Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore to host events with authors Neil Gaiman, Jenny Lawson in April
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Throughout April, fans of downtown Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore will be visited over Zoom by internationally-known authors, humorists and beloved food writers. On April 8, the independent bookstore will welcome authors Jenny Lawson and Neil Gaiman. The following week on April 16, Literati will host New York Times bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer and author Kristen Roupenian. The book launches will be hosted by publisher HarperCollins through the virtual events platform Crowdcast. Literati Bookstore is at 124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor chefs join Michigan Theater to discuss culinary industry, answer questions Monday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – At 7 p.m. on Monday, Michigan Theater audiences can learn more about four inspiring Ann Arbor chefs. As part of its Women’s Voices series presented by Toyota, Michigan Theater will begin virtual screenings of Her Name is Chef on Friday. The documentary explores the changing culture of the culinary industry through the stories of six female chefs. Virtual screenings cost $12 to rent, $10 for Michigan Theater members and is free for gold members. If rented through the MTF AgileLink streaming platform, 50 percent of proceeds from the film benefit the independent Ann Arbor theater.
Rec & Ed joins forces with Ann Arbor chef to offer new culinary classes
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ann Arbor Community Education and Recreation (Rec & Ed) has joined forces with chef Natalie Marble to offer virtual cooking classes this spring. After moving to Tree Town, Marble founded a recreational cooking school, Ann Arbor Cooks, in 2009 after owning her own catering company in Washington, D.C. She brings 20 years of culinary experience to her virtual classes with Rec & Ed. Community members who enroll in three classes in one registration will receive a discount of $10 off of their total, Rec & Ed said. Registration is now open and can be done through the Rec & Ed website. Cost: $49Fruit Tart Fun: Family Bake-AlongWhen: Saturday, May 8; 10 a.m. to noonCost: $45Gnocchi 101: Cook-AlongWhen: Friday, May 21; 6-8 p.m.
TheRide to host public meetings on new transportation proposal
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Monday, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) will host the first of several virtual meetings to talk to the public about its new service plan. Starting in August, the plan will affect all of TheRide’s bus routes as well as its A-Ride, GoldRide, FlexRide and Night/Holiday services. Changes presented by the proposal include reinstating some routes, adding select weekend services, revising routes to serve different areas and eliminating route variations. Meetings for public feedback will be held this week at noon on Monday and Wednesday, and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Additional meetings will be at 6 p.m. on March 30, noon on March 31 and at 6 p.m. on April 1.
Ann Arbor employment agency to host free virtual job fair
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, Express Employment Professional of Ann Arbor will hold a free virtual job fair. During the fair, job seekers will discuss their work history and job preferences with Express staff. AdThose interested can register for free through the Express Employment Professional of Ann Arbor website. A confirmation email with a link to the virtual job fair will be sent out before the event date, the staffing agency said. Locally owned, the Ann Arbor office said it has helped employed over 35,000 people find employment around Washtenaw County since 2014.
How you can wine and dine with Jason and Tati!
The meal will be provided by Bistro Joe’s and the wine will be from Celani Family Vineyards in Napa Valley. Tati and Jason spoke with Mark Donovan, the Executive Chef at Bistro Joe’s in Birmingham about the upcoming event. Bistro Joe’s is located in the loft above the Papa Joe’s market. AdWhen you pick up your meal from the Rochester or Birmingham Papa Joe’s locations, there will be heating instructions. Bistro Joe’s is located at 34244 Woodward Ave. inside of Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market in Birmingham.
Support Ann Arbor’s SafeHouse Center with this pet photo contest
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Make your pet a star and support Ann Arbor’s SafeHouse Center at the same time through the Jelly Bean Jump Up pet photo contest. Until 11 p.m. on Friday, March 5, pet parents around Ann Arbor can submit photos of their favorite furry companion. Submit your favorite pet photo. Pet names will be displayed with their photos, and pet parents can also leave a small blurb about their pet. Submissions are free but community members can help their favorite pet move up in the ranks by buying votes.
Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater showcases award-winning documentary
“The history of the Michigan Theater is the history of Buffalo; they tell the story of how a community’s perseverance, vision, and loyalty, even in the face of decline, can bring hope and change. At 7 p.m. on Monday, March 1, the independent Ann Arbor theater will host Wall and producer Eric Wojtanik for a Q&A session. Tickets cost $12, $10 for Michigan Theater members and are free for gold members. Fifty percent of film proceeds made through the MTF AgileLink will go to the Ann Arbor independent theater, according to the Michigan Theater website. In 2019, the documentary won an Audience Award at the Buffalo Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2019 Film Festival of Columbus and 2020 Maryland International Film Festival.
