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Calif. professor selected for 2013 artists’ series

FLINT — A noted author, poet, and professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, has been selected as the guest presenter for the African/African Diaspora Artists’ Series.

Professor Chris Abani will be in Flint, April 10-13, to present lectures and performances at the Flint Public Library and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Over the course of his career, he has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2009), PEN-Beyond the Margins Award (2008), Distinguished Humanist Award (UC, Riverside 2008), and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (2005).

The Department of Africana Studies, UMFlint, and the Flint Public Library invite the community to attend these free events featuring Professor Abani:

• April 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m. — Public Lecture at UM-Flint, Rm.161 French Hall.

• April 10, 7:-8 p.m. — Performance at UMFlint, KIVA, University Center.

• April 11, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Teen- Author Forum at Flint Public Library.

• April 11, 6-7 p.m. — Conversation with the Community at Flint Public Library.

The program is made possible by funding from the Ruth Mott Foundation, University of Michigan-Flint, and the Flint Public Library.

Details: Call 810-249-2046. — G.G.

Audition notice for “Theater in our Parks”

GENESEE COUNTY — With its 10th season this year, open auditions are being held for the Kearsley Park Players 2013 “Theatre in our Parks” season.

Productions this season will include Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, the children’s theater fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” and the Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” All productions will be directed by Kay Kelly.

Auditions will be held on April 8-9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Flint Institute of Music, 1025 E. Kearsley St. in Flint.

Actors, singers, musicians and tech crew are all needed. Performers should prepare a scene from the play or a monologue of their choice. Singers and musicians should prepare a musical piece. Parts in each show are available for performers of all ages. Technical crew needed as well.

All members of the company will be paid $50 per production thanks to a generous grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

“Theatre in our Parks” is presented by the Genesee County Parks Commission and the City of Flint Parks Department. Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will be presented June 14-22; Children’s Theatre “Sleeping Beauty” will be presented July 11-14 and the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented August 9-18. The productions will be staged at Kearsley Park, Linden County Park, ForMar Nature Preserve, Flushing County Parks with “Bye, Bye Birdie” being performed at the Colwell Opera House at Crossroads Village.

Details: Call 810-845-4050. — G.G.

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