Culture – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:51:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Center Park Gets A Bright New Sculpture Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:13:40 +0000

Last week a new statue was unveiled in New Center Park. The piece is called Divergence and was created by artist Adriana Ohar.

The sculpture was commissioned by Broder and Sachse Real Estate to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Earlier this year they held a sculpture competition at the College for Creative Studies called “Influence of Innovation.”

Ohar had the winning design. She received a $5,000 scholarship and $10,000 dollars to create the sculpture.

The artist, said she wanted to create a piece that people could interact with. How does that happen? Because depending on the lighting or how your viewing the sculpture, it can change from a flat piece into a multidimensional piece.

New Center Park is located on the corner of Grand Boulevard and 2nd Avenue, right across the street from the Fisher Building.

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These Creative People & Projects Won 2018 Knight Arts Challenge Grants In Detroit Fri, 09 Nov 2018 01:02:04 +0000

The John S. And James L. Knight Foundation named 25 winners of its Knight Arts Challenge in Detroit, with $1.46 million going to support community enrichment projects. The winners include everything from the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn to the Piet Oudolf Garden project on Belle Isle.

Karen Dybis, a friend of ours at Daily Detroit, won $5,000 for her Project SAVE: The Delray Neighborhood Preservation Plan. She joined us on the podcast (player above) to talk about that project and to highlight some of the other winners.

The new funding brings Knight’s investment in the arts in Detroit to $52 million since 2012.

Here’s a full list of the winners.

Arab American National Museum

Arab American Arts and Cultural Festival


To celebrate Arab-American culture with a summer festival in East Dearborn featuring artists, makers, musicians and traditional food

CAN Art Handworks/Carlos Nielbock

Detroit Gallery of Metals


To establish a gallery exploring the role of metals in Detroit and abroad – from iron elements of the Industrial Revolution to ornamental metalworks from the city’s historic architecture – in order to encourage interest in the metal arts that built the city and the world

Collective Sweat Detroit

Collective Sweat Detroit


To advance the rigor and relevance of dance in Detroit through a choreographic residency program, and by expanding weekly classes for professional artists

Core City Beautification Fund/Prince Concepts

Public Art Commission


To commission local artists to create two sculptural and light-based installations for a new public park in the Core City neighborhood

Cranbrook Art Museum

Material Detroit


To bring together three Detroit curators and institutions – Taylor Renee Aldridge (ARTS.BLACK), Laura Mott (Cranbrook Art Museum), and Ryan Myers-Johnson (Sidewalk Festival) – in an epic public art, conversation and performance series focused on themes of material ingenuity, resourcefulness and resistance

Detroit Artists Market

Fly | Drown


To commission performance artist Jennifer Harge to draw on personal, collective and ancestral memory to create an immersive exhibition centering on intimacy, domesticity and resilience through the creation of black space

Detroit Public Theatre

48Hours in Detroit


To produce – in collaboration with Harlem9 “48Hours in Detroit” a festival of new 10-minute plays by native and current Detroit artists who will reimagine stories that speak to the rich history of the city

Detroit Writers’ Guild

The All Access Cafe of Detroit
To create an all-access cafe at Detroit Public Library that brings together differently abled artists and audiences for literary readings and musical performances, where people can share conversation, connection and common ground through the arts

Karen Dybis

Project SAVE: The Delray Neighborhood Preservation Plan


To create a record of the people, businesses and landmarks of the disappearing Delray neighborhood through a community-driven exhibition and online archive

Living Arts



To showcase the power of dance as a lens through which to explore celebration and resistance in Southwest Detroit with partners Motor City Street Dance Academy, Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, and Compas, that will subsequently be filmed and projected onto buildings by artist Sacramento Knoxx

Mark Stryker

Jazz from Detroit


To create a festival of salon-style interviews and performances, produced in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, that celebrates Detroit jazz musicians, and demonstrates that the city’s remarkable jazz heritage remains a living tradition

Marshalle Montgomery Favors

The Fearless Tribe of Fanatic Filmmakers


To uplift the stories of Detroit’s black independent filmmakers and showcase their work by hosting screenings, panels and workshops in unconventional venues

Michael Khoury

Zombie Frequencies of the Palestinian Diaspora


To explore the context for several waves of Palestinian emigration in recent years with a new performance work of sound and dance

Michelle Andonian

CORE 375


To commemorate the closing of the I-375 freeway in Eastern Market with performances and installations that celebrate the history of the people and neighborhoods that preceded its construction

Michigan State University Community Music School-Detroit

Women of Jazz


To share the rich legacy and contributions of women in jazz through public performances and a week-long symposium featuring bassist and scholar Marion Hayden, to empower and inform the next generation of young musicians

NKSK Events + Productions/Njia Kai

The Temple of John Coltrane


To celebrate the legacy of pioneering musician and composer John Coltrane with a two-day event in a gallery setting featuring live performances of Coltrane’s work by professional and emerging Detroit musicians, dancers, spoken word and visual artists

