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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-08-30

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P o p Ro c K I JA z z

Stagecrafters mounts a production of
the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta
The Pirates of Penzance Sept. 13-Oct. 6
at Royal Oak's Baldwin Theatre. Call for
show times. $14-$16. (248) 541-6430.
Players Guild of Dearborn presents
Neil Simon's classic comedy Barefoot in
the Park Sept. 13-29. Call for show
times. $11. (313) 561-TKTS.

DTE Energy Music Theatre hosts The
Tragically Hip, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
31, $28-$39.50; The Temptation
Review, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1,
$16.50-$29; and classic pop/rock bands
America and Kansas, 7:30 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 2, $16.50-$29. (248) 645-6666.
R&B artists the ()lays, with the
Whispers, take the stage 8 p.m. Saturday,
Arts &Entertainment
Aug. 31, at Detroit's Chene Park. $25-
Comedian Carrot Top, notorious for his
$60. (248) 645-6666.
numerous travel trunks and props with a
Detroit's new Ford Field hosts Impact, its first enter-
twist of the absurd, performs 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1,
tainment event, Thursday, Sept. 5, with a special
at Meadow Brook Music Festival. $15-$25. (248)
appearance by Gladys Knight, and featuring Deborah
Gibson, Dorian Harewood, plus Broadway stars Tami
Tappan (Miss Saigon), Dale Kristien (Phantom of the
Opera), Hugh Panaro (Les Miserables) and more. Doors
at 8 p.m.; $25/reserved stadium seats. (248) 645-6666.
The 1972 Munich Olympic Games: Bud
Following the release of her first-ever live album,
Greenspan Remembers, featuring rare archival footage
One Woman's Live Journey, Olivia Newton-John per-
and interviews with many of the significant organizers,
forms 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Detroit's Fox
and witnesses to the games in which 11
Theatre. $32.50-$57.50. (248) 433-1515.
and coaches were murdered by Arab ter-
The Palace of Auburn Hills hosts Detroit rapper
10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, on
Eminem, with D12, and special guests Papa Roach,
30 years to the day of the attacks.
Ludacris and more, beginning 6:30 p.m. Sunday,
will be rebroadcast 6:15
Sept. 8, $39.50; and country star George Strait, 7:30
p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, and 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept.
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, $52-$62. (248) 645-6666.
28. Check your local listings.


Rochester's Avon Players open their season with
How to Succeed in Business Without Really
Trying, a comical look at 1960s corporate America
with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser (Guys and
Dolls), Sept. 13-Oct. 5. Call for show times. $15.
(248) 608-9077.


If you can't laugh at your own rela-
tionships, maybe you can get a laugh
from Peter Berman's.
That's what this comedian has in
mind as he plans his routines, and he
even takes that notion a step further.
He hopes that audiences will experi-
ence some shared emotions then turn
around and lighten up with their per-
sonal, day-to-day struggles.
Berman's take on life will fill two
evenings, Aug. 30 and 31, at the Ann
Arbor Comedy Showcase. The territo-
ry is familiar to this University of
Michigan communications graduate.
"I really don't believe people need the
same experiences to relate to one anoth-
er," says Berman, 35, whose wife and two


Some of the most important works by Edgar
Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir,
Pablo PicaSso, Henri Matisse and other superstars of
modernism are part of the exhibit When Tradition
Changed: Modernist Masterpieces at the DIA, cur-

rently on view through summer 2003. Free with
museum admission. For hours and additional infor-
mation, go to wvv-w.dia.org .
Ann Arbor's Washington Street Gallery hosts
"Pivotal Space," recent work by Norma
Penchansky-Glasser, whose gestural figurative draw-
ings in crayon on paper complement her bronze
sculptures, Sept. 3-28. (734) 761-2287.
Meadow Brook Art Gallery presents Minimall, a
commercial fantasy" environment created by
London artist/designer Peter Snadden, Sept. 7-Oct.
6. Artist's gallery talk: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.
(248) 370-3005.
The Woods Gallery, located in the Huntington
Woods Library, hosts the free-style fantasy images of
Daniel Cascardo Sept. 1-Oct. 10. Artist's reception:
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. (248) 543-9720.
Outside the Lines, the 58th annual fall exhibit of
the Birmingham Society of Women Painters, will be
on display Sept. 6-28 at the Birmingham
Bloomfield Art Center. Opening reception: 6-8
p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. (248) 644-5894.
Italian artist Miriam DiFiore and Japanese artist
collaborators Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi exhib-
it their works in glass at Habatat Galleries-
Birmingham Sept. 5-28. This is DiFiore's premiere
solo exhibition in the U.S. (248) 203-9900.



Labor Day weekend offers not only the Ford
Detroit International Jazz Festival in Hart Plaza
and Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac. The 22nd annu-
al Hamtramck Festival fills the streets of
"Hamtown" on Joseph Campau between Caniff and
Carpenter with live music, a carnival, ethnic foods
and more Aug. 30-Sept. 2. (313) 875-7877.

and it was great. ',went on
to other performances and
talked about my personal
young sons enter into the come-
journey and my professional
dy mix. "It's just a matter of
experiencing the same feelings."
After graduation, Berman
Berman might joke about
moved to California to work
the girlfriend who inspired his
in a variety of clubs and use
transfer to U-M and then left
that as his base for travel to
the country with another man Peter B erman:
or note the humor in a frantic U-M grad on the perforMances around the
country. The comedian has
family day at the beach.
comedy circuit.
opened for Tim Allen, Jerry
Although Berman grew up in
Sein feld and Paul Reiser.
Massachusetts, where standup
After appearing on TV's Star Search,
comedy has a big following, he was too
Berman was invited to work on
self-conscious to try it there. Instead, he
MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour,
waited until he lived in Michigan.
Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh,
"I really wanted to be a comedian
A&E's Evening at the Improv and
and noticed an ad in the student
NBC's Friday Night Videos.
newspaper," Berman recalls. "I first
Berman, who had a yearlong come-
went on stage for 10 and 15 minutes,


- Out er About will return on Sept. 13.

dy talk-radio show, Morning Sickness,
is starting a production company and
exploring sitcom possibilities. He
recently explored his own spirituality
after the death of his father brought
him closer to his Jewish roots.
"Comedy can be very introspective,"
Berman says. "Being funny involves
figuring out the universals that bring
us together."

- Suzanne Chessler

Peter Berman performs 8 p.m.
Friday and 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30-31, at the
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase,
314 E. Liberty. $9 advance/$11
door. (734) 996-9080.

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