This is the first time this seat has been vacant in a long time, and at one point, it seemed that the number of primary candidates might rival the number of voters. You don’t have to live, or even pretend to live, in a district to run for Congress there. For example, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters didn’t live in the district that elected him to Congress in 2008. Rashida didn’t originally, but took her two sons, Yousif, 6, and Andy, 12, and moved when she decided to run. “It just seemed right, you know?” she tells 16 16 March 14-20, 2018 |

me in a quirky post-industrial little place called Anthology Coffee, next to Ponyride west of downtown. There are, as I write these words, at least 10 Democrats trying to get sent to Congress from this district, which frankly needs more help from Washington than, oh, just about anywhere. There’s not only a Conyers for Conyers connoisseurs, there are two: State Senator Ian, the congressman’s grandnephew, who is 29, and has worked in politics since he was 16; and the congressman’s son, John III, who doesn’t seem to have done, well, much of anything. Brenda Jones, the city council president, is running. So is Godfrey Dillard, who Democrats put on their ticket to run for secretary of state last time — and then gave him next to no support. William Wild, the mayor of Westland, is running; in a field this crowded, that’s a shrewd move. If he gets the lion’s share of the more than one-third of the voters who are white, he’s in. General Motors used to have a slogan, “a car for every purse and purpose.” This primary has a candidate for everybody — even Matty Moroun, the 90-year-old troll who owns the Ambassador Bridge; he gave Shanelle Jackson a job after she term-limited, and now he is presumably, knowing Moroun, trying to give himself a congresswoman. Michael Gilmore, who used to work as a staffer fo U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is in the race — and so is State Senator Coleman Young II, fresh from his humiliating defeat for mayor. If those aren’t enough candidates for you, there is also one Kentiel White, a former Detroit Police community service officer.

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NEWS & VIEWS There are, as I write these words, at least 10 Democrats trying to get sent to Congress from this district, which frankly needs more help from Washington than, oh, just about anywhere. And then there is Tlaib, who is openly proud of her heritage as a Muslim (potentially the first Muslim woman in Congress) and prouder of her heritage as a Detroiter, and she vows to stay one. “I’ve been looking at the schedule, and I found out I’d only have to be in Washington nine days out of each month,” she tells me. Not only is she promising not to “go Washington,” she clearly doesn’t want to. “These are my people. They are who I care about. This is where I belong,” she tells me. She’s always been hands on. Five years ago, huge ugly black piles appeared along the Detroit River on the Marathon refinery’s property. It was petcoke, or petroleum coke, from Canada — a byproduct of extracting oil from the tar sands. Sometimes the winds blew vile dust from the piles all over everything. Rashida went to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ — the same folks who would be soon lying through their teeth about the water in Flint. They told her it was fine. She knew better; she trespassed on Marathon’s land, got new samples, and had them tested. Bingo. Well, what do you know: Breathing petroleum coke dust isn’t so good for you after all. The city passed an ordinance, and the piles disappeared. Tlaib is rightly proud of that. She did other things, too, pushing hard for community benefits for the people who live where the new Gordie Howe International Bridge should be rising by the end of this year. She fought for laws to combat scrap metal thieves and mortgage fraud artists. When she was term-limited out of the house after six years, she took on the now-infamous Virgil Smith Jr. in a state senate primary and gave the future jailbird a tough race, but ultimately lost. Well, nobody ever said the voters always get it right. So Rashida went to work for the legendary Sugar Law

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Center as a public interest lawyer, and bided her time, until now. Yet what chance is there that the black, Hispanic and Anglo voters of her district are going to send a proudly Muslim daughter of Palestinian immigrants to represent them in Congress? Perhaps better than you think. There weren’t many Muslims back in her state house district in 2008, when she ran to succeed her boss, State Rep. Steve Tobocman. She won, solidly but not overwhelmingly, with 44 percent. “I didn’t get a majority of African-Americans or white voters the first time I ran,” she says. “But then they got a flavor of my public service, my approach, and my uniqueness, and I blew it out of the water the second time around.” That she did, getting 85 percent in her next primary. She knows very well how much her constituents need help from Washington; she intends to get it for them. Nor is she likely to forget where she came from; she grew up here, in Detroit, where she was born on July 24, 1976 — 20 days after the nation’s bicentennial. She was the eldest of 14 kids, and grew up babysitting her siblings while her parents scrabbled to make a living. Somehow, she got through Wayne State and Cooley Law School. She’s as Arab and Muslim and American as they come.

Full disclosure: Rashida was my student for several courses at Wayne, more than 20 years ago. She told me I was hard on her writing and scared her out of journalism and into political science and law. I don’t remember that, though I remember her as earnest and hardworking. But if I was in any way responsible for launching her career, well, I guess I’ve done something worthwhile with mine. @metrotimes


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Dan, Mike, and the women of Detroit by Larry Gabriel

It was International

Women’s Day... right smack dab in the middle of Women’s History Month... right smack dab in the middle of a political season with a record number of women candidates. So it seemed something of a slap upside the head to see this Detroit Free Press headline on that very day: “2 of Detroit’s most powerful men got together. Here’s what they said.” The lede gave a bit more on this convergence of power: “Two of Detroit’s most powerful men traded quips and compliments Thursday and offered upbeat perspectives on Detroit’s revival at the latest Pancakes and Politics event.” They had to say it twice, just in case you didn’t get it that businessman Dan Gilbert and Mayor Mike Duggan run things around here. That’s the narrative and that’s what the media enforces just so people know who’s in charge — even if it’s International Women’s Day and women are being celebrated around the world. OK, so the Freep doesn’t control when the political breakfasts take place or when Gilbert and Duggan decide to kick back and congratulate each other on what a fine job they’re doing. Still, it was an uneasy convergence of truthtelling. They were eating pancakes, but it had the aura of a couple of guys kicking back with cigars and bourbon to pat themselves on the back and say, “We got it going on.” Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty, a local activist and a member of the Boggs Center board of directors, has some thoughts on that. “The constant narrative of wealthy white men as the source of ‘power’ in a city where the households are run predominantly by black women is dehumanizing, especially on International Women’s Day,” she says. “Black women have been holding down a city that was abandoned by most of the world for nearly five decades. We were not supposed to survive in the constant barrage of negative propaganda that has cursed us for half a century, but we did and we are. Black women have been, and continue to be, instrumental in our resilience.” Petty has a practice of speaking truth to power. Shortly before catching that headline I had just watched a video of

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the Detroit People’s Platform People’s Response to the State of the City, led by Petty. Duggan had delivered the State of the City speech on Tuesday, March 6 evening. The response addressed issues such as transportation, affordable housing, and water shutoffs. “Historically and during my entire life, black women have been engaged in every aspect of struggle in Detroit,” Petty says. “There are mothers sharing water hoses through their windows for families suffering water shutoffs. There are women cooking meals for the children on their block whose parents are working double shifts to try to make ends meet. I have witnessed and experienced Detroit women opening up their homes to children and families with no other place to go. I hesitate to call these responses progressive because this has just been the way that Detroit women have showed up for each other and their city for as long as I can remember.” So maybe your perspective on Detroit depends on where you are observing it from. During the pancakes conversation, Duggan claimed that Detroit, “is a city where you can build your dreams.” Apparently it’s also a place where you can suffer your nightmare. Of course, during the DugganGilbert back-patting session they cited lighting improvements and other things, while acknowledging that more needs to be done. Well, that makes sense and keep it up, but it’s time to stop touting the lighting fix as the Duggan administration’s signature

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NEWS & VIEWS achievement. We’re in the fifth year of the Duggan era, and that next big thing needs to happen. The pancake back-pat discussion also touched on e-commerce giant Amazon eliminating Detroit from consideration for its new headquarters. Gilbert showed the city the back of his hand on this one. The Freep article said, “Gilbert challenged the notion that Detroit lacks talent. He cited the example of Ivy League students from universities including Brown and Yale that come to Detroit for internships with his companies.” It’s not like he said we are going to get Detroiters trained up so this doesn’t happen again. No. He just called for more people to come from somewhere else to get those good jobs. On Tuesday, March 6, Duggan gave a great feel-good speech about everybody in Detroit cooperating and working together and all the things he’s going to do. On Thursday, March 8, when the two powerful men had their pancakes, it was a demonstration of how things really work around here. And the ladies weren’t invited.

tury into the era of women’s liberation! This is not a dream or a utopia. It is a reality. But in order for it to come true, we must create a women’s liberation program for the 21st century.” This is the real war that President Donald Trump and the club of male rage that surrounds him are fighting. It’s no coincidence that the voices that are most disturbing to Trump and his cohorts are those of women they have victimized. It’s why Trump uttered

Kurdish women make the day

The greatest and most powerful thing I saw on International Women’s Day was a “Call to women around the world” from the Kurdish women’s movement. This manifesto, which can be found on, begins with the greeting: “From the mountains of Kurdistan, in the lands where society developed with the leadership of women.” It is truly a global document, tracing the roots of “capitalist modernity” to Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago, decrying the artificial borders of the Middle East that were drawn by Europeans after World War I, and naming the current military war in the area World War III. Then they nail the world situation in the following section: “We are in the midst of a historic process. The patriarchal system, as the age peer of statist civilization, is undergoing a deep structural crisis. As women, we must diagnose this systemic crisis with its causes and consequences, establish strong analyses, and develop perspectives that will accelerate our struggle. For, just as the system’s structural crisis constitutes great threats to women around the world, this situation also offers opportunities to guarantee women’s freedom, opportunities that perhaps only come once in a century. We even say: We can turn the 21st cen-

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“nasty woman” to Hillary Clinton on camera; it’s why he’s fighting to keep his affairs with porn star Stormy Daniels and others under wraps; it’s why he supported child molester Roy Moore’s Senate run. It’s why Veep Mike Pence will not have a meal alone with a woman who is not his wife. It’s why opposing a woman’s right to choose when to have a baby is a central plank of the Republican Party platform. It’s why the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified. As the Kurdish women say, “there is no land spared from feeling this crisis, no lake, mountain, or river

left untouched, no society that was not affected by attempts at domination. However, those most affected by the crisis are women.” They then point to the solution: “Women and women’s liberation constitute the fundamental opposing power of the patriarchal capitalist world system.” This is an amazing document that pulls together so much of what I see going on in the world into a coherent vision and statement. It needs to be widely read. @gumbogabe


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Danny’s Irish Pub.


