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1/26 SNOOP DOGG
1/30 DUSTIN LYNCH WITH TRAVIS DENNING
1/31-2/1 TWO NIGHTS WITH UMPHREY’S MCGEE WITH THE NEW DEAL
2/14 TRIPPIE REDD (SELL OUT ALERT) WITH BLOCBOY JB AND KODIE SHANE
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NEWS & VIEWS Feedback Readers react to stories from the Jan. 8 issue We received a number of responses to Steve Neavling’s cover story, “Struggling to breathe in 48217, Michigan’s most toxic ZIP code.” Rep. Rashida Tlaib even brought a copy of it to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. to argue for a PFAS clean-up bill, which passed. SapoFish: This excellent article points to the disgusting priority corporations put on profit over people. I bow to the amazing activists who are fighting for the right for clean air, in other words, fighting for their lives. And kudos to The Sierra Club for supporting the activists.
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mjrydsfast: People tend to ignore the obvious: one’s senses and experiences. Every time I drive through that area it stinks — literally. I left the state for 26 years (from 1992-2013) and never experienced the level of gloom in any of the other 46 states I’ve worked in or traveled through, with the exception of maybe Gary, Indiana back in the day. California has these same refineries in the Bay Area but one doesn’t sense the pollution at nearly the levels you would when passing through the area in the article. That drive on the I-75 is nasty in the summer. It would be nice if people could collectively pull together and help but sadly, I have no solutions as an individual other than to keep my area clean and be responsible with waste. Good luck to everyone who’s literally stuck there.
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The racists next door
Triggered Trumpers call for violence against Michigan Democrats and Muslims in vile Facebook page By Steve Neavling
An anti-Gov. Gretchen
Whitmer group on Facebook devolved into a vile platform that promoted violence against Democrats and Muslims and churned out degrading comments about women. But last Friday, the group’s creator deactivated the page in response to questions from Metro Times. The public group, “People vs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer,” was rapidly growing, attracting nearly 9,000 conservatives of all kinds — elected o cials, veterans, firefighters, law-enforcement o cers, educators, pastors, business owners, political candidates, militia members, blue-collar workers, and your garden variety trolls. Metro Times identified do ens of recent posts promoting or threatening violence, primarily against Whitmer, U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Elissa Slotkin, American Muslims, and Dearborn. Hundreds of comments were posted each day, and many included vulgar insults against women, Muslims,
Democrats, and LGTBQ+ communities. Tlaib, a Muslim American from Detroit, was a common target of the vitriol. “She needs a bullet between her eyes,” Spencer Hayward wrote. Carl Wilhelm Sr. posted, “How many teeth you figure you could knock out with one swipe with a baseball bat.” Mike Nixon wrote, “set that bitch on fire. In an exchange about a photo showing Tlaib posing with the Palestinian ag, group members called for the congresswoman’s death. “Die bitch,” wrote Gerald Carter. Jeannie Percy added, “I wish someone would find this b in a dark alley.” Tommy D’avignon followed up: “Death to this bitch and her voters.” These are just a few examples of the hostile comments that filled the grammar-challenged page on a daily basis. e over ood them with imminent
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death threats, until it stops, one way or another,” Michael Dearing explained to the group. The creator of the page, Charlie Gillett, admits that the group had “spun out of control” and tells Metro Times he shut down the page to avoid repercussions at his job as a machine tool electrician in Sterling Heights. (He was publicly listed as the administrator and creator of the page on Facebook.) But Gillett had done little, if anything, to stop the threats and posts promoting violence. He blames the anger on Democrats. “People promote violence I can’t do anything to stop them. I can block them, ban them, report them but don’t matter,” Gillett told Metro Times in a written statement. “Do I agree with it? Some of it no some of it yes. Do I think it gets too far es most definitely. But for it to stop id have to shut the group down. Then where would people be able to have their voices be heard? Everyone has opinions and not everyone
agrees with everyone’s point of view.” Joshua Doan, who was the group’s coadministrator, tells Metro Times he was recruited by Gillett to help launch the page and regrets getting involved. Doan says he wasn’t monitoring the page closely because his primary role was to get the page started. “I do not support or align with those people in the group,” Doan says. “The only reason I am an admin is to clean it up. I may not be doing the best job. But I am doing the best I can with the time I have. The group is not a very big focus point in my life.” Last Thursday, Doan alerted the group that he would remove racist and threatening posts, which incensed group members. “Where can I join a militia?” asked Stacie Rose Laesch. A member provided an email address. By Friday morning, Doan said Gillett removed him as an administrator, giving him no control to delete threats as
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NEWS & VIEWS they continued to stream in. “It’s so awful,” Doan tells Metro Times. “These people are so scared and uneducated.” Created in March 2019, the group was intended to “stand up against” Whitmer, arguing that the governor is “tanking our economy” and “ruining small business.” But as more people joined and shared deceptive memes and propaganda masquerading as news, the tone of the page became more sinister, conspiratorial, and hateful. One story from the conservative site Outraged Patriot falsely suggested that Rep. Slotkin “admits her full allegiance to Qassam (sic) Soleimani,” the Iranian general who was killed in a U.S. airstrike. Member Merek Smith suggested that Slotkin “should be burned and raped.” with her head, wrote oe ackett, whose main Facebook image is a handgun. “She needs to be hung in the streets for treason,” wrote Mike Repke. Many of the threats were very specific. More than a dozen members, for example, called for violence against Rep. Tlaib at an event that she was expected to attend last weekend in Livonia. (She did not attend the event.) “I hope someone is waiting for her a few hundred yards away with a scope ready to make that pink mist spray from her skull,” Michael Buschert posted on the Facebook page last Wednesday. an ester responded, we should hang out, i will train you…..” obert eidorf chimed in, ame (sic) like your thinking and many more in them cross hairs to (sic).” Metro Times shared Buschert’s comment with his employer, Pleasant oose odge in ewberry, which fired him from his maintenance job. “I have relieved Mr. Buschert from his employment, as of this morning,” Debra Singleton, the lodge’s general manager, told Metro Times on Thursday. “Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.” Members also raised the specter of violence at the Iraqi Consulate in Southfield, where uslims were gathering last week to mourn Iraqi victims of the recent U.S. bombing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and others. “This is the type of shit they should shoot up instead of churches lolol. Yeah I said it,” Coterie Chapel wrote. Nellie Snookie Detwiler responded, “You say what many of us think but bit our tongues lol.”
Danny Stray chimed in, “Burn them and their mosques!” onnie . oot agreed ust kill them all.” Fred Thornell went even further: “Fuck it blow them and Detroit up doesn’t bother me none if we loose (sic) them both.” One of the group’s members is state Sen. Peter Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township who shared at least seven anti-Whitmer posts since Nov. 29. is o ce did not respond to Metro Times’ request for an interview. Other members include at least three Republican congressional candidates ( ike etmer, Alan oover, and arl Lackie), retired Livingston County eputy Sheri ave oar, ichigan G field director ipp elch II, and employees for the state of Michigan and numerous towns and cities. One of the common themes of the group is sexism. Common names used to refer to women in politics are “fat bitch,” “cunt,” “skank,” “twat,” “hag,” “bimbo,” and “whore.” “A womans (sic) place is in the house not the Senate,” Doug Lewis declared. “This is what happens when you put women in positions of authority.” ames G. Sarah III said, women shouldn’t be in a political position.” LGBTQ communities were also targets of hate. “People that are gay have a mental sickness and should be treated,” Zach Eddy posted. Brian Schulz added, “Them lgbtqp queers have the highest suicide rate cuz they’re so confused. If we leave them alone they will follow their own demise.” Members were furious about a news story about Secretary of State ocelyn Benson considering adding a third gender option on driver’s licenses. “I really don’t know how much more i can take of this bullshit,” Sarah Loach of Flint wrote. “Bloodpressure rises every day. I am about to go postal.” Muslims are the most common target of threats and calls for violence. Bomb earborn Chad enworthy posted on Friday. Bruce Botwright agreed: “Blow the fuck out of dearborn now.” Under a video showing Muslims praying at a Six Flags theme park, group members expressed outrage. mm B , rebuild 6 ags . . simple,” wrote Rick A. Steele, whose acebook profile says he’s the C and owner of Mill Creek Taxidermy in Redford. Albert Viotti added, “So long Six Flags! A big bomb would be bad ass.”
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Marianne Williamson, Michigan’s gift to the 2020 presidential race, just dropped out
By Lee DeVito Looks like the White House won’t get a much-needed sage-burning cleanse that Marianne Williamson likely would have implemented on Day One as president of the United States. The former Detroit-area new age-y church leader, self-help guru, and longshot 2020 Democratic candidate for president announced on Friday that she was dropping out of the race. “I stayed in the race to take advantage of every possible opportunity to share our message,” Williamson said in a message on her website. “With caucuses and primaries now about to begin, however, we will not be able to garner enough votes in the election to elevate our conversation any more than it is now.” “As of today, therefore, I’m suspending my campaign,” she wrote. Williamson had been polling at less than 1 percent. While her campaign could be at times be cringe-worthy, Williamson had some great, earnest moments on the debate stage, which she had not qualified for since July. Some of the more interesting ideas she brought to the debates were calling for up to $500 billion in reparations for slavery and establishing a Department of Peace. At the July debate at Detroit’s Fox Theatre, she gave Michigan a shout-out and called out racism, saying that the Flint water crisis would never happen in an affluent white community. “I assure you, I lived in Grosse Pointe,” she said. “What happened in Flint would not have happened in Grosse Pointe. This is part of the dark underbelly of Ameri-
Metro Retro Looking back on 40 years of MT
20 years ago in Metro Times: Sometimes it feels like it’s one step forward, two steps back. In a 2000 cover story, Curt Guyette looked at how the auto industry was grappling with global warming after Ford Motor Co. and the former DaimlerChrysler withdrew from the “Global Climate Coalition,” a deceptively named lobbyist group that trafficked doubts about climate change. (“They have allowed political leaders to hide behind the false notion that there is significant disagreement about global warming in the scientific community, environmentalist evin Sweeney of one Action told
can society. The racism, the bigotry, and the entire conversation that we’re having here tonight — if you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days.” Born in Houston, Williamson lived in metro Detroit from 1998 through 2006, serving as a minister at the nondenominational Church of Today in Warren, now Ferndale’s Renaissance Unity Church. In 2001, she was the subject of a Metro Times cover story because of her teachings. At least six of her books have made the New York Times bestseller list. She certainly cast a spell on America — Williamson became the most-Googled candidate immediately after the first day of the July debate. Williamson’s campaign wasn’t all peace and love, however. She took heat for some comments regarded as antiscience and dangerous, including calling mandatory vaccines “Orwellian” (she later apologized) and calling clinical depression a Big Pharma “scam.” Still, it was hard to disagree with Williamson when she was on one. “Mr. President, if you’re listening, you have harnessed fear for political purposes, and only love can cast that out,” she told President Donald Trump from a debate stage in June. “I am going to harness love for political purposes. And sir, love will win.” Let’s hope love wins in 2020. In her message, Williamson said of whichever Democrat earns the nomination, that she “will be there with all my energy and in full support.”
Guyette.) Today, President Donald Trump has zig-zagged on the issue of climate, claiming on Twitter in 2012 that it was a “hoax” cooked up by China to hurt U.S. manufacturing, and later, as president, withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement to mitigate greenhouse gases. But Trump continues to zig and zag: Last week, he admitted that “Nothing’s a hoax” about climate change; meanwhile, the hite ouse announced rollbacks to the National Environmental Policy Act. The MT story also notes that of the top-fiveselling vehicles in 1999, four were trucks. In recent years, the Big Three have scaled down their car production in favor of gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs, citing customer demand. Some things never change.
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CULTURE NEWS & VIEWS
Photo from the funeral of Qassem Soleimani in Tehran.
