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Category: Art & Culture

9/19/22: 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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IS/LAND Premieres ‘Invisible Embrace’ Inspired by Japanese Internment Camp Survivors’ Stories

An archive of oral history interviews with Japanese internment camp survivors has inspired Detroit Asian American artists collective IS/LAND to create “Invisible Embrace,” a performance that provides audiences a space and experience to share, learn and reflect on the experiences of Japanese internment camp survivors. One Detroit Arts & Culture producer Sarah Smith talks with IS/LAND’s Amber Kao.

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9/12/22: One Detroit Arts & Culture – IS/LAND’s ‘Invisible Embrace,’ Detroit Month of Design, Ballet Folklorico de Detroit, Armando Vega

IS/LAND premieres a new performance titled “Invisible Embrace,” based on Japanese internment camp survivors’ stories. Satori Shakoor hears what’s on tap for the 12th annual Detroit Month of Design festival. Plus, a local dance troupe, Ballet Folklorico de Detroit, keeps the Mexican tradition of folkloric dance alive in Southwest Detroit. And, Armando Vega’s salsa band performs.

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12th Annual Detroit Month of Design Shines Light on City’s Past, Present and Future Design Talent

As the 12th annual Detroit Month of Design gets underway, One Detroit Arts & Culture host Satori Shakoor sits down with Design Core Detroit Co-Executive Director Kiana Wenzel for a conversation about the 80 different events, like Eastern Market After Dark, on tap for this year’s festival, ranging from exhibitions, installations, artist talks, tours and workshops. The festival is held Sept. 1-30.

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9/05/2022: One Detroit Arts & Culture – Ukraine Benefit Concert, Bassist Marion Hayden, AAPI Story Series, TeMaTe Dance

This week, One Detroit Arts & Culture Producer Sarah Smith talks with two Russian University of Michigan music students about organizing a benefit concert for Ukraine. WRCJ host Cecelia Sharpe talks with Detroit jazz bassist Marion Hayden. We revisit our AAPI Story Series, where two friends’ conversations about race deepen after the death of George Floyd. Plus, the TeMaTe dance group brings afro-rooted traditions to the Marygrove Theatre stage.

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Henna Artist Lydia Hannah Wilson Finds A Creative Community in Metro Detroit After Moving From India

As artist Lydia Hannah Wilson moved to the United States a few years ago, she brought the cultural traditions of Henna body art to the Detroit community, but what she found in return was a place where she felt free to explore every avenue of her creativity as an artist. Wilson talks about her start as an artist, plus the different applications and cultural history of Henna body art.

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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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8/22/22: One Detroit Arts & Culture – Jazz Pianist Chucho Valdes, ‘Detroit ’67’ Musical, DSO 22-23 Season, BAIRA Dance

This week, One Detroit Arts & Culture shares the story of Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ’67” play, based on the Detroit 1967 riots. Then, WRCJ Producer/host Peter Whorf talks with Detroit Symphony Orchestra President/CEO Erik Ronmark about the symphony’s 2022-2023 season lineup. Plus, a look back at WRCJ host Linda Yohn’s interview with Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes ahead of the Detroit Jass Festival in September.

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Detroit All-Star Garage-Rock Punk Revue Returns for 4th Annual Festival, Expands to Two Days

Detroit’s All-Star Garage-Rock Punk Revue returns for its 4th year, expanding to two days this year. One Detroit’s Chris Jordan caught up with the show’s organizer, Smitt E. Smitty of the 1980s Detroit band Figures on a Beach, as well as iconic WDET ‘Radios in Motion’ DJ Michael Halloran and musician Gary Reichel of Cinecyde, to discuss the show and how it captures Detroit’s punk music history.

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