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This Saturday: Detroit by Detroit

Saturday, April 2nd
The Magic Stick
Doors at 8
$5, all ages

I'm not entirely sure that this isn't an April Fools weekend joke, but if it's not, this should be pretty interesting.

The first ever “DETROIT by DETROIT” event will feature a dual stage set-up, with Detroit bands performing as other Detroit acts!

The Satin Peaches as Lightning Love (main stage)
Betty Cooper as The Detroit Cobras (side stage)
The HandGrenades as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (main stage)
Illy Mack as Eminem (side stage)
The Kickstand Band as Andrew W.K. (main stage)
The Drags as The Satin Peaches (side stage)
Citizen Smile as Macrame Tiger (main stage)
Mick Bassett as Deastro (side stage)
Skeleton Birds as The Boys Themselves (main stage)
Patrick Davy & The Ghosts as Citizen Smile (side stage)
The Ashleys as The Muggs (main stage)
Woodman as Duende! (side stage)
Did you have Illy Mack playing as Eminem in your fantasy band league? That one is definitely going to throw off everyone's bracket!

Friday: Off!, Trash Talk, and Hellmouth

Off! was formed in Los Angeles, California in late 2009 by Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith Morris, Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven Shane McDonald, and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba. The idea to form the band came after Coats had worked as producer on a Circle Jerks album which fell apart. During that time, Coats and Morris had written several songs together which they used to start Off!.

Trash Talk is an American hardcore punk band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2005. Trash Talk combines classic hardcore punk with the aggression of its descendants. They have toured all around the world including Japan and Europe, as well as performed in many festivals in support of their releases which helped give the band recognition from publications including Rolling Stone.

Check out a few tracks:

CCS Woodward Lecture Series presents: Andrea Zittel - TONIGHT 7pm at the DIA Lecture Hall

Blurring the lines between art and life, Andrea Zittel creates modular living spaces and clothing that reconsider our domestic environments. Her studio enterprise, A-Z Administrative Services, references the convenience culture of American society in provocative and sometimes humorous ways. Zittel explores the human need for order, noting that architectural space impacts social organization and contemporary perceptions of freedom and personal liberation.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Friends of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. This lecture is underwritten for the DIA by the Marvin and Betty Danto Family Foundation, and for CCS by the Woodward Lecture Series, which is made possible by a generous endowment gift from an anonymous donor.

Lecture to be held at:
The DIA Lecture Hall
Detroit Institute of Arts
John R. Entrance
Doors open at 6pm - come early and enjoy a drink and light fare (cash sales) before the lecture.
Lecture at 7pm


Wild At Heart movie review – Certified Copy

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog

Wild At Heart

The definition of “certified copy” states it is a copy of a primary document, which has on it an endorsement or certificate that it is a true copy of the primary document. It does not certify that the primary document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the primary document.

I must admit I am not overly familiar with director Abbas Kiarostami except for two outstanding films, “Through The Olive Trees” and “Taste Of Cherry”, along with his screenplay for “White Balloon”. Having these films on a resume, as well as the lovely Juliette Binoche (Color Trilogy, English Patient), gives me high hopes for the final product. The film starts with British writer James Miller (first time actor William Shimell) in Tuscany to give a talk about his new book, entitled "Certified Copy", which argues that, in art, issues of authenticity are irrelevant, because every reproduction is itself an original and vice versa. In the audience is a French antiques dealer (Binoche) who has attended with her 11 year old son. She is there to have Miller autograph some copies but leaves early because her son is antsy and hungry. She leaves he number with Miller's translator who later meets up with her at a shop.

The two of them go for a ride, visit a museum, hit a café and finally a motel. OK, this might sound like a boring chick flick, but Kiarostami brings in something a little more interesting to the relationship. As the movie moves along, their relationship builds in an unique way. At the Reading, they are strangers but as they work there way through the movie, they start acting as new lovers until they end up at the hotel where we are told they have been married for 15 years. You can interpret this anyway you want but it seems that as the day go on, the relationship progresses. So morning is the dawning of a relationship and the evening is the later stages. The couple’s conversations deal with complaints about a rebellious son to falling asleep on their anniversary.

The film treats the relationship and time itself with a definite unreality
so don’t expect a truly linear film but sit back and enjoy Binoche and Shimell’s chemistry throughout the film. Binoche is extra fun as throughout the film she effortlessly moves between English, French and Italian as is able to showcase her comic side which we don’t see often enough. Whether they are new lovers and long time married doesn’t matter by the time we reach the end as we have two nicely defined characters showing us the many phases of relationships in this atypical romance.

So whether this relation is genuine, we do know that the feelings are true. My grade is an A-.

Detroit Rawk at Hard Rock Cafe Detroit - Thursday 4/21

Back in the saddle again today here at the MCB offices after a few weeks of sand/sun time down south...looks like a killer weekend here in Dietroit but keep the next Motorcity Special listening party penciled in your calender over at Hard Rock Cafe Detroit on Thursday 4/21

TRANSIT - House Music Every Saturday Night in Hamtramck

Amos Lee and The Secret Sisters

Amos Lee and The Secret Sisters
Performed at The Ark in Ann Arbor on March 29th

This was my first time at the Ark in Ann Arbor. It's a venue that's somewhat on the smaller side. It holds about 200 people, and has tiered seating that wraps around the stage, so that even the back row isn't too far away. The Ark is a non-profit organization, and the majority of the seats seem to be reserved to donors. I'd have to say that the strangest thing about the place is that they sell popcorn. I've never seen that for a music venue of that size.

