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    We could hear the powerful, rhythmic sound of Biba Bell’s six-inch heels striking the floor above our heads before the dance even started. Around 50 people (a good turnout for an avant-garde dance and sound art performance on a Sunday night in Detroit) were all seated in the basement of...
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    It still smells like fresh paint inside Kunsthalle Detroit, the city’s new art museum. (That feels really great to say, so I’m going to do it again: Have you heard? Detroit has a new art museum.) When our Kunsthalle (that’s German for “art hall” and denotes a non-collecting museum) opened...
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    Belle Isle is spectacular. The Detroit island park is home to dense woods, weeping willow-lined lakes, vast fields, dramatic views of the skyline and passing freighters, and some truly inspired architecture. The contemplative tranquility of its natural and man-made beauty also makes it a perfect place to encounter art, as...
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    This Saturday night, the Circa 1890 Saloon on the Midtown campus of Wayne State University will host “A Crowded House.” The rousing performance will feature some of the area’s most talented and celebrated poets, spoken word artists and musicians. A whopping 35 individual artists will perform between 7:30 p.m. and...
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    Richard Chew knows a thing or two about film editing. Throughout a 44-year career, the Oscar winner has edited more than 30 movies, including Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Conversation" (1974), George Lucas’ "Star Wars: Episode IV" (1977) and Terrence Malick’s "The New World" (2005). Chew is currently a visiting professor...
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    Cedric Tai doesn't think Detroit is a blank canvas. (That controversial metaphor gets tossed around quite a bit these days by people who champion the city’s remarkable creative potential at the expense of its complex present and recent past.) The Detroit-born artist and Kresge fellow does think the city is...
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    In an exciting collaboration between two major local arts organizations, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will host members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this Thursday evening for a remarkable (and free!) performance you won’t want to miss. The concert marks the completion of one of the works on display...
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    “Barely There (Part I)” opened last weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. It’s the first installment in a two-part show that investigates “immateriality, presence, absence and performance.” "Part I" focuses on the mind, specifically on subjects like loss, geographic/linguistic identity and the power of questions. ("Part II," opening...
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    There’s a wonderful show in Midtown’s Work Detroit gallery that is a testament to the imagination and talent of the area's youth and the community outreach efforts of local learning institutions. “The Gathering of the Herd” features an inspired assortment of baby elephants fashioned out of a wide variety of...
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    The Re:View Contemporary Gallery in Midtown is currently hosting an exhibition of work by Detroit designer Andy Kem. "Interlocker" features mostly functional art objects (like lamps and chairs), but it also includes a large, freestanding sculpture and a few wall pieces. Almost everything on display is made of plywood. The...