Mark Braun (AKA Mr. B) has been staging his annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Celebrations for fourteen years. Past participants have included a veritable who’s who in the world of piano greats, such as Monty Alexander, Henry Butler, Cyrus Chestnut, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. This year’s Celebration will continue in that vein, with Bob Seeley, the octogenarian grandmaster still in superb form, and the fabulous Ricky Nie joining Mr. B for more of the spectacular piano pyrotechnics that have thrilled fans for the past decade and a half. This year, beside the aural delights, there will also be, for the first time, a visual element to Mr. B’s B&BWPC this year, entitled, Black White and Blue. Artist John Pappas will display his triptych pen and ink artworks on wooden panels, depicting 25 blues and jazz piano greats. The three pianists will tell stories about, and play the music of those greats. $25. 7:30pm. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1818. www.theark.org
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.