For all his intricate and ambiguous passages, Shakespeare's plots were relatively simple, applying the basic elements of love, lust, greed and revenge to the human condition. And with that they have been re-applied, through theater, in every time period since, including one almost 300 years and half a world away — the American West of the 19th century. The Ann Arbor Civic Theater takes that approach in their rendition of Much Ado About Nothing from January 26 – 29, with Don John up to his same head-game love tricks — but this time cowboys are involved. $8-$20. 8pm Th-Sat, 2pm Sun. Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave.
“can’t hold on // I can feel time as it bends…” Just some lyrics from a composition called “Endings” by award-winning jazz vocalist Estar Cohen; and this propulsive image aptly fits for her music career, as each year since her 2015 graduation from the University of Toledo has gotten busier, faster, more exciting. You can
An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all
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