Art and Soul: The Performing Arts-It's The Annual "Ann Arbor In Concert" Show

Jun 22, 2017

Credit Ann Arbor In Concert

This week's Art and Soul focuses on the Performing Arts in our area.

89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by local arts writer and blogger Jenn McKee and the Musical Director for the Ann Arbor in Concert show Eric Lofstrom.


First up, on June 24 at 8 p.m. at the Power Center, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” fame come to the Power Center on their Scared Scriptless Tour.  Tickets will start at $45.  Mochrie and Sherwood will create hilarious and original scenes from audience suggestions and participation, even inviting members up on stage to add an extra element of the unexpected, just like a live version of Whose Line.

Then, on July 1 at 8 p.m., Ira Glass will be presenting an evening of thought-provoking stories, sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling: What inspires him to create?  What drives his passion?  How have failures and successes informed his decisions?  Using audio clips, music, video, and an audience Q&A, Glass will mix stories live onstage that explain his creative process and inspire his fans.  This event will be hosted at the Power Center.  Tickets start at $50.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their most celebrated and commercially successful album, “Hot,” with their first tour in seven years.  See them live on July 11 at 8 p.m. at The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets cost $45 ($100 for VIP).

Penny Seats Theatre will be performing “Peter and the Starcatcher.”  This will be Penny Seats’ first outdoor twilight show. “Peter and the Starcatcher” is imaginative prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic tale, “Peter Pan.” Showtime starts at 8 p.m. at West Park; bring a blanket and your favorite snacks!  Pirates, mermaids, orphans, and magic pack this show, where every actor plays multiple characters, and no actor ever leaves the stage.  Thursdays-Saturdays, July 13-29, at 8 p.m. at the West Park bandshell, 215 Chapin St.  Tickets cost $10-$12.

Finally, Billy Bragg will be talking about his new book “Roots, Radicals and Rockers.”  The book covers the history of skiffle, a British folk music phenomenon of the 1950s that incorporated elements of blues and jazz and eventually led to the British Invasion.  Bragg will also have a book signing, presented by Literati Bookstore and The Ark, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ark, 316 S. Main.  Tickets cost $35 and includes a copy of the book.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu