Arts & Culture

Films on the A & B Sides

Since devising a makeshift screen out of a sheet while using a primitive light source to project a John Waters film, humans have gathered together at the temple of schlock to view outrageous movies. In furtherance of that practice, for the past year and a half, the Burnout Society Film Club has indulged in double

What’s in a word

YpsiWrites for all Whether it’s a quick email, a snarky tweet, or that research paper you’re dreading, writing is a part of our everyday lives. ‘We are all writers’ is the message of the YpsiWrites program, which recently began at all Ypsilanti District Library branches. YpsiWrites theme, “Everyone’s a Writer,” is a motto prompted by

The Fantasticks

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s musical love letter Enchantment accompanies the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s production of the world’s longest-running musical to the Arthur Miller Theatre on January 9-12. Performed in dozens of countries and languages since its Off-Broadway debut in 1960, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s low-budget, high-concept musical, The Fantasticks, tells the tale of friendly

When Art is An Open Book

A contemporary artists’ book collection Who doesn’t love a good book? We enjoy these compact and reasonably priced objects as a matter of course. Even with the convenience of the internet and e-books, books are an adaptable form of communication. The feel, the heft, the sheer physical presence of a book is irresistible to booklovers,

Notable

See the crowning of Miss Necto 2020!

The lights will shine brightly at Necto on January 26 during the fifth annual Miss Necto pageant. Hosted by Chanel Hunter and Maxi Chanel, this year’s event has the theme “Neon Lights.” Winning drag queens will be selected, one professional and one amateur, to receive a cash prize, a crown and a booking to perform

Bring out your onesies

Spend an evening wearing an adorable unicorn, bear, monster or any other big, comfy onesie at area bars. The Onesie Bar Crawl comes to Ann Arbor on January 18 when attendees visit five different bars— no cover charge for ticket-buyers— sample a slew of great drink specials, and finish at a night-capping after-party at LIVE

“The most famous illegal immigrant” to speak

Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, author and “the most famous illegal immigrant in America,” Jose Antonio Vargas will come to Ann Arbor as part of the Washtenaw Reads program to discuss his new book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. The memoir about his life and career focuses on how he came to live in and think

Stunning show looks at digital Believers

What turns young men, viewing pages on the internet, into radical soldiers ready to terrorize people they’ve never met? That question is at the heart of the fascinating docu-play The Believers Are But Brothers, which begins a four-day run at the Arthur Miller Theater on January 22. A multimedia tour-de-force, down to messages sent to

Jeff Daniels, Onstage and Unplugged

Chelsea resident Jeff Daniels returns to the Purple Rose Theatre Company for a new installment of his wildly popular concert series, Onstage and Unplugged, from December 26 through January 1. Finishing a year-long run portraying Atticus Finch in the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, the two-time Emmy-winning actor will perform a new set

Art

When Art is An Open Book

A contemporary artists’ book collection Who doesn’t love a good book? We enjoy these compact and reasonably priced objects as a matter of course. Even with the convenience of the internet and e-books, books are an adaptable form of communication. The feel, the heft, the sheer physical presence of a book is irresistible to booklovers,

Performance art pioneer Suzanne Lacy

Some of the earliest examples of politically pointed and engaging performance art pieces came from the mind of Suzanne Lacy, whose work has engaged viewers with issues of feminism and gender for over 40 years. Lacy will appear on November 14 as part of the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speakers series. Utilizing

Film

Films on the A & B Sides

Since devising a makeshift screen out of a sheet while using a primitive light source to project a John Waters film, humans have gathered together at the temple of schlock to view outrageous movies. In furtherance of that practice, for the past year and a half, the Burnout Society Film Club has indulged in double

2019’s Best in Film

The best things we saw on the big screen It’s that time of year— time to look back at the best of the year in cinema. But since this list is compiled at end of October, films to be released in the last two months cannot be included. So here is a list of the