2014 May

A Winter’s Journey

Calmly focused, Jesse Blumberg stands gazing into the audience, his eyes agleam with a warmly arresting intelligence. Songs composed in the 1820s have taken root within this man; he is dedicating part of his life to their...

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TechTwilight

My memories of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum begin in the old museum’s preschool room, with my toddlers crawling on and around the big red fire truck, trying on different firefighter coats, and cooking up strange...

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Goldfinches in Spring

If you find gold, the precious yellow metal, in its native form in your backyard, please do let us know. We will certainly consider an Outside article about it. However, this article is about living gold that, in its own way, is...

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Out of Office

Office Depot has eaten OfficeMax, though it seems like the opposite. Office Depot at Cranbrook is the one closing its doors on May 31 and passing out $10 coupons to shop at the OfficeMax at Oak Valley, which for the time being...

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Spring at Mark’s Carts

Behind Downtown Home and Garden, Mark Hodesh’s Mark’s Carts and its sidekick Bill’s Beer Garden opened, in theory anyway, on April 4, a Friday when the temperature hardly broke the forties and rain lashed down...

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Style Beyond Style

Modern jazz is a messy business. There are traditionalists who steadfastly reproduce the sounds of yesteryear, dedicated to preserving and strictly adhering to a narrowly perceived tradition. But there is another world of...

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New Garden Spot

By the end of the year, Ali Ramlawi hopes to have Jerusalem Garden moved around the corner into its new East Liberty address, formerly Seva. He submitted plans to the city in April and plans to begin construction after the Ann...

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“Crocs are boring.”

Lauren Naimola’s ensemble is polished, elegant, and not easily categorizable. It seems to be vintage–since she’s the proprietor of the newly opened Dear Golden vintage store, that’s a safe bet–but...

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Latania Fair

When there’s a late-night crisis at Alpha House, the local shelter for homeless families, shelter director Latania Fair gets the call. It may be a staff member wondering whether a client needs to go to the emergency room....

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Deconstruction

Soon after Gail Solway–an Ann Arbor pharmacist, massage therapist, and nutritionist–purchased the property at 500-504 Spring Street, she and her architects, Brad and Theresa Angelini, decided that renovating the...

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N. Main Catch-22

City street sweeping vehicles cleaned the beautiful riverside pathway through Bandemer and Argo parks at the end of March soon after the snow finally melted. But they didn’t touch the nearby sidewalk on N. Main, which was...

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Blimpy Burger Finds a New Home

Blimpy Burger found a new home. According to an April post on the fundraising site indiegogo.com, after a few relocation attempts fell through, owner Rich Magner found what would seem to be the perfect location: next to the...

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Bigalora

Bigalora, the third link in a small chain of restaurants begun by Luciano DelSignore in Southfield, opened last autumn in the new Arbor Hills Crossing shopping center. Its location, in the back of the complex, offers a forested...

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Pensions Get a B+

“The overriding influence on the pension plan over the past five years was the recession and the stock market crash,” says city administrator Steve Powers.Nancy Walker, executive director of the city’s...

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Never a Bystander

Four years in the making, the documentary Never a Bystander premieres this month at the Michigan Theater as part of the Jewish Film Festival (see Films, p. 73). First-time filmmaker Evelyn Neuhaus (Ann Arborites, January 2012)...

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Seva Heads West

Since the 1970s, Seva has been king of the 300 block of East Liberty, a neighborhood once dominated by beads, guitars, gauzy cotton, and whole wheat. There’s still some of that counter-culture flavor left in the area, but...

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Farewell to Big Nick

The corner of Fourth Ave. and Liberty will be much changed this spring. Nick Stamadianos will not be sunning himself in his favorite spot outside his Cloverleaf restaurant, as he always did at the first sign of warming weather....

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Bruce Mills

In An Archaeology of Yearning, Kalamazoo College English professor Bruce Mills gives a completely loving but totally honest account of living with his autistic son, Jacob, now a young adult, and the ways Jacob’s needs and...

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Obama care

With a few days’ notice about President Obama’s April visit, the U-M spread more than a red carpet. Apparently, when the White House decided the eighty-plus-year-old Intramural Building was a choice spot for a...

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