All posts by Louis W. Meldman

Far, Farther Afield: Star Wars Costumes At The DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is the final stop for a unique exhibition of the costumes that have appeared in the legendary Star Wars movies. Presented by the Smithsonian Institution and Lucasfilms, it displays every aspect of the costume-design process including the final garments that have become cultural touchstones over the past 40 years.

Hanukkah Light

The nine-branch candelabra or “menorah” that celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 B.C. after the revolt against Greek tyranny. For each of eight nights an additional candle is lit using the middle candle. One on the first day, two on the second day, and so on. When the Temple was rededicated

Playing to the Younger Set at Ann Arbor’s Wild Swan Theater

Ann Arbor’s Wild Swan Theater is the most important and accomplished ensemble of its kind in America.  It is devoted to children of all ages (count me in) and to theatergoers of all ages with disabilities (deaf, blind, autistic and developmentally disabled).  For deaf patrons ASL sign language interpreters are blocked into the action; the

Tween Art at EMU

Eastern Michigan University’s teachers of teachers of art Founded as Michigan State Normal School in 1849 Eastern Michigan University is to this day Michigan’s preeminent trainer of K-12 teachers. Eastern’s most impressive area of expertise is in their instruction of teachers of art. An annual highlight is the double exhibition “Dangerous Minds & Exploring Big

’Tween Art and Heaven at The Riverside Arts Center

Riverside Arts Center Ann Arbor has nothing over scintillating Ypsilanti when it comes to art opportunities for tweens. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Riverside Arts Center (RAC), an ongoing local labor of love, run entirely by volunteers until Director Will Hathaway assumed his post two years ago. Hathaway is something of a