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Nain Rouge, Midtown and placemaking

We found this last night while scouring the interwebs looking for quirky Detroit stuff to share. It comes from Dan Gilmartin and his ever-inspiring Economics of Place blog:

The Marche du Nain Rouge is the brainchild of Francis Grunow, a midtown resident and a big player in the turnaround of the historic Cass Corridor neighborhood. When I was in high school the area (which is part of greater Midtown) was #1 on the list of neighborhoods that you didn’t want to venture into at night. Today, however, it boasts some amazing new residential loft developments, authentic retail shops, great restaurants, and an energy approaching what you might find in some of the more well known "comeback" neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Well said, and thanks for giving some deserved love to Model D stalwart contributor Grunow. 

Read the rest here.

Robert Richie -- uh, that's Kid Rock -- buys riverfront estate

Michigan rap-country-rock star Kid Rock has purchased a house on the East Riverfront, our friends at Curbed Detroit report.

It's a 6,000-square-foot colonial-style house on the same block as the Manoogian Mansion, the dwelling used by Detroit's mayors.

Hey Kid, give us a ring when you want to party like it's 1989. Read all about it here.

Photographer Noah Stephens focuses on Detroit people and place

Nothing beats an interesting face. Unless it's a killer public place. There are plenty of both in Detroit, where photographer Noah Stephens roams the cityscape with a camera.

We've taken notice of his talent. So has HuffPost Detroit. Take a look at the work here.

The Alley Project creates public art space on far Southwest side

Looking at problems to provide hints for solutions is a smart way to look at community. This is even smarter: Looking at the assets a community might provide and leveraging that social capital. The Alley Project (TAP) didn't mushroom up magically, although there was a strong community base for it to begin with. It evolved in a partnership of participatory design.

We couldn't agree more with those words by Lee Schneider in HuffPost Detroit. Read on here.

Winter Music Conference party raises funds for Youthville

At Need I Say More, an afternoon after-party at the upcoming Winter Music Conference in Miami, DJ and all-round good guy Danny Tenaglia is heading a lineup that is donating the proceeds of the event to Detroit's Youthville. Imagine that. How cool. No doubt the artists' relationship with longtime Youthville mentor and international DJ star Mike Huckaby played a part.

Resident Advisor has the scoop.

GOOD knows what's good: Detroit on list of cities where art is booming

Sure, there is nothing especially novel about Detroit being on a list of cities experiencing an artistic boom. But let's not get too cozy or cocky and stay gritty and productive. It's nice to be on GOOD's radar, that's for sure.

Read the rest of the story here.

OCD hackerspace gets some love from Detroit Yes!, Metro Times

We've been fans of OmniCorpDetroit before the Eastern Market hackerspace even had a name or a permanent space. We've seen some of the crazy-good work produced there for the annual Maker Faire. And have even been impressed with stuff that never made it out the door. That's how good these creative people are.

Check out this nice spread in Detroit Yes! here. And in the Metro Times here.

Corktown innovators get 'buzzed' on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe'

The top of our Monday morning is given a rousing head start whenever Detroit doers get their due in the national media. This time during a caffeinated discussion on how innovation is changing the social landscape and putting juice into the economy in Michigan and Ohio. With a special focus on what's happening in Corktown, around the intersection of Michigan and 14th St. and beyond.

We've got video. Watch it here.

Pewabic Pottery ages well, hits 109 mark this Saturday

Looked what dropped in our laps just as we were going to digital press on Monday: an invite to an anniversary celebration at historic Pewabic Pottery, which turns 109 years young this Saturday, March 10.

There will a special birthday party event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend the free celebration, which will feature complimentary guided tours, demonstrations, birthday cake, refreshments and hourly door prize giveaways.
Guided tours will begin at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and will feature a first look at the nonprofit’s new history tour plaques, which were purchased through funding from the Michigan Humanities Council and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. In addition, guests will have a chance to see the pottery’s recently restored 105-year-old historic chimney.

For more info go here.

Artist Charles McGee still holds sway over Detroit art scene at 87

We were delighted to see a piece on longtime Detroit artist of influence Charles McGee this week in HuffPost Detroit. We have admired McGee for years, love his sculptural piece on John R at Farnsworth (go see it!) and last ran into him at Avalon late last year.

Here's an excerpt:

McGee paved the way for black artists in Detroit. His figurative paintings and abstract sculptures pop up all over the city, where he has lived since 1934. His active life in the region's art scene has included teaching, board involvement and winning the Kresge Eminent Artist award in 2008.

Read the rest of Kate Abbey-Lambertz piece here.

Public Enemy lined up as Movement headliner

For its seventh year producing the Movement Festival, Paxahau has plucked a diverse cast of headliners: including Chicago house icon Lil Louis on Saturday, May 26, rap legends Public Enemy on Sunday, May 27 (in their debut appearance at the festival) and Detroit native Jeff Mills, performing under an old moniker, The Wizard, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Check out the first round of announcements, listed on Resident Advisor, here. There will be more to come.

What, it's Paczki Day already?

Yup, as you read this, if you are reading on the day we publish, it is indeed Paczki Day, Detroit's version of Mardri Gras. This pre-Lenten celebration is also known as Fat Tuesday, the last day for Catholics to go nuts before trimming their diets for about six weeks (ending on Easter Sunday).

Hamtramck, whose population was once overwhelmingly Polish Catholic, is party central for Paczki Day. We recommend you just hit the town running, get a few dozen berry-filled paczki at local bakeries like New Palace and New Martha Washington or at markets like Srodek's, Bozek's, Stan's or Polish Market. Then find a party at just about any bar in town; or hip retailers like Detroit Threads and Lo & Behold, which will be rolling out DJs and bands. 

Behold this, from the Hamtramck Review. 

Gary Panter, Joshua White, Adult., Monster Island light up MOCAD opening

We saw you there, near the crush of bodies at the front of the stage, when Adult. -- Detroit's Nicola Kuperas and Adam Lee Miller -- fired up their live sound at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. And in the big room around the back, where Cary Loren and his extraordinary post-acid poetry and noise-rock project Monster Island performed. Wow, what a night. 

It was one of MOCAD's grandest art openings, a perfect kick-off event for a showing of works by Gary Panter (of Pee Wee's Playhouse fame) and Joshua White (he lit up New York's Fillmore Theatre in the 1960s).

Get a taste of it in HuffPost Detroit here. Then go to MOCAD and see the show. It's up through April 29.

DSO sets record with 'Live from Orchestra Hall' webcast

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra said about 15,000 viewers saw the ensemble’s recent performance of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances." Previous live webcasts by others have garnered about 10,000 viewers, it was reported.

Nice work, DSO. Read the whole story here.

Mike Kelley legacy work remains in flux at MOCAD

Artist Mike Kelley, who was part of the art-noise collective Destroy All Monsters while a student at the University of Michigan in the 1970s died on last week at age 57. He'd been in Los Angeles for over 30 years, carving out an art career that enabled him to exhibit in galleries, museums and biennials around the world.

Kelley's "Mobile Homestead," an unfinished replica of his childhood home, is the subject of three documentaries to be featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial in New York. Back in Detroit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), however, the future of the work -- Kelley’s only piece of public art and his only permanent installation in his hometown -- is now uncertain.

Read about it here. Need to catch up on your Destroy All Monsters history? Do it now.
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