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ECURRENT.COM Checking on Ypsi Alehouse Louis Meldman checks in on new local favorite Ypsi Alehouse

Farmers’Market Guide p.15

Summer is the perfect time to reap the full benefits of nature’s bounty at area Farmers’ Markets. Current has all the info you need!

A look at Mark’s Carts Six food cart owners on why you should visit by Current Staff

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Kick back and relax this summer

free comic book day 13

Vault of Midnight is in for a big month by Tim Malik

music feature: summer fests 20

Where to head this season for live music by Jeff Milo

26 theater: NTG

Ypsilanti’s latest theater company by Lauren Lucas

28 film: Creating a filmmaker How Ann Arbor helped nurture one director by Heidi Philipsen

30 art: Making tin men Cre Fuller turns trash into artistic treasure by Tim Malik

32 lit: Life off air

Radio DJ Allyson Martinek is out with a new memior by M.F. DiBella

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Current staffers and readers spotted these happenings around town ■It’s All Relative You 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 noticed 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 awkwardly 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 you’re 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 wobbled your way straight to the bathroom. I’m pretty sure you pushed it a little too hard, and I hope you felt better after you hugged the toilet. Send us your spotted suggestions on facebook or @ecurrent on twitter!

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green corner  Zingerman’s expands With a moniker reminiscent of the bus service that previously occupied the site, Zingerman’s 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.

Help the Hawk

The ‘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. Free


Look to the future

With 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 Michigan’s Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. The event is a can’t-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. Free

 Find your muse Local 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 eyesore The 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 Canton Ann 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 Greek The 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.  AACVTE Toyota 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.  Smoked Siris, a BBQ joint and cigar lounge, is coming to 207 N. Main St., with an expected soft opening in June. / may 2016   5

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PATIO GUIDE Biergarten at Salt Springs Brewery 117 S. Ann Arbor St., saline 734-395-9191 Hours: 11:30am-10pm/Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30am-11pm/Friday and Saturday, 11:30am-9pm/Sunday.

Salt Springs Brewery’s 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 The biergarten is also available for private events!

Cardamom 1739 Plymouth Rd. 734-662-2877

Hours: Closed/Monday, 11am-3pm/ Tuesday-Sunday, 5-10pm/TuesdayThursday, Sunday, 5-10:30pm/Friday and Saturday. With a patio that only seats parties of two, Cardamom’s 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.

RoosRoast Coffee 1155 Rosewood St. 734-222-9202

Hours: 6:45am-6pm/MondaySaturday, 7:45am-6pm/Sunday If you’re looking for chill, don’t forget about the gigantic outdoor seating area at RoosRoast’s Rosewood location, dubbed Ann Arbor’s hardest-to-find cafe. It’s meetup central for the Southtown neighborhood, dogs and children can roam freely, the parking is easy and there’s even a mini orchard around the corner with kale growing in the garden.

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Paesano Restaurant & Wine Bar 3411 Washtenaw Ave. 734-971-0484 Hours: 11am-10pm/Monday-Thursday, 11am-Midnight/Friday, Noon-Midnight/Saturday, Noon-10pm/Sunday. Paesano Restaurant’s 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. Paesano even provides fresh popped corn.


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A Guide to Beer on the Patio From Dennis Smith, Craft Brands Manager O&W

For eleven years Chef Thad has prepared Experience the true meaning of Chef Driven our small, every plateinserved at intimate Logan. dining room. Experience the true meaning of chef-driven in our small, intimate dining room.

115 W Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI

Patio beers are easy to drink and loaded with flavor but still very refreshing; a beer that’s not going to fill you up, but leave you wanting more. If you are drinking on a patio you’re probably drinking all day! Luckily these types of beers can be found in an array of styles. (734) 327-2312

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.

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Lastly, nothing say warm weather like a fruit IPA since, it’s 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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734-665-4474 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 child’s parties any way you want it. Private rooms, huge TV’s, 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.


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Bona Sera Cafe 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti 734-340-6335

Hours: 11am-3pm and 5-9pm/Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-3pm and 5-10pm/Friday, 10am-3pm and 5-10pm/Saturday, 10am3pm/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

Hours: 5-10pm/Tuesday-Saturday 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 moment’s notice and enjoy Logan al fresco! Logan’s full menu is available on the outside patio, in addition to full bar service.





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Bigalora 3050 Washtenaw Ave Suite 112 734-971-2442 Hours: 11am-10pm/Sunday-Thursday, 11am-11pm/Friday, 10am-11pm/Saturday, 10am-10pm/Sunday. Whether it’s 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 Bigalora’s patio is a slice of heaven.

Chelsea Alehouse 420 N. Main St., Chelsea 734-475-2337

Just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Alehouse’s 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!

Northside Grill 1015 Broadway St. Hours: 7am-3pm/Sunday-Saturday Northside Grill features six tables surrounded by David Ruby’s 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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From left to right: owners Nick Yribar, Curtis Sullivan and Steve Fodale go crazy for comics

All humans must read comics by Tim Malik

Talking with Vault of Midnight owners on the eve of thier new store opening and free comic book day 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? “It’s all inclusive. There’s something for everybody,” said Nick Yribar, co-owner along with Sullivan and Fodale. “We want everyone to read comics. We look at it like it’s a book store just like any other store.”

Grilled Cheese plushies put a smile on Vom employee Claire Herting

Taking a chance on Main Street Vault 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 didn’t 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. Cont’d on p14 / may 2016   13

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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. “They’re hysterical, and we sell a lot of them.” “Our small batch goofball toys are very popular,” added Yribar. “There’s 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 day The 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 Zingerman’s 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



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El Manantial | @El_Manantial_A2

Mariano Rodriguez 11am-2pm/Monday-Sunday 5-8pm/Tuesday-Thursday. 5-9:30pm/Friday and Saturday. 5-9pm/Sunday.

How long has El Manantial been in operation?

The food fast lane Mark’s Carts steer customers towards authentic cuisine by Current Staff

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 Mark’s Carts community unique.

El Manantial is starting its fourth year at Mark’s 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 heart—fresh 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. It’s exciting to grow my business and work locally and with national companies. I’ve met some of the nicest people. I’ve fed 5th-graders, corporate executives, celebrities, fellow Ann Arborites and Grammy winners. Food brings out the best in people. Cont. on pg. 16 / may 2016   15


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Signature dish?

Our most popular and signature dish is CBM (Chicken Basil Mozzarella) and Jay’s 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.

Great Grilled Sandwiches

11-3/Monday, 11-3 and 5-9/Tuesday through Saturday. Varies/Sunday.

Sumi (above) & Swaroop Bhojani

Hut-K Chaats

Strangest thing that’s ever happened to you while working? My dad came to help me one day. I was working a lunch hour shift and I didn’t 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.

Jay Nirban

Jami & Blake Miller

Pita Cruiser

11am-3pm and 5-8pm/Monday-Thursday. 11am-3pm and 5pm-9pm/Friday. 11am-3pm and flexible evening times/Saturday. Flexible morning times/Sunday.

11am-8pm/Monday-Sunday. | @PitaCruiser How long have you been in operation?

How long have you been in operation?

The Pita Cruiser Food Truck was born in October 2014 in Charlevoix, Michigan.

Signature dish?

Signature dish?

Ever since Mark’s Carts began in 2011.

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!


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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.

Allison Thacker & Alexander Curtis

Seafood Driven @SeafoodDriven

11am-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?

Xavi Vitta

Simply Spanish @SimplySpanishA2

11am-3pm/Monday. 11am-2:30pm and 5-10pm/Tuesday-Sunday.

Definitely the lobster roll. It’s Alex’s favorite seafood item and, in his experience, people tend to agree.

Signature dish?

Best part of the job?

How did you decide to open a food cart?

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.

My signature dish is Valencian Paella, a dish of saffron rice with seafood, chicken and sausage. 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. đ&#x;™‚ What makes A2’s 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. / may 2016   17

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Monday Closed 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 -nChips $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.

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These might be the prettiest cakes around, but don’t take a bite; this is artwork, not dessert. Cake, an exhibit going on now at the Museum on Main St., is a celebration of everyone’s favorite birthday dessert and the tableware that goes with it. Presented in partnership 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. Free

2 monday Daiquiri Time Out

7:30pm. $45. The Last Word, 301 W. Huron St. 734-276-3215.

Using only rum, lime juice, and simple syrup, the humble daiquiri is shockingly delicious when made with fresh ingredients. While it’s certainly perfect for the hot summer days ahead, any day is a good day for a daiquiri time out.

4 wednesday Gum Paste Calla Lily and Carnation Class

5:30pm. $50. Baker’s Nook LLC, 901 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-4291320.

In this class, attendees will learn how to make a carnation and a calla lily out of gumpaste. These are great flowers to use for wedding and birthday cakes.

5 thursday Cooking Class

6pm. $55. Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd. 734-994-2300.

Learn 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 Mayo

7pm. $70. Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. 734-619-8100.

Taste mezcal and tequila sideby-side, make (and then drink) three cocktails that each highlight these agave-based liquors in a different way. The class will then discuss the history of these liquors and share cocktailrelated stories, while enjoying farm-fresh food.

11 wednesday Cooking Down the Shore

6:30pm. $79. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. #109. 734-531-0300.

Take a virtual tour down the Atlantic coastline, as an instructor shares secrets for making everything from Maryland’s famous crab cakes to classic Maine lobster rolls.

14 saturday Skatepark Bake Sale

Noon-4pm. Ann Arbor Skatepark, 350 N. Maple St. 734-218-1850. Free

The 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.

16 monday Seafood from Liguria

6pm. $59. Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd. 734-994-2300. a2schools. org

Join Francesca as she demonstrates how to make red mullet fillets, cooking in a broth of fresh tomatoes, white wine and herbs, served with garlic bruschetta.

Whiskey-Slinging Women 7:30pm. $45. The Last Word, 301 W. Huron St. 734-276-3215.

Bartending was traditionally a man’s world, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t 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 trendsetters like Audrey Saunders and Ivy Mix.

17 tuesday Cooking up Cajun: A Seasoned Seafood Tradition

7pm. $70. Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. 2501 Jackson Ave. 734-663-3663.

For the third year, The Roadhouse welcomes back fisherman Jimmy Galle, owner of Gulfish. This dinner is meant for seafood and cajun lovers.

18 wednesday Piped Icing Flowers Class

5:30pm. $35. Baker’s Nook LLC, 901 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-429-1320.

Participants will learn to make 12 cupcakes using a variery of design techniques, from fondant to incorporating themes. Each baker will take home, two of each design. All materials provided.

19 thursday Cheese 101

6pm. $30. Zingerman’s Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500.

Sample cheeses that represent each of the seven major varieties, hand-selected by cheesemongers.


24 tuesday Perrin Brewery Beer Dinner 6pm. $30. Hopcat Brewery, 311 Maynard St. 734-436-2875.

This dinner features four unique courses perfectly paired with beer from the Michiganbased brewery.

Fat, That’s Where It’s At

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-3274200. Free

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People’s Food Co-Op, leads this interactive and lively talk on the history, processing, uses and chemical reactions of fats used in baking. Attendees will leave with new baking skills and literature to take home.

25 wednesday Perfect Pizza

6pm. $55. Pratt Road Bakehouse, 4871 Pratt Rd. 734-663-6336.

Create gourmet pizzas baked in a commercial oven.

26 thursday Picnic with Cheese!

6pm. $40. Zingerman’s Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500.

Just in time for Memorial Day, grill some tasty links from Corridor Sausage, make a potato salad with cheese and bacon, and whip up some cheesy deviled eggs.

Uncorked: Summer Sippers

6:30pm. $39.99. Mirepoix, 1203 S. Main St., Royal Oak. 248-543-4390.

Enjoy a strolling dinner and a variety of specially selected wine in Royal Oak. Reservations required.

29 sunday Fried Chicken 101

2pm. $69. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. #109, 734-531-0300.

Mad Munchies

Sporting 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, he’s more than playing the part. Brown will treat audience members with comedic routines, showcasing exciting (and possibly dangerous) experiments with food. Dress for a mess; audience members sitting up close will be provided with ponchos, just in case some experiments go haywire! —ZM Friday, May 6. 8pm. $35-$100. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-471-3200.

Italian Rat Pack

Paesano Restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine, so much so that they’re importing six genuine Italian winemakers for The Rat Pack Wine Show, a strolling 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 during their 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.

