They never sold out a stadium, or cut a gold record, but The Velvet Underground changed rock and roll music. Their sometimes-soft-sometimes-loud take on psychedelic music paved the way for almost every brand of contemporary rock: John Cale’s contemplative ballads set the template for indie, while Lou Reed’s blasting guitars resurface in punk and extreme metal to this day. Now, fifty years after the Velvet Underground’s last record, Squeeze, a collection of local musicians—including Dave Sharp, Fred Thomas, Chuck Mauk and Dan Mulholland—will present an evening of The Velvet Underground’s seminal music. 9:30pm. $10 / $13 under 21. The Blind Pig. 208 S. First St. www.blindpigmusic.com —JS
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