Arts & Entertainment

Published April 15, 2015

DETROIT — For many families, one of the highlights of spring and summer is growing a garden. But what if pollution so badly damaged the world around us that it could no longer sustain even a simple plant?

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— Since 2010, James Pecar has used the power of music to help raise awareness for autism.


As a student at Stetson University in Florida, he began an a cappella group called Hat Trick, which began hosting “A Cappella for Autism” events in 2010. The group raised funds for the Macomb and St. Clair affiliate of the Autism Society of America, and it continues to do so today.

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Published April 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — As they enter the final stretch of the school year, students at East Detroit High School and Roseville High School are practicing and rehearsing for their respective spring plays.


Roseville students will be performing the drama-comedy “42nd Street” April 16-18, while East Detroit students will be performing “Cyrano de Burgershack” May 1-2.

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Published April 7, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — They may not have been fine artists themselves, but Edsel and Eleanor Ford were thoroughly engaged with the creative community, supporting the arts and surrounding themselves with inspired art and design.

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Published April 6, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Parks and Recreation Commission announced April 1 that the township has been selected as a participant for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program.

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Published March 27, 2015

UTICA — A teen playwright will see a play of his staged for the first time at Utica High School this month.

Utica senior Jacob Feeman will present his play, “Lovely Lovely Valentine,” from April 23-25 at his school.

The play is described as being about young people, and its poster’s tagline says, “Life doesn’t have endings … only moments.”

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts recently opened its new exhibition, “4 x 4,” which runs through April 11.


“4 x 4” features the work of four women — Candace Law, Patrice Erickson, Toby Millman and Rachel Gervais — in honor of March as national Women’s History Month.


“It’s a really unique exhibition in that it does engage and it is very educational,” said Rana Edgar, director of exhibitions and the art market.

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Published March 25, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Each year, the Hazel Park Drama Club has a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. For this year’s musical, it’s winding back the clock to the turn of the 20th century, for a tale of romance and rivalry out west.

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Published March 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. never gave up on his dream of working in the music business.


Although he tried boxing as a career and spent a brief moment on Detroit’s automobile assembly line in the 1950s, neither was fulfilling.


“That wasn’t who he was,” said Coraleen Rawls, curator at the Motown Museum in Detroit.  “He was trying to be a square peg fitting into a round hole.”

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Published March 19, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the first time since 1983, the Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition will be held at the Janice Charach Gallery in the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield.


The exhibition will be held through April 29, and it kicked off with an opening reception March 15. The exhibit was organized by the gallery along with Albert Young, of the Detroit-based Michigan Hot Glass Works, the state’s oldest independent glass-blowing school.


Young is known for casting glass and steel.

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Published March 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Like a football team gearing up for the big state final, art students at Grosse Pointe South are getting ready for their own culminating moment — ArtFest 2015.


In the days leading up to the artistic showcase, there’s a flurry of activity in the art wing, with Grosse Pointe South art students and their instructors hard at work putting those last-minute touches on their pieces.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — After years of fading into the background, the sounds of bells, whistles, digitized music and flippers hitting pinballs are coming back.


That old arcade mainstay has seen breaths of new life during the past few years, and enthusiasts around metro Detroit are helping put pinball machines back into the spotlight with local leagues running throughout the year, and a four-day annual event — the Michigan Pinball Expo — scheduled for April.

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Published March 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — All the world’s a stage, and local thespians are taking advantage of it this month, putting on three different musical productions.


The Lakeview Community Musical kicked off this month with “Happy Days: A New Musical,” with a cast ranging in age from as young as 8 into their 70s. Lakeview Community Musicals are open to all students in grades 4-12 in the district or the parochial schools in the district boundaries, as well as alumni, faculty and their families, and anyone living in the district boundaries.

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Published March 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Michigan residents have been terrorized by the polar vortex for the last two winters, but no one has ever seen this elusive menace. Until now, that is.


For “Creatures: Real or Imagined,” the new Grosse Pointe Art Center show, artist Scott Brown, of Grosse Pointe Woods, created a fittingly foul-faced monster who looks more than a little like the angry cousin of the Abominable Snowman of animated holiday movie fame.

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Published March 11, 2015

FERNDALE — “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was first published in 1900, and a movie followed in 1939, which quickly became renowned for its music and art production.


Now, 115 years after L. Frank Baum released his novel and 76 years after the movie became an instant hit, theater students at Ferndale High School are hoping to keep Dorothy and her companions at the forefront when they present five performances of “The Wizard of Oz” between March 21 and 29.

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Published March 11, 2015

FRASER — Dorothy and her companions traveled down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz, and local students recently brought the fairy tale to reality for a young girl’s birthday party.


On Feb. 28 at a clubhouse at Rudgate Clinton, about 27 kids and 20 adults gathered to see a performance of “The Wizard of Oz” that was acted out by students in Fraser High School’s Performing Arts club.


The play and guests were all a part of Olivia’s 6th birthday celebration.

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Upcoming Events

Berkley
Armenian music with Ara Topouzian
6:30 p.m.
Berkley Public Library
Grosse Pointe Shores
An Evening of Roses
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Grosse Pointe Farms
Music production workshop
2 p.m.
Grosse Pointe Public Library
Rochester
Pedal the Past bike tour
6-8 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

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