Category Archives: Art and Culture

IFFY: The Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti

For three days this April, Ypsilanti’s Riverside Arts Center will be host to a new film festival. The festival, called IFFY (Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti), is the brainchild of local filmmakers Donald Harrison and Martin Thoburn, who, as you may recall, pulled a few strings this last summer and brought the traveling version of the […]

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The Oral History of the Monkey Power Trio… “1996: The Sound of No Hands Clapping”

For the past several years, I’ve been posting my detailed notes here about the annual meetings of my incredibly magical one-day-a-year band, the Monkey Power Trio. I’m not sure why I started to do this, but it’s become yet another thing for me to obsess about. I invariably find myself sitting alone in an airport […]

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Kirk Douglas, Hollywood’s biggest son-of-a-bitch, is dead at 103

One of my favorite actors, the great Kirk Douglas, died today at the age of 103. If you’re stuck at home tomorrow, due to the snow, do yourself a favor and watch him in Billy Wilder’s brilliant film Ace in the Hole. It’s really an amazing piece of work, and more timely now than ever. […]

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My friend, Ned Cartledge, on the liberation of the Wöbbelin concentration camp

With everyone talking about the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, my mind went, as it often does when thinking about the Nazi extermination camps, to my friend, the Atlanta folk artist Ned Cartledge. Cartledge, as I may have mentioned here before, saw the horrors of the Nazis firsthand toward the end of the […]

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90 Hours in New Orleans: The Monkey Power Trio’s Twenty-Fifth Day as a Band

[above: We were staying right on a trolley line, and the buzzing of the overhead power lines was incessant. I doubt that it’ll make a record, as we had better songs this time out, but this fact gave rise to our loudest endeavor of the session, a number called Stray Voltage.] The weekend of November […]

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