Totally Awesome Fest 11 lineup announced. 56 hours of free, all-ages springtime fun to begin this Friday in Ypsilanti.

Walking through the Water Street sculpture park yesterday, I discovered what appears to the official lineup of Totally Awesome Fest 11 nailed to our beloved art hut. As I don’t imagine that all of you can find your way out there by this weekend to copy everything down yourselves, I thought that I’d repost the contents of the declaration here.

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Assuming this isn’t a prank of some kind, everything kicks off in Ypsilanti with a history walk led by our friend Matt Siegfried. The walk begins at 4:00 PM on Water Street Commons and ends at VG Kids, where the likes of Jim Cherewick and Sex Police will be performing… And, from there, in accordance with Totally Awesome Fest custom, things get progressively more surreal. [There’s an inter-species basketball game at some point.]

The entire entire lineup of the free, three-day, all-ages, multi-venue festival can be found below. First, though, for the uninitiated, here’s a little documentary footage shot during last year’s Totally Awesome Fest by Adam Wright and Ian Sargent… I think it should give you a pretty good sense of the vibe, dress code, quality of beardage you should expect to come in contact with, etc.

A Totally Awesome Film from Adam Wright on Vimeo.

And here’s the ambitious, action-packed lineup.

FRIDAY 4/24
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@ WATER STREET COMMONS (RIVER ST. & MICHIGAN AVE.)
4:00 p.m. MATT SIEGFRIED HISTORY OF THE RIVER WALK ending at VG Kids

@ VG KIDS (884 RAILROAD ST.)
5:00 p.m. DJ HEE HAW
5:30 VAGRANT SYMPHONY
6:00 JIM CHEREWICK
6:30 TANAGER
7:00 QUALITY CINEMA
7:30 TOTAL THEATER
8:00 p.m. SEX POLICE

@ DREAMLAND THEATER (26 N. WASHINGTON)
9:00 p.m. DUANE THE BRAND NEW DOG
9:45 MINUS 9
10:30 VAN HOUTEN
11:15 FANGS N TWANG
12:00 ZOMBIE JESUS CHOCOLATE SUNSHINE BAND
12:45 DAUGHTERS OF ETERNITY
1:30 a.m. BATTLESHAGS

@ YPSI UNDERGROUND HOUSE (205 PERRIN ST.)
2:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
UNICORN, SHELLS, BATTLESHAGS, SKY THING, LIDLESS EYE, PINE CONES, CREODE, + MORE!

SATURDAY 4/25
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@ THE UGLY MUG (310 W. CROSS ST.)
8:00 a.m. BEN HENDERSON
9:00 J. WASHBURN GARDNER
9:30 PRINCESS XANTHIPE PRESENTS “FIREWALKER 2015”
10:00 a.m. RUSSELL DAVIS

@ THE HEN HOUSE (226 N. PROSPECT)
11:00 a.m. feat. A GIANT PINK ELEPHANT BY ALEXIS FORD
LIVE PAINTING with NATALIE BERRY & TREVOR STONE
12:00 LISA
12:30 BRIAN TUCKER
1:00 LAS DROGAS
1:30 CLARA BALMER
2:00 JAZZ DOG VARIETY SHOW
2:45 YELLOW RAIL FAMILY
3:30 MAGIC
4:00 LADY & THE CHAMP
4:30 p.m. TESS TENNESSEE MILLER

@ AM1700 (PEARL ST. & WASHINGTON ST.)
6:30 SKY THING
7:00 ROTOKILLER
7:30 p.m. AKIOKE HOSTED BY ANDREW BRUCE MITCHELL II

@ DREAMLAND THEATER (26 N. WASHINGTON ST.)
8:00 p.m. DJ HEE HAW
8:30 THANKS USA
9:00 DREAMLAND PUPPET TROUPE PRESENTS “THE SINGING CLOCK”
9:30 ROTOKILLER
10:00 YESTERCENTURIES
10:45 PRUDE BOYS
11:30 EXHUMED CORPSE
12:00 CREODE
12:30 SPELLING
1:00 a.m. DJ ONDEMAND

@ THE IMAGINARY HOUSE (211 N. HURON ST.)
2:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
FILMS, PUPPETRY, FILMS ABOUT PUPPETRY, THE POETRY MACHINE, POETRY, + MORE!

