Good documentaries attempt to break into shadowy corners of the underground, but Wheat Harvest not only hits the jackpot by unraveling a seedy hidden world, it also breaks some generalizations. It follows the story of Niu Hongmia, a Beijing prostitute, who lives a double life as a quiet family girl in the countryside, using her wages to help her severely sick father. The candid camera work spares little anonymity to the sex industry players, giving a unblocked view into something we all know exists, but few of us actually see. Take a look inside a world of sacrifices and strong, cognizant women when it screens at UofM on March 3. 7-9pm. University of Michigan, Angell Hall, Auditorium A. 734-764-4189, www.umich.edu
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.