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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.

Features

View of New York City from One World Observatory

Yessian Gets Behind the Music at One World Observatory

Yessian Music is a music and sound production company headquartered in Farmington Hills that works on high-profile projects with major clients all over the world. Their latest triumph is the Old World Observatory in New York. 

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MI Great Artist Weatherly Stroh found her inner painter after coming home to Michigan

Weatherly Stroh is yet another Michigan returnee success story. The Birmingham artist spent 20 years living in Colorado before finally returning home, where she began painting full time and has since received prestigious recognition for her work along with a warm Michigan welcome. 

Fire & Ice Festival

8th Annual Rochester Fire & Ice Festival

The 8th annual Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday, January 25. Crews have been making snow, building the ice rink, and prepping for other activities such as dogsledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and fireworks.

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Why Detroit's improv comedy scene is no joke

Detroit is not exactly NYC, Chicago, or L.A., but the local improv scene, which has produced national talents like Keegan-Michael Key, is thriving thanks to dedicated performers and theaters like Planet Ant and Go Comedy!.

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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.
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Featured Videos

Blossoms

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.

Koontz Guitar Repair

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: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.

Palazzo di Bocce

Featured Video: Palazzo di Bocce

Palazzo di Bocce is every bit as palatial as the name promises. At 32,000 sq.ft., the Palazzo is home to 10 total indoor bocce courts, with three on each side of the dining room and four more in the back “courtyard.” There is also an excellent traditional Italian restaurant inside, and it's less than a mile north of the Palace of Auburn Hills, making this a great spot for dinner with a little bit of bocce before or after a Pistons game or concert. 
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