Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Michigan Board of Cantors will perform songs created in the Motor City.
The Michigan Board of Cantors kicks off the Stephen Gottlieb Music Festival at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield Thursday, with Made in the Motor City, with songs created, written and recorded in the Motor City. The week-long celebration, with performances at the Berman and Jewish Community Center facilities in West Blooomfield and Oak Park, features Broadway and television star Tovah Feldshuh in the radio-style play, “Witches of Lublin,” and popular local band Fifty Amp Fuse in “Rock of Ages: The Jewish Side of Pop Music,” with award-winning music journalist Gary Graff. Additional performances include a patron night event with local singer/songwriter Ethan Daniel Davidson, a family concert with Marc Rossio and …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The week-long celebration of Jewish music and musicians begins May 9 at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield.
Broadway and television star Tovah Feldshuh and popular local band Fifty Amp Fuse headline this year's Stephen Gottlieb Music Festival, held May 9-19, at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield. Feldshuh performs May 12 in the radio-style play, “Witches of Lublin,” set in 18th century Poland, and the band is featured in “Rock of Ages: The Jewish Side of Pop Music,” with award-winning music journalist Gary Graff on May 18. The festival also includes whimsical, introspective interpretations about life from local artist, singer and songwriter Ethan Daniel Davidson, the fun and interactive energy of Marc Rossio in a family concert, and the Jewish “crossover music” of Mikey Pauker. The festival was named in memory of …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts will feature student dancers from five Michigan colleges and universities this weekend.
Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? Don't dismay: check out today's Weekend Spotlight: Our pick for today: Michigan Five: Choreographer Showcase Come back to West Bloomfield Patch on Tuesday for more weekend things to do in our Weekend Spotlight, or visit our events calendar.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
'Passing,' starring Mayowa Lisa Reynolds, opens Thursday at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts.
Issues of race, ethnicity, identity, class and interracial relationships come to the forefront in the latest production at West Bloomfield's Berman Center for the Performing Arts, the one-woman show Passing. Inspired by the true story of Minerva Roulhac, the play opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with additional shows scheduled all weekend long. Written by Dara Frazier-Harper and starring Detroit-area activist Mayowa Lisa Reynolds, the play follows the life of Roulhac, a woman adopted by a former slave in 19th century Florida. Though she's light-skinned — and her brother passes for white — Roulhac is raised in a close-knit African American community and goes on to live to 100 and raise eight, college-educated children. Dealing directly with …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
47 countries represented by 205 applicants at naturalization ceremony.
One by one they rose to swear their loyalty to the United States, from their seat in the Berman Center for the Performing Arts to their feet, from the past to the future. Over 200 Michigan residents from 47 countries were given American citizenship Friday during a naturalization ceremony held by the Michigan Secretary of State's (SOS) Office. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Detroit District Director Mick Dedvukaj helped call the ceremony to order by reading off where the residents emigrated from, including all six continents besides Antarctica. "I think almost everyone here can attest to the fact that America really provides opportunities that no other country in the world can provide," said Dedvukaj, "I think (citizenship) is …
Monday, October 1, 2012
'Croon' tour coming to West Bloomfield Nov. 1.
Crooners such as Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, and Leonard Cohen will be remembered at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 1 as part of baritone Todd Murray's appropriately-named cabaret show, Croon. "From the 1920s to the present, every decade is hit," said Murray, adding that to "croon" means to hum or sing softly, to sing popular songs in a soft sentimental manner, or to sing intimately with a microphone. A capacity audience of 500 may be expected at the Berman, Murray said, but he's used to the dichotomy after cutting his teeth as a cantor at a New York City synagogue in his young adulthood. Murray is not able to speak Hebrew and the Jewish culture threw his rural Pennsylvania roots for a curve. "When I went …