The truly magical thing about E.T.: the Extra Terrestrial is that it's a film you grew up with, but, unlike a slew of other whimsical kid-magnet flicks, you can continue to appreciate it as an adult for non-nostalgic reasons. In the Spielberg classic — screening at the State Theater as a midnight showing on May 5 — there are enough imagination-fueled light-hearted moments for a pre-teen to watch it 52 times a year, but also substance to make you think: Are we, as a society, too afraid of things we don't understand? And do we slowly lose basic levels of compassion and acceptance as we age and conform with the world? $10. 11:59pm. State Theater, 233 South State St. 734-761-8667. www.michtheater.com
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