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The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will hold its first “Art Out Loud!” benefit concert on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 6-10 p.m.
Presented by Rob Brandt from 97 LAV-FM Classic Rock, two local bands, Domestic Problems and Mid-Life Crisis, will perform unplugged while local artists create artwork live in response to the music. These original pieces will be raffled that evening. Check out local art vendors, clay and henna artists, glass blowers and caricature artists while enjoying food by the Grand Central Market and a cash bar during the event.
“Art Out Loud!” is a student-produced event in conjunction with UICA’s ArtWorks program. Proceeds from the event will support UICA’s ArtWorks program, which offers job experience in the arts to students ages 14 to 21.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets: Pre-purchased tickets are $15 for UICA members and $20 for non-members. Tickets at the door are $20 for UICA members and $25 for non-members.
For more information and tickets, contact UICA at 616-454-7000, ext. 26.
Donald V. Calamia
SUMMER ARTS FESTIVALS:
Art Out Loud! A student-produced benefit concert featuring two local bands, Domestic Problems and Mid-Life Crisis, that will perform unplugged while local artists create artwork live in response to the music. Plus art vendors, artists, food and a cash bar. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Aug. 22. $10-$25. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000, ext. 26. http://www.uica.org
4th Fridays With Ford A summer festival of music, dance, film, artists market and food specials that celebrates and embraces downtown Detroit the fourth Friday of every month through September. Coming next: Universal Xpression (11:30 am); Yerba Buena (7:30 p.m.); Orquesta La Inspiracion (9:30 p.m.); then at 11 p.m., Cinema D! Detroit Film Festival. Aug. 24 at Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-962-0101. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org
Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights A weekly summer festival of free concerts, children’s entertainers and other attractions staged simultaneously every Thursday evening in downtown Chelsea on Main Street. Festival continues Aug. 16 with Lisa Pappas & Friends, On The Fence, String Cheese and others; and continues Aug. 23 with Bill Bynum & Company, Black Train, Souls Alike, Matt Watroba and more. Chelsea: 734-475-1145. http://www.chelseafestivals.com
Summer in the Park A season-long series of events in downtown Detroit that includes “Lunchtime Arts” (weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 28), “Culture Corner Weekends” (through Aug. 24) and “Healthy Moves” (through Aug. 25). Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-962-0101. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Take a tour behind the scenes and examine special subjects that provide a new perspective on the family that left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, the arts community and the region. Some advance reservations are required; fees vary. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org
Movie Palaces Tour Participate in a walking tour of Detroit’s entertainment district and go on a “behind the scenes” look inside seven of Detroit’s still accessible early 20th century movie theaters. Preservation Wayne. Aug. 18. $40 (which includes a boxed lunch at the Detroit Opera House). Detroit: 313-577-7674. http://www.preservationwayne.org
ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:
Arab American National Museum “The Photography of Suleiman Al Awadi” (through Aug. 19); and “Threads of Pride: Palestinian Traditional Costumes” (through Nov. 25). Open Wed.-Sun. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Cranbrook Art Museum A contemporary art museum located at the heart of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the nation’s greatest architectural complexes. Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrookart.edu/museum
Cranbrook Institute of Science Permanent exhibits include: “Life Changes Over Time”; “Ice Ages Come And Go”; and “Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America.” Open daily. $8 museum admission. 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into town for the “Day Out With Thomas 2007: All Aboard Tour,” which includes a 40-minute ride, storytelling, and a 20-minute performance by special guest Bob the Builder. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-26. $18. Flint: 800-648-7275. http://www.geneseecountyparks.org
Detroit Historical Museum Exhibits include “Treasures of the Collection,” “Fabulous Five: Detroit Music Legends” and “Detroit Then & Now.” Wed.-Sun. $5 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts While the museum is closed to complete renovations, the DIA presents “Fore! Fun,” a one-of-a-kind, 10-hole mini-golf course on the north lawn. Runs Wed.-Sun., through Labor Day. $5. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Sept. 3. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Artists of the Great Lakes: 1910-1960.” Through Aug. 19. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
The Henry Ford At Henry Ford Museum: “Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars,” featuring more than 19 legendary cars and 30 guitars that are synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll (through Sept. 30; $14 museum admission); at Greenfield Village: The Fifth Annual World Tournament of Historic Baseball (Aug. 3-5; $20). Admission free with membership. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Kresge Art Museum Michigan State University’s collection of over 7,000 works of art, offering a rich diversity of style, technique and media, spanning 5,000 years of human history. Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States.” Through Aug. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit A non-collecting institution responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration and public engagement. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
Plymouth Historical Museum Exhibit: “Plymouth Rides the Rails,” an exploration of the history of trains in Plymouth from 1871 to the present. Through Nov. 1. $5. Open Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun. Plymouth: 734-455-8940. http://www.plymouthhistory.org
Sloan Museum Exhibits include: “Fair Housing in Flint” (through Nov. 4); and “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles (through March 2008). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Contemporary Japanese Photography.” Through Sept. 16. Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts UICA presents work that is innovative, challenging, and may not fall within the conventional bounds of the visual arts. This includes non-traditional approaches, use of materials, and display, as well as work that is installation-based and/or non-commercial in nature. Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org
Amazwi Contemporary Art A unique gallery that gives voice to a diverse array of African artists, while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. Saugatuck: 269-857-5551. http://www.amazwi.com
Biddle Gallery Exhibits: “Vessels” by John Albert Murphy (through Aug. 31); “Climate Controlled Art Fair” (through Aug. 31); and “Dreaming Through Reincarnation” by Ryan Weiss (through Aug. 31). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Biegas Gallery Exhibit: “Dancing the Line,” the paintings of New York artist Leah Keller. Through Sept. 15. Detroit: 313-961-0634. http://www.biegas.com
Community Arts @ Paramount Gallery Exhibit: The “2nd Annual Cruiz’n Exhibit,” featuring local automotive artists Mike DeFazio, Charles Maher and Dennis Reardon. Through Aug. 31. Open Mon.-Sat. during Paramount Bank’s regular business hours. Ferndale: 248-414-6500. http://www.theparamountgallery.com
Detroit Artists Market In celebration of its 75th anniversary, DAM presents its Summer Ceramics Market featuring works by the best local ceramists. Through Aug. 25. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540. http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Turning Points,” which features artists who utilize personal, political and cultural points of transition as subject matter and bases for their work. Through Sept. 9. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: The Twentieth Anniversary Special Invitational Show.” Through Aug. 24. Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Macomb College Art Gallery The season opens with an exhibit by Dan Younger and Phil Davis. Aug. 21-Sept. 13. Open Mon.-Thu and Sat, plus 90-minutes prior to all Macomb Center events. Clinton Twp: 586-286-2089. http://www.macombcenter.com
Rayn Gallery Exhibit: “From the Void,” the debut exhibit by surrealist painter Tom Wagner. Detroit: 313-894-4731. http://www.myspace.com/rayngallery
Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: “Work! An Artist’s Impression” by EMU professor and printmaker Richard Fairfield. Through Sept. 2. Open Thur., Sat. & Sun. Free. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787. http://www.riversideartscenter.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Natural Affinity,” featuring the stunning botanical photographs of Kim Kauffman. Through Sept. 24. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300. http://www.sc4a.org
Severance Gallery The Midwest Society of Erotic Photography presents its inaugural exhibit, “Summerotica,” a breathtaking, two-story group exhibit by nearly two-dozen artists. Open Saturdays through Aug. 25 or by appointment. Detroit: 313-832-3744. http://www.myspace.com/s3v3ranc3
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:
Lowell Showboat The Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series continues with the Great Lakes Band (Aug. 16); and concludes with River Rogues Jazz Band (Aug. 23). Free. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts The “Summer in the Studio” series continues with folk performer Craig Cardiff at the SCA Performance Studio. Aug. 20. $15. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org
Stars in the Park A free outdoor concert series at Heritage Park continues with the Farmington Community Chorus (Aug. 16); and concludes with the Saline Fiddlers (Aug. 23). Farmington Hills: 248-473-1857.
FILM & VIDEO:
Comcast Summer Film Series Head to downtown Detroit for an evening of current releases and family favorites shown outdoors on a big screen. Every Saturday night through August 18; begins at 8 p.m. with musical entertainment. Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-646-4329. http://www.comcastfilmseries.com
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. $7.50. Detroit: 313-833-3237. http://www.dia.org/dft
Emagine Novi “An Elvis Tribute” starring Don “Tulsa” McLean and Fred Wolfe will honor the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, followed by the film “Viva Las Vegas.” Aug. 16. $12-$15. Novi: 888-319-3456. http://www.emagine-entertainment.com
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. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. Flint: 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). Military veterans will be admitted free through the four-day Memorial Day Weekend. Ann Arbor: 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. Main Art Theatre. $10. Royal Oak: 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. Detroit: 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies seven days a week. $4-$7. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org
EchoVerse Poetry Series & Slam Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city’s most nurturing environment for creative expression every. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $5-$7. Detroit: 313-822-6456. http://www.echoversepoetry.com
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events for young and old; call for details. Ann Arbor: 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. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org
ARTS NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
DEEP RIVER CHIOR – a multicultural, multi-ethnic singing group is looking for voices age 16 and up, Aug. 16, 313-223-2751; 826MICHIGAN – is hosting a free community celebration Aug. 26 at Wheeler Park in Ann Arbor that will include student readings, live music and a BYO picnic, 734-761-3463; FLINT ART INSTITUTE – has received a generous grant from Comcast Cable to sponsor the FIA’s second Annual Cinefestival and three ethnographic galleries; LOWELL AREA ARTS COUNCIL – is sponsoring an all-ages contest for writers of ghost stories, 616-897-8545; PLYMOUTH HISTORICAL MUSEUM – is seeking crafters for its second annual Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale in December, 734-455-8940.