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03/20/2016
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Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

An uplifting show

Haitian singer-songwriter Emeline Michel endeared herself at the globalFEST on the Road: Creole Carnival show Wednesday night at Krannert, saying music is not competition but rather a mission. She said she; Jamaican Brushy One String, who plays a one-string guitar while singing his funky vocals; and the tight Brazilian samba quintet Casuarina hoped to make us forget all the fear and politics of the day and feel joy. They did, presenting separate sets then gathering on stage for a finale that got many people in the Tryon Festival Theatre out of their seats. Uplifting!

Brilliant musicians

Last week, I went to the Erik Lund and Jazz Friends happy hour at The Iron Post. Again, the cover charge was only $2 to hear what one listener called brilliant musicians. "Always a treat. The twinning of the trumpet and trombone reaches the sublime at times," she said of Lund's trombone and Jeff Helgesen's trumpet. About that, Shelley Washburne Masar, also in the audience, commented "The two elders coalesce." Shelley pointed out that three generations were playing: The other Friends were George Turner, guitar; Matt Endres, drums; and Mikel Combs, upright bass.

A film lawmakers should see

Last week, I heard gasps of surprise, as well as laughter, during the screening at the Art Theater Co-op of Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where To Invade Next." Carrying an American flag, the provocative filmmaker visits several countries, among them Italy, France, Finland, Norway, Tunisia and Slovenia, to ask people about work, education, health care, sex, equality, incarceration and other issues. Oh, yes, and drug criminalization in Portugal. I learned much more than I had expected. Too bad most of our lawmakers will never see "Where to Invade Next."