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coming soon concert calendar: 6/7 – sir sly @ the shelter,

presented by alt 106.7 w/ in the valley below limited tickets remain

6/8 – i don’t know how but they found me @ the shelter 6/10 – the black dahlia murder & whitechapel

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nov. 10 the dead south st. andrew’s

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Detroit techno label Interdimensional Transmissions throws its famed ‘No Way Back’ party at Tangent Gallery during Movement Music Festival in 2016.


Beyond Movement

Detroit could be a techno hub year-round. Here’s what city government is doing about it By Violet Ikonomova

A decade before Michael Lapp came to Detroit and began running the successful DIY venue Tires, he was managing a popular underground after-hours in Brooklyn known as the BIB — or, more plainly, the Basement in Brooklyn. Located in the sub-level of a residential building in densely populated Bushwick, the BIB, as Lapp tells it, was a friend to its community — a place where the neighborhood’s longtime Dominican and Puerto Rican residents and newcomers could hang out and dance to music late into the

morning hours. Though its legal status was questionable — Lapp had no license to sell liquor or throw parties — the BIB kept noise complaints to a minimum, earning the support of a cop who lived in the building. The officer offered to lend a helping hand should anything ever go awry. For the two years the venue was in operation, Lapp says nothing ever did. Recognizing the precarious nature of the unsanctioned club, Lapp contemplated trying out another location. But by 2008, the forces of gentrification

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were creeping further into Brooklyn, sending real estate prices skyrocketing. “I’d leave that basement in Bushwick and there were a lot of buildings for sale for like $11 million, and it was like, I’ll never have $11 million in my life,” he says. So Lapp did what just about any entrepreneurial, creative-spirited Brooklynite would do: He moved to Detroit. Lapp began by opening another literally named illegal bar. The LID, or Loft in Detroit, located on the east side at Iron Street and Mount Elliot, started

with a 30 pack of beer and grew into a consistent after-hours with a production staff, a doorman, and bartenders. But two years later, at the height of its popularity, the same forces that made Lapp reevaluate his stay in Brooklyn began to rear their heads in Detroit, and he closed up shop. “Detroit was getting a lot more attention and the loft building filled up,” he says. “So we ended that on a good note because we didn’t want to be a bother to the neighborhood or the people moving in.”

Lapp went in search of a standalone building, this time away from a residential area, and found a home in an old, 4,000-square-foot auto repair shop in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood. The building had no gas or electricity, and the ground was littered with transmissions parts and coated in a thick layer of oil, making it difficult to walk. The windows, obscured by how much “crap was on the walls,” were covered in plastic. On his first visit to the site, Lapp recalls wading through the sea of auto parts to make his way toward one of them. “I kind of pulled the plastic off and the light shined through and I was like, ‘Well, no one else is giving me the keys to a building,’” he says. Four months and about $10,000 later, Lapp and a half-dozen young guys had converted the place into a DIY venue. Lapp again settled on a literal name, calling the club “Tires.” Over the course of the next year, it would breathe life into Detroit’s underdeveloped lower east side, functioning as a film studio by day and a music venue hosting lauded techno and hip-hop artists like Juan Atkins, Kyle Hall, and the Bruiser Brigade by night. With neighbors far off, noise wasn’t an issue, but Lapp still conducted community outreach, offering the space up as a community center and hiring locals to do door duty. Things went smoothly throughout the venue’s first year in operation. But around spring of 2016, the Detroit fire marshal paid Tires its first visit, writing up a slew of code violations — from electrical work done without a permit to improper egress. Determined to keep the space, Lapp spent thousands of dollars to meet each requirement laid out in a long checklist, finishing up just in time for five days of events planned to coincide with that year’s Movement Music Festival. Hours before the first event, set for Wednesday night, Lapp says a different inspector showed up, demanding the removal of an overhanging heater. But with the holiday weekend approaching, the city said it wouldn’t be able to check whether the work was complete until the following Tuesday, after Movement was over. This set into motion a days-long game of cat-and-mouse, in which Lapp would move each party from location to location, only to get busted by the police each time. “Every time the needle dropped, an officer in tactical gear came to the door and asked, ‘Where’s Michael Lapp?’ and we would have to pack up a 24-foot U-Haul and move the party,” he says. “It felt very vindictive.” After losing thousands on the failed parties, heavy rains hit the region, and the neighborhood’s clogged

storm drains caused Tires to flood. With much of the property and his equipment destroyed, Lapp closed Tires for good.

Strained relationship The end of Tires marked a new low in the revitalizing city’s relationship with the creative community many credit with having helped fuel its rebirth. It came as the nonprofit group, the Detroit-Berlin Connection, was encouraging the city to loosen laws surrounding night life with the idea that Detroit, the birthplace of techno music, could, like Berlin, become a hub for techno tourism and bring in up to hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue each year. “If Detroit can’t advocate for a space like Tires, that [shows] Detroit doesn’t understand its own legacy in some ways,” Garret Koehler, the founder of music collective Assemble Sound, said in a short documentary created after the venue closed. Jeff Heron, a lawyer and who patronized the club, noted that “techno was invented” in places like Tires, and that the energy that fuels the genre’s artists cannot be found “in a nice building.” Tires was just one spot or event to go down in a string of crackdowns in 2016 and 2017. Last year during Movement, cops stormed an annual party by renowned DJ-producer Theo Parrish, “threatening hosts and attendees of color with violence and incarceration.” In a social media post published after the incident, Parrish said, “Officers openly told attendees that they ‘wanted to scare’ people who they put into police cars ... for infractions that were punishable by fines at best.” The reaction came as a shock to guests, he said, as the so-called Music Gallery parties were intended to “create a powerful musical experience devoid of the distractions of phones, photos, [and] drugs.” Over that same long weekend, Grenadier, a popular underground after-hours that helped fill the void left by Tires, closed its doors after what former owner Kristen Zahr describes as ongoing harassment from the city and its police department. “Basically every time I would pass a fire inspection or a building inspection, the very next big party they would come in there at midnight or 2 a.m. to give me a ticket for something silly like an extension cord,” says Zahr. ”Lights would have to come on, customers [would] leave.” “Between court costs and constant party shutting down it was impossible [to stay in business].” Many in the nightlife community have attributed the increased law en- | | June June6-12, 6-12,2018 2018

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NEWS & VIEWS forcement and government scrutiny of parties to Detroit’s post-bankruptcy redevelopment. “Before there was no one here to disturb,” says Jason Huvaere, founder and president of Paxahau, the promotion company behind Movement. “Now we’re dealing with new people from new places.” Others have chalked it up to increased resources. It has always been city government’s job to ensure buildings are up to code and to address nuisance complaints, but now, with its fiscal house in order, Detroit is better equipped to fulfill those responsibilities. It’s worth noting, however, that amid the party crackdown, the city, citing a shortage of inspectors, allowed an estimated 50,000 residential rental units to stay in operation despite the fact that they hadn’t been properly inspected and were likely in violation of building safety codes. (The city recently launched an initiative to bring all of its residential rental properties up to code by 2020.) “From an underground perspective, the city is growing up and around us and pushing us back down,” says Huvaere. “Arts and culture have always been like the side issue to development and there are a lot of people who put it out in front of their conversation, but not out in front of their policies and priorities.” For Huvaere, whose company in addition to producing Movement puts on about 50 parties each year, there are two main obstacles holding Detroit back from being a year-round hub for electronic music: The 2 a.m. bar closing time and the lack of spaces in which to hold events. “Nonconventional venues and hours of operation are critical in the dance music culture,” says Huvaere. “But Detroit has never established a late night entertainment permitting process … [and] though it’s full of empty spaces, they’re not up to date, and they’ve been empty for so long that getting an occupancy permit can prove challenging.” He points to New York, Los Angeles, and Miami as cities where it’s far more easy to secure different types of venues and party later into the night without issue. “Whether it’s a regular bar or club or an event space that is up to code and can stay open late, or a clear application process that includes safety, liquor licensing, or capacity levels — there’s a very established protocol and it would put Detroit in a very competitive position for entertainment if those pro-

Mayor Mike Duggan met with members of Detroit’s techno community in 2016.

cesses existed here,” he says.

New approach In the past year, since Mayor Mike Duggan met for the first time with some of Detroit’s DJs, producers, and promoters at Submerge, home of acclaimed techno label Underground Resistance, the city has taken steps to create an environment more conducive to nightlife. The Duggan administration has thrown its support behind a bill in the state Senate that would allow the city to extend last call to 4 a.m. It is working on an ordinance that would entice developers to soundproof music venues. But most importantly for the nightlife community, Duggan’s director of customer service has taken on the role of nightlife liaison. Known colloquially as the “Night Ambassador,” Adrian Tonon has for the past year mediated conflicts between venues operators and their neighbors, and helped party throwers overcome bureaucratic hurdles. He’s also taken two trips to Berlin — one of them just last week — to see how that city has turned techno into an economic engine. “His role is mission critical for what we’re trying to do,” says Angie Linder,

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president of the Detroit-Berlin Connection. “He’s helping make it so these venues are working legally by connecting all the dots.” Tonon’s background in government and music promotion makes him uniquely suited for the role, and he’s had success in getting more party throwers to take their underground activities above board. From Tonon’s perspective, it’s a win-win: By checking all of the regulatory boxes, parties don’t get busted, and the city manages to harness the creative energy that sets it apart while keeping people safe. “At the end of the day, the mayor’s objective is to create a city environment folks want to live, work, and play in sustainably — not to where you create a space that’s really cool and you get displaced,” he says. “Hopefully this is a new day and we’re going to reestablish Detroit as a creative epicenter.” But he says the city won’t compromise the well-being of its citizens to make that happen. “Safety is number one,” he says. “If you’re caught [hosting an illegal party,] you’re going to get a ticket and you’re going to go to court. We have to enforce our safety codes because it’s not just about that promoter, it’s about the


people they’re bringing into that space. We have to protect them.”

The plug In the city’s Media Services Department, deputy director Linda Vinyard has expanded her duties to make it possible for the city to attract more events. She’s now head of Detroit’s Office of Special Events and Film, where she serves as the point-person for anyone hoping to host an event. Promoters can dial Vinyard directly, and she’ll walk them through the various permits and approvals they’ll need for their party to go smoothly. This year, with Tonon serving as the go-between for the city and its nightlife community, Vinyard says there’s been an uptick in the number of creatives soliciting her advice. Recently, it was a guy trying to host an event that involved, as Vinyard describes it, “people sitting around on tires in a lot where there’s an old abandoned garage.” “I’m trying to figure out why in the world would you even want to be there,” Vinyard laughs as she recounts the story, but she went to work helping him execute his vision nonetheless. First, Vinyard told the party thrower he’d need to find out who owned the land and get permission to hold events

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NEWS & VIEWS there. (Had the lot been owned by the city, Vinyard says she could have helped him access the property through a lease agreement.) Then, she advised him on how to legally serve alcohol on site. “I got him in touch with the liquor license division, but I told him the best thing to do is not to sell liquor — if you want to make it into a beer garden, you can serve beer and wine — but the best thing to do would be to sell tickets [instead],” she says. Once an event is greenlighted, Vinyard logs it, informs Detroit police it has received the proper approvals to take place, and gives them contact information for the person in charge should any issues arise. For Vinyard, her role in special events is about “making people feel comfortable about expressing their creative energies and helping them complete their vision — not trying to stop them.”

Next steps Ahead of last week’s Movement festivities, the artists, promoters, and venue owners of Detroit’s North End and New Center neighborhoods invited Duggan back to the area to suggest further steps the city could take to facilitate their endeavors. The meeting, held this time at Tangent Gallery and coordinated by the DetroitBerlin Connection, could not have come at a better time. Tens of thousands of tourists were about to flood Detroit in the name of techno, providing an economic boost to its hotels, Airbnbs, bars, clubs, and eateries. (Paxahau says about 75,000 to 100,000 tickets to Movement are sold each year, with half of them purchased by out-of-towners.) Ultimately, event coordinators aimed to convey that, with the right support, Detroit’s creatives could draw a similar level of tourism to the city year-round. More specifically, they envisioned hosting visitors in the North End and New Center, the home of clubs and venues like Tangent Gallery, Marble Bar, Northern Lights, and the Jam Handy, and artists like Moodymann and those of Underground Resistance. “We want this area to be a designated creative corridor so when international and other people travel to Detroit they know it’s an activated area for nightlife and techno with extended operating hours,” Linder says. Additional issues raised at the meeting included difficulty with building safety inspections (some venue operators had trouble getting inspectors to show up as scheduled, others, like Lapp and Zahr, were seeing citations pile up with each

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inspector’s visit) and the need for an online checklist to outline the various requirements for holding a one-time event. Attendees also pitched the mayor on providing creatives with vacant buildings they could come to own and reactivate through “sweat equity.” The city owns nearly 100,000 land parcels, Duggan said, though he acknowledged that the Land Bank reserves about 10 percent of them for “development zones” — places deemed fit for big, pricey projects. The mayor generally appeared receptive to their concerns. He expressed support for a special events one-sheet and said he would work with the Building, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department to ensure that the word of a first inspector is binding. “We don’t want you to spend emotional energy fighting city government, we want you to put emotional energy into your creative pursuit,” he said to applause. The meeting was a sign of thawing tensions between the city government and its night-owl creatives. Further evidence came over Memorial Day weekend, when Tonon and Linder say not a single Movement after-party was shutdown. At least a dozen ancillary festival events had properly registered with the city, Tonon said. Things are also looking up for Lapp, who after his negative experience with the city on the lower east side says he’s looking forward to opening another club elsewhere in Detroit, this time with the right permits in place to ensure longevity. But in the creative hub that is the area of the North End and New Center, the sanitizing threat of development looms. The QLine is spurring new business activity along Woodward, Henry Ford is planning an expansion, the Pistons are building a practice facility to put them closer to Little Caesars Arena, and luxury condos are going up. Linder knows she and her creative cohorts will have to fight if they want to avoid being displaced by the same forces that drove Lapp from Brooklyn a decade ago. “We want to preserve what we have and grow it without any gentrification,” she says. “We don’t want people coming in, raising the rent, redeveloping into high-fashion condos. We like the feel of the neighborhood. Maybe it’s not as polished or shiny as other parts of the city. We like it that way.” @metrotimes


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Attorney: Grand Prix appears to be running on Belle Isle illegally By Tom Perkins

Detroit Grand Prix and state

officials have repeatedly claimed that the race, which returned to Detroit’s Belle Isle over the weekend, has a contract in place allowing it to run the race on the public island park through 2018. But an attorney who specializes in maritime law questions whether that’s true. The attorney, Paul Andrew Kettunen, owns a downtown Detroit practice and is working on the case pro bono for Belle Isle Concern. The latter is a group that’s pushing to get the Grand Prix removed from Detroit’s 982-acre island park. It contends that an IndyCar race shouldn’t be held in a state park or on Belle Isle.

