A group of enterprising Ypsilanti skateboarders have successfully converted an abandoned tennis court in Prospect Park into a regional skate destination. Conceived by Ypsilanti-native Eli Stevick, the park began humbly as just two benches to grind on, but has since progressed into a full-fledged skate park. Skaters come on weekends from as far away as Toledo, Kalamazoo and even Los Angeles. Top skateboarding website TheBerrics.com recently provided a $2,500 grant to build concrete ramps in the park and posted footage of Stevic and other local skaters to their website. Stevic and a few others are in the process of replicating the park’s current design (made with wood) into cement, and the park is still fully operational. Prospect Park, corner of Prospect Rd. and Cross St., Ypsilanti. Open 6am-10pm. 734-482-9825. cityofypsilanti.com
I have a soft spot in my heart for midnight movies. The best times I’ve had at the movies are going with friends, or even alone, and meeting new devotees of a midnight movie. You can check out these cult classics through the end of summer only at The State.
Evan Haywood brings his “psychedelic folk fables” to the Electric Eye Cafe this Monday. Haywood is an Ann Arbor-based songwriter and sound-conjurer, currently nearing completion of his second solo album, Perfumed Gardens. We’ll have an interview with Haywood posted next week, discussing his approach to reinventing the realms of folk music, as well as the launch
Boom for real was a catchphrase Basquiat said when something really wowed him. It’s impossible to believe that anyone seeing this film won’t walk away feeling inspired; the film is a boom, for real.