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Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 25th anniversary.

Fall Fling at Affirmations

By | 2018-09-19T12:18:57+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

As summer ends and fall approaches, LGBTQ community center Affirmations is gearing up for its annual Fall Fling celebration fundraiser. The event is presented by the Masco Corporation and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Let The Games Begin!

By | 2018-09-19T12:09:38+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Guides, Pets|

BY AMY GARABEDIAN Here’s something you probably haven’t thought about when it comes to training your dog. Training is just a game you play. In the beginning, we teach our puppies all kinds of things. [...]

Flashing Back to the Past: the ’90s

By | 2018-09-12T11:04:49+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Michigan, News|

View in this week's downloadable issue January - Let It Be Resolved: A proposed resolution intended to help stop anti-gay attacks in Ferndale was both presented and unanimously adopted by the Ferndale City Council. This [...]


By | 2018-09-12T10:50:11+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Homeland of the Singing Nun (abbr.) 5 Cockeyed 10 Madonna's "___ Don't Preach" 14 A strong one found in the gym 15 Lauren Wright Douglas' " ___ Life" 16 Apple that isn't [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-09-12T10:39:08+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

By Romeo San Vicente Thought they were goners? Nope, the Cats have a release date. When Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, was the hottest ticket [...]

Nessel Faces Tough AG Race

By | 2018-09-11T16:04:06+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Election 2018, Michigan, News|

The contours of the race to replace Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette are starting to clarify. On the Democratic side, openly lesbian attorney Dana Nessel is the nominee, and on the GOP side it's Michigan Speaker of the House Tom Leonard. However, one blurred line remains: independent Chris Graveline.

Peppermint Twist

By | 2018-09-05T12:37:24+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Homer work 5 Patron of Wilde's homeland, briefly 10 Stats on a stallion 14 Sammy once of the Cubs 15 Pirate's stash 16 Parker of "South Park" 17 Leopold's partner 18 Responds [...]

Flashing Back to the Past: the ’90s

By | 2018-09-05T12:32:58+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Michigan, News|

1998 January - Let It Be Resolved: A proposed resolution intended to help stop anti-gay attacks in Ferndale was both presented and unanimously adopted by the Ferndale City Council. This is the first time that [...]

Providers Must Enroll in Michigan Medicaid Program

By | 2018-09-05T11:49:00+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

Health care providers that serve Medicaid beneficiaries are facing an upcoming enrollment deadline that is necessary for them to continue to receive payments from Medicaid. While the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has revised the timeline to give providers more time to enroll, the department is urging providers to complete the screening and enrollment process as soon as possible.

Over the Ledge Theatre Shows ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ Through Sept. 16

By | 2018-09-05T11:48:28+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Entertainment, Lansing, Neighborhoods, Theater|

Over the Ledge Theatre is now featuring the play 'Dancing at Lughnasa' through Sept. 16. Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for best play, it was praised by the New York Times as being a "ravishing memory play" that "carries its characters and audience aloft." The story is said to be loosely based on the life of its writer, Brian Friel, and begins in Ireland's County Donegal in 1936.

Meet Megan Buckley-Ball

By | 2018-09-05T11:38:53+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Applause, Guides, Theater|

What is it like being artistic director with the Matrix Theatre Company? Serving as Matrix Theatre Company’s Artistic Director is both exciting and challenging. Matrix’s staff is quite small, so we’ve all become accustomed to [...]

Meet Paul Stark

By | 2018-09-05T11:36:55+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Applause, Guides, Theater|

What is one of your greatest challenges as the managing and artistic director at Monster box Theatre? One of the greatest challenges of directing a live performance theater is always funding. Finding funds to support [...]

Power Couples

By | 2018-08-29T16:05:41+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Large openings 5 Disconcert 10 Allen Ginsberg's affirmative 14 Warhol pal ___ Sedgwick 15 Coastal city of Portugal 16 Give up what sounds like sperm? 17 Partner of Alex Niedbalski 19 Processes [...]

Royal Oak Barktoberfest Starts Sept. 15

By | 2018-08-29T16:02:56+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce invites attendees to discover Barktoberfest, a fall festival for dogs and dog owners. Centered around locally-brewed craft beer and music, this dog-friendly event is designed to bring together the community.