The Secret Sisters opened the show. They're a roots country-folk duo from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the city so loved by Lynyrd Skynyrd. They performed that night with just their voices and an acoustic guitar. While the stripped-down sound put more of your focus on their harmonized vocals, you miss out on things like the pedal steel that works so well on the album. In keeping with their roots, they did a few Hank Williams covers along with their own material. Since the venue requested that no one record the performance, you'll have to settle for this commercially recorded video to get an idea of what you missed:

They're going to be coming back to Michigan on June 6 at Meadow Brook Hall with Ray LaMontagne & Brandi Carlile. In a perfect world they would be on a bill with Blanche and The Sisters Lucas, with Dave Feeny sitting in with The Secret Sisters to play the pedal steel.

Amos Lee has a sort of folk-jazz kind of sound. You might not hear the jazz elements right away, but you'll notice it when you focus on the sounds of the percussion. Lee's voice has a kind of low key, unforced quality that made me think of Nick Drake. He was well received by a crowd of fervent admirers. At the beginning of every song people cheered as song as they recognized what song was starting. The intimate nature of the venue seemed to encourage people to want to shout their own input. Lee seemed to be only slightly annoyed when one woman shouted "my sister is sick too" after he told the crowd of his recent health troubles. In between two of the songs, he told the audience about his involvement with Musicians on Call, a group that gives bedside performances to patients unable to leave the hospital.

Once again, you'll have to settle for this video to see what you missed out on:


Shuto Con 2011: Oh the kawaii! by DC-in-Detroit

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Shuto Con
Lansing Convention Center
25-26 March 2011

MCB hit the road to Lansing this past weekend to pop in at the first annual Shuto Con at the Lansing Convention Center. I'm a big fan of conventions, of just about any type, this is no secret. There's something about a group of people with a singular purpose, depth of interest, and shared references that really gives me a tickle. For a lot of con-goers, it's the time they are most uncensored, letting their geek flags really fly, making all those jokes no one else would get, and sometimes, in very special cases, literally dressing the part.

This was the first Shuto Con, and the organizers' intent was that it be an experience a bit more like what one may find in Japan: Not only do people dress as their favorite anime/manga/comic/movie characters, they act as the characters as well. What they were calling "Interactive Cosplay."

Or, as it was explained to a small group of registrants by the loud and lovely Sarge at the desk, "What we're doing here is INTERACTIVE COSPLAY, so if you are in costume, and someone runs up to you and does something weird, don't panic!"

Once registered, my first stop was the dealer room to OD on the rows and rows of candy-colored cuteness. At an anime convention in particular, there are two things I'm going to focus on: the direct-from-Japan toys and goodies, and the panels.

Where Shuto Con was concerned, there could have been more panels. Some of that was limited, in my case, by the fact that this was a Friday-Saturday con, and I was unable to make it up there before noon Saturday. The con only had one panel room, though, in addition to the large Main Events room. There were also game and video rooms, naturally, which were bustling any time I peeked in.

Very amateurishly gaging by the dress of the con attendees, variations on Lolita are still pretty popular. Cool with me – it's some of the stuff I like, and make myself! I did see the fashion show on Saturday, featuring several different subgenre of the Lolita style.

The Lansing Convention Center is easy to find, roomy and clean, but only next door to the con-selected hotel. Typically, a con would take over the meeting/banquet rooms AT a hotel, giving con-goers the opportunity to have room/suite parties, pop up easily for costume changes or – and this can be important on a long weekend – a quick nap.

Generally, what you get at this sort of event is what you'd expect from a gathering of largely pre- to early-teens: A lot of squealing, running around and sitting on the floor in loose circles.

The preliminary numbers on the con currently are that there were about 1,400 attendees, vendors and artists at the con; a damn good turnout. My main intention was to take a good sampling of photographs, which is not my usual gig, so take it for what it's worth. But next year, oh next year, I may bring my own foam sword.

PHOTOS: AIGA Detroit Portfolio Day 2011: Don't Eat the Crayons (featuring Nick Campbell) by RebeccaMich

A good part of being a design professional is knowing how to market what you know and what you do. Your portfolio is your calling card. It's full of stories, ideas, challenges met and successes realized. But what to put in and perhaps, most importantly, what to leave out?

At this event, people got the chance to present work to graphic designers working and teaching in the field for evaluation and feedback. It is all an asset to expand your personal network through conversations with professionals from across Michigan who work in the field and know the current job market.

Attendees also got the chance to listen to a very informative lecture by Nick Campbell. Nick currently lives in Chicago and works as a motion designer, photographer, iPhone app designer and educator. He has worked for over 6 years in the motion design industry, most recently at Digital Kitchen where he worked on Dexter, Target, Blackberry, and most recently for the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He started his blog, GrayscaleGorilla, to help creatives make cool stuff. He posts tutorials about his process as well as links to ideas, news, and inspiration. His photo blog allows him to post his favorite shots and explore composition and color correction techniques.


