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green corner 5Garlic mustard pull and falcon presentation
patio guide 6Kick back and relax this summer
contents may 2016vol. 26/no. 05
free comic book day 13Vault of Midnight is in for a big month
by Tim Malik
music feature: summer fests 20Where to head this season for live music
by Jeff Milo
26 theater: NTGYpsilantis latest theater companyby Lauren Lucas
28 film: Creating a filmmakerHow Ann Arbor helped nurture one directorby Heidi Philipsen
30 art: Making tin menCre Fuller turns trash into artistic treasureby Tim Malik
32 lit: Life off airRadio DJ Allyson Martinek is out with a new memior by M.F. DiBella
39 everything else46 crossword
A look at Marks CartsSix food cart owners on why you should visit
by Current Staff
Checking on Ypsi AlehouseLouis Meldman checks in on new local favorite Ypsi Alehouse
FarmersMarket GuideSummer is the perfect time to reap the full benefits of natures bounty at area Farmers Markets. Current has all the info you need!
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Its All RelativeYou were confidently striding down Huron Street, your bare limbs glowing in your tank top and shorts on a balmy 50 degree spring day. As I drove past, admiring your gym-ready ponytail swinging in the breeze, I no-ticed another girl across the street, covered head-to-toe in winter gear. She shivered and zipped her full-length down coat as she braved the frigid spring winds that simultaneouly invigorated you, just feet away. I drove onward, feeling unsettled about my own spring wardrobe choices.
Crimes of Passion (or Lack Thereof)It was early afternoon on a sunny spring day in A2. You stood on State St. near Liberty, engaging in an awk-wardly long, uninspired public display of affection. You and your girlfriend locked lips, recreating a scene out of a cheesy romantic comedy, only here the romance was overwhelmed by the comedy. The two of you smushed your faces together for what felt like ten minutes, not moving a muscle. If youre going to put your relationship on blast in the middle of town at least put some effort into it. Try making the public feel like witnesses to your love rather than victims of your awkwardness.
Do you even lift?You were at a 24-hour gym (you know which one) going way too hard on the treadmill, sprinting for a full minute before jumping off and then jumping back on. After a few minutes of everyone staring at you, you got off and wob-
bled your way straight to the bathroom. Im pretty
sure you pushed it a lit-tle too hard, and I hope you felt better after you hugged the toilet.
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Help the HawkThe circle of life or the butterfly effect, are several ways to describe the interconnectivity of nature. The Legacy Land Conservancy explores the deep connection between two seemingly totally separate points on the food chain during the Garlic Mustard Pull and Falcon Presentation at the Sharon Hills Preserve. Invasive species, like the garlic mustard plant, are reducing the habitat for animals needed by falcons and hawks to survive. Volunteers will spend time pulling the garlic mustard plant, and end the session with a presentation from falconer Cynthia Avery and her Harris Hawk, Forest. Volunteers should dress for the weather and to be active, and bring a water bottle. ZM
Saturday, May 14, 1-5pm. Sharon Hills Preserve, Sharon Hollow Rd., Sharon. 734-302-5263.
Zingermans expandsWith a moniker reminiscent of the bus service that previously occupied the site, Zingermans delivers delicious food via The Greyline, a special events venue and catering services headquarters, on the first floor of Marriott Residence Inn at 120 W. Huron St.
Find your museLocal artist and performer Tanya Luz has expanded her clothing line, opening Muse Atelier at 5150 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti. The shop will sell clothes and accessories and Luz will run a public photography studio upstairs.
Fixing an eyesoreThe building at 10 N. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti, once an eyesore, is getting a makeover, thanks to a new owner that plans to open a Yemeni restaurant in the space. Construction is under way.
Coffee in CantonAnn Arbor-based coffee shop Sweetwaters is heading for new horizons after signing a deal to open up a location at 302 N. Canton Center Rd. in Canton. A tentative opening date is late July.
Fast Casual GreekThe space that housed Middle Kingdom at 332 S. Main St. is getting a new occupant. The popular Royal Oak Greek restaurant KouZina plans to be open by September.
AACVTEToyota and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have teamed up to equip 5.000 Ann Arbor cars for future research, dubbed the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment.
SmokedSiris, a BBQ joint and cigar lounge, is coming to 207 N. Main St., with an expected soft opening in June.
Look to the futureWith more than 500 visitors in the past, the VISIONS 2016 Vendor Fair is back, thanks to a partnership between the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Community College, and Michigans Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. The event is a cant-miss opportunity for anyone who either has or knows somebody with a visual impairment. Vendors showcase their latest products and services, with technology like audio readers and interactive television. Presentations will go on throughout the day, featuring National Library Service speakers and assistive technology experts. ZM
Wednesday, May 11. 10am-3pm. Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River
Dr. 734-327-4200. aadl.org Free
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Biergarten at Salt Springs Brewery
RoosRoast Coffee1155 Rosewood St.
Hours: 6:45am-6pm/Monday-Saturday, 7:45am-6pm/Sunday
If youre looking for chill, dont forget about the
gigantic outdoor seating area at RoosRoasts Rosewood location, dubbed Ann Arbors
hardest-to-find cafe. Its meetup central for the
Southtown neighborhood, dogs and children can
roam freely, the parking is easy and theres even
a mini orchard around the corner with kale growing
in the garden.
Cardamom1739 Plymouth Rd.
Hours: Closed/Monday, 11am-3pm/Tuesday-Sunday, 5-10pm/Tuesday-
Thursday, Sunday, 5-10:30pm/Friday and Saturday.
With a patio that only seats parties of two, Cardamoms
patio brings a level of intimacy to the dining experience,
along with fresh Indian fare and an upbeat atmosphere.
Experience a delicious blend of east and west with the diverse
offerings of Cardamom all summer long.
117 S. Ann Arbor St., saline734-395-9191saltspringsbrewery.com
Hours: 11:30am-10pm/Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30am-11pm/Friday and Saturday, 11:30am-9pm/Sunday.
Salt Springs Brewerys patio features rows of authentic biergarten tables and benches. Outdoor heaters and a welcoming fire pit knock the chill off the night air while music and fresh craft beer flows. Live music and movies is featured on select nights. Visit the online calendar for more information at saltspringsbrewery.com. The biergarten is also available for private events!
Find out if your favorite hotspots have these amenities.
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Paesano Restaurant & Wine Bar3411 Washtenaw Ave.734-971-0484Paesanosannarbor.com
Hours: 11am-10pm/Monday-Thursday, 11am-Midnight/Friday, Noon-Midnight/Saturday, Noon-10pm/Sunday.
Paesano Restaurants Italian-garden inspired patio offers al fresco dining at its best. Great for hanging out with friends; hosting your own event; or simply enjoying lunch, dinner, or some late-night apps. They also host several events from spring through the fall on the patio, including wine-tastings and winemaker dinners.
In the summer months the patio is home to the annual Saturday night outdoor Italian Film Series. Enjoy a classic Italian film every Saturday while sipping a cool summer drink. The show starts at dusk and there is no charge. The popular summer series kicks off in mid-June and runs through the end of August. Pae-sano even provides fresh popped corn.
Saugatuck Brewing Company 269.857.7222 Sbrewing.com
2948 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MIFollow us on social media and tag us using #SBrewing
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Revel and Roll1950 S. Industrial Hwy.734-665-4474revelandroll.com
Hours: 10am-12am/Sunday-Wednesday, 10am-2am/Thursday-Saturday
With private rooms and a dedicated personal party planner, Revel and Roll has the ability to customize your childs parties any way you want it. Private rooms, huge TVs, an arcade and of course, bowling means that visitors can enjoy the sun of the patio and have plenty of options to fend off boredom.
A Guide to Beer on the Patio
From Dennis Smith, Craft Brands Manager O&W
For eleven years Chef Thad has prepared every plate served at Logan.
Experience the true meaning of chef-driven in our small, intimate dining room.
115 W Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI734.327.2312 logan-restaurant.com
115 W Washington St.Ann Arbor, MI
For eleven years Chef Thad has prepared every plate served at Logan.
Experience the true meaning of Chef Driven in our small, intimate dining room.
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Outdoor Patio seating everyday!Weather Permitting
Patio beers are easy to drink and loaded with flavor but still very refreshing; a beer thats not going to fill you up, but leave you wanting more. If you are drinking on a patio youre probably drinking all day! Luckily these types of beers can be found in an array of styles.
Kolsch styles are great because they go down extremely smooth and have a lot of flavor. Alaskan Summer (5.3%ABV) from Alaskan brewing is a kolsch style ale that goes down smooth and gives you a full mouth flavor that leaves your palate asking for more.
Fruit ales are great warm weather beers because they have the flavor of fruit and the finish of a nice light beer. Heavy Melon (5%ABV) from New Belgium Brewing is a fruit ale made with a boatload of watermelon. It is fruity up front but finishes extremely clean giving you tons of flavor on the first sip and leaving an easy drinking finish.
Lastly, nothing say warm weather like a fruit IPA since, its the hottest selling category of beer during the summertime. Tangerine soul style (6.5%ABV) from Green Flash Brewing is a tropical explosion of hops and tangerine. The aroma is packed with big citrus notes, the taste of tangerine hits you up front but ends with a great clean hop finish.
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Bona Sera Cafe200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
Hours: 11am-3pm and 5-9pm/Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-3pm and 5-10pm/Friday, 10am-3pm and 5-10pm/Saturday, 10am-
3pm/every second and fourth Sunday.
How does a business transition from underground supper club to one of the hippest and hottest spots
in town? Bona Sera Cafe did it by putting on events to support the community, hosting live music and
churning out great dishes. Come enjoy the sunshine and sample a unique and tasty fusion-style food. Logan Restaurant
115 W. Washington St.734-327-2312
The patio is set at Logan Restaurant! Come enjoy the beautiful views of Washington St. while dining
on the best food in town. Please remember that Logan Restaurant does not accept reservations for outdoor seating, but with six tables and 16 seats,
there is always the opportunity to stop by and enjoy eating outside. Stop by on a moments notice
and enjoy Logan al fresco! Logans full menu is available on the outside patio, in addition to full bar service.
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Chelsea Alehouse420 N. Main St., Chelsea734-475-2337chelseaalehouse.com
Just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Alehouses patio is the premier destination to enjoy a craft beer in the sunshine while listening to live music - featuring bluegrass every Wednesday, live music every Friday, jazz on Sundays and plenty of free parking always!
Bigalora3050 Washtenaw Ave Suite 112
Hours: 11am-10pm/Sunday-Thursday, 11am-11pm/Friday, 10am-11pm/Saturday, 10am-10pm/Sunday.
Whether its a small lunch meeting, a wedding reception or a graduation party with every senior in school, look no further for pizza than Bigalora.
Plenty of parking, a 64-seat pavillion and 50 additional seats outdoors means Bigaloras patio
is a slice of heaven.
Northside Grill1015 Broadway St.
Northside Grill features six tables surrounded by David Rubys hidden garden. Can accommodate
larger parties. Enjoy jazz and blues and the scenery of outdoors with you enjoy the best
breakfast in Ann Arbor.
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July will mark 20 years since owners Curtis Sullivan and Steve Fodale founded Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor. With their second store in Grand Rapids, and a new Vault scheduled to open in Detroit on May 2, the Vault continues to grow deeper and draw more readers into their unique emporium, which sells comics and stuff.
Twenty years is a long time for a comic book store to survive in an age when stores seem to be here one minute and gone the next. What sets Vault of Midnight apart from other comic book shops? Its all inclusive. Theres something for everybody, said Nick Yribar, co-owner along with Sullivan and Fodale. We want everyone to read comics. We look at it like its a book store just like any other store.
Taking a chance on Main StreetVault of Midnight opened in 1996 on Ashley St. For
Sullivan and Fodale, it was touch and go for the first eight years in business. We had a lot of passion, but didnt really know a lot about running a business, said Sullivan. We had a hard time securing a location and struggled with visibility. They bounced around, moving to Liberty St., before finding a home on Main St. Our landlords (Steve and Shelly Kelly) have been great, said Sullivan. They could have rented the building to anyone, but they took a chance on us. With the prime location, the visibility and foot traffic have been a huge boost for sales.
