Spotlight on TSO
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Symphony Orchestra will launch a new donor challenge presented by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation with a music-filled “Spotlight Your Symphony” event.
The non-ticketed, free event will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., and is open to the community. There will be free hors d’oeuvres and music by concert pianist Alexander Ghindin, jazz duo Nancy Stagnitta and Ron Getz, the Backroom Gang Dixieland Band, and the TSO string ensemble with Maestro Kevin Rhodes at the piano. A cash bar also will be available.
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation will match gifts made to the TSO from new and lapsed donors up to $150,000 over a three-year period. For details, call 947-7120 or visit www.traversesymphony.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Mahoney’s Spirits & Edibles (formerly Maxbauer’s After Hours), 542 W. Front St., will host a Short’s Brewing beer tasting.
A Short’s representative will be on hand from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, pouring samples from the Bellaire brewery’s line up and answering questions. For details, call 947-6779 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pourdecisionstc.
WILLIAMSBURG — Northumbrian smallpiper Dick Hensold will give a concert Wednesday, April 10, at the Williamsburg Theater, 4230 M-72 East.
Hensold, from St. Paul, Minn., is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America. He is composer-in-residence at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and has been commissioned to produce 14 pieces for Northumbrian smallpipes, flute and strings for workshops in Northumberland, England.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 at Oryana Natural Foods or Brilliant Books. Tickets and details also are available by calling 938-2181 or 941-8667. Tickets are $20 at the door.
TRAVERSE CITY — A CD release concert party will be hosted Sunday, April 7, for Miriam Pico and David Chown’s second CD “Somewhere Only We Know.”
The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. Pico and Chown will perform music from their new CD as well as their debut release “S’Bout Time.” Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Attendees also are asked to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Grace Episcopal Pantry and Jubilee House.
MANISTEE — Red House Records recording artist Bill Staines will give two performances in support of his new CD “Beneath Some Lucky Star.”
Staines has been the quintessential folk troubadour for more than 45 years. He has recorded 26 critically acclaimed solo albums.
Staines will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple St., as part of its “A Little Night Music” series. Advance tickets are $15 at City Hall, Port City Organics, Hokanson’s, Goody’s, TJ’s Pub and the Manistee Visitors Bureau. Tickets are $20 at the door. Student tickets are $10 at the door only. For details, call 398-9770 or visit www.ramsdelltheatre.org.
Staines then will travel to Traverse City to play at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St., at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Adair Correll will open the show. Advance tickets are $15 at Sleder’s, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Brilliant Books and West Side Beverage. Tickets are $20 at the door. For details or tickets, call 947-9213.
GLEN ARBOR — The Glen Arbor Art Association’s Readers’ Theater will go for the laughs as the all-local cast stages a “double header” in April.
The Reader’s Theater concept involves actors performing adaptations from novels, radio or screenplays using only their voices and facial expressions to convey the story to their audience. There are no sets, costumes or props. There also is no memorization required.
The group will present “The Circus Train” from the Ellery Queen series and the sci-fi thriller from The Mysterious Traveler series “The Ugliest Woman Alive.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St.
Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. For details or reservations, email Teddy House, email@example.com.
ACME — Northern Expressions Decorative Artist will host a Michigan Mixer on Saturday, April 27.
The gathering of artists will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, with a day of painting and classes offered in all mediums by local and national teachers. For details, visit www.nedaoftc.com or call Vera Collier, 383-2839.