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Summer Festival Round-up Our Michigan music insider gears up for the summer music scene around the state by Jeff Milo Now, we can tell you where to go and even how to get there, but you’re on your own after that! This column isn’t the “Fest Survival Guide” that you’ll see all over numerous blogs this month, each hyping up behemoth spectacles like Coachella or Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. Those are all well and good (and exciting and epic) but, here at Current, we’re pulling the focus back toward the State of Michigan, emphasizing the gas-saving expedience and local-love-spreading goodwill of embracing the dozens (upon dozens) of fests, concerts, art shows and various hootenannies right here at home in The Mitten.

Movement 2016 When: May 28–30 Where: Detroit – (1 Hart Plaza) What’s Up? We’re looking forward to Matthew Dear, Caribou, Big Freedia, Will Sessions, and ZelooperZ, among many others. Movement 2016 is the world’s 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. It’s also an ideal way to kick off your summer, with a stellar outdoor dance party, right on the riverfront 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

Ypsiarboroo When: June 3–13 Where: Washtenaw County (multiple venues) What’s 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 Bonnaroo’s approach, Anderson presents a multifaceted, scene-bridging array of talent—not 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 Beezy’s Café, Good Vibes Glass, Auger’s Kettle and others. Contact:



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Ann Arbor Summer Fest When: June 10–July 3 Where: Spread across four venues centered near University and State St. What’s Up? Get out and go downtown. Meet your artistic neighbors and appreciate their talents. Dance to some music and engage 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 Contact:

Electric Forest When: June 23–26 Where: Rothbury (off M-31 near Wildcat Lake) What’s Up? This fest is for the adventurous types, elevating the senses in the great outdoors, with plenty of dazzling neon-rainbow iridescent ambience, altogether trippy and calming. Sensational electronica-heavy pop/hiphop 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, losing oneself in a sort of wonderland of sound (and vibrantly hued arbors). Contact:


Farm Block Fest When: July 29–31 Where: Allouez, MI (Upper Peninsula – 2239 Farmers Block Rd.) What’s 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. It’s also an endearing fundraising event, supporting 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: Contact:

MO POP When: July 23–24 Where: Detroit (West Riverfront Park) What’s Up? You don’t need to go to Pitchfork’s 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 several of these top-tier touring acts are coming from hipster havens like Brooklyn or even further out, from across the pond, it’s 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, supplied with bike racks, benches, call boxes and security cameras. It should be exhilaratingly chill. Contact: / may 2016   21


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Hot Club of Detroit

Live Music Mondays

8pm. $10-$35. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999.

7pm. ABC Microbrewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. 734-480-2739. Free

Catch live music every Monday night while enjoying one of ABC’s microbrews.

This jazz ensemble specializes in the Gypsy jazz sound made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt. The Hot Club of Detroit was formed in 2001 by Reinhardt’s disciple and virtuoso guitarist, Evan Perri.

Acoustic Tuesdays

7pm. ABC Brewpub, 114 E. Washington St. 734-213-1393. Free

Weekly, Arbor Brewing Company features live music in their newly renovated space.

Unplugged Wednesdays 6:30pm. $5. The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. 734-476-6795.

Stop in and catch some great acoustic and semi-electric shows.

Live Jazz

8pm/ Thursdays. Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse, 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti. 734-249-8993.

Take in some jazz while sipping on a pint of beer or freshly brewed coffee.


10pm Thursdays. Rush, 314 S. Main St. 734-531-6187. Free

DJ Kevin Michael brings the hottest hip-hop, electronic, and pop hits.

Rotating DJs

10pm Fridays. Rush, 314 S. Main St. 734-531-6187. Free

With a deep passion for music and an affinity for entertaining diverse crowds, come experience a night of dancing to some of the popular hits.

Open Mic with the Martindales

9pm Thursdays. Tap Room, 201 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-5320. Free

The evening’s 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

Animal Collective

8pm. $25-$45. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. 248-399-2980.

Time after time

A true triple-threat (she’s 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, she’s 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

For fifteen years Animal Collective 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 thursday Buffy Sainte-Marie

7:30pm. $50. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Singer, songwriter, musician and activist, Sainte-Marie first became active in the turbulent 60s and has carried her commitment to socially conscious music ever since.

Saturday, May 14. 8pm. $39-$99.50. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

and PA are provided. Bring your instrument and have fun. Ends at midnight.


9pm. $5-$8, free before 10pm. Necto Nightclub, 516 E. Liberty St. 734-994-5835.

Join DJ Jace & Jason Michael as they spin the hottest pop, Top 40 and EDM. DVJ Mark plays Retro 80’s to Top 40 Pop videos in the Red Room.

1 sunday

self-released Boundary County album in 2006.

9pm. $12. UFO Factory, 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit.

Seth Glier

An easy to love, but hard to pin down fusion of krautrock, disco, Tropicalia, post-punk and experimental music that has garnered rave reviews both in the USA & abroad.

7:30pm. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals.

6 friday An Evening of Sam Cooke

8pm. $15. First United Methodist Church, 1001 Green Rd. 734-665-8558.

3 tuesday

Eilen Jewell

Widespread Panic

Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her

Southern rock meets jam band from this best-selling group from Georgia.

7pm. $15. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991.

Klaus Johan Grobe

Carla Cooke, the youngest daughter of the legendary Sam Cooke, shows that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as she channels the raw talent, emotion, beauty, and charisma of the Cooke family persona.

7pm. $30-$60. The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-961-5451.

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music Big Black Delta

9pm. $10. UFO Factory, 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit.

Big 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 Concert

9:30am. Tap Room, 201 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-5320. Free

This free show features Paul’s Big Radio, with cheap drinks and other specials.

Dan DiMonte is an Iowa Citybased multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer transplanted from the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Ann Arbor’s Hotel Arch also perform.

For Pete’s Sake

7:30pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

This annual Pete Seeger birthday tribute includes stories about Seeger and performances from local artists, with plenty of sing-alongs.

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The Rides


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Stephen Stills, and five-time Grammy-nominated singer, guitarist and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd, draw fire from their extraordinary collective histories and join forces with famed Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg.

With 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.

8pm. $39.50-$99.50. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

7 saturday Other Voices

6pm. $10-$50. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999.

