Arts & Entertainment

Published October 21, 2015

An expert at playing the keys recently gave eighth-graders from Utica Community Schools some keys to understanding the World War II era and the Holocaust from a personal perspective.

On Oct. 12, more than 2,000 eighth-graders from Utica Community Schools witnessed a presentation by Grammy-nominated pianist and author Mona Golabek at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

During the presentation, Golabek shared the story behind “The Children of Willesden Lane,” a book that she wrote with co-author Lee Cohen.

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Published October 19, 2015

HAZEL PARK — While it’s made of steel and stands 13 feet tall, a new sculpture in Hazel Park’s Art Park conveys the delicate curvature and natural colors one would expect from a flower.

True to its name, “Petal Parts” resembles part of a flower and makes the viewer feel like an insect nestled inside. It’s built to capture light and shadow in a way that changes its appearance throughout the course of the day.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Whether she’s creating a portrait of a prominent local figure or making a documentary about some aspect of Detroit, artist and filmmaker Nicole Macdonald incorporates the complex history of her creative subjects in a way that gives depth and breadth to her work.


Macdonald — who was born and raised in Detroit, and whose family moved to Grosse Pointe Park when she was a teen — again lives in the city that inspires her art.

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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Like a family reunion, the Grosse Pointe Art Center’s annual Members Show brings the gang together once a year.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For decades, making video games was the sole domain of people trained to speak the arcane languages of computers and the major companies willing to publish those titles.


In the past few years, however, the Internet has opened the door for new creators, new audiences, and new, socially aware and personal video games made by people who never learned a line of BASIC, according to video game journalist and critic Leigh Alexander, who spoke at a talk presented by the University of Michigan School of Information Oct. 1.

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Published October 7, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD  —  According to event organizers at The Berman, “Hey, you guys!” is not only one of the most famous quotes from the 1985 movie “The Goonies,” it’s also a call to all those looking for a little bit of nostalgia in their life.


Starting Oct. 15, The Berman Center for Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road, will host a movie series called Throwback Thursdays, featuring screenings of some of the most beloved films from yesteryear.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — At the corner of 12 Mile Road and Robina Avenue in Berkley, patrons used to line up around the block to get inside the Berkley Theater and see the latest show. Even the theater’s last showing in 1993 — of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” — was by invitation only.


While the large sign with the city’s name and marquee still stands, the theater is now occupied by Rite Aid, and the grand entrance is used as storage for the business.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — Even in the third grade, Clawson resident Brittney Mattson could tell that art would be a part of her future.


A painting she had done in art class was entered into a show of work from all elementary grade levels, and that proved to be just the beginning of her foray into the art world.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — C.J. Barrymore’s owner Rick Iceberg said his Clinton Township-based entertainment venue must “change or die,” leading to plenty of change within the next couple of years.


This is due to the Sept. 21 unanimous approval by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees to grant a special land use expansion to C.J. Barrymore’s in terms of new entertainment within the community business district on Hall Road.

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Published October 7, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In retrospect, he should have seen it coming.


Frank Leone grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduating in 2003 from South Lake High School and then in 2008 from Wayne State University. Trying his luck in the big city, he bounced from New York to Los Angeles trying to start his career as an actor.


When a mentor suggested he create a web series as an outlet to showcase his work, he decided to give it a try, never dreaming it would grow into the project it is now.

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Published October 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For three decades, The Community House has brought together the state’s finest artists for its annual juried Our Town art show and sale. And during that time, the show’s momentum has only gotten greater.

The 30th Our Town show will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15-17 at TCH in downtown Birmingham. The juried all-media art event provides a forum for Michigan artists to show and sell their work, while 35 percent of the sale’s proceeds go to fund TCH’s outreach programs for children and families in need.

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Published October 6, 2015

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DETROIT — Global trade is so normal now, we take it for granted, but the transportation and sale of goods over long distances might have never been a modern reality were it not for a couple of men with local ties.

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Published October 6, 2015

WARREN — Since 2004, the Hive Colony has been a buzzing honeycomb for musicians looking to perfect their craft, and now even more music will raise the decibels.

Last month, the 10,000-square-foot one-stop rehearsal studio, equipped with 30 rehearsal spaces for seasoned musicians and those just starting out, was named a recipient of the 20 Mission Main Street grants from Chase Bank.

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Published September 30, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Local residents might assume PROST Pointe is named for longtime local cable TV show host John Prost, but it’s actually an Oktoberfest-themed beer tasting — “prost” is German for “cheers.”

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Published September 30, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts has a new director, but he’s no stranger to the museum or its art collection.

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Published September 30, 2015

FERNDALE — With art programs in schools being some of the most underfunded programs in many districts, Michigan Youth Arts is looking to help those teachers and students by bringing back the Arts Equipment and Supplies Grant.


In collaboration with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Youth Arts is offering up to $2,500 to any kindergarten through 12th-grade classroom in the state of Michigan that has a focus on a fine or performing art, whether it be a traditional art class or a music program.

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A rainy start didn’t dampen spirits at the 2015 Made in Michigan Festival at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.


“We like the idea of all the made-in-Michigan products,” said Candace Schuver, of St. Clair Shores. “It’s a great time to spend with my best friend on my day off. It’s great to see something like this in our city, in our own backyard.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A new festival is coming to town this October when Veterans Memorial Park will be transformed into a biergarten paradise for Shorestoberfest.


Hosted by the St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee, Shorestoberfest will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17 at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard. With music from a German band and a disc jockey, games, food from Craft Grille and beer from Atwater Brewery, the event is for those 21 years and older who want to enjoy fun in the community.

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Published September 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Artists from eight counties across the state can enter an online art competition through Oct. 9 for the chance to be named the fourth annual MI Great Artist winner.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, along with Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione, launched the contest in 2012 as a quality-of-life initiative to identify and support up-and-coming artists. Now in its fourth year, the program’s cash awards have grown to a total of $3,000, with additional prizes bringing the total to more than $16,000.

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Published September 23, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Henry David Thoreau once said that this world is but a canvas to our imagination.


There’s nothing in the course of humanity that quite compares to the richness of artistry, which may explain why events such as Clinton Township’s Festival of the Senses has appealed to so many over the past decade.

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