Good documentaries attempt to break into shadowy corners of the underground, but Wheat Harvest not only hits the jackpot by unraveling a seedy hidden world, it also breaks some generalizations. It follows the story of Niu Hongmia, a Beijing prostitute, who lives a double life as a quiet family girl in the countryside, using her wages to help her severely sick father. The candid camera work spares little anonymity to the sex industry players, giving a unblocked view into something we all know exists, but few of us actually see. Take a look inside a world of sacrifices and strong, cognizant women when it screens at UofM on March 3. 7-9pm. University of Michigan, Angell Hall, Auditorium A. 734-764-4189, www.umich.edu
The night before Thanksgiving is a notoriously busy bar night. Friends are back in town to see their families, but everyone really just wants to utilize a permissively late weeknight jamboree to blow off some much needed steam, before they have to behave themselves at the dinner tables tomorrow in front of grandparents and in-laws.
Two things from the get go: First: Your library can be (and always has been) a reliable source of cultural programming that can enrich the community. That can be author talks, it can be craft activities for kids, but it can ALSO engage the local music scene in very interesting ways…What I mean is, the
Ann Arbor based filmmaker’s latest documentary features Michigan musician/horror novelist Scott Allen spent a dozen years in the music scene, primarily with post-punk quartet Thunderbirds Are Now….but now…he’s getting into film. Documentary film, specifically. A Livonia native, Allen moved to Ann Arbor seven years ago to work for Automobile Magazine. While this fatefully aligned
Local musician Rick Coughlin founded Grove Studios in late 2016 with the goal of establishing it as a community space for musicians—by musicians! The Grove team’s idea, with an architectural vision of Breck Crandell, was for a compound of individual artists’ rehearsal spaces comprised of a fleet of shipping containers. Coughlin’s efforts have been aided by the