The University of Michigan Museum of Art is opening its New Media Gallery with an exciting exhibition by U of M alum, Mike Kelley. The acclaimed artist, now out of LA, is bringing his much hyped Day is Done exhibition to A2. Day is Done is apart of a larger body of work-in-progress called Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions. Kelley uses a series of found photographs from high school yearbooks to small town newspapers depicting modern American rituals such as Halloween, dress-up days at work or school and other displays of pageantry or “performance” like school commencements. Kelley then de-contextualizes the photos with films and music to create a sort of avant-garde anthropological exploration of popular culture. For a closer look behind the artist and the Day is Done exhibit check out the fascinating interview with Mike Kelley for PBS’s Art21 series online at www.pbs.org/art21/artists/kelley. The exhibit runs from Saturday, August 27 through December 31. The University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State St., Ann Arbor. 734-764-0395. www.umma.umich.edu
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