In all seriousness though, thank you to everyone who voted for us this year for Best Local Blog and Funniest Twitter Account. And to the Current I say this: if you are going to have Twitter categories for your annual Readers Choice poll, you should probably figure out the difference between hashtags (#) and the all important "at sign" (@).
Friday, May 31, 2013
Biercamp is now selling beer. No word yet on when they will start offering camp. I tried their wheat beer yesterday. It was pretty good--somewhere between an American-style summer wheat ale and a hefeweizen (some banana-clove notes). All in all, a great beer for a hot summer day. Right now, the beer is only for off-premises consumption. It's $12 for a growler or $7 for a quart. The vessels themselves are $5 and $4 respectively, but are reusable. It's always exciting to see more local beer production.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
- Hopeless romantic baits soulmate with song lyrics that are mistaken for generic poetry
- Whole Foods Missed Connection is NOT Organic
- True Love Found in CCRB Showers
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
|Photo Credit: Dave Woodward via Deb Ennis|
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
June 3 - Visiting the Green Fairy (7:30 pm at The Last Word)That makes me nostalgic for Leopold Brothers.
This most storied of liqueurs has been called both a muse for writers and artists, and a cause of criminality and insanity. Banned for most of the 20th century, absinthe is back. Come learn all about this famous anise liqueur, on its own and in cocktails.
Friday, May 24, 2013
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Our opening week, we were planning on doing it very softly. However, the Ann Arbor community was so supportive, as soon as we opened our doors, people were buying books. This is a good thing. Though we have had some hiccups (like running out of receipt paper on Day #1 or thinking we had lost all our sales when really we just weren’t pressing a computer button) so far, so good. We’ve learned a lot so far, both about ourselves, our business, and what Ann Arbor is buying. Thank you to everyone who has had the patience with us as we’ve stammered and stuttered our way through getting our computers up and our special order system (which we are still smoothing out). Here are some other things we’ve learned so far:
-Customers themselves are each others’ salespeople. We were thinking that we would have to do a lot more individual hand-selling to customers than we’ve done. While we get many customers asking for recommendations — which we LOVE — many more people simply browse with a companion and pick up books and say, “Oh have you read this? It’s the best. You have to get it.” And they buy it. That peer-to-peer book interaction, so frequently overheard here, is part of what is lost when you buy online. By far this has been the biggest surprise, just listening to people excitedly talk about books.
-On a similar note, the basement is perfect for couples’ browsing. Many people we’ve noticed just grab a drink at Arbor Brewing or Grizzly Peak or Amadeus, head over to the bookshop, and just wander. Sometimes there are more people in the basement than upstairs, which is something we never expected. We’re planning on putting a few chairs outside so people can just read on the sidewalk. No fuss, no hassle, just a place to sit and read.
Monday, May 20, 2013
|Pretty Sticker Photo from Go!'s Fbook|
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
DC based Paperhaus will be coming to Ypsilanti on Sunday the 19th to promote their new EP Lo Hi Lo later this month. You should check out their song, Helicopters, above--it has a pretty crazy music video. If you're digging Paperhaus' post-psychedelic pop, you should totally check out their show on Sunday at Woodruff's. Doors are at 8, bands start at 8:30, cover is $5. By the by, Paperhaus is also playing tomorrow night at the Loving Touch in Ferndale if you're reading this on the West Side.
Mitch O'Connell, an awesome artist with Ann Arbor Roots, will be signing his new book, Mitch O'Connell the World's Best Artist, tomorrow night at Vault of Midnight. The event, which runs from 6 - 10 features:
BurlesqueSounds like an awesome time. If you'd like to read a review of Mitch O'Connell the World's Greatest Artist, check out this article on Boing Boing. Mark Frauenfelder has done a much better job than I would ever be able to do. Check this out:
Gallery Show of Mitch O'Connell masterpieces!
Adult Beverages will be offered!
"I'm a great admirer of artist Mitch O'Connell. I'm envious of his work, which pays homage to exactly the kind of garish mid-century populuxe ephemera that triggers a kind of lowbrow Stendhal syndrome in me."I mean how can I even compete with that? Regardless, you should check out the signing/show/return of the prodigal son tomorrow at Vault of Midnight. I bet you'll have a great time.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Looks like the nice weather is here to stay. That means the summer beer drinking season is upon us. It won't be long before the sweltering summer heat necessitate refreshing, palate quenching beers. Here are some summer beers I have been enjoying lately.
