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By |2004-02-19T09:00:00-05:00February 19th, 2004|Uncategorized|

‘Approaches’ opens at Gallery 555
YPSILANTI – Gallery 555 is pleased to announce the opening of its most recent exhibition, “Approaches.”
The exhibit is open now and will run through Friday, March 5.
“Approaches” brings together work by five New York artists: Sang-ah Choi, Clay Hensley, Anthony Smith, Jr., Loretta Staples, and Natasha Sweeten. Each artist has developed multiple, idiosyncratic methods of making art, in contrast to strict academic models of manufacture. This show focuses on the shared instincts that direct these artists’ approaches: methods that are informed by notions of discovery, mischief, and play.
Each artist engages in various activities to produce concurrent streams of work. Though the manifestations remain distinct, each approach illuminates and affects the other.
The multiple bodies of work by each of these artists defy conventional roles, such as antecedent to outcome, or a preliminary sketch to a completed work. Often one stream provides an occasion for the other to occur.
For this exhibit, each artist contributes a series of paired works from their own various streams, parsed loosely as “drawings” and “paintings,” which are interspersed throughout Gallery 555.
Although the artists exhibited here are eclectic and disparate, several nodes of inspiration link their work: infatuations with mythic structures, residual traces, digital-age detritus, and cross-cultural hybrids. They also share a mischievous playfulness that animates their often potent, sometimes subversive, re-articulations.
The core mission of 555 Studio/Gallery is to further enrich and diversify cultural life in Washtenaw County. In support of this mission Gallery 555 facilitates the development of emerging artists. We offer exhibition space, lead and collaborate in the development of programs for the visual and performing arts, and provide workspace for practicing artists.
Gallery 555 is located at 200 East Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti. For more information call 734-482 5310 or go online to

Vincent Dimartino to perform with jazz and symphonic bands
ROCHESTER – Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance is proud to present Vincent DiMartino, jazz and classical trumpet artist, in concert with Oakland University’s Jazz Band and Symphonic Band.
The concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in Varner Recital Hall on the Oakland University campus. Tickets are $6.
Additionally, DiMartino will offer a special Clinic and Master Class that Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4:30 p.m. This clinic, also in Varner Recital Hall, is free and open to the public.
At the concert, DiMartino will perform such jazz standard as “In The Mood,” “Night in Tunisia” and “America the Beautiful.” He will also perform Kent Kennan’s “Sonata for Trumpet and Band” as well as an unknown trumpet solo by John Philip Sousa.
DiMartino, one of the most popular trumpet performers in the United States, graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1972. Since then, he has held teaching positions at the University of Kentucky and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. DiMartino is well known as both a classical and jazz artist. He has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and the Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra. He has also been soloist with orchestras in Cincinnati, Buffalo, Santa Fe, North Carolina, Orlando, Baton Rouge and Rochester, New York. He appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops on their 1999 summer tour and a national television broadcast of the same. He has also performed at Lincoln Center with the Canadian Brass, the New York Philharmonic Brass, and the New York Brass. DiMartino is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Tickets for the concert are $6 and may be purchased by calling the Varner Box Office at 248-370-3013, through any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Tickets will also be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance.

New Shanghai Circus brings the big top to area theaters
DEARBORN – The New Shanghai Circus, featuring the Incredible Acrobats of China, perform breathtaking circus acts at two of Metro Detroit’s theater venues.
The New Shanghai Circus pays tribute to the time-honored tradition of Chinese circus with unsurpassed athleticism and flair. This acclaimed 20-member troupe defies gravity and executes incredible feats as it stretches the limits of human ability. Agile tumblers dive through an ever-increasing number of hoops, nimble contortionists twist themselves into unimaginable positions with perfect grace and expert archers from Mongolia fire arrows with their feet.
The great acrobatic families of China would entertain city rulers and commoners alike, passing on the tradition from generation to generation. Today, only a few brothers and sisters of the original acrobatic families remain, but have come together to organize formal training academies for promising young entertainers to continue bringing the traditions of their heritage to audiences worldwide.
The Incredible Acrobats first visit Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. Tickets are on sale at The Center’s box office and priced from $19 to $25. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also open one hour prior to performances. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. For information, including a calendar of events, call 313-943-2350 or visit the Web site at
The acrobats return March 6 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Tickets for the shorter daytime performances are $10, and $19 – $26 for the evening show. The Macomb Center is located at 44575 Garfield Road. Information about these performances can be obtained by calling 586-286-2222 or online at

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