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On April 4th, a powerful group exhibition, “The place where things happen for the second time,” opened at 9338 Campau. Its theme? “The unspeakable complexities of remembering and forgetting,” in the words of gallerist Steve Panton. Featuring contributions by Sandra Cardew, Ulysses Spencer, Andrew Krieger, John Richardson and others, the show explores memory through visual art. […]

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Saturday, March 28th was an evening of hard-hitting and hilarious performances by some of Detroit’s most dynamic spoken-word performers–all in the name of raising funds for the Radical Librarianship track of the upcoming 2015 Allied Media Conference. Held every summer in Detroit, the Allied Media Conference is “a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for […]

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Artist Clinton Snider is best known for his moody landscapes and portraits—blue/green toned images that overlap the whimsy of children’s book-style illustrations, a cadre of offbeat characters, and the poignancy of vacant landscapes. In “Sleeping Potential,” a new collection of work will be on display at Popps Packing through April 11, Snider reveals some of […]

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It is easy, in the context of the art world, to take art very seriously. To be sure, art is a mechanism for social critique and personal catharsis, and that can lead to dark and solemn places. But there is a refreshing feeling to art, which is taking fun seriously. That spirit is alive and […]

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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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