Arts & Entertainment

Published April 11, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — At 16, Donna Gross took the stage in her small Ohio town and danced the coveted lead role of Princess Aurora in the ballet “Sleeping Beauty.”

It wasn’t a big production, and the dancers were hardly at the level of a professional company, but the performance was memorable. Her parents watched excitedly from their seats as their star dazzled the audience.

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Published April 9, 2016

WARREN — Six short films by and about women, most reflecting a message of empowerment, will be at the center of Turning Point Macomb’s inaugural presentation of the award-winning LunaFest traveling film festival this month.

Turning Point, based in Mount Clemens and dedicated to providing emergency support, shelter and prevention services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, will host the event at Warren’s Renaissance Unity Church on April 16, with showings of the six films beginning at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Published April 7, 2016

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1. Cheer on the Tigers 
Friday, April 8 • Detroit

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Published April 6, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Public Arts Commission is hoping the community will rally to save the art pieces recovered from the former Northland Center.

After the mall closed nearly a year ago, Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said, the city stepped in to seal the fate of the mall’s various art pieces.

Built in 1954, Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway,  was one of the nation’s first suburban malls. Eight months after a judge ruled that Northland Center would close, the city of Southfield announced the purchase of the mall in October 2015.

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Published April 5, 2016

Utica High School students hope to match up audiences to a familiar soundtrack and a classic story when they present “Emma!: A Pop Musical” April 21-23.

Utica High School Theater Director Joel Kaczmarczyk said he found the musical through Playscripts Inc. He said the musical has a recent copyright, and it was performed for the first time ever by Troy Athens High School.

“They sent me a copy, and I also had a reference CD,” he said. “I fell in love with it. It’s great.”

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Published April 4, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The cities of Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Berkley, Royal Oak and Oak Park will open their doors for people in search of art for the second annual Gallery Hop.

The event, put on by the Huntington Woods Beautification Committee, will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, and feature galleries in the aforementioned cities, where local artists will showcase some of their works.

It will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Huntington Woods Public Library, 26415 Scotia Road, where people can travel to the galleries by bus.

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Published April 4, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library is bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts, attic treasures and philosophical discussions to its visitors in April, with a trio of events and programs scheduled.

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Published April 4, 2016

Sterling Heights will hear the sounds of summer a few weeks longer this year.

The city’s Music in the Park concert series will run for 12 weeks June-August, according to city officials. The concerts will start at 7 p.m. Thursdays June 2-Aug. 25, except for July 28, at Dodge Park.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois attributed the decision to expectation-exceeding popularity for concerts and the launch of the Dodge Park Farmers Market. Last year, Music in the Park took place on seven Thursdays.

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Published March 31, 2016

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1. Fill a bowl to feed the hungry
Saturday, April 2 •  Pewabic, Detroit

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Published March 30, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Some college professors prefer to work with upperclassmen and graduate students, who might be more mature and focused by that point in their academic careers, but artist Robert Schefman couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with freshmen.

The College for Creative Studies professor chairs the freshman foundations program, a program for students just entering art school.

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Published March 30, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — For fans of the popular Dabble in the Farms events — which have quickly attracted a following for their mix of eclectic food, craft beer and entertainment — there’s some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that Dabble in the Farms will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. June 4 in the municipal parking lot behind businesses on the Hill. The bad news is that this is the only Dabble event on the calendar for 2016.

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Published March 30, 2016

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians will come to the Troy library to perform music featured in a best-selling novel set in Michigan as part of a statewide reading initiative.

At 7 p.m. April 7 at the library, DSO flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo and cellist David LeDoux will perform a selection from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mendelssohn, and works by Vivaldi and others mentioned in the book “Station Eleven.”

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Published March 30, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville High School drama club has announced that its spring production is “Grease: The Musical,” and dozens of students all the way down to the elementary level have been preparing for its April 28-29 show dates.

Drama Director Angie Houghton said the production has been in the works since December, when auditions were held. Following the Christmas break, students started rehearsals at least once a week, practicing more frequently as time has gone on, she said.

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Published March 29, 2016

Sarah and Bill Williams lined up a sitter for their children, Aurora, 6, and Brayden, 8, on March 24 to go to the movies to see “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Their date night was a bit different from other couples in the theater, though.

Sarah Williams and a cake she created were in a scene in the movie.

“It was so awesome to see my cake on the big screen,” she said.

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Published March 29, 2016

ROCHESTER — While many across the country play practical jokes on friends and loved ones for April Fools’ Day, a local store will be focusing on spreading a little cheer.

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Published March 29, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — Michigan’s Legoland Discovery Center has been building a home inside Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills for the past year, and now the public finally has a chance to see what’s inside.

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Published March 24, 2016

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1. Spend a day in Bunnyville
March 25-26 • The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak

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Published March 23, 2016

FRASER — Five 21-year-old musicians from metro Detroit are doing their best to imitate their favorite musicians, and yet create a product all their own.

If Walls Could Talk is the name of the group that aims to make a splash in the music scene.

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Published March 18, 2016

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1. Start your Easter celebration early
Saturday, March 19, Clawson
Sunday, March 20, Farmington Hills

The first day of spring arrives this weekend, and some local communities are celebrating with Easter-themed events. 

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Published March 16, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — You can either head past the second star to the right and straight on till morning, or you can head to Civic Arena March 18-20 to get a taste of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Neverland.

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