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It’s beginning to look a lot like Krampus

In case I haven’t invited you personally, I wanted to let you know that we’ll be having our big, annual Krampus party this Saturday night in in Ypsilanti. As in years past, things will begin at 8:00, at the Corner Brewery (720 Norris Street). Entry is free for those of you who are degenerate lowlifes. […]

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Ypsi/Arbor exit interview: Melissa Dettloff

I never enjoy doing exit interviews. It’s by far the worst part of the job… if you can call this late night obsession of mine a job. I hate seeing good, bright, motivated people leave our community. And, as you can probably imagine, this is especially true when those who are leaving are talented collaborators […]

Posted in Detroit, Mark's Life, Shadow Art Fair, Special Projects, Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Tracking down Patrick Elkins and forcing him to talk about Totally Awesome Fest 9

Last year, when Patrick Elkins, the densely-bearded, enigmatic recluse behind Ypsilanti’s Totally Awesome Fest, called a press conference to announce the line-up for the annual fertility ritual masquerading as a city-wide music festival, I was the only person to show up. And, as you might recall, it didn’t go well. This year, unsurprisingly, there was […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Leggz

Yet another Ypsilantian, a member of the band Manhole, has pulled up stakes and left Ypsilanti for the mythical paradise of Portland, where, according to legend, “young people go to retire.” Here’s my interview with the tall, quiet man we all knew as Leggz. MARK: What’s your name? I mean, I know you as Leggz, […]

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Is the Bank of Ann Arbor’s “non-local banker campaign” a hypocritical, pointelss mess of faux-localism?

For the past few months, those of us who live in and around Ann Arbor have been subjected to a relentlessly pervasive advertising campaign featuring a balding, sunken-chested, Clearasil-colored cartoon banker with an often furrowed brow, and standard issue “nerd” glasses. He started showing up on billboards a little over a month ago. At first, […]

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