The Fretful Porcupine, direct from Jersey City, NJ is the musical duo of Violinist Jake Armerding and saxophonist Kevin Gosa. Armerding also plays guitar and is a singer-songwriter. The Fretful Porcupine brews a finely crafted roots chamber music made of saxophones, wires, and wood. Their sound is a mix of Jake’s folk and bluegrass influence and Kevin’s jazz and classical styling. In short, the tunes reflect each of the player’s love for the music they play. And if you're wondering where the name of the duo comes from, look no further than Shakespeare's Hamlet. Hamlet's father's ghost says: "And each particular hair to stand on end, like quills upon the fretful porcupine."



Keith Taylor's poems, stories, book reviews, translations and feature articles have appeared in many journals, magazines and newspapers throughout North America and in Europe. His most recent book If the World Becomes So Bright, was published by Wayne State University Press in 2009, and his new collection, Marginalia for a Natural History, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2011. Keith was born in British Columbia in 1952. He spent his childhood in Alberta and his adolescence in Indiana. After several years of traveling, he moved to Michigan, where he earned his M.A. in English at Central Michigan University. He has worked as a camp-boy for a hunting outfitter in the Yukon, as a dishwasher in southern France, a housepainter in Indiana and Ireland, a freight handler, a teacher, a freelance writer, the co-host of a radio talk show, and as the night attendant at a pinball arcade in California. For more than twenty years he worked as a bookseller in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now he teaches part-time at the University of Michigan where he coordinates the undergraduate program in creative writing and directs the Bear River Writers Conference. In 2010, he began working as the Poetry Editor at Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives with his wife and daughter in Ann Arbor.



Gretchen Eichberger creates dance theater about people and places unique to our region.  In 2010 she produced and directed the nation's first civic version of Martha Graham's American Document.  Earlier this year she was awarded an artist residency at Eastern Michigan University's Jean Noble Parsons Center, where she co-created an original dance work about Gwen Frostic entitled Chaotic Harmony.  The work will premiere August 27 and 28 in Frankfort. 



The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour and each year presents short films programs at more than 30 theaters, universities, museums and art house cinemas throughout the world. The AAFF is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The AAFF is steeped in a rich tradition of ground-breaking cinema. Thousands of influential filmmakers have showcased early work at the AAFF, including luminaries such as Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, Lawrence Kasdan, Devo and George Lucas. Join us for and evening of films from the 2011 AAFF!

Lake Street Studios' Studio Stage is a proud host of the 2010 Manitou Music Festival

more info and tickets @ Glen Arbor Art Association

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