When U of M art professor Mark Tucker traveled to Italy to learn carta pesta (papier-mache), he was intrigued and inspired by the massive, colorful and humorous floats made by the Italian craftsmen and knew he had to incorporate the style back in Ann Arbor. And what better day to pair carta pesta with than April Fools? On April 1, the street celebration FoolMoon will be held from dusk to midnight, with moonlight processions of hand-made lanterns on W. Washington Street, as well as activities and music throughout the downtown area. Also, Festifools, a parade on Main Street between Washington and William, exhibits colorful and unique works of carta pesta from 4-5pm on April 3. www.festifools.org
Platonic soulmates and a pitch-perfect cast By Emily Slomovits When people think of the word “relationship,” they usually think of a romantic one. And indeed, in much of pop culture and entertainment, romantic relationships are given the primary focus and are considered the ones to strive for. But in Welcome to Paradise, The Purple Rose
After lying vacant for years, the site of a former DTE Energy plant at 841 Broadway St. has a new development plan, approved 10-1 by Ann Arbor City Council on July 1. The conceptual plan, designed by Detroit-based Roxbury Group, includes condos, a restaurant, a hotel, commercial space, a canoe/kayak launch, an event pavilion, a
Kristen Roupenian’s You Know You Want This is a collection of short stories that revels in the mystifying aspects of interpersonal relationships without ever feeling the need to justify them.