Lightning Love are kicking off their album release tour this evening at Woodruff's in Ypsi. The show starts at 10pm and I bet it's going to be really good.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Looks like the Free Skoolers are throwing a pretty sweet party tonight. Bands including Charlie Slick will be playing and there will even be a shadow puppet show from Patrick Elikns. Make sure you bring an extra t-shirt so you can put a sweet Free Skool stencil on it. The party is at the Basin, 124 Felch St., and starts at 5 pm.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Next up we have the music video for Bike Chase by Breezee One.
H/T Tim Chilcote for #1, EMW for #2
Check out these freshly repainted bike lanes on Miller Road. They're nice and sparkly for improved visibility at night. Now if only the'd fix the potholes in the eastbound bike lane.
Gentle readers, where would you like to see improvement of existing, or additional bike lanes in Ann Arbor?
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
3. Absinthe - Can we get serious about adding absinthe to our drinking culture? Detroit already knows how to hold its liquor. A nice absinthe bar would change the pace a bit, and give us a new perspective on the Motor City. If you thought the Nain Rouge was a trip, imagine chasing the Green Fairy up and down Woodward Avenue.
The nights are getting cooler. The students are back. Summer is winding down and fall is right around the corner. The end of summer means the end of the Sonic Lunch concert series. Theo Katzman is playing for the final show tomorrow, bringing this awesome concert series to a close. Can't wait to see the lineup for next year.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Water Hill resident, Tom Phillips, wants to install a community bike repair stand in Ann Arbor. He submitted the idea to PNC Bank's Neighborhood Wishlist. PNC liked the idea so now if it gets a total of votes, PNC will kick in $500! With just 9 days left, the bike repair stand has 286 votes to go. Gentle readers, I think we can make this happen. Full disclosure: the voting is on Facebook so you give PNC access to all your basic (public) information in exchange for the ability to vote. Anyway, I know there have been times when I have been commuting to work and realized my bike could use a little air or a slight adjustment here or there. One of these community repair stands sounds like just the thing to take care of that.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Grab your swimsuit and your flip-flops because the Beach Bang! is tonight. I hear they are filling the Blind Pig with sand and thousands of real live jellyfish. But that might just be a rumor I made up right now. Doors area at 9:30, 21+ $8, 18-21 $11.
Friday, August 24, 2012
It all started earlier this week, we erroneously reported on this site and our Twitter feed that Punk Week was alive. In fact what had we had reported as Punk Week was really just the annual Shopping Cart Race. As an anonymous commentor pointed out, though the Shopping Cart Race traditionally marked the end of Punk Week, the race itself actually preceded Punk Week by a number of years. It appeared as though Punk Week was indeed dead.
It can be difficult at times to find a reliable source of information about Punk Week. Fortunately, during my time working in Ann Arbor's restaurant industry, I met Joe Kupiec. Joe is a former resident of both the Raw Haus and the Meat Mansion and is much more tuned into the punky-crusty scene in the area. Here's what he had to say about the rise and fall of Punk Week and its legacy today.
Punk week died, in large part due to greater than average influx of traveling/krusty kids in 2010 for Punk Week IX. "Too many people spread the word to the traveling kids and krusty kids that Ann Arbor was a chill place," according to Joe. The summer visitors had less at stake in the community and some of them had a very different idea of what Punk week was all about. All this lead to the unfortunate events of Punk Week XI, the "Worst Punk Week Ever."
Beyond the arrests, the traveling kids just seemed to have different takes on the other events at punk week. "The original idea behind the 'Beautify a Bridge' project was to actually paint something nice on the ugly railroad bridges," explained Joe, "not to make the bridges uglier with more bad graffiti." Sure it was technically illegal, but the local punks didn't think folks around town would mind if they covered up lots of the tagging on the bridges. In the end, a lot of the railroad bridges ended up with bad graffiti covering other bad graffiti.
After Punk Week IX, many of Ann Arbor's native punks were unsure if they wanted to continue the tradition. That combined with many influential Punk Week participants moving out of town brings us to where we are today. Punk Week, gentle readers, is over.Photo by A. W. Warner.
