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March 28, 2016

It’s that time of year—one day, it’s blue skies and t-shirt weather, and the next, it’s back to parkas. That’s springtime in Michigan. It also means that over the next couple of weeks, schools in the area are all on various spring break schedules. If you’re wondering what to do with the kids, several cultural centers have extended hours and classes planned to keep children busy and entertained.

March 22, 2016

When The Sleeping Beauty next awakens, she will find herself in Detroit, rising to greet the day at the Detroit Opera House. Her hosts—Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) and Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society (UMS), who co-present American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) new production of this 19th century ballet classic—will be happy to see her. They, like the fans who have snapped up tickets to the March 31st through April 3rd performances (demand prompted the addition of a fifth performance), have eagerly awaited her appearance since the Detroit stop on ABT’s national tour was announced last year. And why not?

March 21, 2016

Southwest Detroit mural artist Freddy Diaz designed a special poster for the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán performance presented by UMS at Hill Auditorium on April 1st. The UMS Lobby chatted with Diaz about starting out with graffiti, living in Southwest Detroit, and Mariachi music.

March 16, 2016

The Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting a dance party, and everyone is invited! When Dance! American Art 1830-1960 opens at the museum this weekend, the artwork in the exhibit can’t help but make visitors shake their hips and tap their toes. Open spaces within the exhibit even encourage those so inclined to grab a partner and swing him or her around, do a plié or an arabesque, or freestyle.

March 14, 2016

Anyone who frequents Metro Detroit music venues knows the name Laith Al-Saadi. But thanks to a successful “blind” audition on the March 1st episode of NBC’s hit talent show, The Voice, music lovers from around the country are now hearing from this talented Ann Arbor native.

March 8, 2016

On March 16th, the sounds of thousands of recorders—the woodwind instrument most commonly used as an introduction to music education—will fill Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium. Approximately 4,000 elementary school-aged students, from nearly 40 schools around Southeast Michigan, as well as students who are homeschooled, will play two concerts with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO).

March 8, 2016

Peter Soave’s main squeeze is the accordion. The Detroit native, an acclaimed international accordion virtuoso, has been devoted to the instrument since he first encountered it through ethnic music performed at family gatherings when he was a child.

March 1, 2016

For those in the know, the Detroit Public Library's special collections are great places to research local history, browse through pictures of what Detroit looked like before cars were king, or just spend some quiet time reading and reflecting.

February 24, 2016

The new play agua de luna (psalms for the rouge), debuting at Matrix Theatre Company on February 26th, doesn’t just depict a place—in this case, southwest Detroit—but it is written directly from stories told by the neighborhood’s residents. It is also bilingual, quickly moving back and forth between Spanish and English in the natural way that those who speak multiple languages often do.

February 17, 2016

Two tandem exhibitions on view in Metro Detroit center around the idea of remembering. At first glance, the connections between A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills and Treasured Memories at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores are loose. One is a haunting tribute to the children who perished during World War II, Eleanor Winters’ calligraphic renderings of signs that memorialize those who were deported from Paris neighborhoods a lyrical tribute. Leendert van der Pool’s pastel and oil paintings, on the other hand, share an inside look at Ellis Island—a beacon of hope for generations, as immigrants came to America to begin a new life.