Brian Vander Ark at the Ark; Craig Baldwin lecture
The "Ann Arbor Film Festival" returns to the Michigan Theater this week. Today, 12:30 p.m. to midnight; Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight. The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. For more information, call 734-995-5356 or go to www.aafilmfest.org for a full schedule. $10 general admission or $7 for students, seniors and AAFF members. Juror presentations are free. Weekend Pass (Friday-Sunday): $45-55. The Michigan is at 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8397.
The Penny Stamps Lecture Series will presents Craig Baldwin at the Michigan Theater in honor of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival. 5:10 p.m. Baldwin is a filmmaker and curator whose interests lie in archival retrieval and recombinatory forms of cinema, performance and installation. Free. The Michigan is at 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8397.
Former Verve Pipe front man Brian Vander Ark will perform at The Ark tonight. 8 p.m. Vander Ark comes to Ann Arbor with a fine new release, "Magazine." He has taken up personal themes of family, love, and loss. $15. The Ark is at 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.