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Telling tales: The Moth marks a year of storytelling with a grand slam

By Phreddy Wischusen

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts

Every first Thursday of the month, a line of people in downtown Detroit — black, white, brown, young and old, professionals and the unemployed — stretches from the door of Cliff Bell's out to the Park Bar and then east along Elizabeth Street toward Woodward Avenue. Through rain, snow and...[MORE]

French connection : One Paris resident's daring gamble — visiting Detroit in search of a career as a stuntman

By Michael Walton

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts

It sounds strange to hear someone say they would trade a life in Paris for a life in Detroit, but Alex Black would. "I can't stand being back in this fucked-up country," the Paris native says, via Facebook chat, of his recent return to France.  Alex is a stuntman who has worked countless...[MORE]

Dancing back: Aku Kodogo sees her hometown anew

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

The dream of becoming a dancer led Aku Kadogo away from Detroit a year after graduating from Cass Tech High School. After more than three decades of achieving that dream and numerous others — more than most would dare to dream — she returned home to teach another generation what she had ...[MORE]

Watching the Detectives: Our distaff duo takes a theatrical turn at the Ringwald Theater

By D'Anne, Laura Witkowski

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

While rain poured down on (but hardly slowed down) the proud homos at Motor City Pride, the Wonder Twins ducked into the Ringwald, Ferndale's go-to spot for campy independent theater, to get an eyeful of some foxy ladies, specifically the ladies in Code Foxy: Man Down. Laura: I love the Ringwald Th...[MORE]

Scale the night(mare): A Holocaust retelling unlike any other

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 4/28/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

On a recent weekend night in Detroit, the stairs leading down to the cavernous Studio Theatre on Wayne State University's campus might've appeared cinematically staged. Dank and dark, a chilly wind caressed theatergoers' necks the whole way down, with soggy moss patches bubbling from the cracked con...[MORE]

Opera made to look easy: The rise, fall and proud return of a Detroit diva

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 3/31/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Opera

Kimwana Doner is sitting in a lounge atop the Detroit Opera House, and her posture is perfect. She's talking eloquently of a whore and a stalker. The city's northern skyline is splayed out below, juxtaposing the park where the Tigers play and the barren expanse just beyond it.  "Take Flora,&qu...[MORE]

White lies: It's merely a question of color

By Khary Kimani Turner

Published: 3/24/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

The noted multimedia engineer, choreographer and director Lumumba Reynolds had a considerable revelation last August. It struck when he noticed a noticeably dissatisfied-looking woman who'd come to see a production of Passing, the acclaimed play from Detroit-born playwright Dara Frazier-Harper. Insi...[MORE]

The Chase comes to an end: More cash for local life-changers

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 2/3/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts

Two weeks ago we looked at four metro-Detroit organizations competing for a cool million, thanks to an innovative, Facebook-fueled grant giveaway ("Chasing the buck," Jan. 13). Facebook votes propelled Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Friendship Circle and Sikhcess, both from West Bloomfie...[MORE]

We're all mad here: Feed your head down in Wonderland

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

It's true, in the world of party and event promotion — from abandoned warehouse to black-tie ballroom — skepticism abounds, and for good reason. Aside from the usual money, cop and safety issues, the hype rarely lives up to the evening's reality and a lame party is still a lame party, ev...[MORE]

Mobsters, music ... and magic: It’s Jersey Boys at the Fisher Theatre!

By Bill Holdship

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

It took a long time for Jersey Boys, the Tony-winning Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, to finally hit Detroit — four years after its Broadway debut, to be exact, and three years after its first touring company hit the road. Often when a touring production is already t...[MORE]

From Russia with ill-fated love: WSU theater geeks bring Moscow to the Cass Corridor

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 12/16/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Comrades, we've good news coming out of the state education sector this week. For the past nine years, the rupturing of higher-learning institutions has progressed with budget cuts, tuition hikes and the elimination of programs such as the Michigan Promise Scholarship.  During this time, Wayne Stat...[MORE]

Groovy!: A musical version of Sam Raimi's sidesplitting horror flick bathes Ferndale in blood

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/28/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Be advised, things get messy in Evil Dead: The Musical, a wild night of theatrical chills and subversive musical thrills where the laughs are as plentiful as the gore. If the front three rows of patrons decked in plastic ponchos weren't a strong enough clue, several signs taped up in the Ringwald Th...[MORE]

Mike Birbiglia: Putting punch lines to sleep

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/23/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Comedy

Around this time last year, I was headed up to Michigan wine country with an iPod full of This American Life episodes. No, I wasn't driving a faux-wood-paneled station wagon sipping Earl Grey, but I might as well have been. Have a laugh. Anyway, if you have yet to tune into TAL (Sundays at 11 a.m. o...[MORE]

Abreact Performance Space: 'There once was a little theater ...'

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Here's a Detroit story if there ever was one: It's the tale of a little theater that could, did, got booted, went nomad and, just recently, setup a new home. Founded in 2000, the Abreact Performance Space first existed on the second floor of Bricktown's Boydell Building, where co-founder Chuck Reyno...[MORE]

Detroit Fly House: What's that in the air?

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts

Just about a year ago, on some autumn Sunday afternoon, Micha Adams woke up with the urge to do something she'd never done before: learn how to rock the trapeze. It was the only thing she could talk about on the way to brunch at Royal Oak's Inn Season Café that day. And that's where she had a serend...[MORE]

It ain't anger!: The infuriated Lewis Black is only telling the truth. Just ask him.

