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When it comes to artist Megan Heeres, collaboration is the name of the game. Whether she’s rigging a local bell tower to light up in reaction to the movements of the DLECTRICITY 2014 festival attendees milling beneath it, or driving into the community with her self-made mobile paper station, Heeres consciously leverages her art making […]

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The Abreact Performance Space is hosting a performance of Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Glass Menagerie,” presented by Puzzle Piece Theatre. The play, which first premiered onstage in 1944, eventually launching Williams to great success, is a “memory play” dealing with characters drawn from Williams’ real-life family history. The action is framed by narration through Williams’ […]

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Detroit artist, teacher and curatorial champion Andrew “Andy T” Thompson continues his streak of outstanding feats of curating with “Place Names the Place,” a group show that “confronts locational identity vis-a-vis personal experience and memory of place.” The show opened at Eastern Michigan University’s University Gallery, directed by Greg Tom, and will run through April […]

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Over the weekend of March 7-8, Power House Productions and The Hinterlands (both Knight Arts grantees) co-hosted the first weekend of performances at Play House, a newly completed performance space on the Detroit/Hamtramck border. The inaugural production was “Total Verrückt,” a one-woman show starring actress Joanna Caplan from the Double Edge Theatre Company in rural Massachusetts. […]

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Culture mavens, revelers, music lovers and intellectuals needed look no further than Hamtramck this weekend, where an astounding confluence of culture left the city awash in action, even as the first stirring of spring started to break down the winter ice packs. Public Pool was celebrating its five-year anniversary with a mural installation by founding […]

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“The Modern Woman,” the latest piece of cutting-edge theater by the Detroit troupe A Host of People, is enjoying an all-too-short run this week, with shows continuing through the weekend that are not to be missed. “The Modern Woman” is an ambitious theater piece that stages 10 discrete movements in 10 rooms of a house on […]

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During the Writer’s Block reading on the afternoon of Saturday, February 28th, the Diego Rivera courtyard was filled with “lost voices to be resurrected in the DIA.” The event featured the poetry of inmates from the Macomb Correctional Facility, as read by their family members or Writer’s Block facilitators before a packed crowd of attendees. […]

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  This past Thursday, February 26th, artists Corrie Baldauf and Rose DeSloover participated in an artist talk and open discussion that I moderated for Essay’d, Detroit’s premiere location for short, in-depth articles on key members of the Detroit art scene. The discussion was fluid and far-ranging, highlighting a number of similarities between these two artists, […]

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There are few things that make the average person more squeamish than contemplation of our bodies as physical vessels. What goes on inside us is a mystery that most prefer to keep out of mind and under the skin. Perhaps that is why “Thinking Colon”—new work by Kylie Lockwood, which opened at Popps Packing in […]

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On Thursday, February 12th, artist and activist Jonathan Rajewski was the featured speaker at the weekly Fine Art Talk—an ongoing series facilitated by College of Creative Studies professor Chido Johnson. Exhibiting his trademark reluctance to highlight his own studio practice, Rajewski chose instead to put the focus on a couple of his ongoing social works-in-progress: […]

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