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Take a look at the dazzling new Stevie Wonder mural in Detroit

Stevie Wonder mural in Detroit | via instagram.com/richardwilsonartwork

Music legend and Detroit native Stevie Wonder has been given a mural in his hometown.

On Stevie’s 69th birthday, artist Richard Wilson began working on a 100-foot mural on the side of Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, depicting a young Stevie Wonder playing the piano on top of a Greetings From Detroit postcard image. Continue reading →

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Sun Ra documentary A Joyful Noise returns to The International House this fall

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise poster | via LightBox Film Center

The documentary Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise famously features a sky-high concert on the roof of Philadelphia’s International House on Chestnut Street. This fall, the film and its filmmaker return to the place it was shot for an outdoor community screening on September 27th.

In 1980, director Robert Mugge produced a project about one of the pioneers of free jazz, Herman Pool Blount, better known as Sun Ra. Mugge and Sun Ra worked together on the project for a long time, documenting his journey from Baltimore to Philadelphia. It is a highly personal documentary and it deeply dives into Sun Ra’s mind, showing his feelings and philosophy in extensive interviews. The film shows scenes of Sun Ra inside of the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum, his home in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, and that rooftop concert at the International House. There are  also scenes of him performing in venues and sharing his philosophies in different locations.  Continue reading →