Arts and Entertainment

Published April 29, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — If the sunny, warm temperatures — quickly followed by windy, overcast skies — weren’t enough of an indication that spring has arrived in Birmingham, there’s one more sure sign of the season.


The annual Art Birmingham fair will return May 9-10 to Shain Park in downtown Birmingham. The Mother’s Day staple will bring more than 150 artists to the heart of the city to show off their work in ceramics, painting, photography, jewelry, wood, fiber and more.

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Published April 28, 2015

DETROIT — Just before her death from ovarian cancer in 2005, pianist Ruth Laredo asked that her tombstone read “An die Musik.”

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Published April 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Their exhibitions have been held as far away as Petoskey and Alpena, so local art lovers are fortunate to have the latest show by the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors close to home.


The DSWPS has chosen the Grosse Pointe Art Center to host “Femmes Detroit.” Jurored by painter Vianna Szabo, “Femmes Detroit” opened with a reception April 17 and will be on view through May 3.


Grosse Pointe City artist Linda Allen wasn’t in this show but was on hand for the opening.

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Published April 21, 2015

DETROIT — Local leading jazz musicians will be sharing a famous stage with some aspiring jazz greats of tomorrow when the University Liggett School Jazz Band opens for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on April 30 at the Music Hall Jazz Café.

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Published April 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — There is nothing ordinary about resident William Allen.

Allen, 68, competes in powerlifting competitions as a deadlifter, traveled the world while in and out of the military, was a successful businessman, is a former marathon runner who still competes in a couple of half-marathons here and there, and recently added “author” to his résumé. Allen possesses a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

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Published April 20, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.


The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.


The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 15, 2015

DETROIT — For many families, one of the highlights of spring and summer is growing a garden. But what if pollution so badly damaged the world around us that it could no longer sustain even a simple plant?

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— Since 2010, James Pecar has used the power of music to help raise awareness for autism.


As a student at Stetson University in Florida, he began an a cappella group called Hat Trick, which began hosting “A Cappella for Autism” events in 2010. The group raised funds for the Macomb and St. Clair affiliate of the Autism Society of America, and it continues to do so today.

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Published April 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — As they enter the final stretch of the school year, students at East Detroit High School and Roseville High School are practicing and rehearsing for their respective spring plays.


Roseville students will be performing the drama-comedy “42nd Street” April 16-18, while East Detroit students will be performing “Cyrano de Burgershack” May 1-2.

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Published April 7, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — They may not have been fine artists themselves, but Edsel and Eleanor Ford were thoroughly engaged with the creative community, supporting the arts and surrounding themselves with inspired art and design.

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Published April 6, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Parks and Recreation Commission announced April 1 that the township has been selected as a participant for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program.

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Published March 27, 2015

UTICA — A teen playwright will see a play of his staged for the first time at Utica High School this month.

Utica senior Jacob Feeman will present his play, “Lovely Lovely Valentine,” from April 23-25 at his school.

The play is described as being about young people, and its poster’s tagline says, “Life doesn’t have endings … only moments.”

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts recently opened its new exhibition, “4 x 4,” which runs through April 11.


“4 x 4” features the work of four women — Candace Law, Patrice Erickson, Toby Millman and Rachel Gervais — in honor of March as national Women’s History Month.


“It’s a really unique exhibition in that it does engage and it is very educational,” said Rana Edgar, director of exhibitions and the art market.

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Published March 25, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Each year, the Hazel Park Drama Club has a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. For this year’s musical, it’s winding back the clock to the turn of the 20th century, for a tale of romance and rivalry out west.

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Published March 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. never gave up on his dream of working in the music business.


Although he tried boxing as a career and spent a brief moment on Detroit’s automobile assembly line in the 1950s, neither was fulfilling.


“That wasn’t who he was,” said Coraleen Rawls, curator at the Motown Museum in Detroit.  “He was trying to be a square peg fitting into a round hole.”

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Published March 19, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the first time since 1983, the Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition will be held at the Janice Charach Gallery in the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield.


The exhibition will be held through April 29, and it kicked off with an opening reception March 15. The exhibit was organized by the gallery along with Albert Young, of the Detroit-based Michigan Hot Glass Works, the state’s oldest independent glass-blowing school.


Young is known for casting glass and steel.

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