University Musical Society presents William
Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, the
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and U-M professor's
25-year project, setting 46 William Blake poems to
music, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Hill Auditorium
in Ann Arbor. The University Symphony Orchestra
joins the U-M Choral Union, U-M Choirs and more
than 15 soloists from the classical, operatic and pop
realms, all under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, in
celebrating the re-opening of Hill Auditorium. $10-
$65. (734) 764-2538.
Grammy-winners all, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and
Missy Elliott, contributing their R&B and hip-hop
sounds to the "Ladies First Tour 2004," appear 7
p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Palace of Auburn
Hills. $68.50-$78.50. (248) 645-6666.
Hillel at the University of Michigan co-hosts
singer/pianist Ben Folds 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April
3, at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Doors at 6:30
p.m. $20-$35. (734) 763-TKTS.
Psychedelic, blues-inspired band Ekoostik
Hookah takes the stage at the Michigan Theater, as
part of Ann Arbor's annual Hash Bash celebration,
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3. All ages welcome.
$18.75. (248) 645-6666.
The indie rockers of Phantom Planet, featuring
drummer/actor Jason Schwartzman, guitarist/vocal-
ist Alex Greenwald, guitarist/vocalist Jacques
Brautbar, bassist/vocalist Sam Farrar and guitarist
Darren Robinson, perform in support of
THE BIG SCREEN
their new, self-titled album Sunday, April
The Roseville Theatre hosts the Midwest
4, at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit. Doors
of the award-winning feature film
at 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. $9.89.
Happens (Memories of
Aging Strippers), an intertwining story of
Rock and soul star Michael McDonald
three very different women —an elderly
highlights selections from his Motown CD
Holocaust survivor and Nobel-Prize win-
7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4, at Detroit's
ning author, a repressed college professor
Music Hall Center for the Performing
Arts & Lift Editor
fascinated by the striptease and a Bronx-
Arts. $48-$78. (248) 645-6666.
born stripper — who fall in love with each
The Ark in Ann Arbor hosts the
other. The film is an official selection of the Warsaw
Seventh Annual Mr. B's Blues and Boogie Piano
International Jewish Film Festival, running April 17-27
Celebration, 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m.
in Poland. The film screens 7:30 p.m. Mondays-
Sunday, April 3-4, $27.50; international acoustic
and 4:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, April 7-27,
folk group Mozaik, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, $17.50;
28325 Utica Rd. at Gratiot (between 11
musical storytellers Nerissa and Katryna Nields, 8
$5/for mature audiences only.
p.m. Thursday, April 8, $13.50; and singer-song- •
writer Peter Mulvey, 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, $13.50.
Providing a live soundtrack to silent films, The Alloy
Orchestra accompanies Buster Keaton's The General
Percussionist T.S. Monk presents Monk on
(1926), 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, and 3 p.m. Sunday,
Monk Too, as he leads a 10-piece band in newly
11; Charles Vanel's Dans La Nuit (1929), 7:30
discovered compositions by his legendary father, as
April 10; and Harold Lloyd's Speedy
well as classics like "Round Midnight," 8 p.m.
Sunday, April, 11, at the Detroit Film
Thursday, April 8, in a Paradise Jazz Series concert
$8-$10. (313) 833-3237.
at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
in Ann Arbor hosts
$18-$85. (313) 576-5111.
filmmaker/actor Lloyd Kaufrnan (author of Make Your
Own Damn Movie; St. Martin's Press; 2003) as he
some of his films from Troma Entertainment
ON THE STAGE
Friday and Saturday, April 9-10: The Toxic Avenger
WSU's Studio Theatre presents Tadeusz
(9:30 p.m. Friday, April 9), Citizen Toxie: The Toxic
Glowacki's Antigone in New York, a play that
Avenger IV (11:30 p.m. Friday, April 4) and Cannibal!
explores the condition of "homelessness" through a
The Musical (9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10). Info: Call
group of friends living in Manhattan, April 8-17.
Call for show times. $6-$8. (313) 577-2972.
Special to the Jewish News
In this month's Modern Maturi t y, Billy
Crystal relates that Louis Armstrong
came to a seder at Billy's childhood
home. He was a guest of Billy's uncle,
the famous music producer Mile
Gabler. Armstrong, of course, was
noted for his very raspy voice. Billy's
grandmother came up to Armstrong
and said, "Louis, have you ever tried
just clearing your throat, just coughing
Meanwhile, Martha Stewart may be
headed for the slammer = but she's
still on TV's Food Network. Stewart,
Nate Bloom is the Oakland,
Calif -based editor of www.jewhoo.com.
Jewish celeb chef Joan Nathan and
Wolfgang Puck (who has a Jewish
wife) are dispensing Passover recipes all
over the FN through April 8. Go to
www.foodnetwork.com and enter
"Passover" in the search engine you'll
pick up 55 varied recipes and show
times for remaining episodes. And
remember, kids, hiding the afikomen is
not an SEC violation.
The baseball season begins this week.
Here's a roundup of this year's Jewish
players, prepared with the help of
Jewish Sports Review.
Shawn Green, the star L.A. Dodgers
right-fielder, is looking to come back
from a disappointing 2003 season
hampered by knee problems. Last
January, Green was honored as one of
the winners of the Hank Greenberg
Sportsmanship Award, given by the
American Jewish Historical Society.
Other Jewish MLB players include
reliever Al Levine, who went to the
Detroit Tigers in the off-season; out-
fielder Gabe Kapler, who had a late
season surge that secured him a place
on the BoSox roster; and veteran
catcher Brad Ausmus, who anchors
the Houston Astros again (Ausmus is
Jewish on his mother's side).
Also Jewish on their mother's side are
pitchers Scott Schoeneweis, a leftie
reliever who is playing for the White
Sox this year, and Pirates pitcher John
Grabow, who made an amazing 2003
comeback. Pitcher Jason Marquis, who
was traded to St. Louis in the off-sea-
son, looks to mount a comeback from
his lousy 2003 showing with Atlanta.
Finally, Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal,
who is Jewish on his father's side, hopes to
repeat his great 2003 season.
Elijah Wood, who isn't Jewish but is a
mega-star due to the Lord of the Rings
series, has signed to play the lead in
the film version of Jonathan Safran
Foer's award-winning novel, Everything
is Illuminatec4 about a young
American Jew's visit to his ancestors'
home in the Ukraine. Actor Liev
Schreiber, who is Jewish on his moth-
er's side, is making his directorial
debut with this flick.
Alicia Silverstone's series, Miss Match,
has been put on hiatus following disap-
pointing ratings. NBC promises it will be
brought back later this spring, but it
appears to be on a ratings deathwatch.
Meanwhile, Silverstone opens this week in
the kiddie movie, Scooby Do 2. More
promising is Alicia's co-starring role' (oppo-
site Queen Lafitah) in the upcoming The
Beauty Shop, a sequel to the hit Mk-an-
American film The Barber Shop.
Also opening today is Hellboy, a
touted- "blockbuster." This flick from a
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