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  • National Coming Out Week Events

    October 11th is National Coming Out Day. Here are some events the Spectrum Center is collaborating on for National Coming out Week 2018:


    Event Links:

    Oct. 8-14, Hineinu - Here We Are LGBTQ+ Jewish Photovoice Exhibit 
    Oct. 8, Identities Abroad: Queer Student Panel
    Oct. 8, National Coming Out Week Mixer
    Oct. 9, Out in Grad School Wesbinar
    Oct. 10, Dance the freaking music, baby: LGBTQ Identities & Intersectionalities 
    Oct. 10, Keynote with Ronnie Sanlo
    Oct. 11, 2nd Annual LGBTQ Monologues
    Oct. 13, Coming Out as Wiki Editors: Queer Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

    Find more information and resources on the Spectrum Center’s website HERE.

  • ArtPrize 10 - See it before it’s over!

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!                                                              

    Take a trip to Grand Rapids where you will find art from around the world in every corner of downtown, from museums, bars, public, parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body, shops, vacant storefronts, offices, and other spaces you may least expect. 

    [The World’s Largest Art Competition]                                                    ArtPrize, an independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days every fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will come to an October 7, 2018. Check out this year’s works of art and cast your vote before it’s over!

  • A New Curatorial Vision Disrupts Inherited Ideas of Regional Identity in African Art

    A New Curatorial Vision Disrupts Inherited Ideas of Regional Identity in African Art:

    Check out this Hyperallergic article on UMMA’s exhibition, Beyond Borders: Global Africa. Beyond Borders is curated by Laura De Becker, the Helmut and Candis Stern Associate Curator of African Art, and is up at UMMA through November 25. 

  • JIT Exchange Detroit-Zimbabwe: A Cross Cultural Collaboration September 10-14, 2018

    The Center for World Performance Studies and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, in collaboration with Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit, present JIT Exchange Detroit-Zimbabwe: A Cross Cultural Collaboration Featuring Dance and Music from Harare and Detroit. 


    JIT Dance Workshop with Haleem “Stringz” Rasul
    Monday, September 10, 7:30pm
    Haven Hall Posting Wall, 505 S. State Street

    This workshop will introduce participants to basic footwork of both Detroit and Zimbabwean Jit / Jiti dance forms. Wear comfortable clothing. RSVP here.

    Panel Discussion: Zimbabwe-Detroit Cultural Collaborations and Exchanges
    Tuesday, September 11, 6:00pm
    East Quad Room 1405, 701 E. University Ave.

    Featuring Chido Johnson (ZCCD), Mono Mukundu (guitarist & recording engineer), and Haleem “Stringz” Rasul, and moderated by Stamps School of Art & Design MFA student and ZCCD agent Masimba Hwati, this panel explores the ongoing work of the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit, building bridges between Zimbabwe and Detroit through cross-cultural projects and artist residencies.

    Dance Workshop & Dialogue with Haleem “Stringz” Rasul
    Wednesday, September 12, 4:30pm
    Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington

    King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professor Haleem Rasul conducts a JIT workshop and facilitates a discussion about community-building through dance at local Ann Arbor teen center the Neutral Zone.

    Exhibit Opening: “I Wish You Were Here: Postcards as Cross Cultural Communication”
    Thursday, September 13, 4:30pm
    GalleryDAAS | Haven Hall G648, 505 S. State Street

    The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies’ GalleryDAAS hosts Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit’s postcard project, a collaboration with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare. The exhibit will run September 13 – December 14, 2018, with a break from October 15-25. The fall exhibit for GalleryDAAS has been designed to coincide with the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s exhibit “Beyond Borders: Global Africa.”

