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Monday, March 25, 2019

Aretha Franklin concert film 'Amazing Grace' to premiere at Detroit Institute of Arts

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 10:37 AM

A 1972 Aretha Franklin concert film will premiere in Detroit on Monday after being shelved for nearly half a century. The film, entitled Amazing Grace, documents the Queen of Soul during a two-day recording session at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The film features few...

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Loss takes center stage at overnight 'Science of Grief' event at DIA

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Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM

There are said to be five stages of the grieving process — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Even within this formula, everyone experiences loss deeply and personally, often out of sync with what we are conditioned to feel. Returning for its second year at the DIA is Natasha T....

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Detroit welcomes the return of LGBTQ+ outpost with soft open

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Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Detroit’s LGBTQ+ scene will celebrate the return of one of its cultural outposts with the soft opening of Backstreet’s new location at 14925 Livernois Ave. The nightclub, which first opened in 1979 and was foundational to the creation of Detroit’s LGBTQ+ community, will christen its new safe space with...

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Artist Cristin Richard unveils performative installation at the Detroit Club

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Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM

The word “value” can mean many different things to many different people. Detroit artist Cristin Richard explores the variants of its meaning in what is being described as a “performative installation” within the Detroit Club’s historic Presidential Ballroom. Richard, who gained recognition for her bold conversation on consumerism with 2012’s...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

'Bird Box' author partners with Detroit filmmakers for new screen adaption

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 3:19 PM

The nation went into a frenzy last December when the screen adaption of Michigan author Josh Malerman's novel Bird Box became the last great meme of 2018. The film, starring Sandra Bullock, tells the eerie tale of a woman fleeing down river from an unknown terror with two young...

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Red Wings documentary 'The Russian Five' gets the red carpet treatment in Royal Oak

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Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM

It took Michigan-based director and documentarian Joshua Riehl nearly six years to tell the harrowing behind-the-scenes journey of how Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov, and Igor Larionov escaped the clutches of the Iron Curtain to lead the Detroit Red Wings to back-to-back Stanley Cup victories in 1997-98....

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Hurry! The Best of Detroit poll closes Friday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM

We're getting close to cracking this case wide open. Real close. So close we can almost taste it. This city has secrets... and it's our job to find them all. We're talking about our Best of Detroit poll. We want you to spill the beans — on the best...

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Peter Sellars will bring the drama to his Penny Stamps talk at Michigan Theater

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Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 11:30 AM

In the opening monologue of Act II of As You Like It, William Shakespeare famously wrote, “All the world’s a stage.” No one embraces that sentiment quite as strongly as MacArthur Genius fellow and theater director Peter Sellars. Known for his socially and culturally eye-opening stagings of classic operas...

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'Hamilton' creator crashes Detroit performance

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 9:13 AM

I wanted to hate Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning hip-hop musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton that is now playing at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, but I just couldn't. It really is that good. When I was watching it, I couldn't help but imagine that Miranda must be a geek of...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

'The Interference' confronts complexities of sexual assault at Matrix Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 4:51 PM

Kaitlyn Valor Bourque threw her computer after reading Lynda Radley's jarring 35-page script for The Interference. "I had such a visceral reaction," she says. "I flung myself into a closet and broke down crying. I only slept on it for one day before I knew I could tell this...

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