Talking with Vault of Midnight owners on the eve of thier new store opening and free comic book day
All humAns must reAd comics by Tim Malik
From left to right: owners Nick Yribar, Curtis Sullivan and Steve Fodale
go crazy for comics
Grilled Cheese plushies put a smile on Vom employee Claire Herting
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A new Vault of Midnight location in Detroit is set to open in early May at 1226 Library St. We start from scratch with each store. Each one is completely different and will have its own look and layout, said Yribar.
Stuffed grilled cheese toys and more Not only does Vault of Midnight have a wide range of
comics, but as their sign and business cards also say, they have stuff, which means all kinds of strange and unusual toys. Our stuffed section is second to none. We have stuffed grilled cheeses, stuffed pizzas, stuffed hamburgers, and stuffed tacos - these soft pillow-like creations are called plushies, said Sullivan. Theyre hysterical, and we sell a lot of them.
Our small batch goofball toys are very popular, added Yribar. Theres no other store in Ann Arbor that sells some of this stuff.
There is, as expected, a huge selection of new, vintage, and local comics to choose from. Some of the best selling comics are classic mainstays like Batman, or whatever superhero movie is hot at the moment. We always see a spike of popularity with whatever is the new comic book movie out at the time, said Sullivan. Deadpool is huge right now.
Free comic book dayThe first Saturday in May is free comic book day, and
Vault of Midnight is one of several comic book stores that give away up to three free comics to expand the comic book reading horizon. Nearly seven million full-issue comics are given away nationwide for free comic book day. Most of the free comics are all-age friendly. The idea is that publishers give back to the hardcore comic book fans while also building an interest in a new comic those readers might not pick up otherwise. The free comic books are available all day (while supplies last), and Yribar and Sullivan said that there were still a few comic books left at closing time last year.
Lines can wrap around the corner, but Sullivan says that, Even waiting in line is a blast! We have trivia and give away prizes while people are waiting. Street performers entertain the crowd, and last year Zingermans gave out samples of a candy bar that they made in partnership with Vault of Midnight, called the Malt of Midnight.
Vault of Midnight is open from 10am-10pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-8pm on Sunday. 219 S. Main St. 734-998-1413. For a
full list of events, visit vaultofmidnight.com
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For the seventh year, foot traffic continues to pour into the outdoor courtyard at 211 W. Washington St. between First St. and Ashley. For the 2016 season six carts, each of them individually owned, will share a kitchen and serve up lunch and dinner to hungry patrons (weather permitting).
To celebrate the season, we talked to each cart owner about their unique food, how they got started, and what makes the Marks Carts community unique.
Marks Carts steer customers towards authentic cuisine
The food fast lane
El Manantialelmanantiala2.com | @El_Manantial_A2
Mariano Rodriguez11am-2pm/Monday-Sunday5-8pm/Tuesday-Thursday. 5-9:30pm/Friday and Saturday. 5-9pm/Sunday.
How long has El Manantial been in operation?El Manantial is starting its fourth year at Marks Carts. Open seven days a week from April 1 to October 31, we cater and have a second cart we take to off-site events.
Signature Dish?This food is our family. Our family restaurant has been open in Guanajuato, Mexico for 38 years. All of our food at El Manantial is made from scratch, using family recipes. From tacos to quesadillas to flautas, our food is from the heartfresh and flavorful. We have something for kids and vegetarians, vegan, lactose-intolerant and gluten-free options.
Best part of the job?Making food for my customers, doing what I love and working with my family. I rest at night knowing I work hard every single day. Its exciting to grow my business and work locally and with national companies. Ive met some of the nicest people. Ive fed 5th-graders, corporate executives, celebrities, fellow Ann Arborites and Grammy winners. Food brings out the best in people.
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Pita Cruiserpitacruiser.com | @PitaCruiser11am-8pm/Monday-Sunday.
How long have you been in operation? The Pita Cruiser Food Truck was born in October 2014 in Charlevoix, Michigan.
Signature dish? We make the most mouthwatering shawarma, falafel, and more, all from the freshest ingredients.
Most difficult part of working in a food cart versus working in a traditional kitchen? We are trying to serve gourmet food out of a shoebox! Our goal is to serve made-to-order hot, fresh pitas in under two minutes, while our customers are basically standing in the kitchen with us.
Strangest food cart experience? It was pretty cool. This winter, at Boyne Mountain Resort, our food truck was towed into position next to the six-man chair lift by a groomer. The groomer had to tow us back out to leave.
Signature dish?Our most popular and signature dish is CBM (Chicken Basil Mozzarella) and Jays Chicmole sandwiches.
What makes your Great Grilled Sandwiches awesome?The most innovative part of our sandwich is its three layers, so you get extra meat and also an extra cheese. People are surprised that they get an extra meat and extra cheese sandwich for just $9 which is affordable for everyone.
Strangest thing thats ever happened to you while working?My dad came to help me one day. I was working a lunch hour shift and I didnt make a single dollar tip and when he made a sandwich for a customer they left him a 10 dollar tip! I learned from my dad how to make a customer happy and satisfied.
Hut-K Chaatshut-k.com 11am-3pm and 5-8pm/Monday-Thursday. 11am-3pm and 5pm-9pm/Friday. 11am-3pm and flexible evening times/Saturday. Flexible morning times/Sunday.
How long have you been in operation?Ever since Marks Carts began in 2011.
Signature dish?Shanu Chaat is our award-winning dish. It won the Le Crueset Cook-off award in 2011, garnering 42 percent of the total votes that were cast that day among eight carts.
Most difficult part of working in a food cart versus working in a traditional kitchen?The most difficult yet fun part is managing people from different carts, all working in one kitchen. Different ethnicities, backgrounds, attitudes and work ethics creates a great melting pot.
Strangest food cart experience?While talking to one customer, I realized that he was a radiation oncologist from Canada with whom I have had many e-mail and data exchanges while I was at the University of Michigan. What serendipity!
Sumi (above) & Swaroop BhojaniJami & Blake Miller
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Great Grilled Sandwichesfacebook.com/greatgrilledsandwiches
11-3/Monday, 11-3 and 5-9/Tuesday through Saturday. Varies/Sunday.
Seafood Drivenseafooddriven.wordpress.com@SeafoodDriven11am-3pm and 5pm-9pm/Tuesday-Saturday. 10am-3pm/Sunday.
How did you decide to open a food cart?Long before we met, Alex, his brothers, and dad had envisioned opening a restaurant. When Alex moved to Athens, Ohio to be closer to his brother, he originally planned on starting a food cart there; however the laws are ridiculously strict, so back to Ann Arbor he went--with me in tow. I knew I wanted to eventually have my own restaurant, so a food cart seemed like the natural progression of things.
Signature dish?Definitely the lobster roll. Its Alexs favorite seafood item and, in his experience, people tend to agree.
Best part of the job?Despite loving the long, hot hours, nothing beats the happiness of the customers. The way their faces light up or how they praise the food makes the hard part, doing the cooking, worth it. Not to mention, we get to work with our best friends: each other.
Simply Spanishsimplyspanisha2.com @SimplySpanishA211am-3pm/Monday. 11am-2:30pm and 5-10pm/Tuesday-Sunday.
Signature dish? My signature dish is Valencian Paella, a dish of saffron rice with seafood, chicken and sausage.
How did you decide to open a food cart? When I arrived from Spain three years ago, I was talking with some local friends about opening a venue to serve traditional Spanish cuisine. We started tossing around which cities would be most open to try uncommon fare. Ann Arbor came to the top of the list. The food truck trend is a perfect match with the spirit of Spain--open air, good food, and an informality to allow clients to just relax and enjoy.
Strangest food cart experience?Something pleasantly unexpected is that some clients from India tried the paella and loved it. They told me the only thing missing for them was a little spice. For them, I now keep spicy sauce in my cart.
What makes A2s food cart community unique? Each cart offers different fare. There is something for each craving. The people who prepare their foods do it with the same gusto as I do.
Allison Thacker & Alexander Curtis
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Tuesday Specials: $2.00 Corona bottles, $2.00 Tequila Shots, $4.00 Pitchers of Dos Equis. Tacos $2.00 each. No limit
Wednesday Specials: $2.75 any draft, $5.00 Pitchers of Bud Light. $6.75 burger and beer
Thursday Specials: $1.00 Long Island Ice Teas, $4.00 Pitchers of Coors light or Travelers Illusive (Drink specials start at 10pm). $7.99 Philly Cheese Steak.
Friday Specials: 7-9pm SPORCLE TRIVIA LIVE. $1.75 bottles of Amstel Light, Heineken, PBR, Palm, Labatt Blue Light, Carlsberg, and Bud from 11am - 7pm. Free wing buffet from 5pm-7pm with the purchase of 2 drinks. 7-Close $2.00 Miller light or Coors light Bottles, $4.00 Jack Daniels. Food specials are all day. Fish -n- Chips $6.99, Fish Sandwich $6.99, Shrimp Sliders $6.99 and Shrimp Platter $11.99
Saturday Specials: $8.00 Well Mini Pitchers, $12.00 Call Mini Pitchers, $14.00 Vodka Redbull Mini Pitchers, and $20.00 Top Shelf or Moscow Mule Mini Pitchers (Drink specials start at 10pm). $7.99 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich.
310 Maynard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday 5pm-7
drink specials are $1.00 off all drafts.
bottles of PBR, Labatt Blue Light, Carlsb
Heineken, Amstel Light, Palm and Bud
2 mondayDaiquiri Time Out7:30pm. $45. The Last Word, 301 W. Huron St. 734-276-3215. tammystastings.comUsing only rum, lime juice, and simple syrup, the humble daiquiri is shockingly deli-cious when made with fresh ingredients. While its certainly perfect for the hot summer days ahead, any day is a good day for a daiquiri time out.
4 wednesdayGum Paste Calla Lily and Carnation Class5:30pm. $50. Bakers Nook LLC, 901 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-429-1320. thebakersnook.comIn this class, attendees will learn how to make a carna-tion and a calla lily out of gumpaste. These are great flowers to use for wedding and birthday cakes.
5 thursdayCooking Class6pm. $55. Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd. 734-994-2300. a2schools.orgLearn how to take a halved chicken, marinate it and cook it under a brick until it becomes crispy. Attendees will leave this class with recipes and tips to make these dishes at home.
Cocktail Class: Cinco de Mayo7pm. $70. Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. 734-619-8100. zingermanscornmanfarms.comTaste mezcal and tequila side-by-side, make (and then drink) three cocktails that each high-light these agave-based liquors in a different way. The class will then discuss the history of these liquors and share cocktail-related stories, while enjoying farm-fresh food.
11 wednesdayCooking Down the Shore6:30pm. $79. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. #109. 734-531-0300. surlatable.comTake a virtual tour down the Atlantic coastline, as an instruc-tor shares secrets for making everything from Marylands famous crab cakes to classic Maine lobster rolls.
14 saturdaySkatepark Bake SaleNoon-4pm. Ann Arbor Skatepark, 350 N. Maple St. 734-218-1850. a2skatepark.org FreeThe Youth Action Committee volunteers of the Ann Arbor Skatepark will hold their 4th annual bake sale to help defray the cost of hosting visiting professional skateboarders this season to lead a skate clinic for kids.
Come celebrate cakeThese might be the prettiest cakes around, but dont take a bite; this is artwork, not dessert. Cake, an exhibit going on now at the Museum on Main St., is a celebration of everyones favorite birthday dessert and the tableware that goes with it. Presented in part-nership with the Dinnerware Museum, the exhibit features both an invitational and juried exhibition of cake stands and sculptures from 24 artists working with ceramics, glass, and even Legos. Everything will be available for purchase, if not consumption. Runs through September. ZM
Saturdays and Sundays, Noon - 4pm. Museum on Main Street, 500 N. Main St. 734-662-9092. dinnerwa-remuseum.org Free
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16 mondaySeafood from Liguria6pm. $59. Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd. 734-994-2300. a2schools.orgJoin Francesca as she dem-onstrates how to make red mullet fillets, cooking in a broth of fresh tomatoes, white wine and herbs, served with garlic bruschetta.
