Free live music and movies are back as the Top of the Park series returns to Ingalls Mall June 13-July 6 as part of the 31st Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
But music and film are only part of the show, attracting more than 75,000 annually.
Some things get better upon closer inspection and the Michigan League is one of them, with its beautiful rooms and artwork.
Perhaps more than any modern filmmaker, John Sayles personifies American individualism. From his 1979 directorial debut "Return of the Secaucus 7" to his 2013 release "Go for Sisters," he has thrived outside the Hollywood mainstream, using his films to explore such complex, nuanced themes as race, class and gender identity.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens hosts two plant sales this month: The Mother’s Day Plant Sale & Fundraiser from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 10-11, and the Kitchen Favorites Plant Sale & Fundraiser from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 17-18.
The student-researched exhibit “Sayles Pitch: John Sayles, Author, Auteur, Independent,” features photographs, storyboards, scripts, props and more from the archives of the director of such films as “Lone Star,” “Matewan” and “Brother from Another Planet.”
History records that Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt often spoke bluntly on issues they championed with a candor that sometimes made the White House senior staff recoil, pundits leap for their pens, and citizens discuss issues they usually chose to ignore.
Once federally protected and now hunted, wolves in Michigan have been called fascinating and controversial.
Michigan Opera Theatre will present the Michigan premiere of Professor Emeritus William Bolcom's internationally acclaimed opera, "A View from the Bridge," with an opening night gala and performance to honor President Mary Sue Coleman at the Detroit Opera House.
Some view the past in hues of black and white. But the past was filled with color, says Steven Fine, professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University in New York.
The Prison Creative Arts Project invites the public to an opening reception from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, to celebrate the 19th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, through April 9 at the Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus.
Midwestern author celebrates regional literature
Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times best-selling author, is keynote speaker for “Voices of the Middle West: A Celebration of Writers and Independent Presses” festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 22 in the Residential College.
The university launched its biggest-ever presence at the South by Southwest festival this week, featuring eight U-M speakers in four separate conferences, a prominent booth in the exhibit hall, a party that drew hundreds of area alums and a daylong pitch competition for students.
Our understanding of the works of William Shakespeare, the Gershwin brothers, Orson Welles and Robert Altman was advanced at U-M under President Mary Sue Coleman's watch, along with prominent arts-related initiatives.
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Educator Jon Onye Lockard uses brilliant acrylics to portray realistic images that convey stories in his exhibit, “Reflections, Remembrances & Reconstruction.” It is presented from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through April 7 in the Gifts of Art Gallery, University Hospital Main Lobby.
More than 30 years and hundreds of performances after Priscilla Lindsay first graduated from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, she has returned to U-M in a role that she never expected.
"I always knew I wanted to act," she says. "I learned later on how much I loved directing. But I had no idea (that I would return to U-M)."
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday to officially launch construction on a $24.32 million renovation and expansion of the Earl V. Moore Building on North Campus, home to a majority of the school's core music programs.
The Women of Color in the Academy Project is presenting the 2014 Shirley Verrett Award to Charles (OyamO) Gordon, professor of English language and literature, LSA; and theatre and drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
Today, many civil rights-related accomplishments of previous generations have come under fire, notes Tyler Edwards, organizer of “A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Art Expression & Poetry Slam,” from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Stamps Auditorium in the Walgreen Drama Center.
India has emerged in recent years as one of the world’s most vibrant economies, the largest democracy, a key player in geopolitics, home to the world’s largest middle class and a contributor to global trends in art and aesthetics.
As much of the campus prepares for winter break, the Museum of Natural History planetarium presentation “Season of Light” is one of several activities on campus this holiday season available to faculty, staff and the general public.