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Farmer Street Pop-up featuring 25+ Artists Grand Opens Downtown on #SmallBusinessSaturday

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is popping up in downtown Detroit on Farmer Street, next to The Shinola Hotel. On #SmallBusinessSaturday Nov. 28th, Farmer Street Pop-up opens with a public Grand Opening at 1435 Farmer Street Suite 117 for the holidays through December. Farmer Street Pop up will feature artwork, gifts and exclusive products from over 20 emerging […]

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OFFICIAL PLAYGROUND DETROIT MOVEMENT FESTIVAL TOP PARTY GUIDE 2017

Movement Electronic Music Festival is upon us. On this highly anticipated weekend during May 27-29th, music lovers from all over the world congregate in Detroit for three hot and sweaty days of footwork, food, friends and of course- the music. This year’s schedule is brimming with diverse and talented artists [stay tuned for our day-to-day Official […]

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GO SEE: “FIRST SHOW,” THE DEBUT EXHIBITION OF DAVID KLEIN GALLERY DETROIT

In its 25th anniversary, nationally-recognized David Klein Gallery opens its doors in downtown Detroit as a second location. Continuing in its tradition, the Birmingham gallery site at 163 Townsend Street will continue to focus on Modern and Post War American art. The programming at DKG Detroit will be devoted to their contemporary programming, spear-headed by Gallery Director, […]

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NYC-BASED DESIGNER JOHN VARVATOS OPENS RETAIL FLAGSHIP STORE IN HOMETOWN OF DETROIT

PLAYGROUND DETROIT had the first look inside the new John Varvatos store on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Mr. Varvatos, a Detroit native returned to his hometown to speak about the store, his decision to open his newest location in his hometown and the role it will play in downtown Detroit’s ongoing resurgence. In partnership with […]

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SLUFTER PLAYS THE ADULT CONTEMPORARY AFTERPARTY WITH SUPRISE GUEST

While a lot of Detroiters (and a lot more non-Detroiters) were at The Movement this past weekend, another downtown scene was busy creating some serious dance moves of its own. There were countless after-parties around the city hosted at bars, clubs, and lofts/warehouses. The ADULT CONTEMPORARY AFTERPARTY was at held at a loft downtown in Capital Park, there were six acts on […]

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DEACCESSION OR DIE: WILL DETROIT SELL ITS’ PRICELESS ART PIECES IN ORDER TO SAVE THE CITY?

  From any artist or art collector’s viewpoint it is heartbreaking to imagine being forced to part with priceless artwork for the sake of making money. However, Detroit’s debt problem is dire and rumors are spreading about the Mayor’s consideration of doing just that. “…As Detroit city officials frantically try to stave off state intervention, whether […]

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JOHN PATRICK LEARY’S ‘DETROITISM’

John Patrick Leary’s poignant essay, ‘Detroitism,’ featured in the Guernica: a magazine of art & politics, relays heartfelt insight from a Detroit resident as the city becomes a target of “Ruin photography, […] criticized for its ‘pornographic’ sensationalism.” I admit I’m a junkie for images of the dilapidated beauty decaying in the old buildings, rich […]

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DAN GILBERT EXPLAINS HIS VISION FOR DETROIT

Quicken Loan founder and chairman Dan Gilbert was interviewed in The Atlantic Cities by Nate Berg in the column, “Why I Love My City.” Gilbert has recently made several building acquisitions in the downtown Detroit area along Woodward Avenue. He has big plans to change the business landscape; Gilbert says that he will “…Try to […]

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