Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: “Easter Eggstravaganza” (April 15, $7/child, $4/adult); “Easter Brunch and Tour” (April 16, $28/adults, $15/children). Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Michigan Modernism Exposition Seventy of the nations top Modernism merchants offer pieces by design greats. Southfield Municipal Complex, Southfield. April 21-23. $8. http://www.antiqnet.com/M&M.
Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum Closed April 10-21 for installation of next exhibit. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 1-877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Detroit Historical Museum “American Icons: Detroit Designs.” Open Wed.-Sun. $5. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts “The ‘Super Bowl’ Show: Still-Life Prints, Drawings, Photographs and Vessels”, Wed.-Sun. through April 30. Museum admission by donation. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org.
Flint Institute of Arts “Art a la Carte,” a free weekly Wednesday noontime series of fun and interesting programs. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Michigan State University Museum “Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory,” through June 30; ALSO: “Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa,” through June 30. Open 7 days. East Lansing: 517-355-2370. http://museum.msu.edu.
University of Michigan Museum of Art “Art of the Congo,” through May 21. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
Ambient Gallery “Free Imitation,” a solo exhibit of photography Donald Dietz. Through May 12. Grosse Pointe: 313-882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com.
Ann Arbor Art Center “Potential,” the annual high school art exhibit, April 14-May 12. Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Two exhibits: “Unexpected Drawings” and “Fiber Traditions/Fiber Transitions,” April 14-May 5. Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall “Sacred Faces,” a collection or portraits photographed by Wolfgang Schmidt. Weekdays, through June 2. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
Gallery Project “Minimal Maximum,” through May 7. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
The Iron Stairs Gallery and Studio “Woman,” an exhibit that explores women, from goddesses to the everywoman. Through June 3. Dexter: 734-424-1424.
Lansing Art Gallery Current exhibits: Main Gallery – Mark Mehaffey, Watercolors” and Mezzanine Gallery – “Debra Oliva, Ceramics.” Tue.-Sat., through April 29. Lansing: 517-374-6400. http://www.lansingartgallery.org.
Lawrence Street Gallery “Exposures: Photography ’06,” through April 28. Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Macomb Center Gallery “Sculpture, Hot and Cold,” featuring the work of Albert Young (Through April 21). Open weekdays. Clinton Twp: 586-286-2141. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts “Portal Spaces” (through May 6). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
Appalachian Waltz Trio Music that celebrates America’s rich aural folk tradition. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., April 22. $30-$35. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Arab World Music Summit A celebration of the Arab world’s rich musical heritage. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sat., April 15. $10-$40. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: “Symphony and Cirque” (April 20-23). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
EarthSongs The all-male a cappella ensemble, Chanticleer, performs a new program inspired by the power of nature. UMS at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ann Arbor. Thu., April 20. $30-$40. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Leaping Forward Annual student choreography concert of the Eastern Michigan University Dance Program. Pease Auditorium on the campus of EMU, Ypsilanti. Sat., April 22. $5. 734-487-5386. http://www.emich.edu/dance.
MSU School of Music Events include: Nobilis Piano Trio (April 15); Chamber Music Recital (April 17, 19); MSU Philharmonic (April 20) and MSU Wind Symphony (April 21). Prices and locations vary; call for complete schedule. 517-353-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu.
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble An all-female dance company from India explores the power of dance to create “sacred space” through movement. UMS at Power Center, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Wed., April 18-19. $16-$36. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Rhapsody: A Dance Concert Human emotions are explored through a variety of dance genres and other art forms. Lansing Community College Performing Arts Dept. at Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Fri.-Sun., April 21-23. $10. 517-372-0945. http://www.lcc.edu.
Spring Jazz Festival Detroit’s contributions to jazz and music are celebrated, from the big dance bands of the 1920s to be-bopping at the Blue Bird. Jazz Network Foundation at SereNgeti Galleries, Detroit. Through April 26. $15. 313-963-8099.
Sweet Honey in the Rock The Grammy-winning a cappella sextet returns to create music out of the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sat., April 22. $10-$46. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Film & Video:
Detroit Film Theatre Celebrating 30 years as one of America’s most comprehensive, popular acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema. DFT at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Every Fri.-Mon. $7.50. 313-833-3237. http://www.dia.org/dft.
FIA Theater Quality avant-garde, independent and international films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. FIA Theater at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6/non-members. 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films. $8.50. 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org.
Redford Theatre An historic 1928 movie house in northwest Detroit with an original Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that presents classic film series, organ concerts and special events in a beautifully restored setting. $4/regular tickets; $5/special movie tickets. 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies in Grand Rapids seven days a week. $4-$7. 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org.
The Written/Spoken Word:
Detroit Poetry Slam Finals The top-rated spoken word artists vie for a place on the team that will compete at the National Poetry Slam Competition in August. Max M. Music Center, Detroit. Fri., April 21. $15. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Friday Night Poetry Jam A unique and comfortable entertainment experience that serves as a new platform for artists, musicians and poets to gather, reflect and be inspired in a loft setting. Element, on the third floor of the Clark Lofts building in downtown Detroit. Every Friday. 313-963-6034. http://www.clarklofts.com/element.
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events in Ann Arbor for young and old; call for details. 734-662-7407.
UICA Writers’ Studio A weekly gathering that provides criticism and inspiration to those whose passion is writing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org.