2017 Lower Town River Hop Includes Neighborhood Picnic, History, and Music at Island Park

2017 Lower Town River Hop Includes Neighborhood Picnic, History, and Music at Island Park

by Patricia Lesko Friday-Sunday July 28-30 marks the 6th annual Historic Lower Town district River Hop. The event includes a variety of family friendly activities, including a neighborhood potluck picnic. The weekend of events kicks off with a 7-9 p.m. Sunset Paddle at Argo Pond. Rentals will be discounted to $10 per boat. The River […]

Film Review: “Detroit”

Film Review: “Detroit”

by Todd McCarthey Kathryn Bigelow’s latest effort is a docudrama about the 1967 Detroit riots, focusing on a specific incident of police violence against a group of black men at a hotel. Rated R, 143 minutes A particularly nasty historical instance of police brutality against African-Americans is wrenched back into the spotlight on its 50th […]

Film Review: “Girls Trip”

Film Review: “Girls Trip”

by David Rooney Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah play college friends reuniting for a New Orleans weekend during the Essence Festival in Malcolm D. Lee’s sisterhood celebration. Rated R; 122 minutes Opens July 21, 2017 It’s barely been a month since the joyless “Rough Night” came and went in a […]

Review: Theatre Nova’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Review: Theatre Nova’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

by Patricia Lesko Theatre Nova’s founding artistic director Carla Milarch is no stranger to transformations. The one-time executive director of the Performance Network, Milarch left that venue in 2014 amid problems with the non-profit’s income taxes, finances and mounting debt. Now, three years later, Milarch is at Theatre Nova aiming to recreate the theatrical successes that marked her tenure […]

All Through June It’s Shakespeare in the Arb

All Through June It’s Shakespeare in the Arb

The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The 17th season of Shakespeare in the Arb begins June 8 with weekly performances of “The Tempest,” directed by Kate Mendeloff of the University of Michigan Residential College and performed by students and local actors. Shakespeare in the Arb came into existence in the summer of 2001, when Residential […]

U-M’s Heirloom Peony Garden Poised to Bloom at Nichols Arboretum

U-M’s Heirloom Peony Garden Poised to Bloom at Nichols Arboretum

by Joe Mooney The University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum peony garden is about to undergo its annual transformation into a wave of white, pink and red as it bursts into nearly 10,000 blooms. Well-known on campus and to Ann Arborites alike, the arboretum is home to the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North […]

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