If you're still feeling foolish, you can catch Foolish Acts tonight at the Blind Pig and FestiFools tomorrow on Main Street.
FestiFools is this Sunday from 4 to 5 pm on Main Street. Like FoolMoon, it features a parade. Unlike FoolMoon, there will be no luminaries. In place of luminaries, people will be marching with huge freaking puppets:
These two events are really really really awesome. They are a great chance for Ann Arbor's various cliques to mingle together. You should totally go to both of them. You will not regret it.
To banish the Nain Rouge from the city, you need to scare him. A scare mask like Jon has is essential.
Violin Monster, Ann Arbor's favorite werewolf mask wearing street musician migrated out of Michigan last fall. Who can blame him? Winter is probably not the best season for busking in Ann Arbor. Great news for all of you Violin Monster fans: he is currently on his way back from his travels around the country. Recently, I had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with Violin Monster. We talked about the highlights of his travels, why Michigan people are great and his secret return concert later this week. Here's what Violin Monster had to say:
BCB: Where have your travels taken you?
VM: The cities that I've traveled to and performed in include: Boston, New York, Charlotte, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Memphis. I performed in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras festivities, as well as in Austin for the week long SXSW music festival.
The term "experimental film" can conjure up ideas of boring art-school exercises, but Donald Harrison says the genre is much broader, and more enjoyable, than it gets credit for. "'Experimental film' doesn't mean people are experimenting," Harrison says. "We tend to use that term for people that are working outside of traditional three-act structure. It really encompasses a huge spectrum of what's happening in films." Harrison's a guy who would know a thing or two on the subject; he's the executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Harrison and his festival co-conspirators are preparing for the big birthday with a record 233 films, incorporating both new work and films that have screened at festivals past.You can read Patrick's entire article, including his top picks for the festival here.
After a lot of rumors about its imminent demise, Michigan Book & Supply has closed. Rather than repeat ourselves and complain about the chainification of our fair city, I thought I'd ask a question. What kind of store - chain or otherwise - would you like to see in the Michigan Book & Supply space? Maybe BCB's long desired "Library Bar"?
I've been seeing little flyers up around campus with pictures of a raptor with a chicken head. I finally looked up the website, Joy and Raptor, and found a delightful little greeting card company that some U of M students started. You should check it out. The cards mostly feature dinosaurs and other science-y things, which I think is totally awesome.
Damn Arbor's senior downtown correspondent, Quinn Davis, just sent in this picture of a protest in front of Ann Arbor's Federal Building, aka the Post Office. Quinn writes:
Saw a gaggle of nuns in their spring wear, but it's mostly family people and their kids. And signs. And balloons.Perhaps they are celebrating the 2 year anniversary of The Affordable Care Act. Either that or they are protesting the fact that employers wont be allowed to pick and choose what forms of healthcare they will cover for their employees. Because you know, birth control turns women into sluts. In the immortal words of Yeezy, "That shit cray!"
UPDATE: Another picture from Quinn's corner office. More protesters have arrived. One sigh says "Motherhood is not a disease." Which, while true, obfuscates the fact that access to contraption has greatly improved women's health. Quinn writes: "A Sam Adams truck honked as it went by, which got them cheering. Beer + religion FTW!"
Here's a photo from Eric Tingwall, who also works downtown:
The caption to the photo says "A bus load of eight-year-olds showed up outside the office, shouting, 'What do we want? Religious freedom! When do we want it? Now!' "
SUBJECT: U-M DPS Security Bulletin - Suspicious animal sighted on North CampusYikes. Michigan DNR maintains that cougars were expatriated form Michigan in 1906, though they do admit cougar DNA and hair have been found in the state in the last 10 years. Nevertheless there is a devout movement documenting the presence of these cats in Michigan.
TO: all University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students, faculty and staff:
Today (8:30am) DPS received a report of a sighting on North Campus of a suspicious animal, described as a possible cougar, near Hubbard Road between Green Road and Stone Drive. Police officers and housing security personnel searched the area but did not find a suspicious animal.
Please take extra precautions if you are in this area, especially with young children and bicyclists. If you observe a suspicious animal, immediately contact University Police at 911 or (734) 763-1131.
Hat tip: E. Bloom
The Nain Rouge is a Lutin, a type of French Hobgoblin, who has appeared in Detroit over the centuries prior to horrible events. This Sunday is the annual march to banish the Red Dwarf. It starts at 1 pm in the parking lot of Traffic Jam and Snug in Midtown.
Spring has sprung and that means it's the season for controlled burns. Many of Michigan's native, e.g. the Arboretum's Dow Prairie (above) are dependent on semi-annual to annual fires. Natural Area's Preservation conducted a controlled burn yesterday and there will be a burn this afternoon at the Botanical Gardens this afternoon starting at 12:30*. Both NAP and MBGNA allow volunteers to participate in their controlled burns. You should consider it, if you are interested, it's a great chance to learn a little bit about fire ecology do some good for native ecosystems. I mean, how many times will you get to set something on fire for a good!
* Volunteers are meeting at 12:30 in the West Lobby of the Botanical Gardens.
The location of the pillow fight will be announced at 11:59pm on April 6th. The only way to find out where it will be is to RSVP for the event on facebook or on Manatee Destiny's website. Sign up and spread the word!
Check out these links for more information:
From the air, you really get a sense of the scope of the damage and the cruel randomness of the funnel cloud's path. Andy has more pictures of the damage on his Flickr page. Ed Vielmetti also has a great account of his trip to Dexter this weekend complete with a map of the tornado's path.
