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Arts & Entertainment

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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Published May 25, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Fifth-grade teacher Robert Wax has an interesting perspective on life.

“You know how when you are little, how kids are asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’” he said. “I never had one answer to that.”

The Northwood Elementary School teacher has personified his life philosophy that you don’t have to pick just one thing.

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Published May 25, 2016

ROCHESTER — Local galleries, studios and businesses will give the public a glimpse of what’s going on in the world of art during the Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ Spring Gallery Stroll 5-8 p.m. June 3.

The twice-yearly gallery strolls, typically held in the spring and the fall, give art lovers a chance to stroll from gallery to gallery, admiring artwork, mingling with artists and becoming better acquainted with downtown Rochester.

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Published May 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Residents will notice something different appearing in Macomb Corners Park and the Township Hall building starting May 31.

Through a partnership with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, Macomb Township will receive eight sculptures to place in outdoor gathering spaces.

“We are very lucky. We are the first city or township in Macomb County to have anything of this type, so we’re very excited about it,” said Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn.

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Published May 24, 2016

ROCHESTER — Families can travel back in time Memorial Day weekend during the Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival.

The festival, according to event steering committee member Liz Golding, is designed to provide entertainment for the community and educate people on the heritage of the area, and it also serves as a fundraiser for many local nonprofits, which benefit from various sponsored food and vendor sales.

“There are really so many events that are going on. It’s a really family-friendly festival,” Golding said.

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Published May 19, 2016

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1. Visit your local farmers market
May 21-22 • Metro Detroit

There’s nothing like spending a spring morning browsing fresh produce and locally made products at one of metro Detroit’s farmers markets — and with new markets popping up every year, there are more locations than ever to choose from.

This weekend, in particular, a number of local markets will officially open for the season:

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Published May 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At Oakland University May 13, the Chiquitos Bilingual Montessori hosted its first art exhibition for its elementary students to show off a collection of more than 100 artworks from throughout the school year.

Pieces from each of the Spanish immersion school’s art projects were on display, and the young artists wore burgundy caps to distinguish themselves. The evening included live violin music and a Mexican food buffet.

Approximately 100 people attended the event, which took place in a banquet room inside the Oakland Center.

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