Whiskey-Slinging Women7:30pm. $45. The Last Word, 301 W. Huron St. 734-276-3215. tammystastings.comBartending was traditionally a mans world, but that doesnt mean there havent been women behind the bar and in the distilleries. Meet some of them through their cocktails, from golden age giants like Ada Coleman to modern trendset-ters like Audrey Saunders and Ivy Mix.
17 tuesdayCooking up Cajun: A Sea-soned Seafood Tradition7pm. $70. Zingermans Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. 2501 Jackson Ave. 734-663-3663. zingermansroadhouse.comFor the third year, The Roadhouse welcomes back fisherman Jimmy Galle, owner of Gulfish. This dinner is meant for seafood and cajun lovers.
18 wednesdayPiped Icing Flowers Class5:30pm. $35. Bakers Nook LLC, 901 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-429-1320. thebakersnook.comParticipants will learn to make 12 cupcakes using a variery of design techniques, from fon-dant to incorporating themes. Each baker will take home, two of each design. All materials provided.
19 thursdayCheese 1016pm. $30. Zingermans Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500. zingermanscreamery.comSample cheeses that represent each of the seven major varieties, hand-selected by cheesemongers.
24 tuesdayPerrin Brewery Beer Dinner6pm. $30. Hopcat Brewery, 311 Maynard St. 734-436-2875. hopcat.comThis dinner features four unique courses perfectly paired with beer from the Michigan-based brewery.
Fat, Thats Where Its At7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeKeegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the Peoples Food Co-Op, leads this interactive and lively talk on the history, processing, uses and chemical reactions of fats used in bak-ing. Attendees will leave with new baking skills and literature to take home.
25 wednesdayPerfect Pizza6pm. $55. Pratt Road Bakehouse, 4871 Pratt Rd. 734-663-6336. a2s-chools.orgCreate gourmet pizzas baked in a commercial oven.
26 thursdayPicnic with Cheese!6pm. $40. Zingermans Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500. zingermanscreamery.comJust in time for Memorial Day, grill some tasty links from Cor-ridor Sausage, make a potato salad with cheese and bacon, and whip up some cheesy deviled eggs.
Uncorked: Summer Sip-pers6:30pm. $39.99. Mirepoix, 1203 S. Main St., Royal Oak. 248-543-4390. mirepoixcookingschool.comEnjoy a strolling dinner and a variety of specially selected wine in Royal Oak. Reserva-tions required.
29 sundayFried Chicken 1012pm. $69. Sur La Table, 3050 Washt-enaw Ave. #109, 734-531-0300. surlatable.comLearn how to make fried chicken and flaky buttermilk biscuits from scratch.
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Italian Rat PackPaesano Restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine, so much so that theyre importing six genuine Italian winemakers for The Rat Pack Wine Show, a stroll-ing wine-tasting featuring six different vintners from six different regions of Italy. We have never hosted anything like this before, said Paesano owner, Mike Roddy. We have vintners visit us duringtheir U.S. tour 3-4 times a year. But, to have six of them come over from Italy at the same time is very rare. In addition to wine, guests will also enjoy appetizers and desserts from Chef Dave Whitney. ZM
Wednesday, May 18. 6-8pm. $60. Paesano Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave. 734-971-0484. pae-sanosannarbor.com
Mad MunchiesSporting a colorful bowtie and glasses, Food Network star and fashionista Alton Brown always looks the part of a mad scientist in the kitchen. Now, as part of the Eat Your Science Live Tour, hes more than play-ing the part. Brown will treat audience members with co-medic routines, showcasing excit-ing (and possibly dangerous) experi-ments with food. Dress for a mess; audience members sitting up close will be provided with ponchos, just in case some experi-ments go haywire! ZM
Friday, May 6. 8pm. $35-$100. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-471-3200.
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Summer Festival Round-upOur Michigan music insider gears up for the summer music scene around the stateby Jeff Milo
Now, we can tell you where to go and even how to get there, but youre on your own after that! This column isnt the Fest Survival Guide that youll see all over numerous blogs this month, each hyping up be-hemoth spectacles like Coachella or Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. Those are all well and good (and exciting and epic) but, here at Current, were pulling the focus back toward the State of Michigan, emphasizing the gas-saving expedience and local-love-spreading goodwill of embrac-ing the dozens (upon dozens) of fests, concerts, art shows and various hootenannies right here at home in The Mitten.
Movement 2016When: May 2830Where: Detroit (1 Hart Plaza)Whats Up? Were looking forward to Matthew Dear, Caribou, Big Freedia, Will Sessions, and ZelooperZ, among many others. Move-ment 2016 is the worlds premier electronic music event, centered in the city that invented Techno (and made its own style of House), spawning veritable godfathers of dance-electronica like Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins. Its also an ideal way to kick off your summer, with a stellar outdoor dance party, right on the river-front in the heart of downtown Detroit. The sound systems will be supreme! Six decked-out stages, 140 artists, dozens of after-parties, an interactive technology center with cool new gear and more.
Contact: Paxahau | Movement online at movement.us
YpsiarborooWhen: June 313Where: Washtenaw County (multiple venues)Whats up? Chris Anderson (of Vagrant Symphony and Intellect Records) has the lineup solidified for his fifth annual YpsiArboroo music festival: an underground-style response to the more overblown Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Similar to Bonnaroos approach, Anderson presents a multifaceted, scene-bridging array of talentnot just music, but visual art, as well. It all goes on during consecutive evenings spread across Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, with bands like Abe Maybe, The Messenger Birds, PiNG PONG, Nina & The Buffalo Riders and more, featured inside unique venues like Beezys Caf, Good Vibes Glass, Augers Kettle and others.
Ann Arbor Summer FestWhen: June 10July 3Where: Spread across four venues centered near University and State St.
Whats Up? Get out and go downtown. Meet your artistic neighbors and appreciate their talents. Dance to some music and en-gage in some fun family activities. Enjoy the sunshine and hang out downtown as the sun sets. Sound good? Community volunteers, city leaders, UM staff and faculty and many more enthusiastic folks form a month-long series of performances, celebrating local artists spread across four main venues with scattered scheduled events and activities each week. The lineup is available online at a2sf.org.
Electric ForestWhen: June 2326Where: Rothbury (off M-31 near Wildcat Lake)
Whats Up? This fest is for the ad-venturous types, elevating the senses in the great outdoors, with plenty of dazzling neon-rainbow iridescent am-bience, altogether trippy and calming. Sensational electronica-heavy pop/hip-hop hybrid acts like Bassnectar and Major Lazer are topping this lineup, along with psychedelic jam outfit The String Cheese Incident. The idea with Electric Forest is full immersion, los-ing oneself in a sort of wonderland of sound (and vibrantly hued arbors).
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MO POPWhen: July 2324Where: Detroit (West Riverfront Park)Whats Up? You dont need to go to Pitchforks fest in Chicago or follow any Lollapalooza trip, not when Detroit will be hosting some of the most premier indie-rock and electro-pop acts you could possibly ask for M83, Father John Misty, Haim, Mac Demarco, Matt & Kim, and, one of our personal favorites, Tunde Olaniran. Whereas sev-eral of these top-tier touring acts are coming from hipster havens like Brooklyn or even further out, from across the pond, its the multifaceted music maven Tunde Olaniran who serves as the local hero amid this lineup. The West Riverfront Park is a 20-acre green space with extra-wide pathways linking the waterfront to neighborhoods, sup-plied with bike racks, benches, call boxes and security cameras. It should be exhilaratingly chill.
Farm Block FestWhen: July 2931Where: Allouez, MI (Upper Peninsula 2239 Farmers Block Rd.)
Whats Up? Are you up for a road trip? Wanna get away for a weekend, hop across the Mackinac Bridge and chill out at a farm with some splendid folk singers like Anna Ash, Misty Lyn, and Matt Jones, or rock outfits like Macpodz and The Go? Or perhaps some other fine Great Lakes area groups like Divino Nino or Kansas Bible Company? This multi-day music festival was started several years ago by Go Rounds singer/guitarist Graham A. Parsons, a Kalamazoo-native, and it continues to grow each year. Its also an endearing fundraising event, sup-porting the Dan Schmitt Gift of Music and Education Fund -- a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free and low-cost instruments, music lessons, sustainability education and positive outdoor activities for youth Info: dsgiftofmusic.org.
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Time after timeA true triple-threat (shes an Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-award winner), Cyndi Lauper has cemented her legacy as one of the most soulful and creative artists in music. Yet, after 30 years and global record sales of more than 50 million, shes still testing her boundaries as an artist and surprising her fans. The latest, her album Detour (2016), is a twist on a series of country/western classics. She added best-selling author to her list of accomplishments with her 2012 autobiography, an immediate hit, and her fans are still itching for more. ZM
Saturday, May 14. 8pm. $39-$99.50. Michigan The-ater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. Michtheater.org
OngoingLive Music Mondays7pm. ABC Microbrewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. 734-480-2739. arborbrewing.com FreeCatch live music every Monday night while enjoying one of ABCs microbrews.
Acoustic Tuesdays7pm. ABC Brewpub, 114 E. Washington St. 734-213-1393. arborbrewing.com FreeWeekly, Arbor Brewing Com-pany features live music in their newly renovated space.
Unplugged Wednesdays6:30pm. $5. The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. 734-476-6795. ouryellowbarn.comStop in and catch some great acoustic and semi-electric shows.
Live Jazz8pm/ Thursdays. Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse, 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti. 734-249-8993. cultivateypsi.comTake in some jazz while sipping on a pint of beer or freshly brewed coffee.
Motion10pm Thursdays. Rush, 314 S. Main St. 734-531-6187. rushannarbor.com FreeDJ Kevin Michael brings the hottest hip-hop, electronic, and pop hits.
Rotating DJs10pm Fridays. Rush, 314 S. Main St. 734-531-6187. rushannarbor.com FreeWith a deep passion for music and an affinity for entertaining diverse crowds, come experi-ence a night of dancing to some of the popular hits.
Open Mic with the Martindales9pm Thursdays. Tap Room, 201 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-5320. taproomypsi.com FreeThe evenings host band plays from 9-9:30pm then musicians sit in for 3 songs. All styles and full bands are welcome. Drums, keyboard, guitar amps
4 wednesdayHot Club of Detroit8pm. $10-$35. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999. kerrytownconcerthouse.comThis jazz ensemble specializes in the Gypsy jazz sound made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt. The Hot Club of Detroit was formed in 2001 by Reinhardts disciple and virtuoso guitarist, Evan Perri.
Animal Collective8pm. $25-$45. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. 248-399-2980. royaloakmusictheatre.comFor fifteen years Animal Col-lective has been rewriting the musical map as their lineup and aesthetic shifts with each astonishing release, as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia.
5 thursdayBuffy Sainte-Marie7:30pm. $50. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgSinger, songwriter, musician and activist, Sainte-Marie first became active in the turbulent 60s and has carried her com-mitment to socially conscious music ever since.
Klaus Johan Grobe9pm. $12. UFO Factory, 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit. ufofactory.comAn easy to love, but hard to pin down fusion of krautrock, disco, Tropicalia, post-punk and experi-mental music that has garnered rave reviews both in the USA & abroad.
6 fridayAn Evening of Sam Cooke8pm. $15. First United Methodist Church, 1001 Green Rd. 734-665-8558. greenwoodcoffeehouse.orgCarla Cooke, the youngest daughter of the legendary Sam Cooke, shows that the apple doesnt fall far from the tree as she channels the raw talent, emotion, beauty, and charisma of the Cooke family persona.
and PA are provided. Bring your instrument and have fun. Ends at midnight.
Pride9pm. $5-$8, free before 10pm. Necto Nightclub, 516 E. Liberty St. 734-994-5835. necto.comJoin DJ Jace & Jason Michael as they spin the hottest pop, Top 40 and EDM. DVJ Mark plays Retro 80s to Top 40 Pop videos in the Red Room.
1 sundayEilen Jewell7pm. $15. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991. themagicbag.comHonesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewells music, dating back to her
self-released Boundary County album in 2006.
Seth Glier7:30pm. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgA singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live perfor-mances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals.
3 tuesdayWidespread Panic7pm. $30-$60. The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-961-5451. thefillmoredetroit.comSouthern rock meets jam band from this best-selling group from Georgia.
