McKee: entertainment highlights through June

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By Jenn McKee

The Moth Michigan GrandSLAM. All-star storytelling showdown, featuring the winners of the last ten Ann Arbor Storyslams – monthly open mike storytelling competitions sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. This year’s theme: “Breaking Ground.” Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. at The Ark, 316 S. Main in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $25, available in advance at themoth.org.

Laith Al-Saadi | via The Michigan Daily

Sonic Lunch. Everyone’s favorite free, outdoor lunch concert series is back, with Ann Arbor’s own Laith Al-Saadi kicking things off on Thursday, June 1 (with special guest Phillip-Michael Scales) at 11:30 a.m. in Liberty Park Plaza. Other SL shows in June, at noon on Thursdays, will feature LP on June 8; Tuxedo – featuring another Ann Arborite, Mayer Hawthorne, with Jake One – on June 15; Michigan’s own The Accidentals (“Michigan and Again”) play June 22; and U-M grad Theo Katzman plays June 29.

Cinetopia Film Festival. This 10 day film festival, beginning June 1, will bring together over 60 new features, documentaries, and shorts from some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, and it plays them in various venues in Ann Arbor (U-M’s Lorch Hall and the Michigan Theater, where the festival was born) and Detroit (Arab American National Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, the Detroit Film Theatre, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, College for Creative Studies, Cinema Detroit, and the Maple Theater). Tickets for individual showtimes are $12, but passes are available. For a complete listing of films, showtimes, locations, and ticket info, visit www.cinetopiafestival.org.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Get ready for more than three weeks of free outdoor concerts, retreats and movies at Top of the Park on U-M’s Ingalls Mall, as well as a series of mainstage ticketed shows that include Diana Krall (June 6 at Hill Auditorium), Pink Martini (June 13 at the Power Center), Carolina Chocolate Drops lead singer Rhiannon Giddens (June 14 at the Power Center) “This American Life” host Ira Glass (July 1 at the Power Center) and more. For details on all the events happening this year, and for mainstage show ticket information, visit a2sf.org.

Shakespeare in the Arb presents “The Tempest.” U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and community members in an alfresco production of Shakespeare’s culminating work: a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Bring a blanket or portable chair and dress appropriately. Thursday-Sunday, June 8-25, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale before each performance at 5:30 p.m. by the Peony Garden entrance, 1610 Washington Heights. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors; kids under 5 are free).

Roxane Gay at Hill Auditorium. This well-known essayist, blogger and novelist, author of the book Bad Feminist, will read from and discuss Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, her new memoir that uses her own emotional and psychological struggles with food and her body as a way to explore cultural anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. Signing. Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at Hill Auditorium. Tickets, which include a hardcover copy of Gay’s new book, cost $30 each, and they’re available in advance at vendini.com or by phone at 734-763-8587


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