Josie Pace | Smalls Hamtramck | 04/19/17

April 21, 2017 by  
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New Industrial Goddess
Ever since seeing a short expose on DetroitPerforms.org of Josie Pace, I was not going to pass up an opportunity to catch her live at a local venue.  Whatever it took, wherever it was, I was going to be stealing pixels!  Thanks to Small’s Hamtramck, I didn’t have to wait very long.  (This was only their second live show…ever…)  Bonus points for opening act Ghost|Synthesis, another artist I have been jonesin’ to catch locally.  One night… two new artists (to me, that is)… an intimate venue… a few PBRs… perfect.
If you are up for a phenominal voice reaching out from a stellar industrial-vibe provided by Ken Roberts (keyboards/synth) and Mark Damian (drums), mixed with a stage presence that says “…this is what I have to say…“, then catch a show if you can or find them on the web.  With top-notch videos already under their belts, a serious eye for fashion and visuals, Josie Pace is Detroit industrial punk eye-candy with a stainless steel ice pick heading for your ears!
While I wanted to steal Jeff Rebrovich/Ghost|Synthesis pixels as well, photos would do absolutely no justice what-so-ever.  He is a visually-overloading, aurally-captivating presence that deserves your full attention… or at least a really hi-end video camera.  Next time.  Definitely next time.
Thank you, Josie/Ken/Mark.  Thank you, Jeff/G|S.
For all the images, click HERE

COMING UP (4/27): Solace Sessions #4: Rebecca Goldberg and Vnesswolfchild at Spread Art

April 19, 2017 by  
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SOLACE SESSIONS

presented by Detroit Bureau of Sound
at Spread Art: 5141 Rosa Parks, Detroit
8PM-11PM


On this troubled earth, the mind needs some time and space to decompress. What can art offer us? Can we obtain peace through a performance? Is there meaning in witnessing something beautiful? Can music offer us solace?

Bring what troubles you and leave it here.

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REBECCA GOLDBERG, live electronics (special performance of "Activity of Sound II")

https://soundcloud.com/rebeccagoldberg/rebecca-goldberg-activity-of-sound

VNESSWOLFCHILD, ritual sonic healing performance

Suggested donations, 
they go a long way ;)
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Made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts

COMING UP (4/22): Undercover Boss at Reyes Projects Inaugural Opening

April 19, 2017 by  
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Reyes Projects is proud to announce its first exhibition, Undercover Boss, opening 
April 21, 2017 with a public reception (6-8pm) and remaining on view until May 26, 2017.
The exhibition features the work of Tony CoxGreg FadellSadie LaskaJane MoseleyJonathan RajewskiScott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, and Joe Roberts.
Developed in concert by Founder Terese Reyes with artist Scott Reeder, themes to be explored in Undercover Boss: surveillance, labor, privacy, oversharing on social media, the unobtainable balance between work and life, mistaken identity.
Opening Friday, April 21, 2017
100 South Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI

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ABOUT REYES PROJECTS
Established by Terese Reyes in 2017, Reyes Projects is a contemporary art gallery in  Birmingham, Michigan. The gallery occupies a 4,600 square foot space in the newly-renovated landmark Wachler Jewelry building on Old Woodward Avenue. 
Reyes Projects will reveal five exhibitions a year dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists. It is with such presentations that the gallery seeks to reveal a profile both internationally renowned and regional in dialogue. Collaborating with local patrons and institutions alike, the gallery hopes to continue to diversify and strengthen Detroit’s burgeoning arts community.


Reyes Projects will participate in its first art fair, the Dallas Art Fair, opening April 6, 2017. The gallery will present a solo exhibition featuring the work of Jonathan Rajewski, also featured in its inaugural exhibition.


ABOUT TERESE REYES
Terese Reyes is an arts professional living and working in Birmingham, Michigan. She graduated with BA from Georgetown University and masters in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Reyes previously held positions at Andrew Edlin Fine Arts (New York), and Marlborough Chelsea (New York, now Marlborough Contemporary). 

(4/22) EARTH DAY 2017: Belle Isle Spring Cleanup

April 18, 2017 by  
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Now that the season has officially arrived, consider putting Spring Cleanup on your calendar.

Belle Isle's annual event, scheduled for Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd, prepares the park for the season while also celebrating its beautiful community.
It truly is perfect for individuals, couples, families, small and large groups.

Registration and site-assignment: 8:00am at the Flynn Pavilion
Clean up: 9:00am-1:00pm (Island-Wide)
Hotdog lunch: 1:00pm at the Flynn Pavilion 


Recreation passport requirement is waived for Spring Clean-up volunteers.

Individuals, families and small groups register on-site the morning of the event.

