The Michigan Theater has contemplated having an international film festival (other than the experimental gem Ann Arbor Film Festival of course) for several years, and now it’s a reality. On May 31 – June 3, Cinetopia will show 30 to 40 feature films, documentaries and new and old 3D pictures — similar to Toronto, Cannes or Cleveland. The inaugural selections include works that premiered at Sundance and other world-renowned festivals, including the films of silent-era star Henry Lloyd. Compared to the AAFF, Cinetopia will show more popularized films than obscure ones. The festival hopes to expand in coming years, with the goal of expanding to 11 days. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. www.michtheater.org
The Ann Arbor District Library’s staff observed the progressing spread of COVID-19 with a keen eye towards optimal safety measures. Like all libraries, it remained closed for the duration of the three-month period of Michigan’s shelter-at-home executive order, to curtail the spread of the virus. But Sherlonya Turner says that while their staff certainly considered
While Ypsilanti’s beloved Ziggy’s isn’t quite ready to open, we talk to David Jeffries about the recent bit of good news about reopening when the timing’s right.
There’s a solid likelihood one of your favorite bands stopped through this 400-capacity venue on 1st. St. on their way to their higher-tier status. Nirvana was at the Blind Pig in 1989 (opening for the Flaming Lips). Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins came through on respective tours in 1991. A few other names to
Social justice songwriters Heather Mae and Crys Matthews take their 2020 tour online. Here’s one way to stay positive during these trying times.