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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Shameless Promotion: Young People's Theater presents Tarzan

Tickets for Tarzan presented by Young People's Theater go on sale today! Order them here.

It's a good show that doesn't get done a lot, and there's a lot of dancing. That's all I have to say.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Move over Pizza Rat, Pizza Squirrel's in town

Ann Arbor finally has an answer to New York City's famed Pizza Rat: Pizza Squirrel. Tonight a fox squirrel in Liberty Plaza is eating well. Apparently though, the squirrel does not like pepperoni.

h/t: /u/ravenwilde

Friday, March 11, 2016

Ann Arbor Sentinel, a new satirical website

Gentle readers, there is a new website satirizing life in Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Sentinel,which is authored by an anonymous "Faithful Reporter," has already cranked out 4 articles since its inception in late February. Hopefully the Sentinel will keep satirizing us for years to come.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ain't no party like a #a2council party

Gentle reader, if you're like me this week's elections have made you pumped for politics. If you're looking to get your political fix locally, why not stop by Workantile tonight to watch #a2council with us? The viewing party starts at 6:45. It's BYOB and BYO snack. Hope to see you there.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Discover Larrytown Ann Arbor

Gentle readers, have you been to Larrytown? Centered around the section of Packard between Stadium and Jewett, the Larrytown Corridor is a trendy commercial district and home to several local businesses including: eat, Morgan and York, Garrett Scott, Bookseller, Fraser's Pub, and Ricewood BBQ. According to the Larrytown website, the name Larrytown, was selected for the neighborhood "for its obvious euphony, the faint echo of another local destination district..."


Ricewood BBQ is open for the 2016 season

Friday, March 4, 2016

Ricewood BBQ is now open for the 2016 season

Ricewood BBQ opened for the 2016 season at 11:08 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2. Frank Fejeran and his crew took the order for ticket number 50, a order of brisket (spicy) on rice ($12), with a side of cucumber salad and a Kool Aid ($1) to drink, at 11:38 a.m. About six minutes later my order was up, packaged to go in a sturdy container.
The line at that time still stretched from the truck next to the Morgan and York entrance in the courtyard at 1928 Packard Road south through the snowy parking lot out to Jorn Court. At 12:43 p.m. there was still a line, albeit a shorter line, and ticket 102 was served to Dan Freidus, a numismatist from Barton Hills known for his 1994 study of the Higley Coppers who joined me there1.
At about a minute a ticket, the line was moving at a deliberate and steady pace. Parking behind Morgan and York was tight, with Michigan State Police patrol car 1221 taking advantage of an open spot in front of the dumpster. The patrolman had an animated conversation with an MLive reporter, Jessica Webster, who was covering the event, and they exchanged cards.
Frank spent some of his time in the truck, a black Grumman, and some tending to his two smokers: a Meadow Creek that had been in use in 2015, and a new smoker acquired that had been put to new use preparing 16 orders of BBQ chicken. The chicken is an addition to the 2016 menu;

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Washtenaw County emergency siren tests begin Saturday; Ann Arbor siren tests begin Tuesday

ArborWX has details on outdoor emergency siren tests which begin this month in the City and County, plus what to do when they sound for real (spoiler: take cover and tune to WEMU 89.1 FM or WWWW 102.9 FM).
Washtenaw County operated sirens will be tested at noon on the first Saturday of every month from March through October. This means that this Saturday, March 5, at noon is the first Washtenaw County siren test of the year
The City of Ann Arbor’s sirens are tested every second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm. Testing of sirens is performed from March through November. This means that this Tuesday, March 8, at 1 pm. is the first City siren test of the year.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mark your calendar: Presidential primaries and county-wide ballot proposal on Tuesday, March 8

There's an election next Tuesday, March 8! Here's what you need to know.

Election information from the City of Ann Arbor (click to view full-size)

In addition to voting for presidential primary candidates, there's a countywide proposal on the ballot on renewing a .20-mill levy to fund our county's enhanced emergency communications system.