Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Via: The Ann Arbor Chronicle
Even if you don't make it out tonight, listen to Franchise Wings here:
Who knew Saline was such a bastion of progressive wedding cake toppers? This picture comes from Sandy Bledsoe, who has begun to doubt the cake toppers were made by Baker's Nook:
The more I think about it, the more I start to wonder: what's more likely? That 4 middle-aged ladies in Saline deliberately set up a gay interracial cake topper? Or that someone like me came in and saw them on the shelf and subverted the original (heteronormative) display. I think the latter is easier to believe, but still, it was definitely refreshing to see.
Personally, I want to believe.
As I was walking home last night I came across the headless corpse of this snowman. The snow had not even stopped falling when this snowman was heinously murdered. I can't believe how unsafe Ann Arbor has become in recent years. I remember when a snowman could last all winter in this city without being decapitated.
Tragic isn't it? It's gotta be really hard to be forced to paint over a life-size picture of yourself. Pangea's web series is pretty slick.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The Huron River is swelling. The intermittent precipitation the area has received since Sunday has caused the mighty Huron to surge within 40 cm (1.25 ft) of flood stage. The river is forecast to crest at 5 m (16.30 ft) at 7:00 pm tomorrow. That's a whole 10 cm (0.30 ft) above flood stage. As you can see on the map below, many of the rivers in the area have discharges that are currently above the 90th percentile
Mr. Connor Barrie and I went to the Bar at 327 Braun Court last week for its soft open. Despite the torrential downpour, it was packed, but we managed to get a table in the corner. We've filed our report below: keep it in mind, as the bar is now open Tuesday through Saturday nights.
Monday, November 28, 2011
"When You Sleep" is shaping up to be good. Can't wait!
This Friday, shops in down town and Kerrytown will be open late as the holiday gift buying frenzy shifts into full gear. Not that I'm a sucker for holiday gimmicks, but there is a rumor that Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County will be roaming Main Street from 7-9 pm. Last year, after checking out Main street some friends and I ended the night at a wonderful wine tasting in Kerrytown at Everyday Wines. There is something great about seeing down town all lit up and seeing so many people out enjoying themselves in the cold. It was a really fun evening.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Perhaps that title should be invaded by snowpeople. Regardless, storefronts throughout the city have been invaded by these cartoon snowpeople. Is there one artist that paints these in Ann Arbor, or several artists that all paint the same style of snowperson?
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tree Town: Mary Morgan & Dave Askins, founders of the Ann Arbor Chronicle, who’ve labored for many years to build an alternative local news source. The greenbelt millage; the strong (for a metro its size) transit system; the generally tolerant citizenry; the tremendous support for the arts; the natural beauty of the area.
I think we really have a lot to be thankful for here. The natural beauty, the strong economy and a great spirit of creativity.
So gentle readers, what are you thankful for in Ann Arbor, or your city?
Bedford (the inventor of SweeTango) attended Wheaton College in Illinois, where, as a biology major, he became interested in plant breeding, and where he tasted a really good apple for the first time. Another student had brought a bushel back from Michigan. "I said, 'Oh, my gosh, this is what I've been missing.' It was the beginning of my awakening."
Watch out! Black factory workers in Detroit are hurting our troops! I really can't believe this video. A blunt easier to roll than a joint? Why I never.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Looking for a 1997 National Champions shirt to rub it in after U of M's victory over Nebraska on Saturday? Look no farther than the Dirty Wolverine. I stopped by the pop-up store's second event last night and found Van Boven Shoes full to the brim with people checking out Ashlee's (the proprietor) extensive collection of high quality vintage U of M and Detroit sports team swag. The prices seemed pretty reasonable--$10 for a sweatshirt--and every item came with a red Dirty Wolverine button. Not that Damn Arbor is in the business of endorsing rabid consumerism, or religious holidays, but if you are looking for a gift for that special someone, and they happen to be a style conscious U of M/Sports fan, you might consider shopping at the Dirty Wolverine. Hopefully this store will be popping up again before too long.
These not-exactly-brides were spreading awareness about The Brides Project, a nonprofit organization providing brides with a socially conscious, budget- and eco-friendly option for purchasing a bridal gown. Thanks to the generosity of brides and bridal salons, The Brides Project boasts a range of designers, including Vera Wang, Justina McCaffrey and Badgley Mischka (the not-brides were quick to explain that they were wearing dresses from the tackier end of the spectrum). Proceeds from the sales of these gowns benefit the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Witherbee's, the grocery store across the street from my apartment in Flint, closed recently. Check out the essay I wrote about it for the Detroit Huffington Post.
