The truly magical thing about E.T.: the Extra Terrestrial is that it's a film you grew up with, but, unlike a slew of other whimsical kid-magnet flicks, you can continue to appreciate it as an adult for non-nostalgic reasons. In the Spielberg classic — screening at the State Theater as a midnight showing on May 5 — there are enough imagination-fueled light-hearted moments for a pre-teen to watch it 52 times a year, but also substance to make you think: Are we, as a society, too afraid of things we don't understand? And do we slowly lose basic levels of compassion and acceptance as we age and conform with the world? $10. 11:59pm. State Theater, 233 South State St. 734-761-8667. www.michtheater.com
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