Kettunen says the Grand Prix was operating under a contract between 2007 and 2014, but no documentation appears to exist evidencing the extension of that contract for races between 2015 through 2018. The contract would provide for the use license and issuance of permits required to run a street race legally under state law. Kettunen tells Metro Times that Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials have told him that the contract was renewed, but, he says, “it appears that it was not.” Kettunen also questions whether running the race in a state park is a violation of the public trust doctrine under the

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Michigan Environmental Protection Act. Essentially, the public puts trust in the state to care for and provide public access to its natural resources. Kettunen says there’s a case to be made that the DNR is failing in those duties, and he’s considering a lawsuit. He and some parkgoers point to a variety of issues on the island as evidence. Among other problems, billionaire organizer Roger Penske’s team poured 10 acres of concrete on a grassy area on Belle Isle’s west side. Each year, the race turns over 20 percent of the island — and what some say is 26 percent of its usable land — into a sprawling construction zone for most of April, May,

and June. During that time it’s filled with miles of concrete barriers, miles of fencing, billboards, cables, trucks, and grandstands. Large parts of the island are also off limits to the public for weeks or months at a time.

No contract and missing permits Under Michigan’s City Motor Vehicle Racing Act of 1981, race organizers are required to secure an annual permit from the city in which the race is operating. The statute, MCL 257.1703, states, “A city may provide for the issuance of a permit allowing the person to whom

the permit is issued to conduct a racing event on the highways or streets within the limits of the city. A person shall not conduct a racing event in a city unless the person has been issued a permit under this act.” Kettunen says the statute “makes it pretty clear that if you don’t have a permit, then you can’t have the race. If these permits aren’t issued, then you’re operating illegally.” The permits are also important because they require race organizers to submit safety, security, and facility plans. It’s unclear if the Grand Prix has such plans that are in accordance with state law. The permits were issued when the Grand Prix and city of Detroit developed a contract in 2006 that allows Penske to run the race on Belle Isle. When Detroit leased the island to the DNR for 30 years in 2013, the city and Grand Prix’s contract was transferred to the state. The DNR is believed to be negotiating a new contract with Penske. Kettunen pored over the contract and found that Detroit issued the permits required under the City Motor Vehicle Racing Act between 2007 and 2011. He says it appears that an amendment to the contract extended it from 2012 through 2014, and issued the proper permits. But Kettunen says there’s no evidence that the contract was renewed or the permits were issued beyond 2014, and that means the contract is void. In other words, it appears the race has been running without a contract — and therefore illegally — since 2015. Kettunen says he has repeatedly asked the city, Grand Prix, and Michigan DNR for copies of the contract and permits for the 2015 through 2018 races, but none have produced the documents. Ron Olson, Parks and Recreation division chief for the DNR, told Metro Times that he did provide permits to Kettunen, but Kettunen says Olson provided the wrong documents. Kettunen says Olson’s documents are DNR-issued permits that allow the Grand Prix to use the state park, not the city-issued permits required under state law. Olson also repeatedly provided Kettunen with an amendment that extended the race through 2014 that he incorrectly asserts extends the race through 2018. Grand Prix officials did not respond to a Metro Times request for comment, and Kettunen says race officials are ignoring him. He adds that he submitted a FOIA request to the city for the permits or contract, but the city responded that it transferred all documents to the DNR in 2013 when it leased Belle Isle to the state.

“The permits carried the race through 2014. What I believe is the case is there was no further renewal,” Kettunen says, adding that failure to comply with the state racing law opens the Grand Prix to public nuisance and public trust lawsuits. However, the city is leasing the island to the DNR. Is it possible that Belle Isle is now the state’s jurisdiction and the city no longer needs to issue permits? Kettunen says he doesn’t believe so. “I don’t think that’s accurate,” he tells us. “The city is the owner of that land. There’s no dispute about that — that’s written all over the contract. It is simply leasing the land. That doesn’t exempt this act from applying. That would make no sense.” The roads are also now state trunk lines, so it’s possible that the Grand Prix and DNR could argue that the act doesn’t apply. But Kettunen says the roads are still part of the city grid and subject to state law.

A violation of the public trust Ultimately, it’s not entirely difficult for the Grand Prix to get the permits. Organizers just need to go to the city and show adequate security plans, safety plans, and insurance. Kettunen says the lack of a valid contract could come into play further down the road should he or an environmental group bring a lawsuit against the state and Grand Prix. He says if the Grand Prix doesn’t have the permits and is refusing to get them, or is running without a legal contract, then organizers aren’t acting in good faith. Kettunen adds that he’s considering a lawsuit against the DNR and Grand Prix for creating a public nuisance and breaching of the public trust doctrine under the Michigan Environmental Protection Act. He contends that the 10-acre concrete paddock, the months-long annual construction, the unknown damage to the environment, and the restricted access to the island violates the act. “It’s an appropriation of public land for private use,” Kettunen says. He tells us that public trust laws are typically used in Michigan in maritime law, but the laws have also “been explicitly applied to public parks in New York and Illinois.” “If we made the assertion that this is a violation of the public trust doctrine and supported that with evidence, then a court should arrive at the same decision as those in Illinois and New York — a judge should accept that,” he adds. @metrotimes

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News Hits

Seattle raised Amazon’s taxes to help the poor while Michigan offered the company $4B By Tom Perkins

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cant difference in how governments in Michigan and Seattle approach their richest and poorest residents. In Seattle, the city council is imposing a new tax on the city’s wealthiest corporations and using that money to help the poor. Meanwhile, in Detroit and Michigan, governments are offering up and giving away poor communities’ or schools’ money to corporations. That difference in philosophy was highlighted in recent weeks’ develop-

ments in both cities. On May 25, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation revealed that the state offered Amazon $4 billion in tax incentives to open its second headquarters here. (Talk about an incredible Friday afternoon news dump.) Seattle-based Amazon is owned by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, who is worth an estimated $121 billion. His company declined Michigan’s offer. The MEDC released the information days after it approved $618 million in taxpayer money for Dan Gilbert,

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Michigan’s richest resident. That means tax money that should have gone to school districts, the city of Detroit, and the state will instead land in Gilbert’s company’s bank accounts, who is using the funds to help pay for four projects in downtown Detroit. Contrast all of that with what the Seattle City Council did on May 14, when it unanimously approved a new tax on Amazon and the city’s other mega-corporations that will raise around $48 million annually to pay for affordable housing and homeless services. Under the plan — called a “head tax” — Seattle will collect $275 annually on each employee at companies grossing more than $20 million. That impacts about three percent of the city’s businesses — including Amazon, Starbucks, and Vulcan. The tax will begin in 2019. The move comes as Seattle deals with a homelessness and affordable

housing problem that’s partly the result of the very corporations it’s taxing moving in so many high-paying tech jobs. The Emerald City’s median home price is $820,000, while its median rent is over $1,800 per month. The Stranger reports that about 66 percent of new head tax revenue will be spent on developing 591 new affordable housing units between this year and 2023. Another 32 percent of revenue will pay for an emergency shelter, sanitation, services for people living in their cars, medical services, and wage stabilization for homelessness service providers. About $2 million will fund rental subsidies for people making between zero to 30 percent of the area median income. The justification for giving billionaires and corporations taxpayer money is that they can’t thrive or make their projects happen without tax incentives, or paying an unreasonably low tax rate. Many companies (or, say,

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Medicaid work rule protestors stage a “die-in” at gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette’s Detroit office.

sports teams) will threaten to take their business elsewhere as they negotiate over taxes. In fact, in the lead-up to Seattle approving the head tax, Amazon threw a tantrum and halted construction planning on a 17-story tower near its headquarters. It also announced it would rethink filling office space in another leased building with about 7,000 new jobs. But Amazon changed its mind after the Seattle City Council passed the tax. In Detroit, Gilbert said he couldn’t develop his four downtown projects without $618 million in taxpayer assistance. But critics point out that he already started two of the projects, and contend that he’s simply asking for the money because he knows he can get it from a Detroit City Council and state Legislature that are in his pocket. Amazon, Starbucks, and Vulcan are now funding a campaign to try to overturn the head tax. That’s partly shocking because Bezos is the world’s richest man and his company didn’t pay federal taxes in 2017, yet Amazon is fighting tooth and nail against a new

tax that would help the poor. But as of now, it’s going to start paying about $10 million more in local taxes in 2019. And that brings us back to the difference in governing philosophies. In Michigan and Detroit, governments have decided Gilbert needs tax money more than school kids and the city of Detroit. In Seattle, the city council appears to have decided that it’s about time large corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

Medicaid work rule protesters stage ‘die-in’ at Schuette’s office By Violet Ikonomova It’s been said that more people will die if Michigan imposes work-related requirements on hundreds of thousands of residents receiving health benefits under the state’s Medicaid expansion. So last week, Detroit and Flint residents gave Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette, a supporter of such requirements, an idea of what that might look like. More than 100 low-income voters

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from those cities took to the steps of the attorney general’s Detroit office on Thursday, May 31 for a “die-in.” The protest was held with Schuette up at the Mackinac Policy Conference, where he was presumably talking about tax cuts and taking away people’s health care. Schuette has said he supports a bill to make most Medicaid recipients under the age of 64 document at least 29 hours a week of work, job training, or schooling. The measure — which has been criticized in part because it would disproportionately affect people of color in urban areas — has passed the Republican-led Senate and is currently in committee in the House. “Michigan has a responsibility to reevaluate and ensure that taxpayerfunded programs are not only efficient, but that they are ensuring the best outcomes,” Schuette said in a statement emailed to Bridge magazine last month. “Welfare programs must always be judged on their ability to give a hand up to citizens in need of help, and by their ability to identify and eliminate hurdles to helping able-bodied citizens find a place in our


workforce. This is especially vital at a time in which Michigan has thousands of unfilled jobs, combined with a shrinking workforce that is limiting our growth and ability to compete with the fastest-growing states.” “If this common-sense reform [is] not implemented this year, as governor I will work toward its passage in 2019.” It’s worth noting that nearly half of the state’s Medicaid recipients already work. How urgently the state needs to fill jobs also isn’t quite clear, as Michigan’s unemployment rate has been falling steadily and currently hovers just above the national average of 4 percent. This isn’t Schuette’s first apparent effort to leave more people vulnerable to illness and even death for possibly political motives — as attorney general, he spent your tax money on an unsuccessful lawsuit that aimed to block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In supporting the Medicaid work requirements bill, Schuette is essentially advocating for giving back money to the federal government to make things harder on state residents

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NEWS & VIEWS in need in the hopes that they’ll lift themselves up by the boot straps. Bill sponsor Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), who was ironically a key supporter of the 2013 effort to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, reportedly testified in a House committee early this month that he supported Healthy Michigan because he didn’t want to leave millions of dollars that taxpayers are sending to Washington on the table.

Detroit cop sues Trey Songz after sustaining brain injury in altercation with R&B artist By Violet Ikonomova A Detroit police officer and a photographer who were injured when Trey Songz became irate during a show at the Joe Louis Arena in 2016 are suing the R&B artist for damages in federal court. Lawyers allege that Sergeant Robert Avery, a 22-year veteran of the DPD, sustained a career-ending brain injury when the artist punched him in the face. Andrew Potter was photographing the show and sustained a head injury when the singer threw a microphone stand at him. The civil suit filed by the Mike Morse Law Firm comes nearly a year after Trey Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, pleaded guilty to two reduced counts of disturbing the peace in connection with the incident. He was sentenced to 18 months of non-reporting probation and anger management classes. Initially, he had been charged with the more serious crimes of aggravated assault and assault on a police officer. Neverson’s episode during his Dec. 28, 2016 Detroit show began when he refused to get off stage, saying “If a nigga cut me off I’m goin’ the fuck crazy.” Shortly after, when the stage lights went dark and Neverson’s microphone cut out, he “became irate and began to throw items around and off of the stage into the crowd,” police said in a warrant request. He continued to destroy items on stage until security escorted him off. Back in his dressing room, Neverson, who the suit says appeared to be intoxicated, allegedly became combative with Sergeant Avery and a group of Detroit police officers who had come to arrest him. Neverson punched Avery in the side of the face and, as he re-

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sisted being put in handcuffs, landed on top of the officer, causing him to hit his head on the concrete and hurt his hip, the suit says. “This was a 22-year Detroit Police Department veteran who made the rank of sergeant,” attorney Mike Morse says of Avery. “He’s just this great family guy and because of this he can never work again.” In addition to sustaining a brain injury, Avery had to undergo a hip replacement, Morse says. Right now the suit seeks the jurisdictional limit of $75,000 in damages, but Morse says the damages are much higher than that. The suit also brings to light new details from the night of the incident, including a jail booking photo in which Neverson flicked off the camera. He’s also alleged to have shouted a range of racist and anti-police statements during the altercation in the

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dressing room: • “Why the fuck are y’all here? I’m not talking to y’all about shit!” • “Y’all not talking to me about shit! Get the fuck out!” • “Fuck you cracker white mother fuckers!” • “Fuck y’all!” • “Don’t touch me you white mother fucka!” • “Fuck you Detroit Police! I ain’t saying nothing to you!” • “Fuck y’all, you white mother fuckers! I’m not going no where! Fuck you!” • “Fuck all you honkeys and fuck the police!” • “Fuck you cracker!” • “Fuck y’all, I don’t have to talk to you white mother fuckers!” The lawsuit further suggests Neverson may have had it out for cops. In the days leading up to his show at the Joe, Neverson said “fuck the police”

in several social media videos posted after he was kicked out of the MGM casino at National Harbor in Maryland. In one video, Neverson said, “Hey this is Trey Songz in D.C. with a special message for the fucking police — Fuck y’all! Fuck the police!” In another, he said, “On my momma, on everyone I love, fuck the police.” And in yet another video, he said, “So they kicked me out of the MGM, but I’m in the MGM bathroom and it’s still fuck the police!” After he received a lighter punishment in the criminal case against him, Neverson’s attorney, Gabi Silver, reportedly told the court that what happened appeared to have been “an isolated incident.” Silver said Neverson had no prior criminal history and is a charitable man. @metrotimes


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Detroit’s vacant lot problem By Larry Gabriel

