Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
I'm an asshole cyclist. I'm that jerk weaving in and out of traffic, going the wrong way down a one-way street, and making a left on red. I'm truly a menace on the road.
But it’s not because I’m on a bike—I'm an asshole on the road no matter what. I’m also a stereotypical Jersey driver, someone who treats speed limits as speed minimums and curses those who disagree. And I'm just as bad as a pedestrian, another jaywalking smartphone zombie oblivious to the world beyond my glowing screen. If I’m moving, I’m an accident waiting to happen.
Biking is my primary means of transportation, so when someone defames cyclists, I feel particularly bad. The fact is, unlike me, most bicyclists are courteous, safe, law-abiding citizens who are quite willing and able to share the road. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia studied rider habits on some of Philly’s busier streets, using some rough metrics to measure the assholishness of bikers: counting the number of times they rode on sidewalks or went the wrong way on one-way streets. The citywide averages in 2010 were 13 percent for sidewalks and 1 percent for one-way streets at 12 locations where cyclists were observed, decreasing from 24 percent and 3 percent in 2006. There is no reason to believe that Philly has particularly respectful bicyclists—we’re not a city known for respectfulness, and our disdain for traffic laws is nationally renowned. Perhaps the simplest answer is also the right one: Cyclists are getting less aggressive.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The U of M Sustainable Food Program is celebrating its first Harvest Fest next Tuesday at the Botanical Gardens. There will be local food, local music and even a free shuttle from campus. I think one of the best parts of fall is eating tons of delicious food in preparation for winter.
Gentle readers, do you like to polka? If so, you wont want to miss the Oktoberfest Block Party this Friday and Saturday at Arbor Brewing Company. It's always a super fun event. There's beer, brats, veggie brats, music from the Rhinelanders and you might even see Matt and Rene in lederhosen and a dirndl, respectively.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
This is kind of low hanging fruit, but here goes. Come to College Fashion Week Ann Arbor on October 6th at the Necto. Check out this seasons hottest Ugg and legging combinations. You won't want to miss these super high-wasted shorts/crop top combos.
I like how the application for the guest list just directly asks how many Facebook Friends and Twitter followers you have.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Next Tuesday, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters is throwing a benefit concert at the Ark. Lots of cool bands will be there including Match by Match, Dragon Wagon and Brennan Andes and Ross Huff of the Macpodz with special guest Chris Good.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Holy crap. There is another Ann Arbor style tumblr. This one is, somewhat cumbrously titled, ... But Actually Ann Arbor Style. Really rolls off the tongue. I like to call it "Hipsters in coffee shops."
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
The Blind Pig tonight at 9:30. RSVP and invite your friends here.
On an editorial side note, the new Lightning Love songs sound GREAT live.
Anyway, they'll be playing a show tomorrow at the New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck tomorrow. Doors are at 9pm. The show is free, but there is a $5 suggested donation which will go to the Obama/Biden campaign organization in the area.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Holy crap! This is awesome. So freaking awesome. Bridget McCormack is a dean at the U of M Law School and runs the school's innocence project. She is running for State Supreme Court. Her sister, Mary McCormack played Kate Harper on the West Wing.
Fun fact: did you know Canadians call cider mills "apple barns?" Crazy. Pinot of Interest: Living in a border state fosters Canadian friendships. I’ve recently learned that my Canadian friends share our love for Cider and the experience of visiting orchards in the fall. However, like so many Bizzaro-world US-Canadian twists, they have their own colloquialism for this cultural icon. They refer to Cider Mills as ‘Apple Barns’, as in, “I can’t wait to visit the Apple Barn.” Those Kooky Canucks.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Check it out: Vinnie Massimino's Green Screen Improve Troupe videos are up. The videos were created at this summer's Shadow Art Fair. Visitors could spend $1 per minute to be filmed in front of a green screen of their choice. The results were pretty weird to say the least. Check out MarkMaynard.com's above. I can't wait to see what Vinnie gets up to next.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
EJ and I were fortunate enough to check out Creative Rights' In Progress reception last night. It was a lot of fun and we got to see some really cool art. Tonight the party continues at 1250 N. Main with more art, more performances, live music, a DJ and a dance party. The evening starts at 7 pm and runs till 2am. Cover is $5 and goes to benefit Creative Rights. It should be a really fun time and the venue, on the corner of North Main and Lakeshore, is a really cool space. Without further ado, here are some pictures form last night's reception.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Seems like a new Ann Arbor street fashion tumblr pops up every month or so. The latest is Ann Arbor Style, which comes on the scene just as A2 Street Style disappeared. Seems like these local street fashion blogs have a half-life of about 6 weeks.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Everyone's favorite U of M Football pre-gaming webseries is back for a second season. He even managed to track down Da'Quan. I wonder if the Com will take this opportunity to write another pearl-clutching article about drinking culture at U of M?