Arts, Beats & Eats Continues for 21st Year

By | 2018-08-29T16:00:53+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

This year marks the 21st annual Ford Arts, Beat & Eats festival. Presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, this year there will be more than 200 performances that will be held across 9 stages located in downtown Royal Oak. Attendees are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2, and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3. Last year, the festival hosted nearly 400,000 visitors and raised $350 thousand for local charities.

Mom to Mom Sale in Ferndale on Aug. 25

By | 2018-08-22T15:48:14+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Ferndale, Neighborhoods|

When a child hits a growth spurt it's likely that an outfit that fit just weeks before is no longer the right fit. However, Ferndale Parks and Recreation is hosting a day of bargain hunting with its very own Mom to Mom sale on Saturday Aug. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kulick Community Center.

Divine Comedy

By | 2018-08-22T15:46:45+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Entertainment, Puzzles|

  Across 1 Nutty as a fruitcake 5 Prevents from scoring, with "out" 10 They call balls 14 Barbra's "Funny Girl" guy 15 Vietnam capital 16 Type of Mary pass 17 Collette of "Connie and [...]

Flashing Back to the Past: the ’90s

By | 2018-08-23T13:45:57+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

link to PDF page 1997 February - Addressing Anti-Gay Violence in Schools: The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers Network of Detroit released their report assessing the climate for gay and lesbian youth in Southeastern Michigan [...]

Detroit Repertory Theatre Hosts Second Arts & Culture Festival

By | 2018-08-22T15:41:50+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Michigan, News|

On Saturday, Aug. 25 aficionados of local artists can come together for the second official Detroit Repertory Theatre Arts & Culture Festival and Dream of Detroit Street Fair. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., attendees can look forward to a variety of local artists, vendors, food, drinks, live music, theatre and much more. The free event is made possible because of a grant from ART Ops — a group that focuses on encouraging local arts organizations — and Community HeART — an organization that works to help children cope with sterile environments like hospitals or some school settings.

Trans Woman Wins Historic Gubernatorial Primary Victory

By | 2018-08-22T15:40:07+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|National, News|

Washington, DC – Democratic primary voters in Vermont selected out transgender woman Christine Hallquist as their nominee for governor, making her the first out trans person to be the gubernatorial nominee of a major American political party. She joins three other openly LGBTQ candidates who received the Democratic nomination for governor this cycle – Kate Brown of Oregon, Jared Polis of Colorado and Lupe Valdez of Texas – a historic number.

HRC Celebrates Victories of Pro-Equality Champions in Wisconsin Primary

By | 2018-08-22T15:39:06+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|National, News|

MILWAUKEE — On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, released the following statement celebrating the victories of pro-equality candidates including Senator Tammy Baldwin; Reps. Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, and Gwen Moore; and Josh Kaul for Attorney General.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-08-08T14:49:31+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

By Romeo San Vicente 'Moonlight' writer McCraney ‘Makes Man’ for OWN "David Makes Man" is the name of a series from OWN, currently in production, a coming-of-age drama from Academy Award-winning "Moonlight" writer Tarell Alvin [...]

Ark Hosts Community Sing Featuring Matt Watroba

By | 2018-08-08T14:46:30+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized|

Ann Arbor's venue The Ark has hosted everyone in Americana from Mary Chapin Carpenter to The Avett Brothers and even The Carolina Chocolate Drops — and that's barely scratching the surface. Now, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16, is a chance for the community members who enjoy The Ark's sound to contribute their own voices for the 3rd Annual Ark Community Sing.

Uptick in Canine Influenza Cases

By | 2018-08-08T14:42:48+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

LANSING — Since July 13 of this year, there have been 49 confirmed cases of canine influenza reported. The cases have occurred in Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne counties. In all of 2017, there were nine reported cases of canine influenza.

Flashing Back to the Past – the ’90s

By | 2018-08-08T14:38:13+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Michigan, News|

1996 Successful Merger April Wellness Networks, Inc. in Ferndale and AIDS Care Connection in Detroit merged on April 1 to become AIDS Partnership Michigan (now UNIFIED - HIV Healthy & Beyond), the largest AIDS service [...]