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Cultural Calendar: June 27, 2014


$25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship Awarded To Metro Detroit Artists

Local filmmaker and director, Jasmine Rivera speaks with Craig about being one of 19 Metro Detroit artists to receive a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship Award and her current film projects. She's joined by the Director of the Kresge Arts in Detroit, Michelle Perron. Each Kresge Fellowship recipient is awarded $25,000, and the categories range from from art, music, dance and the newly added category, theater/film. The other winners are: Tony D’Annunzio, Leon Johnson, Juan Atkins, Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe, Diane Cheklich, Jeedo (aka Waajeed), Shannon Orme, dream hampton, Kisma Jordan, Tracy Halloran Pearson, Ben Hall, Daniel Land, Donavan Glover, Rola Nashef, Britney Stoney, Stephen Nawara, Erik Rönmark, Gayelynn McKinney, and Úna Fionnuala O’Riordan.

The Irreverent "Book of Mormon" Sings, Dances and Taps into Detroit

The Tony Award winning musical “The Book of Mormon” is in its second year on national tour. The satirical show from the creators of “South Park” and the Disney movie “Frozen” returns to Detroit next week for a two week stint at the Detroit Opera House.

One of the supporting characters, Elder McKinley, is written squarely into a national conversation about the conflicts that sometimes exist between organized religion and homosexuality. Actor Grey Henson plays the repressed Elder McKinley. He was cast in the role right out of college. Henson tells WDET’s Laura Weber-Davis a professor reached out to the actor who originated the role on Broadway, Rory O’Malley.

Henson says the character has changed and evolved, not just in his interpretation over O'Malley's, but also within Henson's own performances over the past couple years. Henson says he has learned a lot about himself and the singing, dancing, tapping Elder McKinley on the road.

"He's really good at being a Mormon, he just has this tragic flaw... His tragic flaw is probably he's a tap dancer," Henson jokes of Elder McKinley.

"The Book of Mormon" plays at The Detroit Opera House July 1st through July 13th. He spoke with WDET’s Laura Weber-Davis.

Download of the Week

DEASTRO: “Pray for Japan” | Download it here

Randy Chabot has been making modern electronic music Deastro for the better part of the last decade under the name Deastro. He has an approach to meshing texture and melody that is danceable but smart.


Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival @ Kerrytown Concert House

CLASSICAL MUSIC | Ann Arbor | Get the info

Summer strings This delightful minifest residency in Ann Arbor features soloist James Tocco, the Delphi Trio, and the Calidore Quartet playing Haydn, Beethoven and original compositions.

Mark Livengood Bluegrass Bonanza @ the Ark

BLUEGRASS SHOW | Ann Arbor | Get the info

The hands of Mark Livengood move in synchronicity, with wild grace, like some twang-prone dervish on the dobro.

Chicha Libre @ MOCAD

LATIN MUSIC SHOW | Detroit | Get the info

Stand before a fountain of music that pours latin rhythms, surf rock riffs, and psych-pop flourishes on top of Peruvian roots. The sound is enlivened further by intonations of farfisa organs, Moog synths and the ever-cool Electravox accordion.

Summer Pledge’s Final Show @ Loving Touch

PUNK SHOW | Ferndale | Get the info

Detroit post-punks the Summer Pledge released solid records, toured the country, and played countless local shows for the last several years. They’re going out on good terms. If you’ve never seen ‘em, see ‘em now ... or forever hold your Pabst.


Beck @ Fox Theatre

CONCERT | Detroit | Get the info

Midnight vultures converge on the Fox to catch everyone’s favorite loser-turned-luminarie, Beck, playing hits from his decades spanning discography, as well as his latest, noticeably lowkey LP Morning Phase.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet @ Music Hall

BALLET | Detroit | Get the info

This summer intensive recital showcases the Wayne State dance summer intensive, Complexions, which runs thru July 11.

Wilson Vinyl Release @ Magic Stick

ALBUM RELEASE PARTY | Detroit | Get the info

Fronted by the frenetic vocalist Chad Nicefield, the band Wilson is Detroit’s most raucous rock outfit, making anthemic, guitar-driven metal that’s fueled by angst and highly-distilled debauchery.


Detroit Derby Girls @ Eastern Market

ROLLER DERBY | Detroit | Get the info

This extra-awesome free event sees two teams comprised of fan favorite Detroit Derby Girls bump-and-grind live at Eastern Market.