Seeing green

What makes for the perfect Irish bar? By Mickey Lyons

There’s something about

a good Irish pub that appeals to any practiced bar-goer. The dark paneled walls, just like your granddad’s house, the hint of fug that brings back the ghosts of cigars long past, the green beer and car bombs… Oh, wait. Not those last two. Listen, if your idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day involves electric emerald Bud Light, blinking plastic trinkets flung into the street, or locking arms and yodeling out “Danny Boy” at the top of your lungs, stay at home this weekend, please. Detroit’s beleaguered Irish bartenders have enough to put up with and will not welcome another fake Lucky Charms accent. And truly, skip the car bomb — they’re offensive and take forever to make and clean up. Just order a whiskey already; it was perfected in Ireland, after all. A great Irish pub, especially in Detroit, is a surprisingly rare find. In fact, if the whole bar was assembled in a factory in Rathmines and then shipped over via freight, it’s far less likely to be appealing to the actual Irish-American drinker than the cinder block building that’s been in a strip mall for 30 years, with a questionable mural painted outside by someone’s niece. There’s no

true formula for the magic of a good pub. There are, however a few signs that you’ve found the right place. Here are a few pointers (from someone who has spent far too much time in pubs) for finding your perfect new spot. Is there a snug? A snug is a throwback to those antiquated days 25 years ago when women (supposedly) didn’t frequent pubs. Of course they always have, though, so old pubs have a semiprivate booth tucked next to the bar with direct access to the bartender so the ladies could get their drink on. Or so rowdy groups could pile on top of each other. In Detroit, snugs are pretty much nonexistant, since our women have long given zero craps about who sees them drinking. It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Are there at least two old men nodding over pints or arguing loudly about politics or sports? Good. Those are the men that have been holding down those bar stools for decades. They know everything about everything, and by longstanding tradition they form a secret society whose rules you will never understand. If one of them nods at you on two separate occasions, though, consider yourself initiated. You can also apply for membership at the

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Gaelic League or the Ancient Order of Hibernians; all but two days out of the year, there’s plenty of opportunities to hear stories of the old country. What’s the food situation? Artisanal scallops and $20 shepherd’s pie do not a traditional Irish dinner make. If they have a full menu, a good stew or fish and chips are much more traditionally Irish than corned beef and cabbage. Honestly, the Irish are not known for their fine cuisine, so potatoes of any kind should be predominant on the menu and a weekly Friday fish fry should be standard. Or you could just grab some of Nemo’s stellar burgers. A perfectly acceptable dinner choice are the year-old imported crisps with funny flavors stapled up behind the bar, washed down with a Guinness or Smithwick’s. Does the bar sponsor a local sports team? This is crucial. It can be a 4-yearold’s soccer team or the local drunks’ kickball league, doesn’t really matter. Good pubs know they’re a community gathering spot. They also know that the parents or the kickballers will bring everyone back to the bar for a pint. That’s smart business. Danny’s Irish Pub in Ferndale usually has at least one rowdy softball team on the roster.

What’s the smoking section look like? Yes, yes, smoking is illegal in Michigan. That doesn’t mean the diehard Irish quit altogether, so any pub worth its salt will make its outdoor smoking section conducive to enjoying a pint in the process. Kudos to Dunleavy’s in Allen Park for having not only spacious, but also heated, outdoor smoking. What’s playing on the TV? At the barest minimum, it should be Premier League soccer. Much better if it’s Galway United or Gaelic football or hurling, the rules to which can only be revealed if you grew up in Ireland or you’ve been initiated by one of the grumpy old men at the corner stool — preferably after you’ve bought them several pints. Thomas Magee’s in Eastern Market opens early to show all the Liverpool FC games. What’s playing on the jukebox or from the band? If it’s “Sweet Home Alabama” or even “Whiskey in the Jar,” please understand that every bartender wants to puke when they hear those songs. And “Danny Boy” is a damn funeral song, so that’s right out. Considering that it’s Detroit, all things Flogging Molly are fine, but spare us Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping Off to Boston” unless you are in fact imminently departing for Beantown. The Pogues are always a good bet with the exception of Spider vocals-era Pogues. That’s never OK. If there’s a live band playing, they should be sufficiently scruffy and at least one band member should be named Pat, Paul, or Michael and have very crooked teeth. Local band Stone Clover plays PJ’s Lager House on parade day and brings their “Detroit Paddy Slag” to the Old Shillelagh on Saint Patrick’s Day. What’s the whiskey selection? The old “Jameson is Catholic and Bushmills is Protestant” saw is as Irish as corned beef, which is to say not at all. Any Irish pub has both in several varieties, and it doesn’t matter a bit which you drink. Look beyond those two, though, and a solid pub will also have a range of Powers and everything from the obscenely delicious Midleton Very Rare to the insanely cheap but surprisingly good Paddy. Check out McShane’s or, if you’re up north, Sullivan’s Public House for a good sampler. The best pubs, of course, are the ones you feel comfortable in. Your bartender should be friendly without being overly intrusive, and should have a generous hand with the whiskey. The Irish have created a legacy from exporting hospitality, after all. @metrotimes


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FEATURE Sláinte!

A selection of St. Patrick’s Day parties and happenings in and around Detroit By MT staff

Ann Arbor Distilling Company

Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub

Music by the Whiskey Charmers. Starts at 7 p.m.; 220 Felch St., Ann Arbor; 734-882-2169;

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations start early with live music, Irish dancers, special menu, and more. Starts at 7 a.m., 318 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-665-2968;; $20 cover.

Beacon Park Features heated tent, food, DJ, lawn games, and more. Starts at 5 p.m.; 1903 Grand River Ave., Detroit; no cover.

The Blarney Stone Starts at 7 a.m.; 27253 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-541-1881;; no cover.

Bogart’z Food & Spirits Irish food menu features corned beef and cabbage and Guinness stew. Starts at noon; 17441 Mack Ave., Detroit; 313-885-3995;

Briggs Detroit Drink specials and DJs Tone and Tony Peoples. Starts at 7 a.m.; 519 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; no cover.

CJ Mahoney’s Drink specials and food specials. Opens at 10 a.m.; 2511 Livernois Rd., Troy; 248-273-4600; facebook. com/CJMahoneysTroy.

Corner Brewery Live music with Ghost City Searchlight starts at 7 p.m. Starts at 9 a.m.; 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti; 734-480-2739;; no cover.

Corktown Tavern

1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313964-5103.

Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse Features new beers, wood-fired pizza, a “roll the dice challenge,” and more. Starts at 8 a.m.; 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti; 734-249-8993;; no cover.

Danny’s Irish Pub  

Starts at 7 a.m.; 22824 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-546-8331; no cover.

Detroit Fleat

Menu including corned beef, cabbage, and Guinness Irish Stew. Starts at 11 a.m.; 2010 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-853-6600.

Live music from Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men, food trucks, beer tent, and more. Starts at 11 a.m.; 1820 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-607-7611;; no cover.

Claddagh Irish Pub

Detroit Irish Fest

DJs, live music, Irish dancers, costume contest, and more. Starts at 7 a.m.; 17800 Haggerty Rd., Livonia; 734-542-8141;

Heated tent, live music, games, and more. Starts at 9 a.m.; 700 Randolph St., Detroit;; $15$20.

Clancy’s Irish Pub


Live music, DJs, Irish menu. Starts 7 a.m.; 42012 Hayes Rd., Charter Twp., 586-286-0008;; no cover.

Irish fare, green beer, and a Leprechaun. 32500 Gratiot Ave., Roseville; 586296-2739; Roseville;

CK Diggs

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Vintage House.


Duggan’s Irish Pub

The Hideout

Live music, heated tent, and more. Starts at 7 a.m.; 31501 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-5493659;; $5 cover.

Irish menu and green beer. Starts at 11 a.m.; 1110 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-435-2494;



Indoor and outdoor heated area features entertainment by DJ Nass, Prevu, Jmac, and more. Starts at 9 a.m.; 529 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-962-1300;

Celebrating the 8th anniversary of Odd Side Ales. Features a menu of 18 Ode Side beers and drink specials. Starts at 11 a.m.; 208 W. Fifth St., Royal Oak; 248-556-2202.

Farmington Brewing Co.

Young, Rich & Famous party featuring the It’s Showtime Male Revue. Solo performance by Lucky Charm, along with Most Wanted, Da Twinz, Fatal Attraction, and more. Hosted by Mr. Green Eyes. Starts at 9 p.m.; 9933 Greenfield Rd., Detroit; $20.

Brunch served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5 p.m. dinner menu, beer specials, and more. Starts at 10 a.m.; 33336 Grand River Ave. Farmington; 248-9579543;; Tickets are $10 for brunch.

Gator Jake’s DJ, Irish menu, and more. Starts at 11 a.m.; 36863 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights; 586-9833700;; no cover.

Hamlin Corner Starts at noon; 386 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-556-5428;; $5 cover.

Ice Night Club of Detroit

Irish Gaelic League St. Patrick’s Day celebration features live music. Music starts at 11 a.m.; 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-9648700;

Jacoby’s German Biergarten

Starts at 11 a.m.; 624 Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-7067;

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FEATURE J’s Penalty Box

O’Connor’s Public House

Starts at 11 a.m.; 22726 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-398-4070.

5,000-square-foot party tent, two music stages, games, prizes, and more. First 1,000 people receive commemorative engraved Guinness glass. Starts at 7 a.m.. 324 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-608-2537;; $15 cover.

John Cowley & Sons Live music from the Shawn Riley Band. Starts 9 a.m.; 33338 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-474-5941;

Kapone’s Sports Tavern First annual St. Patrick’s Day bash featuring live music, DJ, Irish fare, door prizes, and more. Starts at 7 a.m.; 24301 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-200-5242;; no cover.

Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit DJs, Irish menu, and Tullamore Dew. Starts at 11 a.m.; 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200;; no cover.

Loving Touch Music from Corktown Popes and the Muggs. Starts at 8 p.m.; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale;; 248-820-5596; Tickets are $10.

O’Halloran’s Public House and Hall Beer tent; $15 all-you-can-eat buffet. Starts at 10 a.m.; 112 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens; 586-3291252;

O’Mara’s Live music. Open at noon; 2555 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-399-6750;; $5 cover.

O’Toole’s Festivities include an Irish menu and drink specials. Open 9 a.m.; 205 W. Fifth Ave., Royal Oak; 248-591-9226;; no cover.

Old Miami

Downriver’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party. Heated tents, live music, and more. Starts at noon; 13545 Eureka Rd., Southgate; $5.

Dubbed the “Saint Patrick looks good in leather” edition of Industrial Detroit, this event features music by Cervello Elettronico, Sleep Clinic, Fluxion A/D, Deadlines, and more. Starts at 9 p.m.; 3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; $8.

McShane’s Irish Pub

Old Shillelagh

Live music, green beer, Irish menu, and more. Opens at 11 a.m.; 1460 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-1960;; no cover.

Heated tent. Starts at 7 a.m.; 349 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-964-0007;

Market Center Park

The Morrie Live music all day. Opens at 10:30 a.m.; 511 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-216-1112; $5 cover.

Nemo’s Live music, tent. Starts at 10:30 a.m.; 1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-965-3180;; $5 cover.

New Dodge Lounge Music by Bleeding on Your Conscience, the Lowcocks, Nahuales Underground, and Johnny Sin. Starts at 8 p.m.; 8850 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-8745963; $10.

Otus Supply Music by Terrapin Flyer. Starts at 8 p.m.; 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248- 291-6160;; Tickets are $15, or $20 day of show.

Pat O’brien’s Irish Pub Breakfast menu, band, DJs, and more. Starts at 7 a.m.; 22385 E. 10 Mile Rd., St. Clair Shores; 586-771-5715, $10 cover starting at 11 a.m.

Patrick J’s Irish Pub Live music, green beer, and more. Starts at 7 a.m.; 3052 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-268-3909;

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Vintage House.

PJ’s Lager House Music starts at 7 p.m., including Act Casual and Baccano. Starts at 9 a.m.; 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668;; no cover.

Renshaw Lounge Breakfast served until noon, inlcuding Irish breakfast pizza, corned beef hash and eggs, Bloody Marys, mimosas, and more. Starts at 7 a.m., 210 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-616-3016;

Rosie O’Grady’s DJs, live music, heated tent, $1,000 flip cup challenge, and more. Starts at 6 a.m.; 279 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, 248-591-9163;; $10 cover after 10 a.m.

Royal Oak Brewery Beer specials, Irish food, and more. Starts at 8 a.m.; 215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; no cover.

Solanus Casey Center Mass followed by corned beef and cabbage dinner. Starts at 5 p.m.; 1780 Mount Elliott St.; Detroit; 313-579-2100; solanuscenter. org; $40.

Three Blind Mice Bands, DJ, and more. Starts at 7 a.m.; 101 N. Main St., Mount Clemens; 586-961-6371; $10 cover.


Tilted Kilt Various locations;

Vintage House Party features a menu with corned beef and Irish fare, heated tents, and live music, DJs, Irish dancers, and more. Starts at 7 a.m.; 31816 Utica Rd., Fraser; 586-415-5678;; no cover until noon, $10 3 p.m. to close.

Watermark Bar and Grille Live music, drink specials. Starts at 11 a.m.; 24420 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-777-3677;; no cover.

Witch’s Hat Brewing Co. No green beer here! The brewery is selling wax-dipped bottles. $3 cover benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Starts at noon; 601 S. Lafayette St., South Lyon; 248-486-2595;

Wurst Bar Drink specials and Irish food menu. Starts at 11:30 a.m.; 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti; 734-485-6720; wurstbarypsi. com; no cover.

Youngers Irish Tavern Tenth Annual St. Patrick’s Day party Irish menu, bag pipers, DJ, and more. Starts at 8 a.m.; 120 S. Main St., Romeo; 586-752-4400; @metrotimes


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Sichuan noodles.


Noodle paradise By Nick George

For months I drove past the

freshly painted deep red brick building on a nondescript stretch of John R wondering what on earth is this place called “Noodletopia” and when will it open? You see, I love noodles. Always have. From the browned vermicelli in Syrian rice to the overprocessed, cancer-friendly Kraft OG. But despite my volcanic passion for noodles, we have — at times — had to go on a break. I had to see other grains. “I just can’t do carbs right now.” Nevertheless, a large, fresh, brightly lit sign on the east side of John R exclaimed in a casual, lowercase doodlelike font: “Noodletopia.” I’m done for. Chinese noodle paradise. But the days turned to months as John R motorists were left to wonder when Noodletopia would open its doors. That day finally came in August. The first two things I noticed: an A-frame specials board written in entirely Mandarin. This is a good sign. The windows are dense with condensation — another good sign. I turn

the corner and see someone slapping dough against a stainless steel table behind glass, repeating the motions of pounding, stretching, and twisting like the conductor of a fierce double Dutch, doubling the strands of noodles with each fold. But we start with drinks, and the sea salt cheese tea is unlike anything I’ve ever tried. Thick, sweet, and salty, like a whipped cheesecake with a backdrop of black tea. The freshly renovated space seats about 40 with room to spare, and seems to always have a steady flow of customers, even in the off hours. The open kitchen layout has a short six-seat bar affixed to its outside so customers can get up close and personal with the line cooks. Trendy incandescent bulbs dangle from the exposed ceiling, and a physically large menu written in chalk hangs above a banquette. Noodletopia adds items to the menu as they work the kinks out — a sign of experience. The menu comes with a handy flowchart, visually explaining the components visually that make up the entrees.

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Customers can choose between bladeshaved noodles, hand-pulled noodles, or hand-pulled belt noodles — a thicker and wider variation. The sides and dim sum sections of the menu offer some incredible dishes. The bean curd salad is light and refreshing, with a hint of vinegar and green sichuan peppercorn. The lamb spine includes melt-in-your-mouth tender chunks of lamb meat that fall off the bone, served in an excruciatingly hot stone bowl with carrots, ginger, tomato, and five spice flavors — an example of western Chinese cooking that descended from Middle Eastern flavors by way of the silk road some 1000 years ago. The griddle pie is a common breakfast in China, a thin pancake with lightly sweetened soybean paste and a touch of vinegar cooked up on a crepe maker and wrapped around a cracker. The noodles come out fast in waves, and everything is served as soon as it’s ready. The star of the lineup of entrees is the Sichuan noodles. The noodles are long, firm, chewy, and carry the dressing well, and the balance between the aromatics, sugar, black vinegar, chili oil, ground pork, and sichuan peppercorns is just right. There’s enough ma la (spicy numbing sensation) to make even the most seasoned of spice fans worry they might be allergic to some-

Noodletopia 30120-30140 John R Rd., Madison Heights 248-591-4092 Open 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Entrees $8.99-$10.99

thing, and they pack a decent amount of Tianjin heat. There’s black vinegar and a fantastic housemade chili oil on each table if you prefer a bit more heat. The tomato and egg noodles are the one entree to feature the blade-shaved variety of noodle. It’s thicker, each strand measuring around six inches in length. The dish was light and refreshing while remaining oily and filling. Good, but not a showstopper. The beef tripe noodles are fantastic as well, with the fermented flavor of lactic acid adding complexity to the deeply savory broth, and bits of mustard greens complementing the poached tripe. It’s a simple menu done well, with enough variety to keep things interesting while hitting home runs with a few staples. We’re lucky to finally have a hand-pulled noodle spot of our own, and Noodletopia lives up to the name. @metrotimes


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Black Pig’s saucisson.


