The New Theatre Project enters 2012 by exploring two very contemporary themes—the Great Recession and sex in the digital age, in their production of critically acclaimed up and coming playwright Kevin Kautzman's If You Start a Fire [Be Prepared to Burn]. The story fallows a young twenty-something couple, Chris and Lucy, as they navigate through the recession with dead end jobs that they need to keep to maintain healthcare coverage. When Chris loses his job the two decide to start an internet porn site and the strains of voyeurism, love and money all collide. $15, $10 students, seniors, industry. Shows run Fridays-Sundays, February 10-March 4, 8pm. Pay-what-you-can previews run on February 10-12, 8pm. Mix Studio Theater, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-645-9776. www.thenewtheatreproject.org
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
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.
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
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