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Underground rap legendA pioneer of the Golden-Age of hip hop and a mem-ber of the seminal West Coast hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, Del the Funky Homosapien, has been dishing out electric rhymes since 1991, first dis-tinguishing himself as an alternative to the gangster rap style, prevalent in the early 90s. Hes been going strong since then, churning out both solo albums and collaborative efforts, the most well-known is his work on Gorillazs 2001 smash, Clint Eastwood. He comes to Ann Arbor in support of his latest of-fering, Iller Than Most, with DJ Shiftee and Sean Anonymous. ZM
Wednesday, May 11. 9pm. $20. Blind Pig, 298 S. First St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.com
Big Black Delta9pm. $10. UFO Factory, 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit. ufofactory.comBig Black Delta is Jonathan Bates, offering a larger than life version of himself, strutting through the crackling electronics like a latter-day David Bowie.
First Friday Concert9:30am. Tap Room, 201 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-5320. taproomypsi.com FreeThis free show features Pauls Big Radio, with cheap drinks and other specials.
The Rides8pm. $39.50-$99.50. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.orgRock and Roll Hall of Famer, Stephen Stills, and five-time Grammy-nominated singer, guitarist and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd, draw fire from their extraordinary collec-tive histories and join forces with famed Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg.
7 saturdayOther Voices6pm. $10-$50. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999. kerrytownconcerthouse.comThis is a celebration of artists, composers, and improvisers from the world of avant-garde and edgy vocal music.
8 sundayThe Music of Simon and Garfunkel7pm. $25. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgSwearingen and Kelli recreate the music and emotion of the most famous duo in rock and roll history.
10 tuesdayThe Used7pm. $30-$52. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. 248-399-2980. royaloakmusictheatre.comThe heavy metal group is cel-ebrating fifteen years together with a North American tour and new music. Additional show Wednesday.
11 wednesdayDan DiMonte and the Bad Assets with Hotel Arch7pm. $5. The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. 734-476-6795. ouryellowbarn.com
Dan DiMonte is an Iowa City-based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer trans-planted from the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Ann Arbors Hotel Arch also perform.
For Petes Sake7:30pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgThis annual Pete Seeger birthday tribute includes stories about Seeger and performances from local artists, with plenty of sing-alongs.
12 thursdaySaajtak9:30pm. $5, $8/under 21. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.comWith a shared affinity for free improvisation and sound art, Saajtak was formed in late 2014 by vocalist Alex Koi, electronic artist Simon Alexander-Adams, and drummer Jonathan Taylor.
13 fridayHarmony Bones8pm. $15. First United Methodist Church, 1001 Green Rd. 734-665-8558. greenwoodcoffeehouse.orgHarmony Bones, a quartet of long-time veterans of the Ann Arbor folk music scene, con-sists of Jeanne Mackey, Tom Voiles, Linda Teaman, and Laz Slomovits.
Axis: The Jimi Hendrix Experience with Tales of Cream8pm. $12. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991. themagicbag.com Axis brings the ultimate Jimi Hendrix concert experience to the stage as the band takes you on a psychedelic journey down memory lane with all of the classic jams.
Fallow Land9:30pm. $7, $10/under 21. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.comThis is an Ann Arbor-based existential space pop collective. Growing Fins Parker Projection and Truman open.
et cetera8pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999. kerrytownconcerthouse.comIn their debut performance, this Ann Arbor-based baroque cham-ber ensemble takes the stage to perform works including Handels Trio Sonata in B minor, Couperins La Franoise from Les Nations, Vivaldis Trio So-nata in D major, and Telemanns Paris Quartet in E minor.
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14 saturdayMark Eddie8pm. $25. Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, 7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton. 810-299-4130. brightonperformingarts.comMark Eddie is a guitarist and co-median with a musicians view on everything from pop music to parenting. With his signature voice and happy-go-lucky spirit, Eddie thoroughly entertains audiences the world over.
Whitehorse7:30pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgGutsy and resolute in their pursuit of sound and substance, as a married duo, Luke and Melissas fusion of the personal and professional brings to mind the road-tested romance of Johnny and June.
Olivia Mainville and The Aquatic Troupe9pm. $8/adv. $10/door. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.comBetween the Grand Rapids-based Mainville and her bandmates, the Aquatic Troupe is capable of playing 11 instru-ments, ranging from guitar and violin to the trumpet, accordion, and omnichord all of which en-compass their collective sound.
15 sundayRandy Napoleon Trio4pm. $5-$30. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999. kerrytownconcerthouse.comRandy Napoleon is a guitarist, composer and arranger as well as assistant professor of Jazz and Michigan State University.
Masters Recital: Sherri Brown, organ5pm. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. 734-763-5097. music.umich.edu FreeEnjoy this Masters organ per-formance from the University of Michigan Organ Department.
The Corn Potato String Band7pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgListen to some authentic Appa-lachian folk music. The Detroit duo Lac La Belle opens.
17 tuesdayJake Price Trio9pm. $5. Crossroads Pub, 517 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 734-340-5597. facebook.com/crossroadsypsilantiThe Ann Arbor-based band Jake Prince Trio consists of Jake Prince (guitar, vox), Michael Koss (drums), Brian Long (bass guitar). Also oerforming: White Bee and MarBrisa.
Skeeter Shelton Group8pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999. kerrytownconcerthouse.comThe Detroit area improviser, Skeeter Shelton, joins forces with southeast Michigans go-to guy for creative drumming, Djallo Djakate and Detroit-based explorative bassist, Jaribu Shahid, for an evening of innovative music that walks the boundaries of improvisation and jazz.
18 wednesdayComposer Jose Olivera Performs 7pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org FreeJoin classical composer/guitarist Jose Olivera, along with members of the YDL Songwriters and Composers Group for an intimate musical performance.
19 thursdayPeter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers7:30pm. $38-$63. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgBest known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band, Peter Wolf launched his own successful solo career and now visits Ann Arbor in support of his new released, eighth solo album. Additional performance 8pm Friday.
20 fridayFrom Ragtime to Rock N Roll8pm. $5-$30. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999. kerrytownconcerthouse.comRagtime to Rock N Roll features the areas best in traditional jazz performance, Ragtime, Blues, Boogie-Woo-gie, Stride and 50s Rock.
Surfer Blood8pm. $12. UFO Factory, 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit. Ufofactory.comSurfer Blood has performed on five continents, toured with he-roes like The Pixies and Guided By Voices, played on the Jimmy Fallon Show, Coachella and giant festivals throughout the world, while also occasion-ally plugging in their amps at house parties.
21 saturdayMartin Sexton7:30pm. $40. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgMartin Sexton has been churn-ing out rock and blues music for over two decades and visits The Ark in support of his new album, Mix Tape of the Open Road.
Fingerpicking goodFans of NPRs A Prairie Home Companion will prob-ably recognize Pat Donohues distinctive sound. As a Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter, and a National Fingerpicking Guitar Champion, Donohues signature style reaches millions of listeners every week and has earned him praise from artists like Chet At-kins and Kenny Rogers. Now Donohue turns full-time to touring and teaching fingerpicking at prestigious guitar camps. His mix of parody songs, folk music, and guitar skills keeps audiences on their toes. Part of the Green Wood Coffee House Series. ZM
Friday, May 20. 8pm $15. First United Methodist Church, 1001 Green Rd. 734-665-8558. greenwoodcof-
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24 tuesdayTake a Chance Tuesday7:30pm. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.org FreeEnjoy listening to music at no cost, just a canned good dona-tion. This months performer is singer/songwriter Royal Wood.
25 wednesdayFelly with Gyyps8pm. $15. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991. themagicbag.comWith nearly 40,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 12 million listens on SoundCloud, artist/producer Felly has experienced unbelievable growth since his introduction to the hip-hop world only four years ago.
Open Stage8pm. $2-$3. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgOpen Stage nights offer sup-portive audiences with a terrific atmosphere. Fifteen perform-ers have eight minutes (or two songs) each to do their thing.
28 saturdayDesmond Jones9pm. $10. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.comWith unique and original songs, Desmond Jones blends hot guitar riffs with electrifying saxophone, groovy bass lines, and funky drums, to create an upbeat and fun live show. Liquid Monk and Colossus open.
29 sundayUnion Bound: The Tour6:30pm. $50-$90. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. 248-399-2980. royaloakmusictheatre.comHosted by actor Tank Jones, this event will feature acoustic music from country superstar, Collin Raye, as well as Nikki Nel-son, the lead singer of Highway 101. Street Drum Corps will open the show with their high energy drum and percussion extravaganza!a
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y 31 tuesdayAoife ODonovan7:30pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgLead singer of Crooked Still, one of the most acclaimed string bands in the world, comes solo to Ann Arbor to perform material from her new release.
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theaterOngoingGaps in the Fossil Record2pm Sundays, 3pm Wednesdays, 8pm Thursdays & Fridays, 3pm & 8pm Saturdays. $14-$43. Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park St., Chelsea. 734-433-7673. purplerosetheatre.orgWhen Jane brings home the much older, soon-to-be father of her unborn child, Mom thinks that shes kidding. What begins as a practical joke, turns into a thoughtful exploration of what gets passed down through generations.
Always... Patsy Cline2:30pm Saturday & Sunday, 6:30pm Thursday, 7:30pm Friday. $22-$32. Encore Musical Theatre, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. 734-268-6200. theencoretheatre.orgThis play is based off the true story of Patsy Clines friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Enjoy the sound of Clines music while the curtain pulls back on her life offstage. Runs through Saturday, May 7.
Irrational8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $20. The Yellow Barn, 410 W. Huron St. 734-635-8450. theatrenova.orgThis rockin musical is inspired by the true story of Pythagoras and his fervent followers, who believed that divinity was found in the harmony of ratios. When one of their own discovers irra-tional numbers, he blows a hole in their worldview and crosses the wrong mathematician. Runs through Sunday, May 15.
1 sundayLaura2pm. $15. Barefoot Productions Theatre, 240 N. Main St., Plymouth. 734-404-6886. justgobarefoot.comWhen Mark McPherson first falls in love with Laura, he knows hes in love with a phan-tom for Laura is dead and hes in charge of the investigation.
Musical Theatre Senior Showcase4pm & 7:30pm. $26. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 University Ave. 734-764-2538. tickets.music.umich.eduEnjoy a lively revue featuring the Musical Theatre graduating seniors.
3 tuesdayMichigan Playwright FestivalTickets are pay what you can. The Yellow Barn, 410 W. Huron St. 734-635-8450. theatrenova.orgTheatre Novas mission is to become an epicenter for new plays in Michigan, and the Michigan Playwright festival is a unique opportunity to help local playwrights see their work staged to receive feedback and to develop new scripts. The week will feature four full length plays by Michigan-based play-wrights and an evening of six
ten minute plays written by stu-dents from Oakland University and the University of Michigan. Through Sunday, May 8.
6 fridayMotherhood Out Loud2pm. $17. Barefoot Productions Theatre, 240 N. Main St., Plymouth. 734-404-6886. justgobarefoot.comUtterly unpredictable, this play shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. Also on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
All in the Timing8pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday. $15. Childrens Creative Center, 1600 Pauline Blvd. 734-769-0019. Btensemble.orgThis is an evening of one-act plays that explore love (lost and found), language, legacy and lunacy. Runs through May 8.
7 saturdayHairspray8pm. $15-$100. Power Center, 121 Fletcher St. 734-647-3327. a2ic.orgEnjoy a performance of the classic musical comedy based on the John Waters film of the same name. Directed by Mike Mosallam.
8 sundayPointless 730 Hour Video Challenge7pm. Pay what you can. Pointless Brewery and Theatre, 3014 Packard Rd. 989-455-4484. pointlessbrew.comEnjoy hilarious video shorts cre-ated by improvisers as well as professional, amateur and wan-nabe film makers in and around the community. Participants will receive feedback in real time from improv performers!
15 sundayNT Live: The Hangmen7pm. $18-$22. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.orgIn his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey) is something of a local celebrity. But whats the second-best hangman in England to do on the day theyve abolished hanging?
