As we head full speed in to autumn, keep the festivities going by attending some of the special performances and events at The Village Theater this month! Experience top notch entertainment with performances by Fleetwood Gold, The Edwards Twins, Major Dudes and more! Enjoy plenty of memorable moments at this year's Monster Mash for those 21 and older, as well as a new monthly art workshop and exhibit in The Gallery at Cherry Hill, featuring the 28th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition!
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A Canton community favorite returns when this 21+ Halloween party will once again be held at The Village Theater, featuring a costume contest, games and a cash bar, all to the live soundtrack of Atomic Radio covering top 40 and Halloween hits! Bring your carved pumpkins for a chance to win a prize! Guests can also participate and win prizes in a costume contest and trivia games and enjoy pizza and refreshments. Audiences will be treated to a unique experience as the main focus of the event will be a dance party on stage where there will be a bar and tables for seating in between dancing.
Date & Time: 10/13/22 @ 6:30 PM : Pre-Program Reception 7 PM Program Awards Ceremony
The Gallery at Cherry Hill welcomes back this annual fine arts tradition! Join us on Thursday, October 13th from 6:30 PM to 9 PM for the 28th Annual Canton Fine Arts Opening Reception. Enjoy art, live music, light snacks and drinks in our gallery, then head to the Main Stage to hear all of the winners announced during a special awards ceremony.
Our 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition brings together works of some of the best artists throughout southeast Michigan. The exhibit contains works in a variety of media, including: paintings, sculptures, mixed media, drawings, pastels, and photography. The exhibition was juried by Todd Burroughs, Director of Atelier in Royal Oak. The public is encouraged to vote for People's Choice Award. Our pre-program reception starts at 6:30 PM and our stage program at 7 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Struggling playwright Ted Santi is waking his 'black sheep' Uncle Joey upstairs at the funeral home while all hell is breaking loose downstairs in the lounge! Who are some of the people you're likely to run into at an Italian wake? How about your ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, current girlfriend, local bookie and pesky funeral director, all of whom you owe money to! What's a guy in need of quick cash to do? How about enlist the aid of his zany relatives to find the winning sweepstakes ticket that the practical joking decedent has hidden somewhere in the funeral parlor on which the statute of limitations is set to expire at midnight!
Remember all the wonderful Variety shows we all grew up on in the '70s & '80s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. Celebrating the show’s 37th anniversary, Anthony & Eddie Edwards use state-of-the-art make-up to look and sound like the superstars of today and yesterday. All your favorite legends come alive in SUPER STARS ON STAGE THE ULTIMATE VARIETY SHOW, including: Sonny & Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Olivia Newton John, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Frankie Valli, Tom Jones, and many, many more hosted by THE EDWARDS TWINS FROM LAS VEGAS with All live vocals.
Here's what people have being saying about this popular act: -USA TODAY and THE BOSTON GLOBE raves it's “A Must-see show” -The NBC Today Show says “It’s one of the most extraordinary shows we have ever seen.” -As seen on Netflix's The Kaminsky Method.
October Art Workshop: 'Halloween House Art Workshop'
The Village Theater
Date & Time: 10/19/22 @ 6:00 PM
Celebrate the spookiest time of year at the Gallery at Cherry Hill. We’ll create and decorate a haunted house with artist Sonia Giannini, using different media, such as: cardboard, moss, plastic, acrylic paint, and Halloween decorations!
Limited capacity. Workshop led by artist Sonia Giannini.
Please email email@example.com for more info on this workshop or any of the Art Workshops being offered at the Village Theater.
Alice, now a teen, has never forgotten her adventures in Wonderland when she was younger. Her best friend Dinah has always told her it was just a dream. But when the White Rabbit appears beckoning “we’re late,” they’re off to Wonderland together. Not surprisingly, they arrive just in time for tea with the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Door Mouse. But something is ominously different — the tea is served by Zombies! Everyone in Wonderland, including the Queen, is turning into a zombie. As they investigate, Alice and Dinah discover Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West casting her spells. Not only does she have zombies do her bidding instead of flying monkeys, Dorothy is under her powers as her slave... er, intern. The witch is turning Wonderland into a “Spells-R-Us” shop with zombies as her workers. Alice and Dinah cleverly manage to cast a spell on the witch herself, restoring Wonderland to its former craziness just in time for tea.
