It is hard to find a more complete combination of traditional American music genres than the compositions of Bill Frisell — mixing folk and country with jazz fusion and blues, he connects the different styles through improvisation and his transcendent, melodic guitar playing. The virtuoso composer and guitarist will perform live leading his eclectic trio Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers, featuring Rudy Royston on drums and Eyvind Kang on viola, through a set of extended improvisation, jazz and blues standards as well as original songs. According to the New Yorker, 'Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals.' And with a list of collaborators that includes John Zorn, Ginger Baker, Brian Eno and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, professional musicians and critics alike agree that Frisell is one of the best in the business. May 4. 8pm. $30. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800. www.theark.org. —GMK
The beautiful thing about the kinds of songs that Tanager make are how layered they are… These are guitars that envelop you, drums that pull you, melodic phrases that levitate you (and no, I’m not on drugs as I write this)… Those ethereal traits have always distinguished a Tanager song, a hybrid of coarse distortion
It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”
Flint’s story is essential to the film because it illustrates the power of greed and why corporate money has no place in government. Macroeconomics 101 tells us that corporations are beholden to one thing—their stockholders. Humans do not enter into this equation. How can you have a democracy for the people when corporate money runs the government? You can’t.
Following Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a prodigious doctor whose ecstasy over medicine overshadowed his regard for those closest to him, and his striving younger brother W.K., who toiled unappreciated under his brother before setting off on his own to great fame and success.