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Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY OCTOBER 6-9 Hay Fever SOCIAL SNAFUS Noel Coward's 1925 comedy of manners takes place on the country estate of the Bohemian Bliss family. At center stage is Judith Bliss, the mother and retired actress who takes every opportunity to live life as theatrically as possible. She, he...[MORE]

Fall Fashion: How to wear white after Labor Day, cool out in camo, and go Egyptian chic

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Arts, Fashion

The fall fashion forecast sees jeans as tight as ever, but heels are taller, necklines higher, and hairstyles continue to get cut with especially more interesting angles that actually work.  Thanks, Europe. Patterns are more prevalent, color schemes more subdued, and accessorizing successfully these...[MORE]

Wall posts: MONA curator collects more than 600 Facebook faces of those traditionally unseen

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

This Friday, the release the latest film from David Fincher (Fight Club), The Social Network — "the Facebook movie" — an adaptation of Ben Mezrich's 2009 nonfiction novel The Accidental Billionaires, marks a cinematic phenomenon of sorts. Face it, Facebook's history is as fasci...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 2 Edge Fest: Edged in Brass FOUR DAYS OF WAY-OUT It isn't that you can't hear cutting-edge jazz (and beyond-the-edge stuff that may or may not be jazz) a night here and night there in our neck of the woods, but four intense days and nights of Edgefest (no...[MORE]

Telling tales: The Moth marks a year of storytelling with a grand slam

By Phreddy Wischusen

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Arts, Literature

Every first Thursday of the month, a line of people in downtown Detroit — black, white, brown, young and old, professionals and the unemployed — stretches from the door of Cliff Bell's out to the Park Bar and then east along Elizabeth Street toward Woodward Avenue. Through rain, snow and...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Arts

THURSDAY-SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23-25 Harvest Moon Celebration THE SEASONS ARE A-CHANGING Farmington's sixth annual autumnal festival welcomes the changing of the seasons with harvest-themed fun. The fest kicks off Thursday with a beer and wine tasting featuring craft beers from the Great Lakes regio...[MORE]

First blood: A2 author's debut kills

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Writers like to write about writers. Sometimes when that happens, however, the work reads as if they're writing for writers. Considering the resounding "write that which you know" mantra, it's hard to blame them. But when the work doesn't cross over, and most fails for some reason or other...[MORE]

Transplant energy: Artists putting down roots in Detroit look to the seasons ahead

By Metro Times staff

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts

They've come here from New York or the Baltimore suburbs or New Orleans. Maybe they started here and have circled back slowly by way of Australia and other far-flung points. Or maybe they're biding time in Paris, anxious to join what they see as a new emerging Detroit. They're bringing energy, vital...[MORE]

The ambassador: Adman and author Toby Barlow has become a leading spokesman for his adopted city

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Literature

Leave it to a writer to let a line like this fall out of his mouth: "In Detroit, you can see the embers of the American dream are still capable of catching fire."  Sure it verges on romantic, but, hey, this city needs dreamers — and doers — like Toby Barlow.  Two years after ...[MORE]

Soup's on: Kate Daughdrill and the art of networking

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Spend 40 minutes driving north on Woodward Avenue from Detroit's city center at Campus Martius Park and you'll find yourself in the vicinity of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, a revered graduate school surrounded by plush wooded plots and mansions in Bloomfield Hills. With flat land in every direction...[MORE]

Kristine Diven and District 7: Sexuality meets technology vs. art

By Ryan Patrick Hooper

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Kristine Diven's Rivertown warehouse would quickly drop the jaws of most Detroiters. Sitting dignified and still in the shadow of the old Stroh's water tower, and a stone's throw away from Atwater Brewery, the newly christened studio and gallery District 7 is all exposed brick and raw energy. Twenty...[MORE]

French connection : One Paris resident's daring gamble — visiting Detroit in search of a career as a stuntman

By Michael Walton

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts

It sounds strange to hear someone say they would trade a life in Paris for a life in Detroit, but Alex Black would. "I can't stand being back in this fucked-up country," the Paris native says, via Facebook chat, of his recent return to France.  Alex is a stuntman who has worked countless...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16 Lost Detroit Book Release BUILDING MEMORIES Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City's Majestic Ruins returns 12 crumbling, historic buildings to the glory of their former years, not through wistful descriptions of their former architectural splendor, but by telling the s...[MORE]

Dancing back: Aku Kodogo sees her hometown anew

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

The dream of becoming a dancer led Aku Kadogo away from Detroit a year after graduating from Cass Tech High School. After more than three decades of achieving that dream and numerous others — more than most would dare to dream — she returned home to teach another generation what she had ...[MORE]