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
And here's an idea. It's already starting to feel like fall, so before it gets cold out, pick up a sandwich from Mudgie's or Slows To Go and enjoy it on the riverfront with this gorgeous view of Detroit before or after the Aquarium:
Apparently there are now commercials featuring the non-local banker. I have to say, I'm not used to having such a thorough advertising campaign targeted at the Ann Arbor market. Gentle readers, what do you think of this latest addition to Bank of Ann Arbor's advertising blitz from Perich?
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I noticed a new Tumblr earlier this week, Ann Arbor Update. The name reminds me of the late, great Arbor Update, back from the golden age of blogging in Ann Arbor. Though as you can tell, from the picture of suggested tags above, Ann Arbor Update focus much more on cannabis related posts rather than City Council agendas.
Creative Rights is a cool non-profit that provides legal representation for artists and other people in creative industries in Southeast Michigan. They are having a benefit reception and exhibit this Friday and Saturday at 1250 North Main. The show will feature over 40 artists and performers. Tickets for the Friday's reception are $35 in advance or $50 at the door. Tickets for Saturday are $5 at the door.
Creative Rights provides very affordable legal services to young artists that sometimes need help navigating the legal world. I'm really excited to see the artists they bring together this weekend.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
I've been noticing a lot more spooky prototype cars driving around Ann Arbor lately. I saw a convoy of three white cars on Maple earlier this week with all of their brand marks covered up. Well I should say most of their brand marks covered up: the Buick logo on the wheels was still visible. Is this a sign of the auto industry improving, or am I just noticing these prototype cars more?
Meadower are releasing their EP titled Sturdy this Sunday, September 9 at the Magic Stick. Check it out here, and I heard the record will be free at the show!
RSVP and invite your friends! And you could show up early for some bowling and pizza at Garden Bowl downstairs. Or have a beer or coffee and a snack on the patio at Great Lakes Coffee across the street. Sounds like a perfect afternoon in Detroit to me!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This Saturday MarkMaynard.com is celebrating his 10th year of blogging. The party is at Woodruff's in Ypsi and there will be bands. Mark would really like to see you there, saying:
...I’m terrified of large groups, painfully awkward around people, and prone to devastating panic attacks when put into situations where I’m the center of attention.Hope to see you all there.
Once per fall, I exit my building onto the Diag and find Festifall. Each time, I am left in awe by the sheer number of student organizations at U of M. If you get a chance, gentle readers, you should totally check out Featifall. I hear @ryanvis at the M+ table has free, pre-moistened M+ boxers.
I love my library[,] been going there since I was little I would totally back u guys up but I have a problem[:] I seem to be having the same problem at most of the branches[.] I recently got called "inappropriate and childish" from your security staff at the downtown library because I was laying down reading books and eating my funnier bears in a far corner minding my business where no one could see me cause no one was really on that floor anyways but a hour later I was told I need to sit up. I ... didn't do anything wrong an I feel I deserve an apology. And now at the beach(sic) on [P]ackard road this happened a year ago but I had got done with my doctors(sic) appointment an I was tired and drowsy from the medicine and I went to the library to wait for my mom[.] [N]ot even a minute pass by that this lady told me I had to leave cause I kept dosing(sic) off so I went outside sick as a dog in the cold... Then just recently I had to catch the bus downtown it was going to be there shortly and I had got done checking out so I was gonna take a 5 min nap till I had to leave I got asked to leave. It's not like I'm a bum or something I understand you want to keep the limit of homeless people out of the library and I've noticed the security I feel like I can't do anything in the library but get my stuff and leave all I'm saying is please loosin up a bit that's all.I think the real question here is what are "funnier bears" and where can I get some?
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Friend of Damn Arbor, Jessica French, sent in the above picture with the following message:
Spotted on the corner of Liberty and Fifth? Or was it Fourth...? Either way, it made me smile. Any idea who is behind these?Well gentle readers, do you know who is behind this cow-art?
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
THE Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River and American Salvage, will be at the Kerrytown Bookfest this Sunday. She will be moderating a panel discussion on New Voices in Women's Fiction. I'm super excited. I've really enjoyed reading Bonnie's books, which are set in rural Michigan. I hope I can meet her and we can talk about our favorite trees.