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Hello friends!

I am really busy today, but I will share this link with you so that you can discover a new artist and watch a lovely little movie.

Have a great day.

The Forth from its Hinges art show, now in its second year, starts tomorrow and continues for four days. It is totally and completely awesome to see young people getting together, supporting each other, and putting themselves out there.

Roger and I will be reporting from the show on Friday, but I wanted to give you all some advance notice so you can catch the first couple of days.

Here’s their (really well-done) video: (oh, side note- I just discovered, through the link on the video site, that it was done by my friend David Meiklejohn. I didn’t know that when I said that it was well done, so no accusations of nepotism, thank you. Although, plug for David, he makes lots of good stuff)

Forth From Its Hinges from losingstrategies on Vimeo.

And you can click HERE to visit their site for more info.

About two months ago, there was a lot of buzz around the Ypsi-blog-osphere about this video, which was created by the family of former Ypsi mayor Cheryl Farmer and her family sell the city to potential investors. I think I got a press release about it too, but I could be making that up.

(I wanted to post maproom systems’ response video, but it won’t seem to embed in my browser, so you’re just going to have to find that one yourself)

I then went on a quest to find more videos and came up with this, which is pretty hilarious. I like the part where the guy extolls the virtues of the Red Roof Inn. What amazed me is that the youtube commenters didn’t seem to realize that this is a parody and seemed truly incredulous that ANYONE would be excited about the Red Roof Inn.
But today I saw the following video and, I have to say, it’s all over for me. This is the best “Come to Ypsilanti”-type video I’ve seen. Basically, the message is that Ypsilanti totally kicks a– (this is a family blog, since it’s somehow loosely related to a family newspaper).
So here it is, the masterpiece of marketing entitled, “Ypsilanti is Better”:

The latest installment in the WHOis: profile series is in the paper today.

Doing these videos has become my favorite part of work. I get to meet interesting people, videotape their lives, and create something (hopefully) cool to watch. It’s one of those “I can’t believe I get paid to do this” type things. Which cancels out all the stories that I have to write about people’s pets. Or the weather.

Shooting this video was really fun. I spent the better part of a day traipsing around Ypsilanti with a girl in a leotard and tutu. I shot her hooping on the median in the middle of Michigan Ave. while cars slowed down and honked (interestingly, it was mainly women doing the shouting), an abandoned firing range, and in the Frog Island Park amphitheater.

The music is off of the Ypsisongs CD, courtesy of my friend Brandon.

It’s my favorite video that I’ve done so far. I hope you like it too.

You can read the full interview on mlive.com.

Although I will not be modeling, you should still attend the Yellow Barn Bizarre Dance Unihood Unification Project on Saturday night at the Yoga Zone across from the Y (416 W. Huron).

The Unihood Bizarre Walk is a “not a couture fashion” fashion show of sorts, in that people will be walking in their individual fashions. Please, DO NOT miss the chance to experience Adam Eichner, Majestic bouncer-cum-lawyer-cum-Realtor (but also in full posession of all requisite tattoos and attitude), the good doctor Brande Wix (of Found magazine fame and my New Orleans traveling partner), a guy I think might be my ex-boyfriend, and others walk the walk.

It’s also in celebration of my favorite headwear item, the Unihood, which I’ve already told you all about.

9-10 p.m. Marco & Asim play (It’s pronounced Marco and Awesome, according to my friend Yama, who had their CD in his car. I never listened to it, but he likes them)

10-10:30 “The Bizarre Walk”

10:30-11+ Live Bluegrass

11-? Dancing, music, improv instruments…

As one of the organizers, the lovely Britten Stringwell, put it: “Bring Kids . Babysitters . Bring who you wouldn’t normally . Bring him. Her.”

How can you resist an invite like that?

While you eat your lunch today, check out the recently-launched, locally-produced Textsound.

There are some interesting sounds to hear, and it’s better than listening to the hum of florescent lights while you eat that healthy combination of pretzels and diet pepsi you got from the vending machines.

I really enjoyed “Genkomst” and “Schengen,” tracks 8 and 9. I’m not sure what language they’re in, or if it’s a real language (which will probably make me sound like an idiot), but they sound like stylized language learning tapes. Some of the other tracks weren’t really my taste but, personally, I find a lot of slam poetry stuff to be irritating. I don’t like the tendency to mask what’s essentially a bad poem in the weighty repetition of certain words, or the need to discuss your uterus at length.

Textsound is having a launch party at the Dreamland Theater in Ypsi on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

I’ll be spending my lunch hour reviewing a bunch of films made by high school students in a contest organized by my favorite librarian, Ben Malczewski of the Ypsilanti District Library. If you’ve ever marveled at the Ypsi library’s absolutely amazing film collection, thank Ben. I thank Ben for recommending “The Magnificent Ambersons” to me when I interviewed him a year or so ago.

I have to go now, because it suddenly smells like cupcakes and I need to find out why.

It may be February, but Michiganders know it’s never too late in the season to purchase winter gear. In fact, I usually wait to buy said items (gloves, hats, etc.) until January, since they’re all on sale by then, and any true midwesterner worth his or her salt doesn’t need a hat and gloves until it’s cold enough to freeze the snot in your nose on the walk from the front door to the driveway.
Plus, it’s going to snow in May and you and I both know it.

So here’s my suggestion: You need a Unihood.

I have one, and it’s awesome in so many ways. It looks rad, it’s super warm, and it’s made by a really cool Ann Arbor artist, Britten Stringwell. Mine is made from an old down jacket, I think, but the wool and silk ones are dope too. You can pick one up at the shop on Britten’s site.