On the Prowl

The Connection’s weekly guide to what’s happening around Metro Detroit

Vae O’Neil, Arts and Entertainment Editor

“Bounce” Art Installation at Beacon Park


Dates: Now-Sept. 13, 2021
Times: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Beacon Park
1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit
Price: Free

Beacon Park’s newest art installation is titled “Bounce,” created by NYC-based design studio Hou de Sousa. The project involves a construction of parachute cord and piano wire, creating unique shapes of differing color and scale, with dynamic lighting that changes with the time of day. 


Nine on Nine: Free Outdoor Concerts


Dates: Every Saturday from now until Sept. 25
Times: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Schiffer Park 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220

Nine weeks of free outdoor music await for visitors on 9 mile in downtown Ferndale! Volunteer performers headline the mini concert series every Saturday at 2 p.m. in Schiffer park, with performances lasting 30 minutes.


Monroe Street Midway


Dates: Now – Sept. 30
Times: Sunday-Wednesday 12-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 12-11 p.m.
Location: Monroe Street Midway, 32 Monroe Street, Detroit

One of the places to be for family-friendly outdoor leisure and entertainment, The Monroe Street Midway is brought to be Bedrock and RollerCade. Roller-skating is available with themed days each week; basketball at the Rocket Mortgage Sports Zone is another option. Local DJ performances will be there, as well as exhibitions of the work of local artists. With food trucks and concession stands also dotting the area, there’s fun to be had for almost anyone.


Beyond Van Gogh | An Immersive Experience


Dates: Now-Oct. 3
Times: Sunday-Thursday. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Location: TCF Convention Center1 Washington Blvd, Detroit
Price: Adult tickets starting at $32.99

“Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” has come to Detroit; Over 300 of Vincent Van Gogh’s artworks are featured, with classics such as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers” and “Café Terrace at Night.” Using cutting-edge multimedia technology, it weaves the experience into a narrative, with guests exploring projection-imposed walls stroked in a miasma of colors that churn and whorl from artwork to artwork across multiple surfaces.


Experience & Expression


Dates: Now-Oct. 03
Times: Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

While the DIA exhibits Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950–2020 in the contemporary art galleries, this small collection of artworks acquired over the past 10 years examines the adoption of figuration and abstraction, the experimentation with novel and traditional materials; and the definition of self and others. 




Dates: Sept. 18-Oct. 23
Times: Wednesday-Friday by appointment; Saturday-Sunday 12-6 p.m.
Location: WOMXNHOUSE Detroit, 15354 St. Marys St, Detroit
Price: Free. Donations accepted.

Womanhouse will be present a new whole-house exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original contemporary feminist art exhibition, for the first time. Womxnhouse Detroit aims to be a creation that epitomises overcoming adversity. Asia Hamilton’s childhood home is the location of the exhibit; Hamilton is the co-curator of the exhibit and owner of Norwest Gallery, who’s been converting the house into an artist residency for women. This will be the first event at the location.


Digital Exhibitions: The New Freedom Fighters: Women and Nonviolent Resistance and Borderlands Under Fire


Dates: Now-Dec. 17, 2021
Location: 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn                                       

Chicago-based artist Kristin Anahit Cass brings two digital exhibitions to The Stamelos Gallery Center; her art delves into the intersection of lives, social justice and human rights. 

The New Freedom Fighters: Women and Nonviolent Resistance project explores the often unrecognized role that women play in the survival and evolution of cultures and communities, while Borderlands Under Fire documents the effects of state-sponsored violence on daily life in the frontier villages of Armenia.


In Memoriam | The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History


Dates: Now-Dec. 31

Over the past year, COVID-19 has devastated the African-American community, and The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History would like to honor some local and national individuals. Any support given helps support essential staff, maintain facilities, and continue educating and celebrating African-American history and culture.


Driven to Win: Racing in America | Presented by General Motors


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Location: The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn
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Driven to Win: Racing in America Presented by General Motors guides visitors along the lives of those who invented their way across the finish line; in this new permanent exhibition, guests will be transported behind the wheel via interactive displays that include a multisensory theater, historic race cars, racing simulators, a pit crew challenge, and more.