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July 26, 2002 - Image 70

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-07-26

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Mixed Media

Animal Dreams

with The Very Best of Stan Getz,
are good examples of what made
Getz an important sax voice.
— 77 Michael Crowell,

What do Royal Oak and Jerusalem have in com-
mon this summer?
Both cities are decorating their streets with life-
sized urethane-epoxy animals — lions in
Jerusalem, polar bears in Royal Oak.
The idea of placing themed statues on city streets
originated in Zurich in 1998. Hundreds of plastic
cows, decorated by different artists, captured the
imagination of the
city for months.
The project gave
birth to similar dis-
plays in other cities.
Cleveland, the home
of the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and
Museum, decorates
its streets with gui-
tars; Miami flaunts .
its flamingos;
Toronto celebrates its
heritage with moose.
Tel Aviv now has
dolphins poised in
the middle of a
A lion statue stands guard
Bringing the,Lion
in downtown Jerusalem.
of Judah, Jerusalem's
logo, to the city's
streets was the idea of artist Aliza. Olmert, the wife
of Jerusalem's mayor, Ehud Olmert.
The $200,000 project, co-sponsored by Peugeot
Israel, consists of 80 stately lions, individually dec-
orated by professional and amateur Israeli artists.
The lion that stands guard in front of the
Jerusalem Theater on David Marcus Street is cov-
ered with a mosaic of tiny mirrors of all sizes and
shapes. A pink lion with teats establishes a female
presence near the residences of Israel's president
and prime minister. A large multicolored plexi-
glass box at the entrance to the city hall complex
holds a lion in a snow-filled landscape.
The lions will line Jerusalem's streets until mid-
September. After that, the statues will be sold by
public auction, with the proceeds distributed to
several local charities. If you are interested in bid-
ding on a lion and bringing home a bit of
Jerusalem, visit: www.jerusalem.mu.ni.il.
In Royal Oak, 13 six-foot bears began dotting -
the city's streets from 1-696 to 11 Mile Road earli-
er this month. Many of the fancifully decorated
beasts are sponsored by local community organi-
zations, at a cost of $500 each.
The Stagecrafters, a Royal Oak theater troupe,
celebrates its upcoming season, which includes
Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, with a
pirate-bear designed by Berkley artist Dan Rose.
A bear designed by Southfield artist Deborah
Kashdan sports a pastiche of Michigan mementos,
including an authentic hockey stick in commemo-
ration of the Red -Wings' Stanley Cup victories.
Eventually, the polar bears will be auctioned off
to benefit the Detroit Zoo.

Copley News Service

— Leah E Chase, JTA, and Diana Lieberman

Jewish Geography

While heading up north to God's
country this summer, you may
be hard-pressed to find the Sioux
Lox or CharlevOy on your map.
But maybe you're looking at the
wrong map.
The cities of Harbar Mitzvah
Springs, Hollaland, Kalamazooza,
Lake Macher and Yentalanti
appear only on Mishugana, a lim-
ited-edition print by Glenn Wolff
A Traverse City fine artist and
natural science illustrator, Wolff
has drawn several maps for books
and magazines.
When he volunteered to create
an original work of art for a syn-
agogue auction several years ago,
he and his wife, Carole Simon
Wolff, came up with the idea of
an "antique" map, and the
"Official Map of the First
Exploratory Expedition of the
Mishugana Territory by Rabbi
Ishpeming.— 1629" was born.
Wolff says the map, done in
pen and ink and watercolors, took
about three days to complete. As
planned, he donated it to
Congregation Beth El in Traverse
City for the auction. Founded in
1885, the temple is the oldest in
continuous use in Michigan and a
Michigan Historic Site.
The owner of the original

Mishugana agreed to have prints
of the original made for this
year's temple fundraiser. The
resulting 500 are giclee prints
(pronounced zhee-clay from the
French word "to spray on") —
high-resolution ink-jet reproduc-
tions made from a digital scan of
the original work.
Printed individually with
archival inks on fine art paper, the
process allows for an extremely
faithful rendition. The inks are
guaranteed not to fade under nor-
mal lighting conditions for more
than 200 years, explains Wolff.
Though he was raised a
Christian Scientist, Wolff says his
family always took an interest in
other religions. His mother.. kepta
mezuzah on the doorframe of
their home. Last year, the local
newspaper referred to Wolff as one
of the area's leading Jewish artists.
"We always find this sort of thing
amusing," he says. "I don't know if
it's related, but with dark hair and a
beard, when I used to walk the dog

Orrtcnu.M.Ar,,is t

Heading to CharlevOy?

in New York (the Wolffs lived there
for eight years), men would walk by
and say in low voices, 'We need one
more for a minyan.'

— Kimberlee Roth

Signed limited-edition prints of Mishugana are available by
calling Carole Simon Wolff, (231) -947-2580, or online at
http://www.glennwolff.com/bethelprint.html . The price is
$125 plus shipping and handling.

Stan's The Man

Stan Getz has long been a hot
seller — from his early work
with Woody Herman in the
1940s through his. hits in the
1960s with the music of
Antonio Carlos Jobim. Even his
final recordings in duo with
pianist Kenny Barron sold well.
Since his death a decade ago,
the Getz catalog, spanning
nearly 50 years, has been a
source of revenue for various
labels. And no label has been
more active with the Getz vault
than Verve. -
In celebration of Getz's 75th
birthday (born Jan. 26, 1927),




Verve has released three compila-

Getz plays Jobim: The Girl From
Ipanema and Getz for Lovers find
Getz in a mellow mood, per-
forming mostly ballads on both
records, many of them Jobim's
bossa nova rhythms.
These discs show off the
romantic side of Getz, where his
rich tenor sax tone adds warmth
to his improvisations in such
tunes as Jobim's "Corcovado" and
Rodgers and Hammerstein's
"Little Girl Blue."
His sound was uniquely his
own, and these releases, coupled

Stan Getz: All that jazz.

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