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Guitar legend Pat Metheny on... just about everything by Joseph Schafer

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Reader’s Choice 7 Ballot City Sips 10 The cocktails and wines of tree city

food feature 16

Sidetrack Bar & Grill By Laura Lubrano


online exclusives Finger Pickin' Good

Kalamazoo-born pickers Greensky Bluegrass are quickly becoming one of Michigan’s most popular bands. We had the chance to talk to the quintet's dobro player Anders Beck about their new album, what makes good songwriting and what is on tap for 2014.

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We got a sneak peak at Google Glass, and it was as incredible as you might think. Though it's still pretty beta, brilliant minds are already tweaking away and figuring out practical applications for this innovation.

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Ann Arbor Film Festival by Nick Roumel

29 art feature Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners by Louis Meldman

32 current


A conversation with Rhys Bowen by Jess J. Salisbury

Roberto Anselm

34 everything else 37 crossword On the cover:

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Robyn Cleveland from The Raven’s Club


In our February 2014 issue: We incorrectly listed the phone number of Margaret Carney, director of the Dinnerware Museum. Her number is 607-382-1415. In our February 2014 issue, we incorrectly listed he address of the WSG Gallery. The correct address is 306 S. Main St.

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icrobrews get all the glory in Ann Arbor, which was voted 4th in the 2013 “Beer City USA” poll. With hops and barley all the rage, it might be easy to overlook the ever-growing selection of cocktails and wines available in the area’s bars and restaurants. Here, we review some of Washtenaw County’s top spots for cocktail culture and wine sipping.

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b u Cl s ’ n e v The Ra 207 S. Main St. (734) 214-0400


obyn Cleveland, president of the Detroit chapter of the US Bartenders Guild, says, “bartending is simple: be as hospitable as possible, while still being creative. Put the customer before everything.” Cleveland is one of many well-seasoned barmen at The Ravens Club (TRC), and he and his colleagues know their way around the well. Inside, the solid oak bar, brick walls, damask wallpaper and lamp-post light fixtures emit an old-timey vibe that begs for imbibery. No problem. TRC boasts a pages-long menu of cocktails both innovative and classic. From the Thyme Collins to the Ill Fashioned, locally-sourced and house-made ingredients mingle with liquors from all over the world. But their most popular drink is a standard: the Old Fashioned--Eagle Rare bourbon, simple syrup made from demerara sugar, and a blend of three house-made bitters. The Old Fashioned became so popular at TRC that they actually started to make vats of the stuff, putting it on tap on busy nights. Another popular drink is the Number Two, which consists of Red Arrow vodka, blackberry puree, fresh lemon and St. Germain. Even teetotalers can enjoy the thought and precision behind every drink served at TRC, as there is a fine selection of non-alcoholic beverages as well. Skip the Diet Coke for a change, and try an Odd Man In—made with grapefruit, club soda, and barrel-aged bitters. Happy Hour is a great time to visit TRC, running from 5-6pm and featuring a selection of cocktails, draft beers, and gourmet appetizers for only $4 each.

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e luxe styling of Mélange applies to both its atmosphere and menu. h The bar, made of beige onyx, glows under rope lighting, while the rest of the lounge is dimly lit. Dinner offerings stem from Asian and European influences, with everything from soups to sushi, seafood to steaks, and pasta to pastries. The bar menu is equally diverse. “One drink we just came out with that’s been really popular is the Skeleton Key,” says manager Jacob Doyal. “It’s made of Maker’s Mark bourbon, St. Germain (an elderflower liqueur), freshly squeezed lemon juice and ginger beer.” As for pairings, Doyal recommends sushi with white wine. “We have a Sauvignon Blanc called Lobster Reef from Marlborough, New Zealand. It’s nice and crisp, with notes of grapefruit.” Boasting both a bakery menu and a dessert menu, Mélange also has plentiful options for those of us with a sweet tooth. Plus, you can’t beat the location: in the heart of Main Street restaurants, Mélange adds memorable elegance to a night on the town. Continued on pg 12 / march 2014   11

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3411 Washtenaw Ave. (734) 971-0484


n the mood for a little vino? Look no further than Paesano, family owned since 1984 and named one of the best Italian restaurants in America, by restaurant writer Luigi Veronelli. The current Wine Director, Alan Collins, has been on board for only six months, but as a native Ann Arborite, he’s been visiting Paesano for as long as he can remember. What makes Paesano unique, apart from the fact that they have a Wine Director, is that they focus exclusively on Italian wines. “It may seem limiting, but it’s not,” says Collins. “Italy has more diverse growing conditions for wine grapes than anywhere else in the world, owing to the long, skinny shape of the peninsula.” Furthermore, Paesano curates its seasonallychanging wine lists by growing relationships with family-owned wineries that sell only to restaurants. For Collins, a focus on quality over quantity is vital to Paesano’s wine program. “We don’t have the biggest wine list out there, but bottle for bottle, it’s very strong. I’d say we have about 95 selections, and I really stand behind every bottle we sell. I’ve seen other places that have more options, but the quality is hit or miss.” You can experience that Italian-made quality for yourself by attending one of Paesano’s weekly wine tastings on Wednesdays, from 6-7pm. Call or visit their website for more details.

Aubree's Pizzeria and Grill 8031 Main St. Suite 39 E. Cross St. 101. Dexter ypsilanti (734) 424-1400 (734) 483-1870


arch is here, and for some folks, that only means one thing: college basketball. The selection of food, booze, and wide screen TVs make Aubree’s a choice destination to catch a few games and see how well your bracket fares. Along with their signature pizza, Aubree’s menu also boasts burgers, calzones, sandwiches and salads— something to please any appetite. And to drink? $2 Bud and Miller Lite happy hour specials are always a hit at Aubree’s, but the restaurant serves much more than draft macrobrews. “Right now, our salted caramel pretzel is one of our more popular cocktails,” says manager Lisa Morben. “It’s got Pinnacle salted caramel vodka, Bailey’s caramel liqueur, a splash of hazelnut liqueur, with a salt and sugar rim and a pretzel and caramel skewer. House-recipe sangria is another favorite, served with fresh citrus and made of brandy, merlot, ginger ale and orange juice. Be sure to save room for dessert. With options like rockslide brownie bites and tiramisu cheesecake, you can be sure of a sweet ending, with or without a victory for your team.

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Zola Bistro 3030 Washtenaw Ave., Suite 101 (734) 477-8088


ewly opened on Washtenaw Avenue, Zola Bistro is brought to you by the same folks behind Café Zola, which has been a staple of downtown dining for thirteen years. While the Bistro offers a sleeker, more contemporary setting, both Zolas boast upscale Euro-American cuisine and share the same dedication to quality—in food and service. “Our philosophy is slow food,” says manager Crystal Dussia. “Everything is cooked to order from scratch. We can meet each customer’s preferences, whether it’s vegetarian or vegan.” And don’t forget the drinks. Crafted with the same attention to detail and quality ingredients, the cocktails at Zola Bistro ought to be high on your to-taste list. “One drink that we have on special now is our kumquat mojito,” says Dussia. “It’s absolutely delightful. It comes with in-season kumquats, muddled to order, and it has a nice sweet twist.” With a menu full of cocktails, martinis, wines and beer, there’s an option to accompany any meal.

Bab’s Underground Lounge

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213 S. Ashley St. (734) 997-0800


on’t let the name fool you: Bab’s Underground may be basement-level, but there’s nothing dark or drab about it. And cheers to any establishment who can turn their name into a clever acronym / drink combination: their signature drink is the B.A.B.S: Beer And a Bourbon, Seven dollars. Considering that includes your choice of any of the beers on tap as well as your choice of five bourbons, it’s quite the steal. Prefer something sweeter? Another popular drink is the Flirtini, made of Absolut vodka, Chambord, pineapple juice and champagne. “People order it all the time,” says bartender Jon Green, “even though it’s not always on the menu.” Comfy seating and pool tables define the laid-back atmosphere of Bab’s. Green explains, “We try to cater to all walks of life in Ann Arbor. From when we open, at 7pm ‘til about 11pm, it’s usually more chill. After that, it gets louder.” With private rooms available, Bab’s has hosted quite an array of diverse events. “We keep getting calls for speed dating groups,” says owner Babs Corwin. “We also do a lot of fundraisers and we show a lot of local artists.” The lounge is home to Tuesday night movies, with free pool—a great way to add some fun to any mid-week slump. Continued on pg 14 / march 2014   13

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ny place downtown with a happy hour is bound to be a hit among the 9 to 5 crowd, Black Pearl Seafood & Martinis is a gem. It’s no wonder, with their exotic selection of martinis and mixed drinks. Manager Michael Hole cites the ‘Freddie Mercury’ as one of Black Pearl’s most popular drinks. “It’s made of muddled cucumbers, Stoli apple vodka and elderflower. It’s won the ‘Artini’ award from the Ann Arbor Art Center and it pairs spectacularly with our fish tacos.” The lychee martini, garnished with a whole lychee, is another Black Pearl favorite. But if cocktails aren’t really your thing, there’s also plenty of wine to choose from—with half off bottle prices every Monday night. As for the food, any less-than-avid seafood fans need not be deterred: Black Pearl has a wide-ranging menu, with chicken, steaks, pastas and salads in addition to fish and shellfish. Vegan and gluten-free items are clearly marked, making it easy for anyone to find something good for lunch, dinner, or late night eats.

