Stage & Canvas
by Robert del Valle
Fred Foy RIP
"A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-Ho Silver!'"
Paper & Glue
Years ago there was a fellow called the "rag and bone man" who would walk the streets of London calling for any odds and ends that could be utilized for other purposes. From this prosaic descriptive, artist Carolyn Eldridge has taken the name for her upcoming show at the LA Cafe in Waterford – an impressive display of 25 postcard-sized collages and an additional 10 works using other mediums. Inspired chiefly by the provocative use of color and design found in small traditional works from the past, Eldridge's focus is on the emotional response of the viewer and how the eye itself will hungrily discern details initially overlooked by the passing glance. The Rag & Bone show will also feature a number of digitally enhanced photographs by the same artist. A California-style café with an eclectic menu, the LA Cafe is at 5815 Dixie Hwy. Opening reception 1/2. 248.623.1610.
The new year has barely begun and already it appears that this column will be keeping an eye on several art spaces and locations north of us. The Cary Gallery in Rochester, for instance, will start off '11 with a show devoted to artistic interpretations of the body at rest and in motion. The Human Figure: Action/Repose is a group effort by Frank Dulin, Fran Wolok and Janet Almstadt Davison, with each painter exploring how the physical microcosm of our limbs and torsos is in itself a blueprint for the clockwork of existence itself. The overall effect is macrocosmic and fantastic. Opening reception is 1/7. 226 Walnut Blvd.
Art Galleries in Motion
Several of you sent inquiries to us regarding the Print Gallery, an establishment we had mentioned several times in the past and had always praised for exceptional exhibits. It underwent a name change and a relocation and is now the Lido Gallery in Birmingham. Now that we've settled that mystery, allow us to mention that their ongoing show is a winner and worthy of perusal before a closing date set for 1/30. Coming of Age in an Era of Celebrity Worship is not the title of a dissertation (a good title for one though!), but rather Erica Podwoiski's visual take on the bewildering, bewitching and ultimately numbing polytheistic impulse that runs through modern American society. Why do we interest ourselves in people who (in some cases) merely enjoy the dubious distinction of being known for ... well, for being known? Do we project ourselves onto them or assume that their lives are in tandem with our own? When exactly does the fame of another person become a counterpoint to our own hopes and aspirations? This exhibit features figurative paintings and mixed media with a narrative about female identity, making it an impressive contribution to the current debate about the role of gender in today's society. 33535 Woodward. 248.792.6248.
Elsinore via satellite
Many years ago, UMS and Ann Arbor's Michigan Theatre entered into a partnership whereby live performances from London's National Theatre were streamed and screened over here. These trans-oceanic simulcasts have proven to be among the most popular in the UMS schedule – and we have reason to think that the upcoming production of Hamlet will draw an impressive crowd too. As staged by NT director Sir Nicholas Hytner, Shakespeare's tragedy is now set against the backdrop of a modern police state and the titular character's struggle with "the name of action" runs parallel with the spirit of resistance to tyranny. This is a Hamlet for contemporary audiences and the performance given by Rory Kinnear has merited comparisons to both Gielgud and Olivier. 1/2 at 2 p.m. and there will be both pre-show and intermission features. Ticket info: ums.org.
A Key Scene Also in The Buddy Holly Story
Just as the Negro Leagues were the source of so much batting power after Jackie Robinson, the Apollo Theatre was the cradle and launching pad for hundreds of African-American entertainers who made their mark in a belatedly integrated United States. The Charles H. Wright Museum now has a compelling "timeline" of that theatre's contribution to the world of the arts – with an appropriately strong emphasis on those Detroiters who performed there – and the majesty of its message is reassuring and reaffirming. The exhibit also incorporates elements from other institutions, including the Smithsonian. Thru 1/2. More: 313.494.5800. | RDW