Incarcerated giving 

Incarcerated giving

Arts types are wacky, but some Ann Arbor restaurateurs are going one step further to prove that they’re wackier still — and to show how serious they are in that proof, they’re doing it all in the name of art. Huh? Well, let’s just say that if you pop in to the Ann Arbor branch of B.D.’s Mongolian Barbeque this Monday, November 13, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., you’ll see one heck of a wacky sight.

The restaurant will play jailhouse for the day to host Ann Arbor’s First Annual Lock-In to Support the Arts. Volunteers (wanna be one?) will spend the day locked in a mock cell, feasting on B.D.’s food and being entertained by local arts groups. The catch? They’re stuck there, and need to get on their cell phones and call friends, co-workers and even their mothers in an attempt to raise “bail” — which will then be donated to the arts. This year’s beneficiaries include the Young Peoples Theater, Michael Lee and Opus Mime, and the musical theater-dance group Hundredth Monkey, all of whom will be performing at the event.

Sound like a good time in close quarters? Get involved and support the arts too. Show up at 200 S. Main on the 13th, or call the restaurant at 734-913-0999.

The Hot & the Bothered was written by Larry Gabriel and Alisa Gordaneer, and edited by George Tysh. E-mail him at

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