When the skyline starts to consume the city sunset and the lighted buildings turn into stars, the underground world of Eastern Market’s art scene comes to life. Tomorrow, September 20th the hidden worlds of Eastern Market will open their doors to expose a hub of studios, hacker spaces, galleries, artists’ residencies, shops and letterpress studios.
Hog Intestines. That’s what Cristin Richards will be contributing to the 1st Annual Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest. Richards takes on the depths of fashion with a sculptural stand point, blurring the divide between fine art and fashion. The hog intestines arise in their translucent array as her primary medium channeling both a “metaphorical language and historical depth.”
Kyle Bartell, Wayne State University Urban Studies grad student, recognizes naturally occurring needs in overlooked places. In the hours not spent studying, Bartell has been devoting his time to creating parks and more walkable spaces within the city of Detroit.
What would you like to see happen in your neighborhood? More bike lanes? More public art? How about more retail and green spaces? Coming at the end of this September Detroit will be energized with the chance to decide how they want their blocks to develop through The Better Block Project.
The Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Cultural and Representation (MODCaR) is a research organization that is built upon the idea that “urban experience is conditioned by images.” To understand what the premises of MODCaR is, it may be helpful to first start with a discussion of what representation is. For this I turn to Jen Webb’s theory on representation in her book Understanding Representation.
Of all the memories I have of living in the corridor, Dally in the Alley is always the one that stirs the most emotions and brings the most laughs as I reminisce with friends the poetic/epic happenings that each year Dally brings. Dally produced my first time on stage, my first motorcycle ride, and numerous eye flirtations that eventually led to first true loves and heartbreaks. It’s the taste of the empowerment of being young and alive. It’s true passionate musicians, artists, beer, earth and dancing to freedom. It’s looking up to the sky as the music wraps around you and the string of lights strung about the alley start to twinkle and the city sky appears to be filled with stars. It’s magic.
For young professionals, networking can create a plentiful resource of knowledge, connections and inspiration. Copper and Clay is dedicated to providing just that through their Summer Preview Party at Pewabic Pottery.
What kind of music do the cracks in the sidewalk sing? What kind of bass beat do these grasses hum? What kind of riffs have these souls known? Heidelberg Street has had a unique beat. It sings a ballad of a phoenix, once dustfully dismissed, now beautifully imaginative and progressive.
Believing in a dream takes much faith to be stronger than possible failures along the way. It takes dedication and hard work. But in an economy where opportunities can seem slim and employment rates for all are unsteady, job opportunities for teens are even slimmer, especially in urban areas such as Detroit. Sometimes it takes a little extra support for our young adults to get a chance that could change their whole future. And that is precisely what The Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) campaign has been doing.
Rush hour in the city. The fumes. The engines. The machines. The engines that born this city have made us immobile on this road as we try to get home. Our repetitions have made us into machines. Wake up. Drive. Work. Drive. Sleep. We all have our own daily successions that we move through. But are these the right cycles? Have we chosen convenience and grey parking lots over connecting with the soul of our own neighbors?