Saturday September 6 at 6 PM. Presented by the Washtenaw Alano Club. Free admission; donations accepted at the door.
The Washtenaw Alano Club, a non-profit serving the recovery community since 1969, will be hosting a live showing of the Michigan vs. Notre Dame away football game (kick-off at 7:30 PM) as part of RecoveryFest 2014. Doors open at 6 PM. A pre-game party will take place in the theater with free giveaways, music and comedian and emcee Ben Ricciardi. Go Blue!
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Monday, September 8 at 8 PM. Presented by Live Nation.
Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com. Original tickets from the 6/13 show will be honored at the 9/8 show – same seats and all.
Elvis Costello’s new “SOLO” tour dates in the mid-west and mid-south U.S. are the first time since 1999 (when touring with keyboardist Steve Nieve) that he’s headlined the area with such a stripped down setup. For the last several years, Costello has been playing about a month of solo dates in the U.S. a year, region by region. They...
Thursday, September 11 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
An award-winning actress, playwright, and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Based on her recent one-woman show Let Me Down Easy, this lecture/performance will combine stories of her creative journey with insights into the fragility and resilience of the human body and spirit.
Smith has appeared in the films Philadelphia, An American President, The Human Stain,...
Sunday, September 14 at 8 PM. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Award-winning comedian, actor, and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories in his all-new show about jokes, and how they can get you in trouble. Join Mike as he gets arrested in New Jersey, screamed at by a famous director, heckled by Statler and Waldorf, and attacked by zombie rodents.
Ira Glass of public radio’s This American Life writes...
Thursday, September 18 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Pussy Riot/Zona Prava: Punk Prayer
Founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot and Zona Prava, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina are Russian conceptual artists and political activists. In August 2012, following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, they were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. In March 2014 they opened the Mordovia office of Zona Prava, their newly created prisoners’ rights NGO. Tolokonnikova...
Friday, September 19 at 8 PM. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets on at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Nick Swardson is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and producer. Best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series “Reno 911!”, he’s also worked with Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison Productions, and had his own sketch comedy series on Comedy Central, “Nick Swardson’s Pretend...
Thursday, September 25 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Art & Code
Named in Creativity Magazine’s annual “Creativity 50” , and in Forbes Magazine’s Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising, “Rei Inamoto is Chief Creative Officer of AKQA, an advertising agency with offices across the globe. He is responsible for delivering creative solutions for clients such as Audi, Google, Nike and Xbox. In 2012, Rei was inducted into “The Hall of Achievement” by the American Advertising Federation, honoring...
Saturday, September 27 at 8 PM. Presented by Gala Delicious and Queens of Cups. Doors open at 7 PM.
This burlesque variety show will share the occult myth and magic of Tarot, using various art forms to weave a multifaceted spectacle of fortune, titillation, and curiosity! Headlined by The Burlesque Hall of Fame’s 2010 Queen of Burlesque Roxi D’Lite and local favorites from The Tickled Fancy Burlesque Company.
Tickets are $20-$50 and available at ticketweb.com.
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Sunday, September 28 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Kerrytown Market & Shops. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual tickets on sale now at ticketmater.com.
Curious George, everyone’s favorite little monkey, can’t wait for All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day! But when Chef Pisghetti vows to never cook again, George is determined to get him back on track by entering him in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a musical adventure about...
Thursday, October 2 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Chronicles, Volume One
Fred Tomaselli explores reality dislocation and the broken dreams of utopianism in colorful, complex works that utilize painting, photo collage, newsprint and unorthodox materials. Recently, he has had a solo show at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth Texas and was included in the Adelaide International. In 2010, a 20-year survey of his work originated at the Aspen Art Museum, traveled to the Tang Teaching Museum and ended at the Brooklyn...
Thursday, October 9 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
At the Crossroads of Chaos and Calamity
Phil Gilbert is an entrepreneur and self-proclaimed “startup guy”. At IBM, his mission is grand: to transform one of the world’s most iconic companies – and the technologies it creates to power the systems of the world. Phil was born in 1956, the same year that IBM’s Thomas Watson, Jr. hired the company’s first head of Design, Elliot Noyes. When Phil was ten, Watson declared...
