Take a seat at our table as we celebrate food around the world this
season at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. In an homage to global foodways,
Feast! takes a look at world food traditions and the many ways plants
play an indispensable role in cooking, celebrations, holidays, and
festivals. Feast! takes its inspiration from the food plants that grow
in the conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and reveals some
fascinating history and facts you might not have known about such plants
as vanilla, black pepper, cinnamon, and chocolate. Throughout the
exhibit youâ€™ll also find seasonal flower displays, decorated holiday
trees, a fairy and troll village, activities for kids, and more.
In the Multi-Purpose Room: The Performance Network Theatre joins with
the Ann Arbor District Library for a night of Big Band music featuring
The Paul Keller Orchestra, one of Michiganâ€™s finest, oldest,
most-respected and well-traveled jazz big bands.
This do-not-miss event is also a celebration of the world premiere of
Brill â€“ David Wellsâ€™ comedy (with music) of a washed-up big band
songwriter and the introduction of rock and roll that begins
performances at the Performance Network on January 10 and runs through
February 10. Cast members and Performance Network staff will provide an
introduction to this delightful new play at the library concert.
Since its inception in 1989 by string bassist, composer and arranger
Paul Keller, the Paul Keller Orchestra has garnered great popular and
critical acclaim accepting, among other awards, the 2003 and 2007
Detroit Music Awards for Best Big Band. The Orchestra has recorded seven
CDs, enjoyed two European tours, and performed at nearly every Michigan
music festival. Their voluminous library of over 1,000 arrangements
includes classic, obscure and original big band material from the entire
history of jazz.
Brill is a world premiere comedy with music and takes place in the
1959 in Manhattanâ€™s famous Brill Building where a washed up Big Band
songwriter faces the inevitability of rock and roll when a young woman
shows up at his office with her guitar, her aspirations, and more than a
few secrets. Can this odd couple make beautiful music together â€“ or
will their culture clash land one of them out on the streets?
Enjoy an evening of music from the big band era performed by on of
Michiganâ€™s finest orchestras and learn more about this world premiere
play of a big band songwriter!
An important part of the American story has long been invisibleâ€“the
story of people who share African American and Native American ancestry.
For 500 years or more, African American and Native people have come
together, creating shared histories, communities, and ways of life.
Often divided by prejudice, laws, or twists of history, African-Native
Americans are united by a double heritage that is truly indivisible.
Their historic journey will be explored in an upcoming exhibit at the
University of Michigan.
IndiVisible: African Native American Lives in the Americas is a
Smithsonian traveling exhibition that explores this history. The exhibit
will be on display from January 9 to 31, 2013 at the Duderstadt Center
Gallery on the University of Michiganâ€™s North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel
Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. The Gallery is open from 12-6 p.m. Monday
through Friday, and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. The gallery will be open from
12-6 p.m. on Martin Luther King Day.
Exhibit-opening celebration: In U-Mâ€™s Arthur Theatre, 1226 Murfin
Avenue on the North Campus. On January 10, 4:00-6:00 p.m, Identities in
Black, Red and White: A Roundtable Discussion will celebrate the
exhibitâ€™s opening. This public program will address mixed-race
identities from autobiographical and storytelling perspectives and
within the context of social and cultural analysis. The roundtable
panelists express a mixed native identity of some kind â€” whether that
connection is via family ties and/or cultural ties:
-Dr. Tiya Miles, U-M professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Native American Studies-Moderator
-Dr. Adesola Akinleye, dance scholar and founder of Dancing Strong
-Elizabeth Atkins, U-M alumna and Detroit-based best-selling novelist and journalist
-Dr. Robert Keith Collins, assistant professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University.
-Dr. Philip J. Deloria, U-M professor of History, American Culture, and Native American Studies
A reception and exhibit viewing will follow the discussion.
The Identities in Black, Red and White: A Roundtable Discussion and
IndiVisible exhibit viewing will also celebrate the beginning of the
Understanding Race Theme Semester, a campus-wide program that will
explore issues of race through courses, events, performances, and
exhibits from January through April. Many of these events are open to
the public. The theme semester is organized by the U-Mâ€™s College of
Literature, Science and the Arts.
The Ann Arbor display of IndiVisible is coordinated by the University
of Michigan Museum of Natural History. Support for the IndiVisible
exhibit and opening event was provided by the University of Michigan
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Museum of Natural History;
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Native American Studies
Program; Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach; and Department
of English. The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife
Foundation, is a proud sponsor of these public programs. Smithsonian and
MetLife Foundation logos are attached.
IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas was
developed, produced, and circulated by the National Museum of the
American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and
Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Johnny Lawrence: John E. Lawrence, a life long resident of Ypsilanti
is one of Michiganâ€™s most talented and respected guitarists. John is now
gaining national recognition with the recent contract with Mel Bay
Publications, Inc., one of the countryâ€™s largest publishers of
instructional materials. Among Mr. Lawrenceâ€™s many accomplishments is a
performance at Carnegie Hall. In addition to touring throughout the
United States and performing at Jazz Festivals such as: Boston Globe,
New Orleans, and Montreaux Detroit, he has performed in Haiti, Surinam,
Germany, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
John has made television appearances on three nationally syndicated
programs: Kelly & Company, PM Magazine and Good Morning America. He
has also performed with Atlantic Records recording artists, Straight
Ahead, a Detroit-based female jazz group.
