April 2, 2023 4:00 pm
Observer EditorObserver Editor
Fathom Events

Fathom Events. 973–8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316–5500 (Emagine). Tickets $11.50–$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline), various times.

Apr. 1 & 5: “Falstaff” Live (Sat.) & prerecorded (Wed.) broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s comic masterpiece, a brilliantly balanced blend of bawdy humor and lyric beauty. Adapted from Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, with a few additions from Henry IV, the story finds Shakespeare’s larger-than-life rogue wooing 2 married women for money while his own daughters steal kisses behind his back. The music, one of Verdi’s most bewitching scores, is sung in Italian, with English supertitles. 12:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Wed., Ann Arbor 20 only). 

Apr. 2-4 & 6: “The Journey: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli” (Gaetano Morbioli & Paolo Sodi, 2023). Spiritual documentary that follows world-renowned tenor Bocelli and his wife Veronica as they travel through beautiful Italian terrain on horseback to complete parts of the Via Francigena—a historical pilgrimage in which Christians journey to Rome to worship at grand cathedrals and visit revered burial sites of saints and apostles. 4 & 7 p.m. 

Apr. 12 & 13: “Beautiful Disaster” (Roger Kumble, 2023). College romance about a clean-cut freshman girl who loses a bet and has to live with a bad-boy brawler for a month. 7 p.m. 

Apr. 15 & 19: “Der Rosenkavalier” Live (Sat.) & prerecorded (Wed.) broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Richard Straus’s 1911 comic opera, a send-up of courtly love about an aging princess whose young lover falls for the daughter of a rich aristocrat. Noon. (Wed., Ann Arbor 20 only). 

Apr. 16 & 20: “The Big Lebowski” (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998). 25th anniversary screening of this beloved comedy starring Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker who’s mistaken for a namesake who then commissions him to ransom the latter’s kidnapped trophy wife. 4 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.).

Apr. 18: “Mirando al Cielo” (Antonio Peláez, 2023). Historical drama about a 14-year-old boy who takes up arms against the Mexican government in the 1920’s Cristero Rebellion. Captured, he is taken to a village where his own godfather is the magistrate who must decide his punishment. Spanish, subtitles. 7 p.m. 

Apr. 22 & 24: “Carol Burnett: A Celebration” (Mike Trinklein, 2023). This tribute to the prolific TV comedian, one of the 1st women to host a prime time variety show, features clips, memories, and interviews with Carl Reiner, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Tina Fey, Phyllis Diller, Barbara Eden, Jim Nabors, and more. 2 p.m. (Sat.) and 4 & 7 p.m. (Mon.). 

Apr. 23 & 27: “Spirited Away: Live on Stage” Screening of Tony-winning director John Caird’s 2022 stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s dazzling Oscar-winning animated fantasy about a young girl who discovers a secret world of strange spirits and sorcery. Features dazzling sets, captivating musical numbers, and wondrous puppets of beloved characters. Japanese, subtitles. 4 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.).

Apr. 29 & May 3: “Champion” Live (Sat.) & prerecorded (Wed.) broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of acclaimed contemporary composer Terence Blanchard’s 2021 opera about a young boxer who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and his older self, still haunted by the ghosts of his past. 1 p.m. (Wed., Ann Arbor 20 only).