Mark Doty

The Detroit Festival of the Arts
is now Midsummer Nights in Midtown!

The Detroit Festival of the Arts is not being produced this year but the University Cultural Center Association (UCCA) and Wayne State University (WSU) are pleased to announce a new summer series for Midtown Detroit - Midsummer Nights in Midtown, which will take place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the month of June.
This summer series provides a wide variety of arts and cultural programming for everyone to enjoy, ranging from family activities to an aerial dance performance to avant-garde jazz to international music to award winning poets and authors.
Again, like the Detroit Festival of the Arts, which the UCCA and WSU have produced for the past 22 years, this new summer series presents an eclectic music mix, street painting, street theatre and children and family activities that will introduce the public to Midtown Detroit’s wide array of museums, galleries and entertainment venues.  Admission is free throughout the summer series.

Midsummer Nights in Midtown's Lit Fest 2009 
@ The Scarab Club behind DIA

Cash Bar & Food from Union Street 
Hosted by M.L. Liebler


5:30pm-7:00pm=Made In Michigan Writers from The Wayne State University Press Read & Sign in The  Scarab Club Garden w/ Mariela Griffor, VieVee Francis, M.L. Liebler & more
7:00pm= Michael C. Jones: Detroit ‘s Dancing Poet
7:05pm Faruq Z. Bey (Legendary Detroit Poet and Jazz Musician reads & performs with Jef Reynoldz & Billy Hulet)
7:30pm= Terry Blackhawk 
7:40pm= Dawn McDuffie (Well known Detroit poet and MDW Instructor)
7:50pm=Mary Jo Firth Gillett (Well known Metro Detroit poet and MDW Instructor)
8:00pm=Mark Doty (Internationally acclaimed poet & writer and winner of the  prestigious 2009 National Book Award in Poetry).
9:00pm= Barry Wallenstein (Internationally Acclaimed New York City Jazz Poet )w Detroit Musicians
9:35pm Cassie Poe (Award winning Detroit Slam Poet)
9:45pm= Aire Dee (National Slam Champ and Arts Educator)
10pm=The Detroit Legacy Sessions (Poetry & Music from 3 Detroit legends Robert B.  Jones, M.L. Liebler & Faruq Z. Bey performing selections from their brand new CD Gasoline.)
10:30pm= Black Hat (featuring poet Caroline Maun with Frankie the K and Dr. James Hart)
11:00pm= Tonja Dudley Bagwell Hosts MDW Lit Fest Open Mic  
Lit Fest 2009 takes place at the historic Scarab Club, now air conditioned. The readings are free and open to the public. Located at 217 Farnsworth at John R in Cultural Center; directly behind the Detroit Art Institute. Free and safe parking is plentiful. For directions, call (313) 831-1250.