Between The Lines: Interpreting African Symbolism in Fabrics and Textiles
Apr
28
May 30

Between The Lines: Interpreting African Symbolism in Fabrics and Textiles

Acknowledging Africa’s rich heritage in fashion and design, Read Between the Lines: Interpreting African Symbolism in Fabrics and Textiles, will highlight the various African and African American fabricators and textile artists.Though we may overlook certain patterns and designs in what we wear or what we buy, in this exhibition we will take an extensive look into what these motifs uncover and how they have been incorporated in our everyday lives.

This show will be running from April 28th-May 20th


Closing Reception, Between the Lines: African Symbols in Fabrics and Textiles
May
20
6:00 pm18:00

Closing Reception, Between the Lines: African Symbols in Fabrics and Textiles

  • The Carr Center

Acknowledging Africa’s rich heritage in fashion and design, Read Between the Lines: Interpreting African Symbolism in Fabrics and Textiles, will highlight the various African and African American fabricators and textile artists located here in Detroit. Though we may overlook certain patterns and designs in what we wear or what we buy, in this exhibition we will take an extensive look into what these motifs uncover and how they have been incorporated in our everyday lives.

 

Carr Center Moving Sale
May
18
May 20

Carr Center Moving Sale

As we get ready to move (stay tuned for exciting details) The Carr Center is cleaning out closets at our Harmonie Club home. And what treasures we’ve found! Come see for yourself: you’ll find artworks, furniture and more.  Thursday, May 18, through Saturday May 20, 9a-6pm daily.

 

 

The Detroit Jazz Legacy
May
13
7:30 pm19:30

The Detroit Jazz Legacy

Rodney Whitaker Sextet (The Detroit Jazz Legacy-Motor City Scene:  Featuring the Music of Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller & Betty "Bebop" Carter w/Special Guests)

In the late 50s, many of the young lions from Detroit made their way to New York to anchor many notable hard bop bands. Detroit jazz musicians were featured in prominent hardbop bands performing with artists Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley Quintet and Miles Davis.

Rockelle Fortin – Vocal, George Johnson – Vocal, Diego Rivera - Tenor Saxophone, Kasan Belgrave - Alto Saxophone, Trunino Lowe – Trumpet, Rick Roe – Piano, Sean Dobbins - Drums

Adults $27, Students $15

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Jazz @ The Lincoln Center: Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement
May
10
10:00 am10:00

Jazz @ The Lincoln Center: Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement

Jazz for Young People on Tour brings outstanding jazz artists and performances to school audiences. Based on the Wynton Marsalis and Sandra Day O’Connor Let Freedom Swing: Conversations on Jazz and Democracy curriculum, Jazz and the Civil Rights Era explores the major social and political changes in America of the 1950s and 60s in the context of Jazz, exploring topics that include Freedom, Protest, Segregation, Free Jazz, and Spirituals.

This event takes place at the Winans Academy, Detroit.

FREE

Artist-2-Artist, "Between the Lines" Artist Talk
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Artist-2-Artist, "Between the Lines" Artist Talk

Join us at The Carr Center May 4th from 7-8:30 pm

Meet and greet the artists of "Between the Lines" as they discuss and teach their fabrications and designs in relation to African symbolism.

"Between the Lines: Interpreting African Symbolism in Fabrics and Textiles" exhibit at The Carr Center up until May 20th.

Free Admission

The Carr Center presents: "Beats, Rhythm, and Tap Shoes: Tribute to J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest"
Apr
29
8:30 pm20:30

The Carr Center presents: "Beats, Rhythm, and Tap Shoes: Tribute to J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest"

Brinae Ali’s Destination Forever Project presents Beats, Rhythm, and Tap Shoes, celebrating the genius of Detroit’s own J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest. The project is co-created with tap dancer/choreographer Maurice Chestnut, musician/producer Wendel Patrick and musical director/percussionist Jerome Jennings. The performance will feature special guests Geri Allen, poet/emcee Natasha Thomas Jackson, and the Tapology Youth Tap Ensemble and more.

