Mike Wrathell


Review: “Baywatch” Movie is a Risque, Rowdy Romp

TweetI went to an advance screening of the new “Baywatch” movie at the MJR Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16 on Tuesday night and had a good time. Ever since I moved to L.A. for a year in 1980, I’ve been in love with the Pacific Ocean. It was love at first sight. We were both emotionally available. I was in love with a girl from Cincinnati; but I had room in my heart for Earth’s largest ocean, too. The movie starts off with some great principal photography of said Ocean,Read More

U of M: A Friend of Student-Athletes?

Tweet“One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.” ~~~Euripides   I hadn’t addressed the Regents of my alma mater for a couple of years; and, what with a few new faces on board, I signed up to stand up for student-athletes – my sixth address to Them. The entire address was recorded by my intrepid webmaster, Jason; but let me make a few comments here before I let youRead More

WATCH: 420 Day celebrated in Ann Arbor, Michigan (U of M campus)

TweetAmericaJR’s Mike Wrathell reports from the University of Michigan central campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. 420 day is known as “marijuana culture’s high holiday.” April 20 has become a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the legalization of cannabis. In this video, watch for interviews with Arleen Kosak, Owner of Stairway to Heaven, Madison Ortiz with Hemp-Infused CannaSmack and two University of Michigan students.    

Opera Review: ‘The Girl of the Golden West’ Hits Detroit

Tweet “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~~~Ben Franklin   I’m trying to get myself edumacated. So, when I saw that a relatively obscure, but highly underrated Giacomo Puccini opera was coming to Detroit, I decided it had my name on it. Ben Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” He’s so right. Right AF. So, and it might help that I’m a bit OC, before I went to the Detroit Opera House last Saturday to see the opera, I watched theRead More

The Hidden Language of Modern Dance

TweetDance is the hidden language of the soul of the body. ~~~Martha Graham Last Saturday night in Detroit was a veritable urban petri dish of battling forces. Modern Dance versus Monster Trucks. Cars vs. parking spaces. Ford Field vs. The Detroit Opera House. Bolero vs. Chewing Tobacco. It took me a while; but I finally parked in an alley and caught the last few minutes of a beautiful modern dance with Revel’s “Bolero” right before Intermission. I say “with” and not “set to” or “inspired by” or “accompanying” because ofRead More

The North American International Auto Show of Detroit Must Go On!!!!!

Tweet“…the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.” ~~~Juvenal DETROIT — The auto show has come a long way since 2009 when some people thought it was all she wrote. Armed with my press pass on Opening Day of Press Week at the NAIAS, I went over to the Lincoln Exhibit as is my wont to check out the super-hot models.Read More

Election 2016: Trump Rebounds Roaringly in Detroit

TweetDETROIT — The Trumpster delivered a flawless address to the Detroit Economic Club, the media, Secret Service agents with strawberry-shaped lapel pins on their suits, and 14 hecklers (none of whom heard the whole dollop) Monday afternoon at Cobo Hall in Motown. Trump outlined his economic plan, the details of which will be flushed out in the near future. Around 2,000 souls attended, per a Trump estimate. The IRS’s tax brackets will be streamlined from seven to three. 33 percent, 25 percent, and 12 percent. Some poor folks won’t haveRead More

Opera review: Mozart Mows Through Motown

TweetAnyone who’s ever seen the movie about Mozart from the 80’s called Amadeus knows that little Wolfgang was a wild thing as a little boy. He grew up in Salzburg, Austria with musical parents, and was encouraged early on to follow in their footsteps. While still a boy, he had footsteps that made Big Foot green with envy! Wolfgang eventually took Vienna by storm, and was the Cat’s Meow across Europe by the time he began his final musical score for The Magic Flute. It was a commissioned work. IRead More

Play review: ‘Macbeth’ Strings Up Detroit

TweetDETROIT — I went and saw the opening night of Macbeth at the Detroit Opera House on Saturday. There’s always an excitement in the air on opening night. I remember one opening night seeing “Rocky” with my buddies at Showcase Cinemas in Sterling Heights when I was in high school. The entire theater gave it a standing ovation after the final scene. Yo, Adrian! Any classic’s audience on the opening night of its run has an ambiance of a certain energy, a certain electricity, that only happens one time. AtRead More

Crain’s Detroit Business Awards The Ilitch Clan

TweetDETROIT — Crain’s Detroit Business, a publication spewed out by Crain Communications, a local publishing conglomerate, honored Christopher and Mike Ilitch at MotorCity Casino on Tuesday, February 9th. Mike the Pizza King behind Little Caesers couldn’t make it due to a scheduling conflict. However, Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings was there, speaking at some length about the new, yet-to-be-named ice arena replacing The Joe in Autumn 2017. I asked him at the press conference before the newsmaker event what “it” will be named. He said an announcementRead More