Chamber Music Ann Arbor presents U-M music
faculty, local musicians and guests in a program of
works by various composers in "From Vienna to
New York ... A Musical Journey" Friday-Saturday,
May 16-17, and Wednesday-Thursday, May 21-22.
Included are soprano Deanna Relyea, violinist
Aaron Berofsky, violist Yizhak Schotten and cellist
(and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra conductor)
Arie Lipsky. Ticket prices and venues vary. Call for
information: (734) 930-1960.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit hosts the
Miami String Quartet, with classical guitarist Pepe
Romero, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Seligman
Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills. $22-
$67/$20 students. (248) 855-6070.
Michigan Opera Theatre presents six perform-
ances, in English, of Johann Strauss' melodic
operetta Die Fledermaus, helmed by French-born
Jewish director Bernard Uzan, May 17-May 25 at
the Detroit Opera House. Call for performance
times. $18-$105. (313) 237-SING.
Conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra, featuring DSO violinist
Emmanuelle Boisvert and violist Alexander
Mishnaevski, in works for small orchestra 1:30 and
8 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23-24.
$15-$80. (313) 576-5111.
Bronx-born actor-comedian Barry
Diamond brings his "cast of thousands in a
one-man show" to Ann Arbor Comedy
Showcase, located at Old VFW Hall, below
Seva restaurant, 314 E. Liberty, 8 and 10:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. $9
advance/$11 at the door. (734) 996-9080.
Cher brings her "Living Proof Farewell Tour" to-
Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17.
$59.50-$79.50. (248) 645-6666.
Detroit's Majestic Theatre presents the "Back Yard
Tour," featuring bands including Gryphon
Shepherd, with Huntington Woods' Adam Linden
on drums and percussion, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17,
with partial proceeds to benefit the Rose Cancer
Center. $15. (313) 833-9700.
Ann Arbor's The Ark hosts a reunion concert of
the Chicago blues group the Siegel-Schwall Band,
led by Siegel on harmonica and Schwall on guitar, 8
p.m. Monday, May 19. $22.50. (734) 761-1451.
Jazz legend trumpeter Marcus Belgrave reunites
with former Detroit students alto saxophonist
Kenny Garrett, pianist Geri Allen and bassist
Robert Hurst III as the Marcus Belgrave All Stars
perform 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in an SBC
Ameritech Paradise Jazz Series concert at Orchestra
Hall. $18-$75. (313) 576-5111.
Blues/rock trio ZZ Top opens the DTE Energy
Music Theatre season with their "Beer Drinker and
Hell Raiser Tour," with special guests Kenny Wayne
Shepherd and Double Trouble, 7 p.m. Friday, May
23. $33.50-$52.50. (248) 645-6666.
ON THE STAGE
Stagecrafters presents the family musical The Secret
Garden 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m.
Sundays, May 23-June 15. $14-16. (248) 541-6430.
Arts & Entertainment
U-M art school grad and student of the
School of American Ballet Ruthie Basham
presents the premiere performance of The Mystical
Kaballah: Through the Tree of Life, a multimedia
journey blending various dance forms, along with
live drumming, singing, poetry, and the music of the
Sephardic Jews of Spain and Morocco, 8 p.m. Friday,
May 23, at First Unitarian Church, 4001 Ann
Arbor-Saline Road. The program will be preceded at
7 p.m. by a Shabbat candlelighting and followed at 9
p.m. by refreshments and dancing to live drumming.
$27/in advance or at the door. (734) 730-6096.
THE BIG SCREEN
The Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA shows the
winner of the Best Screenplay Prize at this year's
Cannes Film Festival, Sweet Sixteen, 7 and 9:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday,
May 16-18. $6.50. (313) 833-3237.
May 17-18, at the Millennium Centre
in Southfield. $8-$10. (248) 557-7539.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
presents a Young People's Concert
Series program titled "An American
Tale," featuring selections by John
Philip Sousa, Leonard Bernstein and
more, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May
17, at Orchestra Hall. $10-$36. (313)
The Ark in Ann Arbor hosts Julie
Austin & David Mosher in an interac-
tive concert of children's music 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 18. $7. (734) 761-1451.
THE ART SCENE
The Detroit Institute of Arts presents The
Medici Grand Ducal Family: Court Jewelry and
Symbols of Power, a lecture by Cristina
Aschengreen Piacenti, director of the Museo
Stibbert in Florence, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18.
Free with museum admission. (313) 833-7900.
Meet metal sculptor Mark Beltchenko at a
meet-the-artist reception 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May
22, at the Woods Gallery, located in the lower
level of the Huntington Woods Library. His
exhibit, "Under Six Feet," runs through July 3.
Ferndale's Lemberg Gallery features "Shanghai
Costumes," paintings and paper objects by Jane
Hammond, through June 14. (248) 591-6623.
Birmingham's Hill Gallery offers an exhibit of
African-American and Amish quilts through June
14. (248) 540-9288.
Peter Pan flies onto the Youtheatre stage 11
a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday,
Two very different exhibits --
one about the desecration of reli-
gious landmarks and the other
about imagined worlds --- will
be on view simultaneously
through June 1 at the Janice
Charach Epstein Gallery.
"Target: Sacred Sites," a photo
installation by Deanna Sperka,
showcases reverential structures
that have been damaged by acts
of hatred. "Permeable
Consciousness: The Paintings
and Drawings of Howard
Weingarden" presents images
that suggest the existence of crea-
tures not accessible to the five
"I have included 400 photos,
some taken by me and some
taken from the Internet,"
explains Sperka, of Oak Park,
who got the idea for her piece
after learning of Buddha statues
destroyed by Taliban forces in
Afghanistan, "My purpose is to
expose what hate does."
Sperka's images, arranged like
storyboards, include the Mount
of Olives, Rachel's Tomb and
monasteries in Kosovo. She also
has information books to supple-
ment the photos.
Weingarden, of Farmington
Hills, presents more than 50
images with many relating to the
possibilities of imagination.
What the Cat Sees, for example,
takes an imaginary look at a fairy
world depicted as being observed
by a small animal.
"There is a spiritual, not reli-
gious, quality to what I am
showing," Weingarden says. "I
think of it as the next stage of
evolution after the physical and
The exhibits of Deanna Sperka and Howard Weingarden will be
on display through June 1 at the Janice Charach Epstein Gallery in
the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. An evening of
conversation with Deanna Sperka begins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May
20; an evening of conversation with Howard Weingarden takes
place Thursday, May 22. (248) 432-5448.
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