Arts & Entertainment

Published September 9, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For Martin Bucknarish, art didn’t come to be a big part of his life until he was laid up with back surgery a decade ago.


“I was a design engineer for most of my life,” said Bucknarish, of Sterling Heights.


Now 63, the colored pencil and ink artist began by sketching to keep himself occupied and started seeing improvement after about two years. Working as a visionary artist, Bucknarish said most of his artwork reflects visions in his head and dreams of other worlds. Every piece, he said, has a story.

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Published September 9, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Detroit resident Clarence Steen is excited to once again bring his Detroit-themed photography to the Harper Woods Friends of the Library Artisans Market.


Steen participated in the inaugural event last year and enjoyed the experience.


“It is spectacular,” he said of the event. “It helps promote my photography.”


Besides promoting his work, Steen said it exposes others to different parts of Detroit.

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Published September 9, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With vendors selling Michigan-made products, activities for children, music, food trucks and more, the 2015 Made in Michigan Festival has something for everyone.


The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Senior Activities Center, 20000 Stephens, with more than 60 vendors of homemade and Michigan-made products, as well as a variety of food trucks and performances throughout the day by local bands. It will be open until 8 p.m. that day.

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Published September 9, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD  — The West Bloomfield School District will honor U.S. military, police and fire heroes at the fifth annual Family Fun Night at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at West Bloomfield High School.


Following the event, West Bloomfield families are invited to show their Laker pride and cheer on the football team at a 7 p.m. game against Clarkston High School.

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Published September 4, 2015

FARMINGTON — The sun is setting on summer, but that doesn’t mean the party is over in downtown Farmington. 


To usher in the autumn season, the Downtown Development Authority is holding the 11th annual Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. 17-18 at the Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park.


“The event is really downtown Farmington’s way of honoring the entering of the autumn season,” Assistant to the City Manager and DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles said. 

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Published September 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Austen Brantley began sculpting in high school, he had found the space where he belonged.

Brantley, 19, attended Norup International School and is a 2013 graduate of Berkley High School. He now works, lives and displays his art in Royal Oak.

His sculptures bare the soul of someone with a seemingly longer life, as he draws inspiration from Renaissance and classical sculptors and African art.

Brantley said that since graduating high school, he has worked at his craft and has asked other artists for critiques to make him better.

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Published September 2, 2015

HAZEL PARK — When award-winning author and playwright Frank Anthony Polito wrote his novel “Band Fags!” and set it in his hometown of Hazel Park, he didn’t know that one day it would be performed there as a play.

This is the third time that the novel, winner of the 2008 Best Fiction Award from the InsightOut Book Club, has taken the stage. The first time was when SNAP! Productions in Omaha, Nebraska, produced it in June 2012. Next, the play made its West Coast debut at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco in September 2013.

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Published August 31, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Since 1974, Rick Iceberg has tried to combine value with entertainment, offering the community a plethora of fun-filled adventures.


Iceberg owns C.J. Barrymore’s, located off of Hall Road in Clinton Township, known for its batting cages, miniature golf and go-kart tracks. Hoping to stay relevant and adapt, Iceberg is adding something that might throw people for a loop — literally.


He’ll begin construction on a 36-foot-tall roller coaster this fall.

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Published August 26, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — The Keego Harbor Parks and Recreation Commission will host the third annual A Taste of Keego Harbor at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Santia Hall.


Adults are invited to join the commission in tasting appetizers, main dishes and desserts from 18 local restaurants, including Bachelor’s One, Bellacino’s, Bosko’s Coffee & Kitchen, Yard Bird and Paradise Cakes. This year, two new restaurants have been added to the list — Indo Indonesian Restaurant and Filo Fresh.

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Published August 19, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Painter Roselyn Palazzolo Rhodes has been working on canvases since she was a girl, but she said she’s really found her creative voice by painting outdoors.

Rhodes, whose work is on display through Oct. 16 at Services for Older Citizens in Grosse Pointe Farms, is a plein air painter, which means she works outside trying to capture the natural world around her.

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Published August 18, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Sir Bernard Gojira-Godzilla, also known as “Godzilla”, will speak at a free outdoor screening of the 1962 film “King Kong vs. Godzilla” at Lake St. Clair Metropark at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.

The appearance is part of Detroit Film Theatre’s “Movies at the Metroparks” program.

Sir Gojira-Godzilla, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to film and urban planning, will speak about his career and future plans before the showing.

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Published August 4, 2015

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DETROIT — If you’re looking for drama and tension, you’ll have to find it in the songs Whiplash plays. Most bands disintegrate because of conflict, but the guys in Whiplash — all local music scene veterans — say this group is thankfully free of that.


“We all get along well,” said bassist and vocalist Rick Crooker, of Clinton Township. “There’s no friction.”


Drummer and vocalist Ernie Modestino, of St. Clair Shores, chimed in with a similar sentiment.

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Published July 30, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It may seem easier to park kids in front of a screen while on a road trip, but experts suggest that read-along books are more interactive for children and the whole family.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children older than the age of 2 should not exceed on average two hours of screen time per day, according to Dr. Beth Swartz, a pediatrician with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Children younger than 2 years old should have zero screen time.

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Published July 30, 2015

CITY — Living in Michigan, artists don’t have to go far to find inspiration for “Our Rivers, Our Lakes.” For many, they need only look out their window or head to their community park.

The Grosse Pointe Art Center hosted an opening reception for the 13th annual “Our Rivers, Our Lakes” on July 24 that drew dozens of artists and visitors to the gallery to take in scenic landscapes, water-inspired abstract works and more.

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Published July 22, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Water Works Theatre Company is once again offering youth the opportunity to learn from Shakespearean experts and to perform on the outdoor stage through its unique summer programs.

“We have a lot of fun in these programs while we work hard to put on a great show at the end of each week,” said Frannie Shepherd-Bates, Water Works Theatre Company education programs director. “The teaching artists are all extremely excited to do this work, and I think it’s going to be a banner year.”

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Published July 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Good Hart, Michigan, Huntington Woods resident Patrick Wise would go on hikes during the summer with his wife around a nature preserve. As an artist, Wise said he could really enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

So he decided to paint it.

After a couple of weekend trips to the area, Wise was able to complete his piece that depicts a tree in the center with other foliage surrounding it in the background. And 30 miles up the road, Wise’s piece took first place in a competition on Mackinac Island.

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Published July 20, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.


“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 20, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Jade Williams, 21, of Oak Park, is used to being told “no” because of her epilepsy. She’s also used to surpassing people’s expectations.


Williams, a college scholarship recipient and self-taught musician, is a 2015 Miss Plus America Pageant contestant in the Miss division, and she wants to reach others through her platform of excelling regardless of what others think.


“I really want people to know just because you are epileptic you can do certain things,” she said.

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Published July 17, 2015

Summer is the time to rhyme, thanks to Sterling Civic Theatre’s upcoming July 30-Aug. 2 production of “Seussical the Musical” at Stevenson High School.

According to organizers, this is the theater troupe’s 13th production in five years.

Executive producer Larry O’Grady said the story’s plot integrates themes and characters from the books written by children’s author Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Although Seuss died in 1991, O’Grady said the author’s works and characters are still familiar to children.

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Published July 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  It’s the time of year when West Bloomfield gets draped in fine art.


The 13th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show will feature arts and crafts from no more than 150 artists July 25-26.

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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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