During the past few months, food carts have flooded the streets of Ann Arbor, but Downtown Home and Garden owner Mark Hodesh is taking the fad to the next level. Hodesh is converting the Union Hall, 208 W. Liberty, which sits behind Home and Garden, into a commercial kitchen, with plans to rent the properties nearby outdoor courtyard to 10 food cart vendors. “It’s just a great use of neglected urban space and it creates job opportunities,” Hodesh said. Vendors will pay a single fee for a courtyard space and kitchen use. Construction is underway and the tentative opening is set for April. Downtown Home and Garden. 210 S. Ashley St. 734-662-8122. www.downtownhomeandgarden.com
DIYpsi Aug 18 & Aug 19 at ABC Microbrewery I’ve detected an increasing amount of positive energy generating from the independent arts community of Ypsilanti over the last several years, grassroots efforts that stoke a sense of pride and celebration of the local culture scene, from First Fridays and Bona Sera, to the Threads All
If you missed Eighth Grade at Cinetopia, it’s finally officially playing this week at The State! Eighth Grade is this generation’s Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Welcome To The Dollhouse. If you’ve wondered what adolescence in the digital age is like, this movie’s strength is capturing Generation Z middle school life—while remaining universal.
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When performing plays, actors use props, costumes and set pieces to immerse themselves in the story. Spinning Dot Theatre repertory company members Aya Aziz and Forrest Hejkal, who star in the North American premiere of Chelsea Woolley’s two-hander, The Mountain, had extra help preparing to portray children on a playground; they did some of their