Adults $30, Students $15 Tickets available online and at the door

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JDWP: Celebrating the Mastermind and Genius of J Dilla
Apr
28
8:30 pm20:30

JDWP: Celebrating the Mastermind and Genius of J Dilla

Wendel Patrick speaks about producing his J Dilla tribute album, “JDWP,” and the art of respectfully paying homage to an icon while maintaining one’s individuality. The demonstration will include visuals and audio from the original session production files.
 
Audience members will learn about virtual instruments and how they “talk” to each other using MIDI, learn ways in which an electronic musician can integrate their performance techniques with traditional musicians and dance, and gain a greater understanding of the role technology can play in music creation and furthering one’s musical career.

Opening Reception, Between the Lines: African Symbols in Fabrics and Textiles
Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception, Between the Lines: African Symbols in Fabrics and Textiles

  • The Carr Center

Acknowledging Africa’s rich heritage in fashion and design, Read Between the Lines: Interpreting African Symbolism in Fabrics and Textiles, will highlight the various African and African American fabricators and textile artists. Though we may overlook certain patterns and designs in what we wear or what we buy, in this exhibition we will take an extensive look into what these motifs uncover and how they have been incorporated in our everyday lives.

Free Admission

“From Bebop to Hip Hop” workshop led by Brinae Ali and Maurice Chestnut
Apr
27
10:00 am10:00

“From Bebop to Hip Hop” workshop led by Brinae Ali and Maurice Chestnut

At the Wayne County Community College District Downtown Campus, 1001 West Fort Street, Detroit

An interactive approach to bridging the gap between jazz and hip hop through the evolution of music and dance. Brinae Ali and Maurice Chestnutwill focus on technique and phrasing by using jazz standards. Students will learn:

  • The basic fundamentals of tap
  • Classic jazz standards through hip hop
  • The culture of playing homage through various genres and its influence on the progression and innovation of music.

Free Admission

"Beats, Rhythm, and Tap Shoes: Tribute to J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest " Destination Forever Project workshop: "Beat Makers, Groovers, and Shakers"
Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

"Beats, Rhythm, and Tap Shoes: Tribute to J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest " Destination Forever Project workshop: "Beat Makers, Groovers, and Shakers"

Brinae Ali’s Destination Forever Project will present  “Beats, Rhythm, and Tap Shoes” during a 4-day residency with co-creators Maurice Chestnut (tap dancer/choreographer/educator), Wendel Patrick (musician/producer/educator), and Jerome Jennings (musical director/percussionist/educator). This power team came together to celebrate the genius work of J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest. They will lead workshops, discussions, and cyphers followed by a very special performance  featuring special guest such as Geri Allen,  Natasha Thomas Jackson, the Tapology Youth Tap Ensemble, and more.

Beat Makers, Groovers, and Shakers: This class will be open to all musicians and dancers. Brinae Ali, Wendel Patrick, Maurice Chestnut and Jerome Jennings will explore the concept of building a groove and improvisation. Using sounds from our instruments, voices, body, hands, feet, and beat machines to create a groove. Through live looping, beat conducting, and tap dancing, a cypher will evolve and be encouraged through out the workshop. 

Free Admission

University of Michigan Dance Day at the Carr
Apr
13
10:00 am10:00

University of Michigan Dance Day at the Carr

University of Michigan Freshman Touring Company annual visit to the Carr Center.  A Day in the Carr event for middle- and high-school age youth. To request more information for your school or student group, please visit our Education page and click the "Request Info" button at the bottom of the page.

 

Aquarius Press Tribute: Premiere of "When the Swan Sings on Hastings"
Apr
8
3:00 pm15:00

Aquarius Press Tribute: Premiere of "When the Swan Sings on Hastings"

  • The Carr Center

LIVE PERFORMANCE!

Premiere performance of  When the Swan Sings on Hastings by Detroit author and playwright Thomas Galasso; with special guests Marsha Battle and actor Treyvon Carter. Musical selection by Arthur Ray, direct descendant of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues.

