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The latest special exhibit at the DIA, “Samurai: Beyond the Sword,” seeks to contextualize one of history’s most romanticized figures, the samurai warriors of Edo period Japan. The Edo period spanned 1603 to 1867 and witnessed a great flourishing of culture under the relatively stable rule of the Tokugawa shogunate. Having served to help consolidate […]

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In an open house event much in the spirit of the Hamtramck Neighborhood Art Festival, painter and fiber artist Paula Schubatis and multimedia collagist and sculptor Dessislava (Dessi) Terzieva opened their shared home/studio space, affectionately dubbed “Da Bedroom” for an installation of ongoing works, titled FIBER UTIL. The title refers to Schubatis’ fascination with “useful” […]

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By Satori Shakoor, The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers Detroit Rapper and Activist, Invincible and I met last September 2013, when it was announced we were both Knight Arts Challenge Winners. We talked about our projects, The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers and Complex Movements. Invincible suggested a possible collaboration around the theme “Social Justice.” […]

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Experimental theater, like all experiments, can sometimes yield disastrous results, but I’m happy to report that “Life is Happening to Us Again,” staged by A Host of People and hosted by Hinterlands at Play House in Detroit, is an absolute triumph of experimentation with the form. The piece, as one might guess from the title, […]

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Fox 2 News Headlines “This is the most important thing I could possibly do,” – Cellist Yo Yo Ma to FOX , on his visit to a Detroit elementary school. A day after performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Yo Yo Ma joined former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Damian Woetzel to spend the […]

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Friday, April 4th was the opening for “Heavy is the Head,” a body of work by artist Brian Barr, and the latest in a scorching series of installations over at Popps Packing. The exhibition with run through April 26th, and close with an artist talk at 4 p.m. that day. The subject of the show, […]

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On Thursday, April 3rd and Friday, April 4th there was a “Race to Good Food,” otherwise known as the 2014 Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) Summit–an annual opportunity for proponents of urban agriculture, food justice and issues of public health and nutritional access in Detroit to convene and share ideas, challenges and hopes for Detroit’s […]

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Freedom makes for great education. That’s the foundational principle of the Hamtramck Free School, a groundbreaking educational organization that has been offering materials and learning opportunities to anyone who shows up with a desire to learn, or teach. Co-founded by Michael Brown, a philosopher and Michigan State University Ph.D candidate; unstoppable culture magnet Steve Panton […]

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As we all stare down the April 7 deadline for the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, offering a share of $3 million to innovative arts ideas, we wanted to offer some final tips on submitting your application. As Arts Program Officer Tatiana Hernandez said at a series of Q&A sessions last week, all great applications start […]

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Of the diverse exhibitions at Public Pool, a common theme emerges that strikes to the core of this blogger’s particular art fancies. Foremost, a tendency to create interactive art experiences, which democratize the process of artmaking and art appreciation—in marked contrast to the rarefied nature of the prototypical fine art venue. While the art world […]

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