Each week, Metro Times editorial team goes beyond other media to provide our readers with the straight story on news, arts, music and culture along with the most comprehensive restaurant, event and club listings in metro Detroit. We've earned a reputation for comprehensive and insightful news, arts and entertainment coverage and we have a tradition of editorial excellence.
Know of a news story we should tell?
Have a story idea or tip related to arts, music or culture? Contact one of our editors:
Bryan Gottlieb, Editor
Michael Jackman, Managing Editor
Here's how it is - to publish an event, we need essential info i.e. date, place, phone number for readers to call and an event description. Incomplete submissions will not be printed. Those received past the deadline (2 weeks prior to publication) cannot be printed but may appear online.
Mail submissions to:
733 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226
You can also fax your submissions to 313-961-6598 or e-mail Listings
Another way to get your events listed is by using our online self-publishing form.
Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee all submissions will appear in print.
Got something to tell us? You may submit a letter to the Editor by e-mailing the Editorial Department.
You may also fax a letter to 313-961-6598 or send them to the following address:
733 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226
Your letter must be signed and must include your city of residence (which will be printed) and a phone number for verification (which we won't print). Letters without these items cannot be published. If you e-mail us, we'd like permission to print your e-mail address, but that isn't mandatory. All letters may be edited for length and clarity.
Bryan Gottlieb, Editor
Bryan Gottlieb joined the MT staff in March 2013 and expects to become liked by his colleagues sometime before the next Mayan calendar expires. Of course, being married to a litigator and the father of three kids, ages 8 and under, the squabbles in the newsroom, he says, are a welcome respite compared to those at his house. A native of the Detroit area, Gottlieb left the confines of the Midwest and headed east for college, finding himself ear-deep in snow for many a famous Boston Nor’easter. Then, like all good writers, a requisite move to New York to seek fame and fortune materialized into steerage-style living in Midtown at a first class price while reporting for a trade magazine. A stint out west, decompressing in Los Angeles and then San Diego allowed him to again remember all that was great about his hometown ? Detroit. A few career zigzags and now he is here, where we are stuck with him!
Michael Jackman, Managing Editor
Michael Jackman is a fire sign, just like Omar Sharif, who played Dr. Zhivago (except that Sharif is an Aries and Jackman is a Sagittarius). This is important because some people think he looks like Dr. Zhivago. Others say he looks like "that guy from Queer as Folk." Born in 1969 at Mt. Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. His construction worker dad and homemaker mom did their best to raise this middle child and his older brother and younger sister. After a brief misadventure in the Army that ended with Jackman being fired for refusing to get out of his pajamas, he escaped to New York City for twelve years, where he developed an aversion to people who stand in front of elevator doors and a deepening hatred for those who block crosswalks with their cars. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back busboy, pool hall manager, office manager, foot messenger, truck driver, combustible electrician, perfume salesman, record store clerk, bouncer, bodyguard, landscaper and sandwich artist. According to a highly scientific test from the Internet, Jackman values love more than money. Or he really prefers sheep to pigs. He can wiggle his ears and prides himself on being an autodidact. Jackman has no felony convictions.
Curt Guyette, News Editor
Curt Guyette grew up in the wilds of central Pennsylvania, the son of a police detective and the grandson of newspaper typesetter. "I guess, in some weird way, by becoming an investigative reporter, I've melded their two professions," he says. Guyette first attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in keg tapping with a minor in libertine studies. He stayed there off an on for four years, quitting occasionally to embark on cross-country hitchhiking excursions, supporting himself with a variety of jobs. After a few brushes with death while working as a deckhand on a boat pushing barges up and down the Mississippi River, he decided a college education might not be such a bad idea after all and transferred to the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt he majored in English writing, working during the day and attending class at night. After graduation he stuck his thumb out again, landing for a time on a kibbutz in Israel, where he picked bananas. After that, he found his way to Mexico, hooking up with a traveling circus that hired him on as a roustabout. By the early '80s he'd migrated to Northern California, finding employment in a slaughterhouse. At the age of 27, the woman who would become his wife seduced him into giving up his vagabond ways and goaded him into getting a newspaper job. He worked two years covering sports for a small-town daily, then moved on to feature writing and, eventually, hard news. In 1990 he found a home at an alternative newspaper in Sacramento, Ca. Five years later he came to Metro Times as an investigative reporter. He's still married (although his wife, Beth, frequently thinks she must have done something very bad in a previous life to have deserved such a fate) with two delightful teenage children, who consider him an unrepentant oddball with embarrassingly bad fashion sense. As far as he's concerned, they're right on both counts.
Brett Callwood, Staff Writer, Administrative Assistant
Brett Callwood spent the first few years of his life in Cheshire (between Manchester and Liverpool) before moving to, and being raised in, Birmingham, the center of England and the home of heavy metal. He started writing for heavy metal bible Kerrang! magazine in 1999, moving to London about a year later. Callwood wrote for Kerrang! for about four years, then for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines for about the same amount of time. Callwood has contributed to a number of notable rock and heavy metal magazines, among them Record Collector, Terrorizer, Alternative Press and Metal Edge. His work has also appeared in publications catering to alternative lifestyles and subcultures, such as Bizarre, tattoo magazine Skin Deep and horror magazine Fangoria. In 2004, Callwood was sent to Detroit by Classic Rock mag to interview Detroit band Gold Cash Gold, and he never wanted to leave. At the beginning of 2008, he finally moved to the area and is now settled with his beautiful wife and child. He has penned two books, biographies of the MC5 and the Stooges, and he has a third on the way. He has written about business and finance for various publications, and is an award-winning ad copywriter. Callwood pens the City Slang column and blog for Metro Times as well as the occasional cover story and other bits and bobs, and he also works as the business admin assistant. He’s bloody everywhere. One minute he’s balancing the books, the next he’s talking to strip club DJs. He loves everything about Detroit, including the winters and the Lions, proving that he shouldn’t be left alone with sharp objects.
Dennis Shea, Proofreader
Dennis Shea has been proofreading at Metro Times nearly 20 years, 18 of them paid. He wrote short reviews and event articles in the 1990s. Now his writing concentrates on personal poetry and his ever-astounding Wayne State University-area apartment building. Dennis was born in Berkley, Mich., in 1951. He attended Berkley High School, got an English B.A. from WSU, and after about a dozen years of lost weekends, landed in middle age at MT in 1988. He has read voraciously since age 3 or 4; being legally blind in his right eye (lazy eye) distinguishes him from other proofreaders. Dennis plays guitar and sings, golfs and bicycles, all at about intermediate proficiency. His poetry has appeared in the anthology Abandon Automobile and in several small magazines. Of the headlines he's written for MT, his favorite appeared on a Savage Love column discussing condom use: "Don't rubber the wrong way."
Metro Times is consistently recognized for the quality of our newspaper. Following is a list of some of the awards we've been given. The Society of Professional Journalists, Michigan Press Association, and Association of Alternative Newsweeklies have all recognized Metro Times with awards for editorial excellence.