Art & Around for the period Dec. 6-15

By |2007-12-06T09:00:00-05:00December 6th, 2007|Entertainment|

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); Holiday Dinner & Tour (Dec. 8 & 15; $26); Holiday Dinner & Tour (Dec. 9 & 13; $36); and Nutcracker Tea for children (Dec. 6-7, 11-14 & 17-18; $12). Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222.


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.
The Art Museum at MSU Exhibit: “Marion Post Wolcott Photographs (through Dec. 14). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834.
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibit: “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.” Through March 30, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262.
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.
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. 7-9, 13-16, 18-23, 26-30. Village only: $9; Village & Train: $10-$12. Flint: 810-736-7100.
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.
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.
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.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “The Art of Collecting.” Through Dec. 30. Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695.
Greenfield Village Relive the holiday traditions of a bygone era during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village (Dec. 7-8, 14-16 & 19-23; $15/adult non-members; $10/children non-members). Village open Fri.-Sun (through Dec. 31). $20. Dearborn: 313-982-6001.
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.
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400.
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include “MSU Museum: 150 Years of Discovery”. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
Biddle Gallery Exhibits: “John Albert Murphy & Students Clay Invitational Holiday Show” (through Dec. 31); plus “Monkey Day,” monley-inspired art by local artists (Dec. 14 only). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibit: Ann Loveland’s and Sharon Sommers’ class exhibition. Through Dec. 16. Birmingham: 248-644-0866.
Cass Cafe Exhibit: “Notorious,” painters and sculptors Gwen Joy and Chris Turner provide an insight into the inner psyche of artistic vision. Through Dec. 8. Open daily. Detroit: 313-831-1400.
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.
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 Dec. 19. Free. Open during regular business hours. Detroit: 313-494-4376.
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Window Shopping,” a series of highly original holiday installations by five Michigan artists: Jacque Liu (through Dec. 12), Gabe Hillebrand and Andrew Thompson (Dec. 13-22) and Catherine Smith and Thom Bohnert (Dec. 23-Jan. 6, 2008). Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012.
Huntington Galleria Exhibit: “Judy Potter: Watercolors.” Through Dec. 10 at the Huntington National Bank. Open Mon.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545.
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.
Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: “Blue Indigo,” featuring the work of Donald Anderson. Through Dec. 29. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578.
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.
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.
Riverside Arts Center Artful treasures for the special people on your shopping list can be found at the first annual Juried Holiday Art Fair, a fundraiser to support the gallery’s exhibits and programs. Dec. 7-9. Free. Open Thu.-Sun. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Fiber Revolution”. Through Dec. 18. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300.
Sherry Washington Gallery Exhibit: David Fludd’s “New Paintings and Drawings.” Through Dec. 31. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-961-4500.
Zeitgeist Gallery and Theatre Exhibit: “Hot Cast,” featuring metal castings by six local Foundry Rats. Through Dec. 29. Open Fri.-Sat.


