Arts & Entertainment

Published July 22, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Water Works Theatre Company is once again offering youth the opportunity to learn from Shakespearean experts and to perform on the outdoor stage through its unique summer programs.

“We have a lot of fun in these programs while we work hard to put on a great show at the end of each week,” said Frannie Shepherd-Bates, Water Works Theatre Company education programs director. “The teaching artists are all extremely excited to do this work, and I think it’s going to be a banner year.”

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Published July 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Good Hart, Michigan, Huntington Woods resident Patrick Wise would go on hikes during the summer with his wife around a nature preserve. As an artist, Wise said he could really enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

So he decided to paint it.

After a couple of weekend trips to the area, Wise was able to complete his piece that depicts a tree in the center with other foliage surrounding it in the background. And 30 miles up the road, Wise’s piece took first place in a competition on Mackinac Island.

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Published July 20, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.


“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 20, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Jade Williams, 21, of Oak Park, is used to being told “no” because of her epilepsy. She’s also used to surpassing people’s expectations.


Williams, a college scholarship recipient and self-taught musician, is a 2015 Miss Plus America Pageant contestant in the Miss division, and she wants to reach others through her platform of excelling regardless of what others think.


“I really want people to know just because you are epileptic you can do certain things,” she said.

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Published July 17, 2015

Summer is the time to rhyme, thanks to Sterling Civic Theatre’s upcoming July 30-Aug. 2 production of “Seussical the Musical” at Stevenson High School.

According to organizers, this is the theater troupe’s 13th production in five years.

Executive producer Larry O’Grady said the story’s plot integrates themes and characters from the books written by children’s author Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Although Seuss died in 1991, O’Grady said the author’s works and characters are still familiar to children.

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Published July 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  It’s the time of year when West Bloomfield gets draped in fine art.


The 13th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show will feature arts and crafts from no more than 150 artists July 25-26.

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Published July 13, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS/NOVI — Every year for the past 30 years, 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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Published July 8, 2015

DETROIT — Charlie Schmidt bought his first outboard motor by raising money catching catfish as a child.


“That’s when I really got started working with outboard motors and collecting them,” he said.


“I’ve been around the water all of my life,” he said, adding that his father and uncles were all outdoorsmen.


Lee Holland caught and sold snapping turtles as a child to afford his first outboard motor.

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Published July 7, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — The popular Uptown Friday Night Concert Series, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and local businesses, returns to downtown Mount Clemens for a fifth season beginning July 10.

The  free, family-friendly outdoor concert series offers a wide variety of music genres from some of Metro Detroit’s top musical artists.

Scheduled to perform the first concert this Friday is Detroit Music Award-winning reggae band Roots Vibration.

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Published July 1, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published July 1, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Dozens of visitors pass through the main room of the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s Central Branch each day, but unless they happened to glance at the ceiling, they might never have realized that they were standing beneath a modern art masterpiece.


Since the library opened in 1953, a large, colorful mobile by famed artist and engineer Alexander Calder has been suspended from the ceiling. Commissioned for the library, the mobile has long been free to move and alter its shape according to the airflow patterns created by library traffic.

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Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Get your popcorn ready because a local cinema is trying to bring big crowds back to the movies.


Clinton Township’s Board of Trustees recently approved an $8.5 million remodeling of AMC Star Gratiot 21, located in the Regional Shopping Center at 35705 South Gratiot Avenue.


On June 15, the board also approved a liquor license for a bar area that will serve alcoholic beverages inside the theater, which opened in 1990.

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Published June 29, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Before Vanessa Chambe began competing in local Miss America’s Outstanding Teen preliminary competitions, she was shy and somewhat insecure, her mother said.


But now, the 17-year-old former Miss Teen St. Clair Shores walks with poise, has no problems speaking to large groups, and was just crowned Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen at the state competition in Muskegon on June 17.


“It’s been a really exciting week for me,” said Chambe, who will begin her senior year at Lake Shore High School this fall.

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Published June 29, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Kacy Wyman, 13, is a competitive swimmer and an aspiring doctor.

She has never seen herself as different.

“She really lives her life like a normal kid,” said Kacy’s mother, Jen Wyman, explaining that normal daily life currently consists of washing down nearly 50 different medications with gallons of water. “We are constantly living by the clock, but we get through it, and nothing gets her down.”

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Published June 24, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Portrait painting is a time-honored tradition in art that stretches back centuries, and while it may not be as common now as it was before the advent of photography, many artists still specialize in this area.

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Published June 16, 2015

FARMINGTON — Farmington Hills twins Jacqueline Leonard Labadie and Elizabeth Leonard Labadie, 17, have come a long way from dancing in the aisles of North Farmington High School’s auditorium during plays and musicals as children.

They are now dancing on the streets of Hollywood and back after landing lead roles in the upcoming independent film “Crowning Jules,” produced by Miles Media.

“That is where everything started,” Elizabeth, an NFHS junior, said in her home near her twin sister and mother, Michele Labadie, June 11.

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Published June 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Attendees of this year’s Fairy Tale Festival should be ready to go on a high-flying adventure.


The fifth annual festival — which takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27 on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores — is titled “Things with Wings: Fairy Tales at Ford House.” Along those lines, organizers plan to introduce creatures, characters and creations that fly, from planes to fairies to birds to caped superheroes.

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Published June 16, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A few months ago, artist Nick Cave caused a stir of excitement when he returned to his native Detroit to photograph a series of dramatic art installations.

Now, his fans will finally be able to see the results of that effort when his exhibition “Nick Cave: Here Hear” opens at Cranbrook Art Museum this weekend.

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Published June 10, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Emma Islands is about to take the music world by storm. And she’s well-prepared to keep her fans happy with an arsenal of self-written and composed songs for future albums.

A resident of Mount Clemens and a seventh-grader at Richards Middle School in Fraser Public Schools, Islands, her stage name, has just released her debut album, “Echo.”

“It’s folk and a bit of indie,” said Islands, 13. “That’s the type of music I like to listen to.”

And so do many others.

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Published June 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summertime means summer concerts in the Shores, and this year a plethora of acts will bring their sounds to the city.


“Petitpren has sponsored it for 25 years; we’re very fortunate to have that partnership with them,” said St. Clair Shores Activities Committee Chair Maureen Antushevich.


The Michelob Ultra “Music on the Lake” concerts at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard begin June 10 with The Pros Big Band, an act new to the series.

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