MetroArts Detroit - Season 7 Begins Airing on Detroit Public Television, July 13

The seventh season of MetroArts Detroit, produced at Wayne State University, will begin airing on Detroit Public Television, WTVS TV, Channel 56, Fridays at 5:30 p.m., starting on July 13, 2018.   

MetroArts Detroit The new season of MetroArts Detroit includes 14 shows produced with Wayne State student crew members at the 5057 Midtown Studio. The Midtown Studio is a cooperative venture between Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts’ Department of Communication and Detroit Public TV.

MetroArts features artists from the Metropolitan Detroit area who represent the disciplines of visual, performing and communication arts. The musical guests on the first show are folk duo Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke, as well as photographer Tyler Ezell and 3-D artist Ramon Lavarro Jordan. Musical guests in later shows include the Cuban Jazz sounds of Tumbao Bravo, jazz standards from the Dave Vessella Ensemble, singer-songwriters Keegan Cruz, Bevlov, Noah de Leon, and Alex Way, along with rockers Kaleido, Mexican Knives, Mango Lane, Empty Houses, and Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms. Country noir sounds of The Whiskey Charmers and rap/hip-hop artists from We Are Culture Creators. Award-winning fine artists including Nicole MacDonald, James Homer Brown, Geno Harris, Matt Gordon, Tim Burkeare also scheduled to be featured. The show will also showcase fashion, dance, film and video producers, plus comedy and improv theater.      

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More about MetroArts Detroit

The goal of the show is to bring awareness to up-and-coming artists as well as support those artists who’ve worked their entire lives in the Metro Detroit area by being arts advocates and taking active roles in their communities. Each show is comprised of three segments, with guests who talk about their current work and their future endeavors. Depending on the discipline, the artists either perform or showcase their creative works during their segments. This season’s host is Wayne State student Larry Wallace. The producers are Kim Piper-Aiken and Gary Cendrowski.

Established in 1986, Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts serves more than 2,500 students majoring in 17 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs through the Department of Communication, Department of Music, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History and the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. The college's size, diversity and creative energy make it a major force in the life of Wayne State and metropolitan Detroit. Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.

MetroArts Detroit - Season 7 Begins Airing on Detroit Public Television, July 13

Episode 701 -  Guests include photographer Tyler Ezell, artist Ramon Lavarro Jordan and acoustic singing duo Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke

Episode 702 – Guests include Shakespeare in Detroit’s director of costume design Cal Schwartz and actor Dante Jones, painter Matt Gordon and singer-songwriter Keegan Cruz

Episode 703 – Guests include fashion designers from our first six seasons, artist Alphonso Cox, and R and B singer-songwriter Bevlove

Episode 704 – Guests include Detroit Free Press documentary producer Kathy Kieliszewski, “outsider artist” Tim Burke and indy rock band Mexican Knives

Episode 705 – Guests include performers from the Fem Fatale Dance Studio, Geno Harris representing the Poor Man’s Art Collective and Carr Center, and techno pop band Mango Lane

Episode 706 – Guests include Planet Ant Theatre actors and director Darren Shelton, muralist Freddy Diaz, and rock n’ roll band Kaleido

Episode 707 – Guests include glass blower Ian Zapico, performers from Comedy Sportz Detroit, and cuban jazz combo Tumbao Bravo

Episode 708 – Guests include African drum and dance group NANOU DJIAPO, Jasmine Rivera and Eden Sabolboro from Final Girls, a female filmmakers collective, and country noir band The Whiskey Charmers

Episode 709 – Guests include John Monaghan from the historic Redford Theatre, artist Nicole MacDonald, and musical performers from the arts collective “We Are Culture Creators”

Episode 710 – Guests include Rebel Nell co-founder Amy Peterson, an organization that empowers women through jewelry creation, photographer C-J Benninger, and indy band Empty Houses

Episode 711 – Guests include fashion designer Kenyetta Caldwell from the Creo by Keca collection, painter James Homer Brown and the power pop band Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms

Episode 712 – Guests include singer-songwriter Noah de Leon, Carleton Gholz from the Detroit Sound Conservancy, and dancers from the Tableau Cadre Movement Ensemble

Episode 713 – Guests include dancers from Hardcore Detroit and founder Haleem “Stringz” Rasul, illustrator Brent Mosser, and singer-songwriter Alex Way

Episode 714 – Guests include film and video director “Beasy” Jones and Musician - Actor “Big Gov,” artist Jeanne Bieri, and the Dave Vessella jazz ensemble

Compiled by Kim Piper-Aiken

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