Groups of 15 more more, register via email with Genevieve Nowak
nowakg@belleisleconservancy.org 

Dress for the predicted weather conditions; boots suggested

We ask that you bring your own rake and work gloves; there will be some onsite for use while supplies last. If you have other cleanup supplies (such as a leaf blower) please feel free to bring them as well!

Leaf bags provided by the MDNR.

COMING UP (4/20): The Progressive Underground Next 200 Celebration: Afro Cosmic Music Cabaret

April 18, 2017 by  
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Join us as we celebrate WDET's The Progressive Underground w/Chris Campbell reaching its 200th episode and beyond with the AFRO COSMIC MUSIC CABARET taking place Thursday, Apil 20, 7 pm - 12 midnight. 

The event is hosted by writer/DJ/media personality/tastemaker and Progressive Underground host CHRIS CAMPBELL and will feature this amazing lineup of talent. 

HEADLINER
Headliner: Les Nubians
Opening act: Video7
Special Guests: Jessica Care MooreAmp FiddlerMahogany JonesSean BlackmanMalik Alston and many other surprise guest appearances.

The house band for the evening is dubbed the Afro Cosmic Music Orchestra featuring the following all-star musicians:

Maurice Pirahnahead Herd: Music Director/Guitars
Tony Gordon: Keyboard
Aisha Ellis: Drums/Percussion
Greg 'Greco' Freeman: Drums/Percussion
Leslie DeShazor: Viola/Strings

There will also be live-painting by a visual artist and fashion showcase by one of the area's hottest designers. 

TICKET TYPES/PRICES
(1) General Admission - $15.00
(2) VIP - $25.00 (priority seating, meet-and-greet with photo-op with Les Nubians, AND entry to the DIME Master Class lecture/Q & A with Les Nubians the following day, Friday, April 21, 1 - 3 pm at DIME Institute)

TICKETS WILL GO FAST!!!! Click the Ticket Bud link to purchase tickets ---> https://ticketbud.com/events/3103c34e-1949-11e7-8d37-2bb2af9243b7

COMING UP (4/22): Record Store Day Happy Hour at New Way Bar!

April 17, 2017 by  
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Oh man! Last year on Record Store Day, DUENDE! unleashed their monster hit, HEAD (and how to get it), as a 7" single on deep purple and classic black vinyl, stacked, and, backed up with MOTOR-PSYCHO, at the New Way Bar, in Ferndale, to great merriment, and (h)ope, and, f*cking in the streets. Even Charlie Leduff was on hand looking for a microphone stand. 

For this years festivities, DUENDE!, will have HEAD, and, their new 7" single for DANCE PARTY b/w KEEP IT COOL available with extra live content with the download. You can pick up both for the low brow price of $10.00 

NO COVER. Same as it ever was. 2PM - 6PM. 
New Way Bar also has the honor of debuting POOKIE'S TACOS, yes, the same Pookie who plays in the Detroit's Nice Boys of Rock 'n' Roll, the BEGGARS. 

DUENDE! did two sets last year, but wanted to Rock 'n' Roll with some pals this time around, so we asked Kommander, and, Dear Darkness to play a set each. 


New Way Bar
23130 Woodward
Ferndale

NEXT WKEND: Penguicon 2017 Nerdery Con in Southfield

April 17, 2017 by  
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PENGUICON 2017
A Non-Profit, Open Source – Science Fiction Convention Held April 28-30, 2017 In Southfield, MI.
Friday April 28 through Sunday April 30, 2017
The Westin Southfield Detroit • 1500 Town Center • Southfield, MI. 48075

In addition to the market of retro arts, crafts, and electronic projects, the Penguin 2017 schedule is out and it is PACKED with a wide variety of nerdy interests. Check out the tracks:
• Action Adventure
• After Dark
• Anime
• Cosplay
• DIY
• Food
• Gaming
• Life
• Literature
• Mayhem
• Media
• Penguicon
• Science
• Tech

Everything from writing to programming to cooking to hubba-hubba. I’ve already double- and triple-booked myself from hour to hour. It’s a great deal for a full weekend of entertainment, and after 15 years, these folks know what they’re doing.

The whole schedule is available here.

TONIGHT! FKJ at El Club

March 29, 2017 by  
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React Detroit presents

:: FKJ ::

Support by:



El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 436-1793
All Ages

COMING UP (4/15): Mau5trap After Party – Deadmau5 at TV Lounge!

March 27, 2017 by  
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React Detroitmau5trap, & Paxahau present...