Salami tactics

Meet Black Pig, Michigan’s first (legit) dry cure salumists By Tom Perkins

One of the best parts of eating

in Michigan is that we have local, craft producers for just about everything, and often times there are more than one for specific foodstuffs. But when it comes to dry cured, fermented pig — or more specifically, salami — Michigan has lacked any real options. But that recently changed with the launching of Black Pig Salame Co., a Tecumseh-based fermented salami company that runs out of the Boulevard Market specialty shop. It’s run by husband and wife team of John and Erika Aylward and is the state’s first Michigan Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agricultureapproved salami company. Yes, there likely exists a chef who is fermenting salami in his or her kitchen, or some sticks on a table at a farmers’ market somewhere. However, that’s ultimately bootleg salami. Black Pig is the first legitimate purveyor. So far the company always offers a saucisson, a French salami that holds

coarsely ground meat and fat, and is simply spiced with black pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Other varieties are rotated on a bi-weekly basis. That includes a Tuscan finocchiona filled with fennel and cracked black pepper; a Spanish chorizo driven by a smokey paprika; and a red wine and red pepper flake soppressata. As for the science behind it, dry curing and fermenting a saucisson is basically about growing healthy molds as the salami ages to prevent bad bacteria from contaminating the meat. Black Pig first grinds Michigan pork before adding the peppers, garlic, and a bacteria culture. Nitrates are also added (they’re in all cured meats, even if a producer claims otherwise) and the mix is stuffed into an all-natural collagen casing before it’s hung in a fermentation chamber, which is essentially a large fridge. In the fermentation chamber the temperature ranges from 70 to 90 degrees to activate the bacteria, which

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then consumes dextrose and converts it into acid. As the acidity drops — or the salami gets more acidic — harmful pathogens are killed and can’t grow. The pH level and bacterial culture are two of the major factors in developing the salami’s flavor and style. One can take the same spices but adjust the pH and change the bacteria to produce distinctly different sticks. As the salami dries, Black Pig monitors how much water remains in the meat to ensure nothing harmful can grow. From the first grind until the stick is ready to slice, the process takes between 30 and 35 days. “It’s no different than it was done 500 years ago,” Erika Aylward tells Metro Times. “We wanted a more solid salami — one that’s firm and very flavorful. We don’t want it to be less dry, and our recipe grind and style is that of a French saucisson.” The Boulevard Market also makes its own chocolate and cheeses, and the Aylwards started producing salami

when other companies’ sticks they sold piqued their interest. “We’ve bought and sold everyone’s salamis over the last 15 years at the store, and it’s been cool to watch companies start, see their growth, and experience it through tasting,” Aylward says. “We were impressed with different companies like Olympia and Cremenelli, so we started playing around with it ourselves.” As of now, Black Pig is only offering direct sales of roughly nine ounce sticks on its website,, or you can head to its Tecumseh store at 102 E. Chicago Blvd. “We love to produce food and be really creative about it,” Aylward tells us. “I don’t want to be a meat factory, and we always try to be really clear about what our passions are and that’s how it is for now.” @metrotimes


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Lovers Only opens in Capitol Park Edited by Tom Perkins

Burger and sandwich

restaurant Lovers Only is now open in downtown Detroit’s Capitol Park. It’s the second restaurant for Eli Boyer, who launched the Voyager seafood spot in Ferndale last year. He’s again teaming up with Voyager chefs Justin Tootla and Jennifer Jackson for this project. A release from the restaurant says it crafts “burgers and sandwiches that draw from [the chefs’] rich culinary experience — as well as family memories — to create a menu that not only delivers deliciousness, but a story as well.” The short and simple menu includes eight burgers and sandwiches, three sides, and two salads. Among the burger options are the Classic Smash (six ounces of beef, American cheese, onion slice, lettuce, mayo, and mustard) and the Bitter South (six ounces of beef, comeback sauce, Emmentaler cheese, hash browns, and fried onions). Beef is supplied by Ferndale’s Farm Field Table, and each burger and sandwich has its own unique bread. Sandwiches include the the Extern (cold fried chicken, white barbecue sauce, and jalapeño slaw), and Lovers Only will offer hand cut fries, smothered fries, and onion rings on the side. On the beverage menu, Boyer is keeping five beers and three drinks on tap. The latter includes a house punch, spicy margarita soda, and negroni. Non-alcoholic drinks include Mexican coke, a lime coriander soda, and more. “We’re thrilled that our vision for Lovers Only has come to fruition, and we can’t wait to share our independently-owned burger joint with the Detroit community,” Boyer says. “Care, craftsmanship, and hospitality is at the core of everything we do, and that shines through in every element of this restaurant.” The restaurant is located at 34 W. Grand River Ave., Detroit. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lovers Only is now open in downtown Detroit.

Imperial and Public House owners move forward with new Ferndale restaurant Ferndale’s Working Class Outlaws — the group behind Imperial and Public House — are moving forward on what appears to be a Japanese-related concept called AntiHero. The project has been discussed for several years but the restaurant group hasn’t offered many details beyond the location — next door to Public House. However, an employee previously told Metro Times to expect a Japaneseinspired menu. Executive chef Brandon Zarb revealed the restaurant’s name in material for his pop-up dinner at Hamtramck’s Revolver on Friday, April 6. In a bio of Zarb on its site, Revolver writes that AntiHero is “a brand new endeavor in downtown Ferndale, quietly in the works. The location is secured and in transition. The general theme is set. Specifics [and] menu are developing. Come out to (Revolver) on April 6 for a hint at what’s in store.”

A St. Clair Shores restaurant owner wants to put a food truck on the roof If you follow local politics at all in any city anywhere, then you know someone like Mike LeFevre: a smalltown guy with wacky, big-time ideas. And he makes them happen. LeFevre owns St. Clair Shores’ popular Mike’s on the Water restaurant, which sees a good portion of its

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customers arrive by boat during the summer months. Mike’s opens for the season on March 20 this year, and LeFevre’s got a problem he’s got to resolve before then: He installed a rooftop deck last year, but he can’t get food up there. Buns were flying off trays as his waitstaff brought burgers up the stairs last season, and who wants a bunless burger? Might as well get a steak at that point. “That wasn’t right,” LeFevre says. The solution: Put a food truck on the roof, duh. Yeah, it’s gimmicky. Maybe even slightly batshit crazy. But hear LeFevre out. He’’s an idea man, and he can sell you on this. In fact, he sold the idea to the St. Clair Shores City Council at its March 5 meeting. It unanimously approved the plans following a LeFevre pitch. After noting at the outset that he just returned from a trip around the world, LeFevre told the council he’s ready for action. “I’m back and I got more ideas!” he exclaimed. “I wish one day I could shut my thinking cap off, but it doesn’t happen ... and I’m comin’ back at you again soon.” Faithful reader: We’ll be here to bring you the news when that happens. But a food truck on the roof? That seems logistically challenging. “If an airplane can fly to the moon, then we can definitely ... put a food truck up there!” LeFevre said. He’ll reinforce the roof with some extra steel, and some cabling will


ensure the truck doesn’t roll away, even if he’s going to rig the tires so they’ll be spinning. When a council member asked if LeFevre has a food truck, he replied, “There are multiple food trucks available! I could have one in an hour!” Though he later admitted he’s buying one in Georgia. But a food truck on the roof? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? “It’ll wow you when you drive down the road!” LeFevre told the council. “You’ll see a food truck on the roof! I’ve never seen ’em there before. I’ve seen ’em on streets! I’ve seen ’em on parking lots! I’ve seen ’em in parks! I’ve never seen ’em on the roof! I’m beyond fired up on this one!” If you still aren’t convinced LeFevre is excited about this prospect, he also added, “I’ll light it up like a Christmas tree, if you want! I’ll put a Christmas tree on top of it!” Later, he clarified, “It’ll definitely be done right, and classy. It’s going to be funky, but classy.” How will it get up there? Someone joked about a helicopter, but apparently those details will come later. When the food truck does happen, you’ll find a menu with 16 to 20 dishes from different countries from around the world. It’ll probably include those lobster rolls for which Mike’s is locally famous. Stay tuned for more LeFevre. @metrotimes


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What’s Going On

A week’s worth of things to do and places to do them By MT staff The old Kanye. Friday, March 16, Ant Hall.

WEDNESDSAY, 3/14 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark @ Majestic Theatre


WEDNESDSAY, 3/14 Stormy Daniels’ ‘Make America Horny Again’ tour

THURSDAY, 3/15 Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Chelsea Manning

Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313833-9700;; Tickets are $29.50-$35.

WTF In the wake of revelations of an alleged affair and cover-up with President Donald Trump, Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) will take to the pole as part of the “Make America Horny Again Tour,” where the porn actress is expected to strip and sign autographs alongside a Trump impersonator. Whether or not Daniels will spill any juicy details of the $130,000 in hush money she recieved from a Trump lawyer before the 2016 election or share the president’s spanking preferences could not be confirmed at press time.

Performances at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., and midnight on Wednesday, March 14; 6200 E. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-733-4598;; Tickets are $20.

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Blacklight Dodgeball @ Michigan Science Center

@ Michigan Theater

@ Truth Detroit

MUSIC Touch you once, touch you twice, one thing is certain — Andy McCluskey and Pat Humphreys won’t let go for any price. The English synth-pop Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark gave us the infectious 1986 hit “If You Leave” which most notably scored the final scene in Pretty In Pink where James Spader gets the brush-off, Duckie gets a dance, and Molly gets a makeout session. Thirty-some years later and OMD still has a knack for moody new wave jams suitable for shoulder-pad shimmying.


