Friday, June 17, 2011

Lady Gaga's meat dress to hang in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Dads who love music would enjoy a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, but so would moms, now that the Cleveland museum has an exhibit illustrating the impact that women have had on music over the years.

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power as the exhibit is known will highlight the flashpoints, the firsts, the best and the celebrated but also the not-so-obvious impacts that these artists had on American music and culture.

"This exhibit is going to illustrate the vital role women played in shaping the evolution of rock and roll," said Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "Visitors are going to walk away from this exhibit with a deeper appreciation of how these artists contributed to the rock and roll art form and changed our society."

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The exhibit, which fills two floors of the museum highlights the achievements of more than 60 artists and includes everything from artifacts, video and listening stations to a recording booth where visitors can film a short story or moment of inspiration related to their favorite artists. From the pioneers of the 1920s, like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, who were singing the blues when women were still attaining the right to vote, to the girls who caused all the commotion in the 80's and '90s including Cyndi Lauper, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and…

Yes, the Material Girl, Madonna is part of the exhibit.

"Madonna unapologetically celebrated and monetized her sexuality and physicality, paving the way for female performers to explore previously taboo roles and take control of their image and career," said promoters of the exhibit.

Among the rare items (no pun intended) unveiled during a special presentation Thursday was Lady Gaga's meat dress. The costume made of various cuts of meat and created by designer Franc Fernandez and stylist Nicola Formichetti for the MTV Video Music Awards will hang in the "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the Armani Prive orbit gown, which Gaga wore to the 2011 Grammys, until Feb. 12 (possibly the expiry date on the meat).

"I was talking to Lady Gaga's managers, and this is probably around November (of last year), and basically talked about different things, and we talked about the meat dress and we thought it would be great to add it to the exhibit just because of the notoriety is has, so that's basically how that came about," said Henke, in a report by MTV News. "We thought the meat dress would be really cool."'

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page -- Joan Baez

If Cleveland is too far away there is plenty to see and do in the Detroit area. Check out our list of events going on throughout the week:

Garden Walk
The MSU Master Gardeners invite the public to see their award-winning garden at the Evangelical Home, 14900 Shoreline Drive in Sterling Heights, June 25, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tour the park, hospice garden and courtyard as well as a display of quilts. Dedications to residents and raffles will be part of the event. For more information, call (586) 247-4700.

Log Cabin Day
Annual Log Cabin Day, noon-4 p.m. June 26, Bailey Memorial Park, Beebe and Park streets, Richmond, presented by Historic Village at the Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society. Free. Call (586) 727-7773.

MusiCamp for children in grades kindergarten through grade 10, June 21-26 at First United Methodist Church located at 57 S. Gratiot Ave., Mount Clemens. Participants will be part of the musical "It's Cool in the Furnace" that tells the biblical story of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and will be presented at 10 a.m. June 26, at the church. A $15 per child camp fee covers cost of set design, costumes and food. Call: (586) 468-6464.

Motor Muster
More than 700 automobiles from 1930s to '70s in Motor Muster, through June 19, for Motor Muster at Greenfield Village in Dearborn; also includes fire engines, muscle cars, Indianapolis 500-theme cars. Village open until 9 p.m. June 18  for car cruise and live WWII USO show, starting 6 p.m. Event admission free with membership or $22 adults, $21 ages 62 and older, $16 ages 5-12, free 4 and younger. Visit www.thehenryford.org or call (313) 982-6001.

Sunset at the Zoo
Party like it’s 65,000 B.C. during the spectacular creatively wild, annual fundraising gala to benefit the Detroit Zoological Society at the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak. Live animals and live music along with zoo-nique door prizes make it an event for the whole family. Call (248) 541-5717 and press 3 for ticket information.

Vintage Baseball
Regular Base Ball Club of Mount Clemens plays 2 p.m. at field on east side of Romeo Plank Road north of Clinton River Road: June 18  against Fort Wayne Early Risers; July 17, Royal Oak Yahoos; July 23, Wyandotte Stars, and Aug. 21 Midland Mighty River Hogs. Visit www.regularsbbc.org/Schedule.aspx.
Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club plays at 1 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 28, at Halbach Field in Rochester. Free admission. Visit www.rochesterhills.org or call (248) 656-4663.

Historical encampment
"War in the Wilderness" encampment of historical re-enactors representing British and French military, and Woodland Indians of the 1750's and '60s, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 18 , 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 19, at Stony Creek Metropark. Battles scheduled at 3 p.m. both days, with other activities and events each day. Free with park admission; (800) 477-7756 or (586) 781-4242.

Garage sale
Benefit garage sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18, for Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and Cultural Center and Assumption Nursery School and Toddler Center, at 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores. Call (586) 779-6111 ext. 3.

