Arts & Entertainment

Published March 14, 2016

The trouble in River City will make its way to Sterling Heights when Henry Ford II High School presents “The Music Man” March 17-20.

Ford theater director Kirstin Carolin said the students have been doing a great job learning the roles and putting the show together. She said the students’ strong talent has made the show possible to present.

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Published March 10, 2016

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1. Shave your head for a good cause
Saturday, March 12, Romeo

Nearly 200 people will have their heads shaved this weekend in downtown Romeo, and it’s about much more than changing their hairstyles.

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — While the stage production of “Steel Magnolias” has an all-female cast, director Amy Ricker, of Sterling Heights, said the fact that almost every member of the Grosse Pointe Theatre crew also is a woman is purely accidental.

“It was not something I had planned,” she said. “It just happened to work (out) that way.”

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is marking St. Patrick’s Day in a classical way.

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Published March 9, 2016

Want to get out of the house and try a new restaurant?

Twenty-three Troy restaurants will serve up their best during Troy Restaurant Week, being held March 13-18.

“This is the biggest one we’ve had,” said Jaimi Brook, director of events for the Troy Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored the event since 2009.

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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Once again, the Bestest Concert Ever is returning to the Royal Oak Farmers Market and promising the bestest time ever for attendees of all ages.

“Age limit, people laugh, but I say zero to 99,” said event producer Paula Messner.

The fifth annual event will take place 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

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Published March 9, 2016

The Sterling Heights Coffeehouse concert program has been brewing up its latest batch of musical talent for 2016.

On Feb. 28, The Swift Brothers, a Michigan-based folk duo, played at the Sterling Heights Recreation Center. On March 13, the Celtic music group Blackthorn is expected to perform its repertoire of Irish tunes at the Recreation Center.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois, this year is the first time in a while that the city has had more than one musical group perform during the Sterling Coffeehouse concert series.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts will celebrate Women’s History Month with an exhibition featuring the work of the Birmingham Society of Women Painters.

“We are excited to have them, and the large following that they have to bring to PCCA,” PCCA Exhibitions Director Megan Gurisko said.

The show, which runs March 19 to April 30, will open March 19 with a gallery talk from 4 to 5 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

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Published March 8, 2016

BERKLEY — The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major World War II battle that is now part of the history of the United States, and often a photo of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi is associated with the battle.

But after that flag was raised, it was another incident at Iwo Jima that was ingrained in the mind of Berkley native Edward “Mort” Denell.

Denell was a private first class in the 26th Marine Corps regiment and fought at Iwo Jima.

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Published March 7, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Man-eating plant monsters from outer space are set to invade Hazel Park High School this month, with the drama club’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” based on the Broadway musical best known for the 1986 film adaptation starring Rick Moranis.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 17-19, in the auditorium at the high school at 23400 Hughes Ave. Admission costs $5 for students, $6 for adults, and $20 for a family four-pack.

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Published March 7, 2016

UTICA — For the first time, the sound of bagpipes will accompany runners as they dash through the starting line in front of Shamrock Irish Pub during Utica’s fourth annual Lucky Leprechaun Race March 12.

Runners can get into the Irish spirit with bagpipes and a DJ beginning at 9:15 a.m. The 5K run and “green mile” fun run will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by the 5K walk and “green mile” walk at 10:33 a.m.

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Published March 7, 2016

HAZEL PARK — As Hazel Park’s art scene continues to flourish and the city makes efforts to improve walkability, more thought is going into serving bicyclists. The idea is to someday connect numerous art gardens and other destination attractions in Hazel Park with bike trails that could also link up with neighboring communities. 

Now the Hazel Park Arts Council is asking people to envision a piece of that future Hazel Park by designing a bike rack that would serve bicyclists in the area. Applicants are asked to be creative and think outside the box.

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Published March 3, 2016

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1. Tap into an early-spring tradition
March 5, Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy
March 6, Farmington Hills Nature Center

In the late winter and early spring — particularly when temperatures are around 40 degrees during the day and 20 degrees overnight  —  it’s time to start tapping maple trees for their sap.

You can learn more about the process during a few tree-tapping events happening this weekend.

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Published March 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD —  Whether you’re practiced or unseasoned, Park West Gallery is offering free art seminars each Sunday throughout March.

All are welcome to attend the free seminars. Topics include presentations on masters such as Picasso and Rembrandt, “Art Collecting 101,” and an informational session on emerging Israeli artists.

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Published March 3, 2016

DETROIT — Today it’s hard to imagine a world in which modern theatergoers might have never seen William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar” or “The Tempest,” but save for one book, those plays might have been lost forever.

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Published March 3, 2016

CITY — The Grosse Pointe Art Center has hosted beautiful art shows and edgy art shows, but it can now add “cuddly art shows” to that list.

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,” which opened with a reception Feb. 26, is a completely “aww”dorable exhibition dedicated to our four-legged best buddies. Open through March 18, the show was juried by Thomas Pyrzewski.

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Published March 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Anyone looking for a night out at the theater or to see a concert in the upcoming weeks might want to check some local shows that will take center stage in the Grosse Pointes and Detroit.

Some productions will include talented members from local theater groups, while other shows will feature students from neighborhood schools. Each show performer has rehearsed for weeks to get ready for opening night.

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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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