Editor’s Picks: Black Art, the Wizard of Oz and more
AUG. 25: DIA DISCUSSIONS
To help provide insights to the exhibition “Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement,” on display at the DIA through Oct. 22, the museum will present two panel discussions with artists who have work included. From 10 a.m.-noon, Detroit artists Allie McGhee, Rita Dickerson, Tylonn Sawyer and Sydney James will discuss their art, the Detroit art scene for African American artists from the 1960s to the present and other issues surrounding the idea of African American art as being inherently political. From 1:30-3:30 p.m., artists Wadsworth Jarrell (whose Three Queens, 1971, is shown), Jae Jarrell, Anthony Barboza and Ademola Olugebefola will talk about their art as members of collectives established in the ’60s to combat racial and social injustices. Free with museum admission. Dia.org.
AUG. 18-26: 35MM
The Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company, under artistic director Eric Swanson, presents 35MM: A Musical Exhibition. Inspired by the photos of Matthew Murphy, the multi-media musical allows each photo to create a unique song that is a glimpse at life unfolding. $15-$20. Detroit Design Center. Thedatc.org.
AUG. 25-26: THE WIZARD OF OZ
Head to the Redford Theatre to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen. Based on the classic 1900 book by L. Frank Baum, the 1939 film stars Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger and Bert Lahr (born Burt Lahrheim) as the Cowardly Lion, and features the beloved soundtrack by composer E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and lyricist Harold Arlen. $5. Redfordtheatre.com.