Stacks of wax — Metro Times columnist and longtime freelancer Carleton Gholz has created DEMA, a Detroit electronic music archive, as part of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection at the Detroit Public Library. The Hackley Collection, established in 1943, is dedicated to African-Americans in the performing arts.

The electronic music archive will feature vertical files of print media, such as posters and programs, as well as magazine interviews with trailblazers Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May. The archive also will include vinyl and compact disc recordings so the public can enjoy the music at any one of the library’s existing listening stations. Eventually, curator Barbara Martin says, the archive will be set up so visitors can bring in their laptops and plug in to download music from the archive. If you have any ephemera that would benefit the archive, Martin is pleased to consider acquisitions. Visit for info.

They lost Detroit! — In the Quebec-based Web magazine Cyberpresse, journalist Jerome Delgado gives props to the exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter at the National Museum of the Fine Arts of Quebec. It’s a great review of the show that will come to the Detroit Institute of Arts in October and run through Feb. 5, 2006. (It’s too bad the show ends the day of the Super Bowl). Unfortunately, the Canadian writer, who thinks so highly of the exhibit, happens to think Detroit is a Chicago outpost. He writes that the exhibit “will then go in the State of Illinois (in Detroit Institute of Arts).”

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