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The woman behind Heidelberg

Tyree Guyton is world-renowned for his work on Detroit’s Heidelberg project, which transformed vacant houses on the city’s east side into found-art mosaicked sculptural pieces. But Guyton was not alone in the creation of the project. During a decade-long period spanning the creation of Heidelberg Project and its rise to international prominence, Tyree Guyton had a partner in life and work, Karen Guyton. Aft ...

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United Sound Studios, a Detroit music jewel reopens

United Sound Systems Recording Studio, the historic birthplace of hit songs from some of Detroit’s greatest musicians, has reopened its doors to the public for the first time in years, now as a museum and a production facility. From Aretha Franklin to Funkadelic, the studio has produced classic music and sounds for generations of listeners. ...

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Milton Durham’s fall doe fed a crowd of over 250 people gathered at the Northwest Activity Center, March 1 for the 9th Annual Wild Game and Soul Food Dinner. Guests feasted on everything from collard greens and pigs’ feet to barbequed raccoon and stir-fried snapping turtle, masterfully prepared by Adriene Durham’s Simply the Best Catering and Charnela Brown’s Full Circle Catering. Even the heaping plates di ...

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Fashion photographer Bruce Weber dresses up DIA

If corporate bankruptcy specialist and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr gets his way, the Detroit Institute of Arts will no longer be owned by the city soon. The museum itself will still be filled with works inspired by the city that built it, and beginning on June 20 a new exhibition, “Detroit — Bruce Weber” will continue that tradition. ...

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Artist uses new work to link Detroiters, Syrians

Syrian-born artist, Ilham Mahfouz, recently revealed new works of painting and ceramics in an exhibit titled, “Syria: Crisis and Hope,” on display through April 12 at the Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. Her work has been shown across the U.S. and the world, in places as far away as Egypt, Italy, New Zealand, Malaysia, Turkey and Venezuela. ...

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A Detroit burlesque revival in historic Black Bottom

“I like the challenge to be innovative,” says Rachel McCollough, the Detroit-born burlesque artist who produced “Noir Night,” an all-Black female cast cabaret show this past Sunday evening. “I want to produce something that no one has ever thought of. I like to be cocky, later on, like ‘nobody thought of that.’ I love the attention. I like the verification that people want to be on board and love.” McCollou ...

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Melvin Davis: Music, life, politics all about participation

You might think a gentleman in his 70s, after writing over 600 songs, would have pretty much said all he had to say. But if that gentleman happens to be Detroit soul legend Melvin Davis, you couldn’t be further from the truth. The musician/singer/songwriter/dancer/entrepreneur has a lot of knowledge to share and it comes straight from his heart. “Sincerity always works,” Davis told the Michigan Citizen, “be ...

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Winans brings the gospel to the symphony

Pastor Marvin Winans, founder of The Perfecting Church in Detroit, is a renowned gospel singer. Now the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is giving him a marquee opportunity to show off his broad range of vocal talent. In a program titled “Classical Roots” March 7 at the CSO, Winans will perform gospel classics along with works written by Verdi and the pastor himself. ...

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West Virginia miners’ struggles still relevant today

GeorgeSantayana famously said, “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Although the privatization of Detroit’s school system and public assets, growing wealthy inequality and the rapacious extraction of resources wreaking havoc on the environment and public health may seem like new problems for our times, David Alan Corbin’s 2011 book, “Gun Thugs, Rednecks and Radicals,” proves our cur ...

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