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The Journal Gazette

October 18, 2016 1:00 AM


Motown Museum plans expansion in Detroit

Associated Press

The Motown Museum is planning a $50 million expansion to create space for interactive exhibits, a performance theater and recording studios at the Detroit tourist attraction, officials announced Monday.

The new space will be designed and built around the existing museum, which includes the Motown studio with its “Hitsville U.S.A.” facade. Renderings released by the museum show a new facility behind the existing museum, with an entrance next to the existing studio.

Robin R. Terry, chairwoman and CEO of the Motown Museum, said in a statement that a goal of the project is to “inspire dreams and serve as an educational resource for global and local communities.” The museum already is among Detroit’s best-known tourist attractions.

The expanded museum “will allow us to narrate and celebrate on a much larger scale what the Motown legacy is recognized for: unmatched creative genius that transcends every barrier imaginable by bringing people together from all walks of life to share in that unmistakable Motown Sound,” she said.

A team of designers and architects are collaborating on the details of the expanded space, the museum said.

Digital ‘Caterpillar’

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is now dining in digital.

On Monday, Eric Carle’s picture book classic made its debut in electronic format, Penguin Young Readers told The Associated Press. The new edition includes an audio recording of Carle reading the narrative. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” first published in 1969, has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

In a statement released through Penguin, the 87-year-old Carle said he still thought of himself as a “beginner” in technology, but said change was “inevitable” and e-books are a logical next step from paper, just as paper had come after cavemen writing on stones.

“And so and so forth,” Carle said.

New ‘Elmo’s World’

Preschoolers can explore an updated version of “Elmo’s World” when the new season of “Sesame Street” debuts next year.

Sesame Workshop says it’s making new episodes of the popular segment for the first time since 2009. Also returning is Tony Award-winning performer Bill Irwin, who played Elmo’s friend, Mr. Noodle.

Sesame Workshop says 25 5-minute “Elmo’s World” segments will be produced in which Elmo will teach kids through matching, sorting and counting games. Repeats of original “Elmo’s World” segments will also be included in some episodes of the upcoming season.

“Sesame Street” will include a new “kindness curriculum” this year aimed at fostering “behaviors that can have significant outcomes throughout a child’s life.”

Season 47 of “Sesame Street” premieres on HBO in January.