When U of M art professor Mark Tucker traveled to Italy to learn carta pesta (papier-mache), he was intrigued and inspired by the massive, colorful and humorous floats made by the Italian craftsmen and knew he had to incorporate the style back in Ann Arbor. And what better day to pair carta pesta with than April Fools? On April 1, the street celebration FoolMoon will be held from dusk to midnight, with moonlight processions of hand-made lanterns on W. Washington Street, as well as activities and music throughout the downtown area. Also, Festifools, a parade on Main Street between Washington and William, exhibits colorful and unique works of carta pesta from 4-5pm on April 3. www.festifools.org
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.