Arts & Entertainment

Published June 16, 2015

FARMINGTON — Farmington Hills twins Jacqueline Leonard Labadie and Elizabeth Leonard Labadie, 17, have come a long way from dancing in the aisles of North Farmington High School’s auditorium during plays and musicals as children.

They are now dancing on the streets of Hollywood and back after landing lead roles in the upcoming independent film “Crowning Jules,” produced by Miles Media.

“That is where everything started,” Elizabeth, an NFHS junior, said in her home near her twin sister and mother, Michele Labadie, June 11.

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Published June 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Attendees of this year’s Fairy Tale Festival should be ready to go on a high-flying adventure.


The fifth annual festival — which takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27 on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores — is titled “Things with Wings: Fairy Tales at Ford House.” Along those lines, organizers plan to introduce creatures, characters and creations that fly, from planes to fairies to birds to caped superheroes.

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Published June 16, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A few months ago, artist Nick Cave caused a stir of excitement when he returned to his native Detroit to photograph a series of dramatic art installations.

Now, his fans will finally be able to see the results of that effort when his exhibition “Nick Cave: Here Hear” opens at Cranbrook Art Museum this weekend.

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Published June 10, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Emma Islands is about to take the music world by storm. And she’s well-prepared to keep her fans happy with an arsenal of self-written and composed songs for future albums.

A resident of Mount Clemens and a seventh-grader at Richards Middle School in Fraser Public Schools, Islands, her stage name, has just released her debut album, “Echo.”

“It’s folk and a bit of indie,” said Islands, 13. “That’s the type of music I like to listen to.”

And so do many others.

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Published June 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summertime means summer concerts in the Shores, and this year a plethora of acts will bring their sounds to the city.


“Petitpren has sponsored it for 25 years; we’re very fortunate to have that partnership with them,” said St. Clair Shores Activities Committee Chair Maureen Antushevich.


The Michelob Ultra “Music on the Lake” concerts at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard begin June 10 with The Pros Big Band, an act new to the series.

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Published June 3, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Music is a great way to relax and add “a little culture to your summer,” according to West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission Recreation Coordinator Nancy Keener.


The Parks and Recreation Commission will once again present two concert series this summer. Kids Komotion concerts will take place at 11 a.m. June 25 and Aug. 20, and at 7 p.m. July 23. The Hot Music, Hot Nights Summer Concert Series will run from 7-8:15 p.m. every Wednesday from July 8-Aug. 5.

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Published May 28, 2015

FARMS — Residents can again get ready to eat, drink, be merry and raise money for charity.

The latest installment of Dabble in the Farms will take place from 6-10 p.m. May 30 on the Hill. It’s a craft tasting event that will feature beverages from local breweries, wineries and alcohol producers, along with music and popular food trucks. A portion of the funds will support Camp Casey, a nonprofit organization that offers horseback riding programs to children with cancer and their families.

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Published May 27, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Art fans can immerse themselves in watercolors at the 68th annual Michigan Water Color Society exhibit on display at the Janice Charach Gallery through July 16.


The exhibit opened May 17, and anywhere from 300-400 people attended the opening reception, according to Kelly Kaatz, Janice Charach Gallery director.

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Published May 26, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of free car and truck shows will make this weekend an eventful one for car lovers in and around Macomb Township.


On Saturday, May 30, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department will host its 16th annual Tons O’ Truck event. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the St. John Medical Center on 23 Mile Road.

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Published May 20, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Maybe if comic book superheroes and monsters had populated their textbooks, some art history students would have paid closer attention during class.

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Published May 13, 2015

The Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair might not have the “Margaritaville” beach party theme of last year, but it will feature a Beach Boys tribute band and a broad mix of other musical acts, according to city officials.

The annual Sterling Heights festival will occur this year July 23-25 in the area around the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center.

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Published May 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If dancing and singing Nazis sound like the makings of a terrible musical, that’s exactly what Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom, believed.


After realizing they can make more money from a flop than a hit, the men come up with “Springtime for Hitler,” which they’re certain will be the biggest disaster in theatrical history. But when the show turns out to be a smash, they find themselves facing prison time.

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Published May 5, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was all pomp and circumstance, with an accordion to boot, April 30 at the grand opening of The Riviera, 30170 Grand River Ave.


Local dignitaries, including Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner, cheered during the ribbon cutting as droves of attendees filed in to watch the first showing, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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Published May 5, 2015

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DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.


The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published April 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you’re a geek, a nerd or something in between, chances are you’ve heard of Penguicon, the yearly community-run convention celebrating computer programming, science fiction, DIY and beyond.

From April 24-26, attendees eager to let their freak flag fly hunkered down at the Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel to attend panels, informational sessions, demonstrations, concerts and parties.

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Published April 29, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — For most audience members, music festivals are a chance to hear their favorite artists and enjoy time away from the stresses of everyday life. But for Matthew Ball, one particular music festival changed his life.

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Published April 29, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — If the sunny, warm temperatures — quickly followed by windy, overcast skies — weren’t enough of an indication that spring has arrived in Birmingham, there’s one more sure sign of the season.


The annual Art Birmingham fair will return May 9-10 to Shain Park in downtown Birmingham. The Mother’s Day staple will bring more than 150 artists to the heart of the city to show off their work in ceramics, painting, photography, jewelry, wood, fiber and more.

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Published April 28, 2015

DETROIT — Just before her death from ovarian cancer in 2005, pianist Ruth Laredo asked that her tombstone read “An die Musik.”

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Published April 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Their exhibitions have been held as far away as Petoskey and Alpena, so local art lovers are fortunate to have the latest show by the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors close to home.


The DSWPS has chosen the Grosse Pointe Art Center to host “Femmes Detroit.” Jurored by painter Vianna Szabo, “Femmes Detroit” opened with a reception April 17 and will be on view through May 3.


Grosse Pointe City artist Linda Allen wasn’t in this show but was on hand for the opening.

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Published April 21, 2015

DETROIT — Local leading jazz musicians will be sharing a famous stage with some aspiring jazz greats of tomorrow when the University Liggett School Jazz Band opens for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on April 30 at the Music Hall Jazz Café.

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