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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»
Amid skeins of colorful luxury yarn and yards of imported fabrics, Rochester Hills' own fashion designer and fiber artist Cynthia LaMaide weaves magic. In her home studio, she embellishes her carefully selected fabric with found gemstones and other objects ...more>
After spending more than a dozen years outside of radio work, veteran Detroit sports broadcaster and Rochester resident Eli Zaret has returned to the airwaves on WJR Radio, where he's doing sports commentary as part of the "Guy Gordon Show."...more>
Born into a family of car salesmen, long-time Rochester-area resident John Stoll initially went into journalism to see what he wanted to do with his life. But every time he thinks he's out of the auto industry, his newspaper pulls him back to the Motor City....more>
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