Dlectricity - Nuit Blanche Detroit

Featured Events

DLECTRICITY will happen October 5 & 6, the same weekend as “Nuit Blanche” light art festivals in New York and Paris, and will be Detroit’s first “Nuit Blanche” event. Midtown will also host a variety of events the weekend of October 5, including ongoing exhibits at MOCAD, a free film at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre, evening activities at the DSO and more. Check back for updates on all the fun to be had during DLECTRICITY!

Check out these featured events below:

Cirque de la Symphonie MaxCast at DSO

For the first time in Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) history, Cirque de la Symphonie will be “MaxCast” onto the south wall of the Max M. Fisher Music Center, lighting up the night with a free larger-than-life live stream of the DSO performing alongside world-famous Cirque acrobats. The MaxCast performance, which will include live and taped programming throughout the evening, will begin Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. Two additional performances of Cirque de la Symphonie will take place Friday, Oct. 5 at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.

Detroit Gallery Week

7:00–11:00 PM  |  Friday, October 5.

The 5th Edition of Detroit Gallery Week will kick-off in conjunction with the opening of DLECTRICITY. 14 venues in Midtown — including Detroit Artists Market, Detroit Institute of Arts, MOCAD, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Center Galleries at College for Creative Studies, Scarab Club and Re:View Contemporary Gallery — will hold an gallery crawl on Friday, October 5. Shuttle service available. Detroit Gallery Week
runs October 5–13, please visit www.artdetroitnow.com for more information.

Detroit Institute of Arts/Detroit Film Theatre

7:30 PM  |  Friday, October 5

The Overcoat

(Russia/1924—directed by Grigori Kozintzev and Leonid Trauberg) Boston’s famed Alloy Orchestra returns to the DFT with one of their most extraordinary discoveries in years. Nikolai Gogol’s classic 1842 story The Overcoat (Shinel) is the basis for this extraordinary 1924 film adaptation. FREE SCREENING.

The DIA will be open throughout the museum until 10 PM on Friday, October 5, and until 5 PM on Saturday, October 6. Prentiss Court will be open until 10:30 PM each night, and the Crystal Gallery Cafe will be serving beverages, soup, salad and Buddy’s pizza until midnight.

Detroit Restaurant Week


Detroit Restaurant Week returns for its seventh installment September 28th through October 7nth. The popular dinner discount promotion will only cost $30 per person for delicious three-course meals at select fine dining establishments in Detroit.

Detroit Restaurant Week occurs twice a year. The spring 2012 edition broke the record for diner participation when 21 restaurants reported a combined total of over 38,000 people having dined during the 10-evening event.

Since 2009 almost 200,000 people have taken part in Detroit Restaurant Week, generating millions of dollars in economic impact to the city.

History of Detroit Restaurant Week

The Detroit Restaurant Week concept was created in 2009 as a partnership project between Paxahau Event Productions, the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) and its partner organizations from Midtown, Corktown, Eastern Market and New Center to support and promote the fine dining restaurants in greater Downtown Detroit.

More at www.detroitrestaurantweek.com

See what’s cooking on DRW’s Facebook page! Savor DRW on Twitter!

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

3711 Woodward – Events are ticketed, visit www.dso.org for more information.

Friday, October 5 – Mix @ the Max
Mix. Mingle. Network. Nosh. Drink. Listen.  All @ the Max.
6:00 PM – Happy Hour,  7:00 PM – Concert.

Saturday, October 6 – Cirque de la Symphonie
8:00 PM – High flying acrobatics set to popular classical works.

Light Bike Saturday Oct. 6

Workshop 5:00–7:00 PM - Wayne State parking lot 54, Southeast corner of 2nd St. and Warren Ave. DLECTRICITY is proud to host a workshop geared towards Detroit’s growing bike community.  OmniCorpDetroit will guide the light bike workshop and will instruct cyclists of all ages on ways they can add light and creativity to their rides. Sponsored by Shinola, free and open to the public.

Parade 7:00 PM - Starts: Wayne State parking lot 54, Southeast corner of 2nd St. and Warren Ave. Immediately after the Light Bike Workshop, DLECTRICITY will hold a 3.75 mile Light Bike Parade, encouraging workshop and festival attendees to show off their uniquely lit-up cycles as they ride through Midtown. Also sponsored by Shinola, thisevent is free and open to the public.

Notable bike designer Sky Yaeger will be part of a panel discussion on bike design and urban riding.

Free valet bike parking, sponsored by Wheelhouse Detroit, will be available during DLECTRICITY, located off Hancock St. between Cass and Woodward, in Wayne State parking lot 56.

Download the DLECTRICITY Light Bike Events digital flyer here and help spread the word! Visit the Facebook Light Bike event page for more information and updates.


Stoss Landscape Urbanism (with Illuminart and M1/DTW) debuts a new light installation in the Sugar Hill Arts District, on the corner of Forest Avenue and John R Street. Light-Lot plays on the materiality and processes of Detroit’s renewal and renovation – vacant lots and vacant buildings repurposed and reclaimed.

Midtown Majic

Richard Bennett Studio Gallery 470 presents “Midtown Majic”, a group show opening October 5 from 6-10 PM. This exhibit will feature the works of Harold Allen, Richard Bennett, Donald Calloway Jr., Matt Corbin, Devon Cunningham, Valarie Davis, Marco Evans, Saffell Gardner, Hubert Massey, Sabrina Nelson, Carl Nielbock, Arthur Roland, Bill Sanders, Ron Scarbough, Darryl A. Smith, Dwight Smith, and Brenda Supawood. “Midtown Majic” runs through December 30th, with a collectors preview on October 4, 5:30-8 PM, and an artist talk on October 6, 11 AM – 1 PM.