There are a lot of vacant lots in Detroit: The count a couple of years back was more than 90,000 of them, and the numbers haven’t significantly changed at this point. That’s a lot of space in the city. Vacant lots demand resources for their maintenance, or they become even bigger problems. “We know what happens to vacant lots if they are left alone,” says Myrtle Thompson of the Feedom Freedom Growers. “They become dumps. Stray animals start to live in them.” And they sometimes become hiding places for people who prefer their activities to be hidden from the eyes of neighbors. It makes sense that with so many open lots, fixing that issue is an important part of fixing Detroit. Yes, there are other vacancies that bedevil the city. There are as many vacant houses and buildings as there are vacant lots. And when you tear one of those down, you’re left with a vacant lot. So something that seemed to be a solution at one point — tearing down an abandoned house — can eventually turn into another problem. People in the neighborhoods know this, and finding useful solutions for vacant lots is a noticeable trend in the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grants announced last week. The charitable foundation handed out $1.5 million to 18 different community coalitions in the kick-off of the second three-year phase of the program. Seven of those projects involve vacant lots in one way or another. Other projects address rehabbing homes and parks, and creating community spaces. The majority of the grants at some level address blight, not just cleaning it up but creating usefulness and value in those places. “We hadn’t specifically targeted projects that involved vacant lots,” says Bryan Hogle, a program officer at the Kresge Foundation. “It makes sense in that there are a number of them in neighborhoods. We were looking to support projects that improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. ... Communities and residents are thinking about ways to reuse vacant land to benefit the community.” 32 June June6-12, 6-12,2018 2018 | |

Apparently enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods is closely related to doing something about those pesky vacant lots. The first wave of local lot reclamation started in the 1970s when Mayor Coleman Young started the Farm-ALot program. That eventually evolved into the urban agriculture movement that has gardens and farms dotting the cityscape today. But you can’t just grow food on every vacant lot. Not everybody wants to live next to a garden. “It depends on the person who’s looking at the lot,” says Thompson. “Some see a driveway; some see a garden; some see a fence, some people don’t see anything. ... As we reclaim the vacant lots it inspires others to take care of other spaces.” Thompson and her husband Curtis have long been involved with the urban agriculture movement. The Feedom Freedom Growers (FFG) started out in the vacant lots adjacent to their east side home. Now their influence dots the neighborhood. Expanding on that into related projects seems to be the next step. As a recipient of one of this year’s Kresge grants, FFG’s project with the College of Creative Studies is to build the Fox Creek Artscape on two vacant lots in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. The project includes a pavilion that will be a community meeting space and also will function as a water collection and storage system. There is a children’s play area and a standing mural planned as well as a market stand for produce.

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Myrtle Thompson (center) at the Fox Creek Artscape.

A series of garden rooms will grow progressively wilder from the street side to the creek side as benches and pavers give way to native plantings. The project has been in planning for more than three years. Thompson says that in the course of developing the plan they listened to stories from neighbors about fishing in Fox Creek. The development is an outgrowth of a series of relationships. For instance, Curtis Thompson is an artist, and he knows other artists, and next thing you know there is a CCS connection. This is becoming a familiar tack for Kresge. The foundation funded the Joann Greenway in 2017 — a two-block stretch on Joann Avenue between State Fair and Manning — with approximately $100,000. This project with the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance includes a tree nursery, which is unusual in the local urban agriculture profile. Osborn program director Kayana Sessoms says the funds cover the purchase of vacant lots and clearing them out. It also covers the cost of training a neighborhood resident to run the nursery. “This is creating economic benefits for the community,” says Sessoms. “The city of Detroit buys millions of dollars worth of trees every year.” That sounds like a pretty good market to get into, and training a community member to run it has a direct economic benefit. Sessoms says the group expects to have 400 trees potted and planted by this fall. Projections are that within five years the nursery will bring in $80,000 to $100,000 annually. That will pay for the nursery worker and serve as an economic base for the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance to continue

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functioning as a neighborhood asset. “We were looking at economic ways to stabilize the organization,” Sessoms says. “This will benefit the organization and bring jobs to locals, as well as beautify the neighborhood.” It will also eliminate more vacant lots. It’s a major feat to turn these lots from eyesores to assets. It’s taking some imagination, some effort, and some money. In the process these blemishes on neighborhood profiles are becoming tools for neighborly engagement within the neighborhood. That’s supposed to happen in a big way in the Fitzgerald neighborhood as the Fitz Forward project takes shape. There, every vacant lot is supposed to have a specific purpose. That’s 200-plus parcels that were formerly neglected, trash-strewn, and overgrown getting targeted attention as to its function in the neighborhood. The space where Ella Fitzgerald Park is being constructed was formerly mostly vacant lots, as well as the basketball court across the street. Agriculture, recreation, and art seem the major avenues that folks have travelled as they reimagine what the open spaces on Detroit can be. It’s great that the Kresge Foundation recognizes and supports innovations such as the Joann Greenway and the Fox Creek Artscape. There are a lot of vacant lots out there. It’s going to take a lot more imagination to transform the tens of thousands of open spaces into something productive. But it looks like we’ve got some good ideas. We could use a few more. @gumbogabe


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Kesha and Macklemore, Wednesday, July 18, at DTE Energy Music Theatre.


Sweet sounds of summer 30 must-see metro Detroit summer concerts By MT Staff

Sorry, Lana Del Rey — 2018 is

not about that “Summertime Sadness.” In fact, metro Detroit’s concert lineup is so stacked that it’s shaping up to be the summer of badass-ness. From legendary rockers and folkies to rap royalty and pop priestesses — not to mention the offthe-charts influx of indie acts — metro Detroit has the hottest tickets in town for a summer to remember.

TUESDAY, 6/5: RUSS @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre The chill R&B rapper experienced glowing success after his self-produced album There’s Really a Wolf, which dropped in 2017, becoming one of

Nielsen’s most streamed artists of the year thanks to the success of his track “Losin Control.” The 25-year-old Atlanta native will be serving up some smooth jams as a part of his “I See You Tour.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100;; Tickets start at $34.50.

SATURDAY, 6/9: PRIMUS @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Primus is as wild as ever, partnering with the Grammy award-winning group Mastodon in support of its ninth album. The group is welcoming back

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original members to recreate its fundamental 1995 sound. Doors open at 7 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 586-268-9700;; Tickets start at $21.

SUNDAY, 6/10: PAUL SIMON @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Homebound — the Farewell Tour marks the retirement of yet another classic rock legend. The singer-songwriter has graced us with his impeccable sound since the 1960s as part of Simon & Garfunkel, then moved on to his successful own solo projects. In his retirement statement Simon

questioned what it would feel like to stop performing: “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.” Doors open 7 p.m.; 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100;; Tickets start at $31.


@ DTE Energy Music Theatre You’re not dreaming. The Championship tour will bring together two of the most powerful names in contemporary music. Both Lamar and SZA dominated in 2017, releasing albums that topped

the charts, ruled the radio, and received critical acclaim. Lamar’s right-hand dude ScHoolBoy Q also joins the bill. Doors open 7:30 p.m.; 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100;; Tickets start at $104.50.

FRIDAY, 6/15: JACK JOHNSON @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Kick off your shoes and get down — surfer-turned-soft-rocker Jack Johnson and his sustainable too-blessed-tobe-stressed vibes will keep you cool. Johnson, best known for low-key hiking/makeout jams, has asked G. Love & Special Sauce along for his “All the Light Above It Too” world tour in support of his 2017 record of the same name. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100;; Tickets start at $31.

FRIDAY, 6/15: BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW @ El Club With a name like Black Moth Super Rainbow one could draw several conclusions as to how the band might sound. But BMSR has found a way to mesh electronica’s ambience and the poppiness of, say, Jon Brion’s I Heart Huckabees score for a sound that is as unique as their damn name. Doors open at 8 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-279-7382;; Tickets are $18-$20.

SATURDAY 6/16: JR JR @ DTE’s Beacon Park If you haven’t been keeping tabs on Detroit’s JR JR, you’re not alone. Formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the band fell off the map after they canceled the majority of its 2017 tour plans (including a doubleheader at El Club) due to illness. The indie pop duo known for sweet harmonies and electronic ambience make their return to kick off the Beacon Park concert series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0101;; Event is free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, 6/22: CHROMEO @ Royal Oak Music Theatre Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo have perfected the summer jam. Whether you want to get busy in the sheets of your air-conditioned abode or sweat it out in the streets, their latest tour is in support of Head Over Heels, a record that lends itself to all your summer mischief. Doors open at 8 p.m.; 318 West Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980;; Tickets are $28.50+.

Janelle Monáe, Monday, July 9, Fox Theatre.

SATURDAY, 6/23: ERYKAH BADU AND NAS @ Chene Park Erykah Badu is not just a one-trick “Bag Lady,” and don’t dare peg Nas as just a rapper. Two of the most influential names in the game will serve up a poetic and sensual power-dose of chill hip-hop flow. Doors open 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-7128; cheneparkdetroit. com; Tickets are $56.

TUESDAY, 6/26: HARRY STYLES @ Little Caesars Arena As one of several little cutie heartthrobs from the X-Factor-winning boy band One Direction, Harry Styles is hardly a footnote in the annals of pretty-boy pop history. In 2017, he stunned


with his refreshing and dynamic selftitled debut record and hit single “Sign of the Times.” Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; Tickets start at $29.50.

FRIDAY, 6/29: PRINCESS NOKIA @ MOCAD This princess has seen some shit. Destiny Frasqueri, aka Princess Nokia, has a knack for deceptively dark rap, rhyming “dial-tone” with “die alone” on 2018’s “For the Night.” A feminist and queer activist, the Puerto Rican rapper is on the rise with her totally woke style. Doors open at 7 p.m.; 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622;; Tickets are $25.

SATURDAY, 6/30: YES @ Fox Theatre When you’ve endured as much as prog-rock pioneers Yes, a golden anniversary is worth celebrating — and that’s exactly what the band intends to do. “An Evening with Yes” will honor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ 50th anniversary and will celebrate 21 studio records and countless live recordings that have solidified them as integral threads in the tapestry that is rock ’n’ roll. The lineup will include Steve Howe (guitarist since ’70), Alan White (drummer since ’72), Geoff Downes (keyboards, joined in ’80), and will be led by Billy Sherwood, who joined in the ’90s and took over bass and vocals after frontman Chris Squire’s death in 2015.

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FEATURE Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200;; Tickets start at $39.50.



@ The Fox Theatre The incomparable Neil Young is hitting the road for a short string of intimate solo shows and Detroit has been chosen as one of the tour’s six destinations. As it turns out, the “Old Man” adores our city and recently recalled fond memories spent at the Fox, Masonic Temple, and recording in Motown studios. Most recently, the 72-year-old icon announced he is leaving social media to focus on his new website the Neil Young Archives, which has been described by the singersongwriter as “a giant time machine cabinet.” Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; 313presents. com; Tickets start at $99.50



@ Royal Oak Music Theatre If you’re not hip to the War on Drugs you should know that catching these Grammy-Award winning indie rockers at a venue as intimate as this is a rare opportunity. If you are in the know, though, then you can attest to how the band’s unique sound — think Ryan Adams meets Tame Impala — likely is what launched them into the stratosphere. Doors open at 8 p.m.; 318 West Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980;; Tickets start at $32.50.

FRIDAY, 7/6: BECK @ The Fox Theatre Beck off, fam. Rock’s favorite pintsized Scientologist will visit Detroit just two days shy of his 48th birthday. Beck last rolled through town in 2017 when he opened for U2’s Joshua Tree Tour at Ford Field. From his earlier ambient vibes to his more recent radio-pop efforts, 2017’s Colors peaked at No. 1 on the U.S Billboard Rock Charts because, let’s be honest, Beck is no loser. Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; 313presents. com; Tickets start at $35.

SATURDAY, 7/7: ARCADE FIRE @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Canada’s heavyweight champions of whimsy and depression is headed

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to the suburbs. Arcade Fire will head to DTE as one of six headlining North American non-festival dates. The band delighted us with its elaborate and boxing-ring themed “Infinite Content” arena tour and spectacle last year in support of 2017’s Everything Now, the most divisive album in its catalog to date. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100;; Tickets start at $26.50.

MONDAY, 7/9: JANELLE MONÁE @ Fox Theatre Angels are real, y’all, and singersongwriter, actress, activist, and visionary Janelle Monáe is living proof. Monáe will hit the road in support of her recently released third record, Dirty Computer. Her last tour with Kimbra was canceled due to illness, but this one is sure to fill the void. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200;; Tickets start at $39.50.


@ DTE Energy Music Theatre The comeback queen of justice and glitter is hitting the road — and she’s got company. The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore follows a successful 2017 for both artists. Kesha released the beautifully rebellious Rainbow — her first album in five years following a legal battle with alleged abuser and producer Dr. Luke. Macklemore dropped Gemini earlier this year, his second solo release without Ryan Lewis. The tour will donate $1 from every ticket sold to support RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network,) and M Plus 1, an organization that advances racial and social justice. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100;; Tickets start at $26.50.

FRIDAY, 7/20: VANS WARPED TOUR @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre It’s the end of an era. For 23 years, Warped Tour has held a special place in our pop-punk hearts. Warped Tour makes its final round with a stacked lineup that includes the Used, Taking Back Sunday, Sum 41, Senses Fail, and more. Doors open at 11 a.m.; 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100;; Tickets are $45.









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Arcade Fire, Saturday, July 7, DTE Energy Music Theatre.

FRIDAY, 7/20: MS. LAURYN HILL @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Just when we’ve given up hope, Ms. Lauryn Hill comes along. Since the release of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, her stark and seminal debut 20 years ago (and inarguably the greatest female rap album of all time), the ex-Fugee has not released a studio album. So, what do you do when you only have one fucking amazing record that shaped the entire hip-hop world as we know it? You celebrate each totally perfect track, and that’s exactly what Hill is planning to do during her anniversary tour. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 586-268-9700;; Tickets start at $25.

SUNDAY, 7/22: RADIOHEAD @ Little Caesars Arena Radiohead is either the greatest band of all time or the most overrated band ever to exist. If you believe the latter, however, you are wrong — and it’s OK

(computer). If you believe the former: Radiohead has scheduled a rare appearance in Detroit and we could not be fitter, happier. The last time Thom Yorke and company visited the Detroit area it was in support of King of Limbs in June of 2012 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Before their 2012 performance, the band had last played Detroit in August of 1997 at the then-State Theater. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-471-7000;; Verified resale tickets are available starting at $80.