Zeds Dead - Rudeboy Tour - Raging Party! - Sat. April 9th at St. Andrews


Zeds Dead - Rudeboy Tour



Matt Clarke
Detroit Dubstep

Fake Gold Chain
Exchange Bureau

DJ Dru Ruiz
Cultured Citizens / HiJacked Records

E. Spleece
Detek / Exchange Bureau

Saturday April 9th 2011
Shelter @ St. Andrews Hall
431 E. Congress, Detroit, MI 48226

18+ Event: Doors @ 9PM
Tickets @



Wild At Heart

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog

Wild At Heart

Wild Bill and Victor Wooten

Hanging out with Victor Wooten on his stop by the House Of Guitars to give a bass clinic which lasted about 2 ½ hours of him playing music and answering questions by the audience on how to play better bass and other music questions. Wooten is also the bassist for Bela Fleck. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him, play, it is well worth it but it might even be better just to hear him talk. When asked questions, he tends to throw the question back to the person who asked to get them really thinking about what truly makes someone a great musician (or person). He states that "the instrument doesn't make the music ... you do" and tells people that if they want to get ahead as a musician they need to 1) take care of themselves both physically and mentally since when you are in a good place, your music will sound better also, 2) take the time to learn to read music and understand how other instruments work so you can blend your sound with them (esp important if you want to write music), 3) make sure to learn from others even if you don’t fully use everything (he says he has learned many things about music while touring with Stanley Clark but admits he took what he wanted and adapted for his style) and 4) experience life to it’s fullest. To fully grasp what he is about, anyone who likes music or wants to truly get better might benefit from reading his book “The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music”. The closest Victor will be to Detroit in the near future is Rochester, NY’s Jazzfest this summer with Bela Fleck.

>Pixar fans
should be excited for State Farm’s “Agents on a Mission” tour as Lightning McQueen, his best friend Mater and master British spy Finn McMissile appear at a free event at Great Lakes Crossing on Wednesday, April 6th between 2-7PM. There will be various activities including a video kiosk, e-photo opportunities, games and giveaways. For more information, you can go to

Here are some upcoming shows you might like to check out this week:

Tuesday (3/29)
– Amos Lee @ the Ark, Brett Dennen @ St Andrews Hall

Thursday (3/31)
– English Beat @ Crofoot, Jeff Beck @ Michigan Theatre (Ann Arbor)

Friday (4/01)
– Lupe Fiasco at Peace Corps Benefit @ Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor)

Saturday (4/02)
– Detroit by Detroit (see below) @ Magic Stick, Ohio Players and the Dazz Band @ Detroit Opera House, Drowning Pool w/Pop Evil @ Machine Shop

Sunday (4/03)
– Raveonettes @ Magic Stick, Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Caesar’s Windsor

While I have never seen them in concert, I do admit the Thin Lizzy show @ Motorcity Casino on Thursday does peak my interest as well as this month’s newest wacko, Charlie Sheen, at the Fox Theatre on Saturday (make sure to drink your Tiger Blood and a stripper for him to sign afterwards).

Detroit by Detroit
seems like at interesting idea as various local bands will be playing the music of other local bands. For example, The Satin Peaches will be performing as Lightning Love, Citizen Smile will be acting like Macrame Tiger and the HandGrenades as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr. Along with Illy Mack, Mick Bassett, the Ashleys and more, this could be an interesting night, esp for those that love and know the local music scenes here in Detroit. So basically, you will get an interesting night of music for only $5 or less that .50 cents a band. I like the math on that.

On a sadder not, we saw the passing of a great blues singer, Pinetop Perkins, at the age of 97. He recently won the Grammy for best Blues album this year (also won in 2008 and he is the oldest-ever Grammy winner) and had been doing some touring. His last Detroit performance was a couple years ago at the Detroit Boogie Woogie and Blues Festival when it was at the Music Hall and he put on a very wonderful performance for someone his age. It is a shame that someone who is an originator passes away just as they are starting to gain some attention. He was one of the last pure Mississippi Delta blues musicians and had been a personal friend to Robert Johnson as well as backing up Muddy Waters for 10 years before forming the Legendary Blues Band with frequent touring partner Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. He will be missed. Here is a performance with Muddy Waters and Pinetop on piano.


Re:View Gallery Upcoming Exhibit, Mapping the Terrain

By virtue of having many friends who are architects, I've been lovingly been deemed an honorary architect and I'd like to think I've learned a thing or two (but not much more than that. And a stretch even at that). So the following show certainly piqued my interest and speaks to my curiosity in interesting structures, order, and symmetry.

Emily Duke, a sculptor and ceramicist, will be presenting her exhibit, Mapping the Terrain, to the Re:View Contemporary Gallery. The compositions are based on elements from construction sites, agricultural buildings, and manufacturing complexes, simplifying the structures and accentuating patterns.

The opening reception is on Saturday April 2nd at 7pm; the show runs through April 30th. Re:View Gallery is located in the Willys Overland Lofts at 444 W. Willis in Midtown. Definitely sounds like a neat show worth checking out.


Amos Lee and The Secret Sisters at The Ark - Tuesday, March 29th

Tuesday March 29, 2011
Show starts at 8 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee grew up in Philadelphia and went to college in South Carolina, honing a gritty but melodic voice and getting to know the roots of American music along the way. His songs are steeped in influences from classic artists like Bill Withers, John Prine, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young. But like his fellow country-soul-folk-jazz singer Norah Jones, who discovered him, Amos puts it all together into something personal. He's now on tour with music from his searching, spiritual new release, "Mission Bell." The album features guest appearances by Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Sam Beam, Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, and Calexico, among others.

The Secret Sisters are a indie-folk music duo, consisting of vocalists Laura and Lydia Rogers, signed to Universal Republic/Beladroit Records. Their 1950's-inspired musical style has been described as "a guileless, rapturous mixture of rootsified pop". The critically-acclaimed duo's music has been compared to artists like The Everly Brothers and Doc Watson. Their self-titled debut album was released on October 12th, 2010.


a little Detroit love for Toledo...

Experience Toledo Arts.

