Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
The linden trees are blooming. Also known as American basswood (Tilia americana) the trees produce prolific flowers and are a favorite of bees. Linden trees bare their flowers on cape-like pseudo-samaras. Because of their high nectar content, dried linden flowers are used to make tea in Europe.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Back in spring, after being chided by a commenter for conflating stencils, street art and graffiti, I asked for clarification on the whole thing. Last week an anonymous commenter said the following:
street art is all the dumb shit people do like stencils of flowers, knitting things around light poles, bad stencils, good stencils, wierd stuff that people spray paint when they're really drunk etc...graffiti in the modern sense is for the most part based on having a name, and you make that name for yourself by painting it as big, as stylishly, and in as many places as possible. street art is something to dabble in that looks ok and most people ignore. graffiti is something that consumes your every breathing second and pisses most people off when they see it.So, as you can see, the above is street art. Also, it clearly refers to the pygmy marmoset and its tiny paws.
H/T DKatz for sending in the above picture of a new stencil in the Old Fourth Ward.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Do you get my pun? Loaf? Aloof? I am conjuring up images of bread people.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is playing Sonic Lunch tomorrow. I saw them last year and they were pretty good as you can see in my terrible video above. After the show, I was struck by how laid back the band was. They hung around Liberty Plaza for a bit and didn't mind getting pictures with their adoring fans and their adoring fans' mothers:
They seem like nice guys.
Check out Literary Detroit's "Rust Belt Rising" event at Trinisophes tonight at 7 PM! The Rust Belt Rising Almanac is a collection of snapshots and stories from writer and artists in Rust Belt cities. Publisher Nic Esposito and musician Todd Henkin, both from Philadelpia, will be promoting the book. The event will also feature readings and art from local writers and artists.
I also love documenting literature set in Michigan. People should know that the Midwest is not just for corn and industrial ghost towns!
Was this project made just for me?
Check out the literature of the places you want to go. More importantly, put some Midwest reads on the map! "Placing Literature" runs on the knowledge of its users, and it was very easy to place some books I thought should be mapped on Ann Arbor and Detroit. I can't wait to see what people love to read in Michigan!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Set in Athens and Paris, Bakopoulos’s masterful debut paints a finely-etched portrait of one family, whose heartbreaking stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of the late 1960s Greek military dictatorship.The event starts at 7:00 pm.
Posted: 2013-06-23, 3:12PM EDTMaybe they really are just drumming?
Great job at having sex all the time
You and your girlfriend are doing a great job of having sex all the time. Great job. You must have sex a minimum of once a day, if not more. Sometimes it sounds like someone is drumming in the other room, but then it turns out that you're just having sex. You must have been made for each other, because the majority of your time spent together seems to be spent having sex. I swear you'd have pretty serious sex addictions if you each were single, debilitatingly so.
Always having sex. Always having sex.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Saw this sticker on State Street the other day. Is it a band? Is it advertising for some new rent-a-friend service?
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor Who, has just announced his departure from the show. He is currently filming How to Catch a Monster in Detroit with Christina Hendricks and Ryan Gosling.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
I haven't ever watched American Idol but I guess it's losing in ratings. I wouldn't want to watch the Voice, but Michelle Chamuel was a big draw and I have a network crush on NBC (Parks and Rec, Community, Hannibal). Michelle didn't win. It's really disappointing because this girl won (I am making the picture super small because I am super salty about her win):
|PIcture from NBC|
Bantha Fodder is playing their last show tonight at the 3rd Death Star (Main at Felch). Doors are at 7, cover is $5. Sorry for the terrible picture.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Did you know that Kalamazoo LITERALLY means "Boiling Water?" Slate has a pretty cool map up that shows the LITERAL names of places in the US and Canada. Pretty cool.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
The northern catalpas (Catalpa speciosa) are blooming. These guys are native to the Ozarks but are fairly common here because they were the hot landscaping trees of the mid 19th century. They have huge heart-shaped leaves and gorgeous clumps of large white flowers. If you look down a flower you can see they are marked like a bee landing strip. Also, if you look at the underside of the leaves you can see little yellow spots. These are extra floral nectaries. When catalpa trees suffer too much insect damage, they will produce nectar here to encourage predatory ants to protect the tree.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day gentle readers. Just thought I'd share this sweet video of a pair of trumpeter swans feeding their cygnets at Gallup Park. Pretty cool how the parents kick up the bottom of the pond to suspend food for their kids to eat. They are such great parents. Anyway, I'm off to do yard work with the fam. Until tomorrow.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
I am procrastinating a lot right now. The summer festival starts today. Some of the highlights on the calendar for the next month are Django Django, Wild Belle, Theo Katzman, and nearly every movie on the schedule (IRON GIANT?!). Also Tangle looks awesome, but it should be accompanied by Tangled.
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An exhibit on Michigan's contributions to mid-century modern design opens at the Cranbrook Art Museum today. Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America focuses on the contributions of Michigan designers and architects to the modern design movement. It includes some important modern architecture buildings in Ann Arbor like architect William Muschenheim's house (above). There's even a little booklet of all the Ann Arbor buildings so you could go on a tour of your own if you want.
In my two minutes of research for this piece, I learned that there is a group, a2 modern, dedicated to modern architecture in Ann Arbor.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Did anyone make the show? Or the secret show? Then after the show it's the after party? And after the party is the hotel lobby?
The seed bombs are starting to sprout and there is more work to be done at Water Street. It seems MarkMaynard.com has come into possession of some wood chips and there is a plan to make some trails at the Water Street property in Ypsi this Saturday.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I am not sure if anyone meant Darren Criss when they said the good things in life are worth waiting for. They were more likely referring to all nighters for Harry Potter books, Daft Punk singles and the next season of Game of Thrones. However, younguns will get psyched, and Ann Arbor should support our talented homegrown. If you want your crissband, grab an espresso and start your walk to the Michigan Theater now to beat the lines.
Cusi Cram's Landlocked is playing at the Carriage House Theater through the 15th of June.
Anna is a Swiss artist who makes beautiful collages out of trash she finds on beaches. At a gallery opening of her work, she meets Pierre-Luigi, a Bolivian restaurateur who discovers his dentures in one of her pieces, and Aldo, an American trash collector looking to make a fresh start in Switzerland. Anna begins seeing Aldo and starts a correspondence with Pierre-Luigi. But with each person running from their past, can any of them hope to find their place in the world? A poignant comedy about love, loss, teeth, and new beginnings.Shows are at 8pm and there is a suggested donation of $10.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Michelle Chamuel performed these two songs on the Voice this week. She did well with the vocals on 'Time After Time' but she doesn't pull off the dance moves as well as my favorite performance of the song. Vote for her now and vote for her here. If all goes well, the finals should be next week.
Posted: 2013-06-08, 10:06PMI guess there's just something about drinking Michigan beer outside in the springtime that brings out the desire in all of us. Way to go Bill's Beer Garden.
Men of Bill's Beer Garden - w4m
Clean cut, buttoned up
Bald with glasses
Each of you...
Is she your sister, lover, friend?
Does she mind if we make out?
Your pics gets mine. I want you all.
Check out this Kickstarter for a new film being done by some U of M Grads. There are just a few hours left for funding, but fortunately the project has already met it's goal.