Author: Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle Managing Editor

Detroit Street Filling Station vegan restaurant opens later this month

The Detroit Street Filling Station vegan restaurant and bar at 300 Detroit St. in Ann Arbor opens on Aug. 25, while the Lunch Room Restaurant & Bar is preparing to introduce an updated menu and concept.

Snyder’s attorneys in federal court today: DPS kids have no right to literacy

In federal court today, attorneys responding to a suit naming Gov. Rick Snyder as a defendant argued that the state of Michigan, which has been so intimately involved with Detroit Public Schools for almost 20 years, has no right to ensure students in the district are able to learn to read.

We need to talk about Eastern Michigan University’s new football poster

There’s a saying that goes “less is more,” and I don’t think the saying could be any more appropriate for Eastern Michigan University’s new poster for their upcoming football season. 

The poster features football players Jason Beck, Jerry Harris, Shaq Vann, and Brogan Roback and boy do these guys look pretty ~excited~ to be playing some football. We can only describe our reaction to seeing this poster in the following set of GIFs.

Nine acts not to miss at BFF Fest 4

Seraphine Collective’s annual BFF Fest is back in full force for its fourth year, once again held at El Club. The workshops, art show, and clothing swap all return as well, while the musical line-up presents a carefully curated selection of genuinely diverse acts: just one night promises garage punk, soulful rock, dream pop, and hip-hop.…

Jack White and Detroit Tigers collaborate for special vinyl

We’re never surprised when Jack White and Third Man Records unleash a limited-edition vinyl upon us, and we never would have thought that the Nashville-based record company would team up with the Detroit Tigers for a special release.

Fischer Building launches pop up and food truck series, plans two new restaurants

While New Center has always held a few good restaurants, there isn’t much culinary variety in the neighborhood.

That’s at least partly changing with the launch of Feast @ The Fischer, a Monday through Thursday pop up series that’s held across from the theater.…

ICYMI: Expert on Detroit’s ‘illegal foreclosures’ featured on ‘Democracy Now’

If we’ve been talking about Bernadette Atuahene a lot recently, it’s because the researcher has uncovered a pattern of inflated assessments and just-out-of-reach exemptions now resulting in tax foreclosures that are arguably illegal under Michigan’s constitution.

More troubling still, Atuahene’s research found that the inflated assessments hit the poorest homeowners hardest.

Chris Cornell’s wife plans memorial statue, gives nod to people “looking for answers” in his death

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who police say hung himself in a Detroit hotel room after a show three months ago, will have a statue erected in his memory in his hometown of Seattle.

Heidelberg Project starts petition to acquire 40 parcels

The Heidelberg Project has started a petition calling on Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit Land Bank to accept its proposal to acquire nearly 40 vacant lots.

Previously, Heidelberg Project CEO Jenenne Whitfield said that the Land Bank, which owns more than 45,000 abandoned houses and empty lots, rejected the proposal twice with no explanation.

Ryan Murphy reveals new season of ‘American Horror Story’ will be set in Michigan

Remember last year when a rash of creepy clown sightings had us all on edge? Of course, ICP told us all it was nothing to worry about, but really, we weren’t sleeping too soundly at night.

Well, it looks like Ryan Murphy and the folks behind Fox’s macabre American Horror Story took notice.…

Ann Arbor’s Cafe Zola turns away ICE agents

The owners of Café Zola in downtown Ann Arbor tell MLive that they turned away U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who arrived Wednesday afternoon looking for an unnamed suspect.

Owner Alan Zakalik says that his wife, Hediye Batu, refused to allow two agents who entered the restaurant at 112 W. Washington St. to check the kitchen for the unspecified individual.…