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April 04, 2003 - Image 98

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-04

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Arts & Entertainment

Around Town

Broza Concert Aids Academy

a urger-guitarist David Broza has a new album to

introduce as he comes to Michigan for a concert
benefiting the Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit.
All Or Nothing, also available in Hebrew and Spanish,
captures his multicultural approach to entertainment.
"All of my albums are personal albums as far as
the subjects I pick," says Broza, 46, who will be
appearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Jewish
Community Center in West Bloomfield. "They
don't necessarily follow a theme. They are anything
my emotions and mind get attached to."
Broza, who has recorded 23 albums, often turns
to famous poets for lyrical adaptations that mix fla-
menco and salsa sounds with folk-rock melodies.
This approach has made him a popular seminar
leader at colleges, including Bennington, where he
has been artist-in-residence.
Broza, born in Spain and relocated to Israel before
setting up residence in America, has volunteered for
humanitarian causes, such as UNICEF, and entertained

troops, both Israeli and American, during the fir s t Gulf
War. He also has written an Israeli peace anthem,
"YihveTove," based on a poem by Yehonaton Geffen
and adapted by American lyric writer Terry Cox.
Besides appearing before local religious groups,
Broza has performed at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival.
"I look for a short vignette in a lyric that inspires
me to compose," says Broza, whose first two albums
included his own lyrics. "I go by what captures my
eye and captures me personally.
"It has to have a story and a great opening line for
me to go on reading it. I direct my songs toward
audiences that have an acquired taste for story telling.
A lot of rock 'n' roll is the move, the vibes, the feel,
but I like to look for a little bit more depth."
— Suzanne Chessler

David Broza will perform 7 p.m. Tuesday,
April 8, at the Jewish Community Center in
West Bloomfield. $25. (248) 592-5263.

`Reflections' In The Water

a usan Friedman's "Reflections "shows her attrac-

tion to water. Her paintings of wetlands, ponds
and streams — some 20 of them exhibited with the
title "Reflections"— will be on view through May
13 in the Woods Gallery at the
Huntington Woods Library.
"I like the play of light on water,"
says Friedman, a Huntington Woods
resident who teaches art in the Hazel
Park school district. "I also like the
way the wind causes different effects
on water."
Friedman, who also will be showing
one still life, has occasional animals in some of her
water scenes.
Friedman says she always has been interested in art,
earning her bachelor's degree at Wayne State University
and her master's degree at Hunter College in New
York. She has been represented in many group shows
and sells her work through Marshall Fields' interior
designers and the Gruen Gallery in Chicago.
"I consider my work very Midwestern," says
Friedman, who is not Jewish but has raised her
grown twin daughters in the Jewish faith. "My
paintings are in the tradition of the American
painters of the heartland."
— Suzanne Chessler

"Reflections "will be on view through May 13
at the Huntington Woods Library, 26415
Scotia. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays
and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (248) 543-9720.

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Darker Side Of Romance


hree one-act plays by Kitty Dubin join with three
one-act plays by Kim Carney for the production
Could This Be Love? running April 10-May 11 at the
Trinity Theatre in Livonia. The comic vignettes are
being presented by the Flanders Theater Company.
"Our theme has to do with looking for love in all
the wrong places," explains Dubin, who was hon-
ored last year with a Jewish Women in the Arts
Award. "It's about the darker side of romance."
Dubin, whose plays have been performed by the
Jewish Ensemble Theatre as well as other companies
inside and outside Michigan, will be showcasing Skin
Deep, which is about a woman seeking to make her-
self more eligible through plastic surgery; Joy of Sex,
which has a couple sparring in the company of an
inept marriage counselor; and Bye Bye Love, which
follows two women who meet at a funeral home.
Carney's plays include Alone Together, which looks
at two strangers in a restaurant; Messages, which
chronicles a relationship through answering
machines; and Meltdown, which explores motives.
"I came up with the idea of pooling these plays
because Kim and I know and read each other's works,
hold respect for one another and have become very
close friends," explains Dubin, who brings her experi-
ence as a former marriage counselor into her writing.
"Kim's also acted in a number of plays I've written."
Appearing in this production are Mark Barrera,
Lise Lacasse, Annie Palmer and Timothy
McKernan. They play 13 different roles under the
direction of Nancy Elizabeth Kammer.
— Suzanne Chessler

Could This Be Love? will be presented April 10-
May 11 at the Trinity House Theatre, 38840 Six
Mile, Livonia. Performances are 8 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays and 6 and 9 p.m.
Saturdays. There is no show on May 2, but there
will be a 2 p.m. matinee on May 11. $14/$12
seniors. (313) 538-5739 or (734) 464-6302.

Ann Arbor `Yiddish' Symphony

symphony performance will be part of the dou-
A ble-chaff (36th) anniversary celebration of an
Ann Arbor congregation at the same time it launch-
es a concert series in the city.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will per-
form Yiddish selections Sunday evening, April 6, at
Temple Beth Emeth as the musicians begin their
"Stained Glass Series." Cantor Annie Rose and the
Temple Beth Emeth Adult Choir will be featured.
"The 'Stained Glass Series' was something I started
when I was with the Buffalo Philharmonic
Orchestra," says maestro Arie Lipsky. "The idea was
to pair up the Philharmonic with talented local
church and temple choirs to perform unique reper-
toire in a more intimate setting than - a great big hall."
The program includes Khalutsim Lider, a song cycle
featuring "Oifn Pripetschik," "Rozhinkes Mit
Mandlen," "Tschiribim" and "Gey Ich Mir
Shpatsiren." Also on the program are Mozart's

Symphony No. 29 and excerpts from Handel's Solomon.
The collaboration serves as the third concert of
four marking the temple's anniversary. The next will
be a children's program presented May 4 by Gemini.
Rose, who has worked in Maryland and
Massachusetts, is one of the first women in the
United States to hold a major cantorial pulpit. The
choir, which has 50 members, has just completed a
three-year cycle of concerts exploring Jewish music
and is preparing for its first European tour.
"The result of knitting together the symphony
and [religious] choirs is the presentation of music
that can't be heard anywhere else by community
members," Lipsky says. "The program integrates the
symphony and the community in the best of ways."
— Suzanne Chessler

The first concert in the "Stained Glass Series" begins
7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Temple Beth Emeth,
2309 Packard, Ann Arbor. $36. (734) 665-4744.

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