For three consecutive Saturdays in April, more than 300 Toledo-area artists will take over two vacant buildings in Downtown Toledo, transforming them into the largest, most comprehensive and eccentric multi-media galleries in Northwest Ohio. From beginners to seasoned professionals, Artomatic 419! offers a vast array of painting, sculpture, photography, dance, live music, performance art, theatre, one-of-a-kind installations, live art demonstrations and much, much more. See it. Believe it. This is Toledo's arts scene in action.

April 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2011
11 a.m. ~­ 11 p.m.

407 Washington & 25 S. St. Clair
(across from 5/3 Field)
Downtown Toledo, Ohio

Be sure to join them for the Artomatic 419! After Party at The Event Center, 23 N. Summit St. 9:30 ~ midnight, each Saturday

FREE & Open to the Public

Artomatic 419! is a program of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
presented through the Live Work Create Toledo initiative, embracing economic development and revitalization through the arts.


THIS WKEND: Shuto Con in Lansing

Lansing is usually a little out of the area I cover, but you know me, I'll go anywhere to bring y'all a good time! Being out of town, my plan is to get there early Saturday and play all day. I'll bring back some good cosplay pics, promise. Hit Shutocon central for all the details, and if your fursuit will fit in my car, we can carpool!

Shuto Con
Fri/Sat March 25-26

Lansing, MI  48933

Lansing's Premiere Anime Convention, coming March 25th-26th, 2011. This convention will be a two day event held at The Lansing Convention Center in Lansing, MI that focuses on Artists and the art of Interactive Cosplaying.

Shuto Con means “Capital City” Convention, thus named for the city it is held in, Lansing, the great capital of our great state of Michigan!

Stefanie Shall, Chairwoman of Shuto Con, wanted the convention to be about the artist that struggles to get noticed, and the lone cosplayer that puts his/her heart and soul into becoming the character they worked so hard on making the costume for. For to long she had seen such great talents go to waste and in December '09 she started planning the entity that is known as Shuto Con. She has been to many conventions in her day, still traveling around with her Plush Doll business “Otakumals", and she wanted to highlight the two things she always found the most interesting and entertaining in the convention scene, Artists and Cosplayers.


Saint Andrew's Hall431 East Congress Street48226Detroit, MI, USDoors at 7:00


THIS SAT: British Sea Power at Pike Room/Crofoot

at the Pike Room at the Crofoot Complex
1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac

doors at 8PM

This video for the track "Once More Now" from BSP's newest album, "Valhalla Dancehall," scores heavily with me for two reasons. First of all, the song itself is reminiscent of Kitchens of Distinction, a long-lost favorite band of mine. Secondly, the video was recorded and edited live, utilizing emerging 3D scanning/tracking Kinect hacks, which have had me fairly obsessed for the past few months now. It's a long track, but beautiful; give yourself a few minutes for it to really sink in.

I'm also going to do something I never do, which is to quote Wikipedia on British Sea Power, because I don't see any other way to describe this:
British Sea Power has a reputation for elaborate and well-thought out live shows and won the 2004 Time Out Live Band of the Year award. Their stage is often decorated with foliage and plastic birds and shows generally finish with a semi-improvised song called "Rock in A," which sometimes lasts for over 20 minutes. Various members often climb riggings and tear down the foliage, Eamon walks around the audience beating his marching drum, and a ten-foot bear, Ursine Ultra, occasionally makes an appearance - often taking a beating from various band members. This has become one of the signatures of the band.

Not to be missed.


Costume Party at Trumbullplex - Saturday, March 26th

Marco Polio, Pink Lightning, Mister, and Jack Topht/Cosmocean Costume Party

There is an ocean in the sky, where whales and jelly fish collide with quasars, and ultra light storm nebulas, tonight we will try to bring this ocean down to earth and swim amongst the stars ourselves, Come dressed as your favorite sea creatures or sea fairing folk and we will all create a tribal tidal wave together, as the ocean brings us closer together, all is touching between the molecules of the infinite ocean in which we reside.
Saturday, March 26. Doors open at 8. 4210 Trumbull.



The Octopus - Record release show at Paycheck's, Friday March 25th

The Octopus is having a record release show at Paycheck's this Friday. They'll be performing with Human Eye and Acid Witch.

Show up to get the new Octopus record and welcome Human Eye back from their recent tour.

Troy Gregory - Wednesday, March 23rd at the Belmont

THIS SHOW IS FREE FOR THE PEOPLE!! To celebrate the birthday of the Goddess LauraBelle !!

THE CONFECTIONARY COVEN line-up for this evening are:
Smokin' Joe Leone - drums
Scotty Bellyache Hagen - bass
George Geo Jacobsen - guitar
Abbey Taylor - keys

Did we mention this show is FREE?


Wild At Heart

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog

Wild At Heart

Have you heard about “The X Factor”? I don’t mean the comic book spin off of the X-Men but the music show in Britain which was a replacement (due to copyright issues with the name) for the show “Pop Idol” (of which “American Idol” spun off from). I like this title better because it actually refers to that undefinable "something" that makes for star quality while the world “idol” always makes me think of Frankie Avalon and various other 50’s teen idols. The format of the show is different from its competitors such as Idol as instead of an act been solely judged by the judges; the finalists are mentored by a judge. Each judge is assigned a category and then aids the contestant with song selection and styling, whilst the judge also judges the contestants of the other categories. The British version is most notable for launching the career of Leona Lewis.