This is a celebration of artists, composers, and improvisers from the world of avant-garde and edgy vocal music.

8 sunday The Music of Simon and Garfunkel

7pm. $25. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Swearingen and Kelli recreate the music and emotion of the most famous duo in rock and roll history.

10 tuesday The Used

7pm. $30-$52. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. 248-399-2980.

The heavy metal group is celebrating fifteen years together with a North American tour and new music. Additional show Wednesday.

11 wednesday Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assets with Hotel Arch 7pm. $5. The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. 734-476-6795.

9:30pm. $5, $8/under 21. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555.

13 friday Harmony Bones

8pm. $15. First United Methodist Church, 1001 Green Rd. 734-665-8558.

Harmony Bones, a quartet of long-time veterans of the Ann Arbor folk music scene, consists of Jeanne Mackey, Tom Voiles, Linda Teaman, and Laz Slomovits.

Underground rap legend A pioneer of the Golden-Age of hip hop and a member of the seminal West Coast hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, Del the Funky Homosapien, has been dishing out electric rhymes since 1991, first distinguishing himself as an alternative to the gangster rap style, prevalent in the early ‘90s. He’s been going strong since then, churning out both solo albums and collaborative efforts, the most well-known is his work on Gorillaz’s 2001 smash, “Clint Eastwood.” He comes to Ann Arbor in support of his latest offering, Iller Than Most, with DJ Shiftee and Sean Anonymous. —ZM Wednesday, May 11. 9pm. $20. Blind Pig, 298 S. First St. 734-996-8555.

Axis: The Jimi Hendrix Experience with Tales of Cream

8pm. $12. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991.

​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 Land

9:30pm. $7, $10/under 21. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555.

This is an Ann Arbor-based existential space pop collective. Growing Fins Parker Projection and Truman open.

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8pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999.

In their debut performance, this Ann Arbor-based baroque chamber ensemble takes the stage to perform works including Handel’s Trio Sonata in B minor, Couperin’s La Françoise from Les Nations, Vivaldi’s Trio Sonata in D major, and Telemann’s Paris Quartet in E minor. Cont’d on p24 / may 2016   23


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14 saturday Mark Eddie

8pm. $25. Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, 7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton. 810-299-4130.

Mark Eddie is a guitarist and comedian with a musician’s view on everything from pop music to parenting. With his signature voice and happy-go-lucky spirit, Eddie thoroughly entertains audiences the world over.


7:30pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Fingerpicking good Fans of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion will probably recognize Pat Donohue’s distinctive sound. As a Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter, and a National Fingerpicking Guitar Champion, Donohue’s signature style reaches millions of listeners every week and has earned him praise from artists like Chet Atkins 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.

Gutsy and resolute in their pursuit of sound and substance, as a married duo, Luke and Melissa’s fusion of the personal and professional brings to mind the road-tested romance of Johnny and June.

Olivia Mainville and The Aquatic Troupe

9pm. $8/adv. $10/door. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555.

Between the Grand Rapidsbased Mainville and her bandmates, the Aquatic Troupe is capable of playing 11 instruments, ranging from guitar and violin to the trumpet, accordion, and omnichord – all of which encompass their collective sound.

15 sunday Randy Napoleon Trio

4pm. $5-$30. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999.

Randy Napoleon is a guitarist, composer and arranger as well as assistant professor of Jazz and Michigan State University.

Master’s Recital: Sherri Brown, organ

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The Corn Potato String Band

7pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Listen to some authentic Appalachian folk music. The Detroit duo Lac La Belle opens.

17 tuesday Jake Price Trio

9pm. $5. Crossroads Pub, 517 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 734-340-5597.

The 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 Group

8pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999.

The Detroit area improviser, Skeeter Shelton, joins forces with southeast Michigan’s goto guy for creative drumming, Djallo Djakate and Detroitbased explorative bassist, Jaribu Shahid, for an evening of innovative music that walks the boundaries of improvisation and jazz.

18 wednesday Composer Jose Olivera Performs

7pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. Free

Join classical composer/ guitarist Jose Olivera, along with members of the YDL Songwriters and Composers Group for an intimate musical performance.

19 thursday Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers

7:30pm. $38-$63. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Best 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 friday From Ragtime to Rock N’ Roll

8pm. $5-$30. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999.

Ragtime to Rock N’ Roll features the area’s best in traditional jazz performance, Ragtime, Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Stride and 50s Rock.

Surfer Blood

8pm. $12. UFO Factory, 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit.

Surfer Blood has performed on five continents, toured with heroes like The Pixies and Guided By Voices, played on the Jimmy Fallon Show, Coachella and giant festivals throughout the world, while also occasionally plugging in their amps at house parties.

21 saturday Martin Sexton

7:30pm. $40. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Martin Sexton has been churning 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.

24 tuesday Take a Chance Tuesday 7:30pm. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. Free

Enjoy listening to music at no cost, just a canned good donation. This month’s performer is singer/songwriter Royal Wood.

25 wednesday Felly with Gyyps

8pm. $15. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991.

With 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 Stage

8pm. $2-$3. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Open Stage nights offer supportive audiences with a terrific atmosphere. Fifteen performers have eight minutes (or two songs) each to do their thing.

28 saturday Desmond Jones

9pm. $10. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555.

With 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 sunday Union Bound: The Tour

6:30pm. $50-$90. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. 248-399-2980.

Hosted by actor Tank Jones, this event will feature acoustic music from country superstar, Collin Raye, as well as Nikki Nelson, the lead singer of Highway 101. Street Drum Corps will open the show with their high energy drum and percussion extravaganza!



y 31 tuesday Aoife O’Donovan

7:30pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734761-1451.

Lead 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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Gaps in the Fossil Record

ten minute plays written by students from Oakland University and the University of Michigan. Through Sunday, May 8.

When Jane brings home the much older, soon-to-be father of her unborn child, Mom thinks that she’s kidding. What begins as a practical joke, turns into a thoughtful exploration of what gets passed down through generations.

Motherhood Out Loud

2pm Sundays, 3pm Wednesdays, 8pm Thursdays & Fridays, 3pm & 8pm Saturdays. $14-$43. Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park St., Chelsea. 734-433-7673.

Always... Patsy Cline

2:30pm Saturday & Sunday, 6:30pm Thursday, 7:30pm Friday. $22-$32. Encore Musical Theatre, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. 734-268-6200.

