Ultimate Woman's Arm Wrestling Tournament returns August 8

Flier by Chelsea Lewis

This Friday, A2D2 partners with local rock purveyors Arbco Records for the fourth year running to bring you the Ultimate Woman's Arm Wrestling Tournament! Ready to rumble? Then come on down to the Blind Pig and take on our Dimes for a chance to win a hot prize package. And if you're feeling less daring, don't be shy — join us to watch the action, and thrill to the rock of Scissor Now!, Lord Centipede, and Counter Cosby!

Complete details are in our Events Calendar. We hope to see you there!

Posted on August 3, 2014 .

Portraits of Michigan Roller Derby on view at Saturday double header

Michelle O'Bomb Ya carbon dust drawing / Megan E. B. “Scargyle” Foldenauer, PhD, CMI

A2D2's athleticism won't be the only thing on display at our next home bout, Saturday at Buhr Park — we're proud to announce that our August 2 double header will also feature a derby-themed art exhibit! When she's not leading A2D2, president Megan E.B. "Scargyle" Foldenauer literally lives and breathes art, working by day as a medical and biological illustrator. Her latest personal art project, "Portraits of Michigan Roller Derby," will grace the walls of the Buhr Park arena. 

Using the photography of Andrew Potter, Joe Mac, and Erica Rae as references, Scargyle created large-scale portraits in dedication to the athletes, volunteers, officials, and family of Michigan roller derby. The large-scale portrait series previously exhibited at First Friday Ypsilanti, but this is your only chance to see these amazing works in person before Scargyle takes them to London this September for the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition, and to Grand Rapids for the ArtPrize competition (on view at Mitten Brewing Company).

More on Scargyle's art:

Posted on July 30, 2014 .

A2D2 supports Alternatives for Girls in Detroit River Belles Vintage 'Base ball' Game

Sunday, July 13, 2014, Ann Arbor Derby Dimes members mingled with vintage base ball team Detroit River Belles in a charity game benefiting Alternatives for Girls.

Before the dust settled from our July 12 double header, the athletes of A2D2 were back to work July 13, competing alongside all-female vintage base ball team Detroit River Belles to raise funds for Alternatives for Girls, a a Detroit-based organization that provides support and empowerment to homeless and at-risk girls. The DRB are one of about 30 teams in Michigan that play America's favorite pastime following the rules and style of the sport during the mid-to-late 1800s (hence the spelling 'base ball'). At first, vintage base ball and present day roller derby may seem like opposites, but the Belles and Dimes share more than a woman-centric focus, as detailed in the Metro Times:

I think that Women’s Vintage Ball and Roller Derby have a lot in common: strong women, friendly competition, costumes/uniforms, and nicknames. I know a lot of women who love the idea of Derby but don’t skate, and I think that vintage ball can fill that same niche, so I wanted to help the women’s side of the sport grow, and help a good cause.
— Michael F. Copado, vintage base ball game organizer

Get a piece of the action by watching this video from the Metro Times (and this additional video from the Detroit Free Press):

For complete coverage of the Detroit River Belles-A2D2 vintage base ball game, visit our press clips page, and find more game photos in this Facebook album by Carol Sheldon.

Posted on July 16, 2014 .