A fight everyone lost By Jeffrey C. Billman
For a couple of hours last
Tuesday night, I had the sinking feeling that the United States was about to embark on yet another generational con ict. Iran had responded to resident onald Trump’s killing of its Quds commander, General Qassem Soleimani, by launching missiles and rockets at two American bases in Ira . ays earlier, Trump had vowed on Twitter to “quickly & fully strike back, perhaps in a disproportionate manner if Iran did so. e said that the .S. would target 2 sites — one for each of the 2 hostages Iran took four decades ago, including some that are a very high level important to Iran the Iranian culture. (Targeting cultural sites is a war crime, but never mind that.) Given the rhetoric — and Trump’s pathological need to prove how much tougher he is than Barack bama — it was di cult to see how the .S. could back down. issiles would be in the air soon, headed toward Tehran. erhaps Iran would make good on its threat to level ubai in response, or perhaps it would attack Israel. ots of people
would die. The worst-case scenario was about to play out on live television. But it didn’t. Iran hit the brakes. Its retaliation was more for show than to cause harm. o one was killed. After the attack, Iran said it didn’t intend any further action. It o ered Trump an o -ramp. The next morning, a slurring and snorting Trump took it. e said the Iranians backed down. e insisted (without evidence) that he had killed Soleimani to prevent an imminent attack. e patted himself on the back for being tougher than bama. e repeatedly lied about bama’s nuclear deal with Iran. e promised to slap more sanctions on Iran. e urged AT — the allies he’s alienated — to get more involved. e urged Iran — the country he’s antagoni ed — to negotiate a new nuclear deal, even though he withdrew from the last one. It was an odd speech. The optics were unsettling, too. Trump sounded o , at, heavy, exhausted. aybe he hadn’t slept well — he’d ust bumbled his way to the precipice of a world crisis, after all. (To be fair, Sen. indsey Graham
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thought it was Trump’s Tear own This all, so your mileage may vary.) ow that things have calmed down — for the time being, anyway — I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly the Iran stando accomplished. hat, in other words, was the point of stoking this fire I don’t see how the a air benefited the .S., unless you ascribe to Solei-
threatened to impose sanctions on a supposed ally). rotests against the Ira i and Iranian governments became protests against the American government. The Iranians bailed on their commitments to the Obama nuclear agreement. uropean allies grew increasingly frustrated. The region is no closer to peace today than it was before Soleimani was killed, nor is the .S. any closer to a resolution with Iran. America, it seemed, gained nothing, except a dead adversary. Trump, perhaps, gained a campaign talking point. But a USA Today poll found that, by a two-to-one margin, Americans thought Trump’s decision had made the country less safe, and a ma ority thought his behavior toward Iran was reckless. aybe that’s why his polling numbers remain low. In any event, ancy elosi will transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week, and this episode will fade into the background as Trump’s trial begins. That leaves Iran, which initially looked not too worse for wear. To much of the world, Trump was the belligerent Iran — its atrocious human rights record aside — had played the grown-up. It had stopped things from spiraling out of control. And if Ira did boot coalition forces, that would likely strengthen Iran’s regional position. And while Trump could levy more sanctions, there was only so much uice left in that s uee e. But then the world learned — and Iran admitted after three days of denials — that a krainian 3 that crashed outside of Tehran shortly after Iran’s missile strike wasn’t downed by
I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly the Iran standoff accomplished. What was the point of stoking this fire? mani god-like superpowers. The uds force has about 20,000 members its leader’s death won’t a ect operations. The idea that killing Soleimani disrupted an imminent attack is far-fetched at best. Instead, Trump felt pressured by the epublican hawks who will udge his impeachment trial and wanted to avenge a recent Iranian-backed militia action against the .S. embassy in Baghdad. In the process, the .S. made itself even more of a pariah. The Ira i parliament voted to expel American troops, and then the .S. threatened to cut o Ira ’s access to a ew ork ed account holding oil revenue (after Trump had
mechanical failure, but by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. n heightened alert, the Iranians — who, ineptly, hadn’t shut down commercial ights — mistook the plane for an American counterattack and got trigger-happy. Iran tried to blame American aggression for the 1 6 lost lives, many of them Iranian, but by Saturday, Iranians weren’t having it. In Tehran, protesters were shouting, “Death to the dictator!” and eath to liars according to videos posted to social media. ays before, the country’s anger was pointed at the .S. o longer. In the end, this seems like a fight everyone lost.
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Michigan should make it a New Year’s goal to extend justice for all LGBTQ people By Rev. Carolyn J. Mobley-Bowie
As a previously long-closeted lesbian who has found so much joy in living openly later in life, I know what it feels like to live in fear of harassment and discrimination. As a spiritual person, I’m praying the Supreme Court does the right thing and a rms that all LGBTQ people should be able to work hard and support themselves and their loved ones without fear of harassment or discrimination at work. If the Supreme Court issues a positive ruling for the plainti s of the three GBT workplace-discrimination cases it heard recently and is currently deliberating, it will be a huge relief for people like me. When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, my family was not accepting of LGBTQ people. When I heard
about gay people, it was in the context of a mean-spirited joke. I began to realize I liked girls in high school, but I didn’t date at all through college. After college, I came out to my mother as a lesbian. She paid for me to see a counselor who attempted to fix me. After two sessions, I refused to keep going to those meetings. I continued to be engaged with a Baptist church into the 1980s, though I still wasn’t out as a lesbian there. Regardless, someone at church identified me as possibly gay, and I was asked to leave the church. In 1995, I was ordained while serving at an open and a rming parish in ouston, Texas, where I was on sta for 15 years. Finally, I’d found a spiritual home where I could ourish enough to
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come out to my extended family and marry the love of my life in the church. After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2015, I was elated to make our marriage legal in the eyes of the state. But having the right to marry in Michigan doesn’t alleviate the overarching injustice that remains. In Michigan and in 29 other states, an LGBTQ person may marry on Sunday with the blessing of the church and state and still be fired on onday, or lose their housing, or be refused service at a hotel or co ee shop simply because of their sexual orientation and who they love. This more than pains me. Throughout my life, it has been my faith that’s directed self-acceptance. It’s heartbreaking that many churches throughout history have used the Bible and the church as an institution to exclude people of color like me, women in general, and LGBTQ people, from leadership and full acceptance. My understanding is that God’s love and the Golden Rule teach us that we are all equal, and that God expects us to treat each other with mutual love and respect. To me, nondiscrimination is a simple matter of fairness and equal protection
under the law. If I’m paying my taxes, serving my community, and not breaking any laws, the law should protect me. Unfortunately, not only is there no federal law that provides explicit nondiscrimination protections, the state of Michigan also has no express statewide protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people either. If Michigan and other states cannot do right by LGBTQ people by passing statewide protections, it becomes paramount that the federal government step in and ensure that all are protected in the workplace, in housing, and in other public places. I fear that if the Supreme Court doesn’t do the right thing, their ruling will be taken by many more people as a license to increase discrimination against us. We must do all we can to prevent institutional inequality and to secure comprehensive protections as quickly as possible. Let’s commit to the Golden Rule in 2020 and support full protections to all, including LGBTQ people. Rev. Carolyn J. Mobley-Bowie is a pastor at the Breath of Life Spiritual Center; Jeffer on A e. Sa ina
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Pick your own perfect winter day in Detroit By Jerilyn Jordan
t’s wintertime in Detroit, which means one thing Seasonal A ective Disorder. That’s right. S.A.D. It’s dark when you wake up and even darker by the time you leave work. Dry skin, salt stains, and a very high probability that you will get the u and will want to die. inter blows. But lucky for you, your mom got you one of those artificial sun lamps that are supposed to mimic daylight and enhance your happy feelings, and you’ve been basking in its glow for weeks. You might just have a handle on this whole S.A.D. thing, after all. So your mission, if you choose to
accept it, is to have the perfect winter day. Ah, yes. Like a unicorn or the G-spot, a perfect winter day might seem like an out-of-reach mythical fantasy. It won’t be easy. There will be misfortune, missteps, and, yes, possibly even death, because perfection is rarely achieved without sacrifice. ave you learned nothing from Game of Thrones? owever, if you choose wisely, a perfect winter day might just unfold before your eyes. To begin your adventure, choose one of the options below to start your day and then follow the instructions
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underneath to follow along through page numbers of the “book” (not the page numbers of the paper). It’s snowing outside. It’s not a blizzard by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s snowing in soft, u y, and patient sheets across the sky. So you call o work because you can’t remember the last day you took o , and those overpaid vultures don’t deserve any more of your time. Once you get the guts up to text your boss that you’re sick and/or your grandma died again (better hide your coworkers from your Instagram story, STAT!) you crawl
back to bed for a couple of hours. After your first cup of co ee, you feel re uvenated. ell, you might never go to work again. But before you resign, you decide to dedicate your day o to achieving an ideal Michigan winter day. Do you … ead out on a beautiful, snowy hike (Turn to page 1) it Crystal ountain for some skiing and R&R? (Turn to page 2) ead to rankenmuth (Turn to page 3) ead to downtown etroit (Turn to page 4)
1 A long and silent trek through the manicured woodlands of one of Michigan’s beautiful metro parks is just what you needed. Whether you’ve decided to head east toward Lake. St. Clair or west to Milford’s Kensington Park, serenity is within reach. ou recogni e how di erent everything looks and feels in winter and just how transformative Michigan’s natural beauty is. Without earbuds pressed deep into your ears, you can hear everything. The sound of a bird twittering in a tree, the snapping of twigs and brush underneath what you hope are deer hooves. in the distance, you can hear children laughing as they soar down sledding hills. You can hear your breath and the soft crunch of snow beneath your winter boots. Not only are you slaying your New Year’s resolution to go outside more, but you’re also getting those steps in. After all, your mom’s new husband bought you an o -brand smartwatch for Christmas and didn’t o er a gift receipt. After a couple hours of this meditative journey, you’ve now worked up an appetite. A bowl of hot soup is what you crave. Do you … Head to Ima for udon? (Turn to page 11) Head to Pho Lucky for pho? (Turn to page 17)
2 Though a perfect winter day might also involve doing jack-shit while you toggle between three screens (one of which includes binging a show you’ve already seen), you decide to really take advantage of the afternoon and head north to Crystal Mountain Resort. You’ve never been skiing, but you promised yourself to try new things just to spite your ex. It can’t be that hard, right? When you arrive, it feels like you’re in a movie. Families and couples dressed in coordinating snowsuits, laughing, zooming, and tumbling down the mountain. Eager to get in on the action, you buy your all-day lift ticket ($59) and rent your equipment ($45) and very rudely decline lessons and prematurely ump o the lift onto a medium-di culty trail. pon the drop, your knees wobble and threaten to give out, but that time you bought and used a Groupon for four spin classes is paying o and, ust like that, you’re the next Bode iller. ou were born to do this. Sure, you’re not 100 percent sure how to stop, but you don’t have a care in the world … except for that tree, which you dodge like a goddamn ca einated s uirrel on I-75 during rush hour. You reach the bottom of the hill; you’re sweaty, exhausted, and proud. ou’re gonna need a break. But it’s a bit out of your budget to book a room or spa service. Do you ... Take advantage of your location and snowshoe through Michigan’s Legacy Art Park? (Turn to page 27) Head toward home to grab a drink and read a self-help book at the Old Miami? (Turn to page 8) Head toward home for some soul-satisfying grub at Jamaican Pot? (Turn to page 12)
3 Ah, ittle Bavaria. ou haven’t been to rankenmuth since you were a kid, and even then the only memory you have is puking in the Zehnder’s Splash Village after eating a pound of peanut butter fudge. Anyway, you’re here to make new memories and couldn’t be happier that you chose the most wholesome winter activity for your day o . ou take in the sights, take your photo with the Cheese Haus Mouse, and buy one of those dumb souvenir pennies they imprint with a scene of Frankenmuth. When you reach into your pocket to store your penny, you feel something. A tiny plastic baggy with … wait, a minute. A tab of acid? You try to think about the last time you wore this winter coat and remember that this isn’t even your coat. It’s your old roommate’s and your old roommate was a total wook. The day has given you a gift … or a curse. Do you … Save the acid for Electric Forest and head to Zehnder’s for a chicken dinner? (Turn to page 5) Take the tab of acid and head to Bronner’s C ISTmas Store? (Turn to page 6)
4 My, oh, my how the city has changed. You’re glad you smoked a fat one before venturing through New Detroit, where you finally take the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. (If your mom’s new husband sends you one more article about “how much safer Detroit is now,” you’re going to scream.) But to your stoned surprise, you’re having fun. Campus Martius is aglow with lights, the new H&M is calling your name even though you promised to shop more ethically in the new year, Cadillac Lodge looks warm and inviting, and inter Blast ( eb. -9) is blasting o . But before you do anything, you’ve got to hit the ice rink. You’re laced up and on the ice and you sco at your high school gym teacher (who just so happens to be your mom’s new husband) who said you would never accomplish anything with such weak ankles. You skate laps around everyone, even children, (eat ice, tots!) but are quickly out of breath (likely due to that fatty you smoked). Now it’s time for some post-Tonya Harding beverages and a snack. Do you … Head to Karl’s? (Turn to page 7) Head to Old Miami? (Turn to page 8)
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5 OK, so your plan to eat less meat in 2020 goes out the window once you get a whi of ehnder’s famous chicken dinners. But why chicken? To your delight, as you wait for the craft beer list, the menu o ers a full history of ehnder’s, their chicken dinners, and — holy mother of god — there’s an all-you-can-eat option for $25.99! Do you … Eat all that you can eat? (Turn to page 10) Reconsider the tab of acid in your pocket and hit the slopes? (Turn to page 2)
6 There’s no turning back. You took the acid while sitting in the parking lot listening to Ira Glass talk about a mechanic in a small town who claims to be the reincarnation of Elvis Presley, and now you’re in Bronner’s — the world’s biggest Christmas store, where it claims to be the most wonderful time of year all year long. This place has everything. rnaments for every interest, political a liation, and uirky animal obsession. There are in atable lawn characters, pre-lit Christmas trees, and fellow psychopaths who are actively shopping during the holiday’s o -season. This stu is strong, you think to yourself, as a wall of elf-themed ornaments lean toward you and whisper a series of words that must be code for something. Meanwhile, a Bronner’s employee approaches you and asks if you need help finding anything, but you’re too distracted by a hallucination of a reindeer walking upright, and dressed like Ruth Bader Ginsburg to answer. Do you … Ask the employee to direct you to the North Pole? (Turn to page 9) Quickly run to your car and head to your happy place — the Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor? (Turn to page 14)
7 You’ve been meaning to check out Detroit’s detail-heavy, aesthetically pleasing upscale diner Karl’s, where you can order up a stack of $15 pancakes, steak and eggs, and a Manhattan any time of day. The latest venture from chef Kate Williams, Karl’s reminds you of your grandma’s kitchen (if grandma was alive and on interest) with the added benefit of some awesome Instagrammable opportunities. ou fill up on grub, and as you go to pay, feel a small baggy in your pocket. Wait, a minute. A tab of acid? You try to think about the last time you wore this winter coat and remember that this isn’t even your coat. It’s your old roommate’s, and your old roommate was a total wook. Do you ... Take the acid? (Turn to page 9) Detox at the Schvitz? (Turn to page 13)
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8 You enter the Old Miami, and you immediately feel at home. You feel so relieved to have settled on the perfect place for a midday drink and, to your delight, they’re hosting a pierogi pop-up to soak up the booze. You hunker down with a book at the bar, where you can rest your totally muscular skating ankles on the barstool rung as you’re approached by Frank, the beautiful bartender who insists on buying you a shot with your Stroh’s. Do you ... Take the shot? (Turn to page 23) Politely decline the shot and decide to check out the VR+Zone in Ferndale? (Turn to page 16)
9 You’re now in a tree. Or maybe you are a tree. Man, that ff a ron . Or are you just an astral projection? Is this what being born feels like? Regardless, you’ve climbed a pine tree and somewhere along the way you’ve lost your jacket, your shirt, and you can’t remember where you live or y you live or even if you live or and suddenly you’re transported to the set of CATS. You’re a non-Jellicle Jennifer Hudson and you begin belting the lyrics to “Memory” to the tune of “Old Town Road” while cleaning yourself with your tongue. Before you risk one of your nine lives by jumping out of the tree, security is notified and you’re detained until the ego death wears o . Better luck next time. Try again by restarting on page 1.
