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PICKS_Nancy LaBret Einstein, piece named Royal
Royal by Nanci LaBret Einstein



Michigan-based sculptor Nanci LaBret Einstein is known for her high color and repurposing of common objects; similarly, artist Jay Knapp creates large fiber works by spinning everyday objects into string. The artists — and friends — are the focus of the exhibition Connections: The Artistry of Bits and Pieces, currently on display through Sept. 29, at the Janice Charach Gallery at the West Bloomfield JCC. Einstein and Knapp will lead visitors through a gallery walk and talk 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. (248) 432-5579;




Greg Kurstin
began studying piano when he was 5, joined his first band as guitarist at age 11 and co-wrote, with school buddy Dweezil Zappa, “My Mother Is a Space Cadet” at 12. He’s toured with the Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beck. He scored the 2014 adaptation of the film Annie, co-adapting and co-writing with Sia songs including the showstopper, “Opportunity.” He’s also known as an “artist whisperer,” nurturing well-loved and award-winning hits out of Pink (Alecia Moore), Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding, Beck — and Adele. In an interview with SiriusXM, the singer credits Kurstin for helping her break through writer’s block, leading to three songs on the album 25, including “Hello.” “This song was a massive breakthrough for me with my writing because it’d been pretty slow up to this point,” she says. “And I felt after I worked with Greg on this, it all poured right out of me.” Adele performs Sept. 6-7, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. $39.50-$149.50. (248) 377-0100;


Yehudi Menuhin

Violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, the son of Russian immigrants descended from a rabbinical dynasty, made his first public appearance at the age of 7, in velvet knee pants, and was already a star by age 11, when he made his first recordings. He is known as much as a virtuoso as a humanitarian — he slowed his career in the 1940s to play hundreds of concerts for Allied troops in hospitals, played for displaced survivors of Bergen-Belsen and performed in South Africa under apartheid. In celebration of Menuhin’s 100th birthday, the Detroit Institute of Arts presents A Centenary Tribute: Menuhin100. Celebrated French film director and violinist — and longtime friend to Menuhin — Bruno Monsaingeon will travel to the DIA to join pianist Ivan Moshchuk and cellist Aleksey Shadrin to pay tribute to his mentor with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s chamber music and Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A Minor, aka “In Memory of a Great Artist,” 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 (free with museum admission). At 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, a screening of Monsaingeon’s film Yehudi Menuhin: The Violin of the Century will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker. $7.50-$9.50. (313) 833-7900;


Noah Aronson

Noah Aronson has been called a modern traveling minstrel. The composer and performer puts new music to traditional Jewish prayers, engaging and inspiring spiritual communities across the country. Experience his unique soulful style Sept. 9-11, at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, where Aronson will perform at a series of events. At 6 p.m. Friday, he will be joined by temple clergy and musicians for a dynamic Musical Shabbat; Saturday evening, he will perform an intimate patron concert followed by an outdoor Havdalah ($250); and he will finish the weekend with a free concert 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the temple’s annual picnic, all open to the community. (248) 851-1100; *

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  1. RE: Menuhin 100 events — please note that both the concert and film screening are FREE. Information has been updated in the DIA website.

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