Maestro Robb Woulfe always includes performance art as part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. This year it’s the latest wild-ride happening by the incredible Taylor Mac: Comparison is Violence, or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook. (Saturday, July 2, 8:00 pm at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in the Michigan League.) Technically, performance art is any situation that involves four elements: time, space, the performer’s body and a relationship between the performer and an audience. It’s close to the performing arts, but has been called the “antithesis of theater” in that it cannot be repeated and generally has conceptual, content-based meaning. To see videos of some of the songs from this show, and from other of his performances www.annarborsummerfestival.org. 734-678-7976.
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.