Weekly What’s-Up 5/16

. May 19, 2014.
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Vet Fest

I know the tired hipster gripe that we have an abundance of “Fests” around here, be it in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor or in Detroit – but you can shut your mouth this weekend – this Fest is for Veterans. Actually, you can feed your mouth; show up on Saturday, show your support for local nonprofit Help For Our Disabled Troops and you can get a plate of roasted suckling pig compliments of charcuterie specialist, Chef Drew Dziewi. That’s right, a Pig Roast that leads to a night of music the Pig (…Blind Pig, that is). But this isn’t any all-meat-fest, there will be special vegetarian sliders and green bean salads. Food is served at Waterworks Park (398 S. 7th St) from 2pm until sunset (Vets eat free). After that, a fine line-up of bands keeps the Fest going from 8pm onward at the Blind Pig (208 S First St, Ann Arbor), featuring the atmospheric post-rock and ambient experimental pop of local outfits Truman and Northerner, the dazzling psych-jangle of indie-Americana rockers like Man Mountain, the more frenetic, post-punk-tinged bursts of Pulp Culture  and Amanita or the space-rock splashed indie-pop balladry of Narco Debut. 
Songs to sample/stream: Northern – “Selfridge”

Man Mountain  – “Lucerna”

This Blind Pig event is actually DAY 2 of a weekend-long Fest/tribute to veterans returning home from the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. Click here for information on tonight’s first installment of Vet Fest –over in Detroit at the Old Miami.

New meaty material –release party in Hamtramck.

Speaking of Meat, though… Detroit’s icons The Meatmen, masters of acerbic, provocative satire disguised as purposefully putrid punk, are celebrating the release of Savage Sagas, their first new album in 19 years on Saturday night over in Hamtramck at Small’s Bar.  Easy Action, Nice Hooves and Gang Green will open things up, with music starting after 9pm.
Small’s Bar 10339 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI

More ravenous rock at Crossroads

Yeah, let’s keep on this punk-rock track, for now. As we mark nearly one whole month of a post-Woodruff’s Ypsi scene, it seems, encouragingly, that the Crossroads Bar & Grill is picking up the torch of main music hub – as they’ve got a noteworthy (and assuredly noisy) line-up of bands tonight. You might file them under, er, aggressive-sounding? We consider it lively. Others would consider it punk, hardcore, throat-curdling, amped-up, maybe even brutal. But sometimes you need that! Ypsi’s Decade Of Flies and Detroit’s Excommunicators will join tireless tremendo-rock-howlers Lizerrd – with music starting around 10pm – Crossroads Bar – 517 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 

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Domino’s Farms Aids Ann Arbor’s Need for Office Space

Domino’s Pizza and Arbor Research are both launching new office building projects at Domino’s Farms. Domino’s Pizza is creating a 33,000-square-foot building on the north side of Domino’s Farms, expanding to their current space. Arbor Research is creating a new 49,500-square-foot headquarters building on the east side of Domino’s Farms. Both buildings should be completed

A Physician’s Perspective on Legalized Cannabis

On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Ten years ago, we had become the 13th state to legalize Cannabis for medical use. I voted for the medical cannabis law years ago because, in my view, cannabis is not a dangerous product, and too many people were being imprisoned for its use. At that time, however, I did not subscribe to the argument that there were legitimate medical uses for cannabis. How things have changed.

Tiny Expo at Ann Arbor District Library—A Curated Holiday Gift Fair with Flair

The Tiny Expo is a gem of an indie arts and crafts fair for vendors with original and unexpected products that make wonderful gifts but may not be an obvious fit for Ann Arbor’s mainstream art fairs. Shoppers who crave artistic, high quality products with diverse price points will find a rich variety of unique, handmade products to choose from.

New Tenants in Downtown Ypsilanti

Formerly long-vacant buildings in Downtown Ypsilanti are experiencing revitalization as small businesses and nonprofits are rapidly filling up spaces. Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), a nonprofit organization that, “provides access to the justice systems for those that need it most,” recently purchased the Smith Furniture building at 15 S Washington Street which became their headquarters. Decode