Culture – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:30:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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LISTEN: Previewing TedXDetroit With Terry Bean & Shawn Lee Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:54:32 +0000

TedXDetroit is returning for a 10th year on Wednesday, September 26. But what can you expect at this day-long conference about ideas worth spreading?

Sven Gustafson sat down with Terry Bean and Shawn Lee at the Founders Midtown Taproom to get the details. That discussion is in the player above.

If you’re interested in attending, the link is here.

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WATCH: Keegan-Michael Key Teaches Detroit Slang With Olivia Munn Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:22:22 +0000 Here’s an entertaining watch co-hosted by Detroit’s own Keegan-Michael Key.

As part of promoting their new movie out now, “The Predator,” the pair sat down for a Vanity Fair segment sharing slang from their respective childhood homes.

For Olivia Munn, it was Japan. For Key? Of course, it’s Detroit.

It’s a fun look into the meanings of Detroity phrases and their meaning like “What up doe,” “Stunt,” “Hip,” “Chicken,” “Cheddar,” and “The Joe.”

Keegan-Michael Key has been very visible with a lot of Detroit-centric things as of late, including being the face of the Quicken Loans Rocket Mortgage TV commercial campaign.

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LISTEN: True Crime Podcast ‘Already Gone’ Builds Audience As 100th Episode Drops Wed, 12 Sep 2018 01:22:54 +0000

True crime is hot. The genre dominates the top 10 shows on Apple Podcasts, with podcasts like Serial and My Favorite Murder drawing millions of fans and downloads.

Here in the Detroit area, we’ve got our own true crime podcast that is attracting a growing following, with its 100th episode dropping Wednesday. It promises to change the way you look at Oakland Mall.

Nina Innsted is the researcher, writer, producer and voice behind the popular local podcast “Already Gone,” which focuses on true crimes that took place right here in Michigan.

Already Gone is a fellow member of the Podcast Detroit network. Sven spoke with Innsted on the Daily Detroit podcast about her show and what she’s learned about podcasting.

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Clarkston’s Union Woodshop To Get Mural From The DIA Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:03:00 +0000

The popular Union Woodshop barbecue restaurant in Clarkston is getting an outdoor mural courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The 16-by-12-foot mural is titled “The Village of Clarkston” and is dominated by a mill wheel in homage to the area’s agricultural roots. It will depict buildings in Clarkston’s historic district, themes such as home, education, commerce and spirituality, and a millpond on the lower half with native plants and animals.

The mural is being led by DIA artists Alex Gilford and Vito Valdez. They’re partnering with Denyse Couture, creative director of the Clarkston Cultural Arts Council.

It’s one of three public art projects happening in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to bring art into local communities through partnerships with local nonprofits.

Installation was set to begin Thursday and be wrapped up by the end of the month.

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53 Finalists Named In Knight Arts Challenge, Final Prize Is Share Of $3 Million Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:26:32 +0000 53 finalists were named on Thursday for the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge. They are all in the running for a share of $3 million.

The the grant contest is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It’s a matching grant, so the artist will have to find a way to raise the money to match the amount provided by the foundation.

The idea of the program is that it funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts. The foundation funds the arts, it says, because of “their ability to inspire and build community, and connect people to each other and to Detroit.”

The finalists propose a range of projects that tell unique Detroit stories, bring the city’s history and culture to the stage and use the power of the arts to bring people together.

“When I look at the Knight Arts Challenge finalists, I see our city, its many neighborhoods and cultures – all building on Detroit’s legacy as a leader in the arts,” said Katy Locker, Detroit program director for Knight Foundation. “Each idea demonstrates the many powerful ways Detroiters continue to use the arts as a vehicle to move our city forward.”

The full list of the 2018 finalists is below. Before we get to the list, I’m going to pull out a specific one as a disclosure and a kudos.

Karen Dybis is a regular contributor to our Daily Detroit podcast. Her project is called “Project SAVE: The Delray Preservation Plan.” Its goal is to create a record of the people, businesses and landmarks of the disappearing Delray neighborhood through a community-driven exhibition and online archive.