Major Dudes salutes the music of Steely Dan and the 50-year anniversary of their debut album release, "Can’t Buy a Thrill". Yes, it’s Half-Century’s End, and if you get that Donald Fagen song reference you are a true Dan fan and a person who will most assuredly not want to miss this show. If you don’t get it, no worries – there are reasons aplenty for joining us at Canton’s premier performance center, the Village Theater at Cherry Hill.
Major Dudes is an extraordinary 6-piece ensemble that brings a wealth of experience and talent to their interpretations of every Steely Dan top 40 hit (there were ten including Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Do It Again, Peg, and Hey Nineteen), numerous excellent Dan "deep cuts", and every tune from their classic 1977 record, Aja. They are multiple winners (in 2019, 2020 and 2022) of the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Tribute Band.
Dave Bennett doesn’t fit the mold. For starters, you don’t find many jazz clarinet players who name Alice Cooper, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Chris Isaak among their influences. You also won’t find many musicians who are equally conversant with the music of Benny Goodman (the “King of Swing”) and Roy Orbison (“The Soul of Rock and Roll”). Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums, AND vocalizes. Saluting Swing to Rock, Bennett will be covering music from the Swing Era to early Rockabilly and Country, to Elvis Presley and more. Leading His Tribute to Benny Goodman, Bennett has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops (2013) and has played the show with 35 other US and Canadian orchestras, including: Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Vancouver, Orlando, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Portland, OR and Portland, ME, and Houston.
Fifty performing arts centers across the USA have had success with his presentations. An annual fixture at several American music festivals, Bennett’s “Rockin the ‘50s” show always brings down the house with his tributes to Jerry Lee Lewis (piano and vocals), and Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley (electric guitar and vocals). Dave’s original compositions are influenced by the style of Roy Orbison, the “Soul of Rock and Roll”. Some of his annual “roots music” presenters include The Elkhart Jazz Festival, The Suncoast Classic Jazz Festival, The Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, The Southeast Clambake Music Festival, and The Redwood Coast Music Festival.
Dave Bennett has been featured on NPR Radio’s “Jazz at Riverwalk.” He made his European debut in 2008 at the The Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland) in a combo with jazz legends and Benny Goodman band alumni guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and vibraphonist, the late Peter Appleyard. Dave is a Mack Avenue Records artist. His 2013 CD “Don’t Be That Way” met with critical acclaim. His second release, Blood Moon, which features five originals and six pop/jazz covers, hit the No 24 on the Billboard Jazz chart in 2018.
Experience music, dance, and drama from around the world when Canton’s International Showcase returns to The Village Theater at Cherry Hill on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This annual cultural and educational festival celebrates the diversity of Canton and surrounding communities through song and dance on the main stage of The Village Theater, and artists and vendors from around the world in our lobby. This year's vendors are: artist Zainab Arshad, artist Fatima from Flowing Script, artist Sonia Giannini, Sweetwaters ofCanton, and the Village Arts Factory.
TICKET PURCHASING: New Box Office hours are Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Thursday & Friday evenings 4 - 8 p.m. Box Office is closed on all major holidays.
Tickets can be purchased anytime from our website www.cantonvillagetheater.org. Tickets can also be ordered during regular Box Office Hours, in person, or over the phone, 734/394-5300 x2, with a credit card, or you are welcome to leave a message and our staff will return your call. If tickets are available, they can also be purchased 1 hour prior to program time. Our current ticketing system is completely electronic; confirmations and seating will be sent directly to your email and/or mobile phone. No physical ticket is required for seating. Check-In with the ushers at seating time using your electronic confirmation and name.
BOX OFFICE HOURS: The Village Theater Box Office has resumed regular Box Office hours that are Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Thursday & Friday evenings 4 - 8 p.m. Box Office is closed on all major holidays.
THE GALLERY AT CHERRY HILL HOURS AND FACILITY TOUR: Please visit our monthly art exhibits or take a tour in person during our gallery hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Thursday & Friday 4 p.m - 8 p.m (closed on all major holidays). The Gallery at Cherry Hill is also open during public performances or by special appointment arranged via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUILDING TEMPERATURE: The temperature in the auditorium is set to be between 68 and 72 degrees. Patrons who find these temperatures chilly are encouraged to dress accordingly or bring a wrap/jacket.