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra The regular season continues with “Heroes.” Dec. 8 at the Michigan Theater. $10-$45. Ann Arbor: 734-994-4801.
Dance Gallery Studio Celebrate the season with “Winter Wonderland: Carnival of Animals,” featuring a unique version of “The Dying Swan” by Julianne O’Brien Pedersen of the Peter Sparling Dance Company. Dec. 8-9. Ann Arbor: 734-747-8885.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit The Opus 9 Series continues with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with Kirsten Johnson, viola. Dec. 15 at the Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills. $43-$75. 248-855-6070.
Clarkston Community Band “Christmas in Clarkston,” a noontime family fun concert. Dec. 15 at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clarkston. Free. 248-625-8223.
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings The Holiday Brass concerts will be joined this year by the choirs of Grosse Pointe South and Bloomfield Hills Andover High Schools. Dec. 9 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms and Dec. 16 at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. $35-$40. 248-559-2095.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (Dec. 6-8; $19-$71); “Handel’s Magnificent Messiah” (Dec. 9; $19-$50); “Michael McDonald’s Holiday Greetings” (Dec. 11; $19-$65); and “Home for the Holidays” (Dec. 13-16; $19-$71). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111.
Detroit Together Men’s Chorus “Thanks for the Memories,” the group’s 25th annual holiday concert. Dec. 15 at Berkley High School, Berkley. $15-$18. 248-544-3872.
Eisenhower Dance Ensemble The subscription series continues with “Other Side of Winter: A Dance and Music Celebration.” Dec. 8 at Lake Orion Performing Arts Center, Lake Orion. $15. 248-559-2095.
Farmington Community Chorus The new Farmington Hills Youth Choir will present a special “Family and Friends Concert” to introduce the group to the community (Dec. 12 at Costick Center; free); then the annual Holiday Concert will feature the official debut of the Youth Choir (Dec. 14-15 at Mercy High School Auditorium; $12-$15). Farmington Hills: 248-473-1859.
Flint School of Performing Arts The ensembles will perform three different holiday concerts: Dec. 7 with the Flint Symphony Orchestra; Dec. 8 with the Flint Youth Wind Ensemble; and Dec. 9 with the Flint Youth String Orchestra. All performances at Flushing High School, Flushing. Free. Flint: 810-238-1350.
Flint Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Pops,” a warm and festive musical celebration features local choral groups and students. Dec. 15-16 at The Whiting. $10-$29. Flint: 810-237-7333.
Ford Comerica Global Thursdays A weekly series of world music concerts continues with West African griot Mady Kouyate (Dec. 6); and International Holiday Marketplace & Fashion Show (Dec. 13). $10-$12. Arab American National Museum. Dearborn: 313-582-2266.
Franke Center for the Arts Ring in the holiday cheer with “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a weekend of festive fun and fabulous music featuring the area’s most talented performers. Dec. 14-16. $15. Marshall: 269-781-0001.
Lansing Community College The final fall concerts include: The Percussion Ensemble (Dec. 2); the LCC Concert Choir (Dec. 6); and the LCC Jazz Ensemble (Dec. 7). All at Dart Auditorium. Free. Lansing: 517-483-1488.
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Celebrate the holidays with the “Osmond Family Christmas.” Sat., Dec. 8. $35-$40. Clinton Township: 586-286-2222.
Michigan Ballet Theatre The legendary “Nutcracker” comes to life with guest artists from American Ballet Theatre. Dec. 8-9 at the Avondale High School Performing Arts Center, Auburn Hills. $16. Rochester: 248-652-3117.
Public Museum “The Magical Music of Christmas” features the keyboard artistry of Tony O’Brien at the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ. Dec. 7-8. $8-10/adults; $5/children. Grand Rapids: 616-456-3977.
First United Methodist Church The Performing Arts Series presents the 54th Annual Feast of Carols featuring music by all music congregations of the church. Dec. 9. Free will offering will support annual choir camp for youth. Royal Oak: 248-541-4100.
Saline Varsity Blues Students in grades 1-12 present their annual Holiday Concert to raise funds for St. Judes Research Hospital. Dec. 7-8 at the Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline. $8.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts Events include: “The Nutcracker Ballet,” a collaborative event by Dance Steps Studio, Encore Dance, Tecumseh Dance Workshop and Tecumseh Pops Orchestra (Dec. 7-9; $14); and TCA Big Band, which combines a holiday concert with a food drive for the local food bank (Dec. 15). Tecumseh: 517-423-6617.
University Musical Society The 2007 holiday season features The Tallis Scholars’ “Poetry in Music for the Virgin Mary” (Dec. 6 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; $35-$45); and “A Solstice Celebration: The Festival of Lights” with Leo Kottke and the Turtle Island String Quartet (Dec. 9 at Rackham Auditorium; $22-$46). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538.
Williamston Theatre A holiday concert featuring Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Barbara Bailey Hutchinson who will use her finely crafted songs and clever wit to raise funds for the mid-Michigan theater. Dec. 7. $15. Williamston: 517-655-7469.


Ann Arbor Film Festival An advance screening of John Sayles’ new film “Honeydripper” will be shown as a fundraising benefit for the festival’s Endangered campaign. Sayles will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film. Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan Theater. $20. Ann Arbor: 734-995-5356.
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.
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.
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.
The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. Dec. 4 is hijacked by Josh Becker’s “Running Time.” Main Art Theatre. $10-$11. Royal Oak: 248-346-8449.
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.
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 .


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.
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.


BIRMINGHAM-BLOOMFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – will hold auditions to select a winner in the annual Young Artists String Competition, Jan. 8-10, 248-645-2276; PLYMOUTH CANTON SYMPHONY SOCIETY – is accepting applications for the Youth Artist Competition, due Jan. 21, 734-451-2112; SECREST WARDLE – this Farmington Hills law firm is hosting “Secret Santa’s Helpers Craft Show” to raise money for CARE House of Oakland County, Dec. 6, 248-539-2857.

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