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Fall is always a busy one in the arts community. More recently, September in Detroit has become design month. Here are 10 new exhibits, plays and festivals to check out this September! For a full list of events, visit the CultureSource arts and culture calendar

September 6-24, Johnny Manhattan at Meadow Brook Theatre
Meadow Brook Theatre is known for its Broadway-caliber performances, and with Johnny Manhattan, Metro Detroit residents will have a chance to see a world premiere musical before it makes its way to the Broadway stage. 

HotHavanaSeptember 7, Hot in Havana: A Cultural Celebration at the DIA
Spend one last summer evening with the DIA's Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA), who have planned a festive evening bringing Cuban culture to Detroit. 

Opening September 8, Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance at MOCAD
What role did music play in the 1967 Rebellion and its aftermath? As a catalyst for social change and empowerment, music is interspersed with artwork in this new exhibit.

Opening September 8, Detroit City of Design and the Future of Work at Valade Family Gallery, CCS
As part of the UNESCO City of Design distinction, several Detroit designers went to Saint-Etienne this past March as part of the 10th International Design Biennale. See parts of the original exhibition, as well as photos, videos and stories from the 70 Detroiters who went to France. 

Arts and Apples Winners 2016 19September 8-10, Arts & Apples Festival
Each year, the Paint Creek Center for the Arts presents the Arts & Apples Festival in Rochester Park, bringing fine artwork outdoors.

September 10, Happy Birthday, BBAC!
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center celebrates 60 years with an afternoon of free family-friendly workshops, giveaways from BLICK, cake, and viewings of their four fall exhibits!

CANCELLED: September 21, Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Congressman John Lewis with Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin at the Michigan Theater
The Penny Stamps Speaker Series is known for presenting diverse, multidisciplinary lecturers to students and Ann Arbor residents, but Congressman John Lewis, the Civil Rights leader who has served Georgia's 5th district since 1987 is particularly noteworthy. Lewis portrays his stories about his work in the Civil Rights Movement in the graphic novel MARCH, which he co-wrote with his then-Congressional Aid Aydin and graphic novelist Powell.


September 22-23, DLECTRICITY
Midtown Detroit's cultural corridor, from the DIA to MOCAD, will be lit up in this nighttime outdoor festival of light and art, featuring the work of 36 international, national and local artists. 

September 26-30, Detroit Design Festival
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) is back with their annual festival celebrating Detroit's design culture, including the favorites Eastern Market After Dark and Light Up Livernois.

September 29, Scarab Club 110th Celebration
Celebrate 110 years at this Detroit haunt frequented by artists and art lovers alike.