Norwest Gallery of Art

Norwest Gallery of Art


To provide affordable arts programming for people living in Detroit’s Northwest side by expanding offerings at this community-based gallery, including live performances, cinema, trainings and hands-on arts workshops

Oudolf Garden Detroit

Piet Oudolf Garden on Belle Isle


To bring to life a transformative public garden on Belle Isle designed by Piet Oudolf, visionary designer of the High Line in New York City


ProjectArt: Detroit


To bring more art into community spaces by providing emerging visual artists with studios in public libraries, where they will offer classes, talks and exhibits, engage in public art projects, and mentor art students

Shara Nova

Body Vessel


To present a theatrical musical event exploring friendship and experiences as women of different skin colors, with Shara Nova and Helga Davis wearing a sculptural dress for two created by Annica Cuppetelli


Power (Up!) The Press Fest


To grow and celebrate Detroit’s rich community of printmakers, bookbinders, poets and papermakers with a festival of print media in all its variety

The Hinterlands

The Hinterlands Present: Assemblage Contemporary Performance Series


To advance the conversation around cutting-edge contemporary performance in Detroit by presenting a series of internationally-recognized theater and dance artists from across the U.S.

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Halal Metropolis: Exploring Muslim Visibility in Detroit


To create a series of exhibitions by Osman Khan, Razi Jafri and Sally Howell that explore aspects of Muslim visibility in Metro Detroit, both reality-based as well as perceptions shaped by other factors, to support and deepen community connections

Wayne State University

Between Two Worlds: The Arab American Experience in Detroit


To commission Farah Al Qasimi, internationally renowned fine art photographer, to explore the experience of Arab Americans in Detroit through a series of photographs created during her arts residency in the city

Vanessa Cronan

Digital Arts Programming at New Local Grocery Store


To bring virtual reality and digital art into everyday spaces by presenting installations inside a new grocery store, including events where 3D printed musical instruments and edible desserts are produced

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PODCAST: Election Day, I-696 Construction May Not Be Finished By Christmas, Amazon HQ2 Splits In Two & Mable Gray Tue, 06 Nov 2018 22:32:59 +0000

Happy Election Day, Detroit! If you haven’t already, go out and exert your privilege as a resident of the world’s greatest democracy. The polls are open until 8 p.m.

On today’s show, we run down some news about long lines and voting machine hiccups across the region. Reports of long lines are widespread.

Elsewhere, Amazon HQ2 is said to be headed to the New York City and Washington D.C. areas as a split second headquarters. That’s given critics plenty of fodder, as we discuss. Remember when Detroit and Windsor joined forces to bid on HQ2? We had a great Happy Hour episode breaking down our fair city’s failure to crack the top 20. It’s so worth a listen.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation are hedging on an end date to the never-ending I-696 construction project.

An upcoming fundraiser dinner at the DIA celebrates the food and art of Italy.

And our own Shianne Nocerini gives us the lowdown on a delicious private dinner created by chef James Rigato at Mabel Gray.

Find Daily Detroit wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Don’t forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

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LISTEN: Hotel Strike Ends, New DIA Asian Art, Detroit-Style Pizza & More Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:04:48 +0000
Welcome to Monday, friends. Here’s your Daily Detroit for Nov. 5:

  • The workers strike at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel is over, as the Unite Here union announces a settlement and a new contract. 
  • GM has rolled out e-bikes as part of its focus on mobility and cracking urban mobility markets. But it wants help from the public in coming up with a brand name.
  • Beaumont Health and Universal Health Services will open a $40 million, 150-bed inpatient mental health hospital in Dearborn.
  • An oil spill fouls the Red Run in Macomb County. Once a small network of rivers, the Red Run is now mostly used for sanitary and storm sewer runoff into the Clinton River.
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts has opened an expanded gallery of Asian art, courtesy of the founders of Buddy’s Pizza.
  • Detroit gets a new bike signal on the edge of Palmer Park.
  • And speaking of pizza, Melody Baetens at The Detroit News has the details about the new Detroit-style pizza being cooked up by the new owners of Como’s in Ferndale. The place doesn’t open until spring, but it inspired Jer and I to discuss pizza and the finer (and less fine) points of Detroit-style pie.
  • Tomorrow is Election Day, so GET OUT THERE AND CAST YOUR VOTE! We offer you three ways to arrange transport, if you need it, to your local ballot box.
  • Lastly, Brian McCollum at the Freep reports that a long-delayed Aretha Franklin performance documentary called “Amazing Grace” is finally set to see the light of day after more than four decades.

Don’t forget two things:

  1. Vote tomorrow.
  2. Subscribe to Daily Detroit wherever you download podcasts.


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Detroit’s Jack White Sings Polish Happy Birthday Song “Sto Lat” To His Mom In Poland Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:32:05 +0000 It’s an experience many around town of Polish descent can relate to — singing “Sto Lat” for the birthday of a polish mom or grandmother.

Well, Detroit-born rocker Jack White turned it to 11. During a show in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday White sung “Sto Lat” along with thousands of adoring fans to his 88 year old mother who was at the show.

For the uninitiated, “Sto Lat” is basically the Polish Happy Birthday song. It’s more proper title is “100 Years,” and wishes a healthy and long life.

Jack White, 43, is the youngest of 10 children and his childhood home was near Clark Park in Detroit.

White doesn’t allow phones in his shows, but he did share a picture of it on his Instagram.

For the rest of the month, Jack white will be playing shows in Europe. Come November, he’ll be back in North America.

He’s also got a project in the works that brings him back together with The Raconteurs for their first album in more than 10 years. It’s due out next year.

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LISTEN: A Conversation With Olayami Dabls & Everard Findlay About A Powerful Art Exhibit In The Fisher Building Fri, 05 Oct 2018 16:14:13 +0000

On Thursday’s Daily Detroit Podcast, host Sven Gustafson talked with Detroit artist Olayami Dabls about his new exhibit in the Fisher Building lobby that examines the Civil Rights era. Everard Findlay, the exhibit’s curator, also joins us.

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Peacock Room To Open Pop-Up Shop In The Detroit Opera House Fri, 05 Oct 2018 14:51:38 +0000 The popular Peacock Room will be opening a new pop-up shop in the Detroit Opera House. The pop-up will go through the current season of the Michigan Opera Theatre.

The store is known for vintage style women’s clothing, accessories, stationary and gifts. The Peacock Room has two locations in Detroit in Fisher Building and Park Shelton.

Owner Rachel Lutz will stock the pop-up shop with everything you could possibly need to jazz up your opera attire.

There will be gloves, hats, fashion accessories, tiaras, opera glasses, and vintage-inspired jewelry from antique molds. You will also be able to pick up Michigan Opera Theatre brand favorites and CD’s. She will also include theme items depending on the performance at the time.

Throughout the season the Peacock Room will bring in local artists who will offer portrait opportunities.

The shop will be located in the Ford Lobby an hour before each performance, as well as during intermission and after the show.

You can find the schedule of the Michigan Opera Theatre performances here.

I know I’m looking forward to Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in March.

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Hygienic Dress League To Have Exhibition At Decommissioned Power Plant Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:59:17 +0000

The old DTE power plant at Conners Creek – once known as the “Two Brothers” or the “Seven Sisters” – is about to be the site of an art installation.

Steve and Dorota Coy, known as the Hygienic Dress League, are presenting an exhibition called “Value Proposition” on October 18 through 20, from 6: to 10:00 p.m. each night.

The space around the decommissioned plant will come alive with a giant lighted diamond, a forest of glowing human bodies with deer heads, and a 600-pound life-size elephant studded with more than 350,000 rhinestones.

The message behind the exhibition is that although water is more useful than diamonds in regards to survival, diamonds are more valuable in the free market.

The 75-acre site is being eyed for redevelopment.

If you want to check it out, you’ll need to register.

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“Vampartier” Sitcom With Local Actors To Have Viewing Party At Boogie Fever Oct. 18 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:33:35 +0000

A locally produced sitcom is holding a viewing party for its pilot episode next month, and you’re invited.

“Vampartier” follows a a happy, nerdy, middle-aged workaholic with no kids and no social life. It all changes when he is visited by an ancient vampire who insists he’s the “perfect candidate” to transform into a blood-sucking creature of the night.

The BaronLeMew production stars Jamie Wheatley, Kim Cruchon-Brooks and Rio Scafone. If you’re a fan of TV shows set in Detroit, you might know Scafone. She’s had appearances on “Detroiters” and “Detroit 187.”

Other local cameos include comedian Jeffrey Ford, Danny D of Danny D and the Vagabonds, Bobby East of the Reefermen, local actor and musician Rick Beaman and even a cameo by the Spaghetti Man.

The public viewing party will be at Boogie Fever in Ferndale on Friday, October 18th. That’s on Woodward just north of Nine Mile.

The event is free. Showtimes are at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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Bob Seger Will No Longer Be A Tourin’ Man Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:30:19 +0000

After 56 years of touring, Detroit’s own Bob Seger will no longer be a Travelin’ man.

He’s turning the page on an amazing career at the age of 73. The tour, aptly dubbed the “Travelin’ Man Tour,” features 10 new shows as well as a set of makeup dates due to cancellations from last year’s spinal surgery.

A Detroit date hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s customary that the Detroit shows are added after the first announcement. And let’s be honest — it’d be really odd if he closes out his touring career and doesn’t play his home town, where he sells out quickly.

If you just can’t wait, the tour opens November 21st in Grand Rapids and there’s also a January 9th date in Toledo, Ohio. Tickets are here.

Tickets for the already announced tour dates go on sale September 28th and 29th. Fan clubs get first crack with a pre-sales on September 25th.

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