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An Ecstatic Introduction: Laura Mott on Practice and Exhibitions, Thursday January 23

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Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6pm
Laura Mott

Curator of Contemporary Art and Design
An Ecstatic Introduction: Laura Mott on Practice and Exhibitions

Cranbrook Art Museum’s new Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, Laura Mott, will speak about her curatorial methodology, previous exhibitions, and current research.  Her lecture in deSalle Auditorium will be followed by a more informal conversation with her and a cash bar in the Hartmann Gallery.

Cranbrook Art Museum has launched an ambitious schedule of events, all held in conjunction with their current exhibitions: My Brain Is in my Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process, The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking and Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse.

Each event will highlight a particular element from the exhibitions – we will examine theories behind the work, talk with performers whose work is featured, and for our young visitors – even create works of art inspired by the exhibitions.

All lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification. For the general public, they are included with Museum admission. For evening events, the Museum galleries will be open one hour prior to each event. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science.

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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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Motown Winter Blast returns this weekend

Motown Winter Blast | Detroit, Mich.

Motown Winter Blast | Detroit, Mich.

By Jeffrey Buck

Quicken Loans is the presenting sponsor of this weekend’s Motown Winter Blast being held starting today at 11 a.m. The weekend long event will continue from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow Saturday, February 9 and will wrap up on Sunday, February 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What a great weekend, with the addition of  fresh snow, to visit Campus Martius Park for family friendly music, food and activities  This year’s event sees the addition of several new activities that are sure to be hits, including:

With three stages of music, Michigan Lottery, Fathead & Meijer, there’s bound to be musical acts for the whole family to enjoy. For the complete lineup click here.

With so much to choose from this year be sure to take a look at the ‘Top 10 List’ put together by the Motown Winter Blast which highlights the must-do activities  Below is a map of this year’s activities:

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Mario Batali dishes on Pure Michigan

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By Jeffrey Buck

World-famous chef Mario Batali is a part-time Michigander and loves to cook with ingredients and produce grown in our great state. He shared his tips and recipes with Pure Michigan this year and gave a list of his top must-see destinations in the state this summer. Take advantage of his vast knowledge this Labor Day with one of his three recommendations!

  1. Piadina with Michigan Cherries, Bologna & Raclette – A piadina is a type of traditional flatbread found in Italy that is stuffed with every conceivable filling. The dough is easy to make and once lightly grilled is layered with raclette, bologna and topped with fresh Pure Michigan cherries. Quick and delicious!
  2. Michigan Walleye in Prosciutto with Pesto Fregola – So delicious, with crisp, salty, porky prosciutto enveloping the fresh Michigan Walleye. Refrigerating the fish before cooking it helps make its “shirt” of prosciutto adhere. Nutty, flavorful fregola tossed with pesto adds another dimension to this flavorful Walleye recipe.
  3. Beef Braciole “Pinwheel-style” – All the lusty flavors of braciole wrapped up in a butterflied tenderloin with Italian Caciocavallo, Bella Fortuna Restaurant’s sliced Artisanal salami and Michigan dried cherries–the results are spectacular. This dish is so good it’s sure to become a family-favorite recipe.

And be sure to visit Mario’s must-see destinations in northern Michigan!

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Zoo extends hours for Labor Day Weekend

The Detroit Zoo | Royal Oak, MI

By Jeffrey Buck

The Detroit Zoo will be offering extended hours this weekend. Holiday visitors can take advantage of the extra time to check out some of the new additions to the Zoo over that last several months, which include:

  • Brad & Clover, a pair of common elands
  • Four African slender-snouted crocodiles
  • Bulgan, a camel calf born in April
  • Half a dozen red kangaroo joeys
  • Slyde, Bobby & Emmy, three North American river otters born in March

These new editions to the growing family at the zoo plus the edition of the new Boardwalk, which gives visitors an up close and personal view of a Michigan ecosystem teeming with native fish, frogs, turtles and birds, are all great ways to take advantage of the extra time.

“There are many new and exciting things to see and do at the Detroit Zoo, and we want to give the community extra time to enjoy them over the Labor Day weekend,” said Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan.

The extended hours are:

  • Saturday, September 1 – Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 2 – Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The zoo will close at regular time – 5 p.m. – on Monday September 3

The Zoo’s paid attractions will remain open late this weekend as well, including the Tauber Family Railroad and the Carousel.  Visitors can also experience the Wild Adventure Ride – featuring “Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride” – and the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater – featuring “Great Escapes: Life in 4-D” and “Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure”.

