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Danny Simmons and Ron Carter make new book sing

Rev. Run and Russell Simmons’ older brother, Danny Simmons, who in addition to being a rapper is an abstract-expressionist artist, poet, and author, will join legendary bassist Ron Carter (See “Motown in the Big Apple”) for an evening of music and poetry at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Aug. 15. The two performances (beginning at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively) will feature Simmons reading from his new ...

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Parents and community work to improve DPS

Detroit Youth Report’s Detroit Life Coalition will host monthly meetings with educators, parents and concerned citizens about improving Detroit Public Schools. According to organizers, Detroit students have been denied educational success due to poor educational policies. Current policies blame teachers, parents and students, not “broken school systems.” ...

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Detroit Jit film and dance comes to Capital Park, reviving a homegrown culture

Detroit Jit is an urban dance style developed on the rough streets of the Motor City by a few ambitious and talented young men in the 70s. Now jit is in the spotlight again thanks to a new documentary video, “The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of the Jit,” directed by Haleem “Stringz” Rasul Ar-Rasheed of the hip hop dance group Hardcore Detroit. On Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. in Capitol Park, the film will be screened for the p ...

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Detroit Bass Day: A tribute to the funk

Low-end lovers and four-string funkateers are set to gather in Detroit on Aug. 9 for Detroit Bass Day 2014: A Tribute to the Funk. The event will take place from 12-6 p.m. at the historic United Sound System Studios, 5840 Second Avenue. USSS was reopened this year as a museum and full service recording studio. Bass Day Detroit 2014 will feature performances from many of the city’s notable bass players, repr ...

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Motown in the Big Apple

For more than a year now, Detroit has been commanding space in the media in New York City — mainly the coverage of the city’s fiscal crisis and the bankruptcy. On the other side of the ledger is “Motown the Musical,” which after 500 performances on Broadway is still as fresh as “a brand new beat.” And in October, the show will be back in town where the music was created and shared with the world. There is l ...

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Musicians join the fight for water rights

Four Detroit punk bands — Mexican Knives, Growwing Pains, Mountains and Rainbows, Rall Tide — and two DJs want to spur their community into action against the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s mass water shutoff program at a concert July 31 at Ponyride (1401 Vermont St., Detroit). All proceeds from the event, which begins at 9 p.m., will go to the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. MWRO, one of the ...

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Public art in the spotlight for Detroit Love 313 celebration

Featured installations visited included “Butterfly Park” at the Brightmoor Community Center; “Talking Fence and Illuminated Garage” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell on Lamphere Street in Brightmoor; “Growing Together,” a marble statue by Larry Halbert and Shamlord Kaza-Yao in Rouge Park; and the “Food Justice Amphitheatre” by Nivek Monet and Lindsey Jewell in Rouge Park. The Brightmoor Farmway on Grayfield S ...

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Library millage will keep doors open

On the August 5 primary ballot, Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library’s current operating millage of 4 mills. That amount provides 86 percent of the DPL’s operating budget. DPL has a proposal on the August ballot to renew its current 4 mill operating millage for a period of 10 years. If it is not approved, the current millage would expire next June 30, 2015 and the Library would ...

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Two ballot proposals ask Wayne County residents to weigh benefits of tax increase

On Aug. 5, in addition to selecting candidates for November’s general election, Wayne County residents will be asked to vote on two number of millage proposals to fund education and transit. According to Wayne County’s website, a proposal to renew and increase .59 mills to 1 mill (2014-2017) could generate over $17 million dollars in its first year for the regional SMART bus system. A mill is equal to one d ...

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