This play is based off the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Enjoy the sound of Cline’s music while the curtain pulls back on her life offstage. Runs through Saturday, May 7.


8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $20. The Yellow Barn, 410 W. Huron St. 734-635-8450.

This 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 irrational numbers, he blows a hole in their worldview and crosses the wrong mathematician. Runs through Sunday, May 15.

1 sunday Laura

2pm. $15. Barefoot Productions Theatre, 240 N. Main St., Plymouth. 734-404-6886.

When Mark McPherson first falls in love with Laura, he knows he’s in love with a phantom— for Laura is dead and he’s in charge of the investigation.

Musical Theatre Senior Showcase

4pm & 7:30pm. $26. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 University Ave. 734-764-2538.

Enjoy a lively revue featuring the Musical Theatre graduating seniors.

3 tuesday Michigan Playwright Festival

Tickets are pay what you can. The Yellow Barn, 410 W. Huron St. 734-635-8450.

Theatre Nova’s 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 playwrights and an evening of six


6 friday 2pm. $17. Barefoot Productions Theatre, 240 N. Main St., Plymouth. 734-404-6886.

Utterly 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 Timing

8pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday. $15. Children’s Creative Center, 1600 Pauline Blvd. 734-769-0019.

This is an evening of one-act plays that explore love (lost and found), language, legacy and lunacy. Runs through May 8.

7 saturday Hairspray

8pm. $15-$100. Power Center, 121 Fletcher St. 734-647-3327.

Enjoy a performance of the classic musical comedy based on the John Waters film of the same name. Directed by Mike Mosallam.

8 sunday Pointless 730 Hour Video Challenge

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Purple Rose world premiere

Through May 28, the Purple Rose Theatre will host the world premiere of Matt Letscher’s 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 thoughtful 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.

7pm. Pay what you can. Pointless Brewery and Theatre, 3014 Packard Rd. 989-455-4484.

Enjoy hilarious video shorts created by improvisers as well as professional, amateur and wannabe film makers in and around the community. Participants will receive feedback in real time from improv performers!

15 sunday NT Live: The Hangmen

7pm. $18-$22. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey) is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?

20 friday Katherine by Kim Carney 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $20. The Yellow Barn, 410 W. Huron St. 734-635-8450.

Carney brings her signature blend of offbeat comedy and feminine insight as five generations of mothers and daughters tell their interconnected stories, consisting of monologues spanning the years 1905 to 2017, from the hilarious to the sublime. / may 2016   27

film How Ann Arbor nurtured this artist

Writer/Director Heidi Philipsen recounts how growing up in A2 set her on the path to become a filmmaker by Heidi Philipsen

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 couldn’t 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 downtown to hang out with friends) – and that’s 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-ofmouth were the greatest propaganda-makers available. Still, I had heard through local lore that my parent’s 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 popprincess Madonna took classes at UM before heading to NYC to become, well, Madonna; that the prolific, awardwinning playwright Arthur Miller had received his B.A. in 1938 before going on to write The Crucible and marrying 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 Kerrytown’s Farmer’s Market, canoed along the Huron River, bought grunge clothes at the Salvation 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 Arbor 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 local film group to both watch great movies and attempt to



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Philipsen was shaped by Ann Arbor’s art scene

make great films. We turned our basement into an indie band performance 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 UM’s Frieze Building Film/Video Services Department) 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 Café 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 University of Michigan graduate myself, (B.A. Independent Liberal Arts studies in Film, Theater and German Literature 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 process. 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 family. I now stand before the dawn of my own ultimate calling 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 Tchaikovsky, 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.


Tuesdays Thrifty Ticket Tuesday

$7. Goodrich Quality 16, 3686 Jackson Rd. 734-623-7469.

GQT is giving audiences a reason to love movies on Tuesdays. No special identification required. Some exceptions apply.

Thursdays Fright Nights Double Feature

$6.50-$10. Emagine Theater, 39535 Ford Rd., Canton. 734-721-3456.

Enjoy 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 sunday Hail Caesar!

4:45pm and 7pm. $3. Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. 734-453-0870.

From the legendary Coen Brothers comes an irreverent look at 1950s-era Hollywood. Starring George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett johansson, Josh Brolin and Ralph Fiennes.

A Star is Born

2pm. $5.75-$10.75. Rave Cinema Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX, 4100 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-973-8424.

Enjoy a screening of the American classic starring Judy Garland as Esther Blodgett, a singer breaking into Hollywood.

3 tuesday Sankofa Film Series: August Wilson

6pm. UM Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Ave., Suite 150. 313-593-3584. Free

August 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 thursday Vacation

7pm. $3. Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. 734-453-0870.

This is the National Lampoon’s road-trip comedy that helped launch Chevy Chase into superstardom. Part of the 1980s throwback series.

13 friday Eddie the Eagle

7pm & 9pm. $3. Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. 734-453-0870.

Based 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 wednesday Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

2pm & 7pm. $5.75-$10.75. Rave Cinema Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX, 4100 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-973-8424.

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of everyone’s favorite slacker film, starring Matthew Broderick as a teenager pulling off his fantasy day and outwitting his principal in the process.

19 thursday Force Touch World Premiere

7pm. $10. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

Arbor 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, followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew.

20 friday Muffins-&-Movies

2pm. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St. 734-426-4477. Free

Attend 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.

New look for the State

For it’s 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 renovations 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


25 wednesday Top Gun

2pm and 7pm. $5.75-$10.75. Rave Cinema Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX, 4100 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-973-8424.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic 80s film starring Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise as fighter pilots and amateur beach volleyball players.

26 thursday Letter to Anita

7pm. $15-$50. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

Letter to Anita documents the effects of Anita Bryant’s 1970s anti-gay campaign on the life of former University of Michigan Spectrum Center Director, Ronni Sanlo. Doors open at 6:15pm with a performance by George Bedard and the Kingpins.

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art Making Angry Tin Men A Conversation with Robot Artist, Cre Fuller By Tim Malik

Art is subjective. One person might see junk, while another 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 Eyes Fuller 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 designs 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 waiting to be fused into a fantastic robot. Some creations function as lamps. One looks like a cyborg—half of its face built with all metal parts, and the other half of its face appears human—a perfect example of how Fuller repurposes old items. “This one has one of my Aunt Sally’s glass eyes in it,” said Fuller, as he holds a cyborg figure with care and admiration.

