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Opera House presents ‘The Nutcracker’ danced by the Joffrey Ballet
DETROIT – The Detroit Opera House proudly announces the return of one of the area’s most beloved holiday traditions: “The Nutcracker.”
Danced by the world-acclaimed Joffrey Ballet, this stunning production will captivate audiences with beautiful artistry and the enchanting music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
“The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for many families, so it’s very exciting for us to bring one of the world’s premier dance companies to Detroit,” said Dr. David DiChiera, general director of Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House. “The Joffrey Ballet’s production is simply magnificent, and it’s sure to inspire warm holiday memories.”
Scheduled for seven performances, Dec. 2 – 5, “The Nutcracker” will feature more than 50 of the finest dancers in the world, 120 local children and performances by three local youth choirs.
The Nutcracker is based on ETA Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” published in 1816.
The Joffrey Ballet’s production is set in America, on Christmas Eve, 1850, and features elaborate Victorian scenery by Oliver Smith and costumes by John David Ridge. “The Nutcracker” also features puppets by Kermit Love, perhaps best known for his work with Muppet creator Jim Henson.
Tickets for Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Detroit Opera House are $28 – $68, and are available in person at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway, Detroit 48226), by phone at 313-237-SING, or online at www.michiganopera.org.
The Ann Arbor Art Center’s Gallery Shop Presents Holiday Gifts
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center will feature its annual Holiday Gifts selection from Nov. 18 through Dec. 31.
The Gallery Shop will feature an expanded selection of original artwork from Michigan and regional artists, which will include jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, ornaments and more for the holidays. The entire first floor of the Art Center will be opened up for a selection of holiday gifts featuring handmade artwork and crafts from over 150 artists.
All purchases made during the holidays, as anytime, benefit the Art Center’s outreach programs.
The Art Center is located at 117 West Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor.
For additional information on Holiday Gifts or the Gallery Shop, call 734-994-8004, ext. 118.
Discovery Weekend features holiday fun at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium
FLINT – Discovery Day on the Flint Cultural Center campus has been extended into a three-day weekend!
For three days following Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 28, Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium will be offering $3 admission per institution and three times the fun!
Longway Planetarium kicks off their holiday season with family-oriented holiday shows including “The Alien Who Stole Christmas,” “George and Oatmeal Save Santa” and “Holiday Magic Laser Show.” After catching a show, visitors can head over to the many exciting exhibits at Sloan Museum and make an old fashioned gift to take home.
Longway Planetarium is located at 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint; Sloan Museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint.
For more information, call 810-237-3450 or 810-237-3400.
BBAC’s Holiday Shop begins Dec. 3
BIRMINGHAM – Get ready for another exciting Holiday Shop, courtesy of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center!
This year’s show, held from Dec. 3-12, promises to be better than ever. Re-juried this year, there will be wonderful merchandise from over 130 talented local and national artists, 50 of whom are new this year.
The Holiday Shop features unique art objects created by the best local, regional and national artists including seasonal Christmas and Hanukkah merchandise, jewelry, accessories, glass, ceramics, home dcor, sculpture, fiber and artworks in metal or wood!
BBAC gift certificates are also excellent gift ideas and the will be available for purchase. The gift certificates can be purchased in any denomination and are good for up to one year from the date of purchase. They can be used to purchase artworks by local, regional and national artists at the Holiday Shop, the BBAC Gallery Shop during the course of the year or for class tuitions.
The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham.
Call 248-644-0866 or visit www.bbartcenter.org for complete information.
Holiday classic film series returns to Michigan Theater
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Theater is pleased to announce its annual Holiday Classic Film Series, beginning Sunday, Nov. 28 and running through Tuesday, Dec. 21.
The films in the series are as follows: Sunday, Nov. 28: “Home Alone” (4:30 p.m.); Tuesday, Dec. 7: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (7 p.m.); Sunday, Dec. 12: “A Christmas Story” (3:30 p.m.); Tuesday, Dec. 14: “White Christmas” (7 p.m.); Sunday, Dec. 19: “Miracle on 34th Street” (3:30 p.m.); and Tuesday, Dec. 21: “It’s a Wonderful Life” (7 p.m.).
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 complete information, call the theater’s 24-hour information line at 734-668-TIME or go online to www.michtheater.org.
The Grosse Pointe Artists Association presents The Great Lakes Pastel Society exhibition through Nov. 27. Admittance is free. GPAA is located at 1005 Maryland in Grosse Pointe Park. For information, call 1-313-821-1848;
The first solo museum exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based artist Luisa Kazanas will open at Cranbrook Art Museum on Dec. 17. The exhibition entitled “Origins Unknown/ Luisa Kazanas,” presents the artist’s most current body of work, much of it created especially for the installation in Cranbrook Art Museum’s historic Eliel Saarinen-designed South Gallery. The exhibition runs through March 26, 2005. Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills. For more information, please call 1-877-GO-CRANBROOK or visit the website at www.cranbrook.edu.