Poetry comes alive in ‘Def Poetry Jam’ at Wharton Center
EAST LANSING – “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam,” the lyrical, smart, hilarious and searingly honest new show that has become a true phenomenon on Broadway, comes to East Lansing’s Wharton Center for one show only on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.
“Def Poetry Jam” is an experience that’s not to be missed. Nine gifted young poets speaking from the heart about love, dreams, self-respect, politics and everything that makes today’s world a fascinating, complex place. They’re the voices of the next generation: If Langston Hughes or Virginia Woolf were alive today, this is what they’d sound like.
The New York Times called the show “an exuberant daringly fresh series that breaks poetry out of the neat little boxes that poetry is so often put. The series is entirely successful in affirming the importance of poetic language in pop culture, and of poetry itself as a powerful social force.”
Executive Producer Russell Simmons, of the critically acclaimed HBO series “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam,” has long been a master visionary who has shaped the cutting edge of hip-hop, urban, and pop culture. While still a student, Russell saw his first rap show, and soon began promoting his own shows, managing artists, and producing records. By the early Eighties, the roster of his Rush Artist Management included such hit-making rappers as Whodini, Kurtis Blow, and Run-DMC. Over the years, Rush would help mold the careers of chart-topping artists, including Will Smith, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys.
Wharton Center is the nonprofit performing arts facility of Michigan State University.
Tickets are $22 – $34. The Wharton Center box office can be contacted at 517-432-2000 or 1-800-WHARTON.
Additional information can be obtained online at www.whartoncenter.com.
Flint Institute of Arts Celebrates ‘All American’ 75th Anniversary
FLINT – The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) is celebrating its 75th anniversary with an “All American” party on Sunday, November 16 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. The celebration will feature exciting activities for the entire family, including free baseballs to the first 75 visitors (one per family), music, free give-a-ways for children and adults, birthday cake and refreshments. The Bill Strickler Band will provide musical entertainment, with American pop classics.
Guests will also be among the first to see paintings from the Great Lakes region, created by artists between 1910 and 1960. Most of the paintings in the collection are on permanent loan to the FIA from the Isabel Foundation, with several paintings donated by collectors Michael Hall and Patricia Glascock.
This special exhibition, entitled “Great Lakes Muse: American Scene Painting in the Upper Midwest (1910-1960),” will run from Nov. 16 through Feb. 1. The exhibit will be installed in the museum’s largest gallery for special exhibitions, the Hodge Gallery, presenting 75 of the 105 works of art in the Great Lakes collection.
“Every museum dreams of a birthday present like this. It is not unusual for museums to overlook important regional artists working in their own backyard as they pursue nationally and internationally recognized artists for their collection,” said FIA director John Henry. “It is important to add these missing links to our collection and timely that we acquire the collection because art market prices are beginning to reveal a strong recognition of the importance of these artists.”
In addition, the FIA has published a catalogue of this stunning collection of regional paintings. The book includes images of all 105 works of art and will be available at the opening of the exhibition.
The “All American” celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call the FIA at 810-234-1695.
Chamber Music Society celebrates anniversary with Juilliard String Quartet
FARMINGTON HILLS – The Chamber Music Society of Detroit continues its 60th anniversary season with a performance by the internationally renowned Juilliard String Quartet on Saturday, Nov. 15.
The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at Seligman Performing Arts Center, located at 22305 West 13 Mile Road (at the corner of Lahser and 13 Mile Road), Beverly Hills, on the campus of the Detroit Country Day School.
For over 50 years, the Juilliard String Quartet has been recognized as the quintessential American string quartet, and is celebrated for its performances of works by such diverse composers as Beethoven, Schubert, Bartk and Elliott Carter. An ardent champion of contemporary American music, the Quartet has premiered more than 60 compositions of American composers, including works by some of America’s finest jazz musicians.
All season subscriptions to the nine-concert series sold out earlier this spring, but a limited number of tickets for individual concerts are still available. Single concert tickets are priced between $30 and $67. Student concert tickets are $20 and $27. Single tickets for all 2003-2004 concerts may be purchased by calling the Chamber Music Society of Detroit Ticket Service at 248-855-6070.
For additional information, visit the Chamber Music Society of Detroit web site at www.ComeHearCMSD.org.
Organist Cherry Rhodes to Play at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul
DETROIT – Legendary American concert organist Cherry Rhodes will play a recital at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Paul on its renowned pipe organ. This concert is the second in the Music at the Cathedral series for the 2003 season, and will take place on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.
Rhodes is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. A recipient of both Fulbright and Rockefeller grants, she was the first American to win an international organ competition (Munich, 1966). She has played recitals worldwide.
Suggested donation for the recital is $10 adults, $8 students and seniors and $25 families.
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is located at 4800 Woodward Avenue (at Warren Avenue) in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center. The Cathedral has ample lighted, secure parking, accessible via East Warren Avenue.
For additional information, call 313-833-4438.