On Wednesday, July 25, the Liberal Arts Gallery will sponsor the opening reception of the Black Gay Pride Society’s Hotter Than July celebration with an evening of art, music, networking and fun at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 351 Gratiot Avenue in downtown Detroit. Music and art will be provided by Detroit artists.
Light refreshments and an open cash bar will also be available.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will end at 10 p.m.; however, the “Color Me Black” exhibit will be on display at the hotel throughout the weekend.
For a complete list of HTJ events, log on to www.hotterthanjuly.com.
Donald V. Calamia
SUMMER ARTS FESTIVALS:
Art on the Grand A juried interactive art fair with entertainment and family fun presented as part of the 33-year-old Farmington Founders Festival at Farmington Road and Grand River. July 20-22. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1857.
Concert of Colors The 15th annual multicultural event that celebrates diversity through music, arts and crafts and food, co-sponsored by the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. July 19-22 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Free/donations accepted. Detroit: 313-624-0200. http://www.concertofcolors.com
4th Fridays With Ford A summer festival of music, dance, film, artists market and food specials that celebrates and embraces downtown Detroit the fourth Friday of every month through September. Coming next: Detroit International Jazz Fest Jazz Camp (11:30 a.m.), Sonic Summer: A Battle of the Bands (1:30 p.m.), Lola Morales (5:30 p.m.), Maxi Priest (7:30 p.m.), Black Bottom Collective (9:30 p.m.); then at 11 p.m., Cinema D! screens local indie shorts and features. July 27 at Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-962-0101. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org
Ragtime Street Fair Greenfield Village’s Main Street will recapture the Ragtime era of the early 20th century with live performances, dance and historic food. July 21-22. Free with $20 Village admission. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights A weekly summer festival of free concerts, children’s entertainers and other attractions staged simultaneously every Thursday evening in downtown Chelsea on Main Street. Festival continues July 19 with Kitty Donahoe, Los IV, Storm Front and others; and July 26 with All About Eve, Black Train, Matt Watroba and more. Chelsea: 734-475-1145. http://www.chelseafestivals.com
Summer in the Park A season-long series of events in downtown Detroit that includes “Lunchtime Arts” (weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 28), “Culture Corner Weekends” (through Aug. 24) and “Healthy Moves” (through Aug. 25). Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-962-0101. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Take a tour behind the scenes and examine special subjects that provide a new perspective on the family that left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, the arts community and the region. Some advance reservations are required; fees vary. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org
ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:
Arab American National Museum “The Photography of Suleiman Al Awadi” (through Aug. 19); and “Threads of Pride: Palestinian Traditional Costumes” (through Nov. 25). Open Wed.-Sun. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Cranbrook Art Museum A contemporary art museum located at the heart of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the nation’s greatest architectural complexes. Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrookart.edu/museum
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. 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Detroit Historical Museum Exhibits include “Treasures of the Collection,” “Fabulous Five: Detroit Music Legends” and “Detroit Then & Now.” Wed.-Sun. $5 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts While the museum is closed to complete renovations, the DIA presents “Fore! Fun,” a one-of-a-kind, 10-hole mini-golf course on the north lawn. Runs Wed.-Sun., through Labor Day. $5. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Sept. 3. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Artists of the Great Lakes: 1910-1960.” Through Aug. 19. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
The Henry Ford Exhibit: “Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars,” featuring more than 19 legendary cars and 30 guitars that are synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll. At Henry Ford Museum through Sept. 30. $14 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Kresge Art Museum Exhibits include: “Circus: The Art of the ‘Strange & Curious” (through July 27); and “Sorrow Unmasked: Images of Grief, Mourning and Remembrance” (through July 27). 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
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States.” Through Aug. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibits: “STUFF: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron.” Through July 29. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
Plymouth Historical Museum Exhibit: “Plymouth Rides the Rails,” an exploration of the history of trains in Plymouth from 1871 to the present. Through Nov. 1. $5. Open Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun. Plymouth: 734-455-8940. http://www.plymouthhistory.org
Sloan Museum Exhibits include: “Fair Housing in Flint” (through Nov. 4); and “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles (through March 2008). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Contemporary Japanese Photography.” Through Sept. 16. Open Tue.-Sun. at its 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: “Unreal Lives,” real and imagined painted satirical portraits by Dick Keaveny in the Race Street Gallery; “Limping Down the Fence Line,” a multimedia installation by Robin Starbuck in the In Space Gallery; and “Archeopteryx in a Cactus Patch: A Story of Ecological Invasions” by Jenny Pope in the Front Street Gallery. Through July 22. Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org
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 Exhibit: “Made in Michigan: Blown and Sculpted Glass” (through Aug. 12); and “Photographer, Michelle Stamler,” (through Aug. 12). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Vessels” by John Albert Murphy (through Aug. 31); and “Climate Controlled Art Fair” (through Aug. 31). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Biegas Gallery Exhibit: “Dancing the Line,” the paintings of New York artist Leah Keller. Through Sept. 15. Detroit: 313-961-0634. http://www.biegas.com
Collingwood Arts Center Exhibit: “Mother and Son Present Exhibit Together” features the combined works of Margarita Beale and Timothy Beale, members of the Toledo Artists Club at Toledo Botanical Gardens. Through Aug. 4. Open weekdays during regular business hours and during special events. Toledo: 419-244-2787. http://www.collingwoodartscenter.org
Gallery Project Exhibit: “State of the Union,” in which collaborators are invited to comment through their work on conditions in the country (through July 29). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Ceramic and Fiber Art,” the work of Suk Jin Choi and Jung Yeon Choi (through July 28). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Nextstep Studio & Gallery Exhibit: “Solo Show,” featuring new work by Craig Paul Nowak (through July 28). Viewable by appointment only. Ferndale: 248-342-5074.