FRIDAY, 7/27: THE ROOTS AND COMMON @ Chene Park Clearly, Chene Park has the summer lineup on lock. Look no further than this heavy-hitting pairing. The Roots have teamed up with rapper, actor, and poet Common to defy hip-hop by infusing their unique collab with funk, soul, and electronica — suitable for making babies or making changes. Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater

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St., Detroit; 313-393-7128;; Tickets start at $41.

THU., 7/27-SUN., 7/29: TOMMYSTOCK @ Camp Agawam The hustle and bustle of your typical outdoor fest does not exist at Tommystock — the three-day, chill AF camping and music festival on the 140-acre Camp Agawam in Lake Orion. Catch sets by Kent Koller, In Harmony’s Way, the Implications, Acoustic Ash, Dalayne Natke, and more. Doors open at; 1301 Clarkston Rd., Lake Orion;; Tickets are $50 for a 3-day pass.


@ West Riverfront Park Mo Pop Festival is back for year six, and we have died and gone to indie heaven. Indie overlords Bon Iver, who have not made a Michigan appearance in more than a decade, are headlining the festival. The National, Portugal the

Man, and St. Vincent are also top-billed with support by the likes of Vince Staples, Brockhampton, Daniel Caesar, Alvvays, and local darlings Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers — along with Metro Times’ 2018 “Bands to Watch” artist, Shortly. Doors open at 1 p.m.; West Riverfront Park: 1801 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit;; Single day tickets are $85, weekend passes start at $125.

SATURDAY, 8/4: SHAKIRA @ Little Caesars Arena We’ve been waiting a long time for Colombian belly-dancing pop sensation Shakira to roll through Detroit as the twelve-time Grammy-winner had postponed her “El Dorado World Tour” last year due to a vocal chord injury. In support of her latest record, El Dorado, Shakira is primed and ready to prove just once and for all that her hips don’t lie. Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-471-7000; 313presents. com; Tickets start at $40.50.

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Drake with Migos, Tuesday, Aug. 14, Little Caesars Arena.

SAT., 8/4 AND SUN., 8/5: BLACK MILK @ El Club The Detroit native and L.A. resident’s Fever reveals some serious strides in the evolution of the former Slum Village rapper. As one of the most dynamic hip-hop artists around, Black Milk will take the El Club stage for a doubleheader. Doors open at 8 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-279-7382;; Tickets are $20.

MONDAY, 8/13: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE @ Ford Field This tour follows a publicly tumultuous two years for pop culture’s royal family as grievances surrounding Jay-Z’s infidelity were aired out on Bey’s 2016 release, Lemonade; Jay responded on last year’s 4:44. We just hope they’re still “Crazy in Love,” OK? Doors open at 2000 Brush St., Detroit; 313-262-2222;; Ticket start at $49.50.

TUESDAY, 8/14: DRAKE WITH MIGOS @ Little Caesars Arena Ever since he left the city, we’ve been waiting for Drake to call us on our cell phone — or at least come back to Detroit, seeing that it’s been a two-year drought without our beloved Drizzy, and we are thirsty. The last time Drake paid a visit to the Motor City was for 2016’s co-headlining tour alongside Future at Joe Louis Arena, during which Eminem was summoned via a trap door in the

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stage. This time around, our beloved Champagne Papi will likely be peddling tunes from his forthcoming fifth record, Scorpion. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-471-7000;; Verified resale tickets are available starting at $80.

SUNDAY, 8/19: BEACH HOUSE @ Royal Oak Music Theatre Celebrating the release of its new album, 7, these indie dream pop babes are making their way to the Midwest to celebrate. “I feel like there’s a reason why this record happened,” the band told Pitchfork earlier this year. “We’re about to find out when we go on tour what it means to people.” Doors open at 8 p.m.; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980;; Tickets start at $32.

MONDAY, 8/27: DINOSAUR JR. @ Saint Andrew’s Hall It’s been nearly 25 years since Dinosaur Jr. intoxicated us with “Feel the Pain,” but our love for these indie-noise makers is far from extinct. Just this year the band teamed up with Jack White’s Third Man Records to release a special 7-inch recording of its live TMR Blue Room performance. Doors open 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961;; Tickets are $25. @metrotimes


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FEATURE Chill out

11 alcoholic frozen drinks to cool down and turn up in Detroit By MT staff

The hotter the day, the cooler

the drinks. As the temperatures start to rise, why not take a booze cruise through some of Detroit’s frozen offerings? Cool down and turn up with these milkshakes, tropical slushies, and frozen beer drinks.

BATCH BREWING 1400 Porter St., Detroit; 313-338-8008 Name a more iconic duo: beer slushies. Batch changes out their selection of slushified beers weekly.

PUBLIC HOUSE 241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-850-7420 Try the Carlotta which blends pineapple rum, coco lopez, pineapple juice, and vanilla ice cream. Or if bourbon is more your bag, order the Bert as it features bourbon, aperol, orange juice, bitters, and vanilla ice cream.

GATHER 1454 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 586-850-0205 A rose by any other name would get you drunk? Try the Rose slushie. Seriously.

THE FOUNTAIN DETROIT 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-209-5301 Tropical drinkers rejoice! Try the Mango Madness, Strawberry Margarita, or the Detroit Vice, which combines them both.

COMERICA PARK 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-962-4000 What’s a ball game without a refreshing daiquiri? Ask for secret menu items Tiger Tail and Tiger Fuel.

THE SKIP The Belt Alley, Detroit You won’t want to skip the Cucumber Margarita, Boilermaker, or the French 75 with Bombay Sapphire, lemon, sugar, and cava.

The Carlotta and the Bert from Public House.




2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-242-0770 Rotating taps of seasonal slushie flavors like the Gin Kazama with gin, campari, strawberry puree, lemon, and pinapple.

488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646 Nothing wrong with a classic. This slushie machine is rocking go-to flavors like strawberry daiquiri and piña colada.


1331 Broadway St, Detroit; 313-749-9738 These milkshakes pack a punch. Made with Crown Royal Maple, vanilla soft serve, and malted milk, the Malted Maple Royale is topped with candied bacon. If you’re feeling tropical, order up the B.B. Alexander with banana-infused brandy, fresh banana, salted caramel soft serve, and banana chips.

4654 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-406-4043 Detroit’s only tiki bar serving up unique tropical-inspired cocktails. Try one of their boozy slushies on tap. Current flavors include: Walk the Plank, a bourbon, raspberry, and grapefruit soda creation, as well as Junk Ship with whisky, lemongrass and ginger beer.

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100 Clairpointe St., Detroit; 313-822-1853; This historical drink is a musthave in any bar. Created by Detroiter Jerome Adams in 1967 the drink became a sensation among his patrons at the Bayview Yacht Club. Now, it’s rivaled as one of the most popular frozen beverages made with sweet vanilla ice cream, ice cubes, Bacardi, and Kahlua. Add a some chocolate and make it a mudslide. @metrotimes


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Chick Inn Drive-In.

9 metro Detroit drive-in restaurants for your summer cruise cravings By Tom Perkins

Summertime for the hungry in the world’s car capital can mean one thing — a trip to the drive-in diner. While many of the restaurants have gone the way of the Chevy Nova, some still thrive. Here are a few of our favorites.

DALY DRIVE-IN 31500 Plymouth Rd., Livonia; 734-427-4474 Don’t be fooled by the nondescript

building out front — the Daly Drive-In is a classic drive-in restaurant with a ‘50s modern, wavy white roof out back, and speakers for taking orders. The first Daly location opened in 1948 and the company grew to nearly 20 locations at its peak, but the Plymouth Road hot dog, burger, and fry spot is the last Daly family member standing. Among the menu’s favorites are the footlong DalyDog and the coney, which Daly’s owners say is superior to the standard coney

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MONROE’S ORIGINAL HOT DOG DRIVE-IN 1111 W. Front St., Monroe; 734-241-1612 Monroe’s spot has some history — it first started as an A&W restaurant more than 75 years ago, but broke from the company when it asked its franchises to start serving burgers. Monroe is a hot dog stand, not a burger stand, so it’s owner struck out on his own. To this

day, Monroe’s Original Hot Dog DriveIn remains a hot dog shop— no beef patties here. The menu offers a range of regular and foot-long dogs, chips, and beverages, and ownership reportedly intends to keep it that way.

EDDIE’S DRIVE-IN 36111 Jefferson Ave., Harrison Charter Twp.; 586-469-2345 Eddie’s remains a well-loved fixture in Harrison Township because it’s a


quintessential drive-in where carhops still work on roller skates, dinner is served on a tray hanging next to the car window, and the waitresses wear poodle skirts on Sunday. Its menu holds all the Michigan drive-in restaurant standards like foot-long hot dogs, coney dogs, burgers, fries, and deepfried everything, but it also has items that are unusual for a drive-in menu like a salmon sandwich, olive burger, and grilled chicken pita. Don’t miss the shakes, which come in flavors ranging from chocolate to creamsicle.

KLUCK’S DRIVE-IN 401 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-485-0994 The Ypsilanti coney dog and root beer parlor sends carhops to take your

order for hot dogs, coney dogs, grilled cheeses, burgers, fries, and all the other drive-in diner fare for which Kluck’s — and Ypsilanti — are known. Owners Joanna and Chae Chang bought Kluck’s 15 years ago and have kept it running through thick and thin. The couple also operates another beloved Ypsi curbside service restaurant, Roy’s Squeeze Inn.

CHICK INN DRIVE-IN 501 Holmes Rd., Ypsilanti; 734-483-3639 The 1950s-era Ypsilanti drive-in chicken shack is a pink neon-clad icon that greets those entering Ypsilanti along Prospect Road with a mural of a squawking chicken || June June6-12, 6-12,2018 2018


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head. The menu isn’t as totally chickencentric as one would expect, as it offers a wide selection of traditional and not-so-traditional drive-in food like foot-longs, coney dogs, patty melts, sweet potato fries, seafood, and plenty of fried finger foods. The price is right, as most sandwiches are around $5.

A&W 4100 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-547-7126 It opened in 1956 and still mixes the famous root beer in house, blending A&W concentrate with water and real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. You’ll also find all the foot-longs and hot dogs for which the drive-in is known.

HI LITE DRIVE-IN 1005 E. Michigan Ave., Marshall; 269-781-8848 The super long burger and hot dog menus, the sloppy joe’s, and the

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chicken dinner all look nice, but how about that dessert menu? You couldn’t be blamed for skipping straight to the classic ’50s-era diner’s malt and homemade root beer float offerings.

LUTZ’S 28102 M-152, Dowagiac; 269-782-5676 Owner Scott Scherer’s mother was one of the restaurant’s original employees when it opened 50 years ago, so he decided to step in and save it when it went up for sale. Aside from the usual drive-in fare, it’s one of the few in the state where you can get pizza.

RUDY’S DRIVE-IN 4061 Page Ave. Michigan Center; 517-764-7839 The small drive-in just outside Jackson opened in 1967 and still makes its own unique coney sauce and root beer @metrotimes


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Michigan Elvisfest, Friday-Saturday, July 6-7, Riverside Park, Ypsilanti.


Outrageous getaways

Plenty to do and see that’s both offbeat and on the road By Michael Jackman

MICHIGAN ELVISFEST Friday-Saturday, July 6-7, Riverside Park, Depot Town, Ypsilanti Yes, it’s exactly what you might think it would be: the largest Elvis Presley tribute event in the state and, according to some sources, the country. Founded in 2000, the fun includes a classic car show, food, beer, raffles, and, of course, plenty of Elvis impersonators, ranging from pompadour-wearing preteens to people old enough to be the real-thing King. But there will be some pros on the stage, including Chris Ayottes, David Allen, Doug Church, Colin Dexter, Quentin Flagg, Robert Washington,

and more — including more sequins than you can shake a stick at.

NATIONAL BABY FOOD FESTIVAL Wednesday-Saturday, July 18- 21 in downtown Fremont 231-924-0770 or 1-800-592-2229; This makes sense: Since Fremont is the home of the well-known Gerber Products Company — makers of those cute little jars of, say, mashed beet or carrots — it provides a fitting setting for a four-day celebration of all things baby-related. There is, of course, a “kids’ zone,” a community picnic, a

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farmers market, athletic competitions, a bed race, and a “baby crawl.” Founded in 1990, it all takes place in a rustic little burg about 40 miles north of Grand Rapids.

BOLOGNA FESTIVAL Thursday-Sunday, July 26-29, in Yale 810-387-9253; Every July since 1989, out in the northern reaches of St. Clair County, the city of Yale hosts one of the craziest three-day streaks of family-friendly, wacky entertainment in the state. The festival draws its inspiration from the city’s bologna factory, run for decades by the Roy family, a major employer in

town, but also a folksy family business where the owner often answers the phone. The local Chamber of Commerce has spun it into a festival that can attract 20,000 guests with antics that can range from the usual — art shows, auctions, derbies, sidewalk sales, clowns, fireworks, hula-hooping — to the unique — a “bologna baby” contest, eating competitions, a bike parade, a bologna ring toss, outhouse races, squirt gun battles, a goofy golf cart parade, cardboard boat races, a duck race, tours of the bologna factory, and the crowning of the festival’s bologna king and bologna queen.


July 26-29, Antique-Flywheelers Club, 145 U.S. 131, Boyne Falls Inspired by the engine shows you’ll find in rural areas throughout the Midwest, this annual celebration of crafts, folkways, and farming machinery can run into hundreds of registered small engine displays. In a good year, the club will field more than a half-dozen blacksmiths at work, as well as demonstrations of carving, wool dying, spinning, weaving, chair caning, broom making, and even flint knapping. It’s almost like a little city, with antique cars, a museum, a sawmill and grist mill, a barber shop, an antique filling station, a farm museum, a tractor scale, and even a drive-in movie. Perhaps you’ll be drawn to the flea market, which can include 150 vendors, or the 100 arts and crafts booths and demonstrations. Organizer Deb Matthew says it’s a celebration of all things antique, right down to the machinery. “These are old tractors,” she says. “These are not souped up.” In fact, Matthew’s machine is an 86-yearold doodlebug adapted from an old Ford roadster during the Great Depression. “We restored it from nothing to go.” In fact, a few years ago, they put out a “doodlebug challenge” and drew about 80 of the homemade tractors. Now there’s something you won’t find at the Dream Cruise!

HUMONGOUS FUNGUS FEST Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5, in Crystal Falls; 906-265-3822 Far up in the U.P., less than seven miles from the Wisconsin border, in the late 1980s, naturalists discovered the world’s largest, contiguous organism: an Armillaria bulbosa comprising a giant, subterranean mushroom network covering more than 37 acres. Researchers estimate it to be more than 1,500 years old and weighing about 10 tons. Every autumn, it sends up edible mushrooms all over the Crystal Springs area. In gratitude, the village throws one heck of a party every fall. It’s called the Humongous Fungus Fest. Activities include a toadstool-themed softball tournament, a strongman competition, a bacon pie-eating contest, a men’s “Beardy Pageant,” and a vendor village. The mushrooms that sprout all over town are gathered for a cook-off and added to the 10-foot-wide Humongous Pizza. And toadstools aren’t the only thing that appear in Crystal Falls that week: Look for a fresh crop of citywide rummage sales during the fungal fiesta.

