Arts & Entertainment

Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — Even in the third grade, Clawson resident Brittney Mattson could tell that art would be a part of her future.


A painting she had done in art class was entered into a show of work from all elementary grade levels, and that proved to be just the beginning of her foray into the art world.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — C.J. Barrymore’s owner Rick Iceberg said his Clinton Township-based entertainment venue must “change or die,” leading to plenty of change within the next couple of years.


This is due to the Sept. 21 unanimous approval by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees to grant a special land use expansion to C.J. Barrymore’s in terms of new entertainment within the community business district on Hall Road.

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Published October 7, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In retrospect, he should have seen it coming.


Frank Leone grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduating in 2003 from South Lake High School and then in 2008 from Wayne State University. Trying his luck in the big city, he bounced from New York to Los Angeles trying to start his career as an actor.


When a mentor suggested he create a web series as an outlet to showcase his work, he decided to give it a try, never dreaming it would grow into the project it is now.

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Published October 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For three decades, The Community House has brought together the state’s finest artists for its annual juried Our Town art show and sale. And during that time, the show’s momentum has only gotten greater.

The 30th Our Town show will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15-17 at TCH in downtown Birmingham. The juried all-media art event provides a forum for Michigan artists to show and sell their work, while 35 percent of the sale’s proceeds go to fund TCH’s outreach programs for children and families in need.

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Published October 6, 2015

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DETROIT — Global trade is so normal now, we take it for granted, but the transportation and sale of goods over long distances might have never been a modern reality were it not for a couple of men with local ties.

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Published October 6, 2015

WARREN — Since 2004, the Hive Colony has been a buzzing honeycomb for musicians looking to perfect their craft, and now even more music will raise the decibels.

Last month, the 10,000-square-foot one-stop rehearsal studio, equipped with 30 rehearsal spaces for seasoned musicians and those just starting out, was named a recipient of the 20 Mission Main Street grants from Chase Bank.

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Published September 30, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Local residents might assume PROST Pointe is named for longtime local cable TV show host John Prost, but it’s actually an Oktoberfest-themed beer tasting — “prost” is German for “cheers.”

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Published September 30, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts has a new director, but he’s no stranger to the museum or its art collection.

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Published September 30, 2015

FERNDALE — With art programs in schools being some of the most underfunded programs in many districts, Michigan Youth Arts is looking to help those teachers and students by bringing back the Arts Equipment and Supplies Grant.


In collaboration with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Youth Arts is offering up to $2,500 to any kindergarten through 12th-grade classroom in the state of Michigan that has a focus on a fine or performing art, whether it be a traditional art class or a music program.

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A rainy start didn’t dampen spirits at the 2015 Made in Michigan Festival at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.


“We like the idea of all the made-in-Michigan products,” said Candace Schuver, of St. Clair Shores. “It’s a great time to spend with my best friend on my day off. It’s great to see something like this in our city, in our own backyard.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A new festival is coming to town this October when Veterans Memorial Park will be transformed into a biergarten paradise for Shorestoberfest.


Hosted by the St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee, Shorestoberfest will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17 at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard. With music from a German band and a disc jockey, games, food from Craft Grille and beer from Atwater Brewery, the event is for those 21 years and older who want to enjoy fun in the community.

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Published September 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Artists from eight counties across the state can enter an online art competition through Oct. 9 for the chance to be named the fourth annual MI Great Artist winner.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, along with Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione, launched the contest in 2012 as a quality-of-life initiative to identify and support up-and-coming artists. Now in its fourth year, the program’s cash awards have grown to a total of $3,000, with additional prizes bringing the total to more than $16,000.

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Published September 23, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Henry David Thoreau once said that this world is but a canvas to our imagination.


There’s nothing in the course of humanity that quite compares to the richness of artistry, which may explain why events such as Clinton Township’s Festival of the Senses has appealed to so many over the past decade.

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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON — Did you know that people in Victorian times draped mirrors and portraits with black cloth after a death because they believed the dead spirit could capture a living person’s spirit?

Learn about Victorian mourning customs, take in a vintage vampire film made in the silent era, and see presentations from the Michigan Ghost Watchers at the Governor Warner Mansion Oct. 17 during Ghost Night at the Mansion.

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Published September 21, 2015

WARREN — When your rock group opens up for Aerosmith and Bob Seger and your music videos receive airplay on MTV, you’ve definitely hit the right chords.

Homegrown rockers Adrenalin were at the top of their game in the 1980s. They toured the country and Canada, their song “Road of the Gypsy” was featured in the film “Iron Eagle,” and fans would crowd Harpos in Detroit, the Ritz in Roseville, and New York, New York in Warren to see them let loose on stage.

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Published September 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The British comedy troupe Monty Python has more than its share of diehard fans, and it turns out that more than a few of them are Grosse Pointe Theatre members.


So when GPT decided to open its 2015-16 season with “Monty Python’s Spamalot” — which will start Sept. 20 and run through Oct. 3 — rounding up a cast and crew wasn’t difficult.

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Published September 16, 2015

CLAWSON — What happens when you combine a community’s youth theater, a movie classic and some creative kids? The film premier of “Joey Jonka and the Caramel Warehouse.”

The film — a parody of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” — is the latest creation of the Acting Out Kids Community Theatre, a group originated and run entirely by children.

“It’s a very funny movie, but it has adult humor in it,” said actor and theater co-founding member Max Siwek, 12.

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Published September 15, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students in the local school districts have only been around for a fraction of the city’s 60 years, but for this year’s Art Challenge, they’re being asked to express the milestone in visual form.


Now in its seventh year, the Art Challenge is organized by the Madison Heights South End Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and aimed at students in grades K-12 in both the Madison and Lamphere school districts, as well as at Bishop Foley Catholic High School.

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Published September 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In an announcement for “Signs & Symbols,” the Grosse Pointe Art Center told prospective artists that they were “completely free of constraints” for this show.

With that in mind, artists got creative for the exhibit — juried by Meighen Jackson — which opened Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 25.

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Published September 10, 2015

CITY — For years, John Denomme was a Village fixture. He owned Village Records and Tapes from 1981-93, ran the outdoor summer concert series Music on the Plaza from 1988-2012, and served as the Village Association marketing manager from 1998-2012.

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Upcoming Events

Farmington Hills
Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'
7 p.m.
Costick Activities Center
Birmingham
Free art program for caregivers
9:30-11 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Birmingham
Fundraiser luncheon
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Community House
West Bloomfield
Production of 'Hard Love'
2 p.m.
Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Royal Oak
Alliance for Mental Illness meeting
7:30 p.m.
Beaumont Hospital Administration Building

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