Arts & Entertainment

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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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — Wine, wit and wisdom will once again be offered in exchange for library support during an annual fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library 7-10 p.m. March 12 at the Library.

The Wine, Wit and Wisdom fundraiser offers attendees the choice to attend two of six breakout sessions relating to the world of the arts, dining and business.

Over the past few years, Friends member John Smyntek said, the fundraiser has grown to become a robust event.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The independent film “Barn Red,” filmed on Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula and starring Ernest Borgnine, kicks off a new Friday night series at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

The films and programs will be held in the museum’s newly renovated calf barn.

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Published February 11, 2016

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1. Embrace the cold with frozen fun
Feb. 12-14, downtown Utica

Dipping temperatures might not seem like good news — unless, of course, you’re hosting an ice festival.

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Published February 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Imagine having to flee your homeland in the middle of the night, able, at best, to pack a scant few belongings in a single bag. What would you bring with you? What cherished family mementos would travel with you on this arduous journey?

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Published February 10, 2016

EASTPOINTE — After being dormant since 2012, the local variety show “Eastpointe Puts on the Ritz” will return March 12 at East Detroit High School.

“It’s composed of adults and kids,” said Suzanne Pixley, co-chairwoman and Eastpointe mayor. said. “It’s put on by the Eastpointe Community Chest Networking Forum, and (the majority) of the money raised is for scholarships for Eastpointe residents.”

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Published February 10, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — One student’s trash is another student’s treasure.

With that mentality, five art students at Southfield Regional Academic Campus recently transformed hundreds of discarded milk cartons into a 16-foot sculpture of an alligator.

The students created the sculpture for and took first place in the Evergreen Packaging Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest. The students won $5,000 for their school.

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Published February 10, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bloomfield Hills High School, 4200 Andover Road, plans to introduce its new performing arts center to the public with an adaptation of “West Side Story.”

The school will hold a special red carpet event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, on the musical’s opening night. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.

Performances will run Feb. 11-13, with all shows beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Published February 10, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —Meadow Brook Amphitheatre is the new name of Meadow Brook Music Festival.

“The venue has great history and has played host to some of the best emerging superstar talent,” Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports and Entertainment president, said in a statement. “This rebrand further defines its true identity as one of the premier, intimate venues in the region.”

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Published February 9, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Many people know the story of Anne Frank.

That understanding inspired Maureen Mansfield, of Farmington Hills, to tell others a message she has held dear since her youth.

As the director of an upcoming drama, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Mansfield said she wanted to do a fresh take on the classic story of courage.

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Published February 8, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — There’s no time to waste at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. As the gallery prepares to close one exhibit, it’s gearing up to open a new, highly anticipated show.

Since Jan. 22, the art center has welcomed visitors to enjoy its annual student works exhibition. The collection, juried by local artist Laurie Tennant, features pieces from about 125 current BBAC students across all of the center’s available mediums.

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Published February 8, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s only February, but already 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park.

Or should we say, the Birmingham Museum.

The historical museum in downtown Birmingham asked residents and business owners in the city to share their input on the attraction’s name last month. An online survey drew only a couple hundred participants, but that was enough to gauge the public’s thoughts, according to museum Director Leslie Pielack.

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Published February 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — She may not have been performing opera yet, but Angela Theis began singing for audiences as a young girl.

As a member of the Blue Jean Babies, the Grosse Pointe Woods native said she and her cousins used to perform songs from “The Sound of Music” and holiday favorites in the living room of her late great-uncle, Dr. Vito Ciaravino, each Christmas Eve.

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