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
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.