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6/8/22

Midnight Garden: Fairytales of Good and Evil

Midnight Garden: Fairytales of Good and Evil

A Burlesque and Aerial Showcase


Doors open at 8 p.m. - Performance begins at 9:00pm.
Attached bar, Ghost light, opens at 7pm.
Tickets: Early Bird GA $15 | $25 at the door | $28 VIP (includes a gift bag and a meet & greet)
Produced by Marina Casanova & Sal T Mutha.
Hosted by Lottie Ellington
Performers: Sal T Mutha, Marina Casanova, Céleste Vé Dette, Mimi Southwest, Dede DeVain, Kitty Paige, Sophia Von Stardust, Ginger Halloway & Kitsu Fondue.
Introducing Aerial Artists: Tori JasMean, Nikki Anya & Jaas Luminescence.
An awesome Raffle with over $800 in prizes too!!
Legalise Stuff: Planet Ant requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination for entry to our facilities and events. Masks are recommended and available upon request at the box office. Please stay home if you are feeling ill or are showing any flu-like symptoms. This policy may change, as we will continue to update our Covid-19 protocol to reflect current CDC recommendations.
Comments, questions and concerns about our health and safety policies can be directed to andy@planetant.com
Ticket price includes a small processing fee; no refunds, transfers, returns, or exchanges; all sales are final; no physical ticket will be delivered to you- check in with ID and confirmation number/ confirmation email at box office to be granted entry.
Planet Ant prioritizes the safety, comfort, and well-being of our guests and strictly enforces a zero-tolerance policy; please look out for each other and help us maintain a positive, welcoming environment. Planet Ant reserves the right to remove any patron, without refund, from our events, classes, and other programming at our discretion.
Presented by Planet Ant Theatre | a 501(c)(3) non-profit

Event Photos
To see all the images, go to www.brettjlawrence.com/midnight-fairytales











3/30/22

Hello Strangers and Josie Pace

Hello Strangers!

Almost 5 years to the date was my last post on MOTORCITYBLOG... my how time fly's by and Life gets in the way!  I've been yearning to get back to posting about Detroit events again, so here I am.  Funny thing is, my last post was about a new local music group called Josie Pace, featuring Josie on vocals, Ken Roberts on keyboards/synths, and Mark Damian on drums.  Pretty ironic since that's exactly who my latest post is about to bring myself back into the MCB fold.

JOSIE PACE-SMALLS BAR, HAMTRAMCK

March 26, 2022



In support of ‘Actors’, a synth-pop Canadian 4 piece, Josie, Ken and Mark electrified the packed room at Small’s with an intense light show and energetic Industrial performance…as always!

Never a show to be missed, and having seen them perform regularly over the years, their musicianship, stage presence and vocals have gotten nothing but STRONGER over the years.  And, with having been in Covid-event-hibernation for an excessively long time, it felt so fucking good to get back out and steal some pixels again!

If you want to see ALL the images from the show, check out my personal site: www.brettjlawrence.com







If you've never seen them LIVE, you have an opportunity to catch them this coming Friday, April 1st, at
Sanctuary Detroit in Hamtramck, in support of Night Club and Holy Wars.  Doors at 7pm.  I'll be there to catch the show and post my shots next week. 

By the way, it's nice to be back.

3/22/22

MOVEMENT FESTIVAL Returns to Hart Plaza this Memorial Weekend 2022

 After a 2-year covid hiatus due to covid, Detroit's beloved Movement Festival is back on the books! The Memorial Day Weekend festival sets the stage for over 100 artists across multiple stages in Hart Plaza at the Detroit Riverfront. 

1-day and weekend passes are available NOW via movementfestival.com




2/28/20

Static presents…THE 33rd EROTIC POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL!

"An eclectic celebration of the erotic arts!"

The infamous “Erotic Poetry & Music Festival” is Detroit's oldest community arts festival. “An eclectic celebration of the erotic arts!” it features provocative poetry, dirty spoken word, erotic art, music, and dance performances by some of the city's top performers. It is an evening you won’t forget!

The show is on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 8:00 p.m. doors, 8:30 showtime and 18 & over are welcome. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets (+ $1.50 service fee) available at Noir Leather or buy online at Brown Paper Tickets link. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4497460

Partial proceeds benefit the Michigan non-profit organization "Paws with a Cause.org," who train and provide leader dogs for the disabled.

The event will be held at THE TANGENT GALLERY located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. (313-873-2955) The 2020 show is sponsored by Noir Leather and DV8 Body Art.

Highlights of this years show are the return of performance artist Satori Circus along with spoken word raconteur Jimmy Doom, and crooner Konrad Lee. The visual arts portion of the show features local artists exhibiting their work and a variety of local vendors will be displaying their wares.

Featuring performances by:
Satori Circus
Konrad Lee
Emily Infinity
Dawn Giblin Trio
Jennabelle Wingless
Divine Butterfly

Burlesque starring:
Lushed LaMoan
Magenta DeMure
Sophia Von Stardust
Lottie Ellington

Poetry & Spoken Word by:
Jimmy Doom
Dena Luckett
Lady of Pain
Veronica Frick
Tara Ray
Brittany Kelly
Scott Boman
Glenn Novak
Kai Quix
j.
Shakespeare Simmons
Bruce Bryson
Pearl

Art by:
Julie Fournier
Inga Cobb
B.P. LeGault
Brian Lewandowski
Corey Thompson
and more

Hosted by: The Impaler & Peter Schorn

Erotic Eats by Menage a Trois, Dee's Hot Dogs, S.I.S. T's Treats and The Apothecary

Tarot readings by GeminEye Tarot
Naughty portraits by Marcus Concernicus

Vendors: Keeping Secrets, Pure Romance by Stephanie, Smiling Eyes Studio, OOM Studio, B.P. LeGault Art, Dominant Restraints, Crafty Darling, Pathways Crystals, Crafty Cop, Brett's Topicals, Be. Playful.XO.Toys, Rich H. Creations, Sondra's Creepy Dolls, Art of Lexicon, Leather Lew and more.

1/5/20

Apply Now! THE 2020 KRESGE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS OPEN!

Metro Detroit Artists are invited to apply for a 2020 Kresge Artist Fellowship in Live Arts and Film & Music





Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 awards plus professional development support, and the creation of a short, documentary-style film highlighting the artist’s work. Artists of all career stages are invited to apply. Fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including artists who have been academically trained, self-taught artists, and artists whose art forms have been passed down through cultural heritage. Meet our Artist Fellows.
Gilda Awards are $5,000 prizes for emerging artists, named in honor of artist, CCS professor, and 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Gilda Snowden (1954–2014). Meet our Gilda Awardees.
Fellowships and Gilda Awards are no strings attached awards, meaning artists may spend the money on any aspect of their creative practice or life (i.e. making new work, renting or purchasing studio space, travel, general living expenses, paying off debt, etc.).
In 2020 Kresge Arts in Detroit will award 18 Fellowships + 2 Gilda Awards 
• Live Arts: 9 Kresge Artist Fellowships and 1 Gilda Award
• Film & Music: 9 Kresge Artist Fellowships and 1 Gilda Award
Note: Kresge Arts in Detroit anticipates Fellowship applications in Literary Arts and Visual Arts will be available in 2021.
Applications are reviewed by two independent panels, one for Live Arts and one for Film & Music. Each panel consists of five individuals (a mix of national panelists and local panelists). Panelists remain anonymous until the selected artists are announced in June 2020.
New panels of national and local artists and arts professionals are convened each year. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

11/26/19

2019 HOLIDAY ARTIST MARKET

On Sunday December 15th 2019 comes the 2019 HOLIDAY ARTIST MARKET featuring locally created art, handicrafts and merchandise!  Hosted at newly restored Hubbard Ballroom of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, this event will feature 50+ local artists, crafters and creatives of all types selling original merchandise for your holiday gift shopping needs.  All artists keep 100% of their sales.
FREE ADMISSION and ALL AGES are welcome!  This all indoor event is open from 12 noon until 5pm with plenty of free parking.
If you are on Facebook, visit our event page at:
So stop in and shop local...and don't forget to invite your friends!
2019 Holiday Artist Market - Give Local Art for the Holidays!
Sunday December 15 2019 - 12pm to 5pm - Free Admission
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126



