Friday, March 27, 2015

New Music From Ypsi: Junglefowl

Ypsi-based rock duo Junglefowl will debut their new EP "Strut" this weekend in a record release show at Crossroads Bar and Grill. Having received a super-secret sneak preview of the new album, we at Damn Arbor can testify that it's packed to the gills with badass female vocals, fuzzed-out guitars and the kind of two-person garage-rock punch that can't help calling to mind the White Stripes. We've known vocalist and drummer Melissa Coppola as a folkie for her past work in Match By Match, but who knew she could rock this hard?

Jam the single here, then go buy the record and hear all the new tunes live on Saturday. Plus all proceeds from the door benefit the excellent nonprofit Girls Rock Detroit. What more can you ask for?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wurst Challenge II this Sunday at Wurst Bar

Gentle Readers, the second annual Wurst Challenge is this Sunday at the Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti. EJ and I went to the Wurst Challenge last year and it was super fun. This year's event promises not to disappoint.

Street closures Sunday for the Ann Arbor Marathon

The city just sent out this reminder about street closures on Sunday. Plan accordingly, gentle readers…

The Observer's Film Festival preview

The nice folks at the Ann Arbor Observer have a short preview for the Film Festival, here: "Ann Arbor Film Festival: The art of the wait".

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Aerial Deer Counts are in

Gentle reader, check out these slick maps showing the results of Ann Arbor's helicopter deer counts. As you can see from the map from March 6th 2015, it looks like 5 deer were spotted in the vicinity of Packard and Wells. Am I reading that right?

H/T: @cdzombak

Monday, March 16, 2015

Check out this City Council Cheat Sheet from the Daily

Check out the Daily's awesome cheat sheet for tonight's #a2council meeting. Click here for the entire card.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival begins next week

The 53rd Film Festival runs March 24-29th. It'll feature hundreds of films, videos, and live performances from around the world.

Given my personal propensity for computer-involved art, I'm particularly looking forward to the Computer Age presentations on March 25th (1953-1969, 1971-1987).

Around Perception by Pierre H├ębert
I had the pleasure last Wednesday of seeing Don Hertzfeldt's delightfully surreal World of Tomorrow, and so I can highly recommend that you do the same, on March 27.

World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt
The festival isn't all films! I'm super excited to check out Jane Cassidy's installations at Work Gallery, which opened yesterday and will run into April.

And I could go on about other things I want to see, but instead I'll point you, gentle reader, to the schedule to peruse for yourself.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Check out the Saturday Six Pack

Gentle reader, tonight I will be making my radio debut on Mark Maynard's Saturday Six Pack. I'll be on after State Representative Jeff Irwin and local historian Matt Siegfried.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

See Buyer and Cellar at Theater Nova

Gentle reader, you should see Sebastian Gerstner in Theater Nova's Buyer and Cellar. It is a hilarious one-man show about an unemployed actor who lands a gig working in the fake mall in Barbra Streisead's basement. Yes, Ms. Streisand has a fake mall in her basement. Watch the clip of her promoting her design book on Oprah.  Buyer and Cellar dares to ask: "what if someone worked in that basement mall?"

Sebastian does an outstanding job in the show. I couldn't help but feel like I was spending a lovely evening with a friend recounting his halarious story of working for Ms. Streisand. Beyond the great acting, I think Jonathan Tolins' play really does a great job capturing our complex feelings about Ms. Streisand: a talented performer who has a reputation for being a bit controlling at times. 

Gentle reader, I can't recommend Buyer and Cellar enough. Theater Nova is doing a great job making a theater space at Yellow Barn. Also, tickets are pay what you can, so you really have no excuse not to go. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DTE: Make hay while the sun shines

Hi DTE, how are you doing?

I saw that you decided to withdraw your proposal to build Michigan's largest solar array at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport. Guess you guys didn't want to deal with the inter-municipal angst between Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township. Well you know who would just love a solar array? That's right, Washtenaw County's oldest municipality, Ypsilanti. In fact, if you decide to put your solar array here, we can even add an extra verse to Lee Osler's classic, Back to Ypsilanti, about how Ypsilanti has Michigan's largest solar array. Just, you know, something for you to think about DTE.