February 12-21, 2003 

12 WED • THEATER The Foreigner Who knew social phobia could be so hilarious? Written by the late playwright Larry Shue, this funny tale of an old Englishman who finds himself stranded in a Georgia fishing lodge takes audiences through adventures in trickery and guise. Starring Ted Raimi ("Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules: The Legend Continues"), this clever tale of a Brit who feigns to be a foreigner with no English skills evokes madcap, seat-shifting roars of laughter. At Meadow Brook Theatre (Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester). Call 248-377-3300 for further info.

13 THU & 15 SAT OPERA A Bayou Legend For two nights only, the Great Lakes Lyric Opera brings African-American composer William Grant Still’s musical drama of the Deep South to life. A Bayou Legend pits voodoo against Christianity in a love story that’s complete with the requisite lies and deceptions. Principal singers include (pictured, from left) Leslie Hill as the Deacon, Ivan Griffin as Father L’estant and Celeste Headlee as the First Lady. Performances are at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Thursday, tickets $20, 313-494-5869) and the Southfield Centre for the Arts (Saturday, tickets $12, 248-354-9603) — 7:30 p.m. both dates. For more info go to gllo@comcast.net or call 248-547-2027.

 

14-21 FRI-FRI ART The Members’ Invitational Don’t think you have time for art? Pshaw, we say. Wake up early, stay out late, bring the kids, forget to feed the cat — do whatever you have to do to get yourself down to the Detroit Artist’s Market. Remaining open for 168 straight hours (yes, an entire week) and manned by enthusiastic DAM members, guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase a variety of art and talk with the artists themselves. The time is now. At the Detroit Artists Market (4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit). Call 313-832-8540 for further lowdown.

14 FRI • MUSIC The Pretenders Colloquially speaking, Chrissie Hynde is the man. A songwriting genius and all-around musician’s musician, Hynde and the Pretenders are a staple in any rock ’n’ roll diet. Their new music, as solid as classic hits like "Brass in Pocket" and "Middle of the Road," epitomizes this band’s DIY ethos of years gone by. Plus, we hear she recently helped to remove a certain dipshit lead singer of Hole from hero Joe Strummer’s funeral. Go get ’em, Chrissie! At the Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor.) Call 734-668-8480 for more information.

15 & 16 SAT-SUN DANCE Dragon Tree, Waterfall, Tea Imagine a dancer pirouetting underneath a streaming waterfall, or careening among a lush garden of flowers and greenery. In a new site-specific dance choreographed by Jessica Fogel of the Ann Arbor Dance Works, this inspiringly organic and fresh form of expression, which takes place in lush botanical gardens, is a piquant combination of nature and motion. At the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor). Call 734-426-3912 for more information.

18 TUE • MUSIC Paul Weller Rock ’n’ roll icon Paul Weller, former front man of the Jam, will forever be one of the most beloved rock figures. From his high-flying Townshend-esque stage presence to a later matriculation into sophisticated jazz-pop with the band Style Council, Weller has not only helped to change the face of modern music, but has bridged the gap between genres and followings. Known as the music father of British trad rock, Weller and his musings are good stuff, man. Buy your tickets now. At the State Theatre (2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit). Call 313-961-5450 for further information.

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