Detroit, 1956—Cars were rolling off the assembly line, jobs were plentiful, and some great music was being created and performed in a district called Paradise Valley. The Valley’s main artery, Hastings Street, was the center of it all. Paradise Valley was an exciting collage of culture—jazz and blues, vice and illegal numbers running—a mecca for after-hours establishments where blues greats like John Lee Hooker and jazz giants like Dizzy Gillespie often played until well into the morning hours. Its businesses were mainly black-owned and everyone seemed to look out for one another. However, all that changed when “urban renewal” caused Paradise Valley to recreate itself and to relocate in an age of racial segregation.When The Swan Sings On Hastings is a journey through the underbelly of Paradise Valley, its circle of musicians, numbers runners, hustlers, business owners and the everyday inhabitants struggling to deal with the loss of their neighborhood.

Free Admission 

Aquarius Press Tribute: "Passage to Paradise"
Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

Aquarius Press Tribute: "Passage to Paradise"

  • the carr center

A literary and musical celebration of the history and legacy of Paradise Valley and its historic connections to the Idlewild resort and Saginaw, MI. Public discussion with scholars and writers on this 100 year-old legacy. Live reading and musical performance following the program.

Panel discussion moderated by Michelle Johnson, Ph.D., community historian/arts and cultural producer, with Denise Miller, poet and author of CORE, Qiana Towns, award-winning poet, scholar, Coordinator of Community Outreach from Flint and author of This is Not the Exit and Ken Coleman, author of Million Dollars Worth of Nerve.

During the Great Migration, millions of African Americans moved North in search of work, only to find themselves facing racial discrimination in housing and employment. This problem led to the rise of districts such as Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood and Paradise Valley, a distinctive African American business and entertainment sector, as well as Idlewild, an entertainment resort community in Lake County, Michigan. Prominent figures including Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and millionaire Madam C.J. Walker purchased Idlewild property. At its height, there were nearly 25,000 Idlewild vacationers and more than 300 black-owned businesses. Some African Americans bypassed Detroit’s automobile industry for work in Saginaw’s iron foundries instead, where they also faced discrimination. Saginaw businessman Arthur Braggs’ Paradise Club in Idlewild hosted entertainers such as The Four Tops, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin. The story of the Saginaw connection was virtually unknown.

Free Admission

Passage to Paradise is made possible in part by a grant from Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Michigan Humanities Council.

 

 

Brinae Ali’s "Destination Forever Project" workshop: "Beat Makers, Groovers, and Shakers"
Apr
4
6:30 pm18:30

Brinae Ali’s "Destination Forever Project" workshop: "Beat Makers, Groovers, and Shakers"

will present  “Beats, Rhythm, and Tap Shoes” during a 4 day residency with co-creators Maurice Chestnut (tap dancer/choreographer/educator), Wendel Patrick (musician/producer/educator), and Jerome Jennings (musical director/percussionist/educator). This power team came together to celebrate the genius work of J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest. They will lead workshops, discussions, and cyphers followed by a very special performance  featuring special guest such as Geri Allen, Jessica Care Moore,  Natasha Thomas Jackson, the Tapology Youth Tap Ensemble, and more.

Beat Makers, Groovers, and Shakers: This class will be open to all musicians and dancers. Brinae Ali, Wendel Patrick, Maurice Chestnut Jerome Jennings will explore the concept of building a groove and improvisation. Using sounds from our instruments, voices, body, hands, feet, and beat machines to create a groove. Through live looping, beat conducting, and tap dancing, a cypher will evolve and be encouraged through out the workshop.

Free Admission

"In a voice floating up" Opera MODO presents Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Mar
21
Mar 22

"In a voice floating up" Opera MODO presents Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

Performing for the first time in Detroit, treble-voice quartet Quince is delighted to present some of their favorite pieces for singing, whispering, howling, and whistling voices. 

The evening includes Kate Soper's Songs for Nobody and Kaija Saariaho's From the Grammar of Dreams, works drawn from their recent album release hushers. In addition, the ladies of Quince sing the music of Gilda Lyons, David Lang, Chris Cerrone, Giacinto Scelsi, Lori Reckling, and Dave Reminick. From expansive, earthy invocations to the quietest whispered utterances - this is a program not to be missed by any lover of beautiful singing and innovative vocal music.

About Quince: With the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble specializes in experimental repertoire that is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music. Described as "a new force of vocal excellence and innovation" by The Brooklyn Rail, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of traditional vocal ensemble literature. Dedicated advocates of new music, Quince regularly commissions new works, providing a wider exposure for the music of living composers. They recently received a Chamber Music America award to commission a new song cycle by composer LJ White, and their second album "hushers" was released by New Focus Recordings in February 2017.

