Week of 8.21.17

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MOCAD Interchange Art + Dinner

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Library Street Collective gallery owners JJ and Anthony Curis collaborated on a remarkable event that turned their home – the  Hawkins Ferry house – into a museum. Under the title “Unobstructed Views,” 39 pieces of art, all available for bids, had been installed throughout the modernist gem on the shore of Lake St. Clair. More than 200 guests ($175, $200 ticket) and their conversation invigorated both floors of the museum and the lakeside terrace. Guests included legendary sculptor Glen Michaels, who recalled creating many installations for the home’s architect Bill Kessler. Art collector Shirley Piku was another guest with specific memories.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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Rochester celebration events start Saturday

08/11/2017 - A full day of events are planned for Saturday, August 12, at Rochester Municipal Park in honor of the city's Homecoming and Bicentennial anniversary.

Founded in 1817, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city of Rochester as the first settlement in Oakland County. Saturday's commemoration events include the unveiling of the city's Bicentennial monument in the morning and will end with a fireworks show in the evening.

Ceremonies will kick off at 9 a.m. with a Bicentennial Kick-Off Pancake Breakfast at the Rochester Fire Department. The breakfast will run until noon. The event allows enough time for breakfast before and after the city's Bicentennial Monument Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Municipal Park.

The monument, which includes a sundial centerpiece designed by Michigan artist Russell Thayer, which is surrounded by historic Decade Stones that depict key moments in the city's history.

Afternoon events begin at noon with a Bike Parade Kickoff, which feature children of all ages who are invited to decorate their bicycles in red, white and blue. Additional afternoon activities and events include a mobile farm by Upland Hills; a cake stand; an activity area hosted by the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department; live music at the bandshell; a community picnic; and a pickleball demonstration by the Older Persons Commission at 2 p.m. at the park's tennis courts.

Live music will continue into the evening with a concert from 6 to 7 p.m. by Audrey Ray, and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. by Ashley Lynn & The Spurs.

Following the live music events, the city will host a balloon glow at 9 p.m., followed by the Bicentennial Fireworks Display at 9:40 p.m.

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