A walk along the red run

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Letter to the Editor

I live near Fitzgerald High School, and occasionally bits of homework and notes blow into the yard. Today I found this gem written by an unknown high school student.


The Resonant Underbelly of Suburbia

IMG_5505 (1)Join us for the second edition of the Traffic Chorus, a site-specific amateur choir! Our next adventure will include a simple meal, exploring a creek that meanders through the grid of streets, and making sounds within a resonant space deep in the belly of suburbia. Come as you are, you already have the skills you need.

When: Saturday the 21st of October @ 4PM, meet in the parking lot of the Royalty House Banquet Facility (8201 13 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48093), we will gather under the humming power lines. (look for a ragtag group of human animals)

This will be slightly intrepid… we will be walking on inclined and potentially slippery earth. Galoshes or shoes you don’t mind getting wet are strongly encouraged. If you would like to attend but would rather listen than sing, that’s perfectly ok! Feel free to bring friends! Let me know if you think you will join us, but also feel free to attend even if you haven’t RSVPed!

Looking forward! (and around)


The Forgotten Art of Sock Darning

Saturday February 11th, 12:30 PM – 2:30PM

Detroit Institute of Arts (Kresge Court)

Are your socks developing unwanted ventilation holes? Join me for a celebration of the ancient art of sock darning. Meet me in Kresge Court (Inside the DIA) for a sock repair workshop, a snack and conversation.

Bring with you:

  • a pair of socks (or a sweater) in need of some love
  • 1 small spherical object like a: tennis ball, lightbulb, apple or orange

Optional (but suggested)

  • yarn or perhaps some notions for sock bedazzling (a currently under appreciated art form)
  • A needle large enough to use with the yarn you brought

I’ll have a couple different yarns and some spare needles too, so don’t let a shortage of supplies stop you. Remember only small (purse sized articles) are allowed in the museum, so travel light. ALSO, after I send out the invite for this event I realized that the DIA is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration this Saturday and Sunday, so lets check that out with our newly repaired socks on! Hell, if you think sock darning is dumb but wanna shoot the breeze, you’re still invited. Do it, darn it.

Find the event on facebook here. (no RSVP required)


Picnic in the Clouds

Saturday April 2nd, Noon – 3:00pm  


Fisher Building, 3011 W Grand Blvd

RSVP HERE (required, due to overwhelming interest and limited capacity)

Have you ever seen something so breathtaking that you feel you must share it? You know that catching a glimpse of such a sight will restore your sense of wonder or soften the hard edges of daily life. Jack Butler, an Imagineer and CEO of Butler Graphics, has an office atop the famed Fisher Building and has made “Ambassador To the Sky” part of his job description.

Join us atop this manufactured mountain of limestone, granite and marble for a picnic and conversation!

Bring a personal picnic or something to share! Binoculars recommended.