ENTERTAINMENT NEWS IN BRIEF

Manistee Choral Society rehearsals slated

MANISTEE — The Manistee Choral Society soon will begin rehearsals for its annual Summer Solstice Concert.

Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Manistee United Methodist Church, located at 387 First St. in Manistee. All voices are welcome.

The concert will be June 19, and the theme this year is songs about weather.

For more information, call Carol Voigts at (231) 848-4301.

‘Hoodie’ performance set for April 28, 29 at LACA

LUDINGTON — A partnership between the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and the OJ Dejonge Middle School Drama Club is proud to present “Hoodie” by Lindsay Price.

Middle schoolers face a tornado of questions every day. What should I wear? What if I wear the wrong thing? What do I look like? Stop looking at me!

“Hoodie” examines image and appearance in the vignette style and poses what may be the most difficult question of all: Do I stay in the clump or do I stand alone?

The performances will be held at 7 p.m. on April 28 and 29 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Manistee Art Institute presents ‘Celebrities and Their Pets’

MANISTEE — The Manistee Art Institute opens its latest exhibit on Saturday.

The MAI has asked a few local “celebrities” to join in the fun and go on display as part of a fundraiser for Homeward Bound Animal Shelter. Several members of the community — including Eric Thuemmel, Dr. Ben Hengy, Meg and Tom Voelker and Dr. Douglas Richley — and their “Furry Friends” will pose for professional photographer Christina Cobb.

Members of the community have entered pictures of their pets as part of a photo contest. The public is invited to come in and vote  on their favorite pet picture in five different categories.

At the end of the exhibit on May 6, there will be an awards reception from 3-5 p.m. that  is open to the public. At that time, winners of the contest will be honored, and each will receive recognition and a prize.

The opening will be on April 22 with a reception from 1-3 p.m.The exhibit runs from April 22 to May 6 at the MAI River Street Artisans, 345 River St.

Hours for viewing are from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays, closed on Mondays.

For more information contact the MAI at (231) 723-2682 or email manisteeartinstitute@gmail.com.

Ramsdell to host opera Saturday

MANISTEE — The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts will be presenting the Metropolitan Opera Production of “Eugene Onegin” via Met Live in HD at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Tchaikovsky’s many moods — tender, grand, melancholy — are all given free rein in “Eugene Onegin.” The opera is based on Pushkin’s iconic verse novel, which re-imagines the Byronic romantic anti-hero as the definitive bored Russian aristocrat caught between convention and ennui; Tchaikovsky, similarly, took Western European operatic forms and transformed them into an authentic and undeniably Russian work. At the core of the opera is the young girl Tatiana, who grows from a sentimental adolescent into a complete woman in one of the operatic stage’s most convincing character developments.

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is located at 101 Maple St. in Manistee. For more information, call (231) 398-9770.

For ticket information go to mynorthtickets.com or call (800) 836-0717.

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