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Arts & Entertainment

Published June 30, 2016

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1. Clawson’s Fourth of July celebration
Monday, July 4 • Clawson

When it comes to the Fourth of July, there ain’t no party like a Clawson party. Independence Day has been a big deal in this small town since the 1930s, and this year is no exception.

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Published June 29, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Around 80 artists have already signed up for the Hazel Park Art Fair, now in its fifth year, but there are still booth spaces available for those who want to sell their art. There is a fee for the booth, benefiting a good cause, and the artist keeps any profit they make.

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Published June 29, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Everyone wants a place to call home, a place with a loving family who will support them through good times and bad. But the harsh reality is not everyone has that.

In Michigan, there are 13,000 children in need of loving foster homes while the state works to reunite them safely with their parents or to find them adoptive homes. The state has over 800 children who are ready to be adopted into their forever homes, according to Orchards Children’s Services.

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Published June 29, 2016

DETROIT — For an arts and culture destination, the Scarab Club’s location — directly behind the Detroit Institute of Arts, at the corner of Farnsworth and John R streets — couldn’t be more perfect.

But despite being around for more than 100 years, Scarab Club members say many people still don’t know who or what they are, or that visitors are welcome.

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Published June 28, 2016

FERNDALE — Several kids in the Woodward Talk’s coverage area currently have their art displayed on public buildings in Ferndale as part of a program to showcase the artistic skills of local students.

The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce’s The Artist in You competition selected six students to feature their art in large 4-by-6-foot installations on local Ferndale businesses, with three of them receiving $500 scholarships.

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Published June 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Get out the lawn chairs and head down to Marshbank Park’s concert hill for the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual summer concert series. 

The Marshbank Music Series — formerly known as Hot Music, Hot Nights — will run 7-8:15 p.m. July 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10. Food will be available for purchase from the Optimist Club of West Bloomfield, and the proceeds will benefit the club’s programs. Alcohol is not permitted in the park. 

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Published June 23, 2016

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1. GM River Days Festival
June 24-26 • Detroit

If you haven’t had a chance to explore downtown Detroit’s newly renovated riverfront, GM River Days is the perfect time to check it out and have some summer fun while you’re at it.

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Published June 22, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Community Band’s sound is just right for its upcoming concert — it’s had 50 years to practice, in a way. 

The band is celebrating its semicentennial with A Lifetime of Music — A Golden Anniversary Concert at 3 p.m. June 26 at Orchestra Hall, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. 

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The excitement began building June 15 during an afternoon preview of the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

Key festival members gathered at Lockhart’s BBQ to reveal the 2016 commemorative poster — created by Royal Oak’s own FWD design and marketing firm — along with new festival initiatives, including Meters Made Beautiful and #ABEHunt16.

The social scavenger hunt and giveaway will allow attendees to share selfies at various locations throughout the festival for a chance to win prizes.

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Published June 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — There are plenty of television shows devoted to the excitement and tension of cooking competitions.

But nothing compares to seeing chefs go head to head right in front of you in real time.

That’s what visitors can expect when they head to the Birmingham Farmers Market on Sunday, June 26. The second annual Chef Clash will take place 10 a.m.-noon with some of the city’s hottest chefs battling it out for the title of 2016 BFM Master Chef.

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Published June 21, 2016

ROCHESTER — The historic Chapman House has deep roots in Rochester, which developer Geoffrey Dancik is hoping will continue to grow — this time, as a fine-dining restaurant.

For the past three years, Dancik, of Bentley Properties LLC, and his team have been renovating the historic home and converting it into a fine-dining restaurant featuring modern American cuisine inspired by French traditions.

The doors officially re-opened Friday, June 17, an event that was greeted with anticipation and relief from staff.

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Published June 21, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Looking to kick this summer break off with a creative bang? You’re in luck, because ParkArt is back again this Friday night for a third year of crafty fun for the whole family.

The Community House will host the event 5-8 p.m. June 24 throughout Shain Park, where kids can create a variety of expert-led projects in a range of mediums, from drawing and painting to sand art and puppetry.

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Published June 16, 2016

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1. Benefit for Orlando
Friday, June 17 • Soho, Ferndale

In response to the June 12 mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, Ferndale businesses are coming together for a benefit to raise funds for the victims of the attack and their families.

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Published June 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Shortly before the end of another school year, Grosse Pointe Park officials honored several creative young artists for their visions for Arbor Day.

The Park City Council honored winners of the city’s 33rd annual Arbor Day poster contest during a meeting May 23.

“On behalf of the Grosse Pointe Park Beautification Commission, I want to thank the mayor and the council for supporting our Arbor Day poster contest,” said Beautification Commission member Pat Deck.

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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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