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Recent articles by Brian:

Detroit's techno festival grooves on in spirit at a quiet Hart Plaza

The Movement fest was wiped from the calendar by the pandemic, but some fans and staffers headed Saturday to Hart Plaza for a poignant moment. → Read More

Detroit mayor outlines reopening protocol for retailers, says restaurants may return soon

As many Detroit businesses prepare to reopen their doors next week, Mayor Mike Duggan detailed several steps proprietors must take before opening. → Read More

Billy Joel's Detroit show at Comerica Park bumped to July 2021

Existing tickets will be honored, but refunds will also be available for a brief window as the star's rescheduled date is now officially locked in. → Read More

A Detroit tradition goes digital: Movement fest kicks off summer with online techno party

Techno on the riverfront has long been the kickoff to Detroit's summer concert season. This year, the Movement fest is taking the beats online. → Read More

Kenny Chesney postpones summer tour, including Ford Field date; aims to reboot in 2021

After weeks of rearranging dates, he's calling off entire Chillaxification Tour, which was to include an Aug. 15 show at the Detroit Lions' home. → Read More

Detroit chefs team with José Andrés and World Central Kitchen to distribute fresh meals

Three local eateries have given away more than 5,000 ready-made meals with funding from the organization founded by celebrity chef José Andrés. → Read More

Eminem fends off home intruder; suspect held at Macomb County jail on $50,000 bond

The rapper confronted the bearded intruder in the living room of his home in a gated community in Clinton Township, early on the morning of April 5. → Read More

Detroit's arts and culture groups find unity, shared mission amid pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis took hold, the region's arts and culture leaders united around a shared mission: find ways to bring the healing power of the arts to people when they need it most. → Read More

New DSO maestro on the power of music in this moment: 'Listen so it goes into the heart'

DSO music director Jader Bignamini talks about coronavirus, the role of music and the Sunday watch party revisiting his January concert in Detroit. → Read More

Big Sean to join Lions, Pistons, Tigers players for Boys and Girls Club online fundraiser

Rappers, athletes and actors will join the two-hour Virtual Club Takeover on Thursday to raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. → Read More

Detroit Music Awards: Winners, surprise celebs in show's first online event

Iggy Pop, the Raconteurs and Greta Van Fleet were among the winners as the Detroit Music Awards streamed its "shelter-in-place" show Sunday. → Read More

Michigan arts and culture groups to receive $504,000 in relief funding

Nonprofit groups can qualify for up to $5,000 in a statewide program announced Friday, part of a broader National Endowment for the Arts effort. → Read More

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, staff to take pay cuts, keep insurance amid shutdown

Salaries of musicians and other staff will be cut by 20% through August, the orchestra said Monday while announcing the DSO Resilience Fund. → Read More

Motown Museum launches online dance party, other programs as coronavirus shutdown rolls on

Like many other cultural institutions in Detroit, the Motown Museum is turning to the digital space to stay connected with patrons and fans for now. → Read More

Detroit's ballroom dance community rocked by coronavirus, including multiple deaths

For the urban ballroom scene, music and dancing are about joy and connection. They’re also about human contact — and the community has taken a hit. → Read More

Roger Waters postpones summer tour, including July show at Little Caesars Arena

The ex-Pink Floyd mastermind is the latest A-list performer to pull the plug on a summer tour, amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Big Sean confirms upcoming album 'Detroit 2,' celebrates city in online trailer

The Detroit rapper's forthcoming fifth album, announced in an online video Wednesday, will be a sequel of sorts to his 2012 mixtape "Detroit." → Read More

Aretha Franklin 78th birthday wishes: Jennifer Hudson, 'Respect,' 'Genius' pay tribute

On what would have been Aretha Franklin's 78th birthday, the late singer is getting tributes from some of the folks keeping her legacy alive onscreen. → Read More

Macomb County has first coronavirus death, brings state toll to 8; infant tests positive

Macomb County has documented its first death from COVID-19, county executive Mark Hackel said Saturday night. → Read More

Man in west Michigan dies of coronavirus, first outside metro Detroit; statewide toll at 7

Michigan has logged its seventh death attributed to COVID-19, 11 days after the first confirmed cases and four days after the first death. → Read More