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  • Feb 12

    Patrolling Grandparents Promote Healthy Eating - Detroit's Food Economy

    In some Detroit neighborhoods, the corner store doesn’t have fresh fruits or vegetables or milk at affordable prices. As part of our ongoing series on Detroit’s food economy, WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to a family that has made bulk buying and bargain shopping a staple of good nutrition.


  • Feb 05

    Vietnam War in Film  - The Craig Fahle Show

    Last week, the Craig Fahle Show had a discussion about how the Vietnam experiences of John Kerry and Chuck Hagel could inform their point of view toward U.S. policy. Today, Craig Fahle & WDET's Rob St. Mary talk about Vietnam in film and what it says to us about our own feelings on the war, the people who fought it and recent war film.


  • Jan 21

    25 Directors Make "The Owner" an International Film

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A film featuring the work of 25 directors is getting another screening in Detroit before it’s released on video later this week. The feature is called “The Owner” and was developed by Detroit filmmaker Marty Shea. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Jan 17

    Detroit Filmmaker Telling Tales of the MAD Men Behind the Magazine

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Alfred E. Neuman is getting his close up from a Detroit area filmmaker. Alan Bernstein is the director of a new documentary about MAD Magazine. “When We Went MAD” interviews many of the creators who have made a scrappy little magazine with a comic book past into an influence on popular culture and humor in America. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Bernstein about the film.


  • Jan 11

    Pauly Shore Talks Comedy, History & Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    To say comedy is in Pauly Shore’s DNA is an understatement. His parents opened L.A.’s legendary club “The Comedy Store” where every major comedian over the last 40 years have performed on their way to stardom. Shore came into his own under the mentorship of controversial comic Sam Kinison and became a staple on MTV in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Since then, Shore has starred in movies, on TV and has a new special called “Pauly-Tics”. He’ll be at the Magic Bag in Ferndale tomorrow evening for two shows.


  • Dec 28

    Critic Jeff Meyers on Holiday Film Releases

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The end of the year is the time when Hollywood tries to pack the movie houses full of films vying for awards attention. Metro Times film critic Jeff Meyers spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about what’s worth the time for movie goers this holiday season.


  • Dec 27

    Mitten Movie Project Moving Forward in 2013

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Metro Detroit’s only monthly independent film festival turns eight years old in 2013. The Mitten Movie Project is curated by local filmmaker and producer Connie Mangilin. She spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Dec 26

    Detroit Film Critics Release Best of 2012 List

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Detroit Film Critics Society is announcing its picks for best of 2012. Metro Times film critic Jeff Meyers is president of the group. He spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Dec 25

    Actor/Comedian Chris Elliott "Tells All" About Himself... Kind Of.

    by: Rob St. Mary

    “I don’t tend to analyze what I’ve done. I can’t really… I’m not entirely sure why I have succeeded, why I have been able to cut out a career in show business for over 30 years and why I still have a real hardcore fan base that has stuck with me. If there’s any secret, it’s just not to do anything that feels wrong for you.” – Chris Elliott, actor/writer/comedian

    WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Elliott about this new book, his work on “Get A Life” – featuring his father, Bob Elliott of the well-known 1950s comedy team “Bob & Ray” – and his most recent TV work.


  • Dec 24

    Magician Penn Jillette Celebrates "Every Day" in New Book

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Penn Jillette is the taller, talkative half of the magic duo “Penn and Teller”. In 2011, Jillette released the best-selling book “God No: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and other Magical Tales”. This year, he’s back with a new book of essays and personal experiences called “Every Day is an Atheist Holiday”. Jillette spoke recently with WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Nov 26

    Artist Welcomes You to "JC Hudsears"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Decades ago department stores provided not only goods for everyday living, but an experience for the whole family. Now, area artist Andrew Krieger is offering a chance to experience his art in such a setting for the holiday season. Krieger’s show “JC Hudsears” is running now through December 22nd at Public Pool on Caniff in Hamtramck. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Nov 08

    Author Looks at the Impact of the "Man of Steel" 75 Years On

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new book on a legendary pop culture character takes a look at why we embrace the heroes we do. “Superman: the High-flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero” is the latest book by author Larry Tye. He’ll be in the Metro Detroit area talking about the book this weekend. Tye spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Nov 07

    Dr. Taj Fights to the End for 11th District Seat

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The battle for Michigan’s Eleventh Congressional district continued into the early morning hours. Republican Kerry Bentivolio and Democrat Syed Taj faced off in the district. But, Taj, who was down 6% when his election night party ended around 12:30am was not ready to give up.


  • Nov 05

    Detroiters Asked to Approve Standard Number of Signatures for Candidacy

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit voters will have a proposal to consider on Tuesday’s ballot. Proposal E will set a defined number of petition signatures needed for a resident to run for a city office. Janice Winfrey is Detroit City Clerk. She spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about Proposal E.


  • Oct 26

    "The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth" at Detroit Fanfare

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Fans of comics, sci-fi and other pop culture will find creators and vendors galore as part of this year’s Detroit Fanfare. The annual convention kicks off this evening at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn. Dennis Barger is one of the organizers of the event. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary


  • Oct 25

    Representative Miller Running for Re-Election in 10th District

    by: Rob St. Mary

    U.S. Representative Candice Miller has served in Michigan’s congressional delegation just shy of a decade. The Republican is running for re-election in the newly re-drawn 10th district, which covers Northern Macomb, Eastern Tuscola, St. Clair, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron Counties. Miller had served as Michigan’s Secretary of State before her election to the U.S. House in 2002. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Miller about the issues she’s focusing on this election season.


  • Oct 25

    Accountant, Township Trustee Seeks to Unseat Candice Miller in 10th District

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Democratic candidate from eastern Tuscola County is seeking to unseat Tenth district congresswoman Candice Miller. Chuck Stadler is a Vassar Township trustee and is trained as a nurse and accountant. He currently co-owns an accounting firm. The newly re-drawn 10th district covers Northern Macomb, Eastern Tuscola, St. Clair, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron Counties. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Stadler about his candidacy and the issues he wants to tackle if elected.


  • Oct 22

    A few observations from inside Theatre Bizarre's "The Summoning" - WDET's Raw Feed

    And while the party on Saturday may be over, it was only alive for eight hours, the sights, sounds and connections made will live on inside the revelers and the volunteer crew that makes it happen.


  • Oct 19

    Cody Rouge Community Activates Youth, Diversity to Build a Brighter Future  - Crossing The Lines

    WDET's Rob St. Mary visits Detroit's Cody Rouge neighborhood to see the efforts made to improve community under Skillman's "Good Neighborhoods" program.


  • Oct 16

    Detroit Area Artist Honors Influential Metal Band in a Comic Book

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Detroit area cartoonist is releasing his latest book focusing on an influential heavy metal band just in time for Halloween. Mark Rudolph is the editor and creator of “Satan is Alive: a Tribute to Mercyful Fate”. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about the book, the impact of the band and its lead singer – King Diamond.


  • Oct 03

    People For Palmer Park To Showcase Historic Apartment Buildings - The Craig Fahle Show

    This Saturday, People for Palmer Park will host a tour of dozens of historic apartment buildings in Palmer Park. WDET's Rob St. Mary speaks with People for Palmer Park's Greg Piazza and Sarah James, who are coordinating the tour, about what people will see on the tour.


  • Oct 02

    Palmer Park Showcases Historic Apartments on Saturday

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Dozens of historic apartment buildings built between the 1920s and the 1960s will be showcased on Saturday. Detroit’s Palmer Park is opening its doors for a tour of its marquee buildings. Greg Piazza and Sarah James are coordinators of the tour hosted by People for Palmer Park. They spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Sep 20

    Would you consider Royal Oak a "Hipster Hangout"?  - WDET's Raw Feed

    In those almost 20 years, I’ve observed – first as a patron, then an employee of the Main Art Theatre around 1999/2000 – how store fronts changed. Local businesses became national chains, at times, and old stores became new boutiques and bistros.

    But, I’m sure that if you live in Royal Oak you have seen more than just these cosmetic and economic changes.


  • Sep 18

    Warren Native Brings Medical Pot Comedy Film Home to Michigan

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Warren native is returning home to screen his latest film. Greg James is the co-writer, director and producer of “The Joint” – a day in the life comedy involving a medical marijuana dispensary. The Wayne State University graduate spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about making the low-budget independent film which screens Thursday night at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak.


  • Sep 14

    Errol Morris Sees "A Wilderness of Error" in a Famous Murder Case

    by: Rob St. Mary

    In 1988, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris’s film “The Thin Blue Line” helped to release an innocent man from Texas’s death row. Today, his latest book – “A Wilderness of Error: the Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald” – could do the same. Morris’s book investigates a murder case that put the Green Beret doctor behind bars for the killing of his family in North Carolina in 1970. The story was the basis for two other books and a popular 1984 TV mini-series called “Fatal Vision”. Morris spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about his book, the nature of truth and how his investigation shows MacDonald should be released from prison.


  • Sep 10

    Local Writer/Director Running on "Detroit Unleaded" in Toronto

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Detroit filmmaker has been invited to show her first feature at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Since the announcement, several reviewers have called Rola Nashef’s “Detroit Unleaded” one of the top films to see at the festival. Before heading to Toronto, she spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about writing and directing her first feature.


  • Sep 10

    Michigan Native Pics Dearborn, Arab American, for New Green Lantern

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Comic book writer and Michigan-native Geoff Johns was in Dearborn this weekend to usher in a new member of the DC Comics universe. Johns held a book signing at Green Brain Comics and a presentation at the Arab American National Museum. The newest Green Lantern, Simon Baz, is an Arab American from Dearborn. Johns, who grew up in Grosse Pointe and Clarkston and is of Lebanese heritage himself, says the new Green Lantern reflects a larger understanding of culture diversity at DC Comics. He spoke to WDET's Rob St. Mary about the character, his Michigan roots and the recent reboot of the DC Comics universe with "the new 52".