Ann Arbor senior community host virtual concert to celebrate Black History Month
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Join Ann Arbor seniors in celebrating Black History Month with a free Motown concert on Friday. Starting at 3 p.m., metro-Detroit Motown tribute band KGB will sing some classics tunes at a virtual concert hosted by Glacier Hills Senior Living Community. “We are excited to virtually bring KGB into our community to celebrate Black History Month,” said Craig Courts, President of Glacier Hills in a release. “Motown music is something people from all over the world can enjoy, but it’s just a little more special to us here in Michigan. AdThose interested in attending the online concert should reach out to Glacier Hills Senior Living Community through Facebook Messager, by 734-913-0730 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 more ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In case you missed it, or haven’t looked at a calendar recently, Valentine’s Day is Sunday. Get some sugarBon Bon Bon will have a chocolatey pop-up at Gutman Gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Read: 4 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Ann ArborGo wildOn Sunday evening, cozy up for a unique Valentine’s experience courtesy of Leslie Science & Nature Center. Prove your love by running the two-mile Ann Arbor Chocolate Run, courtesy of Running Fit Downtown Ann Arbor. Proceeds from 826michigan Ann Arbor Robot Supply Co. go to its free student writing programs, which serve over 3,000 school-aged students in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit.
Virtual book event at Literati Bookstore to focus on expressions, word games Monday night
They were really strict about it.”Shirley Kobliner (left) and Harold Kobliner (right) were married for 65 years, 13 of which were spent collecting expressions for their book, "So To Speak: 11,000 Expressions That’ll Knock Your Socks Off." During the free event with Literati, Kobliner will discuss how her parents assembled such a large collection and their process for organizing what they heard into 67 categories. She will also show some of the 351 illustrations in “So to Speak” and then treat audience members to some word games. Ad“So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That’ll Knock Your Socks Off” is available for $16.99 through Literati, which has hosted over 200 authors at its virtual At Home with Literati event series. Play online word games and learn more about the book at sotospeakbook.com.
Ann Arbor area songwriter creates, releases new music amid pandemic
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Americana songwriter Chris DuPont is known for deeply personal performances at The Ark and Ann Arbor Summer Fest, but a soon-to-be-released album offers a darker side to his music. “I do try to keep things, more or less, in the family with every record,” DuPont said. AdFor “Floodplains,” DuPont found himself contributing a lot more musically than he has previously, including singing his own background vocals, high notes and piano arrangements. Although darker than his previous music, songs on the new LP were written before things starting shutting down due to the pandemic. That said, DuPont added that he’s curious to see how the music that he has written over the past months will sound like in the future.
Detroit’s PizzaPlex offers virtual Valentine’s Day pizza class
A Detroit pizza eatery is offering a Valentine’s Day class on making Vera Pizza Napoletana from your own kitchen. PizzaPlex, located in Southwest Detroit, is offering virtual pizza classes on Feb. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., taking place on Zoom, for $85. Chef Nathan Hannon will go over the fundamentals of pizza making, including how to make your pizza dough fly. Ad“It’s a Valentine’s experience everyone can enjoy, couples, thruples, galentines, families, singles, all are welcome! For those unable to attend the class there will be a version of the gift box for Valentine’s Day available in store, including a pizza kit, a bottle of champagne, fresh flowers, and chocolates for $75 dollars.
4 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Like many holidays in 2020, Valentine’s Day in 2021 is going to feel different. Listen to nationally-recognized storytellers Lyn Ford, Chetter Galloway, Antonio Rocha and emcee Steve Daut, president of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Work together to draw a design on a ceramic lidded container in one of Gutman Gallery’s Take & Make: Valentine’s Day Art Box. The Ann Arbor Art Center is offering special Valentine’s Day Art Boxes. AdRead: Melon, bonfires, mass weddings: How Valentine’s Day has been celebrated around the worldGalentine’s DaySwap out Valentines for Galentines.
