The Autumn playlist always includes vast amounts of Zeppelin. Not sure why, probably residual effect of watching Song Remains the Same on repeat throughout the fall season one year.
So when the sun turns everything golden and the wind cries Mary (another UK import) you know it's hardcore Zeppelin time. Anyway, in keeping with Zeppelin's British roots, above is a photograph that screams Zeppelin and English countryside.
The Redford Theatre showed Hitchcock's The Birds, with ultra special guest Tippi Hedren at all show times. This was the most amazing experience- ever. I wish you could have been there. It's impossible to decide what was the best part of the event- so here is a breakdown.
The Redford Theatre is the most awesome venue. It is decorated in a unique Japanese style. The architectural elements have been preserved since its unveiling in 1928.
The pipe organ is an impressive piece of art. When the organist performs, it's basically astounding. The organ is raised and lowered using a manual crank by the organist. Prior to the show beginning, he takes a seat and plays a number of selections- some from favorite television programs, others classical. Then, with sweeping drama the curtains open to reveal a giant American flag, the signal for the crowd to sing 'The Star Spangled Banner.'
The organist plays the accompaniment. Although I am not hardcore patriotic- I totally almost cried because the voices booming throughout the theatre from the audience were unlike anything I have ever witnessed in my life. The voices were heartfelt and true, full of a courageous spirit that you do not hear anymore- just trust me.
The film was excellent, made even better by the Q&A session with the star of The Birds- actress Tippi Hedren. She was poised, gracious, and charming. Miss Hedren had impeccable timing- she is actually really funny. She told antecdotes about her time on the set with Hitchcock, and a story about her big move from Manhattan to LA. Top sum it up: a total class act.
Check out the Redford Theatre for yourself- I promise you will not be disappointed. See their schedule to see what upcoming films and special events will be featured next. In closing- this was a truly memorable, fun event. Even the popcorn was exceptional.
DLECTRICITY is Detroit's lighting + art festival. International artists used the city and its buildings to showcase their work. After the sun went down, structures, empty spaces, and the architecture of Midtown were transformed by multi-media displays and installations. This is the first year this event has ever been held in Detroit, and is based upon the 'Nuit Blanche' concept in Paris and NYC.
Dlectricity was awesome! It was an exciting mix of avant garde installations & exhibitions. Music, projections, and performance were happening everywhere you looked. Some projects expressed innovative concepts, others were based on traditional ideas with unexpected results. There were parties, crowds, excitement. It was really impressive. Someone must have put a call in to Eddy Grant because it totally rocked down to Electric Avenue- and then they took it higher.
Exhibitions & Projects to check out:
The Light Bike Parade | Bicycles decorated with lights, on display for 3+ miles on the streets of the city. Starts at 7 p.m.
Cirque de la Symphonie | Acrobats do what they do set to the tune of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Live! & projected onto the side of the Fisher Center. 8 p.m.
Your Text Here | Marcos Zotes Text from your cell & your words will be transcribed onto the side of the building, projection style.
Contour 1 | Brienne Wilcock + Robert White Installation which explores light using reflection
Frontier Town | D MET Design Series of glowing tents in the city, use cut-outs to create a story using fabric as the stage
Dlectricity Exhibitions: Full list of Projects + Amazing Events
All images & text ©Nicole Wrona