Posts by Suzanne Chessler

Simon Waranch’s Passion for Glass

The CCS student balances creating glass pieces, exhibiting and marketing his work. His latest exhibit features pieces representing Holocaust-related themes. By Suzanne Chessler Photography by Emma Albert At the same time Simon Waranch is represented by two works as part of the Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, he…

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Phil Powers and Forrest Hejkal in Mazel Tov, John Lennon by David Wells.

‘Mazel Tov, John Lennon’: A Real-Life Drama

Ann Arbor playwright David Wells’ work brings John Lennon’s deportation case to the stage. By Suzanne Chessler Featured Image Courtesy of Golden Record Media Company David Wells, an Ann Arbor playwright, read the book John Lennon vs. the U.S.A. and became fascinated by Lennon’s 1970s immigration battle. He decided the story and its relevance to…

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Jewish Musicians Bond Over Their Love of Music

Local musicians find various outlets to make music and friends. Jonathan Hirsch and Charles Chomet are attorneys who enjoy playing instrumental music. Hirsch, a cellist, and Chomet, a violinist, met after separate auditions, held years apart, brought them into the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra. During rehearsal breaks, Hirsch of Huntington Woods and Chomet of Berkley…

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Aaron Kaczander writer for The Goldbergs

‘The Goldbergs’ Writer Aaron Kaczander Uses Inspiration from Home

Kaczander uses his dad’s experiences for Feb. 20 episode. By Suzanne Chessler Featured photo courtesy of Aaron Kaczander/ABC. Some Michigan men with grown children could very well be reminded of the kind of friendship group they shared in their younger years as they watch an upcoming episode of “The Goldbergs.” Bruce Kaczander will definitely be…

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Oscar Hopes for Newman and Nattiv

Nominated film, ‘Skin,’ earns kudos for native Detroiter and her Israeli husband. By Suzanne Chessler Photos courtesy of Jaime Ray Newman and Guy Nattiv The journey from youthful performing with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield to being nominated for a 2019 Academy Award has been dramatic and fulfilling for Jaime Ray Newman, who…

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Accessorizing With Fran Broder and Elizabeth Guz

Two designers show their newest work at a private home on Valentine’s Day. By Suzanne Chessler Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Guz and Fran Broder Fran Broder and Elizabeth Guz share a love of accessories — both design and sell pieces that showcase their personal approaches to creativity. Broder began with scarves and hats in faux…

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vases in different sizes on a mantel place. One has a plant in it.

Life In Clay

Pewabic unveils a new tile studio — plus, its annual holiday show. Suzanne Chessler Contributing Writer Mary Chase Perry Stratton helped to usher the Arts and Crafts Movement into Detroit. In 1903, Stratton co-founded, with Horace Caulkins, what would become Pewabic Pottery — and three years later she became a founding member of the Detroit…

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Rapper Nissim Black, a black man with curled pais and a black top hat and suit stands in profile before a velvet curtain and intricately designed wallpaper.

Celebrating Life

Nissim’s raps bring holiday joy to Chanukah Wonderland. Suzanne Chessler Contributing Writer The rapper known as Nissim was raised by parents who gave him career direction through their rapping careers, but he had to establish personal stability on his own. Nissim experimented with different religious practices to find the spirituality he felt was missing from…

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Cover of Nemesis A Nobel by David Pinto featuring a close-up on a woman's face with a New York background

A Deadly Rivalry

Two married men. One murdered woman. David Pinto comes to the JCC to discuss his new book, Nemesis. Suzanne Chessler Contributing Writer David Pinto strongly believes that people can change, and he has made that idea the core of his fictional books — all five of them. The most recent and the first published, Nemesis,…

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Peace One Piece at a Time by Fel3000ft.

New At The Charach

A new exhibit glows within the recently renovated gallery. Suzanne Chessler Contributing Writer Artwork created especially for the latest exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery will be enhanced by brand new lighting and ceiling colors that have been brought into the display space over the past three months. “Outside In: Artists of the Detroit Landscape,”…

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