 $10 at the door

MSU Jazz Orchestra I w/ Conrad Herwig
Mar
18
7:30 pm19:30

MSU Jazz Orchestra I w/ Conrad Herwig

  • The Carr Center

New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well.  To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz.  He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others.

Adults $27, Students $15

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Opening Reception 6th Annual "Women" Art Exhibition
Mar
11
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception 6th Annual "Women" Art Exhibition

Women , curated by Myett Risker, features more than two dozen visual artists—all women—exploring their gifts, strengths and talents. The festive Opening Night celebration includes a panel discussion and an amazing range of performances.

Free Admission and open to the public.
6-7:00p Panel Discussion
7-9:00p Opening Reception

Panel host: Rosemarie Wilson, Detroit Poet and founder of "One Single Rose.

Panelists: Joori Jung, ARTLAB J's Founder and Artistic Director; Lisa Luevanos, Photographer; Denyse Senann Couture, Clarkston Cultural Arts Creative Director; Malinda LeBeau, Singer; Kiana Doggan Wenzell, Project Manager at the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3).

Performers and Poets: Rosemaire Wilson, Aryn Smith, Christina Perez-El, Malinda LeBeau and more! Artists: Sheila Palmer, Katie Hawley, Samantha Russell, Diana Patterson, Denyse Semann Couture, Vic Kimandi, Donita Simpson, Carlie Sherry, Audrey Zofchak, Kristina Theglamtech, Pamela Alexander, Anahli Jazhmin, Asia Hamilton, Uta Brauser, Rachel Washington, Megan Grierson, Patricia Izzo, Tricia Soderberg, Mary Luevanos, Kalissa Maxwell, Lisa Luevanos, Amanda Partridge Nordin, Dionis Curtis, Elise Marie Martin

"Women" Art Exhibition; through March 31
Mar
11
Mar 31

"Women" Art Exhibition; through March 31

The 6th annual “Women" exhibition curated by Myett Risker features more than two dozen visual artists—all women—exploring their gifts, strengths and talents. 

Artists: Sheila Palmer, Katie Hawley, Samantha Russell, Diana Patterson, Denyse Semann Couture, Vic Kimandi, Donita Simpson, Carlie Sherry, Audrey Zofchak, Kristina Theglamtech, Pamela Alexander, Anahli Jazhmin, Asia Hamilton, Uta Brauser, Rachel Washington, Megan Grierson, Patricia Izzo, Tricia Soderberg, Mary Luevanos, Kalissa Maxwell, Lisa Luevanos, Amanda Partridge Nordin, Dionis Curtis, Elise Marie Martin

Free Admission

Muse to Muse: Michael Kelly Williams and Larry Gabriel Works on Paper and Poetry
Mar
10
Apr 21

Muse to Muse: Michael Kelly Williams and Larry Gabriel Works on Paper and Poetry

Muse to Muse: Works on Paper and Poetry, an exhibition of art by Michael Kelly Williams and poetry by Larry Gabriel, opens on March 10, 2017, at the Carr Center and will be on view through April 21.

Muse to Muse: Works on Paper and Poetry represents an ongoing collaboration between a poet and a visual artist. The two friends have developed these works over the past three years. In much the same way musicians respond to each other while improvising, this collaboration took place through personal discussions and emails between Detroit and NYC as they reacted to cues in each other’s work. Sometimes a poem would instigate and inspire a visual work; at other times an artwork would elicit a poem. Michael and Larry have both been directed by music in their work. Muse to Muse pulls them together with a third element in each of their art forms

Michael Kelly Williams was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Michigan in 1975. His work can be found in The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Larry Gabriel is a writer, musician and former editor of Metro Times. Larry’s work reflects his family’s storied musical legacy. The Gabriel family left New Orleans for Detroit in the 1940s and have kept their connections to the music and culture alive in the Motor City ever since.

