Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Looks like we are in for a wintry mix tonight/tomorrow morning. This makes me want to create a wintry mix tape. Gentle readers, do you have any suggestions? I'll start the list with Snowstorm by Galaxy 500:
Gentle readers, what songs would you put on your wintry mix tape? Wintry mixed drink recipes are welcome too.
From Chris Bathgate to Lightning Love to Frontier Ruckus and more, Ann Arbor and Ypsi made a pretty decent showing in Paste Magazine's recent run-down of Michigan bands to listen to and see:
With musical hotspots like Ann Arbor—which features Kurt Cobain’s favorite music venue, The Blind Pig— Lansing and Detroit, there’s no reason you can’t see great local every week.Well then. If Kurt says so...
This past weekend, I attended the Motor City Tattoo Expo in downtown Detroit (Marriott Renaissance Center). I had been jawing with Pennsylvania tattoo artist Josh Bodwell (Facebook, Twitter) for two years or so about the possibility of getting some work done, and this weekend we were finally able to connect.
This wasn't my first tattoo rodeo, but I was nevertheless excited about getting to work with an artist of Bodwell's caliber.
After a six and a half hour sitting (and an infinite amount of patience on the part of my significant other), the following is what he came up with: his interpretation of Plato from Raphael's School of Athens encircled by "Kirby Krackle," the visual representation of cosmic energy first used by legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby).
Needless to say, Bodwell's work is amazing, but what was striking to me is that Bodwell (and every other tattoo artist working the expo) had to be approved to participate in this event. Bodwell told me that Motor City Tattoo Expo is one of the most well-renowned gatherings of tattoo artists in the country, and if you get some work done at this event, in all likelihood, it will be by a top artist.
This event was especially relevant to me because I recently attempted to get another piece done at a local tattoo establishment (which will remain nameless) and was incredibly dissatisfied with their customer service. After a very brief conversation with the person on duty at this local shop, I left and vowed never to come back.So, Damn Arborites, show us your skin! And tell us where you have had great (and not so great) tattooing experiences.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Good morning gentle readers, do you have a special skill or know-how you would like to share with the world? Would you like to brush up on or develop your home canning, pepper growing, or some other talent? Well then you should check out Hour School, a site that lets people suggest and create classes and offer them to the community for enrollment. Classes range in price from $20 to free and range in subject from seed saving to karate to Spanish for Social Workers.
Mark your calendars folks. The Charlie La Croix Brokerage is putting up their next show on March 9th at the Comerica Building. See that little Arbor Brewing Company logo at the bottom of the poster? That means free beer from ABC. I had a ton of fun at their last two gallery opening parties.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Call it what you want, I call it messin' with the kid. Pretty rocking eh?
UPDATE: Mystery Solved!
Just got an email from Ross Orr that shed some light on Aftermath:
Well, the newspaper clipping that flashes on the screen can be read here, http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/79947 ...and the person who would really have the answers is Rich Dishman (drummer) who is still playing music locally.So there you have it folks. The old Ann Arbor News article is definitely worth a read.
But I'm trying to remember if my older brother (Bruce Orr) was ever in one lineup of this band. In any case 'Hoppy' Colvin was a neighbor of ours, and also Bruce's classmate at Ann Arbor High (later Pioneer). Hoppy actually had his growth stunted by Polio (this was a long time ago!) and I'm not sure if there were other health issues. Sad to learn he has died, at only 63.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
"Detroit's really making a come back...There's some great spots...you should visit." Bullshit. I hated Detroit. It wasn't worth a visit. You needed a secret decoder ring to find the "great spots." I lived 30 minutes away and would sooner drive to Chicago than plan a night in Detroit. Yes, I made the occasional pilgrimage east, but it was always with a specific destination in mind and always a chore.Read the full article for GastroBoy's reviews hotels and eateries in Detroit.
Luckily I have some pretty wonderful friends and they've been steadily feeding me insights about the modern day city of Detroit. One of these friends has even made a habit out of staying the night...in Detroit! How novel. So in what felt like an extravagant move we decided to get a room at the Book Cadillac Westin and turn our trip to Wicked into a weekend getaway.
That's what I have to say about our weekend in Detroit. We spent nearly two days living as god intended - fat and happy. It was not, as I'm accustomed, a one-stop park-and-leave driving trip. It was a "leave the keys in the room, hit the streets and roam" type of weekend. We encountered other people, at times crowds, and not just bums or bar folk.
diag cutie - m4w - 22 (ann arbor)This is a joke, right?
