Week of 11.17.14

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MOCAD GALA + Art Auction

“This night would not be possible without GM,” John Rakolta told the 145 supporters ($1,000 & up) of the contemporary art museum who were seated for dinner. Co-chair of the fundraiser with his wife, three daughters and their husbands, he was not referring to the fact that the museum is in a former GM car dealership. Rather, he noted GM’s important 50K gift to MOCAD and GM global design chief Ed Welburn’s donation of the new Corvette which three GM designers were turning into a work of art during the cocktail hour.(See Photo Gallery) Watching them paint ,and bidding on the 156 works  created by artists from all over the country (see examples of two in the Photo Grallery) had been serious competition before dinner conversation. More than 50 mostly younger art lovers ($250 & $35 ticket) arrived post dinner for the Afterparty and danced to DJ sets by MATTHEW DEAR and WAAJEED until nearly 2 A.M. When the auction bidding closed, 142 lots had been sold, many in online bidding, for nearly $250K. This brought the event total proceeds to nearly $400K.
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Emagine Theaters signs with Palladium

Jordan Jonna, of A.F. Jonna Development and Management Co. in Bloomfield Hills, announced the company has signed a lease with Emagine Entertainment of Troy to operate the five-screen theater in the Palladium Building in Birmingham when it reopens after an extensive remodeling....more>

Small Business Saturday supports shoppers

Forget Black Friday. For the fifth year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, and this year, Saturday, November 29, is all about how you as a shopper can maximize your holiday shopping at great local stores in downtown Birmingham....more>

BB breaks windows at parking structure

Birmingham police discovered that a BB gun had broken out several windows at the Pierce Street Parking Structure in downtown Birmingham on Monday evening, November 17....more>

Credit cards used at stores after theft

A Bloomfield Township resident who had their credit cards stolen in October discovered they were being used now after $2,000 was charged to their credit card....more>

Tools stolen from Birmingham home

A Birmingham resident reported that tools had been stolen from his home following what he said was an argument with a building contractor over payment for work....more>

Phone stolen from store

A man stole an iPhone 6 from a Birmingham AT&T store and took off before police could arrive....more>
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Gourmet grocery market

Organic, locally sourced fruits and vegetables from nearby Michigan farms, brought in by trucks in the last 12 hours. Exotic African and southeast Asian delicacies known to only the most accomplished and well-traveled chefs. Unique balsamic vinegars, extra virgin olive oils (knowns as EVOOs), exotic spices and seasonings, scratch baked goods, homemade prepared foods, and gourmet cheeses from around the globe....more>
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School absences

Skipping school, cutting class or playing hooky. Whatever name you give it, truancy and excessive absences can lead to serious problems for students and schools. Surprisingly, the issue is one that often goes unnoticed and can be easily overlooked....more>
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Unions struggle

Labor unions, credited with helping workers achieve fair wages, benefits and good working conditions, as well as the creation of a mass middle class in America in the second half of the 20th century, has fallen from favor as the calendar has turned the page to the 21st century....more>
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