    JIT Exchange SMTD@UMMA Performance
    Thursday, September 13, 7:00pm
    University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State

    Haleem Rasul (dance / choreography) & Hardcore Detroit
    Mono Mukundu (guitar)
    E.Reid JIT Coalition (live music / production)

    A synthesis of Zimbabwean jiti, Detroit ghetto tech, jit dance, jazz and funk, this performance features dancer/choreographer Haleem “Stringz” Rasul of Detroit with musical support from Zimbabwean guitarist Mono Mukundu and SMTD students and alumni. The uncanny parallel in historical narrative and the similarity in dance styles, researched in depth by Rasul during a 6-week residency in Harare, exemplify the theme of interconnectedness in UMMA’s exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa, while the artists’ exchange engages the exhibition’s theme of hybridity and its dialogic approach to African and African diasporic arts.
    RSVP here.

    All events are free and open to the public.

    The Jit Exchange is a ZCCD project made possible through John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, presented in collaboration with U-M Center for World Performance Studies and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, Institute for Humanities, Residential College, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, with support from the King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professors Program and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Ann Arbor Observer: Comedy

  • "Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library

    Oct. 18, 7-9:30 p.m. -- Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla. .

  • "More Than Funny": Fathom Events

    Oct. 18, 7 p.m. -- Stand-up comedy by Michael Jr., a Dallas comic who's appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His set revolves around 3 true stories meant to motivate and inspire.

  • Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre

    Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. -- Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.

  • Kristin Key: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

    Oct. 18, 8 & 10:30 p.m. -- Oct. 18-20. This Texas comic, who first gained national attention as a contestant on Last Comic Standing, is known for blending improvisation and physical comedy with winningly self-deprecating observational humor. Her act also features comic songs accompanied by guitar. Preceded by 2 opening acts. ...

Ann Arbor Observer: Films

  • "A Star is Born": State Theatre.

    Oct. 18, 3, 6:30, & 8:45 p.m. -- (Bradley Cooper, 2018). A remake of the iconic tragic story of a film star who helps a young singer-actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism damage his career. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper.

  • "The Old Man & the Gun": Michigan Theater.

    Oct. 18, 3, 5:45, & 9:30 p.m. -- (David Lowery, 2018). Drama based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, who at age 70 escaped from San Quentin prison and committed a series of heists that confounded authorities. Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek.

  • "Crazy Rich Asians": State Theatre.

    Oct. 18, 3:15, 6:15, & 9:15 p.m. -- Rom-com about a native New Yorker who discovers that her longtime boyfriend is actually the scion of a wealthy family and one of Singapore's most eligible bachelors.

  • "First Man": Michigan Theater.

    Oct. 18, 3:15, 7:30, & 9 p.m. -- (Damien Chazelle, 2018). Biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong. Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy.

Ann Arbor Observer Music: Classical Music

  • Michigan Marching Band Practice

    Oct. 18, 4:45 p.m. -- Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 5, 15, 16, & 24) and Oct. 6 & 13. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. R...

  • Music Program: Chelsea High School.

    Oct. 18, 7 p.m. -- Performances by various student ensembles. Oct. 6: Orchestra & Fiddle Club 22nd Annual Hometown Show. Oct. 18: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12. Oct. 24: Echoes Concert Band. Oct. 30: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

  • "All Hallows Concert": Pioneer High School

    Oct. 18, 7 p.m. -- The PHS Band performs a Halloween concert for all ages. Trick-or-treating; costumes encouraged. Preceded at 6:15 p.m. by pizza & games. Bake sale.

  • University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music

    Oct. 18, 8 p.m. -- Oriol Sans conducts this ensemble of music majors in Mendelssohn's haunting Hebrides Overture, Webern's beautiful Im Sommerwind, and Dvorak's tone poem The Golden Spinning Wheel, one of his last and most mature orchestral compositions. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the pro...

Ann Arbor Observer: Pop & Rock

  • Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals

    Oct. 18, 12:10 p.m. -- Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Oct. 4: Gemily-a trio of Gemini, the nationally known local folk duo of brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, and San's daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits-performs a wide range of music, from classic songs of the 60s to traditional folk songs and dance t...

  • Tumbao Bravo: Ann Arbor District Library.

    Oct. 18, 7-8 p.m. -- This award-winning local Cuban jazz sextet, led by saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen, performs originals that blend authentic Cuban poly-rhythms such as mambo, cha-cha, rhumba, bolero, and danzón, with jazz harmonies. Other band members include conga player Gregory "Greco" Freeman, pianist Bria...

