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Oakland County has a world-class selection of professional theatres, art museums, cultural destinations and historical sites. It is home to Cranbrook Educational Community (which includes the Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Art Academy and Cranbrook House & Gardens), Detroit Zoo, Walter P. Chrysler Automotive Museum, and Meadow Brook Hall.  

No matter the season, Oakland County has plenty of fun and entertaining events – Fire & Ice Fest, Uptown Film Festival, Woodward Dream Cruise and Arts, Beats & Eats.

Arts + Culture Features

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. revs up for success

From their Royal Oak basement to the stages of Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is yet more evidence that metro Detroit is both the destination and birthplace for contemporary music. The indie duo explains why our local music scene continues to rock, pop and rap with the best of them.

The Ford-Wyoming and Detroit's Automotive Love Affair

A new book by Detroit-area business reporter and former Detroit News and Oakland Press staffer Karen Dybis, The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In: Cars, Candy & Canoodling in the Motor City, looks at the six-decade history of this iconic local institution, once the biggest drive-in theatre in the world.  

Cool Jobs: Irina Cotfas, Aerial Artist

Some metro Detroiters sit behind a computer all day. Others see patients, clients, customers, what-have-you. Irina Cotfas defies gravity. For a living. If you ever wondered what it would be like to run away with the circus, this Ferndale aerialist is your answer.

The Rise of Metro Detroit's Mixologists

Five years ago metro Detroit was barely a blip on the craft cocktail radar. Today it's considered one of the hottest regions for mixology, boasting bartenders and a scene that rival any in the U.S.  Nicole Rupersburg charts our cocktail culture's recent evolution. 

Feeding a Need: Kravings in Oak Park Serves Gourmet Kosher in a Modern Atmosphere

Kravings in Oak Park is filling a need for high-quality, gourmet Kosher food in metro Detroit that appeals to the returning culturally-savvy young Jewish community who have spent time living on the coasts where "Kosher" means more than just matzo ball soup and kugel. The best part is, the food at Kravings appeals to everyone - young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. 
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Featured Video: Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) in West Bloomfield is the largest and most comprehensive of all of the 250+ Jewish community centers located throughout the country. The JCC is not just for the Jewish community, but is rather the Jewish community's gift to the larger community with numerous educational exhibits and activities for kids, teens and families, even a fitness club and coffee shop. 

Featured Video: Arnold School Relocation

The Arnold School in Addison was completed in 1857. In 2007 the city discussed tearing it down. The community rallied, donated money and the 152-year-old school was picked up and moved to Watershed Park.

Featured Video: Beauty Blossoms In Metro Detroit

Norm Silk and Dale Morgan are all about aesthetics -- whether it's the explosion of flowers that fill their Birmingham boutique or the restoration of the only home in Detroit to be designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Fixing Detroit's Rock: Koontz Guitar Repair

Detroit is the home of rock and roll. Period. No other city can claim the innovation and influence the Motor City has had on contemporary music. From Motown to electronica to punk this region makes music like no other. And keeping a guitarist's main weapon to wage rock is an essential part of what keeps Metro Detroit (and the rest of the rock world) strumming.

Featured Video: Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Doctor Kill-r-watt! The Great Chopandoff! Marvin's is a coin-operated wonderland of blinking, buzzing, and clattering machines. Every square inch is crammed with animatronic dummies, model airplanes, video games, and sideshow posters. From boardwalk-style gypsy fortune telling machines to the "Sing-Sing prison electric chair" to a custom-made automated orchestra, this one-of-a-kind arcade doubles as a museum unlike any you've ever visited.
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