Category: Arts & Entertainment

Detroit City Council approves $250M in taxpayer money for Dan Gilbert

Michigan’s richest resident will take home $250 million in state taxpayer funds to help finance four new developments in downtown Detroit.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Detroit City Council approved the money for Bedrock, Dan Gilbert’s development company, over the objections of residents who questioned the need to provide a billionaire with taxpayer money.…

Michigan Rep. John Conyers’ alleged sexual harassment cover-up detailed in report

Michigan Rep. John Conyers has joined the growing list of powerful men accused of sexual harassment in recent weeks.

According to documents obtained and verified by BuzzFeed News, Conyers — a Democrat and longest-serving member of the House of Representatives — used his office budget to settle a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015.

Meet the Detroiter made infamous by an iconic anti-war poster

An event this weekend will mark 50 years since anti-war activists attempted an “exorcism” of the Pentagon, and will feature the man from Detroit who burned a draft card and became part of a historic piece of anti-war agitprop.

Cabaret and cocktail spot Willis Show Bar to reopen in Cass Corridor

A reboot of the long-shuttered Willis Show Bar is in the works in the Cass Corridor.

The project is a partnership between Detroit Optimist Society’s Dave Kwiatkowski (Sugar House, Wright & Co., Bad Luck Bar) and several Los Angeles-based bar/nightclub developers, the Freep reports.…

Google signs lease for Detroit office

Google has settled on a Detroit home – right in the shadow of the pizzarena.

The company today signed a lease with Olympia Development for 30,000 square feet of space at 52 Henry St., where Google will move its more than 100 downtown Birmingham employees. Currently, those workers occupy just 17,000 square feet of space.…

Plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan clears key hurdle to ballot

Organizers behind an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan have submitted the petition signatures required to get the issue before voters in November of next year.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol delivered 360,000 signatures to the state’s Board of Canvassers today, well over the required 252,523. The group says the signatures were all gathered within the state-mandated 180-day window.…

Today’s ‘New York Times’ travel piece on Detroit gets it mostly right

The Gray Lady’s “Detroit learning curve” is still on the rise.

Some MT readers may recall how The New York Times first discovered Slows Bar-B-Q in 2010, making the barbecue restaurant and bar the centerpiece of a visit to Detroit. In 2011, they came again, dropping in at a bunch of restaurants, including Slows.…