Date: 2012-02-18, 11:06PM EST
i know this is a longshot but i saw you on the diag about three weeks ago, u had blonde hair and were wearing a northface jacket, black spandex pants and those uggs boots. we totally made eye contact for a few seconds and then you kept on walking. please if this is you let me know by putting "diag" in the subject, i would really like to take you out on a date.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
In case you missed it, today is Fat Tuesday. I wasn't sure where to procure my annual paczki so I asked the twitterverse and boy did they ever come through. Copernicus European Delicatessen in South Main Market was recommended by @ryanvis, @juliewbee, @cynicalgrrl, and @shanakimball. I ended up going there and the prune paczki were especially tasty. Here are other suggestions:
@misternorman: I recommend making the drive to Dom's in Ypsi off of Washtenaw. in A2 there's also Wise Guy’s, and theirs are quite tasty.Thanks for your help folks.
@moulidi: Raid every third room in the MLB teaching a French class.
@MDSmitty2488: Big City Small World Bakery has them fresh! Corner of Spring and Miller.
@ryanburns: There's a sign at a place at the corner of Packard and Granger but I haven't been in there.
@rifferaff: Plum Market
@kylelady: dB Cafe on North Campus. $1.
@vanderbrarian: also Big City Small World!
@HoneyFigStudio: Plum Market has them!
Friday, February 24I'm getting conflicting reports about Friday's Woods Bar. There are rumors afoot that it will be at 8:30 pm at Bandimere Park. Seems like it might be just a touch illegal though.
DIY Fest 2-7pm - Hotel Midwest Hosted by Ann Arbor Free Skool: We've got classes ranging from winter survival skills to mental health care to the queer history of Ann Arbor. Full schedule will be out soon! Woods Bar 8pm - ??? - Woods behind Elks Lodge: Enjoy live & improvised music, a frozen bar with warm drinks & a rustic barbarian potluck while you keep warm by the fire
Saturday, February 25
Adult Sled: Daytime, Hunt Park: Sledding, relays, maybe a guerilla ice rink? Come hang out in the snow with us & join our winter olympics Summer Show Nighttime, Location TBA: We've got some killer bands. Expect Shenanigans.
Sunday, February 26
Polar Plunge Daytime, Huron River: You know what this is, but are you up for it? (First ever?) Sauncert Daytime, Far House: Warm up from the plunge with live music in our DIY sauna. Closing Ceremonies Nighttime, Far House: Bring a winter offering to the Sneeze the Beak gods to have a great rest of the season. Will there be live music too? Duh.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Needless to say, whenever I'm reminded of them I spend a few minutes listening to the two songs I have in iTunes and anxiously wondering when they're going to put out an album. Then I usually go and listen to Javelins for a while. So I was stoked to hear on Mostly Midwest that they're joining Quite Scientific Records!
No shows are listed right now, but if you "like" FAWN on Facebook I'm sure something will pop up soon. In the meantime, watch this great live video Mostly Midwest posted from Mittenfest, and then anxiously await with me:
FAWN, at Mittenfest from Mostly Midwest on Vimeo.
[Thanks, Mostly Midwest!]
It's 5 AM on March 8, 2011. Depending on where you are in the world, it's Karneval, or Mardi Gras, or Fasching, or Fat Tuesday. And, depending on where you are in the world, you've just begun drinking, or you're still drinking, or you're sleeping it off so you can start drinking again soon.
Hey Michigoners, do you ever find yourself longing for Faygo yet unable to procure it from your local convenience store? Fret no more. Thanks to the Faygo Pop Shop you can now order your favorite flavors of Faygo from a convenient online store!
Hat tip: L^3
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Our CSA providers, Tomm and Trillby Becker of Sunseed Farm, just brought a new little dude into the world. And by just, I mean the first of February. I will admit that this whole time, I've been thinking that Trillby just had on a really, really warm and puffy coat. Woman was smugglin a child all over town. Congrats to Tomm, Trillby and Baby Silas!
I also wanted to let you all know that Sunseed is expanding from 60 shares to 100 (100!) shares this summer, I suppose to help stuff more veggies in the newest sunseed's mouth. Anywho, they're already taking applications, so if you're interested, you'd best hurry it on up.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Yesterday while visiting a friend at MSU, EJ and I stopped by Lansing's Golden Harvest restaurant for an awesome breakfast. The place is great: quirky decorations, bumping metal and puck rock, and some great breakfast food. EJ went with lemon-raspberry French toast. I had delicious blackberry custard waffles. Our friend had a hearty chorizo breakfast burrito. The portions were generous and the food was tasty.
