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Michigan Opera Theatre’s Opera Ball
Electricity was in the air at the Detroit Opera House the night the 2014 Opera Ball launched the three-day Opera Weekend Spectacular. The 44th MOT season opener – Strauss’s Greek mythology-based opera “Elektra”- inspired the co-chairs’ decision to put a Mediterranean spin on the décor and the menu. The latter was even catered by the Greek Kokas family’s Opus One. The 315 beautiful people in the dinner crowd ($600 ticket) socialized, sipped and smooched before adjourning to the platform constructed over the theater seats while the OPA! party for the younger set (300; $100 ticket) proceeded in the balcony boxes. Before dinner Dan Stall conducted a spirited live auction of nine items that raised a not too shabby $72,400.
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
A man stole an iPhone 6 from a Birmingham AT&T store and took off before police could arrive....more>
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>
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>
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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