November 28, 2015 by  
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Oh you better watch out…’cus he’s coming back to town!  On Friday December 4th 2015, Krampus is at it again with the 5th annual festive event:


Who is Krampus?  Only the swellest devil to accompany ole’ St Nick on his rounds during the holidays.  Unlike Santa, he joyfully punishes the naughty by swatting them with switches…but who doesn’t?  However, on  this day he’s a devil with a cause helping those in need with a…

 Toys For Tots & BWBD Benefit 

Bring in some new toys or cans of food and get in on the cheap (and some good feels)!  All toy donations are taken directly to a Toys For Tots center to benefit less fortunate children during the holidays and all canned donations go to Burners Without Borders Detroit to help feed the homeless (click here for details).
But he’s not stopping there with his benevolent malevolence!  He’s also helping to support local artists with a…

 Krampus Bazaar of Local Art 

Buy some swell affordable art gifts for the naughty on your list (or for your naughty self)!  You’ll find everything from small unique stocking stuffers to large original art pieces.  
And to make this a Black Friday you won’t regret, there’s also a…

 Silent Art Benefit Auction 

Generously donated by various artists of the DAMNED Exhibition,Corpus Illuminata and the Krampus Bazaaryou can bid to take home some amazing fine art while helping the homeless!  100% of all auction funds go directly to Burners Without Borders Detroit to help purchase much needed supplies to create survival backpacks for the homeless (click here for details).
But wait!  There’s also the 5th annual…

 Wreck The Halls Exhibition 

It’s an “no-so-holiday” holiday art, film & animatronics show! See the animated holiday monstrosities you’ve always wanted to see!  Take home some disturbing holiday-themed art for your upcoming family party! Watch some “not-so-cheery” holiday-themed films in the WTH Theater!
And for your “entertainment”, we once again bring you the hilariously disastrous…

 Christmahanakwanza Variety
Show Spectacular

Come experience a wild night of amazingly bad lip syncing, barely rehearsed skits and impromptu shenanigans loosely based on your favorite holiday television and film classics!  Featuring Satori Circus,Lushes LaMoan, Sofía Syntaxx, Bootsie La Fontaine, Scott Dambacher and lounge singer extraordinaire Konrad Lee!
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also…
  • A full bar with all the boozy trimmings and spiked punch!
  • Swanky holiday lounge music all night…in the lounge
  • So-bad-they’re-good vintage holiday B-movies all night
  • Demented decor by the Krampus Recrafting Antidecoration Party
  • Yummy festive food and delicacies by the Fargin Chef on-site
And THE BIG MAN HIMSELF will be present on his throne to hear how naughty you’ve been all year.  Will you get switched or candy?  That’s HIS call.


Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI


+ Schedule +

07p – Wreck The Halls & the Krampus Bazaar opens
08p – Wreck The Halls film festival starts (& every 1.5hrs)
09p – Big K arrives giving photo ops, swattings & candy
10p – Christmahanakwanza Variety Show Spectacular Pt1
11p – Christmahanakwanza Variety Show Spectacular Pt2
12a – Bad Street Caroling outside to annoy the neighbors
01a – Last call (& bidding fight!) for the Silent Auction

+ Admission +

  • $10 with New Unwrapped Toy and/or 3 Canned Food Donation*
  • $15 for rotten stinkin’ Scrooges without either
*non-Scrooges also receive a coupon worth $5 off their purchase of $25 or more in the Krampus Bazaar!
There is no dress code but creative/naughty/festive holiday costuming welcome!


Krampus Night V – A Holiday Benefit Extravaganza
Friday December 4th 2015 – 7pm until 2am – Strictly 18+
Tangent Gallery/Hastings, 715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI
Merry Krampus and Stay Naughty!!!