Knight's Steakhouse 2324 Dexter Ave. (734) 665-8644


night’s Steakhouse is the place for those who want to avoid the fanfare of craft cocktails and instead, stick to the classics. Martinis, Cosmos and Old Fashioneds top the list of the restaurant’s most popular cocktails. “We keep it simple,” says owner Don Knight. “We’re not trying to be trendy.” Those who prefer their liquor neat will appreciate the bourbon selection at Knight’s: six or seven options at their Dexter St. location and about a dozen at their new place on Liberty St. “Our new location in the old Borders bookstore will be opening mid-March. It’ll be similar to the original Knight’s, but with an added twist.” A longtime stronghold in Ann Arbor, Knight’s is best known for their meat. “We have hand cut steaks from our meat market in downtown Ann Arbor, it’s family owned. Every piece of meat comes from the market, which is rare these days.” But lately, it’s been their abundant selection of seafood that’s skyrocketing in popularity. And with specials ranging from Italian to Mexican fare, along with ever-changing salads and soups, there’s something on the menu for all palettes— and all budgets. / march 2014   15


Sidetrack Bar & Grill One of America’s best burgers can be found in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town

Sidetrack Bar & Grill,

56 E. Cross St, Ypsilanti. 734-483-1490. Open 11am-2am daily

By Laura Lubrano

Nestled alongside the train tracks in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town sits Sidetrack Bar and Grill, a restaurant filled with historic charm and delicious food. The building dates back to the mid-1800s, and the décor inside—the old wooden bar, tin-paneled ceiling, brick fireplace and abundance of railroad-themed antiques lining the walls—makes it feel as though not much has changed since then. I’d heard great things about Sidetrack’s handcrafted burger (it’s consistently ranked among the best burgers in the U.S.), so I already knew that’s what I was ordering. Deciding on toppings, however, required a bit more deliberation. With nine different cheeses and topping choices that include marinated portabella mushrooms, grilled onions and a fried egg, Sidetrack is a burger lover’s paradise. I finally decided on the “deluxe” version of the burger (lettuce, tomato and a side of fries), with pepper jack cheese, avocado and bacon. The patty was incredibly juicy, the bacon crispy, and the avocado and cheese melted together to create one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. Just when I thought Sidetrack’s burger couldn’t get any more amazing, I tried my date’s “Mac Attack,” a burger topped with bacon, BBQ sauce and macaroni and cheese, a great handcrafted burger, with added delicious decadence. Sidetrack might be famous for burgers, but the menu has a lot more to offer. The pot roast and shepherd’s pie are popular comfort food favorites, and there are many choices for the more health-conscious. “Almost anything on the menu can be


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made vegetarian or vegan,” explained Shannon Poe, longtime Sidetrack bartender, who recommended trying a tempeh Reuben or the black bean tacos. The food at Sidetrack is topnotch, but as the Benjamin Franklin quote emblazoned on the side of the building—“Beer is the proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,”— indicates, Sidetrack is serious about their bar. As one of the first bars to specialize in Michigan beers, their 25 draft beers include mostly local microbrews from the likes of Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s and Dark Horse, as well as bigger breweries like Stella Artois and Guinness—and they have even more in bottles. Beyond beer, Sidetrack’s recently updated wine list includes varieties from around the world and many specialty cocktails—all at reasonable prices. “One of the great things about this building is that it was built specifically to be a bar, and has always been a bar,” said Poe. While Sidetrack is a bar and grill, it’s still family-friendly, and you can bring the kids in on Friday night without having to worry about a typical bar atmosphere. The antique-covered walls ensure kids never get bored, and while its popularity means it can get pretty busy, the staff is friendly and accommodating, and the wait times aren’t too bad (and completely worth every minute). The restaurant’s immense popularity has lead to its growth, with expansion into the third storefront on the block—providing plentiful space for many more hungry (and thirsty) diners.



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8am-3pm. 315 Detroit St. 734-794-6255.

Take a stroll on down to Kerrytown to enjoy the fantastic market. This incredible open-air market has been an A2 institution for over 90 years.

Winter Indoor Farmers Market

9am-noon. Liberty School, 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Rd. 734-429-3518.

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1:30-5:30pm. $100. Bake!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Investigate the techniques behind Scottish oatcakes, Irish soda bread and English muffins. Registration required.

Bockbierfest: Ann Arbor Schwaben Verein

6:45-10:30pm. $25 (includes dinner & beverages). UAW Local 892 Hall, 601 Woodland, Saline.

Shop an abundance of fall produce, delicious baked goods, eggs, local cheese and much more.

This annual spring festival features a German dinner followed by dancing to Eric Neubauer and his Dorfmusikanten.


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Grange Sunday Brunch

10am-3pm. Grange Kitchen & Bar, 118 W. Liberty St. 734-995-2107.

Relax on Sunday and enjoy this eclectic brunch menu featuring local farm produce.


13 thursday Stout Beer Tasting

7-9pm. $25, advance/$30 day of. ABC Tap Room: Game Room and Beer Cellar, 114 E. Washington St. 734-213-1393.

Dark beer lovers rejoice! Enjoy tasting a variety of hand-selected stouts with an appetizer buffet.

18 tuesday Italian Style Wine Tasting 7-9pm. $50. Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030.

Take a trip to Italy while tasting a variety of five Italian wines. Registration required.

20 thursday Spring Fling Craft Beer Tasting

5-7pm. $10. 50 Sips Wine, 37522 Ann Arbor Trail, Livonia. 734-744-4111.

Taste some of the nation’s finest spring craft beers and sample some great beer food.

25 tuesday Release Party: Strawberry Blonde

6-7pm. $10/free for mug club members. Arbor Brewing Company Tap Room, 114 E. Washington St. 734-213-1393.

Celebrate the end of winter with a delicious Strawberry Blonde beer preview.

7-11pm. $40. Sandhill Crane Vineyards, 4724 Walz Rd., Jackson. 517-764-0679.

Includes a Cajun sampler plate, live music, 12 tasting tickets for Sandhill Crane Wines and of course, Mardi Gras beads. Reservations required. Also on Sunday, 1-5pm for $25.

Mardi Gras Celebration

8-11pm. Chelsea Alehouse , 420 N. Main St. #100, Chelsea. 734-433-5500.

Creole du Norde takes the stage with their Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco sound. Take advantage of free dance lessons and a special New Orleans style menu for the evening.

2 sunday Wholey Whole Grain Pastries

1-5pm. $100. Bake!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Learn how to use whole grain flours to make delicious and nutritious pastries like cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies and biscuits. Registration required. Also on March 26, 5:30-9:30pm.

6 thursday Vietnamese Pho House

6:30-10:30pm. $75. Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030.

Learn to make two versions of Pho with fresh garnishes, noodles and flavorful condiments. Registration required.

8 saturday Sugar Snow

11am-6pm. Free/ $5 for wine tasting. Sandhill Crane Vineyards, 4724 Walz Rd., Jackson. 517-764-0679.


Part of the Maple Festival, enjoy the release of the current vintage of Sugar Snow, Sandhill Crane Vineyards’ limited edition dessert wine made with local maple sap and syrup.

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The Annual Nola Creole Dinner

In celebration of Mardi Gras, enjoy a fantastic meal with recipes straight from the bayou. Traditionally, the feast of Fat Tuesday is the ritualistic practice of eating dense, delicious foods in preparation for Lenten fasting. The menu, crafted by Chef Alex Young, will feature traditional Louisiana Creole cuisine, which blends ingredients from a handful of cultures. The food will be rich with the heat of peppers, citrus juice with an abundance of spices, perfect for a Mardi Gras adventure. Tuesday, March 4. Reservations required. $65. 7-9pm. Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. 734-663-3663.

Top ‘O The Morning Breakfast

Feel the green and get Irish with Corner Brewery for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Opening bright and early at 7am, the annual Top ‘O The Morning Breakfast will feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to get you ready for a day full of green beer. Local band Rootstand will entertain guests with Americana and folk music as well as traditional Irish tunes, perfect for jig dancing. This joyous occasion will also feature thirst-quenching, day-long happy hour specials. Enjoy this boozedrenched holiday with fresh beer, traditional fare and Irish cheer! Monday, March 17. Breakfast, 7-11am. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. 734-480-2739. - MLR

Danish: The Breakfast of Vikings

8am-noon. $125. Bake!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Learn how to create dough and a variety of hand-shaped Danish. Registration required.

Hungarian Coffeehouse Tortes

1:30-5:30pm. $125. Bake!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Learn how to make two classic Hungarian desserts. Registration required.

Do-It-Yourself Danish

9am-1pm. $75. Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030.

Learn how make perfect Danish dough from scratch. Registration required.


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Big 400 Maple Festival Chelsea.

In celebration of the maple syrup season in southern Michigan, the festival will feature a variety of maple-themed activities and food. Visit website for a list of participating locations. Also on Sunday, March 9.

Maple Festival Pancake Breakfast

10-11:30am. Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main St. #100, Chelsea. 734-4335500.

The menu will include pancakes, bacon, potatoes and of course, real maple syrup. Proceeds benefit The Big 400 and local tourism.

10 monday Cocktail Class: Viva Vermouth

7:30-9pm. $35. The Last Word, 301 W. Huron St. 734-276-3215.

In this hands-on class, enjoy tasting a variety of Vermouth. 21+. Registration required.

15 saturday BAKE!-cation Weekend: Pastry

8am-5pm. $500. BAKE!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Enjoy a two-day weekend with a variety of baking classes, as well as breakfast and lunch each day. Registration required. Also on Sunday, March 16.

Date Night: Irish Pub

6:30-10pm. $150/pair. Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030.

Have fun with your special someone cooking delicious Irish cuisine. Registration required.