:: Mau5trap After Party - deadmau5 ::
Feed Me
Attlas
BlackGummy

NOT TO BE MISSED!
Check out Deadmau5 in a club setting before his headlining spot at
Movement 2017 under his techno alias, "Testpilot"


>>>> PURCHASE TICKETS <<<<

TV Lounge
2548 Grand River Ave.
Detroit,
48201

21+
 

NEXT SUNDAY: Marche du Nain Rouge in Cass Corridor

March 17, 2017 by  
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Marche du Nain Rouge Returns
Sunday, March 26, 2017
March 26, 2017 in the Cass Corridor! Meet at the corner of Cass and Canfield. Entertainment at noon. Parade at 1 p.m.

Mardi Gras-style krewes, bike groups, cosplayers and art cars to join 8th annual parade of city pride

It's the time of year when the city swells with pride and hits Cass Avenue to meet its oldest nemesis, the legendary harbinger of doom, the Nain Rouge.

The annual Marche du Nain Rouge returns for its 8th year, with festivities and entertainment starting at noon March 26, 2017, at the corner of Cass and Canfield in Midtown. The parade will depart at 1 p.m. down Cass Avenue to the Masonic Temple.

At the Masonic Temple, marchers will meet the Nain, if he once again decides to show his face. In past years he’s ridden on a giant cockroach, tamed a fire-breathing dragon, run for mayor, among other shenanigans. The Nain has been met by young Detroiters in love, Ghostbusters, and spirits of Detroit’s past and future. What will he try this year? And more importantly, how will you face the Nain?

This year, Mardi-Gras-style Krewes du Rouge are forming to show the Nain their neighborhood pride. Two krewe parties are planned: March 16 for East Siders at 8 p.m. at Cadieux Cafe, and March 23 for Midtowners at 8 p.m. at Traffic Jam & Snug. The parties feature live music, food, drinks, and fun appearances -- perhaps the Nain will even attempt to crash. It’s a weakly constructed mystery!

Several bike groups are planning to decorate their wheels and roll down Cass together, featuring the wonderful animal creations of Detroit-based metalsmith, Juan Martinez. A recent workshop of the Wire Auto Workers Association of Detroit (WAWAD) will bring out hand-crafted, human-powered wire cars.

Also this year, the cockroach from 2016 will be joined by several other Art Cars, including a new “Bubblemobile” out of Southwest Detroit, and Scrubby Bubble, which has represented Detroit at the Annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada. Plus, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions will return with feathery floats and giant sparkly costumes ready to accompany their Pans of Joy steel drum band. And our friends at Gabriel Brass Band will return to lead the Marche with their authentic New Orleans second-line sound.

Adding to the spectacle, the Marche du Nain Rouge is inviting all cosplayers and costume-lovers to put on their best capes and wigs and join the fun. Prizes will be offered at the after-party festivities inside the Masonic for the best cosplayer/costume and neighborhood float. There will also be entertainment from DJs, dancing food, drink, official merchandise, a kids zone, and more.

To get Detroiters in the right spirit to meet the Nain, businesses are taking part in Fete du Nain with a full week of merriment and good city vibes. Check www.marchedunainrouge.com and our Facebook page for  participating businesses.

More than 6,000 people attended last year’s parade, compared with 300 who came to the first parade!

Revelers are encouraged to come in costume. The event is free and open to the public.

Parking will be available on the street, and for $7.50 at nearby Wayne State University lots and structures (Lots 60 and 72 and Structure 8). Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Some history

In 1701, legendary founder of Detroit Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac met a fortune-teller, who warned him to beware of the Nain Rouge, the “Red Dwarf” who appeared to Cadillac in a dream. She warned Cadillac that the the little red imp is the embodiment of his ambition, anger, pride, envy — everything that held him back. The Nain Rouge, she told him, is the harbinger of doom. However, when Cadillac first saw the fiend in person, the Nain taunted him mercilessly and Cadillac chased the Nain away with a stick.

Unfortunately, the fortune turned out to be true and Cadillac died penniless after he left Detroit for France. The city he founded, however, fared better, endured and prospered (mostly), against the fiendish efforts of the Nain Rouge.

For 300 years, Detroiters memorialized Cadillac’s actions and willingness to persevere and hope for better things, combined with the determination to rise from the ashes. At Detroit’s worst moments, the Nain has been there, cackling or taunting the city’s residents. And so every year, Detroiters celebrate liberation from the Nain, a new beginning, and whatever is good and working in the city in a spring festival for the good and betterment of the city of Detroit.
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BUT LET'S NOT FORGET

The jury may still be out on the little guy. A small but growing movement has arisen to play Nain's Advocate on the red side.


A band of contrarians — an attitude dear to the heart of any Detroiter — are leading the charge to reclaim the Nain and STOP NAIN SHAME.

They will be holding their own pre-Marche meetup at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company (3965 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201) starting around 10:30am!

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