An Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe win-
ner, pianist/composer Marvin Hamlisch, joined by
the choral group the Vanguard Voices, performs a
concert benefiting Dearborn's Ford Community &
Performing Arts Center 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at
the center (located at 15801 Michigan Ave. at
Greenfield). $45-$55. (313) 943-2354.
ON THE STAGE
The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea
stages The Good Doctor, a composite of stories and
sketches written by playwright Neil Simon based on
earlier works of Russian master Anton Chekhov, 8
p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays
and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 20. $22.50-
$32.50. (734) 433-7673.
The University of Michigan School of Music
mounts a production of Guys and Dolls, based on
the stories of Damon Runyon, with music by Frank
Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows,
8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Oct. 9-12, at the Mendelssohn Theatre
in Ann Arbor. $8-$20. (734) 764-2538.
It's caustic and sardonic comedy at its best when
Jewish comics Lewis Black (The Daily Show with
John Stewart) and Dave Attell (Insomniac with Dave
Attell) team up for two shows at Ann Arbor's
Michigan Theater, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 4. $35. (248) 645-6666.
Joan Rivers takes the stage 6:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11,
at the Royal Oak Theatre. $35-$85.
THE ART SCENE
An eclectic group of artists who
occupy studios in the Pioneer Building
in Detroit (located at 2679 East
Grand Boulevard, one mile east of
Arts & Entertainment
Woodward Avenue and the second
building east of Russell Street) open
their spaces to the public 2-8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4. Visitors will have the opportunity
Former Detroiter Jackie Kallen, whose career as a
to talk with artists working in a wide variety of
boxing manager will soon be portrayed onscreen in
the film On the Ropes, returns home to sign copies
of her new book, Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Barbara Dorchen of
(revised edition), her guide to leading a successful
life and competing in a man's world, 7 p.m. Friday,
Marcia Freedman of
Oct. 10, at Borders, 30995 Orchard Lake Road in
Farmington Hills, (248) 737-0110; and 7 p.m.
Carole Kabrin of
Saturday, Oct. 11, at Borders, 43075 Crescent
Blvd., in Novi, (248) 347-0780.
Foster your creativity 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13,
at the Jewish Community Center in West
Bloomfield, with Creativity: Imagine That!, an
exploration into the creative process featuring
painter/sculptor Robert Schefinan, actor/director
Gillian Eaton and dancer/choreographer Mdat. The
Comics Lewis Black;
evening, presented by Joan Israel, a therapist in pri-
above, and Dave Attell,
vate practice, and public relations consultant Dorie
right, take the stage in
Shwedel, is part of the Third Annual Guest Artist
Ann Arbor tomorrow
Series sponsored by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.
$15. (248) 788-2900
A new generation of young executives in the
Detroit area is changing the face of f u ndraising,
coming up with ideas filled with pizzazz to raise
money for worthy causes.
A case in point is JARC, the 34-year-old
organization dedicated to enabling people with
disabilities to live dignified lives.
For its 23rd annual fundraiser, JARC is again
attracting prospective donors with a Broadway
play. This time it's Mamma
Mia!, the hit musical based
on the songs of famed pop
singing group ABBA.
Benefit performances are set
for Sunday, Nov. 2, at
Detroit's Fisher Theatre.
Mamma Mia! tells the
story of Sophia (Chirina
Kennedy), a young woman
getting married on a Greek
island. She invites three men JARC fundraisers Amy and Jeff
Schlussel, Amy Shapiro (Brian
from her mother Donna's
not pictured) and Craig
(Gabrielle Jones) past, hop-
ing to learn which is her real
Dearborn, Bobby Litwin of West Bloomfield
and Linda Soberman of Huntington Woods.
Admission and parking are free, and much of
the artwork will be available for purchase.
The Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham
hosts an exhibit titled Milton Avery: The
Legacy, a group of works created mostly in
the 1930s and '40s by the Jewish artist noted
for bridging regionalism and modernism,
Oct. 10-Nov. 21. (248) 642-3909.
After a very suc-
cessful first run in
Detroit, the musical
returns to the Fisher
where it plays
through Nov. 15.
The JARC event
is now the largest
fundraiser in the
state; it garnered
$1.2 million fiom
the 3,500 people
who attended last
year's benefit per-
"Our fimdraisers are aimed at a
younger crowd, those with a propensity
to help raise a lot of inoney in the future,
who are really motivated," said Craig
Erlich, 36, of Bloomfield Hills, chairman
of the Mamma Mia! committee and CEO
of Star Trax Events.
He said the "place to be is the pre-
glow party, to be held in the Fisher Building's Motor
City Grill. Nicknamed "Mamma's VIP Lounge" for
the day, the pre-glow is sponsored by Rock Financial,
whose chairman, Dan Gilbert, 41, of Franklin, is cur-
rent JARC president.
JARC vice presidents include Joanne Aronovitz of
Huntington Woods, Carol Kaczailder of Oak Park
and Robert Nusbaum of Franklin.
On Erlichs committee are Amy and Jeff Schlussel
of Huntington Woods and Amy and Brian Shapiro of
Mamma Mia! runs 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2
and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, Oct. 3-Nov. 15, at Detroit's Fisher
Theatre. $32.50-$72.50. (313) 872-1000.
Performances of Mamma Mia! that benefit
JARC take place 1:30 p.m. (sign-language inter-
preted) and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the
Fisher. The Young Adult Cocktail Party (ages 21-
40) runs 5-7 p.m. at Mamma's
(Motor City Grill) in the Fisher Building. Tickets
start at $60. For ticket information, call (248)
538-6610, Ext. 418, or go to vvww.jarc.org.
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