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November 15, 2002 - Image 102

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-15

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Best Bets

in Ann Arbor. $18-$36. (734) 764-2538.
(248) 645-6666; tickets also available at the door.
The Sonnet Quartet, featuring violist
Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman appears with his
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays
Glenn Mellow and other Oakland
Elastic Band 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at
Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony
University musicians in residence, takes
Orchestra Hall. Also on the bill for this SBC
No. 5, and works by Mozart, Martin and
the stage 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in
Ameritech Paradise Jazz Series concert is the John
Blacher, 8 p.m. Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday
Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus in
Scofield Band, with rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick,
and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15-17, at
Rochester. $8-$15. (248) 645-6666.
bassist Jesse Murphy and drummer Adam Deitch
Orchestra Hall. $15-$56. (313) 576-5111.
Birmingharn Temple's Vivace Series hosts
joining guitarist Scofield. $18-$50. (313) 576-5111.
With music reflecting a message of
pianist Scott Holden 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov,
The Cultural Commission of Congregation Shaarey
peace, hope and the unity of mankind, the
23, at the temple in Farmington Hills,
Zedek presents Sing Unto the Lord a New Song, an
Baha International Choir performs a selec-
Arts c Entertainment
where the young musician will play sonatas
interfaith Thanksgiving concert of African-American
tion dedicated to the Bahai Gardens that
by Brahms and Hindemith, Carnaval by
gospel and Jewish folk music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
ascend Mt. Carmel in Israel as 100 singers
Schumann and the Michigan premiere of
Nov. 23, at New Light Baptist Church, 5240 West
from Ireland, Canada and the U.S. take the stage 7:30
Three Caprices by Vernon Duke. $12-$18. (248) 788-
Chicago (between Nardin Drive and Grand River), in
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Millennium Center in
9338 or (248) 661-1348.
Detroit. Free of charge. Roundtrip transportation
Southfield. $10. (248) 804-1863.
from Shaarey Zedek Southfield at 7 p.m. available for
Cellist Carter Brey and pianist Christopher
$10. Reservations: (248) 357-5544.
O'Riley perform in a Chamber Music Society of
Detroit concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at
The Fourth Annual
Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills.
Motor City Boogie-
Wayne State University's intimate per-
$22-$67. (248) 855-6070.
Woogie Festival, featuring
space, the Studio Theatre, stages
Richard Luby, a professor of music at the
renowned blues and boo-
U.S. playwright
University of North Carolina, plays several historical-
gie-woogie piano artists
and the Maiden, a
ly important violins from the 17th and 18th cen-
Michael Kaeshammer,
chilling and poignant exploration of the
turies and, with pianist Thomas Otten, will perform
Gene Taylor, Charlie
struggle between justice, vindication and
works by Beethoven and Prokofiev in a Brunch with
Booty and Detroiter Bob
forgiveness, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays
Bach concert 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the
Seeley, takes place 8 p.m.
through Nov. 23, downstairs from the
Detroit Institute of Arts. $22 adults/$11 children/$5
Saturday, Nov. 16, at the
Theatre in Detroit; $6-$8. The
concert only stairwell seats. (313) 833-4005.
Redford Theatre in Detroit.
Philip Barry's timeless
Violinist Gidon Kremer, clarinetist Sabine Meyer and
The program benefits the
comedy The Philadelphia Story, 8 p.m.
pianist Oleg Maisenberg play a concert of chamber
nonprofit American Music
WSU's Studio Theatre presents Ariel Friday, Nov. 15, running in repertory with
music 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Rackham Auditorium
Research Foundation. $25.
Dolfman's "Death and the Maiden." King Lear and The Good Doctor through



Shakepeare With A `Simpsons' Twist

ick Miller, creator and star of
trace our heritage, and it is indeed pos-
MacHomer: The Simpsons Do
sible that we have Jewish [family mem-
Macbeth, jokes that he's a
bers] from Austria," he adds. "At this
point, my booking agent also is Jewish,
The Canadian entertainer, who
and I'm working on my next solo
mimics voices from TV's The
show, called Bigger Than Jesus, with
Simpsons to present a parody of
Daniel Brooks, who is Jewish and one
Shakespeare's Macbeth, will
of Canada's top
have one direct Jewish con-
nection when he performs
• "The new show
Nov. 19-24 at Detroit's
will explore the
Music Hall Center for the
• relationship of
. .
Performing Arts. Beth Kates,
• Christianity to
his touring stage designer, is
J udaism and Jesus'
g Jewish roots. I've
"I grew up Catholic, but I'm
played Jesus twice,
interested in Judaism," Miller
and he was a Jew.
says. "We have great talks
I'm also trying to
about religion on the road."
learn a little
There's more.
Rick Miller as MacHomer: Hebrew."
"My father is trying to
Religion aside,
"Wannabe Jew."


Miller's one-man Shakespeare-based
show developed after he was joking
with fellow cast members in a serious
production of Macbeth. He began
doing lines from the play while
impersonating characters from The

As the theater piece developed, 85
percent became Shakespeare's words,
while the rest has expressions from
the animated sitcom.
"I actually believe the productions
are similar," Miller explains. "They're .
both holding up mirrors to the pop
culture of their times."
Miller, based in Toronto, has per-
formed in three languages on four
continents. As artistic director,of
Wyrd Productions, he has created and
performed two other award-winning
solo shows, Art? and Slightly Bent.

Although the entertainer earned his
degrees in architecture, he found a lot
of fun and fulfillment acting out imi-
tations of rock stars. That led to invi-
tations to perform in musicals, which
changed his career direction.
MacHomer is very fast-paced," says
Miller, who wears only one costume
but uses very large video images to set
the stage. "It's for the whole family."

Suzanne Chessler

MacHomer will be performed
Nov. 19-24 at Detroit's Music
Hall Center. Show times are 8
p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday;
and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. A
matinee at 11 a.m. Wednesday is
for school groups only. $17.50-
$32.50. (313) 963-7622.

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