Rubber Ducky Festival, Aug. 12-18, Bellaire.

RUBBER DUCKY FESTIVAL Aug. 12-18, in Bellaire 231-533-6023; This festival’s weeklong schedule of events seems nothing but legit: fun runs, live music, a picnic, and a car show, all vaguely themed to the cute and yellow little fellow. But the climax of the event is a bit of over-the-top weirdness: More than 2,000 rubber ducks get dumped into the Intermediate River at the North Bridge Street Bridge, winding their way toward Lake Bellaire. The duckies are numbered, and after they release the quackers, the winner will be the first to pass the finish line at the Riverside Marina. A $5 entry fee gets you one of the little buddies, and the first 27 to make it through win a prize: win is $500, place is $300, show $100. Tell everybody that you simply have to see the race, then act all surprised to see that Short’s Brewery is just down the street.

WELLINGTON FARM Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, at 6944 S. Military Rd., Grayling; 989-348-5187 Wellington Farm proprietor Howard Taylor has always been a collector with a fondness for fading heartland Americana. In 1997, he took his significant and growing collection of post-1900 farm machinery, corralled it on a 60acre hunk of property, and christened it Wellington Farm, a living history museum depicting life in the rural Midwest during the Great Depression. He’d recently increased his holdings to two dozen buildings, including the Stittsville Church (built 1882, moved to Wellington 2005), an 1870s Grayling sawmill, and a working gristmill, a Civilian Conservation Corps-built


structure. Taylor says the tough times have lessons still worth teaching. He says, “They made do with everything that they could. Nothing was thrown away. You never know when you might need that thing or part of it to make something else.” Given our wobbly economy and the possibility of another downturn, a trip to see Taylor’s monument to thrift and grit might be just the thing to inspire.

HOUSE OF DAVID MUSEUM 922 Main St., Saint Joseph 269-325-0039; The House of David is one of those remarkable only-in-Michigan stories. A new religion that eschewed haircuts and hedonism as much as it embraced baseball, the House of David established a religious colony on the shores of Lake Michigan about 100 years ago. Their long hair set them apart: In a photo of the House of David band from 1915, they look more like a music group from 1975. Now there’s a museum in downtown St. Joseph dedicated to them. It actually has a wealth of material relating to southwest Michigan, but dwells lovingly on the House of David. That’s likely because founder-director Chris Siriano once founded another House of David Museum. A post on the Facebook page warns, “Visitors by Appointment Only,” so call ahead.

OSWALD’S BEAR RANCH 13814 Co Rd. 407, Newberry; 906-293-3147 About 60 miles northwest of the Mackinac Bridge, deep in the heart of the Newberry State Forest Area, Dean Oswald cares for a few dozen rescued bears. Many were brought to him by the

state DNR, injured or orphaned. Some were even kept illegally as pets. With no state financing, Oswald has to rely on the kindness of visitors, and they’ll pay $20 a carload to enter his bear sanctuary, where they can stroll through an area adjoining bear habitats separated by electric fence. Oswald says they’re all black bears, which have a reputation for being tamer than most. You can snag a selfie with your family up on some viewing platforms, or, for an extra $10, have your family picture taken petting some gentle bear cubs. Is it safe? Oswald jokes with us, “We haven’t lost anybody in a couple of years.”


11060 US-31, Williamsburg; 231-264-5597 It was only natural that Voss Guntzviller should start a museum dedicated to taxidermy and woods lore. His grandfather George Guntzviller started collecting wildlife and outdoors curios more than a century ago, and Voss’ father started practicing the craft of taxidermy in 1928. The son took after the father, and after three generations of Guntzvillers had assembled a massive collection of ever more exotic animals, as well as arrowheads and other native treasures, Voss decided a quarter century ago to turn it into a museum. The work on display isn’t for sale — though there is a gift shop where you might get everything from jewelry to moccasins. But one thing you can easily come away with is a selfie with a lion. Even Dean Oswald can’t get you that! @metrotimes


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FEATURE Road reads

Some notable books with local hooks to stimulate your mind or help you unwind By Michael Jackman

For this year’s Summer Guide,

we thought we’d round up a few of the books we’ve read, seen, or can’t wait to get a look at — because being out in the boonies might mean you’ll need more than your phone to look at. Not exactly book reviews, these are more like notices of recently published or forthcoming books you might want to bring to the beach, the cabin, or wherever life takes you this summer. Naturally, many people will be interested in the most recent book from that TV showman and stranger to understatement Charlie LeDuff. His latest book, Sh*t Show! The Country’s Collapsing... and the Ratings are Great, was released May 22. The book reveals LeDuff’s experiences while working on the TV show The Americans, which kept him running across the country, keeping company with everybody from a would-be gigolo to a Ku Klux Klansman. Ultimately, it’s a book about American decay, a journalistic hayride through Trump country, where shock and volume have overwhelmed fact and nuance. (Not that Charlie would have anything to do with that troubling trend!) Coming out this week in hardcover is Anna Clark’s 320-page book about the Flint water crisis, The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy. It’s a story former MT news editor Curt Guyette helped break in Metro Times, and the first complete account from start to finish of the decisions that resulted in the poisoning of an entire community in the name of emergency management. We can’t wait to see how a talented journalist like Clark delves into the details of how Flint residents were dismissed by officials associated with the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder until, galvanized by injustice, and with some help from like-minded experts,


they revealed the enormity of what had happened to them. A paperback release that should appeal to fans of Detroit’s subversive musical heritage is Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance: Detroit 1967–2017. Edited by Jens Hoffmann, with writing from music historian Marsha Music, Trinosophes co-founder Joel Peterson, and Robin K. Williams, this 140-page volume tracks Detroit’s musical output against the flashes and flares of its racial and political history that continue to this day. Illustrated with art, photos, and ephemera, it should offer ample proof that music can be a powerful

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weapon in the battle for justice. Something more lighthearted comes from author Karen Dybis, a tome called Secret Detroit: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. If you think Detroit is just Motown, the Big Three, and a bunch of sports teams, dive into this 208-page book and see if you aren’t surprised by what Dybis has uncovered for you. Or perhaps you have a hometown advantage and know about the city’s underground salt mines; but did you know about the underground missile sites on Belle Isle? Or, heck, maybe you know it all; in that case, sit back and let Dybis tell it better than you

remember it, in prose suffused with her obvious affection for the Rust Belt’s weirdest city. Throw a fistful of rice in this town and you can’t help but hit a building designed by Albert Kahn. The GermanJewish architect spent decades designing Detroit’s office towers, religious edifices, car factories, private homes, and more. And this year author Michael H. Hodges draws on archival sources unavailable to earlier biographers to tell Kahn’s story in Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit. The handsome, hardcover edition, punctuated with striking photographs of

Kahn’s work, “paints the most complete picture yet of Kahn’s remarkable rise.” If you’re more interested in fiction, there’s still plenty of Detroit-themed work for you to peruse. Take, for instance, Michael Zadoorian’s new book, Beautiful Music. Zadoorian is perhaps best known for his 2009 book The Leisure Seeker, which came out as a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland last year. In his new book, Zadoorian takes us back to Detroit in the 1970s, which was still throbbing from the 1967 rebellion, and was in the throes of the energy crisis and the sexual revolution. Protagonist Danny Yzemski finds that growing up in such times can be … complicated. But with a little help from Iggy Pop, the MC5, and Led Zeppelin, he finds just the boost he needs to survive — and even grow a bit. R. J. Fox, the writer who brought us 2016’s memoir Love & Vodka, now brings us a book former MT contributing editor Herb Boyd calls “Elmore Leonard meets Donald Goines.” It’s called Awaiting Identification, and it opens in Detroit on Devil’s Night, 1999, at a wild party at St. Andrew’s Hall. Five different characters interact with one another over the next several hours, but by midnight on Halloween, they’re all unidentified bodies laid out on cold slabs at the medical examiner’s office. Curious? Want to see how they all get gone? There’s only one way to find out. Metro Times is no stranger to poet and activist Kim D. Hunter, and yet he’s so full of surprises that he’s gobsmacked even us with his new book The Official Report on Human Activity. It must be the most fanciful science-fiction title of the year, chronicling the media frenzy that follows a male factory worker giving birth to a small black elephant with a mysterious message on its hide. It’s set in a dystopian future Detroit of probes, implants, holograms, and hybrid lifeforms, in which media, technology, and capitalism have run amok. Robert Downes was an alt-weekly guy up in Traverse, the editor of Northern Express for 22 years until the paper was sold in 2013. Since then he’s been writing books at the rate of one every one or two years. Last year it was the historical novel Windigo Moon. This year, it’s something a little more playful, a book called Bicycle Hobo. It s a sort of murder thriller set in the world of cycle touring. When a woman is run down by a homicidal RV driver, her husband, Jake, will do whatever it takes to track down the killer, which is a good thing because it takes a three-yearlong, continent-spanning quest to find the motorhome that killed his woman. Another author, Thomas C. Bailey, headed the Little Traverse Conservancy for more than 30 years. As one who paid his dues working for the state DNR and National Park Service, his perspectives on

land conservation in Michigan are based on years of experience. This year, he offers a slim, 126-page memoir, A North Country Almanac: Reflections of an Old-School Conservationist in a Modern World. Bailey positions himself as something of an environmental centrist, one who has never unquestioningly accepted environmental dogma and is willing to challenge its cherished assumptions or condemn its black-and-white thinking. That said, Bailey’s record shows a lifelong commitment to the idea that sacrificing priceless wilderness for short-term gain is foolhardy and dangerous. In case you missed it in hardcover, MT contributor Drew Philp’s book, A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City, is out in paperback. It’s a full-length book inspired by the BuzzFeed article that broke the internet: “Why I Bought a House in Detroit For $500.” What sounds like a stunt becomes a Thoreauvian experiment, a deep dive into workaday anthropology, and a conversation encompassing gentrification, race, and class. While Philp is both fiercely proud of his adopted Detroit neighborhood, he’s also strongly protective: Many of the personal and street names have been changed to scramble any speculators hoping to mine the book for data. Another paperback edition that should have wide appeal is White Boy Rick: My Years as a Teenage Drug Informant for the FBI, by Richard Wershe Jr. with Mike Young. The 320-page volume comes out in August, just in time for the peak of summer, and it’s the story of Detroit’s most famous white slinger and drug war double agent. Wershe and Young tell the whole tale, from his first arrest at 17 all the way through his zenith, when he rode around Detroit wearing full-length mink coats and gold rope neck chains. Naturally you’ll get Wershe’s take on his own downfall, which he lays at the door of the FBI. And if you need a little something for younger readers, August will see publication of Bailey Sisoy Isgro’s book Rosie, a Detroit Herstory. This 40-page book tells how, during the Second World War, military demand for ablebodied males meant that women had to fill many of the jobs formerly held only by men. Contrary to the dictates of tradition, women stepped in and did their jobs very well, thankyouverymuch, showing skill, bravery, and grit as they ran family businesses, conducted streetcars, and worked on assembly lines and in shipyards. The story is told in rhyme, and enlivened with original illustrations from Nicole Lapointe. @ michaeljackman

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FOOD You’re lining up outside the wrong burger restaurant By Tom Perkins

Around a year ago, the lines

that regularly ran out of downtown Detroit’s Shake Shack and wound down Woodward Avenue got me curious about the New York City-based burger restaurant. As a general rule, I don’t eat at fast food chains, but few restaurants arrive with so much hype, and some in its cult of fans assured me it’s “a good chain.” So I went. In a nutshell, my June 2017 review said this: Shake Shack is fine, but it’s merely decent fast food. It presents itself as a boutique burger shop, but it’s not really that. And that part of the experience was off-putting because it isn’t much more than marketing designed to capitalize off of consumers’ desires to support ethical, local mom-and-pop shops. I mention that because Lovers Only seems like the place that Shake Shack wants to be, but it’s the former that’s the genuine article. It’s a local craft burger restaurant with a menu developed by talented Detroit-based chefs who source their ingredients from reputable metro Detroit producers like Farm Field Table, McClure’s Pickles, and Calder Dairy. The Capitol Park restaurant has some style, but it isn’t gimmicky. There’s no corporate vibe or weird marketing tinge to the whole operation. And because there’s one shop instead of a chain of 127, Lovers Only can do what Shake Shack can’t — maintain consistent quality. Of course, being local doesn’t mean much if the food is no good, but there’s not a miss on Lovers Only’s menu of four burgers and four sandwiches. It should be noted that its chefs don’t trade in the thick, char-grilled patties you’ll find at places like Motor City Sports Bar in Hamtramck. Instead they hand-pack thin six-ounce patties that are laid down on the griddle where they sizzle in their own fat until the edges and outside are crisped and charred, while just a hint of pink remains in the middle. It’s diner-style, and a few bites almost remind me of the Bates burgers from my childhood. The high quality beef from Farm Field Table could carry

Lovers Only 34 Grand River Ave., Detroit 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday Sandwiches and burgers: $7 to $10

a burger on its own, but each of the menu’s four options are done up with an interesting selection of fixings. The menu gives top billing to the Classic Smash, which is the most straightforward with lettuce, onion, mustard, mayo, and pickles. But an even better option is the Burlington, a burger with a spread of dijonaise on a soft, slightly sweet brioche bun that holds crunchy lettuce, Wisconsin cheddar sauce, twice-cooked onions, and pickled relish. The best bites here are those with charred beef that plays nicely with the acidic condiments, and the super-caramelized onions mixed with a few raw onions for texture are also a nice touch. In the Bitter South, Lovers Only arranges a patty between toasted rye (though they were out of it on my visit, so I got brioche) with hash browns, emmentaler cheese, fried onions, and comeback sauce. There’s a lot going on, but the Bitter South works. Even the vegetarian option — often a weak link at burger spots or similar meaty restaurants — is solid. Lovers Only makes its Green Street with a moist, flavorful Impossible Burger patty that’s placed between toasted English muffins with white cheddar, lettuce, and a lively parsley-shallot yogurt sauce. Arguably the best menu item is the Extern, a cold-fried chicken sandwich — meaning the fried chicken is served cold — that’s a real treat in a town short on fried chicken worth mentioning. It arrives in a coat of thick-but-light crag that’s accented with vinegary cabbage and jalapeño slaw, and a vinegary white barbecue sauce. There’s plenty of appealing textural and flavor interplay in this one. Lovers Only’s fried bologna sandwich

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The Classic Smash.

is one of the area’s best, and I can say that with certainty because I’ve tried nearly every fried bologna sandwich southeast Michigan offers. The Bodega is made with semi-thick slices of nicely charred Sy Ginsberg bologna, plenty of mustard, mayo, white cheddar, and an egg with a yolk that you’ll burst in the sandwich. I tend to think less is more when it comes to fried bologna, but this is a case of more is more. The Recession Dog is the restaurant’s take on the Chicago dog. It’s usually wise to pass on Detroiters’ versions of Chicago dogs, but chefs Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla are Chicago transplants. It arrives with a toasted poppy seed bun, crunchy dill spear, electric green relish, and sport peppers that bite. There’s no tomato on this Chicago dog, but instead it comes with a few hand-cut fries on top. Finally, the Fast Eddie is Lovers Only’s loose burger with a flavorful helping of ground beef on a soft New England-style bun with crunchy green lettuce shreds and mayo. The menu also includes a couple


thoughtful salads, and a choice of onion rings or fries on the side. The fries are the thick, hand-cut variety with patches of skin. If loose meat, cheese, and onions are your thing, get them smothered and covered for a few bucks more. The beverage list is longer than the food menu with a selection of good craft beers and cocktails that are cheaper during happy hour, as well as basil lemonade, coriander lemonade, Topo Chico, Mexican Coke, and more. The rich double chocolate milkshake is one of Detroit’s better shakes, and the vanilla bean shake and Boston Cooler are also solid. Lovers Only fills up during lunch hours and I suspect it’s going to get busier as more of Capitol Park’s buildings under renovation come online. Get there before the lines start winding down Grand River. @metrotimes


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Relish Catering co-owner Le’Genevieve Squires.


