Note: Most educational documentaries are listed with the daily Events.
Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-4555. AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave.
Every Wed. (except Apr. 3), Mar. 20-May 8: "America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway." A weekly series of film screenings, followed by discussion led by U-M musicology professor Mark Clague. Part of a Tribeca Film Institute project (see 20 Saturday Events listing). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Apr. 10: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration, the 6th episode of Ken Burns 2001 PBS series Jazz. Also, International Sweethearts of Rhythm (Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss, 1986), an award-winning documentary about the little-known story of a multiracial all-women swing band that became a sensation in the 1940s. Apr. 17: High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music (Rachel Liebling, 1994), a documentary about the history of bluegrass featuring Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, and other bluegrass pioneers. Apr. 24: Plugging In (1995), the 4th episode of the Emmy-nominated series The History of Rock n Roll. It covers developments from Dylan's legendary electric debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival to the first major American performances by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and the Who at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
Apr 23: "Vegucated" (Marisa Miller Wolfson, 2010). Hilarious, provocative guerrilla-style documentary about 3 meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks to learn what it's all about. Followed by remarks by Detroit Medical Center preventive cardiology medical director Joel Kahn. Part of Ann Arbor Veg Week (see 22 Monday Events listing).6-8:30 p.m.
Apr. 29: "The Invisible War" (Kirby Dick, 2012). Oscar-nominated documentary about the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military. Followed by a discussion led by SafeHouse representatives. 6-8:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor Senior Center. 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin.
Every Mon.: "Movie Matinee," with films TBA. FREE. 12:30-3 p.m.
Food & Water Watch. FREE. 476-5311. TeaHaus (204 N. Fourth Ave.), 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 11: "Gasland" (Josh Fox, 2010). >Award-winning documentary about communities that have been severely harmed by a new method of natural gas drilling. Snacks.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. 704 Airport Blvd., 8 p.m.
Apr. 20: "Spiritual Cinema." Screening of a feature film or several shorts TBA with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
2013 Italian Film Festival USA. FREE. (248) 917-2352. The U-M is one of several host sites for the Detroit-area sojourn of this annual festival. Italian, subtitles. Italianfilmfests.org/detroit.html. Lorch Hall Askwith Auditorium 611 Tappan.
Apr. 20: "Romanzo di una Strage (Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy)" (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2012). Drama about the 1969 bombing of a major national bank in Milan and its aftermath. 7 p.m.
Apr. 21: "I Primi della Lista (The First on the List)" (Roan Johnson, 2011). Comedy set in 1970 amidst the social unrest that erupted in student demonstrations and working-class strikes, about a prominent writer of revolutionary songs traveling with 2 high school students who encounter 3 armed soldiers near the Yugoslavian border. Followed by a Q&A with the director. 5 p.m.
Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth), 7 p.m.
Apr. 26: "Sedona" (Tommy Stovall, 2011) Comedy-drama about the unexpected spiritual experiences of a lawyer and an ad executive visiting Sedona, Arizona. Followed by discussion.
Michigan Theater Foundation. Unless there is a live show in the main theater, 2 or 3 different films are shown, usually twice, almost every night. For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted), times TBA unless otherwise noted.
Opens Mar. 29: "Love and Honor" (Danny Mooney, 2013). When a young soldier in Vietnam gets dumped by his girlfriend, he and his best friend decide to go AWOL to get her back.
Opens Mar. 29: "The Gatekeepers" (Dror Moreh, 2012). Documentary that features interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the highly secretive Israeli security agency. At the State Theater.
Apr. 1 & 2: "West of Memphis" (Amy Berg, 2012). Documentary about the West Memphis Three, a group of teenagers who, in 1994, were arrested and convicted of murdering 3 8-year-old kids.
Apr. 3: "Moneyball" (Bennett Miller, 2011). Adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-seller about the Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's efforts to field a winning team in 2002. Brad Pitt. After the screening, U-M physics professor Brad Orr answers questions about the physics of baseball. 7 p.m.
Apr. 3 & 4: "Lore" (Cate Shortland, 2012). Drama set in WWII Germany about a young woman who leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. German, subtitles.
Apr. 6: "Masquerade" (Choo Chang-Min, 2012). Fearing assassination, an ancient king orders his trusted councilor to find him a body double. When the king collapses from a mysterious poison, the body double must carry off the biggest masquerade of his career to save the country from chaos. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 4 p.m.
Apr. 7:"Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival" (Various directors, 2012). The best mountain and outdoor adventure films from the 2012 edition of the famous 3-day festival held every November in Banff, Alberta. Sponsored by U-M Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventures. Tickets $15 (students, $12) in advance at ticketweb.com, $17 (students, $15) at the door. 764-3967. 7 p.m.
Apr. 8: "Last Days" (Gus Van Sant, 2005). Portrait of a grunge rocker a few days before his death, inspired by the life story of Kurt Cobain. Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas, Asia Argento. 7 p.m.
Apr. 8 & 10: "Koch" (Neil Barsky, 2012). Documentary about Ed Koch, the recently deceased former mayor of New York City.
Apr. 9: "Marnie" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964). Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz and actress Tippi Hedren introduce this suspense film in which Hedren stars as a compulsive thief blackmailed by her boss (Sean Connery) into marrying him. FREE, but advance tickets (available beginning Mar. 26 at gofobo.com) required. Time TBA.
Apr. 10: "In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks" (Dave Stewart & Stevie Nicks, 2012). Documentary about the Fleetwood Mac lead singer.
Apr. 11: "M-agination Film Festival." Screenings of works written, directed, filmed, and edited by U-M students. FREE. 8 p.m.
Opens Apr. 12: "The Sapphires" (Wayne Blair, 2012). Biopic about 4 indigenous Australian women who are discovered by a talent scout and travel to Vietnam in 1968 to sing for the troops.
Opens Apr. 12: "Trance" (Danny Boyle, 2013). Thrilling crime drama about an art auctioneer who partners with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. At the State Theater.
Opens Apr. 12: "The Place Beyond the Pines" (Derek Cianfrance, 2012). A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his girlfriend and their newborn child. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes. At the State Theater.
Apr. 15: "The Last Mimzy" (Robert Shaye, 2007). When two siblings find a mysterious box of toys, they begin to develop special talents that lead them into a strange and terrifying world. 7 p.m.
Apr. 15 & 18 (tentative): "Caesar Must Die" (Paolo Taviani & Vittorio Taviani, 2012). Riveting documentary about inmates at a high-security prison in Rome who prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Italian, subtitles.
Apr. 18: "AgroCrag: U-M School of Art & Design Senior Thesis Show." Video, audio, and animation works by art & design seniors. FREE, 5-7 p.m.
Apr. 21:"Freaky Friday"(Gary Nelson, 1976). Disney comedy about a mother and daughter who magically swap personalities for a day. Barbara Harris, Jody Foster. Kids under 12, free. 1:30 p.m.
Apr. 24: "The Dell Honors Showcase." Screening of works by U-M screen arts & cultures honors students. FREE. 7 p.m.
Opens Apr. 26: "The Company You Keep" (Robert Redford, 2012). Thriller about a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist. Stars Robert Redford.
Apr. 28-30 (tentative): "To the Wonder" (Terrence Malick, 2012). Drama about an American who falls in love on a trip to Paris and asks the woman and her daughter to accompany him back to Oklahoma, where an old flame complicates his new relationship. Stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, & Javier Bardem.
State Theater Midnight Movies. For complete, updated schedule, see michtheater.org or call 761-8667. Tickets $7. Midnight.
Apr. 6: "The Crow" (Alex Proyas, 1994). A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder. Brandon Lee, Sofia Shinas, Michael Wincott.
Apr. 20: "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" (Mike Judge, 1996). The dim-witted teens travel across America in search of their stolen TV.
U-M Center for European Studies. Free. 647-2743. UMMA Stern Auditorium (525 S. State), 7-9:30 p.m.
Apr. 18: "Zivot je cudo (Life is a Miracle)" (Emir Kusturica, 2004). A blend of bawdy humor and romance, set against the turbulent backdrop of the Bosnian War of the early '90s, about a mild-mannered Serbian railwayman whose life is turned upside down when his neurotic opera-singing wife runs off with a musician and his son is called up to fight and is subsequently captured. Serbo-Croation, subtitles. 7-9:30 p.m.
UMMA. FREE. 764-0395. UMMA Auditorium (525 S. State), different times.
Apr. 2: "Darius Milhaud and His Music: From Provence to the World" (Cecile-Clairval Milhaud, 2010). Documentary about the 20th century composer whose pioneering work gave rise to impassioned controversy. 7 p.m.
Apr. 28:"Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui" (Susan Vogel, 2011). Documentary, filmed over 3 years in Venice, Nsukka, and the U.S., about internationally renowned Nigerian artist El Anatsui, whose work is currently on display at UMMA. Also, a screening of Anatsui at Work: Eight Short Films, Vogel's 2011 collection of short, instructive documentaries that depict Anatsui demonstrating his artistic process and discussing his theories on specific media as he creates one of his most ambitious works in Nsukka and installs it on the façade of the Palazzo Fortuny museum in Venice. 4 p.m.
Apr. 29:"Many Voices." Screening of short films created by various community members in response to works in the UMMA collection. Followed by a discussion with some of the filmmakers. 6 p.m.
U-M Screen Arts & Cultures. FREE. 763-4087. Natural Science Auditorium. 6 p.m.-midnight.
April 26 & 27 (different programs): "Lightworks Festival." A smorgasbord of short films in various genres that are the culminating term projects for U-M film students.
U-M Smith-Ka-Teers. FREE. Smitheeawards.com. 1800 Chemistry, 930 North University. 7 p.m.-midnight.
Apr. 13: 22nd Annual Smithee Awards. This celebration of bad films features screenings of 5 clips of commercial feature films in each of 19 categories, including "Most Ludicrous Premise," "Worst Science," "Cutting Butter with a Chainsaw," "Let's Up the Rating to R," "Alas, Poor Yorick," "Inane Dialogue," "Deus ex Machina," and more. Films typically sampled include the likes of Seedpeople, Leech Woman, Nailgun Massacre, The Clones of Bruce Lee, and Narcotic Justice. Audience members vote on the "winners." Mature audiences.
WCBN-FM. FREE admission. 763-3500. Arbor Brewing Company (114 E. Washington), 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 10: "Car Wash" (Michael Schultz, 1976). Episodic comedy, with a great funk-soul score, about a day in the lives of the employees and owner of an L.A. car wash. Richard Pryor (with the Pointer Sisters in tow) & George Carlin have strong minor roles.
Whole Foods Market "Do Something Reel Film Festival." $5. 975-4500. Wolverine State Brewing Co. (2019 W. Stadium), 8 p.m.
Apr. 25: "The Love of Beer" (Alison Grayson, 2011). Documentary about women beer brewers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.