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Glorious Gardens of the Historic Homes Tour the amazing gardens at three of metro Detroit’s historic wonders: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores (313-884-4222), Cranbrook House and Gardens in Bloomfield Hills (248-645-3147) and Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester (248-364-6200). Various days of the week through Aug. 28. $20. http://www.fordhouse.org, http://www.cranbrook.edu & http://www.meadowbrookhall.org.
The Twilight Tour, Ford House: The First Great Modern American Landscape Explore the gardens and grounds with a first class tour from Ford House president John Franklin Miller who will discuss the collaboration between Edsel Ford and famed landscape architect Jens Jensen. The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores. Sun., Aug. 21. $15/tour only or $32/tour and a sit down dinner at the Activities Center. 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
BBAC Gallery Shop Sale A 20% discount on every item in the shop’s collection of one-of-a-kind handcrafted goodies. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham. Mon.-Sat. through August. 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Curt Winnega A solo exhibit of oil paintings and sculptures by local artist Curt Winnega. Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale. Tue.-Sat. through Aug. 27. 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Fall Term Registration at BBAC Children and adults can begin enrolling for fall classes beginning Aug. 15 (for members) and Aug. 22 (non-members). Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham. Mon.-Sat. through August. 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Fall Term at Ann Arbor Art Center Registration is underway for the fall term that begins Sep. 26. 734-994-8004 ext. 101. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Freedom Of…Boundaries The third annual charity event at UICA will be a high-style fashion show hosted by Wood TV 8’s Rachel Ruiz. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Thu., Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. $55. 616-454-7000, ext. 20. http://www.uica.org.
Fash Bash 2005 The fashion designs of Carlos Miele are the centerpiece of the 35th annual fundraiser for the Detroit Institute of Arts. General Motors Wintergarden, Detroit. Sat., Aug. 27. $125 & $350. 313-833-6954. http://www.foundersjuniorcouncil.org.
Homegrown An exhibit that showcases the homegrown talent of Johanna Paas, Mark Eisendrath and Matthew Daniel Price. The Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor. Daily through Sep. 3. 734-994-8004. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Pop! An exhibit that revisits the impact of Pop art through more than 100 emblematic images from the 1950s to the early 70s. The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Sun. through Sep. 25. 734-764-0395. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
Film & Video:
Kontroll A Hungarian thriller set in the Budapest subway system. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Daily through Aug. 18. $4-$7. 616-454-3994. http://www.uica.org.
3-Iron A critique of modern society that shows how one man can bring life back to empty spaces. Korean with English subtitles. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Daily, Aug. 12-18. $4-$7. 616-454-3994. http://www.uica.org.
Music & Dance:
Jam at The Gem Thursday evening happy hours are a little more lively with the sounds of local Detroit artists playing some of the city’s best summer music. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Every Thursday through Aug. 25. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com.
The Written Word:
The Writer’s Corner A weekly gathering that provised 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.