What if people of color ran Detroit’s food system? By Tom Perkins

It’s pretty clear that those who have the most control over Detroit’s food system — its local growers, nonlocal growers, suppliers, producers, grocery store owners, distributors, restaurateurs, food writers, chefs, and so on — are mostly white. That’s despite that the city’s population is nearly 90 percent people of color. So it’s worth asking: How would things look if the food system centered around people of color and

other marginalized groups instead of white people? A new project called the Dream Cafe and Community Food Hub spearheaded by FoodLab Detroit and Allied Media Conference is not just imagining that, but developing a model of “food production and service that is truly equitable, sustainable, cooperative, and community driven.” And though there’s a deeper goal in the Dream Cafe, the June 14 through June 19 event is a welcoming celebration that includes a temporary full-

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service cafe run by local black-owned businesses that will take over the Cass Cafe; a series of pop-ups featuring local and visiting chefs; hands-on cooking workshops; and an outdoor market showcasing local producers. The entire event is made possible by collaborative partnerships among urban farmers, local producers, local chefs, visiting chefs, the chefs’ crews, and food sovereignty organizers. In that way, the event not only imagines how things could look, but also celebrates all the work

that people of color who live here are already doing. Diners will find a wide range of foods and meals, from a Palestinian brunch to a pan-Caribbean feast to a cooking exchange hosted by a multigenerational group of indigenous chefs. Beyond the food, there will be comedy, music, meetups, a dance party, screenings, workshops, talks, and more. The endgame is culinary and economic sovereignty for marginalized groups, and the laying of a foundation

for a stronger local food economy that benefits groups the food system often exploits. In that way, the Dream Cafe is looking at food not just as “food,” but as a strategy to build community resilience and autonomy. As FoodLab Detroit director Devita Davison puts it, Dream Cafe seeks to deconstruct and decolonize the food system, and instead center it around different cultures in a way that we don’t often see in Detroit, or elsewhere. “What does it look like when you have folks not only from here but from all over the country who are black, brown, queer, nonconforming people — what does it look like when they dream about what the local food system can look like?” Davison asks. “This is what it looks like when you are dreaming about a food system that puts these people in the center, and you have a food system that represents them.” “What does it look like to tear up every single negative notion about black and brown people, about their labor being undervalued, and start talking about how we can build something better together? This is what it looks like when you tear all of that shit up and come together and build.” The project grew out of Allied Media Conference and Feeding Emerging Resistance Movements, Envisioning Nourishing Traditions’ (FERMENT) effort to develop a food component. Last year, FERMENT held a dinner that brought together Earthworks Farms and visiting Cambodian-American chef Chinchakriya Un and her Kreung pop-up, but this year’s event is on a whole other level according to Ora Wise, AMC’s culinary director. She notes that the program is in line with AMC’s core principles that include cooperation, sustainability, network building, creativity, autonomy, and interdependence. “We’re applying that to food on an epic level this year,” Wise tells Metro Times. “We’re building out a food component intentionally designed to empower people and center the voices of people who are at the margins … and whose cultures are exploited by the food industry. And we will learn from and celebrate the brilliance and resilience of Detroit.” FoodLab is running the full-service restaurant component of the Dream Cafe and bringing together their partner businesses. On June 14, Ryan Salter of Salt + Ko and Reniel Billups of Irie Occasions Catering will prepare breakfast; Friday will see Lamont Mitchell and Viana Rickett of Simple Goodness Detroit prepare breakfast with Le’Genevieve Squires and Brittiany Peeler of Relish Catering; Jerome and Samuel Brown of Detroit Soul and Doniss Hicks of Nu Sol Bowls will work

together on the June 16 breakfast. FoodLab program associate Ederique Goudia, who is also a partner in the forthcoming Gabriel Hall creole restaurant, bar, and music venue, notes that the collaborations between businesses and people in different parts of the food systems is partly what makes Dream Cafe so valuable. “People are going to be collaborating with each other in ways that they may not have before,” she says. “That’s the exciting part — building a circle and building relationships with each other and farmers of color. They can build on those relationships as they continue on with their businesses.” FoodLab is also organizing the outdoor market, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 15 and June 16 on The Commons lawn across the street from Cass Cafe. It will feature FoodLab members and black-owned businesses offering prepared foods, jams, teas, sauces, and other fare that one would find at a farmers market. Among AMC’s exciting pop-ups is Matriarchy in the Kitchen, which Wise describes as “an incredible collaboration by women of color across generations who are telling a story about their food.” It’s an effort that features the cuisine of a queer black chef from the deep south and a young Trinidadian and Jamaican chef of Supper Club From Nowhere and Kit an Kin. Chefs from all of Dream Cafe’s events are mostly sourcing from 11 Detroit urban farmers of color, and the menus are largely designed around what those farms have available. “We want to prioritize local growers, then work out from there,” Wise says. “The idea with all of this is to build capacity and deepen relationships within Detroit’s good food movement, and strengthen an already inspiring, living local food economy. All of us who are from the outside are excited to be a part of that with Detroit.” Stepping back and looking at the sum of it all, the Dream Cafe really appears to be creating a small model of what could be carried out on a regional and national level. “It’s ‘Local Food 2.0.’ This is the beta version,” Davison says. “We in beta, baby, and then we going to work out the kinks, work out all the bugs and we going to go across the country with it.” More information about each of the Dream Cafe’s meals and purchase tickets (if applicable) is available at Stay tuned to Metro Times for more on the event’s menus and meals. @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 Okkerville River, Wednesday, June 13, El Club.

FRIDAY, 6/8 Matisyahu and Stephen Marley



SAT., 6/9 & SUN., 6/10

SUNDAY, 6/10

Jhené Aiko

Motor City Pride

Cinetopia: Closing night

@ Chene Park

@ Hart Plaza

@ Detroit Film Theatre

MUSIC One is a contemporary Hebrew reggae rapper and the other is reggae royalty — together, Matisyahu and Stephen Marley make for one hell of a synergistic rasta duo. Though the Hasidic rapper may have traded in his traditional beard and curls years ago, Matisyahu’s message of wokeness is as clear as ever. And though Stephen bares the weight of his legendary father’s name, Marley has found his own voice as both a musician and producer within the genre. Worlds collide as the Strength to Strength tour will deliver these two spiritual heavyhitters for a night of awakening and rapid-fire rhyming.

MUSIC Do not reduce Jhené Aiko to her on-again, off-again relationship with Detroit’s own Big Sean (despite her prominent portrait tattoo of the “Blessings” rapper) — the girl can hold her own. The L.A. native has come a long way since her Sailing Soul(s) mixtape days. Last year, Aiko dropped her sophomore record Trip, a rolling exploration of the word as it is heavily influenced by the death of her brother in 2012. “[The album is] inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic,” Aiko has said of the record. “It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.” Now if only Aiko can ditch her Chris Brown collabs…

LGBTQ Chase the rainbow at Motor City Pride, which returns as Michigan’s largest pride festival with two days of awareness, fun, and fabulosity. While all of June may be dedicated to celebrating the love, diversity, and many adversities overcome by the LGBTQ and allied communities, this year’s Motor City pride is louder and prouder than ever. This year’s celebration will feature five stages with more than 150 performers including Little Animal, Killer Flamingos, Dirk Kroll Band, and DJ Marquis, as well as more than 120 vendors. The heart of the weekend is undoubtedly the parade, which will launch Sunday at noon.

FILM Directed by Lisa D’Apolito, Love, Gilda offers a rare glimpse into the complicated struggle faced by the woman who brought the likes of Roseanne Roseannadanna to life on the Saturday Night Live stage. Through personal recordings, journal entries, and the storytelling of friends, contemporaries, and comedians she has long since inspired, the film chronicles the laughs and losses that have defined Gilda Radner’s legacy, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 1989.

Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4614;; Tickets start at $40.

Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-7128;; Tickets start at $36.

Festivities begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and noon on Sunday, June 10; Hart Plaza;; Admission is $5.

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Screening begins at 2 p.m.; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313833-7900;; Individual tickets are $15, $50 movie passes are available for students, and full festival passes are $125-$175.

friday 6/8

misty lyn & the big beautiful blair crimmins and the hookers saturday 6/9

the insiders:

tom Petty tribute monday 6/11

thornetta davis,

calvin cooke & friends, bob and april monteleone tuesday 6/12

Jeff austin band wsg back forty thursday 6/14

horse feathers wsg twain friday 6/15

luke winslow king saturday 6/16

John kay

28th Annual Pewabic House and Garden Show, Fri., June 8-Sun., June 10, Pewabic Studios.

FRI., 6/8 - SUN., 6/10 28th Annual Pewabic House and Garden Show




Fundraiser begins Thursday at 6 p.m., free event begins 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday; 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-6262000; Tickets for the fundraising preview are $75, all other events are free and open to the public.

Okkervil River

Sam Be Yourself

@ El Club

@ Old Miami

MUSIC Over the course of their 20-year-long career, Austin, Texas indie band Okkervil River has survived the fleeting trends of the scene by embracing every twist and turn. The band’s most recent effort, 2018’s In the Rainbow Rain, finds the five-piece facing a stylistic quandary. “Don’t move back to L.A./ Although it’s 70 out/ You got a bigger house/ I know you’re sober now/ Don’t move back to L.A., my baby,” singer Will Sheff protests against layered guitars and feathery harmonies. The band's conversational directness leaves us to believe that Okkervil River will continue to survive the flood of indie acts.

MUSIC He may be a young-up-and coming emcee, but Sam B can go hard like G-Eazy, yet can reel it back and soften up like Dilla. Take his latest EP, Diggin’ Deep produced by Crate Digga. The ever versatile Sam B spouts shit about both Sarah Huckabee and Bernie Sanders and then flips the script to describe the sensation of butterflies during the early stages of Netflix and chill. Jemille Ali Abdulla, Mobil, and 100% Halal Meat round out the bill. For a mere $5 cover-charge you would be hard-pressed to find a more woke night of talent.

Doors open at 8 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-2797382;; Tickets are $20-$25.

monoPhonics thursday 6/21

rebirth brass band saturday 6/23

@ Pewabic

ART The 28th annual celebration kicks off with a ticketed preview fundraiser where guests can view and purchase Pewabic’s latest collection along with some swanky entertainment and cocktails. If free fun is more to your liking, over the course of the weekend guests can expect to view ceramics by more than 80 artists; there will also be docent-guided tours, demonstrations, drop-in workshops, live music by the Whiskey Charmers, and more.

& who’s to say sunday 6/17

J.d. wilkes & legendary shack shakers wsg chuck mead tuesday 6/26

melvin seals & terrapin flyer wednesday 6/27

big sam’s funky nation wsg Pho



Doors open at 9 p.m.; 3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830; Tickets are $5 at the door.

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THIS WEEK MUSIC Wednesday, June 6 Charlie Ballantine 8 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; $10. Dave Matthews Band 8 p.m.; DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; $41.50+. Hayley Kiyoko 7 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $20. Naked Shark 9 p.m.; Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; $5-$8. Red Wanting Blue 8 p.m.; The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $20. STS9 8 p.m.; Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; $25-$75. Will Downing 7:30 p.m.; Chene Park, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; $15+.

Thursday, June 7 David Thomas & Co 8 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; free. Hockey Dad 7 p.m.; Detroit Institute of Music Education, 1265 Griswold St,, Detroit; $13-$15. Ledisi 8 p.m.; Sound Board, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; $45+.

Jackson Browne 8 p.m.; Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights; $27+. Jamie Register and The Damn Thang 8:30 p.m.; Rackham Stage, U-M campus, Ann Arbor; free. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound 10:15 p.m.; Rackham Stage, U-M campus, Ann Arbor; free. Jeff Cuny Trio 5:30 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; no cover. Kimball 7 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $10. Magic Giant with Tall Heights 8 p.m.; Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $12+. Marcy Playground 9 p.m.; Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; $25. Matisyahu & Stephen Marley 8 p.m.; Sound Board, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; $40+. Middle Kids 7 p.m.; The Pike Room, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; $13-$15.

Paul Thorn 8 p.m.; The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $25.

Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful Blair Crimmins & the Hookers 8:30 p.m.; Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $10-$15.

Pianos Become the Teeth 6:30 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $17-$20.

Poison 7 p.m.; DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; $25-$125.

Prhyme 8:30 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $33.

The Reissues 8 p.m.; Trixie’s, 2656 Carpenter St., Hamtramck; $5.

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra 7 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 10$.

Robert McCarther 9 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; $10.

Scott Helman 7 p.m.; The Pike Room, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; $10-$12. Sir Sly 6 p.m.; The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $16. Snow Tha Product 7 p.m.; Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $20+. STS9 8 p.m.; Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; $25-$75.

