This Week on One Detroit, Arts & Culture:

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History discusses Kwanzaa celebration and marketplace

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s annual Kwanzaa celebration will look somewhat different this year than in years past. This year, the museum will host a one-night celebration and marketplace for “Kwanzaa at The Wright,” as opposed to events each of the seven nights of Kwanzaa, from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 29

In collaboration with MUREC and Nanou Djiapo, the Kwanzaa celebration’s focus is on honoring the principle of Ujamaa, or cooperative economics, and will also include a vendor marketplace focusing on youth leadership and entrepreneurship. 

One Detroit Arts & Culture guest host John Sloan III, who’s filling in for host Satori Shakoor, talks with Yolanda Jack, Manager of Community Engagement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, about what’s on tap for the museum’s Kwanzaa celebration and marketplace. Jack also shares more about the story of Kwanzaa, which was founded in 1966, and the seven principles it celebrates, as well as the thought-provoking exhibitions coming to the museum in 2023.

Holiday time capsule: Detroit Historical Museum hosts Hudson‘s Department Store holiday exhibit

Even as the holidays give way to the start of a new year, there’s still time for Detroiters to revisit the nostalgia of the season at the Detroit Historical Museum. The Detroit Historical Museum’s pop-up exhibit, “Hudson’s Holidays” offers nostalgic shoppers and newcomers alike to experience how it felt to shop at the historic Hudson’s downtown department store. Iconic toys, holiday decorations and architectural pieces from the downtown store are featured at the exhibit.  

Here’s a look at The Detroit Historical Museum’s Hudson’s Holidays exhibit, which is on display at the museum through Dec. 30, 2022. 

Detroit Opera brings ‘Aida’ opera back to the stage for one night only concert

Since Detroit Opera Artistic Director Yuval Sharon arrived in Detroit in 2020, he’s been turning opera on its head in, what some might call, a very unconventional way. He’s taken the opera from the stage out into the streets, performing for the community on escalators and in warehouses, train stations, parking structures and several other unexpected places.  

Now Sharon takes on an even greater challenge: bringing back one of the most famous operas, “Aida,” after nearly a decade for a one-night only concert performance at the Detroit Opera. The Detroit Opera will perform Aida in Concert, conducted by Jonathan Heyward and featuring Angel Blue as Aida, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30.  

For One Detroit, WRCJ radio host Cecelia Sharpe sat down with Sharon ahead of the one-night only performance to talk about what people can expect from “Aida in Concert.” 

Detroit Jit Masters bring jit dancing to the Marygrove Theatre stage

The Detroit Jit Masters transports Jit, the upbeat dance style born in the ‘70s on the streets of Detroit, to the Marygrove Theatre stage during an episode of “Detroit Performs: Live from Marygrove.” Uniquely Detroit, the Jit dance style blends elements of African dance, modern, jazz and tap with fast moves, fancy footwork, and acrobatic moves that give the dance its flavor.  

From gaining the national spotlight through performances on “So You Think You Can Dance,” to ongoing local classes, workshops and performances, the Detroit Jit Masters are adding their own stories to the history of Jit. 

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