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Art & Around for the period Jan. 17-26, 2008

By |2008-01-17T09:00:00-05:00January 17th, 2008|Entertainment|

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: “Behind the Scenes: Staff Life Tour” (Jan. 18; $10, reservations required). General admission: $8. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222.


Arab American National Museum Exhibit: “Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East” (through March 30). Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-582-2266.
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits: “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” (through March 30); and “The John Blum Collection of Decorative Arts and Design” (Jan. 26-March 22). Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262.
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.
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.
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). General admission: $8. Open Wed.-Sun. Detroit: 313-833-4005.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits: “Something to Look Forward To,” featuring abstract art by 22 distinguished Americans of African descent (Jan. 19-March 2); and “Celebration of Black History Month,” featuring important works by African-American artists from the FIA permanent collection (Jan. 19-Feb. 24). Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695.
Greenfield Village Closed for the winter (through April 14). Dearborn: 313-982-6001.
Henry Ford Museum Exhibit: “With Liberty and Justice for All,” which explores the struggles that arose in the quest for freedom in America. Open daily. General museum admission: $14. Dearborn: 313-982-6001.
Kresge Art Museum Exhibits: “The Impressionist Era: Works on Paper,” featuring 33 artists who participated in the eight Impressionist exhibitions in Paris between 1874 and 1886 (through March 16); and “Max Klinger Prints: Intermezzi, Opus IV” (through Jan. 31). 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.
MSU Museum Exhibit: “Quilts and Human Rights.” Through May 15. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370.
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. Closed except for Jan. 17, 19 & 20. Detroit: 313-832-6622.
Public Museum Permanent exhibits include: “Streets of Old Grand Rapids,” a full-scale detailed recreation of the city in the 1890s. General admission: $8. Open daily. Grand Rapids: 616-456-3977.
Sloan Museum Exhibit: “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles. Through March. $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibit: “Inge Morath and Arthur Miller: China,” which captures two artists responding to a society in transition. Through March 23. Free. Open Tue.-Sun. at the temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: Mary Gaynier’s “No Two Are Alike” (through March 2); Heidi Kumao’s “Misbehaving: Performative Media Machines Act Out” (Jan. 25-March 2); Claire Watkins’ “Flock of Needles” (Jan. 25-March 2); and Kim Cridler & BA Harrington’s “Drawing on Traditions” (Jan. 25-March 2). Grand Rapids: 616-454-3994.


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.
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits: “Creativity Camp 2007,” featuring art created by last summer’s Creativity Campers (through Feb.); “Medically Speaking,” which explores historical scientific iconography as a vehicle for more contemporary ideas (through Feb. 15); and “Ann Mansolino: thresholds” (through Feb. 13). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110.
Biddle Gallery “Craft Uprising,” an event showcasing talented Detroit area indie crafters. Jan. 18. 734-281-4779.
City Gallery Exhibit: “Remembrance,” a mixed media collection by artist Carolyn W. Miller. Through Jan. 31 at Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Open during regular business hours and during special events. 248-473-1856.
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 Jan. 30. Free. Open during regular business hours. Detroit: 313-494-4376.
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Myth of Difference,” a multi-media exhibit featuring disabled and non-disabled artists whose work reflects the joys and sorrows of being different. Through Feb. 17). Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012.
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Susan Adelman – Contrasts,” a show featuring paintings, sculpture and jewelry. Through Feb. 2. Open Wed.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394.
Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: “Dawud Mohammed, Recent Works.” Through Feb. 23. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578.
Lowell Area Arts Council Gallery Exhibit: “Pastels Only 2008 Invitational Exhibition” showcases a variety of work using soft pastels. Through Feb. 2. Lowell: 616-897-8545.
Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: “Dynamic Organics,” mixed-media works by Diane Austin and photographs by Leslie Ford. Through Feb. 2. Free. Open Thu.-Sun. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787.
Saper Galleries Come see why Decor Magazine named the gallery its top art gallery in 2007. Open Mon.-Sat and first Mondays. East Lansing: 517-351-0815.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Gallery Owners Select,” works from five area galleries showcasing the essence of each business. Through Feb. 18. Open during regular business hours and during performances. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399.


