Perhaps you think films about Santa Claus have been exhausted; that there’s really nothing fresh that can be done with old Saint Nick in the theater. And maybe Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale — which screens at the Michigan Theater on December 9 and 10 — will change your mind. When a scientist in Finland discovers that the Korvatunturi Mountain acts as a burial mound, he has it dug up — then things get weird. Reindeer are killed. Bratty children go missing. Supplies disappear. One family catches the culprit, which ends up being a sadistic, pissed-off Santa Claus, and decides the thing to do is keep Old Nick in a cage and sell him to a scientist. The thing is, the film is serious — or as serious as you can be when going this route. Hey, it did get good reviews. 10pm. $9. $7 students. 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. www.michtheater.org
It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO
If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.
The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or
Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak