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April 16, 2012

C.P. Cavafy and Music: An Evening of Songs and Reflections

A program of Cavafy songs by Greek, American, French, and British composers, such as Mitropoulos, Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Brown, Rorem, Bolcom, and Gompper.

Start: April 16, 2012 8:00 pm
End: April 16, 2012 10:00 pm
Venue: The University of Michigan Museum of Art
Phone: 734.764.0395
Address:
525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1354, United States

March 31, 2012

‘Foolish Acts’ Benefit Concert for FestiFools

Buy a ticket to ‘Foolish Acts,’ a first-ever FestiFools benefit concert and Foolish Dancing extravaganza sponsored by the Blind Pig and produced by Matt Altruda from Treetownsounds.

 

This 18+ Show on Saturday, March 31st will feature a CD release party by the young, talented local band, the Appleseed Collective, followed by headliners The Third Coast Kings who will take the stage and turn the evening into an all out Rockin’ Funk/Soul Dance Party! Tickets are $10 each ($5 with Student ID) and can be purchased online at: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1610978&cobrand=blindpigmusic  ) or in person at Orbit Hair Design and Massage on State Street.

More information about FestiFools/FoolMoon at www.festifools.org.

Start: March 31, 2012 9:00 pm
End: March 31, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Blind Pig
Phone: 734-623-9962
Address:
202 S. First St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: 10

March 30, 2012

East Quadapalooza

Do you have a connection to East Quadrangle Residence Hall on the University of Michigan campus?  Did you know it will be closed for 15 months to undergo a fundamental renovation?  Did you want to come for a last visit before the transformation?****

East quadapalooza is a deliberately spontaneous revelry to celebrate and honor East Quad’s shared history with the Residential College.****

*It’s on Friday March 30, 2012 from 5pm until we’re done*.****

Among the events that will mark the evening are:

        **Moonbounce and Snowcones 5-7pm, South Courtyard;****

        **Open mic poetry/prose reading AND EQ memory project 5-8pm, Greene Lounge;****

        **East Quad History Project, 5-8pm, 126 East Quad;****

        **Memory Mural 5-8pm, 124 East Quad;****

        **Bingo and Giveaways 5-8pm, Madrigal Lounge;****

        **Inter-cultural Carnival 5-8pm, South Dining Hall,****

        **Bands in the Halfway 8pm-midnight****

        **DJ Dance Party midnight-3am, Keene Theater****

 

There’ll also be appetizers and snacks in the Benz and Dining Services is making a special dinner that night featuring Chicken Broccoli Bake.****

 

There’ll be t-shirts, half-way inn cookbooks, and lots more to make the evening fine fun.****

 

Please join us for some or all of the festivities!****

*East Quadapalooza: It’s Quadelicious.*****

Residential College Alums may want to visit RC Connect // RC2 at:

http://rcnetwork.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network****

Start: March 30, 2012 5:00 pm
End: March 31, 2012 3:00 am
Venue: Residential College, East Quad
Address:
701 East University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, United States

March 19, 2012

Reading of “Boris Godunov”

An event offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 19, 2012 4:30 pm
End: March 19, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Blau Auditorium
Address:
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

March 18, 2012

40th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow

www.umich.edu/~powwow

Tentative Schedule of Events for Sunday:

Sunday

  • 9:00 – 11:30 am Town Hall meeting about repatriation
  • 10:30 am Doors and vendor booths open to the public
  • 11:30 am Drum roll call
  • 12:00pm Grand Entry
    • Flag Song
    • Invocation
    • Veteran’s Song
  • 1:00 pm Intertribal dancing
  • 2:00pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 3:00pm Tiny Tot exhibition (newborn-6 yrs old)
  • 3:15 pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 4:45 pm Powwow Committee Give-Away
  • 5:15 pm Grand Exit and Traveling Song
  • 6:00pm Contest Winner Announcements
Start: March 18, 2012 9:00 am
End: March 18, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Pioneer High School
Address:
601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48103, United States
Cost: $10

