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No Safety Net 3.0

UMS’s Renegade Festival returns for its third installment in January and February 2023.

This three-week festival in Ann Arbor uses theater performance and installation art — in unexpected ways — to address issues that are relevant to our time, including the environment and climate change, capitalism, forced migration, and our unspoken private lives.

Ranging from playful and archly funny to sobering and at times disorienting, the events in No Safety Net allow us the opportunity to critically examine the world we live in while simultaneously looking toward our role in creating a more hopeful future.

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
No Safety Net 3.0 is presented in partnership with the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Upcoming Events

The Plastic Bag Store
Film Screening
Installation
No Safety Net
Performance

The Plastic Bag Store is a public art installation and immersive film experience that questions our culture of consumption and convenience — specifically, the enduring effects of our single-use plastics.

salt:dispersed
Digital Event
No Safety Net
Performance

No Safety Net

salt:dispersed
Selina Thompson

Tuesday, January 17 - Monday, February 13

In this digital presentation, performance artist Selina Thompson recreates her award-winning dramatic monologue about a journey she made by cargo ship to retrace the triangular route of the transatlantic slave trade.

The Plastic Bag Store Family Art-Making Activity
Family Friendly
Free
Installation
No Safety Net
Public Workshop

FREE EVENTS

The Plastic Bag Store
Family Art Making Activity

Saturday, January 21 - Saturday, January 28

Families are invited to visit The Plastic Bag Store and participate in a guided hands-on workshop.

Cultural Exchange Rate
Installation
Interactive
No Safety Net

No Safety Net

Cultural Exchange Rate
Tania El Khoury

Tuesday, January 24 - Sunday, January 29

Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury presents an interactive live art project, in which you immerse yourself into one family’s secret boxes to explore sounds, images, and textures that trace more than a century of border crossings.

Talking Trash: an Interactive Discussion Inspired by The Plastic Bag Store
Free
In Person or Digital
No Safety Net
Talks & Discussions

Turn inspiration into impact with insights from researchers, scientists, artists, and activists tackling the question: What can we do about single-use plastics?

Our Carnal Hearts
No Safety Net
Performance

No Safety Net

Our Carnal Hearts
Rachel Mars

Wednesday, February 1 - Saturday, February 4

Rachel Mars and four belting female singers come at you with a hilarious dark show about the hiding workings of one of our uglier emotions…envy.

No Safety Net: Closing Student Party
Free
No Safety Net
U-M Student Event

Join the University Musical Society Student Committee for a night of performances to celebrate UMS’s No Safety Net Festival, featuring music from Cece June and the Calista Quartet.

Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters
No Safety Net
Performance

No Safety Net

Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters
Rachel Mars

Saturday, February 4 - Sunday, February 5

Rachel Mars’s filthy, funny, and intimate show creates a love letter to the lost art of letter writing…which has degraded into X-rated anonymized sexts from platforms like Whatsapp and Grindr.

On the Blog

STORY

Dear Most Valued Customers…

Read a message from Robin Frohardt, the artist and creative mind behind The Plastic Bag Store.

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STORY

Robin Frohardt: The Magic of the Mundane

The Plastic Bag Store creator Robin Frohardt joins U-M’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

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STORY

UMS Connect: Rachel Mars

UMS programming manager Mary Roeder interviews writer and performer Rachel Mars, in advance of her two shows coming to UMS's No Safety Net 3.0 Festival:

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STORY

Growing a Long-Lasting Tomato 🍅

Robin Frohardt shares how a tomato is made for The Plastic Bag Store.

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