Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bike share starts today

Ann Arbor's bike share program, ArborBike, starts today. You can now rent bikes from any one of 6 current bike stations:

Gentle readers, have any of you had an chance to use these bikes yet?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Detroit regional cocktails

Back in 2011, when we were young, we posted a friend's recipe for what he calls a "Motor City Mixer:" Double shot of vodka, glass of ice, Faygo Rock & Rye. Our good friends over on Gawker have posted a list of the 13 finest regional cocktails. To the chagrin of several commentors, the original Gawker list lacks any Detroit regional cocktails. Fortunately the commentors were quick to provide suggestions of their favorite Detroit regional cocktails:

1. The Ambassador: Vernors and Canadian Club

2. Zug Island Iced Tea: Canadian Club, Popov, Five O'Clock Gin, and El Toro Tequila topped with Faygo Moon Mist. Strain through an asbestos filter and serving over chilled Detroit River Rocks.

Gentle readers, do you have any suggestions for regional cocktails? Perhaps some that do not involve industrial waste?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nerd Nite tonight: Bubbles and Exoplanets

After you're done seeing Pussy Riot tonight, make sure you head on down to Live to go to see Nerd Nite. Tonight's talks are on bubbles and exoplanets. Thanks to the AADL, there is no cover.

Spamalot at Encore Theater in Dexter

Gentle readers, are you ready for some exciting news? Damn Arbor's very own Erika Jost is making her professional theater debut tonight in Encore Theater's production of Monty Python's Spamalot. I saw the dress rehearsal last night and I can attest that the show is awesome. It has everything you could every want in a musical: singing, dancing, British humor, and a marriage. You should definitely check it out.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pussy Riot at the Michigan Theater tomorrow

The founding members of Russian punk art collective, Pussy Riot, are giving the Penny Stamps lecture tomorrow at the Michigan Theater. The lecture starts at 5:10 pm and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Lunch Room's got a Liquor License

Great news for vegans and drinkers alike: the Lunch Room now has a liquor license and will start selling drinks at 7pm Friday. I look forward to seeing the concoctions Joel and Phyllis come up with.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Break a leg, Quinn

Damn Arbor's very own Quinn Davis is currently back stage at the Ann Arbor Moth's Grand Slam. Good luck Quinn and all the other story-slammers out there. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tomorrow is First Friday in Ypsilanti

Tomorrow night, there is a very special bee-themed First Friday in Ypsilanti. I wonder of Gob is on board?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Umich football alums working on building community gardens

Vincent Smith, Martavious Odoms, and Denard Robinson are working on building community gardens now that they are done playing football. The project started building community gardens in the Greater Miami Area (where Odoms hails from), and now they are building gardens in Southeast Michigan. Via /r/uofm:
Hey Reddit, this is Vincent Smith, yes I got hit by Clowney, and more important we are working to bring community gardens as a project after playing football.

The idea was to network with Alumni to do great things with our football fame and success. So I am posting to get suggestions on how to grow more and invite everyone to make suggestions so we can get bigger and better.

Right now we are just starting and we have one garden up and are working on getting another here in Michigan.

We want to let people know about what we are doing, and also to let you know that we will be around this fall in town and we are set up in the old Le Dog on Liberty with some tshirts and are telling you because reddit helped us get our start with our project (called the #EATING project). So if you want to hang out or say whats up or bring your kids to play catch come on by. I will also be around for tailgating.

Tl;Dr We played football for Michigan, now we plant gardens. Help us if you have ideas of time.

Pretty cool.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kind words on Michigan Beer from Thrillist

Thrillist has just ranked Michigan as the 4th best beer state. Notably, Michigan is the only state in the top 5 east of the Mississippi. Here's what they had to say:
Beer in Michigan is a way of life, an economic booster that’s helping Detroit pull out of the apocalypse and a soul cleanser up in the UP, where long winters are made better with a growler from Ore Dock. And if that’s not convincing enough, consider this: in Ann Arbor and East Lansing, when the chaos of a tailgate clears, you’ll see as many empty bottles of craft beer scattered about as you will tallboys with holes punched in the side. In Michigan, beer love starts early.