Saturday, October 11 at 8 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Brash and brassy. Raucous and rhythmic. Lyrical and lovely. This concert reflects the many facets of what makes American music … American. The genius of American composition is celebrated in this concert – from Bernstein’s affirmative Chichester Psalms to a trip across our great USA with Michael Daugherty, to the accessibly jazzy American in Paris. Joan Kwuon, whom the NY Times describes as “fiery, intensely musical and impassioned,” made her...
Sunday, October 12 at 4 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Audiences will enjoy 23 excerpts of the master’s music played live on stage by the A2SO, including themes from The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and the Marriage of Figaro. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors recreate historical incidents from the composer’s life. This mesmerizing concert and story performance is 50 minutes long. Purchase tickets at...
Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 PM. Presented by UMS.
At the start of 2010, the buzz about Los Angeles-born, Brooklyn-based jazz and soul vocalist Gregory Porter was a strong, steady murmur, fueled by a growing crowd of fans. When Wynton Marsalis selected the then-unknown singer to perform a residency with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, people took notice. Now, just a few years later, NPR Music has hailed him as “the next great male jazz singer.” A disarmingly sincere performer with a groove that never quits, the Blue Note recording...
Thursday, October 16 at 8 PM. Presented by UMS.
Bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile began performing together about a decade ago, a relationship built on mutual admiration and respect. Meyer has been called “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument” (New Yorker), while Thile has elevated his instrument from its origins as a relatively simple folk and bluegrass instrument to the sophistication and brilliance of the finest jazz improvisation and classical performance. The two...
Thursday, October 16 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
There’s corn in our hair? Adventures with food.
Friends since college, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney are the stars and co-creators of King Corn, the Peabody Award-winning documentary about their year growing one acre of corn and seeing it transformed into high fructose corn syrup and fast-fattened beef. After King Corn, Cheney and Ellis teamed up to create the Truck Farm film and education project, based on a whimsical farm-on-wheels planted in the back of a...
Thursday, October 23 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Founded by Stuart Wood, Flo Ortkrass and Hannes Koch in 2005, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental creative practice. Taking science as a means to develop a new material vocabulary, their work invites consideration of the man/machine relationship through explorations of behavior and natural phenomena — with the viewer an active participant.
Rain Room, the work for which the studio is best known, was exhibited at MoMA following its...
Thursday, October 30 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda orchestrates sound, visuals, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. Ikeda’s projects include ‘datamatics’ using the moving image, sculpture, sound and new media to explore our perception of the data that permeates our world; and ‘spectra’ a large-scale installations employing intense white light as a sculptural...
Thursday, November 6 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
For more than two decades, Latvian photographer Inta Ruka has photographed the people of Latvia to provide an undisguised view on the current state of flux in Latvia since its integration into the European Union. From 1984 to 2000, she photographed primarily in the rural area of Balvi and, later on, increasingly in the capital of Riga. In the series “People I happened to meet”, she strikes up conversations with unknown people in order to ask them...
Thursday, November 13 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Design for Anxious Times.
Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker and founder of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which she runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. Through their work and approach, Anab helps shapes the studio’s vision as a new kind of design practice — one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Jain wants designers to adopt new roles as sense-makers, translators and agent...
Saturday, November 15 at 8 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Warm the November chill with an evening of gorgeous melodies. Sit back and enjoy Rossini’s delightful “Overture to La scala di seta” which reveals an explosion of sound, and Schumann’s majestic homage to Bach in his “Rhenish” Symphony. We welcome back by popular demand pianist Anton Nel to put his exquisite signature on Tchaikovsky’s most well-known Romantic piano concerto. Anton Nel’s playing will take your breath away. His deft combination of...
