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Art & Around for the period Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2008

By |2007-01-24T09:00:00-05:00January 24th, 2007|Entertainment|
ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Special events include: “A Classic Affair”, an evening of entertainment and fabulous food (Feb. 2; $50). General admission: $8. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org

ARTS FESTIVALS:

Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular The 26th annual event is the largest free winter event in Southeast Michigan, unparalleled in its scope and entertainment value. Jan. 25-27 at Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth. Free. 734-453-1540. http://www.plymouthice.com

ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:

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. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits: “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” (through March 30); “From Frank Lloyd Wright to George Nakashima: Uncovering the John Blum Bequest to Cranbrook Art Museum” (Jan. 26-March 22); and “Richard Knight: Photographing Saarinen” (Jan. 26-March 22). Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrookart.edu
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. http://science.cranbrook.edu
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. http://www.detroithistorical.org
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. http://www.dia.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits: “Something to Look Forward To,” featuring abstract art by 22 distinguished Americans of African descent (through March 2); and “Celebration of Black History Month,” featuring important works by African-American artists from the FIA permanent collection (through Feb. 24). Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Greenfield Village Closed for the winter (through April 14). Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
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. http://www.thehenryford.org
Kresge Art Museum Exhibits: “Julie Mehretu: New Drawings” (Feb. 1-March 16); “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); “Max Klinger Prints: Intermezzi, Opus IV” (through Jan. 31). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
MSU Museum Exhibit: “Quilts and Human Rights.” Through May 15. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Closed through January. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
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. http://www.grmuseum.org
Sloan Museum Exhibit: “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles. Through March. $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com
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. http://www.umma.umich.edu
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. http://www.uica.org

ART GALLERIES:

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. http://www.amazwi.com
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. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Loads of original and one-of-a-kind art, pottery, tile, jewelry, home and fashion accessories and gift items for every budget. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
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. http://www.focushope.edu
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. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lansing Community College Exhibit: “The Photo Imaging Education Association International Exhibition” features 67 images chosen from over 6,493 entries by 121 schools. Through Jan. 31 in the Gannon Bldg. First Floor Display Cases. Free. Open daily. http://www.lcc.edu
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Susan Adelman – Contrasts,” a show featuring paintings, sculpture and jewelry. Through Feb. 2. Open Wed.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: “Dawud Mohammed, Recent Works.” Through Feb. 23. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578. http://www.liberalartsgallery.com
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. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
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. http://www.riversidearts.org
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. http://www.sapergalleries.com
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. http://www.sc4a.org

