Awkward family behavior is great when you’re not in the middle, so join the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre for their latest production, Hay Fever. The 1924 Noel Coward classic follows the eccentrically artistic Bliss family through a weekend of turning on each other and creeping out their guests. Each of the four family members invites a friend, but after a few days of weird games, flirting and self-indulgence, all the guests bolt, without even gaining the attention of the big-headed host family. Every close family has an odd bond, but these guys take it to the next level. May 5-8. 8pm Thur-Sat, 2pm Sun. $10-$22. Arthur Miller Theatre, University of Michigan Campus. www.a2ct.org. 734-971-0605.
An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all
Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,
An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays
The most recent book of Kalamazoo-native Bonnie Jo Campbell is as visceral as it is honest. A compilation of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters explores the lives and relationships of women in rural settings. With varied character perspectives, the book runs the gambit of trials and tribulations: sexual assault, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, neglect,