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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

NYC comedians return to Ypsi

Photo by Christine Laughren

Michigan native Vince Averill performed at the Riverside Arts Center with Jesse Popp, Matt McCarthy and Greg Johnson Friday evening. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
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Show wrappes up tonight at Riverside Arts Center

By Christine Laughren
Jan. 24, 2009    ·    12:37 a.m.


The Riverside Arts Center is not your typical venue for stand-up comedians, but Michigan natives Vince Averill and Jesse Popp have made their way back to the Great Lakes State to bring a little stand-up comedy to Ypsilanti.

Averill and Popp returned to their old stomping grounds in southeastern Michigan where they got their start in comedy before moving to New York City in 2006.

Averill grew up in Milford and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in geography and tourism. Popp grew up in Garden City.

“We haven’t been back to perform in a long time,” Averill said before Friday night’s show at the RAC.

The guys said they decided on the Riverside Arts Center because the space was available and they liked the area.

“I’ve always liked Ypsi, for its good and its bad,” Averill said.

Averill said he got into comedy after graduating with his degree.

“I graduated from Eastern and realized with a degree in geography I couldn’t do much but go to work and sleep,” he said. “That’s when I started taking classes at the Second City.”

Popp and Averill met at the Heidelberg in Ann Arbor and the pair decided to make the move to New York. The two have been on Comedy Central and toured countless spots in the Big Apple.

Popp and Averill came back to Ypsilanti with friends Matt McCarthy and Greg Johnson in tow.

McCarthy has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Just for Laughs” and several commercials including McDonald's, Verizon and Guinness. He also made it to the top five in the Doritos’ make-your-own-commercial contest “Crash the Superbowl” for his commercial "New Flavor Pitch." The winning commercial will have the chance to have their ad aired during the game.

Johnson’s weekly show in NYC was awarded the ECNY award, formally the Emerging Comics of New York Awards, for Best Variety Show in 2008.

All four comedians will be performing again tonight at 8 p.m. at the RAC. Averill said more than 100 tickets have already been sold, but there are still some available. Tickets are $12 at the door.



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