Dear Crabby, What Are Your Oscar Predictions?

Dear Crabby, The Academy Awards is this Sunday, and while I know you’re not a big movie buff, I figured you’d probably have an opinion anyway. So, do you have any Oscar predictions? Thanks! Fred Noir Dear Mr. Noir, You are correct that I usually don't give two hoots about what’s playing in movie houses these days (are they even called that anymore?), but I can still give you my two cents because I never get tired of giving people my opinion. Here are my Oscar predictions. The host, … [Read more...]

Get Caught up in Mystery with Avon Players’ “The Mousetrap”

Agatha Christie’s classic will keep audiences guessing until the end   Mystery lovers will be riveted by the whodunit from master of the genre, Agatha Christie, as Avon Players presents in Avon Players’ The Mousetrap, running March 10-25. The news on the radio at Monkswell Manor relates a brutal murder that has recently taken place. Newlywed proprietors Mollie (Emily Locke) and Giles Ralston (Justin Kazanowski) hardly notice the news as they are too busy preparing the once-regal estate … [Read more...]

Hallelujah! “Altar Boyz” Tickets are Buy One, Get One Free!

The “Altar Boyz”—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham—are going to save the world…and probably make you swoon in the process. Their combination of heavenly voices and spectacular dance moves pulled this fictitious boy band from small-town obscurity in Ohio to national recognition. This rockin’ musical comedy joins them on the last night of their “Raise the Praise” national tour. Starting today and running until Saturday, February 25, when you buy one ticket to a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the American Dream Still Attainable?

Dear Crabby, I don’t know about you, but I was sure bummed to hear about Mike Ilitch’s passing last Friday. He did so much for Detroit. As the news broke, I was surprised to learn he was a first generation American of Macedonian descent. Considering the empire he built, it got me wondering if someone starting out in America could do the same thing today. What do you think? Thanks, Steven Brulay Dear Mr. Brulay, You ask an interesting question. Mr. Ilitch was indeed a great man who … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘Rumors’ Delivers Farce at its Finest

It is a new year, but it’s business as usual for Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance as they open the semester with another high-caliber production: Neil Simon’s farce, Rumors. Set during the mid-1980s, the play begins in a state of panic. It is the eve of the 10th anniversary celebration for the Deputy Mayor of New York Charlie Brock and his wife Myra. Problem is, Charlie has been shot (just a flesh wound) and Myra is missing. Guests Chris (Kayla Pingerelli) and her … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Does the Super Bowl Use Roman Numerals?

Dear Crabby, Man. I sure thought it was going to be the Detroit Lions year—that we’d finally make a triumphant return to the Super Bowl. I still plan on watching the game, but it won’t be as much fun. Hey. Do you happen to know in why the heck they use Roman numerals? Thanks, Sid Sideline Dear Mr. Sideline, I know what you mean. If the Chicago Cubs can win a World Series after a 108-year drought, why can’t the Detroit Lions win a Super Bowl? Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. And … [Read more...]

Second Rescued Sea Turtle Joins SEA LIFE to Celebrate Second Year in Michigan

Carr, the 85 lbs. sea turtle, took the plunge into his new home, where he will join Benson, a 28 lbs. rescued sea turtle, in the aquarium’s ocean tank. SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets celebrated its second anniversary with a splash by welcoming a new resident to its 120,000 gallon ocean tank: Carr the rescued Green Sea Turtle. Weighing in at 85 lbs., Carr will join Benson, a 28 lbs. rescued sea turtle, who came to the AZA accredited aquarium in May of 2015. … [Read more...]

Musical “Altar Boyz” Rocks the Stage at Meadow Brook Theatre

The “Altar Boyz”—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham—are going to save the world…and probably make you swoon in the process. Their combination of heavenly voices and spectacular dance moves pulled this fictitious boy band from small-town obscurity in Ohio to national recognition. This rockin’ musical comedy joins them on the last night of their “Raise the Praise” national tour. Altar Boyz runs Wednesday, February 8 through Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘Trolls’ are Sure to Love Avon Players’ Production of ‘Escanaba in Da Moonlight’

Back in the early 2000s, Michigan’s own Jeff Daniels penned an homage to the Upper Peninsula (the Superior State) — the comedy Escanaba in Da Moonlight. First shown at The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, MI, Avon Players brought the hilarity to its stage Friday night and had the full house roaring with laughter. And for those of you who didn’t know, ‘trolls’ are folks who live below the Mackinac Bridge. As the play opens, we’re introduced to Albert Soady (Mark Palmer) patriarch of the … [Read more...]

Everyday Heroes and Random Kindnesses

Bullies, Coasters, Hermits and Heroes by Suse Wilcox Sarah and Jamie have adventure-filled, fun plans for their summer. However, when Sarah's newspaper delivery job leads her to encounter those from different socioeconomic classes, she comes to realize that "weird" people and those who don't fit into her family's world have their own real lives, concerns, and personas. She begins to learn about the hidden 'heroes' in everyday life. Both kids become more aware of the different choices … [Read more...]