January 30 2013

. January 31, 2013.

Family Farms

It's not a big secret that, for years, factory farms have been attempting to monopolize the food production market, with the goal of pushing family farms out of business — or, at the very least, making them think twice about expanding and competing. It's too cutthroat. The supply and demand is out of whack. And factory farms cut corners — keeping animals in cages, pumping them up with steroids and other hormones — that an honest farmer would never imagine, because of a sense of loyalty to the consumer. But, here, NPR puts an interesting spin on the story, analyzing the business plan of the average family farm and how they can survive the future by being more savvy.

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Creepy Crafts

Who doesn't like music memorabilia? But, now, with the Internet, we are fully aware of how obsessive and strange people can get. The music blog Stereogum created a new feature on odd crafts dedicated to musicians on the web. The latest is, fittingly, the 10 weirdest creations revolving around Prince.

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Weird Al Being Weird

This is the time of year us music junkies speculate on and spend way too much time thinking about who is going to perform at the major music festivals. Today Bonnaroo leaked, via a pretty creepy video, that Weird Al will be announcing the line-up in a YouTube video.

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The Hard Road and the Lessons Learned: Shawn Butzin’s Adventures Continue

New single, Indigo Sky, is the first of a series of new music. Shawn Butzin reveres songwriting as a kind of expedition, and fulfillment is the arrival. In this case, the finished song. Fittingly, a recent release was titled Adventures; also, several of the songs on his debut album came to fruition while he was

Michigan and State Theaters to Reopen Friday, October 9

The Michigan and State theaters are reopening this week! This is what you need to know about safety protocols as the theaters are reopening and what’s playing.

Bountiful Harvest: Growing Hope Launches Auction Fundraiser to Benefit their Mission

Local chefs and food personalities are lending their expertise to help Growing Hope raise money to keep residents of Washtenaw County fed. Here’s how to join the auction!

Quarantine Impact: How Three In-Person Businesses are Handling the Pandemic

The COVID pandemic has thrown a wrench into how a lot of local businesses are functioning. We spoke with three local businesses to see how they’re holding up.