Farmhand Ale--Brewery Vivant: This French farmhouse style ale is light and crisp. It's very slightly sour. It was the perfect beer after my ill fated attempt to mow the lawn with a push mower on Tuesday night.Well gentle reader, these are three summer beers I have been enjoying. What are you planning to drink this summer?
All Day IPA--Founders: this session IPA packs some great floral hops flavor without the bitterness or gravity of some stronger IPAs out there.
Green Thumb IPL--Wolverine State Brewing Co.: If you really want to explore the complex flavors of Humulus lupulus, you might want to check out this session India Pale Lager. I know, it sounds crazy. But lager yeast produce a very clean fermentation which allows more of the hop's favor to stand out in the beer. Think about it.
The Free Skool rescheduled their Spring DIY Fest a month ago due to really crappy april weather. Sunday is the rescheduled festival, happening now in Ypsilanti at 318 W Cross Street. Skillshares that will be going on include massage, kombucha brewing, seed starting, and macrame, among others. There will also be music, starting around four thirty, by a variety of artists, like Charlie Slick.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Whoa, check it out. It's everyone's favorite singing Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield rocking an Ann Arbor Fire Department t-shirt. According to this thread on r/annarbor, one of Chris' friends is in the AAFD and they trade t-shirts. Pretty sweet.
|National Homophobic Tweets|
|Homophobic, Racist and Disabled Hate Tweets, click to enlarge|
Local fermenting king, The Brinery, is hosting a POP IN dinner at Zingerman's Events (on fourth street) this Thursday evening. On the menu is Kim Chi Stew, Pierogies with coyote kraut, Chicken Fried Rabbit, and Apple Cider Vinegar Pie. The event runs from 5 pm- 9:30 pm.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Ben is getting really busy or something, so that means I will be trying to pick up the pace. That might lead to some divergent posts. I read this missed connection earlier and it interested me. It's a generic missed connection but then he puts lifestyle into quotes and the whole game changes. What kind of lifestyle can be so out of Ann Arbor's groove that it is presented that way? Nudist, breathatarian, mole person? Is there a house somewhere on the old west side that is covered in pistachio shells and yesterday's newspapers? Deduce this missed connection.
|I pulled this info graphic from deadspin, but its most places on the intermet|
Monday, May 13, 2013
Check out the full lineup on the Sonic Lunch website.
I got an email from Appleseed Collective's Katie Lee last night. She has an Indiegogo campaign going for a really cool project. Basically, she will be hosting a summer concert series at her house. There will be tones of cool bands coming. Even better, all the money from the concerts will go to benefit non-profits. Barn Swallow Concerts sounds pretty awesome. You can find out more on Barn Swallow's Facebook and Indiegogo pages.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
|That's a lot of people.|
(Looking east along Cross St.)
It was a lot of fun; I can't imagine a better start to the weekend! And in a couple days, I should be able to wash all this colored powder out of my hair.
Runners and spectators gathered in Riverside Park after the run for music, and an amazing amount of color was in the air:
Friday, May 10, 2013
On Monday, April 29th, I had the opportunity to see The Milk Carton Kids play at the Ark. I was hesitant at first because I had never heard of them before, but let me tell you, I was SO glad I went. For those of you who haven’t heard of them, The Milk Carton Kids are Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan, a duo whose musical sensibility and even physical appearance is reminiscent of a bygone era. The pair came onstage looking very dapper in matching black suits and proceeded to croon their hushed, harmony-filled tunes with grace and ease. The simple, poetic lyrics evoked Simon & Garfunkel, while the fingerpicked guitar and folk-bluegrass style recalled Gillian Welch or the Punch Brothers.
As if their music wasn’t enough, Kenneth and Joey also provided hilariously sarcastic commentary between songs, such as the intro to “Charlie,” a heart-wrenching song written by Kenneth to his baby daughter Charlie, who “doesn’t yet have a due date…or a mother.” They played some songs from their most recent album (released in March), The Ash and Clay, in addition to some oldies from their 2011 release. Their performance of "Michigan" was especially touching with its hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Another favorite was "Memoirs of An Owned Dog," in which Kenneth sings from the point of view of a (dead) dog in a Dylan-esque voice. They seemed very comfortable with the venue and expressed a great interest in returning a few times a year. The discerning folk fans in Ann Arbor would do well to be on the lookout.
