PostHeaderIcon Seven Special Nights at Ravinia

Ravinia's early days

Ravinia’s early days

Ravinia started as a summer escape in 1904 when it opened as an amusement park complete with a baseball diamond, electric fountain and a casino with dining rooms and a dance floor. This first incarnation ended in … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Paradise’s Case of the Blues

The time is 1949. Inside the Paradise nightclub in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, the five characters in “Paradise Blue” act out their personal dramas unaware that their lives are about to be turned upside down. Outside, Southern blacks have been … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Opera The Second Time Around

It is always instructive to read a book or see a movie twice though I rarely do.  You see some things differently or what you may have missed the first time and thus gain greater enjoyment. The same with opera. … Read more

PostHeaderIcon An Imperfect American Icon

Walt Disney was usually seen as a great American entertainer. But the opera, "The Perfect American" shows us a more dark side of this iconic figure.

PostHeaderIcon “Yardbird” Soars High

"Yardbird" places jazz great, Charlie Parker, inside Birdland, the jazz club named in his honor, as he attempts to write a final masterpiece before the news of his passing is made public. He relives incidents and people from his life.
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