Special Event | Do You Ever Wish You Were Better At Things?

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Part theater, part dance, and part performance art: Do you ever wish you better at things? a new production by Brendalinda Performance Collaborative (BLPC) premiers in Ann Arbor January, 2013. Do you ever wish… opens January 18 and runs through February 2, offering audiences a glimpse at the realization of that very question in artistic form. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. followed by the show at 9:00 p.m. at the LePop gallery, located at 101 N. Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door.

 

What better time for self reflection than the beginning of the year? Many of us
spend countless moments dwelling on those things we would like to change about
ourselves, often times resolving to make these changes come during the new year in hopes that we can better our lives and the lives of those we care about. Whether it be as plainly stated as ‘Guitar’ or as elusive as ‘Letting Go,’ the question, “Do you ever wish you were better at things?” elicits a broad spectrum of responses that illustrate an honest and difficult component of our human nature.

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Hosted in Charlie LaCroix’s LePop Gallery, Do You Ever Wish… aligns with BLPC’s mission to redefine what a performance site can be. “By removing performance from a theater we can open up the work to a wider range of people and remove boundaries that we might otherwise face,” says BLPC Creative Director, Brian Carbine. “The gallery gives us an opportunity to design something that is totally immersive and something that requires the audience to become an active participant in the experience.”

The script for Do You Ever Wish… was developed by BLPC’s members and utilizes a combination of movement and ethnographic research, visual arts, oral histories, and fiction for inspiration. Photographic documentation of the process can be followed online as the cast posts pictures of community members holding signs featuring their wishes for betterment. The project is produced in partnership with Charlie LaCroix Art Brokerage and Creative Rights.

SWEET TOOTH : A Solo Exhibition by Michelle Tanguay at LePop

LePop is coming back from summer hiatus with a sugary sweet solo show by Detroit artist, Michelle Tanguay. Visitors can expect a veritable candyland of color and sass to brighten West Huron this fall.

Drawing inspiration from her time at College for Creative Studies, Tanguay and friend, Nina Marcus-Kurlonko, began curating art shows as Pop Up Detroit in 2010. In spite of having represented over 60 artists from the Metro Detroit area, this is her first solo show and she’s been feverishly working to put the finishing touches on some new oil paintings in time for the opening.

Recently, Tanguay has participated in the Red Bull House of Art, has been featured in the Examiner, and the Red Bull Bulletin. In her latest series of portraits Tanguay, explores her unhealthy obsession with candy. Tanguay’s love of sugary sweets has landed her in the dentist’s chair a handful of times in the last few months, resulting in two root canals, 8 fillings, and a room full of effervescent paintings.

LePop is a traveling pop-up art gallery intended to breathe new life into underutilized corporate spaces available for lease or sale. This series of art exhibitions takes place in the former MyBuys space in the Comerica building at 101 N. Main St in downtown Ann Arbor and feature the work of up and coming artists who specialize in cutting edge art across a variety of media.

LePop will open with a celebration on the evening of October 19th from 8 p.m. until midnight. In typical Charlie LaCroix style, there will be a variety of refreshments and sweets to compliment a night of art and entertainment by Detroit’s own Girls Gone Vinyl. This is a free event.

Those who can’t make it out for opening night will still have a chance to indulge; Sweet Tooth will run October 19th through November 24th, during regular gallery hours: Tuesday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Charlie LaCroix invites the community to inquire about holding your next holiday party, fashion show, reality TV audition and more at LePop.

