Thursday, February 14, 2008

One incredible weekend

The weekend of Feb. 21 has an amazing array of options for arts lovers. There is so much going on, I wish I could write two columns for that week.

Here's a sampling:

  • Riverwalk is opening "Miss Evers Boys" directed by Ken Beachler. It looks like an incredible production that I can't wait to see. It's a show that would have fit very well into the Stages of the Law ethics series. It's a dramatization of the Tuskegee Experiment--that horrible decision by our government to study what happened to black men who went untreated with syphilis. The men in the study thought they were being treated, but the doctors gave them placebos instead. Riverwalk describes this as a "warm, moving, surprisingly humorous play (that) explores social and ethical issues."
  • The MSU jazz faculty--a collection of incredibly talented, well-known musicians--are putting on a 40th birthday concert.
  • The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is performing their "Night at the Movies" concert. It's one of their pop series, designed to bring people into the orchestra hall who might otherwise find orchestra music intimidating. They'll play music from Harry Potter, Schindler's List, Magnificient Seven, Raiders of the Lost Ark, James Bond, and Star Wars.
  • Icarus Falling is opening its world premiere, "Tempting Fate." Local playwrights and IF company members Allan Ross and Robin Harris have each written one acts. Allan will be directing Robin's show and Robin will be directing Allan's show. They're in a new space where the Greenhouse Bistro in downtown Lansing used to be. It's right around the corner from BoarsHead on Washington Avenue.
  • It's also the final weekend for BoarsHead's "Murderers."
  • If you're into the blues, Harmonica Rocker Jason Ricci & New Blood will be performing at the Cadillac Club on Friday night as part of the Capital Area Blues Society series.
  • The MSU Theater Department is holding a DanceFest--and you will be able to read more about that one in my column next week.

And I'm betting there are several items I've left off that list.

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