Fondly remembered over three decades after it shut down, the Pretzel Bell makes its triumphant return to Ann Arbor, thanks to a group of UM alums that have been working with owners Jon Carlson, Greg Lobdell and Chet Czaplicka. Originally opened in 1934, the Pretzel Bell became the prime drinking destination for the college crowd, and instituted a tradition of standing on a table and chugging a beer for students celebrating their 21st birthday. However, for those looking to relive old times, except for the name, the new restaurant is not unaffiliated with the old drinking hot spot.
We human beings are a storytelling species. Our social institutions— religious, legal and cultural— are based on narratives that may be fanciful or fact-based or influenced by precedent. But they are also ever-evolving. Throughout the winter and spring of 2020, Courtney McClellan, this year’s Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan
Propelling their new season into uncharted waters For many couples, the mere prospect of parenthood is daunting enough without the weight of the world bearing down on our backs. Yet as we take our first tentative steps into 2020, Australia is in flames, the U.K. is split down the middle by Brexit, and the sound
Thirty Years and Counting Jordan Stanton’s Impulse Ann Arbor documentary chronicles the techno music scene via MEMCO (Michigan Electronic Music Collective)— a university-affiliated group of student DJs, promoters, fans, and dancers. This DIY collective has roots that can be traced to 1980s Detroit. It’s a wonder to see how this music has evolved and thrived
Intimate and epic Americana to the Ark The three brothers of Brother Elsey are looking forward to the intimacy within The Ark. Brady, Beau, and Jack Stablein have been recording and performing a rousing blend of Americana and neo-country ballads for several years now, layering songs with evocative sheens of reverb, swelling harmonies, and road