Almost every day for the last 50 years Bill Cunningham has ridden his Schwinn bicycle through the streets of Manhattan, capturing the latest fashion trends worn by fixtures who shape the industry. The thing the 80-something New York Times photographer doesn’t have in common with the modern paparazzi is that his subjects don’t want to beat him senseless. They are actually quite fond of him, which is evident in Richard Press’ documentary Bill Cunningham New York. Screening at the Michigan Theater beginning on June 10, socialites like Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller appear in the candid docu turning the camera on the man who has spent a lifetime gracefully capturing others. 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8397. 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