  • 22nd Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House

    Oct. 18, 7, 8, & 9 p.m. -- Oct. 17-20. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's focus is on Chicago musicians. The festival includes 16 different shows over 4 days, free "Fringe at the Edge" shows (see 16 Tuesday listing), and a parade Oct. 20 (see listing). The ...

  • Comhaltas

    Oct. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. -- Every Thurs., Sept.-May. except Nov. 22. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.

Ann Arbor Observer: Theatre & Dance

  • "Sweet Charity": U-M Theatre Department.

    Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. -- Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 11-21. U-M musical theater professor Mark Madama directs musical theater students in Neil Simon's frothy, poignant 1966 musical about a dance hall hostess who dreams about love and marriage but can't seem to find the right gentleman. The many famous songs include "Big Spender...

  • "Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

    Oct. 18, 8 p.m. -- Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 29. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' new comedy about 3 Midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a trip to NYC to see Celine Dion, but things go awry in hilarious fashion as soon as they get on the plane.

  • "She Loves Me": EMU Theatre Department.

    Oct. 19, 7 p.m. -- Oct. 19-21 & 25-28. EMU drama professor Phil Simmons directs EMU drama students in Joe Masteroff's charming 1963 musical set in a perfume shop in pre-WWII Budapest. The action centers on 2 employees, Georg and Amalia, bitter foes in the workplace who are unwitting pen pals in a romantic correspo...

  • "Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

    Oct. 19, 8 p.m. -- Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 29. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' new comedy about 3 Midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a trip to NYC to see Celine Dion, but things go awry in hilarious fashion as soon as they get on the plane.

Detroit Metro Times: Arts & Culture

Detroit Metro Times: Music

  • Video: Detroit's Siena Liggins wrote the sexy body positive anthem we need now

    Following the success of her debut single, "Flowerbomb" (a song Wussy Mag called the 'song of the summer for girls who like girls",) Assemble Sound-produced queer pop angel Siena Liggins makes a swift return with an unexpectedly seductive, sunshiney anthem for both sex and body positivity. And the video will make you happy squirm.…

  • DIA welcomes Venezuelan performer Migguel Anggelo for an evening of 'Love & Hate'

    It’s nearly impossible to try and put Migguel Anggelo into a box or peg him as any one thing.…

  • DJ Claude VonStroke comes home to perform half-time set at Detroit Pistons game

    Grosse Pointe-bred DJ Claude VonStroke (real name Barclay Crenshaw) has a lot of love for Detroit. And now, Claude VonStroke can cross "Official DJ for the Detroit Pistons" off of his bucket list as he returns home to perform the half-time show at today's game.

    Claude VonStroke will be live streaming the half-time show today, starting sometime between 8-8:15 p.m., based on the timing of the first half.

    [content-1]In the past 20-plus years of his career, VonStroke has garnered many accolades.…

  • It's official — Bob Seger is getting his own street in Allen Park

    Bob Seger, one of Michigan's favorite sons, will be honored with his very own "Mainstreet" in Allen Park.

    After a five-month-long street-naming campaign launched by the classic rock station 94.7 WCSX-FM in May, and a 24-hour "Seger-a-thon" to promote the noble cause, the details of the official unveiling of Bob Seger Boulevard have been announced.

    Though the original proposed location for Seger's street was in Ann Arbor on the grounds of Pioneer High School, the 73-year old's alma mater, the official unveiling celebration hosted by WCSX will take place at starting at 4 p.m. outside of Allen Park City Hall with a Seger tribute band and a video compilation of fan messages for the rocker.

    For folks looking for a selfie opportunity or for those who want to pay homage by blasting "Like A Rock" while cruising down Bob Seger Boulevard, Allen Park's newest street runs between Southfield Road and Philomene Boulevard.

    The street-naming ceremony comes just a month before Seger is set to embark on his 26-show farewell tour which kicks-off at the Van Andel Arena on Nov. 21 in Grand Rapids.…

Detroit News: The Arts

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