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June 28, 2016

When summer weather hits, you know to mark your calendar for outdoor concerts and a trip to the zoo. But what is it about summer that makes the Bard's famous tragedies and comedies all the more plentiful? Whether outdoors—channeling the Globe's in-the-round presentation, popping up free in parks, or in community theaters, there is a Shakespearean tale to be told this season. 

June 23, 2016

Every two years, either in the blazing sun or snow-capped mountains, athlete's from around the world compete in the ultimate competition, the Olympic Games. The athletes compete to display their personal prowess, represent their country, and to have a chance to earn that elusive gold medal. They strive to earn glory for themselves, for their country, and, perhaps most importantly, the people they represent. At the same time, millions of spectators gather around television sets or pile into stadiums to watch this spectacle of sport and entertainment. It is this combination of competition and camaraderie that the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s exhibit In the Paint: Art and the Spirit of the Games, on view through September 6th, seeks to represent. 

June 15, 2016

It’s a week for strong musical women in Detroit. Hot off the heels of Beyoncé and her female-driven anthems at Ford Field comes the first Women in Hip Hop Concert, Friday, June 17th, featuring the Grammy-award winning artist Rapsody, Flint native Mama Sol and Detroit’s own Mahogany Jones.

June 14, 2016

What do 18-feet-tall dinosaurs, water balloon-wielding gladiators, high-flying acrobats, and smooth jazz musicians all have in common? While these disparate performance styles are not ones you often find in the same performance venue, you can see all of them—and more—at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival this year, running now through July 3rd. 

June 1, 2016

These days, it is next to impossible to flip through a magazine without seeing photos of celebrities gallivanting from city to city, promoting their latest movies at film festivals around the globe. These pictures unfairly tease those of us without an exclusive and elusive invitation to Cannes or Sundance, but who yearn to have a movie-going experience beyond the local theater—or more realistically, our Netflix account.

May 31, 2016

In 2012, Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater launched the inaugural Cinetopia International Film Festival, which screened about 40 films over the course of four days. The fest’s planners aimed to bring several of the best new features and documentaries from the world’s most prestigious film festivals to Southeast Michigan so that local movie buffs could check them out in a festival atmosphere, too.

May 26, 2016

The end of camp play is a favorite for any budding actor or actress who waits all year for a chance on stage. Venues around the region host programs specifically for musical theater, comedy and drama, providing opportunities for young thespians.


May 25, 2016

With eight faculty participants representing three different countries, the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will take center stage at the world’s top architecture show this summer.

May 18, 2016

Dance tourism is big—you can book a trip to the Berkshires, to Russia, to Indonesia, to Cuba. Big bucks, big-time commitment. But big-time fun, too.

Here's an easier idea for you: bookmark your calendar for a Saturday afternoon jaunt to Highland, MI, where over the next six weeks, the “Origins of Dance” will be revealed. Small fee, teeny time commitment. And big-time fun as well.

Pettibone dance

May 17, 2016

In the 1980s, when Jeff Daniels and his wife, Katherine Treado, decided to raise a family in their shared hometown of Chelsea, MI, Daniels had a riddle to solve: how could he have both the low-key home life he wanted, and a local creative ecosystem in which to work?

Daniels’ and Treado’s solution to the riddle involved founding the Purple Rose Theatre, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

purple rose exterior carter