TALK Rarely are the words “cheek swab” and “hair clippings” associated with art. But when bio-political artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg teamed up with queer and transgender rights activist Chelsea Manning, the two collaborated on a sculptural portraiture project derived from Manning’s DNA. Manning, a former intelligence analyst for the U.S Department of Defense who is best known for serving seven years of a 35-year sentence in military prison after leaking government documents during her deployment in Iraq in 2009, was released in 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.

Discussion begins at 5:10 p.m.; 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor;; 734-668-8397; Admission is free and open to the public.

FUN Glow ahead — make my day. The Michigan Science Center is redefining happy hour with their monthly After Dark series. This month they’re throwing out the traditional Thursday night with blacklight dodgeball. Duck, dip, dodge, and dive while decked out in blacklight gear. In addition to open games of dodgeball with two blacklight courts, guests can take advantage of blacklight face painting, a blacklight selfie-station, glowing cocktails, and a lecture that will use physics to disprove the beloved movie quote: “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”

Event begins at 6 p.m., 5020 John R St., Detroit; 313-577-8400;; Tickets are $15 and $10 for members and includes one drink ticket. Event is 21+.

Glen Hansard, Tuesday, March 20, Royal Oak Music Theatre.

FRIDAY, 3/16 I Miss the Old Kanye: A Kanye West Tribute

TUESDAY, 3/20 Glen Hansard @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

@ Ant Hall


TUES, 3/20-SUN, 3/25 56th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival @ Downtown Ann Arbor

MUSIC The year was 2004. Kim Kardashian was Paris Hilton’s over-tweezed assistant and lyrical legend Kanye West was simply Mr. West. A trip down hip-hop lane, I Miss the Old Kanye will cater to a shared longing of the Kanye of yesteryear. Long before Yeezy kicks there was “Jesus Walks,” and thanks to the bevy of 'Ye-inspired DJ sets, art displays, and live performances, you can relive West’s golden “Gold Digger” days. DJ Stacye J, Sheefy Mcfly, VIB|SNDS, and MotorKam Det are among some of the artists set to pay homage to the singular cultural phenomenon.

MUSIC Irish folk singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has been breaking hearts since 2007 when he starred alongside former bandmate Markéta Irglová in the romantic musical drama Once, for which he won an Oscar for best original song. Ten years later and Hansard is flying solo with his third record Between Two Shores, which showcases a sweet balladeer with a devastating penchant for delivering harsh truths. Calling to mind Cat Stevens meets the Proclaimers, Hansard confronts the matters of the heart with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a healthy dose of longing.

Doors open at 7 p.m., 2320 Caniff St., Hamtramck; 313-365-4948;; Tickets are $15$20.

Doors open at 7 p.m., 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-3992980;; Tickets are $29.50-$55.

FILM Every movie these days is either a remake or a reboot, it seems. You won't find any of that here. Hailed as the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, the fest returns for its 56th year as both a platform for filmmakers and cinephiles alike. The festival will feature more than 180 films from more than 20 countries, including everything from animation, documentary, fiction, and all of the wonderfully strange gaps in between.

Opening night begins at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Runs through Sunday, March 25. See aafilmfest. org for showtimes and venues; Tickets start at $8 or $50 for the weekend. @metrotimes

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THIS WEEK MUSIC Wednesday, March 14 After Funk 8 p.m.; Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $10-$15. Casey Abrams 8 p.m.; Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $15.

Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; free. Neil Hilborn 7 p.m.; The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $20. Papadosio 8:30 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $20.

Doug Horn Trio 8 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; no cover.

The Running Youngs 7 p.m.; The Pike Room, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; $10-$12.

Intrepid Travelers 9 p.m.; Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; $7-$10.

STOMP 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $20+.

K Flay 7:30 p.m.; Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $22-$25.

Twin Falls 8 p.m.; Trixie’s, 2656 Carpenter Ave., Hamtramck; $7.

Michael Schenker Fest 7 p.m.; Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; $29.50-$75.

Yoron Isreal “Project Trio: New Dreams” 9 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; $10.

Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark 7 p.m.; Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $29.50-$35.

Saturday, March 17

Piedmont Blues: A Search For Salvation 7:30 p.m.; Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; Piedmont Blues: Search for Salvation 7:30 p.m.; Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; $26-$54. Secrets 7 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $12. Senses Fail 6 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $18. Titus Andronicus 8 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $15.

Ben Rosenblum 9:30 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; $10. Blue Catherdral presented by Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m.; Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; $70 adults, $35 for youth. Corktown Popes 8 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $10. The Evan Mercer Trio 6 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; no cover. Movements 6 p.m.; The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $15.

Thursday, March 15

The RFD Boys 7:30 p.m.; The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $11.

Carl Cafagna & North Star Jazz 8 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; $10.

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone 8 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $25.

John Corabi 7 p.m.; Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Rd., Westland; $15.

STOMP 2 & 8 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $20+.

Langhorne Slim 8 p.m.; The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $22.

Terrapin Flyer 8 p.m.; Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $15-$20.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong 7 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $20.

Theo Katzman 9 p.m.; Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; $20.

Sampere 8 p.m.; PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; $7.

Walker Hayes 8:30 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $15-$36.

Stark Buffalo 8 p.m.; Small’s Bar, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck; $5.

Sunday, March 18

Friday, March 16

Clan Of Xymox 8 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $20-23.

Danny Kroha 8 p.m.; PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit.

Harm’s Way 6 p.m.; The Pike Room, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; $14-$16.

Icon for Hire 7 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $15.

Holly Hock’s Speakeasy Sunday 8:30 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; $15-$25.

Jeff CunyTrio 5:30-8:01 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; no cover.

The Hunna and Coasts 6:30 p.m.; The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $20.

Lise de la Salle 7 p.m.; Detroit

wednesday 3/14

After Funk

wsg: paddlebots thursday 3/15


saturday 3/17

terrApin Flyer

tribute to the grAteful deAd wednesday 3/21

Ali McManus

thursday 3/22

pert neAr sandstone friday 3/23


Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark, Wednesday, March 14, Majestic Theatre.

Jackie Venson 8 p.m.; PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; $10. The Jonatha Brooke Trio 7:30 p.m.; The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $37.

Monday, March 19 Nina Sofia Presents: Songwriters in the Round 8 p.m.; PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; $7.

Make Us Known: We Lit A Concert featuring Detroit’s Youth 6 p.m.; Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; General admission is $10, Children are $10.

Talisco 8 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $8-$10.

Our Last Night 6 p.m.; The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; $16-$18.

George Clanton 8 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $10-$12.

Rockin’ Road to Dublin 6 p.m.; Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit; $35+. Ross The Boss 6 p.m.; Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Rd., Westland; $15$20.

Tuesday, March 20 Alexis Lombre 8 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; no cover.

Glen Hansard 7 p.m.; Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; $29.50-$55. Godspeed You! Black Emperor 7 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $25-$56.


The Railsplitters 8 p.m.; The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $15.

THEATER Cinderella Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and Sunday 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000; Tickets are $35+. Jewish Ensemble Theatre School Matinees: The Diary of Anne Frank 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; 313-833-2323; Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for students.

w/ kevin thibodeau & the Cast iron horns tuesday 3/27

singers in the round



COMEDY All-Star Showdown Saturdays, 8 and 10 p.m.; Go Comedy! Improv

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Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Chelsea Manning, Thursday, March 15, Michigan Theater.

Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-327-0575; $18. Debra Digiovanni 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900 $18; . Pandemonia Fridays, 10 p.m.; Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $15; (248) 327-0575. Ron Jeremy 8 p.m. Friday; Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Rd., Westland; 734513-5030; $25. Sunday Buffet 7 p.m. Sunday; Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-327-0575; $10.






In Between (Bar Bahar) 7 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday; Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; 313- 833-2323; $7.50-$9.50. Ingmar Bergman: The Centennial Retrospective-The Seventh Seal 2 p.m. Saturday ; Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; 313-833-2323; $7.50$9.50; .

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ART Kilolo Luckett lecture Luckett is writing an authorized biography on Naomi Sims, who became one of the first black supermodels, and created By Any Means, a contemporary arts series to broaden the scope and understanding of contemporary art influenced by black culture. 2 p.m., Saturday; N’Namdi Center For Contemporary Art, 52 E. Forest Avenue, Detroit; 313-831-8700; nnamdicenter. org. Making Home: Contemporary Works Closed Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdayThursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; free. Runs through June 6. Ryan McGinness: Studio Views and Collection Views 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays; Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; free. Runs through March 18. The Art of Containment —


Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.; Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint; free. Runs through March 18.

ISSUES & LEARNING Third Thursday Speaker Series: How to end white supremacy in Detroit A native Detroiter, Joyce was a prominent New Left activist in Detroit throughout the 1960s and worked for outlets including WDET and The Fifth Estate; he later worked for the UAW. 6 p.m. Thursday; Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-1805;; free, preregistration required.

