Mikhail Bulgakov had a very interesting — and lucky — relationship with Joseph Stalin. The playwright wrote about freedom and brutal truth, which, as history tells us, wasn't a smart thing to do on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, yet Stalin left him free and alive. Stalin actually liked his writing, he even found him work when he was down and out. Collaborators, a new play by John Hodge that will screen at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, January 8 live from London as part of the NT Live Series, revolves around a fictional meeting between Stalin and Bulgakov; one that, as you would expect, is a battle of wits and convictions. 4pm. $22, $12 students. 603 East Liberty St. 734-668-8463. www.ums.org
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