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“20,000 Days on Earth,” a highly-staged documentary that follows the quasi-fictional persona of the real musician Nick Cave through a day or so of  his various experiences, raises the question of whether legends are born or made. It seems that from the start, Nick Cave was convinced of the inevitability of his stardom, such as […]

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Weekend preview: a bag full of October treats!

Published on October 24, 2014 by in Detroit

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Tonight, Friday, October 24th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. is the opening for the second annual exhibit of “Ofrendas” for Día de los Muertos, a group show hosted by the DIA. Twenty-eight artists have contributed ofrendas to this colorful special exhibit, which will run from through November 2nd, concurrent with the traditional Mexican holiday that takes place […]

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On the weekend of October 17-18, PuppetART Theater (a Knight Arts grantee) held the PuppetLAB Festival, two nights of original puppet performances, some of which have been in development for more than a year. PuppetLAB is a program that runs from June-October, with the goal of developing new puppet performances, and the five performance teams […]

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“Yard/Zone,” the latest show at Popps Packing, is an installation by Sarah Wagner – a rendering of her neighborhood, haunting in its simplicity and delicate materials. The installation, which opened on October 4th, is a dimensional scale map of the houses—whole, and in various states of decay and overgrowth—from Wagner’s “Banglatown” neighborhood, rendered dimensionally in […]

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Saturday, October 11th was a peerlessly beautiful day for the Fourth Annual Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival, with more events and open studios than ever before. The day was punctuated by a wide variety of activities beyond the massive scope of open artist studios, including a ghost-DJ and art dance floor at Kinehaus, a concert featuring […]

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Marygrove is a liberal arts college nestled on McNichols near Livernois, located in Detroit’s eponymous University district since the 1920s. At the opening of the fall term, the college had its 2014 Faculty Exhibition, to showcase the resident talent of teachers and administrators, and expose incoming and continuing students to the work of the liberal […]

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A peek at ArtPrize 2014

Published on October 7, 2014 by in Detroit

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2014 ArtPrize is alive and thriving around Grand Rapids, with the 1,500+ entries from local and international artists narrowed down to a Top 20, by means of public voting and juried selection. The offerings were as predictably diverse as you might expect from this recurring festival, which packs the downtown area with installations, presentations and exhibits […]

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I met Martin Anand at the show he curated for Public Pool last April, which included his own work, as well as that of some of his favorite art compatriots, Don Staes and Frank Dries. Recently, I got a chance to follow up with him at his Hamtramck home, where we talked about art; looked […]

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DLECTRICITY 2014 Dlights Dtroit!

Published on September 30, 2014 by in Detroit

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DLECTRICITY 2014 was more packed than ever this year, bursting at the seams with incredible installations by local, national and international participants, as well as excited attendees who lined the streets, unfazed by obstructions from the M1 Rail construction, reveling in the exquisite autumn nights of the event weekend, the 26th and 27th of September. […]

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The 2014 Detroit Design Festival is underway, and intersected with the Third Thursday After Dark action at the Eastern Market, where the 2014 AIA Detroit Architecture Awards were held. Awards were meted out for buildings, interiors, as well as a gold medal to Mark Nickita, a young architect award for Tracy L. Sweeney, and the […]

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