11 You’ve been craving a big bowl of spicy Pork Udon and some warm sake from Ima for a hot minute, and you’re not disappointed. OK, so the sake you ordered is technically intended to be shared, but you manage to suck it down in record time like a true warrior. The waitress politely cuts you o and delivers your bill. o you Stick to the indoors and catch a Wings game? (Turn to page 15) Try your hand at ice fishing (Turn to page 20)
10 ou are stu ed. In fact, the ehnder’s waitress comments that in her 35 years of working there, she’s never seen a single person eat that much chicken in a single hour. She makes a phone call, and suddenly the mayor of Frankenmuth and Greta Van Fleet arrive with what appears to be the key to the city, which they award to you for your heroic eating. Greta Van Fleet performs an acapella version of the “Wind Beneath My Wings” but instead of lyrics, they cluck like chickens as you eat your complimentary rice pudding. Could life get any better? Congratulations, you chose a perfect winter day. To land on one of the other ideal scenarios, restart the journey on page 1.
12 So, the family trip to Jamaica was canceled this year because your mom’s new husband lost his passport. Thankfully for you, no one serves up fiery erk chicken uite like Mama Rose and the crew at Jamaican Pot on West Eight ile oad in etroit, where everything is made fresh daily. our appetite is fierce, which is why you order braised oxtails, saltfish, plantains, and a cup of Bob arley Stew, which is a symphony of beans, scallions, and other veggies steeped in a garlic-ginger sauce over rice. Once you’re properly fed, you get roped into a group chat. o you ead to Tree unner Adventure ark in est Bloomfield with friends (Turn to page 21) Catch one of the winter-themed shows at Go! Comedy Improv Theater in erndale (Turn to page 26)
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13 You’ve never been to the Schvitz, Detroit’s historic 100-yearold bathhouse, so you figure why not give it a shot hen you arrive, you can tell you’re about to be transported to a place where email pings are of no concern to you and winter woes melt away. You’ve selected a wet steam, where people are being whipped, voluntarily, with palm leaves. The whacking sound puts you at peace as you feel all of your stress seep out through your pores. The session comes to an end, and when the steam clears — who do you see standing sweaty and erect in all of his mostly nude glory? None other than your mom’s new husband. This is a nightmare. Thankfully, you duck out and find cover at a table hosted by GeminEye Tarot, who are hosting a pop-up tarot session. They pull the ierophant, the anged an, and the overs, and explain to you that your life lacks adventure, and only when you decide to take more risks will you feel fulfilled. They also remind you not to eat the leftovers you forgot to refrigerate. Weird. You heed their advice by continuing your day of winter fun. Do you … ead to est Bloomfield to the Tree unner ark (Turn to page 21 ) Meet up at Lost River for a tiki cocktail? (Turn to page 24) Time-hop to February and go to the Dirty Show? (Turn to page 25)
15 You scored some last-minute free tickets to the Wings game, which isn’t hard to do these days. Boy, these guys suck. But it’s hockey, and you love hockey, and while this team isn’t going to win many games, it’s nice to see hockey live. Plus, you’re upholding your winter-themed day by keeping it close to the ice. You’re already one over-priced Bud Light in when you realize the game is shaping up to be a disaster. The only thing worse is the guy next to you who’s trying to argue the arena was worth every damn penny of taxpayer money and that Metro Times should lay o the Ilitches. To make matters worse, you glance in his direction and he asks how you’d feel if Dan Gilbert bought the Detroit Lions, which is weird because this is a hockey game. You don’t really want to get into it because he’s sporting a Blue Lives Matter sticker on the back of his Android phone. Do you ... Shove o early and treat yourself to a trip to the asis ot Tub Gardens in Ann Arbor? (Turn to page 18) Tell the guy you’re not from around here and stick around for the third period and then meet some friends at Duly’s. (Turn to page 22)
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14 The Creature Conservancy of Ann Arbor is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. This incredible nonprofit promotes education through conservation, o ering programming year-round to help continued care of its many rescued, transplanted, and born-in-captivity creatures, including public viewings and educational stage talks for just $10. This place restores your sense of humanity as you encounter Quinn the injured eagle and Al the alligator, who was abandoned at a veterinary o ce. ucky you, it’s feeding time for arper, the conservatory’s resident cougar, who gets her very own catwalk above the main hallway. You overhear someone say the word sloth and you stop dead in your tracks. Did someone say sloth? Like, a real-life sloth? You trample children and leap over barriers to discover not just one sloth, but three friggin’ sloths. This is the best day of your life. You start crying. And suddenly everyone in the presence of the sloths starts crying. You end up holding one another, basking in its beauty and mystique and cuteness. This might be the most magical place in Michigan. After you’ve dried your tears, you make a sizable donation you absolutely cannot a ord to the conservancy, and the volunteer hugs you and the water works start all over. It’s time to either calm or exacerbate your sensitive state. Do you … ead to ot Tub asis Gardens (Turn to page 1 ) ecture ice fishers (Turn to page 20)
16 You’ve been meaning to try virtual reality, considering real reality is sort of a drag. Lucky for you, there’s Ferndale’s VR+ one, where you can ward o ombies, defend against an alien invasion, guard a camp against a dinosaur attack, or explore a haunted mansion. A group of people are looking for another to join their team, so you happily accept. You follow them into a room, where you’re wired into your VR headset and, before you know it, you’re blasting aliens in the face and sweating so much your headset slides o your head and you’re shocked back into the real world. Time to refuel. Do you … Keep up with the abstract vibes and head to the Castalia at Sfumato? (Turn to page 19) ead to amaican ot (Turn to page 12)
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17 You walk into Pho Lucky, one of the most non-pretentious, straightforward eateries in Midtown. The local chain, which opened in 2012 in Redford, is the perfect spot to warm up, slurp some Vietnamese noodles, and take in some of the longreads from The New York Times you keep bookmarking, even though you’ll likely stop reading after the first paragraph after Instagram temptations arise and you end up mindlessly clicking through everyone’s stories. Your pho comes piping hot, and you pile on the cilantro, lime, bean sprouts, hoisin, and sriracha to create a spicy symphony in your cavernous belly. Before you leave, you order an 3 to go, a ietnamese iced co ee that, after one sip, makes your heart utter with ca eine. ou hit a oint outside and you’re feeling great. Next up … Head to the Shvitz? (Turn to page 13) Head to Campus Martius? (Turn to page 9)
18 Your bathtub at home is clogged with hair, and it’s super gross so you haven’t been able to take a relaxing hot soak in months. That’s why booking a steamy two-hour session in one of Oasis Hot Tub’s many themed gardens is the perfect way to wind down after your busy winter day. To your dismay, the Japan room is booked. Bummer. So you settle on Santorini, which comes with a fireplace. ou rinse o before tip-toeing into the bubbling waters of the hot tub, and soon you’re chest-deep in pure pleasure. Your muscles are massaged by the hot-tub ets, and the tran uil tones of the pre-programmed ambient-sound radio puts you at ease. This might be the most relaxed you’ve been in a long time. You close your eyes and allow yourself to deconstruct negative thoughts and worries one at a time until your mind grows completely still. The soothing sounds of a babbling brook over the soft stylings of a Shakuhachi ute are enough to put you to sleep. A very deep and dangerous sleep. You have fallen asleep in the hot tub and are being resuscitated by a paramedic. You really regret not wearing a bathing suit. Better luck next time. Try again by restarting on page 1.
19 Upon arrival at Castalia de Sfumato, it’s clear you’re not at some action-packed hipster sports bar. You’re in what feels like an upscale New York apothecary. Described as a “sanctuary for the senses, Castalia de Sfumato is the world’s first scented cocktail bar. In the daytime, the space is dedicated to Sfumato’s signature craft fragrances made from owers, herbs, and spices. At night, it transforms into Castalia, a cocktail bar that o ers drinks that pair with the scents, using house-made bitters, sodas, and tinctures. You follow your nose to a cocktail called the Quantum Leap, which uses vodka, grapefruit simple syrup, uinine vermouth, and woodsy tinctures, and pairs with their cedar-heavy Survival Instinct fragrance. ou feel incredibly sophisticated when your trashy friends text you. Do you … Head to Duly’s Place with the gang? (Turn to page 22) Head to Lost River with the gang? (Turn to page 24)
20 ith close to 11,000 lakes in ichigan (and only five of them being Great Lakes), you’d be an idiot to not take advantage of these frigid temperatures and try something new, like see what all the fuss is about ice fishing — and maybe convince everyone to put the fish back because despite what that irvana song says, fish do have feelings. You drive to the east side and find a cluster of ice fishermen and fisherwomen on Lake St. Clair. Surely someone will welcome a newbie. You waddle across the ice and meet Roberta, who o ers you a sip out of her thermos. She promises you it’s the good stu and shows you how to use an auger, what type of bait is best, and man, you are in over your head and did not dress appropriately for this bullshit. However, Roberta seems all too eager for company, and gets a little handsy. Plus, she mentioned something about wanting to talk to you about her ord and Savior esus Christ. hile oberta refills her thermos, you make a run for it. Do you … Time-hop to February and go to the Dirty Show? (Turn to page 25) Forget your woes and head to Go! Comedy in Ferndale? (Turn to page 26)
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21 est Bloomfield Tree unner Adventure ark might not be your first choice of activities, but you reali e this aerial obstacle course is exactly what you need to shake you out of your comfort one. After all, you’ve always wanted to audition for American Ninja Warrior. Here you can tighten up your agility skills, or lack thereof, by mastering the park’s hardest course, comprised of ip lines, barrels, cargo nets, and bridges that connect to platforms built within the treetops. You’re hooked in, harnessed up, and have been given the safety and rules rundown, and after you ip-line to your first platform, you feel invincible. ou’re soaring with the greatest of ease. You are Evel Knievel. You are Donkey Kong. You are … tangled. Oh, god. You are really stuck. That tree wasn’t even part of the course; how did you manage to hang yourself? OK, now you’ve obstructed the path of a group of employees from a tech startup who are on a teambuilding outing, and they are pissed. As you hang suspended from your safety harness, upside down, spinning like an idiot, waiting for someone to cut you down, you regret ever having left the comfort and safety of your bed. By the time you’re released, a video of your embarrassing adventure has gone viral and you’re the laughingstock of the world. Winter: 1. You: 0.
22 The late, great Anthony Bourdain once declared Southwest’s Duly’s Place the makers of the best coney dog in the city. This unassuming, cash-only, no-frills diner slings dogs and a modest breakfast and lunch menu 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The elbow-to-elbow hole in the wall is the perfect place to catch up with your gaggle of friends who, like you, are trying to refuel with some classic coneys and take in some spontaneous entertainment via Noah, Duly’s beloved counter man, who is known to rock out on his Cifteli while folks dine. Though uly’s doesn’t o er boo e, you and your pack of lovely weirdos go dog-for-dog and Coke-for-Coke while reminiscing about your college years, making okes at the expense of old ings, and promising to hang out more, even when work and life get in the way because friendship is the true meaning of Christmas, er, winter. Congratulations, you chose a dynamite Detroit winter adventure. To restart and find one of the other optimal outcomes, go back to page 1.
