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Friday, August 30, 2019

Petition launched to save Yemeni mural in Hamtramck threatened by construction project

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 10:52 AM

A vibrant mural celebrating Hamtramck's Yemeni culture is at risk of being erased. The Hamtramck Review reports that the mural, originally commissioned by OneHamtramck at a cost of more than $20,000 and painted by artist Dasic Fernandez, is in jeopardy because Ali Al-Zuebairi, who owns the next-door lot, plans to construct a two-story retail...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The original 'Alien' turns 40 with midnight screenings at Royal Oak's Main Art Theatre

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Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 5:18 PM

Earlier this year the groundbreaking 1979 Ridley Scott film, Alien, made headlines. (And no, it wasn’t because some asshole dared to attempt some punk-ass remake… don’t do it.) A high school in New Jersey had gone viral for its creative staging of the film, complete with practical effects and...

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'Cats,' the musical nobody asked for, claws its way through Detroit's Fisher Theatre

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Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM

At some point in history, someone (cough, cough Andrew Lloyd Webber) thought that a 2 hour and 20 minute musical about feral cats was a good idea. And, oddly enough, he was apparently on to something. Against all odds, Cats the musical has survived well past its nine lives....

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'Black Girl Joy/Magic' celebrates Black womxn with self-care zine launch

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Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 3:52 PM

The term “Black girl magic” is not merely a hashtag, it’s a movement. Though coined by CaShawn Thompson in 2013, in 1996 then-25-year-old Detroit poet and activist jessica Care moore also came up with “Black girl juice” to mean the same thing — that “unadulterated dopeness” exhibited by Black...

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Anthony Bourdain made a documentary on Detroit — and it's looking for a home

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 12:26 PM

It's no secret that Anthony Bourdain ate Detroit up. The beloved chef, travel documentarian, and author — who died by suicide last year in France while filming an episode of his long-running Travel Channel series, Parts Unknown — left behind a love letter to Detroit in the form of a...

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Late literary visionary and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison subject of documentary screening at Cinema Detroit

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Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 12:15 PM

“She’s a friend to our minds,” Oprah says of the late Toni Morrison in the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am — a reference to her seminal 1987 novel, Beloved. A filmmaker and friend of Morrison’s for nearly four decades, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart,...

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Detroit Weird Homes tour returns for year 2 and is freakier than ever

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Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 12:11 PM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The same can be said of the strange, offbeat, and totally weird homes of the Motor City. The return of the Detroit Weird Homes Tour brings an up-close and personal self-guided look at seven creatively designed homes as well as their...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Detroit Dance City Festival returns with 3 days of performances and classes

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Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 12:40 PM

Fact: People have been shaking it since at least 6,000 B.C. However, just because dance is an ancient form of artistic expression and communication, that does not mean everyone is gifted with grace, rhythm, or balance. For the folks that find themselves identifying with this, there’s the Detroit Dance...

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Knight Arts Challenge Detroit announces 2019 finalists

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 11:35 AM

The Knight Foundation announced 62 finalists for its 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit. The finalists all seek a share of $2 million in prize money that they will in turn use in artistic projects to highlight Detroit’s history and culture, as well as tell stories that are unique to...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pro skaters slide into Royal Oak's Modern Skate & Surf for Vans-hosted 40th-anniversary bash

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Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 3:51 PM

Long before millennials developed carpal tunnel over hours of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Royal Oak’s Modern Skate & Surf was serving up wheels, deals, and all the equipment to shred cement or waves. Founded in 1979 by George Leichtweis, Modern Skate is turning the big 4-0 and it's doing it...

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