Just In: This Detroit Bar Made Esquire’s Best Bar Hall Of Fame

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Photo: Sugar House THE HALL OF FAME BY ALL RIGHTS, FIRST PLACE on any list of the best bars of the twenty-first century should go to Milk & Honey, founded in New York in 1999 by the late and much-lamented Sasha Petraske, who did more than anybody else to establish the parameters for the modern cocktail bar. Unfortunately, it closed a couple years ago, and there's no point in us listing a

Must See TV: Detroit Police Bust A Move In #RunningManChallenge Video

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Anthem of Us: A Short Film About Detroit Presented by Bedrock

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See What Small Business MILKHOUSE Has Been Able To Accomplish With Comcast Business

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Comcast Business wireless solutions allow Milkhouse to offer fast, convenient service to customers with reliable POS systems and Internet capabilities. Comcast Business provides a number of small business solutions best suited to your industry, company size and service needs. Find the one that's right for you. Head over to the Comcast Business Community page where you will find great articles

UPCOMING (Fri. May 27- Sun. May 29): TRIP MUSIC FEST in Detroit

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The Trip Metal Fest taking place this Memorial weekend at various Detroit venues is featuring electronic music in all its different forms: experimental, industrial, funk, punk, techno and more.

The events seeks to establish Detroit as a place to see unique music happenings and maintain the city’s long-standing status as the birthplace of revolutionary music genres.

Curated by Wolf Eyes' Nate Young, the festival will feature performances from Wolf Eyes, a collaborative performance from Andrew W.K. and Young, synth pioneer Morton Subotnick, Hieroglyphic Being with Marshall Allen & Danny Ray Thompson of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and more.

There will also be film screenings at Third Man Records, two "Everything Is Terrible!" shows at Cinema Detroit, a long-distance conversation with composer Pauline Oliveros, and more.

The schedule shapes up like this.  

Morton Subotnick, Rubber (O) Cement, Panicsville, Cotton Museum/Ape Tech Chip, TarPit/Jesse & Eels, Traag, MV Carbon

Canyon Cinema’s ACID STRIP: Inzane & Fried Alive 16MM Short Films
Morton Subotnick in conversation
FIT SOUND / EST.83 x TRIP METAL AFTERHOURS w/ DJ Sotofett, Madteo, Stallone The Reducer, Especially Good, Fit Siegel
 ($10 admission)
Hieroglyphic Being + Marshall Allen & Danny Ray Thompson (The Sun Ra Arkestra), Viki + Magas, Drainolith, Pengo, Joseph Hammer, Viands, Sick Llama, Lexie Mountain & Scroll Downers, Pod Blotz
 7PM Everything Is Terrible
 9PM Everything Is Terrible
($12.00 admission)
Hieroglyphic Being in conversation (waiting to confirm Marshall) 
Wolf Eyes, Andrew WK + Nate Young, Nautical Almanac, DJ Dog Dick, Wooden Highway, Shades, Creode, Brain Transplant
Andrew WK & Trip Metal Fest present DESTROYED HISTORY: Trip Metal Vids From the Vaults
Telematic Talk with Pauline Oliveros

Events are FREE (unless noted otherwise) and all ages!
Check the Trip Music Fest websites at:
 for more info!


Nashville Boho Style + the Non-Tourist Guide to the Music City

May 26, 2016 by  
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There's nothing I dislike more than dirty, crowded bars and really any attraction crawling with people on vacation. Call me a curmudgeon, but I like my space, less people and blending in with locals no matter where I go. So, I avoid Broadway and the bar scene like it's my job and travel the varying neighborhoods scattered through the city.
During the first day in Nashville, I snagged my favorite slice of pizza in the city at Five Points located in East Nashville followed by a trifecta of deliciously sweet goodness at Jeni's Ice Cream. I opted for my favorites peppermint and almond brittle and tried out the blueberry frozen yogurt. Earlier that day, I tried out Juice Bar in Germantown and finally got my hands on a breakfast bagel sandwich at Proper Bagel in Belmont. The second day included donuts, brunch and burgers while weaving in and out of neighborhoods to shop and explore, but I'll get into those in a bit!
[Taylor top + Seychelles Forward wedge sandals c/o PB&J Boutique, (20 percent off code: memorial20), jeans by Mother, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, necklace + bracelet by Clyde's Rebirth, Le Specs sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop]
My favorite neighborhoods in Nashville are East Nashville, Germantown and 12 South. Each have been growing and expanding since my first visit New Years Eve 2012. A great guide is available by Nashville Guru. Scroll below for a break down of favorite food spots, coffee shops and boutiques.