COMMUNITY A Cat Cabaret II: A Benefit for Ferndale Cat Shelter Sunday 6 p.m.; Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $100; 248-544-1991;; Tickets are $100. @metrotimes


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Fast Forward Evanescence and Lindsey Sterling DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 9

Jeff Tweedy Royal Oak Music Theatre, April 5, 6:30 p.m., $35+

Jack Johnson DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 15, 7:30 p.m.; $31+

Jay & Silent Bob The Fillmore, April 10, 7 p.m., $20-$60

Sam Smith Little Caesars Arena, June 22, 8 p.m., $35+

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends The Fillmore, April 18, 7 p.m., $45+

Harry Styles Little Caesars Arena, June 26, 8 p.m., $39.50+

Modest Mouse The Fillmore, May 2 and 3, 6:30 p.m., $42.50+

Jethro Tull Freedom Hill, July 1, 7:30 p.m., $26+

Dr. Dog Majestic Theatre, May 4, 8 p.m., $30

STYX, Joan Jett, and Tesla DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 6, 7 p.m., $25.50+

Daryl Hall & John Oates Little Caesars Arena, May 20, 7 p.m., $49.50+

Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 9, 7 p.m., $25+

Vance Joy Fox Theatre, May 22, 7:30 p.m., $25.50+ Greta Van Fleet The Fillmore, May 22, 23, and 25, 7 p.m., $25+ Maria Bamford Royal Oak Music Theatre, May 25, 7 p.m., $29.50+ Slayer Freedom Hill, May 27, 5 p.m., $29.50+ Dave Matthews Band DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 6, 8 p.m., $41.50+ Paul Simon DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 10, 8 p.m., $31+ Kendrick Lamar with SZA DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 13, 7:30 p.m., $71+ Shania Twain Little Caesars Arena, June 15, 7:30 p.m., $49.95+

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 11, 7 p.m., Tickets TBA Pixies & Weezer DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 13, 7:30 p.m., $21+ Barenaked Ladies DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 14, 7 p.m., $21+ Foreigner DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 15, 7 p.m., $21+ Kesha & Macklemore DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 18, 7 p.m., $26.50+ Jim Gaffigan DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 28, 8 p.m., $25.50+ Jason Mraz Meadowbrook Music Festival, July 28, 8 p.m., $25+ Mo Pop Festival West Riverfront Park, July 28-29, noon, $75+

Thirty Seconds to Mars DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 12, 6 p.m.; $25.50+

Melvins El Club, Aug. 3, 8 p.m., $22+

Whoopi Goldberg Sound Board, June 15, 8 p.m., $57+

Lynyrd Skynyrd DTE Energy Music Theatre, Aug. 10, 6 p.m., $25.50+

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Jason Singer.


Home is where the mitten is

Jason Singer wants Michigander to be your next favorite band By Jerilyn Jordan

When asked where they’re

from, most Michiganders will geographically round up. St. Clair Shores becomes Detroit, Okemos is closest to Lansing, and Kentwood is basically Grand Rapids. When 25-year-old singer-songwriter Jason Singer is asked, however, he’ll tell you that he is from Michigan — plain and simple. “I was born in Grand Rapids, moved to Saginaw, and lived in Kalamazoo for a year,” Singer explains. “I live in Midland but the whole state is home to me. Every place I go there’s a place for me to stay, most of my friends live far away. That’s home.” Singer — who is gearing up to release Midland, his first EP under his moniker Michigander, on March 16 — has managed to float on the success of a handful of singles over the past two years. 2016’s nostalgia-heavy “Nineties”

garnered college radio popularity which led to a bucket-list conquering year in 2017. From Audiotree and Daytrotter sessions to a sold-out show in Chicago, a packed house in New York, and a stint at last year’s Mo Pop Festival alongside national acts like Solange, Alt-J, and Foster the People, small-town Singer is recalibrating his goals for 2018 — and they’re big. “Taking these songs from my bedroom and my van that I recorded on a voice memo and performing to an audience of 2,200 people was wild,” Singer says of his Mo Pop performance. “Obviously there’s always a want for more, but this year,” he says, “I don’t want to be a local band, I want to become everyone’s next favorite band.” Citing Coldplay as a favorite band and identifying as a Christian might not be the hippest things to admit

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when trying to break into the indie music market. But Singer is comfortable with both. Though one may be able to pick up hints of Coldplay’s signature swell and release on Midland, Singer’s Christianity is not as discernible. “I think my faith translates into what I do musically in that I’m always trying to be better,” he says. “I guess I don’t really think about it. It’s just a part of me.” As for being in a Christian rock band? He laughs. “No, thanks.” Though Michigander’s singles have maintained a distinct and unified sound, Midland is a different kind of familiar. The EP serves as an opportunity for Singer to flex his storytelling skills and is a test of his vocal elasticity, which sounds eerily like Australia’s favorite troubadour Vance Joy and not the least bit Midwestern. High-energy and polished, the six-track debut is

laden with declarative hooks that call to mind early Death Cab for Cutie and swells with a formulaic precision that is designed with the radio in mind. “I don’t think the music I’m making is groundbreaking by any means,” Singer admits. “I’ve been making this type of music for a long time. But for a while it was outdated and now it’s become cool again. For me, it’s unintentional. It’s the only music I know how to make. Midland is just honest. The music is special, but I’m not special.” Michigander’s EP release show will take place at the Magic Stick on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m.; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700;; Tickets are $12-$15. @metrotimes


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jessica Care moore. Clothing styled by Paulette Williams of Teasers Boutique, hair styled by Januari Street, and makeup by Tre Marcel.


Vibrant resistance

jessica Care moore’s signature event brings a dash of rock ’n’ roll to the #BlackGirlMagic era By Imani Mixon

Pop culture and social media

are expressing a renewed interest, and maybe even a slight obsession with, #BlackGirlMagic — that intangible, untouchable, undeniable vitality that black women possess and nurtures in others. But trends don’t last, so what happens when girls grow into women? What happens when it’s time to nurture this hallowed togetherness in a real, sustainable way? It will take more than Twitter threads and T-shirts

emblazoned with the slogan to ensure black women are not just a celebrated, near-mythical identity and instead considered a dynamic group of people worthy of continued support. Luckily, the women of Black Women Rock are light years ahead. “There was something about what was inside my body and the black girls I roll with that made things happen,” says poet and Black Women Rock founder and executive producer jessica

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Care moore. Prone to slipping into memorized recitations of her poems mid-sentence, moore, 46, reveals that when she was a 19-year-old writing in Detroit, she coined a term for it — black girl juice. There’s still YouTube video evidence from 1996 of a younger, box-braided jessica reciting the poem at an Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem: “maple syrup in the morning/ brown sugar that’s sweet and cinnamon

twist and apple cider/ magic black dust is inside her.” Black Women Rock, an annual celebration of black women musicians in rock ’n’ roll, is one thriving example of a tangible meeting place where attendees and entertainers can engage with supportive communities and creative expression in real life. The star-studded event is entering its 14th year of production at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African Ameri-

can History. What began as an evening of live performances has expanded into a roster of events throughout the city, designed to highlight, empower, and ultimately nurture these artists. The festivities begin on Wednesday, March 14, with an Anti Love Song Art Exhibition curated by Sabrina Nelson at Asia Hamilton’s Norwest Gallery, inspired by Betty Davis’ 1973 track of the same name. On Saturday is the signature live concert performance with a mixed roster of local Detroit talent, out-of-state performers, and legendary headliners. In addition to moore, this year’s lineup includes Mahogany Jones, Jackie Venson, SATE, Cece Peniston, Ideeyah, Sylvia Black, and Guitar Gabby of the Tulips Band, and will also include a salute to special guest Nona Hendryx. The Sunday Sisterfire includes a series of rejuvenating workshops and healing sessions to practice the work of maintaining this intensity when they depart and return to their everyday lives.

A few Sundays ago, the Detroitbased Black Women Rock performers and headliners awaited their turn in front of the camera during a group photo shoot ahead of a production

meeting in preparation for the series of events scheduled for the coming weeks. Many of these women haven’t seen each other since last year’s show, so it feels like a class reunion among graduates of an Afrofuturist all-girls school. It’s hard to tell where the varied squeals, screams, and laughs are coming from as performers and collaborators file one after the other into Bert’s Warehouse Entertainment in Eastern Market. There are checkered stilettos, high-top sneakers, over-the-knee boots, and combat boots. The room is full of notable and novice musicians, artists, and choreographers — among them are house producer and DJ Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, jazz pianist Alexis Lombre, and tubist Harley Daniels. And they all plan to come together in the name of rock. Eventually, moore walks onto the stage for her closeup, outfitted with looks from Paulette Williams of Teasers Boutique. Over the next few hours, she’ll wear various outfits of so many variations of black that it seems like she’s invented new shades —black, super black, and real black. There’s a simple top with drapey wings, then a belted leather number, and finally a sheer dress over a shimmering flourish of gold glittery leggings. Her lipstick

is the same color as a blueberry Dum Dum sucker and the tips of her brown dreadlocks are dipped in the same sticky candy hue. After the photoshoot, moore moves to a slightly quieter table in a room that is a few smooth cha-chas away from the fresh-dressed couples that frequent Bert’s to ballroom dance as framed pictures of jazz greats look on. She orders a hearty vegetarian Sunday dinner of red beans and rice, greens, cornbread, Mac and cheese, and sweet potatoes from the kitchen. She reminisces of one night a few years ago when she and an entourage of Black Women Rock performers descended upon Bert’s unannounced after hours and jumped on stage. The kitchen was closed, but the owner himself went to the back and fried fish for everyone. “I haven’t worked with any sisters in Detroit that weren’t talented as hell,” says moore. “We don’t have, really, an entertainment industry that provides a space for them to learn how to do this. We’ve been learning how to run this show by doing it.” moore attributes her love for rock ’n’ roll from her time attending a predominantly white Catholic school, St. Alphonsus in Dearborn, from first to eighth grade. She grew up listening to ACDC, Aerosmith, Patti Smith,

Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and even Rick Springfield. But she didn’t discover a rock star who looked like her until moving to New York City where her friend Ahmir Thompson, more commonly known as Roots drummer Questlove, told her, “You smile with Betty Davis teeth.” “I looked up this woman that could’ve easily been my fine auntie with the big afro,” moore says. “I fell in love with her story. Her music, yes, but I fell in love with her non-story. Where is she? I couldn’t find any live video footage of her.” If you Google Betty Davis, the high priestess of funk, you’ll find pictures of her with a sky-high fro and mile-long legs. There’s one image in particular where Davis is doing a high kick in a one-piece satin teddy and feathered heels. She looks free and fun and intensely focused. SATE, a Toronto rock artist and featured performer, says the opportunity to pay homage to Davis was the main reason she agreed to the show. That, as well as being able to engage with a group of like-minded women who she can’t seem to find anywhere else. “I’m a black woman doing rock ’n’ roll,” she says. “It’s not many of us out there, yet there are so many of us. The fact that we’re going into underground

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The women of Black Women Rock.

crevices having to look far and wide to find one another goes to show you what the landscape looks like.” All of the work that moore has done with Black Women Rock is geared toward remedying the relative invisibility or ignorance regarding black women in the rock scene. While people may be able to list figures like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Tina Turner, Grace Jones, or even Davis with relative ease, if you ask them about their favorite contemporary black woman rock ’n’ roller, chances are they’ll draw a blank. “I always thought about, with black women artists, even now, what keeps us going and what makes us completely disappear, so this show is about us not disappearing,” says moore. Many of the artists that you see on stage during Black Women Rock are multi-hyphenates — artists, activists, and educators who come together every once in a while and flex another creative muscle; you’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse group in the city. Many black women entertainers don’t have the luxury of shedding their other identities to be superstars, so the event is just as much about performing as it is about preserving. This annual


gathering is just one step in building a community and providing an ecosystem that renders sustainable creative careers as not only possible, but also inviting for black women. Although moore is loyal to her roster of hometown mainstays and newcomers, she admits that she still has trouble finding a lead bass guitarist for her band and often has to fly in visiting performers. These glaring gaps in the local music scene are a sign that certain relationships and opportunities aren’t being provided to new musicians and moore hopes to bridge that gap. “I would love a heavy metal rock ’n’ roll-playing swangin’ sister out of the D,” moore says. “Where is she? I hope she’s being created, I hope that we’re helping her see herself.” Cecilia Sharpe has been down with Black Women Rock from the beginning and says that every year the women have a unique energy. Sharpe is a classically trained cellist and the founder and conductor of Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble. Although Sharpe collaborates with artists throughout the city, she says Black Women Rock holds a special place in her musical development because

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there aren’t many other opportunities like it. “To be able to play that and connect with all these other black women in a band that you grow from, that mentors you, that you can just vibe together with, shows the strong force of black women and not just what society says is good, but what you know to be good and true and real,” she says. On any other day, many of the featured artists wouldn’t identify themselves as rock performers. Many of them have transcended the bounds of genre and prefer to follow a specific feeling, emotion, or technique to achieve a desired sound. These women may just be following their hearts, but according to Nona Hendryx, legendary music icon and Black Women Rock special guest, this “internal dialogue” is vital for her decades-long career as a solo artist and in Labelle. Hendryx is a celebrated solo artist who has collaborated across genres for decades. As a founding member of the band Labelle (of “Lady Marmalade” fame) alongside Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash, she knows the ins and outs of creating a longstanding collaborative career.

She recalls the tension of entering a white male dominated music industry in the early ’60s and not being taken seriously as a member of a band or as a solo artist. “That was really a difficult hurdle for us,” she says by phone from New York. “I was starting to write the music and was not being told, ‘This is what you’re going to sing, this is who is going to produce you, this is what it’s going to sound like.’ All of those things had to be challenged, and luckily we were developing and becoming and transforming into Labelle when those challenges were even possible. We broke the mold of what had been because there hadn’t been an entity like Labelle before Labelle.” Hendryx cites the internet as a gateway for today’s emerging artists to authentically reach niche audiences that music industry machines wouldn’t be able to find or sustain. “You have more opportunities because the gatekeepers who guarded the entrance into distribution and audiences, they’re not as powerful as they used to be,” she says.” The power can be and is in your hands.” The idea of creative independence and ownership has been a theme

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throughout moore’s artistic career and is especially relevant to the goals of Black Women Rock. This May, moore is taking her Black Women Rock production to San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. One of her ultimate goals is to book a 10-city international tour. moore has relied on her network of multitalented,well-connected artists and friends to bring her creative ideas to life and now she’s got it down to a science. She even received a handwritten message from Betty Davis a few years back acknowledging the success of Black Women Rock and thanking her for honoring her career. But there is still work to be done. moore is in the midst of teaching a Black Women Rock curriculum to a women’s class at Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif. She is introducing her students to the musicians who she frequently collaborates with and challenging them to find common threads between their experiences and the themes discussed throughout music from black women. By centering the performer’s stories within larger discussions of inequality, police violence, and feminism, moore hopes to inspire another generation of women to find creative ways to document their stories and respond to their surroundings. The next frontier for black women KAHN SANTORI DAVISON

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artists is traversing avenues of ownership so that they can not only be independent artists, but also build tangible communities and own spaces that are big enough to hold and sustain their ideas. Just imagine how much progress would be made in the local music scene if the women secured a venue or practice space of their own. At Bert’s, Sabrina Nelson takes a seat at the table next to moore. The artist and curator has come to retrieve a small bounty of stacked bracelets, a leather cuff, and a few rings that she loaned to moore for the shoot. As she re-adorns her wrists and hands, she chimes in on the idea of creative autonomy. “If you buy spaces then you don’t have to worry about people telling you to leave,” says Nelson. Black Women Rock starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800;; Tickets are $45. The Sisterfire Community Festival will be held at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. @metrotimes


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I’m a 33-year-old woman from Melbourne, Australia, dating a 24-yearold man. We’ve been dating for about eight months; it is exclusive and official. He’s kind and sweet, caring and giving, and his penis is divine. The thing is, he confessed to me recently that he doesn’t really “feel.” The way he explained it, the only emotions he feels are fear and anxiousness that he’ll disappoint the people he cares about. He says he’s never been in love. He said his dad is the same way. The only time I see him really “feel” are when he’s high, which he is semi-frequently. He uses MDMA and he comes alive. He seems the way a “normal” person does when they’re in love, but when he’s sober, it’s like he’s trying to mimic the things a person in love would say or do. I confessed I am falling in love with him recently and told him I wasn’t saying this with any expectation of him feeling the same; I just wanted him to know. He responded that he cares for me a lot — but that’s it. I’m now worried that he’ll never love me. I don’t want kids, so time isn’t critical for me, but I don’t want to be with someone who won’t ever love me.    —Lacking One Vaunted Emotion


You didn’t use the P-word (psychopath) or the S-word (sociopath), LOVE, but both came to mind as I was reading your letter. Someone who isn’t capable of feeling? Isn’t that textbook P-word/S-word stuff?   “The fear with someone who doesn’t ‘feel’ is that they may be a psychopath or a sociopath, terms that are used interchangeably,” said Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry. “And lots of the items on the psychopath checklist relate to an inability to experience deep emotions — like shallow affect, lack of empathy, and lack of remorse. However, I have good news for LOVE! This line: ‘The only emotions he really feels are fear and anxiousness that he’ll disappoint the people he cares about’ is the critical one. Psychopaths do not feel anxiety. In fact, my favorite thing a psychologist said to me about this was: ‘If you’re worried you may be a psychopath, that means you aren’t one.’ Also, psychopaths don’t care about disappointing loved-ones! All those emotions that relate to an overactive amygdala — fear, remorse, guilt, regret, empathy — psychopaths don’t feel them.”   So your boyfriend’s not a psychopath. Not that you asked. But, you know, just in case you were worried. Anyway…   My hunch is that your boyfriend’s problem isn’t an inability to feel love, LOVE, but an inability to recognize the feelings he’s having as love. (Or potentially love, as it’s only been eight months.) What is romantic love but a strong desire to be with someone? The urge to be sweet to them, to take care of them, to do for them? Maybe he’s just going through the motions with you — a conscious mimic-it-till-you-make it strategy — or maybe the double whammy of a damaged dad and that toxic masculinity stuff sloshing around out there left him blocked, LOVE, or emotionally constipated. And while MDMA can definitely be abused — moderation in all things, kids, including moderation — the effect it has on him is a hopeful sign. MDMA is not an emotional hallucinogen; the drug has been used in couples counseling and to treat PTSD, not because it makes us feel things that aren’t there (in the way a hallucinogen makes us see things that aren’t there), but because it allows genuine feelings to surface and, for a few hours, to be felt intensely. So he can feel love — he just has to learn how to tap into those feelings and/or recognize them without an assist from MDMA.   Jon Ronson had one last bit of advice for you, LOVE: “Marry him and his

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divine penis!” I agree with Jon, of course, but a long, leisurely engagement is definitely in order. You’ve only been seeing this guy and his divinity dick for eight months — don’t propose to him for at least another year, LOVE, and make marriage conditional upon him seeing a shrink four times as often as he sees his MDMA dealer.   Follow Jon Ronson on Twitter @ jonronson, read all of his books (So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is urgently required reading for anyone who spends time online), and check out his amazing podcast, The Butterfly Effect. To access all things Jon Ronson, go to JonRonson. com.


