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Behind the blinders: Finding the 10 most underreported stories of the last year

By Rebecca Bowe

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Cover Story

The world was a different place in 1976 when Carl Jensen, a professor of communications at Sonoma State University, founded Project Censored to highlight important national news stories that were underreported or outright ignored by the mainstream press. Back then, there were few good alternatives ...[MORE]

Fall Fashion: How to wear white after Labor Day, cool out in camo, and go Egyptian chic

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Cover Story

The fall fashion forecast sees jeans as tight as ever, but heels are taller, necklines higher, and hairstyles continue to get cut with especially more interesting angles that actually work.  Thanks, Europe. Patterns are more prevalent, color schemes more subdued, and accessorizing successfully these...[MORE]

Cycles of change: An inner-city bike squad wheels toward community in a falling neighborhood

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Cover Story

One has a Heineken mini-keg behind the seat. This one has a TV on it. That one has a PlayStation affixed to the back end. Pastel colors glow, polished chrome sparkles. They're among the dozens of custom bicycles lined along the curb in front of this one house that has no neighbors on either side of...[MORE]

Transplant energy: Artists putting down roots in Detroit look to the seasons ahead

By Metro Times staff

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Cover Story

They've come here from New York or the Baltimore suburbs or New Orleans. Maybe they started here and have circled back slowly by way of Australia and other far-flung points. Or maybe they're biding time in Paris, anxious to join what they see as a new emerging Detroit. They're bringing energy, vital...[MORE]

Uncle Jerrold and the schwa: A curious character's campaign for a curious character

By Matthew Wolfe

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: Cover Story

"If you say to any thinking person, 'Let us form a society for the invention of new and subtler words', he will first of all object that it is the idea of a crank, and then probably say that our present words, properly handled, will meet all difficulties. ... [T]his argument, like most of the a...[MORE]

End of summer festival freak-out: Jazz Fest in Detroit, Arts Beats & Eats in Royal Oak, and the Labor Day Festival in Hamtramck

By Metro Times staff

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Cover Story

Jazz Fest staying power by Charles L. Latimer How Barry Harris and Roy Haynes found their niches More festive listening by W. Kim Heron With chops, Grammy awards even, if not the biggest names Tributaries by W. Kim Heron Jazz Fest looks back to greats, known and less-so Candlebox vs. Saving Ab...[MORE]

College Guide 2010: Our guide to navigating higher ed

By Metro Times staff

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Cover Story

How green is my campus? by Metro Times staff Student dispatches from five area universities that gauge the new 'greening' Add it up by Sallyann Price Biker speed has come a long way ... A season in Detroit by Simone Landon And no, it's not about people coming to 'save' the city ...[MORE]

What's the frequency?: Twenty years of on-air action with Jon Moshier

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Cover Story

When he was a kid of around 6 or 8 years old, as it's recalled, Jon Moshier roved around in ways children that age tend to: curiously and without preset destination. Often armed with a portable tape recorder, his preferred pastime was documenting the sounds of the late '70s world around him. You'd f...[MORE]

Kings of the wild frontier: Frontier Ruckus is literally the bash-and-clang sound of the suburbs

By Pietro C. Truba

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Cover Story

As the sun sets over the Summit Place Mall, the noticeably tired Matthew Milia turns his car sharply, perking up as he drives toward the abandoned movie theater, the same one that graces the cover of Frontier Ruckus' latest album, Deadmalls & Nightfalls. If the fading Summit Place Mall would eve...[MORE]

Hometown strangers: How the Italians revived my career

By Michael Zadoorian

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: Cover Story

Every Memorial Day, European tourists swarm Detroit for the annual Movement electronic music festival to lay laurels at the birthplace of techno and give thanks to its progenitors: Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. Though these men walk the streets mostly unrecognized here, mere mortals...[MORE]

Midnight to midnight: A star sideman guitarist who influenced Hendrix and inspired Sam Cooke finally finds his voice

