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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Summertime Behind the Scenes tours include “Staff Life on the Estate,” “The Secrets Behind the Paintings” and “Cotswold Architecture”; plus Special Interest Tours “Modernism on the Cutting Edge” and “A Great Modern American Landscape.” Open Tue.-Sun. $10 fee applies to these tours; reservations required. Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
ARTS & SUMMER FESTIVALS:
2006 Passion Fruit Festival A provocative experience of visual verse and curious people that will once again provide another unique experience in performance art and spoken word. Events include: PicNap Poetry Series 2.0 – The Passion Fruit Edition (Fri., July 28 at Meetery Eatery Cafe & Deli, Detroit, $7); Hotter Than July Poetry Slam (Sat., July 29 at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, $10); and Passion Fruit Outdoor Exhibition (Sun., July 30 at Harmonie Park, Detroit.) 313-606-2342. http://www.picnap-poetry.com.
ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits include: “When Philip Met Isabella: Philip Treacy’s Hats for Isabella Blow” (through Aug. 27); and “Think Again! Presence of the Past in Contemporary Art” (through Sep. 17) Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrook.edu/museum.
Detroit Historical Museum Closed July 24-September 28 for museum makeover. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings and Photographs” (through July 31). Will be closed Aug. 1-September 5 for construction. Museum admission by donation. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org.
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Robots: The Interactive Exhibition” (through Sep. 17). Open daily. $11/adults; $10/children (includes general museum admission). Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “My Brothers’ Keeper” (through July 30; $7). Also: “Art a la Carte,” a free weekly Wednesday noontime series of fun and interesting programs. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Gregory Barsamian: Time and Transformation.” 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.
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits include: “Inside/Outside: Up Against the Wall,” spotlighting the work of Vito Jesus Valdez (through Aug. 19). Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Dog Days of Summer,” a mixed media show featuring artists interpreting man’s best friend (through Aug. 31). Mon.-Saturday. 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibits include: “Wish You Were Here” (Robinson Gallery); and “Vanishing Landscapes” (DeSalle Gallery). Aug. 4-25. Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall Art in the Corridor series continues with the still life collage works of Gail Eisner and contemporary abstract graphics of Jennifer Stahl. Weekdays, through Aug. 31. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
Gallery Project Exhibits include: “The Humor Show,” a multi-media show featuring 25 artists (Aug. 2-Sept. 10); and “Experiments,” a multi-media exhibit celebrating the gallery’s first anniversary (through July 30). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “The 14th Annual Summer Invitational” showcases the work of 50 admired artists in all media from around Metro Detroit (through July 28). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Sherry Washington Gallery “Abstractions of Life” features the work of renowned artist Gilda Snowden (through Aug. 27). Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “Biennial Tapestry Exhibition” (through July 31). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:
The C/d Dance Project Novice and professional dancers from the LCC Dance Club and Happendance join together to explore the nature of dance. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre in Washington Mall, Lansing. Wed.-Thu., July 26-27. Free admission. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 summer season includes numerous appearances throughout the state, including an appearance at Meadow Brook Music Festival with “Mozart’s 250th Birthday Bash” (Sat., July 29). Prices and locations vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
The Main Event An evening of dance and performance highlighting some of the nation’s finest young talent. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Sun., Aug. 6. $15. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Spotlight Detroit A weekly talent show and competition held every Wednesday for all genres of entertainment, including vocalists, instrumentalists, poets, rappers, dancers and comedians. 20/20 Entertainment at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. 248-890-8188. http://www.spotlightdet.com.
Radical Faerie Performance and Film Screening BTL founder MaxZine Weinstein uses his superpowers of queer humor, satire and music to raise awareness of police brutality, and Nashville queer activist/filmmaker Gregory King screens his new documentary. Detroit performance: Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corp. Community Space, Detroit, Fri., Aug. 4, 313-971-4905; Ann Arbor performance: 530 Miller Ave, Sat., Aug. 5. 734-669-8028. All performances free.
Stars in the Park A free summer concert held every Thursday evening continues with the Farmington Community Chorus (July 27) and Jeremy Kittel Acoustic Trio (Aug. 3). Heritage Park, Farmington Hills. 248-473-1857.
FILM & VIDEO:
Comcast Summer Film Series Outdoor weekly film entertainment for the entire family. Campus Martius Park, Detroit. Every Saturday evening at dusk through Aug. 26. Free of charge. 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, Detroit. New season begins Sep. 8. $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. Plus, 25 films from the Sundance Film Festival will be screened through Nov. 5. $8.50. 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, Royal Oak. $10. 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. 313-537-2560. 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.
PicNap Poetry Series 2.0 Celebrate all kinds of poetry every Friday night hosted by Kalimah (LocMama) Johnson and Jy (Obadele) Jenkins Jr. Meetery Eatery Cafe, Detroit. $5. 313-606-2342. http://www.picnap-poetry.com.
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events in Ann Arbor for young and old; call for details. 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, Grand Rapids. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org.