Wednesday, April 28, 2010



Sam Gray is a Richnmond, VA-based writer and musician. Interested in creating a dialogue regarding myth, archetypes, inspiration, creativity, and philosophy, he started The Beautiful Caucus, an organization dedicated to bringing about the first world renaissance. He practices Tai Chi and plays a decent game of ping-pong.
He holds a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also studied photography and film, and plans on attending Cardozo School of Law in New York City this fall.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


"Drawing in the Margins"
1:00pm - 3:30pm

LECTURE TITLE: "Idealism & Innovation in Detroit, or, No One Listens to a Waitress"

Mary Beth Carolan is an artist living and working in Detroit. She makes art work out of mundane life stuff. She is currently preparing to start a graduate program at University of Michigan. Will she bring the D to the AA or the AA to the D?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Daron Roberts

MAY 8, 1PM - 3:30PM


Daron Roberts, assistant secondary coach of the Detroit Lions, is a fifth-generation East Texan.

Upon graduation from The University of Texas, he moved to the District of Columbia to work as an aide to Senator Joe Lieberman. After surviving the anthrax scare, Roberts moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He graduated from the Kennedy School in 2004 and entered Harvard Law School in the fall semester of that same year. In 2007, Roberts graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.

During his third year of law school, Roberts decided to pursue a career in football coaching and wrote 164 letters to college and professional football teams. The Kansas City Chiefs offered Roberts a training camp internship for the 2007 season. After completing his internship, he joined the Chiefs in a volunteer capacity and was elevated to the position of defensive quality control assistant in 2008.

After two seasons (2007-08) working with the Kansas City Chiefs, Roberts was hired as the assistant secondary coach of the Detroit Lions.

Roberts started , 4th and 1 ( - a free football camp for at-risk high school sophomores in East Texas. The camp combines football training with SAT prep services and life skills development.

Roberts reached his lifetime goal of touching all seven continents on November 23, 2006.


Stephanie Hafer is a multi-media artist most interested in storytelling. Currently her favorite mediums include video, photography, writing, and the occasional prank call.
She studied fashion design at Virginia Tech and English at University of Colorado in Boulder. She lives in Brooklyn but Detroit holds considerable real estate in her heart.

Corwin Levi is a visual artist who spends his time drawing cloud monsters, making tiny bouquets appear, and exploring terrariums in forests' discarded bottles. He marvels at synaesthesia, the view of the constellations from outside the city, and how many times the letter "i" can be squeezed into shine. In pursuit of such interests, Corwin uses a variety of media including paintings, drawings, children's books, sculpture, and video. He has a BA from Rice University and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. He is coming to Detroit from residencies in the Czech Republic and The Millay Colony for the Arts earlier this year. Later this summer, he will be participate in a studio residency in Alexandria, VA, followed by an August show at Hillyer Gallery in Washington, DC. Corwin's continuing work can be seen at his website,

Anthony Cruz MD

"Drawing in the Margins"
May 8, 2010

Lecture Title "Sickness, Psychosis, and Scandal: Shocking Shorts from the ER"

BIO: Anthony Cruz is a native Detroiter and an ER doctor with a budding interest in creative writing. He graduated with a degree in Anthropology from MSU in 1997 and from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2002. His training in emergency medicine was at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Cruz is also engaged in international emergency medicine; his studies abroad and volunteer efforts have taken him to Zimbabwe, Cuba, and the Philippines. He currently works as an ER doctor at Henry Ford Main and Henry Ford Cottage Hospitals. His wife Jennifer is an Ontario native and RN who also works in the ER at Henry Ford Main. They recently put down roots on the East-side in Grosse Pointe Park.

Anthony Orlando Cruz M.D.
Physician, Emergency Medicine
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

It's getting close to May, and I think I hear the Tooth Fairy! Oh wait, that's Art Magic.

MAY 8!!!!!
1pm- 3:30pm

"Drawing in the Margins" is The Lot's first event of the spring/summer 2010 season at your favorite venue, THE LOT 3013 Cochrane Detroit MI USA.

After this event, we are going to be doing things a little differently this year. The following event May 22 is going to be a collaboration with Popps Packing in Hamtramck. We are looking to spread our wings, and in the future, events at The Lot will not be restricted to this one neighborhood. We will be finding other empty lots and spaces that could use a little art magic.

As promised, we'll be rolling out spotlights on our lecturers for
"Drawing in the Margins"!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Spring Blossoms, or Unicorn Pencil Head"

Man I love spring. Everything seems to appear overnight, there's suddenly plops of green everywhere, and those white blossom trees really make it hard to be in a *%##!# mood.

It also doesn't hurt that the next show at The Lot is going to be....pretty much awesome. Let me break it down for you.

Stephanie Hafer and Corwin Levi are artists living in NYC and Mysteryville, Virginia respectively, and they proposed a show that I like very much.

"Drawing in the Margins" is an event about celebrating the act of doodling and about celebrating an unlikely collection of lecturers. This show allows us to role-play in a familiar scene: you're in school and there's someone talking and you're doodling. But this is better because you're outside in a cool empty lot and it brings together a seemingly random group of people in our community and we get to use our brains and have fun.

For me as an event planner, "Drawing in the Margins" allows me to get meta and playful as we envision surreal sets from which the speakers can lecture and I'm on my quest for a keyboardist (for the music in between presenters of course). Our panel of lecturers runs the gamut from an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions to an ER doctor to a self described Hippie McGuyver.

Over the next few weeks leading up to the event we're going to get to know them on this blog. Thank goodness for blogs.

PS Mark your calendars for May 8th, 1pm-3:30pm