Events

Motown Legends Gospel Choir

Motown Legends Gospel Choir: Aretha Franklin Tribute

  • Fri, Feb 1 - 7:00 p.m. , 2019
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In honor of the late Aretha Franklin, the Motown Legends Gospel Choir will perform a tribute recital in the historic DIA Auditorium.

Black and white photo of step dancers in sync

Greek Step Show Finale!

  • Fri, Feb 1 , 2019
  • 9:30 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Close out the night with the pride and energy of Greek organizations as we celebrate the African American tradition of college stepping. 

Ivory D. Williams

Ivory Williams: Stories... Stories… Stories: Just What Are Stories?

  • 2:00 PM Sat, Feb 2 & Sun, Feb 3, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams explores the meaning and power of stories and their importance within the African American community.

A photo of André Leon Talley in all black against a floral background

The Gospel According to André

  • Sat, Feb 2 , 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style.

A black and white photo of a woman singing in front of an organ from the film "Say Amen, Somebody!"

Say Amen, Somebody!

  • Sat, Feb 2, 2019 - 4:30 & 7:00 P.M. | Sun, Feb 3, 2019 - 2:00 & 4:30 P.M.
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Say Amen Somebody! was universally hailed as a masterpiece of documentary filmmaking upon its release in 1982.

DJ Duane Powell standing behind his equipment in front of a large, glowing X

Friday Night Live! Soundrotation Rearview Mirror Sessions with Duane Powell

  • Fri, Feb 8 , 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

Chicago-based DJ Duane Powell bridges the gap between musical legends of the past with contemporary hip-hop heroes.

Weems

27th Annual Alain Locke Awards

  • Sun, Feb 10 , 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Lecture Hall

The 2019 recipient of FAAAA’s annual Alain Locke International Art Award is photographer and video installation artist Carrie Mae Weems.

A still of a woman smiling in black and white

Friday Night Live! Marion Hayden and Alvin Waddles perform live scores for Silent Films by Pioneers of African-American Cinema

  • Fr, Feb 15 - 7:00 p.m. , 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

These films capture a cross-section of black society, including children, deacons, young professionals, homemakers, businessmen, community leaders, landowners, field workers, students and neighbors.

Donald Calloway

Artist Demonstration: Hearts of Donald Calloway

  • 12:00 - 4:00 PM Sat, Feb 16 & Sun Feb 17, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Prentis Court

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, join Detroit multimedia artist Donald Calloway as he displays some of his varied work and helps visitors create art of their own using found objects and a heart motif.

J Dilla

Friday Night Live! The Music of J Dilla

  • 7:00 & 8:30 PM Fri, Feb 22, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court

The music of legendary hip-hop artist J Dilla has been arranged by composer/ conductor Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, performed by musicians from Rebirth. 

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