Detroit’s first themed Nike Air Jordan release solidifies its place in sneaker culture | Arts Stories & Interviews | Detroit

click to enlarge Kahn Santori Davison Roland Coit and his staff at sneaker boutique Two 18 were tapped to release a special Detroit edition of the Nike Air Jordan 2. It’s 7 p.m. and Roland Coit and his staff at Two 18 are shutting the store down for the night. The cash drawer is being … Read more

Detroit sculptor Austen Brantley to build statue honoring late Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson | Arts Stories & Interviews | Detroit

click to enlarge Darrel Ellis/Courtesy photo Detroit artist Austen Brantley. Detroit’s own Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson is being honored with a statue of his likeness in Rouge Park. After a month-long search for an artist worthy of the task, the Detroit office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship chose local sculptor Austen Brantley to build the … Read more

Cartier gifts Detroit artists with a new pair of Buffs | Culture | Detroit

Instagram, @payroll_giovanni Cartier gifted rapper Payroll Giovanni and other Detroit artists a new pair of glasses. This article was updated with a statement from Cartier. Cartier frames are to Detroit what Timberland boots are to New York. They’re a part of Detroit culture, and one could say an essential Motor City status symbol. In 2019, … Read more

Detroit’s QLine streetcars wrapped in Van Gogh art to promote DIA’s new exhibit | Metro Detroit News | Detroit

click to enlarge Jack Stryker Detroit’s Line streetcars are wrapped in the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. Detroit’s QLine is now urging its riders to “Gogh to the DIA.” The streetcars have been wrapped in that message along with images of the work of Vincent Van Gogh to promote the Detroit Institute of Arts’ new … Read more

Secret concert series Sofar Sounds is still going strong in Detroit | Local Music | Detroit

Ludovic Farine/Shutterstock Sofar Sounds gigs take place at intimate venues that aren’t disclosed until 36 hours before showtime. You never know what you’re going to get at a Sofar Sounds concert. The evening could bring rappers, metal bands, country singers, or all three on the same night. That’s by design. The global secret concert series … Read more

Third annual Detroit Black Film Festival kicks off at Charles H. Wright Museum with ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ screening | Movies | Detroit

Knight Foundation/Flickr Screenings for the 2022 Detroit Black Film Festival will take place between the Wright Museum and the Marlene Boll Theater. Motown star Diana Ross made her film debut in 1972 as Bille Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues. That was 50 years ago. To celebrate, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American … Read more

Detroit’s Masonic Temple celebrates 100 years since its first cornerstone was laid — and we still don’t understand what exactly the Freemasons do | Metro Detroit News | Detroit

click to enlarge se7enfifteen On Saturday, the Masonic Temple will host a centennial celebration of the laying of its cornerstone. Work on the hulking building was never completed. Detroit’s Masonic Temple is where worlds meet. It’s a place where Jack White can get married in front of a crowd of nearly 5,000 during an impromptu … Read more

DIA launches new collection focused on automotive and industrial design | Culture | Detroit

click to enlarge Courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts Duane Lloyd Bohnstedt (1924-2016), “Chevrolet Corvette,” 1964. Watercolor on board. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Robert Edwards and Julie Hyde-Edwards. The Detroit Institute of Arts is building a new collection driven by the city’s automotive innovations. The new collection will feature works that highlight … Read more

The journey to re-establish Ma’iingan Wildwood Trail in Detroit’s Rouge Park and honor Indigenous journalist Etta S. Wilson | Culture | Detroit

click to enlarge Courtesy of Friends of Rouge Park A photo from 1920 of Etta S. Wilson holding a chickadee. Back in the 1970s, the Ma’iingan Wildwood Trail in Detroit’s Rouge Park was frequented by thousands of leisurely hikers. It’s overgrown and faded these days, but non-profit organization Friends of Rouge Park is working to … Read more