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/22/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Comedy

First Lenny Bruce, then George Carlin and now Lewis Black — America continues to rely on comedians to cut through heaps of steaming bullshit (much of which is spouted from our nation's capital). If a comedian's agenda is truth and they can circumvent the cheap transfer of pop-cult baggage, the...[MORE]

Take your best shot: A no-compromising crew of creatives defines Detroit through its architecture and music

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 6/24/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts

Back in 2006, Parisian indie filmmaker Vincent Moon (born Mathieu Saura) launched La Blogothèque, a website dedicated to exposing indie rock's elite with intimate music videos. The site has since built a sizable cult following, thanks in large part to the popular Les Concerts à Emporter (Take-Away S...[MORE]

On track: Mainlining at the Ringwald

By Corey Hall

Published: 6/10/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Filth, depravity and addiction make for a fun date night, as readily proven by the Ringwald's infectious new production — a play adapted from the novel, made famous as a film. Trainspotting is caught in a loop of weird nostalgia — set in the '80s but trapped forever in our minds as the s...[MORE]

We got the keys: A black politician goes back to the hood to rise to power

By Michael Jackman

Published: 1/21/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

In a bit of impeccable timing, August Wilson's last play, about an African-American running for office, is getting its first Michigan staging at the Detroit Repertory Theatre the week of the Obama inauguration. Wilson, who racked up Pulitzer, Tony and Drama Desk awards for his plays on the 20t...[MORE]

Ring-a-ding-ding!: An excellent tribute to Frank, Dino, Sammy and Joey

By Bill Holdship

Published: 12/10/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

How can one not at least appreciate a show that kicks off with the disembodied voice of late comedian Buddy Hackett (whose son co-produced this production) playing God and ordering the legendary Rat Pack — the quartet consisting of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop th...[MORE]

Serious comedy: Ferndale improvisers ditch the script and just go with it

By Corey Hall

Published: 12/3/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Comedy

Need a chuckle? As the state, the region and the nation tiptoe 'round the rim of a deep financial abyss, a merry band of rebels in downtown Ferndale is staring down the darkness and thumbing their noses at it. The spanking new Go Comedy! Improv Theater is a full-time professional comedy venue...[MORE]

Curtains: Zeitgeist to close after 11 years

By Chris Handyside

Published: 11/5/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Along a desolate-looking strip of Michigan Avenue, off the beaten path of nearby Corktown, along a strip of industrial buildings, sits the Zeitgeist — a gallery and performance space that, for the last 11 years, has been a mecca for the aesthetically avant-garde, the challenging and the underground ...[MORE]

Stand-up biography: Native Detroit Elaine Stritch acts out a life well-lived

By Norene Cashen

Published: 10/29/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Pablo Picasso said, "It takes a long time to become young." And Elaine Stritch proves him right. At 82, the actor, singer and Broadway legend sees the world with wisdom, humor and simple wonder. And that's what makes her Emmy- and Tony Award-winning one-woman play, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, n...[MORE]

Power of Will

By Khary Kimani Turner

Published: 9/10/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Hip-hop culture : It's both phenomenal and homogenized, and its fans are jaded. But it may be that way because too few of us push hard enough to locate people like Will Power. The San Francisco-bred hip-hop head was raised in a gumbo of activism, art and education. And his performance style c...[MORE]

The greatest theorem ever told : London calling with a new multimedia performance in Ann Arbor

By Norene Cashen

Published: 9/10/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

In a world of zeroes and infinities, where does one find unity and love? Certainly not in a lecture hall where mathematicians try to map the mystical dance of numbers behind string theory. This is no place for creativity and romance. Or is it?A lecture hall is the setting in the opening scene of...[MORE]

Method to madness: Behind the scenes with Malcolm Tulip, our best and most bewildering clown

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 8/13/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

The theater lights dim and a casual crowd in linen and sandals finds its seats, winding up conversations about cancer treatments that aren't working and where they're going for dinner. As rear ends wriggle then settle across the room, images flash onto a shabby curtain: a double-decker bus, anatomic...[MORE]

Survivors: When concentration camp prisoners become cannibals

By Michael Jackman

Published: 8/6/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

In popular culture, perhaps no historical event gets as uniform a treatment as the Holocaust. From big-budget film to off-Broadway play, concentration camp stories carefully trace the grim outlines of Nazi brutality: the imprisoning, enslaving and butchering of mostly hapless prisoners. In thes...[MORE]

Acting up: Renaissance man Jeff Daniels on his plays, music and his upcoming appearance in Detroit

By Norene Cashen

Published: 7/23/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

You may have seen him in recent television spots for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, touting the Mitten State as a good place to start a business. Or you may have caught him at a local venue, strumming his acoustic guitar and singing original folk-blues tunes. If not there, then surel...[MORE]

C'est cool!: Expect the unexpected at Windsor's first fringe fest ever

By Ron Stang

Published: 7/16/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

For Sandra J of the Montreal folk-pop band You & Me, impressions of the Windsor-Detroit divide come from the film Bowling for Columbine. "It's funny, Michael Moore, I have him in my head. He's standing in Detroit looking over at Windsor saying, 'Let's go over to Windsor! People are so ...[MORE]

A Beckett scholar in Mexicantown: A chief inspiration for Matrix Theatre's Shaun Nethercott

By Norene Cashen

Published: 7/2/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

For local dramatist Shaun Nethercott, the plot of a play — whether involving personal triumph or lost love — isn't necessarily what live theater is all about. She's less interested in what happens, per se, than the mechanics of how a play works or the real-life lessons audiences co...[MORE]

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