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23 “Frank,” you say, “you’re my best friend.” And with that, he orders up two Jamesons and you cheers. “To you, your family, your kind heart and, most of all, to this historic drinking establishment,” you say. Oh, that burns. It burns so good. And Frank turns out to be a lively conversationalist. You learn about why he dropped out of CCS to pursue nursing, which he paid for by selling his pristinely cared for Princess Diana Beanie Baby and some body plasma. You begin to open up about your past relationship and how you blew it by forgetting your ex’s birthday when you mistook it for your other ex’s birthday. Man, have you had a tough run. You’re a mess. Your life is falling apart. You’re going to die alone. olding back tears, you o er to buy rank a shot. Frank obliges. Before you know it, two shots become four, afternoon turns to last call, and you’re calling your ex for a ride home (but, again, mixing up their name with the other ex). This is not what you had in mind for your perfect winter day. You’re throwing up in your hands in the back of your Lyft driver’s Hyundai Sonata and have been asked to walk the rest of the way home. Better luck next time. Try again by restarting on page 1.
24 By the time you enter Detroit’s kitschy tiki bar, Lost River, your friends are already three sheets to the wind and hovering over a olcano, which, to your horror, is a bowl filled with alcohol and is meant to be shared. Before you know it, you’re doing the limbo (who allowed this to happen?) while screaming the lyrics to “Margaritaville” while drinking some coconut rum out of a ceramic bathtub. You and your friends are hella rowdy, and two Volcanos later, you get a phone call from your credit card company, alerting you of suspicious activity on your account. The woman on the other line informs you that six tickets to the Bahamas have been charged to your account, along with resort suites, spa packages, and apparently a premium immy Bu et fan club membership. The tropical vibes of Lost River turned you into a dang parrothead and you explain to the nice credit card lady that you did in fact purchase those things while drunk and would like a refund. Nice credit card lady regrets to inform you that refunds are only issued in cases of identity theft or digital error. You are now more than $10,000 in debt, and your friends snuck out while you were on hold, leaving you with the tab. You’re forced to call your mom’s new husband and ask for a loan. Your perfect winter day is a wash. Better luck next time. Try again by restarting on page 1.
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You’re a bit dizzy from the time travel, but once you’re re-oriented, you see that you successfully transported yourself to the Russell Industrial Center for Jerry Vile’s annual celebration of erotic art. The Dirty Show is serving up everything your totally non-erotic life is lacking. You don’t know where to look (or where not to look). There’s titillating paintings, photos, sculptures, and other odes to erotica, and major babes performing arousing and magical burlesque routines. There’s the Daddy Hole, a pop-up leather daddy bar, and the Cinerotic Film Festival. You’re in over-stimulated heaven and you’re feeling sexy as hell. As you wander through the show, though, you find yourself accidentally in line — and next up — for the spanking booth. Before you know it, you’re voluntarily bending over for a stunning, leather-clad dominatrix who is calling you a bad baby. Thwack! Thwack! It hurts so bad, but you ask for another, and another. People are cheering at your incredible physical endurance, and you are suddenly deemed Dirty Show royalty. And more than that esteemed title, you have leveled up in your sexual life. BDSM is your world now, and you never would’ve been exposed to it if you hadn’t gone out in search of the perfect winter day. Congratulations, you chose a great Detroit winter adventure. To find the other opti a out o es restart the ourne on pa e .
Nothing says, “suck it, S.A.D.” like getting your laugh on at Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale. This hub of funny has been a staple to the improv community for over a decade. ering classes to aspiring improvisors and sketch writers, as well as reasonably priced nightly programming that ranges from interactive, short-form improv games, to long-form musical sketch shows, Go Comedy! does a little bit of everything. On this particular evening, though, you’re treated to what is being billed as a double feature. One performance is a sketch show inspired by the most ridiculous news headlines. The other, well, you’re not told what the second show is, which is sort of exciting. You start at the bar, where you’re handed your drink by a woman who made direct eye contact during your entire interaction, even when pouring your drink, which was impressive. You continue into the theater, where you find an open seat that ust so happens to have a placard with your name on it — even weirder, considering you just bought your tickets at the box o ce. ou settle in and reali e maybe you’re underdressed, as everyone else appears to be in a uniform gray-and-white suit combo. Maybe it’s just been awhile since you were last here. ithin minutes of the first program, you find yourself laughing deep from your gut at an improviser who was acting like that news anchor that slipped on grapes live on air while making wine at a vineyard, and you’re on the verge of choking because it’s so funny. You’ve never laughed harder, and you feel pure euphoria by the time the second show begins, and that’s when things start to get hazy. Your body
and mind are no longer cooperating in unison. Maybe you need to eat something. You should probably go home, but you can’t find your keys. r your phone. Suddenly you realize the entire theater has been emptied, except for you and the dozen improvisers on the stage, all in uniform, all staring. They reach to you. They call to you. They ask you to name something you might find in your parents’ medicine cabinet and a location you most wish to visit. Like a magnet, you are pulled onstage. “One of us, one of us, one of us. Gobble Gobble, one of us,” they chant. Suddenly, a maypole rises from the stage, and you are festooned in a white gown and a ower crown. ou begin to feel lighter. ou start to mime opening a very di cult ar, but you’re not doing it. You’ve lost control. The performers surround you and welcome you home. “One of us,” they continue. You have been inducted into a cult. A very funny cult, but a cult. etter u Tr a ain
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On your way back from killing it on the slopes, you decide to make a detour and take in the sights of Michigan Legacy Art Park. The 30-acre wooded preserve is also an outdoor art gallery that fuses hiking and art snobbery in the best possible way. In winter, they o er snowshoe tours of the park’s 40 outdoor art sculptures, including an oversized bear trap, which is legitimately terrifying. Once the tour wraps up, you decide to make your own moment of zen. When was the last time you just sat and soaked in nature, art, and not, you know, post under fake usernames on The Bachelor message boards? It’s getting dark, and you should start the trek back home. You’ve got food on the brain. Do you … Head to Duly’s Place in Southwest? (Turn to page 22) Head to Jamaican Pot? (Turn to page 12)
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Smith & Co.
644 Selden, Detroit 313-974-7100 smithandcodetroit.com Handicap accessible 5–11 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 5 p.m.– midnight Friday, 4 p.m.–midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (brunch), 4–10 p.m. (dinner) Sunday Small plates $12-$14, entrées $22-$26
Everything and the kitchen sink By Jane Slaughter
In almost every dish I tried,
the avors at Smith Co. (pronounced and coe, not and company ) made my mouth happy. ach dish has a lot going on, but not to the point of distraction. Chef Greg Antioho educated himself by deliberately taking obs in di erent types of kitchens, including Indian and ietnamese, so that he could find the common links between all of them. ( or example, he uses white soy sauce in an empanada instead of salt.) As is becoming a mini-trend, the owners of Smith Co. adopted the name that was already on the building — think Gold Cash Gold and agnet ( adiator orks). The sign that says Smith elding Supply Co. is not the original — that one did not include merry wine bottles — but the tiled oor in the entranceway dates back nearly 100 years. If welding supply con ures up notions of a gloomy factory interior lit by the occasional welding spark, discard that — Smith Co. is bright, with pretty wooden tables and lots of windows overlooking a patio. ood is served on non-matching pottery plates. earby at 666 Selden is its partner, the ain ouge Brewery, which is expected
to be in operation and supplying the restaurant no later than spring. wners on Carlson, Greg obdell, and Chet C aplicka have plenty of brewery and restaurant experience their ission estaurant Group runs olly umpkin, Gri ly eak, and Traverse City’s orth eak, among others. ead brewer for ain ouge is ave ale, who has already created four beers for the new place. f 10 dishes I tried at Smith Co., only one was ust , and another one mixed. The rest were all stellar, with big avors ranging from sweet to pickled, often in the same dish. ortion si es are not stingy. ait times can be lengthy. on’t get me wrong about ust — the empanadas that are one of six small plates were perfectly fine — a single rather than a home run. They’re appropriately aky and made with pleasantly spicy Corridor Sausage chori o, with both salsa verde and mo o de a o. An even better appeti er was mushroom toast, a big crisp piece of sourdough with fried garlic, both oysters and creminis, and ricotta to smooth it all out. And in the stratosphere was pork belly, its fat crisped to perfection. n the side was a smear of sweet-potato fennel pur e and a bit of taro, and
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the dressing was yu u-cilantro. In the salad category, I could not get enough of the plum salad, though roasted pears had been substituted the night I asked for it, no complaints here. The base is arugula, with rye croutons, a mild sheep’s cheese, smoked black pepper, pickled onions, and miso-candied walnuts. There was ust enough sweetness, and the vinaigrette was sparingly applied. The beet salad used greens, dried oyster mushrooms, goat cheese, arcona almonds, pickled fennel, and orange slices, with a blood-orange vinaigrette. Although you couldn’t always pick out each ingredient individually, the result was a wellconsidered whole. Smith Co. has a burger, as well as a corned-beef and a fried-chicken sandwich, each with lots of enhancements similar to the above — the burger alone sports seven additional elements. or entr es, Antioho does fried chicken again, this time in a bowl with rice, mushrooms, kimchi, and chili paste (kochu ang) steak frites and a panseared chicken breast. But I wanted to see what he does with carne asada. The answer is the opposite of the thin and chewy exicantown version. The chuck is as tender as it’s possible to be and still be real meat. It’s served with aioli, some slices of avocado, a little corn salsa, and some whole marble potatoes that have been sub ected to a confit treatment, then smashed to expose more surface area and make a great crusty skin. ainbow trout is accompanied by some exceptional maitake mushrooms,
ust-right asparagus, and potatoes that you might call scalloped but are actually potato pav , a far more complicated recipe that leaves the spuds utterly butter-drenched. Best of all was shrimp and grits, with pork belly, smoky cheddar grits, mild cheese, and tomato am. The shrimp had ust the right elasticity, the snap when you bite, and the rest of the dish — well, ust read the ingredients. Antioho thoughtfully o ers separate menus for the gluten-sensitive and for vegetarians or vegans. The vegetarians, for example, get a papas bravas bowl similar to the carne asada bowl — in fact, that dish was designed first and the protein added later. essert brought the only near miss of the evening a tough doughnut. It was covered with chocolate ganache, however, with co ee pot de cr me and housemade vanilla ice cream on the side, which we all managed to find room for despite the generosity of the earlier courses. ou can go simpler for dessert, with a aygo or ernor’s oat, or explore new worlds with a honey corn cake that includes olive oil, fennel seed, feta, lavender, and ancho sorbet. I didn’t try the short but interesting cocktail list, which includes a drink that mixes te uila with me cal and a etroit anhattan with aygo ock ye. The albec I had one night was smooth and round, the best red wine I’ve had in a restaurant in awhile, and a boa Albari o white from Spain was ingy. ne night a peanut butter beer (not from ain ouge) was on special though I’m not sure what it would pair well with, our party liked the novelty. hen ain ouge opens, only its beers will be served at Smith Co. and in the brewery taproom general manager ave ammel says he’ll be brewing for everyone, not ust himself. There’s also a Sober drinks list, with low-sugar amaro sodas from etroitbased Casamara Club, so you can drink when you’re not drinking, as the makers say. This is the best etroit restaurant to open in 2019. The food is ust the best, that’s all. f course, I haven’t been to every restaurant to open in etroit in 2019, so you can take this opinion with a grain of smoked salt or a sip of white soy sauce.
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FOOD Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails is breathing new life to an east-side block By Lee DeVito
For nearly 30 years, the two buildings on the corner of e erson Avenue and Belvidere Street in East Village stood vacant. But as of late December, the smaller of the two is now a fine-dining restaurant, serving up fusion dishes like wonton tacos, mezcal wings, and charred whole Branzino — something in short supply on this stretch of e erson. The pro ect, Ivy itchen and Cocktails, is the brainchild of entrepreneur ya arshall, who recently uit her ob in the auto industry to go all-in on her dream of revitalizing the block. A native east-sider, Marshall says she’s been in real estate for years — she bought her first house at 19 — but decided to she wanted to give back to her community in a more substantial way. bviously, I’m a small fish in terms of real estate, so my thought was I’m not going to go after anything downtown, any hot-button areas that everybody’s looking at, she says. But what I did know is that the development had to be spread out. Ivy itchen is about 10 minutes from downtown and Grosse Pointe. The 9,000-s uare-foot pro ect was a 100 top-to-bottom renovation. It was literally a shell of a building,” she says. (The name comes from the ivy that
she says was growing on the building.) ow, the bright space holds 6 seats, including a bar, with an interior designed by her friend Barbara Johnson, of Walls of Virtue. arshall first got the idea to pursue a more ambitious real-estate pro ect after the economic crash more than a decade ago. I ended up living in the same house as my family as if we were children again,” she says. “But what that showed me and taught me was that in Detroit, we are blue collar. We are known to work. That’s what we do — we work. And we were not really thinking about ourselves in terms of our longevity and how we want our lives to look.” I started thinking about what I wanted my life to look like in 10 years, she says. She says she didn’t initially plan on opening a restaurant from the outset of the pro ect. After she purchased the property about five years ago directly from the owner — which had previously housed a hair salon, and at some point, a veterinarian — she then set out to ask the community what sort of business they’d like to see there. I went to all the neighborhood associations, all the condo associations, the churches, et cetera, and asked
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what they would like to see,” she says. “Because even though it’s my community, and I have my own thoughts, I wanted to see what the consensus was at large. And so one of the main things that I kept hearing was good food, good uality space where you in your neighborhood you can walk to, take a bike to — like back in the day. ou don’t want to ust put something in a community and then they re ect it, she says. To that end, arshall partnered with chef evante Burnley, who came up with a menu that Marshall describes as fusion-elevated comfort food. It’s indicative of many di erent cultures, she says. e have some Spanish entrées on there, we have Mediterranean, we have Asian.” Prices are in line with other fine-dining spots in the city, ranging from 12- 1 for small plates and 16- 3 for main dishes, which also include a crispy chicken sandwich, an Ivy Burger with a fried egg and chipotle ack cheese, shrimp linguine pomodoro, and strip steak, among others. Cocktails include a 14 ennessy alapi a, along with wine, beer, and mocktails.