If you’re interested in applying, the Knight Arts Challenge is open to anyone. There are three rules:

  • The idea must be about the arts
  • The project must take place in or benefit Detroit
  • The grant recipient must find funds to match Knight’s commitment within one year.

The applications are just 150 words.

Here’s the list of finalists. Winners will be announced in the fall.


Large Pepperoni with Extra Poetry

To celebrate young creative voices by distributing their poems on pizza boxes during National Poetry Month

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

Bigmouth Press & Comix/Leila Abdelrazaq

Bigmouth’s Voices Anthology

To amplify the voices of Middle Eastern artists from metro Detroit through workshops where they will create and publish their own comics, and an online and printed anthology

CAN Art Handworks/Carlos Nielbock

Detroit Gallery of Metals

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

City of Detroit Parks and Recreation

Detroit: NOW + FOREVER

To enliven Detroit’s neighborhood parks with plays that tell stories of the city’s history, culture and industry

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

ComiqueCon L3C

ComiqueCon: A Celebration of Women in Comics

To celebrate the work of female and non-gender binary comic book creators at the ComiqueCon convention

Core City Beautification Fund/Prince Concepts

Public Art Commission

To create two public art installations in a new Core City neighborhood park by commissioning sculptural and light-based installations by local artists

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

DANCE ELIXIR/Leyya Mona Tawil

Lime Rickey International’s Noise and Nation

To promote the voices of Arab Detroiters working in experimental arts through a collaborative program where artists come together to create performance pieces

Detroit Area Art Deco Society

Documenting Detroit: Designers, Architects and Artists that Helped Create Detroit

To celebrate Detroit’s Art Deco and midcentury buildings by sharing images of them with a global audience of designers, architects and history enthusiasts

Detroit Artists Market


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

Detroit Institute of Arts

Put the STEAM in STEM

To give students a deeper understanding of art by having them explore the science behind paint, paintings and other historic artworks

Detroit Public Theatre

48Hours in… Detroit

To produce – in collaboration with Harlem9 – “48Hours in…Detroit,” a festival of new 10-minute plays written by Detroit playwrights to reimagine stories that speak to the rich and diverse history of the city

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Musical Interpretation of Five Poems by W.H. Auden

To demonstrate innovation in modern orchestral music by commissioning Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz to create a work based on W.H. Auden’s most iconic poems which explore universal themes of humanity

Detroit Writers’ Guild

The All Access Café of Detroit

To create an all-access café at the Detroit Public Library that brings together differently abled artists and audiences for literary readings and musical performances, where people can share their similarities through the arts

Diana Nucera

Mother Cyborg’s Automata: Understand the nature of Artificial Intelligence

To develop a laser opera and full-length musical album based on “A People’s Guide to AI” to demystify the nature of artificial intelligence and its possibilities for humanity

Gabriel Music Society

Gabriel Music Society Augmented Experience

To tell the story of six generations of musicians in Detroit’s Gabriel family – from its roots in the Caribbean, New Orleans and now Detroit – through visual and audio archives

Gracie Xavier/Global Detroit

Common Bond: Muslin Social Club

To explore the cultures of Asia, Africa and the U.S. through a series of women-only, hands-on fabric design and dyeing workshops, culminating in exhibitions

Final Girls

Future Final Girls

To help young women filmmakers gain the experience they need to pursue their filmmaking goals by providing mentoring, workshops and screenings

Highland Park Business Association

Highland Park Arts and Culture Commission

To develop and support all art forms in the city of Highland Park by creating a local Arts and Culture Commission

Hostel Detroit

Detroit Container Radio

To create easy and universal access to Detroit’s electronic music through an internet radio station based in a mobile shipping container that doubles as a performance space and coffee shop

Karen Dybis

Project SAVE: The Delray 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

Katherine Cockrel

Dare to Struggle Dare to Win

To spark conversations about race and policing with screenings of the award-winning documentary “Dare to Struggle Dare to Win”

Living Arts

Project: Dance

To showcase the power of dance to bring communities together by having artists and residents collaborate to create new works reflective of Southwest Detroit that will be recorded and projected on buildings

