Arts & Entertainment

Published October 13, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Believing that the arts can attract new residents, businesses and visitors to the city, the Madison Heights City Council approved the creation of a new board Sept. 25 that will focus on shaping program and policy ideas for the council’s consideration.

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Published October 12, 2017

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1. Disney on Ice
Oct. 12-15 -- Little Caesers Arena, Detroit

Disney on Ice presents Reach For The Stars is coming to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Oct. 12-15.

The show will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 12; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 13; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 14; and 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 15.

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Published October 11, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Six women positioned in front of a pink background hold large sunflowers against their bodies — they wear a smile and what appears to be nothing else. 

The picture is a promotion shot for the Farmington Players’ current comedy, “Calendar Girls.” 

The show is by Tim Firth, adapted from a British film, according to a press release.

The Farmington Players opened the season with the play Sept. 22, and it will run through Oct. 14. 

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Published October 9, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The 32nd annual OUR TOWN art show and sale at The Community House will feature 357 pieces of artwork from 142 Michigan artists, returning 35 percent of their proceeds from art sales back to the nonprofit’s outreach programming.

But the annual juried show isn’t about numbers — it’s about color and beauty, and with works in paint, sculpture, fiber, photography, jewelry and mixed media, there’s plenty to be had.

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Published October 5, 2017

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1. Camper and RV Show
Oct. 4-8 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The 28th annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show has returned to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, running from Oct. 4-8.

More than 280 RVs and 50 brands will be displayed. Folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers and truck campers are just some of the types that will be displayed.

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts is inviting the community to see the talents of various abstract artists this month.

The show, which runs through Oct. 21, was scheduled to open Sept. 23.

PCCA Exhibitions and Art Market Director Jenny Creech said the exhibition gives the public a glimpse into the abstract-themed work of over 20 artists from across the state and beyond.

“We have paintings, sculptures, mixed media, as well as an artist who works with mold. It is a pretty cool collection of things,” Creech said.

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the second year in a row, local artist Meredith Lea Bailey is a finalist in the 2017 MI Great Artist online competition.

Bailey’s watercolor study of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock reflects her passion for a bygone era and for portraiture. “I have always loved the era of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s,” she said. “My aunt was a Rockette in New York. I was always inspired by her and that era, and I started painting from movie stills.”

Watercolor is an unusual medium for a portrait artist, she said.

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Published October 3, 2017

CLAWSON — On a bended knee, Boston-based muralist Alex Cook brings light-brown strokes to life on the head of a male figure drawn in a mural he created Sept. 25 at Japhet School.

Cook and a number of community and school members began the work on the mural, which was originally a white wall near the front entrance of the school at 839 S. Crooks Road Sept. 23.

“On Saturday (Sept. 23), families came and helped paint the mural all day long. That was amazing,” Betsy Stecker, communications director/registrar, said during an interview at Japeth School.

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Published September 30, 2017

DETROIT — Midtown Detroit was awash with light and sound for the third Dlectricity art show, which took over the city’s museum district Sept. 22-23.

Dlectricity is a free, two-night, outdoor festival that showcases art throughout the midtown Detroit area using video, light, interactive engineering and other quirky artistic concepts.

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Published September 28, 2017

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1. Fall Fun Fest
Sept. 30 • Macomb Corners Park, Macomb Township

The Macomb Township Fall Fun Fest is returning to Macomb Corners Park this year, but missing one aspect from past events — the word fitness in the name.

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Published September 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Two southeast Michigan natives returned home Sept. 9 to screen the suicide prevention documentary they made together. 

“The S Word” had its Michigan premiere at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. The film screening was followed by a panel discussion about the movie and about suicide prevention.

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Published September 22, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/WARREN — “One More Time,” Warren resident JD Marshall is pulling together a cast of stand-up comedians for a show that’s all about helping the families of pediatric cancer patients and the nonprofits that support them.

Marshall said he set up an organization of his own, A Mission of Love, after he lost his 13-year-old daughter, Stephaine, to cancer in April 2015. He did it in her memory, out of her love for comedy and to celebrate life that still grows in the shadow of deep sorrow.

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Published September 22, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The art doesn’t stop, at least not in Clinton Township.

On Sept. 23 and 24, the 11th rendition of the popular Festival of the Senses will take place on the grounds of the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, with the dog parade. Both days will features artists, entertainment and food vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to the public.

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Published September 22, 2017

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1. Harvest Moon Celebration
Sept. 21-23 • Riley Park, Farmington

Fall is closing in, and the city of Farmington is ready to celebrate this weekend with the 13th annual Harvest Moon Celebration.

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ready to rock?

The first Rockin’ the Shores Beer and Music Festival was such a hit in 2016 that it’s been extended to a two-day event with 11 bands, local brews and more.

Co-organizer Julie Law said that more than 1,000 people turned out for the inaugural event.

“We decided, hey, let’s take this to a two-day event,” she said. 

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Published September 19, 2017

WARREN/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — All the world’s a stage for University Liggett School students Maria Evola and Antonio “Tony” Cipriano.

Evola’s fancy footwork as a dancer has been in the spotlight since she was a toddler, and Cipriano doesn’t miss a beat when performing on the musical theater stage.

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Published September 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Art with religious themes is a long-standing tradition — think Michaelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, for example. But art that comes from a base of faith doesn’t have to be a painting of a religious figure.

“Songs of Praise & Peace,” an exhibition of nearly 30 works by Lori Zurvalec and Tamm Whitty on display through Nov. 12 at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, is a collection of imagery that speaks to the artists’ shared Christianity in a subtle way.

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Published September 19, 2017

DETROIT — Residents in and around Detroit’s east side are invited to Music on the Green, an event designed to gather community input on the Barham Farmway and Greenway project while attendees enjoy food, fun and music.

The program is being organized by nonprofit U-SNAP-BAC, which stands for United Streets Networking and Planning; Building a Community. Founded in 1987, the group’s goal is to revitalize the east side of Detroit; in this case, the MorningSide neighborhood.

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Published September 14, 2017

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1. Troy Family Daze
Sept. 14-17 • Troy Civic Center grounds

For the third year in a row, Troy Family Daze will take over the grounds of the Troy Civic Center.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER — Nearly 300 artists from across the nation filled Rochester Municipal Park last weekend for the Art and Apples Festival, but only a select few headed home with awards for their craft.

In the festival’s 52nd year, staff from the Paint Creek Center for the Arts transformed the park into one of the nation’s largest juried fine art festivals Sept. 8-10, highlighting work in a variety of mediums — including ceramics, digital art, drawing, textiles, glass, printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood and more.

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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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