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Arts & Entertainment

About

Cabaret Cache

Ann Arbor power couple pianist-compos-
er William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano
Joan Morris have performed together
for more than 30 years, throughout the
United States and Canada as well as
abroad. The pair have recorded more than
two dozens albums together. In February
2006, Pulitzer Prize winner Bolcom took
home three Grammy Awards, includ-
ing Best Classical Album for Songs of
InnocenCe and Experience.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Bolcom and
Morris return to the Birmingham Temple
as part of
the temple's
Vivace Music
Series. They
will perform
a selection
of cabaret
William Bolcom and
songs and
Joan Morris
ragtime as
well as Bolcom's own compositions. Their
repertoire covers more than 100 years of
popular music from composers as diverse
as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Charles
Ives and Leiber and Stoller, as well as
Bolcom's cabaret songs with poet-lyricist
Arnold Weinstein.
An afterglow with the artists follows the
concert. The temple is located at 28611

W. 12 Mile Road, in Farmington Hills.
Tickets are $21 general admission and
$18 for students and seniors. Group rates
are available. For information or to order
tickets, call Joyce Cheresh, (248) 788-9338,
or Ann Sipher, (248) 661-1348.

ning performances on May land June 11).
back together by attempting the ultimate
Loren Bass, a veteran of more than
test of endurance — to swim the English
20 years on stages in New York and
Channel — and in turn cements a broken
Los Angeles, plays aging actor Robert.
relationship with his grownup son.
The Jewish performer, a Detroit native,
The film was written by Welshman Alex
appeared in JET's production of A Dybbuk
Rose
and directed by 44-year-old British
for Two People.
filmmaker
Gaby Dellal.
Performance Network's associate artistic
"My
father
is an Iraqi Jew who grew
director, David Wolber takes the role of the
A unique and humorous study of the
up
in
Manchester'
,' Dellal told New York's
younger actor, John. The play is directed
Jewish
Week.
"My
mother is a Polish Jew
shifting relationship between a young
by John Seibert. The design team includes
who
grew
up
in
Palestine.
So I'm one of
actor and an established theater veteran
Monaca Essen (sets/props), Suzanne Hanna
who becomes his mentor, A Life
those
half-Ashkenazi,
half
Sephardic folks.
(costumes), Andrew Hungerford
I
was
born
and
grew
up
in
England.
I feel
in the Theatre is one of Jewish
(lighting) and William Meyers
very
Jewish,
but
also
very
English.
My
playwright David Mamet's early
(sound).
plays that helped cement his rep-
Performance Network is located mother would always say-to me, `You are a
Jew. Remember that!"
utation as an original American
at 120 E. Huron, in Ann Arbor.
Although the film's characters are
voice. The play premiered in 1977
Tickets are $20-$34.50. (734) 663-
Scottish
Christians, "I found the emotional
at Chicago's famed Goodman
0681 or www.performancenet-
father-son
stuff more resonant when I
Theatre.
David Mamet
work.org.
thought about it in a Jewish frame of
Mamet has written that this
mind',' Dellal said. "That is what attracted
play is "an attempt to look with love at an
me to the script in the first place — that
institution we all love, the theater, and at
and the relationship between the husband
the only component of that institution
In the comedy-drama On A Clear Day,
and wife
rated PG-13 and currently playing at the
[about whom our feelings are less simple],
Birmingham 8, Frank (Peter
The filmmaker, who is getting
the men and women of the theater — the
Mullan) is a hard-working
ready for the bar mitzvah of the
world's heartiest mayflies, whom we elect
middle of her three sons, would
55-year-old respected in his
and appoint to live out our dreams upon
like to make a film based on the
the stage!'
local community who suddenly
novel Disobedience, she said. It is
Ann Arbor's Performance Network
finds himself without a job.
about the Orthodox community in
Concealing his plans from his
mounts a production of Life 8 p.m.
Hendon, a London suburb. Fl
Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m.
wife, Joan (Brenda Blethyn),
Sundays, May 4-June 11 (there are no eve-
Frank determines to put his life Gaby Dellal

Mamet On Theater

Jewish Resonance

FYI: For Arts related events that you wish to have considered for Out & About, please send the item, with a detailed description of the event, times, dates, place, ticket prices and publishable phone number, to: Gail Zimmerman, JN Out
& About, The Jewish News, 29200 Northwestern Highway, Suite 110, Southfield, MI 48034; fax us at (248) 304-8885; or e-mail to gzimmerman@thejewishnews.com . Notice must be received at least three weeks before the scheduled
event. Photos are appreciated but cannot be returned. All events and dates listed in the Out & About column are subject to change.

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ning film Crash. She was born in
Iran and moved to California with her
M
Persian Jewish parents when she
was a small child.
On A Mission
Actor Shaun Toub, who
Mission: 'Impossible III,
played Soomekh's father in
starring Tom Cruise, opens
Crash, also is a Persian Jew.
Friday, May 5. It is the first
Meanwhile, Paramount
11 film directed by J.J. Abrams,
Pictures just signed Abrams
who co-created TV's Lost
to rescue its ailing Star Trek
and Alias. The film features
the very pretty Jewish actress Behar So omekh franchise. Abrams and Damon
Lindelof, the Jewish co-creator
Bahar Soomekh in the
of Lost, are putting together a new Star
smallish but pivotal role of Ms. Kari.
Trek movie about the early adventures
Soomekh, 31, is best known for her
of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. This pre-
role as the daughter of the Iranian
quel will open sometime in 2008.
Muslim storeowner in the Oscar-win-

I Nate Bloom
Special to the Jewish News

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It's possible that kos er
actors William Shatner
(Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy
(Spock) will appear, if the film
begins with these two now
elderly guys recalling the past.
But there's no word about that
yet.

The shows include vintage
interviews with Grouch°
Marx and Woody Allen.
As a bonus, Cavett will do a
brand-newinterview with Mel,
Brooks.

.

Mr. Smith Visits
Actor Will Smith and his wife
Jada Pinkett Smith, visited Israel in
April. Their appearance at the Western
Wall caused such a stir among fans tha
they accidentally disrupted a bar mitz-

Groucho Marx

Oldies But Greaties
Cable station Turner Classic Movies
has just announced that in September
it will rebroadcast interviews with 10
Hollywood legends that originally ran
on Dick Cavett's talk show of the 1960s
and '70s.

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