SUNDAY 4/26
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@ PROSPECT PARK (CROSS ST. & N. PROSPECT ST.)
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT & SKATE JAM w/CJ MIND CONTROL feat. A HOT DOG CART BY JASON WRIGHT

@ HOUSE OF MOLE (310 MAPLE ST.)
11:00 a.m. PANCAKE DOG TINA & TAKE HOME FASHION SHOW
12:00 STRANGE BREW
12:30 JEREMY WAUN
1:00 IZZY JOHNSON
1:30 BEST EXES
2:00 SOPHIE TULIP
2:45 DEADBEAT BEAT
3:30 UNPHAIR
4:00 AIMEE ADAMS & PATRICK ELKINS
4:30 ANNA BURCH
5:00 MODERN LADY FITNESS
5:30 AUTUMN NICOLE WETLI
6:00 RIVER SPIRIT
6:30 p.m. D. LEATHERMAN, A. MITTS, A. FELLOWS, L. CINTRON

@ 96 BRONCO HOUSE (416 OLIVE ST.)
8:00 p.m. BONEHEAD
8:45 SHABBY CHIC HEARTBREAK GARAGE
9:30 THE DEATH POSTURE
10:15 SALT CITY
11:00 EMERSON, LAKE, AND KEVIN
11:45 p.m. BOBBI PALACE

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Local Native American man alleges drunken EMU students in “redface,” calling themselves Hurons, told him to “go back to the fucking reservation”

Earlier this past week, I received a note from a reader informing me that a local Native American man by the name of Nathan had been involved in an altercation with a number of drunk and shirtless college-aged men dressed up in “redface” and imitation Native American headdresses. When the man asked why they felt it acceptable to mock his culture, the young men, according to what I heard, told him to “go back to the fucking reservation.” They also said something to the effect of, “We’re the Hurons, not the Eagles,” referencing the fact that, several years ago, the administration of Eastern Michigan University, in response to requests by members of the Native American community, made the decision to stop referring to their sports teams as the Hurons, opting instead for the less offensive Eagles.

While I was able to confirm with the police that an altercation between a Native American man and a number of college students did in fact take place last Saturday, I was not able to locate the man in question, despite having several people out on the street looking for him. [I didn’t want to post the story without first being able to confirm it with the man in question and identify the house/frat involved.] It looks, however, as though Detroit’s ABC affiliate was able to track the man down and find out which house was involved. Here’s their report.

According to their interview with the man, identified by Channel 7 as Nathan Phillips, the house in question is somewhere in the vicinity of Ballard street.

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Bulb Records co-founder Pete Larson visits from Kenya, Mark talks art with Yen Azzaro, and we attempt an on-air swap meet… on this weekend’s edition of the Saturday Six Pack

ssp13When I first met Pete Larson, over 25 years ago now, I think he’d just moved to Ann Arbor from Mississippi. He was a skinny kid with a long, scraggly beard like a goat, and a love for dangerously loud, life-shortening music. My first memory of him is at the Club Heidelberg, standing with one foot on the stage, slapping his knee maniacally to the beat of something like The Jesus Lizard, as I, across the room, stumbled from table to table, looking for unfinished glasses of beer to down. He looked out of place, like a long-deceased Civil War veteran reanimated by the power of rock and roll… I can’t remember how it happened exactly, but we’d go on to become friends, and form one of the most important bands known to humankind… Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink. They were strange, exciting times in an Ann Arbor that no longer exists. And, on Saturday night, I hope to relive a good portion of it with Pete, who just arrived back in the states a few days ago from Kenya, where he eats field mice roasted on sticks and studies infectious disease transmission in livestock. So, if you have any interest in the story of Bulb Records, Kenyan witchcraft, or the enigmatic recluse behind such bands as Couch and 25 Suaves, tune in. It should be, as Pete would say, “interesting.” [Pete, seen below holding a container of grits alongside Skink members Dan Richardson and Mark Maynard, will also be performing live in the studio.]

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In addition to Dr. Pete Larson, we will also be joined in the studio by Yen Azzaro, co-owner of Ypsilanti’s Chin-Azzaro studio, with whom we’ll be discussing the business of art and Ypsilanti’s budding gallery scene, among other things.

And, this week, for the first time ever, we’re going to try to host an on-air swap meet. I know it probably doesn’t make much since, as most people have access to sites like Craigslist, Ebay and Freecycle these days, but I love the idea of local people calling into the show and offering things up in trade. There’s something kind of beautiful in that, I think. Or at least I remember it having been beautiful when I’d occasionally pick up swap meets on AM radio when driving around rural Georgia… So please be prepared to call in at 6:50 with things that you’d like to trade, OK?

And, of course, we’ll be joined by our regular cast of characters, including Chris Sandon and Jim Cherewick, who will be telling us about their trip down south, and Brigid Mooney, who will be sharing more painfully intimate details about her life.

Oh, and there will be plenty of surprises too… including a mystery call from New Orleans.

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HERE, FOR THE VIRGINS AMONG YOU, ARE THE DETAILS:

If you’d like to tell your friends about the show, feel free to share the Facebook event listing. As of right now, it looks as though only a few dozen people are planning to listen, so, if you don’t like crowds, this may be a good one to tune in to.

Unless you live really close by, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of TuneIn.com.

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

One last thing. We love phone calls. So please scratch this number into the cinder block wall of the recreation room of whichever facility you’ve been assigned to… 734.217.8624… and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening.

Oh, and if you don’t live close enough to the AM 1700 studio to pick us up on the radio, and you don’t have access to a computer, I’m told that, again this week, the folks at 826michigan will be hosting a listening party at their downtown Ann Arbor Robot Supply Store. So, if you can’t hear it any other way, or you’re just curious as to what Annarbourites look like when they listen to the radio together, head over to Liberty Street and pound on the door until they let you in.

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Michigander attempts to get rich quick by banning gay customers, encouraging weapons in his place of business, and then asking for financial contributions to protect his family from the evil liberal monsters who are out to get him

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A few weeks ago, when the owners of that pizza shop in Indiana made the $842,442 decision to withhold peperoni rolls from ravenous gay newlyweds, I knew that we’d see others jumping into the fray. I even suggested doing it myself, laying out a plan to open a homophobic pizza shop of my own, with the intention of investing the inevitable contributions that that I’d receive in the construction of the world’s largest gay entertainment complex. Well, I didn’t act fast enough, and now another Michigan entrepreneur has beaten me to the Get Rich by Hating Gays gravy train… It’s being reported today that Brian Klawiter, who runs an auto repair shop in Grandville, Michigan called DieselTec, after having posted on Facebook that he would no longer serve visibly homosexual customers, is now asking for the financial support of his fellow Christians… Here’s the initial Facebook comment that set the whole thing in motion.

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Notice how, like a pro, he not only says he’ll deny service to gays, but also that he’ll give discounts to people with guns… Klawiter, clearly a pro, wasn’t going to leave anything to chance. If the homophobes were tapped out, after having contributed to the gay-hating pizza shop in Indiana, he wanted to be sure that he gave the paranoid “they’re coming for our guns” demographic something that they could rally behind… I just wish that I’d thought of it first.

As for why Klawiter is asking for financial support, he says he’s been the recipient of multiple death threats. “Listen up folks, If you have an opposing view to mine that IS OK,” said Klawiter, “what is NOT OK is threats to kill me, my family, and friends; threats to burn down my shop and my home. I will stand firm on my views and will not back down, however, because of the ridiculous backlash I am requesting any supporters of ours that would be willing to stand with us to help secure my home and business.”

Not a bad plan for a guy that, just a little while ago, was serving time in jail for assault and battery, is it?

[update: It would appear as though Klawiter’s Go Fund Me page has been taken down, at least for the time being.]

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I know he probably has a legitimate beef, but I can’t help but think that this is part of a well-orchestrated viral ad campaign for the new NWA biopic

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For what it’s worth, and with all due respect to those who make their living in law enforcement, NWA’s Fuck tha Police is a really good song.

As for the suggestion that this could have something to do with the new NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which is scheduled to be released this summer, I know it’s highly unlikely, but I do find the idea intriguing. So, if those of you living elsewhere around the country are also seeing men on street corners holding “Fuck the Police” signs, let me know, OK?

[The above photo, which was forward to me by a reader of this site, was taken yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Huron and Michigan Avenue by Adam Tasselmyer. I’m told that, shortly after this was taken, the man with the sign was beset by local police officers wielding cameras.]

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