It's been 25 years since Mr. B, Steve Nardella, and George Bedard played together as members of the Steve Nardella Band. Since then, each has gone on to make his own mark. They get back together Saturday night for a show that no fan of American jazz should miss. The past six annual concerts have been standing room only so get there early. 8 p.m., Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley. Saturday, May 31, 2008, Tickets $20 at the door only. 665-9090.
Even The Play Ground has to get out now and then. As soon as spring arrives (though lately we are somewhat dubious that it has) we head to Barton Pond or Gallup Park with our binoculars to see what is flying about and passing through.
Springtime is a good time to mosey over to Chelsea, take a walk around, check out the art galleries and shops, maybe have a meal at The Common Grill and see a play at The Purple Rose Theatre. "Growing Pretty" by Carey Crim and directed by Michelle Mountain is the world premiere of this coming-of-age tale about a girl who dreams of becoming a supermodel. When her mom steals the love of her life, the girl has to navigate, alone, the difficult path of becoming an artist. Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets in advance and at the door-through May 31. 433-7673.
“Jimmy had soul way back when people weren't using the word,” observed Ray Charles. Legendary 84-year-old jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott is a male soprano who has influenced Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli and Lou Reed, to name a few. Scott's singing has a high piercing quality that's the result of a hereditary hormonal deficiency that kept his voice from developing beyond boyhood. "He sings with the melodic concept of an instrument," says Quincy Jones, who was a trumpeter with Lionel Hampton's band when Scott made his debut as a vocalist with Hampton in 1949. "He'd put me on my knees, give me goose bumps." Go get goose bumps yourself. Friday, May 9, 8pm. The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15.
Did you know that the Guarneri String Quartet is retiring at the completion of the 2008-09 season after a remarkable 45 years? So, it is quite exciting that Ann Arbor is on their schedule as they collaborate for the first time with the Johannes Quartet, an ensemble comprised of top-notch orchestra musicians who carve out time from their busy careers for chamber music. Both the Guarneri and Johannes String Quartets have roots in Vermont's legendary Marlboro Music Festival. The program includes a performance of Mendelssohn’s beloved String Octet, as well as a UMS co-commission by U-M composer William Bolcom. February 9, Rackham Auditorium, 8 pm
You know, the best bakeries are ethnic in nature. Mmmm, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Jewish and so on. Sunday afternoon you can partake of some of the best that the Jewish bakeries have to offer. Hadassah Bakes: Challah, Kugel and Mandel Bread. To celebrate the addition of digital versions of beloved cookbooks "Like Mama Used to Make" and "Like Mama Used to Make ... And More" on the new Ann Arbor Cooks website, Hadassah of Ann Arbor bakers will demonstrate the techniques of these traditional recipes. The audience will have the added pleasure of tasting the results! Cosponsored by Hadassah of Ann Arbor. Sunday January 27, 2008: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch:
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