Mark Stryker

Made in Detroit: Jazz from the Motor City

To create a festival of salon-style interviews and performances that celebrate Detroit jazz musicians and demonstrate 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 works by hosting screenings, panels and workshops in unconventional venues

Matrix Theatre Company

As Water Does with the Moon: Detroit Muslim Voices

To bring to the stage the diverse voices of the city’s Muslim community through a new play derived from stories gathered from the community

Michael Khoury

Zombie Frequencies of the Palestinian Diaspora

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

Michelle Andonian

CORE 375

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

Michigan ArtShare @ Artist Village Detroit

Chazz and the Redline

To invigorate the Artist Village in Old Redford by having the original artist, Charles “Chazz” Miller use artificial intelligence technology to recreate community murals and develop connected experiences in the neighborhood

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 Marion Hayden that will empower and inform the next generation of young musicians

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

“Northern Lights 1966” Detroit Community Tour

To tour a play about Detroit student protests in 1966 – with themes that resonate today – to schools and community centers around Detroit

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

From Where We Resist

To explore the histories of community uprisings in the United States by hosting performances and conversations by visual artist Mickalene Thomas, national Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and Detroit poet jessica Care moore

NKSK Events + Production/Njia Kai

The Temple of John Coltrane

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

Noah Elliott Morrison and Ben Collins


To remind people of the power and importance of the Detroit River by documenting it in photos and 3D video that will be used in augmented-reality displays at the Detroit RiverWalk

Norwest Gallery of Art

Norwest Gallery of Art

To provide more affordable arts programming for people living in Detroit’s Northwest side by expanding offerings at this community-based gallery

Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

What Did I Just Watch? Experimental and Documentary Cinema comes to the Osborn Neighborhood

To cultivate film appreciation in the Osborn neighborhood by screening films and promoting film discussion at the neighborhood’s Bel Air Luxury Cinema

Oudolf Garden Detroit

Piet Oudolf Garden on Belle Isle

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


PLAYGROUND DETROIT Emerging Artist Fellowship Program

To create opportunities for Detroit’s emerging visual artists with new fellowships at this gallery in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood

Power House Productions

Time in the Neighborhood

To provide a space for the exchange of ideas in a neighborhood and in Detroit by inviting visiting artists from around the world to live for a month in Jar House, and to produce public events in partnership with a local co-hosts


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

Shakespeare in Detroit

Shakespeare in Detroit Translation Project

To introduce Shakespeare to new audiences by hiring playwrights to translate some of the Bard’s most popular works into Arabic and Spanish, and to produce these plays in metro Detroit

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 community of printmakers, bookbinders, poets and papermakers with a festival of print media in all its variety

Sphinx Organization, Inc.

The Great Migration: A Family Story Told Through Music

To commission a new classical work by violinist/composer Jessie Montgomery that explores the historical and cultural legacy surrounding the Great Migration through music and through the lens of a family history, to be shared through a series of community concerts, artist workshops and residencies

The Hinterlands

The Hinterlands Present: Assemblage Contemporary Performance Series

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

The Urban Requiem Project

The Life and Death of Industrial Detroit – An Urban Requiem

To bring a multimedia-rich experience and event series to the community, commemorating and exploring the life and death of Detroit’s industrial century

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Halal Metropolis: Exploring Muslim Visibility in Detroit

To explore the facts and fictions of the Muslim community in metro Detroit with an exhibit by

artist Osman Khan, photographer Razi Jafri, and scholar Sally Howell

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Struggle and Rebirth on the Rouge River: A Transformational Public Art Installation

To explore the intertwined histories of labor, industry and the environment with a public art project that presents the story of the 1932 Ford Hunger March

Wayne State University

Between Two Worlds: The Arab American Experience in Detroit

To explore the experience of Arab Americans in Detroit by commissioning internationally renowned fine art photographer Farah Al Qasimi to do a series on the city

William Armstrong

The 48203 Dance Show and Workshops

To highlight the legacy of the TV program “The New Dance Show,” an archive of Detroit techno and fashion, through workshops and a dance showcase for youth and the community

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

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Documentary On Legendary Detroit Bar, The Lindell AC, Airs Thursday Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:23:55 +0000

Fans of Detroit watering holes of yore, take note: A documentary about the legendary Lindell AC sports bar makes its TV debut Thursday night on Detroit Public Television.