+ 2015 Wreck The Halls Artists +

Brian Weirdartist Lewandowski
Darwins Daughter Couture
David Feingold
Debbee Lotito
HAND Group Studios
Julie Fournier
Gretchen Armstrong
Linda Flynn
Marie Kidd
Mel Jarvis
Rosemarie Hughes
Sofia Syntaxx
Steve Czapiewski
Vincent Trebuchet

+ 2015 Wreck The Halls Films & Filmmakers +

Alchemy – Brandon Polanco (2015 New York 15:00)
An epic transformation manifests from a seemingly routine interview.
Christmas with Billy – Christopher Kahler (2009 Illinois 09:45)
The magic of a young boy’s Christmas goes undeterred as a dangerous hostage situation unfolds around him.
Klaus – Daniel Scarpati (2015 New York 12:20)
Jack is a mall Santa who’s tired of listening to spoiled children and conjures an evil version of Santa in an attempt to teach naughty kids a lesson.
M is for Merry Christmas – Maxence Rapp (2013 France 03:21)
A family gathers around the Christmas tree to celebrate the merriest time of the year!
One Drink – Jacob Greenawalt (2014 Pennsylvania 01:37)
Everyone’s least favorite Uncle gets drunk at the yearly holiday party.
Santa’s WishList – Paul T. McGilvray (2014 Australia 04:55)
Santa and his helpers deliver presents out of Christmas eve, but one present was left undone, though all the children wished for it. For Santa to beat up the town bully, Brad.
The White Spruce – Chris Vaglio (2015 New Jersey 25:26)
It’s Christmas Eve and Guy is working the last shift at the Baumstein Christmas Tree Farm and just wants to get home when someone happens to show up.
Twas the Night of the Krampus – Donavon Thompson (2015 Arizona 10:49)
On the eve of Christmas, Santa Claus must team up with the reluctant Bill the elf, to save the President’s daughter from the terrifying Krampus.

+ 2015 Krampus Bazaar Artists 

& Merchants +

  • 9 Designs Emporium – Candles & home decor
  • B Bomb Music & Arts – Paintings, photographs & CDs
  • Brian “Weirdartist” Lewandowski – Light up ornaments, small sugar skull canvases, drawings & paintings
  • Caye Studios – Custom canvases & oddly painted items
  • clever9design – Cool photos displayed on wood blocks & original art
  • Crafty Darling – Creepy, kitchy, cute, & badass jewlery, accessories & mixed media art
  • Crystal Mielcarek Illustration – Original artwork, stickers, magnets, custom toys & more
  • HAND Group Studios – Detroit Kaiju prints & shirts, as well as custom Blythe dolls & accessories
  • Julie Fournier – Oil paintings, prints, ornaments & jewelry
  • Kia Ix Art – Ceramics, metals & mixed media
  • Mama Coo’s Boutique – Mexican folkloric with a twist
  • Motor City Nightmares – Masks, sculpture & indie movies
  • Motor City Toy Co – Puppets, toys & art with a dark twist
  • Painted Lady Trashions – Oddities & creepy goodies
  • Shanta Ambady Ceramics – Creepy & cute handmade functional ceramics
  • Vector Lab – Stickers packs, holiday cards & decorative items
  • Zachariah Messiah – Tarantula taxidermy, coffins & octopus vile necklaces



November 27, 2015 by  
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Stirling and Charles English (Photo by Peter Schorn/
Retro music fans will have three good reasons to get together this December! There will be a reunion of friends, fans, and family of the seminal '80s nightclubs Todd's and Liedernacht/City Club and a birthday celebration for Stirling - the creator of these two (and many other) nightclub new wave theme nights. The party is on Saturday, December 19, 9 pm at Northern Lights Lounge in Detroit's New Center.

The night will feature original Todd's DJ Charles English spinning music from the '80s for your listening and dancing pleasure. The night is also a party for a good cause, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit the release of a local documentary film. 

