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
The Ann Arbor District Library’s staff observed the progressing spread of COVID-19 with a keen eye towards optimal safety measures. Like all libraries, it remained closed for the duration of the three-month period of Michigan’s shelter-at-home executive order, to curtail the spread of the virus. But Sherlonya Turner says that while their staff certainly considered
While Ypsilanti’s beloved Ziggy’s isn’t quite ready to open, we talk to David Jeffries about the recent bit of good news about reopening when the timing’s right.
There’s a solid likelihood one of your favorite bands stopped through this 400-capacity venue on 1st. St. on their way to their higher-tier status. Nirvana was at the Blind Pig in 1989 (opening for the Flaming Lips). Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins came through on respective tours in 1991. A few other names to
Social justice songwriters Heather Mae and Crys Matthews take their 2020 tour online. Here’s one way to stay positive during these trying times.