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Handy qualities: From soap to Spandex, Detroiters are making it

By Norene Cashen

Published: 11/26/2008

Types: Culture, Shopping

DIY is back, as evidenced by the growing popularity of brick-and-mortar boutiques and handmade shopping sites like etsy.com. Original clothing, jewelry crafted from found objects and vintage parts, blown glass ornaments, and handmade soaps are just a few options for shoppers who want to make t...[MORE]

Ceramic vistas: How John Glick's pottery fuses high art and durable utility

By Norene Cashen

Published: 11/26/2008

Types: Arts, Crafts

Back in art school in the 1960s, John Glick didn't consider himself a great painter. It was only when he became a world-renowned potter and began painting with ceramic glazes that he recognized his talent for creating beautiful abstract visions with color and a brush. "I was a C+ student as a...[MORE]

Scrap city: Salvaging and remembering in the name of art

By Norene Cashen

Published: 11/5/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Wait. Don't throw that away. A weathered matchbook, a handful of handbills, rubber collected from the freeway, and fabric swatches are the stuff of inventive creations for the 11 local artists in Soft Scrap: A Show of Scrap-inspired Art.Mary Carolan, an artist and Michigan native with a BFA in a...[MORE]

Stand-up biography: Native Detroit Elaine Stritch acts out a life well-lived

By Norene Cashen

Published: 10/29/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Pablo Picasso said, "It takes a long time to become young." And Elaine Stritch proves him right. At 82, the actor, singer and Broadway legend sees the world with wisdom, humor and simple wonder. And that's what makes her Emmy- and Tony Award-winning one-woman play, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, n...[MORE]

Attack of the killer angels: Artist Derek Hess takes on religious right

By Norene Cashen

Published: 10/15/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

When artist Derek Hess and Cleveland-area politician Kent Smith finished their book of political art and essays, Please God Save Us, they knew they had to get it out before the presidential election. But none of the interested publishers could make the deadline. So Hess added Strhess Press to ...[MORE]

Semivan's ghost dance : Her house may be haunted, her photos are definitely haunting

By Norene Cashen

Published: 10/8/2008

Types: Arts, Photography

A few months ago, photographer Lauren Semivan moved into a huge late 19th century house in Oakland County. Assigned as caretaker of this staggering showcase of forgotten art and antiques, she spent her first day cleaning the dust from Victorian-era sofas, claw-foot tables, ornate candlesticks ...[MORE]

Love is not the enemy: Poet-performer Jessica Care Moore talks success, heartbreak and coming home. Plus: WDET author interview.

By Norene Cashen

Published: 9/24/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Coming back to the city where you grew up is a profound kind of return. It's a reunion with part of yourself. There are memories, family and all the shapes and textures of experience — good or bad — that made their impressions on you and helped you dream of what you could be. And, ma...[MORE]

The greatest theorem ever told : London calling with a new multimedia performance in Ann Arbor

By Norene Cashen

Published: 9/10/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

In a world of zeroes and infinities, where does one find unity and love? Certainly not in a lecture hall where mathematicians try to map the mystical dance of numbers behind string theory. This is no place for creativity and romance. Or is it?A lecture hall is the setting in the opening scene of...[MORE]

New queen of noir: Local writer hits Hollywood paydirt and turns on James Ellroy

By Norene Cashen

Published: 9/3/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

She isn't the kind of woman who'd pack a pistol or stash a dead body in the trunk of a car. In fact, she looks adorable, friendly and even somewhat diminutive on the cover of the winter issue of Crimespree Magazine. But make no mistake, Megan Abbott is a noir fiction writer who isn't afraid to...[MORE]

Room with a view: Detroit's African-American writers, playwrights and poets, past and present, get a space of their own

By Norene Cashen

Published: 8/27/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

In a small room on the third floor of the Purdy-Kresge Library at Wayne State University, an important part of Detroit's literary and cultural heritage is being collected, sorted and archived. The library already holds a number of special collections, including the Arthur L. Johnson African-Amer...[MORE]

Artistic bent: Gender benders take over Ann Arbor's Gallery Project

By Norene Cashen

Published: 8/20/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

On the opening night of Gender Agenda, the He-Bops kicked out a short set of Clash-style Cyndi Lauper covers that got a flamboyant crowd dancing. Against a backdrop of pop art collages held together with blue tape, the irreverent dude trio made noise as harmless yet ironic as a teen garage roc...[MORE]

Acting up: Renaissance man Jeff Daniels on his plays, music and his upcoming appearance in Detroit

By Norene Cashen

Published: 7/23/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

You may have seen him in recent television spots for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, touting the Mitten State as a good place to start a business. Or you may have caught him at a local venue, strumming his acoustic guitar and singing original folk-blues tunes. If not there, then surel...[MORE]

A Beckett scholar in Mexicantown: A chief inspiration for Matrix Theatre's Shaun Nethercott

By Norene Cashen

Published: 7/2/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

For local dramatist Shaun Nethercott, the plot of a play — whether involving personal triumph or lost love — isn't necessarily what live theater is all about. She's less interested in what happens, per se, than the mechanics of how a play works or the real-life lessons audiences co...[MORE]

The fish whisperer

By Norene Cashen

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

"What does a man whisper when he whispers to fish?" Detroit-based writer Peter Markus asks this question in his first novel, Bob, or Man on Boat (Dzanc Books, $13.95, 133 pp.). He answers the question with a collage of secret dialogues and minimalist dreams. In short sentences built of small wo...[MORE]

Growing up onstage: How Mosiac Youth Theatre connects young Detroiters to a bigger world through acting

By Norene Cashen

Published: 5/7/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

It's a sunny Sunday afternoon in April. About two dozen young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are gathered in the gymnasium at the University Preparatory Academy in Detroit. They're dressed in casual clothes, T-shirts and sweats, as if lined up for a game of dodgeball in a phys ed class. S...[MORE]

Spin out: Motor City beauty and awe on two-wheeled rentals and an elevated heart rate

By Norene Cashen

Published: 4/30/2008

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

When a new business called Wheelhouse Detroit opens at the Rivard Plaza on the riverfront, it'll be a landmark event for a handful of reasons. For one, it's been more than 30 years since bike rentals were offered at a park or recreation area owned by the city of Detroit. That's something.Frien...[MORE]

Who are you?: New show has artists staking cultural identity

By Norene Cashen

Published: 4/9/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Who am I? Where do I come from? Where do I belong? These three questions are the focus of the current exhibition at the Oakland University Art Gallery. Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration features photo-based works by 11 artists who reside in the ...[MORE]

Attention Span: A veritable potpourri of pop culture tastes, tidbits and trash

By Norene Cashen

Published: 2/23/2000

Types: Arts

COUTURE SHOCK United Colors of Benetton has long been famous for its shocking ad campaigns: An umbilical cord being cut, an exploding car, etc. The maverick fashion company even made its own brand of condoms – in a rainbow of colors, of course. ...[MORE]

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