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:
Meijer Summer Festival Varied styles of popular American music will be showcased by national and local artists, plus numerous activities for the whole family. Heritage Park, Taylor. Thu.-Sun., July 6-9. $5. 734-374-3906. http://www.wattsupinc.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 “381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story,” celebrating the legacy of Rosa Parks (through July 16). Open Wed.-Sun. $5. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings and Photographs” (through July 31). 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 (July 7-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: “40 Years of Separation” (Robinson Gallery); “Vanishing Landscapes” (DeSalle Gallery); and works by BBAC painting students (Commons Gallery). Through July 21 Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Gallery Project “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: “Fiber Arts Network Juried Exhibition” (through July 23); and “Biennial Tapestry Exhibition” (through July 31). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
The Best of Friends The 17th Annual Senior Show features singing, dancing, magic acts and comedy with more than 70 local performers. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Fri.-Sat., July 7-8. $12-$15. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Concert at the Ark Singer/songwriter Jay Webber presents an intimate night of acoustical alternative music. The Ark, Ann Arbor. Sun., July 9. $13.50. (734) 761-1800. http://www.theark.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 summer season includes numerous appearances throughout the state. Prices and locations vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
LCC Summer Stage Under the Stars Join the LCC Faculty Jazz as they play their own creations, as well as charts from the Great American Songbook. LCC Outdoor Amphitheatre in Washington Mall, Lansing. Thu., July 6. Free admission. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu.
2006 Muelder Summer Carillon Series An outdoor recital that celebrates the music of the carillon bells. MSU School of Music at the Beaumont Tower, East Lansing. Every Wednesday through July 26. Free admission. http://www.msu.edu/~carillon.
Music in the Parks A summer concert series celebrating Flint’s diverse cultural heritage continues with The Pantones and Los Constantinoples Cuatros at Mott Park (July 6), the Imperial Swing Orchestra at Linden County Park Clover Beach (July 11) and Flint Jubilee Gospel Singers at Max Brandon Park (July 13). Concerts are free; fundraiser is $15/person or $25/family. http://www.musicintheparks.us.
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.
Stars in the Park A free summer concert held every Thursday evening continues with Rock and Soul (July 6) and Mark Nilan & Alfie Zappacosta (July 13). Heritage Park, Farmington Hills. 248-473-1857.
Terpsichore’s Kitchen The popular dance theater returns with “Dancing in Summer,” a concert that showcases works by independent choreographers. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Wed.-Sun., July 5-9. $22-$25. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org.
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.
Fox Theatre Two of America’s favorite pastimes come together in one day of family fun: the movie “Field of Dreams” at Detroit’s Fabulous Fox Theatre and the Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals at nearby Comerica Park. Sat., July 15. $15/package, $5 movie only. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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.
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.
AUDITIONS & WORKSHOPS:
ARS NOVA – scheduling auditions for its 24-voice chamber choir, 248-541-4100, ext. 1311; SAUGATUCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS – learn to create your own glass beads with Jessica Bohus, July 17-19, 269-857-2399.