Friday, June 8 1964: The Tribute to the Beatles 7 p.m.; Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; $25+. Dani Darling 5 p.m.; Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; free. Honey Monsoon 7 p.m.; Top of the Park, Ann Arbor; free. I Don’t Know How But They

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Found Me 6 p.m.; The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $18.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks 7 p.m.; Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $20+.

Saturday Jun 9 ABK 7 p.m.; Harpos, 14238 Harper Ave., Detroit; $15-20. Bonny Doon 7 p.m.; Rackham Stage, U-M campus, Ann Arbor; free. Brandi Carlile 8 p.m.; Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; $78+. Cold Cave 8 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $15-$17. Hop Along 7 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $15. The Insiders: Tom Petty Tribute 8:30 p.m.; Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $15-$20. Jhene Aiko 8 p.m.; Chene Park, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; $36.





Jhene Aiko, Saturday, June 9, Chene Park.

Primus and Mastodon 7 p.m.; Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights; $21+. Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebok 8 p.m.; Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; $45-$55.


Anvil 7 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $15-$20. The Black Dahlia Murder 5:15 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $28. Chrisette Michele 7:30 p.m.; Sound Board, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; $35+.

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins 8 p.m.; Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester; $30+.

The Frost Middle School Jazz Band 6 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; $10.

Sunday, June 10

Jarrod Champion 11:30 am; Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; no cover.

Al Stewart “Year of the Cat” 7:30 p.m.; The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $40.

Paul Simon 7 p.m.; DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd.,

Clarkston; $31-$175.


Monday, June 11 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard 7 p.m.; Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $20+.

Tuesday, June 12 Andy McKee 8 p.m.; The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $25. Dennis Coffey 8-11 p.m.; Northern Lights Lounge, 660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit; no cover. GBH 7 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $20. Ghost Note 8 p.m.; Cliff Bell’s, 2030


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Matisyahu, Friday, June 8, Sound Board.


Park Ave., Detroit; 12-15$.


Monday Night Improv Mondays,

Gin Wigmore 7:30 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $20.

BarProv: An Improv Open Mic Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; Ghost Light, 2314 Caniff, Hamtramck; Free.

8 p.m.; Planet Ant Theatre, 2357 Caniff,

Jussie Smollett 8 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $20-$65.

Comedy Slice Block Party Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Ant Hall, 2320 Caniff Ave., Hamtramck; $5.50.

Thirty Seconds to Mars 6 p.m.; DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; $29.50+.

COMEDY Acrobuffo’s Air Play Sunday 1 & 4 p.m.; Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; $22; 734-764-2538; All-Star Showdown Saturdays, 8 & 10 p.m.; Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $18; 248-

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George CoStand-Up Tuesday 8 p.m.; Ghost Light, 2314 Caniff, Hamtramck; Free.

Hamtramck; $5. Pandemonia Every other Friday, 10 p.m.; Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $15; 248-3270575. Saturday Night Improv Saturdays, 10:30 p.m.; Planet Ant Theatre, 2357

Mike Stanley Thursday June 7, 7:30 p.m., Friday June 8, 7:15 p.m. and Saturday June 9, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; $18; 248-542-9900.

Caniff, Hamtramck; 5.50$; 313-365-

Monday Drop-In Classes at Planet Ant Training Center Mondays, 8 p.m.; Ant Hall, 2320 Caniff Ave., Hamtramck; $15.

St., Hamtramck; 5.50-7$; 313-365-4948.

4948. Tonight vs Everybody Fridays, 11 p.m.; Planet Ant Theatre, 2357 Caniff @metrotimes


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Fast Forward Arctic Monkeys Masonic Temple, Aug. 1

Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 24, 6 p.m.; $25.50+ Harry Styles Little Caesars Arena, June 26, 8 p.m., $29.50+ Paramore and Foster the People DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 29, 7 p.m., $25.50+ Jethro Tull Freedom Hill, July 1, 7:30 p.m., $26+ Neil Young Fox Theatre, July 3, 8 p.m.; $99.50+ STYX, Joan Jett, and Tesla DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 6, 7 p.m., $25.50+ Arcade Fire DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 7, 6:30 p.m., $25.50+

Music Theatre, July 18, 7 p.m., $66.50+ Ms. Lauryn Hill Freedom Hill, July 20, 6 p.m., $25+ Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, and the Cult Freedom Hill, July 24, 6:30 p.m., $21+ 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+ Arctic Monkeys Masonic Temple, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.; $39+ Lynyrd Skynyrd DTE Energy Music Theatre, Aug. 10, 6 p.m., $25.50+

Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 9, 7 p.m., $21+

Smashing Pumpkins Little Caesars Arena, Aug. 5, 7 p.m., $29+

Janelle Monáe Fox Theatre, July 9, 7:30 p.m., $39.50+

REO Speedwagon and Chicago DTE Energy Music Theatre, Aug. 12, $29.50+

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 11, 7 p.m., $25.50+

David Byrne Fox Theatre, Aug. 10, 8 p.m., $37.50+

Pixies & Weezer DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 13, 7:30 p.m., $31+

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Ford Field, Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.; $20-$320

Barenaked Ladies DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 14, 7 p.m., $21+

311 and The Offspring Freedom Hill, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., $27.50+

Panic! at the Disco Little Caesars Arena, July 14, 7 p.m., $50.75+

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town DTE Energy Music Theatre, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., $29+

Foreigner DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 15, 7 p.m., $21+ Kesha & Macklemore DTE Energy

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Shirley Owens and Robert Whitall.

Robert Whitall and Shirley Owens were the perfect match — in more ways than one By Jim McFarlin

Two weeks ago, Robert “Jr.”

Whitall and his wife Shirley Owens — you can call her “Sugar” or “Sugar Mae,” everyone does — got to touch the holy grail of their 19-year marriage. During a visit to Willie Mitchell’s immortal Royal Studios in Memphis, the couple laid hands on “No. 9,” the RCA microphone Al Green used to record virtually all his greatest hits, including “Love and Happiness.” “That’s our theme song,” says Whitall, who with Sugar publishes the Royal Oak-based, internationallyknown music magazine, Big City Rhythm & Blues. “We played ‘Love and

Happiness’ at our wedding.” Now their love has brought them a renewed, almost miraculous sense of happiness. Because when the radiation treatments that helped Whitall defeat prostate cancer left his kidneys damaged beyond repair, Sugar got tested so she could donate a kidney to someone who would then find a kidney donor for him. The process is called a paired kidney exchange, or “kidney swap.” Amazingly, unbelievably, the husband and wife were a perfect match. In her first-ever surgical procedure, Sugar, 62, gave one of her kidneys to save Jr.’s life in a 14-hour transplant operation

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last August at Henry Ford Hospital — avoiding a potential seven-year wait for an organ from another donor. Now the couple wants to send thankyou (musical) notes to the hospital by promoting and co-sponsoring “A Sacred Night of Music Celebrating Living Organ Donors” on Monday in the Parliament Room of Otus Supply in Ferndale. The concert — which will headline Detroit’s reigning Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis; Calvin Cooke, the undisputed master of a unique, gospel hybrid performance style known as Sacred Steel; and metro Detroit duo and Acoustic Madness bandmates Bob

and April Monteleone — is intended to raise awareness for the new living donor initiative at the Henry Ford Hospital Transplant Institute. “This is the first of a series of concerts we hope to build on,” Whitall says of Monday’s show, also sponsored by the revitalized Ann Arbor Blues Festival and the transplant institute. “Maybe once a year we’d like to do a nice big fundraiser. What tied everything together is the fact that we all have had experiences at Henry Ford.” In Davis’ case, her sister, Felecia, is on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. “So me and my family, we


all know the agony of waiting on a donor,” she acknowledged in a video message to Jr. and Sugar. For Cooke, the parallel is even more remarkable: 14 years earlier, Cooke’s wife, Grace, donated one of her kidneys to her husband as well — at Henry Ford. Before Whitall’s transplant, “I reached out to a lot of people who had gone through it [kidney transplant surgery] for a little coaching, to stem my fears,” he remembers, speaking via FaceTime from inside an Airstream trailer while vacationing with Sugar in Sleeping Bear Dunes. “And Calvin was there. He called me every day. He said, ‘Well, this is what it’s going to be like. You’re going to be taking pills the rest of your life. There may be some problems. But worry about your wife, because she did all the work! She gave something up!’” “I told him, ‘Calvin, we owe the hospital something,” he says. “This is

a great story, two musical couples are together still because of these great doctors at Henry Ford.’ He said, ‘I’m in. Anytime you do something, I’m in.’” And so he is. “That whole staff I would go to see every week, they were excellent,” recalls Cooke, who relocated from Detroit eight years ago to McDonough, Ga., south of Atlanta, to treat his kidney to warmer weather. “Those were the best doctors and group of people I’ve ever worked with. After I saw how serious they were, how the nurses knew you by name and made you feel comfortable, I knew I was being well taken care of by Henry Ford. “I realized that where God sent me was the best place, and I’ve never forgotten it.” Sacred Steel is a stylized strain of gospel featuring lap and pedal steel guitars, spawned from the House of God Pentecostal Church in Nashville. “In our organization, the steel guitar is the main instrument,” Cooke explains. “All of us were playing gospel, strictly gospel music, but now things are changing because a lot of us have been mixing blues into what we do.” The self-reported good health of all four transplant participants — Jr., Sugar, Calvin, and Grace — underscores the value of living organ donors. As opposed to organs from deceased persons, living donor transplants last longer, can be timed for the optimal health and convenience of both donor and recipient, and avoids the yearslong wait for a matching organ from the national donor registry. Jr. — there is no “Sr.,” as Whitall adopted the blues-rooted nickname as a tribute to such musicians as Junior Wells and Robert Jr. Lockwood — hopes their double-barreled love stories will encourage more Detroiters to consider becoming living organ donors. He says that when he first met Sugar, he thought she was so beautiful that she had to be a doctor’s wife. “The music brought Jr. and me together,” adds Sugar. “We have a lot in common.” They believed from the start that they were made for each other. Who could have known how right they were? “A Sacred Night of Music Celebrating Living Kidney Donors” takes place from 5-9 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at Otus Supply, 345 Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-6160;; Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Jim McFarlin, a frequent Metro Times contributor and kidney transplant recipient on Nov. 18, 2011, is a freelance writer based outside Chicago. @metrotimes


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Toni Collette in Hereditary.


House of horrors By MaryAnn Johanson

A bird flies into a window,

leaving a splatter of blood. Inanimate objects move seemingly on their own during a seance. Ghostly shapes hover in the deep shadows of a dark and miserable house. Mysterious figures wave ominously from across a yawning distance. A child repeatedly makes an annoying clicking noise with her mouth. I don’t scare easily, and it takes a helluva lot more — and a helluva lot different — than what Hereditary is offering, the bones which are nothing we haven’t seen plenty before. Yes, writerdirector Ari Aster, making his feature debut, has elevated some familiar tricks of the horror genre to a place of terrible grace, but that’s nowhere near enough. The sinister ambiance of Hereditary is effective... but that’s not a story, and dragging out that morbid atmosphere long past its welcome can’t hide that. As a portrait in grief and guilt, Hereditary is raw and honest in a way that eventually works against the supernatural horror that is also at play here. Toni Collette is absolutely extraordinary as Annie Graham, a woman

struggling with the fact that the death of her mother doesn’t have her as upset as she is “supposed” to be. They were estranged, and her mother was a difficult woman, secretive and manipulative, the latter particularly with regard to Annie’s 13-year-old daughter, Charlie (Milly Shapiro). Annie tries to comfort the heartbroken girl with the reminder that she was Grandma’s “favorite,” but to others Annie describes the relationship in more aggressive and unpleasant terms, her mother with her “hooks” in the child. Annie is also deeply conflicted about her own motherhood, perhaps because of her relationship with her mother, though that’s not clear... and in fact, Hereditary’s gloss on the darker taboos about motherhood that women don’t speak of, at least not in pop culture, is more strained. It plays like it was constructed by a man who has heard women complain about motherhood without really understanding why they’re unhappy — though it did gift us with the spellbinding scene in which Annie screams in forbidden frustration and rage at her older teen son, Peter (Alex Wolff, one of the most interesting

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young actors starting to make a splash), which is probably her Oscar clip right there. It’s hardly a surprise when the film begins to suggest that the weirdness of Annie’s mother may have had a fantastical malevolent bent to it, but it is something of a disappointment. The haunting of Annie’s family — which also includes her husband, Steve (Gabriel Byrne) — spreads beyond her, and their collective shame and selfreproach, their sorrow and suffering, ceases to be a metaphor and settles into concrete reality. Yet while Aster has no interest in ambiguity regarding what Annie’s mother was up to and what spectral evil it has brought down upon Annie’s family, he also doesn’t want to be too specific about it, either. As happens so often in movies with speculative elements, Hereditary ends precisely when it might have found something original to say, just at the moment when its speculation gets really intriguing. Aster seems not to quite know what to do with the kernel of his idea, and after taking an overly indulgent time turning it over, he rushes to an

Hereditary Runtime: 127 minutes Rated R ending that doesn’t satisfy. The question of “Wait, how did we get here?” battles with “Wait, but what next?” But there’s no next. Aster startles with some provocative imagery: a shot of the exterior of the Graham house, nestled in a grim woods, flips from day to night like someone turned an electrical switch, which is more unsettling than it sounds. But often, again, it seems like he fails to realize the power he’s playing with: Annie’s work as an artist crafting miniature diorama scenarios from her own life, of her house and of her family, is ripe with potential to suggest other planes of existence, which would have been perfectly apropros to the larger story, yet not even a suggestion of such ever manifests. The overwhelming emotion Hereditary left me with, then, is not shock or terror, but irritation and exasperation. I can see how this could have been a great film, and I can see where it went off the rails. @metrotimes


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Ethan Hawke has an existential crisis of faith in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed.

