Arts & Entertainment

Published November 25, 2015

TROY — Good grief.

It had been 40 years since the 1975 production of Lincoln High School’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and it was time to reunite the cast.

On the evening of Nov 17, the cast members — some who haven’t seen each other since the mid-1970s — gathered for a 40-year reunion at Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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Published November 24, 2015

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SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Local teenagers will bring in the holiday season in December with themed plays at Eastside Teen Outreach and East Detroit High School.


The outreach organization has a rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life” set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5. According to Eastside Teen Outreach co-founder Deena Trocino, the play will not only feature local teens, but also former members of the defunct Eastpointe Players community theater group.

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Published November 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as one of more than 550 applicants for a grant.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Development Director Linda Ramsay-Detherage said the grant was one the theater had to match, meaning it had to prove it could generate $15,000, which it already has done.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON — Since 1965, the Farmington Art Foundation has been part of the community effort to bring artists together and to reach out to teach others about art.

This year marks the foundation’s 50th anniversary, and at the Farmington Hills City Council meeting Nov. 9, the group was given a proclamation by the council for its work in the community and the programs it offers for seniors and students.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.

“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players during November and December.

The annual favorite “A Christmas Carol” has been entertaining area playgoers for 34 years.

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Published November 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools’ performing arts program has quite a treat in store with its upcoming production of “Mary Poppins” Nov. 20-21.

Director Kirk Erickson said the show is so large and entails so much “magic” that they began preparing for it at the start of the school year.

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Published November 11, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A Grosse Pointe South High School alumna is showing her jazzy side. 

Emma Aboukasm, who graduated in 2014, is a finalist in the annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition to be held Nov. 15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Published November 11, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Director Edward Nahhat is mad about the Royal Oak High School Drama Club’s upcoming fall production.

“It’s going really well,” he said. “I’m crazy about it.”

The extremely busy and talented group will present “Crazy for You” Nov. 13-15 inside the high school auditorium on Lexington Boulevard.

The Tony Award-winning musical comedy stars senior Michael Miller and junior Kristen Dubicki.

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Published November 11, 2015

It’s still more than three months away, but plans are taking shape for the 2016 St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival, set for Feb. 19-21 in Blossom Heath Park.

The musical lineup is set and plans are progressing ahead of schedule, said Dave Rubello, musical director of the festival.

“We have a wonderful lineup of people,” he said. “We have music for all ages.”

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Published November 11, 2015

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TROY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A singing piano man, a group of dancers chasing their dreams, and a peaceful, easy feeling set the tone for three upcoming shows.

On Nov. 15, Warren resident Marcello Rossi will perform live at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road in Troy. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show opens at 5:30 p.m. with music from Black Satin.

Rossi’s show begins at 6 p.m., and singing with him will be Broadway singer Nancy Ingles. There will be one intermission, and the show should last until 8 p.m.

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Published November 10, 2015

FERNDALE — What started as a small show in Siouxsan Miller’s home has grown into a local artists showcase each year, as the 17th annual Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show will return to Ferndale Nov. 21.

Miller, who has been creating art and doing art shows in the metro Detroit area for years, said the show, which started in Pleasant Ridge but now resides at the Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2441 Pinecrest Drive in Ferndale, gives Michigan artists a way to get their items out there, and the show also embraces the local art community.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — London after World War I is a place of grief and pain. Eager to escape the gloom, two housewives recruit two other ladies to join them in a monthlong vacation at a sunny northern Italian seaside castle they’ve rented.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Author Kyle Prue has a way with words.

As part of his everyday routine, the 19-year-old Naples, Florida, resident makes sure he writes 1,000 words per day. 

Prue is the author of  the young-adult fantasy novel, “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy.” He talked about his writing process and much more when he visited Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System Oct. 30. 

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Published November 4, 2015

When the Detroit Institute of Arts searched for students to offer their input on an art exhibit, it found a pair of budding art analysts at Utica Community Schools.

Utica High School student Sydney Wilcox and Henry Ford II High School student Justin Walters were two of 11 local students to have their comments on artwork recorded in tandem with a DIA exhibit called “30 Americans.” The exhibit runs until Jan. 18, 2016.

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Published November 4, 2015

DETROIT — Vito Lafata has been playing music professionally since 1976, so one would think he wouldn’t become nervous before an audience anymore.

But an upcoming show is giving him butterflies.

On Nov. 8, the 1976 Denby High School graduate will perform at the Fox Theatre as part of the entertainment for the launch of Mitch Albom’s new book, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.”

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The University Liggett School Players will present the American dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Nov. 5-8 in the school’s auditorium.


Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, and 2 p.m. Nov. 8. To purchase tickets, visit seatyourself.biz/uls. The school is located at 1045 Cook Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.


Liggett’s theater program is entirely student-run. Students are doing everything from building the sets to sewing the costumes to managing the box office.

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Published October 29, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From Sunday, Oct. 25, to Thursday, Dec. 10, the Janice Charach Gallery will be decorated with colorful mosaic artwork that holds a deeper meaning.

The exhibition, titled “Just Desserts,” features a collection by three Michigan-native artists from around the state, using desserts to describe their feelings on today’s society. More than 60 pieces are on display. 

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Published October 28, 2015

Stevenson High School students aren’t joking about a couple of nights of comedy, laughs and talent this November.

The school will host “A Night of Comedy … Mostly” Nov. 6 and 7. According to Stevenson staff, the nights are designed to exhibit creativity. Students from the school’s Titan Theater Troupe will put together comedic skits and showcase displays of acting, singing and dancing.

Overall, about 100 Stevenson students will be getting involved, according to Stevenson drama teacher and director Mark Johnson.

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Published October 27, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s been a good year for West Bloomfield’s Two Muses Theatre. Members of the female-centric theatrical company felt like they had finally cemented their place in the community: They’ve performed numerous comedic, dramatic and musical productions for local fans, and in turn, they’ve slowly but surely built up a loyal audience since the theater was founded in 2011.


And then, the curtain fell.

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