Cranbrook Design Tours: Kevin Adkisson is the Associate Curator at Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. Kevin is embracing technology by giving design tours on social media.
Plowshares Theatre: Michigan’s only professional African American Theatre, Plowshares Theatre Company, presents a virtual concert of songs from an original musical set in Detroit past. The play, Hastings Street, is a work in progress set in 1949 at the cusp of the order to tear down Black Bottom, the segregated Black community that was once where I-75 is now. Sporting a book by local artists John Sloan III with a score written by Sloan and Kris Johnson, Hastings Street, explores the lives of Detroiters at a moment when the city was rewriting the landscape and displacing thousands of African Americans in the name of progress. The story follows the experiences of the Carson Family as they navigate issues of being uprooted on a personal and communal basis. Will Glover talks with the producer, Gary Anderson and the writers of the play, Kris Johnson and John Sloan III.
Detroit Jazz Fest: The 2020 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage will be streamed and broadcast “live” for free this Labor Day weekend. The Festival begins on Friday, Sept. 4 and runs through Monday, Sept. 7. The Festival, which will be held without audiences, will offer this new virtual format in recognition of current city, state and federal safety guidelines for public gatherings during the pandemic. All performances will be streamed or broadcasted live (no replays or on-demand) from indoor sound stages at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and closed to the public. Stephen Henderson talks with Chris Collins, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation president and artistic director, in conjunction with Rocket Mortgage Director of Community Sponsorships Jasmin DeForrest.
The Wretched Movie: With drive-ins open and nothing but independent films to fill their screens, Brett and Drew Pierce’s Traverse-City shot horror film “The Wretched” became the unlikely #1 box-office hit in America. The Pierce Brothers—from Royal Oak, now based in L.A.—talked to One Detroit’s Chris Jordan about channeling their Michigan roots into the film, and what it has been like to see their labor of love become the first five-week #1 film since Black Panther.