May Biz Buzz

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^ Mainstreet Ventures will open a new Mediterranean restaurant, Piata, on the corner of Liberty and Fourth on May 8. 120 E. Liberty St. 734-668-6062. mainstreetventuresinc.com

^STUFD, a mexican-style fast food spot, hits Ypsi at 505 W. Cross St. 

^ Education technology company XanEdu, which focuses on making learning more accessible and effective by providing digital and print materials to teachers, students and retailers, plans to shift its headquarters from Pittsfield Township to Downtown Ann Arbor, hiring 50 new management, sales and IT employees. xanedu.com

^ Woodward's Hunter House Hamburgers has a second location in the works at 609 E. William St. Sliders anyone? hunterhousehamburgers.com

^ With classes for kids and adults who are ready to rock, Ann Arbor’s first School of Rock has opened at 6101 Jackson Rd.
734-686-3333. annarbor.schoolofrock.com

^ The Kroger store at 1919 S. Industrial Hwy. is shutting down. Closing date unknown, but the lease is up on August 31.

^ Renovartio Woodworks, which repurposes old barn wood and scrap metal to create functional art, has moved to a new, bigger location at 10815 Boyce Rd. in Chelsea. 734-475-0985

^ Seva, beloved vegetarian and vegan restaurant, has closed on Liberty St. and reopened at 3541 Jackson Rd. 734-662-1111.
sevarestaurant.com

^ All in all, life is good, in part because a new Life is Good store has opened Downtown at 304 S. Main St. 734-369-6237. ligannarbor.com 

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Laith Al-Saadi & Friends – Annual Birthday Bash

It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO

Grove Studios Grand Opening

If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.

Audiotree Music Festival (Kalamazoo) – Sept 22/23

The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or

saajtak featured among a genre defying lineup at blind pig – sept 13

  Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak