“Poplandia”: EMU prof publishes First Book of Pop Culture Poetry

“Poplandia”: EMU prof publishes First Book of Pop Culture Poetry

During his undergrad days, Eastern Michigan University English professor André F. Peltier wrote a poem about sci-fi icon Flash Gordon, which has since been lost to time.  However, Peltier, 48, of Ypsilanti, had an epiphany.  “When I started teaching science-fiction about 10 years ago, I realized that there isn't much sci-fi-based poetry, so I ended up writing a poem about "Star Wars." I'd never actually submitted my work anywhere until the beginning of quarantine and, since then, I've had nearly 200 poems published by various journals and magazines. After 1½ years of that, I made a New Year's resolution last year to get a book published this year.” The result is "Poplandia" (Alien Buddha Press $10.99), which debuted in August. “It's a collection of poetry dealing with pop culture. These…
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New Fall Films Arrive at the State and Michigan Theaters

New Fall Films Arrive at the State and Michigan Theaters

Now that summer has officially ended, it’s the end of September and we’re into the Fall season of new movie releases.  The State and Michigan Theater offers advance screenings of three must see movies.  Actress turned director, Olivia Wilde, stars in "Don’t Worry Darling", her first feature since 2019s "Book Smart", in a sexy thriller that recalls "Gone Girl" and "The Stepford Wives." The film centers on a 1950’s housewife Alice (Florence Pugh, "Midsommar") and her husband Jack (played by superstar musician Harry Styles) as they move into a utopian, experimental community for men who work for the top-secret Victory project lead by Jack’s boss, a visionary corporate man by Chris Pine. It’s not a spoiler to say all is not as perfect as the town’s shiny veneer would have…
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All Aboard! The Proposed A2TC Train Project is Full Steam Ahead

All Aboard! The Proposed A2TC Train Project is Full Steam Ahead

A rail project that began in 2011 has gained momentum, thanks to recent federal grant funding provided by the US Department of Transportation. Dubbed the A2TC Train, this commuter rail service has the potential to connect Ann Arbor to Traverse City, with stops in several small towns along the way. Jim Bruckbauer, transportation director at the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, has been working to make this transportation option a reality. “We, at Groundwork, are exploring the possibility of passenger train service along a state-owned and active set of tracks that run between southeast Michigan and Traverse City,” Bruckbauer said. “The line would reconnect mid and northern Michigan to the other rail lines in the state and help Michigan travelers have more options for getting around the state.” The Benefits…
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Free Mom Hugs Offers Love and Support to All

Free Mom Hugs Offers Love and Support to All

Free Mom Hugs(FMH) is a national non-profit organization founded in 2018 that advocates for the LGBTQ+ community through education, visibility, and conversations. FMH attends LGBTQ+ events gleefully offering hugs, and positive affirmations to thousands.  Arleta Greer, vice president of the board of directors for Free Mom Hugs of Michigan, states that the beauty of FMH is in its dedication to advocating for LGBTQ+ youth. [caption id="attachment_797" align="alignright" width="225"] Photo Credit Arleta Greer.[/caption] “We offer parental support and love that people in the LGBTQ+ community do not get from their parents. You do not have to be a mom, to be a free mom hugger. Just be willing to meet them right where they are, listen to their stories, and give love," said Greer. “In this community, this younger generation is…
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Cartoonist Bill Morrison to appear at inaugural Plymouth-Canton Bookfest

Cartoonist Bill Morrison to appear at inaugural Plymouth-Canton Bookfest

[caption id="attachment_781" align="alignleft" width="195"] Bill Morrison drew a spoof of the 2016 "Captain America: Civil War" movie poster, replacing the Marvel characters with characters from "The Simpsons" and "Futurama." Image courtesy of Morrison.[/caption] Award-winning cartoonist Bill Morrison knows a thing or two about satire.  An alumnus of Lincoln Park High School and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Morrison, 63, has worked on “The Simpsons” – prime-time TV’s longest-running sitcom and longest-running animated series – and has been editor-in-chief of “MAD Magazine.”  Morrison, who lives in St. Clair Shores with his wife Kayre, will be one of more than 100 vendors and authors at the inaugural Plymouth-Canton Bookfest. The Event will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex (PARC), located at…
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Schuler Books’ September Youth Reading Recommendations

