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Go west, young gal: Our culture editor kisses Detroit goodbye, sort of

By Sarah Klein

Published: 12/6/2006

Types: Culture

Dear Detroit,We need to talk. We've had some pretty good times together throughout the years. But lately things have been different — the passion, magic and excitement that I felt when I first fell in love with you have been slowly dying for a long time. Neither of us are the same as wh...[MORE]

Bloody playthings: Artful? Damaged? Adorable? Evil? Whatever. These urban vinyl toys are crawling into Detroit

By Sarah Klein

Published: 11/15/2006

Types: Culture, Shopping

Gloomy Bear is soooo cute. Not just cute, but fuckin' cute, Pokémon cute, the kind of wide-eyed, cheek-pinchy cute that makes your teeth ache from the sheer sweetness. That is, until you notice the blood dripping from his claws. A sort of homicidal, bloodthirsty version of Hello Kitty, Gloo...[MORE]

Meet your friendly neighborhood Satanists

By Sarah Klein

Published: 10/25/2006

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Name: Daniel DeVill Age: 27 Occupation: Lead singer of rock/metal band The Living Dead Location: Toledo, Ohio My first time with Satan: How did Daniel become involved in Satanism? "It wasn’t rock music, it was growing up in a Christian community." ( Daniel first read The Satanic ...[MORE]

The kindler, gentler Satanist: The devil sells out, moves to suburbia and dons a fluffy bunny suit

By Sarah Klein

Published: 10/25/2006

Types: Cover Story

It’s been a long day for Mike Grace. After a hectic training session at Shore Mortgage in Birmingham, where he’s learning to be a loan officer, he stops by the KFC next door for a bite to eat with his wife. He's dressed in an olive, freshly pressed button-down shirt and subtly patterned tie, and his...[MORE]

A little India: Cultural festival renews itself in Hart Plaza, celebrating a growing community

By Sarah Klein

Published: 8/23/2006

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Indians in metro Detroit had a tradition in the '70s. For three days in the summer, a vibrant little India sprang up in the gray concrete expanse of Hart Plaza. The Festival of India was a spectacular event, filled with the rich aroma of Indian cuisine, the eye-popping beauty of sweeping saris a...[MORE]

In too deep: Is Generation Debt the next big political movement? Or are they too broke and tired to fight?

By Sarah Klein

Published: 8/9/2006

Types: Cover Story

Marisol Ybarra resisted the temptation as long as she could. She resisted the vibrant, bold fliers promising fun and freedom, featuring beaming students blessedly released from the weight of financial burdens. She resisted the smiling coeds about the campus and their soundly convincing pitch: J...[MORE]

Hot and bothered: Gearing up for the Midwest’s oldest black gay pride event

By Sarah Klein

Published: 7/26/2006

Types: Culture, Love & sex

Even as he enjoys a brief reprieve from the July heat wave, things are nonetheless heating up for Johnny Jenkins as he reaches the final stages of planning and producing Hotter than July, one of the oldest and biggest black gay pride events in the country. Jenkins' Mies van der Rohe townhouse i...[MORE]

Have you got the balls?: The latest thrill ride comes to Brighton

By Sarah Klein

Published: 7/19/2006

Types: Culture, Sports

In college I had a hamster named Hecubus who loved to roll around in his plastic ball. One day when I wasn't paying attention, he accidentally rolled down the stairs. Now, thanks to local entrepreneur Robert Pelon, I know exactly how poor Hecubus felt that fateful day. You, too, can feel like ...[MORE]

Legends reborn: Two old-school Detroit dames worshipped for a weekend in Vegas

By Sarah Klein

Published: 6/7/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

The setting is the tarnished glitter of Fremont Street in old Las Vegas. Dozens of young women mill in front of the Celebrity Theatre, their pin-curled hair bedecked in feathers, their sequined gowns winking under the neon lights that dance along the street. Among the tattooed neo-pinups and w...[MORE]

The double closet: Shunned by Arabs for being gay, and by gays for being Arab, an emerging community struggles

By Sarah Klein

Published: 5/3/2006

Types: Cover Story

The italicized names in this story are pseudonyms or nicknames, to protect those who requested anonymity.   The suffocatingly sweet scent of peach-flavored tobacco wafts through the Male Box, swirling around the disco lights that ricochet off mirrored walls. The smoldering aroma is risi...[MORE]

He’s a tramp

By Sarah Klein

Published: 4/12/2006

Types: Music, Jazz

Dear Michael Bublé,I love you. No, seriously, I like, really, really love you.Your cornflower-blue eyes. Your soft schoolboy pout. Your voice like warm, sweet honey that makes my knees buckle. Seriously, I fucking love you. And I don't even care that you're Canadian. And when we get ma...[MORE]

‘Jesus is my homie’: Teen spirit or slick PR event? A look at Battle Cry in Detroit.

By Sarah Klein

Published: 4/12/2006

Types: Culture, Spirituality

On a particularly blustery and gray Motor City day, several dozen Christian teenagers are freezing their blessed butts off in front of City Hall. They're here for Battle Cry (battlecry.com), a teen Christian "reverse rebellion" against the sinful, corruptive, unstoppable monster of pop culture...[MORE]

Flame on!: How a festival in the desert sparked Fire Fabulon

By Sarah Klein, Monica Price

Published: 3/15/2006

Types: Arts, Performing arts

Normally the Ukiyo Dojo, a modest space in an industrial stretch of Warren, is filled with kids and young adults tossing out flying kicks and precise punches. Friday nights, however, are a bit different. Starting around 8:30, a stream of bizarre characters begins trickling in, hauling light-up...[MORE]

Inking in

By Sarah Klein

Published: 3/1/2006

Types: Arts, Crafts

One of the most hackneyed and overused sayings of the '90s: "Tattoos aren't just for sailors and bikers anymore." Um, duh. Still, the mainstreaming of permanent body art has continued — culminating in the inevitable: tattoo reality TV. Between the two current series, A&E's Inked and t...[MORE]

Red lipstick and rink rash: Detroit Roller Derby girls will kick your ass and look good doing it

By Sarah Klein

Published: 2/15/2006

Types: Culture, Sports

Lisa Rosett leans over, revealing the large tattoos on her ample cleavage, and coquettishly extends her fishnet-clad leg, demurely pointing to the sundry purple bruises blooming over her shins and knees. Sassy short skirts and skinned knees, black eyes and glitter-flecked false eyelashes: It'...[MORE]

Of Super Bowl zombies and my big fat ass: Pop Tart gets booted from Maxim-fest for being a heifer

By Sarah Klein

Published: 2/8/2006

Types: Culture, Media

Nothing says "Are you ready for some football?" like a gaping head wound. Or legions of the undead, lurching through the Winter Blast in search of braaaaaaaiiiiiins. Maybe zombies and the Super Bowl don't go together like peanut butter and jelly, or Rush Limbaugh and painkillers, but the offici...[MORE]

Still shakin’: Taking a peek at one of the world’s largest collections of antique vibrators

By Sarah Klein

Published: 2/8/2006

Types: Culture, Love & sex

Mike Campbell only has a few small blue plates in his china cabinet. There's not much room, given that his expansive collection of antique vibrators takes up most of the space. Gleaming brass devices that look more like vintage power tools or implements of torture are piled up on the shelves; ...[MORE]

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