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A Wall Of Their Own - Opportunities For New Artists
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Successful cities offer more than just good-paying jobs, they also provide opportunities for creative expression. Whether it's open stages for performers, literary groups for writers, or build spaces for makers, young professionals are looking for a place to exercise their right brain. And that includes our aspiring Rembrandts.
looks into where and how local artists display their work.
Taking The Stage In Ann Arbor & Ypsi
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
If you've a musical or bust-a-gut act you're ready to air, open mic nights are the perfect opp to take to the stage at the likes of The Ark, Oz's Music, or the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. These venues give artists the chance to mix with other entertainment folkies and pick up a fan audience. And some, like The Ark, even have a winnowing system where the best musical and student songwriter talent get their own full-night gig.
Astonishing Tales Of Real Scientists!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Thrill to their discoveries! Gasp at their genius! Ann Arbor writer/librarian Jim Ottaviani reveals the amazing stories behind science's greatest masterminds. In a comic book! But don't take our word for it, click the link, fearless reader, to learn the incredible truth!
Ann Arbor's Old Lonesome Sound
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Detroit has Motown. Seattle has grunge. Brooklyn has chamber pop. The Ann Arbor area has become ground zero for a new folk music movement, attracting both topnotch bands and rabid fans. Neofolk, folk-noir, alt-folk, indie folk rock... whatever you call it, it sounds damn good to us.
Concentrate Speaker Series: A Shadow Art Community
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ypsilanti has developed a rep for being
place for local artists and do-it-yourself creatives. The Shadow Art Fair has played no small part in making this happen.
's Speaker Series has invited the organizers --members of the Michigan Design Militia-- to talk about their experiences and what their success means for our region's future. Sign up now for today's event!
Arts & Culture Blogs
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Are you visually illiterate? Don't know what that means? Mark Tucker, founder and Creative Director of the Street Theater Art (START) Project and the annual Festifools event, would love to explain it to you. He blogs this week about public art, community/university engagement, and improving Ann Arbor's visual literacy.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Rick DeVos is the creator behind ArtPrize and other ventures that have a common theme of empowering, expanding and enlightening conversation. His interest in using social media to decentralize control of the event has excited some and rankled others. Whichever side you fall on, one thing is certain: This inaugural year represents a huge social experiment. Rick's here to talk about it this week.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Managing editor Jeff Meyers offers up his thoughts on why Ann Arbor needs to aggressively develop an arts identity, and how the city's Art Commission and long overdue Percent For The Arts program can establish a creative vision for its future.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Ken Kozora says he's a composer, performer, educator, thinker and doer. We say he's really really busy. Ken's the founder and Director of Horns for the Holidays, teaches music to emotionally impaired children, does event planning for the Ecology Center and contracts as a solar and wind installer. He'll be writing about all that stuff. Read on!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tamara Real has both a passion for and understanding of the arts. As the Executive Director of the Arts Alliance, her non-profit organization has made it mission critical to develop, nurture and sustain Washtenaw County's artistic community
. Tamara will be writing about the local challenges and responsibilties to maintaining creative inspiration and expression.
Arts & Culture Videos
Ypsilanti's Auto Heritage Museum
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Maybe you've stumbled past the Auto Museum after a night of fried pickles and brews at Ypsi's Sidetrack and wondered what was inside. Well, wonder no more. This Depot Town destination provides an important glimpse into the city's auto history. And they've got a Tucker! Don't know what that is? Watch, learn, visit.
Thunder Over Michigan: The Yankee Air Museum
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Look, up in the sky! It's a Flying Fortress! Willow Run's Yankee Air Museum is an incredible mix of volunteerism, American history, and cooler-than-cool aircraft thundering across Michigan's skies.
resident videographer Keith Jefferies introduces you to the aviation buffs who make it happen.
The Ring Of Steel
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Touche! With Hollywood productions beating a line to Michigan's front door, universities, businesses and organizations are stepping up to supply them with talent. Ann Arbor's Ring Of Steel, with its focus on stage combat and stunts, may be our most unique homegrown resource yet.
The Residential College
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
U-M's Residential College is the school within the school, a college that brings back arts to a liberal arts education. From language to theater to fine art, students are encouraged to own and shape their education.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The \'aut Bar\ is Ann Arbor's gay and lesbian Grand Central, where you can do everything from brunch to raise a toast. It's hopping with straight folks too. This popular Ann Arbor hangout has even spawned a sister bookstore, cabaret, and gallery in its Kerrytown courtyard, earning it the moniker: the Queer Quad.
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