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
Nevertheless Film Festival opens in mid July in Ann Arbor, and Current sat down with festival founder Meredith Finch to talk about what makes this film festival unique. The festival’s name is inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted,” spoken by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when justifying his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren
“A vision of Now” is part of a line from the Go-Go’s song “Vision of Nowness”, featured in their new jukebox musical, Head Over Heels.
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, a semiannual event starting Sunday, June 9, is the perfect time to try something new (or settle into your stand-by favorites with deep discounts).
Master printmaker and experimental artist Takeshi Takahara is a restless spirit. Rather than working comfortably within established print traditions, he prefers to skate near the edge of the unknown.