  • Sep 07

    DC Comics Creates Dearborn-Based Arab American "Green Lantern"  - The Craig Fahle Show

    DC Comics is adding a new character to its universe, this week. The latest issue of the Green Lantern will feature the superhero as an Arab-American man from Dearborn. The new character was created by Michigan native Geoff Johns – one of the top talents at DC comics. Matthew Jaber Stiffler is a researcher at the Arab American National Museum. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about the new comic book character and Arab American representation in the media.


  • Sep 06

    DC Comics Creates Dearborn-Based Arab American "Green Lantern"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    DC Comics is adding a new character to its universe, this week. The latest issue of the Green Lantern will feature the superhero as an Arab-American man from Dearborn. The new character was created by Michigan native Geoff Johns – one of the top talents at DC comics. Matthew Jaber Stiffler is a researcher at the Arab American National Museum. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about the new comic book character and Arab American representation in the media.


  • Sep 03

    Spaulding Court Progresses, Plans Octoberfest Party

    by: Rob St. Mary

    There is been an effort underway to rehab a 100-plus year old apartment complex in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Several units of Spaulding Court have been rehabbed with plans for more in the coming year. To make it happen, there are plans for a party – an Octoberfest. Jon Koller is the President of Friends of Spaulding Court. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Aug 30

    Rochester: The Intersection of Old, New, Art & Nature - WDET's Raw Feed

    WDET's Rob St. Mary went to Rochester this week to talk the locals about their community.

    "The idea is that when I talk to someone it goes beyond what I call “transactional” - just doing one interview for one story. The idea is building relationships with people. Building stronger, deeper connections and more authentic stories will come from that process. It’s about more than just filling space on-air or on-line. For me, it’s about connecting on a much deeper level.

    That’s why I’ve been enjoying my coffee shop tour. "


  • Aug 22

    Theatre Bizarre "Summoning" a Second Year at the Masonic Temple

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit’s underground carnival is heading back to the Masonic Temple this fall. John Dunivant is co-creator and the artist-designer of Theatre Bizarre. The design of this year’s edition of, what organizers call, “The Greatest Masquerade on Earth” picks up where last year’s ended.

    Dunivant spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about this year's event "The Summoning", the design, working with the Masonic Temple, lessons learned from last year's event and the current state of Theatre Bizarre's "grounds".


  • Aug 16

    Downriver: Close to Detroit, Far from “Taylortucky” - WDET's Raw Feed

    WDET's Rob St. Mary goes downriver to hear about life south of the city.


  • Aug 02

    Palmer Woods, Palmer Park & Neighbors Consider "Uptown Detroit" - WDET's Raw Feed

    WDET's Rob St. Mary heads north up Woodward Avenue. He spent Wednesday evening with residents of the Palmer Woods/Palmer Park community.


  • Aug 02

    Rob St. Mary: Palmer Woods and Palmer Park - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary met with the residents of the Palmer Woods and Palmer Park neighborhoods to find out what those communities want the rest of the Metro-Detroit region to know about them. Rob joins Craig in studio to discuss what the citizens said.


  • Jul 24

    Local Comic "The Amazing Cynicalman" Hits the Big Screen

    by: Rob St. Mary

    It seems like every summer comic book characters invade the screens at the multiplex. This summer’s big films include “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises”. But, a small, long-running comic from a local artist makes its way to the big screen this summer. Hamtramck resident Matt Feazell is the creator of “The Amazing Cynicalman” – a strip that’s been running for over 30 years. Wednesday evening he’ll be screening his independently produced live action film version of Cynicalman at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn. Feazell spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Jul 23

    Kathe Koja: "The Cipher", E-Books & the Future of Print

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Kathe Koja’s first book, “The Cipher”, was released by Dell in 1991 as a paperback. 21 years later, the horror story comes to e-readers worldwide.

    WDET's Rob St. Mary sat down with Koja last week for for coffee and conversation of the state of publishing, the future of print, e-books and her latest works.


  • Jul 20

    Ferndale Gains "Found Sound"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Record stores have become harder to find in Metro Detroit over the past few years. The local chain Harmony House no longer exists and neither do long-standing indie shops like Record Time and Car City Records. But, a few new places have opened recently like UHF in Royal Oak. And, now, another new record store with a heavy emphasis on vinyl is opening in Ferndale on Saturday. It’s called Found Sound. Ray Hayosh and Chris Butterfield are former record store employees who manage Found Sound. They spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Jul 20

    StoryCorps: WDET's Rob St. Mary - StoryCorps

    America’s largest oral history project is in Metro Detroit, now through August 11th. Story Corps’ mobile booth is located in front of the Carr Center in Detroit’s Harmonie Park/Paradise Valley district. They are seeking your true stories of life and love. You can learn more and make reservations now. Today’s story comes from WDET reporter Rob St. Mary who shares the memory and impact of his school friend, Keith, on his life.


  • Jul 19

    Artist & Band to Create "Other Angels" in Performance

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A special art performance brings a Detroit band and artist together this weekend. The group Rouge Satellites and painter/filmmaker Alice V. Schneider will create a piece they are calling “Other Angels” on Saturday afternoon in Corktown. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently to Jaye Thomas of Rogue Satellites and Alice V. Schneider about the collaboration.


  • Jul 12

    Niagara Does Battle with "War Paint"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    It’s been almost a decade since Detroit artist Niagara has hosted a new show of work in her hometown. Her latest show “War Paint” opens at Re:View Contemporary Gallery in Midtown Detroit, Saturday night. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Niagara recently about her newest series of images featuring femme fatales lacing up their boots in a World War Two era style born out of her love of history.


  • Jul 09

    Arthur Horwitz: Rob St. Mary Talks Story Corps - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary joins Arthur to discuss Story Corps. StoryCorps is partnering with WDET 101.9FM Detroit to record, preserve, and share the stories of communities in Detroit, MI from July 9, 2012 – August 11, 2012.


  • Jun 25

    Cold Tea + Hot Conversation = New Perspectives on Troy  - WDET's Raw Feed

    When the WDET newsroom decided to take a look at Troy this week, the idea was to go out into the community and meet people where they live. Over the past year & half – through our “Crossing the Lines” coverage – we have been holding evening community forums with about 50 or so people coming out, having conversations with our staff and then reporting back. But, since summer is in full swing, people are on vacations, etc. we thought it made more sense to go small and drink some coffee. Why not? It is summer, after all, and if the coffee is too hot you can get it iced, nowadays.


  • Jun 22

    "Simpsons", "Futurama" Cartoonist Returns to Downriver for an Art Show

    by: Rob St. Mary

    An artist and cartoonist who grew up downriver has a new art show opening this weekend. Bill Morrison has worked on comics and on the popular animated shows “The Simpsons” and “Futurama”. His latest show called “Detroit Pop” celebrates Detroit musicians. The show opens at the River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte on Saturday. Morrison spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Jun 19

    Detroit Windsor International Film Festival Turns Five

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Detroit Windsor International Film Festival is back for its fifth year. The festival starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday on the Wayne State University campus. Suzanne Janik is Director of Operations for the festival. She spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary - who is also a judge for the upcoming festival.


  • Jun 14

    Rob Wants to Have Coffee with You, Troy!  - WDET's Raw Feed

    WDET's Rob St. Mary is going on a community coffee shop tour and he's starting in Troy!

    Come join him!


  • Jul 10

    School Friend Tells True Story of Young Jeffrey Dahmer  - The Craig Fahle Show

    Imagine being good friends with someone in your youth and then years later, his name is connected to some of the most gruesome crimes in American history. This was the case for Derf Backderf, the author and illustrator of the new graphic novel, "My Friend Dahmer." WDET's Rob St. Mary speaks with Backderf about the chilling novel before his book signing at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn this weekend.


  • Jun 14

    School Friend Tells True Story of Young Jeffrey Dahmer

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Imagine being good friends with someone in your youth and then about a decade later you turn on the news and his name is connected to some of the most gruesome crimes in American history. That’s was the case for Derf Backderf. His schoolboy friend became the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Writer and artist Backderf is in Dearborn this weekend to talk about his new graphic novel, “My Friend Dahmer”. In the book, he chronicles his boyhood friendship with Dahmer as they two grew up in the town of Bath, Ohio – a small town a few miles east of Dayton.


  • Jun 12

    A Detroit Poet in the War Zone

    by: M.L. Liebler

    Detroit poet M.L. Liebler recently returned to Detroit following 10 days of teaching, writing, and traveling throughout in Afghanistan.


  • Jun 04

    Can Web Development Redevelop Neighborhoods?

    by: Rob St. Mary

    As City of Detroit officials consider options to improve targeted neighborhoods under the Detroit Works Project… private citizens are considering new ways of using technology to help residents activate redevelopment on their block. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Jerry Paffendorf of Loveland Technologies – a Detroit based internet firm – about his latest concepts in mapping and information sharing around vacant properties for sale.


  • Jun 01

    Preview of Patti Smith's "Camera Solo"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Starting today at the Detroit Institute of Arts, a new photography exhibit opens featuring the work of someone known better for her music and poetry - Patti Smith

    Smith spent time yesterday morning with the media at the DIA. WDET’s Rob St. Mary was one of the reporters who attended and was able to tour the exhibit with Smith leading the way. He talked to WDET's Pat Batcheller about the tour, the photos and more.


  • May 31

    Patti Smith’s “Camera Solo”

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Multi-talent artist – musician, poet, writer, singer – Patti Smith is in Detroit this weekend celebrating her first solo show of photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts.


  • Apr 26

    New Italian Films Shine in Metro Detroit Festival

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Some of the latest movies from Europe’s boot will shine on the silver screen this weekend in Metro Detroit.

    WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently to Wayne State Professor Elena Past. She is one of the coordinators of the Italian Film Festival.

    The festival ends its run in Metro Detroit on Sunday.


  • Apr 23

    Reveal Your Detroit Project - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary and Brad Frost of the Detroit Institute of Arts share with Craig a look at this past weekend's "Reveal Your Detroit" event.


  • Apr 23

    Artist Offers "Swagon" to Detroit's Creative Kids

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Detroit artist and teacher is working with area foundation grants and a new art center to offer a special opportunity to kids in the city. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Steve Coy – half of the street art collective known as the “Hygienic Dress League” – about his latest effort called “Swagon”.


