The water fountain is splashing in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the trees have blossomed at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library, and once again, spring has come to the Detroit Cultural Center.
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Notes from a movie palace weekend (March 14-16, 2008):
After enjoying the focused intimacy of the Redford Theatre (Friday, March 14, 2008) and the Detroit Film Theatre (March 15), the spaciousness of the Michigan Theater on March 16 hit me very strongly. Steven Ball’s organ playing drifted out into the Grand Foyer and the street energy of downtown Ann Arbor continued into the Michigan’s auditorium.
Africa has gotten a lot of headlines lately. U.S. President George W. Bush has been visiting the continent, helping bring more world attention to African problems like political conflict, AIDS and malaria. And one of the contenders for succeeding Bush next year has an African-born father—Barack Obama.
I made my second visit today to the Detroit Historical Museum’s fascinating exhibit about movie theaters in Detroit. Detroit: The “Reel” Story is a valuable record of local history, and any movie buff should hurry to see this show and find out how the Detroit moviegoing experience has evolved through the years.
As I scanned the descriptions of the 12 finalists in the Manhattan Short Film Festival, in which the Michigan Theater participated on Sept. 29, 2007, I thought about the power that my vote gave me over the careers of the 12 filmmakers. Then I realized that I wield the same power every time I decide on a movie to see.
You can always count on something innovative and creative at the Detroit Film Theatre. On my first visit of the Fall 2007 season, on September 13, I was greeted by a new entrance that the DFT will use while renovation goes on at the Detroit Institute of Arts near the DFT’s regular entrance.