Sultry jazz vocalist Claudia Acuna will set East Lansing on fire
EAST LANSING – The Wharton Center will present jazz vocalist Claudia Acua on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Pasant Theatre.
Acua ignites a bold new spark in the worldwide jazz community. Sultry, vivacious, fiery, tender, radiantly vulnerable and passionate, describe the jazz sensation. The Chilean-born singer continues to explore the unique bilingual jazz territory she has made her own.
Her critically acclaimed album, “Wind From the South,” is the culmination of her early years singing in her native Chile, where she was first introduced to jazz. She gained invaluable experience through mentorships with such luminaries as Abbey Lincoln, Chick Corea, and Dianne Reeves.
Acua was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up with aspirations to be a singer. She didn’t discover jazz until she was fifteen. Shortly thereafter, she took a major risk to come to New York City. With very little money, virtually no English, and only a few contacts, she survived by working as a baby-sitter, pet walker and dishwasher. Performing whenever she could, the risk eventually paid off, as she made her mark on the local jazz scene and was signed by Verve Records.
Wharton Center is the nonprofit performing arts facility of Michigan State University.
Tickets for the performance are $26. The Wharton Center box office can be contacted at 517-432-2000 or 1-800-WHARTON.
Additional information can be obtained online at http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Dance the evening away with the Big Band sound
PONTIAC – Music at All Saints will present The Pros, a 17-piece swing band, as the next concert of its 2003-2004 Concert Series.
The evening includes dancing, beverages and snacks for only $20 per adult and $15 for students and seniors.
Music at All Saints is an outreach program of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pontiac. The church is located at 171 West Pike Street at Williams.
For reservations or more information call 248-334-4571.
Michigan Theater to host premiere of ‘Albatros Over America’
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Theater will be host to the North American premiere of “Albatros Over America,” a series of French silent films from the Cinematheque Francaise. The series will take place Jan. 14 through Feb. 18 in the historic 1700-seat theater. All films in the series will have live music accompaniment on the theater’s historic Barton Organ. All screenings are free for University of Michigan students, faculty and staff. Regular Michigan Theater film ticket prices apply for the general public.
Richard Abel, a Collegiate Professor in Film and Video Studies at the University of Michigan, is curator. The series is sponsored by the UM International Institute, the UM Institute for the Humanities, the UM Program in Film and Video Studies, the UM Center for European Studies, and the UM Romance Languages and Literatures Department.
Neither a bird nor a plane, Albatros is what film producer Alexandre Kamenka called his French company in 1922. The company was one of the top five in France during the 1920s and was unique in sustaining a very productive collaboration between Russian migr and French personnel in the film industry. The company was widely recognized for its spectacular historical films, its revival of French comedy and a stunning serial from the period, “La Maison du mystre” (1922). Nearly all the Albatros company paper materials were lost in a disastrous Bibliotheque du Film fire in January 2001.
The Cinematheque Francaise, one of Europe’s leading film archives, has put together a touring package from Films Albatros, to commemorate the films that first formed the basis of its collection in 1935. The package includes work from Albatros directors Alexandre Volkoff, Ivan Mosjoukine, Marcel L’Herbier, Jean Epstein and Rene Clair. The films in this package were chosen for their striking combination of the best characteristics of French silent film (spectacular decors and cityscapes, Art Deco design, narrative experimentation, epic scope, and comic inventiveness) and their timeless ability to entertain and challenge.
The schedule of films includes: “La Maison Du Mystre” (1922), directed by Alexandre Volkoff, 160 minutes. – Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m.; “Le Brasier Ardent” (1923), directed by Ivan Mosjoukine, 105 minutes – Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.; “Casanova” (1927), directed by Alexandre Volkoff, 160 minutes – Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m.; “Feu Mathias Pascal” (1925), directed by Marcel L’Herbier, 170 minutes – Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m.; “Le Double Amour” (1925), directed by Jean Epstein, 90 minutes – Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.; “Un Chapeau De Paille D’italie” (1927), directed by Rene Clair, 90 minutes – Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.; “Les Deux Timides” (1928), directed by Rene Clair, 90 minutes – Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
The Michigan Theater, built in 1928, is a restored historic movie palace and vaudeville house located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street, across the street from Borders Books and Music. Regular film ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6.25 for students, seniors and Veterans and $5.50 for Michigan Theater members. The theater’s 24-hour information line is 734-668-TIME and the website is http://www.michtheater.org.