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Arts & Entertainment

Published June 14, 2016

DETROIT — As a former professional dancer whose career included a stint as a Rockette, Marlene Boll, of Grosse Pointe Shores, knows well the power that the arts have to transform lives.

She and her contractor husband, John, have long supported a variety of art and education programs for kids, including the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit. And now the longtime supporters of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are being honored by that cultural gem. 

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Published June 14, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — Edward Stross said the dream of most artists is to see their ideas come to fruition.

Stross has owned Gonzo!! Art Studio in Roseville since the late 1980s. Starting as an airbrush painter opened a creative outlet, which later led him into hand painting, sculpting and using charcoal.

His experimentation recently led to the creation of a new mural located behind the studio, which is located at 28305 Gratiot Ave. — the corner of Gratiot and Utica Road. The mural faces Utica Road.

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Published June 13, 2016

BERKLEY — More than 150 artists set up shop on 12 Mile Road in downtown Berkley this past weekend for the 15th annual Berkley Art Bash.

Artists and vendors packed the street on Saturday, June 11, to sell their goods and promote their businesses or hobbies, taking up the entire road from Buckingham Avenue to Wakefield Road, while nearby businesses also had sales to entice the attendees to come into their stores.

Event Director April McCrumb said the artists were mostly from Michigan, with the majority from the metro Detroit area.

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Published June 13, 2016

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FRASER/HAZEL PARK — Life’s twists and turns can be tragic, yet cathartic.

That has been the case for Brian Lewandowski, the gallery coordinator at Phoenix Café in Hazel Park.

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Published June 9, 2016

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1. Clay, Glass & Metal Show
June 11-12 • Downtown Royal Oak

The annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show in downtown Royal Oak isn't your average art fair because, unlike other shows, this one only includes works that are created from the earth using heat and fire.

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Published June 8, 2016

See artwork from regional artists, dabble in papercrafts, and try tai chi or blacksmithing as the Troy Historic Village hosts the Art, Mix, Mingle & Linger art show and the Art Amble June 16-18.

The event, sponsored by the Troy Historic Village and the Image and Arts Council of Troy, which, according to the council’s website, aims to “enhance Troy’s image through arts, culture and urban design,” has expanded from a one-day format last year, said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village.

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Published June 8, 2016

Troy High senior Jonathan Sun has taken piano lessons with Bibianne Yu in Varner Hall at Oakland University since he was 6 years old.

He took notice when his teacher had trouble opening a door or getting around Varner Hall after she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2008. Yu is director of the Music Preparatory Division at Oakland University.

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Published June 8, 2016

It was the iconic images of Detroit that Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Maraniss saw as he watched a 2011 Super Bowl commercial that inspired him to write about what Detroit gave the world.

The commercial featured shots of Diego Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fox Theatre, factories, downtown Detroit, the sculpture of Joe Louis’ fist and rapper Eminem. 

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Published June 8, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A classical performance featuring electric string instruments opens the township’s free Music in the Meadows outdoor concert series.

Great Waters Quartet, comprised of four Detroit Symphony Orchestra string musicians, will perform Electric Mozart! at 7 p.m. June 17 on the porch of the Axford-Coffin farmstead at Cranberry Lake Farm.

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Published June 8, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There are so many childhood joys we let go of as we get older: playing tag, drinking juice boxes, building forts.

But kicking back with a comic book or watching a good superhero flick is pretty much awesome at any age. That’s why the Cranbrook Institute of Science is basing its next installment of the popular After Dark adult event series on all things super.

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Published June 7, 2016

ROCHESTER — Families and friends will once again fill Municipal Park at 7 p.m. each Thursday through July 28 to groove to the music during the annual Music in the Park. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rochester, club President Tom Mines said the free summer concert series has something for just about everyone because a different band performs a new style of music onstage each week.

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Published June 7, 2016

DETROIT — Like the fledgling pop stars he promoted, publicist Al Abrams was just a teen when he started what would become a legendary career.

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Published June 7, 2016

FERNDALE — Every band has to start performing somewhere, whether it’s on a street corner, at a small music shop or in a parent’s garage.

For Taxon Clade, their first performance was at Found Sound in Ferndale two years ago. Now they’ll return to the city they’ve spent so much time in growing up for the release of their full-length, self-titled album.

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Published June 2, 2016

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1. Detroit Grand Prix
June 3-5 • Belle Isle, Detroit

Fulfill your need for speed all weekend long at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix June 3-5 at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Paying for parking downtown may become more appealing following the City Commission’s approval to move forward with the Meters Made Beautiful program suggested by Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal by Ford Arts, Beats & Eats producer Jon Witz May 23 to collaborate with the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts for a parking meter painting program and contest in time for the annual Labor Day festival.

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Published May 28, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — When the drama club at Lamphere High put on its stage production of “The Great Gatsby” last fall, it impressed a professional choreographer so much that he nominated the club to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, also known as the Fringe, where the students will perform before an audience of world-class performers.

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Published May 27, 2016

FARMINGTON — Over 100 artists throughout the country will head to Farmington to present their work during the city’s seventh annual juried fine arts fair, Art on the Grand.

The June 4-5 event on Grand River is presented by the Farmington Hills Special Services Department’s Cultural Arts Division in partnership with the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 4 and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 5.

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Published May 27, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The area’s most creative artists will have their unique work on display along Macomb Place during the 34th annual Mount Clemens Art Fair.

Presented by the Anton Art Center, the art fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held June 4-5.

More than 40 artists and vendors will be on hand displaying all forms of art media, including ceramics, fiber, painting, photography, jewelry, metalwork, illustrations and more. The Art Fair will award $1,000 in prizes to participating artists.

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Published May 25, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — With roughly a half-dozen different locations in the last decade and a half, finding the Grosse Pointe Art Center has sometimes felt a little like a game of “Where’s Waldo?”

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Published May 25, 2016

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1. Memorial Day parades
Saturday, May 28 • Madison Heights
Sunday, May 29 • St. Clair Shores
Monday, May 30 • Royal Oak | Sterling Heights | Roseville | Eastpointe

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Upcoming Events

The events in our calendar were submitted prior to the coronavirus crisis. As efforts have increased to contain the spread of the coronavirus, many events have been canceled. Read More... On March 13, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to cancel all events statewide that involve more than 250 people. It is recommended that you call ahead if you still intend to attend one of these events.

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