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers offers beekeeping classes
The annual survey released Monday, June 22, 2020, of U.S. beekeepers found that honeybee colonies are doing better after a bad year. Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2) is offering beginner and intermediate classes for community members interested in bees and beekeeping. Beginner classes will go over basic bee biology and management, equipment and what to expect during the first year of beekeeping. Intermediate classes are intended for individuals with experience keeping bees through the winter and will go over management strategies, swarm prevention and pest/disease treatment. Learn more about the beginner and intermediate classes or register here at www.a2b2club.org/about-bee-school
Film fans can play to win with Michigan Theater’s virtual movie trivia
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Get the gang together and win fun prizes at weekly virtual trivia hosted on Zoom by the Michigan Theater. Players can participate on their own or communicate with teammates (outside of the Zoom call) to coordinate answers. Movie buffs and cinema smartypants can win prizes for first and second place, including a Michigan Theater Foundation book or vinyl record and a free film rental through Agile Link. Michigan Theater members can play for free by sending an email to email@example.com and asking for a special promo code. Here’s the current schedule:Thursday, Jan 28 - 7 p.m.Friday, Feb. 5 - 7 p.m. - Black Filmmakers EditionFriday, Feb. 12 - 7 p.m. - Romantic Movies EditionFriday, Feb. 19 - 7 p.m.Friday, Feb. 26 - 7 p.m.Sign up through the trivia schedule or learn more about the events and prizes at michtheater.org/trivia/
Relax on Wednesdays with virtual poetry courtesy of Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room
Present some poetry or listen to an author give a live reading courtesy of Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room. With its second-floor tea room currently closed to visitors, the downtown Ann Arbor bookstore has been hosting informal poetry workshops and live readings through Zoom on Wednesday nights. Workshops are held on the second Wednesday of each month and hosted by the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle. Held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, live readings introduce audiences to the work of guest authors, essayists and poets. Links to the Zoom rooms are sent out the day of the event, according to the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle blog.
Annual Sustainability Forums series returns to Ann Arbor Thursday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The City of Ann Arbor’s annual Sustainability Forums returns on Thursday with the first of five community discussions on sustainability-related topics. Organized by the Office of Sustainability and Innovations, the monthly forums will be open to the public and held virtually through Zoom. The five discussions will focus on food, green infrastructure, circular economy, waste reduction, energy production and a special topic that has yet to be announced. Each forum directly relates to the city’s A2ZERO sustainability framework to get to carbon neutrality by 2030. Here is the Sustainability Forums schedule and topics:Jan. 25: food and food accessFeb. 24: forestry and green InfrastructureMarch 24: waste reduction and circular economy (tentative)TBD: energy production and useThe last topic and date have not yet been announced.
Independent theaters in Ann Arbor announce decision to delay full opening until April
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The historic Michigan Theater and State Theatre are taking it slow when it comes to reopening. On Thursday, the Michigan Theater Foundation (MTF), which operates both of the downtown Ann Arbor independent theaters, announced that neither theater would fully reopen until April. According to the Michigan Theater’s reopening plan:“The MTF received permission from the State of Michigan to reopen the historic Michigan and State theaters in downtown Ann Arbor on December 21, 2020. For reasons of safety, the MTF team made the conscious decision to delay a full public reopening for three reasons:The rise in the infection rate after the Christmas/New Year holiday. Virtual events and Michigan Theater concessions are also available.
Ypsilanti drag group takes performances online during pandemic
Fundraising isn’t new for the drag troupe, which has been regularly hosting benefit shows for many years, but performing online is. Since then, the group has done over 150 virtual shows. (Austin Moan / Boylesque)Boylesque’s first virtual benefit show, hosted through YouTube, helped raise money for a community member with Multiple sclerosis. Boylesque is the only group to do virtual shows at least three nights a week, according to Black. Over the course of the past 10 months, Boylesque has done themed shows for holidays, monthly benefit shows for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels and shows for political causes.
Ann Arbor Rec & Ed offers new winter fitness, enrichment classes online
Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed) can help with that. During its winter term, Rec & Ed is offering a range of virtual fitness and enrichment classes so that community members can remain active and social while at home. It is a key ingredient to ensuring a person’s longevity,” said Rec & Ed fitness and yoga program supervisor Terry McNeely in a release. Adult fitness classes include weight training, cardio drumming, zumba, dance yoga and pilates. Community members can register online at the Rec & Ed website, or by calling 734-994-2300 ext.
LIVE STREAM: 2021 New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop coverage
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK – It’s a New Year’s Eve tradition in New York -- the annual Time Square Ball Drop. Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. 2021 Time Square Ball Drop -- how to watch liveNew this year, Jamestown, owner of One Times Square – home of the iconic Ball Drop Celebration – has created a first-of-its-kind virtual New Year’s Eve experience. Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve BallThe celebration begins with the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square. Times Square Confetti Release and Pyrotechnic EffectsThe world-famous New Year’s Eve confetti is released from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square creating a celebratory blizzard of colorful confetti as revelers welcome the New Year accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects.