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AA1 UM: Members of the U of M Solar Cat Team pose with M-Pulse at the 2001 Australian World Solar Challenge. Photo: Cranbrook Institute of Science

UM Solar Car Race Team to display award winning vehicle at Cranbrook

BLOOMFIELD HILLS -Get an up-close look at a car that doesn’t consume even a drop of gas and is powered by less electricity than needed to run a hairdryer when the University of Michigan’s award winning solar car, M-Pulse, motors into Cranbrook Institute of Science on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sporting the university’s colors of maize and blue and boasting one seat and solar cells covering the entire top surface, the 15′ x 7′ x 3′ M-Pulse was designed and built entirely by University of Michigan students and corporate sponsors. During the day, the car will be on display in the lobby area of Cranbrook Institute of Science. Solar Car Team members will be on hand giving presentations and answering visitor questions.
Now retired and making the touring circuit, M-Pulse has a storied history. It placed first in the 2001 American Solar Challenge – a more than 2,000-mile, 10-day race that stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles – and third in the 2001 Australian World Solar Challenge.
Besides racing, the Solar Car Team offers presentations at elementary, middle and high schools throughout Michigan, educating students about the uses of solar energy and how it can be beneficial to Earth’s environment.
M-Pulse is the sixth of eight solar cars built by students; the team builds an entirely new car for every new race cycle, about one every two years. The newest model, Momentum, was recently unveiled at the North American International Auto Show and will compete in this summer’s North American Solar Challenge from Austin, Texas to Calgary, Alberta.
For more information on the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, please contact Operations Director Maggie Hayes at 734-764-2257 or visit the team website at

BBAC hosts prestigious exhibit

BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will host the annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition exhibition from March 18 through April 15. This prestigious exhibition will show 93 pieces from the selected 86 artists.
The BBAC has proudly hosted the MFAC each spring since 1982 when the Detroit Institute of Arts turned the statewide competition over to the BBAC. Many prize winners have gone on to national acclaim as a result of this competition. This year, 279 Michigan artists submitted approximately 650 slides.
The Competition is juried by a prominent artist or curator each year. This year’s juror is Susan Wilczak, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at The Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. She holds a prominent place in Michigan’s fine art and sculpture scene, directing regional, national and international exhibitions for the Krasl. Her recent work includes the acquisition and installation of Richard Hunt and Dale Chihuly commissions.
The BBAC awards presentation and opening reception will be Friday, March 18 from 6 – 8 p.m., free and open to the public.
For further information call, 248-644-0866 or visit The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham.

Stanton & Friends concert at Marygrove College March 18

DETROIT – Associate Professor Geoffrey Stanton bands together with friends and colleagues to present a memorable evening of eclectic music on Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Marygrove College’s Sacred Heart Chapel. An annual event, the program features electronics and projections and the historic chapel pipe organ performing works by Stanton, Holst, Larsen and others.
Also featured will be a four-hand piano transcription with computer-controlled synthesizers, songs performed by fellow Marygrove faculty members and singers Victoria Bigelow, Anthony McGlaun and Angela May and surprise compositions by Dr. Stanton.
Dr. Stanton is an award-winning multi-genre composer for solo instruments and full orchestra. An active recitalist and clinician, Stanton plays organ, piano and synthesizers. He has performed in Germany and England as well as across the U.S. and has been in residence at the Tanglewood (Lenox, Massachusetts) and Aspen, Colorado, Music Festivals as well as the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
A textile art exhibit in the chapel foyer before and after the concert will feature clothing and hanging art designs by Ann Arbor artist, Kate Baker.
The “Stanton and Friends” performance is free and open to the public. A reception in the second floor foyer.
Marygrove College is located at 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, on the corner of Wyoming and W. McNichols. The Sacred Heart Chapel is located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building.
For more information, please contact Dr. Stanton at 313-927-1310.

Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra to visit Wharton Center

EAST LANSING – Come experience a little Latin flavor, as performed by acclaimed jazz musicians, when Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra comes to Wharton Center on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Led by pianist Arturo O’Farrill, the ensemble performs “with such muscularity and intellectual rigor as to announce the arrival of a potentially definitive Latin jazz band,” according to Chicago Tribune.
Comprised of 18 soloists, the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra performs works by both jazz legends and new pieces in order to preserve the tradition of Afro-Latin rhythms in jazz music. Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, said, “the ALJO is going to fill a great void on the New York cultural scene by playing the classics of the Afro-Latin Jazz tradition, commissioning new works and playing dances. This band is firmly connected to the essence of Latin jazz. They have great soloists and first-class ensemble playing.”
There will be a PreView lecture in the Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge 45 minutes before the show begins. PreView lectures are free, half-hour discussions presented by industry experts that provide unique insight into the day’s performance.
Tickets to the event are $20 – $35.
Wharton Center is the nonprofit performing arts facility of Michigan State University.
For Reservations or information call 517-432-2000 or log onto

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