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DETROIT SOUP: FILLING BELLIES AND POCKETS ONE DINNER AT A TIME

” Detroit Soup, started by Kate Daughdrill and Jessica Hernandez, brings local artists and entrepreneurs together to pitch ideas on how to revive their hometown.” The community members who attend the dinners held by Soup get the oppurtunity to vote on the evening’s favorite project proposals, which will recieve the pool of the dinner’s funds. Past […]

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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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BIG SEAN MAKES BIG WAVES IN HIP-HOP

Detroit’s native West-sider MC Big Sean has been listed on MTV’s Hottest MCs List.  According to the announcement, Kanye West has had a major hand helping the rising rapper along to ‘fame’- his highly anticipated album, Finally Famous has recently dropped and features big names like Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. “The Detroit MC’s buzz […]

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“HOW MUCH RUIN PORN CAN WE TAKE?” -VIA GALLERIST NY

This critical and thought-provoking article, written by PLAYGROUND DETROIT‘s friend and Detroit native, Michael H. Miller explores the contradictory messages that news media and “ruin pornographers” have been portraying about that the city, all which seem to exemplify the nation’s current issues. “If Detroit is all metaphor, it is a decidedly mixed one: it is whatever America needs it to […]

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‘9 BUSINESSES’ HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD

9 Businesses from 4exit4 on Vimeo. Music provided by Brian Miller (Oak Bones) “In Detroit, small businesses are rapidly taking root in neighborhoods all over the city. From coffee shops and galleries, to bakeries and custom sneaker designers, 4exit4 highlights nine businesses that are changing the conversation of the community.” This inspirational short film has […]

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UPDATE: ‘DETROPIA’ WINS BEST EDITING OF A FEATURE-LENGTH FILM AT SUNDANCE

PLAYGROUND DETROIT previously  posted about the upcoming documentary, ‘Detropia’ making it into the Sundance Film Festival, and the film won Best Editing of a Feature-Length Film! Congratulations to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. We can’t wait to see it for ourselves!

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DANNY BROWN, JAY ELECTRONICA, BUSTA RHYMES TO PLAY J DILLA TRIBUTE CONCERT IN NY

February 10th is Dilla Day in Detroit, a day to honor the six year anniversary of the death of  producer J Dilla.  This infamous figure in the hip hop community worked with acts such as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Common and more.  Check out more information here or go directly to the […]

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BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM RESURRECTED FOR ONE DAY

Belle Isle Aquarium is the oldest aquarium in the US, dating back to 1904, designed by architect Albert Kahn. It is part of the Belle Isle Conservatory located on the beautiful park and island in Detroit, Michigan. Due to financial issues, the aquarium was shut down in 2005. There are several local groups including Friends […]

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