REVIEW: ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Is an Enchanting Odyssey Sure to Enthrall Audiences

Tassels have been turned, but the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance is busy putting the finishing touches on their latest production — a delightful adaptation by Richard George of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach coming to the Varner Recital Hall stage on the campus of Oakland University (OU) on Friday, May 17, Sunday, May 19, and Friday, June 7. This particular telling of the tale is directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt, along with recent OU theatre grad Mannon McIntosh … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Hosts Detroit Playwrights’ Lab

One and Two-Act Readings Land in Rochester this Summer This summer, Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) will host an assortment of theatrical works penned by some of the area’s most promising playwrights when the Detroit Playwrights’ Lab takes the stage for one- and two-act readings. “We couldn’t be more pleased to play a role in helping these authors craft their stories,” said Travis Walter, MBT artistic director. “We’re happy to support new voices in theatre and introduce them to a broader … [Read more...]

Dig Into Archaeological Discovery at Rochester Hills Public Library

On Wednesday, March 20, the Rochester Hills Public Library welcomes Archaeologist Dr. Jon W. Carroll from Oakland University to discuss his research projects from all around the world from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room; and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Register in advance at rhpl.org. Carroll will focus on new innovative technologies for anthropological and archaeological surveying, mapping and … [Read more...]

‘The Spitfire Grill’ Warms Up Meadow Brook Theatre

Poignant musical runs February 13 through March 10, 2019 A newcomer has arrived in quiet Gilead. She raises her new neighbors’ suspicions, as strangers in small towns do, but Percy is a breath of fresh air in the small, Wisconsin town. The musical The Spitfire Grill tells Percy’s story, as well the Spitfire Grill’s. The owner wants to sell, but there are no takers. “That’s when Percy suggests to Hannah—the owner of the grill—that she raffle the grill off,” explains MBT director, Travis … [Read more...]

Soul Food Concert Series Returns January 27 to Oakland University

Feeding the Soul with Inspirational Music and Words The Soul Food Concert Series will return at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27 to Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University (OU) for an event featuring inspirational music and words to nurture the soul and elevate the spirit. “The Soul Food program is designed to unite our often-fractured community and celebrate the oneness of humanity,” said Mark Stone, an associate professor of music at Oakland University who co-founded the … [Read more...]

OU’s World Music, Latin Jazz Concerts to Feature Renowned Violinist Regina Carter

Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter will be performing as a special guest on Friday, November 30 during the World Music Concert and Saturday, December 1 during the Latin Jazz Concert in Varner Recital Hall on the Oakland University (OU) campus. “When I was a student at OU, the big band director, Marvin ‘Doc’ Holladay, brought in guest musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Lyman Woodard, Ken Cox and Wendell Harrison, to work and perform with us,” said Carter, Oakland University’s … [Read more...]

11th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference

The 11th Annual Rochester Writers' Conference Returns to OU “The Writers’ Life” is the theme for Rochester Writers’ annual fall event held on Saturday, October 20, at Oakland University. Presentations Include: What’s My Genre? Memoir Writing – Freeing Your Personal Mythology The Independent Middle-Grade Author Author Readings – How to Prepare and Execute a Reading of Your Own Work Audio Book Publication Magazine Editor Panel What to do BEFORE Publishing Your Book … [Read more...]

Uncover a Daring Escape from ISIS at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library is honored to welcome Oakland University Professor Dunya Mikhail to share her harrowing stories of several woman who managed to escape from the clutches of Daesh (ISIS), as detailed in her new critically-acclaimed book The Beekeeper, on October 11. Mikhail, an award winning poet and writer and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, extensively interviewed the women featured in The Beekeeper. These women, some of whom lost their families, were sold and physically … [Read more...]

Pamela Jones Appointed Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) welcomes Pamela Jones, Ph.D., assistant superintendent for elementary education, equity, and inclusion. In this role, Dr. Jones oversees the curriculum, instructional services, and evaluation for 13 elementary schools, including the learning consultant and early literacy programs. She also provides instructional leadership for the faculty, and directs the district’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. “I am honored to have the opportunity to … [Read more...]

Mayor Bryan Barnett Invited to White House Ceremony

Rochester Hills Attends Signing of Executive Order Supporting the American Worker Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett was the only Mayor invited to the signing of an Executive Order establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker on Thursday, June 19, at The White House. The Executive Order signed by President Trump is designed to provide a forum for the development of a national strategy to address urgent workforce issues. It is specifically intended to raise awareness … [Read more...]