Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Fine arts

Filling in the blanks


I was in one of the offices of the Walgreen Drama Center and picked up a newsletter - its headline caught my eye. The article was about the concept of "objectives" in acting. In theater, objectives are a specific way to think about a script. Also called "intentions," they're what a character aims, line by line, to get out of the person they're speaking to. An acting teacher I know asks her students to find infinitive verbs for their lines: to unsettle, to entice, to distract.

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Finding 'place' on State Street


Walking through the exhibition on display at State Street's Work Gallery is like rifling through the pages of a stranger's photo album. However, instead of just photographs, woodcut prints of landscapes, large graphic comics, cloth installations hung by black string and series of canvases with a few lines painted on them come to represent memories around the theme of "place."

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DSO brings Bach to Ann Arbor


Today, Bach fans will mark the composer's 323rd birthday. Also today, Christians will mark the death of Jesus Christ. That quirk of this year's early Easter calendar makes tonight's Hill Auditorium performance of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" especially timely. The choral piece that rocketed Bach into post-mortem popularity draws from the Gospel of Matthew's telling of Jesus's crucifixion and debuted on Good Friday in 1727 in Leipzig, Germany. The size and complexity of tonight's 7:30 p.m.

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A new spin on a Broadway blockbuster


Prepare yourself. When "The Full Monty" goes on tonight in the Power Center, there will be surprises - and no, not the partial nudity.

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Making art for the viewing public

At Rackham Auditorium last Thursday, the Beat-tradition poet Gary Snyder criticized fellow writers who lament the chore of getting work published and sold, as though publishing their work were beside the point.
"Well, they just haven't thought it through - not in an artistic sense and not in a spiritual sense," the 78-year-old poet declared. "Karl (Pohrt, the founder and owner of Shaman Drum Bookshop) and his work are as much a part of it as any other step in the process."

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The body's second brain


Homer once wrote, "The belly is the commanding part of the body," and he was right. It aches when we're sick, drops when we're shocked, fills with butterflies when we're nervous, but moves freely when we dance. This is something Oriental dancer, choreographer and teacher Leila Haddad understands. Haddad will make her Ann Arbor debut tonight at the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

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An Unlikely Art


Controversial and diverse art show comes to A2

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