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Lynne Konstantin Arts & Life Editor
Freida Rothman

Hot new designer Freida Rothman is creating a reputation for designing jewelry and accessories that are a lot of look for a good price. The Brooklyn-based designer brings her layered necklaces, bracelets and stacked rings, in matte metal finishing and two-tone colored metals, to Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield Thursday, Sept. 15, to style guests from noon-3 p.m., followed by a trunk show from 4-7 p.m. (248) 932-7700;


picks_2-rhapsody-in-schmaltzA MOUTHWATERING HISTORY
In Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It (St. Martin’s Press), author Michael Wex (Born to Kvetch) shows how Jewish food — from gefilte fish to deli sandwiches to bagels — has shaped the culture and history of its people, crossed over into the non-Jewish world and continues to permeate modern culture, from Diane Keaton’s pastrami sandwich in Annie Hall to Larry David’s Passover seder on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Hear Wex trace the history of the cuisine that Yiddish-speaking immigrants brought to the U.S., followed by a book signing, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts at the West Bloomfield JCC. $10. (248) 661-1900;

Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian Lewis Black delivers his politically charged The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour, highlighted by his acerbic observations about the world. 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. $39.50-$69.50. (734) 668-8397;


Michelle Bommarit

Celebrity chefs! Quick-fire challenges! Delicious demonstrations! And it’s all for an excellent cause: Join Friendship Circle MasterChef, a night of fun, competition — and food — in the style of the popular TV show. Hosted by Jennifer Lovy and emceed by Michelle Bommarito, famed wedding cake designer, TV and radio personality and chef for New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Michael Jordan and Martha Stewart publications, the event pits chefs Reva Constantine of Great Lakes Culinary Center, Derik Watson of Bistro 82 and Sara Welch of Republic Tavern for an ultimate culinary challenge — all to benefit Friendship Circle, a local organization providing programs and services to individuals with special needs. 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Friendship Circle Farber Center Soul Cafe, West Bloomfield. $75/includes dessert reception, interactive cooking demonstrations and silent auction. Call to find out how to become a judge or sous chef. (248) 788-7878; *