Favorite food stops
  • Five Points Pizza. East Nashville spot: Spend little $$ and eat a delicious-ass slice of pizza.
  • Butchertown Hall. Germantown: Good meats, big, beautiful space and lots of outdoor seating.
  • Burger Up. 12 South: If you're a burger person like me you'll be in heaven. Plus the sweet potato fries are perfection.
  • Five Daughters Bakery. 12 South: For donuts! Normal kinds I like plus vegan and paleo versions!
  • Jeni's Ice Cream. 12 South & East Nashville: These are located throughout Nashville and beyond (started in Ohio I believe), but it never gets old. So many creamy flavors and fruity frozen yogurt options.
  • Juice Bar. Great variety, healthy and several locations throughout the city.
  • Pharmacy Burger. East Nashville: Beer garden, great burgers and those buns! CARBS NOM.
  • Las Paletas. 12 South: Pay an arm and a leg for a popsicle, but fuck it's good.
  • Proper Bagel. Belmont: In a converted house with lots subway tile, this light and bright space is welcoming with fresh flowers, natural light and so much delicious stuff from a dozen or so flavors of cream cheeses to fresh bagels to deli-like foods AND pastries.

Coffee Shop Favorites
  • Barista Parlor. Several locations, my favorites are in East Nashville + Germantown. They have large, garage doors that open, an industrial feel that still feels warm and welcoming and the staff are friendly. No pretentious baristas!
  • CREMA. SoBro: convenient if you're staying close to downtown + good coffee + plenty of outdoor seating.
  • Frothy Monkey. Several locations, but my favorite in 12 South in an old converted house. Good breakfast + coffee!

  • Imogene + Willie. Located in 12 South in an old, converted gas station, this place is beautiful and carries their own line of denim, Aesop products and more.
  • MODA. Located next to Frothy Monkey in 12 South, they carry designer labels, high quality clothing and jewelry/accessories. 
  • Cadeau. In 12 South down the street in a newer building (next to a Jeni's), this home decor boutique is my absolute favorite of all the home decor/gift shops I've visited.
  • Hey Rooster General Store. This tiny little shop is sweet and filled with cute stationary, apothecary products and other gift items. It's located in East Nashville across from Barista Parlor, or pretty close from what I remember. Grab a coffee and hop across the street!
  • White's Mercantile. A large general store located in 12 South carrying everything from cute dog accessories to women's clothing to apothecary products. It's pretty large and filled with products--you can lose track of time easily as you scan all the products!
  • Abednego. There are a few beautiful shops in Germantown and this is the only one I had time to pop into and it was gorgeous and I loved the clothes and the home goods/gifts.

Ferris Fest: a 30th Anniversary Leisure Weekend of Epic Proportions

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I spent the weekend at Ferris Fest, a 30th anniversary weekend-long celebration of one of the greatest movies ever made, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There were only 300 tickets available to this, which sold out within days back in February, but my best friend, Monica, and I managed to get two after it was announced and we read about with stars in our eyes on Facebook. All the John Hughes movies were MAJOR parts of our childhoods, and we watched them constantly for years, so it was IMPERATIVE that we went and party like it was 1989 (I know, bad Prince pun, sorry).

The weekend was FANTASTIC. UNBELIEVABLE. We were lucky to have gotten on the tour bus with the man who put the whole festival together, David Blanchard, and he was the best tour guide and just as passionate about the movie as the rest of us were on the bus. We had the best time and were just blown away by everything we got to do.

We met a number of members of the cast – Ferris’s Mom & Dad, one of the Valets who “borrowed” their car, the snooty Maitre D at Chez Quis, Grace (Rooney’s secretary) and even got to sit in a replica of the car!

We visited Cameron’s house (it looks exactly the same after all these years!)

The “Save Ferris” water tower, where we met several people who knew John Hughes and had great stories about him (and even a high school yearbook with his picture in it!).

