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Cultural Calendar This Week: June 20, 2014


COBO Goes Big With Art

When we're bustling through the Auto Show, circumventing the grounds during Movement on Memorial Day, or attending a work-centric convention, we're too caught up in the event to stop and consider the art in and around the COBO Convention Center. COBO has a serious yet often unrecognized history of collecting and commissioning art. But they have a plan to engage the city through artful enterprises in the near future. Maureen Devine is leading the way as the new art curator at COBO. She's working to create a nonprofit entity for a program that will allow Detroit and southern Ontario artists to produce and display large scale work.

Warhol: Under the Covers at Cranbrook

We're all the soup can man. We recognize a few of the players in his clique of characters, we've read about the sex and drug fueled Factory parties. We know the haircut, the glasses, the bony cheeks behind the experimental films, multiple color-combo celebrity portraits, and his role with a certain New York rock band. Before, during, and after his rise to become an international art star and pop cultist, Andy Warhol was a working graphic artist and his work often spilt into the music business. He created the art for dozens upon dozens of vinyl albums from 1949 to 1987. Some of them, like the Velvet Underground’s debut record, are as infamous as the music they contain. More than 100 covers, including five that have never before been exhibited for the public, will be on display when “Warhol on Vinyl” opens this week at the Cranbrook Museum of Art in Bloomfield Hills. Laura Mott is the curator of contemporary art and design at Cranbrook.

Balancing Act: Building a Manhattan in The Oakland Art Novelty Company

He was a shot-and-a-beer bartender. But with an appreciation for finer cocktails, Shane McGrath started to frequent the Oakland Art Novelty Company in Ferndale as soon as it opened in 2011. He became a regular, evermore inquisitive of the recipe and the balance; appreciative of the time and style it takes to build a memorable cocktail. Soon, McGrath was asked to up his game and join Sandy Levine, the establishment's proprietor, on the other side the bar. A serious student of the career and the craft, he's garnering regional acclaim for crafting imaginative, well-thought-out drinks. He wins competitions and, even better, repeat customers. On a recent afternoon at The Oakland, bartender Shane McGrath broke down the process of making a perfect Manhattan for WDET’s Travis Wright.

Download of the Week

Protomartyr “Scum, Rise!” | Download it here

Fresh off their first major national tour, Protomartyr play the Lager House this weekend with Tyvek and Parquet Courts. Here’s the anthemic single, “Scum Rise!” from Under Color of Official Right (Hardly Art Records.)


Talkin’ Arty Environs @ MOCAD

PANEL DISCUSSION | Detroit | Get the info

DEPE Space Residents “The Deconsumptionists” are hosting a panel discussion focused on art-spaces run by artists. The talk features Carl Goines and Julianne Lindsey of 555 Gallery and Studios, Simone DeSousa of Re:View Contemporary Gallery, Thomas Bell and Christina deRoos from Spread Art, Alivia Zivich and Daniel Sperry of What Pipeline, Rebecca Mazzei and Joel Peterson of Trinosophes, and Jerry Gray with Anthony McCarty of Bozarts Gallery in Toledo Ohio.

Where My Dogs At?! @ Midtown's New Dog Park

DOG PARK | Detroit | Get the info

The powers that be at Midtown Detroit, Incorporated are partnering with two local businesses -- Cass Corridog and Canine To Five Detroit -- to open a much welcomed neighborhood dog park at Cass Avenue and Canfield. There’s a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., followed by complimentary treats by Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company and Avalon International Breads. Buddy's Pizza will throw out some all-natural Buddy Bones dog treats. Also, the Michigan Humane Society will have a pet adoption section, and a photographer will be doing on-site pooch portraits.

Detroit Life: Detroit Stories on the Boulevard @ Hasting Street Ballroom

LECTURE SERIES | Detroit | Get the info

Join Preservation Detroit and Marsha Music fora series of lectures titled “Where We Used to Live” featuring lifelong Detroiters telling stories about the neighborhoods in which they’ve lived. for the inaugural talk, we’ll hear from Marsha Music, who grew up in Highland Park. She’s the daughter of record producer Joe Von Battle. The Kresge Fellow writes about the city’s music and its past and future - with an emphasis on Black Bottom, Hastings Street.


Symphonic Picnic: DSO Goes to Stony Creek

MUSIC & PICNIC | Shelby Township | Get the info

The DSO kicks off the summer season at Stony Creek Metropark for a scenic lakeside concert followed by a vivid fireworks display. Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell will lead the orchestra in “An American Celebration,” a program of classics by American masters (Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, John Williams) and the music of composers who were inspired by the people and culture of the USA (Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák). This will include a special performance of Saint-Saëns’ Havanaise by DSO Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy. The performance will begin at 8:30 p.m. with grounds opening at 6.

Wild West Summer Beer Fest @ Royal Oak Farmer’s Market

BEER FEST | Royal Oak | Get the info

Kill the heat with an arsenal of craft brews from metro-Detroit, from Michigan, from the nation, from beyond! For the third year in a row, beer bellies (even the hidden ones) unite to sample more than 100 smaller batch brews at the Royal Oak Farmer's Market. Proceeds go to Camp Casey, a horseback riding program for children with cancer and their families.


Foxy Shazam @ Magic Stick

CONCERT | Detroit | Get the info

A bit glam, slightly roperatic, in a way dramatic, but then frenetic; where ironic hair metal balladry meets genuine rock ‘n’ roll badassery. 7 pm.