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By |2009-04-09T09:00:00-04:00April 9th, 2009|Uncategorized|
The Last Party of the Year: Dally in the Alley on Sept. 11

DETROIT – There’s nothing like a good music festival to close out the summer, and this year’s Dally in the Alley on Sept. 11 is up to the task, with a lineup that showcases local acts like Demolition Dollrods, Detroit City Council, The Hard Lessons, Thornetta Davis, Blackman & Arnold, The Muggs, Terror at the Opera and many more.
Organized by volunteers and the North Cass Community Union – all without the aid of corporate sponsorship – this festival is set in the unique and historic alleys of the north Cass Corridor.
Special events this year include a fashion show on the Urban Electronica Stage, belly dancing by Lana Mini on the Forest Stage, a Kid’s Fair and the Dally Gallery featuring fine art from local artists.
New this year is STD testing provided by the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotions (formerly the Detroit Health Department). The DHD will provide a van for HIV counseling and testing, syphilis testing and the distribution of condoms and information. All tests are anonymous.
The festival runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and is held at the north end of Detroit’s Cass Corridor, between Hancock and Prentis Streets and Second and Third Avenues.
Admission is free.
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‘Suzanne Velick: A Retrospective’ at BBAC

BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will present a major retrospective of artwork by Suzanne Velick in the Commons Gallery, Sept. 10 – 30. The exhibition will feature more than 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages and assemblages, representing 50 years of her work.
The exhibition is curated by Leslie Masters, who said, “I am awed by her talent and love to see what her unique perspective led her to create. Sue was a true artist, maintaining her joy and intuitive ability until the very end of her life. She serves as a superlative role model for all of us.”
The opening reception on Friday, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m., will be in conjunction with the opening of the Birmingham Society of Women Painters in the BBAC’s De Salle Gallery. Velick was a member of the BSWP for over twenty years, serving as president 1989-91 and remaining active until her death in June, 2003.
The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.
The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham.
For further information, call the BBAC at 248-644-0866 or visit

William King, Clarinet and Sylvia Wang, Piano Concert at OU

ROCHESTER – Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance presents “William King, Clarinet and Sylvia Wang, Piano Recital” on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. in Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University.
Admission is free.
For more information call 248-370-3013 or go online to

The ‘Year of JŠrvi’ commences at The Max

DETROIT – This season, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the tenure of a man who, over the past 15 years, has made an extraordinary contribution to the cultural life of Michigan – and the world. In his final season as music director of the DSO, Neeme JŠrvi will lead off with one of the most powerful pieces in all of classical music, the magnum opus “Carmina Burana,” by German composer Carl Orff. On this historic opening night, audiences can expect red carpet fanfare and electrifying performances.
The DSO opens the new 2004-05 season Thursday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
Adding to the makings for this singular occasion, the DSO will welcome one of the finest choirs in the world for these performances: the Estonian National Male Choir, directed by Ants Soots.
For complete information regarding “The Year of JŠrvi” and the DSO’s 2004-05 season, call 313-576-5111 or visit

Birmingham-First Concert Series opens September 10

BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham-First Concert Series will launch its 2004-2005 season with a presentation of “The Three Baritones” at the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham on Friday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
The program will feature local favorites Marc Meyers, Paul Max Tipton and Tom Trenney with a stunning collection of sacred, opera and Broadway music specially arranged for three baritones.
The performance will be held in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, located at 1669 West Maple Road, between the intersections at Cranbrook and Southfield Roads. A Meet-the-Artists Reception will follow the program. Child care is provided for children through second grade.
The event is free of charge.
For complete information, call the First Presbyterian Church at 248-644-2040.

Flint Symphony Orchestra announces 2004-05 season

FLINT – A rousing, jazzy work is a fitting opening to the Flint Symphony Orchestra’s 2004-05 season on Oct. 2, with guest conductor Bradley Bloom at the helm.
“Raise the Roof,” by contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty, is percussive and rhythmic, with snaking glissandos and lots of brass.
Next, Dvo_‡k makes his first of many appearances this season. His lovely, haunting “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” will be played by the 2004 Byrd Competition winner, Dmitri Pogorelov. Sibelius’ majestic “Symphony No. 1” closes this magnificent concert.
Single ticket prices range from $9 to $42.
For complete season information, call The Whiting Ticket Center at 810-237-7333 or log onto

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