Tag Archives: New York

The History of Wiard’s: From Plows and Cider to Soda and Scare-tainment… an American story

As a rule, I try not to talk about local businesses unless I have something good to say about them, which is why, over the 12 years or so that I’ve been posting here, I’ve never mentioned the “agri-entertainment complex” that is Wiard’s. Call me old fashioned, but I like my cider mills without paintball, […]

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Reflecting on the origins, accomplishments and future of Mittenfest

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Ypsilanti will, as it’s done for the past seven years, play host to the incredible Michigan music festival known as Mittenfest. Following is a short interview I conducted online with organizers Brandon Zwagerman, Jeremy Peters and Amy Sumerton on how Mittenfest got started, how it’s changed over the years, […]

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Watching the legacy of CBGB unwind into nothingness on the big screen

I know I should be supportive of the new indie film about the infamous Bowery bar CBGB, as it has the potential to introduce a whole new generation to the music of Television, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, and all the other punk and new wave bands that came into being there in the mid-1970s, […]

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Ypsilanti Immigration Interview: Erika Hess

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a young woman who’d just moved to Ypsi from Brooklyn, after a brief layover in Ann Arbor. She was looking for studio space, and thought, I guess, that I might be able to help. I couldn’t. But, one thing led to another, and I ended up […]

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Peter King discovers that he’s in a party of assholes… he’s yet to realize, however, that he’s one too

Republican Congressman Peter King’s epic rant against his party’s leadership in the House is all over the web today. People, it would seem, like seeing Republican’s awaken to the fact that it’s their party that’s the problem. And that’s what happened today, as King went to the press, irate that his party’s leaders, despite their […]

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