Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:07pm
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There are 480 million acres of Midwest, filled with 68 million unique human beings. Hundreds of rivers and lakes amble through plains and forests. No one Midwestern state is quite like the other. For that reason, it can be difficult to understand the Midwest as truly one territory. Were there a library to mythologize the Midwest, the images and ideas of what we are and want to be might astonish you. This series wanders through the stories and imagery, the myths and legends, woven into the fabric of our identities.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8:08pm
Courtesy of Maxwell Schwarz

The only other thing Midwesterners agree upon is that Ohio is a sinister incarnation of nature’s most perverse and depressing form. This is a widely agreed upon fact lacking neither ambiguity nor dubiety.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 5:35pm
Valiant Films

To kick off an evening of wine and schmoozing at Tech Town Detroit, David Hines Jr., executive producer of “Solomon” and Michigan alum, gave a short introduction for Valiant Production’s new feature film in hope of rallying more supporters. The film itself is a love letter of sorts to a rapidly evolving Detroit. From the short trailer, the massive yet nostalgically empty cityscape of Detroit seems to be the focal point of the film. Hines noted that the goal of “Solomon” is to examine the controversial topic of gentrification from a more sympathetic angle.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 5:31pm
Courtesy of Ryan Cox

Groups that had been to BLED FEST many times before like Mover Shaker and newcomers like Pool Kids talked about how special this event was and seemed to truly give everything to their audience.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6:43pm
AXS

When I first moved to Southeast Michigan, I was not expecting to find a music scene as active and diverse as the one that exists today. I grew up in an area where our local music scene consisted of a few Sublime cover bands, so when I moved to Ann Arbor and experienced my first basement show, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. People here really do care about music, and no event better represents this fact than the infamous BLED FEST.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 9:02pm
Ariel Friedlander

Equal parts carefree and captivating, drag mother-daughter duo Ariana Grindr and Daya Bee-Dee have become something of a fixture in the Ann Arbor queer community. Ariana, given name Will Beischel, and Daya Bee-Dee, given name Ariel Friedlander, sat down with me to talk about themselves, their relationship, the local drag scene and the all-encompassing presence of Lady Gaga.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 3:17pm
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Every woman in my family instinctively knows how to cook. We all know how to roll grape leaves, work with filo and make lamb less gamey. There’s a pride in creating joy within sustenance.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 2:13pm
Monterey Jazz Festival

A woman in front of me exclaimed “They’re all women!” once they filled onstage.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 11:47am
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Given that M-Agination cuts most scripts it receives, these films probably lost their effectiveness at other points in the process. Ironically enough, the films at the M-Agination Film Festival largely lacked imagination.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 7:26pm
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While I would have liked to see LGBT relationships explored in a more unique way, the play is quite genuine.