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Best bets: Bill Rauhauser photography exhibit, Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

February 25, 2014

By Mary Lendzion, Detroit Free Press

Feb. 26--Bill Rauhauser photography exhibit

Work by born-in-Detroit photographer Bill Rauhauser, who has spent more than 60 years photographing the area and its inhabitants, is on display in a solo exhibit at the Scarab Club.

The exhibit comes on the heels of the 95-year-old Rauhauser being honored in January with the Kresge Foundation's prestigious Eminent Artist Award -- a $50,000 prize generally considered the top individual award a metro Detroit artist can receive.

"When I called Bill and invited him to share his work, he told me that the Scarab Club was the first place he showed work back in 1944, which I thought was interesting," said Treena Flannery Ericson, gallery director. "His work is outstanding, and we noticed that as people come into the gallery and walk around, they recognize so many of the locations captured in the photos."

According to Ericson, Rauhauser took part in the signing of a beam at the Scarab Club in February, which other artists and politicians featured there have done through the years.

"The beam-signing is a lovely way to honor the artists and the people whose lives they have affected," said Ericson.

Rauhauser will offer a gallery talk titled "The Three Iron Rules of Street Photography" at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The exhibit will run noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through March 29. Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit. 313-831-1250. Free.

Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

Learn about everything from landscaping to log cabins during the seventh annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

The event, produced by ShowSpan, will include lakefront builders, furnishings, boats and docks, and vacation services as well as information from Realtors.

Artists will sell items featuring Petoskey stones and glass as well as rustic and driftwood furniture, wildlife paintings and ceramic art tiles.

The Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will offer a display of boats, and adults and children can build sand sculptures in a giant sandbox.

"In addition to helping people get their cottage or lakefront property ready, the event helps people who want to rent or buy a cottage or lakefront property," said Dawn Baker, show manager. "There's also all sorts of lakefront toys and equipment, including kayaks and stand-up boards."

3-9:30 p.m. Thursday, noon-9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. 800-328-6550. $10, $4 for children ages 6-14, free for children ages 5 and younger.

Photography exhibit features work of Kottie Gaydos

About 20 color photographs by metro Detroit photographer Kottie Gaydos tell a story in an exhibit titled "Kottie Gaydos -- From Awake to Awake" at Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

"Kottie has spent time in a Tibetan region in China with nomadic tribes, and she has really made a connection with the people in the area, in particular with a family she spent three successive summers with, so these are not tourists-passing-through photos," said Mary Fortuna, the center's exhibitions director. "She really immerses herself, and her work is absolutely beautiful."

An opening reception runs 7-9 p.m. Friday and a gallery talk will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit will run 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through April 4. Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 407 Pine St., Rochester. 248-651-4110.

Detroit Derby Girls bout celebrates Elvis

Elvis Presley, will be celebrated -- in all of his jumpsuit glory -- during a Detroit Derby Girls roller-derby bout featuring the Grand Prix Madonnas and the D-Funk Allstars at the Detroit Masonic Temple.

We're talking Elvis impersonators, an Elvis costume contest and a performance by the punk-rockabilly band the Devil Elvis Show on the same night the currently undefeated and first-place Grand Prix Madonnas take on the D-Funk Allstars.

Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. and the bout will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple, Detroit. $15, free for children 12 and younger.

'Mystic Sisters' exhibit spotlights Downriver artists

Pottery, paintings and photographs by Downriver-area artists Sandra Cook and Rose Lewandowski are under the lights for an exhibit titled "Mystic Sisters" presented by the Downriver Council for the Arts, which promotes arts and offers cultural activities.

It continues 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 14. James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture, 81 Chesnut, Wyandotte. 734-720-0671.

Museum exhibit explores Detroit's iconic bars, restaurants

The "Out on the Town -- Drinking and Dining in Detroit Since 1920" exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum explores the history of Detroit's iconic bars and restaurants, including the Ivanhoe pub, the Flame, Cliff Bell's, the London Chop House and others.

An opening celebration for the exhibit will offer cocktails from Cliff Bell's, appetizers and jazz music as well as information from Detroit Historical Society curators and other experts. 6-11:30 p.m. Thursday. $25, free for Detroit Historical Society members. For tickets, call Kristin Rossi at 313-833-1980.

The exhibit will run 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward, Detroit. 313-833-7935. Admission is free.

Improvisational comedy on tap in Improv Mixer

Improvisational comedy is on the bill for the Improv Mixer presented by Emergent Arts.

Comedy group Hexagonal Knife Fight will present a program called "The Harold," with monologues from a number of comics.

The Harem of Handsome troupe will feature a "Dating Game" structure. Gut Shot will present a collage of scenes, and members of Damage Control will invite audience members to offer ideas for their improv.

Hexagonal Knife Fight, Haren of Handsome and Gut Shot are up at 8 p.m. Friday and members of Damage Control will take their turn at 8 p.m. Saturday. Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. 734-985-0875. $8.

Clark Park's Winter Carnival brings fun outdoors

Outdoor marshmallow-roasting, ice skating, carriage rides and games will be part of Clark Park's Winter Carnival, presented by the Clark Park Coalition.

The park, bordered by three schools, homes, a coffee house and shops, has an outdoor ice rink and two baseball diamonds.

"In 1991, the recreation department was going to close the park. A number of concerned community members came together and were able to work out a deal with the recreation department to allow them to do programming while they mowed the lawn and provided the electricity. That was the beginning of the Clark Park Coalition," said Kate Brennan, chief operating officer of the coalition.

Organizers expect about 1,000 visitors for the event at the 30-acre park, which they refer to as "the town square of the area."

"It's a wonderful little community," said Brennan.

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. 1130 Clark St., Detroit. Admission is free.

In addition, the group's Celebrating Youth Fund-raiser Dinner will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at El Zocolo, 3400 Bagley, Detroit. 313-841-8534 or Tickets are $35-$100 and include dinner, a cash bar, silent auction and live music.

More than 30 restaurants at Taste of Troy

Food from more than 30 Troy restaurants, music and a live and silent auction will be served up at the 22nd annual Taste of Troy.

The event, which this year has a garden party theme, benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, a nonprofit youth organization that offers educational and recreational activities as well as counseling programs for more than 1,200 children in Oakland and Macomb counties.

1-4 p.m. Sunday, San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver, Troy. 248-689-1687. $40 in advance, $50 at the door.


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