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Arts & Entertainment

Published August 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 1920s and a young, Irish woman with a good mind for business set the tone for the musical comedy “Irene,” which the Heart of the Hills Players bring center stage this month.

The theater group, which consists of about 100 members age 50 and older, will perform the Broadway show Aug. 18-21 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township. Joanie Rizzo, of Troy, was cast in the lead role as Irene and can’t wait for opening night.

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Published August 17, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Volunteers with the Packard Proving Grounds are planning an evening filled with 1920s glitz, glam, dinner, drinks and dancing for a good cause.

The “Great Gatsby”-themed gala will take place 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Packard Proving Grounds, located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave., between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads.

Mary Anne Demo, event coordinator for the Packard Proving Grounds, said the opportunity to throw an in-house bash and fundraiser arose when a wedding scheduled for Aug. 27 was canceled.

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Published August 17, 2016

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to attend the 18th annual Family Praise and Picnic in the Park — St. John Lutheran Church and School’s community songfest, and family-friendly worship, picnic and celebration — beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 in Rochester’s Municipal Park.

Event coordinator Roger Guetzkow said the event began as a fellowship and worship outing, and soon expanded into an outreach event for the community.

Today, the event draws over 1,000 people each year, Guetzkow said.

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Published August 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What could be better than brews and music?

Having them together in one festival.

Roy O’Brien Ford at Nine Mile and Mack is bringing the first-ever Rockin’ the Shores Beer and Music Festival to the city from 1 to 10 p.m. Sept. 17, with bands, local beer, food and more.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The summer concert series is going out with a pedal and push this week as the Arts Commission partners with Detroit Cycle Pub in offering art tours this Thursday.

Art Explored Cycle Tours will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 during the final performance of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts summer concert series.

The 20-minute six-seater bike tours will pedal past eight of the latest installations of the Art Explored series, which are located throughout the downtown.

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Published August 12, 2016

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1. Spirit of ’45 Day
Sunday, Aug. 14 • Royal Oak

Aug. 14, 1945, marked the end of World War II, and in 2010, the U.S. Congress declared Aug. 14 Spirit of ’45 Day.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — Through Aug. 27, the public can feast its eyes on the works of two local artists, Patricia Riascos and Roger Meeker, at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

PCCA Exhibitions Manager Megan Stone said the duo had never met before participating in this exhibition, which she said is interesting because although they create very different work, it focuses on similar interests, such as texture and color.

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Published August 5, 2016

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1. Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise
Sunday, Aug. 7 • Clinton Township

Cruisers, start your engines. The 14th annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise is happening Aug. 7.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — You never know what will inspire an artist.

Musician and composer Wes Fishwick, of Grosse Pointe Woods, was watching “Face the Nation” on PBS when he saw Rachel Swaby discussing her acclaimed book, “Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — and the World.” At the time, he said he was looking for a topic for a one-act opera he hoped to write for a national contest. He unexpectedly found it in Swaby’s book.

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Published July 29, 2016

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1. Shakespeare Royal Oak
July 28-Aug. 7 • Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak

For local William Shakespeare fans, the Shakespeare Royal Oak outdoor theater experience is a must-see.

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Published July 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The 14th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art show will return to West Bloomfield July 30-31. 

The Hot Works show will feature about 130 artists and will be held on Powers and Daly roads, just south of Maple Road and west of Orchard Lake Road. 

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Published July 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Mosaics have launched a second act for local artist Patty Petro.

“I retired as an elementary school teacher,” said Petro, who lives in Rochester Hills. “I had knee surgery and needed something to do. I love to paint, but when I paint, I have to stand. I remembered I had some tiles. It became a passion and has become a new career.”

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Published July 27, 2016

ROCHESTER — Pirates and princesses will take over the ballroom at the Royal Park Hotel for an enchanting evening of fun Aug. 7.

Now in its second year, the Downtown Development Authority’s Princess and Pirate Ball — a new take on what was previously known as the Big, Bright Ball — will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the hotel.

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Published July 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — These days, 40 years is almost unheard of for marriages, much less band anniversaries.

But the Sun Messengers — who can trace their funky roots back to a band named Kuumba, which means “creativity” in Swahili — technically will be turning 40 next year, if one considers the 1977 start of Kuumba as the birth of one of Detroit’s most-enduring live acts. They became the Sun Messengers in September 1980.

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Published July 26, 2016

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ROYAL OAK — Actress and director Nancy Kammer, of Grosse Pointe Park, had put her career on hold to care for her mother, who has dementia and lives nearby with Kammer’s young adult daughter.

But when she got a call from Water Works Theatre Company founder Ed Nahhat to direct William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for Shakespeare Royal Oak this summer, she knew she couldn’t say no.

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Published July 20, 2016

Do you enjoy hearing live music in an outdoor venue?

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and head to Boulan Park to grab a bite to eat and hear music tuned to a wide range of tastes when the Troy Summer Sensation Concert Series returns.

The concerts were held on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center campus for the last two years, but will be held at Boulan Park this year.

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Published July 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR — Working alone in a studio can be rewarding, but it can also make an artist feel like he or she is creating in a vacuum. Is the work taking shape successfully? Should the artist use a different color or technique?

That’s why, as the women of Pointe Studio Ten will tell you, having a trusted group of peers who can offer input is vital.

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Published July 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Usually, you have to head downtown to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

But during a few concerts each year, the DSO brings its musicians to various venues in metro Detroit, giving audiences a chance to hear top-notch talents in a venue that might be just steps from home. 

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Published July 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s a match made in heaven, in the eyes of a local 5-year-old girl.

Mia Grammatico says her idol, country star Keith Urban, is talking to her in his song, “I wanna be your man (forever).”

“His one song, he said he wanted to marry me,” Mia said. “‘Pretty little girl I want to put a wedding ring on your finger.’ He was talking to me.” 

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Published July 18, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —When President Ronald Reagan was wounded during an assassination attempt March 30, 1981, chief White House photographer Michael Evans captured the frightening scene through several clicks of his camera.

The picture is one of many official White House photographs that will be on display until Oct. 15 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the Macomb Community College Center Campus.

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