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Art & Around

By | 2004-01-01T09:00:00-05:00 January 1st, 2004|Uncategorized|
Gender illusionist brings innovative program to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR – DRED of DRED Love Experience will present her visually stimulating, thought-provoking, funky, fly, supernatural-high musical experiences on gender-fluidity and self-love to University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. as part of the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series.
DRED is an internationally known Haitian-American performance artist, actress, activist, singer, poet, educator and gender-illusioning woman. She has been a guest on the Oxygen Network show Can You Tell?, and her work has been featured in the anthology “Cast Out: Queer Lives in the Theater.” She is also one of the stars of the award-winning film “Venus Boyz,” and part of the upcoming film “Knives In My Throat” directed by Abiola Abrams, in which she plays three different characters.
A reception will follow at the School of Art & Design’s gallery, Work, located at 306 South State Street in Ann Arbor. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information call 734-936-0672 or visit http://www.art-design.umich.edu.

Klein Gallery exhibit spotlights the Big Apple

ROYAL OAK – “New York New York,” an exhibit featuring the works of Arms, Calapai, Coundrain, Klein, Landeck, Mershimer, Morper, Pennell, Schutz, Werger, Williams and others, is on display now through Jan. 31 at the Arnold Klein Gallery.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is located at 32782 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak.
For more information call 248-647-7709.

We’re off to sing-a-long with ‘Wizard of Oz’

CLINTON TWP. – “Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz” will be performed on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College. Ticket prices range from $18 – $25, with discounts available to senior citizens, students, and groups of 20 or more.
“Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz,” an interactive theatrical film experience, invites audiences of all ages to celebrate the story of Dorothy and her fantastical journey through the Land of Oz by joining in and singing along to some of history’s best-loved songs in a theater filled with audience members dressed as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West and other favorite characters. Kids will be thrilled to meet the Macomb Center’s own live “Dorothy and Friends,” provided by the Macomb Ballet Company, before and after the show.
Imagination and creativity are generously rewarded during a pre-show costume parade. A spirited on-stage master-of-ceremonies will lead the crowd through a comical interactive evening of audience participation including singing along with Dorothy and hissing at the Wicked Witch. All this and a “Perform-A-Long Fun Pack,” which is provided free with every ticket, adds to the fun of watching the film.
This one-of-a-kind costume party, sing-out-loud night of smiles and laughter, is produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc., and Clear Channel Entertainment, in association with Warner Bros. Theatrical in a nationwide tour.
Reserved seating may be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 586-286-2222, on the web at http://www.MacombCenter.com, through TicketsPLUS at 800-585-3737 and at all Meijer stores.

Exhibit celebrates Haitian independence

DEARBORN – The Art Museum Project at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Sciences will commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Haitian Independence with an exhibition in the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery from January 12 through February 6, 2004.
Drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as traditional handcrafted objects by Haitian artists, on loan from collectors and galleries in the Detroit region, offer a glimpse of the traditions and culture of this Caribbean nation. A selection of voodoo banners and objects used in religious practice as well as a collection of documentary photographs taken by William McNeece, Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, will also be shown.
A reception featuring a gallery talk, ethnic foods and performance is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. and guest lecturer, Guerin Montilus, Ph.D. from Wayne State University, will present a program on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.
The Art Museum Project University of Michigan-Dearborn is located at 4901 Evergreen Rd., #1165AB, Dearborn. For more information call 313-593-5058.

Russian National Ballet presents ‘Cinderella’

CLINTON TWP. – “Cinderella,” the classic story about a girl who becomes a beautiful princess and the prince who finds her, will be performed on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College. Ticket prices range from $33 – $42, with discounts available to senior citizens, students, and groups of 20 or more.
Ballet-lovers and families alike should not miss this performance by the Russian National Ballet. “Cinderella. All the magic from the fairy tale unfolds on stage: the Fairy Godmother, glass slippers, wicked stepsisters and a pumpkin turned into a coach.
The Russian National Ballet, originally named the Soviet National Ballet, was founded in Moscow during Perestroika in the late 1980s when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their newfound creative freedom by starting vibrant new companies. The Russian National Ballet, as its name implies, has focused on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works while developing new talents throughout Russia. Today the company boasts of 50 dancers with outstanding training and vast experience, touring annually through the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Do not miss this opportunity for an enchanting evening of family and cultural entertainment.
Reserved seating may be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 586-286-2222, on the web at http://www.MacombCenter.com, through TicketsPLUS at 800-585-3737 and at all Meijer stores.

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