Tuesday, June 15, 2021

MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife to Amazon overlord, once again donates millions to Detroit-area nonprofits

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 4:32 PM

While her ex-husband Jeffrey Bezos [insert Bo Burnham's synth-pop bangers "Bezos I" and "Bezos II" here] plots an 11-minute suborbital space flight for, like, no fucking reason other than to maybe experience the dystopian nightmare inflicted, er, offered to Amazon warehouse employees (Google "AmaZen crying booths"), his former wife...

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

RIP Royal Oak's Main Art Theatre, which abruptly closed

Posted By on Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 9:56 AM

Metro Detroit's movie-going experience just got a lot less indie, as the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak says "goodbye" after 80 years of service to the community. On the marquee of the theater on Saturday, the message read, "Landlord kicked us out. It’s been a fun ride -Main...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Sterling Heights removes 'Punisher' tile from controversial DIA-sponsored police dept. art project

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM

The city of Sterling Heights has agreed to remove a ceramic tile that featured the controversial "Punisher" icon from a public art project, made by the Detroit Institute of Arts for its police department, after the unveiling of the work was met with a wave of criticism. That's according...

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Ann Arbor's annual Summer Festival returns for month-long in-person and virtual programming

Staff pick

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 11:47 AM

Remember what it was like being legitimately busy? Well, you’re about to. Since 1984, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival has championed the performing arts via a four-week festival starting in June that offers concerts, art exhibitions, family-friendly activities, dance performances, and film screenings — and this summer is no...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Artist who created controversial Detroit Institute of Arts 'pro-cop' painting says she regrets it

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 10:06 AM

The Detroit Institute of Arts drew backlash over the weekend after it posted photos of a new public work of art it created for the Sterling Heights Police Department that critics say showed poor taste and timing considering the growing movements for Black lives and police reform. The painting,...

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Monday, June 7, 2021

First annual Gravity Art Fair and Skate Contest coming to Tony Hawk-funded skate park in Ferndale

Staff pick

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 4:14 PM

Rise and grind, folks. There's a free contemporary art fair and skating contest coming to Ferndale's newest skate park. Let's roll! In partnership with Reveal Productions, Modern Skate and Surf, and Ferndale Parks and Rec, the first annual Gravity Art Fair and Skate Contest will ollie its way through...

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Amna Asghar and Damon Davis explore identity in MOCAD summer 2021 exhibitions

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 2:09 PM

After a tumultuous restructuring last year — when MOCAD's former executive director Elysia Borowy-Reader was fired for no cause following allegations of racism and workplace toxicity — the museum reopened with renewed intentions of centering local artists and artist of color under the astute guidance of senior curator Jova...

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Detroit Public Theatre announces permanent home in Midtown

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 11:02 AM

Plans are underway to move the award-winning Detroit Public Theatre into a 100-year-old former garage in Midtown. The space at 3960 Third Ave. will house a 7,000-square-foot facility with a 200-seat black box theatre, a lobby, bar, bookshop, rehearsal room, and dressing rooms. "There's something magic and organic that...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

An 'augmented reality' mural festival kicks off in Detroit — here's where you can find them all

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 4:24 PM

You can get a new look at six murals throughout Detroit as part of the Electrifly festival, which uses "augmented reality" technology via a smartphone app to bring the artwork to life with animations. The free festival, created by Ann Arbor-based BrandXR, kicked off Tuesday and runs through Sept....

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A light-up art installation is coming to Detroit's Beacon Park

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 2:16 PM

A colorful art installation is heading to Detroit's Beacon Park. "Bounce" is a temporary light-up art installation by the award-winning, New York-based design studio Hou de Sousa. According to a press release, the project is made up of parachute cord and piano wire, "which combine to create unique triangle...

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