Central Michigan Open House

Welcome back to Culture Canvas.

I hope everyone is enjoying this nice weather!

With Memorial Day on the horizon, we approach the unofficial start of summer and cookouts on Belle Isle, walking or biking through Dequindre Cut and taking in events like the Detroit Grand Prix and fireworks show .

This summer will also mark the long-awaited opening of Central Michigan. To mark the occasion, Ford Motor Co. and Michigan Central will host “Michigan Central OPEN,” an 11-day celebration beginning June 6 with an outdoor concert featuring Detroit artists, short films, appearances by local leaders and creators who They tell stories of innovation and culture from across the region.

Visitors can take a look at the first floor of the revitalized station during a 10-day open house. Exhibitions, entertainment and artistic installations will also be part of the programming.

Registration for the concert and open house will begin Friday for residents around Central Michigan and May 21 for the general public. Register on the station’s website.

As a child and young adult, I remember seeing the abandoned train station while driving down Michigan Avenue or seeing the inside of the building falling apart in the first “Transformers” movie. But when I saw Michigan Central lit up blue during the NFL Draft last month, the building has returned to its natural beauty. I can only imagine what the inside will be like.

I hope you can see the grand opening, but in the meantime, have a great week!



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  • Last week, I spoke with Detroit’s new poet laureate, Jessica Care Moore, about the programming she wants to bring to Detroiters, her beginnings in poetry, and the many projects she’s working on.
  • Liquor Basket, on the east side of town, is not only a liquor store, but also doubles as an art gallery. The brains behind this unique combination is Detroit artist Dominick Lemonious, whose family has owned the liquor store for about three years. The store’s current display, “Welcome to the Basket,” is open through Friday.
  • Chicago author Jonathan Eig won the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his book about Martin Luther King, Jr., “King: A Life.” BridgeDetroit Chief Engagement Officer Orlando P. Bailey and Managing Editor Christine Ferretti spoke with Eig in January about the impetus for her book, the years-long research and writing process, and lifting up some of the voices and topics not heard of King’s story.
  • Comedian Martin Lawrence returns to his television home (the D is the setting for his popular sitcom “Martin”) for his first comedy tour in eight years. The message “Everyone knows what it is!” The tour makes a stop at Little Caesars Arena on August 30. Official VIP and Platinum package pre-sales begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, while general public ticket sales open on Friday.
  • Influential Detroit rap group Slum Village released their first album in nearly a decade earlier this month. Titled “FUN,” the album features a mix of disco, jazz and hip-hop with several special guests including Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins.

What is happening in D?

  • Plowshares Theater Company will premiere its latest play, “The House That Will Not Stand” on Thursday at The Carr Center. Set in New Orleans in the early 19th century, the play, which runs through June 16, tells the story of Beartrice, a free woman of color, who manages her three headstrong daughters after the death of the wealthy lover of her. But as she takes her place as head of the family, a more sinister transfer of power is occurring. The French-owned Louisiana Territory passes to American rule, threatening the freedom of all Creole residents. For information call (313) 744-3181.
  • Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theater presents its latest production, “Yellow Brick Ballads,” an original musical inspired by the 1970s Broadway classic, “The Wiz.” While the play began last weekend, the organization will present two more performances: Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm at the Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets start at $5.
  • The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, a beer garden built from repurposed shipping containers, opens for the season with a free celebration on Friday at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy food from Big Bo’s Grill, beer and cocktails from the loading yard bar, as well as ice cream, bonfires, free s’mores, karaoke and games for people of all ages.
  • Eastern Market will celebrate its annual Flower Day on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature vendors from the Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association.

Micah Walker joins the BridgeDetroit team covering arts, culture and education in the city. Originally from the Detroit metro area, he is back in his home state after two years in Ohio. Micah… More from Micah Walker