There were fantastic actors portraying some of the iconic scenes of the movie in some of the locations, and who also posed for pictures with all of us.

And even a replica of Ferris’s bedroom which we got to go inside and see, and it was EXACT, even with a computer changing the number of absences in school and a snoring stereo playing. Of course, I had to wear my Damned Phantasmagoria shirt to take a picture in there, since there is a poster in his room of the album artwork.

Everyone on our tour bus became friends over the weekend, and we even recreated some of the scenes ourselves.

The whole weekend ended with a fantastic recreation of the parade scene right outside the building that Ferris’s dad was in during the dance.

We also got to see some other John Hughes movie locations, like the church in Sixteen Candles.

And the spot of the final scene of Breakfast Club!

Not pictured: a visit to Willis Tower (Sears Tower), where we could lean up against the glass with mannequins dressed like Cameron and Sloane and take pics, and a stop at Wrigley Field! Also, we got to see a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day off in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater in their hometown (Nancy herself was there, too!) and had a Q&A with the stars. Did I mention it all kicked off with a “Shermer High School Dance”? The weekend was seriously jam-packed with “Leisure” and really one of the best weekends of my life.

The great news is that David and his team are planning several other festivals surrounding other cult classic movies, and I can’t wait to go to more. If you can, you totally should get a ticket too – I guarantee you are gonna have a blast. As Ferris would say “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

UPCOMING (Sat. May 28): Trip Metal Fest: EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE screening/performance at Cinema Detroit

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Once a millennium, something emerges from the darkest corner of the universe and enlightens us to the true meaning of being. Something so mystickal, so magickal, and so mind-splitting that all concepts before its existence sounds stupid and boring. 
Of course, we are talking about Everything Is Terrible!  
The Legends show is a culmination of the first seven (of 777) years of work from the video alchemists at EIT! These mindfreaks have taken thousands of forgotten VHS tapes, chewed them up, and spit them back to their young via daily website postings, six movies, and world tours. In that time, they’ve exposed us to wonders such as massaging cat ladies, apocalyptic facial exercises, pizzas parties in hell, and our immortal party-god, Duane. Nobody could have predicted the cultural, psychological, and illuminating impact EIT! would have on our consciousness, but seeing all their greatest works chronicled in one place reminds us that in the right hands, garbage can be turned into gold! It is time pack up your copies of Jerry Maguire and accept the fact that your life up until this moment has been pointless.  
Trip Metal Fest presents EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!
Sat, May 28 – Two shows ONLY – Tickets $12
7:00 p.m. – Doors @ 6:45 p.m. – Get tickets online
9:00 p.m. – Doors @ 8:45 p.m. – Get tickets online
Tickets will also be available at the Cinema Detroit box office on the day of the show only.
Cinema Detroit is located at 4126 Third Street, Detroit, Michigan 48201 

UPCOMING (Sat. May 28): BLED FEST 2016 at the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell

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Based in Howell, Michigan, BLED FEST has become one of 
the most popular music festivals in the Midwest over the years. 

BLED FEST 2016 is taking place this Saturday (May 28)
 at the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, Michigan.


Stage A
presented by DIME Detroit
1235-100 Small Parks
125-200 Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties
225-250 Sorority Noise
315-345 Kevin Devine
410-450 Citizen
515-545 Old Gray
615-645 Battlecross
715-750 The World Is A Beautiful Place
820-855 Knuckle Puck
930-1015 The Black Dahlia Murder

Stage B

presented by Wax Bodega
1210-1235 Hot Mulligan
100-125 Disentomb
200-225 Pentimento
250-315 Somos
345-410 Fallujah
450-515 The Copyrights
545-615 All Dogs
645-715 Tiny Moving Parts
750-820 Abigail Williams
855-930 Superheaven

Stage C

presented by Impact 89FM
1200-1225 All Is Well
1250-115 Watermedown
140-205 Convictions
230-255 Homesafe
320-345 The Saddest Landscape
410-435 Tidal
500-525 A War Within
550-615 Free Throw
640-705 Act As One
730-755 Gates
820-845 Creepoid
910-935 Prawn