THE GALLERY AT CHERRY HILL: October 2022 Exhibition
28th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: October 3, 2022 – October 30, 2022
Opening Reception: October 13, 2022 from 6:30 - 9 PM (free and open to public)
Gallery Hours:Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Thursday & Friday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. (closed on all major holidays); during public performances; or by special appointment. Arrange by email at email@example.com.
Juror: Todd Burroughs Todd Burroughs is the founding director of Atelier School of Art in Royal Oak, Michigan. He is best known for his realist drawings, oil paintings and passion for teaching. He has received numerous awards and honorifics for his paintings.
While attending Columbia College Todd was introduced to classical art making techniques and shifted his study from Abstract Expressionism to Classical Painting methods. He completed a five-year program of study in oil painting techniques at the Atelier Alternative in Chicago. He holds a Cum Laude degree in Historic Preservation and Fine Art from Eastern Michigan University.
While studying in Chicago he began his life-long research in to art-making processes. In 2000 Todd Burroughs returned to Michigan and began teaching painting and drawing. His teaching experience includes teaching at museums, art centers and The College for Creative Studies. Additionally, he has always taught from his studio as part of his own art making process. Todd’s advocacy for youth education in the arts and accessible studio practices for all led to him founding the Atelier School of Art in 2018. He regularly shares his knowledge through lectures, workshops, and teaching from the studio. His art making primarily focuses on oil painting and drawing. His work also includes photography, digital art and NFTs. His pieces range from the monumental, eight feet by twenty feet, to the intimate, 1.5 inch by two inches, and embrace a broad range of drawing and painting methodologies.
Juror’s Statement: We are living the golden age of creativity. This idea is demonstrated each week as I work with the diverse group of artists I see in my dual roles as art educator and artistic peer. There has never been more people creating than there are today. We live with more access to instruction, community, history, diversity, and inspiration than any of our artistic forefathers and foremothers enjoyed at any time in history. I wholeheartedly believe that this is the best time in history to be an artist. As a juror for art exhibitions, I consider three qualities, in no particular order: technical skill, personal voice, and creativity. These three qualities are often interdependent in the work that resonates most with me and they look different from exhibition to exhibition. In past exhibitions I have awarded prizes to ceramics, sculpture, etchings, drawings, paintings and fiber. The abundance of creative expression that surrounds us each day demands that a juror do their best to empathize with each artist. It is a daunting and imperfect task, but it is my promise to each artist, each viewer and to myself.
Details: This year we had a total of 168 pieces entered by 75 artists. Our Juror, Todd Burroughs, chose 35 pieces representing 31 of the artists who entered.
This year's chosen artists include: Jean-Paul Aboudib, Canton; Calvin Waterman, Ypsilanti; Durwood Coffey, Westland; Jan Dale, Allen Park; Lori Zurvalec, Grosse Point; Cynthia Carleton, Farmington Hills; Jessica Waterstradt, Northville; Jim Rehlin; Meike Rapp-Ullman, Rochester Hills; Barbara Kish, Canton; Larry Zdeb, Troy; Shreya Balla, Canton; Aileen Mozug, Livonia; Mandy Pringle, Canton; Elbert Weber, Canton; Frances Santoro, Essexville; Linda Klenczar, Saline; Barbara Eko Murphy, Northville; Martine McDonald, Allen Park; Sylvia Ford, Carleton; Lydia- Hannah Wilson, Canton; Tina Hotchkiss, Ypsilanti; Constance Sanocki, Ann Arbor; Kathy Lochmann, Plymouth; Sonia Giannini, Northville; Mary Jo Caruana, Romulus; Lisa Schoen, Canton; Dennis Gordon, Ann Arbor; WanChuan Kesler, Northville; Chuck Schroeder, Livonia.
We won’t know this year’s winners until the reception on October 13th!
2019 Best of Show went to Sarmad Al Musawi for his beautiful painting “Call for Freedom”
2019 Best of Show: “Call for Freedom” by Sarmad Al Musawi
Click here to learn more about Canton's Village Theater's 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, which is free and open to the public.
