Auburn Hills playwright’s “Bronzeville Gold” takes audience back in time

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press With the economy in a slump, playwright and Auburn Hills resident Anetria Cole wanted to look back to the Great Depression, and study how people lived during that time. Her upcoming play, “Bronzeville Gold” shows how a community of African-Americans survived the 1930s by running illegal numbers in theContinue reading “Auburn Hills playwright’s “Bronzeville Gold” takes audience back in time”

History of the Woodward Dream Cruise

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press What started as a small fundraiser for a soccer field has grown into the world’s largest automotive event, bringing more than one million people to Oakland County. This year marks the 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. In August of 1995, retired plumber Nelson House was setting up fundraising toContinue reading “History of the Woodward Dream Cruise”

Detroit native Porcelain Black teases album with live video series

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Fans of Detroit native and musician Porcelain Black should know who is behind the music they listen to. Alaina Marie Beaton, known more commonly by her stage name, began releasing a series of five live performance videos with personal narrative intros on her Youtube channel “PorcelainBlackMusic” last week. “ComingContinue reading “Detroit native Porcelain Black teases album with live video series”

Motor City Tap Fest hopes to have crowds moving their feet in Detroit this week

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Dancers of all levels can shuffle over to Wayne State University’s campus for the sixth annual Motor City Tap Fest, hosted by Clarkston native Denise Caston, Aug. 15-17. “We have classes for just about anybody,” Caston said. “The saying is, ‘if you can walk, you can tap dance’ —Continue reading “Motor City Tap Fest hopes to have crowds moving their feet in Detroit this week”

Clarkston musician travels with National Youth Orchestra to Europe

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Clarkston French horn player Caelan Stewart made history this month as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, during its inaugural tour to Russia and England. “The highlight was getting to work with the amazing musicians,” said Caelan, 16. “I never played withContinue reading “Clarkston musician travels with National Youth Orchestra to Europe”

Destination: Oakland County

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press/Advisor Source Animal exhibits, historic landmarks, nature areas and farms-when venturing through Oakland County, a variety of recreation and entertainment is available. Here’s a quick guide to tourist attractions in the area: Detroit Zoo Located in Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo is home to more than 3,300 animals, according toContinue reading “Destination: Oakland County”

Audio expert Vintage King hosts 20th anniversary party

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Ferndale-based music equipment company Vintage King Audio will celebrate the store’s 20th anniversary at The Loving Touch bar on Thursday, Aug. 1. Founded by Brothers Michael and Andrew Nehra in 1993, Vintage King started in Detroit, where they ran the White Room recording studio and performed in band RobertContinue reading “Audio expert Vintage King hosts 20th anniversary party”

Northville hosts 2nd annual Concours d’Elegance Preview rare car exhibit

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Rare vintage cars will fill the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for the 35th annual Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, July 28. Northville will host a preview event the day before, featuring 30 pre-war rare vintage cars and other entertainment. This is the second year for the preview, saidContinue reading “Northville hosts 2nd annual Concours d’Elegance Preview rare car exhibit”

Under the Streetlamp a toe tapping joy for summer

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Doo-wop, Motown and old rock ’n’ roll will fill Meadowbrook Theatre on Saturday, July 20, as Under the Streetlamp brings the retro sounds of the four-piece vocal group to the stage for a benefit concert. Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Chris Jones and Shonn Wiley were the original “Jersey Boys.”Continue reading “Under the Streetlamp a toe tapping joy for summer”

Oakland County Fair Idol brings music contest downhome

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Vocal professionals and amateurs can step on stage and compete for a chance at $500, in the third annual Oakland County Fair Idol competition. “I think a lot of the fairs are struggling to keep up with keeping everything modern. (Fair Idol) is taking something that’s popular on televisionContinue reading “Oakland County Fair Idol brings music contest downhome”