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Three events: The 2007-08 concert season continues with “Mozart’s Birthday Bash” (Jan. 26 at the Michigan Theater; $10-$45); The Family Series presents “Babar,” a narrated story of a young elephant who leaves the jungles of Africa for Paris (Jan. 27 at the Michigan Theater; $12/adults, $5/children); and The Winter KinderConcerts featuring flute player Penny Fischer (Feb. 1 at the Ypsilanti Library and Feb. 8 in the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor Library; Free). Ann Arbor: 734-994-4801. http://www.a2so.com
Arab American National Museum The Global Thursdays world music concert series returns with C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band. Jan. 31. $10-$12. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
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. http://www.blindpigmusic.com
Chamber Music Society of Detroit 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. http://www.comehearcmsd.org
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. http://www.detroitchamberwinds.org
Detroit Institute of Arts Internationally-renowned vocalist Vinx will perform as part of the DIA’s weekly Friday Night Live. Feb. 1. Free with museum admission. Detroit: 313-833-7900. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Opera House The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre returns, a “must-see” for dance enthusiasts and novices alike. Jan. 31-Feb. 3. $23-$73. Detroit: 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “Fantastique Dutoit” (Jan. 24-26; $20-$71); “Thibaudet Plays Ravel” (Feb. 1-2; $20-$71); and Civic Youth Concert Series (Feb. 2; $10). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
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. http://www.ede-dance.org
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. http://www.ferndalebluesfestival.org
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. http://www.thefim.com
Franke Center Events include: Taylor’s Ballet Group featuring local dancers (Jan. 26; $12); and “Elinor and Friends,” a Marshall tradition with some new faces (Feb. 1-3; $15). Marshall: 269-781-0001. http://www.frankecenterforthearts.org
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra The third season of “Epic Evenings” continues with “Winter Evening.” Feb. 1-2 at the Epic Theatre. $18. Kalamazoo: 269-387-2300. http://www.kalamazoosymphony.com
Lansing Community College “January S’Moves” dance concert. Jan. 26 at Dart Auditorium. Free-will donations accepted. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu/hpa/events
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. http://www.macombcenter.com
Mosaic Youth Theatre The 15th Anniversary Season kicks in to high gear with “Magnificat: Mosaic Singers in Concert.” Feb. 103 at The Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. $20. 313-576-5111. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org
MSU College of Music Programs include: Faculty chamber groups (Jan. 24 at Music Bldg. Auditorium; $9); Symphony Orchestra (Jan. 26 at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall; $9); and Philharmonic Orchestra (Jan. 31 at Fairchild Theatre; $9). East Lansing: 517-432-5253. http://www.music.msu.edu
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. http://www.palmerwoods.org
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. http://www.promusicadetroit.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Enjoy an evening with magician/comedian Chris Linn. Jan. 26. $12/adults; $10/children. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org
Seldom Blues Popular smooth jazz guitarist Peter Smith performs in a new jazz series sponsored by Grey Goose. Jan. 27. Two performances: 5 p.m., which includes a special four-course dinner program ($80); and 8 p.m. ($30). Detroit: 313-567-7301. http://www.seldomblues.com
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. http://www.tecumsehcivic.com
UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance The University Dance Company celebrates the dance heritage of composer Igor Stravinsky in “Stravinsky Revisited.” Jan. 31-Feb. 3 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor. $18-$24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu
University Musical Society The 2007/08 season continues with: The Moiseyev Dance Company (Jan. 27 at Hill Auditorium; $10-$40); Assad Brothers’ Brazilian Guitar Summit (Feb. 1 at Rackham Auditorium; $22-$46); and “A Celebration of the Keyboard” (Feb. 2 at Hill Auditorium; $10-$56). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org
The Whiting Events include: The Princely Players, who will perform spirituals, hymns and songs of freedom. Feb. 2. $14-$28. Flint: 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com

FILM & VIDEO:

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. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
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. 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. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. Flint: 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); Every Monday in January: Great Directors series at 7 p.m. Ann Arbor: 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org
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. http://www.thoughtcollide.com
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. http://www.redfordtheatre.com
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 . http://www.uica.org

SPOKEN/WRITTEN WORD:

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. http://www.echoversepoetry.com
Kinetic Affect The popular spoken word duo return by popular demand with “Word Weavers: Encore.” Jan. 25-26 & Feb. 1-2 at the Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center, Kalamazoo. $20. 269-779-9663. http://www.kineticaffect.com
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. http://www.uica.org

CLASSES/FUNDRAISERS/NEWS:

ANN ARBOR ART CENTER – has issued a Call for Artists for “The Print,” 734-994-8004, ext. 110; ANN ARBOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – presents its annual “Hearts for the Arts” fundraiser, Feb. 9 at the Travis Pointe Country Club, 734-994-4801; 826MICHIGAN – is holding an open house at its new location in Ann Arbor, Jan. 28, 734-761-3463; DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION OF YPSILANTI – will host a “World Beer Tasting” to benefit its 3rd Annual Crossroads Summer Festival, Feb. 8 at Pub 13 restaurant and Dueling Pianos, 734-485-4444; WELLSPRING DANCE – presents its first Chocolate Soiree, a chocolate tasting festival to raise funds for the popular Kalamazoo troupe, Jan. 31, 269-342-4354.

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