A parody of 50’s teen musicals. A cast that includes Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake and Patty Hearst. Two orphans with absurd backstories. Yep, only John Waters, in his infinite weirdo genius, could have pulled off Cry-Baby, screening on August 25 as part of the State Theater’s midnight films. Set in Baltimore, the leader of a teenage gang (Depp), whose ability to shed a single tear lands him all the girls, falls for a square, who ends up having more in common with him than it might seem. It’s campy, but wonderfully so, with Waters taking his swipes and further etching himself into history as a satirical mastermind. $10. 11:59pm. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667. www.michtheater.org/state
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.