Jason Rzucidlo

 

PHOTOS: “Pop Art Comes to Michigan, 1963” @ UMMA

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo recently visited the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). This symposium explores the historical and cultural significance of two pioneering exhibitions of Pop Art that were held at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in 1963. At that time, the concept of Pop Art was under construction. Subjects addressed in the art-–consumer culture, food and other appetites, technology and the mass media, the Cold War, women’s roles–were live issues at the University. By showcasing artists whose work was too raw or unusual to become partRead More


WATCH: Fresh Thyme opens for business in Canton, MI

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market on Ford Road in Canton, Mich. This is the second new grocery store to open within the city in the last two weeks. Fresh Thyme features an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen and health supplement products. The store donated all of its Boar’s Head hot dog proceeds to The University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. FreshRead More


PREVIEW: Ian & Chad from A Great Big World to perform at The Ark on March 26

TweetANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ian Axel and Chad King from the pop/rock duo A Great Big World will hold an acoustic concert on March 26 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Mich. They are best known for the hits “Say Something” and “Hold Each Other.” Musician Allie Moss will serve as the opener for that show. I spoke with Ian and Chad during an exclusive phone interview last week. First, I asked how they got started in the music business. “I met Ian at NYU, we both were studying theRead More


PHOTOS: Emagine Saline Ribbon Cutting & VIP Preview Party

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the new Emagine Theater in Saline, Michigan. The ribbon cutting and VIP preview party were held on Friday, March 17, 2017. The evening also featured musical performances by the Saline Fiddlers and Kimmie Horne. In this gallery, look for highlights of the special event. The new theater features nine screens and 1,000 seats in all. It is located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Industrial Drive in the space formerly occupied by Country Market. The new Emagine offers an expanded cuisine area with itemsRead More


LISTEN: Exclusive Interview with Ian & Chad from “A Great Big World”

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo spoke one-on-one with Ian & Chad from the pop/rock duo A Great Big World. In this exclusive interview, find out how they got started in the music business and what goals they have for the next five years. How did the collaboration with Christina Aguilera come about for the song “Say Something”? What’s the story behind their big hit “Hold Each Other”? Learn more about their new acoustic tour, which is playing several dates across the country including a stop at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MIRead More


Emagine’s new luxury movie theater is now open in Saline, MI

TweetSALINE, Mich. — A new Emagine Theater is now open for business at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Industrial Drive in Saline, Mich. That’s about eight miles south of Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County. The VIP preview party raised $36,000 for two local charities. “I’m extraordinary excited about this particular location,” said Paul Glantz, CEO of Emagine Entertainment. “The community has been very, very gracious in the welcoming of us. I think we will have the good fortune of serving this wonderful community with a terrific theater. We wereRead More


WATCH: Emagine Saline Ribbon Cutting & VIP Preview Party

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the new Emagine Theater in Saline, Michigan. The ribbon cutting and VIP preview party were held on Friday, March 17, 2017. The evening also featured musical performances by the Saline Fiddlers and Kimmie Horne. In this video, look for highlights of the event and interviews with attendees as well as Emagine CEO Paul Glantz & U.S. Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R). The new theater features nine screens and 1,000 seats in all. It is located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Industrial Drive in theRead More


PHOTOS: Busch’s Fresh Food Market opens for business in Canton, MI

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at the new Busch’s Fresh Food Market in Canton, Mich. The brand new, state-of-the-art grocery store features a JB Smokehouse’s BBQ restaurant, a Starbucks coffee shop as well as craft beer and wine sections, along with gelato and juice bars. The 56,000-square-feet  building formerly housed a closed Farmer Jack grocery store. It is located at the southeast corner of Cherry Hill and Canton Center roads. Hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. For more information about the new Canton Busch’s store, visit http://www.buschs.com/locations/1156


PHOTOS: AmericaJR Visits Downtown Chicago “The Second City”

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo and Cory Martin recently visited downtown Chicago also known as “The Second City.” Positioned along Lake Michigan, the city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis (Sears) Tower, Museum of Science and Industry, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago’s culture includes the visual arts, novels, film, theater, especially improvisational comedy, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, hip hop, gospel and house music.


1st Kmart store in Garden City closing for good in a few more days

TweetGARDEN CITY, Mich. — It’s a sign of the times. The original Kmart store that led to the nationwide chain of stores is going out of business. Parent company Sears Holdings Corp. is shuttering hundreds of its underperforming stores because of stiff competition from other retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon. On March 1, 1962, the Garden City Kmart store opened for business at the corner of Ford Road and Middlebelt. An advertisement was placed in the Detroit Free Press to lure in shoppers for the grand opening sale. Exactly 56Read More