Stories

August 17, 2017

Any longtime resident of Southeast Michigan has a story about the Summer of 1967 and the infamous events that escalated to a citywide state of civil disobedience, known alternately as the Detroit Riots and the Detroit Rebellion. This divergence in naming is just one way of underscoring that everyone’s perspectives on causes and conditions of that long, hot week in July of 1967 are different, and that histories and recollections are worth revisiting.

August 9, 2017

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) currently has an exhibit that you might initially walk past without realizing it.

July 27, 2017

Throughout its expansive campus, The Henry Ford (which includes both the Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village) has a jaw-dropping 24,000 objects on display. This includes everything from cars, trains, structures like a working diner and Buckminster Fuller’s model Dymaxion House, and thousands upon thousands of smaller pieces of the material and technological history of the last several centuries. This number seems staggering, but is actually small potatoes in light of the institution’s archives, which houses one million objects in on- and off-campus storage facilities.

July 25, 2017

Art serves as a mechanism for feeling, for thinking, for healing, for change. Art provokes thought and conversation. Art tells a visual story, a depiction of a person, place or emotion, whether figurative or abstracted, making one look a little bit closer. Art is also one person’s perspective, every canvas, every sculpture, every photograph unique. 

July 17, 2017

Given that the Ann Arbor Potters Guild will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019, and is believed to be one of the oldest surviving cooperative workshops in the country, you might say that AAPG is composed of anything but “the common clay.” 

July 13, 2017

Sarah Ruddy, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Education Director, wants to make one thing very clear: the symphony is not a bunch of snooty musicians.

July 10, 2017

While the Concert of Colors is a much bigger event than it was 25 years ago, the main idea behind the festival hasn’t changed all that much. 

July 6, 2017

For some, getting 1,100 people to your first event would be considered a huge success; not for Ed Deeb though.

June 28, 2017

For the past few years, Dr. Addell Austin Anderson has been trying to put on a symposium about Motown Records. This July, it’s finally becoming a reality.

June 26, 2017

In its 34th season, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is in full swing, with free programs that include live music, art exhibitions, wellness events, local cuisine and outdoor film screenings running through the first weekend of July. 

Referred to by NPR as “the best party band in years,” the Brooklyn, New York based, and critically-acclaimed brass band, Red Baraat, is one of the festival’s final acts, performing July 1st at 10:15pm on the Rackham Stage. While Red Baraat’s blaring horns and ability to transition between multiple genres resemble a New Orleans style brass band, the group also draws heavily from Southeast Asian instrumentation and popular bhangra beats.