Tuesday, April 25
Petals Under the Spring Moon: Imagery in Haiku & Tanka
Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss St. Midland, MI
Poet Jennifer Burd and Laz will be offering a Haiku writing workshop at this great creativity center. Come write a haiku with us! (And we’ll also introduce you to tanka, the slightly longer Japanese poem form.) We will look at the vitality of Spring “bustin’ out all over”, as well as at its symbolic meaning within us — a fresh start, rebirth, rejuvenation. We will then “paint” our insights with the brush strokes of words in a few short lines. The focus of this workshop will be on imagery; how it can express feeling, and evoke wonder, surprise and delight. Our senses, memory, and reflections will all help us connect with the power of this generous season — which simultaneously heralds new beginnings and the promise of a rich harvest.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve written a haiku or tanka before – or any kind of poetry. In fact, no prior writing experience of any kind is needed! Just bring your senses and an openness to experiencing and connecting with nature – and human nature – in a fresh way. At their core, haiku and tanka are about being fully aware in the moment, seeing something in a new way, and expressing that image in a compressed form.
Wednesday, April 26
“Those Were the Days” — Classic Songs of the 1960’s
The Browne Center — Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Laz presents a program of the songs of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, and others, who wrote and sang the songs that defined a generation. He will also sing traditional American folk songs reintroduced by these artists during the 1960's folk revival. Come hear “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowing in the Wind,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and many more, including the timeless songs of the Beatles. This is a tribute / celebration — and you are invited to sing along! Or just sit back, listen and reminisce.
Saturday, May 13
5th Annual Benefit Concert in Honor of Helen’s Memory
Cafe 704, Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor MI
Laz played a number of concerts at Cafe 704 over the years, always with his wife Helen, until she passed away in 2012. To honor her memory, and to celebrate her life, Laz is dedicating this yearly concert to her. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to two organizations: one that supports nature preservation, and the other, an emergency shelter for homeless children and their families. Both of these causes were very close to Helen’s heart.
Laz will be joined by a number of guest musicians, all of whom performed or recorded with Helen over the years. Laz and his guests will sing some of Helen’s songs, as well as original and traditional music in both folk and classical styles.