Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:00pm by christopherporter
A round-up of arts and culture stories featuring people, places, and things in Washtenaw County, whether they're just passing through or Townies for life. Coverage includes music, visual art, film & video, theater & dance, written word, and Pulp life (food, fairs, and more).
Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:30am by christopherporter
The day after I saw the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s current exhibit The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, I saw this headline on the front page of The New York Times: "Report Details Global Shrink in Biodiversity." It was accompanied by images of bleached coral and strangled sea turtles. On the same page, I saw a picture of Lady Gaga in black lingerie on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vamping for the cameras on the occasion of the annual Met Gala.
Thu, 05/09/2019 - 4:30pm by christopherporter
Some things are designed for specific uses only, while other items could serve a variety of functions. Examples might be socks versus a blanket, or a planner versus blank paper. In the realm of food, a butter dish serves a singular purpose among other tableware. This quality makes butter dishes less common, said Margaret Carney, director of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design in Ann Arbor.
The question then becomes, “What would you want to have your butter in?” according to Carney.
Fri, 05/03/2019 - 7:45pm by christopherporter
A round-up of arts and culture stories featuring people, places, and things in Washtenaw County, whether they're just passing through or Townies for life. Coverage includes music, visual art, film & video, theater & dance, written word, and Pulp life (food, fairs, and more). Sources this time are:
Bloodstained Economics: "Wang Qingsong / Detroit / Beijing" at UMMA explores class conflict in China and the U.S.
Fri, 05/03/2019 - 12:00pm by christopherporter
Wang Qingsong is interested in the effects of “rapid change in contemporary Chinese society.” He also sees a parallel in U.S. society, especially when it comes to the discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots, which is made clear in Wang Qingsong/Detroit/Beijing, his new exhibit at the University of Michigan Museum of Art,
Across the Campus-verse: U-M's "Bookmarks: Speculating the Futures of the Book and Library" exhibit takes viewers on a trip
Thu, 05/02/2019 - 1:00pm by christopherporter
The ManosBuckius Cooperative explore gender politics and the future of libraries in "TheMBC@TheLibrary"
Tue, 04/23/2019 - 2:00pm by christopherporter
The ManosBuckius Cooperative (The MBC) says the aim of its performance pieces is to “embrace purposelessness!”
"Orion"'s Return: Mark di Suvero comes to Ann Arbor with his iconic sculpture for a rededication at UMMA
Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:45am by christopherporter
The Diag. The Arb. Nickels Arcade. Kerrytown. Michigan Stadium.
Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:45pm by christopherporter
Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:00am by christopherporter
Since its inception in April 2008, fans of vinyl LPs have flocked to their favorite independent shops for the event known as Record Store Day. Created to promote patronage among local music sellers, Record Store Day has grown immensely over the last decade.
In 2017, AADL got in on the action and began hosting a pop-up record fair at the downtown library. Located in walking distance from Ann Arbor’s three record shops -- Wazoo Records, Encore Records, and Underground Sounds -- AADL aimed to provide vinyl enthusiasts another place to dig through crates, mingle with other music fans, and take a look at the growing collection of LPs available for checkout at the library.