This Week on One Detroit, Arts & Culture:

30 Year Friendship Paves Way for Common Chords Nonprofit 

A friendship sparked 30 years ago at a local radio station has paved the way for the founding of Common Chords, a Detroit-based nonprofit focusing on understanding diverse groups of people and creating connection between shared values using music. When Rev. Robert Jones Sr., who grew up in Detroit, and Matt Watroba, a former teacher from Plymouth, connected 30 years ago, they found something special when they began creating music. Audiences reacted positively to their camaraderie on stage, which led the two to create Common Chords. One Detroit producer Sarah Smith met up with Jones Sr. and Watroba at the reverend’s church, Sweet Kingdom Baptist Church in Detroit, to hear more about Common Chord’s mission and vision for the organization’s future.

DDC Dances Keeps Moving 40 Years After Start

Forty years after four Detroit dancers set out to create a professional contemporary dance studio in the city, DDC Dances studio has continued to move and groove through the decades. Owned and operated by founding member Barb Selinger, DDC Dances still succeeds at choreographing beautiful, deep performances. One Detroit producer Sarah Smith caught up with DDC Dances members while they practiced for their upcoming show, “Stomping Ground,” a reflective dance that will touch on topics like mental health, climate change and more.

Pizza by the Square: Digging into Detroit Style Pizza’s Origins

It’s square, pretty cheesy and known all around town. Tonight, we dig deep into the origins of the city’s iconic Detroit style pizza and learn why it tastes so good. Plus, where does all the cheese go, and they used what as pans in the past? Find out all these answers and more as One Detroit’s Bill Kubota discusses the history of Detroit style pizza with Buddy’s Pizza and Cloverleaf Pizza, as part of the Detroit Public TV’s documentary series Detroit Remember When: Made in the Motor City.


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