2019 Artist Vendors

  • Alma Art Gallery - Original handmade acrylic canvas paintings
  • Annelise Nearon Art - Handmade jewelry
  • Aurora Paints - Mixed media paintings that are out of this world!
  • Black Dog Jewelry - Rings, bracelets, pins, pendants, necklaces and earrings
  • Blackenedruby Jewelry - Handmade jewelry with a vintage flare.
  • ClayWood Pottery - Functional and decorative wheel thrown and hand built pottery, as well as masks and ceramic vessels with faces
  • Colleen Wilson Studio - Fine silver, bronze and copper handmade jewelry
  • d.Rose Art Studio - Abstract art
  • DA.Neely Art - Paintings, coasters, magnets, jewelry and beard balm
  • Debbie Malyn, Encore Designs - Urban photography, mostly Detroit with a few surprises, with prints, magnets, framed, metal and canvas
  • Designs By Emily - Home goods, jewelry, serving trays, paintings, coasters, notebooks
  • Detroit Fordite - Fordite jewelry
  • Divine Pine Studios Ceramics - One of a kind, artisan ceramics featuring hand painted and carved functional pottery
  • Dragon Fly Diarys - Mixed media polymer clay on mostly up cycled  glass wish bottles, fairy houses, drinking glasses and jewelry
  • E.G. Bowen Photography - Puzzles & Prints - Jigsaw puzzles from my original photography along with original framed and unframed prints
  • Eagle's Dream - Dream catchers and knitted towels
  • Earthing Works - Jewelry and reclaimed wood home goods
  • Epic Legendary Cleaning Products - Bio degradable eco friendly all purpose cleaner/degreaser made in Detroit!
  • Ethereal Acorns - Handcrafted pendants, earrings and gifts inspired by nature, as well as blown glass and leather work
  • Fabric Creations by Henrietta Mac - Handmade wallets “no two alike”
  • Gordon Woodwork - Reclaimed barnwood and household decorations including ornaments, bird houses, coat racks, lamps
  • Gypsy Soul Gifts - Repurposed and upcycled decor, one of a kind  gifts for every one
  • Harper North Designs - Handwoven bohemian leather wrap bracelets, semi precious stone jewelry, hand cut charm necklaces, druzy pendants
  • HiMyNameIsJes - Prints, paintings, stickers, magnets, pins
  • Irina’s Studio - Holiday decor and gifts
  • Jane Alice in July - Original photography combined with embroidery to create mixed media pieces
  • Julie Fournier - Ornaments, prints,  jewelry
  • Kamajomi - Hand drawn and hand burned wood pieces for the home.
  • Katharina Eltringham - Small framed whimsical watercolor pencil/acrylic paintings
  • Leather Lew - Locally made leatherworks!
  • Lightning Bug Beads - Jewelry, solar mobiles, crochet items, body balms butters
  • Linda Buck - Clay tile and sculpture
  • Lunacy Art and Jewelry - Paintings (acrylic, watercolor), jewelry, magnets prints, mugs
  • Madetofit - Hand sewn clothing items
  • Marc VandenBerg - Handmade blown glass
  • Mary Eldridge - Hand-painted notecards and small acrylic paintings.
  • Matt Feazell - Books, comics, DVDs starring the Amazing Cynicalman, America's laid off superhero
  • Michael Devine - Art and a book I authored
  • Miwoodlandcreations - Ornaments, candle holders, hand made soaps, hand made deodorants, knick knacks
  • #MonesArt - Paintings, hats & tees
  • Olive + Birch - Knitwear
  • Park Visuals - Original artwork,prints and magnets
  • Pipperillo Studios - Laser etched wood wares
  • Posh and Stone - Artisan jewelry composed of vibrant semi-precious stones, fair trade beads from across the globe, and precious metals
  • Sarah Koch Illustration & Design - Art prints, cards, stickers
  • Sculpted Roots - Metal sculptures
  • Sister Bees - Several fun flavors of lip balm and a skin care line for everyone in the family including the family pet!
  • Sunday's Creepy Dolls - Dolls, jewelry, paintings
  • Surakotaga - High end wooden products
  • Suzy Adra - Paintings, postcards, stickers, ceramics
  • The Age of Asparagus - An eco boutique of up-cycled home and body decor
  • The Water Closet Werks - Photography by Winnie Chrzanowski - Prints, magnets, coasters, etc
  • The Woven Good - Handwoven home goods and accessories
  • Tony Shopinski - Constructions, paper coil containers, pottery, small paintings
  • Trash Fairy's Den - Jewelry made from recycled leather, ethically sourced bones, and vintage hardware
  • Z.Garage.Art - Watercolor and giclee  prints of automotive, Michigan art and cards
  • Zachariah Messiah's Morbid Curiosities - Octopus, snakes, and tarantulas taxidermied

11/21/19

Krampus Night 9 - A Holiday-ish Charity Extravaganza!

