4126 3rd St., Midtown
Paula and Tim Guthat, who met reviewing movies back in college, have built a strong community around their Midtown cinema, which specializes in contemporary, indie, cult, genre, and classic movies. They participate in several film festivals throughout the year, and you can always count on them to bring in a few stars from Sundance and Cannes that otherwise wouldn't make it to the midwest. This is also a great place to see films by local directors.
955 W. Alexandrine, Midtown
Robert Sestok is one of the original Cass Corridor (the name historically for the area of Midtown around Cass Ave.) artists. He still lives and works here and had previously kept some of his sculptures in a fenced-in alley that he shares with neighbors, but a dozen are now displayed in a park right near the freeway. (Sestok also has work on display elsewhere in Detroit, NYC, and North America.) Many of the sculptures—made of welded steel, bronze, stainless steel, crushed aluminum, propel tanks, et al.—stand well above human height. Stop for a coffee at Avalon before checking it out.
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