Marshall says she’s committed to hiring people in the neighborhood. As far as the rest of the complex, arshall says it’ll take time — but Ivy is a start. She says she envisions the two lots behind the buildings as eventually becoming a garden to grow microgreens. She’s searching for a commercial tenant upstairs, and has a dream of transforming the larger of the two buildings into a technology education center for the neighborhood’s seniors; she’s seeking investors with a goal to open next year or so. Marshall says she envisions classes to help seniors learn how to use the internet to adapt to life in the 21st century. ven if I start with ust one or two classes, I think that would be of value and be a benefit, she says. At this point in my life, I’m all about community. verything I do has to have a community component to it. It’s like you get a little bit older, and giving back and the quality of life and what you leave as your legacy becomes way more important than yourself.” Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails is located at . Jeffer on A e. e roi i y . om.
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THIS WEEK What’s Going On
A week’s worth of things to do and places to do them
@ Detroit Public Library
the U.N. and National Security Adviser to President Barack Obama tore into President Donald Trump after he blamed the Obama administration for funding the very missiles that struck Iraqi bases last week. “This is another series of despicable lies by President Trump,” Rice told MSNBC. “The fact that three years after taking o ce he remains obsessed with President Obama shows President Trump’s extreme weakness & insecurity.” In her 500-page New York Times 2019 bestselling memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, Rice takes an opportunity to reclaim her voice outside of U.S. politics while also walking the reader through the experience of being tasked with incredibly di cult decisions on behalf of the country and what it was like to disagree with, yet endorse, the president’s military action in Syria. Tough Love takes the reader through many of the turning points in Rice’s career, including Benghazi, Black Hawk Down in Somalia, and the Rwandan genocide, to her first contact with bama in 2004, the emotional toll of her parents’ painful divorce, and motherhood. Rice will appear at the Detroit Public Library’s main branch for a discussion and book signing. —Jerilyn Jordan
LIT Susan Rice is calling bullshit. Rhodes Scholar and former U.S. Ambassador to
Event begins at 2 p.m.; 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-481-1300;
The Matrix, Redford Theatre, Jan. 17-18.
FRI., 1/17 & SAT., 1/18 The Matrix @ The Redford Theatre
FILM “One, nothing wrong with me. Two, nothing wrong with me. Three, nothing wrong with me. Four, nothing wrong with me.” Why are we singing the lyrics to Drowning Pool’s 2001 banger “Bodies” in a blurb intended for the 1999 film The Matrix, you may ask ell, first of all, mind your own business. Second, YouTube user thehizouseV1 made a pretty sick mashup video using the song against Matrix footage in 2007 that we stumbled upon by simply searching the terms “The Matrix and Drowning Pool.” Anyway, maybe we’re purposefully not talking about The Matrix because we’re living in the atrix. Think about it it’s a film about a race of machines that enslave humanity by trapping us in a virtualreality simulation so they can harvest our energy. It’s a lot more entertaining when a hot-ass Keanu Reeves is bending over backward, dodging bullets as Neo than, say, being forced to face our own reality in 2020, which is eerily similar to the film’s fictional digital hellscape. un fact: Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Johnny Depp were all approached for the role of Neo, but all turned it down. Smith apparently picked the dud pill when he opted to star in Wild Wild West instead because, at the time, he didn’t understand the Wachowskis’ Matrix pitch. — Jerilyn Jordan
Screenings begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 and 2 & 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18; 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com. Tickets are $5.
SUNDAY, 1/19 Visiting Author Series with Susan Rice
detroitpubliclibrary.org. Free with RSVP.
SUNDAY, 1/19 Ashanti @ Sound Board
MUSIC When you hear Ja Rule let out a “Woo! Right back atchya,” you just know that an early 2000s Ashanti banger is about to drop. Since signing to Ja’s Murder Inc. Records at just 21 years old — which is when she released her No. 1 bop “Foolish” and award-winning, selftitled debut record — Ashanti, now 39, is ready to return to her R&B roots. Last year, the “Rock Wit U’’ singer appeared as herself on an episode of the Dynasty reboot on CW, launched a swimwear collaboration with PrettyLittleThing online boutique, and teased new tracks from her forthcoming record, due out this year, marking her first since 2014’s Bravehart. Though Ashanti’s breathy tonality may not scale to Jennifer Hudson-level heights, what has set her apart is her “I have a secret” vocals, which, according to a forgetful Ja Rule, may have ended up on a song for Jennifer Lopez? Weird. During an interview with Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Cohen asked Ja about a rumor that suggests Ashanti sang J.Lo’s parts on their 2001 collaboration, “I’m Real.” While Ja may not know if her vocals ended up on the final cut, as Ashanti suggested in 2014, he did say he wrote the track for J.Lo but enlisted Ashanti to demo it as a reference because Ja didn’t have the vocal chops to make it sound enticing. Ashanti stoked these rumors in 2014, adding that it was bittersweet, considering she wanted the song for herself but was attered that J.Lo ended up using her vocals. Talk about Big Libra Energy. —Jerilyn Jordan Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4614; soundboarddetroit.com. Tickets are $41.
MONDAY, 1/20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Museum District @ DIA and The Wright Museum
Hazel, Ravine Crab takeover, Jan. 21.
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MLK Just two months before embarking on his historic March on Washington, D.C., in 1963 when more than 200,000
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Ashanti, Sound Board, Jan. 19.
people descended upon the National Mall in support of economic and civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the largest march against racial injustice ever in Detroit. More than 125,000 people participated in Detroit’s Walk to Freedom in June 1963, which traveled down Woodward Avenue, concluding at Cobo Hall, where King delivered an early version of his “I Have a Dream” speech. There are many ways to honor Dr. King on MLK Day, including the 35th Annual eace alk in Southfield, the 1 th annual MLK rally at Detroit’s St. Matthew’s/St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, and the Walk for Peace and Justice at Comerica Park. Meanwhile, both the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the etroit Institute of Arts will o er a free afternoon of MLK-themed programming. The IA will open its doors during o hours to o er docent-led talks throughout the Detroit Collects gallery, as well as a book-making workshop (perfect for penning your own peaceful manifesto), and a screening of King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis, which follows Dr. King from 1955-1968 and includes rare footage of protests, arrests, and speeches. ver at The right, the holiday kicks o with a ticketed keynote speaker event with breakfast bu et. The rest of the day’s free programming spans kids activities, panel discussions, performance artists, as well as a screening of 2014’s Selma. —Jerilyn Jordan Events at The Wright begin at 8 a.m., and the DIA opens at 10 a.m.; The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. and The Wright is located at 315 E. Warren
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MONDAY, 1/20 The Rebirth Brass Band @ Magic Bag
MUSIC The New York Times has referred to the Rebirth Brass Band as “a New Orleans Institution,” and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea once called the ensemble “free as a ray of light,” adding “there is not a band on Earth that is better.” For more than 35 years, the Rebirth Brass Band has upheld the tradition of brass bands while also exploring funk and hip-hop for a sound that is equal parts technique and feeling, resulting in what co-founding member Phil Frazier once lovingly referred to as “junk music.” Formed in 1983 by Phil and Keith Frazier, the Rebirth Brass Band has done everything from performing to sold-out music halls to starring in Treme, an HBO series about their neighborhood following Hurricane Katrina, to maintaining a standing Tuesday night residency at the historic Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown New Orleans. —Jerilyn Jordan Doors open at 7 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com. Tickets are $25.
TUE., 1/21-SUN.,2/16 Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown Crab Trap takeover
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FOOD Winter in Michigan means one thing: everyone is so dang crabby. The lack of sunlight, the promise of snow, frigid temperatures, and, to top it o , the perfect hair day is beyond out of reach, thanks to this stupid hat and static electricity. Though spring break may feel like an eternity away, the folks over at Birmingham eatery Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown are bringing a bit of the Gulf Coast to our frosty Mitten state. Starting Jan. 21, Hazel’s will undergo a temporary makeover when it transforms into Hazel’s Crab Trap. The heart of the special event menu, which will be available through Feb. 16, is fresh stone crab, which will be own in fresh from Florida daily. The crab event follows in the footsteps of the restaurant’s popular Lobster Pound takeover last summer and will also o er hushpuppies, conch fritters, alligator bites, several fresh grouper, Cedar ey Clams, Bu alo calamari, as well as amped-up raw bar o erings, including king and snow crab, oysters, and shrimp. Even vegan Detroit pop-up Street Beet has gone coastal, creating a vegan addition to Hazel’s Crab Trap menu in the form of the NotSo-Crabby-Patty sandwich. Oh, and to make it feel a bit more like a vacation, a el’s will also o er fro en margaritas and daiquiris because just kill us already. —Jerilyn Jordan Crab shack takeover menu available during restaurant hours through Feb. 16; 1 Peabody St., Birmingham; 248-671-1714; hrd.kitchen.
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SLAPPIN’ LIKE THE LODGE! w/ D. JAY PORTFOLIO hip hop • dance • thoughtful requests NO COVER / 10PM/ 21+
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Atmosphere 7 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $27.50. Bell Biv Devoe 8 p.m.; Sound Board, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; $72-$85. Roe Bickley Kramer Trio 7 p.m.; The Blue LLama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; Free. The Levin Brothers 7 p.m.; Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Rd., Westland; $25$35.
Thursday, Jan. 16 Andrew Brown’s Djangophonique 7 p.m.; The Blue LLama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; Free.
Susan Rice, Detroit Public Library, Jan. 19.
Modern Nature 7 p.m.; Deluxx Fluxx, 1274 Library St., Detroit; $10.
Ron Brooks Quintet 7 p.m.; The Blue LLama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; Free..
Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m.; Slipstream Theatre Initiative, 460 Hilton Rd., Ferndale; $20; www.puzzlestage.org.
Soul Mob 9 p.m.; The Grasshopper Underground, 22757 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $$10.
Penny Stamps Lecture Series presents Oskar Eustis Thursday 5:10-6:10 p.m.; Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; Free.
Friday, Jan. 17 Dogleg, Seaholm 7 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $10. Jazz Masters Series with Sean Dobbins 8 p.m.; Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; $20+. Keller/Kocher Quintet 7 p.m.; The Blue LLama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor;
Taylor McFerrin 7 p.m.; El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; $15+. The Doozers, Mover Shaker, Who Boy, The Plastic Beach 7 p.m.; The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $10.
Sunday, Jan. 19
The Green Leaves 7 p.m.; The Sanctuary, 2932 Cani St., etroit 10.
Antighost 8 p.m.; Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; $10.
Thunderstruck 8 p.m.; Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $15.
Ashanti 7:30 p.m.; Sound Board, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; $41-$55.
Saturday, Jan. 18 The Almost 6 p.m.; The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $18. dying in designer 7 p.m.; Pike Room, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; $12. Electric Huldra, Strange Flavors, Las Drogas, Edison Hollow 8 p.m.; Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; $10-$15. Hip Hop Smackdown 6 8 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $54-$124. Dead Again 8 p.m.; Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $20. Mozart Birthday Bash 8 p.m.; Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; Party Matrix with Pete Rock 9 p.m.; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; $15.
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Sean Dobbins Trio 11:30 am; The Blue LLama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; Free. The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute 2 & 8 p.m.; Caesars Palace Windsor - Augustus Ballroom, 377 E. Riverside Dr., Windsor; $20-$40.
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COMEDY All-Star Showdown Fridays, Saturdays, 8 & 10 p.m.; Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; $20. Cocktail Comedy Hour Fridays, Saturdays, 8-9 p.m.; The Independent Comedy Club at lanet Ant, 2320 Cani Ave., Hamtramck; $10. Doughboys Podcast Live Friday, 7 p.m.; Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; $25+. Hamburger Tuna Friday, 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 p.m. and Sunday, 7 p.m.; lanet Ant Theatre, 2320 Cani St., Hamtramck; $10+.
Monday, Jan. 20
Kristin Lytie Friday 9 p.m.; The Independent Comedy Club, 2320 Cani Ave, Hamtramck; $10.
Rebirth Brass Band 7 p.m.; Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; $25.
Laffs in the Lair Friday 7 p.m.; Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; Free.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
Monday Night Improv Mondays, 8-10 p.m.; Planet Ant Black Box, 2357 Cani Street, amtramck .
Shadow of Intent 6:30 p.m.; The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; $16.
THEATER A Bronx Tale: The Musical Through Feb. 2. Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m.,Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; $39+. A Doll’s House Part Two Fridays,
Name This Show Fridays, Saturdays, 11:45 p.m.; Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; Free. Open Mic Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; $5. Over My Dead Body Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 6 p.m.;
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The Rebirth Brass Band, Magic Bag, Jan. 20.
lanet Ant Theatre, 2320 Cani St., amtramck 10 . Pandemonia Every other Friday, 8 & 10 p.m. Go Comedy Improv Theater, 261 . ine ile d., erndale 20. Snow Day Sunday, 9 p.m. Go Comedy Improv Theater, 261 . ine ile d., erndale 20. Thursday Night Live! Thursdays, -10 p.m. Ant all, 2320 Cani St., amtramck .