Simon Cowell’s new show of make it or break it competition and it’s hitting the small screen this fall and they are looking for contestants. Solo singers, vocal groups and anyone over the age of 12 will have the chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Sony music. If you think you’ve got what it takes, auditions start soon. Be sure to visit for a step-by-step guide for your audition. Make sure you read carefully so you know everything you need to before you show up. You need to be prepared. The closest they are going to be to Detroit is Chicago on April 26th and April 27th at the Sears Center Arena. Best of luck! You can also call their toll free information line at 1-855-345-5678.

Running a bit tight on schedule so here is a look at some upcoming shows for the week.

Wednesday (3/23) – Po Girl @ The Ark

Thursday (3/24) – Taddy Porter @ Machine Shop (Flint)

Friday (3/25) – Kem @ Fox Theatre, Little Anthony & the Imperials @ Motorcity Casino

Saturday (3/26) – British Sea Power @ Pike Room

Take care and have a great week.

Go Radio - April 17 at the Eagle Theater

In support of their debut full-length album LUCKY STREET, on Fearless Records, Tallahassee, FL four-piece GO RADIO are launching a headlining North American trek and coming to Pontiac, MI Sunday, April 17 at Eagle Theater, where they will share the stage with A Rocket to the Moon, Valencia, Anarbor and Runner Runner.

LUCKY STREET is the quartet's follow-up to acclaimed EP Do Overs And Second Chances, which landed at #8 on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart and went on to sell over 15,000 copies in the U.S. After tours with A Day To Remember, Secondhand Serenade and the Fearless Friends Tour with Mayday Parade, GO RADIO’s growing fanbase has solidified them as one of the most hotly-tipped rock bands to emerge this year. Later this year, they’ll launch a nationwide headlining trek with A Rocket To The Moon in early March and spend the whole summer on the Vans Warped Tour 2011.

GO RADIO is JASON LANCASTER (vocals), ALEX REED (guitar/vocals), MATT “BURNS” POULOS (bass/vocals) and STEVEN KOPACZ (drums). 

Check out a sneak peek of GO RADIO’s studio sessions during the recording of LUCKY STREET.

FOOD REVIEW: what crepes?

what crepe?  .  Royal Oak, MI

I was invited by Stephanie Givens to attend the Media Day for what crepe? in Royal Oak last week. My initial response was to pass on this as I figured that you can’t make a truly informed review of a restaurant when they are all geared up for it and ready to give you their best. After being convinced otherwise, and being told that you are treated very well at these functions, I relented…and thank God I did.

What I didn’t think of was that you should review a place when they are at their best, presenting their ‘A Game’, because in essence, that is what we all want to experience. We all have off days and moments when we are not at our best, and that is normal. But we strive for the best experiences in our lives, especially when dining out, whether because we are truly ‘foodies’ at heart, or are trying to impress someone. If you are either one of these, what crepe? will more than satisfy both, and send you home feeling like you should go to confession for all the sinful indulgences you just experienced.

Now rest assured I was going to do my best to ensure a legitimate un-biased review. I did no research ahead of time. I talked to no one, didn’t visit any sites, any reviews…anything. I wanted to go in with a completely blank canvas in my head as to what to expect. It was even to the point where I walked in and was wearing jeans, my old worn-down and sweat stained Siena Heights College baseball cap and a sweatshirt. Boy did I feel a bit underdressed when I walked into the French-inspired décor, smelled the candles burning, saw the cranberry red walls and deep red velvet drapes, antique ornamentation and wine racks filled with bottles. Thank God all those concerns quickly went away as soon as I was seated and greeted by my waitress, Amy, an energetic and smiling blond whose passion for the food and experience at what crepe? was ever-present. She was always willing to offer suggestions on what was good, based on what my tastes were, in everything from the beer and wine selection to the appetizers and main entrée. She didn’t seem to just ‘push’ certain dishes, but really seemed to care what I was looking for. (Lest I forget Eva, a more subdued, but always smiling, brunette, who took over for Amy at shift change. Ours was a relationship where as she would walk by, we would simply smile at each other because she knew I was enjoying myself immensely, and I knew I looked like a dork enjoying myself so immensely! It was a win-win.) The overall vibe I got from the waitstaff was that they are more than just taking the orders and serving the food, they are the ambassadors between customer and kitchen, ensuring a perfect experience in taste.

As for visual stimulation and décor, as well as the menu itself, the customers have Paul Jenkins, Jr., or PJ as everyone calls him, to thank for that. As the owner, designer and overall hands-on visionary behind what crepe?, this 37 year old entrepreneur and fast-moving dreamer has been able to take his inspirations from all around the world and condense them down to this perfect little 50-seat bistro. From his time spent dining in Café Crepe’ in Toronto, Canada, the main inspiration behind What Crepes?, to his two (2) favorite global restaurants of Sotu Sotu and Nobu, PJ has been able to take the best parts of his dining experiences and localize them right in our neighborhood. To get an idea of how What Crepes? came to fruition, think of this Cliff Notes® explanation: a trip to Toronto with his girlfriend led to eating at a regular stop of theirs, Café Crepe’, which led to the idea that “I can do this!”. 4 hours spent in the Café taking notes, snapping pictures and dreaming. A flight home, and spent the entire night brainstorming and researching options for restaurants, crepes, and anything else that came to mind. The following morning, while walking thru Royal Oak, PJ saw a ‘For Lease’ sign at 317 S. Washington Ave, and as if acting on pure gut instinct, called the landlord. Two weeks later, during a Business Plan meeting with the landlord, and with mocked-up menus, hats, and logo’s with him, the landlord offered the location and PJ signed the lease to begin. The rest is culinary and dining history.

The menu, which can be found at what crepe?, is phenominal. Granted, I only had one appetizer, entree’ and dessert, but from the menu descriptions, as well as in talking with the Amy and Eva, and PJ directly, their choice to use fresh quality ingredients instead of quantity and home-grown vegetables in their own garden behind the restaurant make all the difference in the world when fork meets tongue.

Each bite of my appetizer, the black pepper encrusted Ahi tuna with Asian vegetable slaw over a bed of sweet, purposely burnt and crispy crepes, with a side of wasabi mayo, was a perfect combination of sweet, savory and spicy. Thank God for mistakes in the kitchen where one can find out that a burnt crepe is not necessarily destined for the reject pile, but in fact, a great base component to support a great dish.

The main entrée’, a pan-seared Ribeye Truffle with wild mushrooms, spinach, swiss and truffle zip sauce all wrapped up in a soft crepe shell, was…well, overwhelmingly good. Each bite was filled with deep savory meaty goodness and combined with the sweet flavor of the crepe’…amazing. One small, yet big, detail. Don’t let the word crepe’ mislead your thoughts on what the portions of these meals are going to be. I am a rather large guy, and can polish off my share of food. The ribeye entrée was massive. Think Mexicantown burrito. I only finished half, even though my taste buds were screaming to finish off the rest. It was my stomach that prevailed in convincing me to take the rest home and save room for dessert. If you have a disconnect between your taste buds and your stomach, you might very well be in trouble when eating here. I suggest wearing loose-fitting clothes and planning on taking a food-induced coma nap very soon after your meal.

For dessert, I introduce to you the Nutty Monkey. An 8” tall layered concoction of bananas (I despise bananas and their healthy potassium. Amy recommended I switch to strawberries instead. Perfect choice, Amy. You rock!), warm Nutella, vanilla bean ice cream, candied pecans, chocolate powder and whipped cream all piled on a base of warm folded crepes’. I finished off this bad-ass-mofo. I didn’t care the costs or repercussions afterwards. If I had dosed off on my drive home and had been hit by the train crossing Main Street, I would have died a happy, albeit mangled, man. It was that good. It was that sinful. I would say that the visit was worth just the dessert alone, but I can honestly say that that is the case for each part of my meal.

Some places skimp on certain aspects of the dining experience, offering less than stellar appetizers or generic desserts, but that is not the case with PJ. He has truly thought thru each and every aspect of the dining experience here. To deny yourself, or your friends, this experience is criminal. Stop by, don’t plan on going anywhere for a few hours, and simply enjoy the ride from beginning to end. I haven’t even mentioned the wine and beer selection, the $20 All-You-Can-Drink Wine Nights offered, the Movie Nights, the hand-made silver studded tables and non-matching comfortable chairs, or even the fact that the soundtrack to your night is supplied by PJ’s personal musical inspirations/selection and NOT Pandora. There is so much more to what makes what crepes? special that I could go on forever. But I am going to stop. Go in for yourself. Seek out the details that make PJ’s efforts all worth while and the 2-hour wait evenings a no-brainer. Although, I might suggest maybe going between 3-6pm for less crowd and more of an opportunity to talk with PJ as he roams about. In the hours’ time I was able to speak with him during this meal, I couldn’t help but feel connected and motivated to do something grand on my own. You will definitely walk away having felt like you gained a friend… a friend with a really kick ass pad, great music and soul-fulfilling food.

Brett J. Lawrence


The Marche Du Nain Rouge

We had an amazing turn out this year. This is the second year for the Marche Du Nain Rouge and next year will be even better. There were tons of costumes and great food. Thanks to the Third Bar for having the gathering at the bar before the parade and thanks to Avalon bakery and Slow's BBQ for providing the food!

The weather was perfect and the music was hype. Check out photos of today's event below including a video of interviews and footage of the nain rouge.


UPCOMING: A Day To Remember @ ROMT ~ Dan Sultana


A Day To Remember rolls through Detroit for two Sold Out shows at The Royal Oak Music Theater.

ADTR along with special guests Bring me The Horizon, Pierce The Veil, and local rock stars We Came As Romans will be slamming the GAMECHANGERS TOUR in your face March 22 & 23 !

Tickets are completely sold out for this show. But many Detroit radio stations are still giving aways tickets!

MOTORCITYBLOG will be in the house taking photos of the opening night ..SMILE!


Le Cirque Détroit, The Greatest Show on Earth! - TOMORROW 8pm

Designs by RebeccaMich
Scharolette Chappell Fine Art
Amy Palomar Photography
Paintings by Michelle Lieberman
Audrey Pongracz
Esther Izraelewicz
Cynthia Demkiw

2 DJs
Detroit Dubstep's DJ Matt Clarke
VJ Strokenfold (Afterhours Network/Detroit Dungeon)


Le Cirque Détroit,
The Greatest Show on Earth!

14701 W. 11 Mile Road
(Look for the Blue Watertower!)

Come one, Come all!


Photos: The Pogues ~A Parting Glass Tour ~ Dan Sultana

Happy St. Patrick's Day Detroit !

