Thursday, April 24, 2014

SouthTown, Ann Arbor's newest neighborhood

Gentle readers, as you know I am a big fan of naming neighborhoods. SouthTown, according to this new website, is the area north of Eisenhower and bounded by State and Packard. It contains the previously recognized Lower Burns Park Neighborhood. Also, from the SouthTown website:

SouthTown is a self recognized community.

The weaving thread that runs through SouthTown is a speckle of satire, and a shtickel of mirth.

The essence of this community can be communicated as a unique collective. A place to visit. A walkable neighborhood of homes and small, independent, locally owned businesses.

SouthTown is a space for commerce, arts, positive gatherings and ecologically regenerative development.

I applaud the naming of the SouthTown area, but it seems rather and heterogeneous. Perhaps folks will come up with names for the different regions of SouthTown. Current residents (and foremer) of the area, do you have thoughts on SouthTown and/or its microhoods?

H/T: Mary Morgan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

David Sedaris at Literati

David Sedaris has been a fixture at the Michigan Theater, but price points make his appearances out of reach for some of us. It turns out, he's coming to Literati, this June. Tickets are obtained by buying copies of his paperback, when it arrives. This is big news for Ann Arbor, BIG news for Literati. 

Free Uber for two weeks

Uber is here. To celebrate, the company is giving Ann Arbor residents two free weeks of rides. Here are the details from their blog:
HOW DOES IT WORK? Download the Uber app and enter the code A2LAUNCH. Already Uber? The code works for you too! Text* A2LAUNCH to 827-222

To request a ride, toggle the slider at the bottom of your Uber app to choose uberX or BLACK. Within minutes, you’ll get a curbside pickup from your own private driver

Each rider will be eligible for 10 FREE Uber rides! (Up to $25 per ride)

FREE rides only available in Ann Arbor and end May 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Crazy show in the Arb tonight

Looks like there is going to be a pretty crazy concert at the amphitheater in the Arb tonight starting at 8:30.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday = Noodle-geddon

Today is noodle-geddon! Slurping Turtle and Tomukun Korean BBQ throw open their doors today, giving downtown Ann Arborites two new destinations to eat delicious Asian food. (Note: I know Tomukun Korean BBQ isn't noodle-centric like their Noodle Bar, but "Two New Downtown Restaurants Open Today" is a boring headline).

Slurping Turtle is headed by mini-celebrity Chef Takashi Yagihashi and has won rave reviews for their Chicago location. Tomukun Korean BBQ is the add-on to the popular and delicious Tomukun Noodle Bar, offering communal dining.

My fearless culinary prediction: both locations will do great business and find themselves regularly busy for years to come. Tomukun has the toughest test of the bunch, having to overcome the haunted location (RIP @Burger, RIP Grand Traverse Pie Company) but those guys are smart.

Hooray for food!

Michigan Football Fandom Predictor

There was a really interesting opinion piece in The New York Times on Sunday looking at how childhood shapes which sports teams we root for as adults. The thesis: successful teams leave imprints on young fans that last well into adulthood. 

The study says the sweet spot for hooking youngsters is age 8-12. Win a championship during those ages and boys are up to 8% more likely to become lifelong fans. But what of the inverse? What if the team your dad and uncles and maybe older brothers follow when you’re eight years-old sucks?

Let’s argue that from 2005 to present (nine seasons), Michigan football has been inconsistent and pretty mediocre. Two 11-win seasons (2006, 2011), one 9-win season and a single 8-win season (which most Michigan fans would see as a disappointing year). Then three 7-win seasons, a five-win and a three-win (sorry, Rich Rod).

Totally Awesome Fest this week

TAF PRESS CONFERENCE 2014 from dirty bros. quality productions on Vimeo.

Totally Awesome Fest 2014 started yesterday with an Ypsilanti-wide Easter Egg Hunt. Here's some of what's coming up later this week. Via MarkMaynard.Com:


Ypsilanti District Library – Michigan Ave. Branch (229 W. Michigan Ave.):

9:00 p.m. Ypsilanti Library-To-Library Walking Tour w/ host Mark Maynard Poetry Eating Contest & Pie Reading Competition to follow at Water Street Commons Library


Electric Waterfall Castle (308 Washtenaw Ave.):

Doors at 9:00 p.m. 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. “Taco Tuesday Noize Nite”: one hour of simultaneous performances in each room of the venue (with snacks TBA) featuring Andara, Chemical Valley, Croidoid, DJ Homonormal Park, JAV, Magic Markers, MC Trashpedal, Ooze Dude, Princess Xanthipe, Thom Elliott, and more!


Voss Acres (4847 Merritt Rd.):

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Outdoor Film and Pizza Pajama Party. Local films including “Telepathic Telephones“, Totally Awesome Fest 10: Totally Awesome Week Press Conference (Extended Director’s Cut)”, and “Surprise in the Woods” will be shown and free pizza from Voss’s Zas will be served.


The Ugly Mug Cafe (317 W. Cross St.):

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Totally Awesome Patio Party

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ypsilanti Egg Hunt

For the start of Totally Awesome Fest, Easter eggs were hidden around ypsilanti. There are still some undiscovered around town. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Garbage Disposal Love

My wonderful friend Sam found this sign in her neighbor's lawn. I would say garbage disposals are becoming the new box of chocolates.