Aoife O'Donovan, a country belle from Boston, was the opener, and she played a fantastic set in addition to providing sweet vocals for a couple of The Milk Carton Kids’ songs.
All of their albums are available to download for free on their website. You should definitely give The Milk Carton Kids a listen - they are really something else!
Google has just released a new web based GIS App, Earth Engine. It let's you play around with a lot of environmental data including Landsat images, NDVI. If you click here, you can see a timelapse of annual Landsat pictures of Ann Arbor from 1984-2012. The biggest thing I notice is the rapid growth of northwest Pittsfield Township starting with the Meijer on Ann Arbor Saline.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
I think that eventually all my posts for Damn Arbor will be ice cream related. It won't be hard to do in the summer months. For the next two days there will be an ice cream pop-up shop at Sweet Heather Anne's on north main street. The lactose filled treats will be supplied by Hello! Ice Cream. There will be gelato jewels, macaron sandwiches and many more sweets.
Friday the shop will be open from ten to six. Saturday it will be open from nine to two. Check out the specifics here.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Another ice cream venture is starting in the Washtenaw area, contrasting Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti. Hello! Ice Cream, employing exclamation in the title as well, is serving the Ann Arbor crowd via beautiful ice cream truck and cart. This cart will eventually be seen at the Farmer's Market, serving italian style cream, or gelato. I personally don't see these new businesses being in too much competition, but ice cream wars have been known to happen.
This Friday, Sonic Lunch is having a "Sonic Launch party" to announce this summer's lineup. The party's at 9am at What Crepe? on Liberty. 107.1's morning host, Martin Bandyke, will be there, and the party will feature "specials, prizes and more." I'll try to stop by on my way to work and check it out.
Right now, just the first two Sonic Lunch concerts have been announced. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas will play June 6, and on June 10 at Michigan Theater they'll have Glee star and Wolverine Darren Criss plus local indie rocker Theo Katzman.
Recent Umich grad, Quinn (no last name listed on tumblr), drew this awesome cartoon on top of her mortarboard during last Saturday's graduation ceremony. Pretty freaking awesome. I really like the little wolverine rolling around on its back in the bottom right corner. Congrats class of 2013.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
I don't know about y'all but I didn't know that Michelle Chamuel, of My Dear Disco/Ella Riot, was on the Voice. She is working with Usher and that seems much better than working with child bully, Adam Levine. The internet says that Usher/Non-Usher Humans love her and she has a good chance at owning this singing competition. I am not entirely sure how the show works, or why it is three nights long, but voting is probably by phoning in. People in Ann Arbor should do that, it's a lot easier than making a trip down to the Blind Pig to see a My Dear Disco show.
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The Mountaintop opens with a motel room's dimly lit interior, cars' headlights passing along the rainy street outside. We hear the last two minutes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech – the last of his career – and after he concludes, "mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord," a wet and tired King (Brian Marable) arrives at the motel.
This is room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. It is April 3, 1968 – the last night of King's life.
|Brian Marable as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.|
King had long known he was in danger; he acknowledged it in the speech he gave that night, but vowed to carry on: "I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man!" The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, is an imagined story of King's last night on Earth; one during which King examines his life, his successes and failures, and his unfinished dreams and incomplete plans.
The play reminds us clearly that King was, after all, a man – a courageous and righteous man, but one as susceptible as any to fear, illness, and ultimately death. The hundred minutes (no intermission) are filled by conversation between King and Camae (Carollette Phillips), a maid who brings coffee to the motel room. The play is an insight into King's life, mortality, and dreams; it gives the audience a powerfully compelling lesson on his determination and our own duty to continue carrying his message of love, equality, and peace.
The production was excellent – the play received a standing ovation at the Sunday matinee I attended, and I don't believe any of the audience could begin to discuss the show until we were in the afternoon sunlight outside the theatre. It isn't all serious, though; there's usually a lighthearted moment just around the corner to give the audience (and, of course, Dr. King) respite from the intensely raw and surreal circumstances which develop onstage.
|Brian Marable as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; Carollette as Camae|
The Mountaintop is a new play by American playwright Katori Hall. It opened in London in 2009 and on Broadway in 2011, and in 2010 won the Olivier Award for best new play. I loved Performance Network's production, and I'd highly recommend that you don't miss it. (The London production garnered critical acclaim; the New York Times didn't particularly like the Broadway production.)