20 fridayKatherine by Kim Carney8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $20. The Yellow Barn, 410 W. Huron St. 734-635-8450. theatrenova.orgCarney brings her signature blend of offbeat comedy and feminine insight as five genera-tions of mothers and daughters tell their interconnected stories, consisting of monologues spanning the years 1905 to 2017, from the hilarious to the sublime.
Purple Rose world premiereThrough May 28, the Purple Rose Theatre will host the world premiere of Matt Letschers Gaps in the Fossil Record. The Recipient of the 2015 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the play tells the story of the pregnant Jane, who brings home a much older man to her mother. It starts as a practical joke, but soon evolves into a thought-ful exploration of the human heart and what gets passed on from generation to generation. Directed by Guy Sanville. ZM
3pm Wednesdays, 8pm Thursdays & 3pm, May 26, 8pm Fridays, 3pm and 8pm Saturdays, 2pm
Sundays. $14-$43. Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. 734-433-7673. purplerosetheatre.org
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make great films.We turned our basement into an indie band perfor-
mance space by stapling paper egg cartons to the ceiling beams and building a makeshift stage.
I outfitted myself with a video camera from The Frieze (formerly UMs Frieze Building Film/Video Services De-partment) and taped concerts there, live. It became quite the local hang-out for those in the know. That is, until one night when the cops showed up responding to complaints. And, because I was there shooting everything live, I caught it all on tape, in the moment. I was part of reality TV, before reality TV.
I got my first jobs at Caf Felix and Amers and, when not working or attending classes, hung out at the same cafes to study, just like so many students still do today only, back then, espresso was an anomaly, something from far off brought back by travelers who returned.
Professors Janet Shier taught me the genius of Bertholt Brecht and Kate Mendeloff, the primitive and hungry beauty of The Bacchae.Out in the world, now back
Fast forward thirty years to the present. Now a Uni-versity of Michigan graduate myself, (B.A. Independent Liberal Arts studies in Film, Theater and German Litera-ture via the Residential College), I too have travelled to hold my own elsewhere in the world -- both intellectually and professionally -- and I enjoyed success in the pro-cess.
I was a journalist, writer, actor, director and producer who has launched herself from Ann Arbor to make her own mark in major metropolises such as Berlin, Germany and New York, N.Y. But, I returned in 2014 to be close to fam-ily. I now stand before the dawn of my own ultimate call-ing as an artist in my first independent film feature, This is Nowhere, starring David Thornton (The Notebook, John Q), Bernadette Quigley, Paulina Singer, and Johnathan Tchaik-ovsky, and introducing rising star, Gus Birney.
Ann Arbor was my first stage to see what the world had to offer the budding artist in me. Ann Arbor is now the stage upon which I open my arms to reveal all I have seen and learned.
I grew up in Ypsilanti, or Ypsitucki, as many locals called it (more on THAT later). As someone who lived in Ypsilanti but attended an Ann Arbor private school they did not have schools of choice in the late 70s and 80s I couldnt help but feel like I was somehow living on the wrong side of the proverbial tracks.
Ann Arbor always had a bit of the forbidden allure for me you had to earn the right to be there (I had to finish my chores before having my mother drive me to down-town to hang out with friends) and thats part of what made it so special.
My teenage angst crowned before the Internet, cell phones, and certainly before social media like Facebook or Twitter, when books, local public television (cable TV was only just beginning), self-posted fliers and word-of-mouth were the greatest propaganda-makers available.
Still, I had heard through local lore that my parents beloved President John F. Kennedy had given his speech introducing the Peace Corp on the steps of the University of Michigan Student Union in 1960; that the likes of pop-princess Madonna took classes at UM before heading to NYC to become, well, Madonna; that the prolific, award-winning playwright Arthur Miller had received his B.A. in 1938 before going on to write The Crucible and marry-ing my idol, actress Marilyn Monroe. I could not wait to become one with this great, independent-minded, liberal cauldron town that brewed up distinguished thinkers and intellectuals. Artists are not born, they are nurtured.
I hung out at the likes of Nichols Arcade, looked forward to Top of the Park and the Art Fair, wandered around Kerrytowns Farmers Market, canoed along the Huron River, bought grunge clothes at the Salva-tion Army, shopped for records at Wazoo (now closed), ate pizza at the Brown Jug, enjoyed The Messiah every Christmas at Hill Auditorium and dreamed of the day that I could one day make a film good enough for the Ann Ar-bor Film Festival.
In college, I moved into an artists co-op on Hill Road a conglomerate of early twenty-something musicians, filmmakers, writers and actors and started my own lo-cal film group to both watch great movies and attempt to
How Ann Arbor nurtured this artistWriter/Director Heidi Philipsen recounts how growing up in A2 set her on the path to become a filmmaker
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OngoingTuesdaysThrifty Ticket Tuesday$7. Goodrich Quality 16, 3686 Jackson Rd. 734-623-7469. goodrichqualitytheaters.com GQT is giving audiences a reason to love movies on Tuesdays. No special identifica-tion required. Some exceptions apply.
ThursdaysFright Nights Double Feature$6.50-$10. Emagine Theater, 39535 Ford Rd., Canton. 734-721-3456. emagine-entertainment.comEnjoy a screening of Memorable B-movies. Beach balls, laser pointers, and politically incorrect comments are welcome and encouraged! There are also weekly contests and prizes.
1 sundayHail Caesar!4:45pm and 7pm. $3. Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. 734-453-0870. penntheatre.comFrom the legendary Coen Broth-ers comes an irreverent look at 1950s-era Hollywood. Starring George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett johansson, Josh Brolin and Ralph Fiennes.
A Star is Born2pm. $5.75-$10.75. Rave Cinema Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX, 4100 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-973-8424. cinemark.comEnjoy a screening of the Ameri-can classic starring Judy Garland as Esther Blodgett, a singer breaking into Hollywood.
3 tuesdaySankofa Film Series: August Wilson6pm. UM Detroit Center, 3663 Wood-ward Ave., Suite 150. 313-593-3584. detroitcenter.umich.edu FreeAugust Wilson The Ground on Which I Stand, takes an inside look at the life of the acclaimed playwright and poet. The film navigates the journey of his life, tackling childhood poverty and a challenging home life, into adulthood, where he went on to receive two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.
5 thursdayVacation7pm. $3. Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. 734-453-0870. penntheatre.comThis is the National Lampoons road-trip comedy that helped launch Chevy Chase into superstardom. Part of the 1980s throwback series.
13 fridayEddie the Eagle7pm & 9pm. $3. Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. 734-453-0870. penntheatre.comBased off of true events, this film tells the story of Michael
Edwards, an Olympic athlete. After being cut from the British ski team he becomes determined to make it as a ski jumper. Starring Hugh Jackman. Also runs Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday, May 19.
18 wednesdayFerris Buellers Day Off2pm & 7pm. $5.75-$10.75. Rave Cinema Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX, 4100 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-973-8424. cinemark.comCelebrate the 10th anniversary of everyones favorite slacker film, starring Matthew Broderick as a teenager pulling off his fantasy day and outwitting his principal in the process.
19 thursdayForce Touch World Premiere7pm. $10. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.orgArbor Day Pictures, Neutral Zone and Sunday Afternoon Pictures invites attendees to a short film screening of Robin, Water Weight and the world premiere of Force Touch, directed by Rik Cordero, fol-lowed by a Q&A with the cast and crew.
20 fridayMuffins-&-Movies2pm. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St. 734-426-4477. dexter.lib.mi.us FreeAttend a screening of Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford. This newsroom drama is based on the Mary Mapes memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power.
25 wednesdayTop Gun2pm and 7pm. $5.75-$10.75. Rave Cinema Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX, 4100 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-973-8424. cinemark.comCelebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic 80s film starring Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise as fighter pilots and amateur beach volleyball players.
26 thursdayLetter to Anita7pm. $15-$50. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.orgLetter to Anita documents the effects of Anita Bryants 1970s anti-gay campaign on the life of former University of Michigan Spectrum Center Director, Ron-ni Sanlo. Doors open at 6:15pm with a performance by George Bedard and the Kingpins. Established 1960
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New look for the StateFor its 75th anniversary, the State Theatre is getting a facelift, along with plans to enhance the audio and visual experience. The project is being managed by the Michigan Theatre Foundation and will include doubling the number of screening rooms from two to four, the installation of an elevator, new seating, and a new projection and sound system. The reno-vations will also restore the original Art Deco design of C. Howard Crane. A public fundraising campaign to help support the renovations will be launched this summer. ZM
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Beginnings as an artist As a self-taught artist, Fuller began his career years ago,
painting and making jewelry before creating electric lamps, an experience that adds to his robot-building skills; many of Fullers robots light up to function as sci-fi ambient lighting.
When Fuller first began making robots, he gathered the pieces used to create, but as his reputation grew, people began bringing him parts of machines and metal objects. I have fun making them, no matter what they look like, said Fuller as he stands next to a robot clown with a mouth full of dentures.
DIYpsi, galleries, and the local art sceneFuller showcases his robots at DIYpsi, which he founded
with Sherri Green and Marcy Davy; a handmade art fair that takes place twice a year in Ypsilantis business district. The popular event has been growing since its start six years ago. We started with about 30 artists after taking over The Shadow art fair. Now were up to about 85 artists, groups, and food vendors, said Fuller. The community really supports it. This gives us better artists, with more people checking it out, and it snowballs every year.
In addition to DIYpsi, Fuller participates in gallery shows. The Ann Arbor Art Center has showcased his ro-bots locally, and other galleries in Michigan, including the Round Lake Gallery in Charlevoix, have displayed his work. I feel blessed, because my art is very well-received, said Fuller. He shows that appreciation by teaching at the FLY Childrens Art Center in Ypsilanti, in addition to vari-ous locations throughout southeast Michigan. Its fun and rewarding to teach, said Fuller. I plan to do more of it.
The art around Ypsilanti is amazing. There are so many talented people here. We benefit from Ann Arbor and all its energy and resources, he said.
Fullers artwork will be on display at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti) on Friday, May 6. For more about
Fuller, visit tinangrymen.com.
Art is subjective. One person might see junk, while an-other is mesmerized. Local artist Cre Fuller sees potential in discarded items and has the talent and imagination to turn junk into unique pieces of art.
Nuts and Bolts and Glass EyesFuller has been creating robots out of discarded items
for several years and his workshop contains a table filled with his creations, everything from sinister-looking clowns to insect-like robots. The back wall of the space supports a huge pegboard, filled with robot heads of different de-signs and colors--silver, green, or medical-looking movie droids. Shelves and boxes contain all sorts of old coffee pots, juicers, thermos bottles and other metal items wait-ing to be fused into a fantastic robot.
Some creations function as lamps. One looks like a cy-borghalf of its face built with all metal parts, and the other half of its face appears humana perfect example of how Fuller repurposes old items. This one has one of my Aunt Sallys glass eyes in it, said Fuller, as he holds a cyborg figure with care and admiration.
Mad scientistEvery artist has an inner drive to create. Im a tinkerer
by nature, said Fuller. I loved all the 1950s versions of what robots looked like. They intrigued me. I found the ro-bots to be comical and romantic. Fuller is also a big fan of old monster movies. Theyre very iconic and inspire me. When it comes to the initial design of a robot, Fuller starts with the eyes. Thats where the personality comes from.
Oddities round out his creative inspirations. Conversation pieces include loads of art, retro lamps, a vintage anatomy torso model, a monkey skull and shark jaws--all of which decorate his work space. I wait until I have a great supply of special parts to make a gallery piece, said Fuller.
Making Angry Tin MenA Conversation with Robot Artist, Cre FullerBy Tim Malik
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OngoingThrough the eyes of Lucy Burrows MorleyNoon Sunday, 10am Monday, 9am Tuesday-Saturday. Ann Arbor District Li-brary Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeThis exhibit reflects Morleys par-ticular strengths, featuring photo-graphs of her subjects, from behind which, allows viewers to see the world as it appeared through their eyes. Runs through June 15.
Ypsilanti Community Schools Gallery1:30pm Sunday, 3-8pm Thursday-Satur-day. Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. 734-480-2787. riversidearts.org FreeStudents in grades K-12 from the Ypsilanti Community Schools district will showcase their artwork throughout the month. Runs through May 21.
