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You know that cliché about painters (usually French impressionists) standing in the great outdoors with their easels and palettes — in the streets of Paris, or before lily-covered ponds or misty mountain ranges? Well, Detroit 300: Paintin’ in the Streets regenerates that old strategy by sending more than 30 local painters outside to interpret our favorite urban landscape in honor of its 300th birthday. After painting the view on Woodward Avenue in the Cultural Center, on Hart Plaza and from the Windsor riverfront, in Greektown and Eastern Market, the art squad invades Belle Isle this Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you’d like to watch art in action, paint flowing and inspiration at the tip of a brush, check them out — half the fun, like a grown-up Easter egg hunt, will be finding the painters in the locations that captivate them. The artworks will be on view and for sale at the Scarab Club (217 Farnsworth, behind the DIA, Detroit), from June 29 (meet-the-artists reception from 6 to 9 p.m.) through July 29. Call 248-399-0633 for more info.

The Hot & the Bothered was written and edited by George Tysh. E-mail him at

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