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Michigan Theater; Thursday, May 25th, 7pm

The documentary A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone follows Boone, a Bay Area social justice muralist, as she creates change through art. Boone and the documentary’s producer, Mo Morris, will join the audience for a Q & A via Skype, hosted by event Honorary Chairs Deb Polich, Executive Director of Artrain and the Art Alliance and Russ Collins, Executive Director of the Michigan Theater. The event will be emceed by Rob Reinhart, host of Acoustic Café and Rob Reinhart’s Essential Music. Musical guests, Chenille Sisters, return to entertain their fans.

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Literati Bookstore; Thursday, May 25th, 7pm

Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) as well as five previous chapbooks, including Security Theater (Present Tense Pamphlets, 2016). His poems can or will be found in Crazyhorse, Jubilat, Lana Turner, and other journals. He is currently completing a PhD in Poetry and Poetics at Northwestern University. Katie Hartsock's debut poetry collection, Bed of Impatiens, was published by Able Muse Press. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Hotels, Motels, and Extended Stays, published by Toadlily Press in their 2014 Quartet Series, and Veritas Caput (Passim Editions, 2015). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Hanging Loose, H_NGM_N, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere.

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Blind Pig; Friday, May 26th, 8pm

In Details was cut with the trenchant end of a broken heart as pianist/songwriter Paul Trygstad penned his frenetic emotions to verse and rhyme. Encompassed by thunderous pianos and lush synths, the lyrics convey stories of loss, love, and just a touch of humor. Conceived and created in the blue bedrooms and backyard studios of Athens, OH, In Details operates out of Cincinnati as a piano-laiden storm blowing across the region.

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Online at; Through May 25th

Described as "one of the most fully immersive theater pieces ever created" by the New York Times,The Encounter was performed live in Ann Arbor this spring following a three-month Broadway run. The Encounter is available for viewing online through May 25th.

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Washtenaw County Historical Society; May 27th-October 22nd

U-M students have teamed up to create this sweeping exhibition, surveying 200 years of daily rituals, social life, challenges, victories, and the roles U-M students have played in historic events. "The Journey in a Day" exhibition includes nearly 50 historic objects and dozens of photos. The exhibition includes a recreation of a Martha Cook Residence Hall room, circa 1917, amongst the first on campus to house women. A poster kiosk occupies the middle of one room in the Museum, plastered with fliers and posters from across time. A reproduction of student scrapbooks brings visitors in direct contact with individuals at various times throughout history. From the morning ritual of reading the Michigan Daily, to student reaction and involvement in U.S. wars, from the mandates and tweets of student organizations, to a survey of infamous late night Ann Arbor hot spots, this is a wide ranging exhibition with many interesting, entertaining and illuminating stories to tell.

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Summer Arts Scavenger Hunt

May 25: Q: Which artist curated the exhibition TEXT / IMAGE at The Ann Arbor Art Center? Which city is the curator based in? Which Ginger Ale brand, the oldest surviving in the US, was created in this city? What is the official name of the gnome mascot who adorns the bottles?

We'll post a series of questions each week in this slot from May through August. All of the answers can be found online, but some require the clever use of a search engine. Save your answers throughout the summer and we'll ask you to submit them via Google Form by Sunday, September 3rd.

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The Accolades: Outstanding Achievement by a Student Organization in EVENT PRODUCTION

The Accolades award for Outstanding Achievement by a Student Organization in EVENT PRODUCTION went to MUSIC Matters. MUSIC Matters is a student organization built to combine the power of music with the enthusiasm of college students to bring our campus together and make a difference in our community. In order to do so, MUSIC Matters hosts SpringFest each spring, a daylong festival that is a mash-up of innovation, arts, identity, sustainability, music, and social justice groups on campus. The day of festivities is one of the largest student-run events at the University and caps off with an evening charity concert bringing students together for an important cause. Watch a highlight reel from SprintFest 2016 here.

Alternative Media

Want to share your own poetic genius? Submit a haiku to It’s easy — 5 syllables, then 7, then 5!

Check out our past Haikus on the archive page!

UpstART 200 Archive Feature

UpstART 200 is a year-long project for students and alumni to creatively respond to U-M's 200-year history via "making". Students and alumni can apply for maker grants of up to $1,000 to create 200+ new works of all kinds, inspired by an online archive of historic or culturally significant work that is held by or related to U-M.

Featured Archive Item: Alice in Wonderland Game

This Alice in Wonderland card game from the 1920s is featured in a University of Michigan exhibit called "'Curiouser and Curiouser!': Exploring Wonderland with Alice". It consists of sixteen groups of three cards featuring colorized illustrations modeled on those of Sir John Tenniel. Notably, the color scheme used is that from The Nursery Alice (1890), in which Alice’s frock is a sunny yellow, rather than the sky blue later popularized by Disney. The card game operates along the same lines as “Go Fish.” Each player’s goal is to collect all of the cards, which is accomplished by showing a “lead” card that names the other two cards in its group. For example, ALICE AND THE MUSHROOM directs the player to "Find the 'Caterpillar' and the 'Puppy," while THE DUCHESS WITH BABY requires the ‘Fish-Footman’ and the ‘Frog-Footman'.

Submit artwork in response to this item here »»

Blogs, Revisited
looking back on the blogs from the past year
"I was amazed by how seemingly effortlessly tenor Michele Angelini soared above the orchestra, and equally overwhelmed by bass Shenyang’s potent but tasteful resonant timbre."

[art]seen blogger kschubring reviewed the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and UMS Choral Union's performance of Handel’s Messiah back in December. Read the full review ››

"Should you choose to run away from the hotel and live your life amongst the “loners” then you have to exchange an old set of rules for entirely new ones. In other words, escape does not equal freedom in this world."

arts, ink. columnist WillJang reviewed the film The Lobster back in November. Read the full entry here ››

Arts at Michigan: Call for Student Web Designer
Arts at Michigan is hiring! We're looking for a student Web Designer to help maintain, update, and design new pages and features on our website! If you have strong knowledge of html, css, MySQL, php, Javascript, etc., visit the Student Employment website and take a look at Job ID 32343! We're hoping to have someone start before the fall semester!

Gifts of Art: Call for Exhibits for the Michigan Medicine Extended
The Gifts of Art Program at the University of Michigan's call for exhibiting artists has been extended to May 31st.

CJS Summer Photo Contest 2017
Entrants must have participated in a U-M supported, Japan-based study, research, and/or internship experience between May 1st and Aug 31st, 2017. Examples include (but are not limited to) CGIS programs, Japan Internship Initiative placements, and study/work abroad experiences organized or funded by U-M units. All U-M students are eligible to enter. Prizes will be awarded at a reception to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and selected photos will be displayed in a special exhibition at Slurping Turtle Ann Arbor during Fall 2017. Learn more and enter here ››

Ann Arbor in Concert Spring Awakening Auditions
Auditions are June 5th, & 6th at Tappan Middle School. If you would like to be considered for one of the student roles please prepare a contemporary musical 16-bar or a song from the show. If you would like to be considered for one of the adult roles please be prepared to read a scene from the show (sides provided on website). Feel free to email questiosn to

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