2015 May

Live on Washington

When the Neutral Zone amicably ended its partnership with the University Musical Society on an annual showcase concert in 2012, its teenaged clients agreed with the decision. They were also determined to keep the spirit of...

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Burned by Biotech

On October 9, 2014, Aastrom Biosciences, a homegrown biotech company, announced that it was changing its name to Vericel and moving its corporate headquarters from Ann Arbor to Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company has pursued...

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Rollie Tussing

Watching Rollie Tussing play, you get the feeling that the Ann Arbor-born guitarist and singer ought to be holding court in a college classroom rather than brightening the corners of noisy bars. Tussing’s knowledge of...

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Building Community on Water Hill

Happy hibernation, SnowBuddy! Spring has sprung, and the volunteer-run sidewalk snowplow is sleeping away the warm weather in a garage on Cherry St.Welcome, Water Hill Music Festival! On Sunday, May 3 (see Events), residents of...

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Snyder’s Way

When the Observer interviewed Rick Snyder in December 2010, the newly elected governor figured he had six months–from his inauguration on January 1 until the legislature’s summer break on July 1–to reinvent...

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Roosevelt Homes

Q. I have heard the term “Roosevelt Home” and wonder if any of them exist in Ann Arbor.A. People who’ve heard that term are rare–it’s new to both local historian Grace Shackman and locally based...

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Bus Story

It’s the same at any bus stop or a shelter. Morning, noon, or night, we all turn our bodies in the same direction, eyes scanning the horizon for our bus.Number 7 to downtown leaves from WCC. I get on at Glencoe Hills,...

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Praise for Possums

The identification was easily made although the light was poor. The semi-silhouette of the animal’s curved back, the flash of white on the face, and the scurrying motion as the animal crossed the road in front of our car,...

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Shoefiti

Theories abound about the global practice of flinging pairs of athletic shoes over power and telephone lines. Some claim the dangling sneakers mark a gang’s territory, a local crack house, or the departed...

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Amish TV?

As often happens at Treasure Mart, the Detroit St. consignment shop, a customer recently went in looking for a couch and, two hours later, came out with a solid oak TV stand. “Yes, that’s definitely made by Amish...

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Duo Mosaic

Classical composers have long used the rhythms and structures of folk dances, but Bach’s gigues or Beethoven’s minuets were never intended for the dance floor; they don’t often back Riverdance routines or...

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Art NOW: Painting 2015

Opening night! Nothing else is as thrilling, even if the “performers” are works of art, and especially when the curtains open on a new era. For its inaugural exhibition of the “Art NOW” series, the Ann...

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Insider trading 2.0

That’s what New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman called a recently discontinued practice by the U-M’s Institute for Social Research. For the last five years, Thomson Reuters Corporation paid the ISR up to $1.2...

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Slurping students

For restaurant-goers, sitting at the bar often comes with the perk of chatty bartenders, who lend insight into the menu and scene. One recent evening, a Slurping Turtle bartender pointed out chef-owner Takashi Yagihashi’s...

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Cheap Eats III

For meals that please your doctor and yourself, it’s nearly always cheaper and healthier to make meals at home, and in our family, my husband depends on me to keep us bright-eyed and happy. Sometimes, though, I’m not...

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Cultural Tip Jars

U-M alum Peter Benedek, described by the Internet Movie Database as “one of Hollywood’s most powerful and influential agents,” came up with the idea during a brainstorming session at a meeting of the...

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Eric Cheng Opens Chopsticks

Eric Cheng, owner of Panda House in Maple Village, opened his second restaurant, Chopsticks, in Cranbrook Village next to the ABC Warehouse. The thirty-two-year old from Fujian bought Panda House about ten years ago. Chopsticks...

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No Scooters, No Books

The Detroit Scooter Salon on Washtenaw near Golfside, and its sideline the Taiwanese Bookstore, have closed. Eric Huang and his brother Tony Hung (who spells the family name differently) were also the owners of a parent company...

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AFC Ann Arbor

The question was why no one had done it already.So says Jamey Amrine, one of seven owners of AFC Ann Arbor, a new minor league soccer team that plays its first game on May 1 (see Events). An Ohio-born engineer who’s lived...

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Surviving the Cupcake Crash

To start with the good news: Just Bakedrecently became an independent business and, because it’s no longer under franchise rules, can sell anything it wants. In addition to the addicting cupcakes, owner Debbie Baxter has...

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