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

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

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]

Little bar on the prairie: An iconic restaurant keeps a piece of old Detroit alive

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Mike Harnett leans back against the hood of his car, arms folded, eyes alert. It's early afternoon, and everything is still and quiet in the fields around him. His job is to watch over the cars of the customers at the Ivanhoe Café, better known as the Polish Yacht Club, a 101-year-old bar an...[MORE]

Down on the corner: One man's grill is another man's hangout

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

His barbecue stand is stocked with two grills, a hot dog cart and a group of men who seat themselves at his side every day. Charles Gaither can be found on the corner of East McNichols and Hoover six days a week, from just before lunch until the sun sinks away, standing over two barrel grills that ...[MORE]

Krishna rocks: The twins eat, pray and love at India Day — and learn how a Morrissey belt buckle can help make new friends

By D’Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Unless you're Elizabeth Gilbert, a free trip to India is hard to come by. So when the Wonder Twins heard about India Day 2010, an event celebrating India's 63rd Independence Day, they decided to try to do in a day what Gilbert did in a year. After attending the event, they completed their 24-hour Ea...[MORE]

Hometown strangers: How the Italians revived my career

By Michael Zadoorian

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

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]

Soldiering on: A real horseman keeps history alive and brings some country to the city

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

His office smells like horse manure. But James Buchanan doesn't mind at all. He's standing behind his small desk on a sweltering July afternoon, putting on a heavy wool uniform worn by soldiers long ago. Buchanan is in charge here at the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Center, which lies at the edge of ...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: Here's a band that bikes ... and brings along its piano!

By Doug Coombe

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Right about now, folks in a one-stoplight Michigan town are scratching their heads, wondering what the hell just went by on their sleepy little road. See, Ann Arbor boogie-woogie piano legend Mr. B (Mark Braun) has taken his piano on the road with him, on his bike. Granted, it's not your average Sc...[MORE]

Bird's eye: How an east side artist brings life to dead buildings and bed sheets

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 6/30/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

The place was a dump. It had been the office of a used car lot that was left to the weeds years ago, fodder for a bulldozer if anything were ever to replace it.  So a fellow named Bird came by one day with a few brushes and some cans of paint and put two paintings here; one on this ugly shack and a...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: Frontier Ruckus' 1998 Ford Club Wagon

By Doug Coombe

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

This year is shaping up to belong to Frontier Ruckus. The band is fresh off a buzz-worthy Bonnaroo performance and its sophomore album, is out soon on Ramseur Records, which took the Avett Brothers from cult faves to heroes. Frontier Ruckus' success is the classic yarn of inherent skill, hard work a...[MORE]

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

By Metro Times staff

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

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]

Countdown to fun: A fast look at upcoming summer blasts

By Metro Times staff

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

June 20 and 25-27: THE DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The orchestra heads outdoors with a number of free concerts this month, beginning with a gig at the Detroit River Days fest at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 20, and continuing with the annual Harmony in the Park series at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Kensington...[MORE]

Beer geek summer: The five types of beer geeks and where to please 'em

By Michael Jackman

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

So you're a beer geek and you want to revel in it. Luckily, all you need is a vehicle and a designated driver, because it's all here. Sure, you'll find a lot of your standard craft beer brewing — your English-style ales, pale ales, IPAs, porters and stouts — but there are extreme brewers...[MORE]

Sweat & struggle: A quick tour of Detroit labor and industry history

By Michael Jackman

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Sweat and steel The Labor Legacy Landmark, a 60-foot-tall open steel arch in Hart Plaza, is the largest piece of public art in the country dedicated to working people. During the upcoming U.S. Social Forum, docent tours of the landmark are available between noon and 6 p.m., June 23-25. "Potato p...[MORE]

The roads less traveled: Off-the-path spots that you won’t find in any Motor City guidebook

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

For many people, Detroit is synonymous with its downtown. But there's a whole city outside there, one that's wilder, weirder, a little less safe, but a lot more interesting.  Whether called the "inner city" or simply "the neighborhoods," it makes for a great unplanned tour, with...[MORE]

Pointing to freedom: African-American history by foot and by car

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

The story of African-American Detroit — with its initiatives and acts of resistance, victories and setbacks — is hardly a story unto itself. In the context of our mini-tours, it could easily have included any number of music sites (more than just music: Motown, for instance, was America'...[MORE]

Life without cars: Or a cyclist's serious summer leisure rides

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS Hines Park along Hines Drive Running 18 miles along the Rouge River, Hines Drive stretches from Dearborn to Northville. Accompanying the roadway are extra-wide shoulders and a nearby paved path. What's a bonus, though, for those of us on two wheels, is that from 9 a.m. to ...[MORE]

