The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is known to bring in international touring acts while also highlighting the amazing music born out of this region. A2's own Abigail Stauffer is a rising star in the local scene—primed and ready to own the outdoor stage at Top of the Park. She's already made her way to opening for Shawn Colvin at The Ark last year, and her latest album, No Contradictions (released May 30, 2013), is full of tunes simultaneously wistful and empowering. Her voice at once can be playful then radiate sentiment to really stir the audience's emotions, sometimes all in one track. She's the perfect songstress to prelude a summer sunset. 6pm. Free. Grove Stage, Top of the Park. www.a2sf.org—JG
DIYpsi Aug 18 & Aug 19 at ABC Microbrewery I’ve detected an increasing amount of positive energy generating from the independent arts community of Ypsilanti over the last several years, grassroots efforts that stoke a sense of pride and celebration of the local culture scene, from First Fridays and Bona Sera, to the Threads All
If you missed Eighth Grade at Cinetopia, it’s finally officially playing this week at The State! Eighth Grade is this generation’s Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Welcome To The Dollhouse. If you’ve wondered what adolescence in the digital age is like, this movie’s strength is capturing Generation Z middle school life—while remaining universal.
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When performing plays, actors use props, costumes and set pieces to immerse themselves in the story. Spinning Dot Theatre repertory company members Aya Aziz and Forrest Hejkal, who star in the North American premiere of Chelsea Woolley’s two-hander, The Mountain, had extra help preparing to portray children on a playground; they did some of their