Golden Harvest has this great punk rock/raygun gothic/roller derby aesthetic. The logo is a skull and crossbones (well, cross fork and knife) with NO LAW (NOrth Lansing Against the World) written underneath it. The restaurant is covered in various monster and band stickers, and little wind-up robots. They play loud, jarring music. If you are ever in Lansing for breakfast, make sure you check out Golden Harvest. Make sure you get there hella early if you don't want to wait. We were the first patrons when we arrived at 7:20, and the place was packed by 8:00. Keep in mind this was a Monday. As a bonus, if you are there super early you may be treated to the special employee coffee which is really, really strong.
Check out this awesome little documentary about Golden Harvest and their devoted patrons.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Origanum vulgare Oregano; Wild-marjoram. Native principally in the Mediterranean region, occasionally escaped from herb gardens to roadside bangs, refuse piles, and waste ground. The chief habitat in Michigan is on Pizza.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Here are some pictures of the art I liked the best:
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
It's interesting they include South Dakota but not North Dakota. Any guesses as to which state is the biggest recipient of Midwest migrants?
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Hey, Ann Arbor taggers!Constructive criticisms? Sometimes I think it would be interesting to understand more about the tagger worldview.
Date: 2012-02-03, 5:09PM EST
There's a difference between graffiti and art - if you're going to spend the time and take the risk, how about giving us something cool to look at? I'm talking to you "Mekan Mekan Mekan" (BORING!!) and "Gexir" (YAWN). Brush up on those spray paint skillz and say something with it or make it pretty, or both. Here are some ideas and inspiration for you and your friends: unurth.com
And here are the bad examples:
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
What: Love Is a Drag the drag queen extravaganza benefit for Ozone HouseLooks like a good time for a good cause.
When: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: Doors open at 9:30 p.m.; drag show begins at 10:00 p.m.
Location: Frenchie’s - 54 E. Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI
Suggested donation at the door: $5.00
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but Bros vs. Hipsters seems like a great cautionary tale about the dangers of stereotypes.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Free bottled water and $5 off Plan B! I wonder if the city's Taxicab Board knows about this.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The show's at the Blind Pig on March 27; cover is $15. Cursive totally blows me away every time, I'm anxiously looking forward to seeing them here in SF at the end of February! The openers (Cymbals Eat Guitars, Conduit) rock pretty hard, too.
Sink to the Beat is a great choice. Someone request that one song where they talk about being stranded in Ann Arbor!
Actually, my favorite Cursive song to see live is Sierra — the quality isn't great, but I was there for this performance and it's one I've never forgotten:
Anyway, how stoked are you guys on the new Cursive album coming out?
Ben Connor Barrie invited me a long long time ago to blog about biking in Ann Arbor. I've had a hard time thinking of meaningful things to say, until this past Sunday, at the intersection of Liberty and South Division, when it hit me.
The road was nice and slippery when I came down to meet it. I landed on my hip (and of course, my keys) in the Northeast corner of the intersection, where my right turn had just gone wrong. I shot up off the ground, took an awkward bow for the passing bus driver, and dragged my bike to the sidewalk to inspect the damage: luckily, only a bent crank arm. The extra layers of clothing and the slick road surface combined to make the ideal collapse; it was the nature of winter cycling that allowed me to get back up and ride away (and ride another 5 hours that day).
I wish I could tell you that you were never going to fall off of your bike. Obviously, cyclists want to avoid accidents (though we do love our scars), but falls are inevitable. Contrary to popular belief, winter is a great season for riding. Here are a few suggestions to help you conquer the cold and keep your tires on the ground.
BCB: What inspired you to get into comedy?
PS: I've always loved comedy, but I didn't realize you could pursue it as a career until I watched the show Curb Your Enthusiasm during my senior year of high school. Larry David is my idol but I didn't watch Seinfeld growing up, so Curb was my first exposure to his work and that kind of humor.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
At the risk of sounding immodest, I know all the trees. It even says so somewhere on the internet, which means it must be true. Anyway, me and my comrade in arms, Liana, will be teaching a winter tree identification class at the winter ReSkilling Festival this Saturday from 1-2 pm. I can't promise you'll be able to draw a diagram of all the acorns of Michigan from memory after the class. That said participants in the workshop will learn how to identify trees in their winter conditions and several common Michigan tree species. Fun for the whole family.
Hey you Michigoners who read Damn Arbor, Changing Gears' Midwest Migrations is collecting your personal stories on why you left the Midwest. You can submit your tragic tale of leaving the Mitten here. Oh and about your remittance money, we haven't seen any in a while.