It’s called “Meet Me At the Lindell: The Story of America’s First Sports Bar.” The 44-minute documentary from director Jason Danieliwicz first screened in 2017 at the Freep Film Festival.

The Lindell AC was famous for many reasons, including for being a place where professional athletes showed up and mingled with common folk — something that’s virtually unheard of in today’s big-money sports era.

Greek immigrant Meleti Butsicaris and his sons, Johnny and Jimmy, purchased the bar in 1949, when it was part of a seedy hotel called the Lindell. Legend has it that New York Yankees infielder Billy Martin suggested they adopt a sports theme, using framed photographs and donated game mementos.

The bar quickly became a favorite gathering place for local and visiting athletes from all four professional sports leagues, and for journalists. It relocated just down the street in 1963 and became the Lindell AC, short for “Athletic Club,” a nod to the much tonier Detroit Athletic Club across town.

The list of famous names who drank in the bar is a long one and includes Martin, who fought his own player in the alley behind the bar; Gordie Howe; Al Kaline; Andre The Giant; Mickey Mantle; and Sonny Eliot; and, in a famous photograph, an actual elephant.

Photo via Meet Me at the Lindell Facebook page

The Lindell AC closed in 2002, a victim of plans for the Rosa Parks Transit Center.

“Meet Me At the Lindell” airs Thursday, August 22 at 9 p.m. on Detroit Public Televisio, Channel 56..

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LISTEN: Remembering Aretha Franklin With Evrod Cassimy, Marsha Music, Dan Austin & Detroiters Sat, 18 Aug 2018 01:51:04 +0000

On a very special Daily Detroit podcast, we remember Aretha Franklin through stories.

Guests include:

Evrod Cassimy, a friend of Franklin and journalist at WDIV Local 4 TV.

Marsha Battle Philpot, a.k.a. Marsha Music. Her father recorded the first record with Aretha.

Dan Austin, Detroit’s unofficial historian and a founder of the Motor City Soul Club.

Some of the people who loved her at the New Bethel Baptist Church at Linwood in Detroit.

Like the show? Subscribe wherever podcasts are found here.


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PODCAST: Aretha Franklin gravely ill, Ossian Sweet House update with Karen Dybis & more Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:54:00 +0000

Here’s our show on August 13, 2018.

– The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is said to be “gravely ill.” That’s according to multiple reports and family friend Evrod Cassimy, a WDIV anchor and reporter.

– Legendary Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris had his number 47 retired over the weekend.

– The historic David Stott tower in Capitol Park will soon reopen as luxury housing and office space. According to the Freep, asking prices for the apartments could set a new record for price-per-square-foot in downtown Detroit.

– Karen Dybis (writer of these books) joins us on the show to share what’s happening to the historic Ossian Sweet House, and the story behind the important building.

– Sven was out of town last week, so we saved our discussion about the primary election and news of the week for when he came back from the woods.

– A legal analysis by Detroit’s Law Department says that City Council President Jones may be able to keep her local seat while serving for a time in the U.S. Congress.

– On the Detroit side of Mack between Outer Drive and Cadieux sits East English Village, a neighborhood built between the 1920s and 1950s. It’s a neighborhood that doesn’t always get much press attention. But maybe now it will.

– Sunoco stations across Detroit are being sued in Federal court. They’re accused of selling Viagra without a prescription as an “all-natural” male enhancement pill.

You can find the Daily Detroit News Byte wherever you download your favorite podcasts.

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LISTEN: Biking Every Linear Mile Of Detroit With Thomas Leeper Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:26:28 +0000

Stopping in the studio today is Thomas Leeper. He’s the creative force behind a website, “Every Linear Mile” and he’s literally chronicling every mile of street in the city of Detroit.  

We dive into his passion project that spans the city block by block, what he’s learned about the city, and his advice for those trying to juggle responsibilities while trying to do a large creative endeavor.

Listen to the podcast in the player above, and catch the whole show wherever you download your favorite podcasts.


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