The proposed WALLY commuter rail between Howell and Ann Arbor is one step closer to becoming a reality. Transportation Authority officials are launching a major study in 2014 to completely assess what the project would entail. The study will allow the Transportation Authority to estimate costs, pin down station locations and figure ridership estimates. The study is being funded by a $650,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration and could take up to 18 months to complete. The WALLY would utilize existing freight tracks to carry passengers from Howell into Ann Arbor in the morning and back to Howell at the end of the work day. Planned stops include Genoa Township, Whitmore Lake and Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor.
An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all
Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,
An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays
The most recent book of Kalamazoo-native Bonnie Jo Campbell is as visceral as it is honest. A compilation of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters explores the lives and relationships of women in rural settings. With varied character perspectives, the book runs the gambit of trials and tribulations: sexual assault, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, neglect,