Mad scientist Every artist has an inner drive to create. “I’m a tinkerer by nature,” said Fuller. “I loved all the 1950s versions of what robots looked like. They intrigued me. I found the robots to be comical and romantic.” Fuller is also a big fan of old monster movies. “They’re very iconic and inspire me.” When it comes to the initial design of a robot, Fuller starts with the eyes. “That’s 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.



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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 Fuller’s 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 scene Fuller 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 Ypsilanti’s 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 we’re 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 robots 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 Children’s Art Center in Ypsilanti, in addition to various locations throughout southeast Michigan. “It’s 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. Fuller’s artwork will be on display at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti) on Friday, May 6. For more about Fuller, visit


Through the eyes of Lucy Burrows Morley

Noon Sunday, 10am Monday, 9am Tuesday-Saturday. Ann Arbor District Library Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. 734-327-4200. Free

This exhibit reflects Morley’s particular strengths, featuring photographs 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 Gallery

1:30pm Sunday, 3-8pm Thursday-Saturday. Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. 734-480-2787. Free

Students in grades K-12 from the Ypsilanti Community Schools district will showcase their artwork throughout the month. Runs through May 21.

1 sunday Guided Tour: Albert Kahn Under Construction

2-3pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Free

Albert Kahn: Under Construction focuses on the remarkable archive of photographs from the River Rouge complex to the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

4 wednesday Beginning Watercolor

6:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Free

This 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 friday Artists’ Reception

7pm. Two Twelve Arts Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-944-2787.

Featuring 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 wednesday Introduction to Altered Bookmaking

9:30am-noon. $50. Two Twelve Arts Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-944-2787.

Take 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 friday Fridays After Five

5pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Free

Stop in to UMMA and enjoy special exhibitions, music, and engaging activities. With all of UMMA’s galleries remaining open until 8pm, this exciting event provides an interactive atmosphere for all audiences.


14 saturday Zen and the Art of Coloring

2pm. Ann Arbor District Library Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 734-327-4200. Free

The AADL will supply all materials, including coloring books. Attendees can enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fostering creativity while listening to zen music.

20 friday Instructor Show opening reception

6pm. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. Free

The 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 sunday Guided Tour: Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Mexico’s Poet of Light

2pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Free

UMMA docents will discuss these motifs and the artist’s use of light as a metaphor and revealer of life, animating even the emptiest and most silent of Álvarez Bravo’s scenes.

23 monday The Art of Taiwanese Glove Puppet Theater

Into the woods Enjoy 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 Institute for the Humanities. The exhibit is designed to create the intimacy of listening to a story by the campfire (minus the fire and toasted marshmallows), and this month’s theme, Lost in the Woods, fits the bill perfectly with a new podcast from Detroit 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. Free

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

This presentation will explore the history, styles, and main themes of glove puppet theater in Taiwan, as well as its relationship to other Chinese theatrical and artistic forms.

25 wednesday Artists’ Meet & Greet

6pm. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. Free

Learn 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 sunday Guided Tour: Xu Weixin: Monumental Portraits

2pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Free

This exhibition focuses on two works from the accomplished Chinese painter, Xu Weixin’s, large-size portrait series.

31 tuesday Nature’s Inspiration Exhibit Reception

7pm. Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Free

View paintings created by participants in YDL’s six-week painting series, taught by local artist Debra Golden. Enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. / may 2016   31

art Life on and off the air Ypsilanti’s Allyson Martinek is adjusting to life away from the microphone with a new memoir by M.F. DiBella

Allyson Martinek was a radio 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 experience. To help cope, she wrote a book, Living On Air, about her life and times in radio. Current reached out to her. Current: Tell us about your Michigan roots. Born and raised in Michigan? Allyson Martinek: I wasn’t born in Michigan but I’ve 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 industry? How long were you with WDVD? I went to Ferris State to be a teacher. As happens to many freshmen, college life distracted me from performing to my full potential. Transferring 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.



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The overused phrase “turn a negative into a positive”, would you say that’s what you’re doing with this book? What’s next for you professionally? This entire seven months has been about trying to turn something pretty horrific into something fantastic. I worked really hard to build a reputation and a number-one morning show, and I wasn’t going to curl up and wash away because one person didn’t 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 can’t control some jerk firing 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 determined. To let this terrible thing that’s happened motivate you, not suffocate you. It’s 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. Don’t let the negative things currently happening in the broadcasting industry deter you. While it’s 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, because it’s what I wanted. You can succeed in any climate if you’re willing to work for it and not give up. Allyson Martinek lives in Ypsilanti. Living On Air is currently available exclusively on Amazon.


Local Reads 3 tuesday

27 Days to Midnight

7pm. Nicola’s Bookstore, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free

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Steve Hamilton

Everyone in Dahlia’s world knows when they’re 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.

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Steve 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 Agatha’s and will include a book signing. Books will be for sale.

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Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses in Michigan 7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

PBS-featured author and lifelong Michigan resident, Doc Fletcher, returns to the library for a delightful evening discussion of Michigan canoeing and kayaking, focusing on his just-released book: Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses in Michigan. 6 friday

Poetry at Literati: Maggie Smith

7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. Free

Delving into the depths of fairy tales to transform the daily into encounters with the marvelous but dangerous, Maggie Smith’s poems question whether the realms of imagination and story can possibly be safe. 11 wednesday

History Readers’ Book Club

7:30pm. Motte & Bailey Booksellers, 212 N. Fourth Ave. 734-484-3613. Free

The History Readers’ group will discuss, Once In A Great City: A Detroit Story, by David Maraniss. 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 thursday

Open Mic & Share Poetry Series

7pm. Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth Rd. 734-369-4345. Free

Redemption Road

7pm. Nicola’s Bookstore, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free

Great Michigan Read

John 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.

Presented by Literati Bookstore and the Michigan Humanities Council, Canadian best-selling author Emily St. John Mandel will visit Towsley Auditorium to read from her latest novel, Station Eleven, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature. Set in the days after civilization’s collapse, charting the life of a celebrated actor and a traveling troupe performing across the desolate landscape. When a young actress is caught and draws the attention of a dangerous prophet, the storyline vacillates between tender and terrifying. —ZM Wednesday, May 11. 7pm. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 734-585-5567.