  • Apr 09

    Ed Sanders Talks "Fug You" in Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Author, activist and artist Ed Sanders has been a creative force for over 50 years. From his early 1960s literary journal to his band the Fugs and beyond, Sanders is seen as one of the key people who bridged the beat generation of the late 1950s and the hippie culture of the late 1960s.


  • Mar 26

    Ann Arbor Film Festival Celebrates 50 Years

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A southeast Michigan cultural institution is celebrating 50 years of cutting edge film, this week.

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival started in 1962. So organizers are taking the long view with this year’s celebrations of five decades of cinema.


  • Mar 20

    Henry Rollins - Getting the Job Done on Many Stages

    by: Rob St. Mary

    “I have a healthy fear of my audience and healthy fear of failure. I fear failing my audience and that keeps me very upright, very awake, very leaning into it – never taking it for granted.” – Henry Rollins

    WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Rollins about his current tour, his recent journeys and his creative drives.


  • Mar 20

    Volunteers Welcome as "A Call to Action" is Heard on Detroit's East Side

    by: Rob St. Mary

    As part of WDET’s “A Call to Action”, an effort to unlock ten-thousand hours of volunteerism to improve Metro Detroit, WDET’s Rob St. Mary takes a look at the Ravendale Community Center on the city’s eastside.


  • Mar 15

    WDET Awarded for Quality, Innovative News & Music Programming - WDET's Raw Feed

    While professional awards from our respected peers through the MAPBA and MAB look great on our shelves, the most humbling honor for us is when we meet you at our listening parties, the Moth or other events.

    Maybe you are wearing a WDET shirt or hoodie?

    Maybe you have a WDET sticker on your car?

    It’s your excitement for what we do and taking a little time to show it, maybe saying “Hi” on facebook, twitter or in an e-mail, that means so much.

    Your insight, inspiration and support helps to make WDET possible.


  • Mar 14

    Theatre Bizarre Being Dismantled as Organizers Plan Future Events

    by: Rob St. Mary

    “I knew from the day we started that they (the City of Detroit) were going to come eventually… without a doubt. You can’t do this on the scale that we were doing it and not raise some eyebrows eventually.” – Ken Poirier, Co-Creator of Theatre Bizarre

    Theatre Bizarre creators John Dunivant and Ken Poirier say they don’t expect their annual, underground masquerade to return to its original location inside a burned out residential neighborhood near the vacant Michigan State Fairgrounds again.


  • Mar 06

    Grand Rapids' ArtPrize Adds New Dimensions for 2012

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This year marks the fourth year for Grand Rapids’ international art competition known as Art Prize. Brian Burch is one of the organizers. He spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about some of the changes planned for this year’s event.


  • Feb 29

    Santorum Says He's Proud Of His Michigan Campaign

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum finished second in the Michigan’s Republican Primary Tuesday night.


  • Feb 23

    The 84th Academy Awards: Live Chat with Rob St. Mary - WDET's Raw Feed

    The biggest night in Hollywood is Sunday, the Oscars.

    WDET's resident movie geek, Rob St. Mary, wants to chat with you as the night unfolds.


  • Feb 21

    Film about Detroit Singer/Songwriter an Award-Winner at Sundance

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit singer/songwriter Rodriguez worked for decades without much notice. Then, in the late 1990s, he found out that his early 1970s albums had a huge following overseas – especially in Australia and South Africa. Last month, a documentary about Rodriguez premiered at Sundance Film Festival, winning awards and rave reviews. The film “Waiting for Sugar Man” was also picked up at the festival by Sony Pictures Classics and is expected to be released later this year. Rodriguez recently stopped by WDET to share the news. Excited about the new developments, Rodriguez often clutched at his newspapers as he spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Feb 17

    Detroit Community Meeting: Southwest Detroit - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary joins Craig to talk about the community meeting WDET held at the Compas Center in Southwest Detroit.


  • Feb 16

    Tattoo Artists See Boom in Interest, Art

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A group show featuring the art of several cutting edge tattoo artists will start its month long run Saturday at the 323 East Gallery in Royal Oak. The show is called “Clean as a Whistle” and features the work of seven artists who work at Signature Tattoo in Ferndale and Big Top Tattoo in Utica. Dan Rick and Mark Heggie are co-owners and artists at both tattoo shops. They spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Feb 13

    Rob St. Mary On 'Question of the Day' - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary joins Craig in the studio to discuss the station's new 'Question of the Day' initiative, aimed at further familiarizing listeners with the Public Insight Network.


  • Feb 08

    Local Writer Blends Arab Myth & Fantasy in New Novel

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Metro Detroit writer is celebrating the release of his first novel. Saladin Ahmed is the author of “Throne of the Crescent Moon” – a story that blends Arab myths with fantasy elements. Ahmed spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about the book and the business and art of writing.


  • Feb 01

    Contemporary Artist, Detroit-Native, Mike Kelley Dead at 57

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Sad news from the art world today, a respected contemporary artist, and Detroit native, Mike Kelley has died. He was 57. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Travis Wright about Kelley. Rob interviewed with Kelley recently.


  • Jan 19

    Newly Transplanted Designer/Artist Holds First Detroit Solo Show

    by: Rob St. Mary

    An artist transplanted to the Detroit area is being celebrated with a one-man show in Midtown on Saturday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Bryan Christopher Baker about “an evening of Order and Other Formations” – his one-night only show at Review Contemporary Gallery.


  • Jan 18

    "Four" On the Floor - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET’s Rob St. Mary speaks to Exhibitions Director Mary Fortuna and featured artist Lynn Galbreath about the "Four" art show at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.


  • Jan 18

    "Four" On the Floor

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A group art show opens at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester on Friday. The show is called “Four” and features four female artists from Metro Detroit. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Exhibitions Director Mary Fortuna and featured artist Lynn Galbreath about the show.


  • Jan 12

    Visiting Detroit: During the Auto Show and Year Round

    by: Rob St. Mary

    With thousands of reporters and industry professionals in town for the previews of the North American International Auto Show this week the economic impact of the show in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Building goodwill for future visits is the job of the Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to bureau President and CEO Larry Alexander about his efforts.


  • Jan 09

    Detroit Auto Show Opens With Awards, Push For Young Customers

    by: Quinn Klinefelter

    The North American International Auto Show opened today.


  • Jan 09

    Chrysler Revives Dodge Dart Name in Fiat/Alfa Romeo Bones

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Chrysler Group is unveiling a new car was a familiar name it hopes will make a big dent in the compact car market.


  • Jan 09

    Hyundai, Ranger Rover Take North American Car/Truck Honors

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The North American Car of the Year award goes to a foreign nameplate partially engineered in the US.


  • Jan 09

    Auto Show Day One - The Craig Fahle Show

    The 2012 North American International Auto Show kicks-off today at Cobo with its special press preview. WDET's own Rob St. Mary and Quinn Klinefelter join Craig in-studio to report back to listeners on what they can expect to see, and which cars they shouldn't miss.


  • Jan 04

    Artist/Teacher Topher Crowder Presents Broad Range of Work in New Solo Show

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new solo show of the work of local artist and Schoolcraft Collage instructor Topher Crowder opens at the Northville Art House on Friday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary met up with Crowder to talk about the works being presented in the show.


  • Dec 28

    Corktown's Spaulding Court Rehab Hits Next Stage

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A group in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood has been working over the last few years to redevelop the Spaulding Court apartment complex. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently to Jon Koller, one of the lead organizers on the project, about the latest developments and plans for 2012.


  • Dec 27

    "Stupor" Creator Collaborates with Matthew Barney, Plots Future

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Detroit writer who has been creating his own underground publication of true stories… is collaborating with an internationally known contemporary artist and filmmaker for the latest issue. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently to Steve Hughes, the creator of “Stupor”, about his latest issue featuring art and design by Matthew Barney.


  • Dec 14

    Detroit Poet Introduces Herself with a Book, Event

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Detroit poet is celebrating the release of her first book with an event this Saturday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Tawana Petty – known by the stage name “Honeycomb” about her new book, “Introducing Honeycomb”.


  • Dec 13

    Funk/Punk Band Fishbone Documentary Comes to Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new documentary about the punk/funk band Fishbone opens in Detroit this week. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Chris Meltzer – the director of “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” which starts a weekend run at the Cass City Cinema on Thursday.


  • Dec 08

    Detroit Artist Celebrates "Faces"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Detroit artist who has been painting for over 25 years is celebrating the release of two new books with an event on Saturday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Glenn Barr about his new book, “Faces”, which was theme of solo exhibitions in Rome and Los Angeles earlier this year.


  • Dec 07

    John Sinclair Looks Back on "Freedom Rally" 40 Years Later

    by: Rob St. Mary

    WDET’s Rob St. Mary met up with John Sinclair recently at the Trans Love Energies Compassion Center – a store front near Eastern Market related to medical marijuana – to talk about what led up to rally, his release from prison and Sinclair’s on-going crusade to reform marijuana laws.


  • Dec 05

    Ghetto Recorders Marks 15 Years of Capturing Detroit Sounds

    by: Rob St. Mary

    When people think of Detroit recording studios that created a unique sound, the best example is Motown’s Studio A. Known as the “snake pit”, the Motown studio is really the garage of a home on West Grand Boulevard. This fall, another Detroit studio hidden in plain sight is celebrating 15 years of creating its own unique rock sounds. WDET’s Rob St. Mary takes us to Ghetto Recorders.


  • Dec 02

    Detroit Leaders Unite Behind Anti-Emergency Manager Ballot Proposal

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A group of Detroit labor, clergy and elected officials concerned about a state appointed Emergency Financial Manager are joining an effort to end the practice through a ballot initiative. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Brandon Jessup – Chairman and CEO of “Michigan Forward”, an urban public policy think tank, who is leading the petition effort.


