The history of twentieth century popular music in America is as diverse as it is unpredictable — the striking artistic differences between genres as created and subsequent evolutions has shaped the musical landscape of today. With that concept in mind, the Ann Arbor District Library presents America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, an eight week series featuring documentary film screenings and discussions led by University of Michigan Professor of Musicology and Director of Research Mark Clague. Throughout the series, concerts performed by some of Ann Arbor’s most talented musicians will be presented at both the Library and at the Kerrytown Concert House. With genre topics ranging from rock music to bluegrass to swing and latin jazz, America’s Music series offers an interesting perspective on musical history for fans of all genres. Wednesdays through April 24. 6:30pm. Free. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth St. 734-327-4200. Visit www.aadl.org for information about specific documentaries. —GMK
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.