Dreamland archive part III

2004

Some highlights of the 2004 events at Dreamland Theater...

 


 
Select weekends in August through November
 
Select weekends in September through November
 
 
THE SMEET FROG CONSPIRACY

Smeet Frog


Written by Kirk Kitchen and Naia Venturi.
With original music by Misha Grey
Puppets and production by Naia Venturi

The first in a series of marionette show featuring Ypsilanti's legendary Smeet frog.
The Smeet Frog Conspiracy introduces our heroes, 8-year-old Timmy Smith, Toby the dog, as they help to rescue Ypsilanti's legendary Smeet Frog from an evil poacher. In Episode 2, Mystery at the Water Tower, Timmy and Toby are drawn in to a mystery involving an extra-terrestrial Smeet Frog, a time machine and the Ypsilanti water tower. There will be a 5-minute intermission between the two shows.

  Smeet Frog
Written by Kirk Kitchen and Naia Venturi.
With original music by Misha Grey
Puppets and production by Naia Venturi

In Mystery at the Water Tower, the second episode of the Smeet Frog chronicles, Timmy and Toby are drawn in to a mystery involving an extra-terrestrial Smeet Frog, a time machine and the Ypsilanti water tower.

 
 
Monthly
 
Saturday August 14th
 
 
WEIRD WEDNESDAY:
THE DREAMLAND VARIETY STAGE


Dreamland's monthly open mic night for musicians, performance artists, short videos and films, self-styled comics, and other avant-bards.

Sign up to perform at the door.

 
INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO NIGHT AT DREAMLANDE

Featuring the new 19 minute work by Robert Hughes,
"Gift for the Beloved".
In support of the spirit of independent art, Dreamland opens up its doors to local independent video and filmmakers.

 
 
Opening Sunday August 8th
 
Opening Sunday August 29th
 
 

A MULTIMEDIA SPECTACLE


The audience sits in a circle facing outward as artists paint and draw on the surrounding walls accompanied by musicians. Both the artists and the musicians will rotate around the room as the event progresses - artists working on each other's pictures, and musicians trading instruments.

 

FALSE GODS
& THE WHITE PICKET FENCE SYNDROME.
Recent works by Adam Gabriel Winnie.

The contexts behind this exhibition lie in the social commentary of material item worship, governmental and corporate media manipulations, as well as the selfishness of the American Dream.


 
 
August 18th
 
August 15th
 
 

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF CRAIG BAKER.





Singer, Song Writer, Movie maker Craig Baker - This will be a sample of Craig's Movies and performances including his last show at the Lighthouse coffee house in Milan, MI. Craig had a wide variety of interest, Music, Movies, Social and Political activism. The work we will feature shows his eclectic tastes. Dreamland is pleased to invite you to celebrate the Life of Craig Baker.

 

PATRICK ELKINS AND FRIENDS:


WHAT THE KIDS WANT are a three-piece pop punk band from Bloomington, Indiana. In March 2004 they released their first full-length album, entitled "Loud Quiet Loud," on Smack Dab in the Middle Records. This summer the band will be selling books at the Take Action non-profit tent area of the Warped Tour for Boxcar Books, and then playing shows at night in nearby locations.
www.whatthekidswant.org

THE TREMBLING are a 3-piece pop-punk band from Detroit. On August 14, they will be celebrating the release of a new CD, "Art for the Masses." According to their website, "The Trembling firmly believes in doing things yourself. We want to create new ways to express important ideas and messages. We believe that you can do anything as long as you are passionate about it. We believe in making things happen. We want to motivate you to take and stand and make something."
www.thetrembling.org

PATRICK ELKINS plays experimental noise & folk music with his voice and a guitar. I will be touring the western United States and Midwest this month with Jason Voss and Justin Shay on the We're Twins Records Hobo-A-Go-Go Tour. In April I released "Maximum Volume" on Chew Your Own Records and toured the country promoting the album during the month of April.
My website is www.canopic.net/chewyourown.

 
 
Weekends in July
 
Throughout July
 
 




THE AWAKENING


An original play written and directed by Richard Ritter.

The Awakening is a dark comedy that concerns the conflict between a reclusive crone, her sensitive but criminal son, and his psychopathic girlfriend. Bernard (Misha Grey), an ex-con holed up in his mother's cabin in the desert, is planning his next bank job. His girlfriend, Esmeralda (Naia Venturi), an ex-cheerleader on drugs, roller-skates around the cabin, urging him to kill his eighty-year-old mother (Kate Ritter), who knits an interminably long black scarf and rambles on about another era when criminals knew what they were doing. The Awakening is a modern re-working of the Orestes legend and a homage to classic film noir.

Read the Ann Arbor News review.


 
EXPOSED:
IN THE SUN HOUSE BONE GARDEN


Connie McKinney July- Exposed: In The Sun House Bone Garden.

"It was not found in a nest
It was found on the ground.
Exposed
Just lying there
still
unopened
we poked it through."

Multi-media work in Words-printmaking-painting-drawing-collage-and sculpture.


 
 
June 5th
 
Throughout June
 
 
MISHA GREY

You know him as "recycle guy," but he's also a multifaceted artist and musician. Come hear his original music ranging in styles from neoclassical to electronica. With video projection and special guest.

 
DISSONANT HARMONY

An exhibition of painting by Stacey Palazzolo. Hyper-colored Neo-expressionism on the cusp of objectivity and non-objectivity.
 