DANCE Shen Yun 2020 Through an. 26. riday, 30 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. etroit pera ouse, 1 26 Broadway St., etroit 0 .
FILM Blue Velvet riday and Saturday at midnight the ain Art Theatre 31 . ain St., oyal ak . The Matrix riday, p.m. and Saturday, 2 p.m. edford Theatre, 1 360 ahser d., etroit .
ART American Paintings from Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850-1940 uns through Sunday, April . Through April akland niversity Art Gallery, akland niversity, ochester ree. Artist Talk: Kevin Zucker Thursday 6- p.m. Cranbrook Art useum, 39221 . oodward Ave., Bloomfield ills ree.
C. Gazaleh, “Flight Over Jerusalem,” 2015. Ink on paper. Through eb. 22 Simone eSousa Gallery, 444 . illis St., nits 111 and 112, etroit ree. Drawing in the Galleries ridays, 6 p.m., Saturdays, noon and Sundays, noon etroit Institute of Arts, 200 oodward Ave., etroit ree. Exhibition: “Abstraction, Color, and Politics: The 1960s and 1970s” Through eb. 9. Tuesday-Sunday. niversity of ichigan useum of Art, 2 S. State St., Ann Arbor ree. Exhibition: “Collection Ensemble” Tuesday-Sunday. niversity of ichigan useum of Art, 2 S. State St., Ann Arbor ree. Exhibition: “Mari Katayama” Through an. 26. Tuesdays-Sunday niversity of ichigan useum of Art, 2 S. State St., Ann Arbor ree. Exhibition: “Pan-African Pulp: A Commission by Meleko Mokgosi” Tuesdays-Sundays. niversity of ichigan useum of Art, 2 S. State St., Ann Arbor ree. Exhibition: “Reflections: An Ordinary Day” Through ay 10. Tuesdays-Sundays. niversity of ichigan useum of Art, 2 S. State St., Ann Arbor ree. Exhibition: “Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs” Through eb. 23. Tuesdays-Sundays. niversity of ichigan useum of Art, 2 S. State St., Ann Arbor ree. ROCK STAR: Main Gallery Open-
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FRIDAY, 1/17 Dogleg @ Loving Touch
Detroit’s Dogleg just wants to punchdance their rage out, OK? And that’s exactly what Alex Stoitsiadis, Chase Macinski, Parker Grissom, and Jacob Hanlon’s latest track, “Fox,” makes us want to do, too. The track, released in November, made a Fader roundup of best rock songs out right now, sharing space with Best Coast, Haim, and Fiona Apple. And we totally get it. The Detroit post-punk band is signed to Triple Crown Records, which also represents local songstress Alexandria Maniak (aka Shortly). Dogleg specializes in deceptively polished and melodic songs, but maintains a banner of totally angsty rock, which, considering the weight of 2020, is the antidote we need now. Want proof? Look no further than the featured YouTube comment on the o cial video for ox where a user claims the Dogleg performance featured in the video was “honestly the best gig” they had been to. So good, in fact, that they did a front ip into the crowd. —Jerilyn Jordan Doors open at 7 p.m.; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-820-5596; thelovingtouchferndale.com. Tickets are $10.
Dogleg, Loving Touch, Jan. 17.
Roberson, and John Legend, and has also toured as a featured soloist for the celebrated Marvin Gaye musical My Brother Marvin. —Jerilyn Jordan Music begins at 9:30 p.m.; 2030 Park A e. e roi li ell . om. Tickets are $10.
FRIDAY, 1/17 Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale Birthday Celebration with Norm Talley and Tylr @ Marble Bar
Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale is in a league of her own. As a shy child, Hale avoided
socializing by turning to crafting her own scrappy mixes using her brothers’ records and songs from the radio on a reel-to-reel tape recorder — thus, the Godmother of House Music was born from the desire to make people dance without having to talk. It wasn’t until she wandered into The Chess Mate, a now-defunct Detroit club and co eehouse, that she discovered how to mix. nder the uno cial tutelage of mixers Ken Collier, Duane Bradley, Morris Mitchell, and Renato White, Hale became one of the first women to beatmatch. Now, Hale, an established Detroit icon and teacher, is celebrating another rotation around the sun with a proper Detroit birthday bash with house music disciples Norm Talley and Tylr. —Jerilyn Jordan
Weekend, Young the Giant, and some surf rock, but remains full-blown Doozers. Then on “Cytoplasm,” they channel festival-favorite Neon Trees, proving that — though the Doozers might have a fireproof formula for danceable, relatable indie tunes — they’re finding ways to infuse their music with an emotive jangle all their own. —Jerilyn Jordan
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; 313-338-3674; eventseeker.com. Tickets are $5.
While it was recently redesigned with a decidedly rock ’n’ roll vibe, Royal Oak’s Bowlero is the perfect home for a new biweekly DJ night hosted by Charivari, the free, three-day electronic music festival set to return to Detroit for its seventh year in August — the groovy lounge calls to mind the nocturnal playboy described in the lyrics of A Number of Names’ proto-techno hit “Sharevari.” Anyway, each night of the Charivari Bowl series features 10 Detroit-based DJs and two stages. Sunday features Mike Brown, Bruce Bailey, Jarsych, Tony Foster, Walter Glasshouse, and Raymond Hill on the Bowling Alley Stage, and Pat Osiris, DJN10se, Pilar Cote, Powdrblu, Mike Rott, Darron Merritt, and DJN10se on the Bar Stage. The event continues on Feb. 9 and 23, and March 8 and 22. —Lee DeVito
Jeff Ponders II Quintet @ Cliff Bells
etroit-born e onders II knows the secret to how one becomes “better than Batman,” as evidenced by his 2019 TedX Detroit talk, where he describes how he, like Bruce Wayne and his caped crusader alter ego, balances a double life. An Ivy League graduate, family man, and innovator, Ponders has helped countless companies (Walmart, Samsung, and Colgate, to name a few) take their brands to new heights. By night, however, Ponders is an accomplished saxophonewielding musician performing smooth, smooth jazz around town and around the world. He’s performed and recorded with James Carter, Robert Glasper, Mike Phillips, Keyshia Cole, Bebe Winans, Eric
The Doozers with Who Boy, Mover Shaker, and the Plastic Beach @ Loving Touch
Jeff Ponders, Cliff Bells, Jan. 17.
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High energy, shimmery, and radioready tunes? That sounds like Rochester natives the Doozers, who are doing a damn fine ob expanding on the Strokessounding strain of quick and cutting indie rock that we never stopped loving. Which makes sense, considering the four-piece started in high school during 2015 and emerged from Rochester’s School of Rock. Last year found the Doozers releasing a handful of catchy AF singles, including “Lemon Poppyseed,” a track that is equal parts Vampire
Doors open at 7 p.m.; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-820-5596; thelovingtouchferndale.com. Tickets are $10.
SUNDAY, 1/19 Charivari Bowl Series @ Bowlero Lanes & Lounge
Starts at 5 p.m.; 4209 Coolidge Hwy., Royal Oak; 248-549-7500; bowlerodetroit. com. Free.
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Halsey DTE Energy Music Theater, June 26, 7 p.m., $39.50+
Snoop Dogg The Fillmore, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., $57+ Cold War Kids Majestic Theatre, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., $27.50+ Umphrey’s McGee The Fillmore, Jan. 31, 6 p.m., $25+ King Princess Royal Oak Music Theatre, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., $29+ The Lumineers Little Caesars Arena, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., $83+ Tove Lo St. Andrews Hall, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., $28 Tim & Eric Masonic Temple, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., $47.50+
Tame Impala Little Caesars Arena, May 31, 7 p.m., $47.75 Maroon 5 DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 5, 7 p.m., $79.50 Journey DTE Energy Music Theater, July 5, 7 p.m., $35+ Billy Joel Comerica Park, July 10, 7 p.m., $124+ Harry Styles Little Caesars Arena, July 17, 7 p.m., $79.50+ Alanis Morissette DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 21, 7 p.m., $108+
Garth Brooks Ford Field, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Sold-out
Rod Stewart with Cheap Trick DTE Energy Music Theatre, July 25, 7 p.m., $29.50+
Sturgill Simpson Masonic Temple, Feb. 29 & March 1, 7:30 p.m., $49.50+
Green Day, Weezer, Fall Out Boy Comerica Park, Aug. 19. 7 p.m., $98+
Thundercat Majestic Theatre, March 17, 8 p.m., $30
Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe with Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Comerica Park, Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m., $49.50+
Blake Shelton Little Caesars Arena, March 21, 7 p.m.; $84+ Billie Eilish Little Caesars Arena, March 23, 7 p.m., Sold-out Elton John Little Caesars Arena, May 1-2, 7 p.m., $287+ Bikini Kill Royal Oak Music Theatre,
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May 23, 7 p.m., $39.50+
Lady Antebellum DTE Energy Music Theatre, Aug. 22, 7 p.m., TBD Justin Bieber Ford Field, Aug. 29, 4:30 p.m., $118+ Matchbox 20 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sep. 1, 7:30 p.m., $36+
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MUSIC She’s a rainbow
Don’t ghost singer-songwriter and proud mama’s girl Indigo De Souza By Jerilyn Jordan
Indigo De Souza is leading an
internal revolution. The Asheville, North Carolina singersongwriter broke through with her 2018 debut record, I Love My Mom, which found the then 20-year-old confronting the weight of first-times as she did on the album opener, ow I Get yself illed and on Sick in the ead, where e Sou a explored nostalgia tied to eeting moments of teenage rebellion. Then there’s ome Team, a song that resurrects the term going steady before confessing, I don’t like fucking boys who need to know what to say when there’s silence in the room. And on Ghost e Sou a delivers perhaps the best line in reference to a millennial Gen dating phenomenon If you ghost on me again, these tits will ghost on you forever.” one of these examples would lead you to believe that, amid the urry of emotional lo-fi — which is in the same emotional songwriting vein as indsey ordan’s Snail ail, fellow-Ashevilleian Angel lsen, with some of the gloomy ruminations of hoebe Bridgers — I Love My Mom was written as a therapeutic means to ease e Sou a’s crippling anxiety. ven less detectable is the fact that e Sou a and her bandmates wen Stone (bass), than Baechtold (guitar), and ake enderman (drums) released the record on a lark. It’s been a wild ride, she says. e kind of ust put that out for fun, and then it took on a life of its own. And we started touring, which was something I had never done before. ow there’s ust a lot more going on in my day-today life than there used to be. I used to have a normal ob also, and now I have music. Before I Love My Mom, e Sou a held down random obs, one of which was with a hemp company. rom the age of 9, e Sou a was encouraged to make music she performed her first show at 11 years old. nly in the realm of making art, writing, and performing her songs — which she says often comes from a place of heightened emotion — was she able to ease the anxieties that kept her from being fully functional, struggling to accomplish seemingly mundane tasks like custom-
Indigo De Souza.
i ing sandwich toppings when ordering food at a restaurant. It used to be so hard for me to go even into a grocery store and, just, being in the environment with all of the really bright lights and society doing its thing as a whole, and the beeping and old people with their walkers and babies and children pushing around those little customers-in-training carts,” she says. That album came after a huge breakup so I think that, if anything, I’ve become, like, a very functional
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person at this point. And I’ve had to be because of touring. It’s like I’ve come out of that bad season. I feel ust very able to do things very functional and a lot happier. erhaps the only glimmer of e Sou a’s apparent trove of anxiety on the record can be found, and felt, on I ad to Get ut, the solemn and sparse album closer that finds e Sou a uestioning why everything seems to happen at once, going on to apologi e for being heavy and crushing someone again. I thought I was patient waiting
for the seasons to change/ but nobody else in this Bible Belt was standing uite still enough for me. nce you cut through the deeply embedded anxious tones, the record’s confident defiance, and the unexpectedly catchy hooks ( Take r ants is particularly hypnotic), the heart of the album and e Sou a’s fountain of creativity is right there in the title her mother. aving grown up in a conservative town under her mother’s care after her parents divorced and her older sisters
had already moved out, De Souza says she was always a bit di erent, and her mother’s boldness rarely served as a camou age for the youngest e Sou a. hen I was in school, she had this red truck that had naked Barbie dolls and action figures, like glued to
it on the hood and on the top, she says. ike, they were all ust hanging out. And she had painted ames on the side and painted bombs on the side with the names of countries that had been bombed. She used to pick me up from school in that, and it really shaped my schooling days because I was already made fun of a lot for being ust very di erent. The truck really ust let everyone know that, you know, this girl comes from something that’s very di erent from everybody else. But since the days of Barbie’s nightmare truck, e Sou a has fallen in love
with her mother’s determination mind and creative drive. hen asked what it is about her that she finds inspirational, e Sou a delivers a winding and glowing review of all things mom. Anytime she has an idea — I mean, she has millions of ideas, but I guess, like, a thousand of those ideas that she’s had in her life she’s ust absolutely brought them to completion, e Sou a says. verything she does is ust ama ing and colorful, and she’s a painter and a hairdresser, and she’s opened, like, five di erent restaurants, and she’s opening a mini-golf course this spring, and she ust recently opened an art gallery that’s an artist residency space, where artists can live and work on their art, as well, e Sou a says. e’re kindred spirits. De Souza admits that it took some time for her to fully appreciate her mother’s creativity and unabashed displays of uni ueness. She okes that, yeah, she was pretty angry at her mom for a while because of the whole truck thing, especially because she owned another normal car she could’ve picked her up from school in. But it wasn’t until she relocated to Asheville at 16 that she reali ed it was the small town that was weird, not her or her mom. I guess that’s why I named the album I Love My Mom, because I wanted her to know how much I love her and how much I appreciate her, she says. That’s kind of more a recent thing, my being, like, very proud of her. In the coming year, e Sou a and her bandmates will wrap up some solo dates and embark on a brief aunt supporting Chicago surf-pop outfit Beach Bunny next month. As for new music, that’s coming, too, and as e Sou a says, she’s leaning into the possibility of less anxiety and embracing having weathered the storm. f course, she’s still learning and still feeling all at once. y songwriting has definitely changed a lot, but also it hasn’t at all, she says. I think that because I feel better I’ve definitely written some really, like, happy and empowering songs, which is a little di erent from I Love My Mom. I feel like most of those songs came from a place of severe pain, and now I feel like some of my songs that I’ve written for the new album have come from a place of hope, but I don’t know. Indigo De Souza will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Deluxx Fluxx; 1274 Library St., Detroit; deluxx. om. Ti e are .