Tad Weed: Tad Weed is a powerhouse of a pianist who recently
relocated from Los Angeles to the Midwest. Tadâ€™s discography includes
over a dozen CDâ€™s, and he has performed with some of the greatest names
in jazz including John Patitucci, Mundell Lowe, Carmen McCrae, Charles
Lloyd and Woody Herman. His artistically rich and diverse background
allows him to command a wide range of styles, from Be Bop to the Blues,
and from Funk to the Avant Garde. He has played concerts, clubs,
television and radio around the world, in such exotic places as Brazil
and China, as well as Holland, England, France, Germany and Finland.
Some of his more noteworthy appearances include The Concord Jazz
Festival, The Boston Globe Jazz Festival at Symphony Hall, The Kool Jazz
Festival and The Berlin Radio Festival.
Kurt Krahnke: Acoustic Bassist Kurt Krahnke is a graduate of the
Berklee College of Music, but also studied at the New England
Conservatory of Music. He toured the east coast with Ron Levy for two
years and then returned to Detroit, where he taught with the Summer
Music Program under the direction of Wendell Harrison. Since his return
to Michigan, Krahnke has played with Phil Lasley, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe
Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Russell Green, and toured and
recorded with Leon Thomas. In 1989, Kurt performed as a finalist in the
Hennessey Jazz Search in Hollywood, CA, with the Steve Wood/Brad Felt
Quintet. Krahnke played and toured with the acclaimed JC Heard Orchestra
from 1986-89 and received the Best Jazz Bassist award from the
Metro-Times. Kurt has recorded and played with Paul VornHagen for eight
years and continues to serve as a mentor for young bassists in the
Sean Dobbins: Sean Dobbins got his start as a sought-after Detroit
area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue
Note artist Louis Smith.
Though still young by jazz standards, Dobbins has amassed an
impressive list of playing companions. He has performed/toured/recorded
with Johnny Basset, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Morgan, Joey
DeFrancesco, George Cables, James â€œBloodâ€ Ulmer, Paul Finkbeiner, Larry
Willis, Rodney Whitaker, Johnny Oâ€™Neal, Paul Keller, Tad Weed, Kurt
Krahnke, Kelly Broadway, David â€œFatheadâ€ Newman, Donald Walden, Ramona
Collins and Michael Gabriel. Seanâ€™s sound can best be described as
hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Some of
Seanâ€™s influences include Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff â€œTainâ€ Watts,
Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, and also Detroit area greats Gerald Cleaver and
A product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Sean has stayed devoted to
education throughout his life. Early mentor Louis Smith, an Ann Arbor
Public Schools band teacher, impressed the importance of a good
education upon Sean at an early age. Sean is known in his community as a
band director, drum teacher and positive influence for many.
Extraordinary three course dinner menus and prix fare lunch menus
from Ann Arborâ€™s best restaurants. Experience cuisine that delights your
palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. With nearly 50
restaurants to choose from, now is your chance to discover new
restaurants and enjoy favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations
early at participating restaurants. Tables fill fast during this great
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents the lively comedy, Bedroom Farce,
directed by Paul Bianchi, January 24-27, 2013 at the University of
Michiganâ€™s Arthur Miller Theatre.
Bedroom Farce, by premier British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, is a
wild romp set in the middle of the sexual revolution of the 70â€²s. Over
the course of one Saturday evening, a troubled couple, Susannah and
Trevor, inflict their misery on unsuspecting parents, friends, and exes.
In three separate bedrooms, sexual tension, marital strife, and hijinx
â€œThis play is a celebration of the eccentricities of ordinary life,â€
says director Paul Bianchi. â€œEven though it is set in London, the plot
and humor are universal. The play is not your standard farce; in fact,
the original title was Bedroom Farce â€“ A Comedy. Critics were quick to
point out that the play is not a farce. There is a lot of physical
comedy, but it is the interaction of the characters that drives the plot
and the humor.â€
The talented cast of Bedroom Farce features Molly Logue as Susannah,
Mario Merola as Trevor, Michelle Skrobot as Delia, Roger Kerson as
Ernest, Morgan Brown as Malcolm, Emily Caffery as Kate, Jarrod Cassar as
Nick, and Ashley Davis as Jan.
The 36th Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fund-raiser for The Ark, Ann
Arborâ€™s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music is Presented
by The Ark with the University of Michigan Center for Campus
Involvement. The Festival takes place at Hill Auditorium on Friday,
January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. each night.
CITY AND COLOUR
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
COLIN HAY, MC
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
THE STEEL WHEELS
BROTHER JOSCEPHUS AND THE LOVE REVOLUTION
COLIN HAY, MC