The Scarab Club has been a Detroit art institution since its opening in October of 1928 (as the Scarab “clubhouse”). Its rich history of visiting and local artists is famously catalogued by the collection of signatures on the wood beams of its second-floor lounge. The beams display some 230-plus signatures, including those of Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Norman Rockwell, and Juliana Force—an invitation to sign the beams is means of honoring artists for “their significant and lasting contribution to the arts,” according to the Scarab Club.
Classes at University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design are racing toward the end of a busy academic year, while the administration prepares for changes that will impact the coming one. The recently opened Stamps Gallery, situated in a pedestrian-friendly location on the first floor of the McKinley Towne Center at 201 S. Division St., creates new exhibition options. With nearly 8,000 square feet of exhibition space, the downtown location replaces the Stamps School's Work Gallery (306 S. State St.) and Slusser Gallery (2000 Bonisteel Blvd.). The Slusser Gallery has been converted into fresh studio space, referred to as the "Work Commons,” for Stamps undergraduates—and is already abuzz with a variety of colorful final projects for sophomore studio students, and others.
“Digital technology is something they’ve known their whole life,” says author and award-winning journalist David Sax of those in their teens, 20s or younger. “It’s like air. It’s not exciting.”
On Sunday, April 2nd, the Arab American National Museum will play host to the Rock for Refugees benefit concert, featuring several notable Detroit-area musical acts. In anticipation of the concert, CultureSource had the chance to speak with Mouhanad “Noody” Hammami of the band Mazaj. Joined by Imad Nouri on guitar and Raouf Seifeldin on oud, Mazaj refuses to fit in a box. Moving bass lines, delicate oud playing and all types of drum production creates a beautiful backdrop for the lyrics that are mainly sung in Arabic. Mazaj are a perfect example of how multiple musical styles can be assembled into something all its own, just as Rock for Refugees will be.
On Sunday, April 2nd, the Arab American National Museum will play host to the Rock for Refugees benefit concert, featuring several notable Detroit-area musical acts. With lo-fi power chords, fuzzy drums and striking harmonies, the all-female Casual Sweetheart embodies the spirit of Detroit punk filtered through an Indie Rock lens.
One of the most impactful ways to celebrate the beauty, variation and complexity of humanity is to attend an event where people from all walks of life come together around a common cause. A compelling opportunity to do this is the Rock for Refugees benefit concert at the Arab American National Museum (AANM) on Sunday, April 2nd.
Being a founding director of a nonprofit arts organization is a bit like being a parent: if you do a really good job, your offspring should one day be able to thrive without you.
These days, many Metro Detroit-area founders are in the process of becoming “empty nesters” as they retire and hand the keys over to someone new.
As we free fall through a post-factual era in the United States, it is more important than ever to acknowledge the power and importance of a free press in American society. We may do this through protest, we may do this by subscribing to our favorite fact-checked publication, and for a fun-filled weekend in early April, we can do this by attending Power of the Press Fest, hosted by letterpress shop Signal-Return. Throughout Signal-Return’s home base of Eastern Market, and at many points beyond, from April 5-9 there is a busy schedule of activities, workshops, readings, and sales by artists who embrace a hands-on approach to making their truth heard.
On March 16th, three-time Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy will perform at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium as a part of the University Musical Society’s (UMS) 23rd Jazz Series. As one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the United States, UMS has been bringing artists to the University of Michigan—and surrounding—community for well over 100 years. But their programming has become anything but stagnant.