“AMERICA YOU KILL ME” is a feature-length documentary film about the pioneering work & impact of gay rights activist Jeffrey Montgomery, and the struggle for equality in the midwest. The film is in its final production stages and is scheduled to be released in 2016, once funding is completed. Stirling specifically requested that some of the proceeds go towards this important documentary as it needs to be seen and gay rights was an integral part of the Todd's legacy. The 2014 short film is here: 

The history of Todd's was an East Side gay nightclub that welcomed and transitioned into a new wave/punk dance club two nights a week by nightclub impresario Stirling in the early '80s. He then worked his magic at the old Leland House Hotel and transformed its' upstairs club into the subculture enclave Liedernacht on the weekends. This eclectic club hosted techno pioneer Derek May as a DJ followed by punk Djs on Sundays. The club still remains an underground nightspot today as the City Club and is one of the longest running clubs in the city. Stirling also helped found The Majestic Theatre, and the now defunct Sardine Bar, The Warehouse, and live music club 313.jac.

Northern Lights Lounge is located at 660 W. Baltimore in Detroit. (313) 21 & Over welcome. $6 cover with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the documentary film “America You Kill Me.”


November 27, 2015 by  
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Mike Galbraith
The holiday season is upon us and it is time once again for "Home for the Holidaze 13: Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive." Static Network has been hosting this night of songwriters for the past decade to benefit the community's homeless citizens and animals.

The event brings together six local singer-songwriters in one evening of acoustic music for a good cause.

Performing will be:


The donations and proceeds from the event go towards purchasing food and winter clothing items that is distributed to the homeless thru our selected charities:

Outcry Youth & Street Ministry - Brother Joe Hicks has been helping the homeless and youth in Detroit for over a decade. His nights are spent on the streets of downtown helping those less fortunate with the donations he receives. 

The Congregation of Every 1 - Local artist and philanthropist Jeff Hocking started the secular community group turned charity to help the homeless and also contribute goods to other homeless shelters for people and also animal rescue groups.

Pet food donations are also collected each year and donated to a non-profit animal rescue shelter. 

Hater Kitty Rescue Army ( is a local cat rescue group who takes care of strays, gets them health checked, and places them in forever homes.

The show is on FRIDAY, DEC. 18 at 9 pm. The venue is THE CADIEUX CAFE located at 4300 Cadieux Rd. in Detroit. Please call 313-882-8560. 21 & over are welcome. Admission is $5 with one can of people or pet food or winter clothing item or $6 without. Boots, blankets, socks and hats are much needed items this year.

THIS SAT: Blacker Saturday featuring the Counter Elites @ Old Miami

November 25, 2015 by  
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The Counter Elites
Future Criminals
The Failures
Saturday 28 November 2015
Old Miami
3930 Cass — Detroit

TONIGHT: Glenn Barr’s Hidden Persuasion opening @ Inner State Gallery

November 20, 2015 by  
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Inner State Gallery Presents Glenn Barr’s Hidden Persuasion November 20th
Prolific Detroit Artist Returns Home For His Latest Exhibition

Join Us Tonight From 7-10pm
Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, Mi 48207
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Opening Friday November 20th, Inner State Gallery is proud to present Glenn Barr’s Hidden Persuasion. With an entirely new body of work, Detroiters are invited into the mind of a true master of the new contemporary art movement. In this collection Barr explores a vast array of characters and situations, immersing viewers into his complex visual storylines spanning decades of cinematic folklore.

“My new work in Hidden Persuasion is a tiny bit of a departure for me. In my past work, surreal manifestations inspired by the unconscious mind came to life. The source for this current body of work is inspired by subject matter taken from films and television. I transform these characters turning them into archetypes and visually complex icons,” Glenn Barr said discussing his upcoming solo exhibition.

After wildly successful shows at Los Angeles’ trendsetting Merry Karnowsky Gallery and New York City’s playful Cotton Candy Machine, Barr returns to Detroit’s Inner State Gallery with his most refined and complete body of work to date, showcasing his unparalleled painting techniques to elicit emotion and draw viewers into his vast visual dialog.

“Previous exhibitions always had a few of these images, but this time I really went for it. Not to worry, you’ll still find an alluring dark undercurrent in my new work that will take you into this parallel world. Also, in following with the theme I’ve created some installations. One in particular is an interactive ‘set’ which I hope everyone will take part in,” Barr added from his studio space in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood.

Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 744-6505

3 Person show at David Klein Gallery Detroit. Opens Sat. Nov 14th 2015

November 13, 2015 by  
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Mark Sengbusch, Lovers IV (detail) - 2015, Scrimshawed acrylic on panel, 45 x 31 inches
Economy of Form: Matthew Hawtin, Mary Kim, and Mark Sengbusch
November 14 - December 24, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14 5:30-8:30pm
Economy of Form features paintings by Matthew Hawtin and Mark Sengbusch and sculpture by Mary Kim. The exhibition title refers to a description of the term Hard Edge. This termwas first applied to an exhibition titled Four Abstract Classicists, which opened at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1959. The artists in that exhibition, John McLaughlin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, and Karl Benjamin utilized crisp edges to separate color in a minimal arrangement of geometric forms. The forms were spare and refined and often featured the use of vibrant color. This description can also be applied to the work of Matthew Hawtin, Mary Kim, and Mark Sengbusch, all of whom reference the history of minimalism and hard edge painting in their work. Hawtin's large scale paintings on fiberglass shapes and torqued canvas reveal his interest in history, yet he pushes it into contemporary form.  Mark Sengbusch describes his technique as scrimshaw, carving his lines into the wooden panels he paints on. The result is that the color lies next to each other on a flat surface, nothing is overlapping. Mary Kim has taken geometric shapes and edited the center, what remains are simple sculptural lines in brilliant hues. Hawtin, Kim, and Sengbusch are allied in their ongoing investigation of form, line, and color.
David Klein Gallery
1520 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
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TONIGHT at MoCAD: Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay Film Screening

November 11, 2015 by  
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Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay
Wednesday, November 11, 8pm
Admission: $8 ($5 for members)
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave.

'Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay' traces the origins of Industrial music, taking a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America's thriving avant-garde scene. Industrial music emerged in the mid 1970s, providing a vibrant, provocative, and artistic soundtrack to the picket lines, economic decline, and cultural oppression of the era. Whether factory workers, students, or unemployed, industrial music pioneers were all educated, artistically minded and politically aware artists who started with little to no musical background and went on to change musical history. Featuring Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, and many other pioneers.

UPCOMING (Wed. Nov. 18): "I Am Thor" film screening & live performance by Jon Mikl Thor at Small’s in Hamtramck

November 7, 2015 by  
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On Wednesday, November 18 Small's Bar in Hamtramck is hosting an exclusive screening of the documentary "I Am Thor," an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

The film will be followed by a performance by the bodybuilding champion and heavy metal singer himself- Jon Mikl Thor and his band THOR. 

Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70's & 80's whose theatrical band THOR hit the scene alongside Metallica and Kiss, but never achieved the gold record status of its contemporaries. After a brief but memorable film career saw him starring in the cult classics Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare and Zombie Nightmare, Thor all but disappeared from the entertainment map. But ten years into retirement, and incapable of living like a normal mortal human being, Thor attempts a comeback to achieve the level of success that had eluded him his entire career - a comeback that nearly kills him. Tracing the rise, fall, and rebirth of a determined performer over the course of a career that has seen more than its fair share of highs and lows, I AM THOR paints a fascinating and sometimes unbelievable portrait of this larger-than-life icon.

Show Details:
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18
Location: SMALL' S BAR located at 10339 Conant, Hamtramck
8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. film followed by performance
$12 in advance, $15 at the door

Limited seating during the film is available on a first come, first serve basis
Purchase advance tickets HERE.

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Carl Craig’s DETROIT LOVE Hits Home TONIGHT at Populux

November 6, 2015 by  
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Detroit is a city rich in music culture, from Blues, Jazz, Motown, Punk, Hip-Hop, Pop and, of course, Techno. Recognized as one of the greatest in the world for its musical output, it is also a city whose artists have so much love and pride for their heritage. Amidst the city’s problems over the years, the inspiration remains strong and many of the artists from Detroit are innovators of electronic music.