Special Event | In Progress : Events

“In Progress” is a two night event hosted by Creative Rights, an Ann Arbor-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The event will allow attendees a unique window into artists’ creative process. The event will host upwards of thirty artists of all mediums: musicians, painters, photographers, metal smiths, installation artists, dancers, actors, and more. Many of the artists are local Creative Rights clients from Ann Arbor and Detroit. Each night will begin with gallery time accompanied by live music, during which attendees will have the opportunity to view works of art that are currently in the process of being created and partially complete. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work and explore possible new directions with the audience. Performance artists will then show their pieces consecutively, offering the audience the opportunity to see each piece live. Afterward, attendees will have the chance to seek out any artists with whom they choose to discuss the direction of their work, the creative process, or possibilities for the future.
On Friday, September 14th, from 8pm-11pm, an opening reception will be held to celebrate Creative Rights’ debut show (the first of many more to come). We will bring in the night in cocktail attire with a string quartet, which will be followed by a variety of performances and a live jazz band. Tickets for this distinct preview event will be available on the Creative Rights website for $35. Noted artists, designers, professors, and creative professionals will be on site to participate and help facilitate a unique, constructive, art-oriented conversation.

On Saturday, September 15th, the show will be open to the public for $5 at the door and will run from 7pm-2am. It will begin with extended performances, including dance, performance art, and excerpts from original plays. The performances will be followed by live music from Hush, Love, Ivan Grass, Deastro, Portsman, Douglaslaneallen, and others.

Each evening will be a celebration of the local arts communities in both Ann Arbor and Detroit, and will give attendees an introduction to Creative Rights and the impact its services are making on the creative community.

Food, beer, and wine will be available both nights.

Creative Director Ben Stange. Produced by Charlie LaCroix Art Brokerage.

 

40 + Artists from Ann Arbor and Detroit: Dancers, Painters, Metal Smiths, Installation Artists, Playwrights, + more / Live Music / Beer & Wine

For more information visit www.creative-rights.org/inprogress

FEATURING ARTWORK BY:

Adam Bota, Fine Art, Acrylics on Canvas /// Amber Golden & Adam McGaw, Dance /// Ashley Cook, Fine Art Installation /// Audrey Stanton, Photography /// Bri Howard, Visual Art /// Brian Carbine, Movement Performance /// Brit Hamlin, Visual Art, Glass, Wood /// Catie Newell, Installation Art /// Chris Carden, Illustration /// Colby Halloran, Playwright /// Erin Norris, Fine Art, Oil on Canvas /// Ivan Grass, Fine Art, Abstract illustration /// J. Preston Witt, Scenes from a play /// The Real Jeff Nolan in collaboration with Shannon McDonald, Conceptual Art, Sculpture /// Jeff Von Buskirk, Visual Art /// Justin Mast, Architectural Visual Art /// Katie Craig, Visual Art /// Katie Hawley, Visual Art /// Ken Hudak, Photography /// Leah Waldo, Glass /// Luna Alexander, Monologue /// Marisa Dluge, Interpretive Performance /// Mary Thiefels, Visual Art /// Megan Montgomery, Dance Choreographer /// Meryl Waldo, Stylist /// Monica Ann Bernadette Hamlett, Metal smith /// Robotodd Industries, Kinetic Sculpture /// Sydney Conaway, Installation /// Sean Hoskins, Dance Performance /// Stephen Eddins, Composer /// Timothy Ratchford, Visual ArtWITH LIVE MUSIC BY
Syropoulos Rex, Jazz /// The Echo String Quartet, String quartet /// Hush, Love, Indie Pop /// Ivan Grass, Acoustic /// Portsman, Rap /// Deastro, Indie Rock /// Douglaslaneallen, Irish Bouzouki

Special Event | Brash Menagerie

Brash Menagerie presented by BRENDALINDA Performance Collaborative

Performance art and dance breed the perfect species in this wild (not mild) adventure into the shrinking space between humans & animals…  RAWR

MAY 18 & 19

DOORS // 9:00 p.m.

ROARS // 10:00 p.m.

@ LePop Gallery

101 N Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

BRENDALINDA HAS REMOVED THE ‘MAN’ FROM THE CREATIVE PROCESS. THIS SELF-GOVERNING ROCK BAND OF PERFORMANCE ARTISTS AIM TO EXCITE AND CHALLENGE THE PERCEPTIONS OF THEIR PATRONS.  THROUGH LIVE PERFORMANCE AND COLLABORATION ACROSS A SPECTRUM OF MEDIUMS BRENDALINDA EMPLOYS THE FEARLESS, THE UNUSUAL, AND THE BOLD.

