Insulting ethnic cartoons are OK when you draw them of yourselves, right? At least that's what I'm hoping, cause look at this guy.
Insulting ethnic cartoons are OK when you draw them of yourselves, right? At least that's what I'm hoping, cause look at this guy.
|Detroit from Wired.com|
|Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti|
|The North East from Wired.com|
|credit to Christian science monitor|
There's comedy happening tomorrow night at Mix Studio Theater in Ypsi. From the press release:
Emergent Arts will present “The UFO Show III (Unidentified Funny Objects): En Vacances Comiques”, an evening of standup, storytelling and original songs, on August 29 at 8pm at The Mix Studio Theatre, 8 North Washington Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan. The show will feature the standup comedy of Chevy Hungerford, Drew Grimaldi, Germaine Gebhard, Brad Wenzel, Andy Jentzen, and Marty Smith, as well as humorist and songwriter Marc Holland.You can get more information from Emergent Arts.
Sidetrack will be tapping their only barrel of the Founder's elusive Kentucky Breakfast Stout Wednesday at 6pm. This beer is rare, so if you want to try it, I'd head to Sidetrack. Kentucky Breakfast Stout should not be confused with MSU´s Kellogg Biological Station.
I saw this license place (FRSHWTR) and surfboard driving up Jefferson earlier this week. Is there good surfing on the east side of the state? Most of the good surfing locations I know of in the Grate Lakes are on Lakes Michigan and Superior. Reminds me of Unsalted, the authoritative Great Lakes surfing documentary:
|Washtenaw Watchdogs Post|
I became a vegetarian in 5th grade and abstained from meat until I was 26. During that decade and a half, I maintained fond memories of the Taco Bell beef hard taco. Imagine my utter disappointment when I discovered that the tacos did not suit my mature pallet. If you gentle reader, have fond memories of the way the beef hard taco used to taste, you may want to check out Isalita's Tacos Americanos. They are basically beef hard tacos, but made with real ingredients. They are delicious.
Slate's got a fun little interactive puzzle that lets you try to put all the congressional districts into several states. It starts with Iowa, which represents a non-gerrymandered state, and then moves into the gerrymandered states. As far as gerrymandering goes, Michigan is far from the worst (Ohio). Still, things do get a little weird in Southeast Michigan with the 11th, 14th, and 9th districts.
This goes out to whomever decided to SHIT ALL OVER the toilet seat in the Porta potty next to the Bingo Tent. Who raised you? Since when, did it become appropriate to shat all over the toilet seat and then purposely put the seat UP, so no one would notice.? I was a vendor who decided to bring her young son to the festival for the day, and of course, who had to use the potty. Upon opening the door of this porta potty, I grabbed some toilet paper, so that I could put the seat down, since you were also inconsiderate in leaving the toilet seat up, which I was soon to find out was done to hide the fact that you SHIT all over the toilet. It looked like a dog had gone in there and vomited SHIT out of its mouth! You INTENTIONALLY put the toilet seat UP to hide your foulness. Needless to say I gasped in disgust, my son gagged, and screamed "OPEN THE DOOR" as we quickly exited the stall. Fortunately, some people still know how to use a toilet properly, and the next john was clean, BUT, since he was so frazzled, my poor little guy, when attempting to pee, with out touching anything around him, wound up peeing on not only himself, but the front of my dress! Of course he was not in trouble, but he felt awful, and this is ALL THANKS TO YOU! I curse you with a plague of a thousand fleas to infest your undergarments, you foul, and wretched beast.
