Tree city residents, whether you call her 'motherland' or not, Russia is coming to Michigan for the first ever Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival. Presented by St Vladimir's Orthodox Church, the celebration will begin with a traditional Russian Bell ringing, and continue for two days of authentic cuisine and crafts. Attendees can spend time in a Tearoom with authentic Russian Sweets, or enjoy live traditional folk music. Those feeling metropolitan can step onto a DJ'd open dance floor, or peruse an art exhibit. The festival will even feature a Vodka Infusion contest, inviting attendees to show off home-flavored Stoli—contestants must register with info@stvladimiraami no later than September 14. Saturday, September 21, 11am-11pm; Sunday, September 11, 1-7pm. Free. St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church, 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter. 734-475-4590. russianfestival.stvladimiraami.org—JS
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.