Van hailin': At this club, only one kind of ride will do

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

There's a group standing in a vacant field in a rough part of the city. Tough-looking guys with nicknames like Ghetto and Shonuff wear leather vests over their club's colors and check out one another's wheels. Their clubhouse, across the alley, has a sign by its door warning, "Private Club. Mem...[MORE]

Band of brothers: Detroit Vietnam vets build a home and stay there

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

After Mike Sand returned home from Vietnam in the early '70s, his dad took him to the local VFW Post. The old man had been a commander in World War II, and now that his son had served overseas, it was time to join the other vets at the hall. "When I came home, my dad, you know — 'You got...[MORE]

Street fightin' man: A Detroit neighborhood fights for its life, and an ex-cop leads the way

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

The guy was coming to shoot up Jack Rabbit's house in the middle of the night.  He'd already fired on other homes in the old east side neighborhood to scare residents he'd suspected of calling the cops on him.  It turned out the gunman was a drug dealer, and when neighbors had called the cops on h...[MORE]

Poems, prayers and promises: A teacher lives without students in a museum without visitors

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 2/3/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Her grandfather was a slave.  So was her grandmother, who had white features she inherited from the man who'd raped her mother. When Bettie Birch was growing up in Jim Crow Mississippi, these were the kinds of stories the family would tell the children. For her, as it was for many others, black hi...[MORE]

In so many words: Books, sentences and ideas forever flow from this unjaded and sprightly octogenarian

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 1/20/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

LeRoi Haskins is a man of many words.  When he speaks, they come out in elaborate sentences that spin out into tangents and then loop back around again. So many of them swirl in his head they've spilled out over the years into dozens of essays and books. "I got four or five books coming up in...[MORE]

Ten years after: Looking back for the lessons of the double-0s

By Metro Times readers

Published: 1/6/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

At the end of another decade we asked a cross-section of locals — as in, once you're tied to this area, you're always tied to this area — about their experience of the last decade. What mattered? What did we learn? What gives hope for the future? What follows is a sampling of the respons...[MORE]

Amateur night: Harrowing, embarrassing, and hilarious, here are our readers' (and some of our) twisted New Year's Eve tales

By Metro Times readers

Published: 12/30/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Hey, we've been there. We've felt the tremendous social pressure to have a great time on a night when things often go horribly awry. Rushing out half-cocked, dealing with friends who've drank too deeply, being stranded somewhere tedious while the world is partying: New Year's Eve can be one roug...[MORE]

People who died: Our annual homage to late, little-known greats

By Metro Times staff

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Michael Jackson was only 50 when he died on June 25. Claude Lévi-Strauss was 100 when he passed on Oct. 30. Jackson was undoubtedly the more famous of the two, a household name all over the planet, and the ludicrous hype of his later career and his tabloid notoriety don't dim the appeal of...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: The makers and their cupcake car

By Doug Coombe

Published: 12/9/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Just within the last few years there's been a countrywide explosion in the crafting movement. Your typical craft fair offers everything from T-shirts to posters to housewares to accessories that are way cooler than anything you're going to find at Urban Outfitters. Imagine if the aesthetics of the D...[MORE]

Motor City Rides: The story behind Ty Stone's bitchin' Camaro

By Doug Coombe

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Ty Stone has been a Detroit star-in-waiting for nearly three years. With Kid Rock's help, Stone landed a contract with Atlantic Records. Since then he's recorded enough songs to put out a box set, and he supported Kid Rock on his arena Rock N Roll Jesus tour. As you read this, someone at Atlantic is...[MORE]

Creeps and crawlers: The Wonder Twins do the haunted house freak-out

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 10/28/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

This is the time of year when things get pretty scary in Detroit, and a visit to one of the area's haunted houses is a must for a well-rounded Halloween experience. Over the years, haunted houses — not to mention haunted barns, haunted hayrides, haunted funeral homes and haunted golf courses &...[MORE]

Last call?: A beautiful old bar with a storied past hangs in limbo

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

West Jefferson starts downtown and takes you to the middle of nowhere, from the city's skyscrapers into the wilderness of the Delray neighborhood, the closest thing to a ghost town within a city that, in some places, often resembles one.     Kovacs bar is one of a few places in Delray with the ligh...[MORE]

Home free: How an abandoned, inner-city apartment building became a home for one Detroit family

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 9/2/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

The old, narrow apartment complex is ravaged. Curtains blow out of broken windows and weeds smother its courtyard. All signs point to its abandonment. But there's a handful of colorful toys scattered on the porch outside one of the backdoors, which faces a long, empty field. And clothes hang on a l...[MORE]

Ol' schoolin': Our first guide to navigating higher ed, from thinkers to drinkers

By Metro Times staff

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

So, you're going to college. Or you're still going to college. Maybe you're still going to college after 30 years (literally, financially or psychologically). Or maybe you figure that you'll just watch the movies instead of reading thousands of dollars worth of textbooks. Whatever category you fall ...[MORE]

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