March 17, 2012

40th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow

40th Annual Powwow Poster

 

http://www.umich.edu/~powwow/

Tentative Schedule of Events for Saturday:

Saturday

  • 10:30 am Doors and vendor booths open to the public
  • 11:30 am Drum roll call
  • 12:00 pm Grand Entry
    • Flag Song
    • Invocation
    • Veteran’s Song
    • Welcome Address
  • 1:00 pm Intertribal dancing
  • 2:00 pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 3:15 pm Tiny Tot exhibition (newborn-6 yrs old)
  • 3:30 pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 5:00 pm Dinner break
    • Hand drum contest
  • 6:30 pm Drum roll call
  • 7:00pm Grand Entry
    • Flag Song
    • Invocation
    • Veteran’s Song
  • 8:00 pm Intertribal dancing
  • 8:30 pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 10:30 pm Grand Exit
Start: March 17, 2012 10:30 am
End: March 17, 2012 10:30 pm
Venue: Pioneer High School
Address:
601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48103, United States
Cost: $10

March 16, 2012

“The Orphan of Zhao” Presentation

An event offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 16, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 16, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Blau Auditorium
Address:
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

March 13, 2012

James Fenton Reading

An event offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 13, 2012 5:00 pm
End: March 13, 2012 7:00 pm
Venue: Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League
Address:
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

March 10, 2012

Hanuman Aflame: Public Concert of Gamelan Music and Shadow Puppet Play

Public Concert of Gamelan Music and Shadow Puppet Play

Organized by Susan Pratt Walton of the Residential College, this is part of  an interdisciplinary project focusing on wayang (Javanese shadow puppet theater) to complement the winter 2012 LSA theme “Language: the Human Quintessence.” She is bringing to UM a famous wayang troupe headed by puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro and his ten professional gamelan musicians who will accompany the wayang. The gamelan is a traditional ensemble of drums, gongs, metalophones, string instruments and singers.

 

Kathryn Emerson, scholar of Javanese music and theater, will provide spontaneous translation of the improvised performance.  She has been working with Ki Purbo for several years and is lauded for her lively and informative translations. The troupe will perform the wayang on March 10. 2011, in the Michigan Union Ballroom. The play they have chosen is part of the famous Ramayana epic.

 

Tickets are free, but required. They are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office.

See “Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater: Language, Music, Drama and Art” for more information.

Start: March 10, 2012 8:00 pm
End: March 10, 2012 10:30 pm
Venue: Michigan Union
Address:
530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1308, United States
Cost: Free

March 9, 2012

Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater: Language, Music, Drama and Art

Susan Pratt Walton of the Residential College has put together an interdisciplinary project focusing on wayang (Javanese shadow puppet theater) to complement the winter 2012 LSA theme “Language: the Human Quintessence.” She is bringing to UM a famous wayang troupe headed by puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro and his ten professional gamelan musicians who will accompany the wayang. The gamelan is a traditional ensemble of drums, gongs, metalophones, string instruments and singers. Kathryn Emerson, scholar of Javanese music and theater, will provide spontaneous translation of the improvised performance. She has been working with Ki Purbo for several years and is lauded for her lively and informative translations. The residency of the wayang troupe features a public lecture and three workshops in addition to the performance of the wayang.