My boyfriend of 1.5 years shared (several months into dating) that he has a fantasy of having a threesome. I shared that I had also fantasized about this but I never took my fantasies seriously. Right away, he started sending me Craigslist posts from women and couples looking for casual sex partners. I told him I wasn’t interested in doing anything for real. A few months later, we went on vacation and I said I wanted to get a massage. He found a place that did “sensual” couples massage. I wanted nothing to do with this. During sex, he talks about the idea of someone else being around. This does turn me on and I like thinking about it when we are messing around. But I don’t want to have any other partners. I’m like a mashup of Jessica Day, Leslie Knope, and Liz Lemon if that gives you an idea of how not-for-me this all is. When I say no to one idea, he comes up with another one. I would truly appreciate some advice.   —Boyfriend Into Group Sex I’m Not 


Short answer: Sexual compatibility is important. It’s particularly important in a sexually-exclusive relationship. You want a sexually-exclusive relationship; your boyfriend doesn’t want a sexually-exclusive relationship — so you two aren’t sexually compatible, BIGSIN, and you should break up.   Slightly longer answer: Your boyfriend did the right thing by laying his kink cards on the table early in the relationship — he’s into threesomes, group sex, and public sex — and you copped to having fantasies about threesomes, BIGSIN, but not a desire to experience one. He took that as an opening: Maybe if he could find the right person/couple/ scenario/club, you would change your mind. Further fueling his false hopes: You get turned on when he talks about having “someone else around” when

you two have sex. Now lots of people who very much enjoy threesomes and/ or group sex were unsure or hesitant at first, but gave in to please (or shut up) a partner, and wound up being glad they did. If you’re certain you could never be one of those people — reluctant at first but happy your partner pressed the issue — you need to shut this shit down, Liz Lemon style. Tell him no more dirty talking about this shit during sex, no more entertaining the idea at all. Being with you means giving up this fantasy, BIGSIN, and if he’s not willing to give it up — and to shut up about it — then you’ll have to break up.


I’m an 18-year-old woman who has been with my current boyfriend for a year, but this has been an issue across all of my sexual relationships. In order to reach climax, I have to fantasize about kinky role-play-type situations. I don’t think I want to actually act out the situations/roles because of the degrading/ shameful feelings they dredge up, but the idea of other people doing them is so hot. This frustrates me because it takes me out of the moment with my partner. I’m literally thinking about other people during sex when I should be thinking about him! What can I do to be more in the moment?  —Distracted Earnest Girlfriend Requires A Different Excitement 


 Actually, doing the kinky roleplay-type things you “have to” fantasize about in order to come would help you feel more connected to your boyfriend — but to do that, DEGRADE, you need to stop kink-shaming yourself. So instead of thinking of those kinky role-playtype things as degrading or shameful, think of them as exciting and playful. Exciting because they excite you (duh), and playful because that’s literally what kinky role-play-type things are: play. It’s cops and robbers for grownups with your pants off, DEGRADE, but this game doesn’t end when mom calls you in for dinner, it ends when you come. So long as you suppress your kinks — so long as you’re in flight from the stuff that really arouses you — your boyfriend will never truly know you and you’ll never feel truly connected to him.   On the Lovecast — A sexy toy review that will send you packing: @fakedansavage











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CULTURE ARIES: March 21 – April 20

If things have bitten the dust, I would not be surprised. Life is less about what happens and more about how you respond to it. If the castle is crumbling it was either made of sand, or it has less to do with who you are than you thought it did. Others are still trying to make up their mind. To have too much invested in which way they go is a pitfall. At this point everything rides on your ability to operate from a truthful place. Don’t neglect this. Any lies that have followed you in from the past will infect your life with “stuff” that could turn your present state of affairs sour. TAURUS: April 21 – May 20

By Cal Garrison

LEO: July 21 – Aug. 20

You can do this. On some level you have already figured that out and are waiting for the dream to materialize. Keep a lid on the need to force things. What happens next will require your faith to be grounded in that gut-level place that “knows” you’ve got it made and no longer need to question it. The desire to proceed is strong. Your will is even stronger. Try to understand that you are subject to the law of time. It will be at least one more month before you will see the fruits of your labors. Be patient, and remain humble in the face of forces that are bigger than you are. VIRGO: Aug. 21 – Sept. 20

It’s hard to zero in on one thing with you; everything has been shifting wildly. The saying goes that when one thing changes, everything changes — and you are living proof of that now. Sooner than you think, there will be opportunities to go here and go there, or to get on the bandwagon with other people and their projects. It’s totally fine to be off and running, but the temptation to jump on the first thing that comes along needs to be tempered with a good dose of caution. All that glitters is not gold and you’d be wise to check everyone’s credentials before you commit to anything.

Why everyone seems to be having such a problem with you is a good question. Doing your best to placate them, or win their approval won’t get you too far. If you could be objective to this you would see that whoever’s giving you a hard time is actually threatened by your abilities, and upset about the fact that you’re making them look bad. There is nothing you can do to tone it down just so they can feel better about themselves, and no way to make yourself less capable. Knowing how to outshine everyone in sight comes down to letting some of that light shine on them.

GEMINI: May 21 – June 20

LIBRA: Sept. 21 – Oct. 20

You’ve been running the show for people who are too scattered to handle themselves. Staying on top of things gets complicated when you have to do everyone’s thinking for them. While your motives are pure, there’s an outside chance that people who don’t have what it takes to stand on their own are taking advantage of you. Look closely at this. Over time you could wind up getting totally used, and become very bitter about the fact that you gave way too much to the wrong people. Turn on the discernment switch. It’s no crime to “Just say no” when situations call for it. CANCER: June 21 – July 20

It’s hard to say how things are working out. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the fact that you’re still here. The old prescriptions for success stopped applying to you maybe, five or six years ago. As events conspire to reveal more of the truth to you, your decisions will have to reflect a willingness to let go of pretty much everything. Don’t interpret this to be a bad thing. In the midst of a total internal and external overhaul, it would make no sense at all to get hung up clinging to anything. Don’t worry about how others respond — they don’t have to live your life.

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The circus is getting more, or less, interesting, depending on how you look at things. In some cases, it’s kind of like watching a train wreck, and you are starting to wonder why you’re glued to this scene. For others, I get the feeling you have just woken up to the fact that you bet on the wrong horse and you wish you could get off this pony in midstream. Between that, and matters of the heart that have you wishing you weren’t so gullible, it comes down to finding a way to return to integrity, one way or another. This may require bold moves on your part. Be prepared. SCORPIO: Oct. 21 – Nov. 20

You guys have your hands full. The business of keeping your act together has been deeply troubled by the fact that your inner child has been on a rampage for at least two months. All kinds of energy is turning up the volume on feelings that you thought you had under control. If the adult in you is feeling fat and sassy, the subterranean response is less sure of itself. Putting on a happy face may get you through the day but what gets you through the night stopped working for you two or three months ago. Coming to terms with the inner piece is never easy but it’s time to go there.

SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 21 – Dec. 20

You aren’t sure about anything right now. In the depths of confusion, the question of where to go from here poses problems. On the one hand you can keep chasing the same old thing, but winding up in the same old place is all that will get you. At this point you are well aware that going down that road isn’t going to work because too much has changed. There are other options. The deeper part of you is reluctant to pursue them because the fear of what is unknown is overriding the desire to break free. It’s time to move mountains, or risk being buried by the past. CAPRICORN: Dec. 21 - Jan. 20

It’s been a long haul. Here you sit, wondering if things are finally ready to turn around. Either that or you’re sitting on the cusp of failure. At the point where life is on the line, how we handle it is more important than whether things go the way we think they ought to. You are in good shape if you are clear enough to be prepared for anything. This means that what you are hoping for is just about to pop and all you have to do is show up. If you are stuck on the idea that all things come to those who wait, guess again. This is one of those times when a little extra effort is required. AQUARIUS: Jan. 21 – Feb. 20

It’s a good thing you have an easy time and can make the most of whatever happens when everyone else has had their fill. This endless supply of energy is in a supercharged state that will allow you to carry on no matter what. Don’t fret about whether you’ve got what it takes. You’ve proven yourself in the past. Lots of things are up in the air. For the next few weeks it would be great if you could let them idle and retreat to a place where your inner resources feed your outer life. PS: “Re-sourcing” things means that it’s time to co-opt your energy to nurture the one who has to source it. PISCES: Feb. 21 – March 20

More than one flock of chickens is coming home to roost. The fact that it has taken this long to be able to put twoand-two together is blowing your mind. After all this time the truth about why certain choices were made is rising to the surface. In the midst of your newfound awareness, it’s beginning to dawn on you that some tough choices have to be made. The gap between what others expect and the need to be who you are comes down to holding your ground or realizing that you owe them your life. Is it time to pay the piper? Mull it over thoroughly before you stay or go.

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