Richard Bennett Studio Gallery 470, 470 Brainard St., Detroit, MI. 313-831-4262

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Vision in a Cornfield

A large-scale collaboration that unites distinct creative communities in Detroit: the psyche/art rock band Destroy All Monsters, the urban arts group Ogun and the electromechanical art collective Apetechnology.

Anri Sala: Two Films

An exhibition of Dammi i Colori (2003) and Long Sorrow (2005) by the Albanian-born Sala, who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. The films are artistic metaphors and social documents, presenting portraits of communities in crisis and reflections of the human condition.

Peter Hirshberg – Urban Prototyping

5:10 PM  |  Thursday, October 4 | Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor MI.

Peter Hirshberg is a Silicon Valley executive at the forefront of disruptive change in technology and media. His current passion is bottom-up innovation in the civic sphere where he engages with government and citizen teams in San Francisco, New York, Singapore and the United Nations, exploring how design, art and technology can serve as tools for civic participation. This work emphasizes the value of collaboration between artists and their cities as a“super catalyst” for the community-building process that creates a new form of urban experience through access and engagement.

With support from DLECTRICITY: Detroit’s Nighttime Exhibition of Art & Light and U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

To learn more about the presenter’s work and this Stamps Series event, please visit Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Peter Hirshberg.

This lecture is a part of the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public, and take place at 5:10 PM on Thursdays at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor MI.

With the generous support of Art & Design alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Distinguished Speaker Series presents public lectures by creative innovators from a broad spectrum of fields or the benefit of the School, University and Ann Arbor communities. For more information, or to view videos from past Stamps events, visit: http://art-design.umich.edu/stamps.

For additional information, call (734) 764-3464. Sign language interpreter provided for lecture upon advance request.

Re:View Gallery presents “Paris of the West”

Friday, October 5, 6 pm – midnight

Re:View artist Greg Fadell (Re:View Contemporary Gallery) will be presenting “Paris of the West,” a four-story installation at the Willys Overland Lofts, in Midtown Detroit.

“Paris of the West” is the first of a series of installations by gallery artists in “off-site” locations.  It will be activated first on Saturday, September 22, with a live painting performance by Fadell starting at 8:30 pm, and it will be activated again on Friday, October 5, from 6 pm to midnight, in conjunction with Dlectricity and Detroit Gallery Week.

In the installation, Fadell evokes Detroit’s historic connection with France, using this connection both practically and artistically to speak subliminally to anyone who is interested in the reconstruction of the city.  ”Paris of the West” appropriates the nickname given to Detroit because of its architecture and most notably the Paris like “spoke and wheel” grid that was used in planning the layout of downtown.

During the day time hours, the white column of windows will appear to be indicative of units that are under construction. At night, the windows will be illuminated from the inside with raw light, which will form a shaft of glowing white going straight through the middle of the building.

Sugar Hill Block Party

The Sugar Hill District, Detroit’s latest arts neighborhood, is the DLECTRICITY hub for fun and entertainment – indoors & out! Enjoy live music performances, unique video projections, fire & light spectacles, a beer garden and full bar, food trucks, and refreshments from The Whitney.

Friday, Oct. 5 – DJ/VJ Marquis – music and video projections at 7, 9 & 11 PM.

Saturday, Oct. 6 – Moon Pool & Dead Band – live electronic music with lasers at 7-8:15 PM, 9:45-11 PM, 12:45-2 AM.

At 8 & 10 PM both evenings there will be live fire and light performances in the round.

The DLECTRICITY Block Party events will take place at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), The N’Namdi Gallery of Contemporary Art, 92 E. Forest, 71 Garfield, the Whitney Woodward Lot, and the Garfield Lofts.

The Auburn Open House Tours

Visit The Auburn during DLECTRICITY for tours on Friday, 2pm – 9pm and on Saturday, 4pm – 9pm.

Visitors should come to the entrance off of Cass Avenue.

The Auburn is located on the corner of Cass and Canfield in Midtown, Detroit.



Goods T-shirt Bakery. Stop in during the festivities and watch custom t-shirts being made, or choose from a variety of housed goods. T-shirts, totes, and gifts doting Detroit and Michigan themes, as well as merchandise from local artists. “  Open until 11:00pm


Fourteen East – Art, Coffee, Soda, Tea & Pastries. Stop in for a Hot Apple Cider Latte or a Café Mocha and a pastry or sandwich.  Featuring light projections all evening by Silver Key Productions.  Open until 11:00pm


Experience the opening of Midtown’s newest shopping destination! Emerald, a pop-up shop of the Peacock Room, offers gifts for women and men. Wine will be served. Emerald will be open for the entire DLECTRICITY event.


Wasabi – Japanese & Korean Restaurant and Bar. Enjoy the wonderful menu of Wasabi Friday, until 12am (kitchen closes at 11:30pm) and Saturday, until 2am (full menu until 11pm, bar open until 2am).

The Whitney

4421 Woodward

New City Old City

A preview of sculptures by the Nordin Brothers, presented by the Detroit Design Center and Spencer Management. Works inspired by the historic architecture and industrial heritage of Detroit as well as the new city growing around the old.


Willis Village Shops

Open throughout DLECTRICITY


In the Barcelona spirit with a Latin theme: includes music, tapas and dancing.


Vegan vegetarian tasting with live jazz trio


Runway glowing mannequins & background music


Show of Accent lights for home/office


Elephant comes to life with light,made by school children to exercise recycling, reusing paper and using colored crayons


Outdoor solar light cubes by artist Todd Stoval and gallery installation of dual image painting with black lights and, projecting film clip to wall by artist Brad Lawrence. World music included.