Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum “Shoot the Family,” contemporary photography and video exploring the undercurrents of domestic life. Through March 26. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 1-877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Detroit Historical Museum “American Icons: Detroit Designs.” Open Wed.-Sun. $5. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts “The ‘Super Bowl’ Show: Still-Life Prints, Drawings, Photographs and Vessels,” Wed.-Sun. through April 30. Museum admission by donation. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org.
Flint Institute of Arts “American Perspectives: Highlights of Works by African-American Artists from the Collection of the FIA,” through April 2; “Art a la Carte,” a free weekly Wednesday noontime series of fun and interesting programs. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Michigan State University Museum “Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory,” through June 30; ALSO: “Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa,” through June 30. Open 7 days. East Lansing: 517-355-2370. http://museum.msu.edu.
University of Michigan Museum of Art “The Golden Age of Dutch Prints,” through March 26; “Landscapes of Longing: Journeys Through Memory and Place,” through April 2; and “Art of the Congo,” through May 21. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
Ambient Gallery “Detroit Sky,” paintings of Detroit by Darcel Deneau. Through March 17. Grosse Pointe: 313-882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com.
Ann Arbor Art Center “Drawing into Painting,” brave and challenging new works that buck current trends. Feb. 24-April 8. Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Biddle Gallery “Company Loves Misery” explores why we are fascinated with other people’s misery. Mon.-Sat., through Feb. 10. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center “The Robinson Committee Collects” and “BBAC Student Show,” through Feb. 24; Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Brown and Juanita Ford Gallery “What is Art?” An exhibit of Michigan artists astute in a variety of visual arts disciplines. Tue.-Fri., through March 31. Detroit: 313-496-2634. http://www.wcccd.edu.
Gallery Project “Beauty, The Sublime and Intensity” (Feb. 15-March 26). Tue.-Sun. Birmingham: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
Lansing Art Gallery Current exhibits: “Visualizing Einstein’s Dreams” and “Layered Fresco: a Tactilian Adventure.” Tue.-Sat., through Feb. 28 Lansing: 517-374-6400. http://www.lansingartgallery.org.
Lawrence Street Gallery “The Body Electric ’06,” a juried exhibition features work in all media. Tue.-Sat., through Feb. 24. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
The Library of the University of Detroit Mercy “Wood, Paper and Associates,” features the woodwork of Larry Wilson, plus 14 other artists. Open 7 days, through Feb. 20. Detroit: 313-993-1795.
Sherry Washington Gallery “Delivering Justice: The World of W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights,” new collages and drawings by Benny Andrews. Tue.-Sat., through March 31. Detroit: 313-961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts “Succession,” a select group of painters from around the country create colorful, abstract work. Through March 5. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
Dance Forum The 22nd annual juried event provides an outlet for experimental dance choreography and performance art. Wellspring Theater at Epic Center, Kalamazoo. Feb. 17-18. $15. 269-387-2300. http://www.wellspringdance.com.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: “Classical Fairytales” (Feb. 17-18); “The Von Trapp Children sing ‘The Sound of Music'” (Feb. 24-26); and “Musical Fairytales” for kids (Feb. 25). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Flint Symphony Orchestra “Favorites in February” includes some of the most famous and difficult pieces in classical music repertoire. The Whiting, Flint. Sat., Feb. 25. $9-$46. 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org.
Great Music in a Great Space Popular music series continues Fri., Feb. 24 with “God’s Trombones.” The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Detroit. Suggested donation: $10. 313-833-7547. http://www.detroitcathedral.org.
Imani Winds African/Latin American musicians who expand the boundaries of traditional wind quartets. Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Wed., Feb. 22. $26. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Kevin Mahogany and Professors of Jazz Bebop, ballads, jazz and the blues are on tap when the sensational vocalist joins forces with MSU’s professional jazz group. Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Thu., Feb. 23. $30. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
MSU School of Music February events include MSU Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra (Feb. 18); MSU Jazz Band II (Feb. 20); and MSU Concert Orchestra playing “The Classic Favorites” (Feb. 23). Prices and locations vary; call for complete schedule. 517-353-5350. http://www.music.msu.edu.
Nathan Montgomery An eclectic mix of blues, jazz, funk and rock played by a one-man band. Bombadil’s Neighborhood Coffee Shop, Ypsilanti. Sat., Feb. 18. Free. 734-544-5080.
New Shanghai Circus The incredible acrobats of China make another Michigan visit to wow young and old alike. Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Charlotte. Sat., Feb. 25. $20. 517-541-5690. http://www.cpacpresents.com.
Oh Freedom: The Great Washington/DuBois Debate A presentation that relives the debate between W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, and includes a concert of traditional spirituals and gospel music with choreographed dance. Feb. 17 & 18 at MacArthur Recital Hall at Flint Institute of Music, Flint (free); Feb. 20 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Flint (freewill offering). 810-238-1350. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org.
Ship in a View A dance-theater piece staged by Japanese company Pappa Tarahumara. Power Center, Ann Arbor. Thu., Feb. 23. $16-$36. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Soweto Gospel Choir The South African-based choir returns with a new program, “Blessed.” Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sun., Feb. 19. $10-$38. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Takacs Quartet Unusual music programming by the awesome foursome. Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Wed., Feb. 22. $20-$42. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
True Light A stirring evening of spirituals and gospel music. First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Birmingham. Fri., Feb. 17. Free. 248-644-2040, ext. 138.
Young Artists Concert An annual event of the Pontiac Oakland Symphony that features student soloists who are winners of the yearly Concerto Competition. Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester. Sun., Feb. 19. $25. 248-370-3013.
Film & Video:
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. Every Fri.-Mon. $7.50. 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, Flint. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6/non-members. 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Flix at Meadow Brook A series of international films, as well as those with environmental and social awareness themes. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester Hills. Every Tuesday through April 4. $4. Rochester Hills: 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films. $8.50. 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org.
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. http://www.redfordtheatre.com.
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 . http://www.uica.org.
The Written/Spoken Word:
Friday Night Poetry Jam A unique and comfortable entertainment experience that serves as a new platform for artists, musicians and poets to gather, reflect and be inspired in a loft setting. Element, on the third floor of the Clark Lofts building in downtown Detroit. Every Friday. 313-963-6034. http://www.clarklofts.com/element.
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events in Ann Arbor for young and old; call for details. 734-662-7407.
The Writer’s Corner A weekly gathering that provides criticism and inspiration to those whose passion is writing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org.