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Detroit Zoo Experiences

Detroit Zoo Experiences

By Jeffrey Buck

A friend of mine recently gifted his fiancee an experience of a lifetime at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. A chance for her to get up close and personal with the aquarium’s Penguins. It’s the sort of adventure you might see in a movie and wonder, ‘How can I do that?’ Well it got me thinking and researching what our zoo has to offer in the way of “special” experiences. The Detroit Zoo offers four unique experiences to the average zoo goer. Most are offered at a group price and have a few restrictions. Reservations are required two weeks in advance and are non-refundable.

Below are the descriptions, prices and restrictions for the four experiences offered at the Detroit Zoo:

  • Mingle with the Macaronis (Rockhoppers and Kings, too!)

Want to know how penguins stay warm, eat and play while living in their icy cold habitat? Get up close and personal with them at the Zoo! Under the guidance and supervision of one of the Zoo’s penguin keepers, you will be able to interact with the penguins in their habitat. Your visit will last approximately one hour and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the keeper area and the incubation/nursery area. Once inside the habitat, you’ll meet some of our 60-plus penguins. Many photo opportunities will present themselves as you hand-feed our rockhopper and macaroni penguins.

– Experiences will be conducted between 1 and 2:30 p.m.
– Groups are limited to four people.
– Children must be 7 and older and accompanied by an adult.
– Participants should be able to climb stairs.
– Mingle with the Macaronis is offered year-round unless penguins are molting or breeding.
Cost is $500 per group.

  • Take a Guided Zoo Tour

Be the first to greet your Zoo’s animal residents as they wake up and go through their morning routines after you and your guests enjoy a gourmet boxed breakfast in our lush picnic grove. You will ride in comfort in an eco-friendly, zero-emission electric cart while your senses take in the Zoo’s 125 acres of naturalistic animal habitats. Your experience also includes a special viewing of our zookeeper’s animal enrichment activities, designed to encourage skills and behavior that Zoo animals exhibit in their native habitats.

– Tours are for up to five guests ages 7 and older.
– Children must be accompanied by an adult.
– Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. – before the Zoo opens – and end by 10:30 a.m.
Cost is $100 per person.

  • Breakfast with the Giraffes

Breakfast with the giraffes is breakfast for all! You will enjoy a continental breakfast with our tallest Zoo animals. After you dine, they dine! You and your guests will have our giraffes eating out of the palms of your hands. A zookeeper will guide you through the feeding process and provide a wealth of information about giraffes, Chardo Jabari and Kivuli.

– Breakfasts from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
– Groups limited from one to four people.
– Children must be 7 and older and accompanied by an adult.
– Breakfast with the Giraffes is offered Mondays and Saturdays from May through September.
Cost is $500 per group.

  • Breakfast with the Butterflies

Enjoy a continental breakfast in the tropics as beautiful butterflies surround you and your guests! During breakfast, a zookeeper will share the secrets of butterfly watching in the garden and in the wild followed by an opportunity to prepare chrysalises for display and release new butterflies in the garden. The morning will flutter by but the memories will last forever.

– Breakfasts from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
– Groups are limited to five people.
– Children must be 7 and older and accompanied by an adult.
– Breakfast with the Butterflies is offered year-round.
Cost is $300 per group.

To get more information on the Zoo Experiences offered by the Detroit Zoo or to make reservations for your group please call (248) 336-5836 or email the zoo by clicking here.

If you don’t live in the Detroit or Chicago area be sure to see if your nearest zoo or aquarium offer any unique experiences. Be sure to let us know if you have or are planning on doing any of these!

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Model D presents The Next Big Thing

By Jeffrey Buck

It’s happening this Friday, October 21 in a building that’s been sealed off from the general public for years. The Next Big Thing presented by Model D is a celebration of what’s next for Detroit, and will take place in the magnificent David Whitney Building overlooking Grand Circus Park.

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This incredible event plans to “bring together the very best of local art, music, food, culture and entrepreneurship for a tribute to the creative spirit alive and well (nay, bursting at the seams) in our city.” It will also showcase the musical talents of DJ crews from Future Jazz Kartel (David Armin-Parcells and Mark Szymanski) and Happy Endings, featuring Mike Trombley of Macho City. Continue reading

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