Kids Days
Free Shelby Township Kids Day, noon-3 p.m. June 18  at Summit Center Shopping Plaza, 50416-50544 Schoenherr, south of 23 Mile Road, includes Moon Walk, child ID cards and fingerprints, stress and scoliosis checkups, martial arts performance, Zumba demonstration, refreshments, prizes, balloons, coordinated by McKernan Family Chiropractic-Family Chiropractor and AIM Mail Center. Proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. Call (586) 532-1448 or (586) 566-3460.
Also, face painting, food, prizes, games, Bounce House included in Kids Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25, at Star Plaza on 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke, Shelby Township, sponsored by Star Chiropractic, Gracie's Salon, Petite School of Knowledge and Star Heating and Cooling.

Retirement planning
Financial Focus Series continues with retirement planning, 6:30-8 p.m. June 20, at Gilda's Club Metro Detroit. Free; register at (248) 577-0800.

Alliance Francaise
Free movie viewing "Jean de Florette" presented June 21, by Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe, starts 6:30 p.m. at Grosse Pointe woods Public Library, 20680 Mack Ave.

Face reading
Free program on face reading by Lin Klaassen, 7 p.m. June 27, in conference room next to Civic Center Library at Warren City hall, east of Van Dyke and north of 12 Mile Road. To register, (586) 574-4564.

Senior club
2nd Horizon Club for ages 60 and older, meets noon Fridays at Mount Clemens Rec Center, 300 Groesbeck, light lunch, cards and socializing. For details, (586) 463-7711. No fee to join.

Richmond auditions
Richmond Community Theatre auditions for ages 18 and older for fall production of the musical "Chicago." Tryouts 7 p.m. June 27-28 at the theater, 69619 Park St. at Churchhill, include singing, dancing and some cold readings. Performances Sept. 9-10, 16-18 and 23-25. For details, www.richmondtheatre.com/index.htm or (586) 899-6919.

Special needs movie
Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks & Recreation and Knights of Columbus present the movie "Cars 2" at 9:45 a.m. June 29, at the Romeo Theatre, 66120 Van Dyke, in Washington Township. Doors open 9:15 a.m. The show is for special needs individuals, their families, friends and caregivers; popcorn and soft drink included in $4 per person admission. To register, (586) 752-6543.

Music at Metro
Concerts by live bands and dancing at Thomas S. Welsh Activity Center at Metro Beach Metropark, 6:30-10 p.m. Sundays through August at the Harrison Township park. Music, dancing free, vehicle entry permit required. Information, (800) 477-3172 or www.metroparks.com.

Dining Out
Troy Dining Out Meetup Group gathers 7 p.m. at these locations: June 18 , Max & Erma's, Birmingham. For details and reservations, www.meetup.com/troy-dining-out.

Holistic festival
"Music & Mastery Holistic Festival," featuring spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra and musical artist India.Arie, June 18  at Chene Park in Detroit. Gates open 10 a.m., close 8:30 p.m.; tickets $35-$75 for either Chopra or India.Arie, or full-day combo-passes start at $47. Call (313) 393-7128 or visit www.cheneparkdetroit.com.

Paint Creek
Student and faculty art show through June 25, closing reception 6-8 p.m. June 24, at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 407 Pine St., Rochester. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Call: (248) 651-4110 or www.pccart.org.

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Yoga at Stony
Yoga on Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark, 8-9 a.m. Saturdays through Aug. 27, fee $5 per session or $30 for series. Park vehicle entry permit required at $5 per day, $25 season, $15 seniors. For yoga information, email theyogapath.kdv@gmail.com or call (586) 918-8407.

Warren art
Warren Tri-County Fine Art Association Prestige Exhibit through June 30, at Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden. Works by member Ted Lang featured 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday during June at Warren City Hall.

Jazz series
St. John Hospital and Medical Center's The Plaza Jazz Concert Series, continues 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 4, except July 28, at The Village Festival Plaza, Kercheval and St. Clair. Free. Call (313) 886-7474 or visit www.thevillagegp.com.

Paws in the Park
Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society Paws in the Park benefit walk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18 on Windmill Point Drive in Grosse Pointe. For details and registration information, www.GPAAS.org or (313) 884-1551.

Farmers Market
Mount Clemens Farmers Market open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 19, at 141 North River Road. Locally grown products, including flowers. Visit www.mountclemensfarmersmarket.com.

Volunteers needed
* Macomb Literary Partners needs volunteers to help adults become better readers; applicants trained to tutor an adult 2 hours per week, with training sessions held on weekends or evenings. Call (586) 286-2750.
* Detroit Historical Guild seeking volunteers interested in participating in historical activities, including flea markets at Historic Fort Wayne, tea parties, excursions to historic sites, etc. Call (586) 777-5898.

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