Loyal reader, Jeremy L., sent in this picture saying:
The remnants of a delicious meal! I snapped this photo on Huron St. between Chapin and Main, around 11:00 pm #whoneedsthefoodpyramid.Who indeed Jeremy. Thanks for sending in the picture.
Is that a diploma under your gown or are you just happy to see me - m4w - 21 (U of M stadium)
Date: 2012-04-28, 9:46AM EDT
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With all the brains and Brawn in this stadium how did I find you? I couldn't get over how that black gown fit you.i(sic) love your choice of hat. What does that white tassel stand for anyway? You are so full of intrigue and higher education.
MarkMaynard.com was there to ask the hard hitting questions. MarkMaynard.com also has a schedule of the Fest's shows and the names of the venues, which are all houses. Remember folks: "...every house in Ypsi has to have a name. Addresses alone do not suffice in the world of bearded men in cheap sunglasses."
Tomorrow is the venerable Ann Arbor/Saline Classic Bike Show and Swap Meet which bills itself as "the Biggest, Oldest, and the Best Antique and Classic Bicycle Show in the Nation." Sounds pretty sweet. The show will be at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road. Cover is $3.
Hat tip @vielmetti
So here's the idea: LePop is a space-time airport and there has been some sort of problem such that people and objects from all throughout time and space have been sucked in. Kind of sounds like the start of a Doctor Who Episode. Anyway, come as any character, person, or thing from history or your imagination. Doors open at 9:30. At midnight, the pumpkin drops. Is cool to see that LePop is starting to become a real venue for some interesting events.
There is something nice about a bike that someone clearly took some time putting together. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, this bikes green frame with purple accents reminds me a great deal of Donatello, the coolest Ninja Turtle.
There is also a great summary of the current political state of fracking in Michigan on this morning's Environment Report.
Here's a clip of Jason Segel on Leno the other week talking about Five Year Engagement. While it's nice to hear that he loves Ann Arbor, I'm a little disappointed that he lies and says it was cold out during his nude scene. I think we all remember the fake snow that blanketed Ann Arbor last spring.
I'm also bummed out that we will have to wait til the director's cut comes out before we can see Mr. Segel hang dong once again. If any of you out there were part of the crowd videoing Mr. Segel with your iPhones, feel free to email us in some pictures.
This was one of the larger paintings at the gallery. Note the little guys in the striped shirts. They appear in a lot of Xuan's work.
Oh no! One of the little striped shirt guys escaped from the painting! Just kidding. That's Xuan.
Here's a video I shot of Honey Locust last Wednesday at Woodruff's. As you can see they were pretty great. Their EP, Fear is a Feeling, comes out on May 8th. I hope they are able to make it back to the Ann Arbor area sometime soon.
Gentle readers, the 2012 election season is really starting to heat up. In recent days both Carsten Hohnke and Sandi Smith have announced they will not be seeking reelection. This means there are open seats on City Council in Ward 5 and Ward 1. If you've ever dreamed of being a City Councilperson, now might be the time for a run gentle reader. You have until May 15 to secure sufficient signatures on your petition.
With my notorious sweet tooth, it took very little prodding for me to head over to Sweet Heather Anne, which has recently expanded into a new space at 920 North Main, just north of Depot. It even has a little parking lot at the back! They had an open house this past Saturday for the new store, and it's a beautiful space you should definitely check out. I had a delicious olive oil cake with lemon curd and vanilla frosting. I almost tried another slice but wanted to seem classy rather than gluttonous, so I refrained. It was tough, though.
You might still be able to get tickets for this 826Michigan benefit tonight. Otherwise you will just have to wait a few weeks longer.
Just a reminder folks that the Charlie LaCroix Brockerage's showing of Spanish street artist, Xuan Alyfe's exclusive work will be opening tonight at LePop (101 N. Main). In typical LePop style, there will be live music as well as refreshments sponsored by the kind folks at Arbor Brewing Company. Doors open at 8 pm, the free drinks usually run out by 10 or 10:30, so plan accordingly. I have really enjoyed the past few receptions at LePop and I am sure this will be no exception.
Image courtesy of Charlie LaCroix Brockerage
"It's the doorway in between the main Grizzly Peak entrance and the Den entrance - the Den is the former home of the Del Rio!"And awl y'all missed it, wahahahahaha!
I can't watch this without imagining Mystery Science Theater-style voice overs. Also, great footage of the old MichCon Manufactured Gas Plant behind the old train station at 0:35. It's strange seeing such large heavy industrial structures so close to downtown. As an aside, the site of that plant is scheduled for cleanup this August. There is a proposal to make it a park.
In 2007, Record Store Day was founded as the third Saturday in April. It was designed as a way for bands to release rare or new songs as a way to promote local record stores. Most of the releases are vinyl, while a few are available on the easier to handle CD. This year is seeing releases from over 100 artists in the US, including special edition 7" vinyls from Arctic Monkeys and St. Vincent.
