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2004 Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival presents 25th anniversary celebration

DETROIT – Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts and Ford Motor Company announced that Detroit’s own and internationally revered diva Aretha Franklin, the legendary Ramsey Lewis Trio and the equally legendary and silky smooth Lou Rawls will be headlining the Silver Anniversary Edition of the Annual Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival this Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6. The 25th anniversary festival will again take place at Hart Plaza, situated between the city’s signature skyline and the historic Detroit River.
In total, more than 65 of the best International, National, Detroit-based and Scholastic acts will perform on three stages over three days.
For information on the 2004 Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival call 313-963-7622 or visit the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival website at

Lawrence Street offers ‘A Brief Retrospective’

FERNDALE – Lawrence Street Gallery will host “A Brief Retrospective”, a solo exhibition of paintings by Detroit artist David Stanton from August 3 – 28, with an artist’s reception on Friday, August 6 from 7 to 10 p.m.
The show is a slight overview of the artist’s work from the last 20 years. Of the 24 pieces in the show, no theme is intended except perhaps the idea that each is representative of a singular time and place. “The show is concerned with painting and drawing and my complete commitment to each, as well as their unification,” says Stanton.
Lawrence Street Gallery is located at 22620 Woodward Avenue, Suite A, Ferndale.
For more information please call the gallery at 248-544-0394 during gallery hours, noon – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, or go online to

Artists needed for ’40 X 40′ exhibit at Historic Gem & Century Theatres

DETROIT – TOC Productions Inc., the production company for the hit show, “Menopause The Musical,” announces a call for female artists age 40 and up for its companion art exhibit, “40X40.”
“40X40” is a celebration of life√Čthe life of the female artist over 40. It gives the artist the opportunity to let her spirit soar and creative juices flow. The submitted materials should demonstrate to the jury team that the final piece will, in fact, be a celebration of the artist. Whether in subject, selected medium or both, the purpose of “40×40” is to bring to the exhibit the same joy and spirit of sisterhood that has been experienced by the thousands of women who have seen and will see “Menopause The Musical”. The theme of the exhibit – “I Celebrate Myself: A Self Portrait” – should be reflected in a new piece in any medium constructed on or around a 16″x16″ square canvas, provided by TOC Productions.
Deadline for entry is August 12. The “40×40” exhibit will open with a reception October 15 at the Historic Gem & Century Theatres, 333 Madison (at Brush), where “Menopause The Musical” is currently playing to sold-out crowds.
For more information about application, submissions, juried show and purchase awards, please call Ms. Marianne Gray, TOC Productions,Inc., 407-478-1700, ext. 116 or e-mail: [email protected]

New faces at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center announces the appointments of John Cynar as exhibition and gallery director and Peggy Kerr as festival and gallery shop director, effective August 9.
“The appointments of these well-qualified and experienced people will enable the BBAC to strengthen and improve its high-quality programs and offerings to the many communities which the Art Center serves in southeastern Michigan,” said Jane Linn, BBAC executive director.
Cynar has been an art consultant and independent exhibition curator. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Wayne State University, and affiliations with Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Society, Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit Artists’ Market, Museum of New Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Chicago Art Institute.
Kerr has been on the staff at The Community House in Birmingham in various capacities including Program Director and Youth Program Director. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Siena Heights University in Adrian. She is affiliated with the Franklin Council for the Visual and Performing Arts in Franklin Village; Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition; Community Education Central Advisory Council in Birmingham; Project DAYDREAM, Detroit; and the Furniture Bank of Oakland County.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is one of the largest community art centers in the Midwest serving over 60 communities in southeastern Michigan with over 4,000 students annually. It offers over 500 classes annually for students from age three through adulthood. The Art Center other offerings include noteworthy exhibitions in four galleries, camps, workshops, and the Gallery Shop.

‘The Inside Outside Show’ now appearing at UDM Library

DETROIT – A exhibit curated by Maurice Greenia, Jr., is open now through September 15 at the University of Detroit Mercy Library.
Greenia Jr. has been curating exhibititions at the UDM Library since 2001Greenia. His exhibits have included a damaged book “hall of shame” and exhibits for black history month and women’s history month.
“The Inside Outrside Show” consists mostly of work from Greenia’s own collection, yet includes some work on loan. It includes work by such artists as Jim Puntigam, Roger Hayes, Maureen Maki, Karl Schneider, Diana Alva, Vito Valdez, the late Jacques Karamanoukian, Maugre, Miriam Marcus, Andrea Turnboe, John Elkerr, Gwen Joy, Robert Hyde, the late Sam Mackey, Patrick Dodd, Jean Wilson, Matthew Greenia and Tom Humes.
The exhibit is located on McNichols Campus at McNichols Rd. at Livernois in Detroit.
July hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 313-993-1795.

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