Public consumption: To celebrate 125 years, the DIA hits the streets

By Phreddy Wischusen

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The Detroit Institute of Art celebrates its 125th birthday this season with projects and exhibitions, including DIA: Inside/Out, outdoor installations of reproductions from their permanent collection. But will metro Detroiters be taken aback by the 40 clones placed — quite conspicuously in som...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: Arts

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9 Susurrus THE BOTANY OF DRAMA Susurrus strips away the traditional trappings of theater — actors, sets, even the very stage itself — to provide an unorthodox theater experience, both sensually intimate and baldly exposed. Audience members, armed with a map and an a...[MORE]

The Last Poet: Ron Allen: Portrait of a cultural worker

By Rayfield Allen Waller

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Metro Times for June 28, 1995: And how will I live, without money, without love, without fame? —Frank O'Hara "Some of the greatest artists never created anything," says poet Ron Allen, with a taunting grin. Beneath that gri...[MORE]

Remembering Ron Allen: 'Godfather of open mics' and more

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Arts, Literature

"Ron was one of the heroic figures of the Cass Corridor in the '70s and '80s," wrote one fellow poet, Tyrone Williams, at an online discussion board. "A true Detroit legend, a master and an excellent fellow and stalwart friend," artist Maurice Greenia Jr. wrote in an e-mail.  Th...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Arts

THURSDAY-FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2-3 Eminem & Jay-Z IDOLS OF RHYME Local hip-hop hero Eminem and rap's reigning cross-promotional kingpin Jay-Z team up for a pair of stadium concerts in their respective hometowns. New York gets sloppy seconds with a Sept. 13 concert at Yankee Stadium. The duo's debu...[MORE]

Rock wall: Poster pros the Silent Giants go all gallery on us

By Amanda Le Claire

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

You need only look at the magnitude of work they've done for Jack White's Dead Weather — which includes set design, posters and a deck of cards, to get a sense of their regard. Their commissions for the Alamo Draft House don't hurt either. We're talking about Silent Giants, which is Chris Ever...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Arts

THURSDAY AUGUST 26 Louis SOUND FOR SILENCE The New Yorker recently dropped by a studio where Wynton Marsalis, his all-star 10-piece band and classical pianist Cecile Licad were recording a CD of the music that they'll be playing live only in Detroit and four other cities. It's the accompaniment t...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY AUGUST 18-21 Wendell Harrison's Detroit Swings BEYOND THE TRIBE We wrote about Wendell Harrison a bit ago in the context of Detroiters whose stars shine more brightly abroad than here. Indeed, the group Tribe, an outgrowth of the magazine and label that Harrison instigated near...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'neil

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Arts

THURSDAY AUGUST 12 Spelling Bee S-P-E-L-L T-H-I-S! Flex your orthographic muscles at this unorthodox version of an elementary school spelling bee where spelling under the influence is the true challenge. Prove to everyone that you can still spell onomatopoeia after downing five PBRs and you may e...[MORE]

The world of Nii: It's your last chance to see 'through African eyes'

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

When Nii Quarcoopome arrived in the United States in 1979 from Ghana to begin graduate studies at UCLA, the first thing he perceived — the minute he stepped off the plane — was racial tension. It hung in the air thicker than L.A. smog. "You could tell from the demeanor of the white...[MORE]

Creative commodity: Jaclyn Schanes goes X for art, or art for X

By Simone Landon

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The gallery's windows were blacked out with garbage bags. It was the last Saturday night in July and the place might've appeared closed. But, promptly at 8 p.m., its doors opened to the sounds of crying and howling. Then came the drums, followed by layers of humming, singing and muddled spoken words...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4 Powerhouse Sound JAZZ-ROCK FOR PITCHFORKERS Reviewing their 2007 Pitchfork Festival show, Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot said Powerhouse Sound "blew away most of the other bands on the bill." Not bad for what's usually considered a jazz-rock group — albei...[MORE]

Raze one, raise one: Talkin’ reclamation at Corktown’s Imagination Station

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The Imagination Station is exploding from the ashes of a firebombed flophouse standing — barely — in the shadow of Detroit's abandoned, antique train station. Painted colors splash from a second story window, and people congregate on the lawn to plan the future. It's the work of a racial...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY JULY 28-31 Forth From Its Hinges EXPOSING ART'S FUTURE Housed in a large warehouse, Forth From Its Hinges is a yearly showcase of experimental art and music by young, local talent. Expect large-scale installations and unusual performances, thanks to the site's roomy dimensions ...[MORE]

Night and Day

By Megan O'Neil

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: Arts

WEDNESDAY JULY 21 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti TALES FROM THE BEDROOM The legend of Ariel Pink should be well known to anyone who flits in experimental indie circles and is familiar with "chillwave," a subgenre that Pink inadvertently spearheaded. For the uninitiated: Pink was a bedroo...[MORE]

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