Arts & Entertainment

Published February 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School senior Bethany Moses was feeling a little stressed out during play rehearsal Jan. 27.

Having just completed midterms, she was now turning her full attention to her lead role in Dakota’s musical production of “Mary Poppins.”

“It’s been a little insane, but it will all come together. I know that definitely. It always does,” Moses said.

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Published February 3, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High School’s next musical is right around the corner, and this year’s performance looks to Broadway for inspiration.

The school’s musical is based on the Broadway adaptation of the Tim Burton film “Big Fish” and the novel it’s based on, “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.”

Musical Director Laurie Frick said the rights to the musical just became available to perform when they were deciding what to put on, and she was looking for a show with a large chorus.

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Published February 3, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Approximately 575 student works of art will be displayed until Feb. 16 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

The artwork is from the Michigan Thumb Art region of the Scholastic Art Awards competition, which Macomb and the College for Creative Studies (CCS), located in Detroit, sponsored.

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER — Looking for a cure to your midwinter blues? The Adams High School Booster Club, in support of the athletic department’s 22 sports and over 50 teams, is hosting its fourth annual Comedy Night fundraiser this weekend. 

“We use a Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle-quality comedian right here in Rochester, so it provides the opportunity for people to come out in February, when the midwinter blues hit, and see a good show right here in town,” said Adams High School Athletic Director Jason Rapp.

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Published February 2, 2016

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FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — New York City resident Jeff Stolzer walked into a Los Angeles barbershop in the spring of 1991 needing a haircut and walked out with a play idea.  

“It’s one of those things (where) you sit in the chair, he cuts your hair and you talk, and there is this strange type of intimacy,” Stolzer said.

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Published February 1, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Sip. Sparkle. Repeat.

That’s the plan for the fourth annual Vintage Jewelry Sale and Tea at The Community House Feb. 6.

More than 40 vendors will be on hand for the popular event to sell new and vintage jewelry, along with some handmade, repurposed items and other accessories.

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Published January 28, 2016

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1. Ice, ice maybe?
Feb. 5-7, downtown Mount Clemens

Temperatures are predicted to be warmer than usual, but hopefully that won’t stop the frozen fun at the annual Downtown Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show Feb. 5-7.

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Published January 28, 2016

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1 - Listen to the blues
Now through Feb. 6, Ferndale

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Published January 27, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Grammy-winning pianist Richard Goode will perform some of the last music ever composed by Ludwig von Beethoven at a special concert in Beverly Hills.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road.

Sonata in E major, Op. 109; Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110; Bagatelles, Op. 119, Nos. 6-11; and Sonata in C minor, Op. 111, were composed from 1820 to 1822, a time after Beethoven already had been rendered completely deaf.

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Published January 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brendan LaRose was simply walking through the halls of Chippewa Valley High School when choir director James Pecar recognized the student wasn’t utilizing what was then an unknown gift, his voice.

Pecar convinced LaRose, now a senior, to join his choir shortly thereafter, and despite only having one short experience in drama prior to this year, LaRose is playing one of the key roles in Chippewa’s production of “Shrek the Musical.”

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Published January 27, 2016

FERNDALE — In its 15th year, the Ferndale Blues & Music Festival not only continues to diversify its musical performances, but also its locations.

The annual festival started as a string of performances in a variety of locations in Ferndale, but this year organizer Craig Covey said there will be a performance once again in Royal Oak Township and, for the first time, a performance at Cork, a restaurant in Pleasant Ridge.

The event will kick off Jan. 29 and run through Feb. 6 at locations such as Dino’s, Rosie O’Grady’s and Como’s.

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Published January 27, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Two years ago, Rebecca Gibson wasn’t sure how putting on a play would come together for her students at Glen Peters School.

With several students in wheelchairs, and others who are blind or deaf, Gibson was faced with many logistical challenges to pulling the show off.

She decided to create and edit the production of “The Odyssey” into a video format, and after having so much success in doing so, she and her students were ready to create their own version of “The Great Gatbsy” this fall.

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Published January 27, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Some people were meant to be on stage performing before an audience.

Jacquelyn Wrubel, a seventh-grader in the Warren Consolidated Schools Middle School Visual and Performing Arts (MSVPA) program, is one of them.

When it comes to live theater, “You are there,” Wrubel said. “You are in the experience.”

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Published January 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Visitors are invited to glimpse the “downstairs” of Meadow Brook Hall during Downton Days, which compares the hall to the popular television series “Downton Abbey.”

The is the third year the hall has offered the Downton Days series of tours and events.

“It is very popular,” MBH Marketing Manager Shannon O’Bersky said. “We’ve expanded them due to the popularity of the series.”

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Published January 22, 2016

DETROIT — Artist Anders Ruhwald’s work has been displayed in France, Sweden, Denmark, Taiwan and the United States.

Ruhwald, the artist-in-residence and head of the ceramics department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, is curating a new exhibition at Pewabic.

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Published January 22, 2016

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1- Check out the Auto Show
 Now through Jan. 24, Cobo Center, Detroit

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Published January 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Chess might seem to be an unlikely topic for a musical, but as conceived by lyricist Tim Rice and ABBA musicians Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, this board game for intellectuals serves as a strong platform for a story about Cold War passion and political intrigue.

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Published January 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — While values, love and faith bind some families together, all things grim, grisly and horrible weave memorable pastimes and sentiment feelings together for the infamous Addams. The Addams family, that is.

During a Harrison High School presentation of a new musical comedy, “The Addams Family,” an opportunity will be had to delve a bit deeper into the familial lives that nightmares are made of.

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Published January 13, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Two literary favorites will make the jump from the book page to the main stage next month as the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts brings back its “Page to Stage” series.

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Published January 13, 2016

DETROIT — One of the most enduring stereotypes about artists is that they’re depressed, and their work comes out of the darkness in their lives. That couldn’t be less true of Linda Allen.

“Most of what I make is colorful and happy,” said the Grosse Pointe City artist, whose first Detroit solo show — titled “CHEERS!” — is on display through Jan. 28 at the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit. “I seek out the beauty.”

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