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Third Weekend Highlights: April 25-26

 

There's one weekend left of AXD 2015!


During the third and final weekend of the festival (April 25-26), AXD visitors are invited to enjoy a special concert with 2013 Eminent Artist David DiChiera, a dance party with one of the founders of Detroit techno, literary readings and performances, live jazz, a Detroit gallery crawl, and much more.


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

***Please note: Artist dream hampton's "A Live Scored Conversation with Detroit Legend Ed Love" has been CANCELED due to unforeseen circumstances. Please click herefor information on the community jazz conversation between W. Kim Heron (The Kresge Foundation) and Mark Stryker (Detroit Free Press) that will take its place.

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 THREE

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

 
12:00-2:00PM - THE ART OF FOOD SOVEREIGNTY (MOCAD, CAFE)
2014 Kresge Artist Fellow Kate Daughdrill, Jamii Tata, Jerry Hebron, Paul Weertz, and Wayne Curtis will explore what food sovereignty is, why it matters, and the creative and artistic ways that urban farmers in Detroit are cultivating a more food sovereign city. The panel will offer attendees insight into the current state of urban farming, cast a vision for what a food sovereign Detroit looks like, and explore the simple yet incredibly creative ways that gardeners and artists are reshaping their communities through growing food.

1:00-6:00PM - DETROIT GALLERY CRAWL (HOSTED BY ART DETROIT NOW) (GALLERIES ACROSS DETROIT)
Art Detroit Now will host an afternoon at Detroit’s leading galleries with special programs, exhibitions and previews. Pick up a Gallery Guide at any of the participating venues, view the pdf at artdetroitnow.com and plan out a route for an afternoon of visual art viewing. Art lives in Detroit!

7:00-9:00PM - SHERINA RODRIGUEZ SHARPE, "ON BECOMING [UNFUKWITABLE]" (GARDEN THEATER)
Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe presents a one-woman show examining her molestation through the lens of each family member involved. Set to an explosive, live jazz score that blends jazz, opera, and Filipino folk music, Sharpe will serve as the actor leading the audience through an exploration of these characters. Her mission is to demonstrate the beauty and brilliance of the healing journey, showing that one does not have to be a sexual assault survivor to feel the effects. The audience is invited to come dressed as they’d like to be seen five years in the future.

10:00PM-4:00AM - JUAN ATKINS, "JUAN ATKINS CELEBRATE 35 YEARS OF TECHNO" (GARDEN THEATER)
2014 Kresge Artist Fellow, producer and musician Juan Atkins is widely credited as the originator of Detroit techno music, along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, who were sometimes collectively referred to as “the Belleville Three.” This night of music will celebrate Atkins’ 35th anniversary as an electronic musician and the 30th anniversary of his label, MetroPlex Records. Atkins will present his 24-year-old daughter Milan Ariel, an “urban alternative” vocalist who fuses electronic music with hip-hop and R&B. A live music performance with Atkins providing techno sounds along with live musicians will be followed by a dance party. The night will also feature a screening of a new short documentary about Atkins and his long history with Detroit techno.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26

 
4:00-5:30PM - DAVID DICHIERA, "AN AFTERNOON WITH DAVID DICHIERA & HIS WORKS" (MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE - DETROIT OPERA HOUSE, MAIN STAGE)
An Afternoon with David DiChiera & His Works is a special presentation of selected pieces from the works of 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist David DiChiera, featuring special guests, musicians and vocalists. The event will be presented with the entire audience seated on the stage of Detroit Opera House, to parallel the intimacy of the works performed. The audience will enjoy an informal afternoon in which to share thoughts about music and enjoy the artistry of some of Dr. DiChiera’s favorite musicians, including pianist Ivan Mostchuk, Angela Theis, and members of the Michigan Opera Theatre orchestra. Reservations suggested.

6:00-8:00PM - GAYELYNN MCKINNEY, "MCKINFOLK: THE NEW BEGINNING" (FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, SANCTUARY)
Grammy-nominated 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow Gayelynn McKinney will bring together vocalists and musicians that her father, the legendary pianist, composer and teacher Harold McKinney, mentored or performed with during his life. Internationally-renowned jazz greats like 2009 Kresge Eminent Artist Marcus Belgrave, Geri Allen, Miche Braden, Omelika Kuumba, Carlos McKinney, and others will gather on the stage to celebrate and perform Harold McKinney’s music.