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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine
More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol” and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
oakland confidential 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»
What is Dartmouth?" That's the answer (in the form of a question) high school teacher Susannah Nichols correctly gave in May during the final round of Jeopardy! to earn a semifinals spot in the show's Tournament of Teachers, winning a cool $10,000 for herself and another $2,500 for a project of her choosing at The Roeper School in Birmingham....more>
Groves High School grad Steve Forbes is an aspiring funnyman who has been making people laugh since grade school, albeit not always on purpose....more>
When Ali McManus got her pink body cast off on her ninth birthday, after spending 67 days at Beaumont Hospital following hip surgery, her grandmother asked her, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" ...more>
Most filmmakers might consider earning a law degree to help further their artistic careers, but Birmingham Seaholm graduate Cort Johns takes a pragmatic approach to his craft....more>
For Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, "working from home" typically means walking around Birmingham while he talks on the phone and memorizes case files for the week's schedule....more>
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