Perhaps you think films about Santa Claus have been exhausted; that there’s really nothing fresh that can be done with old Saint Nick in the theater. And maybe Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale — which screens at the Michigan Theater on December 9 and 10 — will change your mind. When a scientist in Finland discovers that the Korvatunturi Mountain acts as a burial mound, he has it dug up — then things get weird. Reindeer are killed. Bratty children go missing. Supplies disappear. One family catches the culprit, which ends up being a sadistic, pissed-off Santa Claus, and decides the thing to do is keep Old Nick in a cage and sell him to a scientist. The thing is, the film is serious — or as serious as you can be when going this route. Hey, it did get good reviews. 10pm. $9. $7 students. 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. www.michtheater.org
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