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Historic aquarium shuns radar, seeks classic weather technology

Butzel Long Law Firm is sponsoring a contest to design and build a new weathervane to celebrate the Belle Isle Aquarium’s 110th birthday. The winning designer will receive $500 and the honor of seeing their work cast in metal crowning a Detroit architectural gem for generations to come. The competition is open from Aug. 1-29. Designs are to reflect the institution’s history and aquatic theme. The winning de ...

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Detroit’s North End residents gather to re-imagine Oakland Avenue with art, food and ideas

“This is our community. We’re getting ready to build it, so touch, feel, imagine what it is with positive words and things that you need to have and things that are functional for us,” said Reshounn Foster, a community contributor to OAAC, as she looked over the model inside the Red Door Gallery and urged attendees to leave written feedback on the model using sticky notes. ...

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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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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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‘Get On Up’

This much-awaited bio-film tells you some things you already knew: James Brown could sing the funk out of a song. It also shows you some things you might not have grasped: Troubled boys grow up to be troubled men. Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told. This project had been in development for years. It took on new momentum when Brown’s family ...

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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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