16 sunday St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Party

6-8:30pm. $40. Sandhill Crane Vineyards, 4724 Walz Rd., Jackson. 517-764-0679.

Enjoy a 3-course Irish dinner with perfectly paired wine and Irish music. Reservations required.

17 monday ABC’s St. Patrick’s Day

7am-1am. Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St. 734-213-1393. Free

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food and drink specials and live music.

18 tuesday A Ballymaloe Cookery School Inspired Dinner

7pm. $60. Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. 734-663-3663.

Enjoy an authentic Irish meal and stories the chef’s time abroad at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Reservations required.

21 friday Date Night: Homemade Pasta Feast

6:30-10pm. $150/pair. Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-6451030.

Create homemade pasta with your special someone. Registration required.

Taste of Saline

6-9pm. $25 per person/$40 for two. Saline Main Street, 131 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-316-2119.

Enjoy culinary treats, live music, artists and performers as you experience all that Saline area has to offer.



Carnevale, known as Mardi Gras in the states, is the celebration of the ancient Italian feasting festival, in preparation of the Lenten season. On Fat Tuesday, March 4, enjoy gluttony at its finest with a succulent 5-course Italian meal with perfectly paired robust Italian wines. Carnevale, deeply saturated with historical Italian roots, remains quite a modern celebration. The colorful gathering is well-known for its guests donning intricate masks and costumes. Feel free to come in traditional costumed garb or just as you are. Either way, its time to celebrate with dancing and feasting. Reservations required. Tuesday, March 4. 6:30pm. $95 (+tax and gratuity). Paesano Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3411 Washtenaw Ave. 734-971-0484. —MLR

22 saturday Homestead Cheesemaking

10am-3:30pm. $75. Firesign Family Farm, 7500 Trotters Ln., Whitmore Lake. 734-449-0247.

Spend a day exploring the ancient magic of turning fresh milk into cheese with hand-on participation. Registration required.

23 sunday Passover Baking

1-5pm. $125. Bake!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Learn how to make delicious Passover desserts. Reservations required.

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Sugaring & Shearing Festival

Noon-4pm. Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St., Jackson. 517-787-2320.

Cocktail Class: Along the Bourbon Trail

Farm Lane will be bustling with activities such as sap-to-syrup demonstrations, a petting zoo, sheep shearing, traditional craftsmanship, and docents in the historical buildings.


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7:30-9pm. $35. The Last Word, 301 W. Huron St. 734-276-3215.

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26 wednesday

Bakehouse American Cookies

5:30-9:30pm. $100. BAKE!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Learn to make delicious cookies. Registration required.

27 thursday Pot Pies

5:30-9:30pm. $150. Bake!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Meet seventeen year veteran, chef and managing partner of Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Rodger Bowser, as he leads you in making their famous chicken pot pie. Registration required.

30 sunday Dinner Series: American 1-5pm. $125. Bake!, 3711 Plaza Dr. 734-761-7255.

Learn how to make creamy tomato soup, bake buttery Parker House rolls and a sugary batch of Zingerman’s Bakehouse Peanut Butter cookies. Registration required.


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Reinventing the steel string Guitar legend Pat Metheny on… just about everything by Joseph Schafer

Even if you don’t recognize his name, you’ve heard his music. Pat Metheny, with three gold albums and twenty Grammys under his belt, is one of the most decorated jazz guitarists of all time. After forty years in the industry, both as a solo artist and as a session musician for artists like Joni Mitchell and David Bowie, Metheny’s learned a thing or two. Current picked his brain in anticipation of his Tuesday, March 18 concert at the Michigan Theater.

On Ann Arbor I have played there a bunch of times over the years, with my own groups, with Ornette Coleman and Gary Burton and others. It has always been a great town to play in and Michigan in general has always been very supportive of my thing, right from the very beginning. On his upcoming show

This tour is the Pat Metheny Unity Group, we have a new record out called KIN (↔). We will be playing most of the music from that record, but we had a previous record called Unity Band that was the Jazz Grammy winner last year—so we will certainly be drawing from both of those collections. That said, we play a huge variety of music from all over my career mixed in there too.

On getting ready to play Having done this for so long, I guess I do have a few quirks. I prefer playing on an empty stomach, so I don’t eat all day before the concert. I always try to exercise before the gig to get ready and warming up on the instrument for an hour or two each day is essential for me. On live music For me as a fan of music, the concerts

that I like the most are the ones where you can sense that the musicians are really committed to playing the way they are playing, whatever it is, and they are anxious to share what they have discovered about music and what is meaningful to them with the audience. I try to do exactly that myself.



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Photo by Jimmy Katz

On “Jazz Fusion” I never have understood the word. It kind of came along after I started. I actually would say that I hear it used mostly in a pejorative sense. All those words, jazz, rock, classical, etc. are pretty much meaningless to me. There is one big thing—and that is music. On working with David Bowie Watching Da-

vid Bowie do his vocal on “This is not America” was really interesting. He reminded me of a really good improvising musician in the sense that he really knew himself and was also really pushing himself.

On young guitarists

I do like to listen to what everyone is up to. It is an instrument that remains mostly undefined in any conventional sense—everyone who picks one up touches it in their own way and finds their own customized technique based on their body types and what kind of guitar they bought and what players they have listened to. It is amazing the variety of approaches that are possible and still have be called “guitar”.

On the future of music I don’t worry about it too

much. My basic sense is that most of the people who are really going to like this music are not currently on the planet. Good notes are impervious to time. I do my best to trade in that currency as much as I possibly can. Pat Metheny Unity Group will play on Monday, March 10. 8pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. / march 2014   21



Saturday, March 8 / The Blind Pig

Mike Silverman, aka That1Guy, is a truly unique musician whose music is filled with creativity—look no further than his main instrument, a self-made rig called The Magic Pipe. This metal monstrosity combines string and electronics to conjure the dynamic and unmistakable live sound of That1Guy. On Saturday, March 8, Silverman and the Magic Pipe will touch down in A2 for a night of futuristic bootyshakin’ funk. Expect a live concert experience like no other—and with songs like "Buttmachine,” "Weasel Potpie" and "The Moon is Disgusting,” what could go wrong? 9pm. 18+. $14. The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St. 734-996-8555.

The Blind Boys of Alabama Thursday, March 20 / The Ark

The Blind Boys of Alabama have been making African-American gospel music for 60 years, and are showing no signs of slowing down. On Thursday, March 20, they will roll in at the Ark for a night of soulful southern tunes. Their pitch-perfect harmonies and fiery vocals are instantly recognizable, elevating audiences to a spiritual state of awe. Since 2000, they've won five Grammys and four Gospel Music Awards, and their new album, "I'll Find a Way," draws heavily from the Sam Cooke school of gospel. 7:30pm. $35. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Photo by Frank Stewart Marsalis Sunday, March 30 / Hill Auditorium

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has one of the most grueling tour schedules in the business, yet possess the ability to make each concert fresh, unique and completely different from the last. On Sunday, March 30, the JLCO will perform at the Hill Auditorium alongside legendary trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis. The set will incorporate modern jazz improvisation with the rich history of traditional and big-band composition that are part of the roots of American music. Expect a varied set-list including Duke Ellington compositions, historic Detroit Jazz and New Orleans Jazz. 4pm. $14$85. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. 734-764-2538.—GMK



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1 saturday rock, pop & hip-hop Nickie P. - The Blind Pig

Nickie P. (aka Sick Nick) has been performing her original brand of experimental hip-hop across Southeastern Michigan since 2009. Her influences range from Aretha Franklin to Lauren Hill and Brother Ali. 9:30pm. $7 -$10.

Classical, spiritual Latitude 49 - Yellow Barn

Latitude 49 is a dynamic mixedchamber ensemble exploring new sounds, and engaging diverse audiences with composers of today. 7:30pm. $10.

2 sunday jazz, blues & R&B

George Benson & The Speakeasy Quartet Kerrytown Concert House

Kevin Meisel - Crazy Wisdom

Kevin is known for his narrative and lyrical approach to songwriting; his style, which includes both folk and rock influences, has been compared to such notables as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen. 8:30pm. Free

8 saturday Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop Dave Sharp’s Phantom Five Film Remix Event Yellow Barn

Multimedia artist David Olson will be projecting a live remix of film-festival-themed visuals, as well as shooting video and photos to be included in a crowd-sourced short film to be shown at the end of the festival. 8pm. $15.

That 1 Guy - The Blind Pig

The Speakeasy Quartet is one of Canada’s top jazz combos, playing classic jazz of the 1920’s and ‘30’s: the early music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Sydney Bechet and many more. 4pm. $5-$30.

Mike Silverman, aka That1Guy, is a truly unique musician whose music is filled with creativity—look no further than his main instrument, a self-made rig called The Magic Pipe. 9pm. $14.

4 tuesday

Classical, Spiritual

acoustic, folk & ethnic Richard Thompson The Ark

Nominated for “Artist of the Year” at the 2013 Americana Music Awards, Thompson will perform solo acoustic with his son Teddy as a special guest. 7:30pm. $40 - $65.

6 thursday

night of hearfelt songs.

Jazz, Blues & R&B

Pete Siers Trio - University Hospital Main Lobby Jazz percussionist Pete Siers has an international reputation for his intensely physical yet dynamically sensitive drumming, attention to detail, and mastery of many different styles. 12pm. Free

The Juanito Pascual Trio Kerrytown Concert House

Pascual’s sound is an organic blend of his mastery of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences from heroes ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, to the Grateful Dead and J.S. Bach. 8pm. $5-$25.

