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Scott Hocking leads trio of Detroit artists in new Cranbrook exhibit

Original Article Detroit’s arts scene will be in the spotlight beginning Saturday with a series of exhibitions of powerful displays that include larger-than-life-sculptures, vibrant mixed-media paintings and hyper-realistic still lifes. The Cranbrook Art Museum is showcasing some of Detroit’s best artists, led by a retrospective of work by sculptor and photographer Scott Hocking. Joined 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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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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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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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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Visit Detroit // Don’t Miss Monroe Street Midway’s New Features!

POP-UP SHOP: New this year, the Monroe Street Midway has officially launched its first ever Pop-Up Shop! The shop features local artwork and goods facilitated by Playground Detroit gallery artists, as well as an array of rotating vendors throughout the summer. The Pop-Up Shop offers a variety of local startups and artists the opportunity to […]

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Sara Marie Barron ‘Angel Numbers’ EP Release- Coming Soon With Your Support

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sara Marie Barron, who was awarded the Motown Accelerator Artist Grant in 2020, has been putting in the work this year preparing for her biggest project to date. Angel Numbers will be Barron’s third music release and latest body of work following Sad, but True and Existential Glam, each which have garnered acclaim from Billboard, Pop Matters, WDET and more.  With her anticipated […]

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Mighty Real Queer Detroit: The Largest Exhibition of Works by LGBTQ+ Artists Kicks Off June 2nd

A month-long exhibition with more than 700 works spread across 17 Detroit venues, plus artist talks, live performances, panels, poetry readings, and never-before-seen fine art.  Detroit Non-Profit to Present the Nation’s Largest Exhibition of Works by  LGBTQ+ Artists, Spotlighting 150+ Artists in Celebration of Queer Life The Ford Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the […]

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Cranbrook Homebody Exhibit, Jan 26th-June 19th

Homebody January 26, 2022 – June 19, 2022 Lower Galleries While home is commonly used in reference to a physical space, the concept of home extends far beyond the parameters of any structure. It is a place, but also a feeling. According to social scientist Aviezier Tucker, “most people spend their lives in search of […]

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Artworks Detroit Annual Artwork Fundraiser Returns with Online Art Auction featuring 90+ Artists

ArtWorks Detroit is one of Detroit’s most premier art auctions and Matrix Human Services’ most successful fundraisers. For the past 26 years, the artist community has rallied together to raise funds to support the essential work of Matrix Human Services. We are thrilled to collectively continue our impact this year and invite you to join […]

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20 Black Detroit Creatives To Follow and $upport to Honor Juneteenth

“Juneteenth,” which takes place annually on June 19th, commemorates the same date in 1865 when in Galveston, Texas, enslaved Black people received the news that all US slaves were considered free. Although that date set forth a theoretical freedom and many of the celebratory Juneteenth traditions that Black people participate in today, many Black people […]

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