The store had the feeling, stubbornly, of a party. There was generically cheerful music playing more loudly than you'd expect over the speakers -- "Sweet Caroline," maybe some Stevie Wonder, I don't really remember -- and the narrow aisles of Witherbee's, the self-proclaimed first downtown Flint grocery store in over 30 years, faltered under the strain of the shoppers who had descended like vultures upon its discounted corpse.
The Dirty Wolverine is back today from 7-10 at Van Boven. Looks like a great opportunity to get some vintage U of M gear.
Monday, November 21, 2011
I’ve always thought that Ann Arbor has all of the raw materials to become a hot bed for startup activity. The University of Michigan is a great anchor tenant university, there are excellent students, professors and researchers and it’s a place where people want to live. To date, I have been unpleasantly surprised with the general process, outside of some notable wins in the biotech and medical industry. But that all might be changing.
Read the rest here.
Sounds post-punky and good to me!
Tuesday, November 22 from 10 PM to 2 AM; no cover though donations are encouraged. RSVP and invite your friends.
Update: Tim piped up in the comments to clarify that Absolute Beginners is a DJ night at which Water Cops are playing. Thanks!!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Well Andy, we've done some research and here are the "deets." The bar will have a "soft open" this Tuesday. In terms of ambiance their Facebook page says you can expect an upscale dive bar experience. No word on experimental films.
It's always exciting when new bars open.
Image courtesy of The Bar at 327 Braun Court
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Check out this awesome video for Nomads on the plains of time, the second track on the album:
Anyway, I have no doubt the show will be awesome. Cover is $5 and the show starts at 9. A.V. Club Ann Arbor just ran a great interview with Charlie that you should read in preparation for the show.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Babo, the new market by Sava's proprietor Sava, pre-opens today on the first floor of the 411 Lofts. What exactly goes on at a market's pre-opening party anyway? Musical guests The Greatest Hits will be playing from 7-8.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Washtenaw Community Members and Students Host Social Forum & Teach-In on Occupy Movements and Rebuilding Power
The Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT) (part of the We Are the People Michigan coalition), Occupy Ann Arbor and Occupy UM will jointly hold a pair of events this week that address the Occupy movements and how local labor, students and community members can get involved to rebuild political power for working people.
Social Forum on Working People’s Power - Kalamazoo Room of Michigan League - Tuesday, 7:00-9:00pm
The forum is the culmination of a two-month, two part film series The Power of Working People held at 4 locations in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.
Invited speakers will explore different aspects of the following question - how can working people can build a movement capable of strengthening worker rights, social justice and genuine equality of opportunity for all?
Each speaker will provide recommendations for how to go forward in Washtenaw County and reflect on the significance of the Occupy movements.
Tom Weisskopf is emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan.
Maureen Taylor is the Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Occupy Detroit participant.
Jane Slaughter is Chief Editor and Director of labornotes.org.
On Saturday we received this comment on our UFO sightings in Ann Arbor article:
Last night [Nov. 11] at 11:11 pm I wanted to commemorate the day, as it only comes once, and as I approached the observatory in the nights' sky a fiery ember began to glow across the horizon. One by one, these celestial bodies traveled from a local origin to an exact destination; however, they followed along a similar trajectory but at different times which parallels with concepts of flight patterns. I've seen them before in the area, but this was the closest they had ever appeared. They don't seem to be ufo's but the way they move and glow would have me believe they are not of the ordinary, almost like how the media interprets a ghost. They can make any turns and can soar at amazing speeds. I'm no expert, but what I saw last night confirmed their existance and was quite wonderous to experience. I've seen them fly in uniform with several other witnesses just outside of Liberty Park. Right out in the open air in the metropolitan cityscape these orbs have been visiting and re-visiting our town, but why? I have noticed a corrolary variable that might hold some worth. Currently, in Ann Arbor's sky one can see a lightshow of beacon lights tied to buildings and cranes. There's alot of building going on and the large scale machinery is peppered with ominous blinking red lights. No idea what kind of pattern, but I wonder if the abundance is attracting the attention of others looking down from above. Hmmm. Just a thought. Keep your heads up and your eyes peeled!
