For benefit of the populous, and to the credit of the citizens of Detroit, every year Hart Plaza plays host to a world-class jazz festival. Legends and upstarts alike have jammed on the festival stages, filling the streets of downtown Detroit with jazz that ranges from the classical to modern and experimental. This year’s festival is continuing the Labor Day Weekend tradition of quality jazz in the city with the theme “We Bring You the World.” To celebrate the different world influences on jazz and jazz’s contribution to the world the line up includes eclectic acts like Kevin Eubanks, Amina Figarova, Vijay Iyer Trio, Dave Holland Octet, and so many more. The Jazz Talk Tent will feature spoken word and jazz educational sessions, and kids programming and performances will also be held. For a full schedule visit the website at www.detroitjazzfestival.com
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.