Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spooktacular Nerd Nite tonight

Gentle readers, are you looking for a seasonal plate censer after watching last night's debate? fortunately for you, there is a Halloween themed Nerd Nite tonight at Live. Friend of Damn Arbor, @proctor's talk on the History of Spirit Communication Technology. She promises the talk will include ghostly cat videos. There will also be talks about serial killers in the American West and the history of women in comics. Doors are at 6:30 and the talks begin at 7. Cover is free thanks to the AADL.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Last day to register to vote in November Election

Gentle reader, are you getting as excited about the November Election as I am? Not only is there the presidential race, there are several important local and regional races. I am particularly excited about the opportunity to vote on the Regional Transit Authority millage. It promises to be an exciting election season.

Here's the catch: if you want to vote in the November 8th election, you have until today to register to vote, or to update your registration. You can register at any Secretary of State branch office and at the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti City Clerk's offices. The Ypsilanti City Clerk will be open until midnight tonight so there is not excuse not to register.

Happy voting gentle readers.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Exciting weekend in Ypsilanti

Gentle readers, are you getting pumped for an exciting weekend in Ypsilanti? Heritage Festival starts tonight and runs through Sunday in Riverside Park. It promises live music and an eclectic mix of history, entertainment and vendors. If you're looking for a reason to get out of Ann Arbor, look no further.

After you check out Heritage Fest, why not swing by DIYpsi, it's just up the hill at Corner Brewery. DIYpsi will also feature an eclectic group of vendors hawking their wares. It's always a fun event.

So gentle reader, will we see you in Ypsi this weekend?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Go Big at Nerd Nite

Nerd Nite 37 is tonight at Live. There will be lectures on everything from Wagner to genetic engineering and data storage. Doors open at 6:30 and the presentations start at 7:00. Cover is free thanks to the Ann Arbor District Library.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

#A2Council Viewing Party July 7

During the July 7 City Council meeting, we’ll be hosting a viewing party at Workantile, the Main St. coworking space. Join us!

City council meetings start at 7pm, so we'll gather at Workantile around 6:45. We'll have a video feed of the meeting running on a big TV, and many of the #A2Council Twitter folk plus our friends will be there for real-time commentary and socializing.

Arborwiki has a preview of the meeting's agenda.

Whether you're heavily invested in local politics or just curious, this should be a fun and useful event. All are welcome.

Please bring your own drinks & snacks, if you're so inclined.

Workantile's address is 118 S. Main St.
Facebook event: Ann Arbor City Council Viewing Party.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

LWV hosts public forum on Water Street debt reduction millage tonight

Gentle readers, the most important election of 2016 is just weeks away. Not only will the August Primary determine the composition of the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti City Councils, but citizens of Ypsilanti will also get a chance to vote on the Water Street debt reduction millage. If you'd like to know more about the millage proposal, the League of Women Voters is hosting a public forum tonight at the EMU Student Center, Room 320 from 5:30 - 7:00. Mark Maynard has a good article with background on the issue of the Water Street debt.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Annual NPNA Yard Sale tomorrow

Gentle readers, tomorrow is the annual Normal Park Neighborhood Association multi-house yard sale. 98 houses will be having yard sales, so swing by Ypsilanti and see what's for sale.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Issues & Ale discusses 1,4 Dioxane Contamination tonight at Bill's Beer Garden

UPDATE: due to weather, this event has been moved to tomorrow, June 2nd. 

Michigan Radio's Issues and Ale will be at Bill's Beer Garden tonight to discuss a topic very near and dear to my heart: the contamination of Ann Arbor's groundwater with the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane by Gelman Sciences. By way of background, in the 1960s Gelman Sciences' plant in Scio Township began pumping wastewater into a holding lagoon behind their facility on Wagner Road. This was legal at the time, but the lagoons did not hold. By the mid 1980s groundwater tests showed elevated levels of 1,4 dioxane. In the 1990s two things happened: Gelman Sciences was sold to Pall Corporation and a consent judgement between the city, Michigan DEQ and Pall Corporation set up terms of a clean up. You can read more about this history of Gelman Scientific groundwater contamination on the Ann Arbor Chronicle.

Recently, the DEQ has proposed reducing the acceptable level of 1,4 dioxane in drinking water from 85 parts per billion (ppb) to 7.2 ppb. This brings us to tonight. Lester Graham is hosting a panel discussion at Bill's Beer Garden from 6:30 to 8:00 discussing our lovely dioxane plume and possibilities for remediating this problem. You wont want to miss it.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Antiquarian Book Fair tomorrow

The 38th Annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair is tomorrow in the Ballroom of the Michigan Union. It is co-hosted by Jay Platt of West Side Book Shop and Garrett Scott, Bookseller of Larrytown Fame. Cover is just $5 and it benefits William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. From the press release:

In one room for one day you will find one of the best book shops in the Midwest: antiquarian booksellers from across the country offering everything from sixteenth century books to 1960s radical posters, or literature ranging from shining leather-bound sets to classic children’s literature to Beat poets. You can also get your hands on manuscripts and autographs, old photographs, maps, and prints.
Here's the real question: will there be occult books?

Friday, May 20, 2016

YPT's Tarzan this weekend at the Power Center

Here's a controversial statement: I like the soundtrack to Tarzan better than the soundtrack to the Lion King. Case closed1.

Gentle readers, this weekend Young People's Theater's production of Disney's Tarzan is playing at the Power Center. I'm biased, because EJ choreographed it, but you should totally see it. The music is all by Phil Collins, so you know it's great. The set and costumes are outstanding. In fact, everyone who has been working on the show, from the kids to the directorial team has done an incredible job. I know it will be awesome. Tickets are just $15 and $10 for children, students and seniors. You can buy them here. Performances are at the following times:

Friday, May 20, 2016 7:00pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:00pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 7:00pm
Sunday, May 22, 2016 2:00pm

1. Griffon McElroy: My Brother, My Brother and Me

Photo by Sabine Gabaron