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James Lee Byars tribute exhibition at MOCAD
April 20 2014 at 11:00 AM
I Cancel All My Works at Death is the first comprehensive survey of the plays, actions and performances of James Lee Byars (Detroit 1932 - Cairo 1997; Wayne State class of '55). Spanning the period from 1960 (when he created his first action in Kyoto, Japan) to 1981 (when de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam presented a year-long survey), the exhibition, which is titled after Byars' now-famous speech act, adopts the premise that the artist and his work are better mis-remembered than re-experienced. I Cancel All My Works at Death therefore presents none of his actual performances; nor does it include objects made, owned or used by him, nor vintage ephemera--with the exception of obituaries published in newspapers at the time of his death. What it does include are suits and costumes, scripts, theater posters, props, puppet videos, a detailed timeline, among other elements. It also includes new, un-authored solo actions and group events that will be carried out sparingly and intermittently during the run of the show. The exhibition is curated by Triple Candie, a phantom-like institution that existed in Harlem as an alternative space from 2001 to 2010. Run by two art historians who now live in Philadelphia, Triple Candie produces exhibitions about art but devoid of it and realized without the involvement of artists. Recent projects include Epigraphe pour une preface: The Original is Unfaithful to the Copy (FRAC Le Plateau, Paris, 2013), Of the Siren and the Sky: The Life and Work of Michael Whipple (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013) and Maurizio Cattalan is Dead: Life and Work, 1960-2009 (Deste Foundation, Athens, 2010). At the request of Triple Candie, this exhibition is dramaturged by Jens Hoffmann, MOCAD's guest curator. http://www.mocadetroit.org/about.html
Mondays at The Max with Wind Symphony, Trumpet Ensemble and Choral Showcase
April 21 2014 at 7:30 PM
Max M. Fisher Music Center
Department of Music Wind Symphony, Trumpet Ensemble and Choruses perform at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.  Douglas Bianchi, conductorWendy K. Matthews, conductorMark Flegg, conductor, conductorAndrew Kreckmann, conductor   Cost: $15 general admission, $5 for WSU students, $10 for non-WSU students. Friends of Music supporters recieve 50% off of the ticket price.
scope: 2014 Undergraduate Exhibition
April 22 2014 at 10:00 AM
Community Arts
scope2014 Wayne State University Undergraduate Exhibition The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History is pleased to announce Scope, Wayne State University’s Undergraduate Exhibition at the Art Department Gallery, April 18 through May 16. This exhibition features work by undergraduate students from each of the department’s fourteen disciplines. Scope features a wide range of approaches from which students derive their inspiration, ideas, and creations. The exhibition represents processes of looking close and looking far through various mediums and concepts; considering how and where final works of art are presented and perceived. Scope is a collection of works exhibited in a meaningful way at their highest regard. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 18, from 5:00 to 8:00PM and will include the 2014 WSU Scholarship Awards presentation at 6:30PM. Awards will also be given to students for their outstanding fine art, design, and foundation works in the exhibition. Scope has been organized by the following students from the department’s Gallery Internship Course: Jessica Artt, Evan Condron, Ashley Nivison, Gerald Schulze, Dylan Schutter, Katie Welch, and Crysta Zgorski.
A Conversation with Tom Skerritt
April 22 2014 at 5:30 PM
Hilberry Theatre
Wayne State University’s Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce “A Conversation with Apple Award Recipient Tom Skerritt” at the Hilberry Theatre on April 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.  Mr. Skerritt will appear on campus in an “Actors Studio” style interview and question-and-answer session. To purchase tickets, call (313) 577-2972 or visit the Wayne State University Theatres Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock. Tickets are $20 to attend.  Seating is assigned and limited.   The Wayne State University Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes native Detroiter and former Wayne State University student, Tom Skerritt, back to the campus where he paved the path for his incredible career in television and film.  He has appeared in over 40 films and 200 television episodes since 1962.  Mr. Skerritt is best known for his work in MASH, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It and the television series’ Picket Fences and Cheers.   After serving in the Air Force, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and later UCLA for filmmaking and directing.  His first professional acting job was War Hunt with Robert Redford and Sydney Pollock.  His directing mentor, Robert Altman cast him in MASH.  Hal Ashby, another mentor offered him the role as the “Motorcycle Officer” in Harold and Maude.  In 1994 Tom Skerritt won an Emmy award for his work in Picket Fences.  Mr. Skerritt has appeared on Broadway in A Time To Kill and has also appeared on stage in Seattle, OR at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Don Quixote and at the Intiman Theatre in Our Town.   The Apple Award, named for Sarah Applebaum Nederlander, is given by the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University on behalf of the Nederlander family. In 2001, the Nederlander family formed a partnership with the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University, establishing the Sarah Applebaum Nederlander Award for Excellence in Theatre; an annual theatre award and visiting artist fund in their mother's name. The Apple Award brings a nationally prominent theatre professional to Detroit and the Wayne State University campus as a guest lecturer to interact with and educate the rising stars of the Department of Theatre and Dance through master classes and a question-and-answer style forum. Previous Apple Award winners include Neil Simon, Carol Channing, David Stone, Stephen Schwartz, Mandy Patinkin, Patti Lupone, Marvin Hamlisch, and Elaine Stritch.
August: Osage County
April 23 2014 at 2:00 PM
Hilberry Theatre
Tony Award winner for Best Play August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts, closes the Hilberry Theatre’s 51st season in Midtown Detroit. Playing April 18 through May 10, 2014, this Pulitzer Prize winning play arrives at the Hilberry Theatre fresh off the critically acclaimed movie adaptation in theatres nationwide. Tickets for August: Osage County range from $10 – $30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at (313) 577-2972, online at Hilberry.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock Street.   August: Osage County is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household, Beverly, mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another. His body is found five days later in the lake; his death is deemed a suicide. Violet, the drug-addicted matriarch, her three daughters, and their families try, unsuccessfully, to work out their problems from the time they arrive hoping to find Beverly, through his funeral, and on into the next day. Darkly comic, but also violent and sad, August: Osage County explores the painful issues all American families have to face, and then some.
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