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January 17, 2018

Learning about the four productions that compose the University Musical Society’s No Safety Net theater festival (happening January 17-February 3) will likely make you feel both excited and nervous.

But then, that’s the whole idea.

January 4, 2018

For co-curators Taylor Aldridge and Lucy Mensah, the opportunity to collaborate on Making Home, their debut Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition was not just an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the museum’s vast collection, but to get to know each other.

December 6, 2017

The journey from inspiration to artistic expression can be a winding path—or, in the case of Studio Views, the solo exhibition by New York-based graphic artist Ryan McGinness on view at Cranbrook Art Museum through March 18th, a literal maze. The wall of the main gallery is lined with large-scale canvases, but the rest of the space is occupied by a hedge maze constructed from the screens that McGinness used to create his layered screenprints.

November 21, 2017

Nothing is more satisfying than finding—and receiving—the perfect gift. In an age of instant gratification, when an Amazon drone can leave a purchase on your doorstep in mere hours and you never have to brave the crowds at the mall again, what is more surprising—and delightful—than unwrapping a box and finding a thoughtful, unique present just for you?

November 14, 2017

From high fashion, to sneaker collecting, to the perfect finish for haberdashery, people love shoes. For street use, footwear is a discipline that requires the merging of aesthetics and design; no matter how well they work as vehicles for self-expression, they simply cannot serve as accessories if they are not also, to some degree, functional. Thus, shoes are the perfect subject for the College of Creative Studies' Valade Family Gallery, which emphasizes curriculum with a blend of fine art inspiration, commercial application, and industrial execution. Shoetopia!, their new exhibition on view through December 16th and curated by Aki Choklat, Chair of Fashion Accessories Design, showcases a range of shoes as art objects—and in some cases, materials—blending work from a range of designers at the cutting edge of the industry with that of past and present CCS students.

November 8, 2017

The Detroit Repertory Theatre is all about producing shows that have something to say about the social, political and human climate. And boy, does their 61st season opener, Swimming Upstream, have a lot to discuss.

November 6, 2017

As kids, Raya Samet and Barbara Kriigel read the popular Little Golden Books series, following the adventures of Saggy Baggy Elephant, the Poky Little Puppy, Shy Little Kitten and Scuffy the Tugboat. Their copies of the beloved books may be long gone, but now they get to relive their childhood with the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s latest exhibition, Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books, currently on view at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery through December 17th.

November 1, 2017

Whether you're a shoe freak, an antique treasure seeker, or a Mozart and Bernstein devotee, there's a cultural activity for everyone this November. For a full list of events taking place throughout Southeast Michigan, visit the CultureSource arts and culture calendar.

October 30, 2017

When the Michigan Philharmonic designs their concert programs, it isn’t just about putting on a nice show—they want to bring different voices of the community together in any way they can. Their upcoming November 10th concert, Hail to the Veterans!, is a prime example of fulfilling this part of their mission.

October 25, 2017

When was the last time you were encouraged to touch things during a museum visit? At The Science Behind Pixar, on view at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation through March 18, 2018, visitors are encouraged to crawl on the floor in order to see things from a bug’s perspective, build block robots like Wall-E, and take copious amounts of selfies with beloved movie characters.