No form of entertainment marries fear and adoration the way a circus does, so it's a shame that fewer troupes pitch big tops in the United States every year. Those still thirsty for freak shows and acrobatics can see Circus, a new art exhibit opening at Gallery Project on March 28th, featuring work by local national and international artists. Circus promises to touch on the spectacles and deceptions in the three ring tradition. Local portrait artist Joe Levickas and aerialist Erin Garber Pearson curated Circus. For those thinking of running away from home and joining a troupe, Pearson will teach a beginner Aerial class at Ann Arbor Aviary. Exhibit runs March 28-May 4th. Opening Reception March 29th, 6-9pm. Gallery Project, 215 South Fourth Ave. 734-997-7012. www.thegalleryproject.com—JS
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