Monthly Archives: November 2011

Music News in Haikus

Click each haiku to be taken to the full story. Box Set Blues Haiku:   Elvis Costello Bites the hand that feeds him a Second time around MmmmBeer Haiku: Whatever happened To that one band called Hanson? Who cares? I read ‘Beer’ Hole is an Appropriate Name Haiku: Why would you do such A thing,…

Good eating at Claddagh Livonia

Yuengling beer battered shrimp

On a cool Fall afternoon, I wandered into the Claddagh Irish Pub in Livonia. As a first timer, I noted the year-round patio, complete with heaters and built in fire pit. Walking in, I quickly got a taste of the warm hospitality that continued throughout my visit. The Claddagh boasts an extensive menu of Irish/American…

Black Friday for the NBA – Owners and Players Finally Agree

Thanksgiving brings us football, turkey and plenty of leftovers and for the past few decades the beginning of Black Friday to get Christmas shopping rolling. And just as we were getting used to the idea of life without a large segment of “overpaid, whiney, large men in “long” short pants and their equally whiny management…

5 Cool Ideas for avoiding information overload.

Here is another “Cool Stuff” Idea from our cool Urbane Life friend, also a noted speaker and author Michael Angelo Caruso. Michael will be providing interesting Cool Stuff Ideas here every Saturday going forward. We hope you find them helpful. If you see Michael around town, tell him you saw him here first, we will give you secret gift, really we will.…

The Happening Trails

There is a biking community that stretches across Metro Detroit’s terrain and I would venture to say that in making that trek they have become masters of swift, safe travel. You’ve likely seen their forward momentum braving both hot and cold temperatures and defying the darkness that has begun to fall in what seems like…

Small Business Saturday: Mom & Pop Record Shop Edition

As all of you Black Friday sickos lick your wounds this Saturday afternoon, Main Street’s a-callin’. Because everything needs a name, today is Small Business Saturday. Cynicism aside, today is a perfect day for a visit to your local mom and pop record store–or five. Yesterday was the first Black Friday Record Store Day and…

The Roots Prank, Brag, Get Busted (In that order)

When the Roots became the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon band on NBC, I wondered how long they’d last. Not because no one would like them or they’d do a bad job or whathaveyou, but because of the opposite, because they’re so good. The Roots are one of the most creative, boundary pushing bands of the past…

Camel Toes Aren’t Pretty. Not Even On Camels.

I never understood this. Perhaps, by my coming forward and voicing my confusion, someone out there can enlighten me. Let me set the scenario… Woman walks into store. Or man, because they aren’t immune from this issue. And frankly, I’m not sure which gender camel toes more grotesque on. Because, let’s face it, camel toes…

5 Cool Ideas for Getting People to Do Stuff

Here is another “Cool Stuff” Idea from our cool Urbane Life friend, also a noted speaker and author Michael Angelo Caruso. Michael will be providing interesting Cool Stuff Ideas here every Saturday going forward. We hope you find them helpful. If you see Michael around town, tell him you saw him here first, we will give you secret gift, really we will.…

On An Open Mic Night

I have a fairly typical love/hate relationship with open mic nights. I’ve seen amazing songwriters who don’t get nearly enough attention from the local music rags. I’ve also seen Wonderwall performed four times in one night. I’ve met a tight and supportive community of musicians who band together, organize, and participate in enormous benefit concerts for…

Wishful Thinking

    I have a pretty solid imagination, or at least I imagine that I do. So the other day I took a few minutes away from my day to fantasize about what I would do in downtown Royal Oak (which is were I spend a huge chunk of my time, Ann Arbor runs a…