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Seeds Today, Flowers Tomorrow

Artist Ivan Montoya’s New Exhibit, ‘Semillas,’ Reaps New Life From an Old Saying by El Central | October 27, 2022 | in Community, Culture & Arts | Reading Time: 8 mins read By Ofelia Saenz with pictures by Alejandro Ugalde Original Article As visitors to Playground Detroit enter the gallery, it’s hard not to be drawn in by […]

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HAIL ZOMBO! Confronting the Shadow Self at Theater Bizarre

Writing and Photography by: Niki Williams nikimidwest.com @niki_midwezt A group of costumed revelers gather around a stuffed white goat. Candle wax drips off the table onto the floor as a figure — scratch that — an apparition rises, donning a black dunce cap as it croaks, “Hail the Call, Hail the Hunt, HAIIIIIIL ZOMBO!” The […]

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Interview: Ivan Montoya on his debut exhibition, “Semillas” representing his immigrant experience

Semillas, (October 22-November 19) is Ivan Montoya’s solo exhibition of paintings that explores the dynamics between first and second generation immigrants and their parents. As the Spanish word for ‘seeds,’ Semillas can refer to the children of immigrants themselves or the inherited/observed values or habits in the children as they build their life on new […]

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BOILER ROOM DETROIT Details by Niki Williams

Writing and Photography by: Niki Williams nikimidwest.com @niki_midwezt B*TCH BANG!  That is what AK said. Bitch Bang! The crowd simmered around her, noodling. Bitch Bang! Some frothed over, past innuendo into the sublime. Say Bitch Bang! A tall woman in a tight pink dress twerked frenetically on her partner and her platinum hair bobbed with […]

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MURALS IN THE MARKET Returns to Eastern Market

Eastern Market Partnership (EMP) Dan Carmody, President, Eastern Market Partnership,1xRUN, Roula David, Vice President, 1xRUN Murals in the Market Festival proudly returns to Eastern Market after two years, hosted by 1xRUN and Eastern Market Partnership. This year’s festival is a smaller version compared to past events from 2015-2019. After a two-year pandemic-related hiatus, Murals in […]

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MetroTimes // A selection of upcoming fall 2022 art happenings in metro Detroit and beyond

Fall arts guide By MT Staff Original Article Detroit Month of Design Through Sept. 30: This annual monthlong celebration of Detroit’s UNESCO designation as a “City of Design” returns with the theme of “United By Design.” As usual, the festival takes place in various venues across the metro area, and this year features more than 65 indoor, […]

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The Inaugural “Cartoons & Stereo” Event Seeks to Connect Music, Skateboarding and Beyond

Skateboarding and music naturally go hand in hand, two subcultures that consistently celebrate pushing the envelope of what is socially acceptable. Simultaneously informed and disgusted by what is popular at the time, the main rule of both mediums is as follows: if you’re good, you’re good, and if you care enough, being good is not […]

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Detroit Month of Design Is Back in Its 12th Edition

From Gucci’s Changemakers exhibition to the Cranbrook Chair Show, there is plenty to see in the Motor City. Text by: Shawn Ghassemitari Original Article From the automotive industry to the birth of Techno, Detroit has long been a center for innovation and culture. Although New York and Los Angeles are usually thought of first, Detroit […]

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Cranbrook grad’s solo exhibition opens at Detroit gallery

Article By JENNY SHERMAN | jsherman@medianewsgroup.com | Royal Oak Tribune Original article A new solo exhibition featuring the work of Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate Julian J. Jones will open Friday, Sept. 9 at PLAYGROUND DETROIT Gallery, 2845 Gratiot Ave. “MARKINGS,” presented in collaboration with Detroit Month of Design, will feature quilted works by Jones that blend culture with […]

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Papa was a rolling stone!

Wherever he laid his hat was his home! Writing and Photography by: Niki Williams nikimidwest.com @niki_midwezt Since 2012, bass players have gathered out front of the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan to pluck, strum and pick en masse for Bass Day. The event, which took place this year on Saturday, August 27th, may well be […]

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Imani Ma’at turns Playground Detroit into ritual space in new exhibit

Photography and dance exhibition gets special appearance from ‘The Last Poets’ in one-night performance By Randiah Camille Green on Tue, Aug 2, 2022 4:55 pm Original article: https://www.metrotimes.com/arts/imani-maat-turns-playground-detroit-into-ritual-space-in-new-exhibit-30714519 Thick drum beats fill the air as Imani Ma’at draws her ancestors out of the spirit realm and into Playground Detroit on a Friday evening. She whirls around the […]

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