Art & Around for the period Feb. 15-24

By |2017-10-31T14:14:26-04:00October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Discover the Ford House with all-new tours that go behind the scenes, examine special subjects and provide a new perspective on the family that left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, the arts community and the region. Some advance reservations are required; fees vary. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222.


Passion Fruit Jam & Slam The annual post-Valentine’s event showcases an erotic exhibition of spoken word, performance and music, including an open-mic segment, special performances and a slam competition. Feb. 16 the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $10. 313-822-6456.


Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits include: “Shrinking Cities: International Research,” which examines the phenomenon of urban decline in four focus cities, including Detroit (through April 1); and “Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker” (through April 1). Open Wed.-Sun. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314.
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. 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: “The DIA’s Greatest Hits Remixed.” Open Wed.-Sun. $6. Detroit: 313-833-4005.
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within” (through May 28; $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission). Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “David Driskell: Painting Across the Decade 1996-2006 (through March 25); and “After Lewis and Clark: The Forces of Change, 18-06-1871” (through April 29). Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695.
Kresge Art Museum Exhibits include: “Yousuf Karsh Photographs”; “The Workers’ Landscape: American Images, 1900-1950”; and “Contemporary Arctic Expressions,” (all running through March 18). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834.
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: “Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery (through March 4). Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibits: “Shrinking Cities: Interventions,” in which artists see four depopulated cities as a blank slate for developing new ways of living and working (through April 1); and “Meditations in an Emergency” (through April 29). Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622.
Sloan Museum Exhibits include: “Tech City” (through April 29); “Flint’s 1947 Flood” (through May 6); and “Fair Housing in Flint” (through Nov. 4). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Embracing Eatonville” (through March 18). 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: “Shifting Boundaries: Nature and Spirituality” (through Feb. 18); “Off the Wall: Indoors” (through Feb. 18); and “Potential” (Feb. 23-March 25). Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110.
Biddle Gallery Exhibits: “Home Show,” featuring handmade works by nearly 100 Michigan artists (through March 6); and “New Pottery” by Elenor Wilson (through April 30). Also: “Folk Art Animation Films by Dave Moroski” (Feb. 16). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779.
Charles Waterhouse Studio and Gallery Exhibit: “In Your Absence,” acrylic paintings of Elise Schlitt (through Feb. 24). Open Tue.-Sat. Auburn Hills: 248-370-9373.
Detroit Artists Market Exhibit: “75th Anniversary All-Media Exhibition” (through Feb. 17). Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540.
Farmington Community Library Exhibits include: “Motherland: Reflections of Africa” with original works by Opoku Ofei (through Feb. 28). Open daily. Farmington: 248-553-0300.
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Imprint of Place,” featuring 14 artists exploring “a limitless world” (through March 25). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012.
Grosse Pointe Artists Association Exhibit: “Fifth Annual Photography and Sculpture Show” (through Feb. 16). Open Wed.-Sat. 313-821-1848.
Lapeer Art Association Exhibit: “Kaleidoscope of Color” (Feb. 17-March 24). Open Tue.-Sat. Lapeer: 810-667-3632.
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibits: “The Body Eclectic ’07” (through Feb. 23). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394.
Liberal Arts Gallery A unique space offering a revolving exhibit featuring local artists. Open Saturdays and by appointment. Detroit: 313-925-9578.
Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: The 21st Annual West Michigan Regional Competition (Feb. 18-March 24). Tue.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545.
Macomb College Art Gallery Exhibit: “Media and Communications Arts Student Show” (through Feb. 15); and “Home Front, Revisited” by Laura Cloud (Feb. 20-March 22). At the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Open Mon.-Fri., plus 90-minutes prior to all engagements at MCPA. Clinton Twp: 586-286-2089.
Riverside Arts Center Exhibits: “EMU Art Masters Association Fourth Annual Invitational” (through Feb. 24). Open Thu.-Sun. 734-480-2787.
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.


Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings A dozen brass players play works that span four centuries in “Bach to Brubeck Brasstacular.” Feb. 18 at First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham. $25. Southfield: 248-559-2095.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The season continues with: DSO Pops’ “Mancini at the Movies” (Feb. 15-18); Youth Poetry Slam (Feb. 22, $7); and “Classical Roots” (Feb. 22-24, $33-$69). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111.
Flint Institute of Music Events include: “Scott Joplin: The Man, The Music” (Feb. 16-17 at MacArthur Recital Hall at FIM and Feb. 18 at Christ Episcopal Center, Flint; free); and the Black Classical Music Family Festival (Feb. 17 at FIM; family-style buffet dinner, $15). Flint: 810-237-3122.
Flint Symphony Orchestra Return to Old Vienna with a concert that includes works by Strauss, Mozart and Mahler. Feb. 24 at The Whiting. $9.50-$54. Flint: 810-237-7333.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra Hear the magic of Mardi Gras as the LSO presents “Hot Pops.” Feb. 18 at the MSU Auditorium. $11-$27. Lansing: 517-487-5001.
MSU School of Music Programs include: “Musique 21” (Feb. 16 at Music Bldg. Auditortium, free); MSU Chorale Preview Concert (Feb. 18 at Plymouth Congregational Church, $8). East Lansing: 517-355-5340.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Singer/songwriter Venitia Sekema combines folk, rock, country and soul. Feb. 24 in the Performance Studio. $12.50. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399.
University Musical Society Events include: modern dance company Stephen Petronio Company performing works by Rufus Wainwright (Feb. 16-17 at Power Center; $18-$40); Time for Three, a unique chamber music concert (Feb. 18 at Rackham Auditorium, $18-$38); and Dave Holland and his Octet and Big Band (Feb. 22 at Michigan Theater, $18-$44). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538.
Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers Regional choreographers come together for the 23rd annual “Dance Forum,” a juried event featuring original and experimental choreography. Feb. 23-25 at the state-of-the-art Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center. $15. Kalamazoo: 269-387-2300.


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.
Emerson Church Unitarian Universalist The powerful film “The Ground Truth” explores what happens to our soldiers during the war and after they come home. Feb. 16. $10. Troy: 586-260-9877.
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). 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.
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 & 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. 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.


LAWRENCE STREET GALLERY – conducting portfolio reviews for local artists interested in gallery membership, 248-544-0394; LAWRENCE STREET GALLERY – calling for entires for “Exposure: Photography 2007” that opens Feb. 27, 248-544-0398; KRESGE ART MUSEUM – offering a training class for those interested in becoming a museum docent, 517-353-9834; LANSING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – the LSO has named David Gross as executive director effective immediately.

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