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Beniamino Barrese and Benedetta Barzini in a scene from The Disappearance of My Mother.
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A disappearing act
Doc shines a light on an elusive ex-model By Deana Bianco
In the 1960s, Benedetta Barzini was photographed by Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, a muse to Salvador al and Andy arhol, and the first Italian model on the cover of American Vogue. But in the 1970s, she stepped away from the fashion industry and became a Marxist and spokeswoman for the Italian women’s liberation movement. This year, her son Beniamino Barrese released The Disappearance of My Mother, a documentary about Barzini’s extraordinary life. The film touches upon her legacy in the fashion industry (the 76-year-old still models) and her transition to feminist and professor. However, the main focus of the documentary is the opposing objectives of both mother and son. While Beniamino desires to capture his mother on film and keep her close, Bar ini has contempt for any lens and desires to leave everything behind and vanish. Metro Times interviewed Barrese about the film, his relationship with his mother, and her reactions to seeing herself on screen.
Metro Times: hat were your first memories of your mother? Beniamino Barrese: I remember when she was working at night. She always had a second life at night, where she was writing, reading, and listening to the news. When I woke up at night, I would go in secret into the kitchen, I would find her working on the table in the kitchen and I could see her back. MT: When did you realize that she was a notable figure in history, especially in the fashion industry? Barrese: When I was born, she was 42. As I grew up, I figured out that she had a lot of lives. I understood from other people that my mom was on TV and I didn’t know why she was on TV. When I was little, I found this portfolio of photographs of her with a few of her covers from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. That’s when I understood that she was also a young person. She was clearly di erent and was a model. She didn’t like to talk about it, but I would ask her about it.
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MT: And she didn’t have any of her photographs hanging up from her modeling career? Barrese: No, not really. She wasn’t proud of that. She occasionally had a few photos of her with other people, but they were more contemporary photos. There is a beautiful black-andwhite portrait of her with my brother taken by Richard Avedon. So when I visited her, I would always look at this picture that hung very high on the wall. I would be like, “That picture is amazing. Who’s that photographer?” And she would talk to me about Avedon. But yeah, nothing from her fashion years so much. Instead of pictures of her, I remember there was this big painting of Karl Marx and next to a big Coca-Cola sign that she got from New York. And that was like the two extremes of her life. MT: What do you think the CocaCola sign stood for? Barrese: This pop culture that she kind of sucked in, this ’60s in New York. I think as much as she rejected
it, she was also, you know, she was also taken by it. MT: How has your mother changed over the years since you were a child? Was she always the way she’s perceived in the film Barrese: In the film, I made it look a lot more gray and black, but in reality, she’s a lot more colorful and sweet and funny. In telling a story, you have to convey a specific view and simplify a lot compared to real life. She’s more complex. Before, she was much more social … she’s always been going against standards. She’s been a very good mother. She was beautiful — and she worked, thanks to her beauty. At the same time, she always criticized that. This is one thing that I learned more about her. I think a valuable lesson is that you have not much space for choice. You always have space for thinking with whatever life brings you. For her, it was modeling. It’s not about saying no because you have principles, necessarily. It’s about doing it and using that as a
Barzini during her modeling days.
method for thinking, building, and developing a point of view. Now she wants to go disappear. She always talked about that, but she never really did it. MT: In the documentary, it shows that your mom is still working in the fashion industry. Has she talked to you about how she feels about that? Barrese: I understand 100% why she does it. From my point of view, and she says [this] often, is that being beautiful is not a talent. Being a model is a ob. Somebody uses you for a specific time for something. I feel like she has a massive talent, which is a charisma that comes through that has nothing to do with being pretty. It’s like a good actress. We can only work with whatever we have. She has di erent talents, but obviously beauty shines more and maybe is more appreciated, especially for women. Also, if she gets the chance to show a di erent kind of woman on a catwalk or in a photograph, this could be empowering. She has let time kind leave its marks and hasn’t changed her appearance to fit into some standard. MT: Do you live near your mother? Barrese: I moved back to Italy, but I don’t live with her because she doesn’t really have a house anymore. She has a space that used to be her o ce. There’s kind of like a bed that’s not even really a bed. A bathroom that’s not really a bathroom. There’s no kitchen. It’s a little bit extreme. MT: Is it hard for you to see your mother live that way? Barrese: I would love for her to live better. I hope that I’ll be able to help her to have a better place to live in, but at the same time I feel she had such a wealthy, luxurious life as a child. She
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came from this very rich family, but she was missing the most important thing, which was love, care, and a ection. MT: How would you describe your relationship now? Barrese: I think it’s a lot more balanced because I’m a very sensitive person, and she is a powerful person, but very sensitive. I’m super in uenced by her. There is pain under her charisma. So the fact that I could look at her for so long and up close and then put out a portrait of her really helped me to separate myself. MT: What does your mother think of the documentary? Barrese: She thinks that it’s a work of love. She sees the work put into it and appreciates it. She never told me that she thinks this is a good film, but she doesn’t really like cinema that much hen she saw it the first time, she told me this is not me. But now she says that, actually, this is her. Although it’s painful for her to be in front of the camera and to see herself onscreen, she’s grateful. She understands how other people are moved and inspired by seeing a woman living di erently and with the courage to accept her body and life. We brought this to festivals, and sometimes she came with me. People were very excited and inspired. They would be like, h, my God, you say the things I agree with, but I don’t have the courage to say these things.” It’s been very powerful and revitalizing for her. The Disappearance of My Mother will be screened from Thursday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 19. at The Film Lab, 3105 Holbrook Ave. in Hamtramck; e lmla .or .
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Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy.
A courtroom drama By Corey Hall
Is there ever a good time to talk
about the death penalty? While capital punishment has long been a favorite subject for prestige pictures, it’s a bit of a tough sell at the box o ce, especially when the American public remains hesitant to engage in a serious discussion of the topic, even when presented with a glossy Hollywood spit shine. This might all explain why this stodgy and formulaic, but ultimately moving docudrama was squeezed out of the crowded holiday-release schedule and hasn’t generated much buzz in the awards season rush and end-of-year lists, despite a strong cast and a truly excellent supporting performance from Jamie Foxx. Just Mercy is based on the memoir of the same title, written by Bryan Stevenson, a dogged attorney who dedicated his considerable talent and passion to
defending death-row inmates in the deep South, a challenge few would dare to tackle. A 1985 Harvard Law grad with plenty of lucrative options available to him, Stevenson instead set up shop in Montgomery, Alabama, digging into the dusty case files of defendants that had been lingering for years in a biased penitentiary system inclined to forget them. Michael B. Jordan bravely clenches his aw and sti ens into a noble posture to play the crusading young lawyer, as he quickly runs out of cheeks to turn to the scornful or suspicious locals and the casually bigoted lawmen who have no desire to help him overturn their rotten apple cart. ne of Stevenson’s first clients is Walter “Johnny B” McMillian (Foxx), a hard-working family man, who despite multiple alibis and a lack of any physical evidence, was convicted of killing
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a white teenage girl, based only on the sketchy testimony of a jailhouse snitch (a twitchy, sweaty Tim Blake Nelson). Walter is a stoic and decent man who refuses to let prison completely harden his heart, or to surrender his dignity to the fate he endures. Even behind bars, Walter is a supportive friend to his neighboring inmates, embracing their innate humanity, even if, unlike him, they’re actually guilty. Director and co-writer Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) largely resists the urge to turn the convict characters into soulful saints, while simultaneously all but putting a halo over Jordan’s head. Stevenson’s business partner (Brie Larson) hangs on his every syllable, and perpetually gazes at him with a mixture of admiration, reverence, and lust, though the story doesn’t have time for romance, as it proceeds through
Just Mercy Rated: PG-13 Run-time: 136 minutes every legal drama cliché imaginable. We’ve seen all of this before, including the rousing, righteous courtroom speech Jordan delivers with slightly quivering lips, begging us to answer the better angels of our nature. Though it’s all too familiar and a tad too corny, there is a deep-seated and disturbing message to Just Mercy: that the facts and the inherent goodness of the truth aren’t always enough to overcome corruption, racism, and the desires for simple answers to complex questions. To get the justice we deserve, we must be prepared to fight.
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Danielle Adams recording her podcast.
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What does it take for the little guys to get into the marijuana business? By Larry Gabriel All kinds of people are trying to get into the cannabis business in all kinds of ways. Most of what we see in the media and in the storefronts represents millions of dollars invested. Some of those businesses squeezed in with just a couple million in the pot, and some of them have garnered big investors with big plans. For instance, a recent article in Crain’s Detroit Business (“Cannabis Retail in Michigan: The state of the state”) profiled some of the most financially potent marijuana operators in the state. People from Gage Cannabis Co., C3 Industries, and Green Peak Innovations represent southeast Michigan Operations that each have tens of millions of dollars invested. They all operate or have plans to operate provisioning centers, retail stores, and big grow operations. Those are the big guys motoring down the marijuana highway and sucking up the attention. Their plans are beginning to unfold as the recreational marijuana system takes hold in Michigan, and it looks like they’re set to make a lot of money. Will it be the
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money of their dreams? Maybe not, but they’re going to make some serious money. Of course, the people who are waving around millions of dollars already have money. The people without a lot of money dream about making it in the marijuana business, too. They’re working to find that chink in the armor, that niche where they can squeeze in on modest funds. That’s where you’ll find Southfield’s anielle Adams. Adams’ path to the marijuana world was a long one. She first tried it in high school. She says it was something her mother used that she wanted to check out when the opportunity popped up, but it didn’t captivate her. It wasn’t until her late 20s that she really began using marijuana for relaxation after a long day at work. Along the way, she got married, had three daughters, went to college, and moved from the assembly line to a corporate recruiting position at Chrysler. “In my career path, I always wanted to own my own business,” Adams says. “I got married young, I wanted to follow the path that I thought would lead
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CULTURE to the American dream. ... I realized I did all this — that I’m sort of living the dream, and I’m still not happy.” Adams took a buyout being o ered at the time and threw herself a big party, which literally led to her starting a business as an event organizer. She’s been organizing weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, fashion shows, arts shows, fundraisers, and more through her Chic Events business around Detroit for a decade. Adams also does other work in the mix — part time in food service (it connects with events), and she does a podcast called “Go Girls Detroit”’ that streams on Radio One on Apple iTunes. She’s looking to inspire young women like her daughters, the eldest of whom is 24. Now Adams is looking at the cannabis business. She’s been eyeing it for a while, trying her hand as a caregiver, although that didn’t work out. She participated in the study groups on recreational marijuana run by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency last year, and she’s scheduled to participate in a group on social equity in February.