By Kent Alexander

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Cover Story

It's nearly 9 p.m. on a damp day's night. The Eastpointe record store Melodies and Memories is all but empty, save for manager Gary, and he's 15 mouthfuls deep into his ninth story of the evening, when this tall black dude steps in through the store's double door. The manager's face fixes on him.  ...[MORE]

1,500 issues and counting: Excerpts from 30 years of Metro Times

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: Cover Story

It seemed as if it would be easy, fun even: Flip through 30 years of Metro Times issues and come up with 30 stories to excerpt that tell the paper's story. Not necessarily the 30 biggest prize winners. Not necessarily the 30 that had the most impact. Not necessarily the best written. Just 30 that gi...[MORE]

Holding court: A pick-up poem and photo essay on B-ball

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: Cover Story

Holding Court  pivot sweat  pick set  on blacktop plateau no script give  and go run 'em back a mid-summer's pickup  play stretched out  laced up one-on-one  win by two run 'em back bound to the key turn to the wing swing bottom block drop step  head fake who's g...[MORE]

Hemingway's 'Last Good Country': Northern Michigan as he knew it

By John Cohassey

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: Cover Story

It's great northern air. Absolutely the best trout fishing in the country. No exaggeration. Fine country. Good color, good northern atmosphere, absolute freedom, no summer resort stuff and lots of paintable stuff.  —Ernest Hemingway to his friend Jim Gamble, 1919 For Ernest Hemingway, nort...[MORE]

Meet the fellows: 18 Detroit composers, authors and performers reap rewards in Kresge program

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 6/30/2010

Types: Cover Story

Under merciless fluorescents inside Detroit's College for Creative Studies' Center Gallery sits Detroit punk Timmy Vulgar, his Viking-red muttonchops connecting jawbones to a blond receder that's sort of slicked back for the occasion. The untamed frontman is wearing blue jeans and a once-white T-shi...[MORE]

Radical listening: Why a Social Forum? Why Detroit?

By W. Kim Heron, Curt Guyette

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: Cover Story

With Thousands of marchers headed down Woodward Avenue toward downtown as we went to press, the second United States Social Forum got under way Tuesday at noon. It's the culmination of more than a year of organizing by a number of groups in Detroit — and the next step for the international net...[MORE]

Summer Guide 2010: Who says there's nothing to do or see here?

By Metro Times staff

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Cover Story

Summer is here and so are we. We'll get out of town for a while, if we're lucky. But the bottom line is that most of us will be mostly here. And what better time than these long days to reflect on what here means, what here offers? What's here that we might see anew?  With that in mind, we put out ...[MORE]

Three chords & the truth : Without a nickel in his pocket, John Brannon influenced a whole generation of punk and rock 'n' roll — and nearly died in the process

By Brett Callwood

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: Cover Story

It's Dec. 10, 2006, in the secluded English coastal resort town of Minehead. Normally, the Butlins vacation complex would be closed down for winter; but on this particular weekend, fans of punk and alternative rock have invaded Minehead, because this week the town plays host to the All Tomorrow's Pa...[MORE]

Pedaling influence: Planning, advocacy and fewer cars could make city a cycling mecca

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: Cover Story

All it took for Jacinda Gant to join the ranks of cyclists was a test ride.  A regular walker, she was on Detroit's RiverWalk in early May and spotted the Wheelhouse at Rivard Park, just east of the Renaissance Center, where bikes are sold, rented and fixed.  Gant, who works in the Salvation Army'...[MORE]

Electronic muse No. 2010: Welcome back our friends to the party that never ends

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Cover Story

At least for five days and nights, the party doesn't end. Movement 2010 and all its associated events unofficially kick off a summer season of frolic in the sun after months of mid-north gloom; officially, it's a celebration of the music that snares the world with repetitive rhythms made expressly f...[MORE]

