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UM Arts & Culture

The UMMA Annex

  • Midnight Concert! TONIGHT April 17 (Technically April 18)

    WHERE: Dance Building, studio B, next to the CCRB

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 17 at Midnight

    Doors lock at 12:10am so please get there on time!

    “I really will perform the complete Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano by John Cage - regarded by scholars and plumbers as the seminal work in prepared piano - and probably the prettiest piece Cage wrote (okay, start the argument)” - Professor Stephen Rush

  • Building Contemporaries: Art and Economies in Detroit, Friday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm

    Join us at UMMA on Friday, April 20th at 6:30 pm in the Helmut Stern Auditorium for Building Contemporaries: Art and Economies in Detroit.  In conjunction with Excercising the Eye: The Gertude Kasle Collection, dive into a conversation about what current initiatives and leaders are contributing to the artistic ecosystem in Detroit today. 

    A panel of art critics, curators, and directors will discuss the landscape of current efforts to center artists and communities within the larger context of economic viability in Detroit. 

    The panel includes:

    • Taylor Aldridge, Art critic, curator, and co-founder of ARTS.BLACK
    • Cézanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries at Creative Many
    • Everard Findlay, Global brand strategist, currently serving as Chief Innovation Officer for The Platform, the real estate entity that owns the Fisher Building in Detroit 
    • Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at the Cranbrook Art Museum
    • Gina Reichert, Co-founder of Power House Productions, an artist-run neighborhood-based nonprofit in Detroit

    We hope to see you there!


  • Washtenaw County Juried Teen Art Competition - 4/21

    Join The Neutral Zone on April 21st at 5:30 pm for the 36th annual Potential Art Exhibit - a juried art exhibition highlighting the work of Washtenaw County High School artists.

    The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The exhibition will be open to the public on Monday, April 232:30 to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 27, 2:30-4 p.m.

    For more information, click here


  • UMMA Student Late Night: Prom-ish! Tomorrow (4/12) - 7 pm

    Join us tomorrow, April 12th from 7-10 pm at UMMA for Student Late Night: Prom-ish!, presented by the UMMA Student Engagement Council. 

    Organized by U-M students for U-M students, the 9th annual Student Late Night event at UMMA will be an ALL INCLUSIVE, art filled, dancing extravaganza!

    Bust out your old prom dress! Come in your jeans! Or anything in between!

    The evening will feature hands-on art making activities, dance lessons from members of U-M’s most well known student dance organizations, swinging sounds courtesy of WCBN DJs, a photo booth, free food, and more. This is sure to be an arty extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

    See you there!


Ann Arbor Observer: Comedy

  • Summer Solstice Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

    Jun. 21, 6-9 p.m. -- Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass; table setting & herbal iced tea provided), followed at 7 p.m. by a bonfire with singing, storytelling, and discussion. Bring a favorite outdoor game, verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Bring flashlights and long sleeves for after dark.

  • Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre

    Jun. 21, 7:30 p.m. -- Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.

  • "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

    Jun. 21, 8 p.m. -- Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.

  • Bryan McCree: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

    Jun. 22, 8 & 10:30 p.m. -- June 22 & 23. This Flint native is a veteran stand-up comic known for his unusual combination of an easygoing persona and a wildly extremist comic mind. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.

Ann Arbor Observer: Films

  • "Hereditary": State Theatre.

    Jun. 20, 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. -- (Cari Aster, 2018). Horror film about the family secrets that emerge after the clan matriarch dies.

  • "RBG": Michigan Theater.

    Jun. 20, 4, 6:30, & 9 p.m. -- (Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  • "First Reformed": Michigan Theater.

    Jun. 20, 4, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. -- (Paul Schrader, 2018). Thriller that revolves around a former military chaplain and his parishioners. Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried.

  • "The Rider": State Theatre.

    Jun. 20, 4:15, 7, & 9:30 p.m. -- (Chloé Zhao, 2017). Docudrama of a rising rodeo star who must find a new sense of purpose after a tragic riding accident.

Ann Arbor Observer Music: Classical Music

Ann Arbor Observer: Pop & Rock

  • The Mike Farris Band: The Ark

    Jun. 19, 8 p.m. -- Winner of the Americana Music Association 2008 Emerging Artist of the Year Award, Farris is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter whose music mixes gospel, Stax soul, and Southern blues. His 2014 CD Shine for All the People won a Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album.

  • Beartrap Debut at Ziggy's

    Jun. 19, 8-10 p.m. -- "Beartrap is a "leaderless" quintet based in Southeastern Michigan. The group features Jason Didia & Tristan Cappel on woodwinds, David Dunham on guitar/electronics, Jeff Cuny on bass, and Stuart Lyons on Drums. The band's focus is on original composition and improvisation. Beartrap is heavily i...

  • Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

    Jun. 20, 7:30 p.m. -- June 6, 20, & 27; July 11, 19, & 25. Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.

  • David Ramirez: The Ark

    Jun. 20, 8 p.m. -- Austin-based Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter with a resonant baritone voice whose latest CD, Fables, is an introspective collection of contemplative and confessional songs about his life's journey. All the shows on his current "Live Bootleg" tour are being recorded.

Ann Arbor Observer: Theatre & Dance

  • "Madama Butterfly": Fathom Events

    Jun. 20, 1 & 7 p.m. -- Broadcast of the acclaimed 2016 Metropolitan Opera production Puccini's classic opera about the relationship between a young Japanese geisha and an American naval officer who marries her with the intention of leaving her. Stars Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna. Italian, supertitles.

  • "Willow Run": Purple Rose Theatre Company

    Jun. 20, 3 p.m. -- Every Wed.-Sun., June 14-Sept. 1. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of local playwright Jeff Duncan's drama about 4 Rosie the Riveters working at the Willow Run bomber plant in WWII: an idealist who quits college for the war effort, an African American seeking to escape Jim Crow, a beautician ...

  • "Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie": Theatre Nova.

    Jun. 20, 8 p.m. -- Every Thurs.-Sun., June 1-24. Daniel C. Walker directs the world premiere of Detroit playwright Linda Ramsay-Detherage's revenge comedy about a middle-aged 1960s housewife stuck in an abusive marriage who creates an alter-ego named Mrs. Fifty after she stumbles into a dominatrix's session. Stars Sar...

  • "Romeo and Juliet": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

    Jun. 21, 6:30 p.m. -- June 7-10, 14-17, & 21-24. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's vividly poetic love story, a romantic tragedy about "star-crossed lovers" defying their feuding families. Initially lightheartedly comic, ...

Detroit Metro Times: Arts & Culture

Detroit Metro Times: Music

Detroit News: The Arts