Normally I would have agreed with the anonymous commentor that celestial orbs are visiting Ann Arbor because we have lots of cranes. As luck would have it, I found the remains of a Chinese lantern/sky lantern near Washington Heights on Saturday Morning. This leeds me to conclude that what the commentor reported seeing was in fact a series of sky lanterns.
Was this part of some celebration? Do Ann Arborites regularly launch these burning paper hot air balloons? That seems a little dangerous.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
This course will take you on a journey of two of Ann Arbor’s most popular nightclubs:Rick’s American Cafe and Scorekeepers Bar and Grill. As we learn about bothestablishments you will have an opportunity to appreciate their history and come tounderstand why so many University of Michigan students choose to spend their time and parent’s money here. By comparing such drastically different places you will have anopportunity to determine which one suits your nighttime binge drinking habits best whilehopefully gaining a new perspective on the important historical events and traditions thatmake Rick’s and Skeeps prime spots for blacking out and being seen.
In order to take this class you must be over 21 or have a really solid fake ID. No exceptions.Any students with reputable morals or a religious upbringing need instructor permission.
You know, I've never actually been to Skeeps.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
UPDATE: @Homeless Dave (see comment number 3) has informed us that the latest draft text is somewhat different:
The draft added today to the agenda, reads in relevant part: "stop before entering a crosswalk and yield the right-of-way if a pedestrian is stopped at the curb or ramp leading to a crosswalk and to every pedestrian approaching or within a crosswalk, without regard to which portion of the roadway the pedestrian is using."
This sounds a lot better. It removes much of the ambiguity present in the original law.
There were several good responses written on the wall. I tried to take a picture of this one, but it didn't turn out that great:
The response reads:
All hail the new king of a-hole tots... Kief! This genius quotes Warner Bros. films on the walls of small businesses... Meanwhile - Google, Starbucks, and the banks remain untouched! What a brave guy! You're like the next Banksy, Bra. I wish Exit Through the Gift Shop never came out.
Looks like someone suspects local tagger, Kief, of the crime.
Much props to Ann Arbor, MI indeed.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ann arbor punx - w4m - 25
y'all seem so fun! i live in florida and am really into the idea of having a secret long distance pen pal. my friends are lazy letter writers and i've been meaning to get some more use outta this old typewriter i have. i like jokes, bogus traveling and boozing on rooftops. wanna exchange mixtapes and get inundated with doodles of my cat? let's not "trade pics" or be weirdos!
This is really what what Craigslist was made for, facilitating the long distance exchange of cat doodles.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Am I the only one that thinks this is a little fishy? Maybe they are trying to say Mary Markley is behind you. Anyway, there is a blood drive today folks so after you are done voting, you can drop off a pint for the 30th Blood Battle against OSU.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Until now, Damn Arbor has stayed out of the "Nickelback is scheduled to play at the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Game Halftime Show" controversy. Now that news is out about Mayer Hawthorne announcing his candidacy for the Halftime Show, we have no choice but to throw our vote behind this hometown hero.
H/T Ann Arbor Chronicle
I just got an email from a friend undergrad letting me know about Open Palm Print, a new Michigan-based literary magazine. It looks pretty cool, as far as print media goes. They are currently accepting submissions for their upcoming winter edition.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The Food and Wine Hedonist is a local food blogger. For one of their projects, they are attempting to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate burritos. That's right, all burritos. Pretty dangerous water if you ask me; emotions tend to run high around burritos. Gentle readers, do you agree with the Headonist that BTB has the best burritos in the area?
Image via The Food and Wine Hedonist
Friday, November 4, 2011
Meet at Liberty Plaza and march to Chase Bank (Main St.). Read OAA's description below:
"For our first trip to the bank, Occupy Ann Arbor has chosen to visit Chase Bank. JP Morgan Chase is no friend of the 99%, and instead bribes our government, turned our huge bailouts into huge executive bonuses, and forecloses on our homes. This bank is responsible for the NYPD's brutal treatment of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters:
In solidarity with 99%ers all over, we will have our first bank trip on Bank Transfer Day. Here is our scheduley:
10:00 meet at Liberty Plaza, make signs and chants
10:30 slow, chanting march up Liberty, turn right on Main, head to Chase Bank
10:45-12:00 some will move their money, the rest of us will march at Chase Bank. Let's make sure to be around for Main Street's brunch crowd.
This is a peaceful protest. Musical instruments, signs, and cameras are welcome. If you are able to download and print out copies of the Occupy Ann Arbor flyers (or Occupy Wall Street flyers), it would be very helpful so we can distribute them to curious passersby. We will also need some people to volunteer as rally marshalls.
About Bank Transfer Day (from the Bank Transfer Day page):
Together we can ensure that these banking institutions will always remember the 5th of November. If we shift our funds from the for-profit banking institutions in favor of not-for-profit credit unions before this date, we will send a clear message that conscious consumers won't support companies with unethical business practices. It's time to invest in local community growth!
• Research your local credit union options
• Open an account with the one that best suits your needs
• Cancel all automatic withdrawals & deposits
• Transfer your funds to the new account
• Follow your bank's procedures to close your account before 11/05
FIND A CREDIT UNION
This month the WCAT will screen Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job (2010) – a documentary about ”the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption.” The first screening will take place this Sunday at Cafe Ambrosia - 326 Maynard St., Ann Arbor from 3:00-5:30. UM Political Economist Tom Weisskopf will facilitate discussion following the film.
This will be followed by a screening at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker from 6:30-9:00 on Monday, November 7th featuring UM Political Economist Frank Thompson (FB RSVP) and again at Mason Hall (Room 3411 at UM Campus) from 7:00-9:30 featuring Lecturer in Sociology Ian Robinson (FB RSVP).
Check out http://washtenawcat.org/film-series-and-social-forum-power-of-working-people/ for directions and screening times.
Ignite Ann Arbor 6 is this Sunday, November 6th. Registration is free. There will even be a presentation about Stirling engines. The event looks really cool:
Ignite 6 will be 7pm Nov 6th, 2011 at Blau Auditorium! If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers. We consider geekery to equal passion, so we're looking for food geeks, tech geeks, business geeks, music geeks, art geeks, history geeks, etc to come and share their stories.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Saw this poster last night. Looks like Social Work Allies for Immigrant Rights is having a rally for immigration reform tomorrow at 5 pm at Liberty Plaza. Via the Community Wall:
5:00-5:20-Face Painting, Arriving.
5:30-5:35- Introduction and Welcome
5:45-5:46-Moment of silence
5:46-6:30 Collect petition signatures, Call to Action: Attend Lourdes’ Vigil.
Clearly this wins the competition for best protest artwork.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Ben Houston says, "I like our inaugural post: Much Ado About Stuffing. It was topical, edgy, and spoke to the kids." Weren't those the days, pre-porch couch ban?
Quinn said she really liked EJ's post on sexual harassment No, sir, my 'panties' are not for sale
Personally, I really liked EJ's interview with local cartoonist Dave Coverly.
Writing for Damn Arbor has given me some great opportunities over the last year. I got to review albums from local musicians including Alejandra O'Leary and Match by Match. I was invited to an awesome dinner at Wolverine State Brewing Co. And I ran into the Chronicle's Homeless Dave and Mary Morgan at a Charlie Slick concert. I've also met some pretty cool local bloggers.
Writing about Ann Arbor and Michigan has been a great way for me to get reacquainted with my home as an adult. Thank you to everyone who has written for us, commented on our articles, forwarded tips to us and read our articles. You all have made this an incredible and rewarding endeavour.
"I got a call from my doctor, who I’d gone to see the day before because I’d been feeling worn out and was losing weight, and wasn’t sure why. He was brief:
'Amit, you’ve got Acute Leukemia. You need to enter treatment right away.'
"I was terrified. I packed a backpack full of clothes, went to the hospital as he’d instructed, and had transfusions through the night to allow me to take a flight home at 7am the next day. I Googled acute leukemia as I lay in my hospital bed, learning that if it hadn’t been caught, I’d have died within weeks.
"I have a couple more months of chemo to go, then the next step is a bone marrow transplant. South Asians are severely under-represented in the bone marrow pool, and I need help."
Clearly I am writing this because I want my friend to live. But keep in mind that you're helping anyone who needs a bone marrow transplant. Learn more about all of this, from Amit to the donation process, by visiting Amit Gupta Needs You!