UMS’ Arab World Music Festival highlights Syrian music and dance
ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society presents Ensemble Al Kind and the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus along with one of the East Mediterranean’s most lauded cantors, Sheikh Hamza Chakour, on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Michigan Theater located at 603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor.
After four years of planning with local, national and international organizations, this five-concert series, which opened in October with the Lebanese superstar Marcel Khalif, showcases artists from throughout the Arab world, providing a glimpse of that region’s rich musical heritage. Performances range from the popular to the traditional, and encompass both secular and sacred programs.
The Arab World Music Festival is presented in partnership with the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS).
Tickets are $16 – $36.
For tickets or additional information, contact UMS at 734-764-2538 or online at www.ums.org.
Calling for ‘feats’ of clay at Lawrence Street
FERNDALE – Lawrence Street Gallery is accepting entries for the “Celebrate Clay 2004” exhibition scheduled to run Nov. 30 through Dec. 24, with an Opening Reception on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Juror for this exhibit, Susanne Stephenson, received her BFA from Carnegie-Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills,MI. She is professor emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.
Lawrence Street Gallery charges a non-refundable entry fee of $20 for up to 2 entries and a 30% commission on sales. All works must be for sale. This will be an exhibition of one of a kind pieces celebrating the uniqueness of clay. Works allowed are ceramic ware or clay sculpture created using any ceramic technique. Other materials may be combined with clay. Work must be exhibition-ready for display.
Awards include cash and gift certificates.
Drop off actual entries during gallery hours on Nov. 20 and Nov. 23 – 27. Gallery will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 25. All work must be at Lawrence Street Gallery by 5 p.m. on Nov. 27.
For a complete prospectus with entry forms please call gallery at 248-544-0394 or download one from the website at www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
MOMIX performs the sensational ‘Opus Cactus’
CLINTON TWP – MOMIX will present its critically acclaimed “Opus Cactus” on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
Moses Pendleton’s dance theatre company, MOMIX, defies categorization as easily as its dances defy gravity.
“Opus Cactus,” Pendleton’s full length celebration of the American desert, presents a range of theatrical experience and dance athleticism that pleases the most sophisticated audience and children of all ages.
Inspired by the Saguaro Cactus, the “Sunflower of the Desert,” “Opus Cactus” is Moses Pendleton’s sensual celebration of the natural beauty and indigenous creatures of the American Southwest’s Sonoran desert – from the fluttering cactus wren to the slithering human Gila monster.
MOMIX dazzles with its trademark mind-boggling and body-bending images. “Opus Cactus” is performed to an eclectic array of music – everything from Bach to Brian Eno – and features full-stage puppet creations by Michael Curry, one of the creators of the puppets for “Disney’s The Lion King.”
Ticket prices range from $30-$35 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and for groups of 20 or more.
To purchase tickets, contact the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts ticket office at 586-286-2222, on the web at www.MacombCenter.com, through Star Tickets PLUS at 800-585-3737 and at all Meijer stores.
Head ‘South of the Border’ with Ars Nova
ROYAL OAK – On Sunday Nov. 21 at 4 p.m., Ars Nova will open its 15th Anniversary Season with a concert entitled “South of the Border: Choral Music from Canada.”
The program will include music by Healey Willan, Imant Raminsh and Stephen Chatman, including the U.S. premiere of “Love and ShapesHigh Fantastical” for English Horn, Narrator, Harp, Piano and choir.
Also featured will be Ars Nova’s new accompanist, Joseph V. Rush, performing Healey Willan’s monumental organ work, “Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in Eb minor.” Many organists consider this to be Willan’s most definitive composition.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $25 for families.
The concert will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Royal Oak, located at 320 West Seventh at Washington. All proceeds from this performance benefit the church for its support and generosity over the past decade.
Tickets are available by calling 248-414-7242. For more information, go online to www.arsnova-mi.org.
Bio-Spy Academy helps families become flu fighters
FLINT – The fun and interactive Bio-Spy Academy returns to Sloan Museum select Saturdays this November, just in time to help families defend themselves from the cold and flu season.
Scheduled dates include Nov. 6, 13 & 20, with ongoing activities and demonstrations taking place between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Bio-Spy Academy is a great opportunity for families to learn more about hand washing habits and germ awareness and avoidance, through fun activities including “glowing” germ transmission simulations and giant hand washing demonstrations. In addition to on-going activities, at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Agent Winston Handwashing will resume his highly entertaining “training sessions”, previously held in conjunction with Sloan Museum’s Grossology exhibit. Each child will receive a free comic book autographed by Agent Handwashing after all shows.
Sloan Museum will offer a special family admission price of $8, which includes up to four people and reflects savings of 50% off regular admission prices.
Sloan Museum is located on the Flint Cultural Center campus, 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint.
For more information call 810-237-3450 or visit www.SloanMuseum.org.