Ribbon Cutting: Culinary Academy Rata2ee Celebrates 10 Years in Downtown Rochester

Rochester Chamber of Commerce welcomes Rata2ee to New Location The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for Tonia Carsten, who celebrates 10 years of doing business in Downtown Rochester. Rata2ee, a culinary academy for children and adults, has been in business since 2014. Working out of various locations to start with and then from Tonia's Victorian Rose Tea Room from January 9, 2017 to March 2, 2024. Rata2ee Ribbon Cutting with owner Tonia Carsten (holding the big … [Read more...]

Rocket Mortgage Classic Returns to Michigan for Sixth Year

The Rocket Mortgage Classic returns for the sixth year to the Detroit Golf Club from June 25-30. Fans can choose from a variety of ticket options that offer front row seats to some of the best professional golfers in the world, an experience unique to the sport of golf and fun for attendees of all ages.  “The Rocket Mortgage Classic is more than just a golf tournament, it’s a celebration of community, innovation and the spirit of competition,” said Varun Krishna, CEO of Rocket Mortgage. “The … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is Razor-Sharp Entertainment

As Avon Players brings another successful season to a close, it goes out on a hilarious high with the cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors running now, through June 8, 2024, in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Little Shop of Horrors is a quirky blend of genres that includes comedy, sci-fi, camp, and romance all set to a lively musical score of doo-wop, rock ‘n roll, and Motown sounds. And it was evident that the full house on opening night loved every minute of the energy happening on … [Read more...]

What will become of Adams Road?

The City of Rochester Hills, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) and Oakland University (OU) will host a public meeting Monday, June 17, to share information and receive feedback on the ongoing study to determine the future of the Adams Road corridor from Hamlin Road to Walton Boulevard in the city. The meeting is the third community update public workshop for the study. It will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at West Middle School, 500 Old Perch Road in … [Read more...]

Freda Payne stars in ‘Ella, First Lady of Song’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Michigan premiere runs May 29 – June 23, 2024, on the campus of Oakland University L to R: Debra Walton as Young Ella, Nicole Powell as Young Georgiana, Freda Payne as Ella Fitzgerald, and Eric Coles as Norman Granz. Photo courtesty of Sean Carter Photograpy. Ella, First Lady of Song traces the 60-year career of the woman Mel Torme called “the best singer on the planet.” The story of Ella Fitzgerald truly challenges the age-old saying “The show must go on.” From the Apollo Theater to the … [Read more...]

Explosion Closes Main Street in Downtown Rochester

At 8:41 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, the Rochester Police Department received a report of a possible building fire in Downtown Rochester, which changed quickly to an explosion. Reports indicate a propane heater outside of 423 Main failed, caught fire, and exploded. Five people, three children and two adults, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Two other people were checked out the scene and released. Main Street was closed for several hours, and the incident is under … [Read more...]

Have a Bloody Good Time with Avon Players’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Horror and hilarity meet in this campy classic musical comedy Avon Players’ season ends with a beloved musical comedy that blends sci-fi, and horror, romance, and an electrifying pop/rock score. Little Shop of Horrors runs May 24-June 8. Seymour Krelborn (Alex Pedica) is a meek and dejected assistant at the failing skid row floral shop owned by Mr. Mushnik (Tim Falk). When he’s not breaking things or pining for his co-worker Audrey (Amanda Murray), Seymour is learning about … [Read more...]

“What a Wonderful World” Presented by the Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate the evening of Friday, May 31, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. with The Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO) directed by Conductor and Music Director Zeljko Milicevic. Do not miss a tribute to the “Grand Canyon Suite” by Ferdi Grofé and the performance of the Young Artist Competition winner, violinist Matthew Xu. The Symphony will perform at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Road, Rochester, Michigan. The evening begins with “Carnival Overture” by Antonín Dvořák. The “Carnival … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘Route 66’ at Meadow Brook Theatre is Full-Throttle Fun

Grab the gang and see the musical revue Route 66, running now through May 19, 2024, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Running over 2,000 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, the iconic Route 66 has made a significant cultural impact on the historical landscape of traveling across the USA. Writer Roger Bean uses that nostalgia, with musical arrangements by Brian Baker, to treat the audience to a coast-to-coast musical … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Chorus Presents “Cabaret” Concert at St. Mary of the Hills Roman Catholic Church

May 17, 2024 concert to showcase pop favorites, Motown, and show tunes The Rochester Community Chorus presents its “Cabaret” concert on May 17, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Hills Roman Catholic Church. The church is located at 2675 John R Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. The concert is being held in the church gym on the main floor. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. The concert will feature fan favorites from Simon and Garfunkel, Motown stars, Josh Groban, Leonard … [Read more...]