Christopher Chen’s ‘Passage’ Coming to Oakland University Stage

Play leads audiences on a journey of self-exploration Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Passage, a gripping and enigmatic play by Chinese-American playwright Christopher Chen, on Oct. 7-10 and Oct. 14-17 in the Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus. Set in the fictional “Country X,” Passage engages audiences in an ideological debate about the precarious nature of political borders and the social divides that emerge in times of strife. Inspired by E.M. … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Night of January 16th’ Delivers Courtroom Drama and a Surprise Ending

Avon Players welcomed eager theatergoers back for the opening night of Ayn Rand’s courtroom drama, Night of January 16th, running now until Saturday, October 9, 2021, in Rochester, MI. This moment is important because it marks the first live production since the shutdown in March 2020 when Lend Me a Tenor had to abruptly ends its run. And it is also a season of celebration as Avon Players commemorates 75 years of bringing creative and crowd-pleasing theatre to the area. Before the start of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, If You Were in a Circus, Which Character Would You Be?

Dear Crabby, If You Were in a Circus, Which Character Would You Be? Sincerely, Candy Cotton Dear Candy, Well, Ringmaster of course. I'd have to be the one calling all the shots. For years and years, I've put my children, their friends, and my grand kids in corners ... certainly I could put circus acts in rings. I would grow a big, bushy mustache, don a tall top hat, and call to attention ... "And now, in this ring, feast your eyes on another stupid human trick ..." That's … [Read more...]

American Made Music Party

The Older Persons' Commission (OPC) 650 Players Fall Show, an American Made Music Party, is entertainment designed to tug at heartstrings and tickle funny bones. This event is open to the public and tickets are $12/$15. Lunch show runs Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5-6, at 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. Root Beer Float Shows run Thursday, October 7, at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 9, at 1:00 p.m. All shows runs two hours. Tickets available by calling 248-659-1029. The OPC is located at 650 … [Read more...]

Robotics in Gynecological Surgery

Smart Towns hosts Dr. Douglas Pugmire, D.O. on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Public Library to review of how advanced robotic technology is used to treat gynecological diseases. Over the last 15 years, over 75% of all gynecological-related surgery has transitioned to robotics. Dr. Pugmire is board-certified in gynecological oncology and Ob/Gyn. He is the director of robotics surgery and Chief of the Ob/Gyn Department at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre to Hold Auditions for Children in ‘A Christmas Carol’

Auditions are on September 27 on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. A favorite holiday tradition returns to Meadow Brook Theatre for the 39th year: A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and a handful of ghosts will once again grace the streets of London to deliver a message of unity. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte, will run at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI … [Read more...]

The Brooksie Way Half Marathon is Back

The 14th Annual Brooksie Way Half Marathon begins Sunday, September 26, at 8:00 a.m. The race is an opportunity for up to 3,000 runners to experience the streets and trails of Rochester and Rochester Hills, while closing many roads to vehicle traffic. The first runners will arrive in Downtown Rochester at approximately at 8:30 a.m. and will be leaving by 11:00 a.m. Brooksie is Back Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021Location: Meadowbrook Music Ampitheatre grounds on the campus of Oakland … [Read more...]

Taste of Fall in Downtown Rochester

Enjoy the flavors of fall in Downtown Rochester. Over twenty restaurants have fall inspired entrees, drinks, and desserts on their menu to try. The Taste of Fall promotion runs until October 18. Pick up the Taste of Fall brochure at the Downtown Collaboration Studio or any of the participating businesses. See participating businesses. Caramel Apple Cheesecake at BakeHouse 46 “There are so many yummy fall options,” said Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown … [Read more...]

Using DNA Tests for Family History

Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Genetic Genealogy” as part of its popular lunchtime Brown Bag program series on Tuesday, October 5 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Registration is required. This meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch (optional). Genealogist Katherine R. Willson will introduce the basic principles of genetic inheritance, the types of tests currently being marketed by the big DNA companies, and examine the … [Read more...]

Young Leaders Becoming Difference Makers

Neighborhood House held their annual Executive Youth Board (EYB) Induction Ceremony on August 7. Seven new members were officially inducted into the 2021-2022 Executive Youth Board. Neighborhood House welcomes the 2021-2022 Executive Youth Board Members This year, the EYB represents five local high schools including Rochester High School (Rahi Shah, Abhro Debnath), Adams High School (Victoria Cattermole), International Academy East (Maya Abbou), International Academy OKMA (Lia Vettraino), … [Read more...]