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.
'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
The Stars & Stripes Festival has a new home this year at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights! With this new location you can expect more great music, carnival rides, games and attractions at this free summer festival. The 7th Annual Stars & Stripes Festival, Friday, June 28 - Sunday, June 30, is the largest free festival in Michigan and draws hundreds of thousands of people annually.BWW Reviews: ANNIE: IT'S THE HARD-KNOCK LIFE, FROM SCRIPT TO STAGE; Premiering on PBS, June 28 June 27, 2013
'I never thought I'd have a kid on Broadway' says Rachel Rosenfeld, mother of Emily, who plays Molly the orphan in PBS' ANNIE: IT'S THE HARD-KNOCK LIFE, FROM SCRIPT TO STAGE, which airs to the public in select parts of the country tomorrow night. The program opens with Emily riding in her car and a visit to her home where she is practicing for the enviable role. She was one of 5,000 children who auditioned for the Broadway revival.THERESE, Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Felton, to Hit Cinemas, 9/27 June 17, 2013
Set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris, THERESE is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge based on Emile Zola's scandalous novel, Thrse Raquin. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton of the 'Harry Potter' franchise), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (two-time Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange). Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominos with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband's alluring friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.BWW Reviews: 50 SHADES THE MUSICAL is Trashy, Tacky, Wicked and WONDERFUL June 16, 2013
50 SHADES THE MUSICAL is an interesting snapshot of people who live alternative lifestyles. In this case, it is the BDSM lifestyle. To make it simple, these are the people who enjoy being slapped around, and their dominant partners who beat them.Michigan ElvisFest Returns to Riverside Park in Ypsilanti June 14, 2013
Beautiful Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, Michigan will be transported back in time to pay tribute to one of America's most recognized figures -Elvis Presley. The 14th Annual Michigan ElvisFest is many of a handful of events that is sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. The local charities supported by the festival are Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels and the Hope Clinic.BWW Reviews: SOUND OF MUSIC A Hit in Royal Oak Through June 23 June 3, 2013
Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre proudly announces its fifty-seventh season, which opens in July 2013 with the youth theatre production of Seussical Jr. The ambitious 10-production season features seven musicals and three plays.Spotlight Players Presents BARNUM Through April 28 April 21, 2013
BARNUM: a delightful play based on the life of showman P. T. Barnum. This man captivated the nation's attention, especially during the bleak and arduous years of the American Civil War; the musical covers the period from 1835 through 1880, both in America and major cities of the world where Barnum took his performing companies. His sidekick, Charles Sherwood Stratton, also known under the stage name General Tom Thumb, was a sensation in London, where Queen Victoria invited him to perform live at her palace, holding his hand and serving as his personal guide.