23 monday

Gerald F. Davis: The Vanishing American Corporation 7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. Free

Ross 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 wednesday

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 evening’s featured poet. 14 saturday

Mystery Lovers Book Group

15 sunday

History Mystery

1pm. Aunt Agatha’s, 213 S. Fourth Ave. #1A. 734-769-1114. Free

Enjoy an open house with Susanna Calkins, Sharan Newman, Candace Robb & Sam Thomas.

2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Free

Calling all mystery lovers! Join this book group for a lively discussion featuring a different title each month. Call ahead for book details.

The Millennial Mindset and Social Media

Author and New Yorker Copy Editor Mary Norris

26 thursday

Gina 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.

Norris’s 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.

Enjoy a fun, thoughtful, and safe environment in which to discuss current issues surrounding feminism and equality. For May’s meeting, attendees will discuss Maggie Nelson’s The Red Parts.

3pm. Nicola’s Bookstore, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free

2pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Feminist Book Club

7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. Free

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Driving TheRide Richard Chivers offers reflections on 40 years of shuttling around town by Zach Marburger

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 TheRide’s five-year improvement plan. TheRide’s 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, I’m on what’s called the Extra Board, where I’m 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 I’ll be driving each day, or not knowing until I arrive at work. I actually enjoy both. For me, it’s not as much about which route I drive, as it is getting to meet and help people. What’s 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 fixedroute doesn’t run, VanRide commuter vanpool service, and more. The more people that use our services, the more we’re able to help our community become more sustainable, free of congestion, and happier and healthier.



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Making TheRide top-of-mind for people is a great way to help the community. What’s 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 isn’t 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 don’t miss them. I’m very disappointed when I learn that I’ve 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. It’s a great way to help not just your drivers, but everyone who you’re riding with. Strangest thing you’ve ever seen on the bus? I’ve 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 duck’s family was standing a bit further up the road watching, seemingly wondering why the baby duck wasn’t 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. See TheRides entire five year improvement plan at

Cannabis Section

Marijuana enters the golden age of lab testing Dr. Lev Spivak-Birndorf on the science behind marijuana by Ken Wachsberger 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 Taste Cannabinoids 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 can’t really see either of them and you can’t smell cannabinoids, so terpenes can be a proxy to detect potency with “organoleptic analysis” -- using your nose. Cannabis plants with more terpenes, Dr. SpivakBirndorf 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

Dr. Spivak-Birndorf shows off terpenes at his lab in Ann Arbor

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 Labs Dr. 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 coalburning, and the evolution of plants.” He also is a Crohn’s 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. SpivakBirndorf. “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. / april 2016   35

Hash Bash 2016 The 2016 Hash Bash was once again a rip-roaring success, and Current was there to breathe it all in. Check out some of our highlights!


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Chera Tramontin Ann Arbor native Chera Tramontin has been serving sweets on Liberty St. since she was a kid by Cammie Finch

There’s 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 Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream Parlor. Current: How long have you lived in Ann Arbor? Tramontin: Born and raised! I’m 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 couldn’t 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 I’m here at Kilwin’s with two beautiful daughters. How did you get involved with Kilwin’s and the business of selling chocolates? My mother’s dream was to have her own chocolate shop. She’d 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 Kilwin’s. We didn’t 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



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old-fashioned candy shop. It’s 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 can’t 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 there’s a whole other side to Ann Arbor, too--a local caliber, made of families and shopkeepers. Even if you didn’t 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 don’t 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, you’ll 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 can’t 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 Kilwin’s treats into an ode to Ann Arbor confection, which one would it be? I’d choose my favorite truffle: the double dark truffle. It’s 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 doesn’t need any other flavors added in. It is complete on its own. Got a sweet tooth? Check out Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream Parlor on 107 E. Liberty Street. 734-769-7759.

3 tuesday GrandSLAM Championship

7pm. $25. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Listen to master storytellers as they share their intimate tales during the biggest Moth Storytelling event of the year.

4 wednesday Building Matters: Rainwater “Borrowing” 7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Learn 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 America’s water leaders.

5 thursday Sewing Night: Meet the Machine and UFOs 7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Machines 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 friday Frogs

7pm. $8-$9/per person, $30-$34/per family. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553.

Participants will hike to Black Pond and discover the delicate balance of their habitat. Attendees may even get to hear some frogs calling.

14 saturday Personal Digital Archiving

10:30am & 1:30pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

As 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 sunday Fireside Fun

6:30pm. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Free

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring s’more fixings!

17 tuesday Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown

8pm. Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, 420 N. Main St. 734-475-2337. Free

Round up a team of up to six and join the Chelsea Library at the Chelsea Alehouse to test trivia skills.

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18 wednesday Enrichment for Dogs

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Join Hannah Ashmore, of Longsnouts Dog Training, to learn tips and tricks for keeping dogs’ lives enriched through food-based play. She’ll 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 saturday The ReWilded Gardener: Foraging 101 10am. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd. 734-482-4110. Free

Join herbalist, forager and author Lisa Rose on a wild journey of learning about local plants that can be used for food and herbal medicine.


5:30pm. $125. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Free

Current and potential supporters gather for an upscale evening to celebrate the work of LSNC while ensuring the center’s continued success.

22 sunday Blacksmith Presentation and Shop Tour

For rare book lovers Technology hasn’t 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, children’s books and literature on display. All proceeds will support the William L. Clements Library 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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1pm. Location provided after registration. 734-327-4200. Free

Join 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 wednesday Smell and Tell: Cherche la Rose

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Whether 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 saturday Superior Garden Planting 2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 8795 MacArthur Blvd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Free

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Why Grades Don’t Matter Don’t let your GPA control your life by Evan Rosen

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 A’s or B’s 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. Here’s the problem. With colleges getting more competitive, and grade inflation becoming more of an issue, the curve has become a nextlevel phenomenon, a grade-defying mythical monster in itself. Nobody completely understands how it’s operating, but its effects are infinitely powerful. We’ve 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 isn’t--or at least shouldn’t be--a competition with others. It’s 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, “I’m outta here!” A moment of zen Last 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 I’m 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 don’t 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. It’s 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 I’ll be ok. But I’m not going to trade my happiness to get that “A” because that’s not what it’s about. I’m 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. Life’s too short to read the same sentence five times in a row. Evan Rosen is a sophomore in the Ross School of Business studying Corporate Finance.

