with video: Tonight at Top of the Park: 'Answer This!,' trivia contest with movie director, electronic pop
Tonight is Day 18 of Top of the Park, the popular, free (donations welcome) outdoor happening featuring music, movies, kicking back, running into friends, and a variety of other attractions.
Each day in cooperation with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival—which presents Top of the Park as well as main-stage ticketed events—AnnArbor.com is publishing a rundown of the night's happenings. Here's an overview of tonight's schedule, followed by a more detailed look at the events and attractions:
6:30-8:30 p.m. - Trivia Night in the Roots Lounge with special guest Chris Farah
6:30-8 p.m. - KidZone
6:30 p.m. - Nightlife (indie pop)
8 p.m. - Charlie Slick (experimental / pop)
10 p.m. - Movie: "Answer This!"
Darin Rajabian and Caroline Myrick met at a Michigan house show in early 2010. They soon discovered a mutual infatuation with dream-life, dancing, and pop music, and began work on a new project to incorporate Caroline’s soft vocals with Darin’s classic euro-disco inspired tracks.
Performing since: Late 2010
Home base: Ann Arbor
Style of music: Indie Pop/ New Disco
Band name backstory: All good things happen at night.
Day jobs: Darin is an engineer/DJ, Caroline works as a cashier at a dry cleaners downtown.
Favorite road food: Sushi & Jet's Pizza
Favorite stage outfit: Denim
Musical hero: Each other
Fusing homegrown electronics, saxophone, guitar, acoustic percussion and synthesizers, genre-bending pop composer Charlie Slick brings his high-energy electronic dance party to the Rackham Stage.
Performing since: 2005 - but the group has had different members and musical voices
Home base: Ann Arbor
Style of music: Post Modern/Electronic/Pop
Members: Charles Slick, Molly Mascow, Micah Vanderhoof
Band name backstory: The Slick persona was created as an anti-version of myself, like a mirror mirror version, but that was back in 2005. Strangely, I am more like the slick persona now, than I am like the old me—like a self-fulfilling prophecy. The me before Slick doesn't really exist anymore.
Day jobs: Regular boring stuff—like the kind of stuff that makes you want to go out and play crazy pop music at night.
Favorite road food: Sushi
Favorite stage outfit: I think Micah and Molly try to dress smart and cool, while I try to choose stuff that will allow me to transform during my performance--from a regular guy into—something else.
Musical hero: Prince
Movie: "Answer This!" - 10 p.m.
Running time: 105 minutes. 2011. Rating: PG-13
Ann Arbor filmmaker Chris Farah’s comedy tells the story of a boy finally coming of age - when he's 30. A brilliant trivia whiz, Paul Tarson (Christopher Gorham), is great at answering life's little questions, but horrible at answering the big ones. Now he and his friends will finally get a shot at beer, women, and nerdy redemption when they enter the biggest challenge of their lives, a citywide pub trivia tournament set in and around the University of Michigan.
Check out full AnnArbor.com coverage of "Answer This!"
The Roots Lounge, presented by AnnArbor.com
Stop by The Roots Lounge, a new feature at the festival this year, presented by AnnArbor.com. With free public WiFi available through 20/20 Communications, it’s a place where you can post, share, tweet, read or just relax, listen and enjoy. And if your smartphone or tablet runs out of juice, stop by and use the free charging station.
Get your friends together for a special night of trivia in The Roots Lounge. University of Michigan alum and director of "Answer This!" Christopher Farah will be there to ask a trivia question or two and to award a couple of prizes. Trivia Night is presented by The Arena Sports Bar and Grill. Compete in teams of two for prizes while you socialize and relax in comfort at The Roots Lounge, hosted by AnnArbor.com. Prizes include gift certificates to the Arena, and a Grand Prize trip for two to Las Vegas awarded to the team with the highest combined score from the three Trivia Nights - June 21, 28 and July 5. (Ticket giveaway details here.) Be sure to stick around after trivia for the 10 p.m. screening of "Answer This!" (see description above).
KidZone - 6:30-8 p.m.
As described by the festival, "An interactive area for our youngest concert-goers, the Kidzone tent provides a fun and safe area for children and their parents to discover and explore a wide variety of hands-on activities with different community partners. From getting temporary tattoos, creating homemade instruments, or jamming out rock band style, KidZone offers different nightly activities for families at Top of the Park."
Top of the Park takes place in front of the Rackham Building on East Washington Street. In addition to the daily entertainment, a variety of local food vendors will also be on hand each night. For more information, see the Summer Festival website, and watch AnnArbor.com for complete coverage of festival events.
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