1 sundayGuided Tour: Albert Kahn Under Construction2-3pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. umma.umich.edu FreeAlbert Kahn: Under Construction focuses on the remarkable archive of photographs from the River Rouge complex to the Willow Run Bomber Plant.
4 wednesdayBeginning Watercolor6:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org FreeThis is a monthly watercoloring class designed for newbies. Each session features a different model of landscape for participants to paint, each model building on the previous one.
6 fridayArtists Reception7pm. Two Twelve Arts Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-944-2787. twotwelvearts.orgFeaturing the work of artists who have helped make this a decade full of art and of building a creative community called 212. Price TBD.
11 wednesdayIntroduction to Altered Bookmaking9:30am-noon. $50. Two Twelve Arts Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-944-2787. twotwelvearts.orgTake an everyday book and turn it into a 3-D art piece. Students will use a hardcover book provided by the teacher to learn various techniques: cuts, tears, pockets, inclusions and folds.
13 fridayFridays After Five5pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. umma.umich.edu FreeStop in to UMMA and enjoy special exhibitions, music, and engag-ing activities. With all of UMMAs galleries remaining open until 8pm, this exciting event provides an interactive atmosphere for all audiences.
14 saturdayZen and the Art of Coloring2pm. Ann Arbor District Library Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeThe AADL will supply all materials, including coloring books. Attendees can enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fostering creativity while listening to zen music.
20 fridayInstructor Show opening reception6pm. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. annarborartcenter.org FreeThe Ann Arbor Art Center presents an Instructor Show, featuring exceptional all-media work from current instructing artists at the Education Department at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
22 sundayGuided Tour: Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Mexicos Poet of Light2pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. umma.umich.edu FreeUMMA docents will discuss these motifs and the artists use of light as a metaphor and revealer of life, animating even the emptiest and most silent of lvarez Bravos scenes.
23 mondayThe Art of Taiwanese Glove Puppet Theater7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeThis presentation will explore the history, styles, and main themes of glove puppet theater in Taiwan, as well as its relationship to other Chi-nese theatrical and artistic forms.
25 wednesdayArtists Meet & Greet6pm. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. annarborartcenter.org FreeLearn how to submit your artwork to a show or gallery. This is a free event to connect with other artists and the Art Center staff.
29 sundayGuided Tour: Xu Weixin: Monumental Portraits2pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. umma.umich.edu FreeThis exhibition focuses on two works from the accomplished Chi-nese painter, Xu Weixins, large-size portrait series.
31 tuesdayNatures Inspiration Exhibit Reception7pm. Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org FreeView paintings created by partici-pants in YDLs six-week painting series, taught by local artist Debra Golden. Enjoy refreshments and meet the artists.
Into the woodsEnjoy an afternoon of creative storytelling and radio documentary at Radio Campfire, in the Helmut Stern Auditorium, presented by the Stamps School of Art and Design and the Insti-tute for the Humanities. The exhibit is designed to create the intimacy of listening to a story by the campfire (minus the fire and toasted marshmal-lows), and this months theme, Lost in the Woods, fits the bill perfectly with a new podcast from De-troit radio producer Zak Rosen, titled Pregnant Pause, along with a brand-new documentary from Stamps professor, Stephanie Rowden.
Sunday, May 22. 3-4:30 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Umma.umich.edu Free
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Allyson Martinek was a ra-dio personality on WDVD in Detroit for over 20 years. She was let go from her morning radio hosting job suddenly in July of 2015, to the chagrin of many longtime listeners (am unsuccessfull petition to bring her back garnered over 4,000 signatures).
Adjusting to life off the air has been an up and down expe-rience. To help cope, she wrote a book, Living On Air, about her life and times in radio. Cur-rent reached out to her.
Current: Tell us about your Michigan roots. Born and raised in Michigan?
Allyson Martinek: I wasnt born in Michigan but Ive spent my entire life here. I grew up in Chicago and lived there until I was 13. When it was time for me to go to high school, my mom wanted a smaller environment for us. So we moved to our summer home in Petoskey and full-time life in Michigan began.
How did you get your start in radio? Any other experience in the entertainment indus-try? How long were you with WDVD?
I went to Ferris State to be a teach-er. As happens to many freshmen, college life distracted me from per-forming to my full potential. Trans-ferring to EMU was always the plan following Ferris but acceptance was on hold until I brought my grades up. I had an interest in radio and through some research learned that going to broadcasting school would satisfy the credits I needed. It was an eight-month program at Specs Howard and even though I was there mainly to fulfill my EMU requirements, I wound up being hired at a radio station three days after graduating from the program, a small alternative station in East Lansing (92.1 The Edge) founded by the same man who started 89X. I was there for two years and thought about going back to my original plan of teaching; I had a full class load ready at EMU and sent one tape to one radio station. I would either get the only radio job I was interested in or I would go back to school and become a teacher. I got the call from 96.3 WHYT (WDVD since 1997) two days after they got my tape. I started that weekend and celebrated twenty years there in July, 2015.
The overused phrase turn a negative into a positive, would you say thats what youre doing with this book? Whats next for you profes-sionally?
This entire seven months has been about trying to turn something pret-ty horrific into something fantastic. I worked really hard to build a repu-tation and a number-one morning show, and I wasnt going to curl up and wash away because one per-son didnt want me anymore. The downside to unemployment is not knowing how rent will get paid, the upside is you get to reinvent yourself and take risks. That was how the book happened. It was a huge risk. Fortunately the book has been very warmly received and I get mail every day from people who say it is helping them through their own difficult times. We cant control some jerk fir-ing us for no reason, but we can
make the next phase of our lives the best yet.
Many face professional hurdles through no fault of their own, what would you tell these people?
I would tell people going through a similar experience to remain de-termined. To let this terrible thing thats happened motivate you, not suffocate you. Its hard sometimes because it will feel like better days are not coming. But the only way to make the next chapter of life the best one is to not give up and dream big. I wrote a book, that was not part of my plan. I plan to make what happened to me the best thing that ever could have happened.
What advice would you give to prospective radio/TV personalities?
Advice I give to people starting out in this field is if this is your passion, then follow your path. Dont let the negative things currently happening in the broadcasting industry deter you. While its true that more and more people are being put out in favor of syndicated shows and voice tracking, there is this entire alternative world that is gaining steam. Satellite radio, podcasting, periscope, etc. There are plenty of places to make your mark. My entire career was an uphill battle I never let it defeat me, be-cause its what I wanted. You can succeed in any climate if youre willing to work for it and not give up.
Allyson Martinek lives in Ypsilanti. Living On Air is currently available exclusively on Amazon.
Life on and off the airYpsilantis Allyson Martinek is adjusting to life away from the microphone with a new memoirby M.F. DiBella
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litLocaL Reads3 tuesday27 Days to Midnight7pm. Nicolas Bookstore, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. nicolasbooks.com FreeEveryone in Dahlias world knows when theyre going to die, except her. When her father sacrifices himself to save her from her scheduled death, Dahlia abandons her comfortable home and sets off after his murderer. Author Kristine Kruppa is a mechanical engineer at Ford Motor Company, writer, and world traveler.
4 wednesdayCanoeing and Kayaking College Campuses in Michigan7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreePBS-featured author and lifelong Michigan resident, Doc Fletcher, returns to the library for a delightful evening discussion of Michigan canoeing and kayak-ing, focusing on his just-released book: Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses in Michigan.
6 fridayPoetry at Literati: Maggie Smith7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. literatibookstore.com FreeDelving into the depths of fairy tales to transform the daily into encounters with the marvelous but dangerous, Maggie Smiths poems question whether the realms of imagination and story can possibly be safe.
11 wednesdayHistory Readers Book Club7:30pm. Motte & Bailey Booksellers, 212 N. Fourth Ave. 734-484-3613. mottebooks.com FreeThe History Readers group will discuss, Once In A Great City: A Detroit Story, by David Mara-niss. In 1963, Detroit was full of promise; the auto industry, the labor movement, Motown, were all doing well. But the shadows of collapse were evident even back then.
12 thursdayOpen Mic & Share Poetry Series7pm. Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth Rd. 734-369-4345. bookboundbookstore.com Free
17 tuesdaySteve Hamilton7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeSteve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed mystery writers in the world. At this event, he discusses his new thriller The Second Life of Nick Mason. The evening is cosponsored by Aunt Agathas and will include a book signing. Books will be for sale.
18 wednesdayRedemption Road7pm. Nicolas Bookstore, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. nicolasbooks.com FreeJohn Hart is the author of the upcoming Redemption Road, and of four New York Times best sellers. Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, his latest novel proves again that John Hart is a master of literary thrillers.
23 mondayGerald F. Davis: The Vanishing American Corporation7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. literatibookstore.com FreeRoss Business School professor Gerald F. Davis visits Literati to support his most recent book, The Vanishing American Corporation: Navigating the Hazards of a New Economy.
25 wednesdayMystery Lovers Book Group2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org FreeCalling all mystery lovers! Join this book group for a lively discus-sion featuring a different title each month. Call ahead for book details.
26 thursdayFeminist Book Club7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. literatibookstore.com FreeEnjoy a fun, thoughtful, and safe environment in which to discuss current issues surrounding feminism and equality. For Mays meeting, attendees will discuss Maggie Nelsons The Red Parts.
Great Michigan ReadPresented by Literati Bookstore and the Michigan Humanities Council, Canadian best-selling author Emily St. John Mandel will visit Towsley Audito-rium to read from her latest novel, Station Eleven, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature. Set in the days after civilizations collapse, charting the life of a celebrated actor and a traveling troupe performing across the desolate land-scape. When a young actress is caught and draws the attention of a dangerous prophet, the storyline vacil-lates between tender and terrifying. ZM
Wednesday, May 11. 7pm. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 734-585-5567.
The event begins with an Open Mic session during which area poets can read their work or share a favorite poem by another author. The Open Mic is the followed by a reading from the evenings featured poet.
14 saturdayThe Millennial Mindset and Social Media3pm. Nicolas Bookstore, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. nicolasbooks.com FreeGina Luttrell is an Associate Professor of Public Relations and Social Media at Eastern Michigan University and also has more than 15 years of experience in the communications field. Join her in exploring the media narratives surrounding millennials.
15 sundayHistory Mystery1pm. Aunt Agathas, 213 S. Fourth Ave. #1A. 734-769-1114. auntagathas.com FreeEnjoy an open house with Su-sanna Calkins, Sharan Newman, Candace Robb & Sam Thomas.
Author and New Yorker Copy Editor Mary Norris2pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeNorriss love of language led her to write Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, a hilarious, down-to-earth manual for untangling the most vexing spelling, punctuation, and usage quandaries in English.
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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (aka TheRide) hosts 25,000 riders every day. This number will increase significantly wih expanded services starting May 1, including new routes, and a streamlined numbering system, the beginning of TheRides five-year improvement plan.
TheRides Richard Chivers has been getting people around town for 39 years almost since the service was founded in the mid-1970s. Looking forward to the impending service improvements, we spoke to Chivers about his myriad experiences.
Current: What route do you drive?Richard Chivers: I primarily used to drive routes 2, 4,
and 5. Currently, Im on whats called the Extra Board, where Im utilized on whichever route or service has a need, including A-Ride service for seniors and riders with disabilities. People ask me which I prefer: knowing the route Ill be driving each day, or not knowing until I arrive at work. I actually enjoy both. For me, its not as much about which route I drive, as it is getting to meet and help people.
Whats the best part of your job? Truly, I enjoy getting to meet so many people who ride with us each day, helping new drivers get accustomed to driving on various routes, and working in this great community with our dedicated, fun, and hard-working staff.
What can community members do to make TheRide a better experience for everyone?
Spread the word about our services. We have regular fixed-route buses, A-Ride buses for seniors and people with disabilities, ArtFairRide shuttles, FootballRide shuttles, AirRide service between Ann Arbor and Metro Airport, NightRide and HolidayRide service when fixed-route doesnt run, VanRide commuter vanpool service, and more. The more people that use our services, the more were able to help our community become more sustainable, free of congestion, and happier and healthier.
Driving TheRideRichard Chivers offers reflections on 40 years of shuttling around townby Zach Marburger
Making TheRide top-of-mind for people is a great way to help the community.