Shane MacGowan the legendary, frontman of The Pogues shared a parting glass with his devoted followers on March 4 th at The Royal Music theater. The place was filled to capacity with rebel rousing fans just hoping to get a glimpse of Shane. The last time the Pogues ventured to Detroit was over twenty years ago...and rumor has it that Shane didn't make it to the stage. They say Spider Stacy continued on with the show. Shane made it to the stage this time. The dark silhouete entered from stage left, all you could really see was a lit cigarette glowing in one hand and a drink in the other. As he slowly made his way to center stage he set his drink down and grabbed the microphone. The middle aged crowd erupted like teenagers with glorious Hoots and Hollers. Shane tends to avoid the spot light and chooses to sing in the shadows. I was unable to get a well lit shot of him during the first three songs. The crowd continued to roar as Spider said "It's been twenty years Detroit. ..Twenty fucking years to long!" The show was on ! Shane was really here and the crowd was jumping with Irish Joy. The Pogues got the party started with the classic "Streams of Whiskey!"
Streams of whiskey poured all through the night...Jameson of course! A shot of Jameson with a warm Guinness chaser !
The people raised their glasses to honor the Pogues and the their founder Shane MacGowan. This was a short US tour that started with one show in Chicago, Detroit, and Baltimore, and then two nights in Washington DC, two in Boston, and a three night stand in New York capping it off on St. Paddy's Day !
The Pogues will do a summer festival tour in select European cities and then decide what direction they will go next. Could this really be the Parting Glass?

Marche du Nain Rouge - Sunday, March 20th

The Marche du Nain Rouge will return to banish the red dwarf who has haunted Detroit for more than 300 years!


The community is invited to gather at 3rd Street Bar at 1 p.m. for the opening ceremony.


The procession will then lead revelers through North Cass Corridor and down Cass Avenue to Cass Park. This year’s festival will be more demanding in Detroiters’ efforts to run the Nain Rouge out of the city. Additions to the festival include community-constructed, man-powered chariots and more street theatre along the Marche route.


The revelry will be strong in Cass Park as Detroiters banish the Nain Rouge and celebrate anew with local bands, food provided by Slows Bar BQ and Avalon International Breads and beverages including Detroit Dwarf beer and non-alcoholic drinks.


The Marche is free!
Tickets for food and beverages can be purchased at 3rd Street Bar and Cass Park the day of the event.
Tickets are $3 each - 1 ticket for beer, 2 tickets for sandwiches.


The Night Move is providing transportation from Cass Park back to revelers' cars near 3rd Street Bar.
Service: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $2 per passenger


The Marche du Nain Rouge is calling for all Detroiters to get involved! Anyone is invited to join the Marche. For those who want to get involved by building a chariot or performing at the Marche in any way (marching band, belly dancing, miming, etc.) please e-mail

City Bird is creating a special line of Nain Rouge merchandise with a percent its sales to benefit the Marche. Products will include t-shirts, vintage style felt pennants, shot glasses, pencils and pins. Several items will feature illustrations by famed artist/cartoonist Michael Burdick. The items will be sold at City Bird and at the Cass Park portion of the festival.

Also on Friday, March 18, 6 – 9 p.m., City Bird will hold a Nain Rouge Party featuring the newly released merchandise and a Nain Rouge Shadow-Puppet Show by Mary Alice’s Menagerie

For more information about the Marche du Nain Rouge, visit

Pewter Cub/Macrame Tiger/Sleeping In The Aviary(MN)/Pink Lightning, Friday March 18

3rd Annual Trumbullplex Pisces Party, Friday March 18th

Come celebrate Pisces with friends, music, food and tarot card readings! Get dressed up.

Dance music by DJ Ho-nA-nA-nA

Donation jars will be out to support repair & maintenance of these old houses; 4210 was built in the 1880s! Tplex is one of Detroit’s oldest community art/music spaces & housing collectives.

4210 Trumbull, Detroit, MI

A Night of Noise Music at the Destroy Compound

March 13  at Destroy Compound. Wolf Eyes, Apetechnology, Rafael Toral, and Xbrainiax

When I heard of this event, it really piqued my curiosity. I'd never heard of the Destroy Compound, and judging by the address I knew it had to be some kind of D.I.Y. venue. I love finding out about these places and hearing their stories. This place isn't easy to find. If you take Trumbull north out of Woodbridge, pass under the railroad tracks, before you get to the New Center area, Trumbull turns into Lincoln street going north, and you have to...oh fuck it. I'll just link to google maps.

I was able to talk to the owner Chip for a minute and get some of the story. In regards to the former use of the building, "They used to repair automotive and industrial water pumps; vehicle water pumps. This side of the building they did diesel truck transmissions. When I bought this place this was nothing but diesel automotive parts". When he first moved in, he attached a shower massager to a sink, and using that while standing over a sewer drain allowed the residents to have something resembling a shower.

I was already quite inebriated by the time I showed up, due to . I wasn't the alpha drunk or anything, but not quite myself either. After overhearing someone tell a friend some of the troubles they had been experiencing in their personal life, I inserted myself into the conversation and gave the guy some advice based on my professional knowledge. My apologies to Gavin, whenever he might be. While the info I gave you was legit, I assure you I'm normally much better at minding my own business.

Without any prior experience in noise music, I'm not really sure how to best relate the music of the night. There's often not a discernible melody, and I often lost where the beat was supposed to be, if it was supposed to be there at all. Others in the crowd seemed to respond to crescendos that to me seemed very subtle. I had enough liquid courage to ask some complete strangers how to explain it.

First was a young woman named Olivia, who was very patient with me. She described noise music as, "Experimental, improvisational music. They're improvising in between structured songs. The tonality is heavily rhythmic, like...pulsing bass undertones. Perhaps the melody can be rather abrasive at times.". As to whether the average person would understand the music or the concepts behind noise , "Maybe the concept. I think anyone could sort of get into the sound of it, if they could get beyond the initial discomfort. Anyone who would be open to listening to someone experimental could get past the initial perplexity of the concept and could get into it. It's hard for me to judge too because I've heard them play a lot. It's hard for me at this stage to look at it from the foreign mindset, for me it sounds very familiar. I've heard much harsher. For me they're kind of melodic."

