Detroit Evening Report: Solar eclipse viewing, Detroit animation fest, more

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Solar eclipse glasses before the solar eclipse of 2017 in North America.

Solar eclipse glasses before the solar eclipse of 2017 in North America.

On this episode of the Detroit Evening Report, stories include where you can watch the upcoming solar eclipse, what to expect from the Detroit International Festival of Animation and more.

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Solar eclipse is next month

The solar eclipse will take over the skies on April 8. There are many expectations for the sights and Detroiters can be part of the phenomenon. The distance between your location and the path of totality will determine how much of the sun will be covered from where you are.

According to NASA, the start of the eclipse in metro Detroit will begin at about 1:58 p.m. ET. The peak will be at 3:14 p.m. and end roughly at 4:27 p.m. Eclipse observers are advised to wear proper eye protection approved by the American Astronomical Society.

WDET’s Pat Batcheller spoke to Monroe County Museum System deputy director JJ Przewozniak about where you can see the complete total solar eclipse in southeast Michigan.

Detroit’s animation festival at Senate Theatre

The Detroit International Festival of Animation features an immersion of animated shorts showcasing vibrant selections of works from both local and international animators. DIFA will take place on Saturday, April 6 at the Senate Theatre in Southwest Detroit. There will be a pre-show by the Detroit Theater Organ Society as they play the world’s eighth largest Wurlitzer pipe organ. Tickets are available at

Hip-hop intersects with mental health

Detroit Musix is hosting the Higher Ground Music: Hip Hop and Mental Health Symposium. The goal of the event is to show how mental health and the hip-hop genre intersect. Samuel Donald, founder and president of Detroit Musix, shares how there are things everyone can learn together through multiple generations of hip hop.

“Based on what this current generation is listening to, they are upfront. They are unashamed to talk about exactly where they are, and I love it,” Donald said. “And that’s why we need all generations to be at the event so we can all learn from them as well.”

The event takes place tonight (March 29) at the University of Michigan Detroit Center from 6-9 p.m.

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.