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Around The Mitten (ATM): Online TV, Ice Cream, and Spaghetti Westerns

Posted in Film, Interesting People, Music with tags , , , on July 23, 2009 by Quinn Strassel

[Editors Note:  Insert obligatory blogger apology for lack of posts.  Lots happening on the real estate front.  While I deal with that, check out these cool things other people are doing around the Mitten]

This is not my video.  But I wish it was.  When I was living in Boston, I had several conversations with friends about starting an online late-night talk show.  I thought we could invite cool bands to perform and interview comedians in front of a small audience. Though I never got around to it (add it to the list), I’m glad to see someone in Detroit has.  His name is Steve Barman and his show is called The Steve Barman Show.  Here’s Episode 6:

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(HT: Motor City Rocks)

Ice Cream Man Hits Michigan.  During my time on the rock festival circuit, I got to know Matt Allen, a guy who gives out free ice cream for a living.   Continue reading

What You Should Do This Week (WYSDTW): July 13 – 19 Michigan Events

Posted in Film, Food, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2009 by Quinn Strassel
Yo La Tengo Plays this Saturday in Detroit (For Free!)

Yo La Tengo Plays this Saturday in Detroit (For Free!)

Let me guess.  You’re freakin’ out about the impending chaos of summer festival season.  Sure there’s lots to do, but for every worthwhile event, there seems to be 48 worthless ones.  Don’t worry.  The Mitten is here with the first edition of WYSDTW.  You’re welcome.

Monday, July 13th

Berlin Fair:  Marne, MI

Ever been to Marne, Michigan?  Me neither.  But their Berlin Fair kicks off on Monday with beer tent that opens at 4pm and an opening night all-you-can-ride special on carnival rides for $12.  Sounds like a recipe for an amazingly dangerous Monday night.

Wednesday, July 15th

The Mindstream Project (Ann Arbor Art Fair, Wed. July 15 – Sun., July 19)

Most Ann Arborites have a love/hate relationship with the Art Fair.  Sure it’s huge and respected and brings tons of business to downtown shops. But it’s also crowded, overheated, and exhausting.  For those looking for something low-key and very cool to do, check out The Mindstream Project, where you can make your own stop motion animation.  They made this video at the A2 Summer Festival:

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Stumbling Out of the Gate

Posted in Dance, Film, Food, Interesting People, Music with tags , , , , , on June 28, 2009 by Quinn Strassel

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Hey, friends and readers.

Thanks for stopping by The Mitten, a blog dedicated to exploring the unique cultural landscape of Michigan’s lower peninsula. For those of you who don’t know, my name is Quinn Strassel. I used to write for a blog on OurStage.com where I also worked as an…”on camera personality“…or “broadcast journalist” depending on the given day and assignment. That was in Boston.

I have since returned to my hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan. In an attempt to reconnect with the people/music/food/etc. of my home state (while simultaneously reconnecting with the act of writing and making videos) I decided to start a blog covering its underground/indie cultural happenings and phenomena.

Due to circumstances involving, strangely enough, a video that tangentially relates to Michael Jackson’s death (post coming very soon), I’m opening the blog a little ahead of schedule. I appreciate suggestions and patience as I get it all together.

P.S.  Isn’t the mitten above the greatest mitten you’ve ever seen?  It was photographed by a really cool artist named Sarah Skeen.  Apparently, her mom sewed it in home-ec class as a thimble cover many years ago.  Sarah also has a blog AND makes jewelry which you can buy (along with photo prints) at her Etsy store.  I highly recommend her work.