Dreamland needs your help

Our friends at the Dreamland Theater need some help… It seems someone came along in the middle of the night not too long ago and smashed their two front doors. Together, the doors cost almost $1,000 to replace. Fortunately, their insurance covered quite a bit of it, but there’s still a big chunk left to repay. And, as if that weren’t enough, they were also hit by incredibly high heating bills this winter. (I’m told their bills were as much as $900 a month, three months in a row.) So, right now, I’m writing to Michigan’s Clean Energy Coalition to see if maybe they might qualify for a free energy audit and other assistance through their Rebuild Ypsilanti program. And, if you want, you can help too.

If you’ve got a few extra bucks, come on out to the Dreamland Theater this Saturday night and contribute to the New Door/Better Insulation fund. And, while you’re there, catch the super terrific benefit being thrown by friends of the super cool puppet theater. The show is scheduled to run from Saturday, March 21, at 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM on Sunday, and I’m told the following will be performing.

Kevin Morris and Adapt Collective
Ambit with JDSY
Jim Cherowick
Carlos Pulido
DJs: Last Rave
plus, some other surprises

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but the Dreamland Theater is one of the vital institutions that makes Ypsi the special place that it is, and we need to make sure that it’s protected. I know times are tough right now, but please consider coming by and dropping a few bucks in the collection plate… And, if you can’t show up in person, I’m sure that contributions would be accepted by way of mail, etc…

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  1. Ol' E Cross
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    They do look a bit in need.

  2. Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I really aughtta get over N Washington way more. Believe I owe Beezy’s a visit as well.

  3. Posted March 20, 2009 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Somebody explain to me how they pay their bills at all. Every time I’ve been there, I’ve never been charged a cover or been asked for money in any way. I’m not trying to slam the place but it doesn’t seem to me that what they have going on there is sustainable. Of course I’ve only been there a handful of times.

    I also never seem to know what’s going on there at a given time. Am I just not paying attention?

  4. roots
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Well, I frequent the Dreamland fairly regularly, and they do (almost always) “charge” a cover, which is usually a suggested $5 and/or donation.

    Also, they have a calendar on their website:


    (and I’ve seen their events posted/published in various places including myspace, facebook, and even in the Ypsi newspaper)

  5. roots
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    …and flyers for Dreamland events often turn up at places like the Ugly Mug.

  6. Ted
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Dreamland, I believe, has a clear plastic box that you can drop money into. It’s right as you walk in.

    They’re also having children’s puppet shows every Sunday in March at 3:30 pm. It’s $5 general admission, and children 3 and under free.

    As for the business model, I think to a great extent it involves Naia and her credit cards. It wouldn’t exist without her.

  7. Posted March 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the replies. I’ve been to the website before and it seemed to me that it wasn’t ever up to date so I stopped paying attention. I usually check Current for my “going out” needs and think that they should try to get a listing there as well. Call me old school but it wouldn’t hurt to advertise in as many places as you can afford.

    I never saw the “donation” jar, which is really a silly way to make money. Honestly, if you’re gonna run a place you should have someone run the door. I was there just last week and no one suggested I pay.

  8. Posted March 21, 2009 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Any idea if the puppet show tonight is going to be on the dark side of things, or a pleasant puppet show?

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