The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is known to bring in international touring acts while also highlighting the amazing music born out of this region. A2's own Abigail Stauffer is a rising star in the local scene—primed and ready to own the outdoor stage at Top of the Park. She's already made her way to opening for Shawn Colvin at The Ark last year, and her latest album, No Contradictions (released May 30, 2013), is full of tunes simultaneously wistful and empowering. Her voice at once can be playful then radiate sentiment to really stir the audience's emotions, sometimes all in one track. She's the perfect songstress to prelude a summer sunset. 6pm. Free. Grove Stage, Top of the Park. www.a2sf.org—JG
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.