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By |2004-01-22T09:00:00-05:00January 22nd, 2004|Uncategorized|
Macomb Ballet Company presents premiere of ‘Un Encuentro’

CLINTON TWP. – “Un Encuentro,” an original ballet incorporating dance, voice, chamber orchestra, Peruvian woodwinds, Spanish guitar and narration, will be performed on Friday, Jan. 30 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College.
Written by Michigan composer Mark Gottlieb, “Un Encuentro” tells the tale of a man who, in his last hours of life, reconciles his search for wisdom and understanding with the time in his youth when he believed in the wonderment and magic of life.
Award winning composer Mark Gottlieb will direct professional musicians who have performed with such organizations as Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, and the Czech Philharmonic. Ann Parsley, President of the National Cecchetti Council of America, is artistic director and choreographer. The dancers are pre-professional students chosen by annual audition at the Macomb Center. They will be joined by professional guest dancers Patrick Schultz, formerly with American Ballet Theater, and Kevin Belanger, formerly with Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.
Ticket prices range from $15 – $17, with discounts available to senior citizens, students and groups. Reserved seating may be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 586-286-2222, on the web at, through TicketsPLUS at 800-585-3737 and at all Meijer stores.

‘The Holocaust as Personal History’ illuminates MSU Museum

EAST LANSING – The Michigan State University Museum presents the program, “Writing a Jewish Life: The Holocaust as Personal History,” on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The special program is produced in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945,” in the Main Gallery.
A reception will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Main Gallery, and a lecture presentation will take place in Olds Hall, Room 111, located across the street from the museum. Both the reception and lecture are free of charge and open to the public.
Guest speaker Lev Raphael is an acclaimed author and MSU alumnus, and one of America’s foremost writers about children of Holocaust survivors. His award-winning collection of short stories was “Dancing on Tisha B’Av” (1990), and he went on to write “Winter Eyes” (1992), a coming-of-age story concerning the son of Polish Holocaust survivors living in Manhattan; “Let’s Get Criminal” (1996), the first of a series of five satirical academic mysteries featuring Nick Hoffman; “Journeys & Arrivals: On Being Gay and Jewish” (1996); “The Edith Wharton Murders ” (1997); and most recently, “The German Money” (2002). For more, see
Raphael holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University, where he taught creative writing and other courses before leaving to write and review full-time.
The MSU Museum’s “Persecution” exhibit examines the Holocaust and Germany’s Nazi government in its attempt to rid German territory of people who did not fit its vision of a “master Aryan race.” The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 27, is on loan from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. “Persecution” is funded by Triangle Foundation, Arcus Foundation, and Andrew Lehman with additional support provided by Visscher family; Jones family; and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
The MSU Museum is located on West Circle Drive, next to Beaumont Tower on the Michigan State University campus. The museum is open free of charge (donations are welcome) seven days a week: weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 – 5 p.m. The facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information, contact 517-353-1943.

Cranbrook Art Museum celebrates Wright’s ‘Houses In Detroit’

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Frank Lloyd Wright is the best-known and arguably the most influential American architect of the 20th century. “Modest to Mansion: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Houses in Detroit” – opening Jan. 24 at Cranbrook Art Museum – presents the first in-depth exploration of Wright’s residences in the Detroit area, specifically Oakland and Wayne counties. Designed for a variety of clients with differing incomes, the houses join other Wright projects that range from automotive workshops to vacation homes to comprise his thirty-plus buildings in Michigan, placing the state third behind Wisconsin and Illinois for the total number of Wright-designed structures.
Although used today for varying purposes, these homes still serve to show the talents of one of the country’s leading architects: The Affleck home is owned by Lawrence Technological University and used as an educational resource (although it currently is closed for renovations); the land that contained the homes eventually built by the residents of Cooperative Homesteads was redeveloped and is now a Meijer shopping center; the two homes in Plymouth are privately owned and occupied – the only Wright homes in the Detroit area to still be used as they were originally intended; the Smith family continues to own Myhaven and opens it for special tours and events; and finally, the Turkel house is privately owned but is vacant and empty of the furnishings designed for it.
Cranbrook Art Museum is a non-profit contemporary art museum, and an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of artists-in-residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. Cranbrook Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills. Museum hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on the fourth Friday of each month the hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free for members; $6 general public; $4 students and seniors; children 12 and under are free. For more information, please call 877-GO-CRANBROOK or visit the website at

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