Art cannot be contained. It mixes, mingles, mutates and contaminates through all forms and genres. Robert Wilson has been a transforming force in the amalgamated world of art, receiving world recognition with his various endeavors into theater, drawing, furniture design and music among many other creative mediums. Wilson is best known for his collaboration with Philip Glass on the groundbreaking 1976 opera Einstein on the Beach. The University of Michigan Museum of Art will exhibit one of Wilson’s experimental installations, Video 50, composed of random 30 second “episodes” combining surreal imagery and micro-stories to create a thought provoking non-linear character study which blurs the boundaries between the subject matter and viewer. Runs Saturday, January 7 through April 29. 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