“We all have real jobs now and do the ‘grown-up’ thing, but this is my way to break free from that – we just love music.” You may remember the name Scott Allen from the band Thunderbirds Are Now! – the Metro Detroit band that made a name for themselves in the early 2000s, signing with French Kiss Records and touring throughout Europe, America, and parts of Australia at a very young age.
Artists and art lovers united as the Ann Arbor Art Fair took over the streets of uptown Ann Arbor. As one of the largest street art fairs in the country, the annual event always draws [...]
Mittenfest fans, listen up: this year, the annual tradition that celebrates music, culture, and generates money for good cause has a new edition to the festivities: S’Mittenfest. The kickoff for the newest Detroit summer tradition will be headlined with 21 bands – 20 of which are from Michigan and 1 from Ohio – and all proceeds will go to help fund the non-profit organization 826 Michigan. Mittenfest, 826 Michigan’s winter festival, has been a successful 7-year running tradition in Detroit and has managed to raise over $75,000 in support of its free programs for school aged children.
Michigan might not have the infamous Hollywood sign, but we have had some impressive Hollywood movies filmed here…and with good reason, too. Firstly, there is Detroit, with a gritty, industrial vibe, Gothic-looking churches, a crystal-clear view of Canada over the river, The Detroit People Mover, and a unique skyline backdrop. Michigan also boasts the history-rich college town of Ann Arbor, white sandy beaches of Lake Michigan along the west side of the state, and a little island right at the tip of the mitten that we like to call Mackinac. With that remarkable list of locations, it’s no wonder why more and more movies are being filmed here.
Feeling a bit drowsy by lunch time? Need a pick-me-up other than that over-priced, three-shot espresso you’re holding? What would you say to a summer concert series in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, featuring a new band each week, from an impressive list of artists? Oh, did we mention it was free?! (Yeah, that’s one of our favorite parts too.)
The CW50 Street Team had a blast at the Leslie Science and Nature Center for the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival. Friends and family from throughout the community came out to see live animal demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities and crafts, enjoy live entertainment, and learn about ways to be more environmentally friendly.
Blogger Vicki Briganti attends an advanced screening of the new movie The Five-Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. Many of the scenes were shot in Ann Arbor and at the University of Michigan. Go blue!
Go beyond the basics and immerse yourself in beauty and culture with our favorite Detroit alternative art museums including Cranbrook, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery and more.
Blogger Vicki Briganti sits face to face with a former college friend from Italy after 18 years, a visit made possible by reconnecting via Facebook.