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Unique programs examine period between Civil War and Civil Rights at Flint Cultural Center

FLINT- Between Feb. 1 and April 24, the Flint Cultural Center presents “100 Years Toward Freedom: From Civil War to Civil Rights,” a unique look at two key turning points in American history and what they meant – and still mean today – in the struggle for human equality and freedom for all people.
The Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement occurred 100 years apart and both represented a major shift in the lives of black people in this country. This series of programs for both the public and for educators offers opportunities to compare and contrast the Abolitionist and Civil Rights Movements, explore the huge changes that occurred during each period and in between, and reflect upon what this means for society and the civil rights for all Americans today.
For a free brochure with detailed listings of all programs and events, please call 810-237-7333, or visit

Michigan Ballet Theatre presents ‘The Sleeping Beauty’

ROCHESTER – Michigan Ballet Theatre’s fully staged production of “The Sleeping Beauty” promises to delight audiences of all ages. A magical fable of 16th century castles, a beautiful princess, a dashing prince, enchanted fairies and good’s triumphant victory over evil are all splendidly and unforgettably represented in this timeless classic which will be presented at the Lake Orion High School’s Performing Arts Center on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
The Michigan Ballet Theatre production shines under the direction of Cornelia Sampson who founded the company in 1981 to provide performance opportunities for aspiring pre-professionals on a career track. An impressive number of graduates of Michigan Ballet Theatre have gone on to prestigious careers with the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet and Miami City Ballet.
Michigan Ballet Theatre, a non-profit organization, will stage a 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, Jan. 31, and a 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 1.
Performances will be held at Lake Orion High School’s Performing Arts Center located at 495 E. Scripps Rd. (just north of the palace). Tickets are $14.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors and children under 12, and $10.00 each for groups of 20 or more.
For tickets and more information call Michigan Ballet Theatre at 284-652-3117.

Mosaic Singers take it to The Max

DETROIT – Who else in the world would give Detroit audiences a Russian tongue twister, classical music by Brahms and Bardos, favorite TV show themes songs and the late Moses Hogan’s show stopper “Hold On,” all in one concert?
The one and only Mosaic Singers of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, of course! Mosaic is known for taking entertainment to astounding levels.
Ford Motor Company Fund is proud to support Detroit’s most dynamic young artists, the world renowned Mosaic Singers under the direction of Kenneth Anderson, as they take the stage on Feb. 6, 7 and 8 at the Max Fisher Music Center in the Music Box for a two-hour concert that will be astounding and extraordinary!
Tickets are $18 general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available now through the Max M. Fisher Music Hall Box Office by calling 313-576-5111, or on-line at
The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center is located at 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI.
To find out more, log on to Mosaic’s website at

University Musical Society announces February events

ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society’s February calendar includes six performances of five different events, three of which-are-held-inthe newly renovated Hill Auditorium.
Among the highlights are return appearances by Cecilia Bartoli, Children of Uganda, the Canadian Brass and the UMS debut of violinist Hilary Hahn. In addition, the Michigan Chamber Players present a free concert in Rackham Auditorium.
The Children of Uganda will participate in a week of community activities, including special youth performances and “performance exchanges” with area children’s groups.
For tickets or additional information, contact the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538 or online at Tickets may also be purchased in person at the League Ticket Office, 911 North University Avenue. New ticket office hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New chimpanzee maze exhibit at Cranbrook tests survival skills

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Can you survive in the wild? Swing into Cranbrook Institute of Science to discover what chimpanzees need to survive and thrive in the wild during the new Chimpanzee Challenge maze exhibit.
Opening Feb. 7, this fully interactive maze allows visitors to experience what it might be like to be a chimpanzee in the wild. Four life cycle stages throughout the maze, from newborn to adulthood, enable visitors to learn about the characteristics of and threats facing chimpanzees.
The 1,700 square foot maze challenges visitors of all ages in three areas: to be a chimpanzee and learn what it takes to survive in the wild; to test themselves against our closest relative to compare strength, agility and communication skills; to discover the serious threats primates face and how humans can help.
A scavenger hunt of what chimpanzees need to survive takes visitors on an exploration of the maze to find necessities such as food, protection, habitat and social structures. At the end of the maze, visitors learn about the Jane Goodall Institute and several important projects seeking to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.
Chimpanzee Challenge is free with museum admission. The maze swings out of the Institute on May 2.
Cranbrook Institute of Science is located at 39221 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Museum admission is $7 adults; $5 children 2-12 and senior citizens (65+); children under 2 and members admitted free. Cranbrook Institute of Science is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays until 10 p.m. For information call 877-462-7262 or visit

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