Into the distance

. May 16, 2012.

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

Trending

PowerArt! Three favorites From Ann Arbor’s Open-Air Museum

By K.A. Letts We expect public art— all those fountains, sculptures and murals— to express our civic soul, our collective values and our aspirations, providing visual relief from right angles and concrete. Ann Arbor’s PowerArt!, an ongoing project sponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, The Arts Alliance

Tyler Duncan On Versatility & Community

by Jeff Milo Music forges connections. And with an artist like Tyler Duncan spending the last 15 years in the producer’s chair for albums by Michigan-based artists, music cultivates versatility. Ann Arbor-based Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist composer/producer, Tyler Duncan’s fall/winter slate of production/writing-contribution credits include the forthcoming debut album by singer/songwriter Madeline Grant, followed by new releases

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Identity in Distress

Ticket to Ride: Swizzille Trip’s ‘Psychedelic Friday’ Aug. 30 at The Blind Pig

Swizzille Trip will take Ann Arbor on a dreamy, unhinged sonic ride Friday night. The Detroit psych-rock trio will host “Psychedelic Friday” with Detroit Trouble, The Kenny Hill Group, Frame 42 and XLR8 at The Blind Pig. It will be a far-out musical journey filled with trippy, poppy and down-home blues-rock fitting for a Labor