7 friday Acoustic, Folk & Ethnic Mixed Nuts - Silvio’s Organic Pizza

Paul, Rick and Tom are three troubadours from Chelsea who will entertain you with acoustic originals and covers. Always crunchy. 7pm. Free

9 sunday March Madness w/ Ann Arbor Concert Band Michigan Theater

The Ann Arbor Concert Band’s 35th anniversary season continues presenting “March Madness”, a program to satisfy all concert and symphonic march enthusiasts. 2pm. $5-$10.

10 monday jazz, blues & R&B

Pat Metheny Unity Group Michigan Theater Jazz master Metheny returns to A2. See full interview on pg. 20. 8pm. $39.50 - $49.50

11 tuesday Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop Snow Tha Product The Blind Pig

Claudia Feliciano (aka Snow Tha Product) is a MexicanAmerican rapper best known for her singles “Holy Shit” and “Drunk Love.” 8pm. $14.

13 thursday Jazz, Blues & R&B

Edie Herold Trio - Vinology Edie will be accompanied by guitarist Brian Delaney and pianist Dale Grisa to take you on a journey through the world of jazz. 7pm. Free

Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop Eric Burdon - Michigan Theater

As the lead singer of the Animals, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon was one of the British Invasion’s most distinctive vocalists, with a sear-


ingly powerful blues-rock voice. 7:30pm. $39.50 - $59.50.

14 friday Acoustic, Folk & Ethnic

Sandy Tar String Band Yellow Barn

The Ohio-based old-time/ bluegrass group was originally formed as a busking project for a round trip/adventure from Athens, Ohio to The Everglades of Florida. 7:30pm. $10.

15 saturday Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Ali Khan remains faithful to the sublime traditions of devotional Sufi music. 8pm. Free

22 saturday Classical, spiritual A2SO: Beethoven and Beyond - Michigan Theater

A2SO soloist Adam Golka, back by audience demand for a second performance in Ann Arbor, brings the music’s sense of drama and playfulness to life. 8pm. $39.50.

The Accidentals - Grace Ann Arbor Church

These two Michigan-based national touring bands will debut in Ann Arbor on March 15th at 7pm. Grace Ann Arbor Church will donate all proceeds to local charity, Food Gatherers. 7pm. $15.

23 sunday Rock, POp & hip-hop T. Mills - The Blind Pig

Mills was inspired to begin his rapping career after listening to the music of Bone Thugs-nHarmony. 8pm. $20.

Classical, spiritual Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Hill Auditorium

For the first time in a decade, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Ann Arbor with their “Music Director for Life,” Zubin Mehta. 8:45pm. Free

19 wednesday Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Jesse Dee - The Blind Pig

Dee’s sound combines doowop, R&B and classic Northern soul to create his critically acclaimed soulful music. 7:30pm. $15.

20 thursday Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop The Blind Boys of Alabama - The Ark

The Blind Boys of Alabama have crafted modern gospel music over the course of their 60 year career. Their fiery, passionate vocals are instantly recognizable. 7:30pm. $35.

Miniature Tigers The Blind Pig

Indie pop band Miniature Tigers combines elements of indie rock, synthpop and dream pop. 9pm. $12.

21 friday Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Chicago Afrobeat Project

7-14 piece world music ensemble with many influences, including afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, juju music, and rock. 7:30pm. $15.

Classical, spiritual Asif Ali Khan - Rackham Auditorium

A superstar in his native Pakistan and a powerful figure on the international stage, Asif

24 monday Acoustic, Folk & Ethnic Cabinet - The Ark

Bluegrass masters Cabinet play true Americana music that is equal parts Grateful Dead and old time country. 7:30pm. $15.

jazz, blues & R&B

Jazz Combos - Walgreen Drama Center

Students from the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation perform standards and original compositions. Stamps Auditorium, Robert Hurst, Artistic Director. 8pm. Free

25 tuesday Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde - The Blind Pig

Best known for her work as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the alternative rock group Concrete Blonde, Napolitano also has a succesful solo music career. 8pm. $25.

Classical, spiritual Chanxi Guan - Moore Building Recital Hall

Chair of Piano at the China Conservatory. Co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan. 8pm. Free

26 wednesday Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Sundy Best - The Blind Pig

Sundy Best creates tunes that pay homage to the classic rock of the 70s and 80s—with influences ranging from The Eagles to Bob Seeger. 8pm. $7.

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music cont. from page 23 Arts Chorale Hill Auditorium

The Arts Chorale’s spring concert features Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, along with works by Hogan, Lauridson, Tallis, Whitacre and more. 8pm. Free

27 thursday Jazz, Blues & R&B

Andrew Bishop - Vinology

Andrew is an Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. He plays multiple instruments including the saxophone and clarinet. 8pm. Free



Classical, Spiritual Romel Joseph Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Internationally-known musician Romel Joseph embodies both success and resilience in every aspect of his life. He lost his eyesight as a child, learned to play several musical instruments and graduated from the Juliard School. 7pm. Free

28 friday Jazz, Blues & R&B

Jazz Masters Honoring Johnny Trudell - Kerrytown Concert House

Johnny Trudell is one of today’s best trumpet players and the director of the Johnny Trudell Orchestra/Big Band. 8pm. $5-$30.

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Acoustic, Folk & Ethnic Willie Nile - The Ark

The New York Times has called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwrites to emerge from the New York scene in years. Also described as “A one-man Clash” by Uncut. 7:30pm. $15.

29 saturday Acoustic, Folk & Ethnic

Dave Boutette - Crazy Wisdom

Songs of highway hijinks and wildcat oil drillers in the Michigan woods are as likely to be heard as old favorites that have been in your head and heart for years. 8:30pm. Free

31 monday Classical, spiritual Trombone Ensemble Walgreen Drama Center

The U-M Trombone Ensemble will join forces with the Ann Arbor Trombone Choir in a program featuring works by Gonzalez, Mahler, Massaino, Williams, and Shostakovich. 8pm. Free

University Choir w/ Michigan Youth Singers Hill Auditorium

A special musical tribute to Korean Composer Hyo Won WooArirang, Gloria and O Magnum Mysterium. 7pm. Free

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film film Last year’s Film Festival featured over 200 films, videos and live performances. This year will be even bigger.

Reel celebration The Ann Arbor Film Festival returns

Photo by Mark Gjukich

by Nick Roumel

“Los Angeles Plays Itself” Every spring Ann Arbor has not been widely distributthrows a party. Glitterati come ed, with concerns raised about to Washtenaw from all over the Andersen’s “sampling” from so globe to watch and perform. The many commercial movies. Howtheme of this party is indepenever, citing protection from dent filmmaking, and it’s the oldthe Copyright Act’s “Fair Use” est and best of its type in doctrine, Anderson is currentthe world. Just ask Andy ly arranging for a release on Warhol, Yoko Ono, Gus DVD. In the meantime, Ann Van Sant, Barbara HamArbor Film Festival goers, mer, Devo and George to not only see the film - but Lucas, all of whom have also to participate in a Q&A shown their early work session with Andersen afterhere. wards - is a rare treat indeed. This year, Ann Arbor Film Festival “52” celA rock rebel ebrates with two more asPenelope Spheeris, who tonishing filmmakers who Thom Andersen used clips from films like Swordfish has stayed true to her inwill show their films in in his film Los Angeles die roots despite finding person, leading the illustri- Plays Itself commercial success directous lineup of international ing mainstream movies artists. Thom Andersen is like “Wayne’s World,” filmed “The Decline of the creator of the 2003 documentary masterpiece “Los Angeles Plays Itself.” And Pe- Western Civilization” in 1979 and 1980 Los Angeles, on nelope Spheeris will feature her 1980 punk rock documen- the cusp of the punk rock movement. “The Decline of Western Civilization” was the first tary “The Decline of Western Civilization” - so dangerous that the police chief of LA asked her not to screen it. of a trilogy; part II was about the L.A. glam metal scene, while the third part, filmed in the late 90’s, chronicles the “gutter punk” lifestyle of Los Angeles’ homeless teenagCalifornia comes to Washtenaw “Los Angeles Plays Itself” is an absorbing compilation ers. Spheeris will also be on hand at the Ann Arbor Film of film clips from scores of movies filmed in Los Angeles Festival, to show parts I and III; the latter has never been over the last 100 years. Andersen pays homage to the ar- released. Festival Program Director David Dinnell remembers chitecture and the filmmakers, accompanied by succinct commentary on the sociological and cultural messages seeing Part I on a bootleg VHS as a teen, being blown we are seeing. As you’re watching, you’ll also want to go away by the raw realism. He calls Spheeris “prescient” in back and see the films depicted, like “L.A. Confidential,” her depiction of non-mainstream culture, and not just in “Chinatown,” the original “Dragnet” and the stark, dys- the “Decline” series, observing that “her early 1970s films topian “Blade Runner.” (You’ll also marvel about how ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Hats Off to Hollywood’ anticipate a so many characters could afford breathtaking ocean-side lot of contemporary films that play with the boundaries of homes, whether they were villains, police officers, or store fiction and documentary, as well as depicting an emerging queer culture of the 1970s.” Those shorts screened at clerks.) 26    march 2014  /

