For decades American sculptor Mark di Suvero has wowed by-passers traveling through museum grounds, landscapes and urban environments with his works made from industrial steel and salvaged materials. Now it’s time to celebrate his smaller works. The exhibition Tabletops, on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Art from October 8 through February 26, displays approximately 15 pieces of di Suvero’s more intimate, expressive work. This guy’s for real — President Obama awarded him the National Medal of the Arts last spring. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. www.umma.umich.edu
DIYpsi Aug 18 & Aug 19 at ABC Microbrewery I’ve detected an increasing amount of positive energy generating from the independent arts community of Ypsilanti over the last several years, grassroots efforts that stoke a sense of pride and celebration of the local culture scene, from First Fridays and Bona Sera, to the Threads All
If you missed Eighth Grade at Cinetopia, it’s finally officially playing this week at The State! Eighth Grade is this generation’s Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Welcome To The Dollhouse. If you’ve wondered what adolescence in the digital age is like, this movie’s strength is capturing Generation Z middle school life—while remaining universal.
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When performing plays, actors use props, costumes and set pieces to immerse themselves in the story. Spinning Dot Theatre repertory company members Aya Aziz and Forrest Hejkal, who star in the North American premiere of Chelsea Woolley’s two-hander, The Mountain, had extra help preparing to portray children on a playground; they did some of their