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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Rochester-area activist killed by hippo

08/11/2017 - Rochester-area community activist Carol Kirken was killed on Saturday, August 5, when she was attacked by a hippopotamus while on a safari vacation in Tanzania.

Kirken, 75, of Rochester Hills, was on her annual holiday with family members for an African safari when she died, according to a tribute posted by her family at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home website. How the attack occurred wasn't clear, only that "Carol died quickly in the arms of her son Robert."

"Having past 75 years old, she was resolutely shooting for 100," the family stated. "She would have surely achieved it if not for this accident."

Kirken was well known in the Rochester community for her charitable work with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, the Rochester Women's Fund and the North Oakland YMCA. She was also national vice president with Arbonne International, a skin care product company.

As a founding member of the Rochester area Women's Fund, Kirken had a long history of helping women in the community in times of need. More recently, she focused on work at the YMCA where she was a member of the board of directors and daily user of its facilities.

"Her central focus was supporting military members and their dependents with financial assistance for North Oakland YMCA program," the family said.

A memorial event for Kirken is scheduled from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, August 20 at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Boulevard, in Rochester. She will be buried at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Oakland YMCA, in Auburn Hills, or The Women's Fund, in Rochester.

Hippos are widely considered to be the most dangerous animal in Africa and are responsible for hundreds of deaths annually, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. They are aggressively protective of their territories and can run at more than 20 mph.

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