City council unanimously voted to put a .1% mil tax on the November 6 ballot that would change the method of funding for public art. According to the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission (AAPAC), the governing body which gives final approval for public art works, the millage will garner around $450,000 annually and only be in place from 2013-2016. Basically, the millage will replace the city’s current Percent for Art program, and provide more flexibility for the AAPAC to commission public works. Under the Percent for Art program stipulations projects must be permanent and located on public land. These requirements will prevent the use of options such as performance art and temporary installations. Many individuals and organizations in the arts community including the Arts Alliance have expressed support for the millage. If the millage does not pass, then the Percent for Art program will remain. There are several projects either in development or under construction through the current program. Notable projects nearly completed are Dreiseitl sculpture project in front of City Hall, and the shelter mural project at Allmendinger Park. For more information on the millage and current and future AAPAC projects visit www.ci.ann-arbor.mi.us. —JG
It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO
If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.
The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or
Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak