Focus on the arts

. October 31, 2012.
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November 2012

Superior Donuts
Through December 15.

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8pm;
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 3pm;
Sundays, 2pm. $27-$42.
Purple Rose Theatre,
137 Park St., Chelsea. 
734-433-7673.
www.purplerosetheatre.org

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts's comedy-drama about an unlikely friendship of a donut shop owner who's just about given up on life and his idealistic employee should light up the stage at Chelsea's legendary playhouse.

Discovering Eighteenth-Century British America:The William L. Clements Library Collection
Through January 13, 2013.

UMMA, 525 South State St. 734-647-0524.
www.umma.umich.edu

This exhibition gives insight to 1700's British America and coincides with Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire which displays 40 works of the acclaimed 18th century American painter including his iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe (1776).

Saturday, 3rd
Sabor Latino

8pm. $10-$58. Michigan Theater,
603 E. Liberty St. 734-994-4801.
www.a2so.com

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra heats up with some Latin flavor as they present an evening featuring Uruguayan guitar sensation Marco Sartor.

Band-O-Rama: American Salute
7:30pm. $5-$18. Hill Auditorium,
825 North University Ave.
734-764-2538. www.umich.edu

The UM University Bands come together to celebrate American culture with a program that ranges from traditional marches to Broadway and contemporary rock n’ roll.

4th Annual Romanian Film Series
Saturdays & Sundays, November 3-4 & 17-18, 4pm. Free. Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 South State St.
734-647-0524. www.umma.umich.edu

Discover films that spotlight Romania like Outbound (Nov.30), Tuesday after Christmas (Nov.4), Philanthropy (Nov. 17) and The Phantom Father (Nov. 18), with Q & A's or special lectures before and following each show.

Friday, 8th
Matisyahu

6:30pm. $28 adv. / $30 day of.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 900 Oakwood St.,
Ypsilanti. 734-487-1849. www.blindpigmusic.com

Brighten your existence with this purveyor of soulful hip-hop with jamming world rhythms and conscious, spiritual lyrics.

 

Don Giovanni
November 8-11.

Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm.
$20-$26 general admission / $10 student.
Power Center, 121 Fletcher St.
734-764-2538. www.umich.edu

Enjoy University Opera Theatre & University Symphony Orchestra students for this production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's take on the classic Don Juan myth.

Sunday, 10th
Aimee Mann

8pm. $39.50-$49.50. Royal Oak Music Theatre,
318 W. Fourth St. Royal Oak.
734-761-1818. www.theark.org

The Ark presents this indie-pop temptress just a short drive up in Royal Oak as she proves her longevity and inspires a new generation of fearless female artists.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 15th
Mike Birbiglia

8pm. $35-$44.65. Michigan Theater,
 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8397.
www.michtheater.org

This comedian is ready to take on A2 after the success of his award-winning off-Broadway hits Sleepwalk with Me (2008), and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (2011).

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series: Running the Numbers
5pm. Free. Michigan Theater,
603 E. Liberty St. www.art-design.umich.edu

Chris Jordan explores contemporary mass culture with statistics combined with images of mass produced products condensed into single frames that reflect the impact of the western world’s growing global footprint.

Bat Boy: The Musical
November 15-18.

Thursday, 7:30pm;Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm. $26 / $10 students. Arthur Miller Theatre,
1226 Murfin Ave.
734-764-2538. www.umich.edu

The UM Department of Musical Theatre perform this comedy based on the Weekly World News reports of a half-boy, half-bat.

Friday, 16th
Gilberto Gil

8pm. $10-$50. Hill Auditorium,
825 North University Ave.

734-763-3333. www.ums.org
Don't miss this world music icon as he continues his journey modernizing the vibrant sounds of Brazilian pop.  

Saturday, 17th
Dave Holland Big Band
8pm. $18-$48. Michigan Theater,
603 E. Liberty St.
734-668-8397. www.ums.org

Bassist and composer, Dave Holland, leads his big band out for a night of high energy entertainment.

Sunday, 18
The Carolina Chocolate Drops

7;30pm. $50-$500. The Ark,
316 S. Main St.
 734-761-1818. www.theark.org

This Grammy-winning quartet carries the souls of traditional Southern folk and blues into the new millennium for The Ark's 16th Annual Fall Fundraiser.

Friday, 23rd
Content of Process

6-9pm. Free. Gallery Project,
215 4th Ave. 734-997-7012.
www.thegalleryproject.com

This exhibition explores how an artist has an original intent, which evolves through a series of split second — conscious and subconscious — decisions.  

Wednesday, 28th
NT Live: Timon of Athens

UMS presents this high-definition broadcast straight from the National Theatre of London of Shakespeare's timely play about consumption, debt and ruin.

Thursday, 29th
Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series: At Home in the Body

5pm. Free. Michigan Theater,
603 E. Liberty St. www.art-design.umich.edu

Janine Antoni is a multi-media artist who has used her body as a tool, a canvas and a muse for her art including turning her brain waves during dreams into patterns for a weaved blanket.

December 2012

Saturday, 1st
Handel’s Messiah

8pm. $10-$36. Hill Auditorium,
825 North University Ave.
734-763-3333. www.ums.org

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra teams up with the UMS Choral Union for this perennial holiday favorite.

Monday, 3rd
Band of Horses

7:30pm. $32.50-$59.55.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
734-668-8397. www.michtheater.org

This flannel and denim laden folk rock band has earned both critical and commercial acclaim with lingering harmonies and country sounding undertones.

Thursday, 6th
The Wheeler Brothers

8pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St.
734-761-1818. www.theark.org

This five-piece folk rock band has been conquering audiences with their blend of guitar picking Americana that flirts with hipster indie vibes.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
December 6-9.

Thursday, 7:30pm;Friday & Saturday, 8pm;
Sunday, 2pm. $20-$26 general admission /$10 student.
Power Center, 121 Fletcher St.
734-764-2538. www.umich.edu

The UM Department of Theatre & Drama presents a performance of Shakespeare's classic romantic fairy tale.

Saturday, 8th
Caravan of Thieves

8pm. $15. The Ark,
316 S. Main St.
734-761-1818. www.theark.org

Mix a little rock n' roll bravado with old world gypsy jazz sounds and you get these merry musicians.

Dianne Reeves Quartet w/ Raul Midón
8pm. $10-$48. Hill Auditorium,
825 North University Ave.
734-763-3333. www.ums.org

Making history with three consecutive Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Reeves takes the stage with special guest blind singer-songwriter /guitarist Raul Midón, and his renowned rhythmic beats and distinct voice.

Lisa Lampanelli
8pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
734-668-8397. www.michtheater.org

Comedy's brashest voice is coming to offend and make audiences laugh uncontrollably doing so.
 

Thursday, 13th
Global Jazz Project

8pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House,
415 North Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999.
www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com

Global Jazz Project presents traditional to avant-garde jazz infused with world music concepts, giving global jazz with free and experimental creative dimensions.

Saturday, 15th
Francis Alys: Guards

University of Michigan Museum of Art,
525 S. State St. 734-764-0395.
www.umma.umich.edu

This Belgian artist documents 64 of the Queen of England's guards marching throughout the city of London.

Friday, 21st
Possible Futures: Winter Solstice Concert

8pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House,
415 North Fourth Ave. 734-769-2999.
www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com

In honor of the possible end of days and the Mayan Calendar join composer, multi-instrumentalist and, computer programmer Robert Newcomb as he combines elements of numerous musical disciplines, cultural domains and technology for a unique improvisational performance.

January 2012

Friday, 4th
Interspecies Communication 6-9pm. Free. Gallery Project,

215 4th Ave. 734-997-7012.
www.thegalleryproject.com

The Gallery Project presents another cerebral exhibition exploring life's interactions and meaning.

Tuesday, 8th
National Theatre of Scotland: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Through January 13. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm;
Sunday, 6pm. $50. Corner Brewery,
720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. www.ums.org

Enjoy this intimate theater experience as the story of an uptight Scottish academic, Prudencia Hart, goes on a dream-like journey in a secluded bar where the patrons (the audience) become a part of the performance.

Friday, 11th
Seth Glier

8pm. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St.
734-761-1818. www.theark.org

One of today's best up and coming singer/songwriters gets set to woo A2 again!
 

Saturday, 19th
Mozart Birthday Bash

8pm. $10-$58. Michigan Theater,
603 E. Liberty St.
734.994.4801. www.a2so.com

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to Mozart with a night of selected works featuring Principal Trumpet William Campbell and violinist Yehonatan Berick.
 

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