‘Nataraj, The Lord of Dance’ comes to Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
DEARBORN – Nadanta, Inc., Michigan’s premiere Indian dance organization, will present an original program entitled “Nataraj, The Lord of Dance” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn.
Featuring choreography by Nadanta’s award-winning creative director Chaula Thacker, authentic music and costumes, and professional staging, the production depicts the dynamic role of Shiva in Hindu philosophy as expressed by the sacred image of the Nataraj.
“The Nataraj figure is rich with symbolism,” explained Thacker, “showing various activities of Shiva, including his roles in creation, protection, destruction, illusion and salvation. We have chosen to examine and interpret these activities through various forms of dance ranging from classical to ritual and folk.”
Nadanta is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to the preservation and performance of Indian dance. In keeping with that mission, the performance interprets the philosophical elements of the Nataraj symbol, rather than the sacred aspects.
Tickets for “Nataraj, The Lord of Dance” are $15, $25, and $45. Information and tickets can be obtained by calling 313-943-2354.
MOT hits the links for education
DETROIT – Do you like tennis? Or how about golf? And are you feeling charitable?
Then how about signing up for the fourth annual Michigan Opera Theatre’s Golf and Tennis Outing scheduled for Aug. 30 at the magnificent Orchard Lake Country Club.
For only $100, tennis players can enjoy “round robin” doubles tournaments which include lunch and locker room privileges.
Golfers can play 18 holes with a cart, locker room privileges, door prizes, lunch, cocktails and dinner for only $400.
And those of us who are not sports minded, but are still interesting in helping out, can enjoy an evening of cocktails and dinner for $125.
All proceeds benefit MOT’s educational and community outreach programs that bring joy and enlightenment to more than 200,000 people each year.
For more information or to register, call Aimee Argel 313-237-3402.
Michigan Theater movie prices up slightly; member ticket prices holding
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Theater announced that movie ticket prices were raised slightly, effective this past Friday.
“This is the first increase in over three years and was necessary to meet rising operations costs,” said executive director/CEO Russell Collins. He also pointed out that the Michigan Theater member prices remain unchanged at $5.50 per ticket.
The fifty cent increase keeps prices below the non-matinee prices at the commercial theaters in the market.
The Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor’s historic center for fine film and performing arts located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street, across the street from Borders Books and Music. Regular film ticket prices are $8.50 for adults, $6.75 for students, seniors and veterans and $5.50 for Michigan Theater members. Membership is $50 per year and is fully tax-deductible.
For more information, call the theater’s 24-hour information line at 734-668-TIME or log online to www.michtheater.org.
FSPA recruites seniors for chorus group
FLINT – The Flint Institute of Music’s Flint School of Performing Arts (FSPA) is recruiting members for its Flint Senior Chorus, under the direction of FSPA Voice Department Chair Sylvia Pittman.
The choir is a relaxed, non professional group for anyone age 50 or older who enjoys singing. The choir rehearses Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at Woodside Church, 1509 E. Court St. in Flint, beginning Sept. 9. There is no audition and interested members do not have to be able to read music. The group performs old melodies and newer music, as well.
Those interested in learning more about the chorus should contact Syliva Pittman at 810-238-1350.
Jam at the Gem extended to Fridays
DETROIT – Jam at the Gem, the Thursday night entertainment series, now invites you to Jam on Fridays beginning Aug. 20!
Jam at the Gem is a vibrant weekly gathering where local favorites such as Johnnie Bassett & The Blues Insurgents, Sky Covington and Shahida Nurullah have rocked the garden patio with their signature styles of Detroit blues, jazz and soul.
Each week the event attracts a lively mix of downtown workers, music fans, happy hour seekers and theatre patrons.
Due to scheduling conflicts, there will be no Jam at the Gem on Friday, Aug. 27.
Jam at the Gem is free to the public, and is held from 5 – 8 p.m. on the patio or in the Century Theatre (in case of rain).Guests may order from the Century Grille’s savory appetizer menu and enjoy summer drink specials.
For schedule, menu and artist information, please visit www.gemtheatre.com.
UMS opens 126th season on Sept. 17 with Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society’s 2004/05 season kicks off with world-renowned jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on Friday, Sept. 17 in Hill Auditorium. Sitar legend Ravi Shankar and the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet appear later in September.
Comprised of 15 of the finest soloists and ensemble players performing today, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra features a vast repertory, from rare historic compositions to commissioned works.
The remainder of the season includes performances by over 50 different artists and ensembles, ranging from soloists to symphonic orchestras. Highlights of the season include established artists such as the New York Philharmonic, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and the Kodo Drummers as well as relative newcomers, such as soprano Measha Brueggergosman (who made her much-acclaimed UMS debut last year), Trio Mediaeval and Mauritanian singer-songwriter Malouma. The season features a five-concert Arab World Music Festival, with artists whose roots are from throughout the Arab world.
Tickets to the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis on trumpet are $10 – $46. For additional information, please contact the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538, or visit www.ums.org.