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Doll artists featured at A2 Art Center

ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center’s Gallery Shop will be showcasing various doll artists from March 1-31.
The work of contemporary doll makers will be featured, ranging from ceramic “spirit dolls” to larger-scale work with hand-dyed fabrics. Among the artists whose work is to be included are Nancy Camden, Jennifer Gould, Rosie Chapman and Julie Langensiepen, as well as artists from the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild.
The Art Center’s Gallery Shop, located at 117 W. Liberty, encourages the careers of over 250 local and regional artists, providing support for the Art Center and artists simultaneously. Original works of art provide unique gift giving opportunities for family and friends year-round.
For more information, call 734-994-8004 x118, or visit

Lawrence Street welcomes spring and two new artists

FERNDALE – “Hurry Spring,” a gallery-wide exhibition celebrating the warmth and colors of spring opens March 1 at Ferndale’s Lawrence Street Gallery. The exhibit will highlight the gallery’s two newest artists, Kathy Rowenchuk and Gabriel Ban.
Kathy Rowenchuk is a West Bloomfield artist whose unusual Raku vessels gleam with an other-worldly iridescence.
Romanian born artist Gabriel Ban came to this country just last year to reunite with family and follow his artistic goals. His brightly colored acrylic paintings reflect influences of surrealism and expressionism from his European artistic training.
The exhibition will run March 1 through April 1, with an artist’s reception on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lawrence Street Gallery is located at 22620 Woodward Avenue, Suite A, in Ferndale.
For more information, please call the gallery at 248-544-0394 or go online to

Enjoy the sweet side of science at 31st annual Maple Syrup Festival

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Give your sweet tooth something to cheer about when Cranbrook Institute of Science celebrates its 31st annual Maple Syrup Festival on March 5 and 6 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Join historic re-enactors and science experts to explore the “hows and whys” of maple sugaring, from soil to syrup. Take part in maple syrup programs and guided tours of the beautiful Cranbrook campus. See a presentation on maple tree identification. Venture over to the Institute’s wigwam to listen to a traditional Ojibwa story about maple sugar and discover how native peoples of the northeastern woodlands made maple sugar. At the maple sugaring encampment, witness how French settlers went about making sugar and syrup, and see modern syrup making methods.
In addition, the Institute will offer a hearty all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast buffet with seating at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Special maple programs will follow each breakfast. Cost for members is $12/adults and $8/kids 12 and under; $16/adults and $12/kids 12 and under for non-members. Reservations are required. For more details and to register, call 248-645-3245.
The Maple Syrup Festival is for all ages and free with museum admission. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, as most of the programs occur outdoors.
For more information, call 1-877-462-7262 or visit

Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance and OU Jazz at Varner Hall

ROCHESTER – The Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance presents “Swingin'” with the Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company and Oakland University Jazz Band together in Varner Hall on February 26 at 8 p.m.
Patterson Rhythm Pace, a professional modern-jazz dance company, has performed at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Buffalo, NY and at the Michigan Dance Day in Lansing and is returning to Varner Hall for a third time. Its last concert at Oakland University was in collaboration with Biakuye, an African music ensemble, in front of an enthusiastic audience.
Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company was formed in the spring of 2000. It exists as a “pick-up” dance company, which means that Patterson hires dancers for each performance. Often PRP travels and performs with duets, trios and solos, but once or twice a year the company forms group work or mounts an entire concert for an evening performance, such as what is happening in Varner Recital Hall.
“I am able to call up dancers I know from the past or that I have worked with before and invite them to perform. That is not to say that I won’t hold auditions perhaps in the future,” said Patterson.
Since Patterson is also associate professor of dance at Oakland University, he also gives a few advanced students an opportunity to apprentice with the company. This year there are three students out of the 15 dancers in this year’s production.
Tickets are $15 general and $8 for students.
For more information call the Varner Box Office at 248-370-3013.

Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo presents ‘Cinderella’ at the Detroit Opera House

DETROIT – The 2004/2005 DaimlerChrysler Dance Series at the Detroit Opera House continues with the highly anticipated return of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Under the presidency of Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Hanover, and directed by noted choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will again dance a stunning production of “Cinderella” which made its American premiere at the Detroit Opera House in 2000. The company is engaged for four shows; Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m.
Based on the classic original story by Charles Perrault, the ballet offers a contemporary, 21st Century account of the fairytale. Set to the enchanting score of Sergei Prokofiev, and performed by a 41-member ensemble, the ballet features breathtaking choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot, exquisite sets by Ernest Pignon-Ernest, lavish costumes by JŽr™me Kaplan and incredible lighting deign by Dominique Drillot.
The Detroit Opera House is located at 1526 Broadway, Detroit.
Tickets for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s “Cinderella” are $28 – $93.
For complete information, call 313-237-7464 or go online at

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