Arts and Entertainment

Published August 15, 2017

DETROIT — At 26, Grosse Pointe Farms native Ivan Moshchuk is an internationally accomplished classical pianist who continues to wow critics and audiences alike. But he’s also something of a rarity: a young classical music fan.

That’s something Moshchuk hopes to change. Through his Detroit Sessions and Detroit Secret Sessions concerts, Moshchuk — who now divides his time between Detroit and Rome, where he’s studying music at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia — is looking for ways to introduce classical music to new audiences.

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Published August 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Ever wish you could get inside the head of a brilliant interior designer for some home décor inspiration?

Next month, the Michigan Design Center will give you an opportunity to do the next best thing: tour the homes of some of the area’s finest interior designers.

The second annual MDC Home Tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, and will include the actual homes of local design masterminds Amy Miller Weinstein, Marianne Jones and Richard Ross, along with homes designed for clients by Corey Damen Jenkins and Ian Hartwell.

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Published August 14, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It’s hard to imagine a garden that’s more beautiful or lush with natural color than the grounds at the Cranbrook estate.

But when a dozen florists add even more flowers to the grounds for a special exhibition Sept. 8-10, that’s exactly what guests will see, according to Laura Daluga, of the American Institute of Floral Designers.

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Published August 10, 2017

1. Down on Main Street car show
Aug. 12 • Clawson

The 19th annual Down on Main Street car show, hosted by the Clawson Lions Club, will cruise into Clawson at 8 a.m. Aug. 12. The event will take place rain or shine and goes until the final trophy is presented, which is usually around 3:30 or 4 p.m.

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Published August 9, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The border of Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit on Kercheval Avenue near Alter Road — once controversially blocked off on the Park side by farmers market sheds — is now the location of a sculpture that symbolizes unity and a shared history between the two cities.

“The Sails of Two Cities,” by artist brothers Erik and Israel Nordin, is now a prominent feature in the Park’s burgeoning Kercheval business district, known as the Park. City Councilwoman Barb Detwiler and her husband, Frederic Detwiler, paid for the artwork.

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Published August 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 34th annual Shelby Township Art Fair — the largest event put on by the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department — will take over the township municipal grounds 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

The family-friendly event will include a kids area, an interactive community mural, live entertainment, an interactive music area, a selection of local food, 22 Michigan-made vendors, 55 artists and 20 crafters.

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Published August 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The public will soon be able to experience Harper Woods’ history firsthand while viewing the community from a bicycle.

The Harper Woods Pedal to Porch program was founded by resident Ernestine Lyons. Those taking part will gather at a meeting place with their bicycles, volunteers will lead them through the city, and the group will make stops at particular locations where designated “storytellers” will share personal stories about Harper Woods.

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Published August 2, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Summer Stroll organizers are again inviting people to saunter the streets and listen to the musical stylings of their neighbors this month. 

The fifth annual Lathrup Village Summer Stroll, planned for 2-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, is a music and arts festival in which local artists can feature their talents, performing on the streets of Lathrup Village. 

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Published August 2, 2017

TROY — It’s long been a dream of Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village, to use the village as a setting for theater. 

Her dream will come true when “Threads,” a 50-minute, one-act, five-scene production comes to life later this month in four separate performances. 

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Published August 2, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 2, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If not for a visit to the former Grosse Pointe Art Center, Scott Brown likely wouldn’t be a working artist today.

Brown, 59, of Grosse Pointe Woods, was riding his bike through the Village one April morning in 2012 when he stopped by the GPAC and peered in the windows. It wasn’t open at that time, but a person working inside saw his interest and invited him in.

“I walked in and was brought to my knees,” Brown recalled. “It was like an epiphany. I sincerely had a feeling of no air.”

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Published August 2, 2017

DETROIT — When the Detroit Historical Museum was working on what would become “Detroit 67: Perspectives,” more than a few people who lived through that bloody, tumultuous time asked them why they were metaphorically picking at an old scab.

To which Marlowe Stoudamire, project director of the “Detroit 67” exhibition, responds: “What makes you think a scab ever formed?”

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Published August 1, 2017

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DETROIT — The scope of the turbulence in Detroit in July 1967 grabbed national headlines, but it reflected racial and socioeconomic tensions happening elsewhere in America as well.

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Published August 1, 2017

DETROIT — Statistics show that 43 people died during the Detroit riot/rebellion of July 1967, but they don’t tell the stories of those who perished.

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Published July 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A steady stream of rock, country and a whole lot of funk will be brought to downtown Royal Oak for the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival.

Organizers and sponsors came together July 25 at HopCat to announce that the Sept. 1-4 festival will be headlined by 311, the B-52s, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, and Grand Funk Railroad.

Other nationally known artists performing include Starship, Dwight Yoakam, the Wallflowers and Candlebox.

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Published July 28, 2017

DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History partnered with the Detroit Institute of Arts to commemorate the 1967 Detroit rebellion with two exhibitions “Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion” and “Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement.”

The media preview July 21 allowed media outlets to view two portions of the “Say It Loud” exhibits at the Charles H. Wright Museum, and the "Art of Rebellion" exhibit at the DIA, which opened to the public July 23.

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Published July 27, 2017

1. Sterlingfest
July 27-29 • Sterling Heights

The upcoming Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair will bring a fresh slate of culinary options and musical acts this weekend in the area surrounding the intersection of Utica and Dodge Park roads. Sterlingfest will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 27-29.

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Published July 26, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley Community Center soon will have the dulcet sounds of a piano ringing through the building again, thanks to a helpful resident.

After his daughter traveled from London, where she worked as a music director, David Mills told her that she could practice the piano at the senior and community center. Mills and his wife, Linda, had gotten rid of their family’s piano since their daughter moved out.

Once he heard back from his daughter, Corinth, that the center had no piano, Mills decided to take it upon himself to find a replacement.

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Published July 20, 2017

1. Old Mill Festival
July 22-23 • Grant Park

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Published July 19, 2017

NOVI — Michigan is in for a special treat.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Festival of Chariots parade in the state — also the 32nd annual celebration in metro Detroit this month.

Every year for more than three decades, Hare Krishna followers pull deities by rope on a 40-foot-tall chariot in the Festival of Chariots parade to symbolize pulling their lord into their hearts.

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