Arts and Entertainment

Published June 28, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz wanted to show her children the story of her survival, but her visual artwork is now open for others to see in a new exhibit, “Fabric of Survival,” at the Janice Charach Gallery July 16-Sept. 19.

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Published June 23, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging kids to come out and show off their moves.

The department’s summer dance programs are returning for their 33rd consecutive year June 26. The eight-week classes are open for any child who wants to join. The classes take place in the Harper Woods High School auditorium.

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Published June 22, 2017

1. Opa! Fest
June 23-25 • St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Troy

A little taste of Greece will come to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church this weekend as Opa! Fest returns for its 24th year.

The festival will run June 23-25 on the church's grounds, located at 760 W. Wattles Road in Troy. Festival hours are 4-11 p.m. June 23, 4-11 p.m. June 24 and noon-8 p.m. June 25.

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Published June 21, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band have performed all over the world, and they will perform on the back lawn of The War Memorial June 29.

The group will be performing a free public concert outdoors — weather-permitting — on the terrace of the Alger House, on Lake St. Clair, starting at 7:30 p.m. June 29. The grounds will open at 6:30 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. No tickets or registration are required.

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Published June 20, 2017

FERNDALE — This weekend will bring a new event not just to the city of Ferndale, but right to the front door of some of its residents.

“The Front Porch: A Day of Music on Ferndale Porches” is a showcase of bands and artists from around Michigan that will take place right on the front porches of homes in the city. The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at a variety of homes in Ferndale.

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Published June 20, 2017

ORCHARD LAKE — With a tilt of her wrist, a nameless woman in a purple ankle-length dress bends down, frozen in time, reaching toward a fat snail atop a leaf. The leaf is in the company of bees buzzing about overgrown sunflowers. Behind that image are askew pages imprinted onto the sky.

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Published June 20, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council approved a new mural program that will be led by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

Approved at the June 5 meeting, the Berkley DDA Mural Program will be run through the DDA’s Public Art Committee and Design Committee.

It will be their job to review applications for new outdoor murals.

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Published June 15, 2017

1. Cruisin' Gratiot
June 17 •  Eastpointe

Eastpointe is the place to be for car lovers this weekend, as the 19th annual Eastpointe Cruisin' Gratiot returns June 19.

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Published June 14, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Music in the Park concert series kicks off this week, bringing music and merriment to Rochester’s Municipal Park.

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rochester, the series features seven concerts, which take place 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in and around the Bebout Band Shelter in Municipal Park, located behind City Hall, at 400 Sixth St.

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Published June 14, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Local author and poet M.L. Liebler will be performing a reading of his acclaimed book, ”Heaven was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond,” at the Harper Woods Public Library on Monday, June 26.

The book, as well as a second book of poetry called “I Want to Be Once,” was selected to the Library of Michigan’s Michigan Notable Books list for 2017. “Heaven was Detroit” discusses the history of Detroit’s music scene through 50 essays written by local writers, experts and musicians.

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Published June 14, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — You might hear a made-up language, an original song or a new answer to a thought-provoking question like “Why is the sky blue?”

You just don’t know what you’ll experience during an “Evening of Improvised Comedy” at 8 p.m. June 17 at the Berman Center for Performing Arts,  6600 W. Maple Road.

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Published June 7, 2017

1. RoseFest
June 8-11 •  Veterans Memorial Park, Roseville

Roseville is the place to be for family-friendly fun this weekend, as the annual RoseFest returns  to Veterans Memorial Park, 27325 Barkman St.

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Published June 7, 2017

ROCHESTER — The art world can be intimidating for some, but in downtown Rochester, a person doesn’t need to be an art expert to enjoy it.

This month, a simple stroll down Main Street will introduce people to a wide variety of local art during the Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ Spring Gallery Stroll 6-8 p.m. June 9.

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Published May 31, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Anton Art Center will welcome popular Clarkston-based metal artist Atticus McFadden-Keesling during the ART! Macomb fair in downtown Mount Clemens June 2-4.

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Published May 31, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — The third annual Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department Pics of the Parks contest has begun, and soon the picturesque parks will be flooded with shutterbugs looking for the perfect shot to capture their love of the county’s natural spaces.

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Published May 30, 2017

WARREN — It’s been said that the classics never go out of style, and one local group of performers will sing to that.

Music lovers longing for the tunes made popular during the swing era of World War II will have the opportunity to hear them live when Heart of the Hills Players perform the stage show “G.I. Jukebox” this week at the Warren Community Center, located at 5460 Arden Ave. Performances will be held at 2 p.m. June 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. June 3, and at 3 p.m. June 4.

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Published May 29, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Elementary hosted a student DIY Festival last week so students could show off and sell their homemade creations to benefit some worthy causes.

The event took place May 23 and was organized by parents Elyssa Sardy, Lisa Samartino, Ashley Caza and Marla Mellon.

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Published May 24, 2017

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Published May 23, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Her peers might be listening to artists like Harry Styles and Katy Perry, but 13-year-old piano prodigy Naomi Yamaguchi doesn’t follow the pop artists of the moment.

“It’s just classical and jazz,” said Yamaguchi said of her listening habits, adding that she prefers to tune in to WRCJ-FM. “I don’t like pop music very much. My dad sometimes listens to (pop) in the car.”

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Published May 18, 2017

1. Motor City Comic Con
May 19-21 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Motor City Comic Con — Michigan’s largest celebration of pop culture — is taking over the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi May 19-21.

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