Creating landscapes through sound, music from originators Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Moodymann, Underground Resistance, Stacey Pullen, Kenny Larkin, Robert Hood, Recloose, Octave One and many more have influenced people the world over, and without them, the music of today would not be what it is. They have also paved the way for newer artists like Seth Troxler, Kyle Hall, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and Jay Daniel; each artist uniquely taking the melodic and unforgettable sounds of Detroit in to the future. 

“Love is what I have for my city, Detroit. ‘Detroit Love’ is my way of spreading this love, a love for music from the city, my heritage and who I am as a producer and performer. My love for Detroit is my inspiration, my inspiration is ‘Detroit Love’.” – Carl Craig

‘Detroit Love’ was launched at ADE 2014, in the underground recesses of Amsterdam’s North Sea Jazz club. Carl Craig invited Detroit natives Recloose, Moodymann – who played a set encompassing disco, soul, house and hip-hop, and Mad Mike Banks to play keys over Carl Craig’s Moog infused 4-cd-deck closing set, which included live editing, sampling, scratching and looping of soundscapes ranging from ambient textures to masterful techno. A Detroit focused line-up, showcasing only a few of the sublime talent that Detroit has to offer, the launch was a special and unforgettable night for those who attended.

For ‘Detroit Love’ events, Carl Craig will perform a new technical set up with 4-cd deck mixing, looping, live editing and sampling.

Special video mapping is being designed, depicting the surreal, urban Detroit landscape.


HATCH ART: 2 Openings this Saturday: Sean Hages, Lila Kadaj

November 5, 2015 by  
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Now Showing

Lila Kadaj:

November 3 - December 3
Opening Reception November 7 6pm-9pm
Cafe 1923, 2287 Holbrook. Hamtramck, MI 48212

Meet and greet the Artist this Saturday, 6-9pm

Opens Saturday, 6pm

Sean Hages:
How To Quit Smoking And Like It

Hatch Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent works by local artist Sean Hages. Please join us on November 7th from 6-10pm for the artist's reception!

Dates to Remember:
November 7th, 6-10pm, Opening Reception
November 14th, 1-6pm, Gallery Hours
November 21st, 1-6pm, Gallery Hours, 2pm, Art Talk
November 28th, 1-6pm, Gallery Hours

There is a certain comfort in repetition. Repetition is like an addiction to the known. Repetition is a story that has no ending. Repetition contrasts itself against itself. Repetition represents an order within chaos. Repetition is a search for sublime perfection through routine. There is a certain comfort in repetition.

Hatch Art Gallery, 3456 Evaline St. Hamtramck, MI 48212

Hands On at Hatch Art:
Felting Fun


Monday, November 16th from 6 - 9 pm
Hatch Art Gallery, 3456 Evaline St. Hamtramck, MI 48212

Join us at Hatch Art for a workshop where we'll make felting art with Alice V. Schneider and Juana Moore. We're going to play with needle felting, putting wool fibers together on foam with needles. It's an easy and fun craft, and we will have needles, foam, wires and pipe cleaners for armatures, and lots and lots of wool. You can see and try flat techniques for making pins or small decorative items, and/or making fiber creatures. There will also be samples and books on hand for inspiration.

The workshop is open to adults, and children over the age of 10 and they must be accompanied by a supervising adult. The workshop will be easy enough for beginners, but more experienced artists will be able to make more elaborate felted art from the basic materials.

Some materials will be provided. We'll bring papers of all kinds, paint, fabric scraps, wire, some beads, our favorite adhesives, and some brushes and other materials you can use. We strongly suggest you bring some ideas and materials of your own.

$30 per adult; Adult with child $45; adult with two children $60; Please, no children unless they are accompanied by a parent and over the age of 10. Parent/adult must supervise their children.

Register here:


Exhibitions Coming Soon
to 3456 Evaline:

December: Dain Mergenthaler
January: Thelonius Bone
February: #photo (curated by Chris Schneider)
March: Kasper Ray O'Brien



Our mailing address is:
Hatch Art
3456 Evaline Street, Hamtramck, MI, United States
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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