Arts & Entertainment

Published March 2, 2016

Get your game on at Taste of Troy, an annual event where local restaurants serve their best to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Troy. 

This year’s theme is Tailgate Tastefest.

“It’s in its 24th year,” said event chair Cindy Stewart, who sits on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.

“I think people will be excited for the food choices and decorations that go along with this year’s theme,” she said.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team’s jersey.

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Published March 2, 2016

The city’s poet laureate is having a banner publishing year, with three books he has produced or edited hitting the market in 2016.

M.L. Liebler’s first book of poetry since 2008, “I Want to Be Once,” will be published in April to coincide with National Poetry Month.

“I’m really pleased with it,” said Liebler, of St. Clair Shores. “The ingredients are poems that are written about Detroit, St. Clair Shores in one section; another section is about the time that I spent in Afghanistan.

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Published March 2, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — When a woman’s heart is broken, she may go to great lengths to salve the wounds.

But when a queen laments the upcoming beheading of her alleged earl lover, she finds distraction in a performance by Shakespeare’s troupe.

So goes the story of “Elizabeth Rex,”  to be staged March 10-19 at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus.

The play centers on Queen Elizabeth dealing with the looming beheading of her alleged lover, the Earl of Essex.

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Published March 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra will trade shamrocks for champagne this St. Patrick’s Day during its annual spring benefit.

The second-ever event will be held at downtown Birmingham’s BoConcept, where guests can enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music from the Irish band Jean Marie & the Lads.

“It should be ... a wonderful evening,” said Bill Close, president of the BBSO board of directors.

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Published March 1, 2016

ROCHESTER — Those eagerly awaiting spring can bring a little bit of cheer into their homes this month as part of a long-standing fundraiser for Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.

Rita Kerr, a longtime nature center volunteer and retired employee, said a past board member came up with the idea for the Daffodils for Dinosaurs fundraiser 26 years ago.

“She had been traveling and either saw something similar or read about something similar and said, ‘What about a daffodils sale in the early spring?’” Kerr said.

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Published February 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — This week, the Birmingham Village Players will continue their 93rd season with the opening of their latest show, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The cast and crew have been working for months to perfect their version of the timeless drama, and the excitement to present their work to audiences is palpable since the story is more poignant than ever.

“It’s reflective of many current issues and has a lot of parallels in today’s world,” said cast member Cathie Badalamenti.

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Published February 26, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Last year, Shawn Polito stepped down as director of the Hazel Park Drama Club, a position he had held since 2007. He resigned in order to spend more time with his wife and two children, but he continues to be involved as the drama club advisor, and as the producing and technical director. 

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Published February 26, 2016

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Monday, Feb. 29, is a leap day — a day that you'll only see on the calendar every four years. But do you know why?

Here are some interesting leap year facts from the Old Farmer's Almanac, timeanddate.com and leapyearday.com.

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Published February 25, 2016

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1. Celebrate Leap Year
Feb. 28, Southfield

A day that only happens once every four years calls for a celebration.

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Published February 23, 2016

ROCHESTER — The antiques gathering dust in the attic or taking up space in the basement could be worth some cold hard cash — or their value could be merely sentimental.

The only way to find out for sure is to visit the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s annual Antique Appraisal Day noon-4 p.m. March 6 at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave., to have items assessed by certified appraisers.

Event chair Carol Tough said the Rochester-Avon Historical Society has hosted the event for over two decades.

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Published February 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Marian-Rice Players will once again hit the stage this spring, bringing along some Disney magic with them.

Composed of students from Marian High School and Brother Rice High School, the Players will perform their stage adaptation of the fairy tale and Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.”

The musical opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17,  and will be staged at 7 p.m. March 18-19 and at 2 p.m. March 20 at Marian High School, 7225 Lahser Road.

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Published February 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been just about two months since many people resolved to stick to those skimpy diet plans to shrink down in 2016.

Are you bored yet? Good, because The Community House in downtown Birmingham is cooking up a brand-new event that will satisfy the appetites of even the most discerning food and drink aficionados.

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Published February 23, 2016

UTICA — A Shelby Township artist who has been rooted in the community for more than 50 years decided to create a 58-by-72-inch painting of Utica to donate to the city after undertaking a similar endeavor for Shelby Township last year.

“It’s a labor of love. (My husband, George, and I) have lived in Utica (now Shelby) since 1960. George taught at the schools here, so we feel like we’re really a part of this community,” said 81-year-old Margaret Glinke. “I had the materials. It isn’t costing me any material time or cost.”

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Published February 21, 2016

With organizers joking that it will be your fault if you leave hungry, plans are underway for this year’s Shorian Taste Fest, a fun time with an important purpose — making sure kids stay safe on the football field.

The seventh annual Shorian Taste Fest will be held 1-5 p.m. March 6 at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper Ave., with more than 30 restaurants and caterers offering up tastes of their cuisine, from Andiamo and Applebee’s to Hooters, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks and G. Willie’s.

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Published February 20, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

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WARREN — Holy demolition, Batman, the Great Lakes Comic-Con is coming up.

The comic book and toy convention will delight collectors 5-9 p.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 27 inside the Sports & Expo Center at the South Campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road.

The Great Lakes Comic-Con is an annual comic, toy and collectible event in the metro Detroit area. The goals of the GLCC are to provide a venue for collectors and dealers to get together and buy and sell some of their favorite merchandise.

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Published February 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever wondered what it’s like to experience the Oscars?

West Bloomfield student filmmakers will get the red carpet treatment when their films are put on the big screen 2-4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Emagine Theatre in Novi.

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Published February 17, 2016

DETROIT — The late Dick Wagner was known on the rock ’n’ roll circuit for his songwriting talent and his grinding guitar chops. 

Wagner, who grew up in the Saginaw area and died in 2014 at age 71, also had a soft side for children’s charities.

Which is why several musicians will band together for the second annual Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund concert Feb. 20 at the Fillmore theater in Detroit. Showtime is at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $110.

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Published February 16, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The stresses of police work can exact a heavy toll on law enforcement professionals, and that cost is explored in detail in Keith Huff’s “A Steady Rain,” a dark, gritty drama being produced this month by Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Purdon Studio Theatre.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — Pretty much anything goes when decorating a skateboard deck for downtown Rochester’s sixth annual Deck Art competition.

South Street Skateshop co-owner Linda Gallaher — who coordinates the event with her husband, Von, their staff and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority — said the skateboard art exhibition and competition allows participants to use a blank skateboard deck as their canvas.

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