Ann Arbor's Wazoo Records, Underground Sounds, and Encore Recordings are all participating in Record Store Day this Saturday. So if you're interested in helping out some local business, music, or special edition releases and new songs, check out a record store on Saturday. For more information, visit the Record Store Day website.
There's a sweet show in Ypsi tonight. The Hive Dwellers are coming to play at the Dreamland Theater all the way from Olympia Washington! The Hive Dwellers feature Calvin Johnson and other folks from the infamous indie label K Records. Looks like it'll be a hella sweet concert.
On a side note, does anyone know who makes these event posters with the painted-looking letters? Anyway, here is a video of the Hive Dwellers:
Pretty freaking awesome. There are a couple more videos over on sloftclub1234's YouTube Channel. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do.
We would like to point out that we used that exact same Portlandia clip to make fun of Ann Arbor foodies well over a year ago. Clearly the Newshawks are not reading Damn Arbor.
Local folkies Appleseed Collective will be playing an awesome show tonight in Ypsi at Woodruff's. The show will be awesome because 1) it's the official release party for Appleseed Collective's latest album Baby to Beast. 2) Honey Locust, an awesome band from Nashville is also playing. In case you can't tell, I'm really excited. Here's a sample track from Baby to Beast:
Doors open at 9.
Music starts at 10.
Cover is just 5$.
Hopefully I'll see you there.
Photo courtesy of Appleseed Collective
Spanish street artist, Xuan Alyfe, has an exhibit opening at Charlie LaCroix Brockerage's LePop gallery this Friday. If past exhibit's opening receptions are any indicator, Friday's event will be tons of fun: great people, live music, snacks, and drinks. Hope to see you there.
Gentle readers, with your help I believe we can win. Hopefully this will force the Current to finally send us the award from last year. Please hurry though, the poll closes this Friday the 20th. So vote early and vote often.
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Last week I received an email from Honey Locust, a folk band from Nashville who are touring to promote their brand new EP, Fear is a Feeling. The email came with a copy of the EP and an invitation to check out their concert in Ypsi on Wednesday. Since I downloaded the album, I have been listening to it on repeat almost constantly. I really enjoy Honey Locust's sound: layered melodies of viola, mandolin, cello and accordion backing vocal harmonies. But don't take my word for it, Honey Locust gave me permission to post two tracks off their EP for streaming. So take a listen to the title track off Fear is a Feeling and Walkin' Shoes.
Isn't that nice? Honey Locust's rich, sweet melodies make me think of a warm spring evening--the smell of crab apple blossoms carried on a gentle breeze. The mind is prone to wondering off to such images this time of year and Fear is a Feeling facilitates such daydreams.
But let's snap back to reality for just one minute more. Honey Locust seems like a pretty sweet band, and you should come see them at Woodruff's on Wednesday. They will be playing with Appleseed Collective who are celebrating the release of their Kickstarter funded album Baby To Beast. It promises to be a great show. Hopefully I'll see you there.
Image and music courtesy of Honey Locust
"place that photo, obscure as shit edition..."Indeed. If you think you know where this photo was taken, place your guess in the comments below along with your Twitter handle. The first person to guess correctly will be damned on our Twitter feed! If you don't leave your Twitter handle, we'll just damn your damn name.
Synthesis, a series of art events showcasing the work of graduating seniors at the School of Art and Design kicks off tonight with a screening at the Michigan Theater from 5-6:30. There is a reception at Work • Ann Arbor (306 S. State Street) tomorrow from 6-9 pm. And you know what that means? Free food. There are also other cool shows all around town. Tomorrow you can also check out some sort of exhibit in the Duderstadt Center's 3D Cave. Other events include a reception and exhibit of print art at Work • Detroit (3663 Woodward Ave, Detroit). Check out a full list of events here.
No, not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter. Spread your Seeds is an organization dedicated to the destigmatization of depression. This U of M student group is hosting an event today form 7 to 10 pm at the Kelsey Museum of Archeology.
There will be food, friends, the opportunity to buy and sponsor necklaces, artistic and creative outlets (painting wall! reflection journals!), planting stations, music, and most importantly--the chance to cultivate community.Rumor is that the necklaces contain a vial of seeds for planting.
More commentary from my dad:
I see you figured out most of the Chris Frayne story. He was part of Crow Quill graphics. They did the Blimpy Burger and Pizza Bob's signage and a lot more "counter culture" graphics in the early 1970s. The Ozone parade may have been so named in honor of Commander Cody's hit "Lost in the Ozone" but nobody remembers.Folks, I hope you have enjoyed these videos as much as I have.
With Facebook's acquisition of beloved olde-timey camera app Instagram, perhaps it's time to move on to a new hip camera app. Fortunately there is Flixel. Flixel is a lot like a really buggy version of Instagram with out the 40 million user base. It does have one huge difference though: Flixel allows users to easily make .gif animations from their pictures. This means in the weeks to come, you can expect to see many more mediocre Graphics Interchange Format animations of Ann Arbor on Damn Arbor.
Hat tip: @peterhoneyman for sharing @fraserspeirs' commentary on the Instagram acquisition.