Wednesday • 9
Artist Faina Lerman’s works are often invited to hang in Detroit art exhibits, and this week, her gouache, pencil and ink works can be seen at This Week in Art — the only event in town that truly mixes the brews with the views. Enjoy Lerman’s organic and subtle offerings at the Motor City Brewing Works, 470 W. Canfield, Detroit; 313-832-2700.
Thursday-Monday • 10-14
The Far Side of the Moon
Canadian director Robert Lepage takes audiences on a dream-like excursion with his one-man production, The Far Side of the Moon. This multimedia work uses gee-whiz technological wizardry and a haunting score from Laurie Anderson to tell two tales — a history of the space race that riveted the United States in the ’60s and the story of two brothers who come together in the face of a personal loss. This production comes to Ann Arbor after a four-week run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., the only other stop on its 2005 tour. The Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538.
Friday-Saturday • 11-12
Enough time has passed since the 1982 prom for you to admit that you adore the band Air Supply. Sure, it used to be a bit epicene and lame to wave your “I ª Air Supply” flags, but now let’s just embrace the feeling. Enjoy tender jams and “flaccid rock” from the band whose prolific use of the word “love” will be hard to match (see “All Out of Love,” “Lost in Love,” “Making Love out of Nothing at All” and “The One That You Love”). Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-268-3200.
Friday-Saturday • 11-12
With coverage of the war in Iraq seeming more and more routine during the nightly news reports, it’s good to be reminded of the harrowing events still taking place every day in the Middle East. And the short play, Two Rooms, written by local playwright Lee Blessing, is the perfect way to reconnect. In the story, when terrorists take an American hostage, his wife back in the United States strips their room bare so she can, at least symbolically, share his ordeal. Call for times. 1515 Broadway, Detroit; 313-965-1515. Additional performances March 18 and 19.
Saturday • 12
Just Let Me Breathe 2005, with Shipwreck Union
Soulful Detroit singer-songwriter act Shipwreck Union will rock the house this weekend for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Let Me Breathe 2005 event. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. There’s no cure yet for the lung disease, but advances in technology have helped to add time to the lives of many CF carriers. Join Shipwreck Union and pals South Normal and Hellen, as they do their best to raise dough for this very deserving cause. St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Call Ticketmaster at 248-645-6666.
Saturday • 12
Telomere: New Work by Audra Wolowiec
Artist Audra Wolowiec’s latest works are all about disintegration. Her exhibit Telomere is named for the DNA sequence found at the end of each chromosome. Each time a cell divides, the telomere are shortened, causing us to age. Wolowiec’s multimedia installation explores the unavoidable phenomenon of aging, via video installation, performance art and sculpture. Artist reception, 7-10 p.m. at the Museum of New Art, 7 N. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-210-7560. Ends April 3.
Saturday • 12
If you associate Marilyn Crispell with volcanic piano pyrotechnics, you haven’t followed her in recent years. Her music has been turned inside out: The volume’s gone down, the silent pauses have grown; the lyricism remains, though it’s held in check, creating a kind of circumspect tension. Critics these days are more likely to draw comparisons to Bill Evans and Paul Bley than to recall her decade as part of the Anthony Braxton Quartet. “Imagine Jackson Pollock deciding he’d rather paint like Vermeer” was the way Adam Shatz described the change in The New York Times. Crispell performs a solo concert at 8 p.m. in Adray Auditorium, Henry Ford Community College, 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn; 313-845-9676.
Tuesday • 15
Images of the World by Monte Nagler
Cognoscenti agree that Ansel Adams had the vision and technical savvy to make his photographs sing, and Monte Nagler, a modern-day shooter, has similar sensibilities. His black-and-white photographs — taken in various locations around the globe — capture the beauty and heartbreak of everyday life. See Images of the World by Monte Nagler at Ave Maria Fine Art Gallery, Domino’s Farms, Lobby B, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr., Ann Arbor; 734-930-7514. Ends April 23.
TUESDAY • 15
Tomasz Stanko and Tim Berne
Heavies from two distant jazz scenes converge on Tree Town for one night, and in both gigs it’s not just the leaders who are the draw. At the Firefly, longtime ECM recording artist Tomasz Stanko appears with his current quartet. The Polish trumpeter’s young bandmates — Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewski — recently released their debut disc, Trio (ECM), a compelling collection of originals plus covers of Wayne Shorter, Bjork and Stanko. Meanwhile, saxophonist Tim Berne, stalwart of the downtown New York scene, is at Kerrytown Concert House with Acoustic Hard Cell. In that group, he’s supported by drummer Tom Rainey and former local luminary Craig Taborn on piano. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-769-2999. Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor; 734-665-9090.
Free White Flowering Dogwood Trees
As part of its Trees For America campaign, the National Arbor Day Foundation will give 10 free white flowering dogwood trees to each person who joins during the month of March. Foundation prez John Rosenow says, “White flowering dogwoods will add year-round beauty to your home and neighborhood. They have showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries which attract songbirds all winter long.” To become a member, please send a $10 contribution by March 31 to Ten Free Dogwood Trees, The National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE. 48410. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting (between May 1-31), and are guaranteed to grow or they’ll be replaced free.Send comments to [email protected]