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By |2005-02-10T09:00:00-05:00February 10th, 2005|Uncategorized|
Internationally-acclaimed Australian singing phenomenon comes to the Royal Oak Music Theatre

ROYAL OAK – The Ten Tenors, a new musical force to be reckoned with, are bringing their lavish celebration of vocal power to the Royal Oak Music Theatre for one night only on Sunday, Feb. 20.
Seen by over 77 million people on three continents, the internationally-acclaimed singing phenomenon is known for its unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal prowess in opera, pop, rock, and more. From arias to ABBA, their unique style is an unparalleled fusion of artistry, musicianship and comedy.
Tickets are $47.50 and $57.50 (plus a limited number of premiere seats at $77.50).
The Royal Oak Music Theatre is located at 318 W. Fourth Street.
For more information, call 248-399-2980 or visit

Wellspring’s ‘Dance Forum’ is outlet for creative choreography

KALAMAZOO – Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers provides an outlet for experimental choreography, new works and works in progress through its 21st annual “Dance Forum,” Feb. 18 & 19 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.
The “Dance Forum” is an opportunity for local and regional dance choreographers to share their choreography in the beautiful state-of-the-art Wellspring Theater. The juried event is coordinated by Wellspring Artistic Associate Michael Miller and features original and experimental choreography by guest artists, including college/university dance students, faculty and highly acclaimed dancers from the regional community.
Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 with student ID; children ages 5 and younger are free.
For more information, call the Community Box Office at 269-387-2300 or visit the Wellspring website at

Soweto Gospel Choir makes UMS debut at Hill Auditorium

ANN ARBOR – Since their international debut in 2003, the South Africa-based Soweto Gospel Choir has performed to consistently sold-out houses, receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Now the University Musical Society announces the Soweto Gospel Choir’s debut UMS performance on Friday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium. Their program, “Voices From Heaven,” is part of their two-month-long inaugural tour of the United States.
For tickets or additional information, contact the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538 or online at

Pittman-Puckett presents work by painter Mark Larson

FERNDALE – Affirmations is hosting an exhibit of works by artist Mark Larson at the Pittmann – Puckett Gallery in Ferndale. Mr. Larson is a self-taught painter whose strong and intriguing works reflect the contradictions of the male form through soft curves offset by sharp edges. His subjects are often represented with abstract color and light sources in order to highlight the beauty.
The public is invited to see the show, which runs through March 6.
The Pittmann-Puckett Art Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center, 195 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale.
For more information call Affirmations at 248-398-7105 or visit

Fontana Chamber Arts presents Imani Winds and Paquito D’Rivera

KALAMAZOO – In celebration of Black History Month, Fontana Chamber Arts will present Imani Winds in concert with the legendary Cuban-born jazz artist and composer, six-time Grammy Award-winner Paquito D’Rivera on February 17. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.
The artists will also present a variety of educational events throughout the Kalamazoo area during their stay.
The project, underwritten by an Arcus Foundation Gay and Lesbian Fund grant, features the world premiere of “Kites over Havana” a new work by D’Rivera. Commissioned by the Imani, D’Rivera will perform with work with Imani and Israeli-born jazz pianist Alon Yavnai. This project reflects Fontana Chamber Arts’ continuing dedication to promoting the Arcus Foundation Gay and Lesbian Fund’s commitment to improving the quality of life in Kalamazoo and southwest Michigan, highlighting the presence and accomplishments of the GLBT community in the area, and also increasing awareness of GLBT issues and concerns.
For complete information, call Fontana Chamber Arts at 269-382-7774 or

What’s that buZz in Royal Oak?

ROYAL OAK – Fresh from a successful pre-holiday Dec. 2004 opening, the artist owned and operated buZz! studio garage gallery and funkyard store, downtown Royal Oak’s newest art space venue for original art featuring local talent and one of a kind unique merchandise, is proud to announce its first gallery space presentation featuring the diverse and inventive talents of two local metro Detroit area break-thru artists, Gwen Joy and Erin K. Lenchner.
A variety of new works from both artists will be presented beginning Saturday, Feb. 19 at the buZz!, with select pieces showing thru March 11.
An opening night reception and artist’s mingle will be hosted at the buZz! garage gallery on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
A portion of art sale proceeds will be donated to the Mercy Corps Tsunami Relief Fund for the duration of the gallery presentation.
The buZz! studio garage gallery and funkyard store is located in downtown Royal Oak at 525 South Washington Avenue at the corner of 6th.
For more information please contact the Gallery at 248-548-1845.

The art of BTL’s Charles Alexander gets around

DUBLIN, IRELAND – The art of BTL columnist and community artist Charles Alexander will be a part of a summer Dublin (Ireland) Pride 2005 display, along with other European and American LGBT artists.
Slides of the participating artists will be projected on public buildings surrounding the event site.
The display will also be shared with other European cities hosting pride celebrations, according to Eileen Leahy, coordinator. The art project is sponsored by the Lesbian Arts Festival (LAF). “Faith and begorrah,” says Alexander.
Alexander will also take part in the Florence (Italy) Biannual International Art Exhibit 2005.

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