Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo brings Holiday Shopping to the Royal Park Hotel

Shop local and begin the holiday season at the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo on Monday, November 14, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel. Over 60 businesses will be showcasing their products and services, just in time for the holidays. Attendees are encouraged to shop, discover holiday ideas and inspirations, and explore all that the businesses have to offer. Admission to the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo is FREE and includes light refreshments and door prize drawings throughout … [Read more...]

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra welcomes in the Holiday Season with ‘Holiday Cheer’

Gather your family and friends to celebrate this festive season with The Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO). Like so many families in the greater Rochester, Michigan area, the RSO’s holiday concert has become a family tradition. This year’s concert returns to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church located at 620 Romeo Road, Rochester, MI on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. Join Maestro Zeljko (Bill) Milicevic, Music Director and Conductor of the RSO for a delightful evening of … [Read more...]

The Rochester Symphony Guild Presents an Elegant Christmas Luncheon

L to R: Pat Bergen, Colette Stager, Nancy Rodriguez, Joanne Brown, Patricia Ozybko, and Barbara Martin. The Rochester Symphony Guild members invite you to spend this holiday with them at their ELEGANT CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON. The event will be held at the Royal Park Hotel Ballroom, downtown Rochester, MI on Monday, December 12, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring guests to this annual holiday party. Shop for Christmas gifts at the silent auction overflowing with a … [Read more...]

Rochester University Presents ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

RU Students London Nesbitt, Nathan Freundl, and Nilla Kanjoma (L to R) in rehearsals for Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Rachel Corp. Rochester University’s Theatre & Music Department presents Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker, and directed by Courtney Dunbar. Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions. In … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘A New Brain’ Probes Deep into the Insecurities that Plague Us All

It is rare to be able to review a show blind and even more unexpected to come away having thoroughly enjoyed it. Despite the underlying seriousness of the subject matter, A New Brain did exactly that and you only have this weekend to catch the remaining performances in the Varner Lab Theatre on the campus of Oakland University (OU). In her notes, director Rachel M. Stevens discusses the process with which the OU School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) went about curating the shows for this … [Read more...]

Oakland Christian School Brings Robotics to Life

Oakland Christian School (OCS) robotics, now in its sixth year, has achieved an impressive 12 tournament champion titles. During the past three years, the team participated at the state level. They practice year-round with 20 students in grades 7-12. Staying competitive requires funding to attend tournaments, purchase design elements, VEX metals, robot controllers, along with adapting to new games every year. “Robotics encourages students to find solutions and developing critical thinking … [Read more...]

Festival of Trees Returns with a Cocktail Preview on November 18

Tickets are on sale now for the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 18, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person. This is the first chance to get a preview this holiday spectacular featuring trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and more. This is an opportunity to bid on these items and to take them home for the holidays. The event will include a strolling dinner featuring Brown Iron Brewhouse, Kruse & Muer … [Read more...]

Avon Players Presents Military Legal Drama ‘A Few Good Men’

The play that inspired the popular feature film will dare audiences to see the truth  Secrets will be uncovered in a contest of wills penned by a master of sharp dialogue as Avon Players presents A Few Good Men running November 11-26. From L to R: Joe Danz as “Lt. Daniel Kaffee,” and Marie Burchi-Skipinski as “Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway.” Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford. A Few Good Men tells the story of naval officer and JAG attorney Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Joe Danz). When … [Read more...]

Oakland University presents ‘She Kills Monsters’

Oakland University (OU) School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present She Kills Monsters from Thursday, October 27 – Sunday, October 30 in Room 100 in the Oakland Campus West Student Center. Directed by OU Lecturer Kelli Crump, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery … [Read more...]

A Little Something Extra for November 21

Lagniappe Returns Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Monday, November 21, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. Lagniappe 2017 and opening night for The Big, Bright Light Show - photo by Michael Dwyer The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:20 p.m. … [Read more...]