(*note* the pic is of bread batter, but made my point)
I saw this F*ck Hipsters graffiti on Woodward while walking from downtown to Comerica Park. The fact that taggers are starting to put up anti-hipster graffiti to me, indicates Detroit is still in the early stages of gentrification. Late stage gentrification is characterized by hipsters writing anti-yuppie graffiti.
|Our canoes on the Au Sable. Via L^3|
It is a struggle, at times, deciding the extent to which I should share details of my personal life on Damn Arbor. Gentle readers, I do love you, but I also realize you don't want to know about every minute detail of my life. That said, there has been a recent development in my life that you may find interesting. After getting married in June, EJ and I bought a house in the Normal Park Neighborhood in Ypsilanti. That's right, we're no longer living in Ann Arbor. In fact, MarkMaynard.com just interviewed me and EJ about our immigration to Ypsilanti. You should totally check it out.
UPDATE: There is a gas leak on the east side of Randall Lab. The building has been evacuated and MichCon is en route.
H/T: D. Peltier
UPDATE: Apparently the Com as a much more thorough article on their site.
The Performance Network is currently showing Aaron Posner's adaption of Chaim Potok 1972 novel, My Name is Asher Lev. This and every Thursday, they will have a special pay-what-you-can showing. You'll have to hurry though, the show starts at 7:30. Here's a description:
[My name is Asher Lev] tells the story of a boy growing up in a sheltered Hasidic community in 1950s Brooklyn, who discovers he has a prodigious talent as an artist. Struggling to reconcile his gift with the community’s Orthodox values, he immerses himself in an art form steeped in Christian imagery. When he brings forth a masterwork entitled “The Brooklyn Crucifixions,” he must decide whether or not to honor his self-expression and exhibit, potentially bringing shame on his family, his community, and even his faith. Featuring Naz Edwards, Mitchell Koory, and John Seibert. A co-production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.Stay tuned for a full review.
A friend just tipped me off that Ann Arbor was named editor's choice for Best Town Ever 2013 by Outside Magazine. We received the honor because of our healthy lifestyles, great food, bike lanes and access to trails. The article specifically mentions the Border to Border trail and the Potowatomi Trail. Being included on the list of Best Towns Ever 2013 means we're one of the 17 towns in the country that are "redefining living well."
H/T: Elizabeth K.
Last night, @jimchuck asked us the above question. I thought I'd crowd source it to you all, gentle readers. Has the cronut craze made it to the area yet? If not, will someone make me one? Maybe we could have some sort of cronut baking competition.
String Up the Moon looks into the human heart and finds two men wrought by desire. A lowly government clerk lusts up the ladder of the Russian civil service. A brilliant musician murders his friend and idol, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and justifies his act on cosmic grounds. These tales meet to form a theatrical sonata of dreams and madness.We'll have more from Paul and Jim about this show and what they've been up to as opening night approaches. You can get tickets for String Up the Moon at the Puppet ART Theater, September 5-8 or at the Detroit Design Festival September 20-21 (September 21 is a special performance with a "Russian tea afterparty.") There will also be a performance on September 14 at the Frohlich Amphitheater in Michigan Legacy Art Park.
Looks like they are installing rain gardens in the easements along the newly re-paved portion of Miller Road. All the heavy rains we have had this year, I'm really starting to see the wisdom behind including stormwater mitigation features in other construction projects. Though in terms of tree choice, I think they could have done a little better. Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)? Really? Don't we have enough of them as street trees already? What about some other floodplain species? Bur oak, swamp white oak, sycamore, Kentucky coffee tree? I just feel like silver maple shows a lack of imagination.
Outside of the Dime Building, about two dozen people stood shivering and holding signs reading, STOP THE EVICTION OF THE GARRETT FAMILY. Inside, Bertha was camped out on the ninth floor, waiting to speak to a representative about her mortgage contract. She had leverage now; a crowd of protesters had just turned away the city’s dumpster and halted the bank’s intended eviction. Yet the secretary informed Bertha that she would not be allowed in. No one was available to see her today. From the hallway, the little office looked about as far away from the center of global capital as one could get, but Bertha realized that it still operated under the same rules of exclusion and faceless bureaucracy.
“I watched the men go in and out, and I just thought: Well, if I can’t go in, then they can’t come out,” she said.
