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I was just surfing around the web and found out one of my college buddies, Chris Vaccaro, who teaches English language and literature in Vermont and has written about Tolkein and medieval literature is coming out with a book of poems about Montreal's sauna culture called "Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Beards". It might seem like an odd mix, but we were good friends at Hartwick College and took many English classes together. He was also the first openly gay person I knew which was an unique experience. I spent hours wondering if I would treat him differently knowing he was now out of the closet and when it came right down to it, I didn't have any chance in our relationship when I finally saw him for the first time after hearing the news. I even earned extra credit for my Sociology class by hooking him up as a guest speaker talking about coming out in college. I read a few of his poems which while good are not really my thing but would like to promote this link to an interview with him and some samples of his poetry: http://www.theurbanbear.com/read/shift-focus.
The Detroit Jazz Festival announced its 2014 Artist in Residence, Joshua Redman (who has toured with Pat Metheny and Clark Terry) and world-class group of headlining acts for the 35th annual Labor Day Weekend performances. The Festival will stay true to its roots of delivering a diverse lineup, featuring up-and-coming acts as well as jazz legends, from both Detroit and around the world. This year will see some great talents such as Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Belgrave, Diane Schurr, Chritian McBride Trio, Stanley Clarke, Esperanza Spalding, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more to be seen at http://detroitjazzfest.com/2014lineup.html. It looks to be a great line up!
The animated film "Ernest and Celestine" is currently set to open on April 25th at the Main Art Theatre so check back for a movie review later in the week. Of course, the Main Art Theatre also shows some cool Midnight Madness Movies and they just released a partial list which looks like this:
May 23-24 - PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE
May 30-31 - ROBOCOP (1987) - Digital restoration of the original film!
June 6-7 - EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP - Featuring renowned graffiti artist Bansky, whose Packard Plant piece is at the center of a local controversy.
June 13-14 - PRINCESS MONONOKE - an excellent animated film from the group who did last year's "The Wind Rises"
June 20-21 - THE BREAKFAST CLUB
June 27-28 - GOOD FELLAS
July 4-5 - GREASE SING-ALONG
July 11-12 - ERASERHEAD - David Lynch at his weirdest!
The series of new and classic cult films runs Fridays and Saturdays at midnight through Halloween. Tickets may be purchased at the door at Landmark's Main Art Theatre, located at 118 North Main St in Royal Oak or online at www.LandmarkTheatres.com/tickets/. Additional films will be announced at a later date.
I'll leave you with a few recommended concerts for the week:
Wednesday (4/23) - Ingrid Michaelson @ Royal Oak Music Theatre, Sunshine of Your Sunshine Vapor opens for Loop @ Magic Stick
Thursday (4/24) - Creepshow @ Smalls, Black Lips @ Magic Stick
Saturday (4/26) - Sam Roberts Band @ The Fillmore