Arts & Entertainment

Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON — Did you know that people in Victorian times draped mirrors and portraits with black cloth after a death because they believed the dead spirit could capture a living person’s spirit?

Learn about Victorian mourning customs, take in a vintage vampire film made in the silent era, and see presentations from the Michigan Ghost Watchers at the Governor Warner Mansion Oct. 17 during Ghost Night at the Mansion.

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Published September 21, 2015

WARREN — When your rock group opens up for Aerosmith and Bob Seger and your music videos receive airplay on MTV, you’ve definitely hit the right chords.

Homegrown rockers Adrenalin were at the top of their game in the 1980s. They toured the country and Canada, their song “Road of the Gypsy” was featured in the film “Iron Eagle,” and fans would crowd Harpos in Detroit, the Ritz in Roseville, and New York, New York in Warren to see them let loose on stage.

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Published September 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The British comedy troupe Monty Python has more than its share of diehard fans, and it turns out that more than a few of them are Grosse Pointe Theatre members.


So when GPT decided to open its 2015-16 season with “Monty Python’s Spamalot” — which will start Sept. 20 and run through Oct. 3 — rounding up a cast and crew wasn’t difficult.

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Published September 16, 2015

CLAWSON — What happens when you combine a community’s youth theater, a movie classic and some creative kids? The film premier of “Joey Jonka and the Caramel Warehouse.”

The film — a parody of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” — is the latest creation of the Acting Out Kids Community Theatre, a group originated and run entirely by children.

“It’s a very funny movie, but it has adult humor in it,” said actor and theater co-founding member Max Siwek, 12.

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Published September 15, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students in the local school districts have only been around for a fraction of the city’s 60 years, but for this year’s Art Challenge, they’re being asked to express the milestone in visual form.


Now in its seventh year, the Art Challenge is organized by the Madison Heights South End Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and aimed at students in grades K-12 in both the Madison and Lamphere school districts, as well as at Bishop Foley Catholic High School.

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Published September 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In an announcement for “Signs & Symbols,” the Grosse Pointe Art Center told prospective artists that they were “completely free of constraints” for this show.

With that in mind, artists got creative for the exhibit — juried by Meighen Jackson — which opened Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 25.

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Published September 10, 2015

CITY — For years, John Denomme was a Village fixture. He owned Village Records and Tapes from 1981-93, ran the outdoor summer concert series Music on the Plaza from 1988-2012, and served as the Village Association marketing manager from 1998-2012.

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Published September 9, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For Martin Bucknarish, art didn’t come to be a big part of his life until he was laid up with back surgery a decade ago.


“I was a design engineer for most of my life,” said Bucknarish, of Sterling Heights.


Now 63, the colored pencil and ink artist began by sketching to keep himself occupied and started seeing improvement after about two years. Working as a visionary artist, Bucknarish said most of his artwork reflects visions in his head and dreams of other worlds. Every piece, he said, has a story.

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Published September 9, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Detroit resident Clarence Steen is excited to once again bring his Detroit-themed photography to the Harper Woods Friends of the Library Artisans Market.


Steen participated in the inaugural event last year and enjoyed the experience.


“It is spectacular,” he said of the event. “It helps promote my photography.”


Besides promoting his work, Steen said it exposes others to different parts of Detroit.

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Published September 9, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With vendors selling Michigan-made products, activities for children, music, food trucks and more, the 2015 Made in Michigan Festival has something for everyone.


The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Senior Activities Center, 20000 Stephens, with more than 60 vendors of homemade and Michigan-made products, as well as a variety of food trucks and performances throughout the day by local bands. It will be open until 8 p.m. that day.

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Published September 9, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD  — The West Bloomfield School District will honor U.S. military, police and fire heroes at the fifth annual Family Fun Night at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at West Bloomfield High School.


Following the event, West Bloomfield families are invited to show their Laker pride and cheer on the football team at a 7 p.m. game against Clarkston High School.

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Published September 4, 2015

FARMINGTON — The sun is setting on summer, but that doesn’t mean the party is over in downtown Farmington. 


To usher in the autumn season, the Downtown Development Authority is holding the 11th annual Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. 17-18 at the Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park.


“The event is really downtown Farmington’s way of honoring the entering of the autumn season,” Assistant to the City Manager and DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles said. 

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Published September 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Austen Brantley began sculpting in high school, he had found the space where he belonged.

Brantley, 19, attended Norup International School and is a 2013 graduate of Berkley High School. He now works, lives and displays his art in Royal Oak.

His sculptures bare the soul of someone with a seemingly longer life, as he draws inspiration from Renaissance and classical sculptors and African art.

Brantley said that since graduating high school, he has worked at his craft and has asked other artists for critiques to make him better.

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Published September 2, 2015

HAZEL PARK — When award-winning author and playwright Frank Anthony Polito wrote his novel “Band Fags!” and set it in his hometown of Hazel Park, he didn’t know that one day it would be performed there as a play.

This is the third time that the novel, winner of the 2008 Best Fiction Award from the InsightOut Book Club, has taken the stage. The first time was when SNAP! Productions in Omaha, Nebraska, produced it in June 2012. Next, the play made its West Coast debut at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco in September 2013.

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Published August 31, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Since 1974, Rick Iceberg has tried to combine value with entertainment, offering the community a plethora of fun-filled adventures.


Iceberg owns C.J. Barrymore’s, located off of Hall Road in Clinton Township, known for its batting cages, miniature golf and go-kart tracks. Hoping to stay relevant and adapt, Iceberg is adding something that might throw people for a loop — literally.


He’ll begin construction on a 36-foot-tall roller coaster this fall.

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Published August 26, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — The Keego Harbor Parks and Recreation Commission will host the third annual A Taste of Keego Harbor at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Santia Hall.


Adults are invited to join the commission in tasting appetizers, main dishes and desserts from 18 local restaurants, including Bachelor’s One, Bellacino’s, Bosko’s Coffee & Kitchen, Yard Bird and Paradise Cakes. This year, two new restaurants have been added to the list — Indo Indonesian Restaurant and Filo Fresh.

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Published August 19, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Painter Roselyn Palazzolo Rhodes has been working on canvases since she was a girl, but she said she’s really found her creative voice by painting outdoors.

Rhodes, whose work is on display through Oct. 16 at Services for Older Citizens in Grosse Pointe Farms, is a plein air painter, which means she works outside trying to capture the natural world around her.

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Published August 18, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Sir Bernard Gojira-Godzilla, also known as “Godzilla”, will speak at a free outdoor screening of the 1962 film “King Kong vs. Godzilla” at Lake St. Clair Metropark at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.

The appearance is part of Detroit Film Theatre’s “Movies at the Metroparks” program.

Sir Gojira-Godzilla, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to film and urban planning, will speak about his career and future plans before the showing.

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Published August 4, 2015

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DETROIT — If you’re looking for drama and tension, you’ll have to find it in the songs Whiplash plays. Most bands disintegrate because of conflict, but the guys in Whiplash — all local music scene veterans — say this group is thankfully free of that.


“We all get along well,” said bassist and vocalist Rick Crooker, of Clinton Township. “There’s no friction.”


Drummer and vocalist Ernie Modestino, of St. Clair Shores, chimed in with a similar sentiment.

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Published July 30, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It may seem easier to park kids in front of a screen while on a road trip, but experts suggest that read-along books are more interactive for children and the whole family.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children older than the age of 2 should not exceed on average two hours of screen time per day, according to Dr. Beth Swartz, a pediatrician with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Children younger than 2 years old should have zero screen time.

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