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Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum Current exhibit: “Contemporary Photography from Local Collections,” through March 26. Free with $6 museum admission. 1-877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Detroit Historical Museum Current exhibit: “Reflections, The Mary Wilson Supremes Legacy Collection,” through Feb. 12. ALSO: “American Icons: Detroit Designs.” Open Wed.-Sun. $5. 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts Ongoing exhibit: “Camille Claudel & Rodin: Fateful Encounter,” Wed.-Sun. through Feb. 5. $14. 313-833-4005. http://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. 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include “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. 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
ALine The work of Beili Liu weaves the richness of her native China with the immediacy of Made in America. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor. Through Feb. 18. 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
All Members Exhibition An exhibition with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit Affirmations. Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale. Tue.-Sat., through Jan. 28. 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
American Icons Artists use superheroes, baseball players and other familiar American mainstays to interpret contemporary society. Gallery Project, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Sun, through Feb. 12. 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
CCS Selections: A Fine Art Invitational An exhibition of works by recent graduates of Detroit’s College of Creative Studies. The DeSalle Gallery of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham. Through Jan. 27. Free admission. 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Kindred Spirits An exhibition of the works of three distinguished professors from EMU’s Department of Art: Barry Avedon, John DeHoog and Richard Washington. Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Sun., through Feb. 5. 734-761-2287. http://www.wsg-art.com.
Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular A free, family-friendly winter festival that is America’s oldest and largest free ice carving event. Kellogg Park, downtown Plymouth. Jan. 20-22. http://www.plymouthice.com.
Succession A select group of painters from around the country create colorful, abstract work. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Through March 5. 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org.
Waxing Euphoric, an Exhibit of Encaustic Art An exhibit of the encaustic style of art that involves molten beeswax by six regional artists. The Robinson Gallery of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham. Through Jan. 27. Free admission. 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Wish You Were Here An exhibition that recalls the simpler days of the telegram, the letter and the postcard. Primary Space, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., through Jan. 28. 313-870-9470. http://www.pr1maryspace.com.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
Barbara Bland, Mezzo Soprano A concert by voice instructor Barbara Bland includes the music of Vivaldi, Schumann and more. Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester. Sun., Jan. 29. $15. 248-370-3013.
A Celebration of the Beautiful Voice A benefit gala for the MSU School of Music’s Opera Theatre features a performance of the one-act opera, “Cendrillon.” MSU’s Henry Center for Executive Development, East Lansing. Sat., Jan. 21. $20. 517-353-5340.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The DSO opens 2006 with several exciting events, including: “Merry Pranks” celebrating early 20th century compositions (Jan. 26-28) and “The Music of Miles Davis” (Jan. 27). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
From Russia with Love The series featuring Russian composers continues. Flint Symphony Orchestra at The Whiting, Flint. Sat., Jan. 21. $9-$46. 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org.
A Grand Night for Singing Local favorites Marc Meyers and Tom Trenney reunite for another sensational program of Broadway music. Birmingham-First Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. Free/donations accepted. 248-644-2040.
King David A dratic and spellbinding musical journey recounts the flawed but glorious life of this biblical character. The Flint Festival Chorus with members of the Flint Symphony Orchestra at First Presbyterian Church, Flint. $10. 810-237-3122. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org.
A Love Supreme Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra perform the legendary John Coltrane’s composition. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sun., Jan. 22. $10-$48. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org; then Wed., Jan. 25 at MSU Concert Auditorium, East Lansing. $30-$40. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir Mozart’s last composition, “Mass in c minor,” is the highlight of this amazing concert. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu., Jan. 19. $10-$65. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Sarakasi African acrobats fuse the cultures of Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia into an action packed circus that utilizes native choreographers, costumes and designers. Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. Sat., Jan. 28. $22-$30. 313-943-2354. http://www.dearbornfordcenter.com.
Superbowl Brass Bonanza A festival of music by Detroit’s own all-star brass ensemble. Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Fri., Jan 27 at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham; and Sun., Jan. 29 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Detroit. $25. 248-559-2095. http://www.detroitchamberwinds.org.
Tokyo String Quarter The popular chamber ensemble returns to captivate audiences and critics alike. UMS at Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sat., Jan. 21. $20-$42. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
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.
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. Call 313-537-2560 for tickets and schedule information. 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.
CLASSES/CALLS FOR ENTRIES:
FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS – classes for children and adults begin Feb. 6, 810-234-1695.