Arts & Entertainment

Published September 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — To open its 70th anniversary season, Grosse Pointe Theatre is dusting off a popular show from its past.

The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” will get the 2017-18 season off to a witty start when it opens at 2 p.m. Sept. 17. This season is also the first in more than five decades to find GPT not performing at The War Memorial. “Penzance” will be staged inside the University Liggett School auditorium.

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Published September 11, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The annual Birmingham Street Art Fair will close out summer this weekend with more than 150 juried artists lining the streets of downtown.

But as you head out to enjoy the art and take in the last of the warm September air, look closely: The event is more than just an art fair.

“Every year we put on this event, and we do it to bring awareness to the fact that we’re here, we’re in the community doing everything we can to help the people we serve,” said Cyndia Robinson, marketing and communication specialist for Common Ground.

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Published September 7, 2017

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1. Art and Apples Festival
Sept. 8-10 • Rochester Municipal Park, Rochester

The Art and Apples Festival will return to Rochester this weekend, signaling to metro Detroiters that fall is just around the corner.

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Published September 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Art and Apples Festival will return to Rochester this weekend, signaling to locals that fall is just around the corner.

Now in its 52nd year, the festival will entice art enthusiasts from all over to Rochester Municipal Park, which will transform into one of the nation’s largest juried fine art festivals Sept. 8-10.

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Published September 5, 2017

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BEVERLY HILLS — Although he’s been living and working in the Los Angeles area for the last five years, the Grosse Pointes and Detroit hold a special place in Robert deMaine’s heart.

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Published September 3, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The city of Eastpointe announced a call for artists for an exhibition that will feature workers and residents Oct. 26-Nov. 3 at the Patriot Building at Spindler Park, 19400 Stephens Road. The exhibition will be open to the public, and there will be no admission fee.

“At this time, we’re looking at having the exhibit open five days, about three to four hours per day,” said Eastpointe Building Official and Director of Community and Economic Development Mary Van Haaren.

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Published September 1, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — There’s nothing like a good birthday party.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will celebrate its own 60th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 10, during a special edition of the monthly free Sunday @ the Center event. The whole family is invited to come have some fun with all-ages art activities, giveaways and, of course, cake.

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Published September 1, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Renee Acho and her husband have built six homes in Birmingham since 1999.

But their current abode — a chic stucco-sealed mix of contemporary and traditional — is certainly a keeper.

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Published September 1, 2017

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1. Arts, Beats & Eats
Sept. 1-4 • Downtown 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.

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Published August 31, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Bullying is a well-known problem in high schools, and a West Bloomfield nonprofit theater group is getting creative on how to stop it.

A Jewish Ensemble Theatre outreach program performs anti-bullying theater assemblies for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade. 

JET Executive Director Chris Bremer estimated that the group has been performing these shows for upwards of 20 years. 

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Published August 31, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Anton Art Center is gearing up for its 26th annual ArtParty on Thursday, Sept. 14. This year, it will feature delicacies from more than 30 local restaurants and a pair of dueling pianists.

“It’s a big event we have right outside the Art Center,” said Art Center Director Phil Gilchrist. “The street gets closed off, and we have a large tent where all the festivities will be.”

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Published August 31, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The newest season at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts is a season of firsts for the company, and from magic to improv, there are shows for all interests.

The 2017-18 season will see a broader range of performances. 

“It’s really important for us to bring in diverse programming — we don’t want to be the place where people go just to see one thing,” said Elaine Hendricks-Smith, executive director at the Berman. “It’s always going to be something creative and something great.”

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Published August 29, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — It was a little showy, a little jazzy and pure “entertainment.”

The Grosse Pointe South High School Choir hosted the workshop “That’s Entertainment 2017” from Aug. 21 to 26 at the Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center inside Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

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Published August 24, 2017

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1. After 6 on Kercheval street fair
Aug. 26 • Kercheval business district, Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park's Kercheval Avenue business district will be abuzz with end-of-summer activities this weekend when the last After 6 on Kercheval street fair of the year takes place.

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — More than 100 juried painters, potters, photographers, woodworkers, fiber and stained glass artists, and authors will bring their best to the 43rd annual Northfield Hills Art on the Lake. 

 “Some of our artists are like our family,” said Connie Kohn, who coordinates the show with Kathleen Deburghgraeve. “Most of our artists have been with us for many years,” Kohn said. 

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Published August 22, 2017

ROYAL OAK — There are a couple of subjects weighing on author Dan Calabrese’s mind.

“I would say there are two things that I really know a lot about,” Calabrese said. “One is spiritual warfare and the other is baseball.”

The Royal Oak resident and lifelong writer recently combined both subjects in his latest book, “Backstop,” a spiritual thriller based in Lakeland, Florida.

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Published August 22, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Summer is drawing to a close, but local residents will have one final opportunity to enjoy live music, food, entertainment and activities in Grosse Pointe Park’s Kercheval Avenue business district before the season’s end.

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Published August 21, 2017

FERNDALE — Maxim Vinogradov always imagined having a conversation with Tennessee Williams, and what Vinogradov, as a young writer, could learn from the famous playwright seemed endless. 

That was the thought that inspired Vinogradov, a West Bloomfield High School graduate and University of Michigan junior, to write “A Night of Stars with Tennessee Williams.” 

The play brings the audience into Williams’ life and is being produced by the Slipstream Theatre Initiative in Ferndale.

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Published August 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Visitors to the 2017 Shelby Township Art Fair, located on the township municipal grounds, cast a record 1,035 votes for their favorite recycled art entries during the weekend of Aug. 12-13. Last year, the contest yielded 625 votes.

Solid Waste and Recycling Committee Chairwoman Marietta Crabtree said she was once again impressed by the time, thought and talent that entrants poured into their submissions. The contest offered four categories — youth, teen, adult and school — with cash prizes.

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Published August 20, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The ever-growing Hazel Park Art Fair is gearing up for its sixth year, promising a wide variety of physical art and performance art from creative talent around metro Detroit.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The venue is Green Acres Park, behind the Hazel Park Community Center at 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd. Admission and parking are free. Parking is available in the lot at the park, along the street and at the Community Center.

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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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