Stage D
presented by Punk Talks
1225-1250 Forever Losing Sleep
115-140 Artifex Pereo
205-230 The Cardboard Swords
255-320 Stories Untold
345-410 Amateur Eyes
435-500 Parkway and Columbia
525-550 Ellis
615-640 Alaska
705-730 Casey Bolles
755-820 Spirit of the Beehive
845-910 Ray Rocket
935-1000 Citycop

Stage E

presented by Dirt Fest
1245-110 Of Athens
130-155 Lemix J Buckley
215-240 The Class Acts
300-325 Argus
345-410 Broke
430-455 Athena’s Grace
515-540 Our Vices
600-625 Undesirable People
645-710 Heartsick
730-755 Second Best
815-840 The Fever Haze
900-925 The Illustrator
945-1010 June Earth

Stage F
presented by Audiotree Music Festival
105-130 Welman
150-215 Copneconic
235-300 Blind Merle And His Traveling Band
320-345 Carved Out
405-430 Chase Huglin
450-515 Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts
535-600 Adventurer
620-645 Pines
705-730 The Plurals
750-815 Convenient Trash
835-900 The Beautiful Gorgeous
920-945 Grey Matter


These are subject to change at any time, for any reason. 
Also, check out their mobile website on your phone or tablet! 
Go to http://m.bledfest.com to save your schedule! 


The Hartland Performing Arts Center is located at 9525 E. Highland Rd. in  Howell, MI.

This event is ALL AGES!

Will Call opens at 10:00AM with Gates open at 11:30AM.

Placemaking agenda: municipal finance

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For more than a decade we have argued that the strategy for producing better economic outcomes that Michigan has adopted is not smart. Basically lower taxes and smaller government as the recipe for economic growth. As lower taxes produced less state revenue that meant big cuts in higher education and support for local government. And smaller and smaller investments in infrastructure. This in an economy that is increasing rewarding states and regions with the greatest concentrations of talent. Not smart indeed!

In this post I want to concentrate on the consequences of state cuts in revenue sharing. In our placemaking agenda we wrote:

Something needs to replace the decade of cuts to revenue sharing. The state has historically helped fund the provision of local services. The combination of stricter and stricter limits on local government’s taxing power and revenue sharing and transportation funding cuts results in even the best managed cities unable to provide the basic services and amenities needed to retain and attract residents. If the state will not reinvest in cities, then there needs to be some new system of municipal finance put in place. Best done at the regional level. The current system leaves cities without the tax base to fund the services that are needed.

Bridge Magazine has been running a terrific series on the consequences of Michigan’s dysfunctional system of municipal finance. A great overview article can be found here and articles on how Ohio and Pennsylvania do it better can be found here and here. The Bridge articles make clear that local governments are having trouble providing basic services and the amenities that retain and attract residents in large part because of state policy. Revenue sharing cuts combined with strict limitations on the ability for cities to raise revenue (in part due to voter adoption of the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A).

Minnesota, as we documented in our State Policies Matters report, has taken the opposite path. The Citizen’s Research Council report that we reviewed in a our Low Taxes and Low Prosperity post lists Minnesota as a top ten state in both state and local taxes per capita and in state and local taxes as a proportion of personal income. Michigan is low taxes/low prosperity. Minnesota––with the Great Lakes best economic outcomes––is high taxes/high prosperity. Their economic growth strategy emphasizes public investments in education, quality of place and transportation over lower taxes.

Rick Haglund wrote in our Minnesota report:

The state’s tax and spending policy framework was set in the early 1970s. It’s called the “Minnesota Miracle.” The core of the strategy is shifting more of the burden of financing schools and local government—primarily cities—from escalating local property taxes to the state income and sales taxes. Many in the state see the Minnesota Miracle as setting the stage for investment in education, communities and transportation that created a climate for strong economic growth.

Rick found that in 2014 Minnesota spent $468 per capita in state support of local governments compared to $132 in Michigan.

Its far past the time for Michigan to redo its municipal finance system. This is far more that just keeping more and more cities out of fiscal distress––although that alone is worth doing––but also putting Michigan back on the path to prosperity. What Minnesota policymakers understood decades ago––and Michigan policymakers need to understand now––is that having cities that provide high quality basic services and amenities is key to retaining and attracting mobile talent. And concentrated talent is the key to prosperity.

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