Ann Arbor Film Festival

Except for Wolverine football and American cars, what else comes out of wintry Michigan? Try the Ann Arbor Film Festival. For 47 years — since way before Sundance — it’s been the leading purveyor of independent, avant-garde cinema. Each year, the festival culls a “best of” program from its international offerings and sends it on tour; Aurora Picture Show is screening seven of them. This year’s lineup includes Peter Rose’s trippy studies of light and darkness in Transfalumination; Jeremy Bailey’s comic, Bob Ross-inspired take on creative technology in Video Terraform Dance Party; and Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre’s beautifully animated look at the perils of pregnancy in Passages. Who knew you had it in you, Michigan? 7 p.m. FrenetiCore, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 713-868-2101 or visit www.aurorapictureshow.org. $7.
Sat., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., 2009
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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
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