Rodger Despres has been fascinated with trains since he was a child, and that fascination has inspired a lifetime of work. “We didn’t have the money to buy a model train for me when I was little, so I decided to make one of my own from paper,” Rodger says. From there he began making paper folded trains and 50 years later his models now inspire others. Without the use of any adhesives, Despres engineers his trains and tracks entirely of calculated folds and interlocking paper tabs to create intricate designs that must be seen to be believed. Despres’s Folded Paper Trains are a part of The University of Michigan Health System’s Gifts of Art program and are on display through April 9. Open Daily 8am-8pm. Taubman Health Center South Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. 734-936-ARTS. www.med.umich.edu/goa
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