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Category: Detroit Performs

Painting Nature: Artist Jennifer Lanzilotti Uses Fallen Leaves As Her Canvas

Jennifer Lanzilotti knew she has a lot of creativity inside of her, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she began to let it out. She began to paint. Her canvas? The leaves themselves. Detroit Performs talks with Lanzilotti, an artist and writer, to hear how she began painting fallen tree leaves and her love of natural landscapes that she found in the process.

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Center for Performance Arts & Learning Offers Springboard to Creative Arts for Beginners

At the Center for Performance Arts and Learning, or Cen4Pal for short, culture and diversity come together to provide a safe space for individuals to try their hand at a variety of creative arts. “Detroit Performs: Live From Marygrove” visits Cen4Pal to hear about the environment the educational organization is cultivating and the mission to boost students’ confidence through the creative arts.

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Detroit Tattoo Artist Lorri Thomas Inks Her Own Path to Success

One Detroit Arts & Culture host Satori Shakoor sits down with Detroit tattoo artist Lorri Thomas to learn more about the level of trust that’s needed to work with clients on a tattoo, why it’s referred to as ink therapy, and how she connects with her clients deeply to create a uniquely personal product.

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2/14/2022: One Detroit – Fiddler on the Roof, Charles H. Wright, Velvet Peanut Butter & Aaron Lewys

The University of Michigan, University Musical School and The Philadelphia Orchestra team up to bring a unique ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ concert performance to the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Then, explore the life and legacy of Dr. Charles H. Wright, founder of the Museum of African American History. Plus, from “Detroit Remember When: Made in the Motor City,” viewers take a nostalgic trip back to learn about the rise and fall of the Velvet Peanut Butter company. In closing, singer/songwriter Aaron Lewys performs his song “Stop Wasting My Time” for Detroit Performs: Live From Marygrove.

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When Metal Speaks: Virgil Taylor Finds Inspiration for Works in Middle Eastern, African History

Virgil Taylor considers himself a metalworker and not a jeweler. His work, he explained, comes out as a more organic, unrefined product. And his inspiration? The ancient history and designs of Middle East and African countries. For Detroit Performs, Virgil Taylor takes viewers inside his workspace at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center to premiere some of the beading work, African bracelets and other items he’s currently working on for clients.

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Trey Simon performs “The Impossible” for Detroit Performs: Live From Marygrove

Trey Simon performs one of his most notable singles,  “The Impossible,” for Detroit Performs: Live From Marygrove. Simon, who has roots in blues music, has crafted a unique identity for himself over the course of his musical career, and some esteemed accolades have come to follow. Simon has opened for the likes of Patti LaBelle, Andra Day and Andy Grammer, and he was nominated for his first Detroit Music Award in 2020. 

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2/07/22: One Detroit – Dance Theatre of Harlem, Wearable Artist Virgil Taylor, Architect Minoru Yamasaki

One Detroit’s AJ Walkers met up with the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Motown Museum to check out a preview of their upcoming ‘Higher Ground’ performance, which pays tribute to Stevie Wonder’s music. Then, Metalwork artist Virgil Taylor takes viewers inside his art studio to show some of the latest wearable art pieces and the ancient inspiration behind his works. Plus, hear more about Detroit’s architectural history and the impacts architect Minoru Yamasaki left with his designs in the Motor City.

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10/28/18: American Black Journal P-20 Educational Partnership / Spoken Word Artist

An unprecedented philanthropic commitment by The Kresge Foundation is creating a “cradle-to-college” educational center at Detroit’s Marygrove College. Stephen talks with some of the key partners in this new collaboration. Plus, in a special Detroit Performs report, we meet a spoken word artist who is educating Detroit children on the power of writing and words.

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