  • Dec 01

    Noel Night Opens Re:Collect 2011

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Saturday night is Noel Night in Midtown Detroit – a chance for the public to get into the holiday spirit while visiting various businesses, museums and galleries. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to one of the hosts of the event – Simone De Sousa of Re:View Contemporary Gallery. De Sousa’s gallery is opening a special year end group show called “Re:Collect 2011”.


  • Nov 28

    Listen Up! A Skype with Brooke Gladstone of "On the Media" - WDET's Raw Feed

    On Friday night November 11th about 40 people gathered at Detroit Comics in Ferndale for chance to ask questions of "On the Media" host Brooke Gladstone about her new non-fiction graphic novel, "The Influencing Machine".

    You can listen in here!


  • Nov 28

    Fashion Designer Starts 2nd Annual Coat Drive

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Detroit area fashion designer is seeking the community’s help to warm those in need this holiday season. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Sarah Lapinski about her second annual coat drive which starts today.


  • Nov 23

    CD Shares Native American Sounds, Benefits Local Health Clinic

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The youth group of a local non-profit is offering a CD of music as a fundraiser. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to area musician Joe Reilly about “We Are Dream Seekers” – a record of contemporary and traditional music to support American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan.


  • Nov 21

    Detroit Firefighter Film Seeks Funds, Gets Hollywood Help

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A documentary about a year in the life of the Detroit Fire Department called “BURN” is heading towards the finish line. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to producers and directors Brenna Sanchez and Tom Putnam about the last developments with the film including the addition of comedian/actor Denis Leary as a producer.


  • Nov 18

    Bing Announces 1,000 Layoffs in Early 2012

    by: Rob St. Mary

    One-thousand layoff notices are expected to land on the desks of City of Detroit employees in January.


  • Nov 17

    WDET's Grosse Pointe Community Meeting Recap - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary joins Craig to discuss the station's community meeting in Grosse Pointe last night.


  • Nov 16

    WDET's Grosse Pointe Community Meeting Tonight - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary joins Craig to talk about the open-forum community meeting the station is hosting tonight at the the Grosse Pointe Woods Branch Library. The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 pm. The library is located at 20680 Mack (at Vernier).


  • Nov 16

    Destroy All Monsters Honored with LA Art Show

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This week, an Ann Arbor art collective from the 1970s will be recognized in a retrospective show at a Los Angeles gallery. WDET’s Rob St. Mary takes a look at Destroy All Monsters.


  • Nov 15

    Partnership for Change Update - The Craig Fahle Show

    Join WDET's Rob St. Mary as he discusses the Ravendale and Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church joint effort to work collaboratively on the Eastside Divide. Joining Rob in studio for the interview are Toni McIlwaine, the Founder and Executive Director of Ravendale Community Center, and Jean Ritok of the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church.


  • Nov 11

    Public Pool to Dip Into Art and Fashion

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Saturday night at the art space Public Pool in Hamtramck, several Detroit area artists and fashion designers are coming together for a group show called “Un-Dress Re-Dress”. One of the artists is designer Sarah Lapinski of Motor City Sewing and Wound Menswear. She spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about the show and her thoughts on fashion.


  • Nov 10

    "Corktown Cinema" to Rise from the Burton Theatre's Ashes

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The group that started the Burton Theatre in Detroit, which closed this spring, says it’s preparing to broaden it’s effort and re-open in a new neighborhood. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Nathan Faustyn, Jeff Else and Brandon Walley about the new “Corktown Cinema”.


  • Nov 08

    Jim Fouts Reelected Mayor in Warren

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Warren residents have decided to keep their Mayor for another term.


  • Nov 08

    Harper Woods Keeps Mayor for Another Term

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Wayne County city of Harper Woods is returning its long serving mayor back to office.


  • Nov 08

    Found vs. Found to Battle

    by: Rob St. Mary

    An event taking place at the Magic Bag in Ferndale on Thursday is being billed as a battle between “found” objects. In one corner is the creators of Ann Arbor based Found Magazine, who collect misplaced notes, pictures and materials. In the other corner are the creators of Wisconsin based Found Footage Festival, who collect odd and humorous videos. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Nick Prueher of the Found Footage Festival about his love of unloved VHS tapes and this week’s event.


  • Nov 04

    Bing: New Agreement Ends Feds Oversight of Water/Sewer Department

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit’s Mayor says an agreement between the city, the suburbs and a Federal judge is moving the water and sewer department out from under Federal oversight. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Nov 04

    Transportation Riders United on the DDOT Bus Stoppage

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Buses in the DDOT system stopped running this morning stranding thousands of passengers at stops throughout the city of Detroit. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Megan Owens, the Executive Director of Transportation Riders United, about the current state of Detroit’s transit system. Owens says the stoppage happened after an assault on a bus driver yesterday.


  • Nov 03

    WDET's Southfield Community Meeting Recap - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary joins Craig for a recap of the previous evening's community meeting in Southfield.


  • Nov 01

    Angel's Night Recap - All Things Considered

    WDET's ATC Host Travis Wright talks to WDET's Rob St. Mary about Mayor Dave Bing's announcement this afternoon recapping Detroit's three-day "Angel's Night" mobilization against arson.


  • Nov 01

    Detroit Sets Low Record for Arsons Around Halloween

    by: Rob St. Mary

    City of Detroit officials say this year’s “Angel’s Night” anti-arson effort set a new record. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Nov 01

    Southfield: Past, Present and Future with Donald Fracassi

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Wednesday evening, WDET will hold a listening session at the Southfield Public Library to talk to people in the neighborhood about their community. If you are a Southfield resident, please join us.

    Last week, WDET’s Rob St. Mary spent some time with former Mayor and current Southfield city councilman Donald Fracassi who has been involved in Southfield government for 42 years, about 30 of them as mayor, from the early 1970s to 2001. Fracassi, who has lived in Southfield over 50 years, says great changes happened very quickly but without some of the growing pains other areas have felt.


  • Oct 31

    What's Crossing the Lines? WDET's Own Discuss an On-Going Station Initiative - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Jerome Vaughn and Rob St. Mary join Craig in-studio to discuss, "Crossing the Lines," WDET's station initiative to cover stories on people and movements that are shaking things up around Metro Detroit, crossing difficult barriers, and working in new ways to positively make change in the region.


  • Oct 31

    Ferndale Film Festival Returns for a Third Year

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Ferndale Film Festival is returning for another year. The celebration of independent film – local and international – runs Wednesday through Sunday at some new locations… even beyond the Ferndale city limits. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to organizers Suzanne Janik and Bill Urich about this year’s event.


  • Oct 31

    Detroit's Image: An Audio Collage

    by: Rob St. Mary

    WDET is unveiling its “Crossing the Lines” series this morning. It’s an in-depth exploration of what unites us and divides us as people and as a region.

    Throughout the year, we’ve been mapping the region’s beliefs, behaviors, and the language codes people use to unite and divide.

    We’ve focused on issues of inclusion, exclusion, geographical boundaries and efforts to bridge those boundaries.

    Our goal is to bring new perspectives and a more inclusive range of voices and views to discussing those issues that limit the region’s potential.

    Detroit’s image has long been an issue that divides the region’s residents.

    As part of our "Crossing The Lines" series, WDET’s Rob St. Mary has created a sound collage of media references and perceptions of Detroit over the past 50 years.


  • Oct 28

    Cass City Cinema Brings Movies Back to the Burton Theatre

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new movie theatre is opening this weekend inside the old Burton International School in Detroit. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to organizers Joel Landy and Erin McDonald about the new Cass City Cinema - which is slated to open in the former Burton Theatre location. .


  • Oct 27

    "Run of the Dead" to Celebrate Southwest Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Southwest Detroit community is using the upcoming Day of the Dead festivities to raise awareness and funds for local projects. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Vittoria Katanski of the Southwest Detroit Business Association about Saturday’s “Run of the Dead”.


  • Oct 26

    Detroit Employees & Citizens Gear Up for "Angel's Night" Effort

    by: Rob St. Mary

    With Halloween approaching, the Angel’s Night mobilization against arson in Detroit is gearing up. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to the Director of Community Relations for the mayor’s office – Frazier Kimpson – about this year’s efforts.


  • Oct 25

    Local Artist Offers "Terror" In Time for Halloween

    by: Rob St. Mary

    As Halloween approaches, a Metro Detroit artist is celebrating the release of his latest graphic novel with a book signing at Dearborn’s Green Brain Comics on Wednesday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Dave Acosta about his new horror themed book, “The Vessel of Terror”, and his career as a comics creator with international reach based in Southeast Michigan.


  • Oct 23

    My Look Inside Theatre Bizarre's "The Initiation"  - WDET's Raw Feed

    I just wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from my experience at last night’s Theatre Bizarre “The Initiation”.


  • Oct 20

    Butch Patrick Brings "Munsters" to the Redford Theatre

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Halloween starts early this weekend at the Redford Theatre with a screening of the 1960’s horror comedy “Munster, Go Home”. The non-profit community movie house on Detroit’s Northwest side is hosting actor Butch Patrick of the 60s cult TV show “The Munsters” as part of the event. Patrick was cast as “Eddie” the wolf boy on the show. Patrick talks to WDET's Rob St. Mary about those times, what he's doing today and this weekend's event.


  • Oct 18

    Theatre Bizarre: Past, Present and Future

    by: Rob St. Mary

    “It’s magic. It’s the only thing that’s held its magic for me, at least; all the way through my life and trying to play with that magic and that alchemy to create something that no one has ever seen. It is like alchemy – throwing all these mixtures of things together and hoping to produce something greater than its whole, and Halloween has always held that for me.” – John Dunivant, chief artist and co-creator of Theatre Bizarre (on Halloween)

    Last week, WDET’s Rob St. Mary had a chance to talk to John Dunivant at the Theatre Bizarre grounds as he was working to developing site specific art and installations for this year’s gathering at the Masonic Temple.


  • Oct 17

    DIA Offers Contemporary Look at the City in "Detroit Revealed"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Detroit Institute of Arts opened a new photography exhibit yesterday called “Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010”. It’s a contemporary look at the city through the lenses of several local and international artists including Carlos Diaz who spent time in Southwest Detroit’s Mexican-American community.


  • Oct 14

    Anvil: Metal’s “Comeback Kid” - WDET's Raw Feed

    “It’s a struggle to make it. It’s a struggle once you do make it, to stay there and it’s a struggle to survive even if things go down. It ever ends. And all I want to do is just keep doing it. I’ve been living the dream and I’m so grateful and every moment is being appreciated ten times to the level it might have been if I had made it when I was young.” - Steve "Lips" Kudlow, guitarist/lead singer of Anvil


  • Oct 12

    Warren DeFever's "Cloud Bridge" to Connect Detroit-New York Musicians

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit musician Warren DeFever, best known for his two-decade plus run as the leader of the band “His Name is Alive”, is branching out and bringing some New York musicians to town to perform a newly composed classical piece, this weekend. WDET’s Rob St. Mary explains.


  • Oct 12

    MOCAD to Celebrate Five Years

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a fundraising party on Friday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Marsha Miro – the President of the museums’ board of directors.


  • Oct 11

    Detroit-Tokyo Photobook and Art Event

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Two artists – one from Detroit… the other from Tokyo… are celebrating their four year collaboration in the Metro area later this month. The result is a photo book called “Parallel Universe” by sculptor Dick Cruger and illustrator Yasuo Tanaka. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Cruger about the project.


  • Oct 10

    Metro Detroit Artist Expands into Fashion

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Metro Detroit artist known for her watercolor works is branching out into fashion. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently to Jaclyn Schanes about her new “Jacx” clothing line.


  • Oct 07

    Detroit's East English Village to Host Foreclosed Home Tour

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The northeast Detroit neighborhood of East English Village is hosting its second annual home tour this Sunday highlighting foreclosed properties available for purchase. William Barlage is the President of the East English Village neighborhood association. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Oct 06

    Detroit Beard League to Battle at National Competition

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A battle of the beards, and moustaches too, is taking place this weekend. The Second Annual National Beard and Moustache Championships sponsored by Beard Team USA is being held in Pennsylvania. And as WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports Metro Detroit men, and a few ladies as well, are gearing up for the competition.


  • Oct 05

    Mayor Bing Says Detroiters Facing Welfare Cuts Could See Assistance

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit’s Mayor says plans are in the works to help residents facing public assistance cuts. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Oct 05

    Writer/Artist Frank Miller Unleashes "Holy Terror"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Writer and artist Frank Miller has created some of the most beloved stories in the hearts of comic book fans over the past 30 years. The rebooting of “Daredevil” to “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” to “Sin City” and “300”, Miller has created acclaimed stories. Several of them have gone on to become Hollywood blockbusters. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Miller about his latest work, “Holy Terror” which puts September Eleventh and the War on Terrorism in the realm of costumed heroes.


  • Oct 05

    Muslim American Comic Book Fan Reacts to "Holy Terror"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new graphic novel by acclaimed artist and writer Frank Miller called “Holy Terror” was released last week. In the book, Miller places two masked vigilantes in the middle of a September Eleventh-like attack by Muslim terrorists on a major city. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently to Ahmed Michael Beydoun – a 20-year-old Wayne State University pre-med student, comic book fan and Lebanese-American Muslim about his thoughs on “Holy Terror” after reading the book.


  • Oct 04

    Local Artist is "Unlocking Desire" to Build Detroit-New Orleans Connection

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A local playwright is offering a final opportunity this week to see her latest work called “Unlocking Desire” which picks up where Tennessee Williams’ classic “A Street Car Named Desire” leaves off. But, Barbara Neri says it’s an entry point for a effort to bring the artists in New Orleans, the setting for the play, and Detroit together. Neri spoke recently to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Oct 03

    WDET Wants Your Insight!

    by: Pat Batcheller with Rob St. Mary

    If you could make a movie that tells the Detroit story, how would you write it? And how would you star in it? And how would you bridge the Eight Mile divide?

    Those are some of the questions we want YOU to answer as part of our Public Insight Journalism Network. WDET's Public Insignt Analyst Rob St. Mary spoke with Pat Batcheller about how YOUR opinions shape our coverage of the news in our community. Listener feedback was essential to our unique coverage of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Now, we'd like your insight on some other issues, that will help guide some upcoming reports and conversations on WDET and wdet.org.


  • Sep 29

    Opera Supporters Invite Young Professionals to Have a "Ball"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Michigan Opera Theatre is reaching out to young professionals to build support and appreciation. The annual opera ball is being held on Saturday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to one of the co-chairs of the event – Peter Van Dyke about the opera and the annual ball.


  • Sep 28

    A View from TEDx Detroit 2011 - WDET's Raw Feed

    “It’s like a trip to Disneyland for your mind, except the rides come to you!” - Ron Arnold, TEDx Detroit attendee.

    My look at TEDx Detroit 2011 by Rob St. Mary


  • Sep 27

    Worthy Charges Seven with Corruption in Romulus PD

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The former police chief, his wife and five former detectives with the Romulus Police Department are facing multiple charges in a wide ranging public corruption case.


  • Sep 27

    Rob St. Mary on the TED Talks  - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary speaks with Craig about the upcoming TED Talks taking place in Detroit.


  • Sep 27

    Detroit Gallery Week Brings "Memory Cloud"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This is Detroit Gallery Week. Over the next several days art institutions will welcome the public with special programing. One of the larger community events is called “Memory Cloud”. The art piece features input from the community thanks to the web and will premiere in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts on Friday evening. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Theo Spyropoulos, one of the creators of the work.


  • Sep 26

    "Robocop" Star Visits Detroit, Meets Statue Supporters

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This past weekend, the Detroit Fanfare, a comic book and pop culture convention took place at Cobo Center. One of the guests was actor/director Peter Weller. The star of “Robocop” met up with some of the people responsible for raising the money to build a statue in Detroit in honor of the character. WDET’s Rob St. Mary met up with Weller Saturday night at the Lager House in Corktown where supporters of the Robocop statue were holding a party to support local food pantry “Forgotten Harvest”. Weller talked about his thoughts on Detroit, the Detroit Tigers, Robocop - the film and the statue effort, his current work directing the show "Sons of Anarchy" and working on his PhD in Art History at UCLA.


  • Sep 22

    Pewabic Pottery Starts "Save the Chimney" Campaign

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The historic Pewabic Pottery is Detroit is seeking a little help repairing a necessary part of its operation – the chimney. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Terese Ireland, Executive Director of Pewabic Pottery about the damage and the fundraising campaign.


  • Sep 21

    DC Comics Character Relaunch: Metro Detroit Fans Respond  - The Craig Fahle Show

    Fans react to the new relaunch of DC comic book characters.


  • Sep 21

    Cancer Study Seeks Metro Detroit Minority Groups

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A cancer study taking place in Metro Detroit is seeking members of the Latino, African-American and Arab-American communities. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to organizer Rose Khalifa about the American Cancer Society study.


  • Sep 21

    Ann Arbor Film Festival to Mark 50 Years

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival turns 50 in the coming year. Leading up to the anniversary, the festival is hosting a series of monthly screenings of some of the important and influential films to come through over the past five decades. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Donald Harrison, the executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.


  • Sep 20

    Future Doctor Wins Detroit's Moth Grand Slam

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A soon to be doctor is the newest master storyteller in the Moth's Detroit competition. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Sep 20

    Mobile App to Capture & Share Detroit's Wildflowers

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A former Detroiter is working on getting area residents to see the beauty growing in the vacant spaces and parks around the City of Detroit and then share it worldwide using mobile technology. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently to Gwen McKay – one of the coordinators of the Wildflowers of Detroit project.


  • Sep 19

    Third Annual ArtPrize - The Craig Fahle Show

    Rob talks to Craig about the opening of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, highlighting Metro Detroit artists.


  • Sep 19

    Metro Detroit Artists to Invade ArtPrize

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The third annual ArtPrize event opens in Grand Rapids this week. ArtPrize is a festival where the public vote on the art pieces they like best at hosted sites around the West Michigan city. WDET’s Rob St. Mary takes a look at what this event… featuring art from around the world means to several Metro Detroit artists.


  • Sep 16

    The Return of Vinyl : Buying, Selling, and Collecting Records - The Craig Fahle Show

    Guests Jeff Bubeck and Brad Hales join Craig to discuss the growing popularity of vinyl in the age of iPods and MP3s.


  • Sep 16

    "Fantastic Four" Redux Gets Gallery Show - WDET's Raw Feed

    Back in June, I interviewed with Dan Merritt of Green Brain Comics in Dearborn about his scheme.

    The plan was to get a bunch of artists to do a page from "Fantastic Four" #1 to honor the 50th anniversary of the first issue of the series which ushered in, what fans call, "the Marvel Universe".

    Well, he did it! And the results, well, look fantastic!


  • Sep 15

    Dr. Fred Pearson on the Center of Peace and Conflict Studies - The Craig Fahle Show

    Rob St. Mary speaks with Dr. Fred Pearson of Wayne State University about the future of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.


  • Sep 15

    MOCAD is "Barely There" Again

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new exhibition opens Friday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in Midtown. It’s the second part of the show entitled, “Barely There”. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Luis Crouquer (Crocker) – the Director and Chief Curator of MOCAD – in the spring about the first part of the concept. Today, he follows up with a look at “Barely There 2”.


  • Sep 15

    MOCAD Hosts French Artist for First US Exhibition - WDET's Raw Feed

    As the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit opens the second installment of the “Barely There” exhibition, the Midtown museum is also hosting a French artist with her first solo show in the United States.

    Stephanie Nava is presenting the piece “Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory)” which looks at the British version of “Victory Gardens” during World War Two and comments on the current ideas of urban gardening.

    Nava talked to me about her piece, her interest in Detroit music and her experience at MOCAD.


  • Sep 14

    Center Director: WSU to End "Peace & Conflict Studies"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Wayne State University could close a long running program working to end war and neighborhood violence. For 46 years, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies has been teaching and working in the community. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Dr. Fred Pearson, director of the center about the future of the program.


  • Sep 14

    Artist Profile: Mark Dancey

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit artist Mark Dancey has had many jobs over the past 25 years - a cartoonist, a publisher, a rock musician – and for over a decade now he’s sought to make a lasting impression as an oil painter. WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to the artist as a new series of Mark Dancey’s paintings are about to go on display.


