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ARTS INFO FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 21, 2018
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SONIC LUNCH: JD MCPHERSON WSG OLIVIA MILLERSCHIN

Liberty Plaza; Thursday, June 21, 11:30am-1:30pm
FREE

Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is an awesome outdoor summer concert series that rocks Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Thursdays at lunch time each summer. JD makes vintage-sounding gritty rock with nods to '40s R&B, blues, and '50s rock & roll. Olivia Millerschin was a 2016 Contestant on America’s Got Talent, 2x John Lennon National Songwriting Award, and Winner of Great American Song Contest.

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ANN ARBOR JAPAN WEEK: ORIGAMI WORKSHOP

Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch; Friday, January 22, 2-3:30pm
FREE

This special origami event is in celebration of Japan Week in partnership with the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies! Learn a bit about the history of this traditional Japanese art form and learn the basics of folding models. No prior folding experience required. All supplies will be provided.

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ANN ARBOR SUMMER FESTIVAL: NADIM AZZAM

Rackham Stage; Friday, June 22, 7pm
FREE

All out talent Nadim Azzam brings his passion as a lyricist, MC, guitarist, and soul singer to the Rackham Stage backed by funk-pop trio Jacob LaChance (saxophone), Chris Robbins (drums), and Sam Collins (bass). At 21, this young Ann Arborite wowed The Grove for two years with his heartfelt, rap-laced solo acoustic set, and has been amassing a national following in love with his rapidfire hip-hop delivery fused with the sincerity of a 50’s lovesong balladeer. See and hear for yourself why this is one of Ann Arbor’s most exciting and unique young musicians.

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FICTION AT LITERATI: FATIMA FARHEEN MIRZA

Literati Bookstore; Tuesday, June 26, 7pm
FREE

Literati Bookstore is excited to welcome author Fatima Farheen Mirza, who will read and discuss her debut novel, A Place for Us. Mirza’s masterful debut novel gathers together the lives of an Indian Muslim family in California on the eve of its eldest daughter’s wedding. As Hadia’s marriage—one chosen of love, not tradition—brings the family back together, her parents, Rafiq and Layla, must come to terms with the choices that their two daughters, and their estranged son, Amar, have made.

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SEE THROUGH: WINDOWS AND MIRRORS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHY

UMMA; Through September 23
FREE

See Through: Windows and Mirrors in Twentieth-Century Photography brings together a group of images that are doubly framed—once by the camera lens and again by the border of a mirror or window. By refracting and distorting, revealing and concealing, these reflective and transparent surfaces both draw attention to the photographer’s efforts to frame the world and expose the contingent nature of reality. Highlights from the exhibition include works by Eugène Atget, Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Joanne Leonard, Danny Lyon, and Joel Meyerowitz. By extending the limits of perception, these witty and provocative works invite us to see [through to] new visual possibilities.

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Summer Arts Scavenger Hunt

June 21: Q: Which pop icon attended U-M with a dance scholarship for two years before moving to New York City in 1978? This icon starred in the film adaptation of what musical? The lyrics and storyline of this musical were based on which biography?

We'll post a series of questions each week in this slot from May through August. All 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 2.

The Accolades: Outstanding Achievement by a Student Organization in Vocal & Acappella Music!



The Accolades Awards recognize U-M student organizations for their outstanding achievements in the arts each year, and for their leadership in the university's vibrant arts community. Watch this video announcing the 2018 Accolades Award winner for Outstanding Achievement by a Student Organization in Vocal & Acappella Music!

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Blogs, Revisited: looking back on the blogs from the past year

"In Margaret Condon Taylor’s snapshots of 1969 Korea, we are provided a glimpse of a nation on the brink of rapid transformation, a moment of seeming stillness before the spectacular growth to come."

[art]seen blogger Tara Dorje reviewed the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies’ presentation, "Accidental Photographer: Seoul 1969," back in January. Read the full review here »

"We say other things instead that are less burdened by meaning. We say things that may only half-convey all that we are feeling, especially to those we feel the most about."

arts, ink. columnist Corrina Lee reflected on words left unsaid back in January. Read the full entry here »



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