Friday, August 22, 2014

DIYpsi this weekend at Corner Brewery

DIYpsi is tomorrow and Sunday at Corner Brewery. Check out the yarn-bombed trees on the poster. That's how you know it'll be cool.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nerd Nite tonight

Nerd Nite is tonight and it's free (thanks AADL). You should totally check it out. Hurry though, it starts in just 45 minutes.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shedgate update

Via Michigan Radio. 

The Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit have come to an agreement regarding the controversial Farmers Market sheds GPP built in the middle of Kerchival. According to Michigan Radio, GPP will remove the sheds and both cities will work to remove blight around the Farmers Market. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Vote for Sister Pie on Hatch Detroit

Our good friends over at Sister Pie are one of the four finalists for Hatch Detroit's funding competition. If you feel inclined to throw them some love, head on over to Hatch and give them a vote. You can vote once per day until the end of the competition. In other Sister Pie news, there was a great interview with head baker and elder sister, Lisa over on the Metro Times.

Hoopin' at the AADL

The Ann Arbor District Library is gettin' all hip, you guys. They're having a hula hooping meet up called - get this - Hula Hoopla. I finally know the name of my future son's third birthday party (um quick PSA for the fiancé: not pregs, I just like plannin' party themes, y'all!).

The event is for all ages except for babies because babies can barely figure out standing, so this would just be cruel. It's tomorrow night from 7-8 p.m. at the Mallett Creek branch of the AADL. You should probably go if you ever wanna be as cool as the hula hooping lady in the "Happy" video.

Thanks to Tony Fischer for the phot.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Motor City Tap Fest

Today is the last day of Motor City Tap Fest, four days of tap classes and performances with internationally renowned dancers and choreographers (including Chloe Arnold from Syncopated Ladies, as featured on So You Think You Can Dance, clip below). The festival is the brainchild of metro Detroit native and former Rockette Denise Caston, and it culminates tonight with Motor City Soles at Orchestra Hall, featuring performances from the esteemed faculty of MCTF and Detroit Tap Repertory. Tickets available here.

Sidenote: yesterday I was fitted for my first pair of Miller and Ben tap shoes by Ofer Ben, who will be performing tonight at Motor City Soles. It was...pretty cool.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

If you come to Ypsilanti in the next couple days, check out the heritage festival. Taking over frog island and depot town, the festival will last till Sunday with food, music and good tidings. 

Bezonki Awards - August 15, 2014

The Ann Arbor Chronicle's annual Bezonki Awards are tonight, August 15, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Zingerman's Events in Kerrytown (the former eve and Kerrytown Bistro space).

Bezonki is the inscrutable and inimitable cartoon that has run in the Chronicle for a number of years, painted by Alvey Jones. The awards ceremonies recognize exceptional individuals in the community, as seen through the eyes of the Chronicle.

The Chronicle itself is coming to an end in September 2014 after a 6 year run, so this may be the final round of Bezonki Awards. Their note to that effect:

Note: The annual Bezonki award festivities will still take place – on Friday, Aug. 15  – and you’re invited. The open house will run from 6-8 p.m. at Zingerman’s Events on Fourth in Kerrytown. There will be teeter-tottering and general merriment. Publisher Mary Morgan will follow up with a final word on Sept. 2, after the city council meeting ends. That will be our final report filed from the hard benches of city hall.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Penny Stamps 2014 fall schedule

The program for the free Fall 2014 Penny Stamps lecture series has been published. All events are on Thursdays at 5:10 p.m. at the Michigan Theater unless noted.

September 11, 2014: Anna Deavere Smith
September 18, 2014: Pussy Riot
September 25, 2014: Rei Inamoto

October 2, 2014: Fred Tomaselli
October 9, 2014: Phil Gilbert, IBM
October 16, 2014: FoodCorps - Ian Cheney & Kurt Ellis
Friday, October 17, 2014: Amie Siegel & Kathleen Forde, 5:30 p.m. at the Helmut Stern Auditorium
October 23, 2014: Random International
October 30, 2014: Ryoji Ikeda

November 6, 2014: Inta Ruka
November 13, 2014: Anab Jain, Superflux
November 20, 2014: Françoise Mouly

December 4, 2014: Seth Ellis

Follow the @UM_Stamps Twitter account for updates.

Friday, August 8, 2014

All good things...

The Ann Arbor Chronicle has just announced that they will be winding down their coverage of local politics on September 2th. I'm sad that we will be losing their incredible coverage. That said, I understand the decision. The amount of effort it takes to cover so many public meeting every week is tremendous. I'll probably have more to write about this later.