Boom! That's me at Dominick's yesterday holding the March 17, 2005 Michigan Daily. I had been working at Dominick's during my spring break and the Daily needed an Irish-looking person working at a bar for their St. Patrick's Day cover story.
Happy St. Patrick's Day gentle readers.
Photo via Gautam Hans
Rum. Rum was the first alcohol I got drunk on. It was the summer after my senior year in high school and my older cousin was in town. He had developed quite the taste for booze while he was in college. One warm August night, he procured a bottle of Captain Morgan's which we consumed mixed with Faygo Rock & Rye. Remembering the saccharine sweet taste still makes my enamel hurt. Entering college, rum (Captain Morgan's specifically) became my drink of choice. Not that I had much choice, but when we did find a senior to buy for us, it's what I would get. Rum was great, Captain Morgan's was better. Why? Because it had a pirate on it. By my sophomore year though, I'd abandoned rum; it was a kiddie drink for high schoolers and first years. I was sophisticated and drank great drinks like 5 O'Clock Vodka, nameless handles of whiskey and PBR. For me rum had fallen from grace.
I was excited when Tammy invited me to attend one of her cocktail crafting classes. Browsing the class listings, I hoped to find a class on whiskey, because well, whiskey is what real men drink. Unfortunately, I had missed the January Whiskey tasting, so instead I settled on tiki drinks. Tiki seems like something from a bygone era, and maybe it is. It conjures images of the new middle class throwing tiki themed cocktail parties, punch bowls and modern furniture.
The evening started off with a tasting of 5 rums. Did you know the language spoken in a rum's country of origin correlates with the process used to make that rum and thus the rum's character? I didn't.
There has been another confirmed tornado touchdown in Saline. Tornado warnings in effect till 7:30 pm tonight.
UPDATE: Lots of damage in Huron Farms subdivision behind Busch's in Dexter. Check out this picture from Lauren La Fontaine:
No reports of injuries at this point. Flash flood warning in Washtenaw County.
With that said, I feel it is my job to review all of these beers. Each and every one. One at a time. Delicious beer, me drinking it... Oh! and I'll post a review of said beer as well. Sound good, loyal readers? Well, then, let's hop in. (Pun joke...I know, I know.)
(As an aside, I've never reviewed beer before, and I therefore reserve the right to sound like a first grader describing a Pollock painting.)
(As a second aside, I take no responsibility for the fact that I may sound like Tobias from Arrested Development as I describe what I taste in my mouth, what's in my mouth, or what's happening in my mouth.)
Beer: Vanilla Java Porter Brewery: Atwater Brewery Location: Detroit, MI ABV %: 6.0 Etc.: poured into pint glass
Out of the bottle, it smelled a little weak. I'm a big fan of stouts and porters, and I prefer a distinctive taste and smell. This one just smelled very normal to begin with. On the pour, the head is very thin, which I don't mind. I probably could have poured it more slowly and eliminated the head entirely.
A U of M undergrad sent this our way. According to the description on YouTube:
The human mating ritual is distinct in that it's highly dependent on one specific resource: solo cups. Watch two humans go through the ceremony of a college party, where they rely on alcohol and yet still dance like neanderthals.
The moral of the story is: Recycle your solo cups! Use condoms! Go Blue!
Ann Arbor might be getting a new roundabout. There is a proposal to replace the traditional intersection at State and Ellsworth with a newfangled roundabout. Some commentors on the Com are understandably upset:
Why wont they listen to the roundabout opponents? Not only are roundabouts more efficient than intersections, they greatly reduce both the severity and frequency of accidents and injury. As some of you may recall Damn Arbor's senior traffic correspondent, the esteemed G$, uncovered this disturbing truth about roundabouts a few months ago.
Turbo-roundabout illustration by Juerd
I checked out Ypsi's Wurst Bar last night with some friends. I'll keep this short. The food ranged from traditional to unusual but was all delicious. Wurst Bar also has good homemade vegetarian food and tater tots(!). Good selection of brews on tap. The gang especially enjoyed Wurst Beer, a scotch ale form ABC. The prices were very reasonable and we all had a good time.
Y'all should totally check out Wurst Bar. It's more than a fun restaurant with good food and beer; it's the home of the trough urinal that spawned Mark Maynard's epic defense of his penis and subsequent penis related vandalism of Ypsi's official webpage. If you would like a more complete review of the food options at Wurst Bar, check out A2GastroBoy's review.
According to Robert James "Kid Rock" Ritchie:
"Urban Roots is a very uplifting documentary about a much needed 'thinking outside the box' approach to helping save our city of Detroit. It shines a light on a grassroots movement that is helping to solve several major problems in our city––literally, from the ground up."
The Last Word, the new bar in the former Goodnight Gracie space, is named after a cocktail invented at the Detroit Athletic Club a century ago. How do I know that? Well I just read the "prologue" to their four-chapter drink menu, which is complete with botanical illustrations of the various herbs used in their cocktails.
I stopped by The Last Word with some friends last night and was pretty pleased. The interior is warm and decorated with lots of old books, photos and needlepoint. The cocktails were delicious and ranged in price from $7 - $12. There were also a selection of beers which were much more affordable. By far the coolest thing at The Last Word was this:
It's a crazy copper contraption that shapes ice cubes into spheres so the melt more slowly in your cocktails.