  • Sep 13

    Exploding the “Nevermind” Myths – 20 Years Later - WDET's Raw Feed

    Trolling the “interwebs” today and I came across something you might be interested in reading. SPIN has a piece called “8 Myths About Nirvana's 'Nevermind'".


  • Sep 13

    Park(ing) Day Seeks Spotlight for Land Use

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Organizers of an event this week hope a little bit of street theatre will motivate better land use in cities worldwide. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recent to Claire Nelson… the owner of Bureau of Urban Living in Midtown Detroit and one of the organizers of the local Park(ing) Day event.


  • Sep 12

    GLUE Conference Focuses on "Rust Belt" Redevelopment

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A conference of urban planners and community activists interested in improving “rust belt” cities is taking place this week. WDET’s Rob St. Mary recently spoke to Sarah Szurpicki - the co-founder of GLUE, the Great Lakes Urban Exchange – about the conference which starts Thursday in Pittsburgh.


  • Sep 09

    Theatre Bizarre Returns but to New Location

    by: Rob St. Mary

    After facing a shutdown before last year’s event… the creators of Detroit’s underground carnival are returning to a different venue and a different form this year. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Sep 09

    Special Edition: WDET's Remembering 9/11 - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET's Rob St. Mary guest hosts today's 9/11 special.


  • Sep 09

    Artist Reflects on 9/11 in Art

    by: Rob St. Mary

    As we approach the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, WDET’s Rob St. Mary went looking for some perspectives in the art world. Rob spoke recently with Pontiac based artist Jef Bourgeau about his thoughts on the use of 9/11 in art and a gallery show he hosted in early 2002, about six months after the event, at the Museum of New Art called “Ground Zero”.


  • Sep 09

    Filmmaker/Adventurer Remembers 9/11 at the South Pole

    by: Rob St. Mary

    All this week WDET has been looking at the September Eleventh attacks and how they have affected us… ten-years later. Filmmaker and adventurer Paul Daniels has been to Antarctica three times. During his second time there, wintering over at the South Pole, the September Eleven terrorist attacks took place. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about the experience and the film he made during that time.


  • Sep 07

    "Bolth" Offers Two Artists, One Night Only

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Two Detroit artists, who previously worked together in the late 90s arts collective AWOL, have come together for a two-man solo show but with a twist. WDET’s Rob St. Mary recently interviewed Matt Zacharias about “BOLTH” – a one night only art event featuring Zacharias and Greg Fadell at Review Contemporary Gallery in Midtown on Friday night.


  • Sep 07

    9/11 and the Arts – “The Residents” Reflect  - WDET's Raw Feed

    Over the past few weeks I have been looking for various perspectives looking back on the September 11th attacks from the community and the arts.

    “The Residents” are a multi-media music/art group that has been around nearly 40 years. During that time, no one has learned their identity. It’s part of their idea – that the art is more important than the personalities making it.

    So, I offer you this interview with Hardy Fox of the Cryptic Corporation. Cryptic is the management company which handles “The Residents”.

    Fox spoke to me via Skype about “The Residents”, the group’s 2002 album “Demons Dance Alone” – which was created in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, and about how artists could/do use the events and aftermath ten years on from that day.


  • Sep 06

    WDET Reporter Rob St. Mary and Movie Critic Jeff Meyers on the Portrayal of 9/11 in Film/TV - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET reporter Rob St. Mary and film critic Jeff Meyers talk with Noah Ovshinsky about the portrayal of terrorism and 9/11 in movies and entertainment over the past 10 years.


  • Aug 29

    Theatre Bizarre Documentary Attracting Attention, Seeking Investors

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The on-line fundraising effort for a documentary on Detroit’s underground carnival, Theatre Bizarre, ends tomorrow. But the filmmakers aren’t sure they’ll meet their goal. WDET’s Rob St. Mary sat down recently with filmmakers Per Frankell and Gary Bredow to talk about the latest developments on the film and the fundraising efforts.


  • Aug 26

    "Noise Camp" Celebrates a Raucous 17th Anniversary

    by: Rob St. Mary

    For the past 17 years several local musicians and artists have been holding a camp for noisy performances. Called simply enough “Noise Camp”, it was originated by “His Name is Alive” mastermind Warren DeFever and local record label owner and artist Davin Brainard. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recently with Brainerd about the annual summer performance which invites audience members to dress up, take part and enjoy a camp-like experience.


  • Aug 25

    Michigan Punks Bring Music, Book to Fans

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Two legendary Michigan punk bands will play a show at St. Andrew’s Hall on Saturday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary caught up with Tesco Vee – the lead singer of the Meatmen – to talk about the show and his new book collecting all the issues of the “Touch and Go” fanzine… a homemade publication which covered the punk scene from the late 70s and early 80s.


  • Aug 24

    Corktown's Imagination Station Hosts Music Fundraiser

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Arts organizers in two Detroit neighborhoods are coming together this weekend for a sonic fundraiser. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke recent to Jeff DeBryun of the Imagination Station in Corktown about a concert this Sunday featuring Spencer Barefield who coordinates the Music in Homes series in Palmer Woods.


  • Aug 23

    "Ed & Moe Show" Wrings Laughs Out of Dearborn

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Throughout comedy history duos have been a winning combination. Think Martin and Lewis or Cheech and Chong or Harold and Kumar. Today, WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to Ed and Moe, the brain child of a Dearborn filmmaker whose internet show is attracting attention locally and beyond.


  • Aug 22

    Mock Emergency Planned for the Detroit River

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit officials say area residents shouldn’t panic if they happen to see an explosion or emergency responders out on the Detroit River this week.


  • Aug 19

    Cyclists Offered a Cruise on Saturday

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Tomorrow is the annual Woodward Dream Cruise from Ferndale to Pontiac. But in the morning, a few miles south of Eight Mile, a different kind of cruise is taking place on Woodward. The Bike Cruise offers a chance to check out auto history in Detroit at a more leisurely pace. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Tom Page, one of the coordinators of the event.


  • Aug 18

    Grandmont Rosedale Hopes for New Neighbors

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Chase Bank Foundation is offering $1 million in down payment assistance grants to help City of Detroit employees and police officers move to targeted areas. Some community development corporation officials hope it means new neighbors. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Tom Goddeeris - Executive Director of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation.


  • Aug 18

    Home Cash Available for City Employees & Police Officers

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Bing Administration is getting some help to get more police officers and city employees to move back to the city. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Aug 18

    Detroit Realtor Discusses Business and Crime Prevention

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This weekend’s outbreak of violence in Detroit is on everyone’s minds.

    WDET wants to know what each individual in the area is willing to do the change the equation.

    We’re talking with newsmarkers, changemakers and area residents all this week to find out.

    WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Austin Black – the president of City Living Detroit – a real estate firm that specializes in selling properties in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood about how the violence affects his business and what he feels can be done to fight crime.


  • Aug 17

    Ravendale Community Center Improving the Eastside

    by: Rob St. Mary

    WDET wants to know what each individual in the area is willing to do the change the equation.

    We’re talking with newsmarkers, changemakers and area residents all this week to find out.

    WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Toni McIlwain – the president of the Ravendale Community Center on Detroit’s eastside about her center and what can be done on a grassroots level to fight against crime and the conditions that cause it.


  • Aug 12

    60 Seconds Over Detroit - WDET's Raw Feed

    Have you ever though to yourself, “Self, I love music, but I don’t really have time to listen to it. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone took great music and the condensed it into little – oh, say 60 second – chunks so I can get on with my day?”

    Me neither!

    But be glad that Detroit’s own Troy Gregory has done that for you!


  • Aug 12

    Urban Network Book Store Expands Neighborhood and Social Activist Mission

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Urban Network Book Store has been a gathering place for local business and community activism near the former Olympia Stadium in Detroit for the past two-and-a-half years. Today and Saturday, a grand re-opening will celebrate the expansion of the store’s mission. WDET’s Rob St. Mary talked to Yusef Shakur – a Detroit social activist and the owner of the store about the expansion.


  • Aug 11

    Bike Ride and Art Exhibit Comes to Scripps Park Saturday

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Scripps Park in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood is offering a public art display and a bike ride on Saturday to tour many of the city’s public art assets. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to one of the coordinators of the effort – Dominic Arellano of Forward Arts.


  • Aug 10

    Detroit Raised Filmmakers Open "CornerStore" This Weekend

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The party store is a staple of the Metro Detroit retail experience and it appears to be fertile ground for a Detroit raised filmmaker. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to writer-director Joe Doughrity and producer Dwight Patillo about their film “Cornerstore” which opens locally on Friday.


  • Aug 08

    Grosse Pointe Church Minister Speaks About Mending the Eastside

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Earlier today, WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduced us to a group of people from Grosse Pointe and Detroit’s eastside working together to build bridges between the long divided communities. As part of the effort, both groups attended a service earlier this year at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. What follows is an edited version of the sermon given by the interim minster at the church, the Reverend Mitra Rahnema


  • Aug 08

    Grosse Pointe Church and Detroit Community Center Build Partnership to Mend Eastside Rift

    by: Rob St. Mary

    For about a year now congregants at a Grosse Pointe church and members of an eastside Detroit neighborhood have been working in tandem to change attitudes and the lives of people in both communities. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Aug 05

    Neighborhoods Day Turns Five

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Saturday is a day community organizers say they want the entire city to come together, neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block, and pitch in to help improve Detroit. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke with Luther Keith… the Executive Director of Arise Detroit about Neighborhoods Day.


  • Aug 04

    Detroit City Futbol League Brings Tournament to Belle Isle

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The second season of the Detroit City Futbol League is coming to an end with a tournament on Saturday on Belle Isle. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to League Organizer Sean Mann about the second annual Copa Detroit.