film art, but when they realized the huge potential of image manipulation with digital, they became open to the possibilities.” Raymond continues, “People come to the festival for the experience of going to places they’ve never gone, in a way they’ve never gone.” While many will come for one evening of shorts or a longer feature, the best – and most economical way to attend – is to purchase a pass. An all-festival pass will entitle the bearer to a cornucopia of Phill Niblock chronicles events over six days, at a cost of only $95 – about a 75% “The Movement of People discount from tickets purchased individually. A weekend Working” in his film-art pass is also available for $55. Further discounts are availinstallations. able for students, seniors, and Ann Arbor Film Festival members. The biggest crowds are for opening night and the Satthe Festival in 1971 and 1973; and having been recently urday programs, but other popular events include the Satrestored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciurday morning family-friendly program, Friday night aniences Film Archive, they will be presented again this year. mation show; the highly anticipated documentary “From Deep,” intersecting hip hop and basketball; and an “Out All the accoutrements Executive Director Leslie Raymond made her first film Night” on Wednesday, featuring LGBT-themed films. Perhaps the brightest stars will be out for in elementary school – an animation with a the live presentations by Thom Andersen and meticulously crafted soundtrack Penelope Spheeris. Among all the Festival’s ofl Ann – and she’s never looked back, 52nd Annua al iv ferings, from short to long, animation to image st Fe dedicating herself to film studies lm Fi or Arb manipulation, 16mm to digital, the loudest buzz 14 in college. Since then, she has not 20 , March 25-30 in the 52nd Film Festival is about “Los Anger te only shown work in the Festival, ea Th an ig Mich nd 52 e les Plays Itself” and “The Decline of Western th for ts but won two regional awards ke Purchase tic m Civilization.” Despite their acclaim, they’ve not Fil r bo and rose to Executive Director Ar n An al Annu . rg played to wide audiences - so local viewers will t.o fes over 22 years, after beginning as film Festival at aa have a rare opportunity to see something that an intern in the 30th year of the even the most hard-core film buffs have not. Festival, back in 1992. Yet Raymond is just as enthusiastic about the FesRead the full article, and a full interview with tival’s non-film offerings, explaining that there is a “traPenelope Spheeris at dition of showing extra work.” Former director Ruth Bradley called these other multi-media presentations “supercinematics,” including interactive art installations in the Michigan Theater lobby and nearby storefronts, and the Festival’s chic ‘after party’. Dinnell adds that the “grand idea is to transform the [Michigan Theater] space into something extraordinary, to open people up to what they will see on the screen.” With the installations, artists participate equally in the Festival with the filmmakers. One featured artist is Phill Niblock, whose four-channel video and sound installation, “The Movement of People Working,” will be installed at the Work Gallery, March 19th (with a reception) and run through April 5th. Three projected images and one video monitor will feature Niblock's films of people performing manual labor, recorded throughout the world from the 1970s through the ‘90s, accompanied by the sound of Niblock's microtonal compositions.

A film pedigree

But the films are what have kept people coming back for, 52 years running - the largest and most respected experimental independent film festival in the world. Dinnell remembers being at film festivals in Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic where he met people extolling the reputation of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He says that because Ann Arbor’s Festival is more independent of government funding than its counterparts, it can be more cutting edge – but he also notes that “what seemed radical in the past, is now familiar” in mainstream media. The Festival committee will sift through about 3300 submissions from over 60 countries, and winnow that amount to about 140 that will be shown and evaluated by the jurors. The Festival began in 1962 exclusively for 16mm entries, then expanded to include 35mm and, since 2004, digital. Raymond recalls that “many people were reluctant to open the festival to new forms of moving image / march 2014  27

4 tuesday Suspicion

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 7pm. $7.50- $10 See Website for Details. 734-668-8397.

A love-struck Joan Fontaine is swept off her feet by Cary Grant. Even though she is warned he is not as he seems, she marries him. But as time goes she suspects that he is intending to kill her for her inheritance. Part of the Hitchcock Film Series presented by Zounds Hearing.

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12 wednesday The Act of Killing

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

This chilling 2013 documentary exposes the lives of Indonesian death squad veterans. It is a 2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary.

16 sunday Lifeboat

5pm. $10. The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

2014 Arab Film Festival

Seven strangers drift together at sea after their ship is sunk by a German U-Boat... and one of them is a Nazi spy. Presented by Zounds Hearing.

This year, the Arab Film Fest will screen The Forgotten and When I Saw You.


6pm. $10 ($8 Arab American Museum & Michigan Theater members). The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

11 tuesday Shadow of a Doubt

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

Charlie, eldest daughter of the Newton family, seeks to re-connect with her uncle by the same name. But Uncle Charlie’s suspicious behavior leads her down a dark path. Presented by Zounds Hearing.


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

Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck star in this memory-thriller. Salvador Dali collaborated with Hitch for the film’s climactic sequence. Part of the Hitchcock Film Series presented by Zounds Hearing.

20 thursday Here and There

7pm. 100 Hutchins Hall, Honigman Auditorium. 734-764-1817.

Underground velvet

Venus in Furs, Leopold von SacherMasoch's classic literary tale of BDSM naughtiness, has inspired countless artists—for example The Velvet Underground's Lou Reed (RIP), who wrote a classic tune about it. More recently, playwright David Ives drew from the work when he wrote this play by the same name, also about a playwright trying to adapt Venus in Fur(s). Phew. Is that meta-textual enough for you? The two-person play, of course, descends into a game of sexual catand-mouse involving fur and, of course, shiny boots of leather. Opening night is Friday, March 7, 8pm. Runs through Sunday, April 6. Thursday 7:30pm, Friday-Saturday 8pm, Saturday 3pm, Sunday 2pm. $22-41. Performance Network Theater, 120 E. Huron St. 734-663-0681.—JS

1 saturday Mike Green: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

8pm. $13.Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 314 E. Liberty St. 734-996-9080.

This popular comic, winner of the 2004 Michigan Comedy Survivor competition, performs with a nervous energy that regularly explodes into bizarre observations and goofy enlightenments about jumping rope, talking sirens, bar codes, and other pointless things you’ve



never stopped to think about. Shows at 8pm and 10:30pm.

6 thursday Al Jackson

8pm. $9-14. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 314 E. Liberty St. 734-9969080.

After spending several years as a 7th grade public school teacher, Al Jackson decided he was ready to pursue his dream of performing comedy. Jackson delivers his edgy, hardnosed comedy with a laid-back

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They say grunge music killed hair metal, but there's another likely culprit: documentarian Penelope Spheeris and her trilogy of music documentaries, The Decline of Western Civilization parts 1-3. The first Decline of Western Civilization painted havoc with the Los Angeles punk and hardcore scene. The second film documented the terrible and hilarious excesses of the Sunset Strip's glam rock scene—its best vignette involves an interview with an extremely drunk member of WASP getting even drunker in a swimming pool…with his mother watching. Spheeris will speak on her career as a documentarian—oh yeah, and director of Wayne's World—at the Michigan Theater as part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. She once admitted to faking Ozzy Osbourne's shakes—someone ask about it! Thursday, March 27, 5pm. 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. Free—JS Free

Winner of the top prize at the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival.

22 saturday A Werewolf Boy

2pm. The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. Free

An elderly woman returns to her childhood home and remembers her encounters with a feral boy.

swagger and a giant smile. Runs through Saturday, March 8. Second shows at 10:30pm Friday and Saturday.

8 friday Michigan Firehouse Museum Comedy Jam

7pm. $30-40. Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 W. Cross Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-547-0663.

Comedian Tom Mabe leads this year’s annual laugh riot to support Ypsilanti’s historic Firehouse Museum.

9 sunday Maria Bamford: One Night Only

8pm. $20 advance, $22 door. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 314 E. Liberty St. 734-996-9080.

Eclectic and hilarious, Maria Bamford has made a name for herself as a comedienne through work on comedy Central, as well as voice over work for beloved cartoons. She’s even made a few appearances on NPR’s Fresh Air.

13 thursday Reckless

8pm. $22 adults, $20 seniors, $17 tickets on Thursday, $11 students. University of Michigan’s Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave. 734-971-2228.

The wildly-inventive comedy Reckless, by Craig Lucas,

27 thursday Amerinauk

7pm. North Quad, Space 2435, 105 State Street. 734-764-1817. Free

Nacho Reig looks at the lives of some of the last remaining Basque sheepherders in the United States.

begins on Christmas Eve and centers on Rachel Fitzsimmons, a wife and mother, who is informed by her husband, Tom, that he has hired a gunman to shoot her that evening. Through Sunday, March 16. 2pm Sunday.

26 wednesday Confessions Of The Easter Bunny

8pm. $12 General, $10 Senior/ Student. The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. 734-9850875.

The Easter Bunny, a bit jaded over the charade his life has become, tired from centuries of producing Easter eggs. When a good bunny goes bad, can he ever put the hippity back in his hoppity? Runs Through Sunday, April 13. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

27 thursday The Magic Flute

7:30pm. Reserved seating $28-$22, $10 with student ID. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University Ave. 734-763-3333.

Enjoy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s cla opera, Sung in German with projected translations and dialogue in English and presented by the University Opera Theatre. Directed by Kay Walker Castaldo; University Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Martin Katz. Runs through Sunday, March 30.


Works by Michigan prisoners Vincent Everett Beard (L) and Kinnari Jivani (R) to grace UM

Prisoner art busts out Out from behind bars by Louis Meldman

The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) is proud to announce the Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Free and open to the public, it runs from Tuesday, March 25 through Wednesday, April 9 at the lovely Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. It is the largest prisoner art exhibition in the country, comprising more than 300 works by over 200 artists who were at one time housed among twenty-six prisons throughout the state. Above all, it’s quality, original art at great prices. And no, you can’t pay with cigarettes; however, the artists are often willing to cut deals. After all, they’re artists. And that’s the point. This isn’t primitive, stick-figure,

one-dimensional crayon-art like we get from our children and grandchildren in grade school. Nor is it a Pollock-like splash job or a Miro-ish color bomb, not that there’s anything wrong with that. But this is mature, technically sophisticated and generally representational fine art. The show is curated by Janie Paul, Charlie Michaels and the indomitable Sari Adelson, who traveled from prison to prison across the state to personally select the works exhibited.

Interacting with the Artists

The Opening Reception is set for Tuesday, March 25 from 5:30-8pm at the gallery. Formerly incarcerated artists who have now re-entered the community (no, these are not escap-

ees) will speak about what art has meant to them, and then they’ll open the conversation to the public for a Q and A. Daniel Heyns, Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections, will speak on the impact of PCAP within the prison community. The exhibit is accompanied by the release of the 6th Annual Literary Review of Creative Writing by Michigan Prisoners, “The Sky is on Fire, After All.” Readings from this anthology will be held in both the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas. For a full schedule of readings, visit‎ The Duderstadt Gallery is open from 10am to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday and Monday.


Congrats are in order for the University of Michigan Museum of Art and for Art Professor Holly Hughes. The UMMA has received a Challenge Grant of $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support “Dynamic Humanities Connections,” an initiative that will transform the museum’s amazing onsite achievements into an even more amazing array of services for UMMA’s visitors and users from around the world. The grant is one of only nine of this size offered nationwide. Museum Director extraordinaire, Joseph Rosa, told me, “It will further UMMA’s connections with contemporary questions and bring the next generation of scholars and patrons into the museum – both onsite and via new technology-based interpretive tools that offer visitors richer and more varied experiences.” Is that extraordinaire, or what? Especially the “patrons” part! I can’t fathom why I’m such a sucker for performance art. After all, it’s so outrageous, so hysterical in both the funny and histrionic senses. UM Professor Holly Hughes has risen in the field of performance art to become one of the preeminent practitioners in the world. She has just co-edited “Animal Acts: Performing Species Today,” a collection of animal-themed performance scripts with commentaries from leading scholars, published by the University of Michigan Press in January. Check out the UM Press website for video clips of performances filmed last year in the Duderstadt Studio. Yeah, the show I wrote about in this space. Watch for the how-does-she-do-it phenom Emilia Javanica, who uses props, sound effects and more to make sweet-but-telling observations about the wonder and horror of everyday life. / march 2014   29


An icon… revived

His pieces can be seen in museums across the country. The work of renowned ceramic artist, Daniel Rhodes, one of the most distinguished authorities on studio pottery, is on exhibit at the River Gallery in Chelsea. Daniel Rhodes: Revival, a rare opportunity to view or possibly own this collectible artist's work opens with a reception on Saturday, March 15 from 5-9pm and will be on display until Saturday, April 26. Rhodes, who died in 1989, had a rich history in ceramics, building an international reputation as a potter, sculptor, educator and author. Revival is a special exhibition celebrating this innovative artist and his contribution to American ceramic art and education, showing over one hundred sculptures and vessels, all available for purchase. River Gallery, 120 S. Main, Chelsea. 734-433-0826.—JMT

15 saturday Daniel Rhodes Revival Opening Reception

14 friday Steve Gilzow: Cover to Cover

7-9pm. Two Twelve Art Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-944-2787. Free

This exhibit features Steve Gilzow’s paintings and artwork for nineteen covers for the Ann Arbor Observer. Exhibit opens Saturday, March 1 and runs through Wednesday, April 30.



5-9pm. River Gallery, 120 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-433-0826. Free

Don’t miss this exhibition celebrating renowned artist, Daniel Rhodes and his contribution to American ceramic art and education. (See Art Note above.) Runs through Saturday, April 26.

16 sunday Opening Reception: Art at the Cafe: Jean Canavan and Tom Rosenbaum: Chroma

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3-5pm. My Favorite Cafe, 101 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. 734-944-4054. Free

Jean Canavan’s watercolors and Tom Rosenbaum’s abstract oil and encaustic paintings come together for this joint exhibit.

22 saturday An Eye on the Empire: Photographs of Colonial India and Egypt

UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734.764.0395. Free

Photography, with its ability to capture in precise detail the geography, peoples, and culture of far-flung lands, brought this exotic world home to an eager audience in England, and

its commercial potential sent numerous professional photographers to both India and Egypt. These photographs constitute a vast body of images that shaped colonial conceptions of Egypt and India, while today they preserve an evocative record of an earlier time. This exhibition includes a selection of works by leading photographers of the era such as Francis Frith and Samuel Bourne. Runs through Sunday, June 29.

25 tuesday Opening Reception: nineteenth annual exhibition of art by michigan prisoners

5:30-8pm. Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Free

The largest prisoner art exhibition in the country displaying 300 works by over 200 artists. (See feature on pg. 29.)

28 friday Opening Reception: Community High School Art

7-10pm. WSG Gallery, 306 S. Main St. 734-761-2287. Free

This vibrant group show will feature the all-media artwork by the talented community High School Students of art teacher, Steve Coron. Check out these young artists. Runs through Saturday, May 3.


Exhibit:Legacy of the Land Through Art Sandhill Crane Vineyards, 4724 Walz Road, Jackson. 734-302-5263. Free

Graduate Student Art Exhibition

Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. 734-487-1849. Free

Hosted annually, this all-media exhibition features the work of current MFA and MA students. Runs through Wednesday, March 12.

Snapshots From A Fleeting World: Altered Photographs by Sue Finley The Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway. 734-327-4555. Free

Sue Finley is a photographer, traveler, and recent cancer survivor. This exhibit will show her talent for altering photographs, mostly of serene scenes in nature. Runs through Thursday, March 13.

Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

River Gallery + Exhibits. River Gallery + Exhibits, the Project Manager, working directly with the artists and the City of Chelsea has issued a call for entries for the Downtown Chelsea Sculpturewalk. Twelve new sculptures will be juried in and installed by early June 2014; deadline for submissions is Friday, April 4.

The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s collection of Islamic art ranges from the eighth to the nineteenth century. Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology features vessels, architectural fragments, furniture, and other artifacts from Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran that reveal the aesthetic attention paid by artisans to the objects of everyday life. Runs through Monday, April 14.

River Gallery, 120 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-433-0826.

This is a mixed media juried exhibition of artists active in Washtenaw and Jackson Counties—areas where Legacy Land Conservancy has preserved properties. The selected artists represent an array of media, from oil, pastel, acrylic and photography. Runs through Sunday, March 9.

One of many pieces at the Gifts of Art Gallery Flip Your Field

UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734.764.0395. Free

Call For Artists: Sounds & Sights Art Market $100 booth fee / $50 demonstating artist fee. Chelsea, MI. 734-433-0826.

Larry Cressman, artist and UM Professor of Art, will present the second exhibition in this popular series, which challenges curators to construct exhibitions outside of their field of specialty. Runs through Sunday, March 16.

The 38th Annual Sounds & Sights Festival, held in downtown Chelsea, is seeking regional artists and crafts people for its juried Art Market. The Festival runs Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. The Art Market is limited to 30 artists.

Springs and Things

Gifts of Art Gallery

WSG Gallery, 306 S. Main St. 734-761-2287. Free

An exhibit of interesting and fun sculptures by multimedia artist, Middy Potter. Runs through Saturday, March 22.


Call for outdoor sculpture: Chelsea’s 6th Annual Outdoor SculptureWalk

Taubman Health Center North Lobby, 1500 E Meical Center Drive. Open daily 8am-8pm. Free

See seven separate exhibits that include the art of accomplished artists of wire sculpture, clay art, silversmithing, painting and mixed media. Through Monday, April 7.

UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734.764.0395. Free

Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art

UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734.764.0395. Free

Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art is the first exhibition to present Duke’s five-acre Honolulu estate and its collections to audiences throughout the continental United States. The exhibition illustrates Duke’s fascination with Islamic art, her extensive travels in Muslim countries, and her work with a broad array of individuals, including scholars, dealers, and artisans. Runs through Sunday, May 4. / march 2014   31

current reads Increasing the mystery In conversation with Rhys Bowen By Jess J. Salisbury

New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen has a self-described “charming aristocratic British accent” and a knack for penning compelling, suspenseful novels. Her Molly Murphy series focuses on the eponymous heroine, who immigrates to New York from her native Ireland and finds herself encountering one chilling murder mystery after another. Bowen will be make an appearance at Raven Award-winning bookstore Aunt Agatha’s in Ann Arbor to talk about and sign her most recent entry in the Molly Murphy saga. Your latest Molly Murphy novel, City of Darkness and Light, takes place in Paris at the turn of the century. What inspired you to choose the city as a setting? Who would not want to spend time in Paris? Actually the driving force behind this book was my fascination with the art scene, moving from Impressionism with its serene waterscapes to the post-Impressionist painting of Picasso, Chagall, etc. Surely it took some research to make the environment realistic. What steps did you take to keep the story historically accurate? You're right. Research and historical accuracy are very important to me. My research is always multi-fold. First I read books to give me background. I read several biographies of Picasso, of the Cubists, of the Parisian art world in general. Also books on Dreyfus and his trial. Then I went to Paris and walked the streets that Molly would have to walk. I decided on where I wanted Sid and Gus to live and also plotted where Mary Cassatt, Degas and Renoir would be found. I had to spend time in the Musee d'Orsay, in historic tea salons, up on Montmartre. I've noticed writers tend to put a lot of themselves into their characters, especially the protagonist. How do you feel you and Molly are similar? How do you feel you're different from each other? Yes, I have to admit that Molly and I have things in common. I am not always so polite or so wise. I tend to speak out first then regret it later. So I created a strong first-person female character who is not always wise, who doesn't always know when to shut up or back down... more like me, I confess. She's far braver than I. I'd never

1pm. Downtown Library: 4th floor, 343 S. 5th Ave.734-327-4555. Free

Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd will cover the value of leveraging audio and video to help you reach new readers, connect with peers, and build audience support by sharing your most unique value: yourself. Bring your drawing tools and drop in for learning, drawing and sharing.

