UMS Arab World Music Festival finale weekend celebration
ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society’s Arab World Music Festival closes with a special finale weekend celebrating Arab artists who span the traditional-contemporary spectrum of performing arts.
Contemporary feminist performer Malouma appears on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater (603 East Liberty), and three artists from Egypt, Morocco and Pakistan representing the diverse classical tradition of Sufism perform in “Songs of the Sufi Brotherhood” on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. in Ann Arbor’s Rackham Auditorium (915 East Washington).
The Arab World Music Festival is presented in partnership with the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) of Dearborn.
A series of free educational events presented in collaboration with the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies is scheduled in conjunction with the festival finale weekend.
For tickets or additional information, contact the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538 or online at http://www.ums.org.
Lawrence Street hosts ‘Visions & Beyond’
FERNDALE – Lawrence Street Gallery will host “Visions & Beyond ’05,” the 9th annual photographic competition and exhibit from April 5 to 29. This highly competitive, juried exhibition will feature all forms of original photography including black and white, color, digital, and alternative processes.
The opening reception is Friday, April 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. and includes an awards presentation at 7 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 log onto http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Silent films make noise at Michigan Theater
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Theater will present “The Sound of Silents,” two special events built around classic silent films and their music.
On Thursday, April 7, Alfred Hitchcock’s original 1929 version of his thriller, “Blackmail,” will be screened along with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. Presented in a new print restored by the British Film Institute, “Blackmail” was the acclaimed director’s last silent film and is rarely seen in its original format. The Alloy Orchestra is an internationally acclaimed three-man ensemble that composes and performs original scores to classic silent films. Showtime is 8 p.m.
On Thursday, May 26 the first film version of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, “Peter Pan,” will be presented, featuring live accompaniment by a 12-piece orchestra conducted by Gillian Anderson. The New York Times pick for best film of 1924, this version of “Peter Pan” was supervised directly by author J.M. Barrie and featured the diminutive Betty Bronson in the title role. She was hand selected by Barrie over several Hollywood superstars, including Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford. Combining a traditional score and the “movie palace grandeur” of the Michigan Theater, this event will recreate the experience of attending a movie in the earliest days of the Theater. Showtime is 7:30 pm.
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.
Tickets for both films are $12 general admission and $10 for Michigan Theater members, students, seniors and US veterans.
For complete information, call 734-763-TKTS go online to http://www.michtheater.org.
Macomb Center exhibits work of glass artist Herb Babcock
CLINTON TWP – The work of glass artist Herb Babcock is now on display in the Gallery at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts through April 25.
Babcock has been working in the medium of glass since the 1960’s. He received his BFA in sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1969 and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1973. He has served as Section Chair of the Glass Department at the College for Creative Studies since 1974. abcock has resided in Michigan since 1969.
Babcock recently completed a commission of designed glass castings for the “Woodward Monument Market Tower” and the “Monroe Monument Marker Tower,” at Campus Marquis, Detroit, in collaboration with tower designer, Eric Ernstberger of Rundell Ernstberger Associates.
An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
Admission is free.
For information, call the Gallery at 586-286-2141.
WSU ‘revs up’ for Spring with 22nd Annual Funeral for Ol’ Man Winter
DETROIT – Wayne State University will celebrate the passage of winter with its quirky and unique Groundhog Day-like tradition, the 22nd Annual Funeral for Ol’ Man Winter, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6.
Led by the “Monster Truck Hearse” and Jay Towers from WDRQ’s Jay and Rachael Show, the funeral procession will rumble through campus, taking WSU students, employees and the community on a wild and wacky burial march starting at Einstein Bros Bagels outside North Residence Hall (off Anthony Wayne Drive). Marchers will bury winter and welcome Mr. Spring outside the Circa 1890 Saloon on Cass Ave. between Warren and Palmer.
The processional through campus will be led by a Dixieland band featuring Wayne State music students, under the direction of Douglas Bianchi. Condemning winter will be former WDIV Local 4 television personality Dwayne X. Riley. Riley will perform a brief ceremony in front of Circa 1890 Saloon, welcoming warmer weather and crowning Mr. Spring, 2005 Wayne Idol winner and WSU music major Gary Bozigian. Bozigian will welcome spring to Detroit in song.
After the ceremony, Circa owner Steve Xantheas will welcome all mourners and celebrators to dine inside, where he will donate the day’s proceeds to the WSU Department of Music and Mortuary Science Program.
For more information call 313-577-1795 or visit http://wayne.edu/ffomw.