With that thought in her mind, sixty-five-year-old Bertha Garrett, decked out in her elegant winter coat and cream-colored fur hat, lay down in front of the door to the office of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation in the Financial District of Detroit, and she refused to move.The selection is excerpted from Laura Gottesdiener's "A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home," published tomorrow. The book follows four individual households, including Mrs. Garrett's on the East Side of Detroit, as they fought to keep their homes through the economic crisis.
My younger brother just wrapped working as a production assistant for the Detroit based filming of next years hottest summer blockbuster, Transformers 4. Check out the above clip to get your daily fix of Michael Baysplosions. Currently the Bollywood movie Happy Endings/Writer's Block is filming in downtown Ann Arbor. It seems like the film industry in Michigan has seen some pretty lean years after the boom in local production that was produced by the film credits. Are things starting to pick up again? I know
Slanty Low Winter Sun was set and filmed in Detroit. Are there more movies being produced locally?
Check out this epic commercial for the Whitehorse, YT city council. Really makes you want to watch. Maybe CTN could do something like this for our local city council meetings. Also, I'm pretty jealous that this city of 23,000 somehow manages to get closed captioning for their city council meetings, while we're trapped here in the stone age. Do you know how hard it is to watch a city council meeting in a bar without closed captioning?
UPDATE: As Mikoyan points out, the plane in the picture is actually a B-17 Flying Fortress, not a B-24 Liberator. You should check out his blog, Michigan Exposures, for tons of cool pictures of boats, planes and architecture.
(Can you even separate being a 20-something in Detroit with the inevitable political subtext? Here, there’s the usual frames of Savior Complex and White Privilege, ruin porn-ogling gentrifiers or a misshapen belief in the city’s bestowing of urban “cred.” Bankruptcy certainly amplifies some of these issues, but it’s out of the purview of this aside, save for two digressions:
Of course, the announcement underscores the scope of Detroit’s issues, as it’s the intersection of a litany of historical, civic and municipal problems. And for something infinitely smaller like paying rent, the bankruptcy’s unknowns and known unknowns raise the type of questions that turn the second-guessings of the move into fourth/fifth/etc.-guessings.)One: why is Mr. Chui hanging out so much at Buffalo Wild Wings? It looks like he's a stone's throw from Mexicantown. Two: I'd be more interested in hearing about the costs unique to moving to a bankrupt city. For instance, I know some neighborhoods pay association fees for private security, streetlight maintenance, snow removal. Even outside these more residential neighborhoods, rentals in Detroit can be comparable to their counterparts in better-functioning cities, like Chicago or even Ann Arbor, which provides much better services for its downtown residents. Is the added cost of living in Detroit--the rising cost of downtown, Midtown, Corktown, plus city taxes--worth it when you have to do without public transportation, for example? Without streetlights? Even with the commute, is it still more cost-effective to live in places like Ferndale and Royal Oak?
The above map is from a study that quantified average state happiness based on geotagged tweets. As you can see, Michigan near the bottom of the pack in terms of state happiness. Bummer. For such an awesome place, Michigan often ends up bringing up to bottom of the pack with for all sorts of state rankings: child poverty, smoking, obesity. It's also worth noting that we are a geographic outlier for a lot of these measurements too--often preforming as poorly as the deep south. What's up with that?
Gentle readers, there is an election today. Specifically there is a democratic primary election for city council members in Wards 3 and 4. You should vote. Albert McWilliams explains:
Really important government seats are decided by a few hundred people. It’s the few hundred people who don’t have as much going on.
People who don’t have as much going on = more crazy. (refer to comments section of annarbor.com) People who have actual lives = less crazy.
More voters = better representation (statistically true!).
The current 3rd ward incumbent (Stephen Kunselman) was elected in 2011 with 637 votes. You need more people to start a viable space colony, or throw a raging Bar Mitzvah.
|Thank you flicker.com for this lovely photo!|
|The Lunch Room's preview on Saturday.|
|The restaurant features plenty of outdoor dining space in the Kerrytown courtyard.|