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
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.