Some musicians actually know when to call it quits. After nine years on the road, The Band realized if they didn’t stop the hard living, the hard living was going to stop them. And for anyone who has watched Martin Scorsese’s documentary of their 1978 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, this isn’t a secret—they are all stick thin, on drugs and Levon Helm didn’t really hide that he wanted to punch a hole into Robbie Robertson’s head. But, despite that—and Bob Dylan’s camp being pissed, Neil Young looking pale as a ghost and having a clump of cocaine hanging from his nose (which later was edited out) and Van Morrision possibly having the highest BAC on the planet—the concert is a legendary piece of rock n roll history, that despite all the mayhem, shows a band on top of their game leaving the big dance to have a chance to continue to waltz through life. And there are too many epic collaborations to even mention. $9. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8397. www.michtheater.org
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.