Arts & Entertainment

Published May 26, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of free car and truck shows will make this weekend an eventful one for car lovers in and around Macomb Township.


On Saturday, May 30, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department will host its 16th annual Tons O’ Truck event. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the St. John Medical Center on 23 Mile Road.

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Published May 20, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Maybe if comic book superheroes and monsters had populated their textbooks, some art history students would have paid closer attention during class.

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Published May 13, 2015

The Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair might not have the “Margaritaville” beach party theme of last year, but it will feature a Beach Boys tribute band and a broad mix of other musical acts, according to city officials.

The annual Sterling Heights festival will occur this year July 23-25 in the area around the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center.

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Published May 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If dancing and singing Nazis sound like the makings of a terrible musical, that’s exactly what Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom, believed.


After realizing they can make more money from a flop than a hit, the men come up with “Springtime for Hitler,” which they’re certain will be the biggest disaster in theatrical history. But when the show turns out to be a smash, they find themselves facing prison time.

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Published May 5, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was all pomp and circumstance, with an accordion to boot, April 30 at the grand opening of The Riviera, 30170 Grand River Ave.


Local dignitaries, including Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner, cheered during the ribbon cutting as droves of attendees filed in to watch the first showing, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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Published May 5, 2015

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DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.


The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published April 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you’re a geek, a nerd or something in between, chances are you’ve heard of Penguicon, the yearly community-run convention celebrating computer programming, science fiction, DIY and beyond.

From April 24-26, attendees eager to let their freak flag fly hunkered down at the Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel to attend panels, informational sessions, demonstrations, concerts and parties.

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Published April 29, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — For most audience members, music festivals are a chance to hear their favorite artists and enjoy time away from the stresses of everyday life. But for Matthew Ball, one particular music festival changed his life.

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Published April 29, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — If the sunny, warm temperatures — quickly followed by windy, overcast skies — weren’t enough of an indication that spring has arrived in Birmingham, there’s one more sure sign of the season.


The annual Art Birmingham fair will return May 9-10 to Shain Park in downtown Birmingham. The Mother’s Day staple will bring more than 150 artists to the heart of the city to show off their work in ceramics, painting, photography, jewelry, wood, fiber and more.

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Published April 28, 2015

DETROIT — Just before her death from ovarian cancer in 2005, pianist Ruth Laredo asked that her tombstone read “An die Musik.”

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Published April 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Their exhibitions have been held as far away as Petoskey and Alpena, so local art lovers are fortunate to have the latest show by the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors close to home.


The DSWPS has chosen the Grosse Pointe Art Center to host “Femmes Detroit.” Jurored by painter Vianna Szabo, “Femmes Detroit” opened with a reception April 17 and will be on view through May 3.


Grosse Pointe City artist Linda Allen wasn’t in this show but was on hand for the opening.

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Published April 21, 2015

DETROIT — Local leading jazz musicians will be sharing a famous stage with some aspiring jazz greats of tomorrow when the University Liggett School Jazz Band opens for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on April 30 at the Music Hall Jazz Café.

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Published April 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — There is nothing ordinary about resident William Allen.

Allen, 68, competes in powerlifting competitions as a deadlifter, traveled the world while in and out of the military, was a successful businessman, is a former marathon runner who still competes in a couple of half-marathons here and there, and recently added “author” to his résumé. Allen possesses a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

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Published April 20, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.


The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.


The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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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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