With most of Detroit’s cultural offerings still on pause, we’ve rounded up some of this month’s best local arts and e-tainment events and activities to keep your creative juices flowing.
A Conversation with Cecilia Muñoz
In her latest book, More Than Ready: Be Strong and Be You … and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, Detroit native Cecilia Muñoz, who served as director of President Barack Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, shares lessons from her time in the White House. Join her for Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, a discussion of her book and her experiences as a woman of color in a white male-dominated field, from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 9. No cost. ciis.edu
Detroit Film Theatre at Home
The Detroit Institute of Arts’ doors may be closed, but the reels of its Detroit Film Theatre are still rolling — virtually, at least. The DIA’s website is selling tickets to a number of educational, dramatic, and children’s films, which can be streamed at your convenience. Some highlights include What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, a documentary about controversial and influential film critic Pauline Kael, and The Wild Goose Lake, a crime drama set in pre-coronavirus Wuhan, China, that tells the story of a small-time crime boss running from the bounty on his head. $10+. dia.org
The Detroit Public Library’s virtual programs are a perfect e-tainment offering for the overwhelmed and overworked parent who has been playing the roles of both caregiver and teacher while simultaneously working from home. You can enjoy some me-time as you listen to the Bored Librarians Backlist Book Reviews podcast by librarians Adam Pecar and Simon DeSalvo, who provide book reviews that are both funny and helpful for choosing your next read. Meanwhile, the kids can relax with the Once Upon a Time reading series by the Detroit Public Library’s children’s librarians. If you’re lucky, these soothing storybook readings may even bring on a happy ending — naptime. No cost. detroitpubliclibrary.org
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Replay
Hundreds of Detroit Symphony Orchestra performances are available for streaming on the DSO’s website. Whether you prefer winds or strings, background music or the full Orchestra Hall experience, the Baroque harmonies of Johann Sebastian Bach or the Romantic compositions of Gustav Mahler, one of the DSO’s masterful performances is sure to strike a chord. No cost. livefromorchestrahall.vhx.tv