The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre kicks off the summer season with Miss Saigon, an epic musical of war and romance set at the tail end of the conflict in Vietnam. Based on the classic opera, Madame Butterfly, this production tells the story of an American GI who falls in love with a Vietnamese bargirl while the city of Saigon falls to the Viet Cong. After the war is over, the two must learn to cope with the realities of the outcome while struggling to find each other again. Amidst the turmoil are beautifully woven songs that redefine the line between love and tragedy. Directed by Wendy Sielaff. June 9-12. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $12-$22. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor. 734-971-2228. www.a2ct.org
The night before Thanksgiving is a notoriously busy bar night. Friends are back in town to see their families, but everyone really just wants to utilize a permissively late weeknight jamboree to blow off some much needed steam, before they have to behave themselves at the dinner tables tomorrow in front of grandparents and in-laws.
Two things from the get go: First: Your library can be (and always has been) a reliable source of cultural programming that can enrich the community. That can be author talks, it can be craft activities for kids, but it can ALSO engage the local music scene in very interesting ways…What I mean is, the
Ann Arbor based filmmaker’s latest documentary features Michigan musician/horror novelist Scott Allen spent a dozen years in the music scene, primarily with post-punk quartet Thunderbirds Are Now….but now…he’s getting into film. Documentary film, specifically. A Livonia native, Allen moved to Ann Arbor seven years ago to work for Automobile Magazine. While this fatefully aligned
Local musician Rick Coughlin founded Grove Studios in late 2016 with the goal of establishing it as a community space for musicians—by musicians! The Grove team’s idea, with an architectural vision of Breck Crandell, was for a compound of individual artists’ rehearsal spaces comprised of a fleet of shipping containers. Coughlin’s efforts have been aided by the