Two new directories have appeared to make life in these parts just a bit easier. From the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies comes A Guide to Arts and Cultural Organizations in Southeast Michigan, 122 pages listing all manner of projects promoting creativity, community service, mindfulness and copacetic interaction in the counties of Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. Arranged alphabetically, more than 700 entries will point you to events, places and their coordinates — from Dearborn’s ACCESS (the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) to the Wyandotte Museum, from the Visual Arts Association of Livonia to Rochester’s Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Organizations are cross-listed by county, by discipline and by programs or services offered (arts councils, colleges, dance groups, festivals, libraries, museums, parks and recreation, theaters and so much more). It’s an indispensable handbook for artists, cultural workers, media moguls, etc. Copies are free at Michigan Welcome Centers, or can be ordered ($3 prepaid postage and handling) from Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, 107 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor 48104 (fax 734-996-3317).
Also new and full of intensely local info is the Southwest Detroit Business Directory from Latino Press, 100 pages of important addresses and phone numbers specific to the needs and activities of one of the city’s most rapidly growing and soulful communities. Imagine a distinct culture, then mix it with another, and another … That’s what you’ve got in the range of businesses represented in this bilingual yellow pages: Listed are restaurants, social service organizations, churches, places of interest, immigration instruction, etc. The Latino Press (1494 Junction, Detroit) can be reached at 313-841-9333.The Hot & the Bothered was written and edited by George Tysh. E-mail him at email@example.com