Whats one DO NOT DO that you wish riders were aware of?
I think we do a good job helping people learn how to ride our buses, both in literature on the bus and online. But, I do wish that riders were more aware that, at times, it can be difficult to see them. When waiting for the bus, signaling and being clearly visible to an approaching bus while standing safely away from the street is a big help. Riders who wear dark clothing and stand further back near trees, bushes, or utility poles can be very difficult to see, especially at night. If reflective clothing isnt an option, riders who wear lighter clothing, and/or stand closer to the bus stop area can be a big help in making sure that drivers dont miss them. Im very disappointed when I learn that Ive missed someone who was waiting for my bus. Helping me by being seen can ensure that I can help them get where they need to go.
Also, while drivers work hard to keep riders safe and on schedule, we can be delayed by many things that are out of our control. One thing that often takes extra time is waiting for passengers who are not ready with their fares or passes. Having exact change or passes ready when boarding a bus helps keep everything (and everyone) running on schedule. Its a great way to help not just your drivers, but everyone who youre riding with.Strangest thing youve ever seen on the bus?
Ive been lucky in my nearly 39 years not to have seen too many strange things. The strangest incident that I can think of involves a duck. A handful of years ago, I noticed a baby duck sitting in the middle of the road. It was near a stop, so I was able to safely pull over and help it. The ducks family was standing a bit further up the road watching, seemingly wondering why the baby duck wasnt keeping up. The duckling was able to keep up once it was rejoined with its family on softer ground. It was one of those moments when you look back and smile. I really enjoy helping so many wonderful people each day, and I guess I enjoy helping ducks, too.
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An overflow crowd attended a recent monthly meeting of Women Grow-Southeast Michigan chapter at Bloom City Club in Ann Arbor to hear Dr. Lev Spivak-Birndorf, co-founder and chief science officer of PSI Labs in Ann Arbor, talk about terpenes. Who would have thought that a topic that would have been dismissed with a yawn if presented in high school chemistry class would demand such attention?
As the uninitiated soon learned, terpenes make up a group of volatile compounds that contribute substantially to the aroma and taste of cannabis, making up much of the essential oil component of cannabis, informed Dr. Lev.
Cannabis possesses so many terpenes, he speculated, because it has been highly selectively bred by humans, (and) because we like the flavors/aromas/effects of cannabis plants that produce all of these terpenes, much like we have selected for high THC or high CBD in some strains. Other strains of cannabis, like hemp varieties, have been selected for fiber production and nutritional seeds.
Influence on Smell and TasteCannabinoids have no effect on the smell of the flowers;
they are basically odorless in their pure forms. Terpenes in their pure forms, on the other hand, are odiferous oils, so they influence smell and taste. Both compounds are produced from the same starting materials and found in high concentrations in the heads of glandular trichomes, the crystals that cover the female flowers.
A lot of those can mean high potency, but not necessarily because the oil in the trichomes could have relatively low cannabinoid and terpene content. When you detect the terpenes with your nose, you can usually make a guess that there will be more cannabinoids present. You cant really see either of them and you cant smell cannabinoids, so terpenes can be a proxy to detect potency with organoleptic analysis -- using your nose.
Cannabis plants with more terpenes, Dr. Spivak-Birndorf explained, often also have high levels of cannabinoids as they both are concentrated in the resin gland heads of the inflorescences. More terpenes mean a more pungent strain. The combination of which terpenes are present -- known as the terpene profile -- also influences the smell and taste and likely psychoactive properties of
Marijuana enters the golden age of lab testingDr. Lev Spivak-Birndorf on the science behind marijuanaby Ken Wachsberger
individual cannabis strains, relates Dr. Spivak-Birndorf. They can apparently increase or reduce some of the side effects of cannabis use, such as anxiety and sedation.
PSI LabsDr. Spivak-Birndorf is an analytical geochemist who
specializes in trace metal isotope analysis. His background studies include, meteorites, ancient ocean sediments, the man-made byproducts of energy production such as coal-burning, and the evolution of plants.
He also is a Crohns patient who uses medical cannabis to help treat his condition. In 2015, he co-founded PSI Labs because he saw new opportunities to help ensure the safety and quality of medical cannabis in Michigan. I believe people should be able to choose how they medicate themselves for any condition that causes them discomfort, he said.
According to him, easing of anti-marijuana laws and changing societal attitudes toward cannabis have increased consumer demand for quality-tested cannabis medicine. It also has opened up the testing market to satisfy that increased demand. In some states you even have mandatory testing of commercial cannabis sanctioned by the state despite the federal status of cannabis. So, it really is a golden age for cannabis lab testing and research right now, compared to what it has been, said Dr. Spivak-Birndorf. There is a lot more access to information and a lot more new research being done.
Ken Wachsberger is an author, member of the National Writers Union, and editor of Bloom Blog.
Dr. Spivak-Birndorf shows off terpenes at his lab in Ann Arbor
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Hash Bash 2016The 2016 Hash Bash was once again a rip-roaring success, and Current was there to breathe it all in.
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person of interest
Theres no better way to get to the heart of a city than through the people who live there. In our feature, Person of Interest, we ask local Ann Arborites clearly in love with their city to take us on a personal tour and tell us what makes it special to them. This month, we chatted with Chera Tramontin, co-owner of Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream Parlor.
Current: How long have you lived in Ann Arbor?Tramontin: Born and raised! Im a Community High School graduate, so quite the local yocal. After going away for four years to the then all-girls Wells College in central New York, I couldnt stay away from Ann Arbor for too long. I came back with a major in ethics and biology, and worked in cancer research at University Hospital. Now Im here at Kilwins with two beautiful daughters.
How did you get involved with Kilwins and the business of selling chocolates?
My mothers dream was to have her own chocolate shop. Shed take my siblings and me on cross-country road trips to sample confections (not a bad way to spend a childhood!) until she realized that there was a chocolate maker in our own state! My mom owned the first franchise store of Kilwins. We didnt start selling ice cream until 1995.
Then came the biggest decision of my life. My mother was diagnosed with cancer and was becoming increasingly weaker. How was she going to keep our store going? Just as my mother was on the verge of selling the store, I decided that I would become co-owner and manage the store full-time. My mother has been cancer-free for 16 years and still stops by around our major holidays--just when we can use her extra helping hands in the store!
Do you get a lot of out-of-towners or mainly locals?
The majority of folks are definitely dedicated locals. We provide an experience: the sensory pleasures that come with the smell of waffle cones and the novelty of an
old-fashioned candy shop. Its a chance to travel back in time for a treat. My favorite thing is seeing kids who used to come now coming in with their own children. We have literally served for generations!
What do you think makes Ann Arbor unique?
Well, you cant beat its progressive nature. With all of the prestigious folk who work at the university and the hospital, we always seem to be one step ahead. But theres a whole other side to Ann Arbor, too--a local caliber, made of families and shopkeepers. Even if you didnt go to school here, you can still be a huge part of the community. You can open up a jazz club if you want. You can make print books a thing again. You dont have to feel like you have to check boxes to live here. If you have a voice and can protest and be passionate about something, youll fit right in.
Any recommendations for breakfast, lunch, or dinner spots?
I might be totally biased since my stepfather co-founded the business, but you cant beat The Earle for weekend jazz and great French-Italian food! Get the mussels at Happy Hour for a good deal! I love the underground vibe at The Last Word. I try to eat local when I can, so for lunch I rotate between Le Dog, Afternoon Delight and Jerusalem Garden.
If you could turn one of your Kilwins treats into an ode to Ann Arbor confection, which one would it be?
Id choose my favorite truffle: the double dark truffle. Its basically death by chocolate--the richest of them all. It has a smooth and concentrated taste. But, I admire its simplicity. It is what it is. It doesnt need any other flavors added in. It is complete on its own.
Got a sweet tooth? Check out Kilwins Chocolates and Ice
Cream Parlor on 107 E. Liberty Street. 734-769-7759. kilwins.com
Chera TramontinAnn Arbor native Chera Tramontin has been serving sweets on Liberty St. since she was a kid by Cammie Finch
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3 tuesdayGrandSLAM Championship7pm. $25. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. themoth.orgListen to master storytellers as they share their intimate tales during the biggest Moth Storytelling event of the year.
4 wednesdayBuilding Matters: Rainwater Borrowing7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeLearn how rainwater has historically been used, how other areas of the country are slowly starting to make net-zero-water buildings a reality, and what opportunities Ann Arbor has to be one of Americas water leaders.
5 thursdaySewing Night: Meet the Machine and UFOs7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeMachines will be set up and staff will be on hand will show attendees the basics, such as bobbin winding, needle threading, and practicing stitches. All skill levels are welcome, no prior knowledge is necessary.
13 fridayFrogs7pm. $8-$9/per person, $30-$34/per family. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.orgParticipants will hike to Black Pond and discover the delicate balance of their habitat. Attendees may even get to hear some frogs calling.
14 saturdayPersonal Digital Archiving10:30am & 1:30pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeAs personal and social lives become increasingly digital, the importance of preserving personal digital content is growing. Find out what steps you need to take to save emails, online family photos, social media content, and personal blogs and websites.
15 sundayFireside Fun6:30pm. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.org FreeTheres nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring smore fixings!
17 tuesdaySmarty Pants Trivia Smackdown8pm. Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, 420 N. Main St. 734-475-2337. chelseadistrictlibrary.org Free
Round up a team of up to six and join the Chelsea Library at the Chelsea Alehouse to test trivia skills.
18 wednesdayEnrichment for Dogs7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeJoin Hannah Ashmore, of Longsnouts Dog Training, to learn tips and tricks for keeping dogs lives enriched through food-based play. Shell talk about her favorite store-bought gadgets, how to create several different types of toys straight from the recycling bin, and why enrichment is important.
21 saturdayThe ReWilded Gardener: Foraging 10110am. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org FreeJoin herbalist, forager and author Lisa Rose on a wild journey of learning about local plants that can be used for food and herbal medicine.
Mayfly5:30pm. $125. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.org FreeCurrent and potential supporters gather for an upscale evening to celebrate the work of LSNC while ensuring the centers continued success.
22 sundayBlacksmith Presentation and Shop Tour1pm. Location provided after registration. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeJoin AADL in the field for a blacksmith shop tour and presentation from internationally known blacksmith Scott Lankton, who works locally as a studio artist forging architectural commissions in steel and bronze. Registration required.
25 wednesdaySmell and Tell: Cherche la Rose7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeWhether worn on its own or in combination with other ingredients, roses have the power to bring our senses to the threshold of beauty like no other flower. Michelle Krell Kydd is a trained nose in flavors and fragrance. She is also the editor of Glass Petal Smoke, an award-winning blog that explores the world of scent and taste.
28 saturdaySuperior Garden Planting2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 8795 MacArthur Blvd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org FreeLearn about gardening and help plant this years educational garden at Superior.
For rare book loversTechnology hasnt put an end to good-old-fashioned dead trees yet. For non-Kindle lovers looking for the right gift or just a fellow book lover to chat with, the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair boasts more than 40 book, map and print dealers making their wares available for purchase, with first-edition books, rare finds, childrens books and literature on display. All proceeds will support the William L. Clements Li-brary at the University of Michigan. ZM
Sunday, May 22. 11am-5pm. $5. Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S. State St. 734-995-1891.
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Somewhere deep down, all of us know that knowledge is more important than grades. Yet, how many of us actually live our lives by this truth? Grades are the quick solution. They allow us to easily classify things in separate groups. People achieving As or Bs are, therefore, proficient in this subject. Seems easy.
But, in a society that is becoming increasingly competitive and with limited ways to distinguish ourselves, are grades--the marks we strive for--doing more harm than good? Do grades matter? I say: Hopefully not.
Heres the problem. With colleges getting more competitive, and grade inflation becoming more of an issue, the curve has become a next-level phenomenon, a grade-defying mythical monster in itself. Nobody completely understands how its operating, but its effects are infinitely powerful. Weve created a system where learning only happens at the expense of others. You could be more than proficient at something, but just because certain people are better, you receive a lower grade. And, even if you get a 64 percent on a test, if all of your classmates do just as badly, you get an A!
