Reinventing – A Good Mix – by E. G. Penet
Ever since our original hosts at 128.130 W. Michigan Avenue, David & Leslie Austin, turned over the keys, Mix on Michigan Avenue has been assiduously investing and re-inventing itself to the surprise and delight of our patrons.
We’ve had furniture, antiques, vintage clothing, art wear, art of every description, musical events, theatrical events, sidewalk sales, and on. We have gradually morphed into an art wear clothing boutique with stores in the historic Hewitt Hall building in Ypsilanti and two shops in the historic Nichols Arcade in Ann Arbor.
But we always held an element of our love of entertainment and amusement in our hip pocket via the Mix Studio Theater at 8 North Washington. Once the pottery studio of David Austin, it was transformed into a “black box” theater by an EMU student team led by Dustin and Emily Miller. Several cast changes later, Keith Paul Medellis moved his company, The New Theater Project, from Ann Arbor to the Mix Studio Theater. Change of scene to: stand-up comedy workshops with Jay Leno writer, Chilli Challis, plus theatrics by Tim Henning’s Emergent Arts Group, which have since moved lock stock and barrel-of-laughs to the Yellow Barn in Ann Arbor.
But now … I have the pleasure to announce a fabulous reimagining of the Mix Studio Theater: the opening of Y.E.S. at 8 N. Washington … the Ypsilanti Experimental Space! YES is the brainchild of Mark Tucker, LS&A professor at the University of Michigan and his creative partner in crime, Donald Harrison, a well-known videographer newly moved to Ypsilanti.