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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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Four and Minimal Landscapes

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"Pony Boy" by Lynn Galbreath, part of the exhibit Four


What: The opening of two new exhibitions featuring the work of accomplished local artists.

 

Where: Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 407 Pine St., Rochester; 248-651-4110; pccart.org.

 

When: Opening receptions 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20; exhibits display through Feb. 17.

 

Paint Creek Center for the Arts launches two new exhibitions this week. In the main gallery, Four features the work of four (natch!) artists with diverse backgrounds, experience and approaches to their art: 

Sculptor Evelyn Bachorski-Bowman displays pieces from her Portraits of a Soul series, which makes use of textured plastic and encaustic to depict the emotional states of her subjects. A painting, drawing and design teacher at Oakland University, Lynn Galbreath presents two series of mixed-media drawings. Cristin Richard creates wearable sculptures and installations, mainly from hog and sheep casings (!), that reflect on fashion, the body and materialism. 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Sioux Trujillo, who bridges the gap between arts and communities as assistant director of community + public arts: Detroit, presents an installation that incorporates threads, felt and fiber objects.

Meanwhile, the first floor gallery is devoted to the work of local photographer Kyohei Abe. The founding director of Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Abe's background includes an extensive international exhibition history, numerous honors and awards, a bachelor's degree in architecture and space design, and a master's in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. For this solo exhibit, Minimal Landscapes, Abe draws on both his architectural and photographic skills to create sparse, clean compositions. 

Of his work, Abe says, "In my creative process, I always look for juxtapositions and interrelationships that create new perceptions and new meanings. I always discover a structure, or some form of order within."

The Whipping Man

 

What: A collaboration between Detroit's Plowshares Theatre Company and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.

 

Where: The Music Box Theatre at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; tickets and info at 313-593-0926 or plowsharestheatre.org.

 

When: At 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; further productions Jan. 27-29.

 

The itinerant Plowshares Theatre Company, which has operated without a home of its own for nearly 40 years, recently announced that they've joined with the Arts League of Michigan to transform the third floor of the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Center into a 400-seat performance venue. Along with Plowshares, the new space will play host to a few other artistic organizations. While development — including fundraising events, of course — is in the works, Plowshares remains in action with The Whipping Man, the story of an unusual Passover dinner bringing together two newly freed slaves and a Confederate soldier in the tumultuous aftermath of the Civil War.

 

 

Sugar Hill Clay

 

What: The opening of a new ceramics studio in the Sugar Hill Arts district of Midtown.

 

Where: 71 Garfield St., Detroit; 313-389-6811; sugarhillclay.wordpress.com.

 

A brand-spanking-new addition to Midtown's art scene, Sugar Hill Clay offers classes, workshops and open studio time for metro Detroiters interested in getting their hands dirty. Most classes are open to the inexperienced (so don't let that hold you back); offerings include your basic intro courses, as well as parent-and-child ceramics, drinking and eating vessels, and teen wheel throwing, offered in partnership with Pewabic Pottery. The studio is also available for private parties, and periodic workshops with visiting artists will also be on the agenda. See the website to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings.

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