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By | 2005-07-21T09:00:00-04:00 July 21st, 2005|Entertainment|
Plowshares Theatre presents Hat-itudeâ Fashion Contest

DETROIT – Plowshares Theatre Company, along with WJLB FM98 and DiamlerChrysler Corporation Fund, will sponsor a “Hat-itude” Fashion Contest on Sunday, July 24 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History/General Motors Theatre at 2:20 p.m. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m.
This community event is in conjunction with Plowshares’ 15th Anniversary summer gospel musical, “Crowns,” by Regina Taylor. The contest will focus on the fashion of hats, as it relates to the “crowns” worn by women of color to church. Entry forms can be sent via fax by calling 313-872-0067.
The contest will be hosted by Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard of the WJLB FM 98 gospel show, “Strong Inspirations,” heard Sunday mornings from 6-10 a.m. Dr. Smith Pollard received the Gospel Announcer of the Year Award at the Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. She has produced two of the largest outdoor gospel festivals, McDonald’s GospelFest and Motor City Praise Fest. In 2002, Dr. Smith Pollard was appointed director of the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s African Studies program, and she is currently completing a book length manuscript, “When the Church Becomes Your Party: Essays on Gospel Music at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century.”
Admission: $25 in advance/ $30 at the door, which includes admission to the 3 p.m. performance of “Crowns.”
The museum is located at 315 E. Warren in Detroit.
For more information call Plowshares at 313-872-0279.

See the ballet stars of the future today

DETROIT – The Detroit Opera House, in cooperation with the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance at Wayne State University, is pleased to present two performances by the students of American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Summer Intensive, Friday July 22 at 1 and 4 p.m.
ABT’s Summer Intensive has earned a reputation as the most thorough and rewarding dance experience a student can have during the summer. One of five participating cities, the Detroit Summer Intensive features more than 183 of the most promising dancers, ages 12-21. The 2005 class is comprised of students from 39 states, as well as Brazil and France.
“The ABT Summer Intensive is a fantastic opportunity for young dancers to work with one of the world’s premier ballet companies, and it’s also an opportunity for audiences to see young dancers with a very high level of skill,” said Carol Halsted, Michigan Opera Theatre Dance Director.
Participating students stay in the dorms at Wayne State University and study under ABT’s acclaimed instructors, including Alayne Haubert, Ted Kivitt and Melissa Allen, to name just a few. The Summer Intensive program is designed to give students a well-rounded experience, with an emphasis on classical ballet technique. Classes range from nutrition and physical conditioning to choreography and technique.
Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive performances are available at the door on the day of performance only. Seats are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children under the age of 15.
The Detroit Opera House is located at 1526 Broadway in Detroit.

Call for artists: gallery membership opportunity

FERNDALE – Lawrence Street Gallery, located in downtown Ferndale, is conducting portfolio reviews for local artists working in any media who are interested in gallery membership. The gallery is an association of local artists and features exhibitions that change monthly to display a wide variety of fine art. Each member owns an equal share in the gallery and helps run the business.
Artists may mail in their portfolios with SASE to: Membership Review Committee, Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Avenue, Suite A, Ferndale, MI 48220.
Artists may also drop off their portfolios at the gallery during gallery hours. A committee representative will notify you within 2 months of their decision.
Portfolios must include: artist’s resume, curriculum vitae, or bibliography; 10 – 20 numbered slides or photographs; slide or photograph list complete with title, medium, dimensions, and price for each artwork; artist statement; and SASE large enough to hold all contents.
Lawrence Street Gallery will exercise professional care in handling all portfolio materials but cannot assume liability for loss or damage to them.
For more information call the gallery at 248-544-0394 or log on to

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