Looking ahead to the College Football Playoff? This ‘RSVP’ concept is brilliant
Attending a major sporting event can be overwhelming: You might have to fly or embark on a road trip just to get there, depending on the location of course, and consider your accommodations and where you’ll stay, eat and how you’ll get around.
Tickets now on sale for 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival
ANN ARBOR – For the second year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival will take place online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now in its 59th year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental film festival in North America. This year, the festival will run from March 23-28 and will feature over 100 films in competition. Tickets for individual events start at $2, but the suggested price is $12 to help support the festival. AdThree levels of festival passes give viewers varying access to programming.
Ann Arbor Jewish Federation’s benefit goes virtual this year
ANN ARBOR – The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor will be moving its annual benefit The Main Event online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual cabaret will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and will feature performances from Broadway, film and TV star Tovah Feldshuh and Ann Arbor native Ari Axelrod. “This will be an evening of Broadway-caliber entertainment with the goal of supporting Jewish life locally and around the world,” reads the event website. 7-8 p.m. Cabaret with Tovah Feldshuh and Ari Axelrod on YouTube LiveAdDuring the performance, you may choose to enjoy a dinner catered by Amanda’s Kitchen, available for purchase. Beth Israel Congregation is at 2000 Washtenaw Ave.For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Majority of misdemeanor tickets issued for curfew violations during demonstrations in Detroit dismissed
DETROIT – A majority of misdemeanor tickets issued during two nights of demonstrations in Detroit have been dismissed, according to officials. The tickets were issued while Detroit was under a curfew that required people to stay off city streets after 8 p.m. unless they were going to the doctor, drug store or grocery store. After a review, a majority of misdemeanor tickets issued on May 31 and June 2 will be dismissed. In light of that review, the Law Department is dismissing the majority of misdemeanor tickets issued on May 31 and June 2. Although certain cases from these two dates will be pursued, the City believes it is best to dismiss the vast majority of citations.
Todd Snider to perform at 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Todd Snider will perform at the virtual Ann Arbor Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 30. ANN ARBOR – The Ark announced on Monday a change to the 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival’s Saturday night lineup. Read: Jeff Daniels will host this year’s Ann Arbor Folk FestivalTicketsMember pricingSingle night passes: $20 livestream only; Silver Bundle $60 livestream + exclusive #arkfamily festival shirt; Gold Bundle $110 all benefits of Silver + festival branded mask; Platinum Bundle $225 all benefits of Gold + festival mug and poster; Benefactor Bundle $450 all benefits of Platinum + snack basket. Public saleSingle night passes: $25 livestream only; Silver Bundle $75 livestream + exclusive #arkfamily festival shirt; Gold Bundle $125 all benefits of Silver + festival branded mask; Platinum Bundle $250 all benefits of Gold + festival mug and poster; Benefactor Bundle $500 all benefits of Platinum + snack basket. There are great ticket bundles that include exclusive Folk Fest merchandise (not available for separate purchase), as well as a livestream only ticket starting at $25.
$1 million Powerball lottery tickets sold in Michigan; jackpot grows to $640 million
Blank forms for the Powerball lottery sit in a bin at a local grocery store, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. Lottery players have a chance to win the largest jackpots in nearly two years as Tuesday's Mega Millions has grown to an estimated $625 million and Wednesday's Powerball to an estimated $550 million. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DETROIT – The Powerball jackpot is growing after no winning ticket was sold for Wednesday night’s drawing. Three $1 million tickets were sold in Michigan, however. The $1 million tickets in Michigan were sold at the below locations:Food Max Supermarket, 27333 Cherry Hill, InksterKroger #680, 1100 W Argyle St, JacksonJoe Hall Quick Stop Inc, 244 Joe Hall Dr, YpsilantiThe next Powerball drawing is Saturday.
University Musical Society cancels all in-person performances through April
ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society has announced that all in-person events have been canceled through April due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ticketholders can choose to receive a full refund, a UMS gift certificate that’s good for the next five years or donate the purchase price of their ticket to UMS. With this latest update, we are disappointed to inform you that UMS will not hold any live performances through April 2021. While we are saddened by this news, we believe that the health and safety — of both our artists and our audiences — is the top priority right now. For more information on how to contact UMS to receive a refund, gift certificate or to donate your tickets, click here.
Jeff Daniels will host this year’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Jeff Daniels will emcee the Ann Arbor Folk Festival for the second time. ANN ARBOR – Actor and musician Jeff Daniels will emcee the 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival, The Ark announced on Wednesday. Lineup for the 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival. TicketsMember pricingSingle night passes: $20 livestream only; Silver Bundle $60 livestream + exclusive #arkfamily festival shirt; Gold Bundle $110 all benefits of Silver + festival branded mask; Platinum Bundle $225 all benefits of Gold + festival mug and poster; Benefactor Bundle $450 all benefits of Platinum + snack basket. Public saleSingle night passes: $25 livestream only; Silver Bundle $75 livestream + exclusive #arkfamily festival shirt; Gold Bundle $125 all benefits of Silver + festival branded mask; Platinum Bundle $250 all benefits of Gold + festival mug and poster; Benefactor Bundle $500 all benefits of Platinum + snack basket.
Disorder in the (online) court: Jason Colthorp shares story of traffic ticket hearing on Zoom
Originally, I was scheduled for court via Zoom, but this time it said to report to the court. Even when someone shows up with phone records to allegedly prove they weren’t texting like the ticket says—they lose the hearing. Almost immediately, the magistrate and officer agree to reduce it to a ticket for double parking, no points and fine of $180 dollars. Colthorp, the officer did not appear, your ticket is dismissed.”(Eyes as big as saucers) “Thank you, ma’am. Also, my next great idea is going to be turning traffic court Zooms into a TV show somehow.
Ann Arbor high schoolers to perform 8 virtual plays this weekend
ANN ARBOR – The Pioneer Theatre Guild will be performing a series of short plays via livestream this weekend and tickets are free. In a year marked by remote learning, the PTG has also adapted the way they perform. The group dedicated the video to the outgoing senior class whose final season was marred by the pandemic. This weekend, the performances are inspired by the Play at Home project -- a national effort by a group of theatre companies to commission a series of short plays for local communities. Even through the Zoom screen, I still felt included and connected to those that were a part of the project.
Michigan police crackdown on drivers illegally passing school buses
Law enforcement across Michigan are ramping up patrols of drivers illegally passing school busses as a part of School Bus Safety Week. Operation Safe Stop is part of national School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 19-23. Michigan bus drivers conducted a one-day survey in May 2019. In just that one day, the 1,373 participating bus drivers reported 508 times that a motorist passed a school bus illegally. Drivers who pass stopped school buses may be charged with civil infractions carrying a fine between $100 and $500.