Talk:Culture of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Book Festival 
Among U.S. cities, Ann Arbor ranks first in the number of booksellers and books sold per capita. This phrase (above) from the main Ann Arbor article should be worked in somewhere, but I'm not sure where. Maybe the "Ann Arbor in Literature" section could be changed to a broader "Books and Literary Culture" section? Then this fact could be noted, as well as well-known authors who hail from Ann Arbor. Ropcat 17:28, 30 August 2005 (UTC)
- I've taken care of that notation and the section title. Pentawing 21:30, August 30, 2005 (UTC)
- Thanks Pentawing. Ropcat 23:47, 30 August 2005 (UTC)
The text below used to be part of the main Ann Arbor article, and now resides in the History of Ann Arbor, Michigan article. I wonder if this type of historical stuff on culture should be part of the culture article, too, though.
- Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Ann Arbor was home to many influential rock bands, such as the MC5, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Brownsville Station, George Clinton, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Mitch Ryder, and The Rationals. Madonna was a dance major at the University of Michigan in the late 1970s. In 1969, avant-garde jazz bandleader Sun Ra and his Arkestra spent about a month living in an Ann Arbor frat house, with poet-impressario John Sinclair and his radical White Panther Party for next-door neighbors.
Ropcat 23:40, 4 September 2005 (UTC)
- If you believe that is the case, go for it. Pentawing 23:38, September 6, 2005 (UTC)
Ann Arbor's cultural history begins in the 1960s and consists entirely of pop and rock acts? Maybe this section could use a better name. Rees11 03:07, 4 September 2007 (UTC)
"In 1969, avant-garde jazz bandleader Sun Ra and his Arkestra spent about a month living in an Ann Arbor frat house".... Is this really worth mentioning? Was it an action-packed month that had a huge impact on Culture in Ann Arbor? Also, I question the inclusion of some of these bands. Ann Arbor was not mentioned on any of the following individual pages: MC5, Alice Cooper, and George Clinton. Please correct me if I'm wrong. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:03, 22 August 2010 (UTC)
Performing arts groups 
Anonymous user 22.214.171.124, on 10 May 2006, added a jazz quartet called "Fourth Wish" to the Performing arts groups section. It seems, however, that this section is more intended for the major arts organizations or institutions rather than the plethora of small groups that might perform here or there. Based on this assumption, I'm changing the section name to Performing arts institutions and removing "Fourth Wish." However, if those working on this page disagree, please discuss here. Ropcat 22:05, 10 May 2006 (UTC)
Notoriety of Naked Mile run 
The Ann Arbor Police Dept considered it "notorious". Certainly the police warnings of "groping", and police and university administration concerns over the safety of the runners gives it a certain notoriety: see (or listen to) the NPR coverage (unofficial transcript).
The more than annual coverage of the event by the Michigan Daily (Univ. of Michigan's student-run newspaper) definitely implies notoriety. For example, this article from 2004:
All Naked Mile participants reached for comment requested that their last names not be printed.
About four years ago, the University began a campaign with the Ann Arbor Police Department to end the Naked Mile due to concerns about student safety. During the 1990s, the event had grown into a media spectacle with the run eventually being broadcast on the Internet.
- I'm the current curator of The Official Naked Mile Website. It's also one of the longest running websites on the planet, having launched in 1996 - before hotmail, google, maybe wikipedia? I clarified the history. If anyone has any other questions, I would refer you to the history link on our site - http://www.nakedmile.com/history.html126.96.36.199 (talk) 01:13, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
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