Category Archives: Art and Culture

Richard Florida visits Ann Arbor, advocates for affordable housing, warns “When places get boring, even the rich leave”

Richard Florida, the man credited with popularizing the belief that the so-called “creative class” is the primary driver of urban redevelopment, was in Ann Arbor yesterday to address a regional economic forum hosted by Ann Arbor Spark. As I didn’t take very good notes, and don’t have the time this evening to provide anything even […]

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A rooftop visit from Patrick Elkins, announcing the opening of Totally Awesome season

Every year, in late April, a free, all-ages, multi-venue festival of weirdness called Totally Awesome Fest descends upon the sleepy little midwestern hamlet of Ypsilanti. There’s no escape from it. No one is immune. Like it or not, you will experience beauty and magic. It permeates every element of village life. Walking through town, one […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Jeff Meyers

What follows is our official exit interview with writer, filmmaker, and professional critic Jeff Meyers, who, earlier this winter, escaped Ann Arbor for Palo Alto, California. While in Michigan, Jeff, among other things, was the managing editor of Concentrate Media, and a film critic for the Detroit Metro Times. He also served as the president […]

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The world is burning, and I can’t stop watching James Brown videos

Maybe it’s some kind of self-preservation thing, but every time I’ve tried to read the news this evening, I’ve found myself magically transported to the world of James Brown. I’m not even sure how it happens. One minute, I’m reading about how the White House is blaming the Obama administration for today’s deadly gas attack […]

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If Lorne Michaels were smart, he’d get to work ASAP on a Donald Trump, Sean Spicer buddy film

Here, because I don’t want to be the only person in America not sharing it today, is video of Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live. One good thing about the Trump administration is that it’s made Saturday Night Live relevant again. This was really one of the best […]

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