Week of 8.21.17

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MOCAD Interchange Art + Dinner

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Library Street Collective gallery owners JJ and Anthony Curis collaborated on a remarkable event that turned their home – the  Hawkins Ferry house – into a museum. Under the title “Unobstructed Views,” 39 pieces of art, all available for bids, had been installed throughout the modernist gem on the shore of Lake St. Clair. More than 200 guests ($175, $200 ticket) and their conversation invigorated both floors of the museum and the lakeside terrace. Guests included legendary sculptor Glen Michaels, who recalled creating many installations for the home’s architect Bill Kessler. Art collector Shirley Piku was another guest with specific memories.
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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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Corn Festival at Farmers Market Sunday

08/11/2017 - If it sounds corny, it's because it is. It's the Birmingham Farmers Market Corn Festival, celebrating all things corn, and it's this Sunday, August 13, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Celebrate one of Michigan's harvest sweets with games, special kids crafts, demonstrations, and old-fashioned corn shelling. You'll also get to enjoy freshly prepared corn dishes, including roasted corn, kettle popcorn, corn bread, and loads of other homemade recipes. Chris Gadulka, Executive Chef at Toast Birmingham, will be on site preparing a special corn dish with samples for market patrons to taste.

Of course, the day's top seller will be fresh roasted Michigan sweet corn.

"The Corn Festival typically draws our largest crowd of the season," said Ingrid Tighe, executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District (BSD), which runs the Farmers Market. "From the moment you enter the market, you can smell the sweet corn roasting."

Market visitors this Sunday will also be able to see and pet a variety of farm animals, courtesy of Bowers School Traveling Farm.

The Birmingham Farmers Market averages 2,700 shoppers each week and was recently ranked number two in the 'Top 9 Michigan Farmers Markets' article by Best Things Michigan. The market features exclusively Michigan-grown produce and is subject to Michigan growing patterns. It offers a hometown experience that's fun for all ages, with fresh prepared foods, live music, a children's craft area and more.

Throughout the season, there are more than 60 booths featuring a diverse array of locally and regionally grown produce including vegetables, fruits, freshly prepared foods, eggs, honey, jams and jellies, fresh meat, poultry, dog treats, flowers and garden plants, plus baked goods, hand-crafted items, soaps and decorative items.

The Birmingham Farmers Market is located at 660 North Old Woodward, in Parking Lot 6, across from Booth Park.

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