New this week: John Legend, 'Serpent Queen' and 'Pinocchio'
This week’s new entertainment releases include fresh music from John Legend and Kane Brown, Samantha Morton stars as the 16th-century queen Catherine de Medici in an edgy Starz series and a race between two upcoming “Pinocchio” films begins with Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation.
Preserving a legacy: Saline puppeteer’s work lives on through digital archive
SALINE, MI — For a half century, Meredith Bixby and the Meredith Marionette Touring Company entertained school-aged kids with puppet shows throughout southeast Michigan and across the eastern United States. Ever since, nearly 400 puppets, stage props and backdrops have been tucked away in storage in the Saline City Hall basement. “The meaning of Meredith Bixby is somewhat disappearing,” said John Anderson, the arts committee’s project manager. Saline Treasurer Mickie Jo Bennett has fond memories of attending several of Bixby’s shows in the 1970s while growing up in Washtenaw County. A full performance of Bixby’s Pinocchio from 1988 can be viewed on YouTube.mlive.com
Spotlight: Warren Mott's Donovan Jackson steals the show
A performer at heart, Donovan Jackson enjoys being part of Warren Mott High School's Performing Arts program. Challenges:Standing tall at 6 feet, 4 inches, Donovan sees his height as a conflict when it comes to expressing himself. More than an actor:Outside of acting, Donovan loves to read, write film & television screenplays, and watch movies. Future Plans:With plans to pursue a career as a professional film actor, Donovan will go to college to study acting while auditioning for his "big break." He hopes to one day play a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe, as those movies changed his life.