Arts & Entertainment

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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Published March 11, 2015

The Sterling Heights Public Library holds the keys to a March 26 concert celebrating the swing era and the piano.

Boogie-woogie piano player Matthew Ball plans to bring back his retro style of performing during a free public event for the community.

Jason Groth, the library’s public relations and programs coordinator, said the library is  eager to have Ball back. Groth explained that the library is moving toward adding more musical performances as part of its community activities.

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Published March 6, 2015

After finishing a musical based on a “tale as old as time,” it’s time for Sterling Civic Theatre to embark on a spring drama camp involving drones with cameras attached.

The theater group will host its Stage Geeks Theater Camp on select days from March 16-April 29, following the troupe’s early March run of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

According to SCT founder Larry O’Grady, the camp will introduce participants in kindergarten through grade six to a sampling of the components of a theatrical show.

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Published March 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Members of most Grosse Pointe Theatre casts get close to each other, but that’s especially true in GPT’s latest production, the outrageous comedy “Don’t Dress for Dinner.”

“Everybody is kissing everybody,” director Rachel Settlage, of Grosse Pointe City, acknowledged of the French farce, which involves an unfaithful husband and his mistress, a series of mistaken identities and a romantic weekend gone awry.

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Published March 4, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Local fans of Irish music are in luck as Sterling Heights gets ready to host the music group Blackthorn this month.

The Irish group will perform two concerts worth of Celtic classics and tunes at the Recreation Center at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights March 8.

The Sterling Coffeehouse series is the first major music event of the year for the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department. The next major undertaking is the Music in the Park series, which starts in June, according to Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois.

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Published March 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With visitors coming from as far as Florida and France, the 2015 St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival was bigger and better than the inaugural event.

“I think, on the whole, we learned a lot from last year,” said organizer Geri Hofmann. “You never can bank on the weather. ... You can bank on having fun. We tried to make it so that it was something for every age group, and I think it was a success.”

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Published February 25, 2015

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Published February 23, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Longtime Royal Oak resident Ernie Misch is a local celebrity to those who follow his public access television shows.

He hosts three series consisting of about 35-40 programs each, totalling about 120 programs, with the assistance of CMNtv.

By tuning in to WOW! or Comcast xFinity channel 18, residents of participating communities may watch “So Far, Safari,” “Every Thing Great Lakes,” and “Great Waters Wonderland.”

Misch said his experience with CMNtv has been rewarding.

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Published February 18, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Students at Eisenhower High School are learning that fairy tales do come true when you bring them to the stage.

Eisenhower’s Performing Arts Department will present the musical “Into the Woods” Feb. 26-March 1 at the high school.

Director David Springer said the musical, which originally came out in the 1980s, has a story that weaves together several plots from fairy tales like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.

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Published February 16, 2015

St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze
Festival Musical Acts

Friday, Feb. 20
5-6:30 p.m. — The Detroit Hemis
7-10 p.m. — The Orbitsuns

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Published February 12, 2015

SYLVAN LAKE — Sylvan Lake residents will start their morning by jumping in the icy lake and end their day with a warm bowl of chili Feb. 28.

Registration for the third annual Sylvan Lake Polar Plunge will begin at 11 a.m. at the Community Center, and the parade of costumes and the plunge will begin at noon.

Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Michigan.

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Published February 11, 2015

GROSSE POINTE PARK — There’s a gulf of generations between them, but on stage, the musicians in what’s come to be known as Marge’s Bar Band are a tight unit brought together by a mutual passion for a style of music that predates all of them.

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Published February 11, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — A playground scuffle between two 11-year-old boys kicks off a confrontation between their respective parents that will have audience members asking who the immature figures really are in “God of Carnage,” the latest production from Grosse Pointe Theatre offshoot the Purdon Studio Theatre.

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