A parody of 50’s teen musicals. A cast that includes Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake and Patty Hearst. Two orphans with absurd backstories. Yep, only John Waters, in his infinite weirdo genius, could have pulled off Cry-Baby, screening on August 25 as part of the State Theater’s midnight films. Set in Baltimore, the leader of a teenage gang (Depp), whose ability to shed a single tear lands him all the girls, falls for a square, who ends up having more in common with him than it might seem. It’s campy, but wonderfully so, with Waters taking his swipes and further etching himself into history as a satirical mastermind. $10. 11:59pm. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667. www.michtheater.org/state
Nevertheless Film Festival opens in mid July in Ann Arbor, and Current sat down with festival founder Meredith Finch to talk about what makes this film festival unique. The festival’s name is inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted,” spoken by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when justifying his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren
“A vision of Now” is part of a line from the Go-Go’s song “Vision of Nowness”, featured in their new jukebox musical, Head Over Heels.
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, a semiannual event starting Sunday, June 9, is the perfect time to try something new (or settle into your stand-by favorites with deep discounts).
Master printmaker and experimental artist Takeshi Takahara is a restless spirit. Rather than working comfortably within established print traditions, he prefers to skate near the edge of the unknown.