“Remembrance”, a mixed media collection by artist Carolynne W. Miller, will be on display from Dec. 13 through Jan. 31, 2008 in the City Gallery at the Costick Center at 28600 Eleven Mile Road in Farmington Hills. The lobby gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and during special events at the center.
Miller’s artwork combines photos and text with discarded objects. Intrigued by materials with a history, Miller creates collages from found objects, seeing this as a continuation of the cycle of life. Miller’s focus recently shifted, however, when her father and mother-in-law died within six weeks of each other, with the second death occurring on Carolynne’s birthday. This prompted her to return to the heart of her work, which is storytelling.
“Remembrance” interweaves other’s stories with the artist’s own. The exhibit features memories from the residents of Freewoods, a community near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, comprised of elderly descendents of freed slaves. Personal narratives and photos from Freewoods, which was in the process of being sold and redeveloped, have been preserved in a story quilt funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission.
For more information about the exhibit, please call 248-473-1856.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: “Elegance in Entertaining: Traditions at the Estate” explores the holiday season and its celebrations held at the Ford home (through Jan. 8, 2008; $8). Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org
ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:
Arab American National Museum Exhibit: “Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East” (through March 30, 2008). Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
The Art Museum at MSU The museum is closed through Jan. 6, 2008. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibit: “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.” Through March 30, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrookart.edu
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. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Crossroads Village & the Huckleberry Railroad A holiday fantasyland that features thousands of sparkling lights, music, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a Victorian Tea and Michigan’s most spectacular moving light display. Dec. 18-23, 26-30; then closed through May 24, 2008. Village only: $9; Village & Train: $10-$12. Flint: 810-736-7100. http://www.geneseecountyparks.org
Detroit Historical Museum New exhibits include: “1920s: Detroit Building Boom” and “Rallying the Home Front: Posters from WWII.” Wed.-Sun. $6 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts Now open, the New DIA: More gallery space; more art; more fun, with featured exhibit “Julie Mehretu: City Sitings” (through March 30, 2008). General admission: $8. Open Wed.-Sun. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Jan. 6, 2008. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “The Art of Collecting.” Through Dec. 30. Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Greenfield Village Relive the holiday traditions of a bygone era during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village (Dec. 19-23; $15/adult non-members; $10/children non-members). Village open Fri.-Sun through Dec. 31; then closed through April 4, 2008. $20. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Henry Ford Museum Exhibit: “Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi,” which highlights the artistic and architectural works by these two creators. Through Jan. 15, 2008. Open daily. General museum admission: $14. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
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 “MSU Museum: 150 Years of Discovery”. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibit: Words Fail Me,” curated by Matthew Higgs, which sends messages in many different forms through 16 art works by 18 re-known artists from Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Through Jan. 20, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
Public Museum Exhibit: “The Supremes Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection,” which explores the exciting history of Motown records and the Civil Rights movement. Through Jan. 6, 2008. Open daily. Grand Rapids: 616-456-3977. http://www.grmuseum.org
Sloan Museum Exhibit: “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: “Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran.” Through Dec. 30. Free. 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 Exhibits include: Lora Fosberg’s “Dystopia for Daydreamers”; Adrienne Outlaw’s “Fecund Series”; cultural animators The Moving Crew’s “Transfer-Mation” (all through Jan. 18, 2008); and Mary Gaynier’s “No Two Are Alike.” (through March 2, 2008). 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
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits: “Creativity Camp 2007,” featuring art created by last summer’s Creativity Campers (through Feb. 2008); the life and work of award-winning artist Jean Tracy Amick (through Dec. 31); plus the Gallery Shop features original art from Michigan and regional artists for the holidays (through Dec. 24). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Exhibits: “John Albert Murphy & Students Clay Invitational Holiday Show” (through Dec. 31); plus “Trunk Shows Featuring Jewelry and Fiber Artists” (Dec. 21). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
City Gallery Exhibit: “Remembrance,” a mixed media collection by artist Carolyn W. Miller. Through Jan. 31, 2008 at Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Open during regular business hours and during special events. 248-473-1856.
