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Artscapade is at UMMA on Friday, September 1, 7-10pm
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Arts at Michigan and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) celebrate Welcome Week through Artscapade -- an evening of art-making, live music, dance and poetry, games, and prizes. We're looking for volunteers to help with Artscapade! There are many fun volunteer opportunities for Artscapade. As a volunteer you'll meet new students, explore UMMA, help run fun arts activities, and get a free Artscapade 2017 t-shirt! We hope that you will join us to kick off the new year with Arts at Michigan!

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Liberty Plaza; Thursday, August 17, 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. Born and raised in the Mid West, Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Jacob Sigman combines influences of Motown, Soul, and Contemporary Pop music to create something both new and familiar. The Stellars are an Ann Arbor-based rock band that bring a refreshing brand of rock'n'roll that harkens back to the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, while retaining a unique modern sound.

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Ann Arbor Farmers Market; Thursday, August 17, 5-9:30pm

Music City comes to Tree Town for the 11th year in a row as Nashville singer/songwriter Becky Warren headlines the Nashbash Music Festival. The event features a roster of first-class national and local performers in an intimate neighborhood atmosphere, making Kerrytown the place to be on Thursday evening during the dog days of summer. The artistic force behind Nashbash is Whit Hill, a longtime member of the Ann Arbor arts community who now lives in Nashville. True to Nashbash tradition, she and her band Whit Hill and the Postcards join the Nashbash roster, which this year also includes local favorites Thunderwude, John Holk and the Sequins, The Whiskey Charmers and The Bill Edwards Band. Afterglow at Braun Court 9:30-11pm.

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Riverside Arts Center (Ypsilanti); August 17-20, 8pm

The Ogreling by Suzanne Lebeau of Canada is a dark and wondrous play about the son of an ogre who decides to escape his destiny. First, he must overcome three trials, challenges to his instincts and his troubling desires. From his father he inherited an appetite for flesh; but from his mother he received a hunger to live at peace with the world. Cinematic shadow puppetry, movement and music combine to create Suzanne Lebeau’s looming fairytale world. Recommended ages 13+. Tickets are donation based and available at the door, suggested donation $10.

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Ann Arbor Art Center; Through September 7

Intermural is a special pop-up exhibition featuring unique murals by Michigan based artists. From August 15 to September 7, artists will take over the entire 2nd floor of the Art Center, using the gallery walls as their canvas to create process-focused works in collaboration with the audience.

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Summer Arts Scavenger Hunt

August 17: Q: Which influential American architect known for his "organic architecture" has 33 buildings in Michigan? Which of these buildings reside in the same city as the Cranbrook Art Museum? Which artist exhibited his unique Soundsuits at the Cranbrook Museum in 2015? What was used in a procession during this artist's project Heard•Detroit?

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 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD went to Michigan Sahana. Michigan Sahana is an Indian Classical Music and Dance organization. Each spring Michigan Sahana showcases eight to nine different Indian performance groups on campus, namely U-M’s Bollywood teams, Raas and Bhangra teams, Indian A Capella group, and classical groups for their hallmark production That Brown Show (TBS). The main goal of TBS is to build solidarity and show unity in the Indian performance community on campus through performing on one stage. Through bringing the entire campus Indian performance community together and cultivating inter-team relations throughout the semester preceding the concert, TBS serves to strengthen sustainable relationships within the Indian arts community.

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: A Very Potter Musical

"A coalition of writers, directors, actors, and designers, Starkid formed at U-M in 2009 and has pioneered the use of the Internet as a new and innovative way to produce theatre, beginning with A Very Potter Musical (Basement Arts, 2009). Starkid gained national recognition after posting videos of the Harry Potter series parody musical on YouTube." -MIchigan Today

Submit artwork in response to this item here »»

Blogs, Revisited
looking back on the blogs from the past year
"Although the translations of the French and Italian songs were readily available in the program book, I decided not to follow along. I found the experience of imagining the story based on the emotions portrayed by the composer and the performers to be far more engaging and enjoyable."

[art]seen blogger kschubring reviewed Michael Fabiano and Martin Katz's performance back in April. Read the full review ››

"There are layers of fantasy to the multiverse of The Magicians – first there’s the ‘real world’ fantasy of Brakebills, which obviously echoes Hogwarts from Harry Potter, and deeper in, there’s the even more fantastical parallel universe of Fillory, which obviously echoes Narnia."

arts, ink. columnist Benjamin Rosenstock reviewed the first book of The Magicians trilogy back in March. Read the full entry here ››

Enter the As I See It Literary Competition!

Arts at Michigan is seeking student literary works for the As I See It Literary Competition! Tell us about your University of Michigan experience in 200 words or less. Looking for inspiration? Check out the UpstART 200 archive of historic or culturally significant work that is held by or related to U-M. A winner will be selected and will receive a $200 gift card to Literati Bookstore! Deadline: September 21

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!

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