Start: March 9, 2012
End: March 11, 2012

February 22, 2012

Playing for Change

Maybe you’ve seen the “Stand By Me” video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM)—it’s been viewed more than 37 million times. It has quite a story behind it! Grammy-winning producer/engineer/filmmaker Mark Johnson founded Playing For Change on the simple idea that the world can be connected through music. Starting in Santa Monica, California, Mark captured a performance of “Stand By Me” by legendary street blues singer Roger Ridley, then he took the show on the road. In New Orleans, he put headphones on Grandpa Elliott, who harmonized with Ridley’s soulful rendition of the song. And he didn’t stop there. Using innovative mobile technology and traveling the world, they filmed and recorded more than 100 musicians, largely outdoors, in parks, plazas and promenades, in doorways, on cobblestone streets and amid hilly pueblos. Each captured performance created a new mix in which essentially the artists are all performing together, even though they’re hundreds or thousands of miles apart. The Playing for Change has continued and evolved through worldwide concert tours musicians from around the globe, many of whom have appeared in the project’s more than 50 videos. The PFC Band has performed on NBC’s The Tonight Show twice, and the two-disc CD/DVD set “Playing for Change: Songs Around the World” has reached the top ten on Billboard magazine’s pop chart. The project’s deep emotional resonance, combined with the muscle of the Internet and sheer word-of-mouth, has struck a profoundly enduring chord worldwide. Playing for Change is a musical story of hope, joy, and redemption.

Tickets for this event are $35. Ticket information is available at The Ark’s website: http://theark.org.

Start: February 22, 2012 8:00 pm
End: February 22, 2012 10:00 pm
Venue: The Ark
Phone: 734-761-1818
Address:
316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: $35

February 19, 2012

Storytelling Festival for Kids

Each year The Ark revives the oldest of all the arts with our February Storytelling Festival, featuring talespinners from far and wide. This year’s tellers are New Hampshire-born Willy Claflin, Hungary’s Zalka Csenge Virág, Kalamazoo’s Alison Downey, and a mystery guest. Sunday’s program features kid-oriented stories from our 2012 Storytelling Festival artists. The Ark’s 25th annual Storytelling Festival is a collaboration with the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild.

Willy Claflin was born before television. The only child of shy eccentric parents, he grew up in the woods of New Hampshire where he spent his childhood day dreaming and impersonating wild life. In boarding school, he found out he was funny. Willy is a now a master storyteller, mostly for adults, but his kid fans are still really important. He tells original and traditional stories. He sings his own songs, plus 1,032 eerie ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia—and a lot of blues and rock and roll. He is also the speaking mouth person for Maynard Moose, another famous storyteller and kids’ author. Zalka Csenge Virág, also known as The Multicolored Lady, is Hungary’s first international storyteller. She travels the world, sharing Hungarian folktales with her audiences (in English, Spanish and Hungarian), and takes all the stories she learns back home to Hungary. She represented Hungary at the Kids’ Euro Festival in Washington DC, telling Hungarian folktales in local schools, museums, and the Kennedy Center. Allison Downey can make an audience in a 500-seat theatre feel like they’re in her living room. “Dynamic, energetic, intimate, masterful, genuine, honest, humorous, hilarious, charismatic”—these are just a few of the descriptors chosen by critics and audiences to describe Allison’s performances. Alison’s storytelling career has been taking off— she appeared in the Moth Mainstage production at the Power Center during the 2011 Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Tickets are $10. For more information about buying tickets, see http://theark.org.

 

Start: February 19, 2012 1:00 pm
End: February 19, 2012 3:00 pm
Venue: The Ark
Phone: 734-761-1818
Address:
316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: $10

January 10, 2012

Language of Mudra

Exploring the idea of language expressed through mudra or hand gestures in the Odissi style of Indian classical dance, Sreyashi Dey, with Ishika and Kritika Rajan and Debnita Talapatra, will present an innovative dance performance as part of the LSA Language theme semester. Focusing on three aspects – Language and Communication, Language and Gesture, and Language and Culture, the performance will uncover the layers of meaning and symbolism inherent in the dance, thus drawing the audience into the process of dance making. With its elaborate and intricate gestural language, Indian classical dance has a complex and stylized vocabulary that is not always fully accessible to the audience. This performance is unusual in taking the viewer through the creative process – a journey through the building blocks of the language of dance to the rich tapestry of the final presentation, as traditionally seen on the stage.

Start: January 10, 2012 7:00 pm
End: January 10, 2012 8:00 pm
Venue: Keene Theater in the Residential College, East Quadrangle
Phone: 734.763.0032
Address:
701 East University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1245, United States
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