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Since 2005, this multicultural performance series – a sister to the annual summer Concert of Colors world music festival – has offered high-quality presentations for fans of traditional and modern global performing arts and those with adventurous cultural appetites.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 AANM Members and $15 general public and performances take place in The Aliya Hassan Auditorium at the Arab American National Museum. Performances typically begin at 8 p.m.; related pre-show events may be featured with some performances.

Global Fridays is made possible in part by Comerica Bank and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, as well as media sponsors Downtown Monitor and CJAM 99.1 FM



Celebrate Black History Month with an evening of poetry and music. Monet – a featured speaker at the 2017 Women’s March – offers a spoken-word set. The jessica Care moore Quartet headlines, led by the renowned poet, playwright, performance artist and producer. An artist talk with jessica Care moore and Aja Monet explores navigating the arts industry as black women. An open-mic session for poets, rappers and acoustic singer/songwriters follows; women, nonbinary performers highly encouraged to take part.  

Presented in partnership with ACCESS' Campaign to TAKE ON HATE



Pimienta is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator of Colombian and indigenous Wayuu descent. She has performed, exhibited and curated around the world since Since 2002, she has explored the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular. Her 2017 Polaris Prize-nominated album, La Papessa, describes narrative of how Pimienta has found her independence as a woman and as an artist who refuses to fit pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be. A 6:30 p.m. community talking circle precedes the concert. 

Presented in partnership with American Indian Health & Family Services.



Friday, April 6

Thoom 

With DJ Tammy Lakkis + DJ Habibti


It’s an Arab American Heritage Month celebration! Thoom is a producer/DJ from Beirut now based in Chicago. Her cinematic sound combines elements of Arabic musical composition and rhythm with industrial sonics. Thoom’s work is inspired by the construction and deconstruction of a post-war Beirut and fictional storytelling. Her debut EP, Blood and Sand, was released in 2017 on the Club Chai label. Opening for Thoom are the dynamic DJ Tammy Lakkis and the entrancing DJ Habibti. This event will be standing-room only. Disabled seating available upon request.



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Friday-Saturday, May 11-12

Ping Chong + Company: Undesirable Elements/Dearborn



Experience the world premiere of a theater project by Ping Chong + Company, created in collaboration with and featuring members of Dearborn’s Arab American community onstage. A “seated opera for the spoken word,” the play will explore racism, the growth of the Arab American community, and the impact of Islamophobia. Founded in 1975 by acclaimed theatrical innovator and National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong, the company creates works of theater and art that explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the modern world.  

Ping Chong + Company will conduct extensive interviews with residents who identify as Arab American Muslim women or nonbinary individuals. We are looking for stories that reflect a wide range of Dearborn experiences. No previous performance experience required! For more information and to submit an application, click HERE.

Presented in conjunction with the opening of the AANM exhibition Mihrab.

Made possible by Knight Foundation and Metabolic Studio.

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