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Flowers for mom

Plenty of sons, daughters, and husbands will get their mom flowers for Mother’s 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 Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike on Mother’s 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. / may 2016  41

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Independent and experimental film lovers that didn’t 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 —ZM


Four-legged race The Humane Society of Huron Valley’s largest fundraiser, the 37th Walk & Wag and Run, is a day tailor-made for man’s 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 K9’s. Participants can have friends and family to sponsor them and, for the best fundraisers, 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. / may 2016  43

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1pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600. Free

This program is designed especially for caregivers and adults living with dementia. Join for an easy-going afternoon. Registration required.

2 monday

Diabetes Prevention Program

6:30pm. St. Mary Mercy, 36475 Five Mile, Livonia. 734-665-8955. Free

Attend the National Diabetes Prevention Program and learn how to take small steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes. Registration required.

4 wednesday

Careers and Work Options in Natural Medicine 6:30pm. $15. Naturopathic School, 7920 Jackson Rd., Suite A. 734-769-7794.

Long term naturopath, bodyworker and master herbalist Mary Light, director of Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts, defines field areas, healing arts effectiveness, and opportunities for training, income, self employment, and connections within the conventional medical industry.

6 friday

Ypsilanti Open Meditation 11am. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Free

Meditation encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional optimism and other positive ways of living. Ypsilanti Open Meditation offers weekly drop-in guided meditation.

9 monday

Making Meals Mindful

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

From the wisdom of yoga and personal healing experience, attendees will acquire the tools to approaching mealtime with ease, to fully enjoy eating and enhance digestion.

Spiritual Meditation Meetup Group

7:15pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St. 734-408-1611. Free

Partake in this weekly spiritual meditation meetup group.

11 wednesday

Ford Heritage Park Nature Walk

6pm. For Heritage Park, 8399 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Free

Join ecologist Penelope Beamer for a guided nature walk through Ypsilanti’s Ford Heritage Park. Qigong Therapeutic Movement & Tai Chi

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 734-327-4200. Free

This workshop will explore energy exercises from Tai Chi and Qigon, each applied as a form of self-healing.

12 thursday

Self-care Massage

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Using the Myofascial technique, licensed massage therapist Brian M. Truskowski will teach participants about the anatomy of the head, neck and shoulder area as it relates to massage.

18 wednesday

Dr. James (J.T.) Eckner Discusses Sports-Related Concussions 7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Join Dr. James (J.T.) Eckner as he discusses sport-related concussion research that is underway at the UM and what the findings say about the troublesome subject.

21 saturday

Herbal Medicine Field

9:30am-3:30pm. $75. Naturopathic School, 7920 Jackson Rd., Suite A. 734-769-7794.

Enjoy a field walk (weather permitting) to identify and gather spring medicinal and nourishing herbs. There will also be an in-class discussion about herbal formulas that are used to nourish and strengthen body systems.

30 monday

Heart to Heart for Women 4pm. St. Joseph Mercy, 5325 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti. 734-712-3852. Free

Join Heart to Heart and experience a support group designed for people with cardiovascular disease. This group is for women only.

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May GEMINI May 21 - June 20

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The oracle I’m about to present 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 especially 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 patience. 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): You’re in a phase of your cycle when you’ll be rewarded for your freshness and originality. The more you cultivate a “beginner’s mind,” the smarter you will be. What you want will become more possible to the degree that you shed everything 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 psychotherapist Thomas Moore. I agree. Our mental health thrives when we can have candid conversations with free spirits who don’t censor themselves and don’t 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 everything you can to put yourself in the company of curious minds that love to hear and tell the truth. Look for opportunities 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 helicopter 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 impossible. 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 isn’t 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 Seneca’s thought, blogger Ryan Holiday says, “I’m 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 addictive desires that you’re a slave to? The coming weeks will be a favorable time to emancipate yourself. As you do, remember this: There’s a difference between being compulsively driven by a delusion and lovingly devoted to a worthy goal. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Everyone 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 meaningful for most of you during the rest of 2016. The bad news is that in the past few months you’ve 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

“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 elaborate, I’d say, “In fact, saving yourself is the only way you can be a hero right now. You can’t rescue or fix or rehabilitate 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 challenge, I’d 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.” explorations will soon be winding down. The fantastic news is that you are already getting glimpses of how to use what you’ve been learning. You’ll be well-prepared when the time comes to start constructing a new heaven. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Zugzwang” is a Germanderived 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 situation in which every choice you have in front of you is a positive or constructive one; you cannot make a wrong move. I think this captures the essence 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 unashamed.” That’s 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 transportation for burdock seeds, which hook onto feather and

fur. Fruit seeds may be eaten by animals and later excreted, fully intact, far from their original homes. I hope this meditation stimulates you to think creatively about dispersing your own metaphorical seeds, Capricorn. It’s 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 philosopher Simone Weil. I hope that prod makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, Aquarius. I hope it motivates you to get busy investigating some of your vague ideas and fuzzy self-images 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. You’re overdue to be more appreciated, 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. You’ve 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. That’s excellent advice for you to apply and explore in the coming weeks. Much of the time, the knowledge you have accumulated 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 really are. Or they could cause you to miss simple and seemingly obvious truths that your sophisticated perspective is too proud to notice. Be a humble student, my dear. © Copyright 2016 Rob Brezsny / may 2016   45

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WE ARE NOW HIRING ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES You know Ann Arbor. You’re hungry to join a growing, fast-paced and fun team with a ton of potential. You prize integrity, hard work, and savor the opportunity to learn. You have sales experience (and if not, you’re such a great communicator that you seem to create meaningful relationships with nearly everyone you talk to). You’re comfortable warm calling, but you’re in your absolute element cold calling. You’re reliable and accessible. You’re open to accepting constructive feedback and finding a rhythm. For you, there’s no such thing as a tough sell. Adams Street Publishing is looking for a rockstar sales professional who can expect to enjoy robust support booking appointments and winning sales. A competitive spirit is a must, as is a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. We’re excited to work with the right person who shares our vision and values. Welcome aboard.

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