Art & Around for the period Dec. 6-15

By | 2007-12-06T09:00:00-05:00 December 6th, 2007|Entertainment|
ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

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. 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 Exhibit: “Marion Post Wolcott Photographs (through Dec. 14). Open daily. 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. 7-9, 13-16, 18-23, 26-30. 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. 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. 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

ART GALLERIES:

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 “Monkey Day,” monley-inspired art by local artists (Dec. 14 only). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibit: Ann Loveland’s and Sharon Sommers’ class exhibition. Through Dec. 16. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org
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. http://www.casscafe.com
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
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. http://www.focushope.edu
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. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Huntington Galleria Exhibit: “Judy Potter: Watercolors.” Through Dec. 10 at the Huntington National Bank. Open Mon.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
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
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. http://www.riversideartscenter.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Fiber Revolution”. Through Dec. 18. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300. http://www.sc4a.org
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:

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra The regular season continues with “Heroes.” Dec. 8 at the Michigan Theater. $10-$45. Ann Arbor: 734-994-4801. http://www.a2so.com
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. http://www.dancegalleryfoundation.org
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. http://www.comehearcmsd.org
Clarkston Community Band “Christmas in Clarkston,” a noontime family fun concert. Dec. 15 at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clarkston. Free. 248-625-8223. http://www.clarkstonband.org
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. http://www.detroitchamberwinds.org
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. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
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. http://www.dtmc.org
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. http://www.ede-dance.org
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. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.com
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. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.com
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. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
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. http://www.frankecenterforthearts.org
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. http://www.lcc.edu/hpa/events
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Celebrate the holidays with the “Osmond Family Christmas.” Sat., Dec. 8. $35-$40. Clinton Township: 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
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. http://www.michiganballettheatre.com
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. http://www.grmuseum.org
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. http://www.rofum.org
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. http://www.salinevarsityblues.com
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. http://www.thetca.org
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. http://www.ums.org
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. http://www.williamstontheatre.org

FILM & VIDEO:

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. http://www.aafilmfest.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. Dec. 4 is hijacked by Josh Becker’s “Running Time.” 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

SPOKEN/WRITTEN WORD:

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:

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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