Oakland Professor Tells of World War II Daring During National Friends of Library Week

Oakland University professor Frank Cardimen will be the featured speaker at the Annual Membership Meeting of the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library on Thursday, October 24 in the multipurpose room of the library, 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester. Cardimen’s presentation on “America’s Invasion at the ‘Underbelly’ of Europe” is scheduled to run from 7-8:30 p.m. and will follow the business portion of the Friends annual public meeting. A popular and engrossing speaker, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Watch Scary Movies?

Dear Crabby, Every October, the Freeform channel does ’31 Nights of Halloween.’ The movies shown are pretty tame: The Addams Family, Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, you get the idea. Do you watch Halloween movies? And if you do are they the really scary ones like Nightmare on Elm Street? Thanks! Gwen Gothic Dear Gwen Gothic, Last year a reader asked what I thought about haunted houses. I told this person that I find daily life scary enough and I don’t need to fork over my hard-earned … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Season Opens with Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

The New Adaptation of Classic Whodunit Runs October 2 through 27 Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the elegant Orient Express in its tracks. There’s been a murder. Who can solve the puzzle of the American tycoon, found dead in his compartment which was locked from the inside? Only Hercule Poirot can hope to find the murderer before he or she strikes again. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, adapted by Ken Ludwig, runs October 2 through 27 at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on … [Read more...]

Poisson Appoints County’s First Female Deputy County Executive

Oakland County Executive Gerald D. Poisson has appointed Laurie Van Pelt as the county’s first female deputy county executive. She also is the first Japanese American to serve in this position. This historic appointment continues the direction set by the late County Executive L. Brooks Patterson of promoting women to key positions in county administration. Van Pelt was the director of management and budget, the county’s chief fiscal officer. "Laurie has impeccable credentials and … [Read more...]

“Hello, Dolly!” looking swell at Meadow Brook Theatre

Don't miss this show playing August 1, 2 and 3 Peanut Gallery Players, a 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s theatre training program for ages 6-18 will bring their talents and nutty elegance to Meadow Brook Theatre for a limited run of Hello, Dolly! on August 1, 2 and 3, 2019. Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, with book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! is the story of a turn-of-the-century widowed matchmaker who after negotiating marriages for … [Read more...]

Avondale Student Awarded Huntington Ford Scholarship

Allison Drabek is determined to become a nurse. And for her, it is personal. The Avondale High School senior developed lupus a few years ago. She credits her nurses for helping her through that difficult time. “It was a life-changing experience,” recalls Drabek. “I never forgot how kind they were to me when I was so sick. Now I want to get my degree in nursing from Oakland University (OU) so I can help others. This spring, Drabek’s dream of becoming a nurse took a major leap closer to … [Read more...]

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...]