The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre kicks off the summer season with Miss Saigon, an epic musical of war and romance set at the tail end of the conflict in Vietnam. Based on the classic opera, Madame Butterfly, this production tells the story of an American GI who falls in love with a Vietnamese bargirl while the city of Saigon falls to the Viet Cong. After the war is over, the two must learn to cope with the realities of the outcome while struggling to find each other again. Amidst the turmoil are beautifully woven songs that redefine the line between love and tragedy. Directed by Wendy Sielaff. June 9-12. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $12-$22. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor. 734-971-2228. www.a2ct.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.