The Forgotten Traveler Art Exhibition April 1

The Pontiac Creative Art Center Celebrates National Arab-American Heritage Month The Pontiac Creative Arts Center (PCAC) invites the public to an artist reception to celebrate National Arab-American Heritage Month on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. “The Forgotten Traveler” exhibition embraces Ibn Battuta’s idea that we are all travelers on a journey guided by our faith towards an authentic life. The show runs April 1-29 and includes oil paintings, photographs, ceramics, … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘A Chorus Line’ Hits the Mark with Hope, Heart, and High Kicks

When I first learned the next production from the Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance would be A Chorus Line, my interest was piqued. Since the Varner Studio Theatre is such an intimate setting, I was curious to see how they were going to pull off such an ambitious piece of American musical theatre. The answer? Sensationally! Upon entering the Theatre, you can’t help but be struck by the massive size of the stage. The usual side stage seating is gone, which creates a … [Read more...]

Go Behind the Scenes with Oakland University’s Production of ‘A Chorus Line’

A Chorus Line, perhaps the ultimate backstage musical, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, will open at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in Varner Studio Theatre at Oakland University. A Chorus Line, which is a stunning musical-vérité about dancers auditioning for the chorus of a Broadway show, is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. It highlights the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway ‘gypsies’ to land a job. When it opened, the show’s … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘The Mousetrap’ Will Catch Audiences by Surprise

Three blind mice. Three blind mice. See how they run. See how they run. The thespians at Avon Players Theatre are no strangers to the work of Agatha Christie, having staged her Witness for the Prosecution during their 2016 season. This time around they chose her murder mystery—The Mousetrap. Full disclosure: I love Agatha Christie and her astute sleuths. The unassuming Miss Marple and the methodical Hercule Poirot. However, The Mousetrap has neither. But that doesn’t mean it’s not vintage … [Read more...]

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...]