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By Melissa Macker, The 567 Center for Renewal, Inc. Macon artist Shannon Riddle has always known that he wanted to pursue art. There was a brief time when he quit painting, and he became physically sick. He realized, then, how much art helped him express himself. “Art is my language, the way I can most […]

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By Peter Leggett, Walker West Music Academy This August 5th -16th, Walker West Music Academy will conduct its 2013 Jazz Workshop Series in St. Paul.  At the Academy, we strive to support and develop young jazz musicians and the workshop series serves as an access point for new and emerging young artists.  The series includes two […]

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By Maud Lyon, CultureSource It was 2 a.m. on a Thursday night, and a night owl on the CultureSource team happened to check our newly christened Southeast Michigan power2give.org site. She was amazed. The site had launched at midnight, and in the first two hours donors already were laying down their credit cards to support […]

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By Laura Quinlan, Big Night in Little Haiti The July 19 edition of Big Night in Little Haiti makes a leap from the stage to the walls.   In addition to the concert in the plaza, Rhythm Foundation is hosting the monthly exhibit in the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s light-filled gallery. Rhythm Foundation official photographer Luis Olazabal […]

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Leave your mark on musical history Tuesday, July 9. Composer Tod Machover is creating “Festival City,” a  “sonic portrait of the city of Edinburgh” that will premier at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 27.  Machover is inviting everyone who loves and/or has a relationship with the city of Edinburgh to contribute Tuesday, July 9. […]

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By Julie Todaro, Producer The Young Patronesses of the Opera was thrilled to bring the art of music and theater rolled into one – OPERA, to elementary school children this year. Almost 2,000 first graders experienced the performance of “Papageno”, a take off of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium. The full 30-minute […]

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By Sebastian Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer Summer is here, and the opera buff’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of cool, refreshing, music-filled getaways. The most ambitious head for European bastions of the arts like the Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Bayreuth festivals. But you don’t have to cross the pond. The USA  offers attractive options like […]

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By Ranjana Warier, Rhythms School of Dance Nearly everyone knows the story behind the famed children’s fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” but an energetic new adaption of the classic story could help promote a new level of cultural understanding. Thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. the Rhythms School of […]

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By Maris M. Bish, The Wolfsonian FIU On July 26th and 27th, Jocelyn Leavitt and Samantha John present Hopscotch, their new iPad programming language for kids. With Hopscotch, users drag and drop blocks of code to build routines for fun characters. Aimed primarily at kids age 8 and up, Hopscotch eliminates the frustration common with […]

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By Dayna Martinez, The Ordway Everybody Polka!  It was Polka night in Rice Park on Thursday night, June 27th for the Ordway’s Summer Dance Series, and the summer air was filled with the festive sounds of polkas and waltzes.  Seasoned dance instructors, Stan and Dar Wandersee, taught some lively steps to a crowd of enthusiastic […]

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