Detroit Artists Market Exhibit: “Detroit Artists Market Annual Holiday Show,” an eclectic mix of handmade items by local artists. Through Dec. 22. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540. http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org
EMU University Art Gallery Exhibit: “Thicker Than Water,” featuring the work of MFA student Gypsy Schindler. Through Dec. 21 in the Student Center. Open Weekdays. Ypsilanti: 734-487-1157. http://www.emich.edu/studentcenter
Focus Hope Gallery Exhibit: “Are We Community: A Linkage Exhibition of Art II,” a thought-provoking exhibit of work created by formerly incarcerated artists presented by the Prison Creative Arts Project. Through Jan. 30, 2008. Free. Open during regular business hours. Detroit: 313-494-4376. http://www.focushope.edu
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Window Shopping,” a series of highly original holiday installations by five Michigan artists, concludes with: Catherine Smith and Thom Bohnert (Dec. 23-Jan. 6, 2008). Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Little Things Mean A Lot,” the second annual small works competition. Through Dec. 28. Open Wed.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: “Blue Indigo,” featuring the work of Donald Anderson. Through Dec. 29. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578. http://www.liberalartsgallery.com
Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: “Sleigh Bells & Holly: A Gallery of Fine Art and Gifts.” Through Dec. 22. Open Tue.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Madonna University Gallery An exhibit that presents the work of three area artists: Josephine Primeau, EE Berger and Theodora Marolla. Through Dec. 21. Free. Livonia: 248-875-7332. http://www.madonna.edu
Saper Galleries Exhibit: Michigan Impressions: Oil Paintings by Michael Callihan.” Through Dec. 31. Open Mon.-Sat., plus Sundays through Dec. 23. East Lansing: 517-351-0815. http://www.sapergalleries.com
Sherry Washington Gallery Exhibit: David Fludd’s “New Paintings and Drawings.” Through Dec. 31. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com
Zeitgeist Gallery and Theatre Exhibit: “Hot Cast,” featuring metal castings by six local Foundry Rats. Through Dec. 29. Open Fri.-Sat. http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:
Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra Experience the extraordinary with “Between the Holiday Special.” Dec. 27 at Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Township. $25. 248-645-2276. http://www.bbso.org
Collingwood Arts Center “Merry TubaChristmas 2007” features tuba and euphonium players of all ages who gather and pay respect to the great teachers and artists who represent their heritage. Dec. 22 at CAC’s Lois M. Nelson Theatre. Free. Toledo: 419-244-2787. http://www.collingwoodartscenter.org
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “A Charlie Brown Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut” (Dec. 21; 10-$27); “The Night Before Christmas,” the National City Young People’s Concert (Dec. 22; $19-$50); “Barbie at the Symphony” (Dec. 23; $19-$50); and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Mendelssohn’s sprightly take on the Shakespeare classic (Jan. 4). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
First Unitarian Universalist Church The 20th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration Jazz Concert features the legendary pianist Dr. Barry D. Harris. Dec. 29. $25, which includes an afterglow. Detroit: 313-833-9107.
Plymouth Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays” is a new yuletide tradition in downtown Plymouth. Dec. 20 at the Penn Theatre. $25. Plymouth: 734-451-2112. http://www.plymouthcantonsymphony.org
Rackham Symphony Choir The annual “Too Hot To Handel” returns, melding gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues with the help of an all-star ensemble of Detroit Jazz legends. Dec. 22 at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit. $18-$78. 248-433-1515. http://www.rackhamchoir.org
Riverwalk Theatre “Broadway and Beyond,” a song and dance revue of pop and jazz standards, plus new and classic Broadway favorites performed by chorus, soloists and The Grand Band. Jan. 5-6, 2008. $10-$12. Lansing: 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
University Musical Society The 2007/08 season continues with the Emerson String Quartet (Jan. 4, 2008 at Rackham Auditorium; $22-$46). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org
Williamston Theatre The Patrick Terbrack Jazz Quintet will appear for two special New Year’s Eve concerts: Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. ($30) and 9:30 p.m. ($75, which includes an Afterglow with the artists at the Red Cedar Grill with a midnight toast and hors d’oeuvres buffet). Williamston: 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
Woodside Church Woodside’s Jazz Vespers is a coffee-house style worship service focused on “Listening to the Sounds of Christmas,” featuring Woodside friends. Dec. 21. Flint: 810-767-4911. http://www.woodsidechurch.net
FILM & VIDEO:
Collingwood Arts Center The Vintage Movie Series continues with “The Inspector General.” Dec. 23. $5. Toledo: 800-838-3006. http://www.collingwoodartscenter.org
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
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); plus the free Holiday Classic Film Series presents three films from the 1940s, and a favorite from the 1990s. Every Sunday at 4 p.m. through Dec. 23. 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-$11. 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
FUNDRAISERS & NEWS:
KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS – is accepting applications through March 1, 2008 for its 57th Annual Art Fair scheduled for June 7, 269-349-7775, ext. 3100; LOWELL SHOWBOAT SIZZLIN’ SUMMER CONCERTS – is seeking the best musicians and groups to perform in the summer of 2008, applications must be received by Feb. 1, 2008, 616-897-8545; MICHIGAN THEATER -was named by readers of The Ann Arbor News as Best Movie Theater; MOCAD – the museum’s MOCAD Cafe is now open, providing an emphasis on unique salads, sandwiches, desserts and coffees, with free wireless internet access, open Wed.-Sun, 313-832-6622.