Half a world away, stands India's most holy city, the striking and beautiful Benares. Positioned gorgeously on the Ganges River, the city's intriguing qualities are immediately noticeable, but in the mid-80s filmmaker Robert Gardner explored the toil, trouble and relentless happiness it offers in the hardest way — one that's completely unbiased; the story just tells itself. As part of the Ann Arbor Film Festival's Retrospective Screening Series the film Forest of Bliss is revisited at the Michigan Theater on Wednesday, February 22. Recently restored, the innovative documentary will appear on a new 35mm print on loan from Harvard Film Academy. $10, $7 students. 7:30pm. 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. www.aafilmfest.org
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.