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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
resents its annual Tchaikovsky
Spectacular, featuring the 1812
Overture performed with cannons and
fireworks, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Aug. 8-9, at Meadow Brook Music
Festival. $9-$55 advance/$14-$60 at
the door. (313) 576-5111.
In conjunction with a three-day
Festa Italiana, running 5:30 p.m.-
midnight Friday, noon-midnight
Saturday and 11 a.m.-midnight
Sunday at Freedom Hill County Park,
Sterling Heights' Freedom Hill
Amphitheatre presents Paul Anka,
7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1; Frankie
Valli and the Four Seasons with
Danny Marona, 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 2; and Al Martino and Sal
Richards, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.
$15-$55 single performances/$99 for
all three. Freedom Hill offers Crosby,
Stills and Nash 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 5, $25-$65. (248) 645-6666.
DTE Energy Music Theatre hosts
pop-rock artists John Mayer and
Counting Crows (with Jewish vocalist
Adam Duritz), 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2,
Chris Isaak with special guest Lisa
Marie Presley, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5,
$25-$45; heavy-metal icons Iron
Maiden, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6,
$30.50-$45.50; and Beatle legend
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band,
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, $19.50-
$37.50. (248) 645-6666.
The Ark in Ann Arbor welcomes
Irish songstress Karen Casey, 8 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 4, $15; western swing
band Asleep at the Wheel's Jewish
founder, Ray Benson, in his first solo
effort, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5,
$17.50; bluegrass musicians
comedy Much Ado About
the Kruger Brothers with
Nothing, runs 8 p.m.
New York bassist Joel
Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8
Landsberg, 8 p.m.
p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m.
Sundays through Aug. 10
Wednesday, Aug. 6,
$13.50; Cajun music group
at the Starr Jaycee Park, 13
Beausoleil with Michael
Mile Road between Crooks
Doucet, 8 p.m. Thursday,
and Main, in Royal Oak.
Aug. 7, $20; and folk/blues
$5-$20. (248) 988-1359.
Ridgedale Players in Troy
duo Matt Watroba and
GAIL ZIM MERMAN
Robert Jones, 8 p.m.
Arts 6 Ent ertainment
Friday, Aug. 8, $13.50.
Tempest, set in the 1960s
with a Gilligan's Island
theme, 8 p.m. Fridays and
The annual Great Lakes
Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 1-
Folk Festival, featuring Ralph Stanley
10. $11-$12. (248) 988-7049.
and more, runs Friday-Sunday, Aug.
Company of Ten, from St. Alban's,
8-10, in East Lansing. Free. Schedule:
England, mounts a production of
Alan Bennett's farcical comedy
Habeas Corpus 8 p.m. Friday and
ON THE STAGE
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1-
3, at the Baldwin Theatre in Royal
Waterworks Theatre Company's
Oak. $12. (248) 541-6430.
Shakespeare in the Park, featuring
professional performances of the
wo of six films being shown in the Cranbrook
Art Museum series 'Celebrity Photographers"
have Jewish themes.
A Candid Image: A Portrait of Erich Sathmon, which
will be shown 1 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 2 and 23, docu-
ments Salomon's work using a hidden camera and
explains how his imagery was cut short because of his
murder at Auschwitz.
Evgueni Khaldei: Photographer Under Stalin, which will
be shown 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, tells of the anti-
Semitism experienced by Khaldei throughout his career
and includes him in interviews and visits to historic sites as
he describes his projects.
"Taken together, these films make for a miniseries,"
says Elena Ivanova, curator of education at Cranbrook
Art Museum. "Although they are quite different, they
are both about social issues."
The Saloman film, the story of a creative person expe-
riencing devastating times in Germany, explores the intri-
cate ways in which he took his pictures. He pho-
tographed Von Hindenburg from a bathroom window
across from the presidential palace, and he hid his camera
in a music stand to capture Toscanini in performance.
The Khaldei film, with English subtitles, gives a
sense of 20th-century history as the photographer him-
self describes the times in which he worked. Just about
every Soviet political figure, artist and notable event of
his time passed through the lens of Khaldei's camera.
Paying the museum admission fee ($6 adults/$4 stu-
dents and seniors) covers seeing the films shown in con-
junction with the exhibit "Springsteen — Troubadour
of the Highway," on view through the end of August
and featuring lots of photos. (248) 645-3320.
— Suzanne Chessler
dedicated political and social activist.
Cranbrook, which has 40 acres of gardens and
includes Oriental and bog settings, offers self-
book written by Rabbi Balfour Brickner
guided tours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays
lends itself to a summer experience
and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. The Ford House,
offered by three landmark properties in
known for its native plants and vast open space,
is on view 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays
Finding God in the Garden: Backyard
and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Meadow Brook
Reflections on Life, Love and Compost (Back Bay
Hall, with 13 separate flower-
Books; $14.95) explores faith
ing segments, can be seen
by using plants as metaphors
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-
for the cycle of life in general
Saturdays and 11:30 a.m.-3
and encourages a closer exami-
nation of the most personal
Brickner's book, which
aspects of human existence as
moves from the Garden of
they relate to flowers and green-
Eden into his own yard and
defines God as the Master
"Glorious Gardens of the
Gardener, explores the effects
Historic Homes" invites tours of
of scientific discovery on both
Cranbrook House and Gardens
the enhancement of plants and
in Bloomfield Hills, the Edsel &
changes in religious thinking.
Eleanor Ford House in Grosse
"In building a garden, one
Pointe Shores and Meadow
tries to marry the nature of the
Brook Hall in Rochester — all
plant material with the canons
through Aug. 24.
of balance, design and good
"Discovering the lawfulness
taste," the rabbi writes.
of the universe, seeing its order-
"Rational thought and logic,
liness, is the one way we really
together with imagination and a
have to strengthen faith," writes GardenS at Meadow Brook Hall
good 'eye' on the part of the
Brickner, 77, who gardens in
landscape designer, play impor-
taut roles in the layout and development of any gar-
"Observing nature as it unfolds in a garden
den. One ought to design one's life the same way"
makes that crystal clear to anyone who makes
Garden tour tickets, at $20 for all three, can be
the effort to see it. The garden is a microcosm
arranged by calling Cranbrook, (248) 645-3147);
of our much larger world," says the rabbi, who
Ford House, (313) 884-4222; and/or Meadow
led urban congregations, including New York
Brook Hall, (248) 370-3140.
City's Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, and is a
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