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Lecture And Hands-On Writing Workshop: Emerging Writers Workshop: Red Pens & Rewrites

7pm. Downtown Library: Multipurpose Room, 343   march

Of all genres, what drew you to mysteries? I grew up reading the ladies of the Golden Age, Dame Agatha, Dorothy Sayers etc. I enjoyed the puzzle, but found them emotionally unsatisfying. Then I discovered Tony Hillerman and the thrill of being taken to another place and being given a glimpse of another culture. So the sense of place and time are paramount to me. But the aspect of the mystery that I like is that the crime novel makes sense of the world. In my world there is justice. It's not always a happy ending but it's a fair ending. We know in real life that the guilty often get away with the crime. We can remedy that in the crime novel. It's satisfying. What is the most challenging part of being a novelist? What do you find is most rewarding? The most challenging part is the demand of writing two books each year and making each book better than the last. When you have won awards and received great reviews the pressure mounts not to let down the readers and the bar is raised higher each time. Also, as a series progresses there is the challenge of keeping the stories fresh and new. The most rewarding is the fans. To get letters saying I have helped someone through chemo or after the loss of a spouse or while living in a homeless shelter is amazing and completely humbling. Rhys Bowen will appear at Aunt Agatha’s, 213 S. Fourth Ave., on Friday, March 7, 7pm. 734-769-1114.

Local Reads

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Jerzy Drozd Presents Podcasting To Reach New Audiences


chase crooks, go out on a half built bridge to rescue a child, or climb into a Parisian house where a murder had taken place.

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S. 5th Ave.734-327-4555. Free

Mine your prose for the diamonds, leave the coal behind and polish your gem with local authors and writer-supporters, Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang. This workshop will cover the revision process from the complete plot arc down to the last serial comma.

friday 7

Stephan Pastis

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

Stephan Pastis, creator of the acclaimed Pearls Before Swine comic strip, will be reading and signing the second book in his new children’s series “Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done”. Timmy, the comically

self-confident kid detective returns in this sequel to “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made”.

saturday 8

Storytelling With Computer Animation: Creating A Character

3pm. Downtown Library: Training Center, 343 S. 5th Ave.734-327-4555. Free

Use visual programming technology to create an animation featuring different character types. No experience needed! This program is for adults, teens and pre-teens (grades 5 and up).

monday 10

Laurie Lowenstein

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

Author Laurie Lowenstein will be at Nicola’s

Local Reads Books for a discussion and signing of her debut novel, “Unmentionables.” Marian Elliott Adams, an outspoken advocate for sensible undergarments for women, sweeps into a small Illinois town and challenges long held beliefs.

tuesday 11 Charles Finch

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

Author Charles Finch, best known for his mystery series featuring Charles Lenox, will be at Nicola’s Books for a reading and signing of his new novel, ”The Last Enchantments.” After graduating from Yale, William Baker embarks on a year spent at Oxford where he has an impassioned affair that will change his life forever.

wednesday 12

ZingTrain Speaker Series: Dean Tucker: Understanding Gen X & Gen Y 7:30am. $50. ZingTrain, 3728 Plaza Dr. 734-930-1919.

As an management consultant, and nationally recognized author and speaker, Dean Tucker knows how to draw incisive conclusions about the phenomena he is witnessing and better yet for those of us who have the opportunity to learn from him. See more p.6.

thursday 13

Washtenaw Literacy: Tutoring Orientation

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

Washtenaw Literacy will be holding an orientation meeting at Nicola’s Books for anyone interested in becoming a tutor for adults who have difficulty with reading and writing. No experience is required and training will be provided.

sunday 16 Vic Strecher

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

Local author and University of Michigan professor Vic Strecher will be at Nicola’s Books for a signing and discussion of his book “On Purpose.” A self-help guide, college lecture, confessional and time-travel adventure all

rolled into one, “On Purpose” uses a beautiful, fantasyfueled, graphic novel format to tell a story of self-discovery and personal growth.

tuesday 18

Brigid Pasulka

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

Author Brigid Pasulka will be at Nicola’s Books for a signing and discussion of her novel, “The Sun and Other Stars.” Reeling from the loss of his twin brother and his mother, and estranged from his father, 22 year-old Etto feels like an outsider in his soccer obsessed town on the Italian Riviera.

saturday 22

10th Anniversary Celebration for Mallet’s Creek Branch Library

9am-6pm. Mallets Creek Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, 3090 East Eisenhower Parkway 734-327-4555. Free

The Malletts Creek Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library will hold its 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring souvenir giveaways and scheduled activities for all ages.

Writing Henry

Sharon Kay Penman, a New York Times bestselling novelist with her 2011 novel Lionheart, will support the sequel, her new novel, King’s Ransom at Nicola’s Books with a discussion, Q & A session and signing. Audiences respond to Penman's skill as a historical novelist; she has an uncanny ability to make historical figures, like King Henry II (the protagonist in Lionheart and King's Ransom), relatable to a modern readership. Penman has read at Nicola's books before—she rolled through on the promotional tour for Lionheart, so her return is a homecoming, of sorts. King's Ransom goes on sale Saturday, March 8, 4pm. Nicola's Books, Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free—JS

monday 24 Dave Giffels

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

Author Dave Giffels will be at Nicola’s Books for a discussion and signing of his book, “The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt.” In these intelligent, humorous essays, Giffels, an Akron, Ohio native, illuminates the touchstones and idiosyncrasies of his home region.

friday 28

J.D. MacHale

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

J.D. MacHale, bestselling children’s author of the Pendragon series, will be at Nicola’s Books with “Storm,” the second book in his young adult series, The Sylo Chronicles.

Voices of the Middle West: A Celebration of Writers and Independent Presses

10am-6pm. University of Michigan, East Quad. Free

This one-day conference and book fair will bring together writers, independent publishers, UM faculty and students, and the regional literary community. Owen Laukkanen

4pm. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free

Owen Laukkanen, author of “The Professionals” and “Criminal Enterprise”, will be at Nicola’s Books for a reading and signing of his new thriller, “Kill Fee,” about a high-tech murder-for-hire social media website.

sunday 23

Storyteller’s Guild Meeting

2pm. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free

The Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild meets the fourth Sunday of every month (except December) to share stories. Tellers and listeners welcome. / march 2014   33

everything else Michigan Firehouse Museum Comedy Jam

Michigan Firehouse Museum / Saturday, March 8

Firefighters save lives and memories every day, running into burning buildings while everyone is running out. In recognition of their hard work and dedication, it is once again time for the Michigan Firehouse Museum Comedy Jam. The evening will be filled with laughter, as this year’s featured act, comedian and prankster, Tom Mabe, entertains the crowd with his electric personality and quick wit. The event will also feature engaging exhibits that teach the history of firefighting and help promote fire safety. The museum itself is housed in an original 1898 firehouse with a restored bunk area, brass pole and horse-drawn steamer. A cash bar and free valet parking will be available. Reservations are required and can be made through the museum. Saturday, March 8. 7pm & 9:30pm. $30/$40. Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 734-547-0663.— AC

1 saturday Make Plant Tags with Old Spoons 10am-2pm. $5. The Old Winery Farmers Market, 31505 Grand River Ave., Farmington. 810-837-1727.

Enjoy this hands-on class making plant tags with old spoons and metal letter punches. All materials provided. Registration required. Limit of 10 people per class.

19th Annual Quiet Water Symposium

9am-5:30pm. Adults, $10/ Students, $5/ under age 12, Free. The Pavilion for Livestock and Agriculture Education, 4301 Farm Ln., Lansing.,

Celebrate non-motorized outdoor recreation and a shared concern for our Great Lakes environment. The symposium will feature talks and exhibits from outdoor recreation providers and experts from across the state.

7 friday Vintage Hollywood V 7pm. $50. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-214-9995.

Dress in your finest Gatsby attire and enjoy an evening of



film, music, drinks, food and Tinsel Town glamour. All proceeds benefit Neutral Zone.

Rock the 80s Skate

7:15-8:45pm. $6/under age 17 & seniors, $5/ $1 discount for city residents + $3 skate rental. Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard Rd. 734-761-7240.

Wear spandex and skate your heart out to hair bands and monster ballads.

8 saturday Make Some Music

10am. Materials Recovery Facility, 4120 Platt Rd. 734-369-9272. Free

Make a musical instrument from trash followed by guided tours of the city’s recycling and trash disposal center. Wear close-toed shoes and long pants. Registration required for groups of 5 or more. Also at 11:30am.

9 sunday FrenchieSkate 2014

5pm. Yost Ice Arena: The University of Michigan, 1116 S. State St. 734-763-TKTS.

FrenchieSkate 2014 is an opportunity for fans to see some of the US and world’s greatest figure skating stars, many of whom live and train in Michigan, perform together follow-

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ing the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and prior to ISU World Championships 2014.

11 tuesday Stewards’ Circle: Propagating Native Plants Stewards’ Circle: Propagating Native Plants 7:30-8:30am. Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N. University Ave. Free

Enjoy a discussion about plant genetics and conservation and learn why plants are one of the powerhouses of the ecosystem.

Monthly Variety Show & Open Mic

7-9pm. Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery, 317 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 734-484-4684. Free

The show will spotlight musicians and spoken word artists from across the SE Michigan/ NW Ohio region, followed by a short open mic segment.

