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.

#4
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). 

See You Soon, Chicago!

April 18, 2017 by  
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I’m thrilled to be selling at Vintage Garage Chicago this Sunday for the first time ever! This is a show I’ve wanted to participate in for so long, and I am really excited to finally be doing it. It’s actually in a parking garage in Chicago and it 3 floors full of vintage hunting of all kinds.

So Chicago friends, come see me & my friend/helper extraordinare Justin in the Reware Vintage booth and shop the site in person + get a first pick of the spring & summer apparel & T shirts that aren’t even up on the site yet!

Vintage Garage Chicago is 10-5 on Sunday, April 23rd at 5051 N Broadway in Chicago. Check out the event page on Facebook and their website for more deets, and hope to meet you there!

(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

Searching for Easter

April 18, 2017 by  
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Easter

Sunday was Easter.

I have lovely memories of Easter as a child. They all include family and candy and going to services that had loads of flowers and a big cross.

When Cortney and I got married we became the people who only went to church once in a while and always on Easter. I loved to sing the hymn “Low in the Grave He Lay” because when I belted out “UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE!!” I felt my late Grandma Jo in my whole being. I didn’t really connect with the words on a religious level, but it was a spiritual experience and connection with my grandmother. It was the same at Christmas; I loved to sing the hymns she did. Both holidays hold a lot of significance for me because of my Grandmother, but not necessarily because of my faith.

Which is a problem for a Christian since Christmas and Easter are the two most significant days for the Christian Church. They are the bookends of what our faith is about: God sent his Son via immaculate conception to save the world by being crucified on a cross only to rise again three days later. Immaculate Conception and Resurrection from the Dead–the cornerstone beliefs of what makes a Christian a Christian, right?

But there I was on Sunday, sitting all squeezed into the front row (because as usual, The Sluiter family does not count punctuality as their strength–my fault completely) next to a family I didn’t recognize (because it was Easter and everyone comes on Easter), watching some of the people I love most lead worship with joy and excitement for the celebration that Easter is, and I was feeling…nothing.

Regular Sundays are my jam. I feel fed and nourished by the teachings of Jesus and the community that surrounds and loves me and my family. The familiarity of the pattern of worship renews my soul: The Approach, The Greeting, A Worship Hymn, Confession, Prayer, Assurance, The Passing of the Peace, The Children’s Message, Prayer, The Lectionary, The Sermon, Prayer, Communion, Prayer, Offering, Prayer, Announcements, The Sending of the Children to Children in Worship, The Closing Hymn, The Benediction. Our three pastors–all friends who I cherish–deliver their sermons in their own unique voice and help me to see and learn and feel closer to the teaching and love of Jesus.

I believe in the teachings of Jesus. I believe in the love and acceptance he taught. I believe in taking care of each other and being kind and helpful. I believe in sharing what I have with others–especially if they have less. I believe in using my privilege for good and for positive change. I believe in forgiveness, although it’s often hard for me to put into practice.

And I believe Jesus died, because every human dies.

What I struggle with is the Resurrection. I know the Bible says it happened. I know that without the Resurrection Christianity is nothing. The whole idea is that Jesus was made human so he could save us. That by dying on the cross, going to hell, coming back to Earth, and then going to heaven, he saved humanity.

Sitting squished between Cortney and Eddie in that sweaty front row, I couldn’t look my dear friend and pastor in the eye as he preached. I just felt heavy. That this world just doesn’t feel saved.

I don’t read the Old Testament literally. It’s Ok if you do; more power to you. Really. I don’t think that I’m going to hell because I don’t believe Jonah was legit swallowed–and lived in the gut of–a large fish. I read them as allegorical stories. Literature that is meant to teach life lessons and meaning. And I read the New Testament with the idea that the culture it was written in (Greek) and about (Middle East) is very different than our current culture. That not everything is going to align exactly.

Yet as Christians, we are supposed to read the Easter story (and Christmas story) completely literally. THIS STUFF REALLY HAPPENED. Because if it didn’t, what is it all for, right?

So I am wrestling with myself. I want to believe in the Resurrection. I want to believe that because Christ died, we will all live.

Our pastor said Sunday morning that we do not have to fear death. That because of Christ, death loses its power.

I guess that is what my struggle boils down to: I do very much fear death–my own, but also the death of those who I love so deeply. I obsess about it. It’s part of my anxiety disorder. When my intrusive thoughts begin, it always centers on death. I become increasingly agitated and paranoid. I lose sleep. And then I fall into depression.

It always starts with thoughts of death.

Because what if this is it? What if all of this is man-made so we can tell ourselves we are not afraid of death?

I’m ending this post with a picture of Eddie, Charlie, and Alice on Easter morning outside of church. They are still filled with the joy of celebration. It was a special day at church. There were flowers and Alleluias. There was an egg hunt after the services. They wore new clothes (except shoes because I totally forgot they needed shoes). There was excited anticipation for the rest of the day that would be filled with family and candy.

I never want them to be afraid like I am.

Easter

My wonderful friend, The Pastor’s Wife, shared this link with me this week, and I ugly cried when I read it because it was exactly EXACTLY how I felt Sunday morning. If you are also feeling alone with your doubt, I strongly suggest clicking over.

When $14 million is worth more than $1.3 billion

April 18, 2017 by  
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Two important recent announcements of auto industry investment in the U.S. One from Toyota that they are investing $1.3 billion dollars in updating their Georgetown Kentucky assembly plant. The other from General Motors that they are investing $14 million in a new research and development facility for its San Francisco-based self-driving technology company.

Seems like the Toyota investment is far more important to economic well being than the General Motors investment. Think again! As the New York Times reports, “the investment will not add jobs at Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Ky.” On the other hand, the Detroit Free Press reports “General Motors said today it will add 1,100 jobs over the next five years and invest more than $14 million in a new research and development facility for its San Francisco-based self-driving technology company.”

Let’s be clear both investments are good news for the American economy. You want companies investing in plants and equipment here to stay globally competitive even if the investment doesn’t yield any new jobs or, in some cases, leads to replacing workers with machines. But what the American economy needs more than anything else is more good-paying jobs. And that is what the far smaller General Motors investment will yield. 1,100 new jobs––largely high-paid professional and managerial jobs.

There are two important lessons to learn about improving the economic well being of Americans from these two announcements. First the way to improve the economic well being of Americans is with more good-paying jobs. Other measures of economic progress––such, as in this case, the size of the investment in facilities––that don’t produce more good-paying jobs at best maintain, rather than improve, the well being of Americans.

The second lesson is that new good-paying jobs are going to be concentrated in knowledge-based services, not goods-producing industries like motor vehicle manufacturing. The places likely to get those new good-paying job are going to be places like metro San Fransisco that have large concentrations of college-educated workers.

Which reinforces the basic Michigan Future message: that the key to returning Michigan to high prosperity is preparing, retaining and attracting college-educated talent. It is the asset that matters most to high-wage employers. College-educated talent also are those most likely to start new high-wage businesses. (For those interested in learning more about the essential role of talent concentration to prosperity see our Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy report.)

 

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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.

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