Teachers don’t have it too easy these days. They face layoffs, a lack of supplies and staying updated on ever-changing technology, yet many of them can still do some pretty amazing things — like shaping lives. American Teacher, a feature-length documentary that follows four teachers from all over the country, was produced by 826michigan co-founders Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari and will screen at the Michigan Theater on Wednesday, December 14. The evening is sponsored by — and will benefit — 826michigan, a non-profit writing and tutoring center. Jonathan Dearman, one of the documentary’s featured teachers, will be available for a public Q&A. $6. 7pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-761-3463. www.826michigan.com.
The beautiful thing about the kinds of songs that Tanager make are how layered they are… These are guitars that envelop you, drums that pull you, melodic phrases that levitate you (and no, I’m not on drugs as I write this)… Those ethereal traits have always distinguished a Tanager song, a hybrid of coarse distortion
It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”
Flint’s story is essential to the film because it illustrates the power of greed and why corporate money has no place in government. Macroeconomics 101 tells us that corporations are beholden to one thing—their stockholders. Humans do not enter into this equation. How can you have a democracy for the people when corporate money runs the government? You can’t.
Following Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a prodigious doctor whose ecstasy over medicine overshadowed his regard for those closest to him, and his striving younger brother W.K., who toiled unappreciated under his brother before setting off on his own to great fame and success.