Is this the type of system that encourages learning? Sure, it prepares students for the cut-throat working world, but learning isnt--or at least shouldnt be--a competition with others. Its a struggle between you and a complex topic. Education is something you should be able to delve into, full of passion and following wherever your curiosity takes you; not a certain number of requirements or credit hours you complete until you get to say, Im outta here!
A moment of zenLast year, in the library studying
economics, I was having trouble focusing. I inadvertently read the same sentence twice. Then a third time. Then a fourth time. It said something about supply and demand that was simple. And, I looked around me and realized that there
were thousands of books, interesting books with years and years of infinite wisdom and excitement, and Im forcing myself to read this sentence a fifth time! Why am I doing this?
Libraries used to be for people to actually read books and LEARN. Nowadays these archaic structures are used as quiet places where students can go avoid distractions from the outside world and stay up until all hours of the night trying to memorize a concept for a test in a subject that they dont necessarily care about. All of this is done to achieve a letter on a transcript, lost in all of the other letters, which--after maybe one or two employers see it--will have absolutely no bearing on their life.
In that moment, I made a decision. I am not going to lose myself over grades. Sure, I am still going to try my best and stay up late to study. Its important to take your grades seriously, because on some level they reflect effort. But, at the end of the day, you can only do so much. If I spend time doing my work and getting it done on time, then Ill be ok. But Im not going to trade my happiness to get that A because thats not what its about. Im going to spend as much time doing what I love and trying to learn as much as I can about what I care about, and everything else can wait. Lifes too short to read the same sentence five times in a row.
Evan Rosen is a sophomore in the Ross School of Business studying
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Flowers for momPlenty of sons, daughters, and husbands will get their mom flowers for Mothers Day, but for the mom who loves to get outside and enjoy nature, why not combine the traditional gift with something active? The Leslie Science and Nature Center is hosting a Mothers Day Wildflower Hike on Mothers Day morning. Beginning with a short presentation on different kinds of wildflowers and how they were named, participants will then take a guided hike through the Black Pond Woods to put their new knowledge to use. ZM
Sunday, May 8. 1-2:30pm. $5/per person, Free for mothers. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831
Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.org
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Top Films in ToledoIndependent and experimental film lovers that didnt get their festival-fill at the Ann Arbor Film Festival need to head south for the inaugural Glass City Film Festival, going on May 19-21 in Toledo. The festival will feature short- and feature-length films, documentaries, animated features and music videos from filmmakers of all ages and experience levels. Some filmmakers will be on hand to talk about their work and participate in audience Q&A sessions. The top films will be eligible to win one of the first-ever Signature Glass City Awards. Check out additional coverage of the festival at toledocitypaper.com. ZM
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Four-legged raceThe Humane Society of Huron Valleys largest fundraiser, the 37th Walk & Wag and Run, is a day tailor-made for mans best friend, with all proceeds going to fund Humane Society programs. There are a few different events throughout the day: a 5K race and one-mile walk (furry friends included), a best pet trick contest, and a raffle drawing. Lunch will be provided by Maiz Mexican Cantina and Bearclaw Coffee Truck, and entertainment will be provided by the Rock N Roll K9s. Participants can have friends and family to sponsor them and, for the best fundrais-ers, the Humane Society will provide incentives and giveaways. Registration is required. ZM
Saturday, May 21. $30-$50. 8am.-12:30pm. Rolling Hills Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-662-5585. hshv.org
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OngoingCommunity Crossfit10am Saturdays. Huron River CrossFit. 4477 Jackson Rd. 734-436-4267. huronrivercrossfit.com FreeAttendees will perform a challenging but low-impact workout to learn how CrossFit promotes health and wellness.
1 sundayLewy Body Wellness Day1pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600. lsa.umich.edu FreeThis program is designed especially for caregivers and adults living with dementia. Join for an easy-going after-noon. Registration required.
2 mondayDiabetes Prevention Program6:30pm. St. Mary Mercy, 36475 Five Mile, Livonia. 734-665-8955. stjoeshealth.org FreeAttend the National Dia-betes Prevention Program and learn how to take small steps to prevent Type 2 dia-betes. Registration required.
4 wednesdayCareers and Work Options in Natural Medicine6:30pm. $15. Naturopathic School, 7920 Jackson Rd., Suite A. 734-769-7794. a2schools.orgLong term naturopath, bodyworker and master herbalist Mary Light, direc-tor of Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts, defines field areas, healing arts effectiveness, and opportu-nities for training, income, self employment, and con-nections within the conven-tional medical industry.
6 fridayYpsilanti Open Meditation11am. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org FreeMeditation encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional optimism and other positive ways of living. Ypsilanti Open Medi-tation offers weekly drop-in guided meditation.
9 mondayMaking Meals Mindful7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeFrom the wisdom of yoga and personal healing experi-ence, attendees will acquire the tools to approaching mealtime with ease, to fully enjoy eating and enhance digestion.
Spiritual Meditation Meetup Group7:15pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St. 734-408-1611. crazywisdom.net FreePartake in this weekly spiritual meditation meetup group.
11 wednesdayFord Heritage Park Nature Walk6pm. For Heritage Park, 8399 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org FreeJoin ecologist Penelope Beamer for a guided nature walk through Ypsilantis Ford Heritage Park.
Qigong Therapeutic Movement & Tai Chi7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeThis workshop will explore energy exercises from Tai Chi and Qigon, each applied as a form of self-healing.
12 thursdaySelf-care Massage7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeUsing the Myofascial technique, licensed mas-sage therapist Brian M. Truskowski will teach par-ticipants about the anatomy of the head, neck and shoulder area as it relates to massage.
18 wednesdayDr. James (J.T.) Eckner Discusses Sports-Related Concussions7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. aadl.org FreeJoin Dr. James (J.T.) Eckner as he discusses sport-relat-ed concussion research that is underway at the UM and what the findings say about the troublesome subject.
21 saturdayHerbal Medicine Field9:30am-3:30pm. $75. Naturopathic School, 7920 Jackson Rd., Suite A. 734-769-7794. a2schools.orgEnjoy a field walk (weather permitting) to identify and gather spring medicinal and nourishing herbs. There will also be an in-class discus-sion about herbal formulas that are used to nourish and strengthen body systems.
30 mondayHeart to Heart for Women4pm. St. Joseph Mercy, 5325 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti. 734-712-3852. stjoeshealth.org FreeJoin Heart to Heart and experience a support group designed for people with cardiovascular disease. This group is for women only.
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free will astrology
MayARIES (March 21-April 19): The oracle Im about to pres-ent may be controversial. It contains advice that most astrologers would never dare to offer an Aries. But I believe you are more receptive than usual to this challenge, and I am also convinced that you es-pecially need it right now. Are you ready to be pushed further than I have ever pushed you? Study this quote from novelist Mark Z. Danielewski: Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with pa-tience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Youre in a phase of your cycle when youll be rewarded for your freshness and originality. The more you cultivate a be-ginners mind, the smarter you will be. What you want will become more possible to the degree that you shed ev-erything you think you know about what you want. As the artist Henri Matisse said, if a truly creative painter hopes to paint a rose, he or she first has to forget all the roses that were ever painted. What would be the equivalent type of forgetting in your own life?
CANCER (June 21-July 22): We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible, declares psy-chotherapist Thomas Moore. I agree. Our mental health thrives when we can have candid conversations with free spirits who dont censor them-selves and dont expect us to water down what we say. This is always true, of course, but it will be an absolute necessity for you in the coming weeks. So I suggest that you do ev-erything you can to put your-self in the company of curious minds that love to hear and tell the truth. Look for opportuni-ties to express yourself with extra clarity and depth. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, says Moore, but it involves courage and risk.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I watched a video of a heli-copter pilot as he descended from the sky and tried to land his vehicle on the small deck of a Danish ship patrolling the North Sea. The weather was blustery and the seas were choppy. The task looked at best strenuous, at worst im-possible. The pilot hovered patiently as the ship pitched wildly. Finally there was a brief calm, and he seized on that moment to settle down safely. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you may have a metaphorically similar challenge in the coming days. To be successful, all you have to do is be alert for the brief calm, and then act with swift, relaxed decisiveness.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Show me a man who isnt a slave, wrote the Roman philosopher Seneca. One is a slave to sex, another to money, another to ambition; all are slaves to hope or fear. Commenting on Senecas thought, blogger Ryan Holiday says, Im disappointed in my enslavement to self-doubt, to my resentment towards those that I dislike, to the power that the favor and approval of certain people hold over me. What about you, Virgo? Are there any emotional states or bedeviling thoughts or ad-dictive desires that youre a slave to? The coming weeks will be a favorable time to emancipate yourself. As you do, remember this: Theres a difference between being compulsively driven by a delu-sion and lovingly devoted to a worthy goal.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Ev-eryone who has ever built a new heaven first found the power to do so in his own hell. That noble truth was uttered by Libran philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and I bet it will be especially meaning-ful for most of you during the rest of 2016. The bad news is that in the past few months youve had to reconnoiter your own hell a little more than you would have liked, even if it has been pretty damn interesting. The good news is that these
explorations will soon be wind-ing down. The fantastic news is that you are already getting glimpses of how to use what youve been learning. Youll be well-prepared when the time comes to start constructing a new heaven.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Zugzwang is a German-derived word used in chess and other games. It refers to a predicament in which a player cannot possibly make a good move. Every available option will weaken his or her position. I propose that we coin a new word that means the opposite of zugzwang: zugfrei, which shall hereafter signify a situa-tion in which every choice you have in front of you is a posi-tive or constructive one; you cannot make a wrong move. I think this captures the es-sence of the coming days for you, Scorpio.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): We have to learn how to live with our frailties, poet Stanley Kunitz told *The Paris Review.* The best people I know are inadequate and un-ashamed. Thats the keynote I hope you will adopt in the coming weeks. No matter how strong and capable you are, no matter how hard you try to be your best, there are ways you fall short of perfection. And now is a special phase of your astrological cycle when you can learn a lot about how to feel at peace with that fact.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): How do plants reproduce? They generate seeds that are designed to travel. Dandelion and orchid seeds are so light they can drift long distances through the air. Milkweed seeds are a bit heavier, but are easily carried by the wind. Foxglove and sycamore seeds are so buoyant they can float on flowing water. Birds and other animals serve as trans-portation for burdock seeds, which hook onto feather and
fur. Fruit seeds may be eaten by animals and later excreted, fully intact, far from their origi-nal homes. I hope this medi-tation stimulates you to think creatively about dispersing your own metaphorical seeds, Capricorn. Its time for you to vividly express your essence, make your mark, spread your influence.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It is a fault to wish to be understood before we have made ourselves clear to ourselves, said philoso-pher Simone Weil. I hope that prod makes you feel a bit un-comfortable, Aquarius. I hope it motivates you to get busy investigating some of your vague ideas and fuzzy self-im-ages and confused intentions. It will soon be high time for you to ask for more empathy and acknowledgment from those whose opinions matter to you. Youre overdue to be more ap-preciated, to be seen for who you really are. But before any of that good stuff can happen, you will have to engage in a flurry of introspection. Youve got to clarify and deepen your relationship with yourself.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I have never let my schooling interfere with my education, said writer Mark Twain. Thats excellent advice for you to apply and explore in the com-ing weeks. Much of the time, the knowledge you have ac-cumulated and the skills you have developed are supreme assets. But for the immediate future, they could obstruct you from learning the lessons you need most. For instance, they might trick you into thinking you are smarter than you real-ly are. Or they could cause you to miss simple and seemingly obvious truths that your so-phisticated perspective is too proud to notice. Be a humble student, my dear.
Am I still a hero if the only person I save is myself? asks poet B. Damani. If you posed that question to me right now,
I would reply, Yes, Gemini. You are still a hero if the only person you save is yourself. If you asked me to elabo-rate, Id say, In fact, saving yourself is the only way you can be a hero right now. You cant rescue or fix or reha-
bilitate anyone else unless and until you can rescue and fix and rehabilitate yourself. If you pushed me to provide you with a hint about how you should approach this chal-lenge, Id be bold and finish with a flourish: Now I dare you to be the kind of hero you have always feared was beyond your capacity.
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