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By |2004-12-23T09:00:00-05:00December 23rd, 2004|Uncategorized|
Arab World Music Festival continues with free improv artist Sam Shalabi

ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society presents the provocative avant-garde musician Sam Shalabi as part of UMS’s Arab World Music Festival on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor. This free improv jazz event is part of the Festival as an example of the kind of cutting-edge work that many Arab artists are currently undertaking.
In the January concert, which is for mature audiences only, Shalabi moves into his next generation of thinking, an imaginary Arab and Jewish “dystopia”, almost a “West Side Story” projected into the future. As Shalabi describes it, his newest work is a “kind of ‘concerto’ for oud and pre-recorded material,” using sampling to include a collage with musical and non-musical layers that involves narrative, text, and oud. Typically, Shalabi’s performances are uncompromisingly potent responses to what it feels like to live in turbulent times. Ideas and musicianship combine in artistic and challenging ways that cause audiences to admire his genius or become infuriated by his provocation – or both. Shalabi’s work is more about ideas than about taking specific political stances, and he explores the issues relevant to the Arab world through avant-garde performance and improvisation.
This concert is part of the season-long Arab World Music Festival presented in partnership with the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services.
For tickets or additional information, contact the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538 or online at Tickets may also be purchased in person at the League Ticket Office located at 911 North University Avenue in Ann Arbor.

Free legal services available at ArtServe, Artist Legal Clinics

GRAND RAPIDS – ArtServe Michigan is partnering with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts to provide free legal service to area artists on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 1 – 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 26, 1 – 4 p.m. at the UICA. The clinics offer artists a chance to seek advice on their arts-related legal issues with a well-informed attorney.
Appointments are encouraged, however walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
After an initial consultation at the Artists Legal Clinic, if it is determined the artist has a more in-depth legal issue, the artist will be pre-qualified (using the Volunteer Lawyers for Arts and Culture VLAC income guidelines) and placed with a volunteer attorney.
The Volunteer Lawyers for Arts and Culture is a referral service that provides pro-bono legal assistance to income eligible artists and arts and cultural organizations. This legal assistance covers a wide range of areas including contracts, copyrights, patents, trademarks, acquisition of business space, real estate, constitutional rights and First Amendment issues.
UICA is located at 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE in Grand Rapids.
Artists wanting to schedule an appointment should call 616-454-7000 x11.

Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra honors conductor at holiday concert

BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra will honor its founding conductor at a special Interlude reception following its annual holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 30.
Felix Resnick, who has been the BBSO’s conductor and music director since its founding in 1975, will become the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus next year, but will continue to conduct some concerts. Charles Greenwell will take over the post of Music Director.
The Dec. 30 concert, with the theme of “Between the Holidays Special,” will be at Temple Beth El, 14 Mile Road at Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township, beginning at 7 p.m.
Resnick will conduct the concert, which will feature Bryan Kennedy as horn soloist. Kennedy is principal of the BBSO horn section and a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Preceding the concert, BBSO musicians will present a mini-concert with their own children and students. It will be a musical salute to the New Year, in the lobby of Temple Beth El, beginning at 6:15 p.m.
“This extraordinary program promises good music and fun for all ages,” said Carla Lamphere, BBSO President. “We invite everyone to invite friends and bring the family for a gala holiday celebration.”
Adult admission is $25, and children are free. Free lighted parking and handicapped access is available.
Following the concert, friends of the BBSO will join its board members and musicians to salute Resnick at an Interlude reception with desserts and champagne. An admission fee of $30 will help fund future BBSO concerts.
“We invite everyone to come to this Interlude and help us thank our remarkable conductor for all the great music he has brought to the community for the past three decades,” Lamphere said.
Full information is available from the BBSO office at 248-645-BBSO (645-2276) or online at

Winter session begins Jan. 18 at Ann Arbor Art Center

Ann Arbor, MI– The Ann Arbor Art Center will be offering a number of new and non-traditional art classes for its Winter 2005 session, which begins January 18. Classes range from one-day workshops to 10 weeks, and have beginning dates that range from January through March.
Classes will be offered in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, jewelry, ceramics, photography, and more. In addition to Drawing Local Birds, new classes to be offered for adults include Art In Ballroom Dancing, a workshop where participants will learn a dance style and the art that evolved during the era. Three different Wine Tasting classes will also be offered.
Youth classes are held in six-week sessions (beginning Jan. 18 and March 1). New offerings include the Primary Colors class for ages 3-4, an advanced introduction to different art mediums and materials for parents and their children. In addition, the Stop Motion Animation class introduces the creation of animation using clay, drawings, paintings, and more. Students will create 2D and 3D characters to animate and create a story that the instructor will record, edit, and distribute at the end of the session. Also new for Winter 2005 are Classes for Home Schoolers, specifically designed and scheduled to meet the need for afternoon activities for home-schooled youth.
For more information or to register, call 734-994-8004 x101 or visit the Ann Arbor Art Center at 117 W. Liberty. To view the class schedule and register online, log onto

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