 
June 29
 
June 12th
 
 

MITARBEIT CONCERT

Hamburg, Germany electronic duo, Incite/, performs abstract arrangements which oscillates from fragmented grooves to experimental soundscapes. Also performing Ypsi-Arbor based electronic noise and beats artists, verzerren vs. bubblegone.

www.incite.gradcom.org/

www.verzerren.com

www.cyclene.com/BG/_bubblegone-.html


 

MISTER LAURENCE

Mister Laurence and his Play Money Band performs alternative children's songs & stories, in support of his new CD: MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE recorded "live" at the Detroit Zoo.

 
 
Throughout May
 
Weekends in May and June
 
 




I DREAM OF JESUS
A mixed-media show by Victoria Hayes and Chris Sandon.
During the reception there will be an hourly showing of the short film "The Soft Crucifiction", Chris Sandon's imaginative antithesis to Mel Gibson's "The Passion..".


 





THE CRYPTIC TRIPTYCH
or
THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTHONY



A surrealistic puppet cabaret, with marionettes, rod puppets, shadow puppets and video. Saint Anthony questions his reality as an odd assortment of vignettes unfold before his eyes.

 

 
 
Saturday April 24th
 
Throughout March
 
 






A CURIOUS SPECTACLE



A surrealistic puppet cabaret.
A night of live entertainment featuring puppetry film and music.

 


WHEN NEANDER-DOLLS ATTACK
Art work by Chris Sandon.
Come and witness these adorable and viscous pre-historic treasures. Also featured are Reverse Remixes of Chris Sondon's paintings by….Chris Sandon. Opening on March 6th during the "verzerren vs. bubblegone, The Crank, and spoke nine" performance.

 
 
Saturday March 20
 
March 27th and 28th
 
 






LAURENCE BOND MILLER


Laurence Bond Miller (Longtime Ann Arbor Rocker, a.k.a. Mister Laurence these days) performs an "unplugged" concert at Dreamland Theatre. Shedding his skin as children's performer for this show, Laurence will focus on fave originals from his alternative 80's band THE EMPTY SET, along with a handful of new eclectic material.
 


PBK
(accompanied by puppetry improve from the Dreamland puppet troupe)

"As a neo-expressionist painter, Phillip B. Klingler had several personal exhibitions in galleries and museums of southern California in the mid 80's. But visual arts did not satisfy his need for abstract expression, so in 1986 he started his experiments in sound, founding the project PBK (his initials). "For me, everything is like noise and noise is like music" - this is how we can, using the composer's own words, characterize the nature of his creative work. While never trying to place his music within one given style, Phillip B. Klingler agrees with the definition of "aggressive ambient". PBK has recorded several brilliant albums and given a number of concerts all over the world in collaboration with some great musicians of electronic, avant-garde and electroacoustic music, such as Vidna Obmana, Artemiy Artemiev, Asmus Tietchens, Jarboe and others."
(culled from the Electroshock Records website)
Photo courtesy of PBK
 
 
March 12th and 13th
 
Saturday February 14th
 
 

GLAFIZIAN ADDICTION FILM NIGHT

The Detroit Metrotimes gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Chris Potter, from the Ann Arbor News, calls it "passionate and deeply disturbing" and thinks John Ashcroft would ban it. Experience this and more at the Glafizian Addiction Film Night.
 

IDOSBUCRUM
2nd Annual Idosbucrum Celebration Musical party in honor of Idosbucrum, the national holiday of Mixolydia, which celebrates all things goaty. Historically descended from the Roman feast of Lupercalia, this holiday is observed with music, dancing, and goat cheese. Music by Misha Grey, Liquid Gods, and members of the Black Sky Combo. Keynote speaker is Phil Fiertucker of People for the Erotic Treatment of Goats. Special appearance by Reverend Shagwan of the Carnetarian Carnivalist Church who will be on hand to bless your chest.
 
 
Weekends in January
 
Throughout January
 
 

THE SNOW QUEEN IN SEVEN STORIES
By Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted as a puppet show by Naia Venturi
With original music by Misha Grey

A tale of the friendship between a young girl and boy. In Hans Christen Anderson's seven stories we start with the legend of a particularly wicked hobgoblin that creates a cursed mirror. After being struck with a shard of the broken mirror the boy becomes captivated by the Snow Queen. Through a multimedia spectacle, using with marionettes, shadow puppets, hand puppets, and incorporating original video footage, we follow the courageous girl's adventure through the world as she searches for her missing friend.

 




WHAT: TWO MAN SHOW
In Ypsilanti's historic Depot Town the Dreamland Theater will be hosting an opening reception on January 11th from 7 until 10 pm for What: Two Man Show, an exhibition of current work from two of the area's emerging local artists. The show will run from the 11th until the 31st and will consist of photographs by Adam Gabriel Winnie and screen-prints by Christopher Pierce.Resisting the temptation of technological advancements, these two artists have developed their work through more of a physical process rather than by utilizing the available modern techniques. Adams black and white photographs represent an attempt to visually transmogrify man into nature. In a time when he feels that the general public is becoming disassociated with their surroundings his portraits show the result of his belief that in the end, every one and everything is inevitably the same. In contrast, Christopher explores the psychological result of depicting one's self onto a two-dimensional space. He uses a limited color scheme in his photographic screen-prints, continuously evolving his relationship with the medium while looking for opportunities to leave things to chance. Adam and Christopher share a similar value for process, and although each has his own specific focus, neither artist limits himself with this focus during this presentation.