This evening is hosted by Charlie LaCroix at the ever fabulous LePop Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor. Arrive early to feast your eyes on the work of XUAN ALYFE and the musical stylings of Axél Alberto Carrasquillo.

We Are Mode Shift Article

Our recent visit from Spanish street artist Xuan Alyfe has created a wonderful dialogue about the moment at which graffiti scrawled on the side of the building crosses the line between a bunch of unintelligible tags and a collective form of expression that people can take pride in. Can they be one in the same?

Mode Shift, a great website powered by the Michigan Community Foundation, asked Charlie LaCroix to weigh in on this topic last week. Check out our thoughts at this link and let us know what street art does for you.

LePop : A Solo Exhibition by Xuan Alyfe

The fourth opening of LePop in the 101 N. Main, Ann Arbor location celebrated a first visit to the US for young Spanish street artist Xuan Alyfe. His esoteric, arcane, and cosmological paintings will be on display until May 13th during the following hours:

Monday-Wednesday : 6pm-9pm

Thursday-Saturday : noon-9pm

Sunday : contact us for a private viewing or to book an event of your own

 

Charlie LaCroix Art Brokerage presents : A Solo Exhibition by Xuan Alyfe at LePop

LePop is a traveling pop-up art gallery intended to breathe new life into underutilized corporate spaces available for lease or sale. For the next several months Charlie LaCroix will present a series of art exhibitions in the former MyBuys space in the Comerica building at 101 N. Main St in downtown Ann Arbor. These shows feature the work of up and coming artists who specialize in cutting edge art across a variety of media.

The LePop Gallery will be embracing the spring season with some cross-cultural pollination. Xuan Alyfe is a young street artist making his first visit to the U.S. from his native Spain to be something of an “artist in residence” at the gallery for the month of April. Xuan’s murals and installations on the streets of Spain evoke Miro and Kandinsky – if Kandinsky had grown up listening to punk. His work is playful yet strongly geometric, primitive and at the same time unexpectedly whimsical.

After his arrival at the beginning of April he plans to work in and out of the gallery creating new pieces exclusively for LePop. We’re fortunate to have vast windows that will allow all passers-by on Huron St. and with enough luck, observe Xuan in his element; a sort of “art aquarium”. Twitter and facebook will announce when he will be creating on-site.
The gallery will open to the public on April 20th with an opening reception from 8 p.m. until midnight. In typical Charlie LaCroix style, great music and top notch refreshments sponsored by Arbor Brewing Company will be on hand. Those who can’t make it out for opening night will still have a chance to catch Xuan’s esoteric, arcane, spiritual and cosmological cultural offerings.

 The show will run April 20th through May 13th, with normal gallery hours Monday through Wendesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday noon until 9 p.m.
As a final treat, keep an eye out around Ann Arbor for some special locations which will play host to Xuan’s pieces for a year after the gallery show has concluded. Charlie LaCroix invites the community to inquire about holding your next speed dating event, family reunion or sock-hop at LePop.

Ann Arbor Arts Alliance Member Feature

Charlie LaCroix & LePop Gallery has been featured in the April 2012 A2 Arts Alliance Newsletter! This is a wonderful publication for artists, patrons of the arts, arts administrators & so on and we have provided April’s issue at this link as a special preview. Sign up to receive the newsletter monthly by visiting A3arts.org and providing your email address.

Thank you for your support, Arts Alliance!

LePop : Machines of Loving Grace

The third opening of LePop in the 101 N. Main, Ann Arbor location was the most energetic party yet & the excitement is still fresh. The work of RoboTodd, Melvin McGee, Stephen Kade, Cre Fuller & more will be on display until the April 3rd during the following hours:

Monday-Wednesday : 6pm-9pm

Thursday-Saturday : noon-9pm

Sunday : contact us for a private viewing or to book an event of your own