Week of 8.14.17

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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine

More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol”  and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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Stephen Garrett Dewyer

Photo: Laurie Tennent
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06/01/2015 - Bloomfield Hills native, artist and writer Stephen Garrett Dewyer was looking for a fresh perspective on Detroit's art scene in 2013 after returning to the Motor City from the Baltimore area. Unable to find many,

he decided to form an innovative outlet for himself and others to create their own.

"I had a few exhibitions in Detroit and saw that there was no venue for covering art, at least practically none that were active," said Dewyer, co-founding editor of the Infinite Mile online art journal. "That got in my mind, given how much art happens in the city. It could really use some art writing. For me, it was to give some art writing and discuss the politics behind some of the things happening in Detroit."

Working with artist and friend Jennifer Junkermeier, who had just arrived in Detroit from New York City, Dewyer took the 8 Mile Road and turned it on its side to form the Infinite Mile (infintemiledetroit.com) to serve as one of only a handful of Detroit-based art journals in the city. The site, which publishes monthly, uses reviews, articles, writings, artists projects and photo essays to support art and culture in Detroit. Operating as a collective, the journal accepts up to two submissions per year from contributors that they find relevant and important to write about and discuss in the public realm.

First published in December of 2013, Dewyer said the response from the art community has been great. The majority of the contributors are fellow artists.

"We have a little over 70 contributors," said the former Andover graduate. "There are some great works in the city, but sometimes it isn't given the visibility it deserves. Infinite Mile has allowed us to do that."

In addition to co-editing and writing for his art journal, Dewyer teaches art at Oakland University as a part-time professor and continues to work as an artist. He holds a master's degree in sculpture from the Yale University School of Art and earned a bachelor's degree in art history, theory and criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. As an artist, his work has been exhibited in Baltimore, Detroit, New York and New Haven, Connecticut.

Dewyer said much of his work focuses on performance and installation work.

"A lot of it is transit," he said. "I would take the bus and take video, then play that on a loop. It reflected the bus loop, and the loop of the video. Transportation is an issue at the forefront."

Outside of his work, Dewyer is interested in politics and participates in organizing demonstrations for social justice, including occupations on Wall Street and several demonstrations in Detroit. In 2011, Dewyer's passion for demonstrations made him the subject of an article in The New Yorker magazine.

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