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Two events: The Family Series presents “Babar,” a narrated story of a young elephant who leaves the jungles of Africa for Paris (Jan. 26 at the Michigan Theater; $12/adults, $5/children); and the 2007-08 concert season continues with “Mozart’s Birthday Bash” (Jan. 26 at the Michigan Theater; $10-$45). Ann Arbor: 734-994-4801.
The Blind Pig Cold Pork Thursdays, designed to foster Southeast Michigan’s burgeoning music scene, offers cross-genre lineups, ultra-low admission and music-centric giveaways throughout January. $5 for four bands. Ann Arbor: 734-996-8555.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit Events include: The internationally-renowned guitar quartet, The Romeros (Jan. 19); and the Opus 9 Series continues with the distinguished Shanghai Quartet (Jan. 26). At the Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Country Day School, Beverly Hills. $43-$75. 248-855-6070.
Collingwood Arts Center The Chamber Series continues with the Tower Brass Quintet. Jan. 20. $20. Toledo: 800-838-3006.
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings All dressed up and nowhere to go? Head to “All Brassed Up,” a great concert featuring world-class musicians. Two locations: Jan. 27 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, and Feb. 3 at the First United Methodist Church in Birmingham. $25. 248-559-2095.
Detroit Opera House New Tang Dynasty TV presents “Chinese New Year Spectacular,” the most breathtaking celebration of the Chinese New Year in the world. Jan. 22. $28-$128. 248-645-6666.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “Cole Porter and Friends” (Jan. 17-20; $15-$71); Jazz at the Max’s “A Swinging, Dancing Good Time” (Jan. 18; $20); Tiny Tots’ “Musical Tales” (Jan. 19; $10-$27); and “Fantastique Dutoit” (Jan. 24-26; $20-$71). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. 313-576-5111.
Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Guest ensemble the Modern American Dance Company joins the EDE for “NewDANCEfest VI. Jan. 26 at the Troy High School Auditorium, Troy. $12. 248-559-2095.
Ferndale Blues Festival A city-wide blues festival that encompasses 19 different venues to raise money for Ferndale Youth Assistance and the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project. Jan. 26-Feb. 3. 248-545-1435.
Flint Symphony Orchestra The season continues with a concert featuring Brahms and Strauss. Jan. 19 at The Whiting, Flint. $9.50-$56. 810-237-7333.
Flint Youth Symphony Students ranging in ages from 13 to 18 perform a children’s concert. Jan. 26 at the Raymond C. Green Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Goodrich High School, Goodrich. $5. 810-238-1350.
Franke Center Events include: The Chelsea House Orchestra presents an evening of traditional Celtic music and World Groove Sounds (Jan. 19; $18); and Taylor’s Ballet Group featuring local dancers (Jan. 26; $12). Marshall: 269-781-0001.
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Playwright, actor and director Von Washington joins the KSO for “We Have a Dream,” to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19 in WSU’s Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo. $19-$49. 269-387-2300.
Lansing Community College The Performing Arts Dept. presents “La Batterie 2008 Drum Extravaganza” (Jan. 20 at Dart Auditorium; free); and “January S’Moves” dance concert (Jan. 26 at Dart Auditorium; free-will donations accepted). 517-483-1488.
Macomb Center Sing along with B.J. Thomas, one of the most distinctive voices in American pop music. Jan. 26. $32-$50. Clinton Twp: 586-286-2222.
Mason Street Warehouse “Sing-Along Grease” is an evening of fun hosted by Michael “Rizzo” Holmes, in which audiences are invited to dress up as their favorite T-Birds or Pink Ladies and sing, sing, sing as they watch the movie with song subtitles, popcorn, refreshments and a special goody prop bag! Jan. 19 at the Bertha Krueger Reid Theatre in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck. A fundraiser for MSW/admission by donation. 269-857-4898.
MSU College of Music Programs include: “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest” (Jan. 20 at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre; free); Faculty chamber groups (Jan. 24 at Music Bldg. Auditorium; $9); and Symphony Orchestra (Jan. 26 at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall; $9). East Lansing: 517-432-5253.
Orchestra Canton The fourth season continues with “Blissful Baroque.” Jan. 19 at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton. $20. 734-394-5460, ext. 0.
Palmer Woods Association The unique “Music in Homes” series, set inside a gorgeous Palmer Woods home, continues with a Mardi Gras Concert featuring New Orleans jazz legendary saxophonist Charlie Gabriel and his quartet, plus ragtime pianist Taslimah Bey. Jan. 26. $25. Detroit: 313-920-4864.
Pro Musica Young Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux makes her Detroit debut as part of the group’s 81st season. Jan. 25 at the Music Box in the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. $40. 313-576-5111.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Enjoy an evening with magician/comedian Chris Linn. Jan. 26. $12/adults; $10/children. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts Join us for an evening of crazy, surreal, wacky comedy by America’s top comedy troupe, The Second City. Jan. 25. $21. Tecumseh: 517-423-6617.
University Musical Society The 2007/08 season continues with: Chinese pianist sensation Yuja Wang (Jan. 20 at Hill Auditorium; $10-$50); and Mos Def and the Mos Def Big Band (Jan. 21 at Hill Auditorium; $25-$45). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538.
The Whiting Events include: “The Sweet Sounds of the Carolina Chocolate Drops,” a group of young African-American stringband musicians (Jan. 18 at UM-Flint Theatre; $26); and Noggin TV’s Dirty Sock Funtime Band (Jan. 20; $16/children, $18/adults). Flint: 810-237-7333.
Woodside Church The monthly Jazz Vespers series continues its theme of listening with a coffee-house style worship service. Jan. 18. Flint: 810-767-4911.


Arab American National Museum Two groundbreaking films from Yemen by filmmakers Khadija Al-Salami and Bader Ben Hirsi will be screened with English subtitles. Jan. 24. $3. Dearborn: 313-582-2266.
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.
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.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50); Every Monday in January: Great Directors series at 7 p.m. Ann Arbor: 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. $10-$11. Royal Oak: 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. Detroit: 313-537-2560.
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 .


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.
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.

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