  • Aug 02

    City and Detroit Police Sign "Landmark Agreement"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Bing Administration has reached an agreement with the Detroit Police Officers Association on a new labor accord. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Aug 01

    Ford Recalls Over One Million Pickup Trucks

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Ford is recalling 1.1 million pick-up trucks because of a defect involving the gas tank. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Aug 01

    Fundraiser Started to Bring More Young Jews to Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Young people in the Jewish community in Metro Detroit, and across the nation, are raising funds to help bring new residents for the City of Detroit. Jordan Wolfe is one of the coordinators of the “Do It For Detroit” campaign. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary.


  • Jul 29

    Art Effect Gallery Offers "Constant Flux"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Art Effect Gallery in Detroit’s Eastern Market is opening a new show Saturday. Called “Constant Flux”, it offered artists a chance to use the gallery walls to evolve their ideas over the past month before Saturday’s opening. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Craig Nowak, the gallery manager, and artist Blake Carmichael about the show.


  • Jul 29

    The Free, Fresh Flavor of Robo-Robb  - WDET's Raw Feed

    So, if you are looking for another flavor from Detroit’s hip-hop spectrum – do yourself a favor and check out the free download of SOULBOT2 from Robo-Robb.


  • Jul 28

    "71 Pop" Brings an Artist Store Front to Midtown Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new rotating multi-artist retail space is opening in Detroit’s midtown neighborhood on Saturday. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Margarita Barry – the creator of 71 POP.


  • Jul 28

    Kathy Wendler of the SDBA on "Detroit Works" in Southwest

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Southwest Detroit will be one of the demonstration areas targeted under the newly announced Detroit Works plan. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to the President of the Southwest Detroit Business Association Kathy Wendler for her take on the plan and what it means to her neighborhood.


  • Jul 27

    Bing Unveils Detroit Works Transformation Plan

    by: Quinn Klinefelter

    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is unveiling his long-awaited plan to target resources more effectively in the city But at the moment the Detroit Works plan is actually more of a demonstration project than a major transition for the city.


  • Jul 27

    Metal Even Your Grandma Would Love!  - WDET's Raw Feed

    But lately, I’ve found something that might make your parents, and even your grandparents, ask you to "crank it up".


  • Jul 27

    "Detroit Works" to Target Three Neighborhoods

    by: Rob St. Mary

    City officials say the Detroit Works’ plan will finally be implemented in the coming weeks. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Jul 25

    "Live in Downtown" Incentive Follows Midtown's Lead

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Following the lead of the “Live in Midtown” incentive program introduced earlier this year… five downtown Detroit companies are hoping to lure their employees to the city. Denise Starr is Chief Administrative Officer for Compuware - one of the companies taking part. She spoke to WDET's Rob St. Mary.


  • Jul 21

    Magic Johnson Joins Detroit Venture Capital Company

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A big name from the basketball and business world is returning to his home state with an appetite to grow new ideas. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Jul 21

    DPL to Demo Long Vacant Mark Twain Branch

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Officials with the Detroit Public Library system have decided the fate of the long vacant Mark Twain branch on the city’s eastside. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to the library system’s Assistant Director of Marketing, A.J. Funchess, about what is next for the long vacant building.


  • Jul 20

    We are all “Richard Nixon” - WDET's Raw Feed

    At the bare minimum, do yourself a favor and spent six minutes to watch the Nixon short because I think Curtis's film has a lot to say about the mindset and political climate we find ourselves in today.


  • Jul 20

    SDBA, Artist Work to Re-envision Space Frames

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Thursday evening, the Southwest Detroit Business Association on Vernor Highway will host an art exhibition which will eventually become a permanent part of the community. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to artist Vito Valdez, one of the coordinators of the project called “Southwest Detroit Voices and Visions”.


  • Jul 19

    Grosse Pointe Raised Author Releases New Book

    by: Rob St. Mary

    On Wednesday evening, Grosse Pointe raised author Megan Abbott will make a local appearance, signing copies of her new book “The End of Everything”. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Abbott about her new book and how growing up in the area has had an impact on her writing.


  • Jul 18

    What Movie Means Summer to You?  - WDET's Raw Feed

    All the talk today about a heat wave coming over the next week to the Detroit area has me thinking about films that mean summer.


  • Jul 18

    "Inside Detroit" Aims to Change Attitudes of Locals, Visitors

    by: Rob St. Mary

    An effort to change perceptions about Detroit – one bus tour at a time – continues to develop in the old Woolworth Building on Woodward Avenue. WDET’s Rob St. Mary goes “Inside Detroit”.


  • Jul 18

    DPL to Hold Meeting on Mark Twain Branch

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Detroit Public Library is hosting a meeting this evening about the future of the Mark Twain Branch on the city’s east side. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Karen Nagher of the group Preservation Wayne about the branch building and the meeting.


  • Jul 14

    2010 LGBT Hate Crimes Report Released

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new report on victims of violence in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community has been released. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Nusrat Ventimiglia. She is Director of Victims Services at the Equality Michigan about the report from the National Coalition for Anti-Violence Programs.


  • Jul 13

    "Girls Gone Vinyl" Looks at Women in Techno

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A local techno DJ and filmmaker is currently working on a documentary about female DJs, like her, and what it takes to make it in a music dominated by men.

    WDET’s Rob St. Mary sat down recently with DJ Jenny LaFemme to talk about her project.


  • Jul 11

    Do You Want Some Surrealist Syrup with those Doc Waffles?  - WDET's Raw Feed

    Local hip-hop artist Doc Waffles welcomes you to "Seizure Suit Farms" - a nice place to visit.


  • Jul 06

    Rob St. Mary, News Reporter and Public Insight Analyst - The Craig Fahle Show

    WDET Public Insight Network analyst and Reporter Rob St. Mary fills in for Craig and discusses must-see and must-do arts and cultural offerings in metro Detroit. Plus, he'll talk about how WDET wants listeners to have a say in our coverage by joining the Public Insight Network.


  • Jul 06

    Burton Theatre Continues in Exile, Looking for a Home

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Burton Theatre – which closed in the spring – lives on in exile… popping up in different locations around Metro Detroit. WDET’s Rob St. Mary talked recently with Nathan Faustyn – one of the coordinators for the Burton Theatre – about his efforts to keep their film series viable.


  • Jul 05

    Dance Marathon to Benefit Arts Center

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A local art center is hoping you’ll put on your dancing shoes this month. On the 16th, Paint Creek Center for the Arts will be hosting a dance marathon fundraiser. WDET’s Rob St. Mary caught up recently with Mary Fortuna – the exhibitions director at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester.


  • Jul 05

    For the Love of Mink! - WDET's Raw Feed

    What crowd funding opportunities have you taken part in or are you excited about?


  • Jul 01

    Community, Labor and Business Leaders Tour Delray Neighborhood

    by: Rob St. Mary

    As lawmakers in Lansing debate the future of a new bridge in southwest Detroit, political, business and labor leaders got on a bus to see what the impact would be in one neighborhood. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Jul 01

    Halloween in June: Theatre Bizarre Fans Revel at Documentary Funding Party - WDET's Raw Feed

    Earlier this week I did a story about the history of Theatre Bizarre and the new effort to create a documentary about "the greatest masquerade on earth".

    So, Thursday night I headed over to the Crofoot in Pontiac to check out the scene.


  • Jun 30

    How not to talk about art!

    by: Rob St. Mary

    At it's worst, and most annoying, are art writers and artists who speak as Charlotte Young describes humorously in the video below. Speaking in what Young calls "Art Bullocks". My goal is to never speak or write like them.


  • Jun 30

    MC5 Documentary Seeks Fan Funding

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A documentary about Detroit’s legendary rock band the MC5 has been completed but the producers need a little help securing the music rights. So, an on-line effort is underway now through the 4th of July to raise the funds needed to bring the feature to screens worldwide. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to one of the coordinators of the effort – Freddie Brooks.


  • Jun 29

    MOCAD Talks the Art of Noise

    by: Rob St. Mary

    From the factory floor to the freeway, noise is all around us. But is it music, or even art, when performers make it? The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit plans to talk about it tomorrow night. WDET’s Rob St. Mary takes a listen.


  • Jun 29

    Web Extra – Destroy All Monsters Magazine Collected as a Book

    by: Rob St. Mary

    I stopped by Cary's store - Book Beat in Oak Park - and he was kind enough to spend some time talking to me about the book, Destroy All Monsters and the state of lo-fi/collage/mash-up arts which the band and the magazine was chiefly influenced.


  • Jun 28

    Kresge Announced 2011 Arts Fellows

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Eleven local artists are sharing $300,000 in fellowship money as the Kresge Foundation has announced their 2011 arts fellows.


  • Jun 28

    Theatre Bizarre Looks Forward with Film

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The creators of the underground Halloween party known as Theatre Bizarre have spent the better part of the past decade transforming a section of a blighted, burned out neighborhood in the City of Detroit into a one night carnival. With stages, a roller coaster and even a Ferris wheel, Theatre Bizarre is a circus sideshow come alive. That was until city officials shut it down last fall. WDET’s Rob St. Mary recently caught up with the creators, who call their concept “the greatest masquerade on earth”, to talk about the future of their creation.


  • Jun 27

    Jews & African-American Activists Hold Poverty Mission in Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Jewish and African-American community leaders from around the nation are meeting in Detroit this week to talk about how to they can work together to fight poverty. Larry Schooler is a Jewish leader from Austin, Texas who took part in a similar event in Alabama. He spoke to WDET’s Rob St. Mary about the experience and what the activists can expect during the four-day event in Detroit.


  • Jun 24

    Local Comics Shop to Re-Create Classic Issue

    by: Rob St. Mary

    50 years ago this fall, a comic book was released that changed the shape of things to come from Marvel comics. It was the “Fantastic Four”. Green Brain Comics in Dearborn is issuing an open call to area artists to help re-create the issue – page for page… panel for panel – in their own style. Dan Merritt is the owner of Green Brain Comics… he spoke recently with WDET’s Rob St. Mary about the idea.


  • Jun 23

    SRC Reunites 40 Years Later

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This weekend, a Detroit band that broke up about 40 years ago will reunite. SRC was part of the Grande Ballroom scene in the late 60s and early 70s that made an impact locally and internationally and then disappeared. WDET’s Rob St. Mary takes a look at the band, yesterday and today.