In a way though, the spirit of Punk Week, lives on. "People forget about the D.I.Y. aspect of it," says Joe. "Punk Week wasn't just about getting drunk and partying with your friends, there were also classes and workshops like gardening and crafting with leather." In a way Punk Week lives on through D.I.Y. fests, the Free Skool, and other teach-ins in the area.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
MI-DH and Red Belly Boards are sponsoring Average Speed Fest, a downhill skateboarding race and fundraiser for the Skate Park. There will even be a Slide Jam. I just YouTubed "Slide Jam" and I still have no idea what it is so I think that makes me old. Anyway from the Eventzilla page:
The SE MI Festival of Average Speed is a downhill race in Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI set up to be a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Skatepark. This event is a downhill race on a hill with speeds up to 35 mph maximum. This is a wonderful event for beginners and experts alike. After the races will be a slide jam.Sounds pretty cool.
This event will be very spectator friendly and you are encouraged to show up even if you do not downhill or skate at all. There will be food vendors and other retailers. Ultimately this is meant to spread awareness and raise money for the skate park so come out and show some support! Donations are welcomed and encouraged.
The race format is still being hashed out, but it will be setup to allow as many runs as possible for everyone. 4 person heats will be used. Practice runs will be available prior to the beginning of race heats. Entry fee will be $15. The course will have a kick limit and involves dropping into a right-left-right chicane into a relatively hard lefty. It goes uphill for a moment and drops into a right leaner and a left leaner over some questionable pavement which has only a couple good lines. You then go into a right leaner and drop into a culdesac that you must turn right then hook a left 90º on the edge of traction to the finish line.
HELMETS AND GLOVES ARE REQUIRED, if you don't have these items on race day you won't be racing.
who played SISTER RAY at the 8 ball on sunday?Moral of the story, if you want to make friends at 8 Ball, play Velvet Underground. At least that's what Craigsist says.
Date: 2012-08-21, 12:14AM EDT
jules thought morgan played it
and morgan thought jules played it
and i just thought it was cool because it was on and i was baked
thank you who ever you are
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A somewhat less raucous Punk Week XI concluded last night with the traditional Shopping Cart Race. Nice to see things back to normal after The Worst Punk Week Ever in 2010 and a rather lackluster Punk Week in 2011.
Photo courtesy of Dominic Vikram Bastian
UPDATE: This post is not entirely correct. For more accurate information about Punk Week check out this new article.
I've really liked Black Jake and the Carnies ever since I saw them at Bluegrass Night back in summer 2009. I haven't been able to see the nearly as much as I would have liked since then, so I'm pretty psyched that they are playing tomorrow at Sonic Lunch. Hopefully I'll see you there.
Do you love Ypsi's Brick Dick? Do you want to be in a Pure Michigan video? If you answered "Yes!" to both those questions, today just might be your lucky day. Status Creative will be filming parts of a Pure Michigan ad today in Ann Arbor and Ypsi. The Ypsi portion will feature a flashmob style scene and needs public participation. From the Com:
In a flash-mob-type setting, the Ypsilanti portion of the video will be filmed at the water tower on Wednesday. Participants should arrive at 2:30 p.m. and filming will take place at 3:20 p.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m.Sounds like a great opprotunity for you to show off your love for the area's most beloved brick phallus.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Ann Arbor certainly is no Shelby Township.
Monday, August 20, 2012
I roll through a red light if and only if no pedestrian is in the crosswalk and no car is in the intersection — that is, if it will not endanger myself or anybody else. To put it another way, I treat red lights and stop signs as if they were yield signs. A fundamental concern of ethics is the effect of our actions on others. My actions harm no one. This moral reasoning may not sway the police officer writing me a ticket, but it would pass the test of Kant’s categorical imperative: I think all cyclists could — and should — ride like me.My style of biking is very similar to Randy's. That is, I tend to roll stops when there is no other vehicle or pedestrian traffic present. Sometimes though, I worry that my actions contribute to the view of cyclists as crazy people who demand equal access to the road and then refuse to follow traffic rules. Writing for ChicagoNow.com, Brent Cohrs, presents a counter point to Randy's NYTimes OpEd. In his piece, What Can Cyclists Do About Our "Rogue" Element?, Brent wonders what responsible cyclists can do about the few rotten apples that besmirch our good name.
Fellow cyclists, it appears we have a serious perception problem in the city of Chicago.Gentle readers, what do you think? Is it OK to for cyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs? How can cyclists counter our negative image as self-absorbed anarchic tree-huggers?
Despite the efforts of Transportation Secretary Gabe Klein, the Active Transportation Alliance, the chainlink, Grid Chicago, and other pro-cycling advocates, certain careless “cyclists” among us threaten the goodwill everyone else has fought so hard to garner. While being lumped together and stereotyped is not fair for reasons too numerous to list, it is a perception problem that we will need to address sooner rather than later.