Banksy bombs Detroit: Sorting through rubble to uncover trouble

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Cover Story

Last week, underground superstar street artist Banksy paid a visit to Detroit. He was on what could be considered one of the most proactively viral and resourceful publicity tours in history. Hitting Los Angeles, Park City (for Sundance), Chicago and Toronto, the famed spray-can kid left a series of...[MORE]

The Fash Bash!: Designers, stylists and models duke it out for fashion supremacy

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: Cover Story

Contemporary fashion designers battle brutally cool vintage boutiques in the ring of form, style and scrapping women. When leather, cotton, thread, yarn and spandex are weapons of choice for these wild spring getups, there's no telling who’ll win the slapdown. Get the flash player here: http://www....[MORE]

Up in the air: Debates over the future of wind power in Michigan rev up

By Curt Guyette

Published: 5/5/2010

Types: Cover Story

Two recent events in the Detroit area represent what might be described as the yin and the yang of an issue expected to play a significant role in Michigan's environmental and economic future: wind power. First there was the Michigan Wind Energy Conference, held in late April at Cobo Center. Among ...[MORE]

Oh, carp!: Where'd they come from? Can they be stopped? And if we can't beat 'em, can we eat 'em?

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 4/28/2010

Types: Cover Story

In the worst-case scenario, all that's preventing Lake St. Clair from becoming a field of giant jumping carp is some poisonings, a few nets and an underwater Taser of sorts: electric "fences" in Illinois waterways designed to keep the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. Because i...[MORE]

Best of Detroit 2010: Getting down to what's the very best in metro Detroit

By Metro Times staff

Published: 4/21/2010

Types: Cover Story

How do you find the best in metro Detroit? Well, if you're an MT staffer or fellow traveler, you keep your eyes peeled through the year for the new shop, the new trend, the odd observation, the old corner of our four-county neighborhood that could use a little more attention. And you ask your frien...[MORE]

Ballad of Mr. X: It's a mighty long way down rock 'n' roll for Detroit legend Bob 'Bootsey X' Mulrooney

By Bill Holdship

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Cover Story

The saga of Bob Mulrooney — aka Bootsey X, aka the Pusherman of Love and Genius from the Waist Down — might bring to mind the words of two renowned writers: the first, an unlikely rabbi; the other, a rock critic. For the past decade, the title of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner's When Bad Things...[MORE]

The first pitch: The power and the glory of an Opening Day in Detroit

By Harry Atkins

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Cover Story

Detroit was already trailing the Texas Rangers 1-0 when Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammel drew first-inning walks. Many in the Tiger Stadium crowd of 51,238 were still looking for their seats. That's the way it goes on Opening Day. There are lots of folks — frequently a lot of suits — who d...[MORE]

Opera made to look easy: The rise, fall and proud return of a Detroit diva

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 3/31/2010

Types: Cover Story

Kimwana Doner is sitting in a lounge atop the Detroit Opera House, and her posture is perfect. She's talking eloquently of a whore and a stalker. The city's northern skyline is splayed out below, juxtaposing the park where the Tigers play and the barren expanse just beyond it.  "Take Flora,&qu...[MORE]

The big push: A planned 'compassion center' could test medical pot law

By Curt Guyette

Published: 3/24/2010

Types: Cover Story

John Sinclair's long strange trip is taking another twist Arrested in 1969 for giving two joints to an undercover narc, the poet, writer and political activist paid a heavy price for assuming a high profile in the counterculture of the 1960s. Sentenced to 10 years, he served 29 months in prison &md...[MORE]

Sharp young things: Meet Detroit dining's new breed of chef: They're twentysomething, tattooed and hang like rockstars

By Michael Jackman

Published: 3/17/2010

Types: Cover Story

The Whitney, that grand old former residence, shines on a sunny afternoon in midtown Detroit. With its 52 rooms, 10 bathrooms and 20 fireplaces, the three-story pink-granite edifice is in great condition, and pots of forced lilies decorate the front garden. It seems the manse-turned-restaurant is pr...[MORE]

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