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North Ingalls Mall; June 28-30 5:55pm & 7:55pm

Australia’s Strange Fruit is famous for their beautifully costumed, choreographed dancers gracefully dipping and bowing above the crowd on elevated poles. Since 1994, this Melbourne company has performed at over 600 international festivals in over 55 countries, to well over 5 million people. They last joined us in 2011, attracting record attendance at Top of the Park, consistently drawing over 3,000 people to each of their performances, and are the most demanded return performers in our annual audience surveys.

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Liberty Plaza; Thursday, June 29, 12-1:30pm

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. If you've heard the name Theo Katzman recently, you probably know him as the singing drummer and guitarist in the funk band Vulfpeck. But with his 2017 release, Heartbreak Hits, Katzman returns to his roots as a rock and roll inspired singer/songwriter. A 10-song collection of musings on loss and letdown, Heartbreak Hits blends personal vulnerability with imaginative songcraft, yielding an album that's somehow a living dichotomy of tragic/comedic, serious/satirical, over-the-top/subtle, and healing/hurting.

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Theatre NOVA; June 29-30, July 1-2, 6-9pm

He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business, walking in heels, and himself.

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Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building Atrium; Thursday, June 29, 7:30-9pm

Join the Washtenaw Community Concert Band in preparing for Independence Day with their traditional patriotic concert and PIE SOCIAL. Special Feature: Annie Li from Pioneer High School and runner up in the WCCB's Third Annual Concerto Competition will perform Giacchino Rossini's Introduction, Theme and Variations on clarinet.

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Taubman Health Center, South Lobby Floor 1; Through September 10

Jessi Halliday Mesalic is an interior designer, artist, illustrator, doll maker, painter, yarn fanatic and lots of other artistic-type things. Originally from Michigan, where she earned her BFA at the College for Creative Studies, she has recently returned from a 3-year adventure living in the countryside of England. Simpli Jessi dolls are handmade with great care and attention to detail. Natural linens, organic cotton stuffing, felt, yarn, and reclaimed fabrics are used in every doll, making each one unique and special.

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Summer Arts Scavenger Hunt

June 29: Q: What 2017 Oscar winning musical film is playing at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival on July 2nd? Which U-M Alum wrote the lyrics for the film? What memorable mistake was made at the Oscar’s involving this film?

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 FILM & VIDEO!

The Accolades Award Outstanding Achievement by a Student Organization in FILM & VIDEO went to WOLV TV. WOLV TV is the only student-run television station at the University of Michigan. WOLV has a rich tradition of presenting news spanning from local campus news to international events in a manner accessible and interesting to students. In our state-of-the-art studio, students in WOLV TV have the opportunity to create incredible television from numerous roles. Whether behind the scenes filming, producing, or in front of the camera talent, students learn fundamental skills for television production.

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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: Chrysalis

Based in Oakland, California, book artist Julie Chen creates spectacular artists’ books at her studio, Flying Fish Press. The University owns several of her books, including Chrysalis, which takes the form of a caterpillar inside a chrysalis when closed, and opens into a beautiful, butterfly-like form. Chrysalis, like all artists’ books, calls into question what makes an object a book, and uses the language of books to share its message and meaning with those who experience it. --University Library

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Blogs, Revisited
looking back on the blogs from the past year
"Moonlight has no fears about shoving us face first into questions of what it means to be human without bothering to answer them."

[art]seen blogger Phillip Wachowiak reviewed the film Moonlight back in March. Read the full review ››

"What actually is real is a grandpa who cannot deliver the eulogy for his wife, because she touched his heart for a lifetime instead of just 90 minutes."

arts, ink. columnist Marius Lex explored reality versus the movies back in January. 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!

56th Ann Arbor Film Festival Call for Entries
The 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival will officially welcome entries​ of animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative shorts and feature length films beginning July 1st, 2017! The six day festival will take place March 20-25, 2018 at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan and presents nearly 40 programs, screening over 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres.

Does your group have an upcoming audition? Do you have an opportunity for U-M students? Add it to our calendar via this form and we'll help promote it here in our newsletter!

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