Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Summertime Behind the Scenes tours include “Staff Life on the Estate,” “The Secrets Behind the Paintings” and “Cotswold Architecture”; plus Special Interest Tours “Modernism on the Cutting Edge” and “A Great Modern American Landscape.” Open Tuesday – Sunday. $10 fee applies to these tours; reservations required. Grosse Pointe Shores: (313) 884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
ARTS & SUMMER FESTIVALS:
Arts, Beats & Eats The ninth annual Labor Day Weekend festival that celebrates art, cuisine,music and family fun in downtown Pontiac. Sept. 1-4. (248) 334-4600. http://www.artsbeatseats.com.
ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits include: “When Philip Met Isabella: Philip Treacy’s Hats for Isabella Blow” (through Aug. 27); and “Think Again! Presence of the Past in Contemporary Art” (through Sep. 17) Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: (248) 645-3314. http://www.cranbrook.edu/museum.
Detroit Historical Museum Closed through Sept. 28 for museum makeover. Detroit: (313) 833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts Closed through Sept. 5 for construction. Museum admission by donation. Detroit: (313) 833-4005. http://www.dia.org.
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Robots: The Interactive Exhibition” (through Sep. 17). Open daily. $11/adults; $10/children (includes general museum admission). Detroit: (313) 577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org.
Flint Institute of Arts Museum closed till late September for renovations. Flint: (810) 234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Longway Planetarium Half-priced weekend shows include “The Sky Above Mister Roger’s Neighborhood,” “Celebration of Flight Laser Show” and “Black Holes and Star Signs” (Sept. 2-24). $2.50/adults, $2/children. Flint: (810) 237-3400. http://www.longway.org.
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Siyazama, Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa” (extended through Jan. 7, 2007). Open daily. (517) 355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Gregory Barsamian: Time and Transformation” (through Sept. 17). Open Tuesday – Sunday at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: (734) 763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
Ambient Gallery Exhibit: “Ambient Anniversary,” celebrating the gallery’s first year (through Sept. 10). Tuesday – Sunday. Grosse Pointe: (313) 882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com.
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits include: “Real/Surreal,” which contrasts reality with the bizarre, and “05/06,” two and three-dimensional work by Center instructors (Aug. 25 – Oct. 8). Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: (734) 994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Dog Days of Summer,” a mixed media show featuring artists interpreting man’s best friend (through Aug. 31). Monday – Saturday. (734) 281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibits include: “Wish You Were Here” (Robinson Gallery); and “Vanishing Landscapes” (DeSalle Gallery). Through Aug. 25. Free admission. Birmingham: (248) 644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall Art in the Corridor series continues with the still life collage works of Gail Eisner and contemporary abstract graphics of Jennifer Stahl. Weekdays, through Aug. 31. Farmington Hills: (248) 473-1856.
Gallery Project Exhibits include: “The Humor Show,” a multi-media show featuring 25 artists (through Sept. 10). Open Tuesday – Sunday. Ann Arbor: (734) 997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: Plein Air – Paintings by Sarah Schrift (Aug. 29-Sept. 30). Open Tuesday – Saturday. Ferndale:
(248) 544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Sherry Washington Gallery “Abstractions of Life” features the work of renowned artist Gilda Snowden (through Aug. 27). Open Tuesday – Saturday. Detroit: (313) 961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “The Red Thread Exhibition” (through Oct. 15). Open Tuesday – Sunday. Grand Rapids: (616) 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
University of Detroit Mercy Library Exhibit: “Movies! Film! Cinema!” features a look at films from the 1890s to 1980s. Mononday – Saturday, through Sept. 1 on the McNichols Campus. Detroit: (313) 993-1795.
Water Street Gallery Exhibit: “Rock, Scissors, Paper” (through Sept. 1). Open daily. Saugatuck: (269) 857-8485. http://www.waterstreetgallery.com.
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Tickets are now on sale for the DSO’s 2006/07 season. (313) 576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Spotlight Detroit A weekly talent show and competition held every Wednesday for all genres of entertainment, including vocalists, instrumentalists, poets, rappers, dancers and comedians. 20/20 Entertainment at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. (248) 890-8188. http://www.spotlightdet.com.
FILM & VIDEO:
Comcast Summer Film Series Outdoor weekly film entertainment for the entire family. Campus Martius Park, Detroit. Every Saturday evening at dusk through Aug. 26. Free of charge. 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, Detroit. New season begins Sep. 8. $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, Friday – Sunday. (Closed through late September for renovations.) $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. Plus, 25 films from the Sundance Film Festival will be screened through Nov. 5. $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. Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak. $10. (248) 346-8449. http://www.thoughtcollide.com.
Red Barn Theater Lakeshore Arts Alliance presents a new film studies program hosted by William Muzzillo that covers a variety of film genres. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month through Dec. 12. $5. (269) 857-5300.
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:
Bittersweet Coffeehouse Series Two queer Philly artists are this week’s featured artists: Samantha Barrow and LotSix. Buzz Bar, Detroit. Sunday, Aug. 27. (313) 963-2181. http://www.myspace.com/buzzdetroit.
The Honors Poetry Series and Open Mic The featured poet is D’Anne Witkowski, former managing editor of Between The Lines. Plymouth Book Cellar, 840 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth. 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25. (734) 455-2704.
PicNap Poetry Series 2.0 Celebrate all kinds of poetry every Friday night hosted by Kalimah (LocMama) Johnson and Jy (Obadele) Jenkins Jr. Meetery Eatery Cafe, Detroit. $5. (313) 606-2342. http://www.picnap-poetry.com.
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 Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. (616) 454-7000. http://www.uica.org.
V.I.B.E. Open Mic Poetry Series 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 Sunday. $7. (313) 963-6034. http://www.clarklofts.com/element.
AUDITIONS, CLASSES & FUNDRAISERS:
FASH BASH – the annual fundraiser for the Detroit Institute of Arts features the fall collections of famed designer Elie Tahari, Sat., Aug. 26 on the rooftop of GM’s new Beaubien Place parking structure in downtown Detroit, (313) 833-6954; MSU CHORAL UNION – auditions for the 2007/07 season, through Aug. 30, (517) 353-9122; ONSTAGE CONNECTION – now registering for fall dance, theater and voice classes, (248) 477-3830; LAWRENCE STREET GALLERY – accepting entries through Sept. 28 for “think small” competition for small works of two and three dimensional art, (248) 544-0394; ST. CECILIA MUSIC SOCIETY – now registering youths, seniors and not-so-seniors for various music programs, plus auditioning Sept. 5,6 and 9 for Youth Band and orchestras, (616) 459-2224.