Outside before leaving I spotted Randy from Deastro. I just knew this guy could give me some more insight. As to how he would describe noise music, "It's all about breaking down constructs and shit like that. It's all about breaking down barriers and breaking all the rules. This place has broken all the rules and there needs to be some sonic representation of like, how that works, you know. I feel like that's kind of what it represents. It's cool, because Detroit's got one of the most amazing noise scenes on the planet. It's complete in its own thing. It just exists on its own. Amazing."[...]"I used to live with a couple different noise dudes, and it's a cool scene, it's really tight knit. People in it are really good people, it's the kind of music friendship that I experienced as a young kid going to christian ska and punk shows, that kind of brotherhood. Real D.I.Y. Everyone's doing it because they love it, not because they're trying to get in on the scene." For something that's sort of underground like this, it's hard for people to find out about it, but Randy tried his best to explain it. "It's always in different spots. It's all over the place. You can check out my blog, at for all the gigs that you crave. Noise gigs, hip hop gigs. There's no witch house in Detroit, but all kinds of gigs." I had to look up what witch house is.

I heard a rumor that the Destroy Compound will be hosting another show in a few months. I hope to have an update for you by then.


Wild At Heart movie review – Kaboom

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog

Wild At Heart

The movie landscape is littered with films about our sexual coming of age, though none have done it better that “Fast Times At Ridgemont High”. “Kaboom” tries to take us this ‘trip’ as we follow an 18 year old film student named Smith (Thomas Dekker from “Nightmare on Elm Street”) who despite a strong sexual appetite, has declared him “undeclared” as he shares gossip with his best friend Stella (a lesbian who also likes having as many partners as possible). We also have the roommate Thor who talks straight but acts like a closet gay. The sci-fi part of the films comes from some dreams Smith is having in regards to two visually sexy women who eventually bleed over into his real life leaving him to wonder if he has discovered a potentially world altering conspiracy or maybe just some bad drugs.

The movie starts off fun and it is easy to get carried away by some of the bizarre situations (this film actually brought back memories of “Liquid Sky”) but the film squanders this by its ending. My favorite part is where the character London, Smith new girlfriend who is also having the same dreams, explains in detail to a boy how to please her. It is so matter of fact and sexy that one wishes the whole film was so adventurous. The main thing I wonder about is how the main character is always obsessing about getting laid when it seems to be thrown at him every day. This film had a lot of potential and has a lot of nice moments and dialogue. It even has a killer soundtrack with bands like The Big Pink, Interpol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but if they could only come up with a better ending, this could have as good as “Kick-Ass” or “Scott Pilgrim”. It still has some nice reasons to watch but it could have been so much more.

My grade is a C and starts Friday, March 18 at the Main Art Theatre.

Wild At Heart movie review – Budrus

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Wild At Heart

As long as I live, I don’t think I’ll ever truly understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and there is no way I’m going to summarize it here in a few paragraphs. Face it, there is something that causes them to hate each other to the point where they both want to kill each other and I think with a western point of view, we get the impression that the Palestinians are the main culprit of violence in the area. Their history is filled with bouts of violence and this documentary by Julia Bacha sets itself up to a positive image of an Palestinian town that used non-violence to fend off Israeli aggression.

The town of Budrus is on the West Bank with a population of 1500 and lies near where the State of Israel is in the process of building a 760km fence designed to protect Israeli civilians from Palestinian terrorism (of which there has been a decline since the wall has been built). What this meant to Budrus though was that the town would be encircled by this fence, taking away about 300 acres of their farmland which contain approx 3000 olive trees. While olive trees might not seem like much, they are the main source of revenue for the small town as well being sacred to the town’s history. The wall will also affect eight other nearby villages that once enclosed would diminish their access to fields, offices, construction sites and university classrooms as well as friends and relatives outside the wall.

As the film starts, about 60 trees have been demolished in the drawing of the path the wall will take. The film’s main focus is on the work of Ayed Morrar, a Palestinian leader who made the decision that the town should fight the Israeli’s through the use of nonviolent resistance. While not totally unheard of, the movement of civil disobedience was actually defined as being in opposition to violence. Even the traditional use of stone-throwing was condemned by the movement and placed the women of the town in the front lines causing all sorts of quandaries for the Israeli military.

Bacha has made a few documentaries concerning issues in the area and this might be her best effort. While focused on the Palestinians, the film does it’s part in showing not only the actual protests but the response by the Israeli military, including a funny comment by a ranking Israeli military leader who probably didn’t make his bosses too happy with his comments. It is nice seeing this side of the conflict which rarely gets reported on in this country and can be eye-opening for those trying to understand the conflict in greater detail. We also see Israeli supporters traveling to Budrus to march side-by-side with their Palestinian brothers which really makes one wonder what all the fuss is about over there. I am surprised this film didn’t get a nod from the Academy since it is definitely deserving of such. A must see for those who enjoy the news or history and wish every conflict could be solved by such means.

Please go see this movie. I give the movie an A-.

The movie starts Friday, March 18 at the Main Art Theatre and on Thursday, March 24 at 7:15PM, Rebecca Abou Chedid of Just Vision will be at the theatre. Just Vision is a nonprofit non-partisan and religiously unaffiliated peace organization that informs Israeli, Palestinian and international audiences about under-documented joint civilian efforts between the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve the conflict nonviolently.