MetroArts Detroit - Season Six Begins Airing on Detroit Public Television, June 2

The sixth season of MetroArts Detroit, produced at Wayne State University, will begin airing on Detroit Public Television, WTVS TV, Channel 56, Fridays at 5:30 p.m., starting on June 2, 2017.

The new season of MetroArts Detroit includes 14 shows produced with Wayne State student crew members at the 5057 Midtown Studio. The Midtown Studio is a cooperative venture between Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts’ Department of Communication and Detroit Public TV.

MetroArts features artists from the Metropolitan Detroit area who represent the disciplines of visual, performing and communication arts. Season six kicks off with singer-songwriters from Sound Lab and explore the work of Kresge award-winning photographer Bruce Giffin and sculptor Robert Bielat. Musical guests in later shows include funk-soul band The Infatuations and Nadir Omowale, singer-songwriters Sharon Tse, Charity Ward, and John Finan, along with rockers Carolyn Striho and her band, Virginia Violet and the Rays, Dirt Wolf, Raven Love and the 27s, and the Dale Grisa Jazz Quintet. We will also feature the R & B Trio D-M-K, rap/hip-hop artist Pariis Noel, and the bluegrass-metal band The Native Howl. This season will celebrate 20 year anniversaries of Sphinx and Ballet Renaissance, along with performances from L-S-O Dance, ArtLab J, and the SYNCZ hip hop dance crew. Highlights from fashion shows with designers Diane Berry, Emily Walker, and Hair Wars stylists and additional guests include fine artists, theatre groups, filmmakers, and a comedian.

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The goal of the show is to bring awareness to up-and-coming artists as well as support those artists who have worked their entire lives in the Metro Detroit area by acting as advocates and taking active roles in their communities. Each show is comprised of three segments, with guests who talk about their current work and their future endeavors. Depending on the discipline, the artists either perform or showcase their creative works during their segments. This season’s host is Wayne State student Larry Wallace. The producers are Kim Piper-Aiken and Gary Cendrowski.

Established in 1986, Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts serves more than 2,500 students majoring in 17 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs through the Department of Communication, Department of Music, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History and the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. The college's size, diversity and creative energy make it a major force in the life of Wayne State and metropolitan Detroit. Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.

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MetroArts Detroit - Season 6 Begins Airing on Detroit Public Television, June 2

Show Descriptions:

  • Episode 601 -  Guests include photographer Bruce Giffin, sculptor Robert Bielat, and singer-songwriters from Sound Lab
  • Episode 602 – Guests include performance poet Joel Fluent Greene, Nancy Florkowski of Motor City Youth Theatre, and singer-songwriter Sharon Tse and her band
  • Episode 603 – Guests include Geno Harris and artists from the Poor Man’s Art Collective, Carollette Phillips and dancers from the L-S-O Dance Foundation, and singer-songwriter Charity Ward
  • Episode 604 – Guests include fashion designer Diane Berry, filmmaker Darren Brown, and funk-soul band The Infatuations
  • Episode 605 – Guests include choreographer Lisa McCall and her dancers, sculptor Austen Brantley, and rock band Virginia Violet and the Rays
  • Episode 606 – Guests include the Detroit Party Marching Band, artist-muralist Desiree Kelly, and metal-punk band Dirtwolf
  • Episode 607 – Guests include ArtLab J founder Joori Jung and her dancers, painter Nina Ashraf Asmi, and R & B trio D-M-K
  • Episode 608 – Guests include painter Jelly Estrada, the director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State Billicia Hines and actor Jada Johnson, and folk singer-songwriter John Finan
  • Episode 609 – Guests include filmmaker - actor Johnny Flynn, painter Xavier Corcoran, and alternative rock band Raven Love and the 27s
  • Episode 610 – Guests include Detroit hip-hop rap artist Pariis Noel, documentary filmmaker Keith Famie, and Hair Wars creator David Humphries, hairstylists and models
  • Episode 611 – Guests include hip-hop dance crew SYNCZ, Detroit Audio Lab founder Mike Bauer, and singer-songwriter Carolyn Striho and her band
  • Episode 612 – Guests include fashion designer Emily Walker with Nyna Noir Collection models, visual artist Robert Sestock, and funk musician - producer Nadir Omowale and his band
  • Episode 613 – Guests include Stephanie Matthews, the director of artist development for the Sphinx Organization, Bill Kupsky, Lisa Levy, Shirel Jones and dancers from Ballet Renaissance, and the Dale Grisa Jazz Quintet
  • Episode 614 – Guests include painter Senghor Reid, comedian DeVante Ebo, and bluegrass, metal band The Native Howl

Compiled by Kim Piper-Aiken

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