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Lorenzo Cultural Center offers performances, lectures, excursions, films, poetry and a way to honor our ancestors

– Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:00AM

Activities will feature DIA experts, DSO musicians, notable poets and more 

Starting in September, Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on the college’s Center Campus at Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township, launches a diverse series of activities and events, bringing unique cultural opportunities into Macomb County and taking county residents to experience some of the region’s cultural destinations and historical architecture first-hand.

For more information about the programs listed below, call 586.445.7348 or visit  

DIA Lecture Series

The DIA Lecture Series brings experts from the Detroit Institute of the Arts to the cultural center to talk about the museum’s collections and how they fit into art history. Admission is free.

  • Motor City Muse: Photographers of Detroit Then and Now, Friday Sep. 12, 11 a.m.
  • Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Prints and Drawings, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.
  • The Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection, Thursday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.

Cultural Excursions

Cultural Excursions trips visit some of Detroit’s finest museums, performance venues and architecture.  Trips include motor coach transportation departing from and returning to the cultural center. Fees apply. The following excursions still have space available:

  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra, performance of “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Friday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts special exhibition, “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” Wednesday, March 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra, performance featuring violinist Midori Goto. Friday May 22,
    9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Real to Reel Film Series

By examining the dramatization of history by the film industry, the Real to Reel seeks to set the record straight by comparing Hollywood’s sensationalized versions with the historically accepted interpretation of events. Admission is free.

  • “The General,” Thursday, Sep. 18, 1 p.m.
  • “Germany Year Zero,” Thursday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.   
  • “All the President’s Men,” Thursday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m.
  • “Our Fires Still Burn,” Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.   
  • “Good Bye Lenin! “ Thursday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.   
  • “Joyeux Noel,” Thursday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m.   

DSO Neighborhood Chamber Recitals at the Cultural Center

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Macomb Community College present a series of Neighborhood Chamber Recitals featuring DSO artists. Concerts will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 14; Tuesday, Feb. 10; and Tuesday, April 7. All concerts start at 7 p.m.  Price: General admission $15, students $10.

Day of Poetry

Macomb’s annual Day of Poetry is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21. This free event, held at the student centers on the college’s South and Center campuses, features original poetry by nationally and locally known poets, as well as Macomb creative writing students, and live music.

Day of the Dead

Macomb will celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the cultural center and the South Campus library on Tuesday, Oct. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 2. The celebration will share different aspects of the Mexican holiday, which honors the deceased, employing exhibits, presentations, workshops and films.  

About The Lorenzo Cultural Center
The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment. Located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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 James Melton, 586.445.7271,