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  • Detroit’s Johnny Noodle King gets saucy with Tasteful Noods calendar to benefit homeless animals
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 11, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    We’ve all received that thirsty 3 a.m. text or DM: “Send nudes.” OK — so, maybe not everyone, but the folks over at Detroit’s popular ramen restaurant Johnny Noodle King have concocted a cheeky idea to raise money for a good cause and satiate all your nudie noodle fantasies without forcing you into the dang doghouse.  The brainchild of Johnny Noodle King restauranteurs Jacques and Christine Driscoll, the first ever Tasteful Noods Calendar features Johnny Noodle King staff, as well as one lone Green Dot Stables employee and a friend of the Driscoll’s who appears as the calendar’s very nakey cover star. “The project itself was a long time coming, I’d say in total from the time it was first dreamed up and said out loud until now, about 4 years have passed,” Christine says.…

  • Michigan brewery reminds us that Jeffrey Epstein probably didn’t kill himself
    by Lee DeVito on November 11, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Jeffrey Epstein — the mysterious financier and convicted sex offender who is alleged to have trafficked girls for an international sex ring, and had ties to President Donald Trump, the Clintons, and Prince Andrew — was found dead in his jail cell in Manhattan while awaiting trial earlier this year. A medical examiner ruled Epstein died by suicide from hanging. Naturally, this smelled… fishy.…

  • ‘Pain and Glory’ muses on a life lived most fully through art
    by George Elkind on November 11, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    In its pairing of intense bodily pain with the freedoms found in artistic expression, Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory is as Catholic as its title.…

  • John Conyers, weed warrior
    by Larry Gabriel on November 11, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    The many great accomplishments of Rep. John Conyers Jr., who died on Oct 27, have been recalled in memorials these past few weeks. The list of Conyers’ accomplishments is long, as is fitting for someone who lived to be 90 years and became a household name in local politics.…

  • Michigan Police say marijuana legalization has made their jobs harder
    by Lee DeVito on November 11, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Cue the world’s tiniest violin for Michigan cops, who have taken to the media in a couple of stories published this month to complain that last year’s vote to legalize marijuana for recreational adult use has made their jobs more difficult. Over at The Detroit Free Press, in a story headlined “Law enforcement facing the challenges of new legal marijuana laws,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard — who earned a reputation for his ruthless crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries north of Eight Mile over the last decade — said his department has been forced to take a hands-off approach until additional guidance comes from the Legislature.…

  • Former teammates, fans react to death of ex-Detroit Lions player Charles Rogers
    by Miriam Francisco on November 11, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Charles Rogers, a former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and Michigan State University, has died. He was 38. A Saginaw native, Rogers was a five-star high school recruit.…

  • Detroit cop accused of demanding women’s phone numbers had previous brushes with law
    by Steve Neavling on November 11, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    A former Detroit cop accused of demanding the phone numbers of two women in exchange for not getting ticketed or arrested during downtown traffic stops has a checkered past. Chancellor Dmitri Searcy was arrested in October 2015 and charged with embezzlement, larceny, and filing a false felony report after prosecutors said he stole money from suspects.…

  • Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency issues new rules for medical marijuana certification
    by Larry Gabriel on November 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

    The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency has issued new rules for medical marijuana certification: • The patient application fee (for a two-year card) has been reduced from $60 to $40.…

  • CDC finds ‘breakthrough’ link between deadly illness and vaping marijuana, not nicotine
    by Lee DeVito on November 8, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Friday that vitamin E acetate, a substance found in some marijuana oil vaping products, is the primary link to a recent rash of a deadly lung illness — not nicotine as many consumers believe. CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat called the finding a “breakthrough” in a mystery that has killed at least 39 people and sickened more than 2,000, though the CDC says that it hasn’t ruled out the possibility of other substances playing a role in the illnesses, and that additional testing is needed.…

  • Tool — the band that brought you ‘Schism’ — returns to Detroit
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 8, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    If you were to suggest that 2019 was the year of Tool — the beloved nü-metal band of millennial boyfriends everywhere — you would not be wrong. The Maynard James Keenan-led outfit released its first album in 13 years, the critically acclaimed Fear Inoculum in August, just a month after the band released its entire catalog on streaming services so that millennial boyfriends could now force their personal theses as to why Tool is the sonic equivalent to opium on their unsuspecting millennial girlfriends.…

  • ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ swings through metro Detroit to take jabs at ‘Circus of Horrors’
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    For 31 years, we’ve been cheering and jeering alongside snarky, shiny, silhouetted robots/cult movie critics Tom Servo and Crow. Mystery Science Theater 3000 will embark on its final live tour with the show’s creator and original host, Joel Hodgson.…

  • Detroit’s College for Creative Studies to host annual Sexpo with vendors, workshops, and sexual health resources
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Sex Education has come a long way since the days of awkward “the birds and the bees” chats with ill-equipped gym teachers. Entering the conversation, once again, is the College for Creative Studies’ annual celebration of enthusiastic consent, gender identity, body positivity, and physical and emotional health.…

  • Second annual For the Girls Market returns to Ferndale’s Loving Touch to raise funds and supplies for homeless women and girls
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 8, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    ’Tis the season for shopping, yes, but it’s also the time of year to reflect on how blessed you are. Like, really.…

  • Uptown dude and piano man Billy Joel announces performance at Detroit’s Comerica Park
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 8, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Hitmaker and “Big Shot” Billy Joel is “Movin’ Out” of his monthly Madison Square Garden residency for just a moment to deliver his largest capacity metro Detroit concert in 25 years. It was announced Friday that the 70-year-old non-firestarterhas plotted a performance at Detroit’s Comerica Park next year.…

