Downriver vs. Hamtramck! 

When performance artists draw, and an H-town art collective’s new space


What: A group show curated by Detroit performance artist Satori Circus.

Where: River's Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-246-9880;

When: Displays May 18 through June 11, with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19.

Satori Circus and his gleaming grease-painted skull form a ubiquitous presence in Detroit's art scene. From staging his own one-man shows that combine vaudeville, music, theater, slapstick, poetry and film to create unexpected and interesting performances to appearing at a wide variety of Detroit's artistic happenings, such as Theatre Bizarre, the Dirty Show and Damned, just to name a few. With Language, Satori takes a turn as curator, creating a display that showcases art as a mode of communication. The exhibit explores how artists speak to and what they say with their work, as well as how the viewers receive and respond to the message. He describes the exhibition as "a story of how different languages placed under one roof together can talk, move, listen and create a uniquely singular story." Participating artists include Gwen Joy, Audrey Pongracz, Topher Crowder, Taurus Burns, Lushes LeMoan, Thomas Pyrzewski, Shades and more.

Hatchback 6

What: An annual juried art exhibit presented by Hatch: A Hamtramck Art Collective.

Where: HATCH Gallery, 3456 Evaline St., Hamtramck;

When: Saturdays through May 26.

This yearly exhibit features 48 metro Detroit artists displaying artwork in a variety of styles and mediums, including photography, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and mixed-media works. The display also includes a body of work by Stand, a Detroit-based photography journal showcasing international contemporary artists, as well weekly artist talks and performances. This week, artists Audrey Burrows, Jack Summers and others will speak from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by music courtesy of the He-Bops; next week, expect more artist talks and a performance by Mother Whale. In addition to the artistic eye candy, Hatchback 6 is also the first chance for the public to check out HATCH's new art space located in Hamtramck's old police building. Along with the gallery, the space will soon include a gift shop of local art, a community work space and eleven private art studios for rent.

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