AA1 oundjianwithdso.jpg: Guest Conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Jan. 6-8. Photo: DSO
Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum Current exhibit: “Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor,” Wed.-Sun., through Jan. 15. Free with $6 museum admission. 1-877-462-7262. 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. www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts Ongoing exhibit: “Camille Claudel & Rodin: Fateful Encounter”, Wed.-Sun. through Feb. 5. $14. 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. 810-234-1695. www.flintarts.org.
University of Michigan Museum of Art “Dutch Prints,” through March 26; Also: “Betye Saar, Extending the Frozen Moment,” through Jan 8. Open Tue.-Sun. 734-763-UMMA. 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. Jan. 6-Feb. 18, with an opening reception Fri., Jan. 13. 734-994-8004, ext. 110. www.annarborartcenter.org.
American Icons Artists use superheroes, baseball players and other familiar American mainstays to interpret contemporary society. Gallery Project, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Sun, Jan. 6-Feb. 12, with an opening reception Jan. 6. 734-997-7012. 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. Opening reception Fri., Jan 6; runs through Jan. 27. Free admission. 248-644-0866. www.bbartcenter.org.
First Annual Holiday Salon A show featuring the works of numerous artists. Ambient Gallery, Grosse Pointe. Through Jan. 15. 313-882-8888. www.ambientgallery.com.
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. www.wsg-art.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 . 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. Opening reception Fri., Jan 6; runs through Jan. 27. Free admission. 248-644-0866. 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. www.pr1maryspace.com.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
The Artie Shaw Orchestra A tribute to the legendary clarinetist by one of the best remaining big bands from the swing era. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Fri., Jan. 13. $28-$32. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The DSO opens 2006 with several exciting events, including: jazz pianist Bill Charlap and his trio (Fri., Jan. 6) and . Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5” (Fri., Jan. 6-Sun., Jan. 8). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. www.detroitsymphony.com.
Great Music in a Great Space Popular music series continues Thu., Jan. 5, 2006 with “The Eve of the Epiphany: Choral Evensong and Procession to the Creche.” The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Detroit. Suggested donation: $10. 313-833-7547. www.detroitcathedral.org.
José Limón Dance Company A dramatic vision of dance that underscores the body’s natural rhythms of fall and recovery. UMS at Power Center, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 13-15. $16-$40. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes captivates the classical music world with imaginative interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sat., Jan. 14. $10-$65. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
Sleeping Beauty The timeless story, performed by the Russian National Ballet. The Whiting, Flint. Sat., Jan. 7. $15-$39. 810-237-7333. www.thewhiting.com.
Swan Lake The most popular of ballets, performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet. Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. Fri., Jan. 6. $30-40. 313-943-2354. www.dearbornfordcenter.com.
Swan Lake A young prince comes of age and encounters both his loss of innocence and the start of a romance. The Russian National Ballet at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sun., Jan. 8. $32-$36. 586-286-2222. www.macombcenter.com.
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 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. Call 313-537-2560 for tickets and schedule information. 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.
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.