"Rounded Flower Bed" by Claude Monet
Reproduction located at Preservation Park,
500 N. Ridge Road
The DIA Inside|Out Reproductions Now On Display
The Detroit Institute of Art's Inside|Out program has returned to Canton with a unique exhibit of five high-quality reproductions of great masterpieces that are now on display throughout our community through the end of November 2022. These reproductions featured throughout the Canton community include well-known pieces such as: "Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart" by Florine Stettheimer on display at The Village Arts Factory, located at 50755 Cherry Hill Road; "Violinist and Young Women" by Edgar Degas on display at the Summit on the Park Community Recreation Center, located at 46000 Summit Parkway; "A Day in June" by George Wesley Bellows on display at the Canton Public Library, located at 1200 S. Canton Center Road; "Talking Oak" by William Maw Egley on display at the Cherry Hill Fountain Square, located at the intersection of Cherry Hill Road and Independence Road; and "Rounded Flower Bed" by Claude Monet on display at Preservation Park, located at 500 N. Ridge Road. Find additional information, including a map of locations, at www.cantonvillagetheater.org.
On Saturday, October 8, at 10 a.m., Canton will host a “DIA Autumn Art Walk,” where participants will visit three DIA reproductions around the beautiful Cherry Hill Village in the Canton community.
This FREE event will start with cider and donuts at the Preservation Park pavilion, located at 500 N. Ridge Road. A Detroit Institute of Arts docent will lead the walk to three DIA reproductions. In addition, participants will also take a short tour of the Village Arts Factory for a short tour, and end their walk at the Gallery at Cherry, where they’ll enjoy the 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition and vote for the People’s Choice award. This event is FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled to Saturday, October 22. Register online here or call 734/394-5300 x 1305.
The Village Theater Date: October 15, 2022 at 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
The twenty-one and over crowd is invited to the Fourth Annual Cherry Hill Village Monster Mash! This adult Halloween party will feature Top 40 hits and Halloween covers performed by Atomic Radio, as well as a costume contest, cash bar and more! Register today online!
Celebrate the diversity of Canton and its surrounding communities through dance, music, and vocal performances representing numerous countries! Interested in performing? Please contact Elli Fassois via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salute to Service
The Village Theater Date: November 11, 2022 Canton continues its tradition of honoring all generations of service men and women at our annual Salute to Service event, which will be held on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m.
Fall & Winter Program Registration
Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, advance to a new level of training, or make a new family tradition, we have something just right for you and your family to take advantage of. Visit www.cantonfun.org/Discover to check all the great offerings, including: community events, enrichment classes, challenging fitness classes, and much more! Online and in-person registration at www.cantonfun.org/register has begun. Register and save your spot today, as many classes fill up quickly.
CANTON COMMUNITY EVENTS:
Area residents are invited to participate in these exciting community events that are scheduled to take place throughout Canton this summer:
Please be advised - face masks are no longer required, but are highly recommended, for all guests inside The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, regardless of vaccination status.
This guideline applies to any Canton Township-owned and operated facility, including: the Canton Administration Building; Summit on the Park; Canton Sports Center; Pheasant Run Golf Club; Canton Public Safety; etc....
For the safety of all visitors and staff, face masks that properly cover the individual's nose and mouth are strongly suggested to be worn by everyone inside these facilities. In addition, Social Distancing will also be observed. For additional information, contact the Village Theatre Box Office at 734/394-5300.
Join Our Team!
For those still in the market for a new job this fall, across the board wage increases for all part-time and seasonal Canton Township positions are now available! Here’s your chance to join our team and earn more money this summer. Canton Leisure Services is now hiring for seasonal part-time positions that are scheduled to start now through June 2022 and run throughout the summer. Visit https://canton.applicantpro.com/jobs to see a list of openings and apply online today.
Open positions may include: Lifeguards; Therapeutic Recreation Staff; Teen Services; Aquatic Specialist Assistant; Building Attendants; Fitness and Gymnasium Specialist; Kids’ Corner Assistant; Birthday Party Assistant; Special Events and Programs; Coordinator at Canton Club 55+; Grill Cook; Pheasant Run Operator; Special Events Assistant; Village Theater House Manager; Sports Coordinators; Farmers Market Supervisor; Park Laborers; Park Rangers; and more!
Canton Township is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. For more information, visit www.canton-mi.org.