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MLaw's Culture Show Returns to Mendelssohn Theatre Oct. 26

By Lori Atherton
Oct. 21, 2013

Michigan Law's annual song-and-dance extravaganza, popularly known as the Culture Show, is set to return to Mendelssohn Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Maize is the New Black," a riff on the popular Netflix television series Orange is the New Black.

Michigan Law Culture Show"It's the season for celebrating Michigan Law School and its diversity," said 2Ls Anisha Asher and Emma Bao, cultural committee co-chairs of APALSA (Asian Pacific American Law Students Association), the sponsoring organization.

Now in its fifth year, the Culture Show "runs like a well-oiled machine," Asher said, which means attendees can expect to see the Law School's various student organizations—and perhaps a few faculty—showcasing their singing, dancing, and musical talents. Previous years have featured Bollywood acts, square dancing, rapping, and performances by the Law School rock band TJ Hooper and the Learned Hands, which is part of this year's roster.

Other groups slated to return to the Mendelssohn stage include APALSA, BLSA (Black Law Students Alliance), JLSA (Jewish Law Students Association), LLSA (Latino Law Students Association), and SALSA (South Asian Law Students Association). Also performing will be the Headnotes a cappella group, offering their own take on Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble."

"It's fun to see the groups in a light you wouldn't otherwise see them," Asher said.

Tickets cost $10 and will be on sale in Hutchins Hall outside the Aikens Commons from Oct. 21-25. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Forgotten Harvest, a Detroit-based food rescue organization that collects surplus prepared and perishable food from restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores and delivers it to emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area.

For more information, contact Asher at or Bao at

(Image Gallery: Relive moments from the 2011 Culture Show.)

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