Opening Reception "Muse to Muse: Michael Kelly Williams and Larry Gabriel: Works on Paper and Poetry." With special guest, Geri Allen
Mar
10
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception "Muse to Muse: Michael Kelly Williams and Larry Gabriel: Works on Paper and Poetry." With special guest, Geri Allen

Come join The Carr Center as we welcome Visual artist Michael Kelly Williams and poet Larry Gabriel in their show opening “Muse 2 Muse: Works on Paper and Poetry.” Conjoined with the musical styles and creations of special guest and Carr Center Artistic Director Geri Allen, the three will give a live performance and presentation of their work.

Muse to Muse: Works on Paper and Poetry, an exhibition by Michael Kelly Williams and poetry by Larry Gabriel is the fruit of a 3-year "improvisational collaboration" that took place through conversations and emails between the two artists living in different cities— Detroit and NYC— as each reacted to cues in each other’s work; sometimes a poem would instigate and inspire a visual work; at other times an artwork would elicit a poem. Music plays an important role in each's work, so this very special opening night brings the added dimension of Geri Allen's talents into the mix for a truly memorable evening.

Michael Kelly Williams was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Michigan in 1975. His work can be found in The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Larry Gabriel is a writer, musician and former editor of Metro Times. Larry’s work reflects his family’s storied musical legacy. The Gabriel family left New Orleans for Detroit in the 1940s and have kept their connections to the music and culture alive in the Motor City ever since.

Adults $10, Students Free with ID

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Masterclass Workshop with Michael Kelly Williams and Larry Gabriel
Mar
9
9:30 am09:30

Masterclass Workshop with Michael Kelly Williams and Larry Gabriel

The artists and The Carr Center welcomes 4th and 5th grade students of the Greater Detroit Area to participate in a 2 hour “A Day in The Carr” visual art and writing workshop with guests artists of The Carr Center Exhibition “Muse to Muse”. Session will include personal tour of exhibition by the artists, a presentation and hands on workshops in printmaking and creative writing. 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis HILL AUDITORIUM (Ann Arbor)
Mar
4
6:00 pm18:00

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis HILL AUDITORIUM (Ann Arbor)

Since 1988, Wynton Marsalis has led the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which simultaneously honors the rich heritage of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong while presenting a stunning variety of new works from illustrious names, many of whom perform regularly with the ensemble. From swinging to supple, it’s all sheer jazz perfection. 

FREE ROUNDTRIP BUS TO/FROM THE CARR CENTER! Bus departs at 6p*

Tickets $26—$60
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*Use Promo code CARRCENTER for free transportation from the Carr Center in Detroit to Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor with the purchase of a full-price ticket. Patrons can call 734-764-2538, visit ums.org, or come in person to the Michigan League Ticket Office (911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor). This offer expires Sat. Mar. 4, 3:30p. Promo code can not be used at the venue the night of the performance. Offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Other restrictions may apply.

Closing Reception, Black Identity: Redefining the Black Body
Mar
3
6:00 pm18:00

Closing Reception, Black Identity: Redefining the Black Body

  • The Carr Center

Join us at The Carr Center as we close our exhibition "Black Identity: Redefining the Black Body".

This month long contemporary art exhibition, taking place from January 28th to March 3rd is a collaborative effort between The Carr Center and Stay Laced to bring a fresh perspective on the current topics of racial tension in America. Black Identity: Redefining the Black Body will feature the work of over a dozen local Detroit artists all centered on the stereotypically viewed black body, focusing on visual language, and the current negatively impressed image of blacks in American culture. This exhibition will showcase how this current misunderstanding can be shifted to truthfully relay a new message of the black body.

Open mic and complimentary drinks will be served

Opera Modo presents Verdi's comic masterpiece, "Flastaff"
Feb
26
2:30 pm14:30

Opera Modo presents Verdi's comic masterpiece, "Flastaff"

What happens when the local drunk writes matching love letters to two married women? Find out with Opera Modo’s production of Verdi's (only) comedy, Falstaff. Verdi sets the classic Shakespearean tale to unforgettable music, and Opera Modo gives it a little twist with a dose of reality TV!

Falstaff, the title character is running out of money and looking for a quick fix. So he sets his sights on two rich women, and writes them love letters. But he doesn't fool anyone, and ultimately the "Fat Knight" learns his lesson.

Adults $27, Students $15

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