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Shorpy Saturday – Stag Swim: 1903

By Jeffrey Buck

The summer is drawing to a close. Enjoy a timeless photo of youth enjoying the waters at Belle Isle.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Stag Swim: 1903“:

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Detroit circa 1903. “Swimming pool, Belle Isle Park, evidently.” No girls allowed. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Wild Summer Nights in August

Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo

Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo

By Jeffrey Buck

There is still time to catch a concert at the Detroit Zoo‘s Wild Summer Nights. Three dates remain throughout the month of August and include two children’s groups and a folk rock group. The Wednesday night line ups and days are:

August 13 – The Ragbirds (folk rock)

August 20 – Candy Band (children’s)

August 27 – Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners (children’s)

The summer concert series is presented by Genisys Credit Union and take place in the Main Picnic Grove. Concerts run from 6:30 to 8 pm and are free with regular zoo admission. A reduced rate of $6 per guest is in effect on Wednesdays after 6 pm. The zoo closes following the end of the concert at 8 pm.

Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are allowed but the zoo will also offer the sale of food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks at the various concession stands.

For more information on the Detroit Zoo or Wild Summer Nights click here.

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Shorpy Saturday – Play Ball: 1902

By Jeffrey Buck

Not unlike today, an open field was a good spot for a pick-up baseball game even back in 1902. Sports clothing has come a long way but so has clothing in general. What’s your favorite sport’s memory as a child? Leave it in the comment’s section below.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Play Ball: 1902“:

Play Ball - 1902

 

Detroit circa 1902. “Photochrom Company building, side view.” In the early 20th century, the Photochrom chromolithography process was licensed by William Henry Jackson and his partners to make millions of color postcards from the black-and-white Detroit Publishing glass negatives (like this one) seen here on Shorpy. The lot next door was a good spot for pickup ballgames.

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MSU Community Music School-Detroit offers two music camps

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By Jeffrey Buck

Do you have a child interested in making music? Are you looking for a summer camp to help them do just that?

Look no further than the MSU Community Music School-Detroit. The school is offering two options this year, Rock Camp (June 16-20) and Aspiring Musicians Camp (June 23-27).

According to the school, “This year’s camps will excite young minds with sessions such as songwriting, jazz improvisation, sight-singing/ear training, musical entrepreneurship and more!”

Here are the details for each of the camps:

Aspiring Musicians Program
– June 23-27 (9 AM – 3 PM)
– Ages 9 to 17
– Cost: $200
– Students should have at least one year’s experience on winds, brass, strings, percussion, piano or guitar.
– Campers will get to tour the famous United Sound Systems Recording Studios and also record the camp song.

Rock Camp
– June 16-20 (1 PM – 5 PM)
– Ages 12 to 18
– Cost $200
– Students should have some experience on guitar, bass, drum set, piano, brass or vocals.
– Campers will have the opportunity to perform at The Magic Stick, one of Detroit’s top live music venues on June 20 at 7 PM.

Registration for classes/camps can be found by clicking here. For those students who qualify, tuition assistance is available.

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Cranbrook Art Museum Installs Skate Ramp at Modern Skate Park in Royal Oak

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Cranbrook Art Museum just completed the installation of a new half-pipe skate ramp at Modern State Park in Royal Oak. Skaters are encouraged to use the ramp over the next few weeks and leave their mark, then the surface will be peeled away and it will become part of the Museum’s new exhibition, My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process, which opens on November 16.

The exhibition examines the work of 22 artists from around the world as they show how the act of drawing impacts both artistic and scientific thinking. This project is directed by Chemi Rosado-Seijo, an artist whose History on Wheels project is an ongoing exploration of the correlation between skateboarding and artistic practice.

The ramp was built by Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate Mark Dineen (3D ’13) to Rosado-Seijo’s exact specifications, the dimensions of which refer to his own body measurements.

According to Rosado-Seijo, his skate-drawings bear individually determined traces of a region: the color of the earth, the dirt of the streets and the specific local skating techniques. The abstract marks of the skater’s wheels, deck and body seem random yet they are highly site-specific.

The ramp will be available for the public to use until Nov. 12 (regular Modern Skate admission hours and rates apply) – at which time the surface will be peeled away by Rosado-Seijo and installed at Cranbrook Art Museum. It will measure more than 25 feet in length.

Interactive and live performances are an integral part of My Brain Is in My Inkstand. Artist Tony Orrico will conduct a live public performance at Cranbrook Art Museum from Nov. 15-18, creating a drawing with his body that will remain in the Museum as part of the exhibition. Artist and composer Tristan Perich will also install a live Machine Drawing that uses mechanics and code to cumulatively etch markings across a Museum wall.

My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process is organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Nina Samuel. Cranbrook Art Museum gratefully acknowleges the support of Modern Skate Park and its owner George Leichtweis.

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Warthog Piglets Daphne and Violet Blossom at Detroit Zoo

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The Detroit Zoo | Warthogs

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Flowers aren’t the only things blooming at the Detroit Zoo. Daphne and Violet – female warthogs born April 7, 2013 – are now firmly planted in their African Grasslands habitat near the Africa Train Station.

The birth is the result of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, a cooperative management program to ensure genetically healthy, diverse and self-sustaining populations of threatened and endangered species. There are currently just over a hundred warthogs in North American zoos.

“We’re excited to have these baby warthogs and to help this small population in zoos grow,” said Robert Lessnau, Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals. “The piglets are very cute and we’re happy to introduce them to zoo visitors.”

Female warthogs give birth to litters of two to six after a gestation period of five to six months. The babies’ mother, 8-year-old Lilith, and her twin sister, Rebecca, are named for characters from the television series “Cheers”. Daphne is named for a character from the sitcom’s spin-off “Frasier”. The father is 3-year-old Linus, whose namesake is a character from the “Peanuts” comic strip, as is Violet’s.

The warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) has a large head with a flat face, high-set eyes and elongated snout. A mature warthog stands about 30 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh between 125 and 300 pounds. Its stocky, muscular, almost-hairless body features wrinkly, gray skin; a long, coarse mane along its neck and back; and a long, tasseled tail.

Among the warthog’s most noticeable characteristics are the four large tusks protruding from the sides of its snout. The two upper canine teeth curve up and over the snout while the sharp lower canines are short and straight. The warthog also sports protruding facial warts which give the species its name.

Found primarily in the savannah woodland and grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, the warthog is threatened by drought and hunting, which could result in localized extinctions in the future.

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