The Purple Rose’s next play, their 80th production since their founding in 1991, is a world premiere. Don Zolidis’ White Buffalo, which is now open, is based on an actual event, the birth of a white buffalo calf on a small farm in Wisconsin in 1994.
The Ragbirds are ready for the road — and they're doing it the right way. When we caught up with singer and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, the Ann Arbor-based band had just left town for a showcase gig at Austin, Texas' famous South by Southwest festival.
The next time I go to hear Heywood Banks do his standup comedy concert—which will be on April 28, when he comes to The Ark—I’m bringing along aspirin, or maybe even some stronger prescription strength pain-killer. The last time I saw him, when he served as MC for the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in January, I hurt myself doubling up and falling down laughing. This time I’m also going to pack a box of Kleenex.
When I accidentally stood up Jorge Lopez-Chavez, the Produce Station’s “wine director,” for a recent lunch meeting, I had trouble getting ahold of him. He has no cell phone, and until they recently set up a Produce Station account for him, no email. Jorge (pronounced HOR-hey) is old school.
The Wurst Bar has a college bar feel, not surprising given its proximity to the EMU campus. On a week night, it feels welcoming to all. At first glance, it doesn't seem like the place where you'd find gourmet sausage, or really gourmet anything.
As the beautiful days begin to roll in, and the streets are filled with people kicking back on downtown patios, it’s easy to understand why the Daily Beast recently named Ann Arbor America’s 5th happiest city.