Monday, March 4, 2013
The Motor City Brass Band will host their annual Motor City Festival of Bands March 10 in Dearborn.
If you’re looking for a typical classical concert, stay away from the Motor City Brass Band. The band of more than 30 musicians doesn’t perform concerts, explains Musical Director and Conductor Craig Strain. They put on shows. The next will be their biggest of the season—literally. The Festival of Bands, happening Sunday, March 10, at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, will bring together more than 200 musicians from the MCBB, Birmingham Concert Band, Farmington Community Band, Oakland University Brass, and West Michigan Concert Winds. Want to see the Festival of Bands for free? Enter to win tickets on Patch! “If we talk to somebody who’s never seen or heard the band … they conjure up an image of a brass band that’s not what we…
Friday, March 1, 2013
Tell us about the best arts organizations, galleries, exhibits and performances in your community and you could win tickets to the March 10 concert.
The Motor City Brass Band's Festival of Bands is about bringing together musicians from all over Michigan. In celebration of this harmonious event, Patch readers can win tickets to the March 10 show by sharing their love of local arts. Whether it's your city's high school theater program, an eclectic downtown gallery, or the guy who plays guitar at your farmers market—we want to hear about the local performers, arts organizations and galleries in your community. The Festival of Bands will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at the Michael Guido Theater in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. The concert will include performances by MCBB, as well as the Birmingham Concert Band, Farmington Community Band, Oakland …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Film by Plymouth Township screenwriter Jim Burnstein and loosely based on experience of Plymouth Mayor Pro Tem Mike Wright available to watch before theatrical release.
A film with several connections to Plymouth is now available on Video On Demand services. Love and Honor, written by Plymouth Township screenwriter Jim Burnstein and based loosely on Plymouth Mayor Pro Tem Mike Wright's experience going AWOL during the Vietnam war, is hitting the Video On Demand circuit ahead of its March release in select theaters around the U.S. Read more: Plymouth Township screenwriter discusses "Love and Honor." The film had been available this month exclusively on DirecTV, but expanded its reach to most major television providers, including AT&T Uverse and Comcast, on Thursday. The film stars Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Austin Stowell (Dolphin Tale), Aimee Teegarden (TV's Friday …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Plymouth Township home serves as backdrop of "Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour."
It is not every day that one’s house becomes a movie set. Yet for Dr. Debra Christian, a speech language pathologist living in Plymouth Township, it has become a fairly regular occurrence. In the last two years, Dr. Christian’s two-story colonial—perched high atop a hill overlooking trees, gardens and live roaming peacocks—has become a setting for local film and television producers. First and most recently was Lee Martin’s The Midnight Hour, the cult television series that has received national press over the years as the first sustained original scripted TV show to come out of Michigan. In 2010, the series filmed an episode called “Don’t Look Under the Bed” at Dr. Christian’s home. Now in its fifth season, the production returns on Feb…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
'Love and Honor,' by Plymouth Township screenwriter Jim Burnstein, is loosely based on experience of Plymouth Mayor Pro Tem Mike Wright.
Jim Burnstein thought he had heard all of his friend Mike Wright's best war stories from his time in Vietnam until his friend told him about the time he went AWOL. For Wright, mayor pro tem for the City of Plymouth, his AWOL experience was out of necessity—lodging costs were too high while on R&R in Hawaii and he and a friend had to find cheaper living. For Burnstein, a screenwriter from Plymouth Township, his friend's story provided enough inspiration to be his next big idea for a movie. While the events in Love and Honor—currently on video on demand on DirecTV and available Feb. 14 on major VOD services—differ from Wright's actual AWOL experience, the basis of a soldier going AWOL while on R&R was a suitable starting point for Burnstein…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Community Foundation of Plymouth presents Fife & Drum Corps with $3,392 check.
— Submitted by Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps The Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps will be able to buy new drum and guard equipment, thanks to a grant the organization recently received from the Community Foundation of Plymouth. The Community Foundation of Plymouth presented Fife & Drum Corps President Gayl Parr with a $3,392 check, which will be used to purchase a new drum major mace, a musket, swords and other replacement parts for their drums and new guard equipment, according to a news release from the Fife & Drum Corps. According to the news release, the group's equipment and uniforms are historically accurate to those worn by George Washington’s personal life guard and are expensive to replace. “Our old equipment was starting to show its …
Monday, February 4, 2013
American Idol finalist to perform Feb. 13 at Salem High School.
Tickets are on sale now for a special concert featuring American Idol finalist Matt Giraud at Salem High School. The Season 8 American Idol participant will perform a fundraising concert at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Salem High School Logan Auditorium. The PCEP Choir also will join Giraud for several songs. Giraud visited the campus in 2012 to share his musical story and work with the campus' music students. The tickets, which are general admission, cost $22 each. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will support the music program at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. The show is sponsored by Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and UNITE Concerts. Tickets can be bought here.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday.
Artwork by Detroit artist Sabrina Nelson is on display in the gallery at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill until Feb. 24. Nelson's work is known for its complex form, use of mixed media and intricate layering. Nelson, from Detroit, taught at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and African American Art History at Oakland University. Nelson's pieces are influenced by various forms of spirituality like the Yoruba religion, Eastern philosophy and African religious philosophies. "I create by any means necessary," Nelson told The Village Theater. "I am a Detroit Artist and we hustle the hardest. I can't imagine being any place else to do my work. Here I have creative freedom and a supportive community that inspires me to …
Indie bands to take stage Feb. 21 at Plymouth Township venue.
Pontiac-based concert promoters Crofoot have announced rock artists Passion Pit will headline a Feb. 21 concert at Plymouth Township's Compuware Arena, with special guests Matt & Kim. Passion Pit are a critically acclaimed band perhaps best known for their hit single "Take a Walk," a song currently used in Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos commercials. The band also was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Oct. 13, 2012. The band's latest album, Gossamer, was released July 20, 2012, on Frenchkiss/Columbia Records. Matt & Kim's latest album, Lightning, was released Oct. 2, 2012, on FADER Label, which features the single "Let's Go."
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Want to watch an Academy Award-nominated film around Plymouth or Canton? Type in your ZIP code to the Moviefone finder to find the latest showtimes.
Want to know what the Oscars will look like this year? We've got a rundown of all the 2013 Oscar nominations below. Want to know what Academy Award-nominated films are playing near Plymouth and Canton? Check out the Moviefone finder above and type in your ZIP code to find the latest local showtimes. As for this year's awards, director Steven Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln earned a leading 12 nominations Thursday for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, followed by Ang Lee's Life of Pi with 11, while the musical, Les Miserables, directed by Tom Hooper, and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook tied with 8 nods each. Lincoln was nominated for best picture and gave Spielberg his eighth best director nomination. A win would be his third…