“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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Learn About Downtown Ann Arbor’s Vibrant Murals

Learn About Downtown Ann Arbor’s Vibrant Murals

  Ann Arbor Art Center (A2AC) is finishing up its scheduled live, in-person “Mocha + Murals: Walking Mural Tours,” but has a related upcoming talk on Oct. 2 for all ages.  The purpose of the tours was to educate attendees about the array of murals throughout downtown Ann Arbor as well as to highlight the artists themselves. [caption id="attachment_789" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Detailed organic flowers and engineering gears share space to pave the road ahead. Photo courtesy A2AC Mural Activity book.[/caption] It was titled “Mocha + Murals” because Zingerman’s Community of Businesses supplied the chocolate java drinks and pastries while the artwork and artists were featured. We interviewed Thea A. Eck, Exhibitions Director, to find out more information. “The Mocha + Mural program corresponds with the current Main gallery exhibition, ‘Beyond…
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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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Art at The Michigan Art Gallery

Art at The Michigan Art Gallery

Art anyone? For those interested in art, and the history behind it, The Michigan Art Gallery may have something for you. The Michigan Art gallery at Schmidt’s Antiques Inc, is hosting the James C. Harrison Introspections art show. Located on 5138 West Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti Michigan, The Harrison Exhibit will be celebration of James C. Harrisons life and art reputation. Born on November 27th, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan Harrison, graduated from Cass tech high school earning his commercial art degree. He later went on to Cranbrook Academy of art and Olivet College.  But following his passion he left for New York City in 1950. By this time, he had discovered his own art style and began to share his work with the art community. Going into the 80’s and…
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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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