Schuler Books’ September Youth Reading Recommendations

Ann Arbor’s Schuler Books has gathered its updated list, for September, of books they would recommend for children and young adults. These lists provide ideas for all ages and help to provide some fresh literature choices to inspire your kids to read.  For September, they feature some books that are sweet, some that are spooky, and one on censorship. Book:  “Rick the Rock of Room 214” Type:  Picture Book Description: Even rocks have dreams of adventure! Rick the Rock figures out how to escape from the ‘Nature Finds’ shelf that he has resided on for a very long time. But, with adventure comes danger. Will Rick regret his decision? - Christina Book:  “Patchwork” Type: Picture Book Description: A beautiful collaboration of art and text that reminds us we are NOT…
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Driving Home Food Truck event benefits Ann Arbor shelter

Driving Home Food Truck event benefits Ann Arbor shelter

Established in 1992, the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House is a non-profit organization that shelters and provides support to homeless and at-risk families.  On Sept. 22, the IHN at Alpha House is hosting its annual “Driving Home” Food Truck benefit for its short-term shelter service.  Funds raised during the food truck event will help provide families with the resources and support they need in the process of securing long-term housing. Since Washtenaw County's Human Services Partnership will no longer provide for Alpha House, officials have reported that this year's benefit is more important than ever.  The food truck event will take place from 4-7 p.m. at the Alpha House (4290 Jackson Rd.)and will feature meals from local food trucks such as Hallboy BBQ, Bao Boys, and PizzaPazza.  The…
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Identifying the Issue of Internet Addiction Among Teens

Identifying the Issue of Internet Addiction Among Teens

The internet and computers are ingrained tools that help ease lives and allow resources to remain readily accessible to society. While these tools can be used for pleasantries, such as sharing a funny status on Facebook or uploading cute videos of your dog on TikTok, some can’t find a balance between enjoying life online and offline. This lack of balance creates issues for users’ mental health, becoming what’s classified as internet addiction. Internet addiction is an issue that is becoming detrimental, specifically to teenagers. In an article published by the Pew Research Center, their survey discovered that 95 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds have access to a smartphone, and 46 percent of teens say they are "almost constantly" online. That's up from 24 percent eight years ago.  Pew researchers surveyed…
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Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra Gains New Leadership

Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra Gains New Leadership

Joseph Alcocer is now the music director of the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra (YYO). His appointment was recently announced by Claudia Young Hunter, president pro tem of the Board of Directors. The YYO is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1999. Music education and performance opportunities to over two hundred Ypsilanti and area students is offered through this organization. It serves youth of diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic status and is tuition-free for students and families Alcocer is the second person to hold that title, following in the footsteps of YYO Founder and Music Director, William Hayes. Alcocer has been involved with the YYO since early 2022. He is also the Orchestra Director at Tappan Middle School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from Huston-Tillotson University as…
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Eat tacos from a Classic London Double Decker Bus

Eat tacos from a Classic London Double Decker Bus

Inventive Tacos with a Twist [caption id="attachment_755" align="alignleft" width="300"] The 1923 Menu Board full of unique appetizers and tacos.[/caption] Calling all taco foodies! Who’s ready for some tacos with a twist? Husband and wife owners Aaron and Miriam Orr are striving to redefine the food service industry norm and status quo with a fusion of inventive taco flavors that span the globe. 1923, Michigan’s very first open top double decker food truck, will be opening soon.  On their menu, you will find seven signature tacos with themes ranging from Caribbean and Arabic to Korean and Japanese plus some good ol’ down home Southern cooking thrown in for good measure.  Each taco is $5.50 or you can get three for $15.  They will also serve a tempting assortment of appetizers ranging…
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