Arts & Entertainment

Published April 26, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 22, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Much of what makes Michigan unique will be featured Mother’s Day weekend when the Made in Michigan Show hits downtown Mount Clemens.

The annual event, organized by the Downtown Development Authority, is slated to attract more than 60 vendors from across the state May 6-7.

Michelle Weiss, events coordinator for the DDA, said this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet.

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Published April 21, 2016

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1. Celebrate Earth Day
Friday, April 22 • Metro Detroit

Earth Day is Friday, April 22, this year, and there are plenty of local ways to celebrate, whether you want to learn more about eco-friendly living, explore the great outdoors or get hands-on with cleanup efforts.

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Published April 20, 2016

DETROIT — With  humor, bright colors and elements of Japanese anime, a local girl will join with others across metro Detroit to perform  the operetta “The Mikado” at the Detroit Opera House this month.

“I wanted to join because I love to sing and I wanted to try to see what it was like,” said 10-year-old Isabella Vesprini, of St. Clair Shores. “I like that we get to sing in front of a lot of people, and the costumes are really cool.”

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — This year, the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival is celebrating its 18th anniversary. 

And in honor of the number 18 — which is special in Jewish culture, as it means life — the festival will celebrate Jewish life spanning across times, cultures and locations. 

The film festival will be held at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts May 8-19, and select films will be shown at the Flint Institute of Arts April 26-May 19.

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Community members are invited to enjoy a night of music while raising funds for those in need during the West Bloomfield Police Foundation’s Concert for a Cause.

The concert is presented in partnership with the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission and will be held at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts 6:30-9 p.m. June 23. 

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Published April 20, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Community Concert Band will be hosting a free concert for the public at Ferndale High School in late May.

The band, comprised of players as young as 14 years old to some members in their 80s, will play beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the school’s auditorium.

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you want to get a sneak peek at a future superstar — or even 11 of them — head to the Detroit Opera House next weekend.

Nearly a dozen children from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area will take the stage in a fully staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” as part of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus.

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — If you live in Warren, you won’t have to go far to see what a masterpiece painting looks like up close.

Reproductions of classic works of art are on display now at 11 locations in Warren, as part of the 2016 Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out exhibit.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman told members of the City Council last month that eight businesses and three public buildings were selected to host weather-proof reproductions of priceless works through July 16.

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Published April 17, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The American soldiers who served overseas during World War II loved receiving anything that reminded them of home.

Such items included the knitted scarves, sweaters, socks and caps that were stitched with care and shipped to foreign lands to U.S. military members.

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Published April 16, 2016

WARREN — For book fans who prefer the romance genre, there’s a new author in town.

Former Warren resident Tara Eldana is the writer behind several new romance novellas guaranteed to satisfy serious romantics with a bit of spice, some contemporary themes and a some paranormal activity on their pages.

Eldana has written seven books, published by Black Opal Books, with two of them — “Reclaiming Lexi” and “Under the Riptides” — currently available for purchase. The other four are under contract, with a seventh title pending.

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Published April 14, 2016

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1. Bacon Bash
Saturday, April 16 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

Bacon lovers rejoice. Your favorite food will take center stage during Bacon Bash 2016 at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

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Published April 14, 2016

“Winds in the east” are heralding the arrival of Stevenson High School’s musical rendition of “Mary Poppins,” which will run April 29-May 1.

Stevenson theater director Mark Johnson said the musical will offer some variety both to the student actors and to the audience.

“We picked it because we wanted to be sure that, as the years go by, we rotate through different types of shows, and it was time for us to do a family show,” he said.

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Published April 13, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Inside the Farmington Community Library, Barbara Fern and Anne Greenstein opened up the pages of their past.

The Farmington Musicale members dug into a row of teal boxes neatly labeled and organized by date. Inside were scrapbooks full of pictures, program fliers and decorations from past events.

“The glue has been on there since 1977,” Fern, the group’s president, said April 5 of one of the scrapbooks.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A summer tragedy last year made it obvious for Royal Oak Police Sgt. Patrick Stanton that his annual charity hockey game would benefit the family of a fallen officer.

“It was one of those things, heading into winter once it happened — as sad as the whole thing is, and seeing the wife and the kids — I pretty much knew from that moment who we were playing for this April,” he said.

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Published April 13, 2016

FERNDALE — In 1995, Atom Kaiser was involved in a car crash when a driver fell asleep at the wheel going 50 mph and rear-ended Kaiser’s vehicle.

It left him with a traumatic brain injury that caused him to struggle to do things, such as read. But after learning that the drugs he was taking actually led to the side effect of blurred vision, he started to wean himself off them, and that led to withdrawal.

During this time, Kaiser felt a sudden urge to paint.

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Published April 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., will be holding an art show focused on photography throughout the month of April.

The show, titled “Exposures: Photography ’16,” had its opening reception with an awards ceremony on Friday, April 8. The show will continue until Friday, April 29.

Artist Winnie Chrzanowski, who also works at the gallery, said the title of the show represents how it’s all about photography: Without the right amount of exposure in a picture, you will have a bad photo.

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Published April 13, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — In 1928, a new summer camp was developed in Burtchville, north of Port Huron, to welcome children with physical disabilities who could enjoy summer activities at their leisure.

The camp was originally incorporated as the Michigan League for Crippled Children by a woman named Grace Bentley, who was committed to special-needs children. The camp, which took on the name Camp Grace Bentley, flourished and over the years has continued to welcome children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, blindness, autism and those who use wheelchairs.

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Published April 12, 2016

DETROIT — The grace and beauty of dance have inspired artists for centuries, but the Detroit Institute of Arts is zeroing in on a particular time and place to explore the connections between these art forms in a new special exhibition.

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Published April 11, 2016

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FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Dennis North is used to seeing his name in lights. 

But the lights shone even brighter for the Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge fine and performing arts department professor with his latest role as a scheming politician in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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