After looking at the industry and the high capitalization costs of most licenses, Adams has come to the realization that the best thing to do is incorporate it into what she’s already doing. Marijuana event organizer makes sense, and with a license fee of $1,000, it’s the cheapest license on the list. “I can do what I know how to do and still be a part of the industry,” she says. f course, she’s not going to get o for just $1,000. There’s a nonrefundable $6,000 application fee. And another $500 per-day for events, and another $500 for each vendor selling marijuana at the event. And that’s just at the state level. It’s not clear what the rules in Detroit will be, but let’s assume there will be some type of local permit fee. The next cheapest license is the $4,000 for a Class A grower license (500 plants). A microbusiness license costs $8,000 in addition to the application fee. All of that might seem like small change next to the big operations, but getting that kind of money together can still be daunting. Of course that doesn’t include a lawyer’s fee. There’s an emerging adage
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that says don’t go into the marijuana business without two lawyers. That packs more costs into the proposition. Adams says she was told it would cost $500 for a one-hour introductory meeting and a $5,000 retainer fee to move beyond that. Marijuana event organizers may or may not need the legal punch, but it certainly seems prudent to check out that avenue. These are the opportunities for the smaller operators to get into the marijuana business. Even at these relatively low levels, it’s not a slam dunk. Adams hopes to get her application in sometime in February. It took a couple of years to figure this out,” she says. “I’m hoping that by April I’ll have my license. I’m hoping to host 4/20 events.” Most people know where the retail stores are because that’s what’s making the noise these days. But if you’re looking for the party, you need to find someone like Danielle Adams. Stereotypes live The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released a 30-second anti-marijuana ad straight
out of the past. The taxpayer-funded piece depicts a stoned guy sitting on the couch at his mom’s house with a half-eaten pizza on the table in front of him. A 10-year-older version of himself appears next to him on the couch in a pu of smoke. The older version is dressed the same, except he’s put on about 50 pounds. “Keep smoking weed. I’m you in 10 years, no career, no friends, no money,” says the overweight double. “What happened to us? Marijuana messed with our brain. We can’t focus.” Marijuana may be legal in Michigan, but apparently the folks in government can’t get past the stereotypes and attitudes of the past. Apparently there’s still a lot of work to be done. There might be some folks out there stoned on the couch, but there are a lot of marijuana users out there beating the bushes and trying to get their business started. One obstacle the business people have to fight is the perception that marijuana users all have couch-lock. “No career, no friends, no money,” Oh my!
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I’m a 26-year-old bisexual woman with a history of self-harm. It hasn’t been much of an issue for the last few years, but my sex life has improved a lot in that time. I realized that I am quite submissive and masochistic, and I have found a wonderful Dominant partner who I’ve gotten to explore that kink with in a positive and healthy way. Last night, I watched the movie Secretary, and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character is someone who self-harms but stops when she begins a Dom/sub relationi i er o . io ly i lm i a ed and no e a ly a rea ideline for healthy BDSM relationships. (The power dynamic! The lack of consent!
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That weird come scene!) However, I did nd my el rela in o er ara er and am now questioning my motives for pursuing this kind of sexual relationship. I worry that I may be unintentionally using the pain that I lovingly experience from my partner as a replacement for the pain I used to experience from my bad habits. Or am I using BDSM as a form of harm reduction? Is it rational to even compare these two things? —Seeking Careful Advice Regarding Recent Emotional Discovery
A : “I completely get where SCARRED
is coming from,” says Lina Dune, the creator of Ask a Sub (askasub.com). “You’re discovering your kinks, and then the culture comes in with a notentirely-accurate film or hot take, and it can taint your self-discovery.” Dune is known as a “fairy submother” to her thousands of followers on Instagram, where she regularly posts about the D/s lifestyle and frequently highlights red ags that newbies to the kink scene may miss. (A Dom who insists he “doesn’t negotiate” with subs? Run away.) While still relatively young herself, Dune has been active in the kink scene for many years and identifies as a 24 lifestyle sub. There’s a di erence between selfharm and what SCARRED is doing with her Dom in a consensual, rational, measured environment with safe words in place,” says Dune. “And it’s telling that she didn’t write in to say, ‘Oh my god, I’m using D/s to self-harm!’ Rather, she’s worried she might be unintentionally or unknowingly engaging in some form of self-harm.” While the ional character played by Maggie Gyllenhaal stops engaging in acts of self-harm after entering into a D/s relationship with the ional character played by James Spader, SCARRED, you don’t want to overinterpret that ional narrative. Meaning, while the film suggested there was causal relationship between Gyllenhaal’s character entering into a D/s relationship and no longer engaging in acts of self-harm, that doesn’t mean the same is true for you. “The culture infantilizes us all when it comes to owning our sexual desires — and that’s especially the case for women,” says Dune. “The message is: ‘You don’t know what you’re getting into’ or ou don’t reali e the e ect this is having.’ But if there’s one thing SCARRED is an expert on, it’s herself. It’s not like she’s in a trance when she’s with her Dom — no matter what the movies want us to believe about D/s
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relationships — which means she’s consciously choosing this for herself, and it feels healthy and good. Our bodies don’t usually lie, and I’d be willing to bet that self-harm did not feel that way.” But even if it turns out you’re right — even if, worst-case scenario, joyful consensual kink in the context of an intimate connection with another person is somehow a replacement for solo acts of self-harm that isolated you — it could still be a good thing. Dune suggests that you explore your feelings with a kink-positive therapist, and I want to second that. “From my perspective, it looks like SCARRED may have been manufacturing her own version of exposure therapy, which some somatic-based psychologists have suggested is exactly what negotiated, consent-based kink play can provide,” says Dune. “For example, a person with a fear of being powerless may find it helpful to experiment with powerlessness in small, controlled doses in the context of a structured, negotiated BDSM situation. Looking a fear in the eye and then being able to back away from it at will and end with a cuddle and a check-in with your play partner can make you feel more powerful, not less. So if SCARRED can consciously work through this with a therapist and her Dom, this BDSM relationship has the potential to be very healing, just as long as she maintains her autonomy within it.” Follow Lina Dune on Twitter and Instagram @AskASub.
I’m a 26-year-old straight man, and I haven’t gotten laid in a while. I never actually got much to begin with. I lost my virginity late (age 23, also my r i and ad o led i ea bit of frustration until then (still got a lo o a le o er . al o ffer rom crippling social anxiety — so crippling, in fact, that I can’t even get to know people online, which rules out online dating. I have recently come to the realization that the only way for me to ever get better is to stop wanting to get laid so much. Which. Is. Hard. T e r e i learnin o e i things as they are, which I am making progress with. But sex is everywhere: TV, movies, magazines. On the few occasions I do get to spend time with people, sex comes up a lot. People seriously complain to me about not having “gotten any” for two months, and that’s not enough for them. I’ve heard people describe themselves as “late bloomers” e a e ey ad eir r ime a or . eel li e a rea . a e a male
roommate who frequently has women over. I hear them going at it through the wall and get panic attacks because of i . need ome ad i e on o o e with not getting any, not really having gotten much to begin with, and just generally being nervous and inexperienced and self-conscious and lonely. I know that’s a lot, but perhaps you have some valuable thoughts for me. —After-School Special
A : Since there’s no way to strip the
sex scenes and sexual references from every TV show you watch, magazine you read, or conversation you have, ASS, working on yourself is going to be a far better use of your time than demanding a remade/desexed world. And by “working on yourself,” of course I mean “getting your ass into therapy.” Whether or not you ever get laid again, getting professional help to address your frustrations and social anxiety is going to improve your life. (It will up the chances that you’ll get laid again, ASS, but no promises.) And take heart: For every letter like yours I get from a straight guy, ASS, I get an identical letter from a straight woman. Which means there are a lot of women out there who are just as inexperienced, self-conscious, and lonely. Once you’re in good working order — not perfect, just functional — you might be able to connect with one of those women or some other woman. (But no one wants to connect with a guy who gives o a ragey vibe, so please stay away from incel forums.) And your inexperience makes you less freakish these days than you seem to reali e. hile 4 percent of highschool students had had sex by age 18 in 1991, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, today only 41 percent of high-school students have had sex by age 18. Which means there are a lot of “late bloomers” out there, ASS. And while you’ve doubtless heard that confidence is attractive, you most likely haven’t been told that a person doesn’t have to be experienced to be confident. A guy ust has to be comfortable enough in his own skin to be open about who he is, where he’s at, and what he’s looking for. But first things first Get yourself a good therapist… and maybe a pair of noise-canceling headphones. On the Lovecast, John Moe of The Hilarious World of Depression: savagelovecast.com. Questions? mail@ savagelove.net. Follow Dan on Twitter @fakedansavage.
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ARIES: March 21 – April 20 Clinging to a wing and a prayer, you hope for the best while deep down inside you wish you could do something to erase all these doubts. So much has fallen through the cracks. With nothing to go back to, life at square one is forcing you to re-evaluate all of your choices. This type of crisis happens in regularly timed cycles and has a lot to do with needing to remember who we are. This is a Karmic milestone. Sit tight on the bottom line and be as patient as you can with the idea that what lies up on the road ahead depends entirely on your ability to come to terms with yourself.
LEO: July 21 – August 20 You’re at a bend in the road. What matters right now is where your priorities lie. It would also help to understand that the old stories no longer apply; you’d do well to kiss them goodbye. Part of you thinks you need to adhere to whatever the status quo dictates. We’ve all been tricked into believing that there’s only one right way to do things. This is not the case. That principle puts our fears in a headlock and leads us to make all kinds of mistakes. Like I said, the old rules won’t work for you right now. Lead with your heart, and everything else will fall into place.
TAURUS: April 21 – May 20 You’ve got your hands full. It looks like you’ve been holding everything together since Day One. Over time, the sense that it’s your job to handle all of this has eclipsed any thought of what you might need to be doing for yourself. In some cases, many of you have no idea what that might be. It looks to me like the time has come for this state of a airs to change. hatever you’ve learned from being the rock of Gibraltar has taught you a few things. It’s your turn to slowly but surely come out from behind the door and make room for your purpose to ower.
VIRGO: August 21 – Sept. 20 With a pile of issues running at cross-purposes, there are a million reasons to keep sticking to the plan. The deeper part of you is wondering if there’s more to life than this. Lots of things are working like a charm. There’s nothing to complain about, but something inside keeps waiting for the answer to the question “Where to go from here?” Some days you’re OK with having all of this stay right where it is; on other days, you wish you could be anywhere but here. Being a Virgo, I’m in the same boat, waiting for something to pour new life into what I thought would last forever.
GEMINI: May 21 – June 20 You’ve just made it through a huge test. Sometimes life calls us to put everything we’ve got on the line. In those moments the only thing we can rely on is what’s true for us. It takes a lot to go up against all odds. In the act of doing so, you‘ve learned a lot about your own strength and about how important it is to trust your inner voice. As the next few months give way to what’s next, your willingness to push the envelope will serve you well. Don’t succumb to expectation, or to the idea that what other people think has anything to do with you, or to what you happen to be doing.
LIBRA: Sept. 21 – Oct. 20 The geographical cure has been working out well for many of you. If absence makes the heart grow fonder, or “beating feet” opens the space for everyone to come to terms with themselves, you’ve got that covered. In the next few weeks, new people, places, and things will open your eyes to new horizons and give you plenty of reasons to expand your perceptions of what is possible. There’s so much more to life than what you’ve allowed yourself to experience up until now. The changes that are in the wind are huge; those closest to you will need to be ready for anything.
CANCER: June 21 – July 20 There’s this restless vibe going on that keeps you going back and forth from one thing to another. As much as you’d like to stay focused, this up and down energy is just your internal compass getting you to move in a totally new direction. The usual routine has its good points, but there’s a higher calling on the loudspeaker, beckoning you to turn on deeper reasons for living. You can go searching for what’s missing pretty much anywhere; Mother Nature’s arms are wide open. Even if it’s just a walk in the woods, the great outdoors is always the perfect remedy for a restless soul.
SCORPIO: Oct. 21 – Nov. 20 You’re beginning to get a grip on issues that have weighed too heavy on your heart. If getting over this hump has been hard, at this point, the crux of the lesson is starting to make sense. The idea that you’re unworthy, along with thoughts that have reinforced older patterns of sadness and grief, is giving way to a level of wisdom that makes it easier to see why all of this had to happen. As the light at the end of the tunnel starts to shine, you can now laugh at yourself for selling out to the thought that you missed the boat, or that anything has the power to keep you down.
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By Cal Garrison SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 21 – Dec. 20 You guys are blessed with the ability to always see what’s good about everything. Sometimes you wind up turning sow’s ears into silk purses, but more often than not your cockeyed optimism brings out the best in people and situations. For the last few years, you’ve put up with more than your share of B.S. from people who have totally lost their way. At the moment, whatever is going on with that has turned an amazing corner. And what I see is that your ability to love people through their blind spots has turned a really messed-up situation into something wonderful. CAPRICORN: Dec. 21 – Jan. 20 You’ve been getting whacked by more than one thing. I hate to keep harping on this, but a couple of slow-moving planets have been scraping over your life at a glacial speed. What has been ground into your bones has a lot to do with whatever you’ve had to completely avoid or ignore until now. When push comes to shove, there’s no room to do anything but face facts. What you thought was true — and what really happened — are two di erent things. As much as it might pain you to look at what it’s cost you to sugarcoat the truth, it’s time to dredge it up and heal this mess. AQUARIUS: Jan. 21 – Feb. 20 Life is as good as it gets. You feel pretty good about yourself and so does everyone else. At the top of your game, with nothing to complain or worry about, it’ll be smooth sailing for a while. When everything is copasetic, something inevitably shows up to stir the pot. As you settle into the idea that life is just peachy, remember that as soon as everything reaches perfection it starts to rot. Not only would it be good to have a Plan B in order, you’d be wise to keep an eye on your health, and on anything or anyone who has issues or an agenda that doesn’t have your best interests in mind. PISCES: Feb. 21 – March 20 Big changes are always full of intensity; there’s no getting around it. You can run away and take the edge o in a million di erent ways, but at rock bottom, by definition, life gets hard. any of you are in the thick of it, looking for a way to bypass the truth. Those who care for you keep feeding the idea that a dream vacation and/or a bit of distraction will help you resolve the intensities of the moment. Even though they mean well, the best you can do is face the music and come to terms with the fact that it’s time to wake up and realize that nothing will ever be the same.
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