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SAY YES FEST

august 5th through september

Say Yes Fest is a conveyor of chances to say YES! A month of Happenings and Art to solve everything, end war and cure anxiety FOREVER!

All are invited to “say yes” to fearlessly expressing their creativity through a variety of mediums and playful civic discourse during a celebratory and revelatory month dedicated to exploring ways to create a society based on Love rather than Profit.

It’s time for over-the-top realness to stir the conscience of our nation—time to strain the anger from our story and drain the disappointment; grief into gasoline and rage into revo-love-ution.

Say Yes Fest is a chance to megaphone the margins & gently shake society from our collective slumber, safely taking us outside our comforts, beyond the binary, into a non-linear cosmic dressing room with unlimited opportunities to unzip our spines and step out; to recast the movie & edit the scripts of our lives.

Thursday, August 11th, 4 - 6 pm

Happy Hour at Cahoots, featuring art making with Say Yes Fest

Cahoots, 206 E Huron St, Ann Arbor

Monthly Networking Event at Cahoots, a Tech Co-working space, featuring Say Yes Fest art table exploring the theme: What is the civic and political role of tech in shaping the future?

Friday, August 12th, 6 - 10 pm

Silent Disco + Immersive Street Art

Main Street, Ann Arbor

We’ll have 300 headsets provided by Quiet Coyote Silent Events and DJs from Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit spinning for your attention across three channels and several cosmic planes.

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Saturday, August 13th, 2 - 8 pm

Sunrise Movement’s “Concert to Shut Down Line 5”

Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor

An all-day FUNdraiser concert for protestors fighting the Enbridge oil and gas pipeline Line 5, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac. + A community live painting mural sponsored by Express Your Yes.

The lineup of Michigan musicians includes the Chris Canas Band, a Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas, along with local jazz singer-bassist Gwenyth Hayes, the jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet Chirp, the jazz fusion band Squeaky Keys, and jazz-rock group Boom on Mizar 5.

Reach out to the sunrise movement and get involved! — sunrisemvmta2@gmail.com

Saturday, August 13th, 7 - 9 pm

“Tommy Hollywood and Katie Encino move to the Midwest to Get Real” Live / Digital Script Read + Q&A + Creative Response

CultureVerse Gallery, 309 S Main St, Ann Arbor

Live and online script reading of upcoming feature film being shot in A2. Q&A w/ Director Christina Morales Hemenway and select actors following the reading.

The theme will be "Getting Real”. Guests will be invited to paint on a community wall about what “getting real” means to them as well as speak on camera or anonymously on an audio recording in a confessional booth.

There will also be a petition to sign to get the film incentive program back in Michigan!

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Thursday, August 18th, 6 - 9 pm

Playtime with Petals & Friends at Cahoots: Improv + Theater Games + Cold Readings + Empowerment & Freedom & Tools to Explore

Cahoots, 206 E Huron St, Ann Arbor

A playful, empowering space to unzip our spines and step out. Recast the movie, edit the script of our lives—perhaps starting with a fabulous costume and British accent.

Friday, August 19th, 7 pm

The Havah Experiment: Revitalization

NOW studios, 715 N University Ave, Ann Arbor

Immersive theatrical event that explores the space between scripted and improvisational theater while allowing the audience to go on roving journeys with the cast and immerse themselves in safe discomfort while viewing and participating in a dramatic experience.

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Saturday, August 20th, 8 pm

KARAOKE WITH DJ NEVERMIND

NOW studios, 715 N University Ave, Ann Arbor

Karaoke night, but more chaotic. Bring a beverage of your choice, do some vocal warmups, dress in your flamboyant finest, and be prepared for the possibility of your song turning into a group singalong/dance number/performance art piece/etc.

More events coming soon — stay tuned!