 
Oh you better watch out…’cus we're coming back to town!  On Friday December 6th 2019, Krampus is at it again with the 9th annual festive event:

KRAMPUS NIGHT - A HOLIDAY-ISH CHARITY EXTRAVAGANZA

For 2019, the festivities include:

 Christmahanakwanza Variety
Show Spectacular
 

Come experience a wild night of amazingly bad lip syncing, barely rehearsed skits and impromptu shenanigans loosely based on your favorite holiday television and film classics!  Featuring Satori Circus, Lushes LaMoan, Loulou Roxy, Kitty PageScott Dambacher and lounge singer extraordinaire Konrad Lee!
This year's production...A CHRISTMAS CAROL?

Wreck The Halls Film Fest 

A mini film festival of festive-ish shorts from local and international filmmakers! Everything from the non-traditional to the truly bizarre, all to give you for holiday WTH feelz. 

Naughty List Bazaar 

Buy some swell affordable art gifts for the naughty on your list (or for your naughty self)!  You’ll find everything from small unique stocking stuffers to large original art pieces.   Shop and support local artists!

Bad Gingerbread House Competition

Calling all bad bakers and peeps who burn water!! Enter to compete in the 4th annual bad bake-off or just come witness (and judge) the monstrosities! Decorations can be anything…candy, frosting, toys, spraypaint, rocks, nails, whatevs. And everyone are judges!

Fugly Sweater Contest 

You may THINK you have an ugly sweater, but is it FUGLY? Hit that thrift store! Slap on some holiday crap! Glue on some disturbing things and light it up!
We want to see the worst things ever imaginable on a human body!

Not-So-Silent Art Auction

Generously donated by various artists of the DAMNED Exhibition and the Krampus Bazaar, you can bid to take home some amazing fine art while helping the homeless! 100% of all auction funds go directly to Burners Without Borders Detroit to help purchase much needed supplies to create survival backpacks for the homeless.

AND NEW FOR 2019

The Detroit Krampusnacht Parade will take over the streets outside the venue to begin the festivities and conclude with first annual Krampus Costume Contest!

BUT MOST IMPORTANT

Krampus Night is a Toy & Food Card Drive for needy kids and the homeless! Bring in some new toys or $5 fast food gift cards and get in on the cheap (and some good feels)! All toy donations are taken directly to a Toys For Tots center to benefit less fortunate children during the holidays and all food card donations go to Burners without Borders Detroit to help feed the homeless.

+ Outside Schedule +

06p – Signups open for the Krampus Costume Contest
07p – The Detroit Krampusnacht Parade begins!
09p – Winners announced for the Krampus Costume Contest

+ Inside Schedule +

07p – The Naughty List Bazaar opens!
09p – Wreck The Halls short film festival
10p – Christmahanakwanza Variety Show Spectacular Pt1
11p – Audience participation Fugly Holiday Sweater Contest
followed by Christmahanakwanza Variety Show Spectacular Pt2
12a – Gingerbread House Competition winner selection
followed by Last Call (& bidding fight!) for the Not-So-Silent Auction
02a – GET OUT AND GO SOMEPLACE ELSE!!!

+ Admission +

  • $15 with New Unwrapped Toy and/or Fast Food Gift Card Donation*
  • $20 for rotten stinkin’ Scrooges without either
*non-Scrooges also receive a coupon worth $5 off their purchase of $25 or more in the Naughty List Bazaar!
There is no dress code but creative/naughty/festive holiday costuming welcome!
Krampus Night 9 – A Not-So-Holiday Charity Benefit Extravaganza
Friday December 6th 2019 – 7pm until 2am – Strictly 18+
Tangent Gallery/Hastings, 715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI
Merry Krampus and Stay Naughty!!!