Former Detroit writer looks back at real-life tragedy in “Purgatory”

By Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Bryan Gruley’s advice for writing a novel? Sit down and do it. After years working in a newsroom, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Bloomberg reporter and former writer for the Detroit News says he can write in any setting, with any noise level. It’s really just about getting itContinue reading “Former Detroit writer looks back at real-life tragedy in “Purgatory””

Detroit photographer exhibits emotional photos, stories of refugees

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Looking through his lens, photographer Kenny Karpov tries to capture who people truly are — their expressions, their bodies and the light in their eyes. His emotional portraits, paired with written work, tell their stories. In Karpov’s latest project, the book “Despite It All We Never Learn,” he tellsContinue reading “Detroit photographer exhibits emotional photos, stories of refugees”

Six pierogi spots to try at the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting this weekend

By Stephanie Sokol for The Chicago Tribune Loading up on potato-filled goodness during the last weekend in July has become a Northwest Indiana tradition — drawing crowds for more than two decades. Pierogi Fest in downtown Whiting celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend, featuring more than 30 food and beverage vendors. People flock in toContinue reading “Six pierogi spots to try at the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting this weekend”

Metro Detroit artists bring birds to life through paintings

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press For painter Helena Kuttner-Giasson, art is a way to communicate in more ways than one. When she couldn’t find the words, her art spoke for her, and she took inspiration from her surroundings. “Art is my first language,” says Kuttner-Giasson, of Clinton Township. “I always enjoyed doodling and drawingContinue reading “Metro Detroit artists bring birds to life through paintings”

Oprah’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ brings inspiration to Detroit

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Oprah Winfrey wants her fans to remember that when things aren’t going the way you want, it might be a message from life pushing you in another direction. That was one of the topics she shared this motivational weekend, Sept. 12-13, when the “Life You Want Tour” made its stop atContinue reading “Oprah’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ brings inspiration to Detroit”

OU Mechanical Engineering student awarded ‘best overall’ intern at JCI

By Stephanie Sokol for OU SECS OU Mechanical Engineering student Vincent Seefried was honored “best overall” at the Johnson Controls Inc. Intern Expo, for his achievements with the company. Out of 31 interns working at the company this summer, Seefried was the only one from OU.  “The engineering graphics and CAD course at Oakland prepared meContinue reading “OU Mechanical Engineering student awarded ‘best overall’ intern at JCI”

DSO returns to Meadow Brook, with Joshua Bell

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Joshua Bell will perform with the DSO at Meadow Brook Music Festival on Thursday, July 24. Photo/Wikimedia After a four year hiatus from performing at Meadow Brook, the DSO returns to the venue this Thursday for a concert with violinist Joshua Bell. The DSO last performed at Meadow Brook asContinue reading “DSO returns to Meadow Brook, with Joshua Bell”

A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost bring fun to the Crofoot

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The audience at The Crofoot in Pontiac came together Thursday night, with the meaningfully happy music of A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost. While the bands clearly had a different sound, their message was the same— live for today and enjoy life. A brief opening from Greg Holden startedContinue reading “A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost bring fun to the Crofoot”

Nico Vega’s new album brings fresh sound

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Indie band Nico Vega‘s sound has evolved over time. What started as grungy garage rock has transformed to a more structured musically alternative melody, which will be heard on their upcoming album, “Lead to Light.” “I would say that we probably started out a lot heavier,” Vocalist Aja Volkman said.Continue reading “Nico Vega’s new album brings fresh sound”