Tag: The Oakland Press

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

    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 it […]

  • Detroit photographer exhibits emotional photos, stories of refugees

    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 tells […]

  • Silverware artist upcycles cast-offs to beautiful objects

    By Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media We all know recycling is a way to help reduce waste going into our landfills. But for some creative people, it can be a form of art. Christine Yonker upcycles vintage silverware, turning it into something completely different and beautiful. She started out working more with glass, but […]

  • Coming-of-age film ‘Superior’ showcases beauty of Northern Michigan

    Birmingham-native filmmaker Edd Benda returned to his home state last year to put together the Upper Peninsula adventure film “Superior.” The idea for the film came to Benda, 25, at a family Thanksgiving dinner table a few years ago. His uncle, Karl Benda, shared the story of a bicycle trip he took Up North more […]

  • Rochester Art & Apples Festival back in the park Friday

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Artwork, treats and entertainment will fill Rochester Municipal Park, along Paint Creek Trail, for the 48th annual Art & Apples Festival this week. What started as one large tent and a few Rochester artists eventually was picked up by Paint Creek Center for the Arts and grew into a […]

  • Concert Review: Shinedown lets Carnival of Madness crowd be the boss

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Shinedown lead vocalist Brent Smith was a commanding presence Tuesday night, Aug. 27, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, uniting the crowd through both song and story during the fourth annual Carnival of Madness tour. The group headlined this year’s lineup, which also included Papa Roach, Skillet, We As […]

  • 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. “Coming […]

  • Concert Review: The Backstreet Boys still have a place “In a World Like This”

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TWP. — Though the world is changing, there’s still a place for The Backstreet Boys. The quintet proved that on Thursday night, Aug. 8, at DTE Energy Music Theatre, with performances of their most popular songs as well as new tracks from the just-released “In a World Like […]

  • “Rifftrax: Starship Troopers” brings laughs to local Theaters

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Science fiction fans seeking a laugh are in luck, as “Rifftrax: Starship Troopers” hits theaters in Oxford, Walled Lake and other Michigan and national locations at 8 p.m. Aug. 15. Comedians Michael Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett are the men behind Rifftrax. The group creates comedic commentary to […]

  • Musician Stewart Francke tells the world “What Makes Me Strong”

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Music makes a difference in people’s lives. For musician and Saginaw native Stewart Francke, it saved his life. In his memoir, “What Don’t Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong,” Francke discusses how music and the Detroit community helped him get through his struggles to come out tougher, dealing with […]

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