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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.

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Making It in the Midnight Hour

Quick, name a locally created and produced television show that isn't a news program. Not so easy, is it? As the number of cable channels swells, it's ironic that local content dwindles. For six years now, Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour has proven itself the exception to that rule, producing a once-a-month suspense anthology that uses a whole lot of homegrown talent..

Oakland County, Oakland County Parks and Downtown Rochester Announce 7th Annual Fire & Ice Festival

The seventh annual Fire & Ice Festival kicks off the last weekend of January in  downtown Rochester with a new Brooksie Way 5k winter road race, a pet adoption area, and live ice carving demonstrations along with a host of free winter activities that  celebrate winter in Oakland County.

Playing to the Fringe

To some, fringe theater is a kind of creative canary in the coalmine, a clue as to whether your art scene offers a nurturing environment for performing artists to experiment and explore. So, how does metro Detroit stack up? Metromode's Patrick Dunn checks in with a handful of local companies to get the lay of the land.

MI Great Artist awards over $3,000 in cash and prizes for second year

A Lathrup Village artist won top honors over 67 other artists in Oakland County’s second annual MI Great Artist competition, celebrating and supporting Michigan's talented artists by engaging the public in an online vote and awarding over $3,000 in cash and other valuable prizes.

Building a World of Glass

From restoration to creation to innovation, Rocky Martina's life is centered around glass. If you've been to the Fox Theatre, you've seen his stained glass work. And like many self-made entrepreneurs, this Oakland County artisan is expanding his interests by helping to launch a new masonry coating start-up.
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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.

Featured Video: Fire and Ice

This year's Fire & Ice Fest in Rochester will be held from January 25-27. The festival will run 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy dog sledding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing, and a variety of other family-oriented winter activities absolutely FREE! Check out this video for more of what's in store for you at Fire & Ice Fest, and click here for the full list of activities!

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.
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