Arts & Culture

Encore’s “Hello, Dolly!” Spirited and Brimming with Talent

If a night of high-energy entertainment with poignant and elegant touches entices you, The Encore Musical Theatre Company’s Hello, Dolly! is a perfect evening of theatre.

Suspiria—The Trailer is Hot, the Movie is Not

Unfortunately, when bad computer generated imagery gimmicks and an absurd subplot immerge, everything goes downhill. See Suspiria 2018, and then see the original.

Letts’ “The Strangeness of Everyday” Costume Designer-Turned Painter Creates a World of Wild Style

K. A. Letts’s exhibition, “The Strangeness of Everyday,” opened at the Connections Gallery at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex on September 20th and runs through December 21. Letts says of her art: “My work looks both forward and back in time. I employ techniques and strategies from painting’s history to describe the present Anthropocene age where all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.”

Emergent Strategy—What Nature’s Underdogs Can Teach Us about Surviving Against the Odds

brown says that Emergent Strategy is ultimately about facilitation, which she defines as the art of “making it easier for humans to work together and get things done.” If the first half of the book is a zoom-out, looking at broader patterns, the second half zooms in, with activities for the reader to put emergent strategy principles into practice and improve the sustainability of individual and collective work.

Notable

Downtown Detroit Markets—Glass Huts, S’mores Galore, and a Bar!

The hugely popular Downtown Detroit Market will be bigger and better this year, with twenty new vendors in glass huts arranged along Cadillac Square and Capitol Park. In between the glass huts will be hot chocolate and s’more stations, along with an outdoor bar. A handful of shops from outside the Detroit Metro Area were

Moore Takes Aim at Both Parties in Fahrenheit 11/9

Fahrenheit 11/9 is an absolute must see no matter what side of the political fence you’re on.

New Mural By Teenaged Artist Celebrates Ann Arbor

A mural featuring 25 Ann Arbor-themed references has been installed on the back of the Ann Arbor Art Center (facing the Republic Parking lot). Seventeen year old artist and Art Center intern Olivia Maldonado designed and painted the vibrant mural. The theme of the mural is “people in transit,” and includes local celebrities like Wallace

Midnight Movies Live Again This Summer At The State

I have a soft spot in my heart for midnight movies. The best times I’ve had at the movies are going with friends, or even alone, and meeting new devotees of a midnight movie. You can check out these cult classics through the end of summer only at The State.

Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Boom for real was a catchphrase Basquiat said when something really wowed him. It’s impossible to believe that anyone seeing this film won’t walk away feeling inspired; the film is a boom, for real.

Art

Letts’ “The Strangeness of Everyday” Costume Designer-Turned Painter Creates a World of Wild Style

K. A. Letts’s exhibition, “The Strangeness of Everyday,” opened at the Connections Gallery at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex on September 20th and runs through December 21. Letts says of her art: “My work looks both forward and back in time. I employ techniques and strategies from painting’s history to describe the present Anthropocene age where all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.”

Have We Met?—The Dialogue Between Past and Present

It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”

Film

Suspiria—The Trailer is Hot, the Movie is Not

Unfortunately, when bad computer generated imagery gimmicks and an absurd subplot immerge, everything goes downhill. See Suspiria 2018, and then see the original.

Moore Takes Aim at Both Parties in Fahrenheit 11/9

Flint’s story is essential to the film because it illustrates the power of greed and why corporate money has no place in government. Macroeconomics 101 tells us that corporations are beholden to one thing—their stockholders. Humans do not enter into this equation. How can you have a democracy for the people when corporate money runs the government? You can’t.