Noel Night was originally created as a way to introduce people to everything that Detroit's cultural center has to offer. Fourty years have passed since then and Noel Night just seems to keep getting bigger and better.
On November 24, at Cass and Peterboro, Detroit's Chinatown, 100 Flying Paper Lanterns were launched into the sky, carrying wishes for a brighter future in Detroit and also evoking the city's past.
On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, the city of Detroit celebrated another cultural milestone. The Detroit Historical Museum re-opened its doors to the public after a six-month-long renovation.
If you go to the Michigan Opera's new production of Handel's Julius Caesar, do not expect to see togas and laurel wreaths. Instead, you will see army tanks, sets, costumes and characters reminiscent of 1930s Hollywood.
The Barber of Seville is a corker of an opera. Even non-opera fans can get their heads and laughter around it, the story and familiar melodies and arias having become so iconic.
On Monday, October 15th, Flying Lotus makes his return to Detroit in celebration of the release of his new album Until The Quiet Comes. Expect heavy bass, great visuals, songs you've heard before and tracks you may never here again.
All cities change, especially those dependent on specific industries that outlive their usefulness to society. Detroit is suffering and Delray can be considered an exaggerated microcosm of loss and abandonment.
How can a substance that denotes death have such spectacular beauty? When we overcome -- or lose -- the cultural tendency to recoil from violence, we see blood's beauty and we marvel at splatter patterns, which recall astronomical formations.
Inspired Detroit's artists are established and emerging artists who have an artistic practice where they seek to encourage other artists. They have added coal to the fire of ideas that create a glowing symbol of Detroit's possibilities.
What started as mild intrigue about Detroit years ago for Fenton High School teacher and J.V. basketball coach Nick Gregory has now resulted in documentary photography work, some of which will be on display in an exhibition entitled Split.
Detroit is a tricky place. And its image -- coupling lament and fetishism -- often precedes it. If the city's image precedes it, why not engage the image toward the production of a new urban imaginary? Imaging Detroit is doing just that.
Museums collect and show triumphs of individual expression. The DIA (more than most museums) also makes art accessible. Through its interactive displays, gallery structures, and exhibits, the DIA puts works of art in context.
On August 7, voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have the rare privilege of voting on the importance of preserving a cultural treasure -- the Detroit Institute of Arts. I will be voting yes and urge you to do the same.
I can remember going to the Detroit Institute of Arts for the first time on a school trip. Art plays an important role in free society. Art is seeing what isn't there, and art education provides creative thinking skills.
While most art institutions have wound down for the summer, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit has been busy cranking things up. The companion exhibitions now on view are arguably the most timely and thought-provoking in recent memory.
Detroit has no venues like NYC's The Kitchen, and Performa never makes its way to Michigan. But perhaps the appearance of The Hinterlands at MOCAD marks an important milestone in our city's cultural offerings.