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Big House Businesses

Half a dozen Saturdays a year Ann Arbor's population practically doubles, as U-M football brings in Big Ten gridiron fans. Some see the game day influx as an inconvenience. Others see it as an economic opportunity.

Talking Hypotheticals at U-M's Science Cafe

Care for a little Higgs boson with your pint of stout? Once a month U-M's Museum of Natural History plays host to the Science Cafe at Conor O'Neil's. Mixing libations with inspiration, this highbrow happy hour introduces locals to university researchers while addressing the latest scientific hot topic. Think of it as a way to strengthen and lose brain cells at the same time.

Ann Arbor Gets Its Game On

This ain't just another version of Monopoly. Or another excuse to push a pop-o-matic. Board games have grown up and they're attracting a new and diverse generation of devotees. Employing smarts, strategy, and social engagement, these challenging and often cooperative games have found both popular and economic success in Ann Arbor.

The Picture Of The Day: Music Tools

Theremins and hapi drums and stylophones, oh my! Photographer Doug Coombe makes the case for why Ann Arbor's District Library is cooler than a cucumber on ice. Check out his picture du jour!

The Picture Of The Day: A2 Cubed

In today's picture of the day, Doug Coombe takes a well-known piece of Ann Arbor public art and turns it into a mini photography lesson for phone-cam users.

Concentrate Speaker Event: Art In Public Places

Since its launch, Ann Arbor's Percent For Art Program has been a political football. Now, there's a move to create an Art In Public Places millage. Concentrate has invited Deb Polich, director of the Arts Alliance and ArtTrain, and A2 city councilmember Christopher Taylor to talk about the value of public art and what the millage might mean for our community. Join us Thursday, Sept. 27!

Treecycling with Urbanwood

After the fall of many of Southeast Michigan's urban trees to the emerald ash borer and other misfortunes, a group of sustainability-minded individuals were left standing. Concentrate talks with Urbanwood, a partnership that's now a national model of recycling trees into green products.

Modern Yet Historic, Vintage Yet Sustainable

When Ann Arbor's most prolific Modern architect, Robert C. Metcalf, completed his first commission, it was on the forefront of energy efficient design. Now, sixty years later, our standards have evolved and the house is being lovingly revived in a way that improves the efficiency without compromising the design.

German Park Is Heimplatz for Summer Festivities

Grab your lederhosen and get your spaetzle on! This weekend is the last of the German summer shindigs at Ann Arbor's German Park. Since 1938 this Teutonic social club has been hosting dances and parties. Today it attracts summer crowds in the thousands. No surprise really. The Mitten is home to nearly 350 German-owned companies.

Building A Plug-In Electric Vehicle Community

Michigan's electric vehicle industry is poised to churn out more and more of the long-awaited, zero-emission vehicles. As the market grows, the AnnArbor-based Clean Energy Coalition and its partners are leading a statewide effort to make sure Michigan communities are ready for the rush.

Student Powered Investments

What happens when you give 24 college students a few million dollars to invest in start-ups? They double their investment value within a few years. The Wolverine Fund is one of three venture capital programs created by the University of Michigan to give students an insider's view of investment and entrepreneurship.

Let the Bells Ring

Art Fairs as a business incubator? There was a time when that was possible ...and Bradley Cross is proof. Founder and owner of Harmony Hollow Bell Works, he's built his successful Ann Arbor studio into one of the only three bell making companies in the United States.

Summers-Knoll School: Fresh Spirit In An Old Space

From a dairy to an organ donation headquarters, the building at 2203 Platt Road has morphed and mutated over the years, making it a challenge for anyone new to call it home. Enter the progressive private school Summers-Knoll, which saw a diamond in the rough. Now classroom "front porches," courtyard gardens, and a cavernous music room are key features in this ambitious architectural transformation.

Concentrate Speaker Event: Downtown Development And Our Cultural Institutions

How do you create a downtown that accommodates the current character and changing needs of the community? How do those choices impact our cultural institutions? Concentrate and the Ann Arbor DDA present the last in our "Great Places" speaker series. Melanie Piana of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance will talk about building a redevelopment ready community, and local cultural leaders will weigh in on what they desire from Ann Arbor's downtown. Sign up now for tomorrow's event!

Always Running: Ann Arbor Track Club

It's no surprise when Ann Arbor gets singled out for its academically inclined achievements. Writers, thinkers, researchers, and innovators are an obvious by-product of the University's presence. Add to that list runners. For nearly 45 years the Ann Arbor Track Club has produced not only topnotch runners, but world-class Olympic hopefuls.
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