Weekend Roundup: Hopping down the bunny trail edition

Here’s hoping that Peter Cottontail can bring some spring weather down the bunny trail for this weekend’s events! Thanks to Sue of Boss Mouse Cheese and Bunny Lee for our featured photo!

Thursday, April 17th

Tonight April Green Drinks takes place at the Little FleetThe special for Green Drinkers will be $1 off all their Michigan drafts and the Roaming Harvest food truck will be on hand and offering $1 for attendees as well. The event is free to attend (other than your food & drink) and is a chance for socializing & informal discussion about a greener, cleaner Traverse City. Right after Green Drinks, Little Fleet’s popular Vinyl Night happens, so feel free to bring a platter or three for them to spin!

Chef Paul Olson has created four courses to be enjoyed with some of their favorite pub beers for tonight’s Jolly Pumpkin Beer Dinner. From the warm escarole salad to the last bite of the carrot cake, this Spring menu will feature some seasonal items you don’t want to miss!Click the link for menu & call for reservations 231-223-4333

Celebrate Michigan Wine Month tonight or Friday with Black Star Farms at their Digs & Swigs event. A special Black Star Farms inspired painting from artist Stephanie Schlatte will be given with the purchase of six or more bottles (subject to availability, quantities are limited). 

Music tonight includes Dick Prall at InsideOut Gallery at InsideOut, Joshua Davis & Joe Wilson at The Workshop and Don Julin & Billy Strings at Little Bohemia.

Friday, April 18th

The NEW OPERA PROJECT Friday & Saturday at InsideOut features new work entirely conceived, written, composed, and performed by students at the Interlochen Arts Academy and co-produced by Parallel 45 theatre company. Enjoy 3 original short operas “The Lottery”, “Senescence”, and “Yellow’s Bruises”. Performances start at 7 – click the link for details!

Also on Friday Art @TheBOX welcomes artists Mary Beth Acosta and TJ Carroll from 6-8 PM, Left Foot Charley has Live Music by Jason Dake from 6-8, PPM plays Northern Natural Cider House from 4-6 PM and PB and the J’s are Live at The Workshop from 8-11 PM.

Saturday, April 19th

If there’s a better way to start your Saturday than The Village Indoor Farmers Market at Grand Traverse Commons, we don’t know what it is! The market happens from 10 AM – 2 PM and features 45 local vendors with  fresh, local produce, fish, meats, bread & baked goods, preserves, honey, soaps, and more. It’s the second to the last indoor market of the season!

The Dennos Museum Center features the Mystical Arts of Tibet featuring the famed multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling monastery who have taken the world by storm! Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through sacred performing art, they have performed in many of America’s greatest theaters and music halls. Check the video below! Want to go a little deeper? You can also take part in Mandala Sand Painting at the Dennos Thursday through Saturday from 10-5 daily.

Island BenefitOne of the most fun events we go to every year is the ISLAND Benefit at Short’s Brewing Company. ISLAND is the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design and does some very great work with food & farming. It starts at 4 PM and features some really great music including Seth Bernard, Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds and all the way from NYC, the amazingly talented and astonishingly energetic Gregory Stovetop. Check out Stovetop’s performance from the Earthwork Harvest Gathering in the video below and learn about the great work of ISLAND at the link above.

On Saturday you can also enjoyKids Open Mic at Northern NaturalsDate Night at the Boathouse Dick Prall at The Workshop (8-11 PM) and  Billy Strings & Don Julin at Stormcloud Brewing in Frankfort at 8.

Easter Sunday, April 20th

Easter Brunch at Aerie

Easter Brunch at Aerie

On Sunday, many area restaurants are offering Easter Brunch including Easter Brunch at The Boathouse (8:30 – 2 PM), the Grand Easter Brunch at West Bay Beach from 10 AM – 4 PM, Easter Brunch at Firefly (no link – just saw their sign!) and Easter Brunch at Aerie (10 AM – 2 PM). Click the links for the menus – they look incredible.

Coming Up Next Week

The latest edition of How to With Foufou features Chocolate and on Monday at 5:30, Chef Guillaume can help learn more about our delicious friend! $30 per session. On Monday from 7-9 PM HERE:SAY STORYTELLING is at InsideOut – bring your story or your ears and have a great time. There’s also Monday Night Trivia at The Workshop from 7-9 as well.

On Tuesday check out the Traverse City premier of “Connected by Coffee” at 6 PM at the State Theatre. Locally produced by Stone Hut Studios, this documentary shares the story of one journey across Central America, 4 revolutionary coffee cooperatives, and the joys and struggles small-scale farmers face on a daily basis. Also on Tuesday two very talented guys are at Northern Naturals: Billy Strings & Mark Lavengood of Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies fame. 

Gallo Pinto means “spotted rooster” in Spanish. The name is said to originate in the multi-colored or speckled appearance that results from cooking the rice together with black or red beans and a mix of red, yellow, green, and orange peppers along with caramelized onions and flavorful cilantro. You can learn to cook it at Gallo Pinto: Another Taste of Costa Rica on Wednesday from 6-9 PM at the Oleson Center. Also on Wednesday Mark T. Meyer will be opening his art show at TASTES (runs April 24 to May 4). 

Next Thursday Chef Bob Rodriguez’s class presents the Garde Manger Reception at Great Lakes Culinary Institute and on Saturday in addition to the 10th Anniversary Bash at Short’s you can enjoy the WOMP Wine Dinner at Grand Traverse Resort and the Feast of St Vincent at Brengman Brothers.

Sunday is a great day for cyclists with the TC Tweed Ride Social at InsideOut and the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Pedal out to Jolly Pumpkin!

OK, here’s that video of Stovetop – have a great weekend folks!

Gregory Stovetop : Harvest 2012 from Mostly Midwest on Vimeo.