These days the people of Michigan don’t put food on their tables by tracking and killing a five-ton beast with a homemade spear, but they once did. Hunting Mastodons?!, a 20-minute interactive demonstration regarding Michigan mastodon hunters during the last ice age (12,000 years ago), will run Saturdays and Sundays from July 9-31 at the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. The program will focus on how archeologists study artifacts to learn about the relationship between people and mastodons. You even have the chance to make your own Clovis point—a spearhead that could have taken down the species that first roamed the earth almost 40 million years ago. Free. 1109 Geddes Ave. Saturdays at 11am and 3pm, Sundays at 3pm. 734-764-0478. www.lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.
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