It is difficult to wage a campaign for the right to share the road safely when some riders we seek to protect exhibit no regard for their own safety or the safety of others.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
My only exposure to Chelsea Handler, the host of her eponymous program, was reading her short book of personal essays, "My Horizontal Life." The standout story is about her failed attempt to sleep with a little person. (Of course she calls him a midget.)
I. Cannot. Imagine. What. They. Are. Going. To. Talk. About.
Perhaps Professor McCormack thought she agreed to a public access show in beautiful Chelsea, Michigan?
Motor City Tap Fest 2012 from Parliament Studios on Vimeo.
The fifth annual Motor City Tap Fest kicks off tonight. Take class with faculty homegrown and from around the world, or watch them perform Saturday night at Orchestra Hall. Tickets available here.
First: more water fountains. Ann Arbor has too few water fountains, especially along the border to border trail.
Second: Indoor bike racks. How cool is this? Seriously.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
As a rule, I don't drink coffee, and I certainly don't drink coffee after 8 p.m. Luckily, the Great Lakes Coffee Brewing Company--which opened at its Midtown location earlier this summer--serves more than one kind of adult beverage. I had some kind of Michigan red sour ale, and it was much better than coffee.
It's a beautiful space: open but warm, comfortable but engaging. The crowd was largely students and the music was a little louder than I would normally like for reading and writing and talking low with your companions, though I guess it depends on how engrossing your companions are. Mine were sufficiently so I only noticed the music when we left. The drinks are a little pricey, but the bathrooms are impeccable. If there were a bathroom-cleanliness to drink-price ratio scale, where a higher numerator denotes a cleaner bathroom and a higher denominator denotes a more expensive drink, I would give this place a 1, the optimal equilibrium. The bathrooms are as clean as their drinks are expensive. (The 8 Ball is also a 1.)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Here's a video for Meadower's song Fisher's Hook:
Hat tip: Ann Arbor Chronicle
Monday, August 13, 2012
[Thanks to the Wizard of Livonia!]
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
One of my favorite things to do when I'm in Ann Arbor for lunch is go to Kosmo's and order Bop: it comes with brown or white rice, tofu, chicken, or beef, a choice of four veggies, and A FRIED EGG. Almost anything is better with a fried egg! I go for brown rice, tofu, "old school" veggies (broccoli, carrots, cucumber, mixed greens), and add pickled daikon. Then you stir it all together with some hot sauce. Double yum!
I'm not gonna lie, I started loving this place when I was a Community High kid. It was just a counter and a grill a little closer to the front door in Kerrytown, run by Henry. I think one of his family members runs it now. My friend Jess and I always got grilled cheese, or an egg and cheese bagel, or if we were feeling spendy add some fries or go for "chicken with broccoli." Henry knew everybody by name, which made you feel kind of special as a freshman.
And who knew? I learned that the DIA is open until 10 on Friday nights, often with live music, so you can make a whole evening of it in Detroit. The Woodbridge Pub is a great place to eat! Parking's never a problem in Detroit! Here's what it was like looking across Woodward Ave. outside the DIA afterward:
Damn Arbor reader, Dan Hirschman, sent in the above picture and the following:
Saw this and thought it might be of interest. On the one hand, now we can stop wondering how White Market stayed in business for so long. On the other, it's one more local store closing on State St.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Brew for the River is a series of fundraisers for the Huron River Watershed Council sponsored by local breweries. Tonight, the second annual Brew for the River kicks off at Wolverine State Brewing Co. from 5:00 - 7:30:
Brewer Oliver Roberts is premiering HONEY CREEK, kicking off the event with a bang. Also, don’t forget to pick up your Brew for the River Passport for $5 at Wolverine (Get all five stamps and you’ll be entered to win the Grand Prize).
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Yesterday when I was stopped at a light on 5th Ave, a red school bus with plants in it turned in front me. It really caught my eye because, well, it was a red school bus with plants in it. I quickly scribbled the website down on my hand to check out what was going on when I got home.
As it turns out, the Sol Food Mobile Farm is a bus that's touring the nation to promote local foods and renewable energy resources. The bus is a retrofitted 57 passenger school bus that includes a biodiesel engine, "a living green roof, peel and stick solar panels, a vermacompost system, waste collection tanks, mobile green house, and living quarters."
Today they were at the Farmer's Market, giving people a chance to check it out. They're doing five-day workshops in ten cities across the US, but the Ann Arbor stop was just to showcase the vehicle and talk about what they're trying to accomplish. It seems like a really unique and eye-catching idea to pull more people towards environmental initiatives. Check out the website for more information about the bus and their tour. I took some pictures while I was there, you can see them after the break.
Starting today at 4:30, you'll be able to nab a local brew at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market while you scout for cucumbers and kale. This coming out cotillion was put together by the HomeGrown Festival, which will be holding their own annual event (the HomeGrown Festival, believe it or not) on September 8th at the same venue.
My guess is that most of the brews offered will be beers, but the event page didn't make it sound like this will be the hard-and-fast rule. Whatever the libations, they'll be served until 8:30 tonight, and then again from 4:30 to 8:30 every Wednesday evening at the A2FM until September 5th. May as well come get it while the getting is good!
Photo by Steven Depolo.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In this Farm-to-Glass cocktail class we'll use a variety of fresh ingredients straight from the Farmer's Market, like cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh herbs, berries, and other fruit. You'll also learn about making your own infused spirits and shrubs as ways of preserving the tastes of summer for later drinking pleasure.Sounds pretty tasty.
Come join the fun pm August 13 at 7:30 pm. The class is $35 and you can reserve your space here.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Before I moved here, my first exposure to an authentic Flint was through the electric prose of Ben Hamper, the most eloquent "Rivethead" I've ever had the pleasure to read. He wrote a memoir of his life on the line from 1977 to 1988, when Flint was free-falling into the emblem of economic and social pockmark we know today. Here is a passage, about a celebrated fistfight among some of his fellow workers, that made me want to know more closely this city-as-a-metaphor:
Flint, glorious Flint. I think I understood their grief and what it was that attracted them so to this ridiculous mayhem. They certainly weren't here as spectators of sport, for this 'Toughman Contest' could hardly qualify as anything more than organized barbarism. I believed they were all here to commit some kind of weird personal exorcism. The toughmen were just convenient foils for the true meat-grinders of the world: the landlords, the foremen, the cops, the judges, the nagging spouse, the fools in charge. Violence as one glorious teething ring for the benumbed and trampled masses.
I was never going to know this Flint, if it still exists. If it ever existed. I am in this piece, but I schmooze with "the cops, the judges," and I'll soon be "the nagging spouse." I think I got flavors of Hamper's world from the people I met here, but they were glimpses into a place I'll never understand, and it's not what I'll remember about my time in Flint. And if, in the future, I too see Flint as a metaphor, it won't be of barbarism. Maybe, approximately, it will be of community. Of independence, at the same time. I will remember a small group of dedicated people trying to carve out a functioning city on their own terms.
Flint, with all of its automotive start-ups and shutdowns. All the uncertainty and paranoia and idle tension. It wasn't so strange. It was a real wonder we weren't all being fitted for loinclothes and nose bones. Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, our lonely ratpack wants to KICK YOUR SAGGIN', COFFEE-BREWIN' ASS!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Does this mean that Charlize Theron will be spinning the tunes to keep you grooving all night long? Probably not. I do love the Arrested Development reference though.
On a related note, has anyone been to Live now that it is under new management? How does it compare to the old Live at PJ's?
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Crepes Galore! Basil, tomato & mozzarella cheese crepes served with a side of bacon and summer salad mix OR Berry & farm cheese crepe with whipped cream, served with a side of bacon.Breakfast is served at Selma Cafe (722 Soule Boulevard) from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
I hope this doesn't mean Flint Crepe Company is closed for breakfast tomorrow.
EJ and I rode our bikes to the Library last night to pick up some books. I was hoping to explore the underbelly of the Library Lot a little but was confronted with the above, seemingly contradictory messages. "Public Parking Available" and a "No Parking" barricade? How long until I can ride my bike down under the surface of Ann Arbor?
To save herself from her chronically obsessive thoughts, Nicky converts them into sounds so she can fall asleep to the sound of rain. This works until, during a bout of crippling social anxiety at college, a thought about her mother turns into a vicious storm. Nicky outruns the storm all the way home, where she returns to her old job at the Container Store and to Mom, who hasn’t left the apartment in five years. While searching for self-help books for her mother at the last Border’s Bookstore on the planet, she meets Borders Guy, the last Border’s employee on the planet, who introduces her to the mysterious Aleph, a Borges-inspired point of overwhelming omniscience he guards in the back of the store. In a chain of self-help, Nicky, her mom, and Border’s Guy smash down the walls that enclose their lives.Whoa. Sounds pretty crazy. The reading, which is co-sponsored by the Ypsilanti District Library, will take place on Thursday, August 2 at 8 pm at the Mix Studio Theater, 130 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti, MI, 48197. Admission is pay-what-you-can for all readings.