Thursday, November 20 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
In Love with Art …and Comics
Since 1993, when Françoise Mouly joined The New Yorker as art editor, she has been responsible for over 1,000 of the magazine’s signature covers, many of which were chosen by The American Society of Magazine Editors as ‘best cover of the year’. She is also the Publisher and Editorial Director of TOON Books, an imprint of comics and visual narratives for young readers. And she founded and coedited (with collaborator...
Thursday, December 4 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Seth Ellis is an artist, and designer. He makes site-specific narratives that explore the stories inherent in material culture, place, and everyday objects. His work utilizes the mass-manufactured artifacts of Modernist industrial society as the loci of installations combining multimedia experience design, local history, and storytelling to trace the webs that connect local communities across time and space. Ellis’ work has shown in galleries,...
Saturday, December 6 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Clonlara School. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual show tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com.
The incomparable Junie B. Jones is back! Featuring new tales from her books First Grader (at Last!), Boss of Lunch, and One-Man Band, Junie B. meets new friends, helps the cafeteria lady, and puts on a half-time show. She says, “This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It’s got loads of funny songs about the things I do in first grade.”...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Biggby Coffee [Liberty St. and Washtenaw Ave.] Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual show tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com.
Skippyjon Jones is a kitten whose alter ego is Skippito Friskito, the greatest chihuahua sword fighter in old Mexico! But when the local pack of puppies is terrorized by a gigantic bee, will Skippyjon be a ‘fraidy-cat or the top dog? Based on the beloved kids’ book series, this enchanting musical teaches the...
Saturday, January 31 at 8 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
His name, one word, says it all. Mozart is a virtuoso composer in every genre – symphonies, concertos, opera, sacred song, background music – and tonight we celebrate with a tasting of all those specialties. One of your A2SO’s own, Principal Oboist Timothy Michling, dazzles in Mozart’s only oboe concerto, one of the hallmarks of the literature. Its deft melding of playful and wistful melodies will make this one of your favorites. Your A2SO strings...
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8 PM. Presented by UMS.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s seminal recording “A Love Supreme”. He presented it as a spiritual declaration that his musical devotion had become intertwined with his religious faith. To mark the anniversary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts commissioned the Campbell Brothers, whose unique sacred steel gospel music was created in African-American churches, to revisit the work on their signature slide guitars and with particular attention to its...
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Kerrytown Market & Shops. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual show tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com.
When Farmer Brown declares his farm a “tech-free zone,” the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No laptop means no milk and no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Find out in this hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott...
Saturday, March 21 at 8 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Why do we love Russian music? Is it the Romantic melodies that every listener can access? The raw emotion that moves us to tears? The way it comforts our unquiet hearts and souls? Whatever your reasons, this concert presents the triumphs, exhilaration, and jubilation that is the epitome of Russian music. Savor Borodin’s Prince Igor, performed as it was originally composed with chorus, and recognize the source for Stranger in Paradise. Tchaikovsky brings the...
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Magical music from the movies will transport the young and young-at-heart on a musical journey. Share in the magic of Disney with your family and friends, or come solo and discover anew why these timeless motion picture scores continue to enchant us all.
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Friday, April 17, 2015, at 8 PM. Presented by UMS.
Zimbabwe’s Afropop legend Oliver Mtukudzi is gifted with a deep and gutsy voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people. “Tuku” began performing in 1977 and has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond, all the while incorporating elements of different musical traditions. A member of Zimbabwe’s Korekore tribe, he incorporates South Africa mbaqanga, Zimbabwean pop, and traditional kateke drumming into his music. Recently...
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Sponsored by Blue Care Network and Domino’s Pizza. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual show tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com.
A chock-full musical revue featuring a wide variety of contemporary and classic children’s book favorites, including Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl, Diary of a Worm, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores, Kitten’s First Full Moon, Lilly’s Big Day, and Paper Bag Princess.
Friday, August 22 at 8 PM. Tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com.
Kevin James’ hit sitcom, The King of Queens, premiered in 1998 and ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing. The series eventually garnered him a 2006 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. Since breaking into the film world in 2005 with a starring role opposite Will Smith in Hitch, James has...