Thursday, January 13, 2022

Calling all Golden Girls: Select Emagine Theatres will screen Betty White tribute film on Monday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 4:37 PM

Select Emagine Theatres throughout Michigan will screen a tribute to America’s favorite Golden Girl, Betty White, on Monday, Jan. 17. Betty White: A Celebration is a chance to laugh and cry at classic moments in White’s career on The Golden Girls, Saturday Night Live, Hot in Cleveland, The Proposal,...

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Ferndale exhibit ‘Revelations’ shows how tight-knit Detroit’s art scene really is

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 3:10 PM

In art, just like in life, nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems. If you take the paintings at M Contemporary Art’s newest exhibition, Revelations, at face value, they might seem like just a random collection. But in reality, they are all connected. The group show features...

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'Environmentally Speaking' show highlights climate change at West Bloomfield's Janice Charach Gallery

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Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 9:55 AM

Speaking of increasingly severe weather events caused by climate change, Michigan-based artists and curators Laura Earle, Leslie Sobel, and Olivia Guterson present works from 15 artists on the subject. “What is the legacy we want to leave for future generations?” Earle says in a statement. “We can already see...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Artist James Benjamin Franklin exhibits massive, vibrant works at Detroit's Reyes | Finn gallery

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Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 11:37 AM

Artist James Benjamin Franklin has made a name for himself with the vibrant, mixed-media paintings he creates in his Detroit studio, which includes a backyard where goats roam. The Washington-born artist relocated to the Motor City from New York City in 2015 to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts...

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Former G.O.O.D. Music exec teams with Dan Gilbert to form record label in Detroit

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Let’s be clear, Detroit gave the world sound. While the city may not have invented music, it certainly shaped and molded modern music. For many artists, Motown Records was the recording home to many of their earliest influences. What started in a blue and white house on Detroit’s west...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

'Aired Out Quilts' turns stories of lifelong Detroiters into art

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 5:00 PM

There’s a saying in Brightmoor — if you can make it out of the blighted neighborhood on Detroit’s west side, you can do anything. Dwan Dandridge is proof of that. As a teenager growing up in Brightmoor in the '80s, Dandridge saw the crack epidemic decimate the neighborhood, leaving...

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Royal Oak's Winter Blast rescheduled

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2022 at 2:07 PM

The Winter Blast festival has moved again. The festival, which had already been relocated from downtown Detroit to Royal Oak, will now be held Friday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 20 in Royal Oak. Previously, the festival was planned for Friday, Feb. 4-Sunday, Feb. 6. The organizers said the move was...

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Shirley Woodson brings spiritual cleansing to the DIA with 'Shield of the Nile Reflections'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 12:25 PM

Water represents cleansing, renewal, and sustenance. It is an ever-present resource that has spiritual and transformative properties. This is what Shirley Woodson’s exhibit, Shield of the Nile Reflections at the Detroit Institute of Arts represents. Woodson shows Black bathers in bodies of water across 11 paintings, referencing the mythical...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Detroit artists Sydney James and Lamar Landers partner up for 'Portrayal'

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2021 at 11:41 AM

People on the streets of Sierra Leonne stopped to gawk as Detroit painter Sydney G. James worked on a mural. Mural painting isn’t really a thing in the West African country, especially for female artists. When a group of schoolboys walking by was entranced by James’ work, her partner...

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Playwright Dominique Morisseau shows love for Detroit on Broadway

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2021 at 1:57 PM

There’s no denying the creativity, ingenuity, and will to survive that Detroit breeds. The city’s spirit of resilience is evident in our music, culture, and civil rights history. Local playwright Dominique Morisseau puts those stories center stage in her work. Her play Skeleton Crew, which tells the story of...

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