OU lecturer writes of women’s enslavement in “The Beekeeper”

By Rachel Moulden for Digital First Media For Oakland University special lecturer Dunya Mikhail, writing is not a hobby but a way of life. “I didn’t think about becoming a poet, I was born that way, just how I found that my eyes were brown and I didn’t question it,” Mikhail says. “When the teacher…

Farmington painter believes in the power of art to heal the world

Ann Loveland’s current exhibition “The Still Life,” is on display on Farmington Hills City Hall. The exhibition consists of 12 watercolor paintings of objects and people, inspired by things she sees in everyday life.

Local Author Releases Newest Book in Bestselling Mystery Series

By Rachel Moulden for Digital First Media Ferndale author Donald Levin has always had a strong passion for the written word. Originally born in Massachusetts, the writer moved to Detroit as a small child and spent his days weaving together exciting fiction stories. In his thirties, he left Michigan to move to New York where…

Huntington Woods author to discuss her book about disability and inclusion

Rachel Moulden for Digital First Media Huntington Woods resident Janice Fialka is a speaker and activist who fights for inclusion for those who live with disabilities. Fialka is the mother of two adult children, daughter Emma and a son, Micah, who lives with an intellectual disability. As a social worker, she spent 40 years working…

Oakland University dance professor curates The Michigan Five performance

Rachel Moulden for Digital First Media Gregory Patterson shares his passion for music and dance through the students he teaches at Oakland University. “I was always interested in dance as a kid, but was more of a sports guy growing up,” says Patterson, a Warren resident and associate professor of dance, who has been teaching…

Zenith Brass presents 22nd fall concert with Beaumont Brass

Rachel Moulden for Digital First Media It is a pleasure for Mark Petty to direct the Zenith Brass, a 25-member multi-school extracurricular honors band for brass and percussion students. He founded the band in 1995 to provide challenging experiences for young musicians. “I think the most rewarding part of Zenith Brass for me is creating…