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By Kim Hunter, Woodward Line Poetry THE STORY Detroit has more than a great literary “scene,” it has a literary community whose roots stretch back at least to 1965 with Dudley Randall’s internationally noted Broadside Press.  The Woodward Line Poetry Series has been part of that community for 13 years and we’re working harder than […]

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The Magic City enjoys the sounds of the Motor City as Detroit’s Sphinx Virtuosi plays at the New World Center Tuesday, Sept 30. Sphinx Virtuosi is a chamber orchestra dedicated to diversity in the performing arts, programming well-known repertoire together with works by African-American and Latino composers. Experience this year’s annual performance at the New […]

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By Christopher Tiffany, University of Michigan This summer, students at the Detroit School of Arts—a performing and fine arts public high school in Midtown Detroit—got a jumpstart on the school year. For two weeks in August, nearly 100 entering freshmen participated in the JumpstART Academy. The JumpstART Academy is a joint project of the University […]

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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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Friday, September 19th was an evening of great literary antics and fanfare over at Public Pool artspace, with a reading by South African writer Lauren Beukes from her new novel, Broken Monsters, which is set in Detroit, and the announcement of the first Write-A-House grantee, poet Casey Rocheteau. Set against a backdrop of Public Pool’s […]

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The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art held the opening for its final program of 2014 on Friday, September 12th. All three galleries feature a new collection of works, with the main gallery dominated by the painted works of Herbert Gentry supplemented by works of his contemporaries, including Romare Bearden and Ed Clark. Gentry combines a […]

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It is daunting to even consider summing up the MOCAD’s stunning “People’s Biennial 2014,” which opened on Friday, September 12th and will run through January 5th of next year. Before anything else is said, a huge tip of the hat is due to curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffman, and the entire crew of the […]

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In anticipation of an action-packed weekend, here’s a few not-to-be-missed opportunities to engage with some of Detroit’s most exciting art venues. First, you can whet your desire for opening night excitement at N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Arts (a Knight Arts grantee), where three new shows are being celebrated from 6-9 p.m. Herbert Gentry and his […]

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Knight Arts Detroit Challenge winners Detroit House Guests scored a bit of media attention this week as VICE’s Kim Taylor Bennett reviews a recent performance at Moogfest. Watch the video above for a sneak peak and click here to read the complete review.

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By The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers matched its $30,000, two-year grant award in May 2014 after only eight months. Thanks to the Knight Foundation the popular storytelling event has expanded and developed to become The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, a Michigan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The non-profit […]

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