Dr. Anton Anderssen is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in "high culture." Visit his web page at Hartforth.com. Anton is a member of several high IQ societies, including Mensa, Triple 9, ISPE and Prometheus. He has seasonal residency on the Italian Riviera, The Alps, Hawaii, Michigan and elsewhere world-wide covering cultural events. Dr. Anderssen's articles are included in the United States Library of Congress as part of their Official Performing Arts Historical Web Archives.
On Saturday night, philanthropic patrons were treated to a wonderful Italian dinner at a fundraiser for Ridgedale Players. The evening began with generous amounts of appetizers and golden punch. The main course featured delicious lasagna, topped off by tiramisu for dessert. Actors from the theatre company performed a murder mystery set in a Detroit speakeasy during the Great Depression.It's Time to 'Hear the People Sing' at Stagecrafters, Sep 6-29 August 24, 2013
Soul-stirring music and heavenly harmonies fill the park when the top names in Southern Gospel music gather at Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic, a celebration of the genre's best, served up along with hearty home cooking. The popular festival features top groups from traditional to contemporary for 11 days of uplifting harmonies at the Branson, Missouri theme park, today, August 23 - September 2.Avon Players Gala Previews Upcoming Season August 18, 2013
Avon Players Community Theatre announced its 2013-2014 season on Saturday night at its Gala Dinner; the series comprises five productions and summer youth theatre. After a lavish buffet of home-made dishes, guests gathered in the theatre at beautifully decorated tables highlighted by glowing paper lanterns revealing logos from upcoming shows.Dreaming of a White-Sand Christmas? Try Yorktown August 13, 2013
Yorktown, an expedition ship owned by Travel Dynamics International, plies the waters of the Great Lakes throughout the summer, making regular stops in Detroit so guests can visit Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. In the winter, Yorktown visits really cool ports in both the American and British Virgin Islands, like Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Cooper and the storied Norman Islands. Legend plays a large part in the history of Norman Island with tales of pirates and treasure caves; the island's role as the inspiration for the epic 'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson is perhaps the most famous legend of them all.Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic to Present Soul-Stirring Music and Home Cooking August 10, 2013
Soul-stirring music and heavenly harmonies fill the park when the top names in Southern Gospel music gather at Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic, a celebration of the genre's best, served up along with hearty home cooking. The popular festival features top groups from traditional to contemporary for 11 days of uplifting harmonies at the Branson, Missouri theme park, August 23 - September 2.Rare Preparatory Drawings of Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals Scientifically Analyzed August 2, 2013
An atheist, womanizing, 316-pound communist spy brought controversy to Detroit when he painted murals on the walls of the newly constructed Detroit Institute of Arts in 1931. Workers in gas masks making poisonous effluvium, ugly women posed topless, doctors and scientists posing with a child in a mock nativity scene; ahh ... this is art - the art of Diego Rivera.Good Vibrations: Beach Boys Arrive at Freedom Hill, 8/2 July 31, 2013
The official Beach Boys (not to be confused with the currently touring trio of Beach Boy originals Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks) comes to Freedom Hill August 2. The official group is led by founding member Mike Love along with Bruce Johnston, who has been a member of The Beach Boys since 1965; also touring as the official group are Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten.Unique & Entertaining Original Dramas to be Staged by Playwrights @ Work July 30, 2013
Who will be the next Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search star? The answer to that question will be answered in less than a month when the five finalists take the stage on Saturday, August 17, at the Made in Hawaii Festival. And who are the finalists? Congratulations to Erni Kainoa & the Nahenahe Serenaders, `Ili Moa, Kaiholu, Coyne Street, and Na Pali Trio for making it to the final round.Free Beachfront Vow-Renewals Return to Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach July 21, 2013
'Josh Groban: All That Echoes Artist Cut' opened in over 500 cinemas across the world last night. The 100-minute documentary was filmed mostly at a February 4 concert in The Allen Room at Lincoln Center in New York City. The film was a magnificent way to bring Groban up close and personal to his fans, and music lovers in all parts of the planet.Jon Ophoff Wins Ragtime Competition at Greenfield Village's 7th Annual Ragtime Street Fair July 17, 2013
Jon Ophoff is the winner of the 2013 piano competition at Greenfield Village's seventh annual Ragtime Street Fair. His winning performance was The Cascades by Scott Joplin. After receiving the award, he was invited back for an encore, when he played Graceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom. Tea parties on the lawn, Gershwin in the theater, and Joplin on the stage are but a few of the delightful events that take place each year during this unique festival. Ragtime, a style of music with 'ragged' or syncopated rhythm saw its heyday from 1897 to 1918.Highland Dancing, Living History Presentations & Cultural Gems at 164th Highland Games Festival July 15, 2013
The 164th Annual Highland Games presented by the St. Andrew's Society of Detroit will be held on Saturday, August 3rd at Historic Greenmead in Livonia (Eight Mile and Newburgh) beginning at 8:30 a.m. Advanced tickets are $12.00 with children 12 and under free. Ceilidh (Scottish Party) will be held the night before at Greenmead. Tickets for Ceilidh are $15.00, advance purchase only. Highland bagpipes, heavy athletics, highland dancing, vendors and entertainment tents all included in the price of admission. www.highlandgames.com for more information.Stagecrafters Youth Theatre Presents SEUSSICAL JR Musical Adventure at Baldwin Theatre July 14, 2013
Travel into the magical musical world of Dr. Seuss and see the author's cherished characters bounce from the page to the stage. Stagecrafters Youth Theatre presents Seussical Jr. July 18th through 21st at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette in downtown Royal Oak.MARY POPPINS Returns to Historic Redford Theatre Today July 13, 2013
Disney's beloved film, MARY POPPINS appears on the big screen today at 2pm and 8pm at the historic Redford Theatre. The 1964 musical film stars Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns, and is based on the Mary Poppins books series by P. L. Travers.Greenfield Village's Ragtime Street Fair Set for This Weekend July 13, 2013
Fort Worth Texas' Stockyards were abuzz with non-stop entertainment at Willie Nelson's 40th Annual Picnic on July 4th; the wildly popular event attracted thousands of fans to hear top-notch country entertainment.