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9 Detroit weekend art options that don’t involve Michigan Central


While Michigan Central’s grand reopening is soaking up all the local ink these days, there are many, many other worthwhile arts experiences to be had in metro Detroit this weekend, from galleries to theater to live music and much more. Here are just nine of your options.

A young man’s quest

“Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea,” on view through June 9 at Trenton’s Open Book Theater Co., charts the emotional journey of a young black man searching for a connection with an ancestor who died during the Middle Passage from a slave ship to freedom leap. . Lively performances (particularly from Maggie Alger as Erika and costume designer Ashley M. Lyle as Shea), a beautiful set and great lighting design by Harley Miah lift the piece to a magical realism.

Open Book Theater Co., 1621 West Rd., Trenton. 734-288-7753. Tickets start at $17.

Art between the mountains

Detroit’s Library Street Collective gallery will host an opening reception Saturday for a new solo exhibition by New York-based artist Sam Friedman. “Temple of Silence” is a compelling presentation featuring four large-scale cave paintings ranging from 8 feet by 10 feet to 8 feet by 8 feet. Friedman wants to create a space where viewers can “re-attune to (their) natural pace” – a harmonious environment where the endless pressures of our constructed world can be temporarily reduced. The show can be seen until July 17. The show runs from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Library Street Collective, 1274 Library St. (at The BELT), Detroit. 313-600-7443. Free to attend.

Celebrating queer artists from Detroit

In honor of Pride Month, Detroit Shipping Co. “From Cass Corridor with Love,” an art exhibition opening Saturday, June 8 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The artists are G. Reni, Yazzmin Aguilar, Corey Tut, Maria Perreault, MadofAnts and Kar Devidasi. On Sunday afternoon there is an art market and family activities from 12 noon to 3 p.m

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Detroit. 313-462-4973. Free to attend.

Deep dive into classical

June marks the return of the annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, which kicks off Saturday and runs through June 22. Workshops, community concerts, master classes and more are held throughout the Detroit metro region, bringing music directly to neighborhoods in public libraries, religious spaces and other neighborhoods. art locations, with a demographic from 5 years old to over 65 years old. More than 35 concerts and events will take place in Southeast Michigan, with costs ranging from free to $70.

Saturday evening, Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor will host violinist Tai Murray, cellist and artistic director Paul Watkins and the Amnis Piano Quartet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The musicians will perform a sonata for violin and piano, a string quartet, and a Schumann piano quintet. On Sunday, the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills will be the setting for Watkins, violinist Leila Josefowicz and the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings with pieces by Wagner, Britten and Bartók.

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. 248-559-2095. for tickets and registration.

120 years of craft heritage

Pewabic Pottery’s annual House & Garden Show, held Friday through Sunday, celebrates ceramic art all weekend with walking tours and craft demos. Saturday and Sunday events include a courtyard beer garden, live music and food trucks.

Pewabic Pottery, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. 313-626-2000. Free to attend.

Swinging into the weekend

Saxophonist and composer Marcus Elliot is staying at Detroit jazz institution Cliff Bell’s for a weekend, with shows at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, and at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM on Sunday. His compositions and improvisations have been described by the New York Times as “convincing and confident, evolved in touch and tone” and the Detroit Free Press has said, “Marcus Elliot represents the next generation of jazz.”

Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit. 313-961-2543. Tickets $25.

Spontaneous art marathon

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) will host a Monster Drawing Rally on Saturday at 5 p.m. It is a unique opportunity to see artists in action and create work in real time. During three shifts of one hour, local artists let themselves go wild. Each piece is bagged, tagged and available for purchase on site. The pace is high – don’t miss your favorite piece!

MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-832-6622. Admission $10.

A 75-part choir

Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., LGBTQ+ ally choir Sing Out Detroit at Ferndale High School will present its spring performance: “Still Standing: Bigger, Bolder, Better.” Led by Amy Saari, the 75-voice choir sings contemporary hits and show tunes that celebrate resilience, strength and the power of the human spirit.

Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest Dr., Ferndale. 248-943-2411. Tickets €20 in advance, €25 at the door.

You’re already humming it

Dun-dun-dun-DUNNNNNNNN! One of the most recognizable pieces of music in each genre or nationality, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony will be performed three times this weekend by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Friday at both 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Saturday at 8 p.m. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, billed by NPR as “nothing less than the future of classical music,” will also join the orchestra for a concert, and composer Julia Perry’s centenary will be marked by a short but brilliant piece from her extensive working catalogue.

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward A., Detroit. 313-576-5111. Tickets start at $24.

Contact Free Press arts and culture reporter Duante Beddingfield at [email protected].

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