Culture Calendar: Movement, New Diego Rivera Book, & More

Ryan Patrick Hooper, host of ’CultureShift’ on 101.9 WDET, curates your guide to the month in arts and entertainment
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Waajeed is one of the 110-plus acts appearing on six stages during the three days of the Movement music festival at Hart Plaza. // Photograph courtesy of the artist

Movement returns to Hart Plaza, crowd goes wild

It’s finally back. The Movement music festival will conquer Hart Plaza over three days during Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30). There was a much smaller, club-based affair during the pandemic, but this is the first time in two years that it will be back to full power, with more than 100 acts, multiple stages, and enough people watching to make your eyeballs burst into flames. The lineup is diverse, as always (2 Chainz, Skrillex, the Blessed Madonna), but I’m particularly impressed with the local selections this year. There’s always a strong focus on that department, but this year names like Waajeed, Tammy Lakkis, DJ Minx, and Amp Fiddler are really jumping off the poster. Even if you think electronic music isn’t your thing, Movement can convert even the most pious doubter. Embrace one of the world’s best festivals right in your own backyard and bring a sensible pair of dancing shoes. To view the full lineup of performers, get connected to pre-parties and after-parties, and
get tickets, go to movementfestival.com
.

Potholes + shattered glass = art in West Bloomfield

There’s a must-see exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield that closes this month (the final day is Wednesday, May 18). This year’s Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition focuses heavily on the work of Huntington Woods-based Michelle Sider. Sider is a fine artist who has spent the last six years focused on glass mosaic art. Her latest series — and the one that will be on display at Janice Charach Gallery — is called “On the Side of the Road.” “I was inspired to create this series while riding my bike along a particularly pothole-ridden — and since-repaired — section of road inside Kensington Metropolitan Park,” Sider says.
The result is a playfully abstract body of work that plays off the textures of crumbling, eroded, and glistening streetscapes. For the list of artists in the exhibit, hours of operation, and more, go to gallery.jccdet.org.

Diego Rivera
Read about Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s time in Detroit in this new graphic novel. // Image courtesy of SelfMadeHero Publishing

New graphic novel explores Diego Rivera’s story and his legendary murals in Detroit

The title is a direct one. Diego Rivera, the graphic novel written by Francisco de la Mora with art by José Luis Pescador, puts the story of Rivera front and center in an appetizing format that’s easy to read, visually stunning, and comprehensive. While his wife Frida Kahlo (whom he married twice!) appears on the cover, this is truly Rivera’s spotlight, including a heavy focus on his time in Detroit with Kahlo to create the Detroit Industry murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Shop local with this one. Copies of Diego Rivera are for sale at Source Booksellers, sourcebooksellers.com.

Celebs flock to the Motor City Comic Con in Novi

The Motor City Comic Con will open May 13 and run through May 15 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. It’s a loaded lineup this year for pop culture junkies. William Shatner is one of the marquee names, alongside Christopher Eccleston (known for playing the ninth doctor on the British television series Doctor Who) and an all-star Superman reunion with stars from the Christopher Reeve films. For the hardcore nerds out there (“nerds” is now a term of endearment, FYI), there are plenty of autograph opportunities and memorabilia from across the pop culture lexicon to enjoy. For the casual observer, the costumes and people-watching will entertain you all weekend long. See you there! Go to motorcitycomiccon.com for tickets and to check out the list of comic creators, celebrity guests, vendors, and more.

Ryan Patrick Hooper is the host of CultureShift on WDET 101.9 FM, Detroit’s NPR station (weekdays from noon  to 2 p.m.).


This story is from the May 2022 issue of Hour Detroit.

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