  • Jun 20

    Detroit Windsor International Film Festival Returns

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The fourth annual Detroit Windsor International Film Festival takes place this week on the Wayne State University campus. WDET’s Rob St. Mary recently talked to festival organizer Suzanne Janik and local filmmaker Jeffery Schultz about the festival.


  • Jun 17

    Actor/Comedian Investigates Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new documentary opens in Detroit this weekend made by someone known for appearing in fake documentaries. Actor and comedian Harry Shearer’s new project is called “The Big Uneasy” and investigates how New Orleans flooded following Hurricane Katrina. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke to Shearer by phone yesterday.


  • Jun 16

    Detroit Musicians Offered Networking Opportunity

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Second Detroit Musicians Caucus takes place Monday evening at Small’s in Hamtramck. WDET’s Rob St. Mary talked recently with the organizer of the event – musician and manager Scott Boyink.


  • Jun 14

    Comics Event Teaches Youth Literacy

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A celebration of comics, as an artful way to help children learn to read, is taking place this weekend in Chelsea.


  • Jun 09

    Cameras to Shoot Detroit Rock "War"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Eighteen bands will come together in Detroit on Saturday and battle – sonically, speaking – from two stages at the Lager House in Corktown while the cameras roll. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports on the making a local concert film – “Urgh: A Detroit Music War”.


  • Jun 08

    Oscar Winning Editor Teaching, Sharing in Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Starting Thursday night at the Detroit Film Theatre, the Oscar-winning editor of such modern classics as “The Conversation”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Star Wars” – Richard Chew – will host a series of four double features and a discussion on the art of film editing.


  • Jun 07

    Detroit-Bred Movie Magazine Seeks a Return to Print

    by: Rob St. Mary

    In the mid-1980s, two Wayne State University students started a magazine which covered the underground and independent film scene. Eventually, it with international. But in 1997 Film Threat Magazine ceased publication and became web only. Now, 14 years later, the current owner and publisher of Film Threat - Mark Bell – is seeking a return to print.


  • Jun 06

    Mom and Pop Pizza Shop at Cobo Fights for Continued Business

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Dozens of Detroiters and community activists came together at Cobo Hall today (Monday) to try and keep a 30 year old business from losing its contract. WDET’s Rob St. Mary explains.


  • Jun 06

    Grants Available for Ferndale Non-Profits

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The deadline for non-profit groups to apply for grants to improve the Ferndale Community is Friday.


  • Jun 02

    Tech Town Reactivates Old Car Lot with New Gallery

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit’s Tech Town business incubator is branching out into the world of art.


  • Jun 03

    Fieger: Kevorkian a "Rare" and "Historic Man"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Southfield attorney who assisted Jack Kevorkian with his original legal challenges says he’ll miss his friend. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Jun 03

    Corktown to Host Historic Home Tour

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood is hosting a home and garden tour this weekend.


  • May 13

    "Art for God's Sake" Highlights Faith Inspired Works

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This weekend, a local Catholic church is hosting an art show featuring pieces inspired by faith.


  • May 31

    Scripps Park Organizers Keep Positive Following Vandalism

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Earlier this month, organizers in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood came together to host an art exhibit and party at Scripps Park. A few days later, vandals stole and destroyed some of the pieces. WDET’s Rob St. Mary spoke with Dominic Arellano of Forward Arts about what the vandalism and the search for those responsible.


  • May 27

    Local Website Offers Discounts for Community Engagement

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A new website is attracting Detroiters who like the idea of getting deals at local merchants by working on community projects.


  • May 26

    MOCAD is "Barely There"

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in Midtown will host an opening reception.


  • May 23

    Detroit Aritst Returns Home from Paris Show

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Detroit local artist Cristin Richard known for her sculptures made from pig intestines return home from Paris show.


  • May 20

    Leonard's "Freaky Deaky" to Receive Film Incentives

    by:

    The State of Michigan says a film based on a best seller by a Michigan writer will receive the production tax incentive.


  • May 20

    Detroit Dancer Headed to the Burlesque Hall of Fame

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This weekend local burlesque performers are hosting a fundraiser for two retired dancers who are going to be inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas later this year.


  • May 19

    Detroit City Futbol League Expands in Second Season

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Detroit City Futbol League kicks off its second season on Belle Isle on May 26, 2011.


  • May 18

    His Name Is Alive Celebrates "20" Years

    by: Rob St. Mary and Warren DeFever

    Livonia-native Warren DeFever has been the main creative force behind the group “His Name is Alive” for the past two-decades.


  • May 16

    Ferndale to Host Fundraiser for Art Programs

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Ferndale’s “Art on the Town” event is a fundraiser for art education in the local schools.


  • May 12

    Woodbridge Gets Serious About Scripps Park

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Organizers in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood are welcoming the community to visit Scripps Park for an art exhibit and party


  • May 11

    Grand Rapids Burlesque Troupe Invades Metro Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Grand Rapids-based troupe – “Super Happy Fun Time Burlesque” – is heading to the Detroit area for some shows this month.


  • May 09

    Changes in the Film Incentives: A Personal Story

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Film incentive story follow-up.


  • May 05

    "Free Comic Book Day" Turns 10 Years Old

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The tenth annual “Free Comic Book Day” takes place this Saturday at comic book stores worldwide.


  • May 04

    Same-Sex Couples Attend Wedding Expo

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A spring weekend has brought another wedding expo to a Detroit area hotel, but as WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports, Sunday’s event was aimed at people who can’t legally get married in the State of Michigan.


  • May 03

    Burton Theatre: Down but Not Out

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Fans of the Detroit’s scrappy, independent film theater, the Burton Theatre, got an unpleasant surprise Monday night on Facebook.


  • Apr 20

    MOCAD Offers Discount for Art Book Donations to DPL

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is seeking gently used art books as donations to the Detroit Public Library system.


  • Apr 13

    Pinball Fans Host Expo

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A battle of the silver ball is taking place this weekend at Oakland University and Metro Detroiters of all skill levels are encouraged to come and join the fun.


  • Apr 12

    Community Organizer: Long-Term Fix Needed to Detroit's Budget Woes

    by: n/a

    A Northwest Detroit neighborhood organizer says things must change in light of Mayor Dave Bing’s new budget proposal.


  • Apr 08

    Debutante Cotillions Return to Detroit

    by: Rob St. Mary

    An organized effort to teach gentility has returned to Detroit after a decade of absence.


  • Apr 06

    Art X Artist Profile: Chris Tysh

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Art X events in Midtown start today.


  • Apr 05

    Art X Artist Profile: A. Spencer Barefield

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Art X events in Midtown start tomorrow. Art X is a showcase for local writers, performers and visual artists who are Kresge Foundation fellows to share their talents with the community. Today, WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to a Kresge performing arts fellow who has been pushing the limits of jazz and offering opportunities to fellow musicians for close to forty years. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Apr 04

    Art X Artist Profile: Cedric Tai

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The Art X events in Midtown start later this week. Art X is a showcase for local writers, performers and visual artists who are Kresge Foundation fellows to share their talents with the community.


  • Mar 28

    Techtown to Host Robocop Statue

    by: Rob St. Mary

    On-line fundraising to place a statue of Robocop in Detroit ended this weekend and plans to cast and place the statue in the city have begun.


  • Mar 17

    Marche du Nain Rouge Returns

    by: Rob St. Mary

    For the second year in a row… residents will take to the streets of Midtown in an effort to rid Detroit of a demon which folklore says has plagued the city for centuries. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.


  • Mar 08

    Artist Profile: Robert Joseph Butler

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The second annual Detroit Independent Film Festival kicks off this weekend. Today, WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to a young filmmaker who’s not only pursuing his own career… but is helping others like him in the process.


  • Feb 24

    Community Profile: Yusef Shakur

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This weekend, several community organizers and City of Detroit officials are expected to attend a party honoring former gang member Yusef Shakur. It’s been ten years since Shakur was released from prison and started his efforts to improve his community.


  • Feb 16

    Robocop Statue Funded On-Line

    by: Rob St. Mary

    The effort to build a statue memorializing a science fiction character with ties to Detroit is one step closer to reality.


  • Feb 08

    Vernor Viaduct Under Repair

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    A major connector between Detroit’s Corktown and Southwest neighborhoods should be re-opening soon. The Vernor viaduct which runs next to the Michigan Central Depot has been closed for about a month....


  • Feb 08

    Livonia Welcomes New Film Studio

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    Livonia is the home of a new motion picture studio. For the past year, French producer Philippe Martinez has been building a team of creative people to produce films here in Michigan....


  • Feb 07

    Southwest is "Coldhearted"

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    The Southwest Detroit community is throwing an event this week to raise funds and increase activity in and around Clark Park. The community groups “Savor Southwest” and the Clark Park Coalition are hosting...


  • Feb 02

    The White Stripes Break Up

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    A Detroit band that brought international attention to the city’s so-called "garage rock revival" of the late 1990s is breaking up.


  • Dec 09

    Artist Profile: The Amino Acids

    by: Rob St. Mary

    A Detroit-area instrumental surf-punk band is calling it quits after more than a decade of taking the stage in “human form”. WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to the strange sounds and pseudo-history of the Amino Acids.


  • Nov 18

    Artist Profile: Hygienic Dress League

    by: Rob St. Mary

    When is a corporation not a corporation? When it’s an art concept that uses slick advertizing style pieces to spotlight Detroit’s vacant buildings. WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to the Detroit street art collective known as the Hygienic Dress League.


  • Nov 02

    Artist Profile: Electric Otto

    by: Rob St. Mary

    Next week, Detroit artist and musician Matthew Ellison the Second will screen three new short films at the Mitten Movie Project’s Zombie Night in Royal Oak. Today, WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to Ellison and takes us deep inside his creation, Electric Otto’s Funk Factory.


  • Aug 05

    Artist Profile: Jaclyn Schanes

    by: Rob St. Mary

    This past weekend, a young Metro Detroit artist had her first solo exhibition… a one-night only performance art piece called “Show Pony”. WDET’s Rob St. Mary introduces us to the artist Jaclyn Schanes.