Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:00am by christopherporter
UMS's No Safety Net 2.0 series offers theatrical performances, of course. But it's the sort of theater that even avid theater-goers might not be able to get a handle on.
Augmented Realities: Stamps Gallery's "Taking a Stand" features multimedia, 3D, and interactive installations
Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:00pm by christopherporter
The Stamps Gallery's Taking a Stand exhibition opened on January 17 with a reception that featured a performance by Detroit artist Sacramento Knoxx along with Bianca Millar and White Feather Woman.
Fri, 12/27/2019 - 5:44pm by christopherporter
AADL 2019 STAFF PICKS: BOOKS, MUSIC, MOVIES & MORE
Below you will see that 41 Ann Arbor District Library employees composed 18,000 words listing arts and culture that made an impact on their lives in this calendar year. While movies, books, and music released in 2019 figured prominently among our picks, we never limit our selections to material from the past year. Not all timeless art can be discovered and absorbed in a mere 365 days, so we're like Master P: no limits.
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 9:00am by christopherporter
Comic operas usually live up their genre name: lively songs, light humor, and endings filled with satisfied characters.
Fri, 11/01/2019 - 4:00pm by christopherporter
AADL cardholders can download PDF copies of the books here; print copies for most titles will be on sale at the reception.
Fri, 10/25/2019 - 2:45pm by christopherporter
The annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark, returns to Hill Auditorium on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, 2020. A combined performance by Calexico and Iron & Wine headlines the first night and a solo Nathaniel Rateliff tops the second evening.
Wed, 10/23/2019 - 3:30pm by christopherporter
The Comic Opera Guild was founded on the premise that the operetta (or comic opera) was the perfect vehicle to introduce people to opera and the thrill of listening to classically trained voices. Comedy makes everything approachable. Comic songs were common in the last century, either as pop music or taken from Broadway shows. Unfortunately, the comic song is uncommon now, and so we decided to produce a show that brought this idiom to people's attention.
The 2019 edition of Rasa -- Akshara's annual multi-arts, inspired by India festival -- hits the home stretch
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:45pm by christopherporter
The fall 2019 edition of Akshara's Rasa Festival is coming to a close, but not before it celebrates with four "multi-arts, inspired by India" events.
"Dances of India: classical and folk traditions" happens Thursday, September 19, at 7 pm, at AADL's downtown location. It will feature classical and folk dances from India, plus a discussion on the historical and cultural context of each.
Brazilian mandolinist Danilo Brito returns to Ann Arbor with a new album and the history of choro at his fingertips
Wed, 08/28/2019 - 3:00pm by christopherporter
Brazilian mandolin wizard Danilo Brito is returning to the Metro Detroit area for what now annual performances in Ann Arbor (September 1 at Kerrytown Concert House), the Detroit Institute of Arts (August 30), and the GlasSalon in the Toledo Museum of Art (August 29). Brito (mandolin and tenor guitar) will be joined by Carlos Moura (7-string guitar) and Guilherme Girardi (6-string guitar).
Brito's new album, Da Natureza das Coisas (The Nature of Things), is bookended by two important works of Heitor Villa-Lobos, closing with "Melodia Sentimental" and opening with "Chôros No. 1 (Chôro típico Brasileiro)," which was composed for guitar in 1920 in tribute to composer Ernesto Nazareth. Villa Lobos grew up among choro musicians and said that the soul of Brazilian people is found in choro. Many classical guitarists play this work, but Brazilians such as Turíbio Santos play it with a distinctive verve absent in the others. Brito takes this a step further -- arranging the work for his mandolin in the lead voice with two guitars carrying the others. The bright, clarion sound of his mandolin riding the group's Brazilian drive leaves Brito thinking that it would make Villa Lobos smile.
Tue, 08/27/2019 - 10:45am by christopherporter
The best-known graffiti in Ann Arbor is in an alley off East Liberty.