Arts & Entertainment

Published December 31, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Improv, cooking and bears ... oh my.

Shows based on these three topics and more will take center stage this month at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

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Published December 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — There will be no shortage of things to see and do in downtown Mount Clemens on New Year’s Eve.

The 22nd annual Macomb County New Year’s Eve Gala will kick off at 4 p.m. with a Children’s New Year’s Eve in Never Never Land event hosted by Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell and the Fairy Godmother.

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Published December 16, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Commission for the Arts is sending out its fourth annual call for artists  for the 2016 summer Art Explored program.

Carrying on its mission of encouraging and supporting arts and culture in Royal Oak, the Commission for the Arts is extending the Art Explored program and is seeking applications from those interested in displaying their works throughout the downtown. You do not have to be a Royal Oak resident to apply.

The application deadline is Feb. 15, and the winners will be announced March 15. The artwork installation deadline is June 6.

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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —  Local artists Meredith Lea Bailey and Jen Whaley embrace realism in their highly detailed portraits — through the mediums of watercolor and graphite pencil.

Both were chosen as finalists in the recent 2015 MI Great Artist online competition. Five artists, including Whaley and Bailey, were chosen from a field of 109 in Oakland, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair and Wayne counties. More than 22,000 votes were cast during a two-week online voting period for more than $16,000 in cash and prizes.

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Published December 9, 2015

CLAWSON — Don’t tell artist Kenneth Hershenson that he doesn’t know Jack.

The artist is receiving acclaim for his most recent series of paintings, “I DO Know Jack!”

Five paintings in the series were accepted into ArtPrize and displayed in the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids before Hershenson’s work was named in the top 25 artists in the 2D ArtPrize category.

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Published December 4, 2015

WARREN — Start spreading the news: The city of Warren will host a “Salute to Sinatra” on Dec. 12.

“The show will start at 8 p.m. It’s at the Warren Community Center,” Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said. “Tickets are only $10 and are still available. It will be a celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th year from his birth.”

The tribute will include a performance by Mark Randisi and his quartet. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and tickets are available by calling (586) 268-8400.

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Published December 1, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Holiday shoppers can support local artists selling their earthenware and pots during the Potters Market Dec. 4-6.

This year’s Potters Market will be held  9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road. Parking and admission are free. Those who want first dibs on the wares can hit the preview sale, which costs $10 at the door, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3.

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Published December 1, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Looking to have an activity to do with her daughter, Huntington Woods resident Judy Bruttell began working in pottery nearly three decades ago in a class at the Huntington Woods Recreation Center.

After expanding her pottery scope with classes at Oakland Community College, Bruttell got interested in raku, a Japanese technique of firing and cooling pottery to create various colors on pieces.

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Published December 1, 2015

FRASER — As Sue Bertolini-Fox continues to work in her fourth decade of making pottery, there seems to be no end in sight.

The Fraser resident became in tune with her craft in the early 1980s while attending Oakland Community College, when her children were still relatively young.

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Published November 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 40th annual Potters Market, featuring 140 artists, will return to Southfield from Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-6.

The popular holiday shopping destination runs 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Parking and admission are free.

There also is a preview event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, which will cost $10 per person. With an annual attendance of approximately 8,000 visitors, the preview sale is a way to get first dibs on the show’s approximately 35,000 pieces.

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Published November 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —  Several holiday shows will spread cheer this Christmas season at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, at Hall Road.

Audiences can enjoy a favorite Christmas show from their childhood or form new traditions, courtesy of the performers ready to hit the Macomb Center stage.

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Published November 25, 2015

WATERFORD — After wrapping its last production and facing the uncertainty of possibly being homeless, Two Muses Theatre has found a new location.

The theater now will operate at the Monster Box Theatre, located at 2529 Elizabeth Lake Road in nearby Waterford Township, renting on a yearly basis. 

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Published November 25, 2015

TROY — Good grief.

It had been 40 years since the 1975 production of Lincoln High School’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and it was time to reunite the cast.

On the evening of Nov 17, the cast members — some who haven’t seen each other since the mid-1970s — gathered for a 40-year reunion at Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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Published November 24, 2015

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SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Local teenagers will bring in the holiday season in December with themed plays at Eastside Teen Outreach and East Detroit High School.


The outreach organization has a rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life” set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5. According to Eastside Teen Outreach co-founder Deena Trocino, the play will not only feature local teens, but also former members of the defunct Eastpointe Players community theater group.

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Published November 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as one of more than 550 applicants for a grant.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Development Director Linda Ramsay-Detherage said the grant was one the theater had to match, meaning it had to prove it could generate $15,000, which it already has done.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON — Since 1965, the Farmington Art Foundation has been part of the community effort to bring artists together and to reach out to teach others about art.

This year marks the foundation’s 50th anniversary, and at the Farmington Hills City Council meeting Nov. 9, the group was given a proclamation by the council for its work in the community and the programs it offers for seniors and students.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.

“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players during November and December.

The annual favorite “A Christmas Carol” has been entertaining area playgoers for 34 years.

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Published November 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools’ performing arts program has quite a treat in store with its upcoming production of “Mary Poppins” Nov. 20-21.

Director Kirk Erickson said the show is so large and entails so much “magic” that they began preparing for it at the start of the school year.

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Published November 11, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A Grosse Pointe South High School alumna is showing her jazzy side. 

Emma Aboukasm, who graduated in 2014, is a finalist in the annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition to be held Nov. 15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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