Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum “Shoot the Family,” contemporary photography and video exploring the undercurrents of domestic life. Feb. 4-March 26. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 1-877-462-7262. www.cranbrook.edu.
Detroit Historical Museum “Reflections, The Mary Wilson Supremes Legacy Collection,” through Feb. 12. ALSO: “American Icons: Detroit Designs.” Open Wed.-Sun. $5. Detroit: 313-833-1805. www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts “Camille Claudel & Rodin: Fateful Encounter,” Wed.-Sun. through Feb. 5. $14. Detroit: 313-833-4005. www.dia.org.
Flint Institute of Arts “Art a la Carte,” a free weekly Wednesday noontime series of fun and interesting programs; bring a lunch. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. 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,” Feb. 4-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. www.umma.umich.edu.
Ambient Gallery “Detroit Sky,” paintings of Detroit by Darcel Deneau. Through March 17. Grosse Pointe: 313-882-8888. www.ambientgallery.com.
Ann Arbor Art Center “ALine,” the work of Beili Liu weaves the richness of her native China with the immediacy of Made in America. Through Feb. 18. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. 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. www.biddlegallery.com.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center “The Robinson Committee Collects” and “BBAC Student Show,” Feb. 3-24; Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. 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. www.wcccd.edu.
Gallery Project “American Icons,” artists use superheroes, baseball players and other familiar American mainstays to interpret contemporary society. Tue.-Sun, through Feb. 12. Birmingham: 734-997-7012. 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. 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. www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
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. 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 . www.uica.org.
Washington Street Gallery “Kindred Spirits,” an exhibition of the works of three distinguished professors from EMU’s Department of Art: Barry Avedon, John DeHoog and Richard Washington. Tue.-Sun., through Feb. 5. Ann Arbor: 734-761-2287. www.wsg-art.com.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The DSO opens 2006 with several exciting events, including: “Midori Plays Tchaikovsky” (Feb. 9-12). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. www.detroitsymphony.com.
An Evening of Small Works Mariah Malec of M/M Movement, Tommy Parlon of Tommy Parlon Dance Projects and the OU Repertory Dance Company join together for an evening of dance. Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester. Sat., Feb. 11. $15. 248-370-3013.
4 on the Floor A once-in-a-lifetime gathering of award-winning blues singer/songwriters who will take the stage, swap songs and tell stories: Guy Davis, E. G. Kight, Ellis Hooks and Rev. Robert B. Jones. Meyer Theater, Monroe County Community College, Monroe. Sat., Feb. 4. Free admission. 734-384-4272. www.monroeccc.edu.
Gospelfest for Reconciliation 2006 An all-day workshop with hands-on experience performing new and old gospel music. Sacred Heart Chapel at Marygrove College, Detroit. Sat., Feb. 11. Fee: $20-$30. 734-439-8462. www.marygrove.edu.
Great Music in a Great Space Popular music series continues Thu., Feb. 2 with “The Feast of the Presentation.” The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Detroit. Suggested donation: $10. 313-833-7547. www.detroitcathedral.org.
Hot Swing Mark O’Connor’s tribute to the great jazz violinist Stephanie Grappelli. Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Sat., Feb. 11. $33.50. 517-432-2000. www.whartoncenter.com.
Lettie Alston and Friends A concert of works by African and African-American composers. Varner Hall at Oakland University, Rochester. Fri., Feb. 4. $15. 248-370-3013.
Louis Lortie An “all-Chopin” solo piano recital. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sat., Feb. 4. $10-$50. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
Mariachi Los Camperos Grammy nominated Nati Cano and his mariachi music makers blend the traditional sounds with modern American and Mexican music. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Fri., Feb. 10. $10-$38. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
Metropolitan United Methodist Church Four dynamic organists, three prominent area conductors and members of the Michigan Sinfonetta join together for a festive evening of music that is seldom offered in such a concert. Fri., Feb. 10. 313-875-7407, ext. 324. www.metroumc.org.
MSU School of Music February events include “MSU Latin American Series” at Fairchild Theatre (Feb. 2); “Ladies First & Accafellas” at Music Auditorium (Feb. 10). Prices vary; call for complete schedule. 517-353-5350. www.music.msu.edu.
Pro Musica Composer Aaron Jay Kernis in recital with the Detroit debut of the all-woman Contrasts Quartet. The Music Box at The Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Fri., Feb. 10. $40. 313-576-5111. www.promusicadetroit.com.
Saks 4th Avenue A saxophone quartet with a unique brand of virtuosity, showmanship and humor. Varner Hall at Oakland University, Rochester. Fri., Feb. 3. Free admission. 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. 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. www.flintarts.org.
Michigan Movie Night The premiere of “Checking In: The Story of the Book-Cadillac Hotel.” Emagine Theatre inside Fountain Walk Mall, Novi. Tue., Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. $7.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films. $8.50. 734-668-TIME. 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. 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 . 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. 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. www.uica.org.