Plymouth Coffee Bean Company Exhibit: “Progressive Digression,” the never-before seen acrylic paintings on found wood boards of master artist Dennis Bruce Spencer. Through July 30. Plymouth: 734-454-0178. http://www.myspace.com/dennisbrucespencer
Rayn Gallery Exhibit: “From the Void,” the debut exhibit by surrealist painter Tom Wagner. Detroit: 313-894-4731. http://www.myspace.com/rayngallery
Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: “Heroes and Hotrods: Sculpture by Rick “Ruiner” Lappin,” which explores popular culture through three-dimensional works combining gadgetry, music and performance. Through July 28. Open Thur., Sat. & Sun. Free. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787. http://www.riversideartscenter.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “The Art of Carl Hoerman: An Emigre’s Vision of America,” the first solo exhibition of the artist’s works. Through July 31. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300. http://www.sc4a.org
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:
Flint Institute of Music Percussion instructor Alyssa Smith will hold a recital to raise funds for her participation in the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk. July 20 in the Atrium of the FIM. Free/donations accepted. Flint: 810-238-1350. http://www.thefim.org
Lowell Showboat The Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series continues with Fonn Mor (July 19) and the Sugar Creek Band (July 26). Free. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
MSU College of Music The 11th Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series runs five consecutive Wednesdays through Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at the MSU Beaumont Tower. Free. East Lansing: 517-432-5253. http://www.music.msu.edu
Music in the Parks The free summertime family outdoor concert series continues with The Swingin’ Demons (July 19 at Kearsley Park) and The New McCree Theater Musical Revue (July 24 at Mott Park). Flint: 810-237-3112. http://www.musicintheparks.us
St. Roch Chamber Music Festival Some of the finest chamber musicians in North America come together for a series of innovative and exciting ensemble performances of traditional, contemporary and seldom-heard chamber music repertoire, beginning with “Brahms & Friends” July 22 and concluding with “Strictly Strings” July 29. Caseville High School Auditorium, Caseville. Free/donations accepted. http://www.strochcmf.com
Saugatuck Center for the Arts The “Summer in the Studio” series continues with: Ashley Grutter (Americana/country; July 16) and Garnet Rogers (folk/roots; July 23) at the SCA Performance Studio. $15. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org
Stars in the Park A free outdoor concert series at Heritage Park continues with the Farmington Community Jazz Band (July 26). Farmington Hills: 248-473-1857.
The Upper Room World-class performer and legendary maestro on the keyboards Bobby Lyle comes to Detroit for two special performances. July 20-21. $35. Detroit: 313-531-5100. http://www.theupperroomcec.com
Wyandotte Waterside Concerts The free series continues with Rich Eddy’s Rockin’ Oldies Band. July 25 at Bishop Park. Free. Wyandotte: 734-324-4506. http://www.wyan.org
FILM & VIDEO:
Comcast Summer Film Series Head to downtown Detroit for an evening of current releases and family favorites shown outdoors on a big screen. Every Saturday night through August 18; begins at 8 p.m. with musical entertainment. Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-646-4329. http://www.comcastfilmseries.com
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). Military veterans will be admitted free through the four-day Memorial Day Weekend. 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. 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
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
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
ARTS NEWS & FUNDRAISERS:
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER – will present a lampwork glass demonstration (July 21) and a lecture (July 26), 734-994-8004, ext. 110; DOWNRIVER MONROE FINE ART FAIR – is seeking artists for the fourth annual art fair scheduled for Aug. 11-12, 734-242-1472.