Metro Art, Culture and Recreation

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo at the DIA

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo at the DIA

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were an explosive couple. He carried a pistol. She carried a flask. He romanticized Detroit. She rejected it. But what they shared was a belief in communism, a thirst for tequila and a passion for each other. Discover how they left their mark on Detroit. And how Detroit left its […]

Detroit Institute of Arts presents rare Art from Florence Cathedral: Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral opens February 6

Detroit Institute of Arts presents rare Art from Florence Cathedral: Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral opens February 6

Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral, on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Feb. 6–May 17, 2015, offers a rare opportunity to see three exquisite marble carvings and other Italian Renaissance masterpieces by sculptor Luca della Robbia. The reliefs are from the Cantoria (singing gallery) of Florence Cathedral […]

St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook  – NEXT TO NORMAL

St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook – NEXT TO NORMAL

Music by Tom Kitt. Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey “A brave, breathtaking new musical” –The New York Times Bloomfield Hills, Michigan ­ Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony Awards, (including best original score) this contemporary rock musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Life behind the white […]

Metro Nonprofits and Service

Detroit Nonprofit Hires Homeless to Make Coats/sleeping Bags

Detroit Nonprofit Hires Homeless to Make Coats/sleeping Bags

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press Veronika Scott simply wanted to get an “A” on her product design project. And she did — with an idea that has changed her life and those of countless others. Now, the coat she created that can transform into a sleeping bag is providing warmth to homeless people and jobs […]

Mitch Albom: Her flock has Faith

Mitch Albom: Her flock has Faith

“So this is your office?” I ask. “I cleaned it up,” she says. “Can you smell the Pledge?” I glance around a nearly empty room, just bookcases, a desk, a picture of Jesus. “Is your home like this, too?” “Yeah,” she says. “Except for the Pledge.” Faith Fowler, 55, is not your typical pastor. She […]

A Fun Interview on WRJ’s Internet Advisor

A Fun Interview on WRJ’s Internet Advisor

Click Here to Listen the 8 Minute Interview Link to the WJR Internet Advisor Website

Metro Libraries, History and Learning

Video – Michigan Youth Arts Festival 2014 – Justin Burgess

Video – Michigan Youth Arts Festival 2014 – Justin Burgess

Justin Burgess of South Lyon High School, accompanied by Seo-Hyun You, performing at the 52nd Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Six Questions to Ask Afterschool Programs that can Ensure Year Long Success for Children

Six Questions to Ask Afterschool Programs that can Ensure Year Long Success for Children

    Well-Rounded Afterschool Programs Essential to Year-Long Success As students have filled up their backpacks to begin another school year, there is a central conversation among parents and guardians regarding the quality of education their children receive at school. Part of those conversations should also focus on afterschool care, which is a prime opportunity […]

Michigan Activity Pass – At Local Libraries

Michigan Activity Pass – At Local Libraries

The Library Network today announced the “Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network” will renew for a second year, beginning May 24, 2014. This project is supported in part by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The “Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network” […]

Metro Faith and Fellowship

Detroit Mass Mob brings new life to churches

Detroit Mass Mob brings new life to churches

As a toddler, Jeff Stawasz used to gaze up at Detroit’s cathedrals in awe of their sheer size and stunning architecture on the way to mass. Those days are long gone. Now on his way to mass, Stawasz sees abandoned, rundown churches, making him sick to his stomach. “I feel sad and have a heavy heart because […]

Expert on Jewish Orient to speak at the JCC

Expert on Jewish Orient to speak at the JCC

The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) will present Rabbi Marvin Tokayer speaking on “The Orient Expressed: Forgotten Tales of Jewish Life in the Far East” on April 15 and 16. Rabbi Tokayer is a former U.S. Air Force chaplain in Japan who also served as rabbi for the […]

Jan 27th – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan 27th – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  January 27 / Multiple Times and Locations Holocaust Commemoration International Holocaust Remembrance Day In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day the Holocaust Memorial Center presents Watchers of the Sky. The Sundance Festival award-winning film examines the life and legacy of Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term “genocide.” After experiencing the […]

Metro Business and Government

The Brother Who Revived The Ford Taurus: Earl Lucas

The Brother Who Revived The Ford Taurus: Earl Lucas

This isn’t your everyday job: designing airplanes beautified with diamonds and gold for the Sultan of Brunei. Earl Lucas had that job and decided to bring his skills to Ford Motor Company, where he is now the lead automotive designer.  Among his accomplishments at Ford, he created the exterior of the celebrated 2010 Ford Taurus, […]

2015 Auto Show shines light on Detroit

2015 Auto Show shines light on Detroit

Detroit is shifting into top gear for the 2015 North American International Auto Show. 2015 is all about performance, luxury and speed. Ford and Acura are stealing the spotlight at this year’s NAIAS with their eye-catching super cars, the Ford GT and the Acura NSX. “The style and flare of the vehicles are over the top,” […]

From Forbes:  Want Proof The Economy’s Booming? Check Out The Detroit Auto Show

From Forbes: Want Proof The Economy’s Booming? Check Out The Detroit Auto Show

by Joann Muller It’s cold and snowy in Detroit but there’s an unmistakable giddiness about the future on display this week at the North American International Auto Show. Supercars like the new Ford GT and Acura NSX set the tone for this year’s auto show, which is heavy on performance and advanced technology. While some years […]

Around Metro Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts presents rare Art from Florence Cathedral: Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral opens February 6

Detroit Institute of Arts presents rare Art from Florence Cathedral: Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral opens February 6

Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral, on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Feb. 6–May 17, 2015, offers a rare opportunity to see three exquisite marble carvings and other Italian Renaissance masterpieces by sculptor Luca della Robbia. The reliefs are from the Cantoria (singing gallery) of Florence Cathedral […]

Detroit Fire Department Gets New Equipment

Detroit Fire Department Gets New Equipment

Actor Denis Leary plans to present to the Detroit fire department new equipment paid for by proceeds from a documentary film about the city’s firefighters. “Burn” chronicles the struggles of Detroit firefighters. The donation is being made through the Leary Firefighters Foundation. Leary is a “Burn” executive producer and portrayed a firefighter on the TV […]

16 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Detroit

16 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Detroit

  By Jeff Waraniak Detroit’s national reputation can pretty much be summed up by the three C’s: crime, corruption, and cars. And people aren’t even so sure about that last one anymore. Yes, sadly, the rest of the world doesn’t always look upon us with favor, and as any Detroiter who’s traveled abroad or entertained […]

Neighborly News and Events

Detroit lovers, ’59

Detroit lovers, ’59

2015 Detroit Policy Conference: Mayor Mike Duggan Keynote

2015 Detroit Policy Conference: Mayor Mike Duggan Keynote

Martin Luther King Jr. – He had a Dream In Detroit

Martin Luther King Jr. – He had a Dream In Detroit

“I Have a Dream” is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, the […]