12 wednesday Marketing at a Big 10 University: U of M

11:45am-1pm. Conor O’Neills, 318 S. Main St. 734-272-4698.

Hear first-hand how marketing is done at a Big 10 University with featured speaker Lisa Rudgers, the Vice President for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Michigan. Part two is on Wednesday, March 19.

14 friday 24th Annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show

$5/kids age 12 & under. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. 734-996-0100. Free

More than 100 area exhibitors will demonstrate products and offer information on home improvement services. Concessions are available. Through Sunday, March 16.

15 saturday Photo Monitoring: Volunteers Wanted

10-11:30am. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-794-6627.

Volunteers are needed to take beautiful photos to record and track the progress of the center’s restoration work. Must have your own digital camera. This is an informational meeting about this volunteer opportunity. Registration required.

A2 Dhoom: Michigan Mazaa

6:30pm. $12/$15. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 800-745-3000.

The first ever Michigan Bollywood dance competition will feature 8 collegiate teams from around the country. Proceeds benefit Love146, a nonprofit that cares for survivors of child sexual exploitation.

TEDxUofM: 2014 Application, and Campus of the Future

University of Michigan: Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St. 734-647-3327.

This year’s theme: Against the Grain, calls for a redefinition of traditional structures and disciplines by exploring uncommon methodologies.

Bunker Roy

5pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8397. Free

As part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, founder of the Barefoot College, will speak about the program and its mission: to provide basic services and solutions in rural communities with the objective of making them self-sufficient.

16 sunday Writing In Nature/ Writing In Place

2-5pm. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Free

During this workshop, writers of all levels will be able to explore how the surroundings, especially those in the natural world, shape self-expression.

19 wednesday Adventures and Misadventures of a G-Man in Ann Arbor Noon-1pm. Members, $1/non-members, $2. Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division St. 734-994-4898.

Greg, a retired FBI agent, will reveal details of some of his most interesting local cases.

Marketing at a Big 10 University- MSU 11:45am1pm. Conor O’Neills, 318 S. Main St. 734-272-4698.

For part two of the Big 10 University marketing event, Heather Swain, Vice President for Communications and Brand Strategy at MSU, will speak on what it takes to market a wellknown brand.

Trivia for Cheaters

7pm. Rush Street, 314 S. Main St. 734-761-3463.

This fast-paced pub-style trivia competition is like none other. Teams of four will raise funds, which they will then use to cheat their way through six rounds of trivia questions authored by a genuine Jeopardy! champion, 826michigan staff member Amy Wilson. Proceeds benefit 826michigan, which provides free creative writing and tutoring programs to area youth.

road trip — Detroit & Toledo

Stranahan Theater / Sunday, March 2

American Idiot

In 2006, Green Day’s epic concept album, American Idiot, lit up the charts and re-invigorated pop-punk music. The album was so successful that it spawned this Broadway production, now on tour. See the musical odyssey of the “Jesus of Suburbia,” as he attempts to save middle America’s soul with rock and roll. 3pm & 7:30pm. $28-$68. 2pm. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. 419-381-8851.

The Majestic Theater / Friday, March 7

Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang

Often lauded as the best bassist alive, Les Claypool’s virtuosity with the instrument is matched only by his eccentricity. After years as the center of weirdo-metal-rock band Primus, as well as a long solo career on the jam rock circuit, Les returns to Detroit in an all acoustic country-fried configuration with Bryan Kehoe on guitar. 8pm. $20 advance/ $23 day-of. The Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-883-9700. majesticdetroit. com/magic-stick-detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts / Sunday, March 9

Samurai: Beyond the Sword

The Detroit Institute of Arts will present an exhibit of authentic samurai artifacts, including armor, swords, paintings, ceramics and more. Runs through Sunday, June 1. Free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County residents and DIA members. $8, adults/ $6, seniors ages 62+/ $4, ages 6–17. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-833-7900.

Toledo Museum of Art / Thursday, March 13

The Art of André Le Nôtre with Dr. Eric Haskell

Eric Haskell knows a thing or two about France’s magnificent Tuileries gardens—he is the grandson of King Louis XIII’s head gardener, after all. This master green-thumb will speak about the botanical art of André Le Nôtre as part of TMA’s Masters Series. As part of The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, on display at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Canaday Gallery and Libbey Court through Sunday, May 11. 6pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. 419-255-8000. Free.

20 thursday Laurie Jo Reynolds

5pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8397. Free

Listen to guest speaker Laurie Jo Reynolds, an artist and policy advocate, that has worked to address the negative representations of people in prison.

Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild

7-9pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 724-2220447.

Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members.

21 friday Michigan Collegiate Job Fair

9am-3pm. $10, advance/ $15, at door. Burton Manor Banquet & Conference Center, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia. 734-487-0400.

This is one of the state’s largest and longest-running job search events where graduating seniors and alumni can meet with prospective employers.



24 monday Sounds & Sights: Open Auditions

5-8pm. Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. 734-474-9178.

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, one of Michigan’s premier summer concert series held in downtown Chelsea, is holding auditions for this year’s entertainment lineup.

26 wednesday Wednesday Noon Lectures: Seeing the Elephants

Noon-1pm. Members, $1/non-members, $2. Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division St. 734-994-4898.

An author and historian, Susan will discuss the surprising roles of women in the Civil War as soldiers and as spies!

26 saturday Brick Bash 2014

11am-6pm. $5/$20 per family. Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Rd.

See fabulous creations from the Michigan LEGO® Users Group and other exhibitors from around the country, as well as make your own LEGO® creations. Proceeds benefit The Skyline Band. / march 2014   35


health events 1 saturday

“Winter Beach Blast”: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fundraiser

6:30pm. $50. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann ArborSaline Rd. 734-429-3928.

Light is growing brighter now Designed by Master Choa, "Twin Hearts Meditation' is an advanced technique that is aimed at achieving illumination and universal consciousness for the planet. This style contributes to inner-harmony in both its disciples and on the earth by blessing both with kindness, peace, joy and goodwill. On Tuesday, March 18, join the center for an enlightening meditation session that will leave you with a calm mind and enhanced worldview. 7pm. Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. 734-330-5048. Free—GMK

Enjoy an indoor beachthemed party with live entertainment by Michigan comedian Bill Hildebrandt and 50 Amp Fuse, a popular Detroit band that plays 70s and 80s classic rock. Road to Road: Handstand & Beyond

10am-1pm. $45. A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State St. 734-726-0353.

Learn how to detoxify safely and naturally.

18 tuesday

Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency

7:30-9pm. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital: Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti. 734-485-8725. Free

Examine evidence that shows eating disorders are true biopsychosocial diseases, similar to chemical dependency.

Belly Dance Conditioning

25 tuesday

6-7pm. $12 per class. A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State St. 734-726-0353.

Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class combines belly dance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability and balance. Don’t worry, the burning is normal. Registration required.

5pm. Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St. Free

As the landscape changes daily, mobile tech companies are at the convergence of data, algorithms, IT, and wellness. Explore the movement and hear from experts on whether society is truly on the road to “self knowledge through numbers.” Registration required.

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7-8:30pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St. 734-994-4589. Free

Herbal Allies for Inflammation and Arthritis

The Quantified Self: How Big Data and Mobile Technology are Revolutionizing Health Care


Spring Detox

Explore techniques to build greater wisdom, safety and ease upside-down. Invert your perspective by cultivating the delicate balance between strength and flexibility on your own and in partnership. Registration required.

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7-8:30pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-994-4589. Free

Learn about herbs that can help decrease inflammation and why they are important for your health. Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery

7:30-9pm. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti. 734-485-8725. Free

This program will describe theories of grief and grief that recovery and discuss tools can help individuals cope with grief and loss.


Free HIV Testing

2-8pm. S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 S. University. 734-741-1434. Free

Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes. Testing is performed by HARC staff.

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Stand-Up Comedian, Ypsilanti How do you describe your personal style?

Confident. I like the word confident when I refer to my appearance since I’m pretty passionate about the entirety of the outfit.

How do you put your look together?

I try to pick one item, like my scarf and compose a look around it. I learned all 11 ways to tie a scarf. I find getting dressed every morning doesn’t have to be a production if you choose one piece to mold the rest of your outfit around. For me, that’s typically an accessory.

What is the most important accessory to compliment your look?

I have a strong attachment to my chained wallet. It’s kind of an edgy, ‘don’t mess with me’ type of accessory. I wear it daily, so regardless of what look I’m going for I always appear tough. It’s a bold fashion statement.

Who or what influences your style?

Style is within a framework, like an empty house. If the exterior of the house is in style, I provide the furniture to make it my own. I like to see what’s happening on a red carpet, etc. and base outfits off of that. So I look at my style influencers as pieces around me and the mood I’m in.

How do you mix and match colors?

My color schemes go with the season. Michigan seasons are one of a kind. Patterns and textures change a lot. Some prints I will see on others and love the way it looks on them. That may not always be the case for me. I like to use texture as something to pop, mostly in terms of an accompaniment and not a major piece in my outfit.

How often do you wear a suit?

It depends on the occasion. I’m probably a once-a-month kind of guy. When I do wear suits, I rock a tie. If I decide on jeans and a suit coat, I may rock a bow tie and suspenders.

What part of your wardrobe can you not live without?

Because I have such a wide range of eclectic clothing, there are few things that I can’t live without. My accessories are items I wear with everything I put on. So whether it’s cuff links, my chained wallet or my watch, those would be the items I can’t live without. / march 2014   39

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