A spiritual crisis By George Elkind

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s apocalyptic new vision

(perhaps his strongest since scripting the one-two punch of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull) draws generously from our present, capturing this bleak moment in direct, literal, and unforgiving ways. Starring Ethan Hawke as the Rev. Ernst Toller, a disillusioned, despairing, and broadly ailing pastor, the movie centers on his pressing, desperate need to embody goodness in a world insensitive to his efforts. His earnest attempts to counsel Michael (Philip Ettinger), a recently released activist jailed for environmental protests, and Michael’s pregnant wife, Mary (Amanda Seyfried), are furiously impeded. He has scant better luck with his efforts to oversee the small and dwindling First Reformed Church, founded in the early, pre-Republic days of the American experiment, now a tourist attraction racing toward its 250th anniversary. The church, an audacious gamble of its own at birth and then a community fixture, is now on life support, diminished to the status of a pet project for the booming, corporately financed megachurch Abundant Life — rendering

the Rev. Toller a kind of petty dictator. Over an intensely pressurized two hours, Schrader hammers home an intense air of paralysis and existential dread. Slow, methodical cuts and deftly intersecting plotlines give a continual, creeping sense of a ticking clock. This toxic atmosphere seems to come both from within the pastor and the world around him. In one scene early in the film, while Toller counsels Mary and the more troubled Michael on their unborn child’s odds at a future, director Schrader stresses the matter by flashing a thermal map of rising temperatures ominously in the background — a global peril encroaching steadily on both their thoughts. Even in that initial conversation, Toller concedes that if Michael’s projections are right “the only rational response is despair,” and writing later from his dim, spare rectory, our man of faith states: “I know that nothing can change, and I know there is no hope.” If this all sounds like a lot to take, rest assured that Schrader balances out the film’s various, looming threats and plots by interweaving them with the fabric of Toller’s days. Though Toller is unquestionably the central character,

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both he and the movie seem to breathe most freely when other characters get some time. In one of the film’s purest sequences, Mary and Toller cycle through a park in winter, the camera capturing his view of passing branches as he muses idly on the “restorative power” of exercise. This sequence, like the moment in which Mary thanks him afterward, feels humble and direct, with Seyfried and Hawke sweetly matching one another in both willful propriety and aching sincerity. These sorts of interludes, in which ministry seems to have some small hope of working at least on a small scale, are shot through with the same tentative air as the rest of the movie — leaving the acting and the drama to the nuances of the performers’ voices and facial expressions. Schrader’s ability to pitch his scenes (oddly steady, rarely frothy here) so that they all contribute to the others’ tone throughout is the clearest sign of his mastery, focused as they all are on the notion of hope against stark odds. Still, it’s worth noting that no scene in First Reformed ever leaves its protagonist, and through his spiraling journal entries and increasingly rash moves, Schrader undermines the old-school Protestantism at its center. Facing the private burdens of a veteran, a divorcée and an aggrieved father for a start, Toller’s image of the world seems to consist of

First Reformed Rated R Runtime: 113 minutes

nothing but obstacles (at one point he even calls a concerned peer a “stumbling block”). Corporate malfeasance, climate change, and threats of violence cloud the air around him, insinuating themselves swiftly into his closely defined, basically ascetic world and threatening his sense of purpose. All the same, Schrader refuses to glorify Toller; over the course of the film, his moralism proves narrow, uncompromising, and increasingly extreme, its contours convincingly illuminated by Hawke’s anxiously barbed performance. Rejecting help frequently in the face of daunting, Job-like obstacles, Toller faces the sorts of troubles that afflict us all, albeit (I hope) to a considerably greater degree. By the movie’s end it’s clear his troubles come from within as well as without, and just as Martin Scorsese’s Catholicism-inflected characters revel in indulgent excess, our man Toller seems to get some kick from his own piety, a strain unbidden in each of us, warping us all deeply. @metrotimes


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I’ve been married to my husband for two years. Five months into our relationship (before we got married), he confessed that he was an adult baby. I was so grossed out, I was literally ill. (Why would this great guy want to be like this?) I told him he would have to choose: diapers or me. He chose me. I believed him and married him. Shortly before the birth of our child, I found out that he’d been looking at diaper porn online. I lost it. He apologized and said he’d never look at diaper porn again. Once I was free to have sex again after the birth, it was like he wasn’t into it. When I asked what the deal was, he told me he wasn’t into sex because diapers weren’t involved. I broke down, and he agreed to talk to a counselor. But on the day we were supposed to go, he was mad about every little thing I did and then said he wasn’t going! I went crazy and called his mom and told her everything, and she said she found a diaper under his bed when he was 7! After this crisis, he agreed to work things out, but then I found adult-size diapers in the house — and not for the first time! I took a picture and sent it to him, and he told me that he was tired of me controlling him and he is going to do this when he wants. He also said he was mad at me for telling his mom. I told him no, absolutely not, he cannot do this. Then I found adult-size diapers in the house again this morning and freaked out. He says he never wants to discuss diapers with me again, and I’m afraid he might choose them over me! Please give me advice on how to make him understand that this is not him! This is who he chooses to be! And he doesn’t have to be this way! — Married A Disgusting Diaper Lover


First, MADDL, let’s calmly discuss this with a shrink. “There’s a fair bit of controversy over whether people can suppress fetishistic desires like this — and whether it’s healthy to ask them to do so,” says Dr. David Ley, a clinical psychologist, author, and AASECT-certified sex therapist. “Personally, I believe in some cases, depending on the support of their environment and personal relationships, it is possible, but only when these desires are relatively mild in intensity.” Your husband’s interest in diapers — which would seem to go all the way back to at least age 7 — can’t be described as mild. “Given the apparent strength and persistence of her husband’s interest, I think it is unlikely that suppression could ever be successful,” says Dr. Ley. “In this case, I think MADDL’s desire for her husband to have sexual desires she agrees with in order for her to be married to him is a form of sexual extortion, i.e., ‘If you love

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me and want to be with me, you’ll give up this sexual interest that I find disgusting.’ Without empathy, mutual respect, communication, unconditional love, and willingness to negotiate and accommodate compromises and win-win solutions, this couple is doomed, regardless of diapers under the bed.” Now let’s bring in a voice you rarely hear when diaper fetishists are being discussed: an actual diaper fetishist. “The common misconception with ABDL (adult baby diaper lovers) is that they are into inappropriate things — like having an interest in children — and this couldn’t be more wrong,” says Pup Jackson, a twentysomething diaper lover and kink educator. “AB is not always sexual. Sometimes it’s a way for a person to disconnect from their adult life and become someone else. With DLs, they aren’t necessarily into age play — they enjoy diapers and the way they feel, much like people enjoy rubber, Lycra, or other materials. To understand her husband, MADDL needs to ask questions about why her husband enjoys diapers and figure out how to deal with it — because a lot of people want/need these kinds of outlets in their life.” OK, MADDL, now it’s time for me to share my thoughts with you, but — Christ almighty — I hardly know where to begin. “Great guys” can be into diapers; this is not who your husband “chooses to be,” since people don’t choose their kinks any more than they choose their sexual orientation; outing your husband to his mother was unforgivable and could ultimately prove to be a fatal-to-your-marriage violation of trust; a counselor isn’t going to be able to reach into your husband’s head and yank out his kink. (“I absolutely hate that therapists are seen as sexual enforcers who are supposed to carve away any undesirable sexual interests and make people ‘normal,’” says Dr. Ley.) You’re clearly not interested in understanding your husband’s kink, per Pup Jackson’s advice, nor are you open to working out an accommodation that allows your husband to explore his kink on his own, per Dr. Ley’s advice. Instead you’ve convinced yourself that if you pitch a big enough fit, your husband will choose a spouse who makes him feel terrible about himself over a kink that gives him pleasure. And that’s not how this is going to play out. Your husband told you he was into diapers before he married you — he laid his kink cards on the table at five months, long before you scrambled your DNA together — and he backed down when you freaked out. He may have thought he could choose you over his kink, MADDL, but

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now he knows what Dr. Ley could’ve told you two before the wedding: Suppressing a kink just isn’t possible. So if you can’t live with the diaper lover you married — if you can’t accept his kink, allow him to indulge it on his own, and refrain from blowing up when you stumble onto any evidence — do that diaper-loving husband of yours a favor and divorce him. You can follow Dr. David Ley on Twitter @DrDavidLey and Pup Jackson on Twitter @pupjacksonbitez.


I’m a 33-year-old man, and for years I’ve practiced edging. Recently I’ve experimented with long-term edges, where I’ll withhold coming for days or weeks while still maintaining a daily masturbation practice. I love living on that horny edge, and I’ve even learned to love the ache in my balls. But is this safe? Am I setting myself up for prostate/testicular trouble down the road? — Priapus Precipice


A study conducted by researchers from Boston University School of Public Health and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health found that men who masturbated at least 21 times per month — masturbated and ejaculated — were at lower risk of developing prostate cancer than men who ejaculated less than 21 times per month (“Ejaculation Frequency and Risk of Prostate Cancer,” European Urology). Read the study, PP, weigh the slightly increased risks against the immediate (and horny) rewards, and make an informed (and horny) choice. Hey everybody: We’ve got rainbow ITMFA T-shirts and tank tops in time for Pride, and you can order them at! ITMFA T-shirts and tanks — and buttons and hats and lapel pins — are a great conversation starter. Wear one to a party or bar or parade, and people will ask you what ITMFA stands for — and then you get to tell them: Impeach the motherfucker already! (If they laugh, take them home! If they frown, tell them off!) All proceeds from the sale of ITMFA merch goes to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. We’ve already donated more than $200,000 to those three great orgs and another $15,000 to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Go to ITMFA. org to get your ITMFA tees and tanks in time for Pride! On the Lovecast, Slate’s Evan Urquhart on dating a trans guy: @fakedansavage


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CULTURE ARIES: March 21 – April 20

If it feels like everything is going over the top, it’s got something to do with the fact that every last bit of what till now has been shoved under the rug, or held at bay by things that make it impossible for you to handle the truth, is staring you in the face. Setting yourself free will require different things from each of you. In most cases, this comes down to digging around in your deepest wounds and being strong enough to heal them. These things don’t have to be as tortuous as the mind makes them. Dig as deep as you can with an open heart. The pearl of great price lies within. TAURUS: April 21 – May 20

What matters now has to do with what you value more than anything. That question is getting stirred by opportunities that come with what appear to be financial benefits and/or advancement in your position. On the surface it all looks totally perfect. But there are lessons that involve coming to terms with the fact that sometimes we pay a price that’s too high for what we take to be improvement. Think long and hard about what you want your life to be like. If these changes are going to turn your peace of mind into a secondary issue, you’d do well to turn them down. GEMINI: May 21 – June 20

Things are lighting up to reveal the best part of what you have to offer. Within this dynamic, life is bound to be moving quickly. Your sense of self has been wounded by setbacks and negative interactions with others that have made you question everything about yourself. This is normal, so don’t get lost in the idea that anything is wrong. In cycles the ego structure has to dissolve so that new and finer aspects can emerge. Shedding your skin makes it seem as if you are totally vulnerable. The truth is, the deeper part of you is coming to life. Don’t let fear and loathing stifle your growth. CANCER: June 21 – July 20

All kinds of possibilities are showing up for you. Everything depends on the extent to which you are willing to look at the truth. In some cases, all is well and there is a deep sense that this is the best time of your life. I get the feeling that your only problem might be the tendency to wonder how long, or if, this lucky streak will last. For others, there is a wall of denial that surrounds too much of what you’re up too. The past is giving you an excuse to remain blind. This runs side by side with the fact that you keep rationalizing your choices and calling the inability to act, “going with the flow.”

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LEO: July 21 – Aug. 20

It has taken everything you’ve got to sweep the past away and get on with the show. On the verge of a breakthrough that has been a long time coming, the prospect of what happens next has you thinking about where you really want to go. There are others to consider. If anyone appears to be holding you back, you need to ask yourself who they are standing in for, and see them as an aspect of yourself that is still afraid to go for it. As you take full responsibility for any and all obstructions, they will fade away and/or change their tune and set you free to find fulfillment. VIRGO: Aug. 21 – Sept.r 20

There’s a lot of crosstown traffic creating levels of interference and an overabundance of activity that feels overwhelming at times. Inside these changes, your job is to find a way to stay on an even keel. Some things are more important than others. Having the discernment to know what matters most will be your saving grace. There’s no doubt about the fact that you’ve got your hands full, but this too shall pass. As long as you don’t get snarled up in the details, once you manage to see the forest for the trees, you will come out on the other side of this tailspin in one piece. LIBRA: Sept. 21 – Oct. 20

Being there for people who have lost their way, or who are overwhelmed by choices that they never expected to have to make is part of the deal right now. You’ve got your own issues to juggle so it comes down to being stronger than the forces that assail both of you. If you can keep up the good work for a little while longer, whoever needs your help will right themselves, and you will have strengthened yourself in the process. With more energy and clout to apply to your own growth, and your own concerns, all of your activities will bear fruit and multiply, 100-fold. SCORPIO: Octo. 21 – Nov. 20

You are filled with a desire to do great things. The idea that your purpose involves making a big impact is making it hard for you to find fulfillment in the way things are. The drive to be seen as significant keeps you from being at peace in the here and now. When we’re doing God’s work, we’re 100 percent connected to ourselves with every breath. It’s that simple. Before you go crazy trying to make a huge dent in the universe, come down to size and get real about the fact that you do more for the world when your heart understands that it all comes down to just being who you are.

SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 21 – Dec. 20

You have more than your share of “stuff” to process and are doing your best to keep your chin up in a situation that has no easy answers. Within this picture, the idea that all you can do is wait things out competes with a need to make everything OK. What doesn’t feel good, isn’t necessarily “bad.” The dark night of the soul is where we wind up when we’re in the midst of a growth spurt. Surrender to it. Let yourself feel whatever this is about, knowing that love lives on the other side of wherever we wind up when we have to find our way to the bottom of our hearts. CAPRICORN: Dec. 21 - Jan. 20

After every crisis, once we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off, there is a moment where we wonder if the other shoe will drop. Having just made it through the gauntlet it is natural to feel fearful about what lies ahead. Before you make your next move, take a little time to reflect upon what just happened and allow yourself to heal long enough to process the experience from a deeper place. Nothing is easy. You aren’t made of steel. Believe it or not this hardship was/is a gift. If you keep on keeping on without doing a little soul searching, you will totally miss the point. AQUARIUS: Jan. 21 – Feb. 20

You’ve got a choice and you’re torn between what a person like you “should” be doing, and what you know in your heart needs to be done. After mulling it over, again and again, it comes down to knowing that too much is about to open up for you to limit yourself to what’s happened so far. All of us go through this. The point at which we begin to see that sticking to the status quo isn’t what we came here for, and trusting ourselves enough to find out what living out our purpose involves, is the one you’re at now. You can’t go back, you can’t stay here; so what’ll it be? PISCES: Feb. 21 – March 20

You are at one of those decisionmaking points. These things are hard for you because you know what everyone else wants, but you have a hard time getting clear about what your own wants and needs involve. This quandry has reduced your perspective down to the size of a pinhole, and it compounds things that would be easier to grok if you could open your mind to all possibilities. Knowing how much time to give a person, or a situation, is part of the deal. The thought that what you decide upon could change things forever shouldn’t stop you from following your heart.

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