Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 6:10pm
Frita Batidos

I’m not the obvious candidate to write a blurb about Ann Arbor’s “Best Burger.” I am, after all, a vegetarian, and have been for essentially the entire time I’ve lived in Ann Arbor. So maybe not the best qualified to judge the delectability of a beef sandwich. But I have something else to offer, something less orthodox that maybe someone without my background wouldn’t think to mention.

The Black Bean Burger.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 9:30pm
Robert Mapplethorpe

This interplay of movement and light sustained the emotional state of the show throughout: A particularly striking effect featured a bar of searing white light descending from the ceiling, as if for a moment heaven opened up. In lieu of an overt narrative arc, the audience was thus presented with fleeting impressions and emotionally resonant scenes which feel as if they lead naturally from one to another but are difficult to string together into a plot.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:29pm
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

To do true justice to the theme one would really need to dedicate an entire festival to minimalism itself, rather than one concert as part of a larger festival — but under the circumstances the DSO and Music Director Laurate Leonard Slatkin have done reasonably well with the programming.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:57pm
Dayton, on juxtaposition

Much of the concert functioned like a study in contrasts. Often the quartet would lock into a tight and controlled pattern, almost hocket-like, providing a backdrop for Zenón to improvise fluid and athletic lines above, below, around and within the quartet’s music, the rigidity of the quartet starkly different from the saxophone line.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12:52pm
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What it’s about is The City. And the traumas of war, and the isolating nature of pain, and homelessness and cars and ingratitude. But mostly The City.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 2:18pm
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Whole stretches of the piece careen from idea to idea, tripping over themselves, spinning head over heels as each successive moment is interrupted by the next in a chaotic display of fireworks.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:56pm
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Rather than opening with a standard-fare concert, theatre or dance performance, the arts presenter opted instead for a hybrid film screening/orchestral performance, free of charge for anyone who could make it into Hill Auditorium.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 5:06pm
Strange Beautiful Music

It was a wild, wacky amalgamation of all of the vaguely out-there music being made around Detroit, and a beautiful reflection of the artistic diversity of the city.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 5:41pm
Christopher Cerrone

Art never really exists in a vacuum. It may not always be obvious, but each artistic creation fits somewhere in the constellation of human experience, drawn from and given meaning by the array of stars surrounding it. Whether the connections are made explicit by the artist, implicit in the work or simply in the mind of the spectator, there is always some link in the vast network.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:24pm
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It’s difficult to describe Danilo Brito's expression when he plays. His face seems to go through subtle emotional shifts as the music progresses: One moment nostalgic, the next joyful, the Brazilian mandolinist slips between different states almost imperceptibly. If you weren’t paying close attention you might not even notice. But whatever the state may be at any given time, one thing Brito’s face will always express is a profound sense of being at ease. No matter how hard the music is — and some of what he plays really is fiendishly difficult — he always looks relaxed.