Art & Around for the period Dec. 7-16

By | 2006-12-07T09:00:00-04:00 December 7th, 2006|Uncategorized|

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: Estate-wide exhibit, “Josephine Ford; A Celebration of Her Life and Legacy” (through Dec. 31; $8); “Holiday Tea and Tour” (Dec. 9 & 16; $25; reservations required); “Holiday Dinner and Tour” (Dec. 10 & 14, $36); “Nutcracker Tea” (Dec. 7-8, 12-15 & 18, $12); and “Enchanted Holiday Evening” (Dec. 17, $50). Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222.


Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits include: “Treasures of Cranbrook Museum: Selections from the Permanent Collection” (through Jan. 21, 2007); and “Space is the Place” (through Jan. 14, 2007). Open Wed.-Sun. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314.
Cranbrook Institute of Science Exhibits include “When Crocodiles Ruled” and “Holiday Magic in the Planetarium” (through Dec. 31). Open daily. Free with $7 museum admission. 248-645-3200.
Detroit Historical Museum Exhibits include: “Treasures of the Collection,” “Fabulous Five: Detroit Music Legends” and “Detroit Then & Now.” Wed.-Sun. $5 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805.
Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Annie Leibovitz: American Music” (through Jan. 7, 2007). Open Wed.-Sun. $6. Detroit: 313-833-4005.
Detroit Science Center Upcoming Exhibit: “Magic: The Science of Illusion” (through Jan. 15, 2007). Open daily. $11/adults; $10/children (includes general museum admission). Detroit: 313-577-8400.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Archeology” (through Jan. 7, 2007); and “America at Work: Labor Scenes from the Collection of the FIA” (through Jan. 21, 2007). Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695.
Kresge Art Museum Exhibits include: “Studio Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition” and “The First 50 Years: MSU Faculty Artists in the Kresge Art Museum Collection.” (Through Dec. 15.) Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834.
Longway Planetarium Programs include “The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Black Holes and Star Signs” and “Stars of the Pyramids.” (Through Dec. 24.) $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400.
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery (through March 4, 2007); and “Siyazama, Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa” (extended through Jan. 7, 2007). Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit A new museum dedicated to contemporary art opens with “Meditations in an Emergency” (through April 29, 2007). Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “The Rouge: Photographs by Michael Kenna ( through Jan. 14, 2007). Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA.


Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits include: “Student Exhibition” (through Jan. 31, 2007). Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110.
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Adagio Series” (through Dec. 31); plus “Jewelry Truck Show with Melanie Brooks-Lucas” (Dec. 8), “Snow Time with Davin Brainard” (Dec. 9); “Monkey Day” with various artists (Dec. 12); and “Weaving Demonstration and Sale” (Dec. 16). Open 7 days. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779.
Gallery Project Exhibit: “The Laboratory,” a multimedia show featuring the work of graduate students from EMU and WSU. Through Dec. 30. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012.
Izzy’s Raw Art Gallery Exhibit: “Annual Women’s Sister/Sister Invitational Exhibit.” Through Jan. 16, 2007. Open Sat; Thu.-Fri. by appointment. Detroit: 248-207-7547.
Jewish Community Center Exhibit: “ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950.” The nationally-acclaimed, interactive exhibit includes original comic book art, memorabilia, a mini-movie theater and more. The Janice Charach Epstein Gallery and Shalom Street, on the campus of the JCC. Through Dec. 14. Open Mon.-Wed., Thu. & Sun. Free. West Bloomfield: 248-432-5579.
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Celebrating Clay” (through Dec. 22). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394.
Lowell Area Arts Council Twenty artists and artisans are showcased in “Sleigh Bells and Holly: A Gallery of Fine Arts and Gifts.” Tue.-Sat., through Dec. 23. Lowell: 616-897-8545.
Macomb College Art Gallery Exhibit: The Macomb Community College Student Show. Through Jan. 11, 2007 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Open Mon.-Fri., plus 90-minutes prior to all engagements at MCPA. (Closed during winter break, Dec. 23-Jan. 3, 2007). Clinton Twp: 586-286-2089.
Next Step Studios and Gallery “Annual Holiday Show and Sale” features the work of Craig Paul Nowak, Susan Beiner and many others. Dec. 10. Ferndale: 248-414-7050.
Sherry Washington Gallery Exhibit: “The Unpublished Poems: New Drawings and Paintings” by Shirley Woodson. Tue.-Sat., through Jan. 27, 2007. Detroit: 313-961-4500.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s vibrant research and development center for the art of today and tomorrow. Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994.


Clarkston Community Band Santa and Mrs. Claus are this year’s special guests at the annual “Christmas in Clarkston” concert. Dec. 9 at Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center. Free. Clarkston: 248-625-8223.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The season continues with “A Paradise of Jazz” with T.S. Monk and Rachael Price (Dec. 7, $19-$60); “A Roman Holiday” (Dec. 8-9, $15-$69); Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano (Dec. 12; $20-$30); and “Home for the Holidays” (Dec. 14-17; $15-$66). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111.
Flint Institute of Music Flint School of Performing Arts will perform three different holiday concerts at Davison High School (Dec. 8-10). Flint: 810-237-7333.
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Ring in the holiday season with Marie Osmond in “The Magic of Christmas.” Dec. 14. $50-$55. Dearborn: 313-943-2354.
Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Broadway favorite Jerry Dixon stars in “Seasons of Joy,” a beautiful blend of new songs and traditional favorites. Dec. 15-17 at the Parish Theatre. Kalamazoo: 269-343-1313.
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Grammy Award-winning singer Sandi Patty joins the KSO for “Sandi Patty’s Yuletide Celebration.” Dec. 9 at Miller Auditorium. $19-$49. Kalamazoo: 269-387-2300.
LCC Performing Arts Dept. Events include: Dance Open House (Dec. 8, Room 372 Gannon Bldg); LCC Jazz Ensemble with Hillsdale Faculty Jazz Combo (Dec. 9 at Dart Auditorium); LCC Guitar Ensemble (Dec. 10 at Dart Auditorium). All events free. 517-483-1488.
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Events: “Holiday Brass with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings” (Dec. 7; $20-$25); “The Sandi Patty Family Christmas” (Dec. 10; $38-$45); plus “Marie Osmond’s Magic of Christmas” (Dec. 16, $35-$45). Clinton Twp: 586-286-2222.
MSU School of Music Events include: MSU’s “Home for the Holidays” (Dec. 9 at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, $12-$25); and MSU Children’s Choir (Dec. 17 at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, $7-$27). East Lansing: 517-355-5340.
Rackham Symphony Choir The annual holiday treat, “Too Hot to Handel.” Dec. 9 at the Detroit Opera House. $18-$58. Detroit: 313-237-7464.
University Musical Society Season continues with the Michigan Chamber Players (Dec. 10 at Rackham Auditorium; free). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538.


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. $7.50. 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, Flint. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. 810-234-1695.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50); plus, ALCOS Holiday Classic Film Series presents free movies every Sunday through Dec. 17. 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. Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak. $10. 248-346-8449.
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.
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 .


PicNap Poetry Series Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city’s most nurturing environment for creative expression. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $5-$7.
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.


LCC PERFORMING ARTS DEPT – auditions for “Free Fall, the 2007 main stage dance concert, Dec. 16 & Jan. 7, 517-267-5850; BROADSIDE PRESS – An event to raise money for one of the nation’s oldest book publishing companies that specializes in poetry, Dec. 16, 313-530-8660; ANN ARBOR ART CENTER – hosting “Gingerbread House ArtVentures Family Workshop,” Dec. 10, 734-994-8004, ext. 114;

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