Only in Detroit – Artist Faces Felony Charges for Street Art

You may have seen some of famous street artist Shepard Fairey’s work pop up recently around downtown. His biggest piece is up on the side of the 1 Campus Martius building along with a few of his familiar street murals in the alley next to the Z Garage known as The Belt. These pieces were … Continue Reading →

Opera, Sarcasm, and War: The Detroit Art Scene

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Charles Gounod’s Faust, as it premiered at the Detroit Opera House. The story of a man who has grown weary of his life’s pursuit acquiring knowledge and seeking out the mysteries of the universe. In desperation he summons the devil, Mephistopheles, and in exchange for … Continue Reading →

Dear graffiti artists: Keep Detroit's murals intact

I’m old enough to remember when pro wrestling had enough of a veneer of reality that match results would run in the newspapers. I’m old enough to have witnessed X-Games competitors go from being perceived as existing on the fringes of sport to being medaled as Olympic athletes. But I’m not so old that I … Continue Reading →

Why I refuse to say nice things about Detroit

Tell ’em I’ll remove the curses If you tell me our schools gon’ be perfect Jay Z, Say Hello Detroit has the world’s attention right now. It is a self-proclaimed comeback city, an American turnaround story. More importantly than the national and international interest, the suburbs have shown a level of investment in the city … Continue Reading →