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Second Weekend Highlights: April 16-19

 

There's still two weekends left of AXD 2015!

During the second weekend of the festival (April 16-19), AXD visitors are invited to enjoy a public conversation between Jane Chu (Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts) and Rip Rapson (President & CEO, Kresge Foundation), an artist talk with 2014 Eminent Artist Bill Rauhauser, book releases, poetry readings, live music, film screenings, a workshop for high school jazz students, and much more!

See below for some event highlights during Art X Detroit's second weekend, and make sure to check out the schedule for the full list of programming taking place during the second and third weekends of Art X Detroit (April 16-19, 25-26).

PARKING AVAILABILITY


WSU PARKING STRUCTURE 8 (91 W. Forest)
On Forest between Cass & Woodward. Directions here.

WSU PARKING LOT 72 (4510 Cass Avenue)
On Cass between Canfield & Forest. Directions here.

HIGHLIGHTS: WEEKEND TWO


THURSDAY, APRIL 16


12:00-1:30PM - ARTISTS AS SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS (MOCAD, CAFE)

Since 2010, Laura Callanan has explored and profiled the surprisingly real overlap between artists and social entrepreneurs and innovators across the country — from their imagination and adaptability to their commitment to technique and passion. Join Laura, now Senior Deputy Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts, for a rich discussion with Robert Karimi on how artists can and do advance creative solutions to real-world challenges at the macro- and local levels.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17


8:00-11:00PM - DIANE CHEKLICH, "THE DOCTOR REDDY EXPERIENCE" (CINEMA DETROIT)

Presented by 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow Diane Cheklich, The Doctor Reddy Experience is a red-carpet celebration of the strange and popular Doctor Reddy, star of the Indo-American short film scene. It features a retrospective of Doctor Reddy films (Doctor Reddy and Doctor Reddy’s Killer App) and the premiere of a brand new short, Doctor Reddy’s Sleep Clinic . In addition, The Doctor Reddy Experience includes a live Bollywood dance performance (from the karaoke biker bar scene in Doctor Reddy) by the actor who plays Doctor Reddy, Haranath Policherla. The event wraps up with an aftertalk by director Diane Cheklich, creator of the Doctor Reddy franchise. Reservations required.

Audience members at The Doctor Reddy Experience will be treated to free popcorn and special Doctor Reddy Art X swag. There will also be an opportunity for Doctor Reddy autographs and photos following the show.

A second screening of The Doctor Reddy Experience will take place on Saturday, April 18, 8:00-11:00PM. Reservations required for this screening as well.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18


1:30-2:30PM - WHY THE ARTS MATTER: A CONVERSATION ON ART, ENGAGEMENT, AND COMMUNITY (CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM, GM THEATER)

Art X Detroit welcomes Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, for a public conversation with The Kresge Foundation President & CEO Rip Rapson. Moderated by Juanita Moore (President & CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History), Jane and Rip will discuss why the arts matter and the critical role arts, culture, and creativity play in restoring and animating communities across the country, including Detroit.
This conversation will take place from 1:30-2:30PM, not 12-2PM as listed in the AXD program.

4:30-6:00PM - ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN, "DETROIT VISIONARY FICTION GENERATOR" (GARDEN THEATER)

Detroit Visionary Fiction Generator will bring together several aspects of 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow adrienne maree brown’s collaborative work, starting with a Science Fiction and Social Multimedia Presentation that will feature writers from Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, the recently published anthology that brown co-edited with Walidah Imarisha. This anthology features the works of prominent science fiction writers alongside writing from social justice organizers and thinkers. These writers will be joined by artists and activists who participated in the Detroit Sci-Fi Generator Writing Salons that adrienne hosted in 2014, as well as youth from the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, who have created a sci-fi comic Future of Detroit project with adrienne as one of their 2015 school projects. Amongst others, Detroit Visionary Fiction Generator will showcase Autumn Brown, Oren Goldenberg, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Dream Hampton, Walidah Imarisha, Dani McClain, and Gabriel Teodros.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19


1:30-2:30PM - ARTIST TALK: BILL RAUHAUSER

BILL RAUHAUSER (MOCAD, CAFE)
2014 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Rauhauser will engage in a discussion about his life and work with his former students and associates Michelle Andonian, Carlos Diaz, and Michael Hodges.