Arts and Entertainment

Published May 17, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Residents can enjoy music from longtime series performer Wally Fitz Jazz to kick off Eastpointe’s Music in the Plaza from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 24 in the plaza behind City Hall at 23200 Gratiot Ave.

Richard Paul, of the Carey and Paul Group, helps book the bands for the series and said that Fitz is from the area.

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Published May 17, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The tones of jazz, the classics and bluegrass will blend with nature at its finest in township parks this summer. 

“We like to think of ourselves as a cut above your average music in the park series,” said Oakland Township Recreation Manager Becky McLogan. 

The free Oakland Township Music in the Meadows series will present Friday night concerts June 16, July 7 and Aug. 18 in two different parks.

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Published May 17, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — They’ve been friends for years, but artists Linda Allen, of Grosse Pointe City, and Roselyn Rhodes, of Grosse Pointe Park, have never worked together.

So the two longtime Grosse Pointe Artists Association members are excited to be doing a show together. Works by Allen and Rhodes will be on display May 20 through June 4 at The Loft Fine Art gallery in downtown Mount Clemens. Titled “Landscapes to Dreamscapes: Visions by Two Artists,” the exhibition features new work by the two award-winning artists.

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Published May 17, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Kelly Kaatz, gallery director at the Janice Charach Gallery, wants you to see mosaic art in a way you probably haven’t before.

Thirty-four artists are currently featured in the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition, running May 4-June 15 at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, 6600 W. Maple Road. 

The show features mosaic artists from all over the world and was timed to coincide with the American Mosaic Summit in metro Detroit May 2-6. 

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Published May 15, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The entries are in, the winners have been selected, and the images are certainly impressive.

The first-ever Bloomfield Township Public Library photo contest wrapped up April 1, and according to Assistant Library Director Tera Moon, the participation was better than expected for the inaugural competition.

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Published May 10, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — A longtime Huntington Woods resident is being featured in an international mosaic art show that currently can be seen in West Bloomfield.

Joan Schwartz, a 41-year resident of the city, will be one of 34 artists featured in the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition, which takes place from May 4 to June 15 at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, 6600 W. Maple Road.

The show features mosaic artists from all over the world and was timed to coincide with the American Mosaic Summit in metro Detroit May 2-6.

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Published May 10, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — All things Michigan will be arriving in downtown Mount Clemens this weekend.

The Downtown Development Authority’s annual spring event is an open air show dedicated to all things Michigan.

“The goal of the Made in Michigan Show is to inform, educate and encourage Michiganders, organizations and consumers alike to support our local economy by purchasing products made in Michigan and from Michigan-based companies and vendors,” said DDA Director Michelle Weiss.

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Published May 9, 2017

ROCHESTER — Over the past seven years, downtown Rochester’s Deck Art competition has grown by leaps and bounds.

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Published May 9, 2017

DETROIT — It’s not easy to confess your most private thoughts, but that’s exactly what local photographer Roy Feldman has accomplished with his new collection of work.

For the last several months, the Grosse Pointe Woods resident has photographed a number of individuals in images that closely depict the contradictions of their own dreams when they are compared to reality.

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Published May 9, 2017

DETROIT — A thought-provoking new political thriller is closing out Detroit Public Theatre’s second season. Through May 28, the theater is staging the Michigan premier of Zak Berkman’s critically hailed “The Harassment of Iris Malloy.”

The show has had a rolling world premier at cities around the country in recent months. It looks at what happens when the title character — a waitress and single mother — spends time in the hotel room of a war hero turned senator, and how the encounter changes both of them.

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Published May 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — It’s not every day that fans can rub elbows with some of their favorite comic book creators, artists, and film and TV icons, but then again, Motor City Comic Con is not an everyday event.

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Published May 9, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The 36th annual Art Birmingham fine art fair will return to Shain Park this weekend to celebrate creativity, spring and, of course, moms.

According to Karen Dalhey, executive director of the Guild of Artists and Artisans in Ann Arbor, the long-running event has become something of a marker for the start of the state’s hopping outdoor art fair season.

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Published May 5, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Decades after her parents and others attempted to escape the former Soviet Union by diverting a flight in Leningrad in 1970, Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov shed some tears in the prison cell her mother had been held in for months.

In that cell in Riga, Latvia, Zalmanson-Kuznetsov’s mother, Sylva Zalmanson, 72, stood nearby her as that moment was captured on film in 2015 for the documentary “Operation Wedding.” 

The film about the arduous escape attempt is told from Zalmanson-Kuznetsov’s perspective.

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Published May 5, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Representatives from the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill say concertgoers can bet on an exciting season of musical acts.

This is the second year that Palace Sports & Entertainment has managed the amphitheater’s concert schedule, and it’s the first concert season under the amphitheater’s name change from Freedom Hill Amphitheatre to the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. The amphitheater, which can fit more than 7,000 attendees, is located at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

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Published May 4, 2017

1. Macomb County Day at the DIA
Saturday, May 6 • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts is holding Macomb County Day May 6, offering free round-trip bus rides to the museum for all county residents.

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Published May 3, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts will be holding Macomb County Day on May 6, offering free round-trip bus rides to the museum for all county residents.

The service is part of County Days, offered twice a year for people living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. County Days are made possible by millage support from tri-county residents, said DIA Program Manager Julie McFarland.

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Published May 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If you have children, you’re likely very familiar with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and you might even know the words to its iconic songs by heart.

But while the animated film was aimed at youngsters, the theatrical version caters to all ages. It’s one of the many reasons that Grosse Pointe Theatre selected this grand, sweeping fairytale to close out its 2016-17 season.

There will be nine performances of “Beauty and the Beast” May 7-20 at The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms.

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Published April 27, 2017

DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting its 80th annual Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition, a display of art created by students attending Detroit Public Schools.

Students from 18 schools submitted ceramics, collages, drawings, videos, textiles, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, sculptures and other works to a jury of local artists, retired Detroit Public Schools educators and DIA staff, who selected the nearly 400 pieces included in the show.

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Published April 27, 2017

1. VegFest
Sunday, April 30 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Whether you’re vegan or simply want to learn more about healthy food options, you can get a taste of plant-based eating during VegFest from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

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Published April 26, 2017

An actor who grew up in Sterling Heights is on the verge of expanding his empire in the acting world by making an appearance on a national television show.

Revon Yousif, 25, is scheduled to appear on the Fox TV show “Empire” at 9 p.m. May 3. Yousif said he can’t reveal much about his character except that his name is Harry and he is an R&B singer.

“Acting and singing are the two things I love doing most, so being able to do both on a show that I’m a huge fan of is a dream come true,” Yousif said in a statement.

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