  • Pepsi can from 1973 washes up on shore at Michigan Native American reservation
    by Lee DeVito on November 8, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Bryan Newland, the president of Bay Mills Indian Community reservation near Sault Ste. Marie, was walking his dog along the beach of Lake Superior and picking up litter when a bright flash of color caught his eye.…

  • ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ purrs along, part of a machine unlikely to ever die
    by George Elkind on November 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Though an admirably solid work of Hollywood filmmaking, Terminator: Dark Fate can’t match the style, wit, or heft of its best predecessors — but was anyone expecting it to? An update to the Terminator franchise that (canonically) erases the other sequels made since 1994’s T2, Dark Fate manages to be both part of a franchise and a work with more than a little of its own voice.…

  • Oh hell yeah — Hala, Handgrenades, and Mac Saturn team up for Ferndale lineup
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    If Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys had a little music baby, it might sound a little like Detroit’s Ian Ruhala, who makes festival-ready makeout jams as Hala. At just 21, Hala’s output has been pretty damn prolific since releasing his 2014 debut self-titled record, which sounds incredibly uncertain compared to last year’s Jon Zott-produced single “Sorry.” Hala will be joined by vampiric rockers Handgrenades, fronted by Jesse Shepherd-Bates, who are celebrating a decade of shapeshifting rock.…

  • Ambient electronic duo Blue Hawaii heads to Detroit’s UFO Factory
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    For those of us who never had the pleasure of experiencing the ecstasy of gyrating against sweaty strangers and future lovers in a ’90s nightclub, fret not, fellow weirdos — there’s an electronic duo to help satisfy our impossible FOMO. Former couple Alex “Agor” Cowan and Raphaelle “Ra” Standell-Preston have been making ambient techno as Juno Award-nominated duo Blue Hawaii since 2010, releasing their fourth record, Open Reduction Internal Fixation, just last month.…

  • Detroit’s Senate Theater to host ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ screening and Q&A with actor Ray Wise
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 7, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    When we first meet Laura Palmer, the slightly troubled and totally beautiful homecoming queen, she’s already dead, wrapped in plastic. Palmer, of course, is the axis on which the David Lynch-created psychological cult series Twin Peaks spins, and the inspiration behind the prequel, Fire Walk With Me.…

  • Detroit’s Savant kicks off late night techno series with Kevin Saunderson, new menu
    by Lee DeVito on November 7, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Midtown restaurant Savant will now serve up Detroit techno along with a new late-night menu. Tom Pattyn, who also books talent at Pontiac’s electronic dance music nightclub Elektricity, tells Metro Times the series kicks off from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, with techno legend Kevin Saunderson. The series will continue on Fridays and Saturdays with a focus on “techno and jazzy” Detroit DJs, Pattyn says. Other artists announced include Andrea Ghita on Friday, Nov. 29, Asher Perkins on Saturday, Nov. 30, and Soul Goodman on Friday, Dec. 13. Pattyn says the space, which opened in September, has been outfitted with an enclosed DJ booth designed by the Audio Rescue Team for the Movement electronic music festival. In addition to the tunes, Savant will roll out a new late-night menu during the same hours, with all items priced at $9.95.…

  • Man behind viral Oak Park Zillow listing says cocaine on counter was a joke
    by Gabriel Silver on November 7, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    A Zillow listing for a home in Oak Park on Northfield Boulevard went viral for having what looks like cocaine in the picture. A powdery white substance, drawn into lines, can be seen on a plate in the corner.…

  • Flint doctor who dragged the Flint Water Crisis into the spotlight visits Detroit in support of her revealing book, ‘What the Eyes Don’t See’
    by Jerilyn Jordan on November 7, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    The city of Flint has been without clean water since 2014. It wasn’t until 2015 that author, pediatrician, and medical researcher Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha discovered elevated lead levels in infants and children while serving as a program director at Hurly Children’s Hospital.…

  • Rashida Tlaib joins calls to investigate whether political donations from Dan Gilbert influenced tax break
    by Lee DeVito on November 7, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib joined calls for an investigation into whether political donations from billionaire Dan Gilbert influenced the designation of “opportunity zone” tax breaks in Detroit following a lengthy ProPublica report published last month. Three swaths of land where Gilbert owns dozens of properties got the opportunity zone designation after Gilbert’s organization gave $750,000 to the Trump administration.…

  • Detroit’s Republic Tavern announces winter menu
    by Sonia Khaleel on November 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    The Republic Tavern has worked with local farmers to create a cozy seasonal menu fit for the winter weather. “Because we source from local farms, this allows us to change our menu ingredients regularly creating an elevated level of creative energy in the kitchen,” chef Matt Baldridge said in a press release.…

  • Founders announces plan to reopen Detroit taproom, donate profits following discrimination lawsuit
    by Sonia Khaleel on November 7, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Founders Brewing Co. will reopen its Detroit taproom in early 2020, the company announced Thursday — and it will donate 100 percent of its profits at the taproom to Detroit community organizations and charities through at least 2022. The Grand Rapids-based company was recently embroiled in a contentious racial discrimination lawsuit in which a Founders manager claimed in court that he didn’t know a Black employee, who alleged an “racist internal corporate culture” at the company, was Black. Local bars began dropping Founders products from their menus, the company pulled out of the Detroit Fall Beer Festival, and its diversity and inclusion director resigned.…

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