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    Detroit history at the DIA

    by  • November 18, 2011 • Art, Culture, History • 2 Comments

    I miss history field trips. After spending most of the summer cooped up to write a book (and most of the fall re-assembling my life), I have been eager to start making excursions again — to cemeteries, parks, historic markers, battlefields, the woods. But it seems my time has started to free up just as...

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    Lazy Monday flu-ridden round-up

    by  • January 25, 2010 • Culture, metro Detroit • 0 Comments

    Besides feeling swamped with projects, I’m terrified that I’m coming down with some kind of flu, so here are a few items to keep you busy in the event that I become bedridden or shackled to my (other, metaphorical, paid-gig) desk this week. Katie Barkel makes neat videos The MetroTimes music department was kind...

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    by  • January 13, 2010 • Culture, History, Meditations • 2 Comments

    This weekend, for the first time since moving back to Farmington, we finally made it to that chapel of childlike astonishment, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum. My many, many visits to Marvin’s — as an awestruck child, a teenager with nowhere to go on a summer night, an adult with friends in town to impress...

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    Avedon at the DIA; Free water at Leopold’s

    by  • October 26, 2009 • Art, Culture, metro Detroit • 1 Comment

    Suzy Parker with Robin Tattersall and Gardner McKay, evening dress by Lanvin-Castillo, Café des Beaux-Arts, Paris, August 1956. © 2009 Richard Avedon Foundation. (*Edit: how could I have neglected to mention? Richard Avedon: Fashion Photographs, 1944-2000 runs through January 17, 2010 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Golly.) Richard Avedon was 21 when he...

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