Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: Ford House Explorers (April 29). Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum “2006 Graduate Degree Exhibition” (through May 12). Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrook.edu/artmuseum.
Detroit Historical Museum “381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story,” celebrating the legacy of Rosa Parks (May 6-July 16). Open Wed.-Sun. $5. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection” (through July 2). Museum admission by donation. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “My Brothers’ Keeper” (through July 30; $7). Also: “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” and “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 “Rethinking the Photographic Image: The Best Photography from the George Eastman House Collection” (April 22-June 25); Plus, “Art of the Congo” (through May 21). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
2006 Festival of the Arts A weekend of festivities beginning April 26 that includes “Art After Dark” (Fri, April 28), “Starry Night Gala” (Sat., April 29) and “Family Festival” (Sun., April 30). Costick Activities Center, Farmington Hills. 248-473-1857.
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 Exhibits include: “”Potential,” the annual high school art exhibit (through May 12); plus “Off the Wall Gallery,” a series of banner artwork displayed throughout downtown Ann Arbor (beginning May 1). 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,” through May 5. Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Charles Johanson Gallery “Phenomena,” and exhibition of artists Adrian Hatfield, Jayson Lowery and Helen Bevan. Tue.-Fri., through May 20. Detroit: 248-875-7332.
Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall “Sacred Faces,” a collection or portraits photographed by Wolfgang Schmidt. Weekdays, through June 2. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
The Gallery at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts An exhibit of work by students of Macomb Community College. Through May 19. Open Mon.-Fri. Free admission. Clinton Twp.: 586-286-2141. http://www.macombcenter.com.
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 A solo exhibit of fine art photography by Rod Sypitkowski. Open Tue.-Sat, May 2-27. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts “Woodcuts: East-West.” Through June 2. Mon.-Fri. by appointment and before events. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org.
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:
Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra “Popular Favorites from Russia.” Temple Bet El, Bloomfield Township. Sun., April 30. $25. 248-645-2276. http://www.bbso.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: “Symphony and Cirque” (April 20-23); and The Count Basie Orchestra (May 4). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Flint School of Performing Arts The 28th Annual Showcase Concert featuring students from the various ensemble programs. The Whiting, Flint. Sun., April 30. $10/adults, $5/students. 810-237-7333. http://www.flintschoolofmusic.org.
Flint Symphony Orchestra 2005/06 season concludes with “From Russia with Love.” The Whiting, Flint. Sat., April 29. $9-$46. 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org.
Lansing Community College Events include: Jazz It Up series (April 27-29); LCC Percussion & Guitar Ensembles (April 30). Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Free admission. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu.
Macombers Spring Extravaganza The annual evening of music and song by Macomb Community College’s Goodwill Ambassadors. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., May 6. $11-$13. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
MSU School of Music Events include: MSU Concert Orchestra (April 27); “An Afternoon at the Opera” (April 30); Community School Spring Gala (May 6). Prices and locations vary; call for complete schedule. 517-353-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu.
Peninsula Acclaimed Peter Sparling Dance Company concludes its residency with a program that is part travelogue and part multimedia dance spectacular that celebrates Michigan. Boll YMCA, Detroit. Sat., May 6. $25. 313-309-9622. http://www.ymcadetroit.org.
Wharton Center Events include: Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing (April 30). $30-$47.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
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.
The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. May 2: The premiere of a new science fiction movie shot entirely in Detroit, Episode 1 of “InZer0.” Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak. $10. 248-346-8449. http://www.thoughtcollide.com.
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.
Alternatives to Sex Autjor Stephen McCauley will read from and discuss his new book following the acreening of “The Object of My Affection.” Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Thu., April 27. $8.50. 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org.
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.
URBAN INSTITURE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS – seeking LGBT youth for Art Therapy for At-Risk Teens programs, 616-454-7000; LANSING SYMPHONY – annual fundraiser “The Big Band Ball,” May 13, 517-487-5001; MACOMB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – annual fundraiser “An Evening for the Performing Arts,” April 29, 586-286-2222; FAR FIELD RETREAT FOR WRITERS – a weekend retreat for writers, May 18-21, 248-370-2250; 2006 GOSPEL MUSIC CONFERENCE – for anyone interested in learning more about gospel music, May 6, 810-238-1350, ext. 254; LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE – offering non-credit summer art and foreign language classes beginning in June, 517-483-1860; FLINT INSTITUTE OF MUSIC’s FLINT SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS – several fun and educational summer programs in music and dance set to begin June 19, 810-238-1350, ext. 3.