I have yet to meet a Washtenaw County artist who doesn’t relish having guests at their home studio. Janet Kelman and friends go one step further. On Saturday, June 11, from 10am to 6pm, they are staging a block-party/happening, with food, drink, live music and yes, of course, art. At Kelman’s studio you can see her incredible glass work and back yard studio and garden. I’ve been watching her career blossom since 1975 when she had her store front and glassblowing furnace (that she welded together herself) in Royal Oak. It was all second nature to her, having just come off a degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan. For the past decade she has developed her “seafan” technique, cutting and carving large glass plates, then “slumping” them in her electric kiln to create what you see if you’re scuba diving in the tropics. At Kelman’s house will also be Claudia Hershman and her amazing technicolor collagraph prints. Hershman makes her plates, inks and prints, but then adds additional elements that she sews or glues on. 1410 Barnard, 734.389.0454.
An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all
Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,
An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays
The most recent book of Kalamazoo-native Bonnie Jo Campbell is as visceral as it is honest. A compilation of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters explores the lives and relationships of women in rural settings. With varied character perspectives, the book runs the gambit of trials and tribulations: sexual assault, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, neglect,