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.
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.