Mark Braun, aka Mr. B, is taking to the road again. Literally. The past two summers Ann Arbor’s internationally acclaimed blues and boogie-woogie piano player has been touring with a custom made bicycle towing his 352-pound Baldwin Spinet. Accompanied, also on bikes, by guitarist Brian Delaney, drummer, Pete Siers and bassist, Carl Hildebrandt, the Joybox Express tours have benefited a number of children’s charities.They’ll begin on July 1st in Saugatuck and chug east, with local stops at the Chelsea Public Library on July 10, followed by a group ride to Ann Arbor’s Wolverine State Brewing Company. Then it’s back on the bikes and off to Detroit, concluding at the DIA on July 15. For their schedule, visit JoyboxExpress.com and join group rides throughout the tour.And, keep your eyes and ears open for the Joybox Express’ even more ambitious ride next year—a three-month fall tour starting at the headwaters of the Mississippi and riding down to New Orleans.
Nevertheless Film Festival opens in mid July in Ann Arbor, and Current sat down with festival founder Meredith Finch to talk about what makes this film festival unique. The festival’s name is inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted,” spoken by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when justifying his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren
“A vision of Now” is part of a line from the Go-Go’s song “Vision of Nowness”, featured in their new jukebox musical, Head Over Heels.
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, a semiannual event starting Sunday, June 9, is the perfect time to try something new (or settle into your stand-by favorites with deep discounts).
Master printmaker and experimental artist Takeshi Takahara is a restless spirit. Rather than working comfortably within established print traditions, he prefers to skate near the edge of the unknown.