Cinephiles can easily become afflicted with a serious need for pop-film candy. For all the appreciation given to highbrow cinema there are still sweet-tooth cravings for the kiss kiss bang bang of well done camp. And no other director embraces the B-movie aesthetic and transforms it to A+ solid gold than true movie buff turned auteur Quentin Tarantino. Feed your need for pop-culture sweetness with a heavy portion of Tarantino films this September at the State Theater. First, revel in his talkie shoot-em-up Reservoir Dogs on the 10th, veg out on the iconic cultural decadence of Pulp Fiction on the 17th, and stuff yourself with a double feature of his kung-fu masterpiece Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2 on the 24th. All of his films are modern classics, so indulge in the juicy dialogue and enjoy his mastery of the nonlinear storyline. 11:59pm. 734-761-8667. 233 S. State. www.michigantheater.org.
Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,
An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays
The most recent book of Kalamazoo-native Bonnie Jo Campbell is as visceral as it is honest. A compilation of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters explores the lives and relationships of women in rural settings. With varied character perspectives, the book runs the gambit of trials and tribulations: sexual assault, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, neglect,
Two shows ground today’s polarized political climate in the lives of people who struggle. In these tense political times, politically charged theatre is perhaps the opposite of the escape people are looking for in their entertainment. But The Exonerated, to be performed in February at the University of Michigan and Sweat, to be performed in