Arts & Entertainment
reliance on popular culture for its
imagery. Advertising, Hollywood, news-
The Ark in Ann Arbor presents a week of top-
papers and current events all served as
notch musical talent this coming week.
fodder for the Pop artist.
First up is singer-songwriter John Prine, who
The movement's core group of artists
makes his way to the Michigan Theater in Ann
— including Andy Warhol, Claes
Arbor 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, in a performance in
Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Tom
support of Fair and Square, his first studio recording Wesselmann and Pop's most notable
since 1995.He promises "a homey affair that draws
Jewish artist,-Roy Lichtenstein — saw
generously from the palette of traditional American
themselves as breaking away from the
music." Louisiana songwriter Mary Gauthier opens.
Abstract Expressionist movement to a style that
incorporated hard-edged graphic techniques and
Back at the Ark on Main Street, renowned Jewish
styles that encouraged a fresh look at the contempo-
bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman jams with
rary scene. Their works delivered an often shocking
Charlottesville's Old School Freight Train, a group
new perception of the
forging a new music blending bluegrass, jazz, Celtic,
visual, cultural and com-
classical, Afro-Cuban and rhythm-and-blues sounds,
mercial icons of the
8 p.m. Monday, June 6, $35; Loudon Wainwright
III, one of folk music's greatest lyricists (and proud
From June 5-Sept. 25,
father of Rufus) takes the stage 8 p.m. Wednesday,
the University of
June 8, $20; and Grammy-nominated Western
Michigan Museum of
swing band Asleep at the Wheel, led by Jewish
Art in Ann Arbor
frontman Ray Benson, performs 8 p.m. Thursday,
explores this movement
June 9, $30.
in an exhibit of more
For more information, call (734) 761-1451 or go
than 100 works titled
UMMA!s holdings ofPop
prints will be augmented
Primarily associated with American artists in the
by paintings and other
• "Finger Pointing," on
1960s, Pop Art as a formal movement actually
works from noted public
display at UMMA's
began in Britain in the mid-1950s, named for its
and private collections,
Special to the Jewish News
Vartan's late father was born in Bulgaria, but
grew up in France. Michael's mother is an
American Jew (of Polish Jewish descent). The
actor's parents divorced when he was a small
child, and he was raised in France and the United
States. (It's still unclear whether Vartan's late
father was Jewish).
VARTAN, who co-
stars in TV's Alias,
and currently can be
seen in the screen hit
recently said this in
Newsweek about his
"The funny thing is
I'm actually a Polish
Jew who happens to
be born in France.
My mom is Polish,
and my dad is
Bulgarian. I don't have an ounce of French
blood. But I work it."
Former Friends star LISA
KUDROW returns to
TV June 5 in the HBO
series Comeback, playing
a former TV star who is
reduced to being in a
reality series featuring
her home life, hoping
that it will secure a part
in a new TV sitcom. She
succeeds in getting the
sitcom, but her role is
much smaller than she was
led to believe.
Kudrow is the co-writer of Comeback. One her
including the Andy Warhol Museum in
Pittsburgh and the Roy Lichtenstein
Foundation in New York.
Guided tours of the exhibit will be
given 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19, and 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 30. A video profile of
Lichtenstein and his work will be shown
12:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 8.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursdays and 12-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is
free; $5 donation is requested. (734) 763-8662 or
You don't need to travel to New York to see a pro-
duction of Sweet Charity, where Tony-nominated
actress Christina Applegate is performing on
Broadway while nursing a broken foot she injured
during out-of-town tryouts.
Just head over to Bloomfield Hills, where St.
Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook stages the
musical, on its indoor stage, 8 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays, June 3-17. There will be an additional
performance 8 p.m. Sunday, June 18.
Originally conceived and directed by Bob Fosse
for Gwen Verdon, the musical features a book by
Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by
Dorothy Fields, to such tunes as "Big Spender" and
"If My Friends Could See Me Now."
co-stars is LISA SILVERMAN, the sister of come-
dian SARAH SILVERMAN.
Something To Crowe About
Opening June 3 is Ron Howard's PG-13 rated
blockbuster Cinderella Man (see a story about the
film and a book of the same title in this week's Arts
& Entertainment section).
The film stars Russell Crowe as James J.
Braddock, who won the heavyweight boxing cham-
pionship in 1935 when he upset heavyweight cham-
pion Max Baer.
In an interesting sidelight, Crowe was making
Cinderella Man in Toronto when Canadian
papers all carried the story of the firebombing of
the library of a Jewish school in Montreal.
Crowe called the school to express his shock and
made a donation to the rebuilding fund. (The
teenage arsonist is now in jail, and the library
has been rebuilt).
Knack Coming Back
On Thursday, June 2, NBC begins a new, three-
week reality series called Hit Me, Baby, One More
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