Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture
3:23 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

Merze Tate Travel Club opens doors (slideshow)

The 2010 Merze Tate Travel Club from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Tori Zackery

Kids can learn a lot about a place through books, television, and the web. But one Kalamazoo woman thinks you can't really know a place or its people, unless you go and visit, which is why she started a travel club.

About twenty girls and several adults board an Amtrak train in Kalamazoo. "We're going on a mystery train ride with the travel club," exclaims travel club member Claire Khabeiry. Like a lot of kids in the group she's never been on train before.

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Arts & Culture
4:43 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Marcus Belgrave's Sounds of Detroit

Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye. Those are some of the big names of Detroit music. But another name worthy of top billing is trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, and he was recently named Detroit's Eminent Artist by the Kresge Foundation.
Courtesy of Marcus Belgrave

Story about Marcus Belgrave's Sounds of Detroit.

Ann Arbor, MI Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye. Those are some of the big names of Detroit music. But another name worthy of top billing is trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. He's been a fixture in the Detroit scene for decades, and has covered everything from avant-garde to jazz standards. He even played on some of Motown's greatest hits.

Belgrave was recently honored by the Kresge Foundation as their Detroit Eminent Artist of the year. We sat down with the jazz trumpeter to talk about his life in music.

"This is Marcus Belgrave, eminent artist award for the year. I'm very excited about this award because it chronicles my life in Detroit for the last 40 years.

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Arts/Culture
2:32 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Losing a Gem

Smart Shop Gallery

A Kalamazoo arts organization that was considered a real success story has shut its doors, for now. Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris looks at why The Smart Shop Metal Arts Center has closed and what the future may hold.

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

J Dilla's beat goes on

Ma Dukes' house is filled with gifts of art from Dilla fans around the world.
Paul Farber

J Dilla was one of Detroit's most prolific and respected hip hop producers. He died in 2006, but his music still inspires his fans around the world. And now his Mom is using his name to support music education in his hometown.

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Ashes to Hope
3:18 pm
Sun August 19, 2007

1967 Detroit unrest remembered

The 1967 Detroit riot was five days of chaos, sparked by a small incident, but driven by a deeper unrest among black Detroiters, mistreated for years by the city's whites. Michigan Radio's Dustin Dwyer produced an account of what happened those five days from three people who lived it first-hand.

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